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Created: 2016-08-21 23:48:05

It's been a very long time between posts. Over a year. Honestly, I got a job and got really busy, and ended up neglecting this website. Unfortunately, I recently got laid off from that job. The good news, however, is that the job was as a lead software developer, where I learned the particular framework that I used to build this site. The result is many more features, and an overall better site.

Another benefit of the job was that I had plenty of surplus income. Thus, I was able to make quite a few additions to my collection. I may take the time to discuss them individually, but I will start by talking about a handful of them in this post.

When I was in ninth grade, I went over to a friend's house and recorded a bunch of his cassettes on to some blank tapes. Among the bands was Dead Kennedys. I felt the lyrics had just the right amount of intellect, wit, angst and sarcasm, and the singer, Jello Biafra's delivery drove them home. I listened to them incessantly, and they quickly became my favorite band.

I soon began buying their cassettes, which were released on Jello's own label, Alternative Tentacles Records. Inside the tape case they included the label's current catalog. I started to check out other bands on the label, and was impressed by so many of them. As I did research, I found that many bands I loved, such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Husker Du, MDC and Flipper had all put out records on AT. That was when I decided I would try to collect their whole discography. Well, the catalog indices began to rise exponentially. I think they are currently in the 400s. Thus I decided that I will only collect the first 60 or so. Though I have been collecting for a couple decades, I still haven't completed the collection. Therefore, this past year, I made a conscious effort to seek out the missing records. So, with this post, I am going to mention the AT records I have picked up since my last post.

The first record is Dad/Revenge by Nomeansno, whom I saw play when I was in eleventh grade with Victim's Family and a local band called Flounder. It was in the cafeteria or student union at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Hardly anybody showed up for the show, but it was incredible, and well worth the hour and a half drive each way. As for the single, there were no surprises, as I have these songs on their first full-length LP, Sex Mad, but the single is still great.

The next record is Bullets for You by Toxic Reasons. Again, there are no surprises, because I already had this record on Toxic Reasons's own record label, T-Reason Records, though there are some variations of tracks between the two versions. For instance, the T-Reason version contains the songs 'God Bless America', 'Can't Get Away' and 'Do What You Can', while the AT version has the tracks 'Too Late', and 'Party's Over'.

Finally, I got War on 45 by D.O.A. When I was a senior in high school, my friends and I spent a lot of time in Boulder, CO. One time we were at the Boulder Wax Trax location and I found a D.O.A. t-shirt that had a drawing of a puritan holding a bible and a gun, while being shot with arrows. The caption on the shirt read, "Repent! You fucking savages, repent!" I already owned War on 45 on Alternative Tentacles, but I found out years later that that artwork is from the UK version of that record. The fact that the artwork moved me so much when I was younger, and that it was released on AT meant it was doubly important for me to add this gem to my collection.