PINK FLOYD The Division Bell. Extremely rare 1994 German 1:87 Scale blue model of the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, issued to promote the special European Pink Floyd Edition of the actual car. Volkswagen were a huge sponsor of the band during their tour, there was even a competition at each show to win one of the actual special cars. Very few details are available on-line about this rare item, but they look to have been given to people who worked for Volkswagen, comes housed within the original 4½" x 4" and 1" wide slipcase style box with ‘Neus von Volkswagen. Anrufen und nachfragen.’ text, basically saying new from the card manufacture. Inside the box there is also a ‘Telefonkarte’ phone card printed with the logo for the tour, an unused match book with the same logo, and an individually numbered ‘Zertifikat’ certificate of authenticity. Apart from some light signs of age, this remains in an outstanding condition, the first we have ever seen and unlikely to see again.
catl. “Soon This Will All Be Gone” 2012. catl. Records. Punk-blues duo from Toronto (who will be playing at one of my favorite Milwaukee bars, Boone & Crockett, next month). Soon This Will All Be Gone is their third album and is steeped in traditional American blues, folk and hillbilly music and then shredded with punk attitude and attack. They cover Robert Johnson on “He’ll Make My Way,” Abner Jay on “Cocaine,” Led Belly on “Goodnight, Irene” and Hasil Adkins on “Get Outta My Car.” But my favorite tracks are their originals like the rollicking “Gotta Thing For You” and the driving blues, organ-infused “5 Miles.”
We saw catl play last summer in Indianapolis at Romanus Records Fest (their latest album, Bide My Time Until I Die, came out on Romanus) and we were blown away: I’m a huge fan of women on rhythm and percussionist Sarah K. not only beats the shit out of her drums (and tambourine, maracas, organ, accordion) she does it standing/dancing which provides an even more dynamic live experience. She takes the lead vocals on several tracks and occasionally shares vocals with singer/guitarist Johnny LaRue, whose voice is exactly the right tone for punk-blues: a little nasal sneer. I think their April performance will be their first time in Milwaukee (though I’m not totally sure) and I can’t wait to see them again.
METALLICA Master Of Puppets. Ultra Rare 1986 French-only wide centred 7" vinyl single on the New Electric Way label, also including Welcome Home ‘Sanitarium’, within the original picture sleeve featuring the superb album artwork on the front anda great group picture on the reverse. This example has come all the way from Japan where it has been its whole life, the sleeve displays only lightest signs of edgewear and is otherwise in near mint condition, the labels remain clean and thevinyl looks barely played. An absolutely stunning example of this hard to find pressing.
PET SHOP BOYS Introspective. Rare 1988 US 9-track promotional triple vinyl 12" set including Devices Shep Pettibone Mix and Device Mix, Always On My Mind Shep’s Holiday Mix, Shep’s House & In My House Mix and Domino Dancing Base Remix. Each 12" comes in their own die-cut card sleeve and this copy is still factory sealed with the original numbered stripey title sticker on the front, therefore mint and unplayed.