Preparation Age etching

If you haven’t yet purchased your copy of Mike Adams At His Honest Weight’s Preparation Age LP, there are still copies available for order at the btv online store or available at your local indie record store. If you have gotten a copy or seen some photos of Chad Serhal’s very excellent etching, you may want to know more about it all. Mike made a short post and Mike and Chad have finished a video documenting the process.

The pinball-machine design was created and etched by my friend Chad Serhal. The vinyl manufacturing plant sent a blank lacquer to Chad, who carved the design into the lacquer using some exacto knives and other sharp tools. After that, the lacquer was plated with nickel and a stamper was made. From there, the stamper was used to press the design into each copy of the vinyl record.

This was Chad’s first ever lacquer/vinyl etching (though I’ve seen him do some pretty outstanding wood carvings before). He lamented to me that there were no instructional or how-to videos online about vinyl etching (it’s mostly done by lasers these days, not people’s hands). So, Chad and I made this video to put online in case some other luddites ever need to stumble upon it for reference in the future.


Announcing The Collection : Ars Moriendi 2xLP!

the_collection_vinylIn the summer of 2014, I met 11 of the touring members of Greensboro, NC’s The Collection after helping them find a show in Philadelphia. We’ve been talking about putting their album out on vinyl ever since.

The Collection’s Ars Moriendi has a wide range of influences ranging from the orchestral folk of Sufjan Stevens to the punk energy of mewithoutYou to the collective melody of The Polyphonic Spree.

Ars Moriendi is presented on 150g random marbled vinyl in a thick tip-on gatefold jacket with a lyric insert that includes new artwork. The D side has two album outtakes and a cover of Postal Service’s “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight.” It’s available for pre-order now here and will ship in January 2016 when the final printed parts arrive.

“If you love an uplifting big band, The Collection is for you. ” – Bob Boilen, NPR

Ars Moriendi is a towering, colossal achievement” – Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses

“I was in love instantly … This record is timeless.” – Paul Kemsley

Ars Moriendi is streaming at The Collection’s bandcamp site:

Here’s the video for “The Gown of Green” which initially debuted at


Mooncake : Zaris released today!

We would like to introduce you to our latest release from Moscow’s Mooncake. Zaris is their second full-length and is available now in the US from btv on cd and from Crime & Punishment Packaged Goods on cassette (with a digital download code). It is available in retail stores today!

Mooncake is one of the leading bands of the Russian instrumental music scene and have been active since their founding in early 2006. While fitting in with the body of contemporary post-rock instrumental bands, Zaris stands out with its powerful orchestral sound. The guitar, bass, and drums core are supported by massive string movements, brass arrangements, lush sounding grand piano, vibraphone, and haunting vocal intonations. Mooncake’s music is defined by intricate but catchy melodies shadowed by atmospheric effects with a moodiness reaching from a somber melancholy to soar in majestic grandeur.

Zaris is the second full length album by Moscow-based Mooncake and was released five years later after their first long play. Mooncake spent almost three years working on Zaris. The work started in Moscow in 2011 where the drums parts were recorded in a large concert hall to give an expansive sound. Most of the recording was done in Riga, Latvia at Sound Division Studios, the biggest recording studio in the Batlics, with sound engeneer Gatis Zakis. The string parts and grand piano performances were recorded in a reverb friendly vast Lutheran church sanctuary in Riga that dates to the 18th century.

Here is the video for the track “Life Aquatic”

We hope that you like this latest release and are happy to make it available to you!


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