I’ve been hunting this since the day I first got into vinyl. I’ve had my heart set on getting the purple cross friend’s press for the past few years, but came to an important realization a few days ago: there’s no way in hell I’m ever going to drop $250 on a record. So, I pulled the trigger on this guy instead. Probably would have made my life a lot easier (and definitely cheaper), if I had gotten the Give up the Ghost version, but as trite as it might seem, I wanted to own this album exactly the way I first fell in love with it, name and all.
Do you guys have any plans for Colorado any time soon? I've been wanting to see you for a long time now but I either don't check show dates diligently enough or you haven't come down in a while.
Thanks for taking the time to answer me! (:
hey there, you are correct it’s been a realllly long time since we played there. Like 6 years maybe, maybe more? We are trying to hit up parts of the US this year that we haven’t been to into a while so hopefully we can make it out!
i just updated the tsl releases page again, put a lengthy update for the pianos split, that one is finally done, also realized i forgot about the live dvd so that was added as well, almost done just have to do then entry for you will not survive. i will get there.
not much else going on, just getting ready for tour, which reminds me, if you are reading this you no doubt know we are obsessed with records, so if you live near any of the shows we are playing out west and can point us in the direction of any/all cool record stores lets us know, or better yet if you want to be our guide for the afternoon get in touch. or even best idea yet bring us records at the show, you find any of our wants and we will of course reward you:)
finally, if you are coming to any of the shows and want to hear us play anything tell aaron (i won’t read it) and we may learn it before hand and play it, a lot of the old songs we just don’t know anymore. please only ask for something if you really are going.
ps just because you ask does not guarantee we will play it, just more trying to feel things out here.
Hit up the Red Scroll before practice this weekend and got 2 albums I’ve been looking forward to. First one is Small Brown Bike’s new one, Fell and Found. One of my favorite bands ever and didn’t expect to get another full length out of them. Haven’t spent much time with it yet but I’m sure it won’t let me down. Second one is James Blake’s s/t. He’s like Bon Iver mixed with some frenetic electronics going on in the background. It’s slightly uneasy to listen to as a drummer because I need everything in my head to fit in the pocket and be in time. James Blake intentionally chops the beats and blips up to the point that they’re often completely out of time and in a different time signature from his vocals. It’s jarring and I have to be in the right mood, but when I am, I love it.
Hi! I'm a boy from Valencia (Spain) and i only wanted to say that you are a fucking awesome band. I have the all is apologized and i want to get your last album soon, all the songs you made are great and the lyrics are brilliant, so much emotion.
I want to get a turntable soon to star buying some lp that are only in that format, like your split with Trophy scars (one of my favorite bands!)
Anyway, i only wanted to say how much you mean to me and that is sad that i probably won't see you live. But i'll have your music at least :D
(Sorry for my poor english)
thank you very much! Trophy Scars are great. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to plan Spain one day.
please please play cleveland sometime soon. i love you guys and would kill to see you live. the sixth golden ticket is honestly one of the greatest love songs ive ever heard in my life, and i absolutely love you will not survive and the pianos split. keep making music and doing what you love
thank you so much that’s awesome. unfortunately we just played Kent, OH a few weeks ago so it’ll be a little bit before we get back around there. hopefully this year. cheers.
Bucket Full of Teeth was a experimental project that only played a handful of shows. To sum up Bucket in one phrase would be: outside the box. It’s all over the map. On the back of each 7” insert it each has some really great writings from each member of the band on punk rock. If you want to get inspired to try something new this is the band to listen to.
This is easily one of my favorite albums released so far this year. I’ve known about Pygmy Lush forever but never really properly sat down with any of their albums until after we played with them a few months ago. I started with this one and it clicked pretty much instantly. Beautiful and somber, and never a dull moment the entire way through. I’m a pretty big Malady fan boy too so Chris Taylor’s vocals are the icing on the cake for me. Photos and music below, and you can pick up a copy from Lovitt Records here.
With the exception of the Eugene, OR show- we now have all the venues finalized for the West Coast summer tour w/ Calculator. We’ll post up links to the event pages as we get them (few of them are linked in dates below). Please reblog and pass the word along. Can’t fucking wait. Thanks!
Saturday June 18th- Seattle, WA- Fusion Cafe
Sunday June 19th- Portland, OR- Carrion Springs House
AbsolutePunk.net's Adam Pfleider on Vinyl Collecting
Our friend Adam wrote up a piece for the blog after his Record Store Day experience. Yeah that was a few weeks ago, but really, every day is sorta kinda record store day for all of us vinyl nerds anyways so I think it’s still relevant. Adam also offered up some really interesting thoughts on the hoarding aspect of vinyl, and what motivates him to collect the wax. He also brushed his teeth before doing so:
Record Store Day has come and gone yet again. We not only had the “holiday’s” biggest list of releases since the shindig first started four years ago, we also saw the lines begin to get longer and prizes more sought after. The eBay sales hit the web almost immediately with doubled and sometimes tripled prices. Some of you simply missed out on those one or two exclusives you really wanted. It’s okay, that’s the thrill of the game the other 364 days of the year. Last week I left my house, and in an eight minute panic of a rush, I jetted to a local shop to get a copy of Olivia Tremor Control’s Music from the Unrealized Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle. I spent a little under half of a bill on what I usually spend during Record Store Day. It’s the thrill of the catch. Someone probably saw that new arrival video on Facebook for the store just hours later and will have missed the big fish. From the limitations of a Glassjaw 7” and that original press of that old blues 45” even the eldest of junkies are still looking for, the game of ownership is all in the catch. It’s why we have car auctions. It’s also probably why Antiques Roadshow is still fucking cool.
The value in the record is all in the one who seeks it though. See, just days after the OTC purchase and two other notable snags from the same store, I was watching yet another new arrival video while receiving a call from a close friend that he was on his way to grab a copy of Botch’s We Are the Romans that would pop up in the video as I was on the phone with him. After three notable grabs just days earlier, the diamond in the rough (1st press /800 on black) was missed out. Again, that’s the game, and it’s why we as avid collectors play it. Let’s for a minute take out of the equation of vinyl collecting the parts about “how it sounds” or the “tangible medium” or “how it feels in your hands” and, at its lowest level, let’s call it hoarding. In a sense, it really is, but it’s just a better looking prize and has a limited number on it. You and under “this many” people own a copy of something, that’s a reward and something special in itself.
Currently I’m reading Brett Milano’s book Vinyl Junkies and it’s quite a good intake of opinion. It’s an interesting read based on a lot of opinions from all different walks of light. There’s musicians who create the product to the average junkies who have whole rooms full of records, some “just to have them” or “have more than others.”
Is this a tragedy for some? Maybe. I think it depends on the collector. Many of us will “say” it’s about the sound or music, but I call bullshit on about half those people. I didn’t get a decent system until six months ago. At that point, I was well over 150 pieces of wax. Now, I’m easily over 200+ and growing. In just under five years, my vinyl collection has out grown my CD collection. (read: bought, not given in advance form due to my freelance writing job.) There’s something special about most of the records I own. There’s a story behind many of them. I think, in the end, that’s why they sit outside in the living room of my apartment while my CD collection is stacked in my closet. Subconsciously, any collector wants to show off their true collection.
Collecting vinyl runs even deeper to the level of betrayal. With the resurgence, some labels are making profit off of artists no longer on the label, but still obtaining the rights to print and profit. I myself purchased two albums that are the core of my personal collection against the will of two of my favorite bands I have constantly supported to this day. Does that make me seem like I have a problem? Does that make me a shitty fan? I don’t know. In all honesty, collecting vinyl is a very personal thing, so why should it matter?
I give you a shroud of warning as a short time collector, it’s addicting and it’s expensive. If you have the time and the disposable income - and believe you me, I don’t always have both - it can sometimes bring you closer to the music. It’s not ignored in the background, but you are more aware of its presence flipping an album (especially a 2xLP on 45rpm) and is way more rewarding than just walking into a Best Buy or downloading digitally.
The prize for collecting vinyl lies on many levels, and each level of satisfaction depends on why you got into it, and more importantly, why you stick with it for an extended period of time. It’s truly an investment. For avid listeners and music enthusiast, we may never find that gem before we die, and let’s face it, like it’s explained in Milano’s book, we simply can’t take it with us when go. Like someone who tends a garden or enjoys a fine beer or scotch, it’s there for some of us to enjoy a moment of zen in the fucked society of drudging work and sometimes financial woe (sometimes brought on by all of this) that surrounds our every day lives.
if print media is your thing (which with my hate/love relationship with the internet it is) we just had a couple of cool magazines come out with interviews we did.
the first is the new issue of rocksound (which i just got at a barnes and noble so for the next couple weeks i am sure you can grab one for yourself), is something cool if even just to have something credible to show our parents who will never understand what it is we do. we also have a song on the CD that comes with the issue.
the other is the new issue of just say yo! that just came out, this issue is pretty impressive, there is a 4 page interview with us, as well as a cool interview with bridge and tunnel. i am not sure where to tell you to get one but if you email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org , i am sure they can make arrangements to send one out.
please support print media.
ps. i just update the tsl releases page, only 1 and 1/2 more to go (need to finish that pianos split one so that is the half).
most of the mail order is now mailed out, we are running very low on most things now, just about all the her breath stuff will be out of print very soon, along with the tsl vinyl discography so please order. we are also just about out of the shirt/new 7” bundle packs as well.
if only you all knew i am rocking the first poison LP right now and loving it.
I ordered something from you guys. Is there anyway to track this order>
we don’t have tracking #’s for the orders, but everything usually goes out within two days of when your order was placed so it should show up any day. If it’s been a long time since ordering, please email the details here email@example.com thanks!
When it comes to post-rock things get slowed down… a lot. Slow, ten minute epic build ups to grandiose moments. Not that I don’t like bands like that, but Tristeza do things differently. Instead they push out 3-6 minute songs that keep the pace moving and interesting. They get slow and spacey like other post-rock bands, but do it in their own way (check out Dream Signals In Full Circles). The way the guitars on this record intertwine is beautiful. The drums on this are awesome he really gets locked into the grooves. He’s still one of the hardest hitting/most animated drummers I’ve seen live. I don’t have a top ten records list, but if I did this would be on it.
I have the first press that Makoto Recordings put out with a gatefold sleeve and the record itself is on super heavy 220 gram vinyl. It feels like a dinner plate.
While this is breaking the format slightly as I don’t own any of these on vinyl yet, there’s been a ton of new great albums that have either come out recently or are about to be released. Figured I’d just round up everything I’m excited about right now:
Pygmy Lush: Old Friends
Capsule: No Ghost
Iron Chic: Split N’ Shit
Laura Stevenson & the Cans: Sit Resist
No stream embed code, but you can download it all for free HERE