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Total Tuscadero Update

Posted on September 14, 2013

In honor of Tuscadero reuniting to play the Black Cat 20th Annviersary show in DC, I have updated all of my Tuscadero entries with new information.  I have also added three compilations that I had never covered before.

The Joy Formidable Discography

Posted on April 14, 2013

I am very pleased to announce that I have added a new section to the discography site detailing the albums and singles for the Joy Formidable.  I did not know what to make of this band when I first heard them.  I heard "Whirring" on the radio and immediately raised an eyebrow.  They exhibited the sort of guitar-driven, distorted, big sound that characterized much of the music that I have liked most in my life.  It was a sound that had been sorely missing from the industry since the major label world ate itself in the middle of the '90s.  I proceeded trepidatiously, having been burned by many others over the years, but the more I dug into the band's offerings, well, the more I dug it.  The Joy Formidable does have a certain commercial sensitivity to it, but it's really good anyway.  I swear.  I figured I would swoop in and grab all of their vinyl early on so that it would not cost me huge amounts on the collectors' market later.  Oops.  It turns out the big ticket items for this band are CDs and CD box sets.  Well, I eventually tracked those down as well.  Now that we have a strong second full-length effort (Wolf's Law) shredding speakers, an exclusive single due out for Record Store Day, and another big U.S. tour underway, I thought that it was time.  It is a rare case that has me this hooked on a new band these days.  If you have not given the Joy Formidable some of your attention, you should make that happen.

Pette Discogs on Facebook

Posted on February 13, 2013

Ever wanted to take a more active role in discussing some of the content on this site?  Well, there is now a live Pette Discographies page on Facebook...comment away.

Updates!

Posted on February 13, 2013

Welcome back!  I have been making little updates to site with some regularity, but I have not been posting about them for some time.  That changes now.  I am currently in the midst of some larger-scale stuff.  When I am done, each entry will have price trending information in addition to the values, which should add a little more useful context to my record valuations.  Next, I am adding "last updated" dates to the bottom of each entry.  This is a work in progress, but I am done updating parts of the site.  The Rocket from the Crypt pages are fully updated.  The content of the Afghan Whigs pages has been fully updated.  Most of the rest of the pages have updates in progress.  Slowly but surely.  I have also been spending some time trying to get my label, Shattered World Music, off the ground.  It turns out this takes time and money.  Who woulda thought?

Tsunami

Posted on February 12, 2012

I realize that it has been a little while since I last added an indie band's discography to the site.  Well, here you go...I have finished a discography for the engine that drove the 90's DC indie scene: Tsunami.  I had held off on this one for a while, in part because they have a pretty extensive discography of their own on the Simple Machines site.  Half of the band, Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thomson, ran Simple Machines Records, which was a key indie label in the 90's...I may add in the label's whole discography at some point, but for now, enjoy my new Tsunami pages.

Seaweed Section Reworked

Posted on February 3, 2012

I have cleaned up some of the Seaweed entries...I clarified some details for and added images to the Measure single entry, added some pictures to the Bill page, and ramped up the scarcity rating for the yellow Just a Smirk 7".  Plus, I have added in the new Seaweed single that came out in 2011.

New Fluid Single!

Posted on February 2, 2012

Who woulda thought...a new Fluid single in 2012.  Well, it happened - it's two remastered tracks from the Clear Black Paper era, and they sound pretty damn good.  Go get yourself a copy from Blitzkrieg Records.  It's a benefit for the Kulwicki boys.

A Big Pette Discographies Welcome to the Pietasters

Posted on January 30, 2012

Happy New Year, true believers.  Today, I bring to you a discography that I should have finished about five months ago, and yet...I am just presenting it now.  This installment details the Pietasters, the greatest ska-soul band ever to invade our nation's capital.  I hope you find it enlightening.

Preposterously Rare Hepcat Alert

Posted on September 24, 2011

So, I had always thought that the Hepcat Nigel 7" existed solely on black vinyl.  It is rare enough in that format.  However, after I posted my Hepcat discography, someone clued me in to another version on clear vinyl.  That message board discussion also led to the revelation that there were only 25 copies made on clear vinyl, and most of those were given to the band.  I cannot confirm that part, but I can vouch for the fact that the clear vinyl version is excessively scarce.  That said, the stars seem to have aligned, and I was able to get myself a copy.  This one is either a record collector's dream and nightmare.  Thanks to Lawless for the heads up.  The value I have placed on it is entirely speculative, but I am ballparking it at $80-100.

Moon Records/Moon Ska

Posted on July 6, 2011

Alright, folks.  This is a big one.  I have added full discographies for Moon Records/Moon Ska Records.  Really.  There are many, many pages of skatastic fun for you here.  There is an Album Index and a Single Index.  I am proud of this one - it took a great deal of work, and I could never have done it without the trail blazed by Jeremy Patton of Megalith Records.  So, here you go. Collect away.

Hepcat

Posted on April 23, 2011

Now we're cookin'...just like that, Hepcat's part of the discography site is now live!  That was much easier.  I need to do a few more like this...four albums, four singles, five comps.  Good stuff.  Enjoy.  The "diskagraphies" are underway...

The Slackers

Posted on April 20, 2011

Well, that took a while.  The Slackers pages are now live on the discog site.  I think I should have chosen some shorter discogs for my first couple of ska-related bands.  Instead, I went with Fishbone and the Slackers.  Time to do some shorter ones before I get into something like the Toasters, don'tcha think?

Fishbone

Posted on March 22, 2011

Fishbone is RED HOT...and is now on Pette Discographies.  I have completed albums, single, and compliation sections for them...and it took far longer than it should have.  I am happy to bring you a (mostly) complete Fishbone discography.

R.I.P. Rick Kulwicki

Posted on February 20, 2011

For those of you who have not yet heard, Rick Kulwicki, guitarist for the Fluid, passed away this week at age 49.  He will be missed.  I only got to meet him once, but he lived up to all of the wonderful things that his friends have been saying about him.

Overhaul Complete (Mostly)

Posted on February 6, 2011

Alright - here we go.  I am basically done with all of the site updates I wanted to perform.  Amongst our updates are fear, surprise, a ruthless efficiency...sorry...reflex...this is what is new:

- Every record on the site now has its own page.  You can still view the full pages of entries if you care to read them all as a story, but it will now be much easier to get to one specific entry.  All of my full discogs on here now have index pages, thereby enabling you to get to those individual entry pages with greater ease.  I am building index pages for all of the partial discogs on here as well, but that's another big project that I will finish gradually (that would be the "mostly" done to which I alluded in the title above...).

- I added a full band list, which includes every band that has any kind of entry on this site.  The partial discography links are not live yet...again, I'm doing that gradually.  I did not want to hold up the rollout of the rest of the site for that.

- I have included a forum to help fuel your record collecting needs.  There is a link in the menu above, but it can be found here: Pette Discographies Forum.

- There have lots of little behind-the-scenes upgrades that should help me expand the site better in the future.  You don't care about those details, but I promise, they took a long time.

I hope the new site is enjoyable.  Now, let's get back to the new content, shall we?  Next up...Fishbone.

Lots of Updates Coming

Posted on January 2, 2011

I know it has been forever since the last update on here.  That will all change in the very near future.  I have been working on another large scale site design update for a while now.   Nothing is live yet, but I am almost done.  It will make the site much more user friendly.  I have been reluctant to make any big content changes until I finished the redesign.  Add in an international move, and 2010 was a slow website update year.  I have a lot coming over the first couple of months of 2011, though.  Stay tuned!

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