Sooo, after getting the letter from customs and explaining them the whole idea of VC Secret Santa (they wanted to see a link ), they forwarded everything without me paying any single penny and I received my package today!
First things first: I was SHOCKED by the size of the package and the (to that effect) super-high shipping costs my Secret Santa had!
$67 for shipping this beast to Germany! I'm speechless and also sorry that my SS had to pay such a high amount to make me happy...! :-*
Here's the package:
So, as you can see my Secret Santa is Jared aka @Youinreverse
I'm somewhat happy that I didn't have to really find out who my SS was/is, since I'm really bad at guessing and it would only create embarrasing situations
After opening the package, I found this letter:
Although it's already 2019, I have to say that it wasn't Jared's fault that I've received the package "this late"...rather German customs bureaucracy! They wrote the customs letter on December, 24. Which means the package has been there for around a week...they are so slow! But I'm really happy to have received it at all...also happened that they just returned it to the sender after reading one of my mails
NOW we come to the interesting part!!!
First record: Efrim Menuck's High Gospel!
As a HUGE Godspeed You! Black Emperor I was already going nuts seeing this! I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE RELEASED SOMETHING UNDER HIS OWN NAME!?!?!?! WTF?! Really great start!
Second record: 65daysofstatic - The Fall of Math
It's crazy to say, but I don't own a single 65daysofstatic record at all! Jared was probably wondering what the hell is wrong with me since I have quite a few post-rock records in my collection I do listen to their stuff quite a lot but never thought about buying their records...and can't explain why! I think this is a great start for another great band to enter my record collection and it definitely will not be the last 65dos record!
Basically, these two records made me so happy! I didn't expect anything else or more to come...but this was just the start to a sick secret santa package!
Third record: The Black Angels - Indigo Meadows
I have never heard of them before and just googled them to find out they make Psych Rock! FANTASTIC! I'm really into PsychRock for a few years now and always welcome new bands in that genre! Can't wait to give it a listen!!!
Fourth Record (didn't I say this was a huge package?): Holy Sons - Fall of Man
Again a band I've never heard of before! Just googled them/him and listened to "The Fact Facer" (first video to show up)! SOUNDS GREAT! Oh man, can't wait to listen to this...has this fantastic mix of singer/songwriter, experimental, indie...so much new music to discover...love it!
Fifth record (ridiculous, isn't it?): Subrosa - For this we fought the battle of ages
Just look at this beauty! This looks fantastic...so basic! I love these kind of artworks!
Again a band that I've never heard of! Regarding discogs it's something in the region of Sludge, Doom & Post-Rock! Sounds exactly like something I'll immediately enjoy!!!.......ahhh that artwork....
Sixth Record (holy hell, so many records...): Efterklang - Piramida
I've heard of Efterklang before but never listened to their music at all! But their mix of Post-Rock, Folk & Experimental music will probably be candy in my ears! Can't wait!!
SEVENTH RECORD (I really can't believe I'm writing this!!!): The Kills - Ash & Ice
Again something I'm not familiar with! The artwork looks promising! Didn't google them and want to surprise myself...
WOW, JUST WOW, JARED ( @Youinreverse)!!!!
This package has to be the biggest, most generous and thoughtful Secret Santa package that I've ever received!!! I'm still speechless!
Not in my wildest dreams would I've ever imagined that someone sends me SEVEN LPs across the ocean! Not only seven random records, but thoughtful selected music from bands that surely fit in my collection and taste!!! Many bands that I've never heard anything of and I cannot wait to give ALL those records a spin, find out about these new bands and maybe put them into my list of favorites! Jared, thank you so so much for this fantastic package and all you effort (time & money) in putting this thing together for me and send it around the globe! Your gifts truly exceeded all my expectations & dreams!
I hope you and your family had a fantastic Christmas time with your beloved ones and hope the package you received was only half as nice as the one I got!!!