If you’ve been visiting this blog for the past little while, you might have seen my Top Ten Favourite Albums of 2011 countdown. On New Years Eve, I posted my ode to Wilco’s The Whole Love, which I humbly suggested was the best thing I heard last year.
Wilco is a band that likes to go the extra mile and offer neat things to their fans. Their merch site is loaded with the usual (t-shirts, CDs, and so on) but they also do some really cool & unusual things, too. Right now they’re selling a series of custom guitar straps, many different limited-run gig posters, tote bags, ‘middles’ for vinyl 45s, and even a giant unipo. It’s all part of promoting a community atmosphere with their fans.
One thing that caught my eye in the store was a very cool hand-made box for storing the various vinyl releases for The Whole Love. To recap, the first release was a 45 for the single “I Might”, which I bought on clear vinyl:
Then, of course, there was the double-vinyl release of the main album:
And then on Black Friday in November, the Speak Into The Rose EP came out, on snazzy red vinyl:
Late last week, the UPS lady arrived at my front door with a package from the USA. My Whole Love vinyl box had finally arrived! It’s a very heavy cardboard container, with a slide-out sleeve:
I’ll have to find a spot for it next to my turntable, because the treasures inside are sure to get a lot of spins in 2012.