Big ups to Scott Williams for motivating my quick action in order to get one of these—there are allegedly only 700 in existence! But oh the joy of coming home from my afternoon walk with The Kid and finding the peculiar brown package containing Big Blood's new Dead Songs LP thoughtfully concealed under the doormat by the mailman. In all honesty, I don't believe I'd been as excited for mail since my days of fanzine editorship, during which time the arrival of peculiar brown packages was commonplace, but regarded as something of a religious event.
I'm no collector geek, but the folks at Time Lag Records certainly went out of their way to fire off the vinyl fetishist synapses in my brain. This sucker is pressed on gagillion gram black vinyl and comes in what seems to be a hand-crafted heavy stock gatefold sleeve. I haven't yet listened to the whole thing enough times to declare an overall impression here, but Scott, ever the tastemaker that he is, quickly identified "The Archivist and the Archeologist" as a singularly spine-tingling selection, and one which is certainly on par with Big Blood's most commanding efforts—up until now, most commonly heard as digital downloads only. Here's a link to check out Scott playing that song on the radio. Yowza.