We just got word from Skafish central that the wheels are turning for the DLX RM on LP of the debut Sakfish album will be happening in roughly a month. You may remember the months long saga that told the tale of how Jim Skafish won back his masters from I.R.S. Records [or whoever owns them in today’s hellscape] and finally made the CD we’d all been waiting for last year. In this inverted landscape of vinyl primacy, making a numbered, signed LP in an edition of 500 makes some kind of business sense. I’m betting that this will raise Skafish’s artistic profile in ways that the CD simply couldn’t. To that end, here’s the full skinny.
On May 7th, the newly minted “Skafish” LP will be ready for shipment from the artist’s Bandcamp store. The LP will include the amazing bonus track, “Sink Or Swim” that the CD added to the original running order, technically in between sides one and two, in the same place it is on the CD.
Skafish: Skafish DLX RM – US – LP 
- Joan Fan Club
- Maybe One Time
- Obsessions Of You
- We’ll See A Psychiatrist
- Romantic Lessons
- Sink Or Swim
- Work Song
- Guardian Angel
- Disgracing The Family Name
- No Liberation Here
- Take It Out On You
Not to worry audiophiles, because the total run time of the LP is still a reasonable 40+ minutes. The pressing is deluxe with red vinyl in 180g with a full color inner sleeve with complete lyrics, and each copy is signed and numbered by the artist. It’s also encouraging that this disc surmounts one of my biggest “problems” with neovinyl in that this wasn’t pressed by proles in the darkest bowels of the former Eastern Bloc. Nossir, this LP was pressed by Bronzed American Workers® at Chicago’s Smashed Plastic Pressing! That’s right. Skafish has upped the ante to incorporate artisanal, locally-sourced vinyl for this release. He’s keeping the money in the local economy. Sample, please!
And if you buy vinyl for the look of it, the album comes complete with a lossless download of the music. If you want one of these, it’ll set you back $40, American. I already have the original pressing and the modern CD, so my tale endeth there, but your mileage may vary. If you’ve an interest in hearing a singular work of uncompromising musical art and this LP sounds good to you, then click that button below.
This posting marks the 2000th blogpost on Post-Punk Monk in the [checks archives] the almost 10 years of diligent [and sometimes not so diligent] blogging that I began on June 24, 2010. It was a simpler, carefree time then of the early 21st century which had begun under a merely dark cloud of terrorism that quickly descended into an even darker time of endless wars and now have bottomed out into abject racism, insensate hyper-nationalism, existential climate threat, truculent thugs holding the reins of power worldwide, and now rampant pestilence. Soon to be followed by worldwide economic collapse. In the 80s we only worried about an itchy finger on The Button that might happen. Now, we have a whole smogasbord of destruction vying for the top of the queue of tribulation that can easily wipe out human society without much effort on our part at all.
And yet, we manage to post an average of 200 articles per year that have a reach to anyone who also has an interest in the fascinating subculture of unpopular “pop music” from roughly 1978-1985. We have dialogues and discussions here that are civil and hopefully interesting to those beyond myself. I have had the occasion to meet, both virtually and in the flesh, some of the fine voices that manifest here in the zesty threads of comment that make it all worth while for me. I wish for nothing more than to discuss these discs with anyone who might listen and that’s as fine an undertaking as I can imagine having in these trying times. Join us here at PPM for [hopefully] another 2000 posts in the coming decade…if we’re still here to read it.