Probably not a surprise, but when we travel, we go to a LOT of record stores. Thankfully all 4 of us are big into vinyl so we’re all on the same page about it- new day, new record stores to find. We must’ve hit at least 15 on the west coast, maybe more. Honestly stopped counting after a few days. Apologies to our new friends in Calculator who I’m sure now hate records and never want to see one again. I’ll honestly be surprised if anyone else in the band makes a post like this because they put me to shame and bought probably two to three times more records (and probably don’t want to deal with taking photos of em all). I don’t blame them. Alas, here’s what I picked up:
All Teeth: Young Love
Really good hardcore band that we share a label. I’ve had the mp3’s of this for a while but Timm Panic was nice enough to give me one when we stopped by his stomping grounds in Seattle.
I actually wasn’t feeling this when I first heard it, but for some reason kept coming back to it. One day it just finally clicked and I’ve been listening to it a ton since then. Would really like to see them live.
Touche Amore: To the Beat of a Dead Horse (Sound & Fury Press)
I’m usually not into collecting variants- not a knock on anyone who does- but it’s just not my thing. Every once in a while, though, if it’s a record that means a lot to me, I’ll get a 2nd copy if it’s different enough from what I have. Plus the cover is hilarious so I couldn’t turn it down.
The Fucking Champs: 4 or 5 (not sure which one it is)
I love metal and I love instrumental music so the fucking champs are right up my ally. Would like to get them all eventually.
Dave House (1st LP I think?)
I found out about Dave House by accident when he put out a full length two years ago. I checked it out thinking it was the solo album by Dave Hause, the singer of the Loved Ones. Thankfully, I loved him too. I didn’t realize he had put out a full length prior to the one I have and it was tough finding it so figured I might as well pick it up.
Andy was kind of enough to find this one for me at a shop in Portland. It’s the original pressing that Geffen put out, brand new and somehow only $18. Andy is essentially a walking encyclopedia for vinyl. Within 2 seconds of holding a record he could tell you what press it is, the year it came out, who put it out, what color it was pressed on, how many versions have come out since, etc. etc. you get the idea. It’s pretty nuts. Nirvana is easily one of my favorite bands so this might have been the record I’m most excited about getting on this trip.
Minus the Bear: Omni, Bad Religion: Against the Grain + The Dissent of Man
I really liked this record when it came out but for some reason never really felt inclined to buy it on vinyl. We usually hit up Hot Topics in malls because they usually have a ton of overstock and cheap deals. We hit jackpot at this one and found a bin of brand new records for $3.99 each so I got this and the 2 Bad Religion records below.
My Chemical Romance: The Black Parade
Yes, I hear you laughing at me from behind your computer screen :) What can I say, I really like this band. Yes, the whole gothic marching band aesthetic/schtick is lame, but I dunno, I love Queen and these guys sound to me like a modern day version. Crazy Brian May-esque guitar solos all over this record, too. I always wanted to buy it on vinyl but wasn’t willing to spend $30 on it. $10 used and I finally pulled the trigger. Yes I can still hear you laughing.
Horse Feathers: the 2 most recent full lenghts
I actually just found out about Horse Feathers before I left for tour, and don’t know much about them. Our bass player Mike turned me on this this singer songwriter called Radical Face and this came up as a recommendation when I was looking on iTunes. It’s really pretty, slightly western tinged folk I guess? Not good at describing it but if you like Murder by Death, Iron and Wine, Rocky Votolato, Pygmy Lush, you’d probably really dig it. I picked both of them up more on a whim because they were cheap and I had a feeling I’d get really into them after further listens.
Head Automatica: Popaganda
Pop rock band from members of Glassjaw and American Nightmare. That’s a weird sentence, I know, but that’s what it is. I love this record and was shocked that they didn’t get massive when it came out a few years ago. Super fun and catchy. I had never seen it on vinyl before so I picked it up.
And so ends my story.