Purple Dinosaur

When I received my copy of the new Dinosaur Jr album I just couldn’t stop listening to it.  In fact, I’ve probably listened to it more that any other recently bought album.  It’s just that good.  I actually think it’s going to end up on my top ten at the of the year.

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If you’ve ever been a fan of this band you find that it was definitely worth the wait for this album. The fuzzy guitar sounds are a welcome sound since I was just listening to a lot of hardcore for a while. Also, I just needed a change of pace which this brought.

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This is the “purple” version of the album. As you can see, I had to shine a light through it since it looks much better this way and is definitely more “purple” than when laying on a flat surface.

There is also a more limited clear version that was only sold at Newbury Comics, which I totally slept on. That version was limited to 500 copies which came with a 7″ as well. Damn.

Either way I’m glad this came out since it’s been four years since the last album, which is was way too long for my taste.

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What is your reason to believe?

Earlier this year a whole ton of bands got together to celebrate the life of Jon Bunch.  One of those bands was Outspoken.  I used to be a pretty big fan of Outspoken and was kinda disappointed that I couldn’t make it out to LA for this phenomenal show.  At the show there was a special  “A Light in the Dark” pressing made for this show.  I didn’t really think much of it as I thought I probably would never be able to get a copy and I should just spend my money elsewhere.

Well being that I find out everything through Instagram now, I found out that there were some left over from the show that they had put online through Rev.  So, I decided to place an order.  Well, I lucked out with them as they apparently sold out.  Oh well.  No loss.

Sometime around May I then find out that it is also available through Outspoken’s Bigcartel site. I just couldn’t help myself this time. Well, three months later my order finally arrived.

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Overall, it’s a pretty nice looking copy of the record. The hand written labels are definitely what make it. If it wasn’t for this I probably wouldn’t have bothered.

This is out of 200 and is still available.

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Life on the James

It’s been a few years now since Down to Nothing released “Life on the James”. Sadly, I don’t really remember much of it from that time.  Lately though it’s been getting a lot of play and I have to say that it’s pretty damn good.  I kinda wish I paid more attention to it now.

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to grab a copy of the record release version of the record.  I’ve wanted a copy since seeing photos of it on Instagram.  Well, once again Instagram came through for me as someone I follow decided to sell their copy of it.

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Nice screened cover out of 70. Don’t you wish all record release covers were made with such great quality. Now that I have this, I think I’m gonna have to search for the other record release covers. They all look pretty amazing. As it turns out though they are all pretty hard to get since they were also made in small quantities. Well, I was able to get this one so I have confidence I’ll be able to get the rest.

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Deterrence

I remember eagerly awaiting a release of the new Red Death 7″ on Lockin’ Out last year.  At least I thought it was supposed to come out last year.  Was it worth the wait?  I don’t know yet as I have only given it a couple of spins then put it away.

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I guess my eagerness just went away due to the wait. Also, this is apparently the second pressing due to the fact that entire first press run was scrapped. As it turns out the band didn’t like the production value of the first run and asked for a re-do. High standards!!!

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Anyways, I’m sure I’ll blasting the hell out of these couple of songs once I see them live again. Hopefully it will be sooner than later.

Go get it from Lockin’ Out.

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Finland in Hell

When you get a chance to add a variant Rot in Hell cover to your collection you just go for it.  I was lucky enough to get a copy of the “Termini Terrae” 7″ from a couple of Finnish shows they played some months ago.  This tour cover was made by tattoo artist,  Sam Layzell.

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This version is limited to 60 which was hand numbered on the blue dust sleeve. I actually like this cover more than the original cover.

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I’ve been meaning to add to my measly Rot in Hell collection for a long time. There’s just always been other stuff that has been much more important to me to get. Maybe this will kickstart my way into digging a hole for myself.

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