Today in the mail I got what will be probably the last package from No Idea for this year - time flies!
One of the things it contained was a CD by The Usuals (poppunk/ska with female vox!) and it sounds ultra-sweet, but I think the most neat thing about it was the little mini mailorder catalog that was inside the jewel case that dates back to, like, 1998!
Hot Water Music's Alachua 7" for 2 bucks!? HWM/Tomorrow split 11" for 6 bucks!? split w/ Clairmel on 8.5" vinyl for 4 dollars!? a double LP label comp for 3 bucks!? And the list goes on and on. God, if only I had a time machine...
It's amazing looking back at things like that, before the scene became super reliant on the 'net, when mailordering actually involved mailordering - ya' know, flipping through a label's catalog, filling out an order form of what you want, calculating the shipping costs manually, writing out a check/money order/writing in card info, mailing all that off and waiting by the mailbox for the label to receive the payment, process it, then send off what you paid for. And it wasn't even that long ago that this was the common thing!
For the most part, that was all before my time. But I remember flipping through the catalogs labels would include in their releases (Kung Fu Records, Asian Man, No Idea, etc), curious to try it out for myself, filling out the order form, but never getting around to mailing it off and ending up spending the money elsewhere. Haha. The closest I came to mailordering was taking my meager highschool-kid-in-minumum-wage-job paycheck, placing an order online, printing out the invoice, getting a money order (or sometimes - though very rarely - sending well-concealed cash!) and mailing all that off. Then anxiously wait by the mailbox.
Nowadays I do it all online, shamelessly. But seeing those old label catalogs stuffed into albums and records reminds me of something I never really got to experience. Yeah, I'm sure it was a pain-in-the-ass long wait, especially compared to now, but there was a nicer intimacy involved there, I guess. Something that's kinda missing in this digital, iwantthatshitasfastaspossiblenow day and age.
So I guess the point of this whole rambling is ... I wish I could find those Hot Water Music records for around 2 to 6 bucks still. Bullocks.
Top 60 Albums:
1) The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
2) Eli Paperboy Reed - Come & Get It
3) Leatherface - The Stormy Petrel
4) Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
5) Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social - Love it to Life
6) Sundowner - We Chase the Waves
7) Sara Bareilles - Kaleidoscope Heart
8) Fake Problems - Real Ghosts Caught on Tape
9) Dessa - A Badly Broken Code
10) None More Black - Icons
11) Chumbawamba - ABCDEFG
12) The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
13) Jimmy Eat World - Invented
14) Alkaline Trio - This Addiction
15) Bad Religion - The Dissent of Man
16) End Of A Year - You Are Beneath Me
17) The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
18) The Measure [SA] - Notes
19) Off With Their Heads - In Desolation
20) Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
21) Crime In Stereo - I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone
22) Two Cow Garage - Sweet Saint Me
23) Stars - The Five Ghosts
24) Defiance Ohio - Midwestern Minutes
25) Someone Still Loves You Boris Yelstin - Let It Sway
26) Ryan Bingham - Junky Star
27) John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up
28) America Aquarium - Small Town Hymns
29) RVIVR - RVIVR
30) Iron Chic - Not Like This
31) The Riot Before - Rebellion
32) The Menzingers - Chamberlain Waits
33) River City Extension - ...And the Unmistakable Man
34) Tim Barry - 28th & Stonewall
35) Matt & Kim - Sidewalks
36) Look Mexico - To Bed To Battle
37) The Roots - How I Got Over
38) Brendan Kelly/Joe McMahon - Wasted Potential
39) Candy Hearts - Ripped Up Jeans & Silly Dreams
40) The Saint Catherines - Fire Works
41) Smoke or Fire - The Speakeasy
42) Young Livers - Of Misery & Toil
43) Against Me! - White Crosses
44) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mojo
45) Jeff Rowe - Barstool Conversations
46) hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You
47) Greg MacPherson - Mr. Invitation
48) She & Him - Volume 2
49) The Graduate - Only Every Time
50) Chase McBride - The Good Fight
51) Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
52) Mixtapes - Maps
53) Paul Baribeau - Unbearable
54) Audra Mae - The Happiest Lamb
55) Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be
56) Far - At Night We Live
57) Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life
58) Whiskey & Co. - Rust Colors
59) Jenny & Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now
60) Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away
Azure Ray - Drowning Down the Moon
Tim Kasher - The Game of Monogamy
Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues
Ryan Adams - Orion
The Goo Goo Dolls - Something for the Rest of Us
Lazerbeak - Legend Recognize Legend
Gamits - Parts
Black Wine - Black Wine
Tony Sly - 12 Song Program
Taylor Swift - Speak Now
The Pretty Reckless - Light Me Up
Umm ... It Was Ok:
Automatic Loveletter - Truth or Dare
P.S. Eliot - Living in Squalor
John K. Samson - City Route 85
Bridge & Tunnel - Indoor Voices
The Gaslight Anthem - She Loves You/Tumblin' Dice
Chamberlain - Raise It High
Bomb the Music Industry! - Adults!!!
Hot Water Music - Live in Chicago
Banquets - Nothing Is Fucked Here/This Is Our Concern, Dude
Tallest Man on Earth - Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town/The Promise Boxset
The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
Bob Dylan - Witmark Demos
Laura Stevenson & the Cans - A Record
Banner Pilot - Resignation Day
Screeching Weasel - Television City Dream
Micah Schnabel - When the Stage Lights Go Dim
The Bouncing Souls - Ghosts on the Boardwalk
Bands to keep an eye on in 2011:
Laura Stevenson & the Cans
Red City Radio
River City Extension
That's it. Lotssss of stuff on there and I'm pretty sure there's still a bit left off - ohwell. That's what happens with a year full of solid releases. Woop woop. Hope next year is good like that again. And not just music-wise, but everywhere-else-wise too. Fingers crossed!
I've built up quite a stack of little pieces of paper with download codes on 'em from records I've purchased throughout the year and instead of just letting 'em collect more and more dust, I decided to give 'em away to whoever wants free music. Free GOOD music! So knock yourself out - first come, first serve. And maybe let me and others know what codes you've used up already in the comments section.
Does it bug anyone else when the "oooo"'s and "ahhhh"'s (or "whoa"s) are included in song lyrics? Always looks silly to me when I come across that. A little unnecessary. Especially when next to some really nice lyrics.
Go listen to P.S. Eliot asap if you're not already - one of the best poppunk bands around; way too underappreciated/underrated!
Their most recent release is an EP titled Living in Squalor, which you can download for free here. And if you like records, you can grab a physical copy of it here. I also recommend picking up their LP, Introverted Romance. Solid stuff!
One of the highlights about the band is singer Katie Crutchfield's lyrics - she's also a pretty damn great singer too bytheway! From "Broken Record" to "A Bear Named Otis", Living in Squalor is a tasty music sandwich full of catchy melodic hooks carried by tight musicianship and pretty lyrics carried by awesome singing.
They have a new album coming out later this year on Salinas Records - get stoked for it.
RIYL: Discount, Lemuria, The Ergs!, Full of Fancy - you get the picture
My personal favorite is ďI just donít like womenís voices.Ē Have you ever heard, in the history of time, anyone declare that they just donít like menís voices? No? Thatís because there are so many different kinds of menís voices, guys! Duh! Guys screaming, and guys shouting, tenors and baritones and bass, guys yodeling, guys crooning, guys singing slightly-out-of-tune, guys rapping, guys singing in that weird Pearl Jam voice and I know you know what Iím talking about. But women? Womenís voices. I donít like them. They are high and whiny. I put them in the box of things I automatically donít like.
Another day filled with a mailbox filled with records - those days are nice. Also makes me realize that I haven't updated my deadformate list in kind of a long while. That was followed by another realization - it feels really dorky constantly updating it. And there's too much to add to it. Maye some other time when I'm out of things to do.
Anyway, one of the things that arrived in the mailbox today was the vinyl debut of Lucero's 5th album, Rebels, Rogues and Sworn Brothers, courtesy of Sabot Productions. The packaging is solid, with the gatefold jacket and all and I dig that it was pressed on thick 180 gram vinyl. BUT the one huge problem I have with this release is that it's just on one LP. Should've totally been pressed on two records - almost 50 minutes of music on one piece of vinyl doesn't really sit right with me, especially when it's an album I love by a band I love even more.
The sound's alright - although at times the volume will peak, getting pretty loud for a while, followed by a drastic drop. Could've sounded glorious if it was properly spread out across two records. Oh well, it only cost me about 8 bucks so that's a totally nice deal. I just hope Sabot handles the next Lucero releases a little better and makes 'em double LPs.
So, about the music itself, it was nice to revisit this album; haven't listened to it in a while. "I Can Get Us Out of Here", among others, is a beautiful tune.
"I might not be the one but that's alright"; that line's always stuck to me ever since I first heard it. Listening to Ben Nichols brush off something like that always puts a smile on my face. One of the things I love about this band - they're approach to topics like that. It's just a shrug and a sigh for the most part. Ok, maybe all while getting drowned in booze, but - whatever!
Vinyl or CD - whatever you prefer, if you haven't put this album close to yours ears, do so ASAP. And then dig into everything else they've done before and after, if you haven't yet. It's a goldmine!
This past Wednesday (06-30-10), I dragged my skin outside, for a whole day, for the sun to wear while I (along with some really rad friends) crawled through a field full of booths, stages, fans and bands on the Las Crusces, NM date of the 2010 Vans Warped Tour.
We arrived a little late, thankfully it was just time for awful Emmure's set to end, on some stage somewhere. I waited for New Years Day to finish at the main stage and continued kindly baking while Alkaline Trio was setting up for their turn after. Just as they kicked things off with "Private Eye", some clouds rolled in and a nice breeze came through now and then - a glorious moment, I'd say! Even more glorious and cooler than that was hearing Alk3 end their set with "Cringe" and "'97" - bad ass.
Dillinger Escape Plan, The Bouncing Souls and Face to Face were a blast to see as well - 14 year old punk me was all kinds of stoked. And during the Souls' set, Greg shared fist bumps with almost everyone up front, including me - another magical moment. And I'll never wash those knuckles ever again.
Fake Problems rocked out so much during their set later on that day. Unfortunately not too many people realized how awesome they are and so there was only a handful of people scattered about, watching 'em, along with me. But still, the band gave it their all, no matter who or how many were watching. And I fell in love with that band all over again. Then I picked up some sweet little Fake Problems shades from their merch booth afterward.
Polar Bear Club was the last band we saw before leaving; there was still plenty left to see, but we were beat and had our cups filled way already. The band was solid from start to finish, I enjoyed it. And since nevershoutnever was coming on right after PBC, I think half of Polar Bear's crowd was made up of nsn fankids dying to get up front. Hopefully their pre-waiting introduced them to a band way cooler. I dunno. But Polar Bear was done, a swarm of girls pushed their way to the front and I almost got trapped there - way-opposite-of-glorious moment.
Overall, it was fun, I enjoyed it. Was my first time attending Warped since '07 and as usual, it had a mix of everything - the good, the bad and the argyle. Maybe I'll try it out again next year. Hopefully Cokie the Clown makes an appearance; I'd gulp up everything at that set.