The Weekly Music Thread Admires Its Package. Jan. 10, 2019

Let’s discuss any and all music here. You’ve got a new artist who’s rocking your boat that you want to talk about? Post a video! Found out about that unearthed Coltrane album that has the jazz freak in you losing your mind? Lay it out for us! Do you have a theory about what your favorite band might do for their next album? Let’s hear it! Anything and everything music-related goes here, but do please remember to also pay attention to the more niche threads; if your post would either fit better or equally well in one of them, please post it there as well. I absolutely do not want to steal traffic from those threads.

This week’s prompt: A different kind of cover.

What record has the best physical presentation? What’s your flavor of presentation? Sincere or gimmicky? Unappetizing or beautiful? Minimal or sumptuous?

One of the favorites here at Moon! Base Alpha is Barnes & Barnes’ Fish Heads.

Just look at that thing! That fish head there… It’s the record. Not a 12″, not quite a 7″ but to my eyes, it’s lovely. And it has what is probably the first song I can remember loving absolutely. And I found it on the island of Maui on my honeymoon. All of these things make this a truly lovely package.

Another favorite is the super deluxe reissue of Slint’s Spiderland, shown in the header. It’s a record that gets regular play at the Moon! Base. It’s highly regarded as a post-rock cornerstone. The deluxe edition comes with a well done remaster of the album, two LPs of outtakes and demos, both of these on CDs for your ripping convenience, a DVD of Breadcrumb Trail, a documentary on the band directed by Lance Bangs, and a 104 page 12×12″ book filled with lyrics, remembrances and photographs, all in a heavy cardboard box. It’s a lovely package and worth every penny.

Tell us what you like in a package and what packages you love. And as always, rock out with yer guac out!