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Stabbed in the Back!

Posted in hardcore, Revelation Records, straight edge on September 10, 2009 by startXtoday

I was sitting here thinking of what record I wanted to do an entry for today.  While going through photos, Stabbed in the Back come on my ipod.  Now I love Break Down the Walls.  I own many, many different copies of the record.  Over time, I will revisit this record with photos of the different pressings, but today I am just going to focus on the Posi Numbers press.

This record is limited to 60 copies, and was sold at the 2002 Positive Numbers Festival.  I was sitting with Donny Mutt selling One Up merch, along with Start Today Fanzine and Cut The Tension Fanzine shirts and zines.  I saw a kid walk past with the record and I nearly jumped out of my skin to talk to him.  I asked where it came from, he mumbled something about outside and pointed to the door.  I rushed outside and tried to locate the records.  I saw someone selling them from the trunk of a car (possibly Greg Bacon, but I am not 100% sure.)  I kinda weaseled my way in and to my surprise, found out the record did not sell out yet!  I gave my $8 (maybe $10) and headed back to our table with my major score.  Later that weekend I picked up a copy of What Holds Us Apart on clear for $20.

The story behind the record goes something like this.  There were 60 copies on white that the covers were REALLY beat up sitting at the Rev warehouse.  Instead of totally scrapping them, someone had an idea to do a special cover for it.  They are silk screened covers on a weird felt-like paper.  Rev also made matching t-shirts, which I did not pick up.  So if someone has a large they want to trade or sell, please get in touch.

Those days are gone man

Posted in hardcore, Judge, Revelation Records, straight edge on July 28, 2009 by startXtoday

There are a few awesome record collecting blogs going on right now, and that has inspired me to do a quick update.  I really really want to update this blog more frequently, but to be honest my life has been beyond crazy the past few months.  I’m going to keep this entry short and sweet.  Today’s record is the Revelation Records pressing of JUDGE- NEW YORK CREW.  After 3 presses on Schism Records, Rev took over on this.  I believe they even used the same plates as the Skiz version, as the Kellogs matrix is the same.  There were 1000 presses on blue vinyl.  What sets this copy apart is heavy black swirls.  This came from Double Decker records a few years ago.  I guess some guy brought some old Rev colored vinyl in (maybe he had a store at one point) including a sealed Bringing It Down on green and this copy.  It is dead mint, and never been played.  It is one of the coolest looking records I own.  I know of one other copy with black swirls, but I am sure there are more.

We’re Back!

Posted in hardcore, Judge, Revelation Records, straight edge on April 8, 2009 by startXtoday

You’d think with a title like that, I’d post about We’re Not in This Alone.  But I am not.  It’s been quite sometime since I added anything to this blog.  My 13 days of Halloween didn’t go as planned.  Of course I will post more Misfits stuff as well as some Samhain.  To get things rolling again, time to break out one of the record that is on a lot of want lists, Judge- Chung King Can Suck It.  Like many people, this record was on the top of my list for years.  The thing was hard to get a hold of from the day it was pressed, and always got top dollar for the time.  Sometimes I go through old classified sections of MRR and see people selling, trading, or begging for a copy of this.  I kept my eyes and ears open for years in hopes of getting my very own copy.  I also made it known that I wanted a Chung King because maybe someday somone would sell not on ebay and I’d have a fair crack at it.  Then it happened.  I checked my email and there was an email asking if I was still looking for a Chung King.  I instantly replied that I was and checked my email about every 10 minutes for the next couple hours waiting for more info.  A few months prior, the guy who had emailed me was getting rid of a Floorpunch 7″ on gold and I set the sale up for him.  I finally got a reply stating that a friend of his is thinking about selling.  I told him to get me a price and I will make it happen.  I gave some numbers I was willing to toss at it and hoped for the best.  Late that night, I got another email with a final price and I was fine with it.  I couldn’t believe I was finally going to get a Chung King.  The best part was I lived in Philly at the time and the record was in Philly so I did not have to worry it getting lost or broken in the mail. 

It was decided that the guy who emailed me would pick the record up and deliver it to my house.  Can’t beat that kind of service!  This was on a Tuesday.  I sat in my computer room because it was near my front door for hours that night, but he never did show up.  I jumped on AIM and he was on!!  I asked where he was and all that jazz and he said he was not able to pick the record up and would get it tomorrow.  I said that was fine and spent a painfully long day at work just waiting and hoping.  That night, I know this is sounding like a bad joke, the exact same thing happened.  I called him and he told me I was getting the record and not to worry.  He would pick it up on Thursday and I would get it on Friday.  I told him I would come pick it up, just tell me where to go.  The next day was Friday, December 10.  I worked out in the Philly suburbs and the record was a few towns over, so my friend Mike and I left straight from work to pick up the record.  It was cold and raining and traffic was horrible!  I called 2 or 3 times to say we were on the way and not to leave.  We finally reach our desitination and go into the warehouse (it housed a couple small hardcore labels.)  He came out of the back with the record still in the mailer that was sent to the owner before me.  With a shaky hand, I carefully took the record.  I was trying not to be too big of a dork and fought back a pretty big smile.  Money changed hands, I said my thank yous, and Mike and I were off to my house.  I couldn’t wait to listen to it.  Once in the privacy of my house, I got to take the time to examine every little detail from the insert to the cover.  I’m actually listening to it right now as I am typing this.

In case you do not know the sotry, Judge recorded thier first lp at Chung King Studios in NYC.  At first everyone liked it, but that changed once Mike Judge felt it could have been better.  Jordan Cooper decided in an attempt to recover some money that was going to be lost, there would be a very limited press of the original recording.  He orderd 100, but 110 copies showed up.  Some went to the band, some went to people who pre-ordered Bringing It Down, and some stayed at Revelation (where some still remain.)  This summer will be the 20 year anniversary of this record.  At this point, most are accounted for and very few will change hands.  There are also around 8 tests (there might be more than that) so if by chance you have one or know of one, let me know.  Now some pictures.

 

What’s the point?

Posted in hardcore with tags on October 14, 2008 by startXtoday

There was some discussion about taking pictures of rare records on a messageboard I post on.  I can not explain why other people might do this, but for me the answer is quite simple.  I like records and collecting.  I like going over to people’s houses and rooting through their collection.  Sometimes they will have a color or cover I did not know about.  Sometimes they might have a record I have heard about but have never had the chance to actually see.  I will never have enough time to go to all the people’s houses that I would like to, nor do I expect a ton of people are going to make the trip out to my house to see some weird Gorilla Biscuits variant.  So we have to do it this way.  Also, I don’t mind of people use my photos for things, but please don’t use them to try to sucker someone into buying or trading something you obviously do not have.  I also would like this to be more than just me posting pictures of records with a little back story.  If you have questions, or know of pressing differences I might not have mentioned, please either comment or email me.

I miss my old record room.

One Up- The Demo

Posted in bottled up, hardcore, straight edge with tags , , on October 14, 2008 by startXtoday

I always wanted to do a record label.  I talked about it for years.  Well in 2003, I sold off most of my comic book collection to get things rolling.  When Zac let me hear the Blacklisted demo, I wanted to do their record because I knew it would be awesome.  But at the time, I had no label and no money for a label so I missed the boat on that one.  I was also really into the Have Heart demo at the time.  When I talked to them about releasing something, Justin told me Thinkfast was going to release a new 7”.  So we talked a little more and decided I would do a 7” for their demo.  The original plans were for them to re-record it.  It was taking a very long time for things to come together.  In the meantime, Donny Mutt gives me a call and asks if I wanted to release the One Up demo as a 7”.  He told me he had the layout done, and everything was ready to be sent to the plant.  I love One Up, they are really good friends of mine, so how could I pass it up?  Plus Donny lived right down the street from me and we could figure this whole process out together.  The only problem I had was 2 of the songs got reversed on the master cd (thanks to iTunes) and I have to have new labels made.  The songs might be in the wrong order on the back cover too.  I know I am biased because I put this out, but this is one of my all time favorite straight edge records.  I’m pretty sure Donny just played Floorpunch songs backwards when writing this.  I wish United didn’t toss the stampers, because I would LOVE to repress this.

 

1st press:

13 test presses

 

Around the time I put this out, there was a certain Euro who was paying top dollar for records and giving me endless headaches.  One day he snaked a copy of Break Down the Walls on blue from me and that was my breaking point, hence this cover.

 

100 coke bottle clear, screened inside cover and numbered.

 

7 coke bottle clear with acetate cover.  I found the vinyl when I was moving.  I guess United sent me 107 copies and I just put the extra 7 aside.

 

15 copies with black swirl.  Obviously this is the best looking one.

 

325 black with regular sleeve.

 

75 black with Posi Numbers 2004/Boys Just Want to Have Fun sleeve.

 

2nd press

150 on white

 

50 with screened inside covers.  Donny was always into making different designs for One Up.  I came home from work one day and he was in my basement, setting up these screens.  We wanted to do the entire press like this, but after about 50 we started having issues with the screens.  I think it is a pretty cool cover, even if I still have no idea what it means.

 

Gorilla Biscuits in your head

Posted in hardcore, straight edge with tags , on October 11, 2008 by startXtoday

Once upon a time, there was a group of 3 record collectors that collectively referred to themselves as “The Triad.”  They were all hellbent on building Gorilla Biscuits collections.  Jeff and Geoff lived 20 minutes from each other, and Scotty would fly in for the occasional visit.  During one of Scott’s trips out, he brought his entire GB collection to make the ultimate GB collection pic.  When this photo was first posted, it quickly made the rounds.  People would email me links from posts on messageboards around the world.  A lot of people thought it was just one person’s collection and they were hoarding all the GB records.  So now you know it was 3 people’s collections.  Since the picture was taken, Scotty has moved onto other things.  Jeff and Geoff now own some of Scott’s GB records and there are many in Europe.  Some versions of the s/t 7″ in this picture include 1st and 2nd press test pressings, 4 off white copies, 3 stamped/numbered 1st press, 4 Warzone B labels, 2 Luke drawing B labels, a VERY dark green, dark yellow copies.  There are a ton of bootlegs featuring rare colors and covers, and a bunch of different tests.