The White Stripes | Elephant (10th Anniversary Reissue) | Third Man Records | AB: Black/Red split / CD: White
I only have 7 days off between tours, so expect lots of record posts! I’ve been on tour for the past 4-5 Record Store Days, so I make my Dad do my bidding for me. He hits up some shops back in my hometown (Charlottesville, VA) that are less trafficked than those here in Portland and almost always finds all of the things I need. Thankfully this year’s list was short. But this was first and foremost. Gotta satisfy the Jack White fanaticism. It just arrived in the mail an hour ago. Along with the Pornography 7” (also have to satisfy the Ryan Adams fanboy) & Tift Merritt’s Markings 12”. Side 1 of Elephant had some weird mix issues on “There’s No Home For You Here”, but the rest was awesome.
Apologies for the watermark. Unless you’re a a lazy eBay reseller.
A bunch of Third Man goodies showed up in yesterday’s mail, via my Dad. He picked up the Rome 2LP for me when he hit up the Rolling Record Store last week. I’ve been coveting that thing for a year now. He also sent me Vault package #13! Today’s a good day to be my turntable.
Thursday’s 2006 album “A City By The Light Divided” has been given the vinyl treatment. That red / black / white swirl incredible is looking, but the record is not so great sounding. 5-4-3-2-1 what are you waiting for…
Perfect lazy Sunday music: Little Hell by City and Colour. I managed to snag a copy of the super limited tour press. On red wax and only 560 copies pressed.
Chasma | Declarations of the Grand Artificer | Mylene Sheath
Tour Press: Clear Gold | /100
Clear Red w/ Black smoke | /100
Retail exclusive: White | /100
Black | /200
Check out my post from this morning that has photos and HD video from their show with Thou and The Body in Portland last night.
She & Him | A Very She & Him Christmas | Merge Records | Clear Red | lots of fun things!
A She & Him Christmas record has been long overdue. Fans have been clamoring for a Zooey Deschanel Christmas album ever since her version of Baby, It’s Cold Outside (with Leon Redbone) in the Christmas classic Elf. I can’t comment on the content of this record yet because I try not to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. At the very least, no Christmas music before Halloween. Which means I’ll probably break down on November 1st and play this record daily until Valentine’s Day.
However, the details on this package are perfect. Included with the record is a digital download card, She & Him wrapping paper, a Christmas card that includes the tracklisting, and a poster. The vinyl itself is clear(ly) red. And my favorite - the inner sleeve, made of cardstock and printed with snowflakes. The record itself is definitely less than 140 gram, very flimsy, which is a bit disappointing. I guess I’ll find out soon how it holds up.
You can order the record from Merge Records (free shipping!) or pick it up in pretty much every store ever now.
La Dispute | Wildlife | No Sleep Records | AB: Red | CD: Clear | /500
One of the most intensely emotional records I’ve heard in quite a long time. The vocals aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but do yourself a favor and give it a chance. Read the lyrics to these two songs before making any judgements:
Stream the entire record here.
Dustin Kensrue | This Good Night Is Still Everywhere | Vagrant Records | Translucent Red | 784/1000
I enjoy this Christmas record a lot. There’s something about Dustin’s gritty, sorrowful vocals that really hit me. Christmas is by no means a lonely, sad holiday for me. I absolutely love Christmastime. I just happen to also love his renditions of classic Christmas songs along with a few originals. I’m glad Vagrant decided to press this on wax. Though I wish the bonus tracks they added (a Mewithoutyou cover!) had also included his version of “Please Come Home For Christmas”, a bonus track from his Please Come Home release.
We listened to it today while setting up our Christmas tree. Which, thanks to wife’s incredible stringing abilities, now boasts over 1000 lights (I’ll take a better, non-phone picture later):