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DeYarmond Edison - Epoch

DeYarmond Edison - Epoch

Format: LP

UPC: 656605240015

Release Date: 08/18/23

Condition: N

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In the summer of 2005, four friends left Wisconsin for North Carolina with a singular goal: to outrun their folk-rock doldrums. During a year of intense focus, study, and vulnerability, they did exactly that, reaching toward the ecstatic edge of New Weird America by trying out a little of everything--grindcore and gospel, free jazz and phase pieces, bluegrass and blues–and packing it into DeYarmond Edison. Maybe you know the rest? One member went home to begin what would become Bon Iver, while three stayed put to start Megafaun. Epoch is the story of DeYarmond Edison: Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Justin Vernon and Joe Westerlund, told as never before. The collection comprises five LPs, four CDs, dozens of unheard recordings and unseen photos. It's accompanied by an extensive biography from writer and cohort Grayson Haver Currin, who also serves as executive producer to the collection. All told, Epoch captures the time before these four friends became two revelatory other bands (Bon Iver, Megafaun). It's a tale of community, vision, family, and a quartet that wanted to be too good to last. There are moments of experimentation, subtle twists in the fuzz of "Epoch" and stomping approach to covering "All Tomorrow’s Parties" that lay the groundwork for how both Bon Ver and Megafaun would turn acoustic music somewhat inside out. But much of Epoch underlines the group's unique lens for American Songwriting, for taking its patchworks, finding the chords, and singing your heart out. "Trials, Troubles and Tribulations" is one example. Best known as a buried treasure duet from Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten, it comes back to life here in sprawling, Last Waltz style, with vocals from Megafaun, Justin Vernon, Frazy Ford and Fight the Big Bull. Each disc is a crash course in everything that built that specific body of music: photos from backyards and basements; essays detailing specific recordings; color palettes evoking time and place. At over seven hours and 55,000 words, Epoch is a maximalist collection. But you don't have to be completist to connect with what it means to hunker down with your best friends and make things, and dream for those things, and learn and struggle and grow. 


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Yellow Racket assigns condition based on the Goldmine Standard for grading records.
New (N) (Not typically included in the Goldmine Standard)
New records are purchased directly from the label, distributor, or registered wholesaler. Records are still sealed. Jackets may have slight shelf wear, but media has never been played.
Mint (M)
Still sealed. Never played. No observable flaws.  Items have been purchased secondhand.
Near Mint (NM)
A Near Mint (NM) record will play perfectly, with no imperfections during playback. The record should show no obvious signs of wear.
The cover (and any additional packaging) has no creases, folds, seam splits, cut-out holes, or other noticeable defects.
Very Good Plus (VG+)
A Very Good Plus (VG+) record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
Defects should be more of a cosmetic nature, not affecting the actual playback as a whole. Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches.
The disc and LP cover may have slight signs of wear, and may be gently marred by spindle marks, paper scuffs, wrinkled corners, etc.
Very Good (VG)
Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise will be evident, but will not overpower the music. Disc may have light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound.
Labels, jackets, and inserts will have visible cosmetic flaws such as wrinkles, cut-outs, slight splitting, etc. However, it will usually have less than a dozen minor flaws.
Good (G)
A record in Good condition can be played through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. A cover or sleeve will have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear, or other defects will be present.
While the record will be playable without skipping, noticeable surface noise and "ticks" will almost certainly accompany the playback. 
Poor (P), Fair (F)
The record may be cracked, badly warped, or won't play through without skipping or repeating. The picture sleeve may be water damaged, split, or heavily marred by wear and writing.
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