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The Hold Steady

Stay Positive - 10th Anniversary Reissue

    Originally released in 2008 on Vagrant Records, this was the fourth studio album from The Hold Steady.

    What we said about the album in 2008:
    I'd heard this lot were Springsteen fans, but with the drawl and attack of the singer on the very first song, a "Warehouse" era Husker Du springs more readily to mind. What follows is an unbelievably life-affirming rock'n'roll record which recalls the E-Street Band only in its joy, effervescence and unflinching disregard for any notions of fashion or 'cool'. This is classic, passionate music from the heart, which, when married to such excellent, emotive lyrics (murder, dreams, hope, death, lowlife, wonder!) unfurls more like a film than an actual LP. Recommended.


    Side A
    1. Constructive Summer
    2. Sequenced In Memphis
    3. One For The Cutters
    Side B
    1. Navy Sheets
    2. Lord, I’m Discouraged
    3. Yeah Sapphire
    Side C
    1. Both Crosses
    2. Stay Positive
    3. Magazines
    Side D
    1. Joke About Jamaica
    2. Slapped Actress
    3. Ask Her For Adderall (bonus)*
    Side E
    1. Two Handed Handshake (bonus)**
    2. Cheyenne Sunrise (bonus)**
    3. Spectres (bonus)*
    Side F
    1. 40 Bucks (bonus)**
    2. This Isn’t Enough (bonus)***
    3. You Tremble (bonus)***
    4. Ballad Of The Midnight Hauler (bonus)***

    * Available Only On Original Vinyl Release
    ** Available Only On Positive Rage
    *** Never Before Available

    1. Constructive Summer
    2. Sequenced In Memphis
    3. One For The Cutters
    4. Navy Sheets
    5. Lord, I’m Discouraged
    6. Yeah Sapphire
    7. Both Crosses
    8. Stay Positive
    9. Magazines
    10. Joke About Jamaica
    11. Slapped Actress

    Dashboard Confessional

    A Mark A Mission A Brand A Scar

      Fourth album from emocore pioneers Dashboard Confessional. As expected, the album features Chris Carraba's distinctive emotive songwriting, but the overall sound is fuller and more dynamic than their previous releases.

      No Motiv


        A punk-pop quartet from Oxnard, CA, No Motiv specialize in the sort of personal introspection and emotional catharsis that defines the sub genre known as "emocore". This four track mini album is a taster for the album to be issued in September 2003. No Motiv have polished their sound into a steady buzz of melodically injected punk rock with the grinding heart splitting lyrics to match.

        Face To Face

        How To Ruin Everything

          "How To Ruin Everything" sees Face To Face reaffirm their status as one of the 1990s new-punk trailblazers who have often been cited by bands like Blink 182 and the Alkaline Trio as major influences. Trever Keith, Scott Shiflett and Pete Parada formed as a trio in 1991 with a passion for old skool punk rock and this direct, no nonsense approach is there to be heard on this 2002 punk epistle.

          Various Artists

          Five Years On The Street - Vagarant Records Sampler

            Another crackin' cheap Vagrant sampler. New tracks from Blink 182, The Hippos and Automatic 7 and other top acts like Face To Face, No Motiv, MXPX and the Gotohells.


            Social Life

              Koufax have merged 80s new wave, Costello / Flaming Lips / Cure and even a hint of the Beach Boys on "Social Life" their second album on Vagrant.

              Audio Learning Center

              Friendships Often Fade Away

                Featuring ex-Pond front man Christopher Brady, Audio Learning Center are producing some excellent emocore stuff that has a classy sense of style with subtle dynamics, evolving songs and great vocals from Brady. The sound has echoes of the early (best) Cure with some tracks reminiscent of the emotional intensity of "Faith" and "Seventeen Seconds" but given that impact that the emo / punk scene builds on.

                Get Up Kids

                On A Wire

                  The Get Up Kids are simply one of the best emocore outfits on the planet, they helped define the style and "On A Wire" is prepared to redefine the band again. It's mellow, even soppy at times but the emotion content is too high to ignore and they're not afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves. Fulsome vocal harmonies, subtle acoustic melodies, poppy basslines - the Get Up Kids have taken emo one step further from core.

                  The New Amsterdams

                  Para Toda Vida

                    Any fan of the Get Up Kids will know that the New Amsterdams is the solo project by TGUK's front-man, Matthew Prior. For this, his second recording for Vagrant, Prior has stripped down his songs to their bare essentials. These are acoustic tracks with an emotional, americana feel to many of the songs that creates a passionate and human gem.

                    No Motiv

                    Diagram For Healing

                      This is the highly anticipated follow up to the band's debut and they've suddenly got a whole lot better mind you touring with the likes of Blink 182 + Alkaline Trio must have helped. They have polished their sound into a steady buzz of melodically injected punk rock with the grinding, heart splitting lyrics to match. Not easy to ignore! Another great release from Vagrant Records - home of Rocket FTC, Face To Face, Get Up Kids, Alkaline Trio.

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