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More vinyl updates

We’ve entered historical, groundbreaking territory today because byul.org have submitted final audio finals for their forthcoming 2xLP. Barring catastrophe, we should have test pressings in a few weeks. We’ve waited years to hear this record and are more excited than words can adequately express.

A crew of us have been working on letterpressing (well, mostly Willi$ with some apprentices) and trimming covers to line up with the arrival of Denison Witmer’s The Ones Who Wait vinyl. We’ll have pre-orders shipping later today and tomorrow. We just missed Denison having copies on his upcoming tour dates, but if you attend in person and buy a vinyl, you can take home the album on cd and the vinyl will be mailed to you after the fact. Or you can just mail order from Denison or btv directly.

John Ringhofer is etching the B side illustration for the Half-Handed Cloud one-sided LP, DOVE. Few people on this planet make us smile as much as John and we’re happy to get out a new batch of his songs.

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Seven Swans Reimagined

btv did the original pressings of Sufjan Stevens’ Seven Swans in conjunction with Sounds Familyre and that tips the scales for us to be our favorite Sufjan release. It’s recently been covered in its entirety and is available digitally on Bandcamp with the proceeds benefiting Komen for the Cure. Our own Unwed Sailor did a cover of “Sister” and our good friends Half-Handed Cloud and Elin Smith appear, as well as the lead-off track from Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

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Happy New Year!

Thanks for your support during 2008. It’s been a very busy year for us. Unwed Sailor’s Little Wars was released in the Spring and toured several times in the US and recently in Europe in support. We were also happy to release Denison Witmer’s Carry the Weight and Starflyer 59′s Dial M on vinyl. We were very relieved to wrap up the Starflyer 59 Ghosts of the Future 7″ series after a lot of hard work coordinating production, assembling 7″, and mailing out so many small boxes. We’re also very excited about Soporus’ first full-length 24,110 arriving just in time for a quiet winter season. 2008 saw the completion of Bosque Brown’s Baby album and great progress in our Byul full-length release. Before the end of the year, we sent off Baby to be mastered to vinyl along with Erik Enocksson’s Farväl Falkenberg soundtrack.

For 2009, we’re looking forward to releases from Bosque Brown, Byul, Erik Enocksson, Birchville Cat Motel, Steven R. Smith, and Half-handed Cloud.

For those interested in year end lists, Matt Stone (Soporus, Saxon Shore) and I wrote some quick lists for our friends at Tangzine: here and here. Feel free to read and make fun of us. Incidentally, our old friends Christian Wargo (ex-Scientific) and Josh Tillman (ex-Saxon Shore) are in Fleet Foxes who had their Sun Giantep and self-titled full-length selected as Pitchfork’s top release of 2008. We’re more than happy to sell you copies of their earlier releases.

Wishing you the best for 2009…

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