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Dying Scene Album Review: Pulley – “The Golden Life”

Six years after their last studio album, Pulley’s esteem driven engine keeps on rolling with a new record titled The Golden Life. As one of the bands that shaped melodic punk, this album sees Pulley sticking to the sound they helped define in the 90’s. And why shouldn’t they? Very few bands do it better […]

Six years after their last studio album, Pulley’s esteem driven engine keeps on rolling with a new record titled The Golden Life. As one of the bands that shaped melodic punk, this album sees Pulley sticking to the sound they helped define in the 90’s. And why shouldn’t they? Very few bands do it better than these guys.

The SoCal punk veterans come out swinging on the opening track “Repeat Offender”. This song does an excellent job setting the tone for things to come, putting the band’s impressive musicianship and the iconic voice of frontman Scott Radinsky on full display. “Two Winds”, “Northbound” and “Sad Song” are a few more standout songs. With a healthy dose of unrelenting guitar riffs, powerful percussion, and the earnest lyricism Radinsky and co. are known for, these would fit perfectly on any classic Pulley LP.

Something these guys have always benefitted from is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to drummers. For fuck’s sake, Jordan Burns played on their first three records; that dude’s one of the greatest punk drummers of all time! Having said that, I’d be remiss not to mention the newest man to sit upon Pulley’s throne: Sean Sellers. You might know him from a little band called Good Riddance. Sellers fits right in with the band and delivers the kind of performance you’d expect from a musician of his stature. In other words, the drums on this record are very, very good.

The title track is undoubtedly the highlight of this record for me. The rhythmic variety showcases Sellers’ chops very nicely, the melodic lead guitar parts are great, and it has by far the most memorable chorus of all 12 songs on The Golden Life. “The engine has failed after blazing a trail of hopes and dreams, though it seems… destiny, broken history. They hide away online daylight, can we set them free and restore their golden life?”, Radinsky pleads as the band pounds away at their instruments.

Many veteran bands plod along, releasing a clunker of an album every few years and resting on their mid-90’s laurels. Pulley isn’t one of those bands. They take their time to make new music and always put their best foot forward; The Golden Life is proof of that. If you like anything this band has ever done, odds are you’ll like this record.

Buy your copy of The Golden Life: USA, Canada, Europe 

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Dying Scene Record Radar: New punk vinyl releases & reissues (Less Than Jake, The Manges, No Fun At All & more)

Hello friends, and welcome back to the Dying Scene Record Radar! If you missed me, sorry – things have been a bit crazy lately, between Dying Scene undergoing continued renovations, and my miserable job pulling me away from my extracurricular efforts. But I’m back again, with a bunch of new colorful plastic discs you may […]

Hello friends, and welcome back to the Dying Scene Record Radar! If you missed me, sorry – things have been a bit crazy lately, between Dying Scene undergoing continued renovations, and my miserable job pulling me away from my extracurricular efforts. But I’m back again, with a bunch of new colorful plastic discs you may be interested in purchasing with the money your miserable job has deposited into your bank account! Let’s get into it.

First up is something I’m very excited for: Less Than Jake‘s In With The Out Crowd is finally getting reissued! This has been out of print since 2006, and prior to this there were only 1,000 copies in existence. It’s available on purple vinyl here, and I’m certain other variants will be popping up elsewhere very soon. Is this my favorite LTJ record? No. Is it the flaming pile of dogshit people make it out to be? Absolutely not! This is a solid album with some of the band’s more introspective lyricism.

Also from Less Than Jake: a new Deluxe Edition of their latest album Silver Linings. This reissue features two brand new tracks, and four acoustic versions of existing songs. It’s a 2xLP on beautiful colored vinyl, with a screen print of the cover art on Side D. Pre-order yours here.

Italian pop-punk veterans The Manges have a new record coming soon. It’s called Book of Hate for Good People, and you can listen to a few of the singles below. The record is available on blue vinyl here, and yellow vinyl here.

Skate punk fans, listen up! No Fun At All‘s new album Seventh Wave will be available to pre-order Friday, September 17th from SBÄM and DustyWax Records. There are a ton of variants – the white with black splatter will be exclusive to DustyWax, and limited to 200 copies.

Mustard Plug’s iconic 1997 album Evildoers Beware is getting the 25th Anniversary treatment. Hopeless Records has the yellow w/ red splatter LP pictured to the left (or above if you’re on mobile) on their webstore. The band has a silver variant on their own store. Grab an essential piece of third wave ska!

Speaking of third wave ska… Asian Man Records is repressing a bunch of MU330 records! This is the first time these have been in print for a while. Head over to their webstore to get your hands on these.

As always, our Canadian friends at Thousand Islands Records have some awesome stuff on the way! First up, they will be releasing California melodic punk band Sic Waiting‘s comeback album A Good Hill To Die On this fall. Check out the first single “Uncommon Veins” below, and pre-order the record here.

Also from Thousand Islands, a brand new record from German skate punks Straightline. The whole album is available to stream right now (check it out below, it’s fucking killer), and the LPs should start shipping this winter. Head over to their store to get your pre-orders in.

SideOneDummy is reissuing the Swingin’ Utters compilation album More Scared: The House of Faith Years in honor of its 25th Anniversary. Pre-order yours here.

Fat Wreck‘s 25th Anniversary reissue train rolls on, with the latest installment being Me First and the Gimme GimmesHave a Ball. One of the finest punk cover albums of all time, if I do say so myself. You can get it here (US), here (EU), and here (AUS). Yeah!

I am a steadfast supporter of underrated 90’s pop-punk bands, and Cletus is one of those bands. Hey Pizza! Records is releasing their 1999 album Horseplay Leads to Tragedy on vinyl for the first time. The record has been remastered by Mass Giorgini, and it’s available on three color variants. Grab it here.

And last but certainly not least, we have Dan Vapid and the Cheats announcing their fifth studio album Welcome to Dystopia. The official release is months away, but Eccentric Pop Records has announced a special “test pressing edition”, limited to 100 hand numbered copies on black wax. This will be available on their webstore Friday, September 16th at Noon Eastern.

And that’s all, folks! Another Record Radar in the books. As always, thank you for tuning in. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t blow too much money on spinny discs. See ya next week!

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Dying Scene Record Radar: New punk vinyl releases & reissues (Pulley, Anti-Flag, A Wilhelm Scream & more)

Hello friends, and welcome back to the Dying Scene Record Radar! In the unlikely case that you missed me last week, I offer my sincere apologies. I was out of town for my birthday so the Record Radar went on a very brief hiatus. Anyway, I’m back and a lot of exciting stuff seems to […]

Hello friends, and welcome back to the Dying Scene Record Radar! In the unlikely case that you missed me last week, I offer my sincere apologies. I was out of town for my birthday so the Record Radar went on a very brief hiatus. Anyway, I’m back and a lot of exciting stuff seems to have happened while I was gone. So this week we’ll be playing a little catch up. Let’s get into it!

DustyWax Records is giving Pulley‘s 60 Cycle Hum a 25th Anniversary reissue. This is the first time this melodic punk classic will be in print since its initial release in 1997. If you live in Canada, you’ll want to pre-order here. For my fellow Americans, Thousand Islands Records still has some copies available on their webstore. And our European friends can get it here.

Anti-Flag‘s The General Strike is getting a 10th Anniversary reissue (how the fuck was 2012 ten years ago?). This is limited to 2,000 copies on red vinyl, with new artwork and two “previously unreleased” tracks. Pre-order yours here.

FACT CHECK: These songs were, in fact, previously released! They were on a digital EP that was given away to attendees of the band’s tour in support of The General Strike. It hurts me to say Anti-Flag is fake news.

Fat Wreck Chords continues their 25th Anniversary reissue series with the Teen Idols‘ self-titled debut LP. Original pressings of this record are very hard to come by; the cheapest on Discogs right now is $72 after shipping. This reissue is on half black/half yellow vinyl, not sure how many copies were made. We’re late to the party and this is sold out in the US and Europe. If you want this slice of 90’s pop-punk perfection, the only place you can still get it is Artist First Australia.

Also from Fat: a new pressing of Dillinger Four‘s Situationist Comedy, I would assume in honor of its 20th Anniversary, though they don’t market it as such. Anywho, this has been out of print for a while, so good news for anyone who’s been wanting it. Head over to their webstore to get your hands on this one.

Leatherface‘s 1993 LP Minx is being reissued on red vinyl. If you reside in the UK, this is probably the cheapest place to get this record. Americans can save about 20 bucks by grabbing it from Amazon.

No Idea Records has repressed A Wilhelm Scream‘s Partycrasher on “kaleidoscope colored vinyl” (whatever the fuck that means). They made 150 copies, each one is unique. This is a great album. Get your copy here.

A bunch of Rancid records are back in print on vinyl for the first time in a while. This includes both of their self-titled albums, …And Out Come the Wolves, Life Won’t Wait, and Indestructible. Oakland’s own 1-2-3-4 Go! Records has all of these in stock and your order ships for free if it’s over $75. So if you wanna grab a few of these, head on over to their webstore.

California melodic punks Craig’s Brother have announced their first new album in 11 years. Easily Won, Rarely Deserved is due out in November on People of Punk Rock Records. Pre-order the record here. The first single will premiere next week, for now you can listen to the band’s latest EP below.

Now that all the new releases and reissues have been covered, here’s what I’ve been listening to! My awesome mom got me a bunch of records for my birthday – The Adolescents‘ self-titled album, The FlatlinersInviting Light (I wasn’t crazy about this record when it first came out, but I’ve listened to it about three times now and I’m really enjoying it), the latest from Joey Cape and Face to Face, and Millencolin‘s True Brew. I also finally got the Walmart Exclusive(!!!) pressings of Green Day‘s American Idiot and International Superhits I ordered a few months ago. I’m still debating whether I want that new blue variant of Dookie.

And that’s all, folks! Another Record Radar in the books. As always, thank you for tuning in. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t blow too much money on spinny discs. See ya next week!

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Dying Scene Record Store Spotlight: Clearwater Record Shop (Tampa Bay, FL)

Hello, and welcome to Record Store Spotlight; a new column here on Dying Scene dedicated to an institution almost as American as apple pie and unfettered capitalism – the record store! Today, I’ll be putting the spotlight on one of my favorite local stores, the Clearwater Record Shop. Nestled in the middle of my hometown […]

Hello, and welcome to Record Store Spotlight; a new column here on Dying Scene dedicated to an institution almost as American as apple pie and unfettered capitalism – the record store!

Today, I’ll be putting the spotlight on one of my favorite local stores, the Clearwater Record Shop. Nestled in the middle of my hometown (a city most well known for being home to the Church of Scientology’s headquarters), the Clearwater Record Shop sets itself apart from other record stores with its heavy focus on used music. Rather than relying on distributors to supply new releases, owner Casey Brown has spent years building his inventory one record collection acquisition at a time. The store which spans two interconnected warehouse spaces boasts one of the most expansive selections of used CDs I’ve ever seen. Every time I visit, I leave with a stack of jewel cases a few feet high. It’s easy to get carried away when you’re met with hundreds of bins overflowing with discs, the majority of which are just $3.75 each (or six for $20!).

Sure, it’s hard to beat the ease and convenience of shopping online. But the Clearwater Record Shop goes toe to toe with Discogs prices, and I find that most of the time, they come out ahead. Also, I’ve yet to find a more enjoyable way to kill a few hours on my day off than thumbing through thousands of records and CDs, searching for worthy additions to my collection. It’s a visceral experience that can’t be matched by browsing an online marketplace. Finding a record like The Clash’s Combat Rock for $15, and not having to wait an eternity for USPS to deliver it is icing on the cake. My only complaint about this store is that the selection is literally overwhelming. If you’re on a budget, you might have to get a little picky as your stack grows taller.

In the cooler months (yes, we sometimes have those here in Florida), the Clearwater Record Shop acts as a host to monthly swap meets. Local record collectors and vendors are invited to set up tables in the parking lot to sell their wares. These events serve as a great meeting place for the community, and are a highlight of winter and spring for me. The first time we attended, I grabbed a few LPs, including the BuzzcocksA Different Kind of Tension ($10) and Billy Joel’s Songs in the Attic ($5), along with a bunch of dollar bin CDs by the likes of the Ramones, Ozzy, and Megadeth.

It’s always a fun time shopping at this store. Casey is very personable and has created something really special here. The store has a unique, inviting old school atmosphere. The selection is great, and the prices are fair. Your dollar goes a lot further here than it does at most record stores.

If you ever find yourself in the Tampa Bay area, I highly recommend stopping by the Clearwater Record Shop. With two air conditioned warehouses packed to the rafters with nothing but music, music, and even more music, you’re bound to stumble upon something that suits your fancy. Or, if you lack self control like me, you’ll probably leave with a mountain of stuff that suits your fancy.

For more info, check out the store’s website, and follow them on Instagram.

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