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On 9/6/2018 at 6:21 PM, GrapplesInStereo said:

Weird. Definitely got mine for $85 shipped any case anyone’s wondering what the previous price was. 

The price has gone up to $135 for these. Looks like they are going fast:

 

https://www.thelivingjarboe.com/shop/paintings/swans-soundtracks-for-the-blind-decorated-by-jarboe-4-lp-box-4-lp-set/

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Just because the price keeps going up doesn’t indicate they’re going fast. In fact, they could be selling slower than expected and so they’re marking them up to make more off each sale.

 

Since there’s no stated edition, and since these just look like the standard release with paint on the sleeve, they could theoretically sell these in purpituity and just raise the price so they’re eventually $500/each. With their current practice of just raising the retail price there’s no reason to think they’ll stop offering them.

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I don't recall this being on the initial posting:

"This one of a kind collector’s item pricing  is based on the availability of this limited edition box set plus my own cost to buy the box set and the paints and packaging materials."

 

I actually think $130 is a fair price. But still glad to have gotten one for $80. Hoping they ship soon.

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3 hours ago, unknown pleasures said:

Just because the price keeps going up doesn’t indicate they’re going fast. In fact, they could be selling slower than expected and so they’re marking them up to make more off each sale.

 

Since there’s no stated edition, and since these just look like the standard release with paint on the sleeve, they could theoretically sell these in purpituity and just raise the price so they’re eventually $500/each. With their current practice of just raising the retail price there’s no reason to think they’ll stop offering them.

From her homepage:

 

(very few currently remaining ) hand-painted by jarboe outer box of 4 LP set – details in shop”

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8 minutes ago, Never_Enough_Records said:

So does this mean we either order a damaged cover to arrive in the next 2 weeks or a new cover that arrives in January? Just want to be sure. 

Good question. It says a number of covers were damaged but doesn't say all of them. I'd hope that the stock for the November is also good covers and when those sell out the only option to buy would be for January? I'd be surprised if Gira would sell damaged merch for full price.

 

According to the page source the stock right now is at 312 and 422. And since this is supposedly limited to 500 copies I'm now more confused.

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1 hour ago, Never_Enough_Records said:

So does this mean we either order a damaged cover to arrive in the next 2 weeks or a new cover that arrives in January? Just want to be sure. 

It looks like there are some that arrived undamaged. If you make the cut they will ship those. If those sell out you will have to wait until janury when the new undamaged covers get in. 

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Swans is back on the menu, my dudes.

 

https://younggodrecords.com/collections/frontpage/products/what-is-this

 

Not enough info on the new album to create a proper PO thread, but can you order it with the latest handmade / special edition CD.  Limited to 2,500, containing acoustic versions of the new album’s tracks.  Fancy bundle options available to those with some funds to burn.

 

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Hello There!

Some time ago, when I made the decision to disband the most recent line up of Swans, I did so not only with trepidation, but also with a great measure of sadness. This, after all, was the longest lasting grouping of core musicians in the 35 year plus history of Swans, and we made some great work. We were (and remain) friends and collaborated seamlessly as an ensemble. However, a too-comfortable familiarity had taken hold and none of us could see the music surprising us further, so we ditched it, at least for the time being. Following our final performances at Warsaw, in Brooklyn, in November of 2017, after sleeping for what seemed like 6 months, I set about writing new songs for the next version of Swans. I’ve completed about a dozen, and you’ll find 10 of them on the CD we’re releasing as a fundraiser to help with the recording and production costs of the new Swans album. These are as close to the bone as it gets – just my acoustic guitar and voice. Should you delve into this collection, you’ll discover that the material leans heavily towards words (lots of them) and vocals, which I suppose is a natural inclination after 7 years of immersion in music that was so adamantly geared towards long instrumental passages… Though I’m certain these are fine performances here, these are demos, which means that they are skeletal versions intended as a guide for building the songs with other musicians. And build them (and expand them) I will - presumably to my usual excessive degree, though in this case that proclivity won’t be expressed in a musical style similar to the chapter of Swans that recently concluded. That much I know. Just how things will actually end up sounding is another matter. I have lots of thoughts about how the orchestrations should go, but for now they’re still amorphous, and I’m looking forward to diving in with other musicians in the studio and following where the sound we generate leads. As always, I’ll be looking for the unintended. During a recent phone conversation with my friend Bill Rieflin, I expressed my uncertainty about where this record would lead, especially after 7 years of knowing pretty much in advance the timbre and vocabulary that would be used when we (the recent, past version of Swans) played, and Bill said something I’ll employ as a guide for this new chapter: Follow the uncertainty, make that the thing. A person could do worse than to follow the advice of a supreme musical savant like Mr. Rieflin, so I intend to keep his words in my head as we work. Joining me in this slippery quest will be the following:

 

The Necks: (Tony Buck, Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton). This transcendental improv combo will play basic tracks to my guitar part on 2 songs, and the songs will be further orchestrated and sung to thereafter. Tony will also play various instruments on other songs.

 

Kristof Hahn: Stalwart stabber of the sky, recent Swan, and past member of Angels of Light, will play various guitars and lap steel.

 

Larry Mullins: Stellar past Swans and Angels of Light member, will play drums, orchestral percussion, piano, organ, and whatever else seems appropriate.

 

Yoyo Röhm: Yoyo is a Berlin bassist and composer/arranger, and he’ll play double bass and electric bass, and will also lend his considerable arrangement skills to the proceedings and will help in gathering orchestral musicians and additional signature players.

 

Ben Frost: Composer, recording artist, maker-of-sounds and psychic landscapes. I will sit down with Ben once the songs have taken on a shape and I will say OK: What?

 

Anna von Hausswolff and Maria von Hausswolff: Anna is singer, organist, and composer and her sister Maria is a filmmaker who sometimes sings with Anna. Their voices combine wonderfully. They will sing myriad backing vocals on the record.

 

Baby Dee: recording artist, chanteuse extraordinaire, harpist and pianist. I wrote a song specifically for Dee to sing, and she has consented generously to come out of retirement to do so. She’ll also sing backing vocals, as will her friends Fay Christen and Ida Albertje Michels.

 

Jennifer Gira: Sometimes contributor to Swans, professionally arcane. Will contribute backing vocals and critique. She sings the song The Nub on the What is This? CD.

 

Bill Rieflin: Long time honorary Swan and past Angels of Light contributor, currently a member of King Crimson. Bill plays everything. I will sit down with Bill once the songs have taken on a shape and I will say OK: What?

 

Cassis Staudt: Past member of Angels of Light and passionate accordion pumper, she will play on various songs.

 

Thor Harris: Robust recent Swan and past Angels of Light superman, recording artist, percussionist, drummer, torturer of homemade instruments. I will sit down with Thor once the songs have taken on a shape and I will say OK: What?

 

Dana Schechter: Recording artist, past member of Angels of Light, bassist, vocalist, soundscape maker. I will sit down with Dana once the songs have taken on a shape and I will say OK: What?

 

Heather Trost and Jeremy Barnes: Long time purveyors of exotic Eastern European/Balkan/Turkish homemade hoedowns of psychedelic import as A Hawk and a Hacksaw. They sing and play multiple instruments. I will sit down with them once the songs have taken on a shape and I will say OK: What?

 

Norman Westberg, Phil Puleo, Christopher Pravdica, Paul Wallfisch: Heroic recent Swans members, ex-Swans, and Swans again forever. I will sit down with them once the songs have taken on a shape and I will say OK: What?

 

M.Gira will sing and play guitar and produce the record.

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