February 2010

For the longest time I was an anti-beer snob type. I prefered to drink PBR and Miller High Life, not because it’s “cool” or (as my wife likes to taunt) because “i’m a hipster.”  Look, just because I drink cheap beer, keep weird late night hours, enjoy sweaters and levi’s with chuck taylors and listen to alt-country and minimalist electro-pop that doesn’t make me a hipster! Fer godsake, I don’t have a coke habit! and that’s the defining hipster quality isn’t it? But…I digress.

As the last couple of years have gone by I found myself branching out into other types of beers that I would have previously thought of/refered to as “beer snob beer.” I blame my friends Nick and Dylan personally. Especially Nick…he was always talking about Rogue’s. Rogue this and Rogue that. So finally one day I bought a bottle of Rogue Dead Guy Ale and now? Well now you’re apt to find bottles of Rogue outnumbering PBR or High Life. Yes, there’s still room for PBR in my fridge, that’s just the way it is.

So it is with that in mind that I’m naming Rogue Ales, and specifically Rogue Dead Guy Ale, as the “Official” Beer of the Real Talk Live Blog. Go buy yourself a six pack and enjoy.


It’s been awhile, so I figured it was time to bring you the second installment of the Real Talk Live mixtape series. This one’s called “Raisin Hell” because it’s centered around a central theme; cry in your beer, foot stomping, shitkickin alt-country (for the most part, don’t know how much you can say Neko Case is “shitkickin.”)

Here’s the tracklist:
Born into a Light – Ryan Adams and The Cardinals
Caleb’s Grave – Drag The River
Texas Cops – Tim Barry
This Tornado Loves You – Neko Case
Delia’s Gone – Ben Nichols
Country Disappeared – Wilco
Dog Bumped – Tim Barry
Glory – Chuck Ragan
Sixes and Sevens – Lucero
Sixteen Ounces – Truckstop Coffee
Kickdrum Heart – The Avett Brothers
Methamphetamine – Old Crow Medicine Show
Together Across The Happy River – Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves
Cursing Concrete – Rumbleseat
Mom – Lucero

You can download the mix by going HERE

It’s been cold. It’s been snowy. Winter has straight sucked. But, it’s ok now:

Pitchers and Catchers have started reporting to Spring Training. Baseball 2010 is officially here!

Nothing else worth talking about right now, so lets take another look inside my mail box and see what goodies reveal themselves.

First up, the second pressing of Converge’s epic new album; “Axe To Fall.” I know a lot of vinyl collectors are flipping their lid over the first pressing, some of those are going for ignorant money on eBay. Nothing new there though as Converge records usually do go pretty high on the secondary market. I’ve got the Tan variant of that pressing myself, and I’ve seen it go for upwards of $50. But I think that market has leveled out or at least it has for that pressing/variant.

Anyway, this is one of two variations for the second pressing of the record, the other being a clear variant that’s a “Tour Exclusive.” This one is “Highlighter Yellow” and 2500 of them were pressed. I love Converge and love the look of a record in this color, so it just made sense that I’d order it.

Secondly, we have a shot of three 7 inches I bought this go ’round from Deathwish. They are, from left to right; the Deathwish exclusive color (cream) of Blacklisted’s latest “Eccentrichine.” The record in the middle is Polar Bear Club’s “Summer of George” EP on Green Marble vinyl and finally we have a pink/white swirl of XO Skeleton’s “Asthmagasm” 7 inch.

I gave XO Skeleton’s a shot, even though I was unfamiliar with them, because of their connection to Cold Cave (and, if you follow this blog you know my love of that particular band.) The Polar Bear Club EP was an easy choice because I have fallen hard in love with that band even though I’m late to the party discovering them. The Blacklisted 7 inch was a necessary pickup because I have unwittingly come close to completing a full collection of that release. Counting this variant/color there are 5 versions of the record on 5 different color variations (not including test pressings) and I now have 4 of them. The only one I need is arguably going to be the hardest to get; a variant with a silk screened cover that was limited to 103. I’m not, by any stretch, a “complitest” in that sense. But as close as I am I figure I might as well give it a shot.

That’s it for now. Still waiting on a pretty good sized order from No Idea and a couple eBay/Limited Pressing auctions to show up.  So, sooner rather than later I’ll throw another one of these updates up for the 3 people who give a damn.

I know, I know…this blog is quickly turning into another “ooh look at this awesome record I got” blog. But, records (buying them, reading about them, watching auctions on ebay, etc) are a huge part of my day to day lately so why wouldn’t I blog about it? I could blog about the launch of the awesome Google Buzz service, or I could write some opinons about Kevin Smith’s one man war with SouthWest Airlines. But those topics have been talked about and talked about and talked about, by people who are far better writers than I. So, I’ll stick with writing about the latest additions to my record collection if you don’t mind.

Got a couple really awesome things in the mail today. Nothing exceptionally rare…no original pressings of old NYHC 7 inch’s or anything like that. But awesome all the same.

First up, is a split 12 inch from Cold Cave and Prurient called “Stars Explode”

This was originally released on a very limited run of cassettes that sold out ridiculously fast. So the band decided to re-release it on vinyl. Not sure what the pressing info is or how “limited” it might be. Don’t really care though as I’m happy to have the album. Cold Cave has become one of my favorite things, musically, of late. So it’s nice to have this to listen to and enjoy.

Next up it’s a 2nd pressing/re-release of Mastodon’s EPIC masterpiece; “Remission.”

Released on in a wonderfully designed and crafted gatefold sleeve, the double 12 inch behemoth is limited to 1000 for this pressing run. 500 on gold and 500 on purple (which looks closer to pink truth be told, based on pics I’ve seen.) I was lucky enough to score the gold version. It’s true that Mastodon’s last album left me feeling a tad underwhelmed and mighty disappointed THIS album is nothing but pure win. And, second pressing…repressing…don’t care. I’m just happy to have it in my collection now.

That about wraps it up for today’s batch of ‘Awesome Stuff I got in the Mail Today.’ Lots more to come in the future. I’ve got an order to Deathwish and another order out to No Idea that I can’t wait to get; lots of awesome stuff on the way. Not to mention a couple auctions I’ve won recently including a first pressing of Pelican’s self titled debut album and a second pressing of Converge’s epic “No Heroes” album.

Can’t wait.

So far, outside of some bitter cold and a slushy mix of snow and ice I have managed to avoid SNOWMAGEDDON 2010!

This is where I had lunch today, notice the lack of a mound of snow outside?

Obviously some of my friends and fellow bloggers on the East Coast haven’t been as lucky as I. And that sucks for them. I know i’d be in full blown Jack Torrance mode right about now if I were in their shoes. But only if I ran out of beer. If I were stranded at home and completely out of beer? Hide the axe (or croquet mallet is you wanna be true to the book)!

Of course, what’s a round of Mother Nature bitchslapping everybody without some humor!? Soooo, with that in mind here’s a back and forth from a messageboard I occasionally go to that pretty much speaks for itself;

“He is in DC, not Leningrad!”

“Might as well be (in Leningrad.) It’s snow-bound and has an ineffective commie government at the moment.”

Hell I voted for Obama and still have hope he and his Administration can pull their shit together but THAT? That shit’s funny.
“Where is the vodka and the healthcare, comrade?”

Has it really been a week since I posted an update? Yikes. No good.

My record collection has been growing rather nicely these last couple months. I’m pretty excited about it, now I just need the new needle I ordered for my turntable to show up in the mail so I can actually slide the headphones on and rock these jams.

Some of the things I’ve picked up lately include (sorry for the lack of pictures…I hate posting things like this without them usually):

::The Beastie Boys – Pauls Boutique 20th Anniversary.
Found this at Hot Topic the other day on clearance. Was all kinds of stoked (it is my favorite album of all time afterall) to be able to pick it up for $10. It’s a double record on high grade 180 gram vinyl with a sweet gate-fold packaging.

::Blacklisted – Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God
One of two items I won in separate auctions on Limited Pressing. First pressing with a very nice light blue with blaze haze vinyl, only 1500 pressed. Blacklisted can really do no wrong IMO and this still stands as my favorite BL record (but I think, over time, ‘No One Deserves to Be Here More Than Me’ will supplant it) so it’s nice to finally have it on vinyl.

::Various Artists – Juno Original Soundtrack
The other items I picked up off an auction at Limited Pressing. Came on clear orange vinyl and in fantastic condition. I dig this movie and the soundtrack’s not that bad itself, but I more bought this for my wife’s enjoyment because she LOVES the soundtrack. Still a nice looking record and a fine addition to my collection.

::Minus The Bear – They Make Beer Commercials Like This.
My favorite MTB album and now I own it on vinyl. This one is pressed on a grey/magenta mix (limited to 1000 according to Dead Format.)

::Raekwon – Only Built For Cuban Linx 2

The instant classic followup to the MEGA Classic, OB4CL2 carries on the “purple” tradition of the original. To hip hop heads the original OB4CL is often referred to as “the purple tape” because everybody had it on cassette (it came out in ’95, CD’s weren’t the dominate format in the all encompassing way they were prior to the digital explosion) and the cassette was, obviously, purple. So, to pay tribute to that Rae decided to release the record on a double 12″ with both pressed on some really sweet looking Purple wax. Don’t know what the pressing info is but I do know that it looks effin sweet. My only complaint? It’s a double lp and they didn’t do a gate-fold jacket for it. Aaargh! It’s aggravating as all hell trying to get two 12″ records back into the same damn sleeve. But, given how awesome the album looks I’ll deal with this minor annoyance.

I also recently pre-ordered this epic bit of awesome:

Members of Dove used to be in Floor with the guys who went on to form one of my favorite bands; Torche. Dove is similar to Floor (and Torche for that matter) in that they play slow tempo stoner metal type stuff (the most simplistic way I can explain it) and they whip all kinds of ass themselves. Well, they’ve FINALLY gotten around to getting their debut, self titled album out on vinyl and are rewarding those who waited with some AWESOME goodies. Check this out:

-150 green vinyl/150 purple vinyl
-hand numbered three color screen printed covers coordinated to the color of vinyl
-printed LP jackets
-two stickers
-one patch
-printed 11×5.5 inch poster/lyric insert
-various show fliers

Not bad for $17! Not bad at all!

In one final bit of record nerd updating; This coming week should bring another round of awesome records to my mail box; Tim Barry’s “28th and Stonewall” on black/white/grey vinyl as well as the CD version, Tim Barry’s “Rivana Junction” 12″ (can’t remember what color wax…I think it’s green), and all 3 color variations of the Blacklisted “Eccentrichine” 7″ from Six Feet Under Records.

Until next time, here’s a cross section of the things that are keeping me sane right now (other than vinyl of course):

Polar Bear Club ‘Chasing Hamburg’…Howard Zinn ‘A People’s History of The United States’…The Gaslight Anthem ‘The 59 Sound’…the Vinyl Collective messageboards…browsing ebay for random shit…Heilmann and Halperin’s ‘Game Change’…the politics tab at Fark.com…the new Facebook redesign…Razorcake ‘zine #54…