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Unboxing the “…And Star Power” Cassette

I managed to grab the cassette for “…And Star Power” at yesterday’s Cassette Store Day event, and while I still haven’t been able to find something to play it on, I did want to share some pics of the presentation. I certainly don’t remember tapes looking this cool when I was a kid:

The liner notes are fascinating — in addition to IDing where the guest starts appear, there are lots of interesting tidbits about making the album that are sprinkled throughout. Though I am looking forward to being able to read the notes a bit better when the larger-format releases arrive…

Studio Version of Cosmic Vibrations Released

Tim Heidecker (of all people) broke the news this morning that the studio version of Cosmic Vibrations has been released — listen to it below:

Fun to hear how this one has evolved over the past year+, as it’s had the most varied history of any of the songs from their live set that are going to be on the new album. The oldest version was created in a 1-hour studio session in the fall of 2012:

That was followed by my favorite rendition, played at the 3voor12 session in December of 2012 (starts at the 7:09 mark):

And in June of 2013, they played an acoustic version at the tail end of an interview Studio 360: