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Last year, Brand New’s first record, Your Favorite Weapon, celebrated its 10th anniversary. The band marked the occasion by re-releasing it with previously unreleased demos (most notably on vinyl, saving me from having to search Ebay for YFW on vinyl) and by performing the album in its entirety as part of their New Year’s Eve show at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.

Earlier this year, Taking Back Sunday’s first record, Tell All Your Friends, celebrated its 10th anniversary. I marked the occasion by writing a blog post. The band has finally gotten around to marking the occasion by announcing the #TAYF10 tour. (I don’t know if the tour name is supposed to have a hashtag or not, but I’m sticking with it because every reference I’ve seen thus far from the band has the hashtag.) The band will be playing TAYF in its entirety every night, which is too awesome for words. (And if it inspires Brand New to do the same thing with Deja Entendu next year, I won’t complain.)

This wasn’t what you’d call a well-kept secret. The band started hinting at the possibility of a Tell All Your Friends anniversary tour earlier this summer. And over the weekend I found out that Bayside is going to open for them, which made me even more excited for this tour (as if that’s even possible). The only thing I needed from today’s official announcement was the list of dates. When the first Florida date I saw was in Orlando, I despaired of a Tampa/St. Pete show. My despair grew when the next date listed was in Fort Lauderdale. But, lo and behold, they are playing Jannus Landing in St. Pete! Woohoo!

I will be attending the St. Pete show. This is a thing I have to see; YouTube videos will not be sufficient. To that end, I’ve decided that I’m going to give up going to the movies for a while. After all, which is more important to see in a theater: The Dark Knight Rises or one of my favorite bands performing one of my all-time favorite records?

And I’m still holding out hope that Taking Back Sunday will re-release Tell All Your Friends on vinyl to celebrate the anniversary. (This can also be said for Deja Entendu, but that doesn’t turn 10 until next year.)

Until tomorrow.


Tell All Your Friends

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of Taking Back Sunday’s first record, Tell All Your Friends.  Part of me wishes I could say that makes me feel old, but I can’t.  Not really.  It would be one thing if I had purchased TAYF when it came out, but it feels disingenuous to say that about a record that I bought five years ago (no matter how old the record itself is).

Even though I completely slept on Tell All Your Friends (and Taking Back Sunday), I fell in love with this record once I finally bought it.  It is one of my go-to, comfort food records and has the iTunes play count to prove it 🙂 I was tempted to do nothing but quote songs in this post, but I decided to refrain.

I don’t remember how exactly I found out that TAYF was released on March 26, 2002 (or why, for that matter), but I did.  I have a little reminder in iCal and everything.  Apparently I’m not the only person who knows the date, either.  #TellAllYourFriends was a trending topic on Twitter today.  The best part of that were the couple of tweets I saw from people who used that hashtag in a non-TBS context, most likely because they didn’t know why people had started it in the first place.  It was quite amusing.

I’ve been celebrating the anniversary by listening to Tell All Your Friends pretty much exclusively.  (I have no qualms about listening to my favorite records on repeat.  I’m pretty much positive that I will never get sick of TAYF.)  If I’d been thinking, I would’ve watched some of the videos from that record as well.  Like the “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)” video.  (And not just because “Cute Without the ‘E'” is my favorite Taking Back Sunday song and video.)

Ironically, the version on YouTube is uncensored but the version I bought from iTunes five years ago is censored.  (Heaven forbid I hear the word “gun” in song lyrics.  Blah.)

So, congratulations to Adam, John, Mark, Shaun, and Eddie.  Ten years later and it’s still an amazing album (and, even more importantly, the band is still going strong).

If you’ve never listened to Tell All Your Friends, do yourself a favor and listen to it.  (It’s available on Spotify.)  I’m not promising that it will change your life, but it’s a damn good record and everyone should listen to it at least once.

Until tomorrow.

To Buy Or Not To Buy

Welcome to a new feature on my blog, brought to you by my own inner turmoil.

I just found out that Taking Back Sunday’s debut album, Tell All Your Friends, is being re-pressed on vinyl.  Yay!  Right?  The 10-year anniversary of Tell All Your Friends is coming up at the end of March, so I had been hoping for a vinyl re-release.  Although I had hoped for something that kinda acknowledged the whole tenth anniversary thing (similar to the tenth anniversary re-release of Brand New’s Your Favorite Weapon – but then again, I’m still conflicted over whether or not I like the new album artwork for the YFW re-release).

And, sure, the vinyl is only 12 bucks (plus 6 bucks shipping – come on, Victory!).  And I really, really want Tell All Your Friends on vinyl.  But I need to save money.  Especially since the price to renew my SiriusXM subscription was twice what I’d expected it to be.  (Thank God I got rid of my DVR when I did.)  Plus, like somebody pointed out on this thread on Absolute Punk, Taking Back Sunday probably won’t make a cent off of this.

But then again, my SiriusXM renewal actually did account for 65% of my credit card bill.  I’ve been pretty good about not spending money so far this year.  What’s one little $18 splurge?  (It probably isn’t helping that I’m listening to Tell All Your Friends right now.)

I could always ask my parents to buy it for me.  But my birthday isn’t until the end of June.  A Valentine’s Day present, maybe?  But what if I ask them to buy me this but then a tenth anniversary re-release is announced that includes “The Ballad of Sal Villanueva” and “Your Own Disaster.”

Wow, I’ve written almost 300 words and I’m still just conflicted.  Blah.  Maybe sleeping on it will help.

Until tomorrow.