Posts Tagged ‘ test pressings

I went to see a symposium on Howard Finster at Lehigh University on Friday which featured a lot of annoying insider self-appreciation from professors and gallery owners, but enough of Howard to make it tolerable. A documentary in the rough was unveiled, featuring his last interview before he died and a spot on the Tonight Show, showing this man of Visions at his best. There are 3 spots at the University showing off a wide variety of his work. If you’re in the area at all, be sure to stop by.
Joey Sweeney and pals are up to some new trouble at this new website, Phiebrity. Jess, Willis, and I saw Old Canes rock out in the Unitarian Church Basement last night to a small crowd, but a soundsystem to accomodate 500. Chris from Appleseed Cast delivers the good with the live set and on the album Early Morning Hymns.
Saxon Shore are finishing up The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore and readying a re-issue of their Be A Bright Blue debut. More on release dates once they’re known.
Sufjan Stevens is playing at the Philadelphia Ethical Society this Thursday and is on tour, be sure to see him and wave to Denison Witmer who’s playing in his band. Starflyer 59 will be playing in Philadelphia on Saturday with Pedro the Lion and I’m hoping their one-sided LP will be done in time. Test pressings were wrong and had to be re-done, I’m hoping the new set is at my house today.
Also, for those interested in Damien Jurado’s This Fabulous Century on white vinyl, these are nearly gone from btv and will soon be sent out as black vinyl. Ya snooze, ya lose. The record still sounds great no matter what color the vinyl is.

Test pressings arrived today for the Ester Drang one-sided LP. Yes, this thing does exist and it will be ready in about 2 weeks or so now. The test pressings for Wovenhand also arrived and this is due to be released to stores on 2 November.
Denison is out on the West Coast getting ready to do some dates with Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom (Drag City):
Sat July 24 : Los Angeles, CA. Troubadour.
Sun July 25 : Sacramento, CA. Old Ironsides.
Wed July 28 : Seattle, WA. Neumo

I am looking at the artwork for the Live Mount Eerie 3xLP and it’s one of the most spectacular looking covers I’ve ever seen. This will be a triple gatefold jacket and the cover art expands to be three LP panels wide. All of the text is in both Danish and English and this is a co-release with my good friend Mikael and his label Washington Inc. in Copenhagen. Mikael recorded the show and he and Phil recorded a short track, “The Boom” the following day in his apartment. There is an LP sized booklet that features all of the lyrics written in both Danish and English as well. I’m really excited about this release. All of the artwork should be sent off to the printer in the next couple of days and the test pressings for the first 2 LPs have already been approved. The third LP with an etching on the obverse (yes, this is loosely in the one-sided LP series) is getting plated sometime in the next week or so.
Last night, I went to see The Six Parts Seven at the unitarian church as they opened for TV on the Radio. The band has added a vibraphone player, taking the sound in a slightly different direction. At one point, there were seven members on stage. They’ve just finished recording a full-length that should be out in late August, just after their brilliant one-sided LP is released to stores. I always love to see them play, they’re one of my favorite instrumental bands.
I left the show to pick up The Trouble with Sweeney cdep. There was a printing error and the front and back covers were not printed on the sleeves, so I picked up all of the missprints from Charlie. New cdeps are being made right now and will be arriving in the next week or so. Pre-orders will be added to the webstore soon. This is the album for summer barbeques and will provide the right jams for any party you may be having. After that, I went to see Destroyer play at the North Star Bar and got there just in time, just missing the opening song. I first saw Destroyer play in 2001 and it was a more acoustic-based, toned down affair, like the Streethawk album. Here, touring on Your Blues, the band translated “Helena” to a blistery rocker. At times, the songs were completely chaotic and noisy, this was one completely amazing show. I swear the hairs on my arm stood on end when “Your Blues” transitioned from the spoken word beginning into the rock and the extended “Notorious Lightening” closer was out of control, a frenzy of pounding drums and flailing guitars. I was saddened by missing Frog Eyes, but had to leave after one Califone song to preserve the memory of the truly incredible Destroyer set. Go see them on tour! “You’ve got the spirit, don’t lose the feeling”
I am loving the Dodger success this season with them having the best record in baseball. I’m going to see them play the Phillies twice next week. I hope I don’t get beat up when I cheer against the home team.
I’ve added a new bumper sticker to my van. You should, too.