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Balmorhea
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2014-10-14

Balmorhea: Balmorhea

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For the past eight years the duo of Rob Lowe and Michael Muller have nurtured and refined their creative partnership as the core members of the band Balmorhea. Though their first album on Western Vinyl Rivers Arms (2008) garnered some remarkable press, their self-titled debut, recorded in 2006 and released in 2007 best captures the duo's unique magic as it first blossomed. With no label, distributor, manager, publicist, or booking agent the duo quietly self-released their first recordings and started playing live shows. Now, seven years later Western Vinyl is honored to have the opportunity reissue the band's self-titled album, and make it available on vinyl for the first time ever.

In preparation for this special reissue, the audio was lovingly remastered, drawing out even more of the nuances... magnifying the sounds of Muller and Lowe's fingers on the instruments, and teasing out the textures that set these recordings apart from the rest of their catalog. Throughout the album the distant sounds of Texas grackles, the warm summer rain, the steady rhythm of crickets chirping, and creaking wooden stools, all seeping in to cradle the notes in a restrained din of primordial wonder.

CD  $9.99     MP3  $9.99    
Title
HEIR
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2014-10-14

Balmorhea: HEIR

ALBUM DESCRIPTION

For the past eight years the duo of Rob Lowe and Michael Muller have nurtured and refined their creative partnership as the core members of the band Balmorhea. In 2007 they self-released their self-titled debut, an album which captures the duo's unique magic as it first blossomed. In 2014 Western Vinyl is reissuing the band's self-titled album, and making it available on vinyl for the first time.

In conjunction with the reissue, we're happy to present two new songs on a limited edition 7" record titled HEIR. With the songs created for the 7" (HEIR I and HEIR II), the band brings everything full circle, returning to the simple structures and melancholic tone that colored their first recordings. HEIR I starts things off slowly with a Wurlitzer's somber tremolo and some gently propulsive electric bass, soon joined by vibes and a soaring violin melody. HEIR II opens with a gorgeous ukulele melody, which is slowly engulfed in Kendall Clark's expressive drumming, eventually giving way to a frenetic wall of strings.

MP3  $4.95    
Title
Tomorrow Was The Golden Age
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2014-10-14

Bing & Ruth: Tomorrow Was The Golden Age

ALBUM DESCRIPTION

Tomorrow Was the Golden Age is an album length composition by minimalist ensemble Bing & Ruth. Written and conducted by pianist David Moore, Tomorrow Was the Golden Age is a halcyonic journey to a neverending place, where music waxes, wanes and drifts imperceptibly from silence to grand, glowing sound.

The players on Tomorrow Was the Golden Age are David Moore on piano, Jeremy Viner on clarinet, Patrick Breiner on clarinet, Mike Effenberger operating tape delay, Leigh Stuart on cello, and Jeff Ratner and Greg Chudzik on bass, respectively. The album was recorded in Yonkers, New York and mixed in Brooklyn, with Brian Bender and Moore at the controls. Intended to be experienced at both high and low volumes, Tomorrow Was the Golden Age is perfectly calibrated for meditative backdrops, burrowed headphone listening and utter captivation when performed live. Its sonorous palette inspires emotional response across a dynamic field, welcoming a journey to and beyond tomorrow's promise.

MP3  $8.91     CD  $12.99    
Title
Precariat
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2014-10-14

CJ Boyd: Precariat

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Bassist, composer, and vagabond, CJ Boyd uses low-end loops and voices in order to stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Utilizing only upright bass, bass guitar and voice, CJ creates a distinctive meditative atmosphere. Songs slowly build from singular, meditative bass lines into explosive, layered, and hugely complex walls of sound. The upcoming album is his first since 2012, and his finest work to date.

MP3  $5.94    
Title
Soviet
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2014-10-14

Dasher: Soviet

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Atlanta trio Dasher's origins and mission statement are relatively simple - Kylee Kimbrough wrote a handful of songs on bass, switched over to drums and vocals, enlisted friends Ian Deaton and Jon Allinson to round out the lineup, and documented the humble beginnings with a debut cassette, Yeah I Know. While that premise is simple enough, describing Dasher's sound is a more complicated affair. Kimbrough cites Patti Smith as a major inspiration. Spin Magazine heard elements of Killing Joke and Wire. Band interviews mention the importance of local hardcore bands Manic and Ralph. Somehow all of these reference points work, yet none of them quite do the band justice. Granted, Kimbrough's commanding vocal delivery would make Patti proud. The primitive urgency of punk pioneers certainly pulses throughout Dasher's catalog. And the deliberate squall of basement hardcore permeates throughout their latest offering, a two-song 7" courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records. Recorded by Jason Kingsland, "Soviet" b/w "Teeth" captures the no-frills energy of Atlanta's most propulsive post-punk band without tagging on any of the unnecessary conceptual or historical talking points lazy music writers rely on.

MP3  $1.98     7"  $4.99     7"  $5.99    
Title
...And Star Power
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2014-10-14

Foxygen: ...And Star Power

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Foxygen have joined Star Power. It is a punk band, and you can be in it, too. Star Power is the radio station that you can hear only if you believe. We're all stars of the scene.

FOXYGEN... AND STAR POWER is the new DOUBLE ALBUM from Foxygen, a CINEMATIC AUDITORY ADVENTURE for the speedy freaks, skull krunchers, abductees, and misfits... Made by Foxygen at Dream Star Studios in their Secret Haunted House with the UFOs flying around in the sky.

A gaggle of guest stars. Roman-numeraled musical suites. Vocals recorded on a shoddy tape machine at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Chateau Marmont. A svelte 82-minute run time of psych-ward folk, cartoon fantasia, songs that morph into each other, weaving in and out of the head like UFO radio transmission skullkrush music. ADHD star power underground revolution. Soft-rock indulgences, D&D doomrock and paranoid bathroom rompers. Process is the point. A kaleidoscoping view. Blasphemy even the gods smile one. Rock and roll for the skull...*

*From Patty Smith's 1973 CREEM review of Todd Rundgren's A Wizard, A True Star. The section concludes "Todd Rundgren is preparing us for a generation of frenzied children who will dream in animation."

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...And Star Power (Jewel Case Version)
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2014-10-14

Foxygen: ...And Star Power (Jewel Case Version)

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Foxygen have joined Star Power. It is a punk band, and you can be in it, too. Star Power is the radio station that you can hear only if you believe. We're all stars of the scene.

FOXYGEN... AND STAR POWER is the new DOUBLE ALBUM from Foxygen, a CINEMATIC AUDITORY ADVENTURE for the speedy freaks, skull krunchers, abductees, and misfits... Made by Foxygen at Dream Star Studios in their Secret Haunted House with the UFOs flying around in the sky.

A gaggle of guest stars. Roman-numeraled musical suites. Vocals recorded on a shoddy tape machine at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Chateau Marmont. A svelte 82-minute run time of psych-ward folk, cartoon fantasia, songs that morph into each other, weaving in and out of the head like UFO radio transmission skullkrush music. ADHD star power underground revolution. Soft-rock indulgences, D&D doomrock and paranoid bathroom rompers. Process is the point. A kaleidoscoping view. Blasphemy even the gods smile one. Rock and roll for the skull...*

*From Patty Smith's 1973 CREEM review of Todd Rundgren's A Wizard, A True Star. The section concludes "Todd Rundgren is preparing us for a generation of frenzied children who will dream in animation."

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...And Star Power
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2014-10-14

Foxygen: ...And Star Power

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1. Double LP gatefold vinyl and compact disc 2. Poster on 11x17" gloss stock 3. Set of 4 custom buttons (3" 'campaign' size) 4.Custom designed matchbook, including a "Golden Ticket" contest (see below for details) 5. Digital download code for "How Can You Really" redeemable immediately 6. Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s) redeemable 2 weeks before release date on September 30, 2014

Two of the matchbooks, placed in two random pre-orders (one US, one International) will have all the matches already burned, and a verification number inside. The keeper of these extinguished flames wins TWO guest list spots to any non-festival Foxygen show until the end of time! Guest spots do NOT include travel, or accommodations. The free guest list spot will be accompanied by a "+1", so YOU can deem who is worthy to accompany you. Winners must email contests@jagjaguwar.com - use the subject line "Foxygen Matchbook Winner" - and include: 1. A photo of the matchbook, with the code visible 2. First and last given name, as it appears on your ID

Your code must match ours exactly to win!

Contest runs from July 30 - October 7, 2014

Title
Tension
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2014-10-14

Girl Tears: Tension

ALBUM DESCRIPTION

Blistering fast songs about love, hate, death, and all things in between. Los Angeles based punk trio, Girl Tears blaze through 12 catchy tracks, complete with hooks and no nonsense sentiments; all in land speed record breaking time. All of this goodness packaged in the wonderful black and white art of Tristan Ellis.

CD  $12.99     LP  $18.99    
Title
Greylag
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2014-10-14

Greylag: Greylag

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Like the wild goose that the Portland-based trio are named after, the members of Greylag have all undertaken amazing journeys, migrating as if by homing instinct from different parts of the US, to create a self-titled debut album that's the latest must-have slice of verdant, far-reaching Americana. Greylag is rich in melody, mood and detail with a range that mirrors the distance between their individual birthplaces, creating a personal twist on some timeless musical traditions, embracing electric and acoustic with a sound that's both subtle and forceful.

Meet Andrew Stonestreet (lead vocal, acoustic guitar, originally from West Virginia), Daniel Dixon (lead guitar and other stringed things, keyboards, from Northern California) and Brady Swan (drums, from Texas). The venerated Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, The Shins) produced the album at Seattle’s Avast! Studio, who clearly knows a sublime enterprising combination of roots and rock music when he hears it.

The name Greylag looks and sounds strong but has developed more meaning for the band - It's a wild goose, from which all domestic geese originate, so it's the first survivor, and it's still wild, and doing things its own way - the 'lag' part refers to it being the last bird to migrate. It sits back and watches. We love the connotation.

MP3  $8.91     CD  $12.99     LP  $15.99    
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Greylag Deluxe Bundle
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2014-10-14

Greylag: Greylag Deluxe Bundle

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Limited edition gold vinyl (while supplies last)

Custom screen-printed Greylag poster

Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s), redeemable two weeks before release date on September 30, 2014

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Tche Belew
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2014-10-14

Hailu Mergia & The Walias: Tche Belew

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The acclaimed and highly sought-after LP by Hailu Mergia and the Walias, Tche Belew, an album of instrumentals released in 1977, is perhaps the most seminal recording released in the aftermath of the 1974 revolution. The story of the Walias band is a critical chapter in Ethiopian popular music, taking place during a period of music industry flux and political complexity in the country.

Hailu Mergia, a keyboardist and arranger diligently working the nightclub scene in Addis Ababa, formed the Walias in the early 1970's with a core group of musicians assembled from prior working bands. They played Mergia's funk- and soul-informed tunes, while cutting 45rpm singles with various vocalists.

While the Walias performed at top hotels and played the presidential palace twice, their relationship with the Derg regime was complex, evidenced by the removal of one song from the record by government censors.

Decades later, Hailu Mergia was surprised to see the album fetching more than $4,000 at online auctions (it helped that the most popular of all Ethiopian tunes "Musicawi Silt" appeared on the record). Now everyone has the chance to listen again - or for the first time - to this timeless pillar of Ethiopian popular music.

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Salt EP
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2014-10-14

Institute: Salt EP

ALBUM DESCRIPTION

Institute stands at the center of a thriving punk scene in Austin, Texas, and Sacred Bones Records proud to be releasing their Salt EP. We fell in love with this band as soon as we heard those early anarcho punk influenced demos, and then saw a blistering set from them in their hometown earlier this year. The Salt EP is as sharp as the band's earlier work but suggests longer, more experimental forms and a more incisive lyrical perspective, dealing with topics from existentialism to Brown's experience as a closeted youth.

MP3  $4.95     12"  $12.99    
Title
Last Ex
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2014-10-14

Last Ex: Last Ex

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Last Ex is a new instrumental rock ensemble led by Simon Trottier and Olivier Fairfield, long active in Quebec's experimental/punk scene, though perhaps best known as core members of Timber Timbre, which spawned the Last Ex project. When Timber Timbre's ambient music for a horror film went unused back in 2012, Trottier and Fairfield began revisiting the sound palette for the soundtrack, expanding on their techniques and textures, adding drums, bass and various other instruments, writing additional songs throughout 2013 and bringing their obsessions with sound collage, tape-based music concrete and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to bear on the cinematic lyricism of the initial widescreen guitar and string-based material. With its combination of assured lyricism, cinematic guitars, dusky analog atmospherics and taut percussion, this is an instrumental rock album of superb compositional and melodic sensibility, balancing expressiveness and restraint, atmosphere and detail, bound by a highly original approach to production. Last Ex sits snugly between fellow label acts Do Make Say Think and Exhaust on the one hand, Hrsta, Tindersticks and Evangelista on the other. Fans of early Trans Am, early/mid Tortoise, Calexico and (obviously) Timbre Timber should also find this a very satisfying grower of an album.

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This Is Happening
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2014-10-14

LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening

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Back in print, the classic third LCD Soundsystem LP.

Of the many arresting moments that fill LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening, perhaps the most unexpected comes less than halfway through album opener "Dance Yrself Clean." The seemingly unassuming, low-key rumble of a song morphs from its mumbled beginnings into an outsized flash of synth ballast and wailing vocals. The sudden shift is like the flicking on of a light, the perfect example of frontman-songwriter-mastermind James Murphy's effortless balance of restraint and release, organic rock and electro pop, and muted cool and vibrant emotion. This study in contrasts pervades LCD Soundsystem's third, and possibly final, release - an album where Murphy refracts images of heartbreak and longing through the scattered light of a disco ball.

With This Is Happening, Murphy has created a work of both nuanced introspection and distanced observation. DFA is proud to offer the vinyl version of this much lauded release, which also includes contributions from drummer Pat Mahoney and sound collagist Gavin Russom.

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Right From Real
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2014-10-14

Lydia Ainsworth: Right From Real

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Composer / producer / singer Lydia Ainsworth has been secretly writing and recording songs over the past three years from bedrooms and basements between Toronto and Brooklyn. What began as pass-time sketches between composing music for film and multimedia projects has over time revealed an enchanting collection of experimental pop songs with a life of their own.

Blurring the boundaries between indie music, filmic orchestration, and electronic music, Lydia's debut "Right From Real" thrives on haunting melodies and draws inspiration from a wide range of musical sources - Verdi's Requiem, Ace of Base, Bulgarian Choirs, Bernard Herrmann, Tones on Tail, Art of Noise? to name a few. This sense of unexpected marriages of influence flows throughout much of Lydia's work which features use of voice sampling and string arrangements woven into a unique minimalist fabric.

Lydia Ainsworth's debut "Right From Real" will be released 09.30.14 on Arbutus Records.

LP  $15.99    
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Planet of Ice Custom Ice Color Vinyl Edition Remaster/Reissue Bundle
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2014-10-14

Minus the Bear: Planet of Ice Custom Ice Color Vinyl Edition Remaster/Reissue Bundle

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Following the success of Highly Refined Pirates’ forward-thinking guitar gymnastics and Menos El Oso’s groundbreaking glitch rock, Seattle’s premier pop revisionists Minus The Bear dug into some of rock music’s most ostentatious years for inspiration for their 2007 album, Planet of Ice. While their earlier material found the band absorbing and repurposing the virtuosic dexterity of math rock, the airtight sonic manipulations of turn-of-the-century IDM, the drum and bass groove of contemporary R&B, and the cerebral pop foundations of Television and The Police, the band prepped for their third full-length by immersing themselves in prog legends, jazz rock mavericks, and other audiophile heroes of the ‘70s. The title alone conjures images of Yes’s Relayer album art, and the influence of the elder statesmen’s symphonic scope can be felt throughout Planet of Ice’s lush and intricate arrangements. You can also hear the band channel the ominous instrumental interplay of Lamb-era Genesis on “Dr. L’Ling”, the deceptively savvy musicianship and pristine production of Steely Dan on “White Mystery”, and the tightrope walk between ethereal space and pre-metal riffage of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” on “Lotus”. Not that Minus The Bear completely abandoned their earlier style—elements of Menos El Oso‘s sample-driven technique can be heard on the lead single “Knights”. But the heart of the song ultimately belongs to the haunting Fripp-esque guitar lines spliced between verses. After being out of print on record since 2010, Suicide Squeeze is proud to reintroduce Planet of Ice’s creative marriage of classic motifs and modern musical wizardry with a vinyl remaster courtesy of Bernie Grundman.

2xLP Gatefold jacket w/ printed inner sleeves. The 2xLP is available in a limited pressing of 3,000 copies (1k each) and includes a download card for MP3s. T-Shirt printed on American Apparel.

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Planet of Ice Purple Vinyl Edition (Remaster/Reissue) Bundle
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2014-10-14

Minus the Bear: Planet of Ice Purple Vinyl Edition (Remaster/Reissue) Bundle

ALBUM DESCRIPTION

Following the success of Highly Refined Pirates’ forward-thinking guitar gymnastics and Menos El Oso’s groundbreaking glitch rock, Seattle’s premier pop revisionists Minus The Bear dug into some of rock music’s most ostentatious years for inspiration for their 2007 album, Planet of Ice. While their earlier material found the band absorbing and repurposing the virtuosic dexterity of math rock, the airtight sonic manipulations of turn-of-the-century IDM, the drum and bass groove of contemporary R&B, and the cerebral pop foundations of Television and The Police, the band prepped for their third full-length by immersing themselves in prog legends, jazz rock mavericks, and other audiophile heroes of the ‘70s. The title alone conjures images of Yes’s Relayer album art, and the influence of the elder statesmen’s symphonic scope can be felt throughout Planet of Ice’s lush and intricate arrangements. You can also hear the band channel the ominous instrumental interplay of Lamb-era Genesis on “Dr. L’Ling”, the deceptively savvy musicianship and pristine production of Steely Dan on “White Mystery”, and the tightrope walk between ethereal space and pre-metal riffage of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” on “Lotus”. Not that Minus The Bear completely abandoned their earlier style—elements of Menos El Oso‘s sample-driven technique can be heard on the lead single “Knights”. But the heart of the song ultimately belongs to the haunting Fripp-esque guitar lines spliced between verses. After being out of print on record since 2010, Suicide Squeeze is proud to reintroduce Planet of Ice’s creative marriage of classic motifs and modern musical wizardry with a vinyl remaster courtesy of Bernie Grundman.

2xLP Gatefold jacket w/ printed inner sleeves. The 2xLP is available in a limited pressing of 3,000 copies (1k each) and includes a download card for MP3s. T-Shirt printed on American Apparel.

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Planet of Ice 180g Black Vinyl Edition Remaster/Reissue Bundle
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2014-10-14

Minus the Bear: Planet of Ice 180g Black Vinyl Edition Remaster/Reissue Bundle

ALBUM DESCRIPTION

Following the success of Highly Refined Pirates’ forward-thinking guitar gymnastics and Menos El Oso’s groundbreaking glitch rock, Seattle’s premier pop revisionists Minus The Bear dug into some of rock music’s most ostentatious years for inspiration for their 2007 album, Planet of Ice. While their earlier material found the band absorbing and repurposing the virtuosic dexterity of math rock, the airtight sonic manipulations of turn-of-the-century IDM, the drum and bass groove of contemporary R&B, and the cerebral pop foundations of Television and The Police, the band prepped for their third full-length by immersing themselves in prog legends, jazz rock mavericks, and other audiophile heroes of the ‘70s. The title alone conjures images of Yes’s Relayer album art, and the influence of the elder statesmen’s symphonic scope can be felt throughout Planet of Ice’s lush and intricate arrangements. You can also hear the band channel the ominous instrumental interplay of Lamb-era Genesis on “Dr. L’Ling”, the deceptively savvy musicianship and pristine production of Steely Dan on “White Mystery”, and the tightrope walk between ethereal space and pre-metal riffage of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” on “Lotus”. Not that Minus The Bear completely abandoned their earlier style—elements of Menos El Oso‘s sample-driven technique can be heard on the lead single “Knights”. But the heart of the song ultimately belongs to the haunting Fripp-esque guitar lines spliced between verses. After being out of print on record since 2010, Suicide Squeeze is proud to reintroduce Planet of Ice’s creative marriage of classic motifs and modern musical wizardry with a vinyl remaster courtesy of Bernie Grundman.

2xLP Gatefold jacket w/ printed inner sleeves. The 2xLP is available in a limited pressing of 3,000 copies (1k each) and includes a download card for MP3s. T-Shirt printed on American Apparel.