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DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (The Offspring “Smash” 30th Anniversary, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, new Sludgeworth 7″ & More!)

Greetings, and welcome to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is the weekly* column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold […]

Greetings, and welcome to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is the weekly* column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold one, and break out those wallets, because it’s go time. Let’s get into it!

Check out the video edition of this week’s Record Radar, presented by our friends at Punk Rock Radar:

Up first this week we have the new album from Me First and the Gimme Gimmes ¡Blow it…at Madison’s Quinceanera!. In addition to being the band’s first album in a decade, this is also the first record to feature Strung Out’s Jake Kiley on guitar and CJ Ramone on bass. And like most Fat Wreck releases lately, the colored vinyl already sold out before this week’s Record Radar could go live, which is truly unfortunate. You can still get it on black wax and/or compact disc (otherwise known as CD by those in the trade) here in the US, here in Europe, and here in Australia.

The Offspring’s Smash turns 30 this year and though it doesn’t seem like it’s going to get a reissue with bonus content or anything, the record has gotten repressed on some new colors. So far two variants have been announced: the pearl variant, which is already sold out on the band’s webstore, and the green variant, which is limited to 300 copies and available exclusively at the Punk Rock Museum in Vegas. There’s also the previously announced Record Store Day Essentials “milky clear” color variant that you can get from your local record store, or here.

The MxPx marketing machine thought fast and capitalized on the very short-lived solar eclipse hype. One of many variants of the band’s new album Find a Way Home came with alternate cover art in a die cut jacket showing the printed inner sleeve; you could flip it to show the sun (or maybe it’s an asteroid, idk) or the moon through the cutout. Well they took that same color variant and swapped out the inner sleeve with one that has some solar eclipse art, so that’s cool I guess. You can buy it here if you’d like.

In other MxPx-related vinyl news, some new color variants of the 2018 self-titled album recently popped up on the band’s merch store as well. I’m not sure how limited they are, but can get the record on “Let’s Ride Red” and “The Way We Do Blue” right here. And one last thing before I move on, if anyone involved in the operation of the MxPx Merch Arsenal happens to reading this, you fuckers need to re-enable Media Mail as a shipping option because there’s no way in fuck I’m paying you $14 to ship a single record with USPS Ground Advantage. Sweet Christ.

The friendly people at Mom’s Basement Records are releasing The Young Hasselhoffs The Obsolete Man on vinyl for the very first time, 13 years after its original CD release. This is limited to 50 copies on clear w/ black splatter, 100 copies on white marble, and 100 copies on white w/ black splatter colored vinyl. You can get all three here.

Screeching Weasel side project turned Chicago punk cult favorites Sludgeworth reunited in 2022 and in 2024 they’re releasing their first new music in over 30 years. The band’s new 7″ features two brand new songs, “Together, Not Together” and “Foundation”, and it’s due out May 17th on Red Scare. Check out a live recording of one of the tracks below and pre-order the 7″ here.

Asbestos Records just put some cool records up on their store, the first of which is this first time vinyl release of 2002’s The Least Worst of the Suicide Machines. Like the Young Hasselhoffs record I talked about earlier, this had only ever been released on CD previously. But now you can get it right here on slime green colored vinyl! (limited to 800 copies), or black wax (limited to 100 copies, exclusive to Asbestos Records Subscription Club members (sign up here)), and white vinyl (ltd. to 100 copies). The last one is supposedly a “Ska Fests Exclusive”, see the Suicide Machines‘ upcoming tour dates here.

Also available from Asbestos Records: Spring Heeled Jack‘s new live album Live from the Legendary Toad’s Place. This was recorded at the band’s 2010 reunion shows at, you guessed it, Toad’s Place in their hometown New Haven, CT. It’s limited to 300 copies on orange colored vinyl and you can get it here. SHJ will be playing some shows to commemorate the record release over the next few weeks; go here to check out the dates.

And last up to bat from Asbestos is Sonic Boom Six’s new compilation album Re:Generation. Unlike the orange variant that was released last month in the UK, this US exclusive purple color variant is a 2xLP with a bunch of bonus tracks on that second LP. Add it to your cart before you check out with those Suicide Machines and Spring Heeled Jack LPs, and catch the band touring the US’ east coast this week.

Samiam‘s 2000 album Astray has been repressed on a few new color variants: Smartpunk Records has it on the very wordily named Red/Coke Bottle Clear/Yellow Tri-Split Vinyl which is limited to 300 copies, Down in the Valley Records has 300 copies on Yellow w/ Red/Orange Splatter, and there’s a plain yellow variant you can get on Hopeless Records webstore and probably in record stores once it releases on June 26th – they pressed 900 copies of that one.

Brooklyn’s Radar (no affiliation with the Dying Scene Record Radar) will be releasing their self-titled debut LP on May 17th via Dead Broke Rekerds. Check out the schweet music video for the lead single “Doesn’t Matter” and pre-order the record here.

Also from Dead Broke Rekereds! Another cassette release infiltrates the Record Radar – this time it’s New England punk band Doc Hopper’s career spanning compilation Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blew. Previously released on a very limited # of CD-ROM, you can now get it on a very limited # of green cassette tapes riiiight here (that # is 100, btw). Speaking of cassettes, if you like collecting punk rock on cassettes, Dead Broke has a lot of other awesome punk rock cassettes. So many, in fact, that they dedicated an entire section of their distro to the format. Very nice!

Death By Stereo’s first two records If Looks Could Kill, I’d Watch You Die and Day of the Death have been repressed. The first one’s available on silver colored vinyl right here; the 2019 repress on purple wax is still in stock, too. The latter is back in print for the first time in almost a decade, with a new glow in the dark green color variant that you can buy with money here.

Los Angeles’ Matamoska have a new record coming May 17th (seems like that’s a popular date to put out a new record) on Bad Time Records. The band’s self-titled LP is limited to 350 copied on “Deep Purple” colored vinyl, which you can get here, and 250 copied on “Highlighter Yellow” colored vinyl, which you’ll be receiving in the mail in a few weeks if you’re a Bad Time Record Club member.

And the last release on this week’s record comes from another LA band; it’s the debut LP from up-and-coming street punk band Dogface Bastards. Pride In My Boots is out now on Casualties guitarist Jake Kolatis’ label Charged Records. Check it out below and get it on vinyl here. You’ve got two variants to choose from – Napalm Bastard Splatter (340 copies) and Boot Stomp Splatter (165 copies). Or you can get both. You have autonomy!

Well, 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, leave us a comment below, or 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 (or do, I’m not your father). See ya next time!

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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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School Drugs – “Disposition”

"Disposition" - School Drugs

Release Date: June 14, 2024 Record Label: Indecision Records Bandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

One of the most interesting release collections of the last couple of years is scheduled for its final chapter next month.

Back in July of 2021, NJ hardcore band School Drugs released an EP called Visitation. Although, calling it an EP is a bit of an understatement, as it was really the first part of a four-EP arc. The plan was that the four releases would, when collectively assembled full Voltron style, result in a full LP called Funeral Arrangements. The second installment, Absolution, was released in August 2022, and was followed by September 2023’s Procession. June 14th of this year brings us to a close with Disposition. Here’s what the band’s dynamic vocalist Josh Jurk had to say about the title’s inspiration:

“I called a local funeral home to ask if the term “disposition” was commonly used in the industry. The director was a little surprised by the question. He said “yes” with some reservation. When I asked him why, he noted that it’s more of an insider term and derives its meaning from disposal, and the bereaved most likely wouldn’t be thrilled by the insinuation.”

Disposition is due out June 14th, and as is the case with the first three chapters, it’s due out on Indecision Records. Pre-orders are now up, and you can check out the lead single, “Feel Like Shit,” down below.