Here’s an LP of Frank Sinatra’s classic album Softly, As I Leave You. This came out in 1964. My wife got this because she is a lady of high class and refinement.
I mean classic, by the way, in the sense that it is sort of a mess? There area some great tracks here but with Frank bowing to the inevitable and softly wading into the waters of rock and roll. I think it goes about as well as you might expect.
Here’s the LP version of Feist’s 2007 album The Reminder, a huge release put out by Arts & Crafts Records in Canada. This is a black vinyl version, which as far as I know is the only format A&C put out.
This was actually the best-selling release on iTunes in 2007. That’s how big it was. That’s pretty big for a Canadian indie label. It just has really good pop songs. I guess I’m not big on her moodier, darker stuff. Just dance with Muppets, Feist! JUST DO IT!
Here’s a copy of the 1987 compilation His Greatest Hits by Fats Domino, released by PolyTel in North America. My sweet wife loves this guy; she got this probably at Value Village or a Winnipeg record swap.
Who doesn’t like Fats Domino, right?
This is the masterfully-named LP Unicornography by Chicago punk rock supergroup The Falcon. This came out in 2006, released by Red Scare Industries. This is one of 500 copies released in the first pressing on opaque orange vinyl. A second pressing was released in 2009. I traded hard on Ebay to get one of these — it wasn’t easy. This album was in high demand for a lot of years.
This group was formed by Brenden Kelly and Neil Hennessy of the Lawrence Arms and features Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio on bass. That’s a supergroup for sure, y’all! These songs are super catchy and also fairly aggro, probably more so than most TLA albums, aside from Oh! Calcutta. I like it.
Here’s a neat copy of Explosions In The Sky’s All Of A Sudden, I Miss Everyone. This came out in 2007 on Temporary Residence Ltd. The light yellow/navy blue copies with the dramatic d-side etching were pressed in a series of 2,000 copies.
This was also a trade but I again do not know what I traded for it. I have a really bad memory, son!
This is the 2003 release by instrumental post-rock band Explosions In The Sky: The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place. Temporary Residence Ltd. put this album out in a 2xLP gatefold pressing with a (weak) etching on the d-side. Some internet resources say there was a single pressing of 3,000 copies of this. Who knows for sure, right?
My brother loved this band. I traded for this on some internet forums but I couldn’t say what I gave up for it. I like their music a lot: it’s very dramatic. It suits very specific moods very well.
Here’s a copy of the confusing vinyl version of The Explosion’s Black Tape album. It was originally released on CD in 2004 by Virgin Records. I’m fairly confident the vinyl version, put out by Tarantulas Records, came out some time later, probably after they were dropped by Virgin. I can’t really find any record of that.
This black vinyl version is one of 300 that were released. The group, even the labels of the album, claim this is from a run of “limited test pressings” which probably isn’t entirely true. But who am I to judge?
This album was maligned by a lot of people, including a lot of Explosion fans, as being a “sell-out” record. That’s at least partially bullshit; they wrote a good number of political/anti-capitalist songs before this record, a lyrical bent that mostly disappears here. But the songs theta are on this record are still very good. Very catchy. There’s something good here for people willing to hear it.
Here’s a clear red vinyl copy of The Explosion’s Sick Of Modern Art EP, released on their own label Tarantulas Records in 2003. I cannot for the life of me find pressing info for the colours this was pressed on.
I have no recollection where I tracked this down. It might have been Ebay or a trade; I remember getting this right around the time I got The Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls In America and that was a pretty tough find. I didn’t even know this existed for a while; I mostly only knew The Explosion’s terrific full-length Flash Flash Flash for a while.
This is Every Time I Die’s 2007 album “The Big Dirty,” released by Ferret Music. The vinyl pressings were done by Vinyl Collective/Suburban Home Records. This “leopard print” version (yellow with brown splatter) is one of 500 copies.
I got this for free I think when ordering from Suburban Home. I must have. I don’t even know what “metal core”means.
My ol’ wife loves old-timey rock and roll. That’s how she wound up with this I copy of the Everly Brothers “Very Best Of” LP. She got this at a Value Village — I’d bet my life on it. This appears to be a Warmer Bros. release.
If the track listing wasn’t in the front of this album you’d probably forget how many great songs the Everly’s perform. They’re a goddamn nerdy treasure.