Saturday, December 20, 2008

Everything That Happens

The deluxe CD version of David Byrne and Brian Eno's new album, "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" happened today. It's pretty damn nifty, in a very David Byrne and Brian Eno kind of way.

The tin looks like this, with a plastic house glued to the top (more views below). When you take the lid off, there is a device in the lid that plays sounds (I won't try to describe the sounds, but they go on for about 30 seconds).

(Click on photos to see more detailed enlargements.)

Disc One is labeled, "Stick," while Disc Two is labeled, "Rock." The second disc includes four tracks that are not available on any other version of the album. The are "Never Thought," "Walking Along the River," "The Eyes" and "The Painting." It also includes a nine-minute video called, "The Story Behind the Album." The video is iPod compatible (at least, it works with my iPod Touch).

Under the two discs are a small white book containing the lyrics to all the songs and some notes from Byrne and Eno and some pictures. To the left of the book is a red and white capsule. There is no indication what the capsule is for, but there was a slip of paper in the box explaining that "The pill in this tin contains calcium carbonate, the active ingredient found in common antacids. Consult a doctor if you are taking a prescription drug as calcium carbonate may interact with certain prescription drugs.Keep out of reach of children." To the right of the booklet is a six-sided die with several phrases such as "A RUNNY SLICE," and "SMELLS AND FLAVORS.".

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