Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wilco - I Might/I Love My Label 7" BLUE VINYL

Quick hit for your Thursday morning - Wilco has their new 7", I Might/I Love My Label, up on their webshop. If you hurry, you can get the limited blue vinyl version and impress all your friends. Well, you friends who still really care about Wilco... which might have shrunk after their last record. Here's hoping this is awesome! (Did I just sell that, or convince you not to buy it?)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys! LIMITED VINYL

Remember the heyday of slow, emotional British rock? The likes of Elbow, Doves, Coldplay and Starsailor were just coming onto the scene... two showing signs of brilliance, one of world-dominance, and one with little more than a high voice and a penchant for drama (oh Starsailor). Years on from those heady days of dramatic Brit-rock, Elbow have established themselves as a reliable source of interesting tunes. I must admit, I only have their first two records, but after hearing about how their last record, The Seldon Scene Kid, won the Mercury Prize, I believe I must revisit them. I honestly don't know how they fell off my radar, I really loved those first 2 records. If anything is as brilliant as my favorite track from their debut, the song that shares the record's title Asleep in the Back, then I will be a happy, happy man.

I've talked enough about Elbow (without really saying much), now I need to talk about THE VINYL. They are releasing their new record, Build a Rocket Boys!, on CD and vinyl... but they are selling their vinyl exclusively through their website. The record will be a "Limited edition 12” heavyweight vinyl, double gatefold with special foiling detail" and appears to be rather reasonably priced at €16.99. Check out a track from their new record below.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Acid House Kings - Music Sounds Better With You LIMITED VINYL

The Acid House Kings have a new record coming out! Music Sounds Better With You will be released on March 22, and the world will be a more beautiful place. Their last album, Sing Along with the Acid House Kings, is a true indie-pop classic, with standout-after-standout track. I have only heard 2 songs so far (available at Labrador), which leads me to belive this new record is going to be fantastic. The vinyl pressing has been confirmed as a limited-edition of 1000 copies (thanks @labradorrecords!), which will have to be enough for the AHK fans that have been eagerly awaiting this record. Amazon has a preorder, as does Labrador. So, choose your poison, but the Amazon price is certainly right for those on this side of the world...

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Books - Temporary Residence Limited Reissues

I had the fortunate event of seeing both The Books and Grizzly Bear share the same bill, in a venue that probably held about 400 people. I entered the show a huge fan of Grizzly Bear, and left a huge fan of The Books (I still loved Grizzly Bear... that hadn't changed). My signed copy of their Tomlab sophomore record, The Lemon of Pink, resided on my wall for many years. Now, I am left with the terrible decision, do I buy the new Books reissues? I'm not a huge reissue guy, but the Books have remastered, designed new cover art, and are releasing all three on splatter-colored vinyl. The splatter vinyl, however, is limited to the first 300 copies of each album... and I have on very good authority that they still have some for the first two. I've mocked them up to the best of my ability, but totally guessed on the splatter color of Lost and Safe (available March 1 for preorder, shipping March 29 if my research is correct).

I had been planning on picking these up for myself... but Jeff Mangum tickets got in the way. Unless some free money comes my way soon, I will have to live through you, my readers. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Beach Fossils - What a Pleasure EP COLORED VINYL

So, there I was, plugging away at work today, and listening to Beach Fossils' wonderful debut LP. It was fate... my Facebook news feed was practically blinking at me - there is a new Beach Fossils EP! What a Pleasure is a new 7-track (8-track if you buy the CD) slab of lo-fi beauty, and the first 400 copies will come on red vinyl - and is not available in stores! So head over to Captured Tracks and lay that money down.

Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian) - The Celestial Café SIGNED COPIES

Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of one of the (in my opinion) contemporary indie-pop bands that will still be listened to in 25 years, has released his first book, The Celestial Café. This is not a novel, though I know Stuart wishes to write one, it is simply a collection of his diaries between 2002-2006. That said, the reviews I've read have been intriguing - and if Stuart's diaries are half as clever, witty and enjoyable as his songwriting, we should be in for a treat. Oh, and did I mention you can get signed copies for a reasonable £9 (cover price) - about $22 shipped to the states, when you order between Feb. 24-27.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Deer Tick - The Black Dirt Sessions LIMITED COLORED VINYL

Deer Tick burst into my consciousness with the blister of a Christmas tune this past holiday season. Truly, there is just too much music out there to know everything, and a dude's got to work, so I'm not going to be too hard on myself for this. Their new record, The Black Dirt Sessions, is out now... and the limited-edition, 180gm red & black swirl vinyl is still available at Partisan Records. There are only 300 of these babies... they can't have very many left. RUN!

I really tried to find a video/song to embed here from this new record, but alas, this track is from their last LP, Born on Flag Day - and good lord, it is a fantastic song. I hope the new record is 80% as good...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh VINYL + Ltd CD

The Low Anthem have a new record out today, Smart Flesh, and for those who might be pondering whether they should pick it up now or later, I'm going to make my best case for NOW. First, if you check out Nonesuch's website, you may just find that they have a deal where you can get a SIGNED POSTER with your Low Anthem record. If that's no longer up, you still may want to pick one up, since their limited, letterpress-printed edition will not be around long. The first 5000 LPs, and the first 7000 (double-disc) CDs will receive this deluxe treatment. The double-disc version comes with a second disc of 3 extra tracks... the decision between the vinyl & CD will be quite tough for some, I'm sure.

This track below is not off their new record, but off of their last LP, Oh My God Charlie Darwin.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong VINYL Preorder + 7" Preorder

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart were a band that crept into my head... I heard "Young Adult Friction" (off their last LP) and thought it was OK. Then I heard it again... OK once more. By the fifth time, I was singing it in the shower. This new record sounds a bit less indie-pop, as they appear to be dipping their toes in some more rocking material, and I'm intrigued. Their new full length, Belong, will be released on March 29th, and can be picked up on limited white vinyl via Insound. The lead single, also titled Belong, will be released on two weeks earlier and is ALSO available via Insound, where you can find their exclusive pink-vinyl version.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck PREORDER + Bonus Cassette & Colored Vinyl

The Mountain Goats have a long history of limited releases, and their new records, All Eternals Deck, is no exception. The last record had hand-numbered, limited purple vinyl sent to select stores. This time around, they are completely random. Those who order from Merge might have a better chance of getting color, but I'd imagine they're being dispersed around the country too. The breakdown is 120 blue/880 clear/3000 black.

BUT THERE IS MORE! All preorders will come with a poster of the cover art, and the first 500 orders will get a cassette of demos for the record, titled All Survivors Pack featuring hand-colored artwork!!

I have my fingers crossed.