Thursday, August 30, 2007

On my turntable: Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle

Song Cycle (1968) is a challenging record. The first time I heard it I was probably annoyed with its inaccessability (in addition to Van Dyke's somewhat grating voice). The album is all over the place, and seemingly lack of any memorable melody. Luckily I've continued to listen to Song Cycle and have grown to appreciate its many layers and unconventional structure. It's an artsy album for sure, but it's also quite daring, especially considering that this was Van Dyke's debut record.

Parks is perhaps best known as Brian Wilson's collaborator on the amazing SMiLE project. Instrumentally, Song Cycle features instruments such as xylophone, harpsichord, tack piano, banjo, and grand arrangements not unlike those Brian had used on SMiLE recordings. It's a musical tapestry, and a very interesting and colorful record.

Aunt Marlene

The family learned this morning that our aunt Marlene died early today. It was very unexpected, as she was simply recovering from knee surgery. My mom spoke with her last night and she was planning to leave the hospital today. Marlene was our favorite aunt, and my mom's only sister. My thoughts and prayers definitely go out to Marlene's kids and grandkids, my cousins, who I know loved and were very close to her. Marlene was a very engaging and chatty person who loved to laugh. We're all going to miss her.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

On my turntable: B-52's - Cosmic Thing

1989 was a pretty kickass year, at least the way I remember it. Maybe it sucked. I know for sure that there were many great albums that year, including this one. Cosmic Thing (1989) is my favorite B-52's record by far, although I really like all of them. "Channel Z" in particular reminds me of being a college student, getting all excited (and perhaps a bit preachy) about things like the environment and animal rights. It was an energetic time for me. Word on the street is that the B-52's are busy finishing up their first new studio album in over ten years.

Cosmic Thing vids:
"Channel Z"
"Deadbeat Club"

8:20 am

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I just watched the Larry Craig press statement on CNN. He really wants us to know that he "is not gay and has never been gay" and that he "did nothing wrong in Minneapolis." Here's the deal. What he did wrong in Minneapolis was break the law. It doesn't matter whether he's gay or not, because it's irrelevent. Being gay is not against the law. He plead guilty to lewd conduct. Pure and simple. I find it hilarious that he's blaming a newspaper for conducting what he calls a "witch hunt". Oh I see - it's the newspaper's fault that you went looking for sex in an airport restroom. What an ass.

On my turntable: Cheap Trick - Dream Police

As I type this I'm realizing that it's been (gulp) 28 years since this album was released. All I can do is shake my head in disbelief. I feel old as dirt.

I bought Dream Police upon its release in September, 1979 at the Fridley Great American Music store (now a Cheapo). At the time Cheap Trick was still living large from the success of Live at Budokan (1978), and reviews for Dream Police were mixed. This album deserves to be rediscovered because it's very good. Dream Police is packed with heavy guitar riffs, crazy Beatlesque melodies, harmony, and powerful musicianship. I say this all the time, but why isn't Cheap Trick in the rock & roll hall of fame?

New digs

I'm pretty settled into my new office. It's a bit muggy today in Minneapolis and I'm wishing I had a fan, but aside from that no complaints. Across campus Freshman Orientation is taking place, and I'm grateful that I'm not involved. Instead I'll just be hanging out here, working on preparation for the first week of class. Here's a new dork picture just taken in my new environment.

Monday, August 27, 2007

On my turntable: Micky Dolenz - The Best

The Best (1981) is a curious Arista collection from Japan. For starters, they misspelled both Micky's first and last name (Mickey Dolentz). You would think that someone in the production chain of this record would have taken the time to proofread the spelling of the artist's name. Just sayin'. Another thing that strikes me about this album is the song selection. Side 2 is made up entirely from songs off the last two Monkees albums, which sold miserably. They're not bad songs, but the rest of the Monkees catalog offers plenty of other tracks that could be used on a "best of" compilation.

Of course the whole reason I bought this record (in the early 80's) was because I'd never heard most of these latter-day Monkees songs. By the time I was earning record-buying cash monies The Monkees' catalog was long out of print. I found this album at a legendary store in Downtown Minneapolis called Hot Licks. At the time, Hot Licks was the place in the Twin Cities for imports and the occasional bootleg. I bought a good half-dozen imported Monkees albums there, and many other records that are still in my collection.

On my turntable: The Beatles - Something New

Something New (1964) is probably one of my least played Beatles records. Like several other American Beatles albums, Something New seems like it was hastily assembled in order to create more Beatles product. Side 2 is great, but it's mostly songs that were already available on the A Hard Days Night soundtrack.

I bought Something New in the summer of 1981, back when all of these records were still in print. When Capitol started releasing the British LPs on CD they began deleting all of the American LPs. I would love to see the American catalog get a proper 180-gram reissue someday.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

les vacances plus de

Again, I don't really speak French, but I think this translates as vacation is over. No worries - I've had a great week off relaxing, sleeping in, eating junk food, etc.. I believe I am ready for whatever's next.

Tomorrow I will meet with my fellow instructors for the course I'm teaching, as we begin to map out the next semester. I'm looking forward to it. I'll probably spend part of my morning getting situated in my new office, which is super fancy. I have (wait for it) a door, and yes, a window. It's true. I am no longer a member of the university cubicle society, at least for the time being. It's also nice that my classes are close to each other, and very close to my office, so I won't have too much travel time getting from A to B. Speaking of classes, they start a week from Tuesday.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

On my turntable: Love - Revisited

I bought this album on 7/7/97 at a now defunct local shop called Root Cellar. Ten years ago. Sheesh. 1997 was the year that Love became one of my favorite groups. A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to see Love, including Arthur Lee and Johnny Echols, play a double bill with The Zombies at First Avenue. A truly great and historic night.

Although Forever Changes (1968) is the most essential Love album, Revisited (1970) serves as a useful retrospective of the bands best songs. The LP is currently available on 180 gram vinyl on Sundazed.

Friday, August 24, 2007

On my turntable: Styx - The Grand Illusion

In recognition and anticipation of tonight's free Dennis DeYoung show at the fair.

School Daze

Only eleven days until school starts at the U of MN. I love the promise that the Fall term brings. The buzz on campus is always exciting and full of energy. Of course this usually fizzles out within a couple of weeks as midterms approach.

So I'm looking at the textbooks for my classes with a mix of fear and gratitude. I'm feeling very lucky to have this chance to attend school full time, but still a little nervous about this stats class. I need to get over that. The next week will be filled with preparations for the classes I'm teaching, and ironing out my schedule for the next few months. Oh, and the State Fair. I loves me some State Fair action.

Bangles rock First Avenue

Oh my goodness The Bangles were good tonight. They were everything I was hoping for. They were so tight, and the vocals were amazing. I was impressed by how much sound came out of Susanna, Vicki & Debbi when they harmonized. The club was pretty full, but not sold out. The opening band, The Bridges, were GREAT. They were very high energy and their vocals were fantastic. A great choice to open for the Bangles. I spoke to the lead singer after the show (at the merchandise table) and she said this is their first tour.

Back to the Bangles. They started at 8:30 sharp. When the lights went out a song that I think was "Bitchin' Summer" came over the speakers. They started with "Hazy Shade of Winter", looking very relaxed and all smiley and pretty. There were a couple of times when it looked like they were genuinely happy to be playing for us, and almost surprised by the audience response to the show. At one point Vicki said "It's about time we played First Ave, don't you think?". A personal highlight for me was "Some Dreams Come True", one of my faves from Everything (1988). Overall this was one of the best shows I've ever seen at First Avenue, and certainly one of the happiest concerts I've seen by anybody. Thank you, ladies.

Bangles 8/23/07 setlist:
Hazy Shade of Winter
Tear Off Your Own Head
Manic Monday
Rain Song
Stealing Rosemary
Single By Choice
Tell Me
Some Dreams Come True
Go Where You Wanna Go (acoustic)
Going Down To Liverpool (acoustic)
If She Knew What She Wants
Be With You
Watching the Sky
Ride The Ride
In Your Room
Hero Takes A Fall (Susanna dedicated this to Prince)
Walk Like an Egyptian/Mrs. Robinson
ENCORE: Silent Treatment (this one rocked!)
Pushin too Hard
Eternal Flame

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

When cuteness attacks

Found over at

On my turntable: The Bangles - All Over the Place

Holy crap am I excited for the Bangles concert at First Avenue tomorrow. The opening band is The Bridges, who I've not heard of before but the tunes on their myspace page sound interesting. I'll be sure to post a full report tomorrow!

Vacation, day 5: Venturing out

Many thanks to Austin for posing for this crazy cute picture this morning. He's all: "Hello? Dewd - can't you read the sign? "No Solicitors" - that means you. Unless you have treats."Not much to blog about yesterday. I slept in late and basically did nothing until Leo got home. It was overdue I suppose. Today I plan to head down to the neighborhood coffee joint to start reviewing textbooks for the classes I'll be teaching this fall. I must say I'm pretty excited about teaching, although a little nervous considering it starts in less than two weeks!

Tomorrow night The Bangles are playing at First Avenue, and Friday Leo and I are going to see Dennis DeYoung at the State Fair. I am greatly enjoying my week off...

"Hey, man - is that FREEDOM ROCK?"

I found this 4LP set yesterday at the Thrift Store for 60 cents. It's still in the original shrink and doesn't appear to be played much. I imagine some hippie bought it and was pissed off by the erratic collection of songs. Sure you've got your "Free Bird", your "Smoke on the Water". That's a given. But then there's "The Beat Goes On" by Sonny and Cher. Hmm. "Love Train" by the OJays. What happened to the rock, man? Oh but wait - is that Deep Purple? The Allman Brothers? Turn it up again, man! Woah - slow down - Judy Collins? That's like the antithesis of rock, man.

And that's how Freedom Rock made its journey to the Thrift Store.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

On my turntable: Tim Finn - Big Canoe

Although I'm a huge Crowded House and Split Enz fan, I've never much warmed up to Tim Finn's solo records. Not sure why. Big Canoe (1985) is a nice record, but nothing to get excited about. There are some good songs, and Finn's vocals are great, but I still prefer the work he's done with his brother Neil.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Vacation, day 3

I awoke this morning at around 7:00 to what sounded like a loud "thud" out on the street. Maybe it was thunder? dunno. Checked on the bunny boys & made some coffee. Leo left for his new job at 6:00 -- it's a little bizarre to have the house to myself this morning. Had a pleasant breakfast of eggs & GimmeLean veggie sausage. Listening to the new Crowded House LP, which is fantastic. On the coffee table next to me is last night's leftover popcorn and some Tangy Twister Mike & Ikes, which I may finish off later.

Minneapolis is wet with rain today. I think I will scrap my plans to go out and do some house cleaning instead. Goodness knows I've neglected housework for the past couple of weeks. When things get busy Leo and I sort of agree that it's OK to have things a little messy. It works for us most of the time. No pressure. Life is for the living.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Top 7 LPs of 2007 (so far)

2007 is turning out to be a decent year for new vinyl. Here's my list of favorite new releases so far this year, from those currently in my collection:

7. High Llamas - Can Cladders
6. The Lemonheads
5. Beastie Boys - The Mix-Up
4. Crowded House - Time On Earth (2LP)
3. The Bird and the Bee
2. Bee Gees - The Studio Albums 1967-68 (6LP)
1. The Beatles - LOVE (2LP)

Vacation, day 2

Here's a picture of one of Friday's parting gifts from my coworkers. It's a tinted glass light catcher thingamajingy that is gorgeous - the picture doesn't do it justice.

Yesterday afternoon Leo and I went to a birthday/graduation party, and today some friends of Leo's have invited us over for lunch. I don't typically like to have so much social activity crammed into a weekend, but hey - I don't have to be anywhere special tomorrow.

I feel great. My body feels relaxed and my mind is happy. The crohns even seems under control for the time being, which is a huge blessing. I'm definitely running to the bathroom with less frequency/urgency. I hope this means that the Remicade is working again.

Breathe in, breathe out. Om.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

On my turntable: The Lemonheads

YAY. The Lemonheads' self-titled album from last year has finally been released on domestic LP. A UK vinyl issue was rumored as far back as last September, but I gave up after it never materialized. I copied the CD from my good friend Ellen and decided to be satisfied with that, until today when I saw this in the bins at Treehouse records. Kick ass. The vinyl is released by Hall of Records, copyright 2007, under license from Vagrant records, who released the CD.

10:31 a.m.


Vacation, day 1

My colleagues had a nice little farewell party for me yesterday. It wasn't as much an emotional deal as I had expected, which is good. When I left it was basically "thanks for everything & I'll see you guys later". And I will see them later. I think now that we don't work together I'll want to spend more time with them, because they're awesome people.

I was in bed by 11:00 last night, and was up this morning before 7:00. I had some afwul nightmares that woke me up, soaked in sweat. Not pleasant. I got up, fed the bunnies and made some coffee, and things were pleasant again. I had a bowl of raisin bran and now I'm watching the Brian Wilson presents SMiLE DVD. I'm trying to remain conscious of the stress that can accompany a job or life change. I plan to attend to my spirit this week, and recharge for the coming semester. Wish me luck.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

When one door closes...

Tomorrow is my last day at work. A good chunk of today was spent cleaning out my desk and bringing some books over to my new office on campus. This morning I had a nice exit interview that helped me achieve some closure on a couple of things. As I type this I feel good about moving on, although quite sad that I have just eight hours left with these people, some of whom have become quite good friends. I'm glad that they will just be down the street from me so I'll still get to see them.

Onward and upward, I guess.

“When one door closes, another opens; but
we often look so long and so regretfully
upon the closed door that we do not see
the one which has opened for us.”

-Alexander Graham Bell

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

On my turntable: Nasa - Insha-Allah!

This album is a great hot August night record for me. In August of 1990 I moved into a house near the St. Paul campus of the U of M with some friends. Insha-Allah! (1990), especially "Magic Jewelled Limousine" was one of the discs that got a lot of play that first month or so. I love the use of eastern indian instruments on this record.

The Arabic term Insha-Allah, according to wikipedia, is "evoked by Arabic speakers to indicate hope for an aforementioned event to occur in the future. The phrase translates into English as "God willing" or "If it is God's will"."

The more you know...

On my turntable: David Cassidy - The Higher They Climb

On a lot of David Cassidy's post-Partridge Family records it sounds like he's trying to hard to convince us that he's not Keith Partridge. He's a rock star, dammit. Unfortunately the girls that loved him as Keith were no longer interested in him by the time these albums were being released, and serious music fans weren't interested in what the former Keith Partridge had to say. There was pretty much no way he could win.

The Higher They Climb
(1975) is a bit of a self-important, loose attempt at a concept album. A number of the tracks are quite good, including "Give It Up For Love", "Common Thief", and Beach Boy Bruce Johnston's "I Write the Songs", which predates Barry Manilow's enormous hit version. A handful of songs were penned by Cassidy himself. The "band" includes such famous names as Richie Furay, Carl Wilson & Bruce Johnston, The Hudson Brothers, and Flo & Eddie.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


On my turntable: Kiss - Lick It Up

I just finished watching the VH-1 Classic special for the new Kissology DVD, and it left me hankerin' for some 80's KISS. I could not tell you the last time I've listened to this album, but I'm sure it's been well over 10 years. I've never been a big fan of the non-makeup KISS records, but 3 songs into Lick It Up (1983) I'd say it's a decent record. It's not as good as its predecessor Creatures of the Night (1982), but it's as good or better than most of what they generated that decade.

Yesterday's Van Halen press conference

Monday, August 13, 2007

On my turntable: The Killers - Hot Fuss

One of the best debut albums of the past five years, in my opinion. There are a couple of different vinyl versions that I've seen. This copy features a cover with silver foil letters, is on bright blue vinyl and includes one non-CD track, "Indie Rock 'N' Roll". I've not yet heard the latest Killers album - if anyone out there has an opinion please share!

7:18 p.m.

In our downstairs bathroom.

New Eagles CD sold *only* at Wal-Mart?!


The disc they will release in October, tentatively titled The Long Road to Eden, has finally brought the group back to the studio. Recorded over the last few years in an undisclosed L.A. studio, Henley confirmed that the album will be distributed exclusively through Wal-Mart for the first twelve months. “People will be getting value for their money,” Henley said. The band recorded eighteen to twenty songs for the effort.

BOOO. It's not like I was planning to even buy this album, but seriously - WAL-MART. It's an interesting (and probably lucrative) business move, but I would have thought the Eagles were a but more evolved than this. I pray to God that this is not a glimpse into the future of recorded music.

On my turntable: Elvis Costello - This Year's Model

I don't have much of a personal history with this album. I purchased This Year's Model (1978) in the Spring of '96 when I was living in Mankato for graduate school. I had always appreciated Elvis but did not consider myself a fan until All This Useless Beauty (1996). Model is a great album, and I can see why it is considered one of the important albums in rock history. There was really nothing like this being played on the radio in '78, at least not the Top 40 stations I listened to in Minneapolis at the time.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Trapper Keeper

Remember Trapper Keeper notebooks? When these things first came out in the late 70's I wanted one so bad, but I was in junior high, an age when it was definitely not cool to be Mister Smarty Pants with the Super Fancy-Schmancy Organized Notebook. I was already the scrawnie Opie Taylor kid with "kick my ass" written on my face, so the last thing I needed was to risk being that geek with the Trapper Keeper getting shoved into some locker.

So Leo and I were at Target today and what do I see but the brand new line of 2007 Trapper Keepers. My heart did little flippy flops when I found a shiny new orange one, which now sits next to me. Call me a geek, I don't care. I love my Trapper Keeper.

Trapper Keeper resources:
Wikipedia Entry
Official Mead Trapper Keeper website

Look Through My Window

Downtown Minneapolis as it looks through the screen of our upstairs bedroom window.

On my turntable: Wings - Wild Life

The first copy of Wild Life (1971) that I owned was on 8-track. To this day when I listen to this album I expect "Love Is Strange" to fade out in the middle before changing tracks. The LP you see here is the 80's Columbia re-issue, which omits the final music tag at the end of side 2 (a mastering error I presume).

Wild Life
is not a great album, but you gotta give Paul credit for just throwing a new band, and this record, together in such a short time. The songs have a friendly, home-grown feel to them, and some of them are quite good, particularly "Wild Life". Some of the ballads on side 2 are nice; one of them, "Tomorrow", was covered by David Cassidy later in the 70's.

Military draft "on the table"

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft, President Bush's new war adviser said Friday.

Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute is the president's war adviser. Several retired generals turned down the post.

"I think it makes sense to certainly consider it," Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute said in an interview with National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

"And I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table. But ultimately, this is a policy matter between meeting the demands for the nation's security by one means or another," said Lute, who is sometimes referred to as the "Iraq war czar." It was his first interview since he was confirmed by the Senate in June.

President Nixon abolished the draft in 1973. Restoring it, Lute said, would be a "major policy shift" and Bush has made it clear that he doesn't think it's necessary.

(taken from the Faithful Progressive blog)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Count 'em: 12 days...

...'till the Minnesota State Fair!

Here's a pic of me at the 2005 fair.

Church denies funeral for gay veteran

A church in Arlington, Texas agreed to hold a funeral for Cecil Sinclair, a navy vet who served in Desert Storm. They later refused to hold the service once they learned that Mr. Sinclair was gay. The church, in a statement, compared being gay to being a theif or a murderer, and something that they could not "condone". Words fail me.

Article from Dallas News

Friday, August 10, 2007

Super cool website of the week: Catholics for Kucinich

So I just found the Catholics for Kucinich website. It's nice to know there are other Catholics backing this guy and what he represents. After watching HRC's discussion with the Democratic candidates on Logo last night, I'm totally sold on Kucinich. He's anti-war, pro-gay marriage, pro-choice, a vegan, and Catholic. Not that I think a candidate's religious status or affiliation matters -- just as long as they are not a crazy right-wing fundie, because those crazies have really damaged this country. I think someone like Kucinich could make things better. If anything, it's totally refreshing to see a candidate that is not afraid to speak about what he stands for, even if it means that he won't get the nomination.

Look Through My Window

I've set up shop at Bordertown Coffee for the last part of my office hours today. It's around 90 degrees and humid in Minneapolis, and my office is, how the French say, sans conditioning de air. (yeah -I don't really speak French.) Anyway, it's bright and cool inside the coffee shop. Ben Folds Five is playing over the speakers and life is sweet.

Tick Tock

Transitions can be wierd sometimes. I've got roughly 40 hours remaining at my current job, and it feels like I've already got one foot out the door. In many respects this has been my dream job -- I work on my favorite campus with some really great people, and I get to help students with their academics. It's a pleasant existence. Still, it feels like the time is right for some professional growth, hence the PhD and the teaching. I know that getting this advanced degree makes sense, since my chosen field is Higher Education. So why do I feel like I'm constantly trying to convince myself that I'm doing the right thing? Maybe I'm just a sentimental fool that has a hard time moving from one thing to the next. Perhaps the problem is that I'm all juiced up on coffee right now and I've not had any breakfast. That's probably it.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Which season are you?

You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times...
You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings.
Whether you're carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Phelps coming to Minnesota

Fred Phelps and his wackos say that they are planning to come to Minnesota to protest at the funerals of those who died in the 35W bridge collapse. Why? Because God hates Minnesota for "tolerating" the gays. Who knew? The signs they will hold are expected to read:

"God cast down the bridge...
Thank God for 9/11...
America is doomed...
God hates fags...
God hates fag enablers...
God hates Minnesota."

The only good that can possibly come from this is that it shows how hate can make people bat-shit crazy.

full article here

Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Candy Johnson was a dancer that appeared in the Beach Party movies of the early 60's. Check her out in the closing credits from "Beach Party" - the magic starts after about 15 seconds...

On my turntable: The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl

Not a masterpiece, but still a fun album. Surfer Girl (1963) was only the third Beach Boys album, a few years before landmark albums like Today! (1965) and the true genius of Pet Sounds (1966). It includes two great surf instrumentals ("Boogie Woodie" and "The Rocking Surfer"), one of Brian Wilson's most beautiful songs ("Your Summer Dream"), and some throwaways ("South Bay Surfer", "Our Car Club"). Of course there are a some signature BB's tracks like "Catch a Wave", "Little Deuce Coupe", "In My Room", and the title track. Bands today would kill for so many recognizable songs on one album, yet in the early 60's Brian Wilson was cranking these out at two or three albums per year. Amazing.

Record Stores

I have often lamented on this topic, but it's theraputic for me to whine about it, so I'm going to do it again. Read on if you wish. I grew up in an era where the Record Store was an integral part of a young person's life. Before the internet, and especially before MTV, Record Stores were where you visually connected with new bands. Back then my week did not go by without a trip to one of the local shops, where I would always check out the new releases, browse the clearance bins, maybe pick up a few 7" singles. Every friggin week.

Over lunch today I stopped by the Disc-Go-Round in Dinkytown, and it reminded me of how badly music stores are struggling. It's understandable, considering that nobody really buys CDs (because they're junk). LP's still sell, but it's considered a niche market. This leaves me wondering, what has replaced the Record Store? Where do people go to connect with new music? Starbucks? Or do folks just connect with music online now? If so, I think this is sad. An interactive element is missing when you aren't physically browsing music in a store. And not Target or Walmart. A music store -- a cool place to literally hang out with the physical product of music.

Personally, I still try visit one of my record shops at least once a week. It still feeds me the way that it used to. It's still a thrill to buy an brand new lp by one of my favorite bands. It's encouraging that young people continue to buy new turntables and discover vinyl. If the trend continues then hopefully Record Stores can survive.

Friday, August 03, 2007

In our backyard

Welcome to the Occupation

Leo received an offer for his first nursing postition today, which he plans to accept. Woo-hoo! I'm crazy excited for him.

On my turntable: Crowded House - Time On Earth

It's either the healing power of music, or the healing power of buying a new record. Probably a bit of both. Whatever it is, this album made me feel a little bit better today, after 48 pretty sad hours.

I wasn't expecting to buy this album anytime soon, as I thought I'd have to spend close to $40 to buy it from the UK, but last night I found it at Cheapos for $25. It's still more than I like to pay for a new record, but it's worth it in this case. The double album's gatefold sleeve has great artwork, with additional art on the inner sleeves and each of the four LP labels. The record also includes 2 vinyl-only tracks, as well as a full CD of the album.