Late last night on November 14, 2017, the Australian psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard announced they were releasing all manufacturing rights to their forthcoming album 'Polygondwanaland' to the public. As huge fans of both King Gizzard and vinyl, we knew what we had to do...
Wait, WHAT did King Gizzard do??
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are arguably the best band doing psychedelic rock today. The other night they announced their new album, 'Polygondwanaland' -- but there was a twist. We, the fans, own the album, not them. They're encouraging people to create their own CDs and vinyl, and they would release the art and music files to do so. Their full statement can be found here.
As I, Matt from TOO MANY RECORDS, am a big fan of the band, I knew we had to do something! I immediately reached out to Brandon and the deluxe-record-packaging gurus at VINYL MOON to team up on a release! After some quick brainstorming (and heavy air-guitar to their new-single “Crumbling Castle” above….) we decided to team up on a deluxe, awesome, collectible edition of the record, with all profits going to charity.
Read on for the what and the why of it all…
- Matt Kessler, Too Many Records
P.S. Now that Matt has turned me on to King Gizzard I've been jamming them all day and I'm so excited to be a part of making these records!
- Brandon Bogajewicz, VINYL MOON
Polygondwanaland track list
- 1. Crumbling Castle
- 2. Polygondwanaland
- 3. The Castle in the Air
- 4. Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet
- 5. Inner Cell
- 6. Loyalty
- 7. Horology
- 8. Tetrachromacy
- 9. Searching…
- 10. The Fourth Colour
'Polygondwanaland' Vinyl Details
As collectors and fans, we want this record to be as high quality as possible. King Gizzard is known for multiple variants for their albums, as well as quality audio and unique physical touches. We want to honor them, so we have multiple tiers you can pick from. All records will come on 140 gram vinyl with a tip-on gatefold jacket so that they feel as awesome as they look.
- Gatefold Tip-On style jacket
- Multi-page booklet of artwork from the release, including thank you page with each backers name.*
- 2 hidden locked groove** "tracks" from backers here. (Exclusive to this release!)
* Both music & multiple artwork files will be released from the band on Friday 11/17 and we will use the artwork to design the gatefold jacket & create the deluxe booklet insert.
Gatefold Tip-On Jacket
The packaging of a record adds to the artistic aspect of the piece, so it matters a lot to us. We sourced the highest quality Tip-On record jackets in the record industry, with 30pt chipboard cores. EVERY VERSION of this release will be housed in one of these sturdy, deluxe jackets.
A Tip-On jacket is an old style record jacket that is hand glued. The term tip-on, refers to the folded seams on the paper. The printing is done on a piece of paper which is then glued to heavy board stock. The effect over standard direct to board jackets, for most record collectors, is similar to the differences between a hardback and paperback book.
If you've ever held an old Beatles, Dylan, or Bowie record from the 60s -- you've held a Tip-On jacket. It was the original way that record jackets were created, and still one of the finest.
Liquid-Filled Full Length 12” LP of Polygondwanaland
These liquid filled records (yes, actually filled with liquid...) are hand made by renowned vinyl magician (& musician) Richard Houghton. Richard, also known as Bloomypetal and a member of A Cosmic Gift, has been experimenting with records for years, and he has mastered a liquid filled record process that retains exceptional quality & durability. These will be hand numbered and packaged in the same deluxe packaging as the other variants. Limited to 20 total.
Locked Groove Notes
Locked groove tracks will be separate from the music. Out of respect for the musical recordings, each side of music will finish in its own silent locked groove. The "hidden" locked grooves will be separate grooves even further inside the record. The needle will need to picked up and placed in that "hidden" locked groove to play it.
NOTE: Locked groove recordings must be submitted to us by Friday 11/17 at midnight PST and are pending approval for content. No swearing and no terrible noises please. Do King Gizzard (and your mom) proud!
- Teal Vinyl - Limited to 400 (Teal is the color of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month ribbon.)
- DELUXE: Wizard Blob Splatter - Hand numbered and limited to 100
- ROYAL DELUXE: Wax Mage “Nebula” - Hand numbered and limited to 25
- Liquid-Filled Full Length 12” LP - Hand numbered and limited to 20.
Who is VINYL MOON?
VINYL MOON began its thrilling life as a hugely successful Kickstarter (!) in 2015 and has been releasing quality deluxe records every month since.
VINYL MOON creates an immersive music experience by curating a mix of new songs by emerging musical artists, pressing them on limited edition vinyl, and packaging them in original artwork record jackets. We’re creating a community of music junkies who love quality records, discovering new music, brain-bending artwork, and a bit of surprise.
Feast your eyeballs on some of the examples of VINYL MOON’s dedication to deluxe quality records & packaging.
Who is Too Many Records?
Too Many Records is a pillar of the online vinyl community and has been a popular YouTube channel hosted by Matt Kessler that is dedicated to vinyl records and their infinite allure. He has been sharing vinyl related stories, reviews, recommendations, and oddities, with a growing community of like-minded vinyl fans since 2015. Matt’s passion for vinyl goes far beyond his collection of nearly 2000 LPs. He lives and breathes music and jumps at any chance to share a great band or record with the vinyl community.
Why donate 100% of profits to charity?
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have done a special thing by donating this album to their fans and we want to do a special thing to celebrate that. We didn’t make this music so it doesn’t feel right for us to profit off of it.
We talked about what we wanted to do with any “profits” from this pressing and quickly realized that we both wanted to focus on supporting sexual violence awareness. With everything going on in the media/world right now, a real, genuine conversation about sexual abuse is finally being had and we want to encourage and support it. In an effort to further the cause, we pledge to donate 100% of profits from this vinyl pressing to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.
Thanks for reading, rocking, and supporting!
Risks and challenges
VINYL MOON has years of experience in pressing records and shipping them around the world. If the band keeps their word and releases the files, we will make this happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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