Posts Tagged ‘Circa Survive’


Anthony Green is back with yet another solo album. It’s amazing how he is able to do so much. He has a bustling family, with his wife Meredith (who is featured on the cover art of Pixie Queen) just giving birth to the couple’s fourth child. He’s busy with not one but two bands; Circa Survive and Saosin. And that is on top of his solo endeavors. Pixie Queen is Green’s fourth solo album, with all of them being released in the span of eight years. The three year gap between Pixie Queen and his previous solo album, Young Legs seems like an eternity in Green time. I think Pixie Queen is Green’s best solo album since his debut, Avalon. It’s not that Beautiful Things and Young Legs are bad, they’re just not at the same level as Avalon or Pixie Queen.

Pixie Queen was pressed as a single LP on four different variants; black & red a-side / yellow & orange b-side limited to 500 copies, red a-side / orange b-side limited to 3,000 copies, black and red limited to an unconfirmed amount (1,000) and clear with yellow, red and black splatter limited to an unknown amount. Some of the variants are exclusive to certain places as well. The black & red a-side / yellow & orange b-side is Memory Music web store exclusive, the black and red is an indie record store exclusive and the clear with yellow, red and black splatter is a tour exclusive. The red a-side / orange b-side is the variant you will get if you buy it from all retailers other than a brick & mortar indie record store, though it can also be bought via Memory Music’s web store as well.

In the pressing info above I say unconfirmed amount for a very good reason, it’s just that, unconfirmed. That number has been posted on message boards and Discogs without a reliable source. The number being thrown around for the black and red indie record store exclusive was first posted on Bull Moose’s web site and everyone ran with it. Not saying Bull Moose is/was wrong, but they have been given incorrect/inaccurate info before. Same thing goes for the clear splatter tour variant, but the “source” is so shaky I won’t even call it unconfirmed. Someone on the aforementioned message board said the merch guy told him they “got 500 and it’s likely out of 1,000.” Because we all know if there is someone in the know it’s the merch guy/girl. Not even a sign at the merch booth/table saying limited to xxxx; pure word of mouth. But of course that doesn’t stop some fool from posting that info on Discogs.

All the pressing info I post is straight from the source, either from pre-order/item pages for that specific variant/pressing or straight from the label releasing it. So until I hear back from the label or even Anthony Green himself I will refrain from nailing down a number for the red/black and clear splatter variants.

The indie store exclusive red/black seems to be a bit misleading. They appear mostly black, but when held up to light spots of red become visible. Some people say the black & red a-side / yellow & orange b-side has little to no yellow or orange on the b-side. The a-side looks for like a swirl/splatter too when held up to light. The red a-side / orange b-side (which I own and is featured in the photos below) appears mostly red on both sides. The orange is a very subtle difference, but it you look at it long enough/closely enough you can tell the difference. What is pictured below is the red a-side/orange b-side retail variant.

The record comes housed in a gatefold jacket, with the record itself coming in a thin poly dust sleeve. Personally I hate the poly dust sleeves because they crinkle up when trying to slide them back into the jacket. But the poly lined paper dust sleeves are the best dust sleeves available. It’s insanely rare for any record to come with the poly lined paper dust sleeves, you typically have to buy them from specialty suppliers or record stores. All copies come with a download code, taking you to the Bandcamp page where you can choose what kind of digital files (320 kbps MP3, FLAC, etc.) to download.

Retail price on Pixie Queen is around $20. Memory Music charged $18 for each of the two variants they sold, then charged $5.40 for shipping. Since the least rare variant is limited to a couple thousand copies, you can likely wait and pick this up at a discount later on down the road. That is if rarity and/or color are of no importance to you. For example, I bought this for a little over $12.50 shipped.

 

 


After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.

With that out of the way here is the Circa Survive/Mewithoutyou split 7″, which to be perfectly honest was the only reason why I participated in RSD this year. Everything else I could’ve easily bought online after RSD for retail price. The split features a new Circa Survive song, “Awake In A Dream,” and an alternate version of a previously released Mewithoutyou song, “Rainbow Signs (Fa So La Version).” The 7″ was pressed on three colors, with a quasi hidden variant mixed in. There are 1,200 copies on clear blue, 1,200 copies on clear orange and 100 copies on orange/blue. The orange/blue is a mix between the two colors, and the final product looks nothing like the mockups released by either Run For Cover Records (RFC) or Sumerian Records.

The mockups were first released by Run For Cover, and they couldn’t be more off from the finished product. They had a small hole and the /100 variant seemed more like a swirled blue/pink than an orange/blue mixture. RFC released their mockup image the same day as the official RSD list, March 8. Almost a month later and a little over 10 days before RSD, Sumerian released their own mockups, which were a drastic departure from RFC’s. Sumerian’s mockups, released on April 5, had a large hole instead of the small hole, and the /100 variant changed to more of a brown with green marble/swirl. The finished product for the /100 variant appears closer to Sumerian’s mockup, but most of the copies I’ve seen are a mustard yellow/pea soup green or straight up brown with hardly any other colors mixed in. All variants of the 7″ came out with a large hole and have a silver RSD exclusive hype sticker on the cover . As usual with all of Circa Survive’s releases, Esao Andrews did the artwork. No download code is included, which sadly is a running trend with majority f RSD releases this year. Nothing I bought this year had a download card/code, no matter the label releasing it. The only thing that did was the Nirvana Tribute comp released by Robotic Empire, and that wasn’t an official RSD release.

For those wondering, there is no way to tell what variant a copy of this split is prior to purchase. They all come sealed, and there is no discernible difference between the variants; the barcodes are all the same and there is no sticker anywhere indicating color. This inevitably led to people buying multiple copies looking for the /100 variant, which was probably the point the labels had in getting a variant that limited. Not that it would actually increase sales though, simply having a Circa Survive RSD release would ensure it would sell out. I despise these sorts of sales tactics, as it only encourages people to do unsavory things; whether it be by somehow cheating the 1 per person limit on RSD releases and/or turning around and flipping the unwanted extra copies they bought looking for the rarest variant.


After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.

With that out of the way here is the Robotic Empire Nirvana tribute compilation to their debut album Bleach. These Nirvana tribute comps have become a bit of an annual tradition, with Nirvana’s other two studio albums receiving tribute the previous two years; in 2015 for Nevermind and 2014 for In Utero. It’s sad to see them go. For those unfamiliar with these tribute comps, it’s the original album covered front to back by various bands; ranging from Circa Survive to Thursday to These Arms Are Snakes to Cane In to La Dispute to Thou. And the comps usually have clever titles.

The Bleach tribute is entitled Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach. There was a RSD variant pressed on metallic silver vinyl, which came with an exclusive poster. The RSD variant is the only variant to come with a poster. The poster is a huge fold out poster, which is inspired by the comp’s cover art. The other two variants are clear and white. Pressing info has not been released, and don’t expect it to be for a long time if at all. The RSD variant does not come sealed and has a black hype sticker affixed to the poly sleeve that says ‘RSD exclusive.’ But don’t get that hype sticker confused with the official RSD release sticker that s silver. I’m not certain but I think all the variants come with the same black hype sticker, with the exception of the mentioning of “RSD exclusive.”

A download card is included with all copies regardless of variant. The two non-RSD variants are mail-order exclusive and could be purchased directly from Robotic Empire or other distros like Interpunk. I’m not entirely sure if physical record stores got any copies of the non-RSD variants after RSD, but there is a chance. I know some people actually received copies of one of the mail-order variants from their record store on RSD instead of the proper RSD variant. Robotic Empire also sold some copies of the RSD variant in their web store after RSD as well. Price on the RSD variant was around $23 depending on the store, and the price of the mail-order variants are $20. So that poster with the RSD variant essentially cost $3.

Here is the track listing for the comp:

Side A

  1.  Defeater – Blew
  2.  Thou – Floyd the Barber
  3.  Beach Slang – About a Girl
  4.  Basement – School
  5.  Circa Survive – Love Buzz (feat. Jon Simmons of Balance And Composure on 1 verse)
  6.  This Will Destroy You – Paper Cuts

 

Side B

  1. Young Widows – Negative Creep
  2.  Mean Jeans – Scoff
  3.  Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – Swap Meet
  4.  The Fall of Troy – Mr. Moustache
  5.  Big Hush – Sifting
  6.  Daughters – Big Cheese
  7.  The Saddest Landscape – Downer

One of the most in demand albums on vinyl has been Circa Survive’s debut Juturna. In 2015, well I should say 2016 because that is when the record actually came out, the album was re-pressed for a fourth time, but this time Equal Vision Records (EVR) decided to commemorate the album’s 10th anniversary with a deluxe edition. Mired in delays, this latest pressing of Juturna finally started shipping in February 2016 when it was originally slated for a – 2015 release. The wait was actually beneficial for me because I was album to use multiple coupon codes (I’ll explain further below) EVR released around the 2015 holiday season.

This latest pressing of Juturna has both a traditional single LP version and a deluxe edition triple LP version. The single LP version is simply a re-press (which I may delve into details about at a later date), while the deluxe edition has all the bonus tracks (minus the stems) that were released with the 10th Anniversary edition of the album. The bonus tracks include demos and b-sides, however the download card yields even more bonus tracks including instrumental versions and all the stems to every song on the album. In all 34 tracks (all featured on the vinyl version of the deluxe edition) plus the stems are on the download card. The hidden bonus track, “House Of Leaves” is included at the end of the final track, “Meet Me In Montauk” after a short silence gap. So there are actually 35 songs on the vinyl version. Rather than list out the track listing I am going to include a photo (at the end of this post) of the back of the jacket, which has the track listing nicely broken down and clearly legible.

The deluxe edition is limited to 2500 copies and was pressed as a triple LP with the first LP on olive/cream splatter, second on orange/cream speckled and the third on pinkish red/clear haze. The mock ups EVR released at the time of the pre-orders are somewhat close to what the actual records came out looking like, but none of them are spot on. They weren’t the hardest colors schemes to pull off, but either way they turned out looking awesome. The olive/cream is more grey than olive and the cream is pure white. There is also black mixed in as well. The orange/cream speckled is actually white with orange splatter and the pinkish red/clear haze is flat out red circle on clear. The f-side is etched with the album artwork. It comes housed in a triple panel gatefold jacket and includes a fold out insert.

The insert is one of the most unique ones I’ve ever seen. It’s essentially a booklet because of the way it opens. The cover of the insert is split down the middle, with each panel opening up to reveal parts of the liner notes. The liner notes are stories told by the band members, the album’s producer Brian McTernan, Bill Scoville (album layout) and the artist responsible for all the band’s artwork Esao Andrews. The liner notes are done like an interview and delve into the history of the band, Juturna’s recording process and the band reflecting back on those times based on their current level of success. Some of Esao Andrew’s artwork concepts are also featured in the liner notes, and he explains his thought process behind each of those designs plus the final version. The back of the insert has the lyrics printed on it.

The tripe panel gatefold jacket features expanded artwork, again done by Esao Andrews. His artwork can be found all over this version of Juturna. One minor complaint about the jacket is that none of the pockets for the records are sealed; they’re all open ended so the records aren’t that secure. Typically on these types of jackets only the middle pocket is left open ended. There is a hype sticker on the cover that says “Juturna: Deluxe en year Edition Triple LP Set.” The sticker goes on to say the colors of the vinyl and details of the download card. The hype stickers are essentially the same across all the variants for this latest pressing of Juturna. They’re all small silver rectangles, the only difference is what is said on them depending on the variant.

So far there has only been one person complaining about sound quality issues, but said person has already blamed it on their set up once he got slammed for his complaints. So take those sound quality issues with a grain of salt. And to be perfectly honest I haven’t listened to this yet. It’s in a long line of records I need to listen to for the first time. But I do plan on going through my entire collection to do sound comparisons between the different pressings of albums I have. I’m doing this to give my advice and opinion on which pressing to buy.

As I mentioned above this record was delayed and those delays benefited me greatly. I tend not to pre-order records anymore because it seems they rarely sell out and I can get them cheaper down the road. My wallet has overpowered my desire to get new records coming in. Of course there are some exceptions to my not ore-ordering disposition based on a handful of factors, and this record was one of them. I fully anticipated the deluxe edition selling out quickly through pre-orders so I bit the bullet and pulled the trigger on pre-ordering it.

Retail on this is $50, but because of the delays, and there were several, I was able to use not one but two different coupon codes. The first one I used was for 15% off, so I canceled by initial order and re-ordered using that code. But since the record was still not slated to come out for another few months another coupon code was released for 20% off, so I canceled my order for a second time and re-ordered. So I went from spending $50, to spending $42.50 to spending $40 on this.

Now to the delays. Pre-orders were launched at the end of July 2015 with a release date in mid November. Then in mid October 2015 Merchnow (distro handling pre-orders for most variants) notified people via email that the vinyl version was delayed due to manufacturing and orders containing the vinyl “will” be shipping approximately late December/early January. But to make amends they sent out the digital downloads to everyone who pre-ordered before the date they sent the actual email. Then at the end of December Merchnow sent emails to everyone who pre-ordered saying it was delayed yet again, this time till the end of January/early February. That was the last delay. This release is the perfect example of why I don’t pre-order things anymore. It was one of the longest pre-orders I’ve ever dealt with, but far from the worst. I’m sure everyone who remembers the MTS nonsense will agree with me. The records finally started shipping in early February 2016.


Record Store Day (RSD) 2015 was my worst yet. Typically I arrive about three hours before my local store opens and I’m usually no more than 20 people back, having no problems getting everything I want. This year, because of the Brand New – Deja Entendu re-press I decided to get to the store even earlier, anticipating a clusterf*ck because of the Deja release. Boy was I wrong in how early I should have gotten there. Even though I lined up five hours before opening, two hours earlier than I usually do, I was the 55th person in line, more than double where I usually am in line. How do I know where I was in line you ask? Simple; my local store is insanely organized when it comes to RSD. They keep all the RSD releases alphabetized and categorized by format (7″, 10″, LP, CD, tape, box set) behind a counter they set up just for RSD, have it set up menu style where you tell them what you want and they get it for you, only let a handful of people in the store (RSD area) at a time and they hand out numbered pieces of paper like a deli in a supermarket based on line order to make sure nobody further back in line gets RSD releases ahead of anyone because they have four or five different employees getting releases.

So to sum up, I got to the store earlier than ever before, was further back in line than ever before for my effort and didn’t get three releases that I wanted. Considering in the six previous RSD’s I’ve attended I only didn’t get one release over that entire span, not getting three in one year is a horrible swing. To be fair though, I bought one of the releases I missed online from Bull Moose. I found out from talking to people in the store and some employees that people started lining up at 5 pm on the day before (Friday) RSD, with the bulk of people getting the Deja RSD exclusive lining up by 11:30 pm the day before. No way will I ever line up that early for anything non-life essential.

One of the few unofficial RSD releases (RSD did a good job cutting back on the releases trying to piggy back) this year was another Nirvana tribute comp released by Robotic Empire. This year the label tackled Nirvana’s Nevermind.

Just like last year, they released a RSD variant and did a regular variant that was put up for sale in their web store a few days after RSD. This year however, there was a legit RSD variant, as the record was pressed on an exclusive color. The 2014 Nirvana Tribute RSD release only had a poster as the difference between the RSD and non-RSD “variants.”

The RSD variant is pressed on clear blue and comes with a fold out poster, and the regular, or “mail-order” variant is on opaque blue. The opaque blue is a darker blue than the clear blue. The clear blue is like a baby blue and the opaque blue is more like a royal blue. Pressing info for either variant has not yet been released.

Another change from last year is that a bonus 7″ was included, which slides into its own pocket inside the LP jacket. The 7″ is stored in the exact was as the 15th Anniversary pressing of Thursday’s Waiting. Which you can view here: The 7″ features two bonus songs that do not appear on the standard studio album of Nevermind. Both songs on the 7″ are performed by Thou, and they are “Endless Nameless” and “Even In His Youth.” The LP features the standard studio album Nevermind in its entirety.

Here is the track listing:

A1. Young Widows – Smells Like Teen Spirit

A2. Torche – In Bloom

A3. KYLESA – Come As You Are

A4. Cave In – Breed

A5. Boris – Lithium

A6. La Dispute – Polly

B1. White Reaper – Territorial Pissings

B2. Circa Survive – Drain You

B3. Touche Amore – Lunge Act

B4. Wrong – Stay Away

B5. Pygmy Lush – On A Plain

B6. Nothing – Something In The Way


After self releasing their fourth studio album, Circa Survive signed with Sumerian Records to release their latest album; Descensus. The pre-order and subsequent handling of future pressings is nothing short of a clusterf*ck.

First, the distros deceptively posted “limited to” numbers with bundles for the new album, and seeing as the record was only available in said bundles, people logically made the conclusion that certain variants were limited to the number advertised with the bundle. But it turned out that number advertised with the bundle was only for the bundle itself, which also included a poster and CD. After a handful, possibly even more people, mailed the label and distro to figure out what was going on, the response received was that there were actually double the amount of records pressed. Initially people were led to believe there were only 500 copies of the band’s exclusive variant, but in reality there were 1,000 copies pressed.

Descensus has three variants for the first pressing, which were all pressed on 180 gram vinyl. The first pressing is not even sold out yet but the label is already selling a second pressing to cash in. The second pressing will get even larger once the rest of the records are made available to the public. For the first pressing there are 1,000 copies on yellow with black splatter, which was a band exclusive and oddly available through two separate distros. This was the variant caught up in the false/deceptive advertising debacle. Next up is, surprise surprise, a Hot Topic exclusive, pressed on clear with blue and white splatter “limited” to 1,000 copies. Last, is a mass retail “exclusive” pressed on black vinyl limited to 3,000 copies. I say “exclusive” because that is what the label calls it, even though the distro handling Circa Survive merch for them is selling copies of it online. Pressing info for the black copies was not announced until after the second pressing went on sale, which happened out of the blue. None of the variants have a sticker on the cover denoted what color the records are, which because majorly important later on if you keep reading.

This album was/is flipper gold, as was expected. The Hot Topic variant sold out online in under a few hours. To be honest, I didn’t monitor it closely or even know exactly when it was intended to go up for sale online, because I was not concerned about buying a record for over $30 when I knew I would be able to snag it for close to $20 elsewhere. What I did see though, were all the cry babies come out of the woodwork after it sold out and copies were put up on ebay with ridiculous BIN’s and starting prices. Face it people, Circa Survive is flipper gold and will always be a target, especially when there is a Hot Topic exclusive involved. Hot Topic is one of the worst when it comes to deterring flippers as they don’t have a purchase limit. You can even argue Hot Topic are flippers themselves seeing as they mark things up at least $5 higher than nearly every other retailer out there.

The second pressing, which as stated above went on sale even before the first pressing sold out, was completely unexpected. The band and label made no hint or mention of it until the records were up for sale. The second pressing has three variants just like the first pressing. Another similarity to the first pressing, is Hot Topic getting the same exact color for their exclusive of the second pressing, which is clear with blue and white splatter, and also “limited” to 1,00 copies. There are plenty of people upset about this and voicing their complaints, and an equal number of people complaining about the people complaining. So typical internet BS. The way I see this dilemma is that it’s clearly a shady move by an already shady company. Is it a problem the record is getting re-pressed? No. What is the problem is choosing the same color. Knowing that the company could have easily requested a different color, knowing that Hot Topic reps work with labels to not only get exclusive variants but what color they will be as well, asking for a new color for the second pressing would have been very easy, and the right thing to do. If the label was just re-pressing all the colors and patterns/schemes they already used, then Sumerian wouldn’t be doing the second pressing on two new colors, as you will read below. Hot Topic chose to go with the some color because it sold out from their website very quickly, and is very likely one of the fastest selling records they ever had. So they wanted to capitalize on the hot selling color by getting more copies of it. With Hot Topic now getting another, at least 1,000 copies of the same color to sell at some point in the future, I foresee lots of people trying to rip people off on the secondary market by listing their second pressing copy of the Hot Topic variant as the first pressing. And there will be absolutely no way of telling them apart so they will get away with it.

The other colors for the second pressing are transparent yellow, limited to an unknown amount and blue limited to 1500 copies. Only 500 of the 1500 blue copies were available through Circa Survive’s distro, a number that was clearly stated this go around. So all seems fine and dandy with the second pressing, until Killer Merch (distro) and Sumerian had a bit of a snafu with shipping.

When the second pressing went up for sale, Sumerian also put up the remaining copies of the yellow with black splatter they had leftover for whatever reason, which was something they hinted at doing but didn’t actually happen for about two months. Some people who ordered those leftover copies of the yellow with black splatter received a copy on transparent yellow vinyl, which up until then was an unannounced variant Sumerian wanted to keep the lid on until later. I believe some people who ordered the blue variant also received the transparent yellow instead as well, but I’m not 100% sure o n that. Apparently there was a filing error and many copies on transparent yellow were stored with the rest of the records. So when orders were being packaged up and shipped, employees were unknowingly sending out the wrong color. KillerMerch’s solution to this; letting almost everyone who received a transparent yellow copy keep it while also still receiving the correct color that they order. They didn’t make people return them in order to receive the correct item that they ordered. But only certain people who received the wrong item, not everyone. If someone ordered more than one copy of the album, of any or both variant(s) they were told to return their order by marking the package as return to sender. They requested this done after sending out replacement orders for the correct items. Now, seeing as 99% of people who ordered multiple copies are flippers, what do you think the odds are of people actually returning their extra copies?


In 2014 the first The Sounds Of Animals Fighting releases were pressed. Yes I’m aware of the 7” single released, but that does not really county as a release in this case. In this case I can’t say albums because The Tiger And The Duke is an EP, so release covers both EP’s and albums. Equal Vision Records released The Tiger And The Duke and The Ocean And The Sun on vinyl at the same time, which was nice so people who wanted both could save on shipping.

The version of The Ocean And The Sun has alternate artwork, which apparently upset a lot of people. I will get into those people later on after laying out the details of this release. There are three variants for this record; 300 copies on black 180 gram vinyl, 700 copies on white and 1500 copies on clear, which is a Hot Topic exclusive. The Hot Topic exclusives did not come out till well after the record shipped to people who bought it from Equal Visions, let alone after it went up for pre-order. The Ocean And The Sun comes in a gatefold jacket, which has a spot gloss finish in some parts. The spot gloss is minor in terms of how much it covers on the jacket. It’s only on the on the lines that appear on the front and back. It is next to impossible to capture the spot gloss in a photograph and have it be obvious that the photo is of The Ocean And The Sun jacket, otherwise it could be of any jacket. There is no insert and no download code is included despite the fact this is an Equal Vision release and is not licensed out. A download card/code would have been a nice touch.

The black 180g and white copies each cost $20 before shipping, however, the Hot Topic exclusive clear cost $26 before shipping. The black 180g copies lasted a few days, while the green copies lasted a few weeks. I opted not to pre-order this record because I fully expected Equal Vision/Merchnow to put up more copies after the record was released, which I was spot on with expecting, it just took a lot longer than I expected. In September 2014 Merchnow put up more copies of both colors. So about three months after the records shipped.

Along with offering up the two colors (black 180g and white), Equal Vision also had a test press bundle, which included a test press, obviously, and your choice of color. There was some issues with the test pressings though, as there were more than the advertised 20 copies pressed. Either Equal Vision flat out lied about how many tests they had, or it was simple miscommunication in that they were only selling 20 tests out of however many they had made. With The Ocean And The Sun, some people also didn’t get a complete set. They either got two A/B sides of two C/D sides.

As stated earlier there was also a Hot Topic exclusive color for The Tiger And The Duke (clear /1500). Why there were so many pressed is beyond more, it’s almost double the rest of the pressing. Apparently this is now sold out online (as of writing this), but don’t expect that to be true. Hot Topic is notorious for using every kid of sales/marketing tactics to drive up sales and maximize profit. They limit the flow of product, mark things up ridiculously high and exclude from sales promotions just to name a few. I fully expect there to be more copies put back up online at some point, and since there were so many copies pressed, expect these to wind up on clearance at some point. I was banking on that until I saw more black copies were put back up, which would up being cheaper than what it would be sold for on clearance at $hit Topic.

Now back to the people who were upset with the choice of artwork for this. They were so upset that someone decided to capitalize off them. It started out as making jackets for the test presses, something that is not a new practice, but something I view as a complete waste of money. It then snowballed into making jackets for people who just wanted the original release artwork to go along with their copy of the record. The guy charged $15 for a regular jacket and $20 for a gatefold jacket, the same price if not more than the record (plus a jacket) itself. So quite a few people wound up spending about double on one record, for no reason really. This custom jacket operation then continued to snowball, as the guy began to make jackets for any and all records anyone requested, even stealing artwork from reputable and legitimate artists in the process. There was some backlash towards him for attempting to/considering doing it, rightfully so, and of course with the typical side taking and bickering that always happens on the internet. The person making the jackets, and making a profit doing so, saw nothing wrong with what he was doing, and neither did countless other people. Lots of people defended him and what he was doing, and lots of people complained towards the people pointing out what he was doing was illegal. In the end the guy decided not to steal a legit artists’ art, which was the right decision.