Monday, October 25, 2010

Youngblood Showcase Pt. 1

I got two more zines. On the left is Where It Ends #2. I believe this is a New England zine. This issue features interviews with Jim of Champion/ON, Ned of Title Fight/Bad Seed/Disengage, Uriah of Dead End Path, members of Strife and others. Overall it's pretty good. I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty lame that it's in one of these plastic covers that I used to put papers in for school. Otherwise it's pretty cool. On the right is Thinking Cap #4, not sure what happened to #3. This one has Phil of Sacred Love featured. Not a bad issue, all of these are pretty cool simple pieces. I would like to see a full size zine from these guys at some point.

This is Rotting Out's latest 7". This is the second press out of 100. This is my first copy. This band is a bit different now that they have a different singer. I hope the next release brings it full circle so I can get back in to the band.

Here is Stay Cold from the first press. Another nice eBay pick up.

Here is the rarest Swamp Thing 7". This is from Sound and Fury '08.

Numbered out of 75.

Here we have 3 tapes. This is where we start the pick ups from Youngblood Showcase. Up top is the Noose demo. This Chicago band was just added to the React! family. They were pretty good at Youngblood, thus making me want to buy the tape. Below that is the Stick Together demo put out by Back to Back, the red is out of 400. At the bottom are my friends, the Warbound demo. There drummer just broke his hand so they are not able to play shows for a little while but they'll be picking things up soon.

I was told to pick this 7" up form a friend. Fields of Fire's The Kids Can't be Bought. I've also heard this is pretty bad so I'll have to listen to it soon.

This is Pulling Teeth's Witches Sabbath Vol. 2. It features Symptom of the Universe by Black Sabbath.

No Tolerance played Youngblood and I had been meaning to pick up their 7", so this worked out. Great band. Members of The Rival Mob and I think Step Forward, maybe some others too. New 7" on Youngblood at some point.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

What Else, More Records

I made a hefty order from Victory when they put up the pre orders for the new Comeback Kid record. When I got a big heavy package in the mail I knew what it was. So I picked up the three colors of the new record Symptoms + Cures. Clear with black smoke out of 100, white with black smoke out of 300 and dark blue out of 600. The vinyl and artwork matches very well. Overall not a bad job with that. I actually like the artwork on this one, better than Broadcasting. The clear with black smoke is pretty cool looking too. The music however I'm not too sure about, I feel like they tried a lot of new things on this record, and though I think I remember hearing that the band said it would be similar to the older material, I don't hear it at all. I might have to say this is the worst album, but I've only given it a listen like three times. With the new record Victory put out a second press of Wake the Dead, which was pretty much the best part of the package. Wake the Dead is a great record and I would defiantly buy three more copies of it in a heartbeat. Again they had the clear with black smoke out of 100, red out of 300 and white out of 600. Not bad record colors, the red and clear smoke look the best though. I also picked up the other copy of Broadcasting I was missing, "Khaki" out of 1,058. Much more of a olive green mix but whatever. I believe this means I have all the colors now. I SERIOUSLY need to get some copies of Turn It Around.

I got a copy of Common Cause - The Power to Change off of eBay. This is the pre order press out of 180. Powered did a great job with this release. The artwork and layout are top notch. I took pictures of the tri-fold insert to show you what I mean. More labels need to put this much effort in to their releases. It makes you feel like you got something that had time and effort put in to it. It's a bummer this label is done pretty much, I should've been more on top of this label when they were active and exchange rates also weren't as bad.

Here we have another transition from the 3 song Down to Nothing self titled. I'm not sure what the actual color name is for this and I've heard different versions, like red white and blue mix and purple/black mix. either way this is the transition from that batch of the press. This doesn't seem a whole lot different from the regular version of the press, maybe some different color streaks. Here is a bunch of copies of this transition. I won this from Tre of Deathwish on eBay. If anyone wants to get me one of the five test presses of this one let me know.

This is my first copy of Gone But Not Forgotten's Demo. This was originally put out on tape I think and then React! pressed it on vinyl. This is probably the simplest looking release from React! that I've seen. The usual goodies are in it but just very simple black screen printed cover and layout. I wasn't in to this band a lot originally, but it's pretty good actually, I'm still not totally sold on the vocals. Really I just wanted to add this to the React! collection and when I went to buy a couple of lottery tickets for the recent React! lottery I figured I'd pick up some things I wanted while I was in the store. This and a Common Cause shirt were what I ended up with.

I was able to get the Mindset 2KGR8 tape. This was sold while I believe the band was on tour. It has two songs from Real Power on it and one song that eventually was on Time & Pressure. I haven't listened to it yet, but I'm guessing they're probably demo recordings.

I picked this up at a Hot Topic, sometimes they have vinyl on clearance for great prices. This is The Fall of Troy's Phantom on the Horizon. This was essentially something that was done a while back in secret and wasn't actually released until about the time their last album came out. The band is no more, but this record was pretty good. It's probably the most different thing that they did. The clear was a special Hot Topic press, out of 1,000.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Nick over at Alternate 1995 posted that he was looking to sell some stuff to get something big for his Misfits collection. So I made him an offer for two ON records I was missing. Here they are. The one on the bottom is from ON's first show/record release. The green flier on the right is from that same show. The other copy was for the West Coast Tour in the Summer of '08. As you can see, both are on transparent green.

Both are stamped and numbered out of 75. Very happy to have both of these. This 7" is really good.

About the same time I got my order for the second pressing of Double Vision. This is the the American press on React!/Reaper. 400 were on clear and 600 on black. This is the first version on clear, but the first press had a black pressing as well. Apparently to tell the difference, their is a "33 rpm" on the labels on the second press. Aram also included the React! 2010 cardboard mailer for me to, nice addition.