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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.

I received the test pressings for Saxon Shore : Four Months of Darkness LP and Early Day Miners : Deep Harbor one-sided LP today in the mail. It’s a bit like Christmas when this stuff shows up. Quite exciting and foretelling a very busy summer for vinyl releases at btv.
Hey, did you visit The Onion this week yet (it is Wednesday, all of you cubicle drones)? Wander on over to The Onion AV Club and see the nice words they had to say about The Marionette and The Music Box. Another reason for me to be smiling this evening on minimal sleep and preparing to fly to Amsterdam tomorrow.
The Trouble with Sweeney just received 5/5 in A.P. for I Know You Destroy!, though I haven’t seen the mag yet. They have some residencies planned for NYC and Philadelphia:
uly 1 | Silk City, Philadelphia, PA | residency w/ THETWINATLAS AND HOT TOPIC DJs
July 7 | Pete’s order ventolin Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY | TTWS/American Book Congress residency w/ Mendoza Line
July 8 | Silk City, Philadelphia, PA | residency w/ THE PHOTON BAND AND WINDY DJs
July 14 | Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY | TTWS/American Book Congress residency w/ Mascott and writers Sam Lipsyte, Shelley Jackson
July 15 | Silk City, Philadelphia, PA | residency w/ LEFTY’S DECEIVER AND DJS TBA
July 21 | Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY | TTWS/American Book Congress residency duets night w/ Currituck Co., David Amsden w/ actress
July 22 | Silk City, Philadelphia, PA | residency w/ ASTEROID #4 AND DJs TBA
July 28 | Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY | TTWS/American Book Congress residency w/ Bootleg Remedy
July 29 | Silk City, Philadelphia, PA | residency grand finale: TTWS PLAYS “LOADED” w/ special guests TIMANDERIC.COM

Denison Witmer is on tour with Jeff Hanson (Kill Rock Stars):
1 July: Neenah WI @blue moon coffee
2 July: grand rapids @Schuler Books & Music
5 July: peoria IL @meeting house w/ the forecast, the skeptics
6 July: iowa city @gabe’s oasis w/ rabbitt rabbitt
7 July: des moines @vaudeville mews
8 July: omaha @49er
9 July: denver @larimer lounge
13 July: seattle @studio 7 w/ rosie thomas
14 July: portland @blackbird
16 July: san luis obispo @z-pies
17 July: los angeles @knitting factory – alterknit
18 July: las vegas @cafe roma w/ orange sheila
19 July: tempe @stinkweeds
20 July: albuquerque @burts
22 July: kansas city @westport coffeehouse
23 July: fayetteville AR @jr’s lightbulb club
26 July: memphis @the caravan
27 July: louisville @the 953
28 July: cleveland @beachland w/6 parts 7, central falls
29 July: bloomington IN @rhinos w/ central falls
31 July: chicago @subterranean w/central falls
1 August : milwaukee @924 center
Denison will be releasing an album of covers called Recovered on Fugitive Records. He’ll be doing some hometown shows before he goes away:
THIS Friday, JUNE 6 RECOVERED Cd release Party!!! @ The FIRE (Philadelphia Bar and Grille) 412 W. Girard Ave Philadelphia, PA W/ Kimone, Amp Line
Saturday, JUNE 14 The Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA With One Star Hotel ? it?s their CD release party!!!
Thursday, JUNE 19 The Marathon Grille/Philadelphia City Paper Twilight Series Outside at 20th and Market 7pm Sharp FREE!!! With One Star Hotel

Unwed Sailor : The Marionette and The Music Box hardbound books are on their way from Iceland to the US. Should be here in a week or two and then out to everyone who pre-ordered.
Lacquers for Starflyer 59 : Old 2×10″ are on their way to the factory and plates for Starflyer 59’s one-sided LP, Portuguese Blues, should have arrived. Portuguese Blues is a return to some older guitar riff intensive days, but with a little dirty blues sound mixed in. These should be out in the relatively near future, perhaps sooner than expected, possibly early July. Covers for Early Day Miners : Deep Harbor one-sided LP and The Six Parts Seven : The Attitudes of Collapse one-sided LP are getting printed and the vinyl should be underway, as well. These should be ready sometime in June. Saxon Shore : Four Months of Darkness LPs will be here soon, test pressings are on their way. The Trouble with Sweeney : I Know You Destroy! vinyl has been delayed due to cover image resolution issues, but these should be solved shortly. Busy times for vinyl releases here at the label. We’re earning the middle name we so desparately want to keep.
I was at Four Tet, Manitoba, and Prefuse 73. I went to see Four Tet which didn’t translate as well as I’d hope to the live set, but Manitoba was completely impressive, as was Prefuse 73. Good times, but not as good as the time Dryw was having…
Colin, Dave, and I are sorting out a return trip to Los Angeles, hopefully after I’m back for a work trip to France.
Farewell to Justin Kay as he wanders across the US. Yes, this is a blog…

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