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On the Stereo: Tom Waits 'Orphans' 7xLP Box Set

Posted by: on Dec 6, 2009 | Comments (0)

My scale says it weighs 8 1/2 lbs.

Seven LPs, 180-gram each, separate jackets. Huge 32-page booklet. Bonus disc with six extra songs not on the CD version, including the OG “Diamond In Your Mind,” Fats Waller’s “Crazy ‘Bout My Baby” and Kurt Weill’s “Cannon Song.” Canvas-wrapped box, Anthology of American Folk Music-style, with embossed spine. The thing is beautiful.

I was plenty excited when the CD version of Tom Waits’ Orphans came out, but this is on some other shit entirely. ANTI- is being vague about exactly how limited it is, but I’d pick one up while you have the chance. It officially comes out Tuesday, Dec. 8. IMPORTANT: there’s been a couple early reports about some sets missing an LP, or with two copies of the same LP, so check it out thoroughly after you buy it. As if you wouldn’t anyway.

Pen & Pixel: Doin’ Thangs

Posted by: on Feb 25, 2009 | Comments (2)

This is good for a million laughs: The glory days of ridiculous rap album cover art, recounted in Legacy Document’s look back at the finer moments of Pen & Pixel.

Pen & Pixel was the graphic “design” outfit responsible for the most preposterous Photoshop jobs in the history of the music industry, most notably on CD art by Mystikal and and the rest of the No Limit label. As previously discussed, I’m a huge fan of Master P’s Ghetto Postage, but Aesop over at Legacy Document has unearthed some true gems of absurdity.

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