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DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (Suicide Machines, Mean Jeans, Wizo, Misfits & 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 […]

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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:

We’re starting off this week’s Record Radar strong with new pressings of not one, but two classic Suicide Machines records! Asbestos Records has repressed Destruction By Definition and Battle Hymns for the first time in a decade. Head over to their webstore to grab a copy of each record on one of three color variants (or succumb to your addiction and buy three copies of each!).

And hey while you’re over there, Asbestos also reissued the Suburban Legends’ Rump Shaker for its 20th birthday. One of the variants already sold out and the red swirl colored LPs are almost gone, too. Get your copy here.

Continuing our ska-heavy start to this week’s column, Asian Man Records is next up to bat with the first ever vinyl release of the 1999 MU330 Christmas album Winter Wonderland. Limited to 500 copies on green vinyl – get it here.

And Less Than Jake will put a bow on the ska portion of this Record Radar, with the latest batch of color variants for their 25th Anniversary Hello Rockview reissue. Three new variants of the 2xLP deluxe reissue were announced last week and they’ve all sold out. However! LTJ also just announced a 2024 leg of their Hello Rockview anniversary tour, so perhaps those who missed out will have a shot at another tour variant? Here are all the color variants so far:

  • Blue w/ White Splatter & Yellow w/ White Splatter (2023 Tour Variant)
  • Half Silver / Half White (300 copies, Fest Exclusive)
  • Red inside Yellow & Brown inside Blue Vinyl (500 copies, Smartpunk Exclusive)
  • Blue w/ Red Splatter & Yellow w/ Pink Splatter (1,000 copies)
  • Pink/Yellow Cornetto & Red / Blue Cornetto (1,000 copies, Band Exclusive)

Oh wow, a new release! Portland Ramonescore troupe Mean Jeans will be releasing a new album in February, 2024 on Fat Wreck Chords. It’s called Blasted and the first single “I Don’t Give a Shit Anymore” is streaming now. Get the record here.

The non-Jello Biafra sanctioned “2022 Mix” of the Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables has a new color variant exclusive to our friends at Newbury Comics, home of the $35 record. They pressed 750 copies of this new Clear Smoke color variant for some reason; wait a few months and you’ll probably find this in Newbury’s $9.99 section along with the rest of their landfill fodder.

Speaking of expensive records, this one’s a doozy. Screeching Weasel‘s Kill the Musicians has been released on vinyl for the very first time, 28 years after its original CD release on Lookout! Records. Here’s the catch: this is a long-ass record (the runtime’s a little over an hour). So you’d expect it to be a 2xLP release, right? Wrong. They’ve split it across two separate “volumes”, each of which is $30. So the choice is yours, get a CD copy off discogs starting at $9 or fork over $60 for two separately released large, colorful etched plastic discs.

SBÄM Records continues the trend of old albums getting first time vinyl releases, announcing a very limited colored vinyl release of Authority Zero‘s 12:34. The 2007 album is available on two splatter variants, each limited to 150 copies. Grab yours here.

Short-lived Dan Andriano fronted Chicago punk band Tuesday’s lone album Free Wheelin is back in print once again thanks to Asian Man Records. This 4th pressing is limited to 300 copies on random colored vinyl. Get it here.

German punk veterans Wizo have a new album called Nichts Wird Wieder Gut (I believe this means “nothing will be good again”) coming out in January. Check out one of the singles below and get the record on clear vinyl (Ltd to 500 copies) here.

Bad Time Records has announced a 2xLP compilation featuring live recordings of We Are the Union, Kill Lincoln, Joystick & more from the 2023 Bad Time Records Tour. In addition to featuring four exclusive tracks, the records come in a gatefold jacket with a poster included. They’ve got three color variants up for pre-order here.

An official repressing of the Misfits’ Collection has been announced, just in time for Halloween… er Christmas… uhh I mean next Easter! This Record Store Day Essentials release on glow in the dark colored vinyl will hit store shelves March 22nd, 2024. You can pre-order it here or from your local record store (assuming you have one).

Chris from the Lawrence Arms’ acoustic side project Sundowner’s debut album Four One Five Two has gotten a new pressing for the first time since its original release in 2011. I don’t know how many copies of this white vinyl reissue Red Scare pressed but it looks like it’s almost sold out – get your copy here.

Australian melodic punks The Decline are bringing up the rear on this week’s Record Radar. Their 2019 album Flash Gordon Ramsay Street is back in print on a beautiful new color variant. You get get a copy from these labels: Thousand Islands (North Amurica), Disconnect Disconnect (UK), Bearded Punk (EU) & Pee Records (Australia).

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 week!

Wanna catch up on all of our Record Radar posts? Click here and you’ll be taken to a page with all the past entries in the column. Magic!

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