Something Special for Close Personal Friends of Al

I’m really upset with Pledgemusic because they know so very well that every few months, they shoot me an email saying, “Hey! Remember that thing you love? From way back in the day? Well check this sh*t out!” 

Pledgemusic is a direct-to-fan music platform, and their sole focus is raising funds for musicians. They don’t get their grubby hands into ownership or rights over the content, they encourage artists to contribute to charities as part of their projects, work with artists to offer all sorts of exclusive content to pledgers, and is accessible internationally to unite fans worldwide toward the creation of wonderful and unique musical items for the most rabid of a band’s fanatical followers.

Presently en route to my home is the Orb’s Further Adventures Live 2016 25th Anniversary DVD+3LP box set, which was my first encounter with Pledgemusic. But today, they popped up in my email saying… “Psssssst! Look at the thing!”

Now available for pre-order is something special for Close Personal Friends of Al Yankovic. Having grown up with every Al album from his self-titled debut to the present, my nerdcore childhood would never have been the same without him. And to celebrate his discography and 34 years of mandatory fun, Pledge has pulled out all the stops and created the ultimate Al treasure.

SQUEEZE BOX, as it is titled, contains all 14 studio albums plus a bonus Medium Rarities album of demos and rare tracks. All albums have been remastered and pressed on 150-gram vinyl. The set also includes a 100-page collector’s book of rare photos and memorabilia.

It is available in multiple levels of insanity, the highest of which includes a signed test pressing of your choice of any one of the original 14 studio albums, a Zoetrope-animated  turntable mat, retro-style “WEIRD Al” pennant, a magnetic build-your-own-Al, Commemorative t-shirt, and a CUSTOM PAIR OF WEIRD AL SOCKS!

And for $1500 they’ll ship you a signed test press of every one of the albums in the collection… though all 27 copies quickly sold out.

And, oh yeah, the entire set is packaged in a custom-created replica of Al’s signature accordion!

Shut up and take my money.

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I had this Sunday off so I took a trip to a neighborhood filled with antique shops and spent the better part of the day digging for treasure.

Found a late 70s Meters LP, but I prefer their pre-disco stuff.

Took home a “Weird Al” 7inch w picture sleeve – the song, “This is the Life” which he wrote for the classic comedy, Johnny Dangerously.

Weird Al - This is the Life

Visited a few junktique shacks and found a fun item at an estate sale just as they were closing up.

SS2 Book and Record

This was the second Sesame Street album released.  I have Book and Record #1, so I was happy to find the follow up.  This album was also released as a box set with stickers, but I don’t imagine it turns up very often.

The album features a number of my favorite classic Sesame Street songs, including two tracks that appear on Grover Sings the Blues, which I’d been looking for.

Someday I’d like to get my hands on the original 14 volume Sesame Street Treasury complete with Big Bird book holder that I had as a child, but not just yet – I’d have no place to put it.

IN OTHER NEWS – I’ve just completed my latest audio archival project!

Over the years I’ve collected a ton of Soul Coughing and Mike Doughty unreleased/live/rare/b-side material from various sources.  This past week I decided it was time to overhaul the folders.  I tracked down the original sources again and re-downloaded all the files at lossless CD quality.

Then, as none of the files had any ID3 track info (no song titles, artists, etc.) I manually entered in 550 tracks worth of information based on set lists from the live shows.

Finally, I organized the files, saved recording source information with each set and created a .torrent so that Soul Coughing/Doughty fans everywhere can enjoy it.

(Mike Doughty has commented on numerous occasions that he is cool with tape trading, as long as the shows are recorded directly from the soundboard.)

If you’ve already got all the SC+Doughty albums and are hungry for more, pick up the rarities collection here.

Soul Coughing

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