This story begins back with my love of Boards of Canada. The most recent instalment in this story however starts with a birthday present from Connie (for my 29th birthday), who graciously offered to buy me the remaining unowned albums by my all-time favourite artist Boards of Canada. I had already purchased Tomorrow's Harvest back when it came out and the repress of Music Has the Right to Children and Geogaddi were bought on vinyl as a Christmas gift as part of the repressings. Later, the Hi Scores EP was added to my collection. So, after deliberation I ordered the EP bundle that included Twoism, A Beautiful Place Out in the Country (my all-time favourite EP) and Trans Canada Highway as a single bundle on the 6th September 2014, a few days before my birthday. Dispatch date was a few days from then. That was later updated to the 19th of September, so we were already 12 days later or so from the original date, but hey that's not too bad, right?
Well... this post originally started being written on the 16th of Feburary 2015 which was 163 days after my original order, and I still hadn't recieved the EPs. I held off posting this because I wanted there to be a good and happy ending. And this past weekend, on the 20th of June 2015, 287 days after my original order... the three EPs finally materialised on my doorstep, and were finally in hand. This post has been adapted from the original post.
Over the course of those 287 days I have been in touch with Bleep a lot, with the first correspondence being on the 22nd September.
16 Days Since My Order
"Hi Mark I am hugely sorry about this, the Trans Canada Highway EP is not currently in stock, but in the manufacturing stage, so the bundle unfortunately is still on pre-order. I am waiting for an answer for when it will be in stock, I should have this in the next few hours so Ill let you know right away."
Of course there was no follow up email a few hours later, so on the 29th I decided to email again.
"Hey Mark. Unfortunately not, I have spoken to the manufacturer and am waiting to hear back an ETA on the vinyl. I am hugely sorry for the delay, as soon as I have news Ill let you know right away."
I waited another week before my next email, still optimistic about my EP bundle coming "soon".
"I am hugely sorry but we still do not have an ETA on the Trans Canada Highway EP repress. As soon as we do Ill let you know, sincere apologies for the delay in you receiving your order."
So there is was - "we still do not have an ETA" was better than "soon" or "a few hours", so I decided there and then to leave it a bit.
"I am really sorry but we still do not have an ETA on the Trans Canada Highway EP, I have spoken to Warp but they are unable to give a date for when it will be in stock."
At least there is an admission that it's not Bleep's fault per se, but instead Warp's fault - they are the label that are doing the repress, so that makes sense. I decide to wait again before messaging them for another update. In the meantime I did take delivery of the Hi Scores EP, which was great. Thick and heavy vinyl and free from defects. Pretty wonderful actually.
"Unfortunately we still do not have an ETA on the bundle, I am really really sorry for the continued delay. As soon as I have news from Warp Ill let you know right away."
Same old story. I forgot all about it until 160 days had passed. It had been so long since my original order, I wondered if I owed them interest on the payment. Or maybe they owed me money back seeing as inflation has been negative.
"The item you have chosen is still on pre-order, so it is yet to be dispatched - we notify all customers when their orders have been dispatched to avoid confusion. Unfortunately this pressing has been continually pushed back by the manufacturing team, we've enquired about it to the label but they are not sure of a date yet either."
So at the time of the original writing of this post it was 163 days and counting. I decided to email them again in April.
"We have just spoken to the label who have said that they hope that these will go into manufacture mid-April so should arrive by the end of the month, fingers crossed"
At this point, I was just amused at the constant run of messages that I had in my email account. It was this post that would have pissed me off the most, I guess, if this wasn't me waiting on my own gift - if I had bought this for anyone else other than me, to find out 209 days later that they hadn't even made it to manufacture I'd probably have blown my fucking lid. As it was, I just shrugged and waited again. That was until...
"Part of your Order has been dispatched"
I actually almost fell over when I saw the email. I couldn't believe it. I couldn't handle it. Could it really be here? The day I was waiting for for over nine months? If Connie and I had fallen pregnant a month after Joni had been born we would have already welcomed our new child into the family by this time. Could it be true?
The answer, friends, was yes it was.
From left to right, clockwise: Music Has the Right to Children, Geogaddi, Twoism, Tomorrow's Harvest, Trans Canada Highway, Hi Scores and A Beautiful Place Out in the Country.
But that wasn't all. Connie decided the morning that they arrived to get me the final part of the catalogue, the group's third album The Campfire Headphase, and the album I knew that I could get easily at any time, as a surprise Father's Day gift. Of course, this time she wasn't buying it from fucking Bleep. She ordered it at 10am from Amazon and it arrived at 4pm on Sunday, the very next day.
My collection is completed. Fucking finally.