First, let me say, it’s the 52nd anniversary of the start of Woodstock today (you’d have known that if you listened to today’s episode of Beeswax Vinyl Daily). Second let me say that we listened to no records yesterday as we had a food and beverage event and a work event for The BCPF. We did buy a mini stack of records, though. Here’s the haul:
Sting – My Songs — This is the second studio album to feature new renditions of previously released material (after 2010’s Symphonicities). It involves both solo and Police stuff. I think I may have listened to this on streaming a while back. It is sealed for now, but we’ll crack that bad boy open in a little bit. New.
Depeche Mode – Angels And Black Swarms — This is on the back cover: “Black Swarm” was the alias which Reprise and Mute Records used for Depeche Mode, on the pre-released promo copies of “Playing The Angel” and “Precious” single, in order to avoid the album leaking out before its release date. Each copy has an individual number and the name of the person it was sent to, printed on it. I am not quite sure what any of that means. I see nothing on this cover, so it must be referring to the original copies. Grey marbled cover. It is an unofficial import and is “new.”
The XX – XX — One of the many, many upsides to doing the Beeswax Vinyl Daily and having Underdog Records as a sponsor, is finding things that I didn’t know that I liked. This celebrated an anniversary this past week and I liked what little I heard. New (and the name should be The xx and the album is xx, but Discogs doesn’t like when every first letter isn’t capitalized).
Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward — The fourth DMode album. This has Master and Servant, Blasphemous Rumors and People Are People on it. I love all of those songs and most everything that DMode does. VG+.
Fleetwood Mac – Never Break The Chain — The legendary broadcast, apparently from The Forum, Inglewood, California 21st october 1982. Limited edition on blue vinyl. VG/VG+. There is a scratch one a side but according to the sales label from Jonathan, he doesn’t hear it affecting the sound.
Billie Holiday – Lady Sings The Blues — This is a Brazilian import of this album. The track listing features no song that is on the American release of the same name. It doesn’t even have the title track on this version. The BCPF wanted it and well, you know how that goes, right? VG+.
Various – Jesus Christ Superstar — Yes, I already have this, but this is the 1980 reissue (the original happened just a month before I was born in 1970). Better yet, this is still sealed, so it will be NM/New. I love this rock opera/musical and can’t get enough of it. So, I’ll keep my older copy, too, but I want the vinyl as clean as possible. New.
I was glad we got to stop in and see Jonathan and buy some groovy vinyl before our day of booze, brews and chews. The store is back to people wearing a mask for the time being, so be aware of that. He had a lot of new stuff in the “Freshly Used” section, too. You can shop the brand new stuff (including reissues and such) by visiting the website. I use Discogs to track my collection and to do this blog. You should, too!
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “What’s the buzz, tell me what’s a-happening? Why should you want to know? Don’t you mind about the future? Don’t you try to think ahead? Save tomorrow for tomorrow. Think about today instead. I could give you facts and figures, even give you plans and forecasts, even tell you where I’m going.” – “What’s the Buzz/Strange Thing Mystifying” (Rice/Lloyd-Webber)
Today is the 44th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac’s most famous album, Rumours. There are plenty of great Fleetwood Mac albums but this is the one. THE one. There’s not a bad song on this album, at all. It’s always my example when I talk about the “Leave Me Out of It” thing we did on Beeswax Vinyl & More Podcast and I hope to bring it to the next version. This is the most haunting tune on the album, to me. Enjoy!
I walked 2793 steps today. 1.27 miles. Yay me!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel… Scorp out!
— “Oh Daddy, if I can make you see. If there’s been a fool around, it’s got to be me. Yes, it’s got to be me.” – “Oh Daddy” (McVie)
The BCPF and I were up “early” to prepare for Record Store Day Drop #2. We were selected for the 930a spot and it was a perfect spot for us. We got everything on our list with the exception of one title but one of our friends and part of the RSD Crüe had found that one at another store after his slot. Things were calm and easy going for Jonathan, I believe. So, we did one non-RSD release but all the releases were brand new. I also included identifiers and attributes, where/when applicable, including how limited the run is. Here’s the haul:
Surfer Blood – Carefree Theatre — This is the non-RSD release. I heard just one song from this as I was making the commercial for Underdog Records for The Less Desirables. I sent Jonathan a message and had him hold me one. I thought it was be great for The BCPF. She loved it. Straight indie rock.
The rest are RSD releases.
The Replacements – The Complete Inconcerated Live — Limited to 8500 copies. Comes in tri-gatefold packaging. 3xLP and it was a great show. Paul Westerberg had a rough night with his voice and some feedback but I love how raw this show is. They may have done some overdubs but I don’t think so, I think this is how it was. I dug it.
The Feminine Complex – Livin’ Love — 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Pink. Gatefold sleeve, two pink LPs in white polylined inner sleeves. This was the one our friend got for us at a different store. The Feminine Complex was an all-girl garage band from the 60s and this is their only album.
Various – I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson — 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Pink, Blue. Exclusive Ltd. Edition Run of 1,000 copies. The BCPF really loves her Wes Anderson movies and I like them, too. This is a compilation of songs from his films. It’s 2xLP record 1 is “Margot Tenenbaum pink” (like The Royal Tenenbaums) and record 2 is “Life Aquatic blue” (like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou).
Various – Wilcovered — According to Discogs: “Wilcovered 19 covers of Wilco songs performed by renowned artists and friends of the band.” 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition. It was an interesting listen. The BCPF is a big fan of Wilco, I’m pretty indifferent. She liked it a lot more than I did.
McCartney – McCartney — Record Store Day release September 26, 2020. Limited pressing: 7000 copies. After cancelling the April 18, 2020 RSD, this release was rescheduled for the second RSD Drop on September 26, 2020. However in some countries (e.g. Canada and France) it was accidentally distributed for the first RSD Drop on August 29, 2020. Comes in a Gatefold sleeve with a Red ‘Obi’ strip and an (A5-size) ‘Half-speed Mastering’ Certificate. Vinyl cut by Miles Showell using original 1970 master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, London, 5th November 2019. This half-speed master closely references the 2011 remaster by Steve Rooke and Guy Massey. It was made as a vinyl specific transfer in high resolution and without digital peak limiting for the best possible reproduction.
Son Volt – Live At The Orange Peel — 2 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition. RSD 2020 – September 26. On transparent orange vinyl. Quantity: 1500. Recorded live at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on September 23, 2005, these songs were part of the 6 String Belief DVD, but have never before been released on vinyl. The BCPF knew nothing about this band, but I believe it will be things she digs. Again, she loves Wilco and Jeff Tweedy was in Uncle Tupelo with Jay Farrar. Uncle Tupelo broke up and Farrar started Son Volt. This was done in a venue that I’ve stood outside of (and was supposed to see Steven Wilson there two years ago, darn snow).
Fleetwood Mac – The Alternate Rumours — Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Remastered. Record Store Day 2020 exclusive release, part of the September 26th drops. Limited edition of 16,000 copies. I was looking forward to this one the most, I think. I have really loved the Fleetwood Mac “Alternate” albums over the last few years. There was Alternate Mirage, Alternate Fleetwood Mac, Alternate Tango in the Night. This is perhaps their biggest of them all. I loved all the alternate takes on this album, save one. It’s my least favorite song on the album and I liked “I Don’t Want to Know (Early Take)” even less.
Roger Waters – The Wall (Live In Berlin 1990) — 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Clear, 180 Gram. Record Store Day 2020 exclusive release, part of the September 26th drops. 30th Anniversary limited edition, pressed on Clear 180 gram vinyl, gatefold cover in a total of 8.000 copies. When I first saw this concert (I think I own it on DVD), I was enthralled in the spectacle of it. I have always said that The Wall is my favorite Pink Floyd album and while I still prefer the Pink Floyd version, this was amazing.
The Doors – The Soft Parade: Stripped — Vinyl, 12″, Limited Edition, Numbered, Clear. Record Store Day 2020 exclusive release, part of the September 26th drops. Limited to 12,000 units. Eight tracks (some repeats) some with new Robbie Krieger overdubs.
Various – Psyché France 1960-70 Volume 6 — The BCPF and I are suckers for French pop music. This is French pop music from the 1960s. It sounds new and it could be but supposedly it’s from back then. It was a great listen.
Tegan and Sara – Tonight We’re In The Dark Seeing Colors — Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Purple splatter. Recorded live from their ‘Hey, I’m Just Like You’ Tour. Includes exclusive versions of Tegan and Sara favorites on limited edition purple splatter vinyl. Limited to 500 copies.
Squirrel Nut Zippers – The Inevitable — Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue. Record Store Day 2020 first release, part of the September 26th drops. Limited to 1500 copies. The BCPF says this is her college days. I love the swing style and this is a great album.
Primus – Suck On This — Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Blue. Limited to a quantity of 5000. Release has 3D artwork, and nothing written on the spine. Live album from 1989.
The Alarm – Celtic Folklore Live — Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition. Record Store Day 2020 release in a total of 1.000 copies. Side-A recorded at Hammersmith Odeon London – February 9th 1988. Side-B recorded at Cabaret, San Jose, California – March 17th 1988.
Lenny Bruce – Is Out Again — A rare recording of Lenny Bruce, fully authorized by Lenny’s daughter Kitty Bruce, unlike the majority of the bootleg material that has been released in the past. This release was only ever sold in limited copies at clubs, directly by Lenny to fans. I haven’t heard this yet, but my favorite part of it is the letter on the back from a reverend. He basically says he feels that Bruce is grossly misunderstood.
It was a great day for us. Jonathan said at our scheduled time that everything was going very smooth. I haven’t sent him a message yet, as I normally do after each RSD. He’s probably relaxing today. You can check out any unsold RSD stock by visiting the Underdog Records website. He does contactless deliveries in the early part of the week and is open Thursday through Saturday 11a-7p. I use Discogs to keep track of my collection and share it with you!
I also want to wish The BCPF a happy sixth reception-versary. It’s our fourth and final “public” anniversary of every year.
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “Broadway hasn’t been the same since we found lover’s lane. Standing on the corner of fourth and main. Dreaming of you way downtown in lover’s lane. Sun is down, moon is bright. Lover’s gonna stroll all night. Way downtown in lover’s lane.” – “Lover’s Lane” (Mathus)
Yep, I am a day behind on this because yesterday was Mother’s Day.
So, Underdog Records is still “closed” and Jonathan says that while he does see reopening in the near future, it will still be several weeks, and procedures within the store will be different. He’s doing a shload of deliveries right now, though. Head over to the Underdog Records website, or follow on Instagram (Jonathan’s preferred method) and Facebook to see what you can purchase.
And, per usual, this week’s streaming listens comes from Discogs’ shuffle feature and it has to be an album that I own on vinyl (outside of peripheral things like Beeswax Vinyl & More listens), that way it’s like listening to my vinyl but with headphones from my computer whilst The BCPF works 10 feet away. Here’s the list:
That was a really good listening session, other than I need to find a better copy of Running on Empty because that was clearly a $1 bin find and is in really bad shape. Almost unlistenable at times. So, it’s on my hunt list, I guess.
I cannot wait to flip through the used records again. I want to buy a lot of them! I have an impressive collection now but that’s not enough. I want more! Part of the experience is the ability to collect. We’ll work on it. Patience, old man… patience.
Again, check out Underdog Records’ social and web stuffs. Buy records. Use Discogs to keep track of your collection and use it’s groovy (see what I did there) shuffle feature.
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
— “You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice. If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill. I will choose a path that’s clear, I will choose freewill.” – “Freewill” (Peart/Lee/Lifeson)
As has been the case for the last month, we haven’t really gotten anything new because Underdog Records is affected just like everything else in the world right now. So, in the spirit of “normalcy,” or the “Now Normal” that I call it, I used my listening time during the week hitting Discogs’ awesome shuffle feature and picked albums that I have and streamed them. I pay for Napster (the same that used to be arsehats and cheat artists out of their money, but they’re legit – they used to be Rhapsody) and the artists get paid for my listens, so yay for that. So, here’s what I listened to this week under headphones (not counting what I listened to for Beeswax Vinyl & More):
That’s a pretty good “listens” list, I think. Then yesterday, The BCPF and I got to listen to some records. We did our usual alternating turns and it was all “random grab” via Discogs shuffle. Here’s that list (in no particular order):
That’s my listening for the week. I really cannot wait until Underdog Records opens back up. This is really hard. It’s like having to ween off candy. Jonathan is my “candy man” and the records my candy. Well, you can still purchase things from him. Just go to their Instagram and Facebook pages and see what he’s putting out for sale. He’ll deliver to you, either personally or ship them to you. You can shop via the Underdog Records website, as well. You can also purchase one of the new Underdog Records t-shirts and proceeds go to Underdog Records to help them stay afloat. See how here.
You see the marvel of Discogs already in this post.
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
— “You are here and warm but I could look away and you’d be gone. ‘Cause we live in a time when meaning falls in splinters from our lives. And that’s why I’ve traveled far, ’cause I come so together where you are.” – “Sentimental Lady” (Welch)
Today is the anniversary of three different albums that I think are especially good. Two of which have a pretty good rapport with fans and one that is questionable. Let’s start with that one. Today is the 33rd anniversary of Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night album. I like the poppy and polished aspect of that album. That’s something that turned many people, particularly those who would call themselves Fleetwood Mac fans.
Another anniversary is the 39th anniversary of Billy Squier’s Don’t Say No album. I was never really a Squier fan. I didn’t dislike him, I just didn’t pay attention. There was a recent discussion about this album in particular on Facebook a bit ago and there was an attempt to get me to say I didn’t like it. I couldn’t say it as being the case. But, I explained that I really had no opinion on it. I like it, just don’t think about it.
The third is Bowie’s Aladdin Sane. It’s not my favorite Bowie, not by a mile but it is important. #279 on the RS List, there isn’t anything wrong with it. I just think it was a bridge album for me. From The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars to this and then the covers album, Pin Ups to Diamond Dogs. I like Diamond Dogs, don’t know much about Pin Ups and have no outright problems with this, just not my favorite, as I verbosely said.
So, here’s the choice I made. Enjoy!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
— “Looking out for love. In the night so still. Oh, I’ll build you a kingdom in that house on the hill. Looking out for love. Big, big love.” – “Big Love” (Buckingham)
Today is the 43rd anniversary of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest album (in my opinion), Rumours. It’s #25 on the RS List and to me has no true clunkers. This is the song, I believe, that Clay said he would leave off the album but I think it’s haunting and I really dig it. This is a professional FM cover band so it may be wrong to include them but, I think they sound better doing it than FM when they did it live. Enjoy!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
— “Why are you right when I’m so wrong? I’m so weak but you’re so strong. Everything you do is just alright and I can’t walk away from you, baby, if I tried.” – “Oh Daddy” (McVie)
As you saw for the last two days, I spent almost 20 hours on the sidewalk in front of Underdog Records, camping out, watching the weather, hoping against hope that it didn’t rain, had my hands butter scrubbed, had a new restaurant stop and offer us samples of their shrimp and grits, was joined by The BCPF, survived without any rain, worked with my friends to make sure we all got what we needed and came home and crashed. There was a lot more detail of this story, but we will probably focus on that later in the week. For today, here is the Record Store Day haul!
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica — This was the reason I camped out, at least for me. I don’t really “like” this album but I love having it. It is #60 (of all spaces) on the RS list. I understand more about it since my first listen, I love the artistic value and respect the heck out of the project. It isn’t a pleasant listen but it is an interesting one. 2xLP reissue. All of these will be Near Mint or NM and I’ll tell how many were available worldwide. This one doesn’t have limited availability, from what I can tell.
Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets — Last year it was Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Floyd’s debut album remastered in mono. This year it’s their sophomore effort and I can’t wait to listen to it. I really liked Pink Floyd with David Gilmour minus Syd Barrett. I understand the importance and somewhat maniacal genius that Syd was, but just like I like Peter Gabriel, I don’t really like Genesis with him. Barrett was on this album minimally as he was starting his slide. He was dismissed before the album was finished. The cover was designed by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis and is based on a Doctor Strange comic. 6500 available.
Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks Test Pressing — We have Blood on the Tracks which is #16 on the RS list but this is the New York Test Pressing of the album. The
“hype sticker” on the shrinkwrap reads: “The original New York version of Blood on the Tracks. Replica of the 1974 test pressing. Featuring unique mixes. Available for the first time ever.” So, The BCPF wanted this one, so that’s what she gets. Only 7500 available worldwide.
Fleetwood Mac – The Alternate Fleetwood Mac — The last two years’ RSD hauls have had a few “Alternate” Fleetwood Mac albums. 2017 was Alternate Mirage, 2018 Alternate Tango in the Night and now this. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I like the concept. It’s the entire album, in this case, but is all early takes or early versions. Should be cool. There are no “availability” numbers for this album on the RSD website.
Frank Black – Frank Black — One of the several that I camped out for, for The BCPF. She tells me that it was released a month or so before she graduated high school and they rode around wearing the cassette out. I like what I’ve heard of it. I like it better than Pixies stuff. It’s orange, too. 4500 available.
Jeff Buckley – In Transition — The BCPF loves her some Jeff Buckley and this is 7 previously unreleased performances of his tunes. Only 3000 worldwide.
Bingo Hand Job – Live At The Borderline 1991 — So, one of our fellow campers was looking online and came across this one. I don’t know if he was just researching or if he was intrigued by the name but when he looked it up, he found that it was really REM doing their “alias” thing and playing a club. So, being as we were the first four in line, we kept that secret and three of us grabbed them. Hey, we were the ones that camped for 20 hours, we got what we want. 3000 available.
The Charlatans – Some Friendly — This was the title that The BCPF wanted the most. It was Charlatans UK to her (and it says that on the album cover). It is clear vinyl and only 1000 worldwide.
Peter Gabriel – Rated PG — I generally have sworn off picture discs, but hey, this is Peter Gabriel. This is a collection of his songs that have been on movie soundtracks. Supposedly, according to Discogs, it is numbered, but I don’t find any indication on mine of a “number.” It does include a digital download, though. Only 2000 worldwide.
David J – Thoughts And Prayers — Similarly with the picture disc model, I don’t usually get 7″ either. But, The BCPF wanted it and here it was. Only 500 worldwide.
So, people have asked me if it was worth it. Truly, the actual record buying was secondary to the camaraderie, conversation, friendship, community and experience. That, in and of itself was worth it. The vinyl we got, knowing that we are one of 500-6000 in the world that have one, is priceless. Thank you so much to Underdog Records, especially Jonathan, for being a place where we want to do such things, always having our backs in the inventory and letting us in to go to the bathroom before you go home, bringing us doughnuts and coffee the next morning and just being an all-around awesome dude. And, thank you, Discogs for being available to help us sort this crazy mess out. And, thank you, Record Store Day (yes it is an entity) for doing this awesome “holiday” twice a year. And, lastly, to David, Jordan, Bob, Michael, Taylor, Jay, and The BCPF, thank you for making it a great experience to be out there.
Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
— “Master, master. This is recorded thru uh flies ear ‘n you have t’ have uh flies eye t’ see it. It’s the thing that’s gonna make Captain Beefheart and his magic band fat. Frank, it’s the big hit. It’s the blimp! It’s the blimp, Frank! It’s the blimp!” – “The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica)” (Van Vliet)
First off, notice I changed the title of this one. It seems my Sunday posts are a bit verbose at times, and they’re usually about records. Neither of which really lends to the “silent” aspect of Silent Sunday. So, I think I’m changing the “haul” posts up a bit. I’ll still do Silent Sunday for non-record posts.
Well, this is a little different in the record category, as well. I went to Underdog Records, three different times from Friday to Saturday. I went on Friday because I didn’t think I’d get there Saturday because of a party we were having with a dear friend of ours. That included a bus and beer. Yep. Bus. Beer. And, also, on Friday, I was given a few records by a friend of mine. She said, here you can have these. Some of them ended up crossing off a few entries off the RS List. So, here’s what we got:
Poison – Open Up and Say…Ahh! – Yeah, I know it’s cheesy “hair metal” but I don’t care. I love this album. I think Bret Michaels sings perfectly well for what they were. Still, when people talk hair metal, I’d say 17 out of 20 would say Poison first. This was a reissue, so new.
Dr. Dog – Critical Equation – A new album from a band that, to me, sounds like a mixture between Robert Smith of the Cure and Bob Dylan. It’s right up The BCPF’s alley and that’s why I picked it. New.
Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville – #327 on the RS List, this was a reissue on 180g vinyl to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It’s a great album. She’s ballsy for a chick. That’s a good thing. New.
Bob Dylan – Desire – #174 on the RS List. It was there in the used bin and in VG condition.
The Liverpool Kids – Beattle Mash – This is an enigma to me. It’s clearly a Beatles-esque or Beatles-influenced band. Beatles is spelled wrong in the title and on the back but right everyhwere else, including the center label itself, where it credits the artist as The Schoolboys. Liner Notes credit artist as The Liverpool Moptops. So, who knows what’s going on. They cover “She Loves You” but the rest is just in British Invasion genre. G+?
Elvis – Double Dynamite! – Not even credited to Mr. Presley, it just says Elvis, although the cover is clearly him. It also says it’s made from original RCA masters. Eh? VG.
So, a pretty big haul there. Thanks, Lori for the gifts. And thank you Underdog Records for providing me a “candy store” to be proud of. And thanks to Discogs for providing such a great place for me to catalog my stuff!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
— “Winter is here again oh lord. Haven’t been home in a year or more. I hope she holds on a little longer. Sent a letter on a long summer day. Made of silver, not of clay. I’ve been runnin’ down this dusty road.” – “Wheel in the Sky” (Schon/Fleischman/Valory)
So, last night when The BCPF and I were driving back from GSO, we were listening to some yacht rock on Sirius XM and this song came on. I love the album that it’s from. I have the Fleetwood Mac album that it was on but I haven’t listened to it, yet. I will. Anywhat! Here ya go… Enjoy!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
— “And all of the things that I said that I wanted come rushing by in my head when I’m with you. Fourteen joys and a will to be merry, and all of the things that we say are very sentimental gentle wind blowing through my life again. Sentimental Lady. Gentle one.” – “Sentimental Lady” (Welch)