Artist Spotlight: Gary Numan: Father of Synth, Darkwave and All Around Awesome Guy

Today's post is in celebration of procuring my ticket for Gary Numan's upcoming show in my hometown. Needless to say, I am so, so excited. 

The above album, Live at Shepard's Bush is the closest thing to Exile that I have on vinyl. Now I know Exile has been released (finally) I just need to get my grubby mitts on a copy, rest assured that I will my friends. But in the meantime, this will do very nicely indeed. It's 2 glorious 180 gram pressings on orange colored wax, and it sounds AMAZING. We even get to hear him speak a bit. And there are more than a few songs from Exile, so I'm not completely left without. This album is included as one of my fairly recent modern vinyl purchases, and it is a unique pleasure to be its first and only owner.

The above is an untouched shot I took at his 2010 Pleasure Principle concert. He was incredible, and I was happy to see the rest of the crowd show him the love he is so deserving of. Below, please enjoy the new trailer for his upcoming album Splinter, out this October...of course. 

P.S. And let's all send healing energy to Gary's wife Gemma, who is in the hospital with meningitis. May she recover quickly!

Modern Love: Modern Vinyl

As a self-professed lover of all things old, it's taken me a while to warm up to modern vinyl, but I'm really glad I have. Let's face it, for the most part, I haven't had to carefully slice into a brand-spankin new vinyl record in many, many a year...until recently. Recently, I have begun to enjoy the idea of being the FIRST and only person to play a previously unopened record, which surprises me, because I never really thought about that concept before, having become to accustomed to carefully checking each and every record to see how well (or how badly) its previous owners have treated it.

Well I'm here to tell ya, new, modern vinyl is in a class by itself. No small amount of pride and TLC has gone into the cover art, the extras, and the vinyl itself. Most new pressings are made on 180 gram vinyl, which is arguably a better sounding record--but I'm not having THAT discussion. I am by no means an audiophile, who must only have the most pristine of records to play, frowning at the slightest hint of surface noise. Nope. It just doesn't seem right to hold that against some poor record that suffered at the hands of a careless previous owner.

But I digress...Here's a few shots of just some of the new, modern vinyl I have acquired. It is by no means the first of it, nor will it be the last... Enjoy!

Amoeba's What's In My Bag Series: Spence Hickman of DeathWaltzRecording Company

Hooray! It's that time again kids, time for another installment in the What's In My Bag Series from Amoeba. It makes me very happy to choose this particular segment, as it features Spencer Hickman, the founder of Death Waltz Recording Company. And if you've been reading this here blog for any length of time, you'll know that Death Waltz specializes in Horror Soundtrack releases, strictly on sweet, sweet vinyl.

It seems Spencer's tastes are dangerously similar to mine, but he also opened my eyes to few titles I will be checking out. But in the meantime, I just picked up these two Death Waltz releases: reissues of John Carpenter's Halloween II and III:

These reissues are really made with love. All titles include a poster or other piece of artwork by different artists, and many of the titles are pressed on colored vinyl (see below). Being a purist, I wasn't sure how I felt about reissues of such rare and desirable titles, but the demand for these soundtracks, original and reissues, is undeniable. And because each title has a limited pressing, they become collectibles in their own right.

I'll be discussing my new-found love for modern vinyl pressings in an upcoming post, so stay tuned. I've recently managed to get a hold of some incredible titles, and they are truly stunning both off the turntable and on.

JustCoolRecords Now Available On Discogs an effort to always keep ahead of the game, and a fresh look to my online presence, I am now pleased to announce that my Discogs Shop is in full swing! I've been signed up there for three years now, but back then, it didn't get much traffic. My how times have changed...So the smart thing to do was to ramp up my listings there, to accommodate those who enjoy shopping on the Discogs platform.

This is a most welcome change, as I don't have many modern vinyl titles for you to purchase directly on the blog, and since there are no parameters for what titles I can list on Discogs, it just makes good sense. It is a pleasurable site to purchase items, provided the seller is on top of their game. And I can assure you I am on top of mine. So know that when you make a purchase with me via Discogs, you will receive fast and friendly service, and an accurate grading on the vinyl.

I'll admit I got off to a rocky start on Discogs three years ago, and wound up with a negative feedback--my only feedback--for a long time. But luckily, a few kind souls took a chance on me and have since left glowing feedback to help counterbalance the negative. I believe in being honest, and we all make mistakes, but I just wanted to take the time to acknowledge it here, so you can feel good about any purchase you make with me whether it's on Discogs, in my Etsy Shop or on my website.

I will be adding new listings to the new Discogs shop everyday, so please keep checking in to see the latest. Keep spinning that vinyl!

Christmas In July SALE At JustCoolRecords

It's that time again kids, time for a SALE in my Etsy Vinyl Shop. This is a Christmas In July celebration, where ALL ITEMS are 15% off through July 25th @10pm PDT. Amazingly, I've got more rare and desirable titles than ever before, so come and get 'em while you still can!

As always, you can further your discount by picking up the coupon code located in the right hand sidebar of this page. Enter this code at checkout before paying, to allow the system to discount your total. Please remember that I do not honor coupon code requests after the purchase has been completed.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of my new and regular customers for your support. My business could not continue to survive and flourish without you, and I mean that sincerely. THANK YOU! Now go get some kickass records!

Desperate Times, Drastic Measures: Horror Soundtrack Vinyl Records OnConsignment

We have all been hit with hard times in varying forms, one time or another. This is one such time for a good friend of mine who has painfully been forced to let go of his most rare and desirable records. He's asked me to consign them for him here and in my Etsy Shop. This is not a decision he came to lightly. Like most of us vinyl junkies, collecting rare records is in our blood, and pains us greatly when we have to give them up, for one reason or another.

So it's my pleasure to present his lust worthy records right here on the blog. All of the proceeds from each sale go directly to my friend, so know that you're not only getting very cool records, you're also helping someone out who is in great need. This list will be continuously updated so if you see something you want here, it is still available. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Cover has one very light corner bend only. Inner sleeve in great shape! LP is NM-, glossy & gorgeous. Looks UNPLAYED!
Artist/Composer: Richard Band
Label: Varese Sarabande
Year: 1987

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Cover has very light corner bumps/removed sticker spot only. Inner poly sleeve in great shape! LP is a shockingly clean NM-, glossy & gorgeous.
Artist/Composer: Charles Bernstein
Label: Varese Sarabande
Year: 1986

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Cover has very light corner bumps only. Inner sleeve in great shape and LP is a shockingly clean NM- glossy & gorgeous.
Artist/Composer: Pino Donaggio
Label: Varese Sarabande STV 81279
Year: 1986

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Cover has saw mark on top edge cover only. Inner sleeve in great shape. LP is has just a couple of superficial surface marks--still glossy & gorgeous.
Artist/Composer: Various Artists
Label: Jive Records
Year: 1989

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Cover has a tiny corner cut only--still in original shrinkwrap. Inner poly sleeve in great shape. LP is a shockingly clean VG++ with just a couple of very light surface marks--plays perfectly.
Artist/Composer: Jonathan Elias
Label: Varese Sarabande
Year: 1986

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Review Of Mondo's Maniac 2013 Soundtrack White Vinyl Pressing

 Ooh lordy..the vinyl gods have somehow seen fit to allow me to win the vinyl lottery. OK, maybe not as dramatic as all that, but I feel pretty damn lucky to have received one of the elusive WHITE pressings of Mondo's Maniac (2013) Soundtrack. And here it is in all its glory...

This was my first Mondo purchase, I am not normally on Facebook at the crack of dawn waiting with bated breath for the announcement that the latest item is available for sale--for about five minutes. Seriously, things sell out that fast on their website, so it's almost impossible to get the latest item there, depending on what it is. But I digress, let's talk about this very cool record...

First of all, the artwork. I am definitely in the minority when I say I much prefer the Death Waltz' version of the cover (more on them in a bit), and not because Mondo's version (art by Jeff Proctor) depicts a woman's scalp being removed by a headless man. I just prefer photographs to hand drawn art on album covers except for, of course, the original vinyl pressing of the original film--it simply does not get any better than that. Also, the Death Waltz version is not available for purchase in the US, unless you want to pay an inflated price for it on Feebay.

Now the vinyl itself and the soundtrack. As I said earlier, I was fortunate to receive a 'randomly inserted' white pressing of the vinyl. The thing is, Mondo doesn't specify just how many of these were pressed, on white or black. And now the album is available for pre-order on Amazon, so there's really no telling just how rare this album will be. However, I'm less concerned with that because I bought this album for me, and I rarely keep anything nice because I have the bad habit of selling all of my super rare and desirable records to pay the bills when business is slow. This is a habit I am desperately trying to overcome. But again I digress...the white vinyl is gorgeous, and there is there is an ever-so-slight hint of black swirl in a few places on the record itself. Nice, huh?

Now, the music. I AM IN LOVE. Composer Rob (Robin Coudert) has done an excellent job of capturing a mood, full of synthy goodness and mystery. My only complaint is that the songs aren't nearly long enough, and they seem to have an incomplete feeling to them. As if each track is just a snippet of a longer version. But I'd say that's a good problem to have, always leave 'em wanting more, eh? As described, the music is most definitely an homage to Tangerine Dream, Goblin and of course our beloved John Carpenter. I played it three times over before I could manage to put something else on (and that was only because I received the Kill Bill Vol. 1 soundtrack on vinyl this morning).

Here's one of my favorite tracks for you to sample, and see if this is something you'd like in your personal collection. Enjoy!

Website Down, Blog Up!

 For those of you who actually used to go to my JustCoolRecords website, I apologize for any confusion. That website is now closed. All traffic to that particular URL is now redirecting here, to my blog. But never fear! You will find every single record listing I had on the website within my Etsy Shop (for titles 1993 and older) in my Discogs Shop (for titles 1994 and newer).

Please don't feel like your only option is to open an Etsy account to purchase something if you don't want to. You can contact me anytime for any title available, and is payable by Paypal, Credit/Debit Card, Money Order or plain old-fashioned, cold hard cash.

This was not a decision I came to lightly, but it was sort of made for me. And it's not the end of the world. It just means I need to work a little harder, and a lot smarter. So you will be seeing much more frequent blog posts, and I'll be a lot more active on my social media channels. Although I put a ton of work into the website over the last year, I never really knew how to promote it very well. We'll see how things go with this change...

Hang in there with me vinyl lovers, I've got a few things in the works that I hope you will enjoy. A huge THANK YOU is due to those who previously supported the website! You will continue to receive the same prompt service you are accustomed to, that's my promise to you.

Oh, and one of the changes I am trying my best to work on is proving to you that I'm a real human. No robots here! This is a rare 'selfie' to help put a face to the name for those who want to know who their records are coming from. Pleased to meet ya!

JustCoolRecords' Vinyl Display and Set Up

Today's post features another peek into my vinyl display and set up, newly improved by placing album covers face-front in each cubby of the Expedit. Each cover represents the type of music behind it, and yes, they are all full. Here's how they are categorized, from top left to right:

1. Punk/Surf/Ska/Monsterbilly 
2. DarkWave/Post Punk/Synth/Goth 
3. 80's Pop/NewWave
4. Children's Records: Monster Series/Muppets/Sesame Street
5. 60's & 70's Rock/Glam/Disco & 80's Rock/ButtRock/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
6. All Soundtracks
7. 50' & 60's Pop Vocals/French Pop/Torch Singers
8. Modern Vinyl/Misc. What-Not (Classical/World Music

And what isn't pictured here is just one cubby full of overflow: 12" Singles and Christmas. I'm working on getting another 4 cube Expedit to give my collection a little more breathing room.

Cool idea, no? I confess it wasn't my own, I stole it from a fellow horror/vinyl junkie on my Instagram. (Don't worry, I already gave him props). I think it really sets off the whole look, tying in the album covers on the wall. The stacks on the left and right are my "currently listening" piles.

This is just one way I am attempting to let you know a little more about me. I suppose it's about time. Hope you enjoy it, and keep spinning that vinyl!

What's in JustCoolRecords' Record Collection?

The mailman made me very happy today. He brought me this. I thought I would begin a new feature on the blog called 'What's In JustCoolRecords' Record Collection' by sharing the records I actually get to keep for myself. This one was a long time coming...

This album, called The Rapture (1995) and the album Superstition (1991) are by far the hardest to find of the entire Siouxsie and the Banshees repertoire, aside from bootlegs and obscure singles.  It's a softer Siouxsie for sure, but no less magnetic. I love it.

Look for more posts to come featuring newly acquired or impossibly rare records from my personal collection. Stay tuned, and keep spinning that vinyl!