Dying Scene Record Radar: This week in punk vinyl (NOFX “So Long & Thanks for All the Shoes” 25th Anniversary reissue & more)

Hello, and welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar! If it’s your first time joining us, this is a weekly column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl. So kick off your shoes, grab a few beers, and break out those wallets, because it’s time to run through this week’s new releases and reissues. Let’s get into it!

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We’re getting out the gate fast this week, folks! Epitaph has been on a tear lately with reissues of their classic releases, and I have it on good authority that next in line is NOFX‘s So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes. Pictured to the left (or above if you’re on mobile) are two color variants of this 25th Anniversary reissue. This is not available yet, but when it is, you’ll be able to find links to buy all the variants here. Keep an eye out! This record sells out quickly every time it’s repressed.

After being out of print for nearly a decade, The Slackers‘ fourth album Wasted Days is getting reissued by the good people at Pirates Press Records. Older pressings of this record are very hard to come by (currently there is one copy available on Discogs for $135!). Head over here to grab this new 2xLP reissue for the reasonable price of $27.

I’m not a big fan of the newer style of pop-punk played by bands like The Story So Far, but I’ll make an exception for these guys. Cleveland’s Normy takes that sound and kicks it up a notch with more speed and aggression. Their debut EP What on God’s Green Earth? has been available to stream for a few months, but its physical release is still forthcoming. Check it out below, and pre-order the 7″ here.

My Chemical Romance has new Walmart Exclusive(!!!) pressings of three records on the way. The Black Parade, Danger Days, and their “greatest hits” album May Death Never Stop You are getting new color variants, available only at Wally World! Head over here if that’s something you’d like to spend your hard earned money on.

Thrice‘s The Illusion Of Safety is getting a 20th Anniversary reissue. There are literally fuckin 12 variants of this thing (not exaggerating, check Discogs if you don’t believe me) and it’s not due out til March, 2023. Here are a few links to where you can pre-order some of the many variants: Zia Records, Brooklyn Vegan, Smartpunk, Bandbox.

Fat Wreck Chords continues flexing the might of their back catalog with yet another 25th Anniversary reissue. The classic Fat Music Vol. III: Physical Fatness is back in print for the first time since 1997! Grab your copy here (US), here (EU), or here (AUS).

Also from Fat: a surprise repressing of Tony Sly‘s fantastic solo debut 12 Song Program. This is on red and white marble colored vinyl. Not sure how many copies, but I’m sure they’ll go quick! Pick it up here.

Radiation Records has two brand new reissues on tap for my fellow pop-punk aficionados. Up first is the 1993 debut album from Vancouver, BC’s BUM. Give it a listen below, and grab the record on blue vinyl here. Next up is fellow Vancouverites the McRackins‘ with Bat Out of Shell making its vinyl debut after being previously released on CD in 2006 (it also has some awesome new cover art). Stream a few songs below, and go here to get a copy on egg colored vinyl. Both of these are limited to 500 copies and are due out in early November.

The Gaslight Anthem‘s 2008 LP The ’59 Sound is next in line on the reissue train. Bandbox has not one, but two exclusive new variants of this record. I believe there are 1,000 copies of each. Buy it here if you can stomach the $40 price tag for a single LP (yikes).

French punks The Dead Krazukies‘ 2016 debut EP The Northern Belle is getting released on vinyl for the first time, thanks to SBÄM and Sound Speed Records. There are two beautiful color variants, limited to 250 copies each, and it features their cover of Bad Religion‘s “Sinister Rouge” as a bonus track. Grab it here (US) or here (EU).

Newbury Comics has a new exclusive pressing of Hot Water Music‘s Caution, which I just realized turns 20 years old this month! 500 copies on blue vinyl (don’t be surprised if more variants of this one pop up elsewhere). Get yours here.

Sell the Heart Records is releasing a Fest 20 compilation featuring Cobra Skulls, Tsunami Bomb, the Jukebox Romantics, and a bunch of other bands playing The Fest in Gainevsille, FL later this month. The LP is limited to 230 copies, and will be available through the label’s Bandcamp page Friday, October 7th. Proceeds benefit Feed the Scene.

Last but certainly not least, I wanna give a shoutout to our friends at Thousand Islands Records. They’re having a month long sale, and you can get 20% off everything in their webstore! Just enter code “october20” at checkout. They’ve been releasing a ton of killer stuff lately (including an incredible new album from German skate punks Straightline), and there’s a bunch of records from Fat Wreck and Epitaph in their distro section as well. Check it out! This is one of the best independent labels in the game, and they deserve your support.

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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