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Postby mildlyrestarted » Tue Aug 10, 2004 9:41 pm

helloooo? the book is totally worth it. we finally got it into the bookstore, after i paced fervently around the receiving area every day to see if it came in (stephanie and i heard dave eggers read from it a few months ago and i've been waiting not-so-patiently for it's release ever since)... if you have the money, please get the whole package. it's beneficial to the cause that everyone should be working towards... and it's funny! amazing! ridiculous! and filled with wonderful music to boot.

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Postby aj » Wed Aug 11, 2004 8:24 am

I did the preorder thing. when can I expect it at my doorstep? what's the official release?

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Postby dchris » Wed Aug 11, 2004 10:02 am

aj wrote:I did the preorder thing. when can I expect it at my doorstep? what's the official release?

Where did you order from - Barsuk, MoveOn, or McSweeney's?

I ordered mine from MoveOn, and got it about ten days later. Barsuk is really quick on shipping things, but I don't know if they'll send it out before the official release date. (I think it's 8/17 or something...?)

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Postby aj » Wed Aug 11, 2004 10:04 am

mcsweeney's

and how come everyone is getting it b4 the release date? I didn't even realize it wasn't released until I saw the barsuk email. crazy.

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Postby mildlyrestarted » Wed Aug 11, 2004 1:06 pm

the cd release date is 8/17, according to barnes and noble. the book & cd together came out 8/1.

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Postby LoveSickJerk » Thu Aug 12, 2004 4:26 am

Then Iwant my book and CD NOW!! why hasn't mc sweeney's sent me tracking info yet?? huh? cmon! I ordered it on monday!

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Postby aj » Thu Aug 12, 2004 6:31 am

LoveSickJerk wrote:Then Iwant my book and CD NOW!! why hasn't mc sweeney's sent me tracking info yet?? huh? cmon! I ordered it on monday!


yeah! except I ordered mine last week.

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Postby LoveSickJerk » Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:38 am

I also sent it UPS ground. Have you at least got tracking info yet??

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Postby meg » Thu Aug 12, 2004 2:12 pm

Chillsies, I ordered mine a month ago and am still waiting. I think McSwy's has sort of a notorious lateness issue on mailings.

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Postby mildlyrestarted » Thu Aug 12, 2004 3:21 pm

totally. cut them some slack. they're really busy being awesome, brilliant, and beautiful.

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Postby LoveSickJerk » Thu Aug 12, 2004 5:39 pm

If I had known that, I would have ordered from Amazon. Or just gone to friggin borders. Stupid fuck-tha-corporate-machine-non-service!

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Postby grant » Sat Aug 14, 2004 1:15 pm

Well, I got mine from MoveOn.org last week -- ordered the same day the link was posted here.

The Long Winters track is beginning to haunt me now, because today I think I just figured out the story it tells. The crew compartment is breaking up. The crew compartment is breaking up.

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Postby grant » Sat Aug 14, 2004 1:25 pm

Now that I think of it, the way that subject interacts with the Chris Ware cover image is in all likelihood too chilling to be entirely accidental.

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Postby L u c y » Sat Aug 14, 2004 1:31 pm

wow. i didn't get it the first 20 times i listened, but now...you're right grant, its haunting.

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Postby dchris » Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:34 pm

Oh--Grant, you're so right, and I didn't put it together until now, either.

"can you feel it, we're almost home"
Wow. Now I need to listen to it 87 thousand <b>more</b> times.

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Postby L u c y » Sat Aug 14, 2004 5:48 pm

its just such a beautiful song...i didn't listen well enough to recognize how devestating it is. its still beautiful, almost more so now that it has a story...john can really do anything.

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Postby Josh » Sun Aug 15, 2004 10:25 pm

Wow. This was my first Long Winters track. Very impressive, even the Tropic of Capricorn bit... that would have been just about the right position for those kinds of thoughts to start. Guess I have some CD purchases to make...

So, seeing as how this track is on a "political" CD, what kinds of implications should I be getting about the current administration's role in what the song talks about? And then the funding boost? Didn't that happen afterwards? ... Almost seems fishy. (Or have people been talking about this while I was hiding under rocks?)

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Postby Liesbeth » Mon Aug 16, 2004 1:41 am

I wrote: but I remember Eric telling me they recorded a more lush (my words, not his) version.

I knew that I didn't remember it right, and now that I've heard the song, thanks to the KEXP-link, I think what Eric actually said was that all sorts of layers were added, which would go with this version.
Don't sue if that is not what he said at all, I make a lousy witness. Funny though, how somehow this got stuck in my head as 'lush'...
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Postby grant » Mon Aug 16, 2004 6:19 am

What it sounds like?
Hmm.

A bit open. Very much not the traditional guitar-bass-drums lineup, begins with acapella vocals, joined by "Octopus' Garden"-style piano, occasional strings, keyboard pads, electronica pads... and lots of shifting effects on the drums and piano.

Almost like a collaboration with Air or Brian Eno.


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