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!
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Scottish punks The Kimberly Steaks are batting leadoff this week, with their 2023 album Big Noise getting its long awaited physical release! It’s available on two vinyl color variants – split blue/pink and clear wax – from Brassneck Records in the UK and Bloated Kat Records in the US. You can also get the album on cassette from Cat’s Claw Records in the UK and Punk Rock Radar in the states. This is one of the best records released last year – highly recommended pickup!
And hey, if you’re gonna head over to the Punk Rock Radar store to pre-order that Kimberly Steaks cassette, you might as well grab a copy of this bad ass new record from French skate punks Fast Lane! Incomplete…All Fine is due out on March 1st; check out one of the tracks below and get it on yellow and/or blue colored vinyl here.
On the last Record Radar, we told you about the new Strung Out record Dead Rebellion, coming April 5th on Fat Wreck Chords. For those who missed out on the color variants exclusive to the label and band webstores, I have some good news – another color variant has popped up! Limited to 300 copies, this “coke bottle green” variant is exclusive to European indie stores. You can get it here.
I’ll admit I’m a bit late to the party on this record, but it’s awesome and I wanna show it some love regardless. Finnish pop-punk band The Odorants are back with their first new album in 17 years! This is my introduction to the band and quite the introduction it is. Love Songs Never Die is a fantastic record. If you’re in Italy or Europe, your best option to grab this record is probably hitting up the Striped Music webstore. For my fellow Americans, our friends at Mom’s Basement did have this up on their store, but it sold out. I’m sure they’ll restock at some point but if you’re impatient Barnes & Noble of all places has it in stock for $28.99 with free shipping. Don’t sleep on this record!!!
You may recall that 10×10″ box set NOFX released last year, featuring demos and acoustic versions of songs from their alleged next album Everybody Else is Insane, which at the time was supposed to be released in November, 2023. As if all the different color variants of this box set that in excess of $150 each weren’t enough to make you collector nerds sweat, there’s now an all black vinyl version the set (sans box) up on the Fat Wreck webstore. This one’s only $101 for 10 songs, though. Can’t beat that value.
I guess Interscope has a subscription service where you pay $45 and get one (1) exclusive record each month (doesn’t seem like a very good deal to me but I digress). This month’s record is Blink 182‘s 2003 self-titled album, limited to 2,500 copies on clear vinyl with embossed cover art. If you just want this record, I think you can subscribe for the month and cancel after you get it in the mail. You can do that here.
Frank Turner‘s got a new record called Undefeated coming out May 3rd. Check out the lead single below and get the record on violet or black colored vinyl with a bonus 7″ here. If you’re in the states and wanna save a few bucks, you can get the violet colored LP without the 7″ here or from any other indie record store.
After a 22 year wait between their debut LP and sophomore effort, fans of Santa Cruz punk vets Too Bad Eugene should be pleased to know the wait for album #3 won’t be nearly as long. Battle Scars, the follow-up to 2022’s Distance, is due out March 8th on People of Punk Rock Records. Check out the bad ass first single below and pre-order the record here.
The pride of Germany Donots will finish us off this week, reissuing their 2001 album Pocketrock for the first time ever! They’re 3 years late for the 20th anniversary, and 2 years early for the 25th anniversary but hey, better late than never! Or early… I guess. Anywho, go here to get it on 180g red vinyl with a bonus CD included.
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 in the new year!
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