So, yeah. Fuck Sub Pop. As if I wasn’t having enough trouble pulling myself out of the Great Recession, they had to go and continue their vinyl-pressing ways with remastered wax reissues of Mudhoney‘s finest hours. Superfuzz Bigmuff, Mudhoney, and Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge are all getting well-deserved and long-overdue re-releases this week on vinyl. The new versions are not only remastered from the original tapes (because fidelity is important!), but they’re also being pressed up on colored vinyl with download codes. I don’t have to tell Seattleites how important – or how awesome – these albums are, but I do need to go on record and say that without ’em, my life would have been a whole lot less wonderful. So, thanks fuckers. Now I’m gonna be broke. Again.
And you probably will be too. This week is a good one for vinyl lovers of all types. Everything from Ace Frehley‘s surprisingly decent new record to the double-180g vinyl version ofPorcupine Tree‘s new one, The Incident.(Which, if it doesn’t make you broke enough, is also available in a deluxe edition, complete with a 48-page book and a custom PVC slipcase.) The most essential new album out on vinyl this week though is undoubtedly Born Again Revisited by Times New Viking. If you’re listening to these shitgazers on anything but wax, you’re a complete moron.
Reissues for the week are also pretty primo. The last good Beastie Boys album,Hello Nasty, is getting the deluxe reissue treatment. Although I haven’t heard the vinyl reissue, the near-perfect job they’ve done with the remastered, 180g pressings of Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communiation have been so amazing, I have no reason to doubt that “Intergalactic” will absolutely punish your stereo. Also getting the hi-fi treatement: a 180g pressing from Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs of the Pixies’ classic, Surfer Rosa, an album recorded so cleanly and accurately, I wonder just how much the MoFi geniuses are gonna be able to pull out of the mix.
Oh yeah, and speaking of Seattle (which is what we do, right?), the new album by the bruisingly powerful psych-surf-strangeness known as Diminished Men, Shadow Instrumentals, is out now on beautiful-sounding 180g vinyl. It’s limited to 500 copies and the sonic clarity of the vinyl edition will likely reset your mind permanently.
There’s still more pretty great stuff on the list – Le Loup! Volcano Choir! Dilla! -Spend wisely.
Ace Frehley: Anomaly
Green Day: Shenanigans
Infected Mushroom: The Legend of the Black Shawarma
J Dilla: Jay Stay Paid
Le Loup: Family
Amy Millan: Masters of the Burial
Noisettes: Wild Young Hearts
Porcupine Tree: The Incident
Times New Viking: Born Again Revisited
Volcano Choir: Unmap
Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty
Jethro Tull: Aqualung (Classic Records, 200g 4LP 45 rpm Quiex)
The Modern Lovers: The Modern Lovers (Four Men With Beards, 2LP)
Mudhoney: Superfuzz, Mudhoney, Every Good Boy (Sub Pop, colored vinyl w/download codes)
Pixies: Surfer Rosa (Mobile Fidelity, 180g)
Frank Sinatra: Sinatra & Strings (Mobile Fidelity, 180g)