Shipping Update (w/videos) + Public Release Tonight!
First of all I just want to say a gigantic thank you to everyone who took the time to listen to "The Near Future" this weekend and message us or post about it. Hearing that you guys are listening and understanding the album makes this whole insane journey 100% worth it, and we are completely over the moon about the entire thing, it's completely nuts to me that the public release is tonight at midnight central time!
That said, I realize that the physical records have not been arriving as quickly as we had hoped, so I wanted to give you the full update on exactly how they were shipped so that you have all the info:
The records heading to US destinations went via Media Mail, which is a great way to send records and books since they qualify for a special flat rate, however the downside is that Media Mail typically takes 2-9 business days to arrive, and doesn't come with tracking. Plus, since it's December, the postal service basically says that everything will move slower due to the holiday season.
I know that some people have received their records already, and I'm hoping that the majority of the shipments should arrive this week, but I wanted to give you the full story so that you don't think your record was lost in the mail if it hasn't arrived yet.
Also, as I said before, we sent these out Address Service Requested, so if your record is returned to us we'll contact you for an updated address and get it sent back out to you.
International packages went via First Class Mail International, and delivery time will vary widely depending on the destination country.
The final piece of the puzzle is that the records began shipping last Monday 12/1, however due to the large nature and number of boxes, the shipping actually happened throughout the week in stages, which added a couple of days delay for some of the records.
And believe me, it was an undertaking! Here's a video tour of the process:
1- The records arrived on 6 gigantic pallets from Gotta Groove records where they were pressed, here's the smallest one: (most were twice this size)
2- The boxes were all opened up, and the records individually packed with a signed Certificate of Authenticity and a sheet of bubble wrap: (the mailing house said we would be OK without the bubble wrap but we didn't want to take any chances with these babies)
3- The mailing house ran our data file through the USPS database to update any addresses that were missed, then printed, cut and labeled over 3000 boxes
4- Did we mention there were literally thousands of boxes?
5- The boxes were then sorted, bagged, and delivered to the Post Office, here's one pallet of them:
A huge thank you to Judy's Mailing Service who got these turned around incredibly fast under the circumstances. We dropped off six giant pallets an hour before they closed, and by the next business day thousands of them were winging their way towards soon-to-be-happy Kickstarter backers. As you can see, it was no small feat!