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Thank you for your interest in the original pressings of Astronaut and Electra. People have lots of questions, so I have created this page to answer them.

Update, Wednesday, June 10 (2015)…
Having received the test pressings for Downward several months ago, I ended up not being 100% satisfied with the sound and am starting over. We are remastering and re-cutting lacquers this week. Sorry for the delay. The next obvious question is will we have them for sale during our august and september touring. I would assume not, due to the amount of time pressing plants need these days to keep up with their workload. But I’ll keep the project moving. Also come see Robbie Fulks and Bobby Bare Jr at my bar Saturday, June 20. We can discuss in person and I’ll buy you a Blatz.

Update, Friday, December 19…
Hello. Some of you who ordered Astronaut records at the end of Nov. have not yet received them. I am working daily to get this resolved. I am having trouble because the current batch I am working on did not flatten out to my satisfaction. They play, but they still do not seem flat enough to ship out. I am flattening more each day and testing another batch tonight. I know you likely want these by Christmas. Please know it is my highest priority right now. Stay tuned…

Update, Tuesday, September 9…
Hi friends. I do have more Astronaut vinyl records to share, but we’re just a little busy right now with a new business venture. I hope to have some records for sale in a few weeks. In the meantime, stop by The Loose Cobra for a tall boy or a nice glass of bourbon!

Update, Sunday, May 25…
Next Hum Astronaut vinyl sale will be Monday, May 26,  12:00 noon, cst. Tell a friend. One per customer. If you already own it, let someone else to the front of the line please. Ebayers take the day off please. Thx.

Update, Sunday, February 23…
Next Hum Astronaut vinyl sale will be this Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m., cst. Come on down.

Update, Sunday, February 16…
Next vinyl sale will be next sunday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m., cst. Astronaut only. Lots of questions about Electra and I am sorry but very few of those left. Looking into a re-issue, if there is any appetite for that…

Update, Tuesday, January 28…
Hi folks. Sorry for the radio silence. I have another batch of Astronaut vinyl ready to go. These will be available at the online store tomorrow night, at 7:00. That’s Wednesday, January 29, at 7:00 p.m. cst. See ya then, and I hope 2014 is treating you ok so far.

Update, Friday, November 15…
Nice job Talbott. Missed my own  record sale. Let’s try this again. Sunday. November 17. 7:00 in the evening, cst. I need help.

Update, Tuesday, November 12…
Next Hum vinyl sale will be in two days, Thursday, November 14, at 8:00 in the eve, Central Time. This will be for Astronaut only. I am hoping to have one more Electra sale but those are near gone and I need to make sure all my immediate family and closest friends have a copy before I let them all go forever. Stay tuned. It’s very likely I’ll have at least one more Electra sale, but, for now, we’ll proceed to continue with another round of Astronauts.

Update, Friday, September 27…
Next Hum vinyl sale will be Sunday, September 29, 9:00 in the eve, Central Time. It’s true.

Update, Sunday, August 25…
It will be a bit before the next round of Hum vinyl records are made available. I have another batch flattened but these are for my bandmates, family, and crew. I am hoping to have another round ready for the public by about Sept. 15. As always, check back here for the latest.

Update, Wednesday, July 3…
Next Hum vinyl sale will be Sunday, July 14, 9:00 in the eve, Central Time.

Update, Friday, June 21…
Most of the records sold June 2 are shipping today. We are running low on flattened Electras so if that’s the record you ordered it may not ship until monday. Hang in there. Check back here early next week for info on the next sale date and time. Thanks and have a great weekend.

Update, Tuesday, June 18…
All records sold June 1 have shipped. Those sold on June 2 are still shipping. Should have those all out in next day or two. We are a little behind in getting the next batch ready, so look for another sale early or middle part of next week. Thanks!

Update, Tuesday, June 4…
Just want everyone to know that the reason I am releasing these only a few dozen at a time is that there is a ton of labor involved in getting them ready. Each record has to be flattened and checked for playability. That takes like 4 hrs per record! So if you are a little frustrated by the process, imagine yourself standing next to a waffle iron for the next 8 months.

Update, Tuesday, June 4…
Will be shipping out the last round of records over the next 7 days. We’ll make available another 30 or so of each record in about 10 days. Also, a friendly reminder that if you have already purchased one of the records please do not come back to purchase a 2nd copy of it. That just denies someone else the chance to own it.

Update, Sunday evening, June 2, 8:25 cst…
Sorry folks. I was delayed at the studio this evening and missed my own 8:00 deadline. Will thus make some records available at 9:00 tonight! So sorry for any inconvenience!

Update, Friday, May 31…
Let’s do this! Will make some vinyl records available at the store tomorrow (saturday) morning and sunday evening. (As in, June 1 and June 2.) Saturday morning’s sale will start at 9:00 a.m. central time. Sunday evening’s sale will be at 8:00 p.m. central time. I have about 60 of each record flattened and packaged up, so we’ll do 30/per at each sale. See ya then, and have a great weekend! (Don’t forget: If you have already successfully purchased a particular record, please do NOT purchase a second copy. We want for as many people to get access to these records as possible, right? Be nice. Ebayers are kindly asked to leave us alone.)

Update, Friday, May 17…
Sorry for the radio silence. Been too busy with teaching and studio to continue the distro of the vinyl records. But, getting caught up on things and have another 50 of each flattened and ready to go! I’ll make these available sometime toward the end of next week. Stay tuned, and thanks to everyone for being so patient and kind. Have a great day and wonderful weekend!

Update, Tuesday, April 16…
I will have another round of 50 each of Electra and Astronaut made available sometime on Sunday or perhaps early next week. Depends on my studio work schedule. Stay tuned and check back often for details. Thanks!

Update, Saturday, March 30…
Orders from round two (sunday, March 24) are shipping today through wednesday. After those are all shipped I’ll post here for the next opportunity to purchase. Again, another 50 or so of each record will be available. Happy Easter!

Update, Sunday, March 24…
Just finished the most recent round. They went quickly but there was a snag at the very end where my paypal freaked out and quit taking orders. Turns out that I exceeded the number of orders paypal would allow without me adding more personal/corporate tax info. Luckily, we got through very nearly the entire pile before this occurred. So orders of any kind are suspended until I can get this cleaned up, which won’t be until tomorrow, as I need access to info I do not have here at my home. Fuck me. Always something. Sorry for the inconvenience folks!

Update, Sunday, March 24…
Still planning on making 40 or 50 of each record available at 7:00 tonight. Unless I get all loaded and forget. Stay on target, and Go Illini! (Please note that it will take me at least a week, more like 10 days probably, to process all of the orders I receive tonight. So stay cool.) You all know the rules. Play nice!

Update, Friday, March 22…
Took me most of the week to plow through all of the shipping. Thanks for hanging in there. The last few orders from this first round of vinyl (plus any shirt, cd, or poster orders placed in past few weeks) are going out today and Monday. Since I am finally/almost caught up, I’m ready to take some more vinyl orders. So let’s do Sunday night (March 24), 7:00 in the evening, central time. As before, I will only have about 50 of each record available. Anyone who has successfully ordered one of the records is kindly asked to let others to the front of the line for that particular record. In other words, if you have already purchased an Electra, then please don’t come back and buy another. Let someone else have the opportunity. And no way to police this, but if you are purchasing just so you can resell on ebay, well, then you are a douche. Which is fine I guess.

Update, Friday, March 15…
Believe it or don’t: I am actually shipping records now! This whole deal is a major process, so please remain patient. I am having to flatten pretty much every single record. Really, really time consuming. But the results make it worth it. The records play great, sound great, and, considering their age, they look great. Jay’s posters are awesome, and, once I finally put the whole thing together, I felt really confident that this is indeed a wonderful piece for our fans. I am double checking each record for playability right before shipping, and so far they all play fine on my Rega turntable.

The entirety of the first round of orders will ship tomorrow through monday. Then I’ll flatten another 100 records and when those are ready I’ll make them available here. So please check back here monday or tuesday for an update. I will, at that time, reveal the next date for taking orders. Much, much thanks to all of you.

Update, Tues., March 5…
By the way, I am going to insist that those who have successfully purchased stay out of subsequent rounds as it relates to specific records. I think we all get it. Ok to order a different record second time around, but I will not, for example, ship a second Electra record to someone who already successfully purchased the same first time around. Let’s all play nice.

Update, Tues., March 5…
I’ll be getting posters this Friday and will then ship out the first batch of sets. Since I do not yet have the first round of items shipped, I don’t want to take any more orders. So give me a minute to get the posters, process the first round, and then I’ll make a bunch more available. In other words, I WILL NOT be taking orders wed. night. Stay tuned. It will all work out. I have next week off from work so hopefully this fiasco/clusterfuck/whatever-you-wanna-call-it will be all wrapped up soon.

Update, Friday, March 1, 9:13 a.m…
I’m gonna hit the showers. Dibiase will be here in a few to do some guitar work for their upcoming Earth Analog Records vinyl release. I want to look my best. We’re recording to tape, mixing to tape, and then cutting our lacquers from tape, creating an entirely analog artifact. Tomorrow the studio welcomes engineer Kurt Ballou and Chicago natives Sweet Cobra. Busy.

Update: Friday, March 1, 9:04 a.m…
The first batch of 50 of each album has sold out. Thanks so much to all of you. These will ship whenever the posters become available. I would assume in about 7 days. I will put up another batch of 50/each for sale next week, maybe Wednesday the 6th, in the evening. So if you missed out today, please don’t be discouraged.

Update: Thursday, Feb. 28…
ONE PER CUSTOMER, btw. No hoarding will be permitted. I will NOT sell more than one copy of each record to any one customer. Buying multiple copies in order to resell on ebay is so not in the spirit of this whole thing. You may have the best of intentions of buying multiples for gifts or something like that, but I can’t allow it, for obvious reasons.

Update: Thursday, Feb. 28…
So spoke with Jay yesterday and posters are not quite done. I think he’s obsessing over some details because he is so into the project. Anyway, two ways we could do this. One, I could postpone my taking of any orders until I have actual posters to show you. Or, two, I can go ahead and take some orders tomorrow (friday, at 9:00 in the morning CST) as promised, and then just ship them once I have the posters. I am going with options “2″, because I think if I delay any further some peoples’s heads are gonna x-plode. That means that, in addition to purchasing an album, you are buying a poster you have not even seen yet. Due to the quality of Jay’s work, I am pretty sure that’s a risk we’d all happily assume. Of course, if you prefer to wait, then do. I’m going to sell 50 of each tomorrow (electra and astronaut) and then I’ll sell another 50 or so the following week. Check back for more late breaking news. Try and keep emails to a minimum. I am super busy in my studio and with this project here and am pretty close to blowing an o-ring. Deep breaths everyone. Me included.

Update: Monday, Feb. 25…
Yesterday I referenced these items becoming available for order at 9:00 on Friday morning, March 1st. That’s Central Time, folks. Sorry for the confusion. I also mention that I will ship on the same day. That likely ain’t true. These will likely ship early the following week. Appreciate your patience and understanding that this is a one man clown car. Also, to purchase, you’ll just click on “store” and, well, you know what to do from there. – mt

Here’s the facts, as I know them, on Sunday, Feb. 24…

What I got:
* These records are all from their respective original, first pressing. I acquired them about 8 years ago from 12-Inch/Cargo when there was no real market for them and no practical way for me to distribute directly to our fans.
* Being nearly 20 years old, the records, and their jackets, are in good, but not perfect condition. I want to be perfectly up-front about this so you know EXACTLY what you are buying, should you choose to purchase.
* I am opening each record and making sure it will play ok on a decent turntable. Any record which does not perform well gets flattened using a device I purchased called the Vinyl Flat. It’s safe for the record and, in all cases so far, it’s worked. (Thank you to the nice folks at Vinyl Flat for loaning me a second one of these to help speed up the process!)
* The covers, having been shrink-wrapped all these years, are virtually void of any imperfections as it relates to scratches, tears, or any fading. However, in most cases, you can see the imprint of the album pressed into the jacket. So there will be a visible round, raised circle in the jacket. Also, in some cases, the poster inside will have an imperfection where the spindle hole in the center of the record has pressed against the poster. If any of these issues are a deal-breaker for you, please do not purchase!! (I will be posting pictures here when I get a chance so you can see exactly the nature of any imperfections to these records.)
* I am sure you wish these were in perfect, as-new condition. I do too. But they ain’t so little I can do other than inspect each one individually, flatten as needed, and be as honest as I can about their condition. When I began, earlier this year, coming up with a creative way to get these to our fans, I had intended to pair with a new re-pressing. However, since Sony issued the license to SRC, without telling me and in violation of our contract with them, I was denied that opportunity.
* Quantities are somewhat limited, particularly as it relates to Electra (at about 125). I have Astronaut in fairly large quantity, enough to meet all immediate demand by my reckoning. (The translucent green ones might be in very limited quantity, however. Really don’t know. I am going through every single record and have only found a few. I can’t comment further on that at this point, as I really don’t know the quantities. Please do not email me asking for preferential treatment as it relates to the green copies. I have no further data on that right now.)

If, after reading all that, you still wanna buy one:
* Each record is individually inspected for playability and then re-bagged and paired with a completely exclusive 12″ x 12″ Jay Ryan re-imagining of the cover. These are being sold only as sets (meaning one record and one poster) and the cost of each set is $35. The posters will only be made available to folks who buy the vinyl. I will not be selling the posters as stand-alone items on my site.
* I hope you are ok with the pricing. I know it’s a lot of dough. I have tried to strike a balance between the fact that these ain’t in perfect shape, but they are in very good shape, and they are in limited quantity and highly collectable, and that individual used copies go for way more than that, and the exclusive poster makes it really cool, etc. I’m sure some people think it’s a great price for what it is (have had many people tell me that), and others feel it’s not enough (have had many people tell me that), and others that it’s too much (no one has told me that but they might have told someone else or thought it privately). Please know that I’ve done my best to make it fair. I am not trying to hold these copies hostage. When you purchase you are directly supporting the label and making it possible for us to do more cool things for other bands. You have my most sincere thanks for being interested in this project. To be honest, it’s been less than fun figuring it all out while also dealing with the disappointment of having Astronaut re-pressed, re-packaged and re-issued without our involvement. I had some pretty awesome plans for that whole deal and was looking forward to putting my energies into it.

And when-the-fuck are these things finally going to be available?
* Because there is a lot of labor and time involved in opening each one, inspecting, flattening, etc, it is taking me awhile to get through them. It is my hope to have about 40 or 50 copies of each ready to go this friday morning, March 1, at 9:00. I’ll take orders until that supply is exhausted and then ship them that day. And then I’ll hope to have another pile a few days after that. We’ll keep it rolling until they’re gone. I’m going to ask everyone to not panic and please form a single file line. It ain’t that big of a deal. It’s not like I’m selling slightly discounted LCD tvs the day after Thanksgiving.

mt