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Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

elliott smith expanded 25th anniversary edition

Pre-order Elliott Smith 25 Year Anniversary Edition Out August 28, 2020

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Elliott Smith’s Self-titled 2nd album release, Kill Rock Stars is reissuing a completely remastered 2-Disc CD or LP, this release also includes extra tracks not heard before. Formats include: mp3 – $13, wav – $15, 2xCD+Book – $25, 2x LP Black Vinyl + Book – $44.99 and 2x LP Highlighter Yellow Vinyl + Book – $54.99, available for preorder.

Released in 1995, it was largly ignored by the music press, but celebrated by artists from the Beasty Boys to Fugazi. CDs and LPs include the 52-page coffee table book with previously unseen photographs of Elliott by JJ Gonson, hand writen lyrics and remenicences by his colleagues and friends. Gonson shot the original cover image.

For this release Larry Crane, producer/engineer and official archivist for the Smith family collected masters, files, cassetts, DAT and tape reels to get the closest sources to the origional mixes. It also includes the oldest known recording of Elliot performing live as a solo act. Prior to Elliot Smith his band Heatmiser released music and Elliot released his first solo record Roman Candle in 1994. Read more about this record here.

Record Store Day 2020

UPDATE! Record Store Day has been rescheduled for Aug 29, Sep 24 & Oct 24, 2020

Record Store Day 2020 has been rescheduled.

Due to the continuing Coronavirus Pandemic and social distancing, Record Store Day has been rescheduled once more, the new days are Aug 29, Sep 24 & Oct 24, 2020. 

A couple exciting Record Store Day releases are:

  • Archers of Loaf “Raleigh Days”/”Street Fighting Man” 7″ Vinyl
  • David Bowie ChangesNowBowie LP RSD Exclusive
  • The Cure Seventeen Seconds 12″ Picture Disc RSD Exclusive
  • Galaxie 500 Copenhagen 2 x LP RSD Exclusive
  • Guided By Voices Hold On Hope 10″ Vinyl RSD Limited Run/Regional Focus (Dayton OH?)
  • Damien Jurado “Birds Tricked Into the Trees”/”From Devils To Davis” 7″ Vinyl ‘RSD First’
  • Lennon/Ono with the Plastic Ono Band Instant Karma! (2020 Ultimate Mixes) 7″ Vinyl ‘RSD First’
  • John Prine The Atlantic Albums 4 x LP RSD Exclusive
  • Slint “Breadcrumb Trail” b/w “Good Morning, Captain” 12″ Vinyl RSD Exclusive

And many more, check the list here: RSD list

Merge Re-issues Polvo’s Debut & Sophomore Records

POLVO on Peak Vinyl Reissues

Merge Records releases two classic records from North Carolina rockers Polvo on Peak Vinyl. These are limited-edition one-time pressings: Cor-Crane Secret on opaque blue and white and Today’s Active Lifestyles on opaque red and mustard yellow, housed in a cardstock sleeves. Redesigned album art features never-before-seen photos from the band’s archive. Includes digital download card. Order before they’re gone!

POLVO – Cor-Crane Secret – Reissue – Peak Vinyl

Purchase here or order from your local independent record store.

Today’s Active Lifestyles

Purchase here or order from your local independent record store.

Public Enemy ‎– It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back 1988/2013

Public Enemy ‎– It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back – B0019394-01

This 2013 reissue, Public Enemy’s second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back was recorded over 1987-88 at Chung King Studios, Greene St. Recording in Manhattan and Sabella Studios in Long Island. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA, reaching number 42 after 47 weeks on the Billboard 200, and ranked number 48 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, in 2003. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back was critically lauded and ended up on many top albums of 1988 lists.

180 Gram heavyweight vinyl reissue with lenticular cover. Limited to 2800 copies.

Purchase from Amazon


Recorded at: Greene St. Recording, Chung King House Of Metal, Sabella Recording Studios, Spectrum City Studios
Engineered at: Greene St. Recording, Sabella Recording Studios, Chung King House Of Metal
Mixed at: Greene St. Recording, Chung King House Of Metal
Engineering: Chuck Valle (tracks: B6), Greg Gordon (tracks: A2), Jeff Jones (tracks: A2), The Chairmen Of The Boards (tracks: A2, A8)
Executive Producer: Rick Rubin
Lacquer Cut: IS
Mixed: Chuck Chillout (tracks: B3), Keith (Wizard K-Jee) Boxley (tracks: B3), Rod Hui (tracks: A2, B7), Steve Ett (tracks: A2, B7)
Photography: [Album And Video] Glen E. Friedman
Producer [Assistant], Programmed By [Programming] – Eric (Vietnam) Sadler
Producer, Programmed By [Programming], Other [Guided], Other [Creator], Directed By, Sequenced By – Carl Ryder, Hank Shocklee
Scratches [Lead And Rhythm Scratching] – Norman (Terminator X) Rogers


Side Silver
A1 Countdown To Armageddon 1:41
A2 Bring The Noise 3:45
A3 Don’t Believe The Hype 5:18
A4 Cold Lampin With Flavor 4:16
A5 Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic 4:31
A6 Mind Terrorist 1:20
A7 Louder Than A Bomb 3:37
A8 Caught, Can We Get A Witness? 4:55
Side Black
B1 Show Em Whatcha Got 1:56
B2 She Watch Channel Zero 3:49
B3 Night Of The Living Baseheads 3:13
B4 Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos 6:24
B5 Security Of The First World 1:19
B6 Rebel Without A Pause 5:00
B7 Prophets Of Rage 3:18
B8 Party For Your Right To Fight 3:26

David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” Gets 50th Anniversary Box Set

Bowie fans rejoice! Parlophone is releasing David Bowie “Space Oddity” 7″ mono single for the 50th anniversary of the original release on July 12th, 2019. So get your credit card ready!

2 x 7″ vinyl box plus new remixes by Tony Visconti. Includes posters. Price should be around $46 US. That’s for two 7″ singles. But for a hard-core Bowie fan, it’s a must-have set.

Available for preorder on Amazon UK and Italian sites.

Here’s a link to Amazon’s US store listing, is offering preorder stateside for $29.98 with free prime shipping.


Single 1 Credits

Arranged By: David Bowie, Paul Buckmaster
Producer: Gus Dudgeon
Written-By: David Bowie

Single 2 Credits

Arranged By: David Bowie, Paul Buckmaster
Producer: Gus Dudgeon
Written-By: David Bowie
2019 Mix: Tony Visconti


Disc 1
A- Space Oddity
B- Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud
Disc 2
A- Visconti remix of Space Oddity
B- Visconti remix of Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud

Hogni – Two Trains – Red Transparent Vinyl Ltd 750 eratp103lp

Hogni – Two Trains | Transparent Red Vinyl LP Ltd 750 | eratp1031lp

Hogni – Two Trains is the first solo recording by Islandic artist Högni Egilsson formerly of Hjaltalín and Gus Gus. Transparent red vinyl pressed in a limited edition of 750, record held in a paper sleeve lined with anti-static plastic. Card stock one sheet included with track listings, lyrics, credits and thanks. Title logo sticker affixed to shrink wrap. Length: 33:52. Digital download code included.

First off, the transparent red vinyl is quite striking and with the red cover art it just makes visual sense. There us a more limited edition of 250, pressed in transparent green, available and as always black vinyl.

The overall quality of the record is apparent with the subdued sounds that, on a decent system and speakers, is rich and dynamic. Audiophile systems will experience even greater sound dynamics. Most of the tracks are mostly sung in Icelandic, but there are a couple with English lyrics. There was minimal surface noise. Break up ends with a sustained single note that very slowly fades into nothing. To get a real feel for Two Trains you need to turn it up!

Color Vinyl editions: Transparent Red Ltd 750, Transparent Green Ltd 250, Black.


Songs by Högni Egilsson, Atll Bollason and Stephan Stephensen except tracks 1 & 6 by Högni Egilsson & Atll Bollason and track 5 written by Högni Egilsson & Stephan Stephensen

Produced by President Bongo

Mixed by: Addi 800 & President Bongo

Sequenced by Robert Raths

Mastered: Black Saloon by: Mandy Parnell

Master Cut: Calyx by: Lupo

Art Direction: Siggi Odds

Layout: Feld by: Torsten Posselt & Andreas Ruekel

Photography: Anna Maggý


Side A
1 Andaðu 2:28
2 Shed Your Skin 3:36
3 Komdu með 4:06
4 Crash 4:58
5 Dragðu mig 1:59

Side B
6 Óveðursský 2:35
7 Break-up 4:25
8 Moon Pitcher 3:30
9 Parallel 3:38
10 Enn næða orð 4:34

The Twilight Sad – It Won’t Be Like This All The Time 2xLP

The Twilight Sad – It Won’t Be Like This All The Time | 2 x Black Vinyl LP | ROCKACT116LP

The Twilight Sad – It Won’t Be Like This All The Time is their 5th release from Rock Action Records. 2 Black vinyl heavy-weight records. Gatefold sleeve, anti-static record sleeve inserts, includes download coupon.

The sound quality of the vinyl

It Won’t Be Like This All The Time is very good with no noticeable noise on an average system. The tones are deep and highs and lows are dynamic. NOTE: this record must be played at 45 rpms, not the normal LP speed of 33 1/3.

NOTE: See The Twilight Sad live!


Lyrics by James Alexander Graham

Music by Andy McFarlane

Recorded: Middle Farm Studios

Engineered: Andrew Bush

Produced by Andy McFarlane

Mixed: Sunset Sound by: Chris Cody

Mastered: Sterling Sound by: Greg Calbi

Artwork: DLT


Side A
1 [10 Good Reasons for Modern Drugs] 4:08
2 Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting 3:24
3 The Arbor 4:19

Side B
1 VTr 4:16
2 Sunday Day13 3:33

Side C
1 I/m Not Here [missing face] 5:38
2 Auge/Maschine 4:41
3 Keep It All to Myself 3:01

Side D
1 Girl Chewing Gum 4:03
2 Let/s Get Lost 4:40
3 Videograms 4:55

Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On 2xLP

Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On | 2 x Black Vinyl LP | OLE 1166-1 US

Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On is their 15th and, 2018 release from Matador Records. 2 Black vinyl records, card stock sleeve inserted into an outer sleeve, clear title logo sticker affixed to shrink wrap. Length: 63:31. Digital download coupon included.

We love Yo La Tengo and, over the years their music has developed into a niche all their own. A catalog of music running the sonic spectrum from distorted feedback to almost-whispered lullabies. There’s A Riot Going On is not hard, it’s a solid record with enough variety to keep from being boring, so filler tracks here, if you love Yo La Tengo of the Autumn Sweater years, this record will make you happy.

The sound quality of the vinyl is good with no noticeable noise on an average system. People with high-end audiophile systems, and a well-developed ear, will have to review the record to determine its overall audiophile quality.

For the rest of us; we played the track Shortwave, with its subtle sounds and samples, we could clearly hear soft-singing voices, synth sounds, bow on bass reverb, audio from tv/radio samples in the background, ambient noises, minimal guitar notes. The different sounds were audible and pleasing. Compared to the digital, (which is included with purchase) the vinyl was nearly identical.


Songs by Yo La Tengo except Polynesia #1 by Michael Hurley
Recorded by James McNew
Produced by Yo La Tengo
Mixed: Soma Electronic Music Studios by: John McEntire
Mastered: Sterling Sound by: Greg Calbi
Lacquer Cutting: Ray Janos
Design: Mark Ohe


Disc 1
1 You Are Here 5:43
2 Shades Of Blue 2:51
3 She May, She Might 5:22
Disc 2
1 For You Too 4:13
2 Ashes 3:11
3 Polynesia #1 2:25
4 Dream Dream Away 5:49
Disc 3
1 Shortwave 5:44
2 Above The Sound 5:38
3 Let’s Do It Wrong 2:53
4 What Chance Have I Got 3:05
Disc 4
1 Esportes Casual 1:25
2 Forever 3:50
3 Out Of The Pool 2:43
4 Here You Are 6:55

Slowdive (2017)

Slowdive, Vinyl, Gatefold Cover

After a 22 year break Slowdive release their 4th album self-titled Slowdive (out on Dead Oceans). This record is one vinyl disc, 8 songs for 45:58 in playing time Digital download card, gatefold Jacket, black colored paper sleeve. Slowdive was recorded at several locations in England, mixed in Los Angeles at Sunset Sound by Chris Coady, mastered in NYC by Heba Kadry. Vinyl cut by Josh Bonati.

If you love shoegaze, and especially Slowdive, this album will not disappoint you, (especially so if you’ve been waiting 22 years) the recording and the vinyl are good. The record is not pressed on 180 gram and is standard weighted, but plays well.

Vinyl editions:
Standard black – UK, Europe & US
Translucent Blue – Japan
Clear – US
Silver – UK, Europe & US, available here

1 Slomo
2 Star Roving
3 Don’t Know Why
4 Sugar For The Pill
5 Everyone Knows
6 No Longer Making Time
7 Go Get It
8 Falling Ashes

Get this great record.

Built To Spill / Ultimate Alternative Wavers

Ultimate Alternative Wavers, Double – LP 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Cover

After leaving the Boise post punkers Treepeople, Doug Martsch started Built to Spill. Their first full-length studio release; Ultimate Alternative Wavers was recorded at Audio Lab in Boise, Idaho, in the fall of 1992 and released by C/Z Records on May 1, 1993. Originally available on CD it was produced for reissue by Matt Sullivan for this double vinyl record in 2013. The original CD went out of print and was re-released in 2006.

Having never heard Ultimate Alternative Wavers on vinyl, but having listened to the CD hundreds and hundreds of times, the first play was almost as if I hadn’t heard it before.

The record jacket has been reproduced in its entirety and includes a one sheet with more information of the recording a track listing with full recording credits and a portrait of the band probably taken at Fred Meyer Portrait Studio (if such a thing exists).

Analog recording, Analog playback

The record starts off with ironically with a track called The First Song, which builds from a low volume until reaching a crescendo and merging into the main song. Play that loud for the full effect. If you love Built To Spill you’ll love this LP reporduced on two 180 gram discs for audiophile quality sound. 

This has always been a favorite. Make it yours.