Ribbon- IRL!

WE JUST GOT THE BEST NEWS THAT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! The graphic novels have FINALLY shipped to us. Right now, it’s just the paperback, but the hardcover should be here very, very soon.

In the meantime, Count Your Lucky Stars Records and Topshelf Records will begin shipping them out ASAP. We are planning on doing something special for you all for being super patient and putting up with the super long wait next week. YAY! Look for the novels going out in the next week.

In the meantime, see you at THE FEST? We play Sunday at 11:40 PM at the Boca Fiesta!

Ribbon Update!

BIG UPDATE ON THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: First of all, let us apologize about the long wait for the “Ribbon”. We certainly never expected to run into so many delays and we know you have all been patiently waiting. WE HAVE THE BEST NEWS- WE HAVE A SHIPPING DATE FINALLY!

The printing plant making them has let us know that they will be finished and shipping to us the week of the 13th for the paperback and the 27th for the hardcover. That’s just a little over a week! As soon as they get to us, we will start shipping them out to you. Keep in mind that it will still take time for them to ship the novels to us before we can ship them to you.

TL;DR: “Ribbon” finishes production from the plant and will be shipped to us the week of the 13th and 27th. They will ship to us and we will ship them to you ASAP.

Order status questions!

Ok, here is a order status update on your items that you have ordered from either Count Your Lucky Stars Records or Topshelf Records:

- If you ordered an Picnic shirt, Monster Shirt, or Chrono Trigger shirt from CYLS, those are now in and shipping if the rest of the order can be fulfilled. The “You Will Eventually Be Forgotten “CDs are in and the second press for the LP is still on time and scheduled for early October. So is the third pressing of “When the Sea Became a Giant”.

- IF YOU HAVE ORDERED AN EMPIRE! EMPIRE! GRAPHIC NOVEL: This obviously is taking a lot longer than anticipated, and we are very sorry for that. We have run into a lot of unexpected problems and we would have never have thought these would take so long to get to us. But rest assured that this delay is for good reason and that, in the end, you are going to get the best product we could put out there and will be well worth the wait. We are anticipating these to be sent to us and out to you in approximately 2-3 weeks, which we know is not what everyone wants to hear. Our hands are tied and we just have to wait at this point. We will keep you updated and as new information comes in, we will pass that to you. In the meantime, if you have not gotten your download from your pre-order, please email either CYLS or Topshelf and they will make sure you are taken care of. Again, sorry for the delay. We want this as much as you do.

Winners of the Title Contest!

Wow, that took longer than I thought! Thanks for all the entries for the “Title Contest”, we had a blast going through all of them. Happy to say we had a lot of good entries. The winning number of references guessed was 35 out of the 45 possible correct answers. It was actually a 3-way tie for first, so we went to number of original correct answers for a tie-breaker. 

Here are the winners of the contest, in order:

1) Charlene Martin
2) Anna Marukhnyak
3) Belle Noonan

Charlene will choose her prize, then Anna, then Belle. We will be e-mailing all three of you with your prize choices/contact info. The prize choices are:

Package #1: Test pressing of “You Will Eventually Be Forgotten”
Package #2: Test pressing of “What It Takes to Move Forward”
Package #3: Signed copies of “On Time Spent Waiting”, and the Rika, Arrows, and CYLS #1 and #2 split.

Thanks again to everyone who entered. To satisfy your curiosity or find out what answers you didn’t know, here is a list of all the song titles/references in our discography:

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)- Entire Discography

66 Songs (including 2 alternate versions!)

45 References

When the Sea Became a Giant (1/16/2007)- Original

1. Our Love Has Made Us Pariahs- Original

2. You Have to Believe That Life is More Than the Sum of its Parts, Kiddo- The United States of Leland

3. Lilly, I Have Something Important to Tell You- Found on a comment box from a random Myspace profile

4. They Will Throw Us to the Wolves- Original (Twist on common idiom)

5. K.O. K.O. (The Most of My Worries Are the Least of Your Concerns)- Original

Bonus track of vinyl reissue (6/18/2013)

6. Make Me Young, Make Me Young, Make Me Young, Make Me Young- Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions


Year of the Rabbit (2/19/2008)- Original

1. Year of the Rabbit- Original

2. Idk, My Bff- Jill Cingular commercial


Summer Tour EP 2009 (8/11/2009)- Original

1. How to Stay Afloat In A Sea of Change- Original (Actually taken from an essay/assignment I wrote in grad school)


Title It Yourself Compilation (9/15/2009)

1. Jacob’s Song- Original (For Jacob Schoberg)


What It Takes to Move Forward (9/29/2009)- Original

1. How to Make Love Stay- Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

2. Keep What You Have Built Up Here-Original

3. What Safe Means- Veronica Fitzpatrick, What Safe Means

4.It Happened Because You Left- LOST (Season 5 Episode 1) (Quote from Ben)

5. Rally the Troops! Poke Holes In Their Defenses! Line Our Coffers With Their Coffins!- Original

6. It’s a Plague, and You’re Invited- Original

7. Everything Is Connected and Everything Matters (A Temporary Solution to a Permanent Problem)- First part is from I Heart Huckabees, second part original

8. The Next Step to Regaining Control- Original

9. With Your Greatest Fears Realized, You Will Not Be Comforted- Original

10. I Am a Snail, and You Are a Pace I Cannot Match- Original

11. An Idea Is a Greater Monument Than a Cathedral- Inherit the Wind

Bonus Tracks [Vinyl/Cassette/Stiff Slack Japanese Import]:

12. It Was Your Heart That Saved You- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

13. Actually, I’m Just Wearing Your Glasses- Perry Bible Fellowship Q.P. Inc.

14. So How Many Points Do You Have ’till You Gain, You Know, the Ultimate Power?- Original

15. Archival Footage- Original


Early Discography (8/24/2010)- Original

1. I knew this because as I drove, the hole that was me and my life was getting smaller and smaller and was being filled with New Hampshire, or maybe it was the idea of New Hampshire, but who cares, as long as it was filling up the hole- Brock Clarke, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England


Football, etc. split  (12/15/2009)

1. Documenting Thirty Days- Homage to photo series by Scott Irvine


Into It. Over It. split (10/12/2010)

1. If We Had Found You Any Later, You Would Have Drowned- The Legend of Ghost Lion (Nintendo PRG)


The Clippers/Grown-Ups split [2011 CYLS/Topshelf SXSW Promo] (3/8/2011)

1. What Had Taken Years to Put Together Was Destroyed in One Moment- Illusion of Gaia (Super Nintendo RPG)


Middle Discography (7/12/2011)- Original

1. Girls Will Not Frighten the Frost from the Grave- Robert Lowell, For John Berryman


Home After Three Months Away (7/12/2011)- Robert Lowell, Home After Three Months Away

1.The Loneliness Inside Me Is a Place- Robert Lowell, Eating Out Alone

2. Water- Robert Lowell, Water

3. Everything Rests on Your Small Shoulders- Robert Lowell

4. I Swim like a Minnow- Robert Lowell, Fall 1961


On Time Spent Waiting, or Placing the Weight of the World on the Shoulders of Those You Love the Most (10/11/2011)- Original

1. The Only One Who Could Ever Reach You- Original

2. Everything Familiar Has Disappeared! The World Looks Brand-New!- Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes: It’s a Magical World (The last comic ever written!)

3. When You Are Done Living on Borrowed Time- Original

4. I Would Have Stolen You a Whole Orchestra- How I Met Your Mother (Season 2, Episode 22)


Annabel​/​ Joie De Vivre​/​The Reptilian split [CYLS Split #1] (11/15/2011)

1. The Horror of Riovanes- Scene from Final Fantasy Tactics (Playstation RPG)


Pachangacha/I Kill Giants/White Savages!/The Greek Favourites split [Bramble Jam II Promo] (7/21/2012)

1. The Wholesome Sea is at Her Gates… Her Gates Both East and West- John A. Ritchie,

 There is a Land

Mountains for Clouds​/​Two Knights​/​Driving on City Sidewalks split [CYLS Split #2] (7/31/2012)

1. Everything Small is Just a Small Version of Something Big- Adventure Time (The Real You- Season 2, episode 15)


Rika split (9/4/2012)

1. We Were Not Small or Great but Grown- John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

2. It’s a Fate We Can’t Escape. Someday We Will All Pass Away- Chrono Trigger (Super Nintendo RPG)


Arrows split (9/4/2012)

1. Turbo Stasis- Style/Type of deck from Magic: the Gathering

2. We Did Not Need to Open It to Know It Was There- Modified The Big Bang Theory (Original quote: “…we did not need to open it to know there was all kinds of dead cat in there.” [To Sheldon about Schrodinger's cat]”- Season 5, Episode 5)


Malegoat split (10/15/2013)

1. When We Did Not Move or Speak, There Was No Proof That We Were There at- All  Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

2. You Promised You’d Stay Here with Me- Final Fantasy 3 (6 in Japan) (Super Nintendo RPG)


Your Neighbour the Liar/The Smithsonian split [Leave Nothing but Footprints, Take Nothing But Photographs- Chapter III] (10/28/2013)

1. You Weren’t Ready Yet. Your Ears Could Hear, But Not Your Heart- Secret of Mana (Super Nintendo RPG)


Dikembe/The Hotel Year/Modern Baseball/Old Gray/Pentimento [Fest 12 Split 10"] (11/12/2013)

1. The Hour of Pearl- John Steinbeck, Cannery Row


In Which the Choices We Didn’t Make Were Better Than the Ones That We Did (12/17/2013)- Original

1. I Would Have Stolen You a Whole Orchestra (Stability Version)- First part- How I Met Your Mother (Season 2, Episode 22) Second part- Nod to Death Cab for Cutie’s Stability

2. Rally the Troops! Poke Holes in Their Defenses! Line Our Coffers With Their Coffins! (Original Version)- Original


You Will Eventually Be Forgotten (8/19/2014)- Original

1. Ribbon- Accessory from the Final Fantasy series

2. I Was Somewhere Cold, Dark… and Lonely- Chrono Trigger (Super Nintedo RPG)

3. We Are People Here. We Are Not Numbers- Megan Spelman, The Flint Journal, 1/21/2006 (Quote from Gary LeClair)

4. A Keepsake- Original

5. You Have to Be So Much Better than You Ever Thought- Away We Go

6. Stay Divided- Original

7. Foxfire- Original

8. Things Not Worth Fixing- Original

9. If It’s Bad News, It Can Wait- Original

10. It’s So Much Darker When a Light Goes Out than It Would Have Been If It Had Never Shone- John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

11. The Promise That Life Can Go on No Matter How Bad Our Losses- Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay


Bonus Tracks (Stiff Slack Japanese Import) (TBA)

12. When You Saw I Was in Danger, You Broke Out of the Stone and Saved Me- Lunar: Silver Star Story (Playstation RPG)

13. A Crown and a Cane is Needed at the 4th Floor- Milon’s Secret Castle (Action/Puzzle game for Nintendo)


Joie De Vivre split [Run For Cover 2013 Vinyl Subscription] (TBA)

1. Since You Left Home on Your Journey, Things Have Changed Around Here- Earthbound (Super Nintendo RPG)

2. Some Doors Aren’t Locked.  They Open Without a Key- Dragon Warrior IV (Dragon Quest IV in Japan)











Boatloads of news!

Time for a mega-long post about all the things going on/coming up!

1) OUR RELEASE SHOW IS IN LESS THAN A WEEK! The Reptilian sadly had to drop off the bill, but we added Annabel to the show, so it’s just as awesome still. Please grab your tickets ahead of time- it’s cheaper and we don’t want anybody coming from far away to be turned away. Here is all that info:


2) The title contest is going well, but there is still time to get your entry in! Details here, last day of entry is Wednesday:


3) You can order our new LP from Count Your Lucky Stars Records andTopshelf Records. CYLS also has a “When the Sea Became a Giant” pre-order and a big sale. Topshelf has “On Time Spent Waiting” on pre-order too.

CYLS: http://countyourluckystars.bigcartel.com/
Topshelf: http://www.topshelfrecords.com/store

4) If you want the digital now, it’s on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and also our Bandcamp:


5) We added in a lot of our tour dates with Free Throw!

9/15/2014 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s*
9/16/2014 Nashville, TN @ Exponent Manor
9/17/2014 Atlanta, GA @ Wonder Root
9/18/2014 Savannah, GA @ Graveface HQ
9/19/2014 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
9/20/2014 New Orleans, LA @ The Beatnik
9/21/2014 Houston, TX @ The Summit
9/22/2014 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
9/23/2014 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
9/24/2014 Oklahoma City @ Marshall House
9/25/2014 Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio
9/26/2014 Moline, IL @ Blackhawk Room
9/27/2014 Chicago, IL @ Township
10/1/2014 Fargo, ND @ The New Direction
10/2/2014 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
10/6/2014 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Lounge
10/8/2014 Portland, WA @ Slabtown
10/9/2014 San Fransisco CA @ Submission
10/10/2014 Santa Cruz, CA @ San Jose Rock Shop
10/11/2014 Pomona, CA @ VLHS
10/12/2014 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
10/13/2014 Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile Underground
10/14/2014 Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Wonk
10/15/2014 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed
10/16/2014 Cheyenne, WY @ University of Wyoming
10/17/2014 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown Jr
10/18/2014 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
10/19/2014 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hoosier Dome
10/20/2014 Cleveland @ Mahall’s
10/21/2014 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
10/22/2014 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
10/23/2014 Amnityville, NY @ The Woodshop
10/26/2014 Boston, MA @ T.T. & the Bear’s Place
10/27/2014 North Haven, CT @ Up All Night Collective
10/28/2014 Asbury Park @ Asbury Lanes
10/29/2014 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
10/31/2014 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest

*w/ Mineral & Into It. Over It.