Sunday, September 27, 2009

It's About Time

So I've been listening to Get the Most a lot for the past like 4 months at least I wanna say, so I've been after their vinyl during this process and I finally got my hands on some. I won all 3 copies of the Common Goals 7" on eBay and ended up paying less for them from eBay then I probably would have paid for them had I ordered them from Crucial Response. With a bad exchange rate and shipping costs, ordering records from Europe has not been an easy thing for me to do, despite my desire. So this was a nice convenience. I think this may be my favorite 7" they have put out. All of them are solid. This is actually the second press from Crucial, all 3 colors, the most rare being the blue.

Each came with this fold out insert on thick paper, which is rather cool, almost like a poster. I'll be seeing these guys two times in the next few weeks, should be pretty awesome. Hopefully the GTM collection will continue to grow.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Impatience leads to Irony

So I've been waiting a while for some packages to come in the mail, and I'm still waiting for some. That being said I was up at the University of Delaware this past weekend visiting my friend and I knew a stop at the local indie record store was a must, especially since I was so deprived of some new vinyl. So we took a trip to Rainbow and I picked up my favorite Metallica album, ...And Justice for All. It's the remastered fancy version, double LP. I didn't take a picture of it because it's pretty boring, it's on black, and it does happen to come with an insert, but not worth a picture still. So anyway on top of that I get home and the next day I get 3 packages. Ironic?

Up first was a package from the U.K. blogger sensation, Marcus of The Endless Quest... fame. Marcus saw the post I had of my Down to Nothing collection and let me know that he had an extra copy of the On Thin Ice split Release Cover from Dead and Gone Records. Of course I wanted it. So after a couple of e-mails he was a mate and sent it to me, stateside. If you're reading this Marcus, you pack your records very well, you should be proud of the job you do. It's nice to see that someone else cares enough about records to take the time out to package them well.

The record itself was also in awesome condition. Mine is numbered 4 of 50. Thanks again Marcus. Anyone else out there who's got some dtn records they wanna part with let me know.

In another addition to the collection, I scored this copy of the Hem Hem 7" on eBay. I've been after a copy of this for a while but never wanted to pay as much as what they were going for. I got this for $8.76, including shipping, so I think the wait was worth it for the deal. This is a joke 7" the band put out on Six Feet Under, and it sold out pretty fast, being limited to 270 copies. I'll gladly upload this for anyone who wants it, due to it being hard to find and being OOP.

The last package was the longly waited pre-order for the ON LP from React!. This was a relief to finally have. It was worth the wait completely. I got the standard black version and the React! exclusive white. I'm a little bummed to see that I didn't get the Blue version which is even more limited, but I did pre-order very very late in the game. I should be hitting up Aram at some point to see if I can get a copy, once I can afford it. I wanted to buy the Reaper Records color and Powered Records pressing, but once again not enough dough, eventually.....

With the ON pre-order I also picked up the 2nd press of the Mindset 7" which I will also be hitting Aram up for more copies of once I can afford it, this addiction is starting to make me a very poor person. Evan mentioned to me that they are in the process of writing and soon recording their LP, so that should be dope. I remember seeing Mindset a while ago when they played with The Effort and Hostage Calm on their tour, and I wasn't really sure what to think of them, but they weren't bad. They've really grown on me since I've seen them a few times now and listened to the 7" several times. If you haven't seen them before, I suggest you do it, they're great. They're playing A Time We'll Remember Fest and Youngblood Showcase soon.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Van Damage

I have been waiting for about a week now for something to come in the mail and every day I come home from work and I'm let down every time. So to make me feel better about my frustration, I decided to post about something I've had for a little while now.

So my buddy got me into this band a while ago when I was first learning about REAL hardcore bands. And this band always stood out, among with others. Van Damage was a band from central PA that broke up shortly before I started to get into them. I saw the pressing of the LP they put out and I instantly ordered both copies of it from Surprise Attack Records, which it was actually on sale for like $6 an LP I think, score. This LP just makes me want to be in PA. Dan Mills, singer of Cold World is included in the list of group vocals. Both the LP and the 7" were both released by PA labels also. I won the tour version of the LP on eBay like a year ago and the dude never shipped it to me and never responded to my messages. Jerk.

I then got my hands on the two versions of the s/t 7", which is included in the LP already. This was put out by Grattitude Records.

I really like the lay out and colored vinyl on these releases, there is a general theme that comes off, just obnoxiousness. I really love the LP the most, despite it being pressed on Pirate Press.

The singer for Van Damage now is the singer for Steel Nation, another great PA band you should check out if you haven't. They've released a 7" on A389 and a split with Crucified on Double or Nothing. They just put pre-orders up for the new LP on Double or Nothing. The two songs off of it sound great. Looks like I've got another pre-order in my future.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Trade and Alert

I traded my Alert tour press for The Carrier - No Love Can Save Me Sound & Fury '09 cover, on purple. Mine's numbered #5 of 51.

I'm kinda disappointed with the cover. The This Is Hardcore cover was much better.

I mentioned to my buddy Ryan about trading my Alert tour press and he said he had one in his distro. So the next show I asked him to bring his distro so I could buy one, I also bought the other two copies he had, making him have no more Alert records in his distro. So I got another copy of the tour press limited to 20 and then I also picked up the clear and black versions each limited to 200. Now I just need the Red Pre-Order. Anyone wanna trade?