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Third Eye Blind – We Are Drugs

Posted: April 20, 2017 in Vinyl

Third Eye Blind’s new seven song EP, We Are Drugs, was released on vinyl in November 2016. The vinyl version is the only physical release of the EP, which was released for free digitally. As a result there is no download card/code included with the record.

When pre-orders went live it was erroneously advertised as being a 10”. But once the record was released it was quite obvious it was a 12”. Despite this the band’s official web store still has this listed as a 10”. And they’re charging $20 before shipping for it, when every other retailer is charging around $15 before shipping.  I was able to buy this for $11 shipped.

All copies are on 180 gram white vinyl, and pressing info has not been released. The record comes with a printed dust sleeve, which has the lyrics printed on both sides, but only on a tiny portion of the reverse side. The reverse side also has the liner notes printed on it as well.


With the popularity of vinyl, you sometimes get re-pressing that are long overdue and releases getting pressed on the vinyl format for the first time that are long overdue. What you can’t control unfortunately is how they’re pressed. The American Pie Soundtrack was released on vinyl in 2015, but sadly only as a picture disc. Though no one would argue against it being pressed as a traditional record (on any color) in a traditional jacket with inserts and maybe even a download card/code.

My bigger complaint about this is that it falls into the cash grab category, capitalizing on two trends; picture discs and soundtracks. Lately the two go hand-in-hand, but that never used to be the case.  First it was the soundtrack craze, with labels cashing in on multiple facets of consumer culture; nostalgia, collectors and trendiness. There are film nuts and score/soundtrack nuts who will collect anything related to a film they like, and then there are people who don’t like the film, or haven’t even actually seen it, who still collect soundtracks/scores because they like the music. There will always be those who buy things for nostalgia’s sake, which sadly is a strong selling point with records these days. And it leads to things like picture discs, $35 single LP’s and stuff like My Little Pony and the Forest Gump Soundtrack clogging up pressing plants.

This soundtrack comes in a picture disc sleeve with a hype sticker affixed to the bottom right corner, with the sleeve having one of those re-sealable flaps. No idea on pressing info, and it will likely never be released because this is a major label release. No download card/code is included, which isn’t a huge shocker.

Circling back to the mention of $35 single LP’s, when this record first came out in September 2015, that was the price for it; $35. And it’s why I held off on buying this for almost two years after its release. It took that long for me to find it within the price threshold I wanted to spend. I paid $17 shipped for this, which I’m comfortable with because this record is actually becoming harder to find via traditional means. But of course places like ebay and Discogs will always have copies, but those sellers rarely, if ever, lower their prices.

The reason I wanted this soundtrack is for the Blink-182 and Third Eye Blind songs. Blink-182 contributes “Mutt” off Enema Of The State and Third Eye Blind offers up “New Girl” off Blue. If you went to high school when American Pie came out, or even recently graduated, you undoubtedly love the movie, at least the first one. Personally I feel like the choice of using Blink’s “’Mutt” for the scene where Jim runs from his house to Kevin’s house to watch Nadia change, and then picking the song back up again as Jim runs back home to “score” with Nadia, really added something to the scene. It at least made it more memorable for me, hence why I’m able to recall it with such ease.

While I normally don’t sell stuff on this blog, or in general, I need to get rid of some things. This is the start of a thinning out process of doubles I’ve accumulated over the years along with getting rid of things I no longer listen to. Prices are set on all this for the most part. Except for the Alkaline Trio box and the Look Mexico and Lifetime collections I’m trying to sell as a lot, mainly because I have no idea what someone will pay for the stuff, but I’m not looking for crazy money. Yes, I am a bit late hopping on the Christmas present buying craze. So here are the ground rules:

Only the things on this list are for sale. Do not ask about anything else featured on this blog or anything that is not on the below list. Deals will be made for anyone who buys more than 1 thing. I’ll only ship to the USA. Paypal as payment only. So no bitcoin, Stripe or any of that other nonsense. If a color is not mentioned then it’s on black vinyl. Most of this stuff is either factory sealed or in NM condition. If it’s bad shape I’ll make note of it. If you’re concerned about condition as for pics and I will provide them.

If you’re interested in anything please leave a comment with what you’re interested in and your email address, and we can work out a deal. I will not make the comments public, so people will not get your email address or any other info, but I will be able to see it in order to reply to you via email. The subject line of such email responses will be “Stitches and Grooves record sale.” any questions or concerns about anything up for sale feel free to ask. I’m pretty firm on prices but if you don’t like a pice comment with an offer and we can try to work out a deal.

Everything will be mailed in either an LP or 7″ mailer. I should have plenty to go around, but if I run out I will let you know before making payment. Opened records will be shipped outside the jacket to avoid seam splits. Factory sealed records will not be opened under any circumstances. I know how to package records for shipping, plenty of bubble wrap and/or cardboard inserts will be used to try to minimize damage as best as possible.


– 311 – Hydroponic 10″ (still sealed, jacket has seam split along top edge) = $20 ppd

– Alkaline Trio – Help Me 7” (still sealed) = $7 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– Alkaline Trio – My Shame Is True wooden box (won’t come with the records but comes with everything else – black t-shirt in men’s adult medium (never worn, still sealed in plastic bag), flag/banner, patch, Ouija game board and game piece) = offer – must come with everything* can’t buy just the box or other items out of box. Willing to go cheaper if you don’t want the shirt though.

– At The Drive-In/Burning Airlines – Split 7″ (no insert) = $10 ppd

– Back To The Future Trilogy Score Mondo box set exclusive jackets (only the 3 jackets, which have seam splits. no records are include with this) = offer, would prefer to sell all 3 jackets together

Bear vs Shark Collection – Would Prefer To Sell As Complete Lot = $110 (shipping to be determined later)

– Right Now (Purple & White swirl /250, U.S. 2nd press) = $20

– Right Now (UK red w/ black haze /250 hand numbered w/ exclusive alternate cover) = $30

– Terrorhawk (yellow /250, 2nd press) = $25

– Bars Of Gold – Of Gold (clear green, 1st press) = $20

– Bars Of Gold – Wheels (comes packaged w/ CD) = $15

– The Catholic Comb – Vampire Life 7” (w/ poster) = $7 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– Circa Survive – The Amulet (Merch Limited Alternate Screen Printed Covers, Set of 4,  Designs #1, #2, #3 and #4. ALTERNATE COVERS ONLY, NO RECORD(S). INCORRECTLY FOLDED JACKETS W/ CREASE THROUGH COVER ART. Ask for pics if interested.) =$40 ppd OBO

– Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa b/w ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas 7” (red, still sealed) – $12 ppd

– Faction Of The Fox – Mannequin Hand 7” = $7 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Fake Problems – How Far Our Bodies Go (clear, Euro pressing) = $12 ppd

– Fake Problems – How Do You Spell Here E-V-E-L 12” (picture disc) = $9 ppd

** $14 ppd for both Fake Problems records **

– Gogol Bordello – Crack The Case 7″ = $10 ppd

– Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy (white, only record & insert, NO jacket or valid download card) = offer

– Hailey, It Happens – Aurora = $8 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– Jimmy Eat World – Futures – (2nd press, blue 180g) = $40 ppd OBO


Lifetime Collection – Would Prefer To Sell As Complete Lot = $145 (shipping to be determined later)

– Background = $25

– Hello Bastards (mint, 2nd press, 2010 No Idea pressing, 1st pressing on No Idea) = $15

– Jersey’s Best Dancers (white, 2nd press, 2010 No Idea pressing, 1st pressing on No Idea) = $15

– s/t (pink, 2nd press, 2008 No Idea pressing, 1st pressing on No Idea) = $20

– Dwell 7″ (1st press) = $10

– Dwell 7″ (2nd press) = $7

– Tinnitus 7″ = $20

– 2 Songs 7″ (blue) = $7

– Boys No Good 7″ = $10

– It’s For Life comp LP (red /552, 2nd press on Victory w/ different cover, 1st pressing on Victory) = $15


Look Mexico Collection – Would Prefer To Sell As Complete Lot = $100 (shipping determined later)

– This Is Animal Music = $30

– To Bed To Battle (salmon) = $20

– You Stay. I Go. No Following 7″ (blue, hand numbered screened cover) = $10

– Real Americans Spear It 10″ (blue) = $13

– So Crucialtine (green marble) = $15

– Gasp Asp 7″ (green) = $7

– Gasp Asp 7″ (white w/ red foil stamp cover) = $10


– Moneen/Alexisonfire – Switcheroo Split 12″ (picture disc) = $30 ppd

– Mixtapes – Somewhere In Trinsic (white, No Sleep Sub exclusive) = $15 ppd

– The Music – Take The Long Road And Walk It 7″ (blue) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– New Found Glory – Tip Of The Iceberg 7” (picture disc) = $7 ppd or $3 if bought with something else.

– No Devotion – Stay b/w Eyeshadow 12″ (white, factory sealed) = $10 ppd

– No Devotion – 10,000 Summers 12″ (factory sealed, start of small seam split along top edge) = $9 ppd

** $14 ppd for both No Devotion records **

– Peace’d Out – Peace’d Out 10” (blue, still sealed) = $10 ppd or $6 if bought with something else


– The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 7″ (U.S. pressing, A & M Records w/ picture sleeve) =  $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – Message In A Bottle 7″ (w/ poster sleeve) = $7 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– The Police – Message In A Bottle 7″ (no picture or poster sleeve, generic paper dust sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – Synchronicity II 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

-The Police – Every Breath You Take 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – De Do Do Do, De Da Da da 7″ (w/ incorect die cut picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

** All 7 Police 7″ singles for $25 ppd **


– Portugal. The Man – Woodstock (standard vinyl version, 180g in gatefold jacket, still factory sealed) = $15 ppd

– Razorlight – Golden Touch 7″ (gatefold jacket) = $7 ppd or $2 if bought with something else


Senses Fail – If There Is Light, It Will Find You (yellow, still sealed. has seam split along top of jacket) = $15 ppd

Senses Fail slipmat – slipmat that came w/ If There Is Light It Will Find You Merch Limited bundles = $10 ppd

** Senses Fail bundle (new album & slipmat) = $20 ppd ***


– Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark 7″ (U.S. Pressing, Columbia Records) =$ 6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Bruce Springsteen – One Step Up 7″ (U.S. Pressing, Columbia Records) =$6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

** Both Springsten 7″ single for $10 ppd **

– Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major – (clear w/ black & white splatter – 1st Press) = offer

– Thursday – Kill The House Lights (still factory sealed, has crease in jacket) = $15 ppd

– Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me) 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd

– What’s Eating Gilbert – Cheap Shots (half tan/half black) = $10 ppd

– V/A – Yes L.A. comp (2nd press – picture disc w/ green and red ink) = $20 ppd

– V/A – While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years Of Bloodshot Records 3xLP (still factory sealed, pretty bad seam splits along top edge) =

– Record Store Day 2008 Choice Cuts comp (still sealed) = $8 ppd or $5 if bought with something else

– The 4 Squares/Toucan Slam – Doin’ Snuff With Roy Scherer split 12″ (still sealed) = $8 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Brushfire Records 12″ Sampler Volume 1 (still sealed. feat. Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings, G. Love & Special Sauce, Matt Costa) = $8 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Curtain Call – s/t 7″ = offer

– Hamilton/Malakhai/With Arms Still Empty/Just For Kicks – Forever Compilation 4-way Split 7″ = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Old & In The Way – Old & In The Way LP = offer

– Grateful Dead – For The Faithful (Pair Records) = $10 ppd

– Grateful Dead – Wake Of The Flood (cut corner, Grateful Dead Records) = $10 ppd

Other Random Stuff & CD’s

– Ryan Russell – Continental Obscura: Birmingham To Bellingham photo book =$13 ppd [shipping is high because book weighs 4 pounds. Book is still in shrink wrap (shrink is cut along bottom) and does NOT come with bonus 7″]

– The Simpsons Complete Season 9 DVD w/ Lisa plastic head case (still factory sealed/taped)

– MxPx – B-Movie DVD w/ The A/C EP CD = offer

– Senses Fail limted edition t-shirt (limited to 100) – Pull The Thorns From Your Heart album cover design, size Adult Mens Medium = offer

– Fake Problems – Live At Park Ave CD (still sealed) = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Spirit Club – s/t CD (still factory sealed) = $10 ppd

– July – What We Signed Up For CD (still sealed) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– The Promise Hero – Deja Vu CD (still sealed) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Brett Detar – Bird In The Tangle CD (still sealed) = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Rock Against Floyd comp CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Hail The Villain – Maintain Radio Silence EP CD (still sealed) = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– We Are Augustines – Rock The Vote EP CD (still sealed) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Drive Thru Records Winter 2003 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Drive Thru Records Summer 2004 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Drive Thru Records/Rushmore Records Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Fueled By Ramen Spring 2005 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Tooth & Nail Records Spring 2004 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

-Wildhoney – Your Face Sideways CD (barcode punched) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– REM Unplugged 1991-2001 lithograph poster (12″ high x 36″ wide)

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 Stephan Jenkins – Live At Amoeba LP. The color of this record was not announced prior to RSD, and when I opened it up I was surprised to see it on highlighter yellow vinyl. I was fully expecting black. 1,500 copies were pressed, and there are surprisingly no hype stickers on the cover, not even the now standard silver ‘RSD exclusive’ one. If the Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers live album was no frills, this Stephan Jenkins live album/EP (doesn’t have an official classification but there are only six songs) is even less. It’s just the record on standard weight vinyl slid into a thin jacket that has a terrible quality photo of Jenkins performing at Amoeba as the cover art. At least the Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers record was on 180 gram vinyl and had more creative artwork. The center labels on this Stephan Jenkins LP are even in black and white. Price for this release was around $16 depending on the store.

The songs featured on this release are all acoustic, and they’re not even some of the better Third Eye Blind songs. But more power to Stephan Jenkins for not caving and playing the radio hits like “Semi-Charmed Life” or “Never Let You Go.” Here is the track listing:

Side A

  1. All These Things

2. Shipboard Cook

  1. Exiles


Side B

  1. Blade
  2. Slow Motion
  3. Motorcycle Driveby


Very little info was published about where and when these song were recorded. There are multiple Amoeba locations and there is nothing printed on the back indicated where or when, and very little info is on the official RSD list or site other than “live at Amoeba on Small Business Saturday.” After doing some research it seems like the songs featured on the RSD 12″ were recorded on November 28, 2015 at Amoeba San Francisco.

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. Since there is no download and nobody has ripped the record and posted it anywhere online, there are some videos of his performance on Youtube, only four out of the six songs though, and about half of “All These Things” where some clown in the crowd is singing along too loud and drowning out Stephan Jenkins.

Stephan Jenkins - Live At Amoeba - Copy


Third Eye Blind – Dopamine

Posted: February 3, 2016 in Vinyl

Remember when Third Eye Blind released their discography vinyl box set a few years ago and they said they were leaving a placeholder in it for their fifth studio album? Well that time has finally come as their fifth album, entitled Dopamine, was released on vinyl in November 2015. Dopamine continues down the trail Ursa Major blazed, and for me it’s a tossup as to which one is better. I’m leaning more towards Dopamine at the moment because I’ve been listening to the album practically on repeat ever since I bought it about a month ago.

The vinyl version of Dopamine comes with a bonus 7″ featuring an exclusive song on the b-side. Both records in the package comes pressed on white vinyl, with the LP on 180 gram vinyl. Everything is housed in a gatefold jacket, which has both pockets open even though it’s single LP release. If there is one knock on the packaging it’s that there is no place or holder for the 7″, it’s just slid into the front pocket of the LP’s gatefold jacket. The 7″comes in its own printed, glossy paper sleeve, though there is no artwork on it, just the title of each track printed on the respective side. It’s not a lot, but it’s better than just coming in a white paper dust sleeve. The LP comes in a photo dust sleeve. It’s not full color, it’s black and white photos of the band in various states; performing along with backstage, candid and promo/press shots. The track listing is also printed on one side of the sleeve.

No word on pressing info, and don’t expect it to ever be released. I doubt this record is limited, and if the first batch of records had pressed sells out or goes OOP, I expect they will do a second pressing, likely on a new color to try to squeeze more cash out of fans and collectors. At first people speculated that the white vinyl would be exclusive to the band’s pre-order and/or web store and that the bonus 7″ would be in the same boat, but it turned out the record was only pressed on white vinyl and all copies come with the bonus 7″. Prices range on this, but only in the aspect that if you buy this directly from the band via their webstore you will pay more for it than if you buy it anywhere else. Retail price on this is $18, but the band’s store is charging $24 for it before shipping.

One somewhat nice thing the band did was allow people who bought one of the vinyl discography box sets first chance at pre-ordering Dopamine on vinyl. Nice gesture even though they were charging more for it than you could buy it anywhere else, and it also turned out to be completely pointless to pre-order Dopamine because it’s not limited at all nor is there any exclusive from buying it in the band’s web store. The band sent out e-mails to everyone who bought a box set with an exclusive link to pre-order the new album almost a week ahead of the general public.

Third Eye Blind – s/t (2nd Press)

Posted: December 23, 2014 in Vinyl

Third Eye Blind re-pressed/pressed their entire catalog in 2013 and amongst the re-presses was their self-titled debut album, which has two variants based on the cover art. One variant was exclusive to the Third Eye Blind Vinyl Box Set released at the same time as the separate re-pressing/pressings, and the other was only available outside of the box set.

The box set version has the original album artwork, which is black and white or tan, as some people describe it. This was limited to 500 copies. The other variant, which this entry is being written about, has the red cover art, which was used a later releases of the CD version of the album. No word on how many copies with the red cover were pressed, but it took a while to sell out, especially considering how sought after and expensive copies of the band’s s/t album were at the time. Both cover variants were pressed on 180 gram black vinyl and have the same center labels. They also have the same insert.

In 2014, about one year after the re-pressing/pressings were first released, the band decided to put up the remaining copies of the box set, the s/t album and their sophomore album Blue that they saved, for whatever reason, for sale through their web store. The price remained the same as what it was the first time, which was a welcome relief in many people’s eyes, including mine, as I fully expected the band to jack up the price to try and squeeze every penny they could out of their fans as the band, Stephan Jenkins in particular, is notorious for jerking around their fans.

To date there have been three pressings of the s/t album, two done by the same label (original rights holders Elektra) and one done by Music On Vinyl (MOV), an overseas label synonymous with overpriced, but high quality releases. The pressing this entry is about is the second pressing done by Elektra, and second overall. The MOV pressing is the first and only pressing to date done on color vinyl, which is yellow 180g. The yellow MOV is limited to 1500 copies, all individually numbered. It’s assumed but not officially announced that MOV will also release copies on black vinyl after all the yellow copies have been sold. This black pressing won’t be a new pressing, it will just be a different variant out of the third overall pressing. Also, despite what the MOV website says, their pressing is the third pressing, not the first as they falsely claim.

Third Eye Blind – Box Set

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Vinyl

A long rumored re-pressing finally came to fruition in late 2013 as Third Eye Blind re-pressed their debut, self-titled album and sophomore effort Blue, with one catch though. In order to get either of the highly sought after records, you had to buy an expensive box set that included the band’s entire discography, with another catch. That second catch was at first you had to buy the box set. Once the box set sold out, the band made individual copies of everything available in the box set, except for two things, which will be discussed in-depth later. The release of this box set did not go off without a hitch though, something I will also go into later.

The box set is limited to 500 copies, cost $200 before shipping (tack on another $19 for FedEx shipping) and sold out in about a week. Each box set was hand numbered in gold felt pen on the back of the box. The box itself does not have a traditional lid, the sleeve that holds the records slides out from the side. Said sleeve is like what libraries use to store magazines; if you still don’t know what I’m talking about there will be a picture to show what the sleeve looks like. The front of the box set features Third Eye Blind’s logo, which embossed into the set. Also included is a “place holder” for the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, which is autographed by the band’s only two founding members left, Stephan Jenkins and Brad Hargreaves. As stated earlier the box set includes all of the band’s releases up to this point, which includes four full length albums and one EP. Before I get comments saying “you left out the Symphony Of Decay EP,” I’m aware of that EP, but it was never officially released so it should be obvious it’s not included in the box set.

The self-titled album was pressed on black vinyl, Blue was pressed on blue vinyl, Out Of The Vein was pressed on green vinyl, Ursa Major was pressed on “speckled” (black with white starburst/splatter) vinyl and the Red Star EP was pressed as a 10” on red vinyl. All of the albums were pressed on 180 gram vinyl, with the EP getting 140 gram, which is the typical weight used. The self-titled album, Blue and Out Of The Vein are all double LP’s while Ursa Major remains a single LP and is the only one that comes in a gatefold jacket. The three other albums come in cheap, very thin single pocket jackets, which is something I can’t stand. I’d much rather have a double LP in a gatefold jacket than a single LP in a gatefold jacket.

The Red Star EP is only available inside this box set, at least for now. Another exclusive to the box set is the self-titled album with the original, cream artwork. Later pressings of the album on CD had a red cover. As mentioned above all the albums, except for Ursa Major, became available to buy individually at some point after the box set sold out, with the obvious exception of the Red Star EP. The s/t album was only available with the red artwork outside of the box set though. The copies of the s/t album were the first time it was available on vinyl with the original cream jacket. The band charged $35 before shipping for all the albums that were made available individually, and so far they haven’t been available from any distributors. The price is not surprising considering the price point of the box set, but it’s still not a fair price. After seeing the price tag on the albums individually, $35×3, adding on the $25 the band charged for the first pressing of Ursa Major, figuring at least $15 for the Red Star EP, that leaves $55 for the box itself and the autographed “place holder.” A bit of a rip off, but what else can you expect from a band that sells their set lists and charges more for copies of albums that they autograph.

Aside from the obvious color choices for the vinyl (regarding Blue) there are some other changes between the different pressings of the records. The insert that is included with this latest pressing of s/t and Blue are different from the first pressing. There is also no sticker on the front of Blue for this latest pressing. No insert is included with Out Of The Vein, Ursa Major or the Red Star EP. But Ursa Major does have a gatefold jacket, which makes up for the lack of an insert.

An interesting development is people receiving a copy of Ursa Major on clear with red and grey splatter in their box set. This is obviously not what the color is supposed to be, and could be a hint that the album will become available for purchase on its own like the rest of the albums. So far I have only seen this color variant switcheroo happen to people in Europe, but whether or not it’s restricted to overseas folk is impossible to say.

The aforementioned problems ranged in severity. Some people never received what they ordered from Third Eye Blind, whether it is the box set or a record(s) individually. Some people had partially filled orders, others didn’t receive all the albums that were supposed to be in the box set. Some people received a “place holder” that was missing a signature. Having received my box set, I know Third Eye Blind did not fulfill orders themselves, but it was confusing because the Paypal payments went directly into Third Eye Blind’s pockets. I’m not making excuses, but there could have been mix ups in relaying the information between the two parties or processing orders. However, there is no excuse for customers going ignored, which is what happened in many circumstances. There are still people out there who haven’t received what they ordered, and it’s approaching a month since everything started shipping. They haven’t even heard back from anyone involved with selling the stuff.

Another issue was tracking information never being updated. The age-old, and I stress old, tactic of printing out shipping labels without actually shipping the package was widely used with the box sets in particular. In my case, I received shipping notification December 18 with an expected delivery date of December 21. My box set did not actually ship until December 24. And in the item description when the box set first went up it stated, “box sets will ship week of December 16, 2013 to ensure Christmas delivery.” It has since been changed to only say “box sets will ship week of December 16, 2013,” which still wasn’t true in many cases.