Just wanted to let you guys know that the new split with We Were Skeletons is fantastic. Shifting My Clarity might be my favorite song you guys have released. You guys have any touring plans? If so, make sure to hit up Rocketown in Nashville.
Thanks Cooper!! Glad you like it. Hopefully we’ll make it to Nashville soon.
i saw you at cry me a river festival last year, it was blasting but i didnt have any money left do buy some records or anything else.
so last week i got hold of your split with pianos become the teeth and i just dropped by to tell you how amazing you guys are!
Hey kids, we have some cool plans coming up but need to raise some funds to do it. So, we’re cleaning out some of our personal collections and heres your chance to score some OOP/rare vinyl up on the bay here: http://bit.ly/f7y9gf
Didn’t go too crazy in Austin with the vinyl purchasing, mostly because I was trying to save money and also because I didn’t want to have to carry records around the city while intoxicated in 80 degree heat. Here’s what I got:
Fang Island- s/t
I put off listening to this band for a while because I wrongfully assumed they were another pretentious indie rock band like Animal Collective. I finally listened and I fucking love it. Sounds like The Fucking Champs on speed.
Nirvana- Rise & Fall bootleg
Andy pointed this out to me and I had to get it. It’s basically a greatest hits of all my favorite Nirvana b-sides and unreleased tracks. Return of the Rat.
Descendents- Cool to Be You
Basically Everything Sux part II but that’s totally fine by me. Love this album and I slept on buying it for a while. Then it seemed to go out of print so I didn’t want to sleep on it again now that I had another chance to get it for a reasonable price.
Koji/Into it Over it split
We played with Evan a while back but didn’t get to chat too much. Got to know him more in Austin and he’s a really rad dude. I LOVE Stay ahead of the Weather but hadn’t listened to his solo stuff enough so I picked this up from him.
Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson- s/t
This is a band from Norway that we played with on our last show at SXSW. They are a 6 or 7 piece with a cellist. They’re an indie rock band with a lot of post rock tendencies. And they are pretty damn great. They have sparse vocals that remind me a lot of Sunny Day Real Estate or the singer of Elliot. I was super impressed with their live set but unfortunately we had to to bounce and I only caught 2 of their songs. But, picked up this CD/Book from them and on Beardo and mine’s 17 hour journey back home to NYC/NJ, we listened to it for 2 hours straight on repeat to keep from falling asleep at the wheel and were both hooked on it. You can stream it below.
It’s snowing, I’m sick, and digging through records again. Lets do this.
Tiny Hawks was a two piece band from Rhode Island, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by just listening to them. The song writing here is superb and the positivity that bursts through the music is enough to fix anyone’s bad mood. If I’m having a rough day this is a record I throw on to make myself feel better. This breaks away from the angry young man against the world vibe you get from every band in punk rock now. It’s also really refreshing to see just two people knock out what a five piece usually has trouble doing.
Fingers Become Bridges is a great record with intricate song writing and great packaging with an etching on the B side.
Tiny Hawks isn’t a band anymore, but the same guys added a bass player and are now called Arcing. Check ‘em out.
Getting a picture of etchings are kind hard, but you can sort of see the cityscape.
So we’re back from SXSW and had an awesome time. Since that’s over back to the grind. When we did that video chat with Barrie from GIR I was asked what my top releases of 2010 were I kind of drew a blank and totally forgot about what came out last year. So after I did some digging through my records I compiled what I liked and weighed everything out and realized my favorite release wasn’t even originally on vinyl.
Black Kites - I Won’t Accept What We’ve Become was released on cassette by RTF (Ride The Fury) and then those songs were released again on a split LP with Swallowed Up (who are also really rad) on Hydrogen Man. These songs really hit hard and the song writing and recording tightened up a lot from the first LP (Advancement To Ruins).
They also released a new LP (Songs Written While Things Were Changing) within the same year on Protagonist. Both records are excellent efforts, but “Body Parts” and “Room To Grow” are my two favorite Black Kites songs making this my favorite release of 2010.
Playing Generic Insight Fest Today in Brooklyn + SXSW
Updated list of upcoming shows. New bands added to shows, final info, us attempting to play 3 SXSW shows in less than 24 hours. Stuff like that. Kindly reblog, retweet, post on FB. You get the deal:
TONIGHT, March 12th- Brooklyn, NY @ Party Xpo: Generic Insight Radio Fest 2 w/ Another Breath, Snowing, We Were Skeletons + more (we play around 9pm). Address + other info HERE.
March 17th- Austin, TX. SXSW @ Mellow Mushroom (2426 Guadlaupe St.) w/ Sleep Bellum Sonno, SOHNS, Innards. *We play around 9pm on this one. More info HERE.
March 17th- Austin, TX. SXSW - Free house show w/ Touche Amore, Empire! Empire! + more. We play around 10:45pm. 2604 Diaz St. More info HERE.
March 18th- Austin, TX. SXSW @ PLUSH w/ Sleep Bellum Sonno, Helen Earth Band, Solar Bear + more. 617 Red River but it is literally right on the corner of 7th and Red River Austin, TX. We play @ 1:40pm.
it was a slow day again, but i mean really how many of you actually get records 7 days a week? anyway the rural alberta advantage played boston last night, i got an LP, their last one on saddle creek was great, i have a feeling this one will be even better.
i also one a pearl jam holiday single on ebay, 3 more and i have a whole set. long live grunge.
sxsw next week, we will be the group of sort of suspect duded trying to find the third man records mobile record store, maybe we will see you in line?
oh and in answer to someones question, while i go to many a newbury comics, i primarily hit up the one on newbury street as i work downtown, great staff, awesome selection.
newbury comics you are always so good to me, i am there often enough a portion of the staff knows my name like it is cheers, they hold records for me without asking just in case i might like them, newbury street you deserve a round of the finest. today i got the new PJ Harvey LP “Let England Shake”, i hear good things, though i still think nothing will ever top “Rid of Me”. I also picked up the new Dum Dum Girls EP, i am looking forward to their smiths cover, i secretly wish that along with the hold steady, and metallica circa 1983, they would play at my favorite local JP bar every time i went in, and we all hung out, let the good times roll.
and finally i got the latest micah hinson double LP from full time hobby, which i am about to go put on now, i am very excited about this one, i am still looking for his last 2 LPs if you can help out get in touch. seriously. no fooling.
oh and i also preordered the new explosions in the sky, that shit comes packaged in a house, yup a fucking house. get it.
back home in boston, i had to work most of the day, then come home and catch up on things after being away, so all my records were from mail order. which is not a slight at all, getting packages in the mail is one of my favorite things in life, so much so that i check my PO box multi times a day just hoping, and when nothing is there i get the slightest ping of sadness (anyone who wants to send me records you are here by encouraged to do so). anyway on to the goods, i am a third man records “vault” platinum subscriber (which means for $60 every 3 months i get a limited jack white related package) this quarter it was a double LP collection of all the singles third man put out this year (including the awesome conan o’brien 7”) as well as a reissue of the white stripes sub pop singles club 7” on tri-colored vinyl, and an exclusive 5-6-7-8’s 7” (you know that bad ass band we all saw in kill bill, yup that is them), i also got the newest chelsea wolfe LP from pendu. i expect this one to haunt me, that is a good thing.
sunday was a slow one, mainly because we had to be at our show in purchase NY at noon, (and to this day i don’t understand why all college campuses don’t come equipped with a solid record store), was spent primarily driving, and at the show. so the only record i got that day was the new Des Ark, they played with us and i was really impressed so i of course got the LP, i expect good things, it is still in the to be listened to pile.
we were on the road again, so as we do like any drug fiend we sniff out the local record shops and see what we can find, the morning found us at redscroll records in wallingford ct, which is an amazing shop run by solid dudes, we are seemingly there just about every week and normally i buy some really choice new stuff, this week though i let my love of hair metal get the best of me and i only got a copy of van halen “II”, which while not their best effort (fair warning obviously) it is still solid.
after that we were on the road to our show in upstate NY, which caused us to get sidetracked in albany where we stopped to get burritos (bombers what up!) then we hit up lost vestige records where i got a bootleg Cure LP called “Pillbox Tales” which is a collection of their demos pre three imaginary boys, says it is limited to 200 copies but i am skeptical on that, i also got a vinyl copy of Boys Don’t Cry, sunny days indeed.
then to round of the day, while not vinyl, i did get a copy of the world is a beautiful place…. tour CD.
once again it is time for a little something different, it all started a few days ago when aaron reminded me of a couple things: 1. i am a slacker when it comes to updating this site (i made excuses like im too busy packing up mail order, or it has a mention of facebook in the corner, but the truth was he was right). 2. of the 4 of us, i by far have the biggest obsession/collection/problem when it comes to vinyl (right again) so i should be the one most updating this. so after some more curmudgeonly replies from my end it was decided that for one week i would chronicle all of the records i got that week.
so here we go. this is in no way meant as a highlight of my favorite records, or amazing newness, simply an interesting (hopefully) way to highlight the joys (randomness) of my days spent loving vinyl.
day one: friday.
i got the new defeater preorder in the mail, the record simply slays, the wave will no doubt drown many a lesser band in 2011, the acoustic tracks which i know some people were skeptical about turned out to be the highlight of this 2xlp set, only gripe is the whole different color labels = rare variant angle that i fell for with the preorder. other than that flawless.
after that we went to see our boys pianos become the teeth and my heart to joy play in ct, which led me to meet up with the handsome dudes who run topshelf and they were kind enough to hook me up with the talons and grownups LPs, as well as the new my heart 7”, they are all still on deck in my to be listened to pile but i expect good things.
We played some shows this past weekend and had a great time. We also hit up a bunch of record stores along the way. Shocker, I know. See, most bands think about the essentials when traveling, like where can we sleep tonight? Or, where can we get food? Or, will there be alcohol? Or, will the show be good? And we think about those things too, it’s just that they’re all secondary to mission 1 which is finding the closest record store in relation to wherever we happen to be at that time. Even if that means driving far instances out of the way of where we actually need to be going to. What does this all have to do with Bad Religion? Absolutely nothing. But, I did find a 1st press of Stranger than Fiction during our travels this past weekend and I’m very stoked on it. Pictures below. Also, crazy to me that major labels in the early 90’s actually pressed color vinyl. Who wudda thunk it. Also, my phone camera kind of sucks.
Ok, back to vinyl posts. Really really excited to get the new Murder by Death record in the mail recently. And, being dorky with all things vinyl, really stoked on the 10 year anniversary vinyl box that showed up with it. If I had to pick a favorite band, Murder by Death would have to be one of them. They consistently put out solid records year after year, and despite my A.D.D. attention span for music, I still love them just as much now as the day I first heard them 8 years ago. Why this band isn’t massive is beyond me. But, here’s some photos of the vinyl box, the new 3x lp of b- sides and rarities (which can be ordered directly from the band here), as well as my ALMOST complete MBD collection that now has a proper home in the box.