JOHN CARPENTER - ’The Fog’
Transparent w/ Green & White Fog
Death Waltz Recording Company
Incredibly high quality re-release of John Carpenters ‘The Fog’ soundtrack limited to 1000 copies worldwide.
JOHN CARPENTER - ’The Fog’
Ahh! I’ve not posted in a while!
I’ve been meaning to post more frequently (trust me, there’s been plenty to share!) but life has got in the way recently. I promise to update on some of the things i’ve bought as soon as I can. I’ve grabbed a lot over the past few months including my first ever mass haul; a whopping 350 records, someones entire collection (including the glow in the dark Kraftwerk 12” above) for £20!
In the meantime, you can keep up to date with my vinyl excursions (as well as other things) on my TWITTER and INSTAGRAM accounts.
PHOENIX BODIES - ‘Raise The Bullshit Flag’
Split transparent / transparent red LP
Limited to 500 copies.
A modern grind classic in my humble opinion…
SLEEPY TOWN MANUFACTURE - ‘Memorabilia’
Transparent w/ Black splatter LP
Absolutely beautiful packaging once again from the Russian SEALT label. Previously releasing records encased in opening wooden puzzles and elaborate chipboard covers in incredibly limited editions (some versions are limited to 5 or 6 much sought after copies!) they’re at it again with this LP of beautiful glitchy electronica from Russian duo Sleepy Town Manufacture.
Not a new release, this collects several EP’s from the bands history onto one album. Their music roughly bridges a gap between Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir and Boards of Canada but runs at a pace unfamiliar to either of those. It’s emotive and interesting, two words that are rarely paired for releases in electronic music, where artists can struggle conveying any real emotion from their fingertips and through the MIDI cable…
As resplendent the music, the packaging truly has to be held in your hands to be appreciated. A thin plastic has been cut, shaped and assembled into a hexagon for the records housing, with a plexiglass ‘STM’ fitted on the front. Opening the sleeve and pulling out the record, you find a transparent LP with an absolutely beautiful splatter of black, white and grey across it. Throughout the artwork it’s all very professionally done, to a very high standard and in fitting with the band and their release.
It’s limited to 150 copies, but act fast! They don’t seem to be a label who have any intentions of repressing…
THE MURDER OF ROSA LUXEMBURG - ’The Murder Of Rosa Luxemburg’
Split Black / Pink 7”
MEMORIES IN 7“‘s OR LESS #1…
Having been buying records for as long as I can remember, I felt it appropriate to get a little sentimental with some and look back through my collection to find a few old favourites…
This is from way back from 2003 now (wow!) but is a total bench mark in UK hardcore. These guys went on to record the album ‘Everyones In Love And Flowers Pick Themselves’, disband and carry on playing in bands / solo projects such as Lovvers, House Of Brothers, Kamikazee! and Tera:Tora.
I got this direct from Speedowax Records. I remember I asked for it for my 15th birthday and my mum sent a cheque in the post which frankly, is the least cool hardcore record buying story of all time. When it arrived my mum let me open it as an early birthday present (again, mentioning my mum. Stay metal.) and it had a handwritten note inside the record…
"Congrats Dude, you got the last copy…"
All of a sudden my mum seemed pretty insignificant in this transaction. My cool factor had risen. I had the last copy. “There are 287 copies in the world, and I’m the last person ever who can buy one…” I thought to myself. At 15 that was pretty mind-blowing. I loved the record (who didn’t?) and the album (who didn’t?) but with this 7”, i felt like i’d joined some exclusive club inhabited only by myself and 286 other people.
It was moments like this that really ignited my love for records. I was in love with music, but music on vinyl was just a different story. It wasn’t just the numbers that hooked me in; it was a feeling that i’d really been able to involve myself in music that made me feel special and a sense that there were possibly a whole host of amazing records out there that only me and a handful of lucky people were smart enough to get our hands on. I still get the same feeling from all those years ago when I find some stupid record i’ve been hunting for for years in some dusty record shop. Sitting on the floor for so long sifting through records that the owner asks if you’d like a cup of tea (it’s happened more than once) seems totally sane when you unbury that piece thats been missing from the puzzle for so long.
I’m sitting here listening to the album The Murder Of… wrote after this 7”. It’s incredible. It’s better than this EP frankly, and if pushed i’d have to put it in my top 5 albums of all time… but the fact it was never released on vinyl makes me feel like I’ve been cheated a little. It doesn’t feel like i’ve been as involved with it as much as other albums. It’s this connection with slabs of vinyl, whether they’re rare or not, the involvement with it that makes them so so special to me…
This 7” is one of the first times I remember feeling that way and why it’s so nice to look back to it…
I got back from New York on Monday after a week there hunting for records. From Flea Markets to record shops, thrift stores to car parks I ended up looking everywhere for records and coming back with about 50 LP’s in 5 days! It was crazy, but a really interesting and successful trip. Ill be posting a bunch about the trip and what I found in the next week or so…
Leading on from our praise of Adobe Homes ‘Piñata’ 9” the other day, I’ve finally found time to photograph another Dog Knights Productions release in the shape of We Came Out Like Tigers debut album ‘Agelessness And Lack’. This came in a flutter of pressings with multiple colour and artwork options, but nothing more interesting than the ‘Wooden Box Edition’ of which only 25 were made. Housed in a purpose made wooden box (duh!) and containing not only the black vinyl, but a truly elaborate array of inserts unique to this release; a screen printed poster, a 16 page A5 booklet, a patch… they really have spent a lot of time piecing this together!
The album itself (the most important part) harks back to the days of Funeral Diner and Raein; names thrown around whimsically these days but truly earned here. They have a nack for producing a far greater sense of space than either band, possibly owing to the addition of a violin to the mix. Their timid guitars weave ever so carefully but assertively to a ferocious climax that volleys itself from the record in a fit of kinetic rhythm and barked vocals. The aforementioned violin darts and weaves in between these rhythms to great effect and really does add something very welcome to the album as a whole. It’s nice to be surprised with an album (not necessarily to the fact that it’s either good or bad) and ‘Agelessness And Lack’ certainly does this with great crescendo. For a decidedly heavy and aggressive album, you come out the other end feeling upbeat and positive…
ADOBE HOMES - ‘Pinata’
Dog Knights Productions
Limited to 420 copies.
Another perfect vinyl release from Dog Knights Productions.
They put out great records with beautiful packaging in limited runs, which has become something fewer and fewer UK labels have been doing. This Adobe Homes release is a prime example of the output this label has become known for! It comes on two colours: this, the tri-colour vinyl limited to 420 copies, and a black edition limited to just 80. Both are pressed on 9” vinyl and have an etched B-side! Attention to detail is something these guys are definitely focused on…
They also have a Orchid tribute LP coming out imminently. There’s a ridiculous list of bands signed up from all over the world (including Adobe Homes) and what appears to be yet another exciting release on limited colour vinyl with great packaging. Bliss!
Take a peek at: www.dogknightsproductions.com for their current releases and updates.
They also stock a pretty impressive distro!
ALKALINE TRIO - ’From Here To Infirmary’
Transparent Blue (with Black Streaks) LP
Limited to 300 copies.
This was a re-release of ‘From Here To Infirmary’ that was made exclusively available to Banquet Records in the UK…
CARCASS - ‘Symphonies Of Sickness’
Ruptured Splatter LP
Limited to 100 copies.
An absolute classic reissued on ridiculously named, limited coloured vinyl…
FAT BOYS - ‘Fat Boys’
Picture Disc LP
One of the most original bits of packaging i’ve ever seen! What you see here is a Fat Boys box set pressed on a 12” Pizza picture disc, that comes presented in a screen printed cardboard pizza box! Insane!
This is the best Fat Boys record by a long shot too. The novelty of beat boxing doesn’t wear thin and they weren’t just a gimmick rap group like on later albums (See: ‘Coming Back Hard’. Awful. Just awful.) A great album presented in an incredibly well thought out bit of packaging. It’s just a pain to store!
OLD MAN GLOOM
'No' 2 x LP
Hydra Head Records
'Smoke' & 'Red Smoke' versions.
Easily in my top 10 records of 2012, absolutely amazing! I can’t believe they actually made an album better than ‘Christmas’…
‘Coke Sucks, Drink Pepsi’ LP
Translucent Gold & Blue Editions.
Limited to 200 copies on Gold, and 100 on Blue.
Long time no post! Over 10 months! Wow!
Anyway, in that time i’ve been all over and bought so many records I couldn’t even begin to list or photograph everything of interest. From Sun Ra records in Belgium to receiving Eric B 12“‘s for Christmas they’ve been flying in from all angles, but some of my most interesting records came all the way from Japan!
I spent 3 weeks there travelling from Tokyo to Osaka to Kyoto and onto Nagoya. It was mind blowing. One of the most friendly and welcoming places i’ve ever been, Japan was easily one of the busiest but enjoyable times i’ve ever had.
Everywhere I went I found records too! It surprised me how many independent record shops Japan still has, and with such versatile stock! I picked up so much stuff in the 3 weeks I was there I had to buy another bag as to carry it all back on the plane home! I found everything! From Japanese monster movie soundtracks, to a Japan only version of ‘Miles in Tokyo’ by Miles Davis. Converge, Tortoise, The Beatles, Kiss, John Coltrane, Daughters… I just kept finding stuff and by the time I left I had about 30 LP’s with nowhere to put them!
However, nowhere impressed me more than Jet Set Records in Kyoto. It took me ages to find, and when I eventually did it was 5 floors up nestled between a Karaoke bar below it and an Irish bar above it. But this place was loaded! It had countless boxes of ¥500 records (about £3.50) with some real gems in. Inside the actual shop, everything was conveniently labelled with English genres and tags, and they had a great selection of funk, soul, hip hop and Jazz. I also found a Lazer Sword 7” i’ve been looking out for ages with absolutely no luck. To find it in Kyoto was a treat!
But that’s that and I’m ready to blog again! I certainly have enough new stuff to share in the coming months. Expect much regular updates in the future…