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btv080 Starflyer 59 : Ghosts of the Future 7″ Box Set

Starflyer 59
Ghosts of the Future (btv080)
Buy Online | 10 7″ box
Track listing:
A Side
B Side
C Side
D Side
Pearl of Great Price (Remix)
E Side
Minor Keys
F Side
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
G Side
H Side
I Side
Mr. Martin
J Side
Mr. Martin (acoustic)
K Side
I Love You Like the Little Bird
L Side
Mall Monarchy
M Side
N Side
Guitar Man
O Side
Black Jacket
P Side
Broken Arm
Q Side
R Side
Gangs of Riverside
S Side
God Forbid
T Side
original subscription series e-mail announcement:
Starflyer 59 is the ultimate fan’s band, adored and upheld by a faithful following, kept like a secret for 13 years running. Now, for the dedicated devotee, comes the ultimate collection: in the grand tradition of the SubPop singles club, Wedding Present’s 12 7″ in one year, or Public Image Ltd.’s Metal Box, Burnt Toast Vinyl is thrilled to announce the Starflyer 59 Ghosts of the Future series.

The collection consists of a total of 10 7″s, broken out over four individual shipments. 2 will arrive in July, 2 more in September, then 3 in both November and January. Each slipcase will be letter-pressed with specially-designed artwork (from the HYMY Industries design firm), and the first shipment will come with a box built to contain the complete collection (as if anything will actually be able to contain it!).

Then there’s the music — each A-side boasts demo versions of songs from the forthcoming Starflyer full-length; each B-sided is a track exclusive to this collection. It’s like being in the studio with the band as they piece together the new record. If you pre order at the too-good-to-resist price of $59.59 (postage paid, working out to about $5/7″ or so), your set will be pressed on colored vinyl, guaranteed. Later orders run the risk of suffering in the darkness of regular black vinyl. The price will increase after the initial shipment and with each subsequent shipment as a “doubter’s tax.” Not to imply that there are doubters among the faithful. To add further early ordering incentive, Jason Martin will be autographing inserts for the first 100 orders.

For more than 10 years running, Starflyer has trounced disbelief with one classic pop song after another. No new kinda story, indeed.” Additionally, for the super fans, a super limited number of test pressing subscriptions (only 15, hand numbered) will be available for $100.59 postage paid. While this seems like an extravagant amount of money to pay for a series of 7″, you are purchasing the rights to hear the test pressings when the band and label hear them and you will receive any error test pressings that result. Unfortunately, these are only on black vinyl, but your subscription will also feature the complete artwork, inserts, and box.

We’ve been actively pursuing this project for almost a year and a half. Many thanks to those who have contributed ideas, feedback, and inspiration, people like Jason Martin, Jeff Cloud, Will Stichter, Ethan Tripp, Gockley, Matthew Stone, Andrew Horton, and Joseph Keyes. btv couldn’t be more serious or more excited about this project.

The colored vinyl all sold out, with black being all that remains. The wooden boxes were built and embossed by a now defunct cigar box company. The series also shipped with two complimentary inserts. The resulting album was Starflyer 59’s Dial M, also available on vinyl from btv.



Benefit Auction: Rare Test Pressings Available

Our friend Mike runs the label Crossroads of America. His son Asa was recently born with a congenital heart defect. Some folks in Bloomington are raising money to help pay for medical bills through an auction.

Right now, there are a few btv items available, some previously available and no longer and others never before seen.
Damien Jurado : Four Songs test pressing. one of five in existence.
Damien Jurado : This Fabulous Century test pressing. one of five in existence.
Denison Witmer : Safe Away test pressing. one of five in existence.
Early Day Miners : Deep Harbor test pressing. one of five in existence.
Efterklang : one-sided LP test pressing. one of five in existence.
mewithoutYou : It’s All Crazy test pressing.
mewithoutYou : brother, sister test pressing. one of ten in existence.
Starflyer 59 : Ghosts of the Future 7″ box set on color vinyl.
Starflyer 59 : Ghosts of the Future 7″ test pressing box set.
Starflyer 59 : Ghosts of the Future poster autographed by Jason Martin. There are two.
Starflyer 59 : Talking Voice Vs. Singing Voice test pressing. one of five in existence.
Unwed Sailor : The Faithful Anchor test pressing. one of five in existence.
Unwed Sailor : The White Ox test pressing, alternate version.

Sufjan Stevens : Michigan test pressing. Seriously, one of five in existence.

Notable items from the fine folks at Dead Oceans/Jagjaguar/Secretly Canadian:
Bon Iver : s/t test pressing.
Bon Iver : For Emma, Forever Ago test pressing.

From Vampire Weekend, their s/t and Contra albums with an autographed photo.

From K Records, an out of print Beat Happening box set.

For aspiring bands, sessions at Russian Recording and Dub Narcotic.

Bid generously and often for these rare prizes.

It’s been a really hectic time. Apologies to everyone in Boston who missed out on seeing Yndi Halda. They had to cancel the show due to van problems. They made a valiant attempt at taking a train to the show, but it didn’t work out. They’ll make up for it the next time they’re in the US, for sure. Thanks to everyone who so fully supported Yndi Halda’s month in the US, everyone who came out to the shows and helped with places to stay, and especially to Bojan for booking, Alex in Williamsport for booking them at a new venue, Tim in Lancaster for taking a chance at a gallery show, Nathan in Virginia for getting two solid shows, Jamie in Jackson for delivering shirts, Johnathon for helping set up the Tulsa show super last minute, Jason for driving them around, and Commissioner and Willis for loaning gear. I’m sure there are more folks who should be thanked, too, that I may not even know about. It was great getting to see them one last time in NYC with Caspian at Piano’s on Saturday. It was also my birthday and a big crew of us attended the Phillies/Dodgers game earlier in the day. Burnt Toast Vinyl flashed briefly on the scoreboard and we were excited.
There are some Yndi Halda buttons and t-shirts from the tour that are going to be on sale in the online store, in case you missed them on tour. The shirts are basically the design that is in the webstore now, but is white on heather grey and a second design which is a crane on either cranberry or raspberry shirts, depending on the size. If you’re itching to buy, order the existing shirt and e-mail to say which new design you’d like and we’ll work it all out. The crane shirts are hand-printed, by the way.
Starflyer 59’s Dial M was mastered to lacquer and is in the process of being plated. Denison Witmer’s Carry the Weight is en route to be mastered to lacquer with a bonus track. We’ll be having a special test pressing sale for both very shortly. Test pressing subscribers to the Starflyer 59 Ghosts of the Future 7″ set will get first dibs on the Dial M test pressings. This will be a super limited edition run for both albums and you will get to hear the vinyl at nearly the same time the bands and I do.

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