18 seconds of pure glory.

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.