Yep, input your location at checkout and the fee will update automatically. Please note that international shipments can take a long time to reach their destinations, and shipment time can last anywhere between 2 weeks to 3 months.
Right now, the only plans are to do Marvin’s and Good & Evil.
We will be reissuing Dinosaurchestra, Damn Skippy, and Hip to the Javabean! These Lemon Demon reissues take a while to do, but we promise it’ll all be worth the wait!
In some cases, it’s very easy for them to! A number of our vinyl releases are available to retailers via Ingrooves Distribution. So, you can definitely ask them!
And if you’re reading this and you are the owner of a record shop, and you want more than what you can get from Ingrooves– contact us for a wholesale price list.
The CD is a weird format. What’s the point of making CDs without doing weird stuff with them?
For just about all of our releases, we do open pre-orders. This means that at the time the item goes up, there is no stock limit. This is our business model for a few reasons:
-We’re able to gauge the demand for the release and press the adequate amount of copies to keep it in stock for as long as possible.
-The more we print, the more customers are able to enjoy our releases even if they weren’t there on the drop date. In the long run, the more customers are happy.
-The artist is compensated more in the long run, especially for vinyl.
-It keeps the flipper market away from our releases. We don’t want people to have to pay high aftermarket prices to get our records, and we want people to have access to them whenever they discover them.
-The launch of one of our releases doesn’t have to be met with the stress and anxiety that record collectors feel when they don’t know if they’ll be fast enough to get it. Music collecting should be fun, not stressful!
This does mean that, at least during the pre-order period, buyers have to wait for the products to be manufactured, which can take a few months. But in the long run, this is the best way to keep buyers happy and to make our releases as worthwhile as possible for everybody involved.
All that being said, it’s worth noting that if you do buy it during the pre-order window– even though you’ll have a wait time, you have the security of knowing you got in on the pressing. After about 2 weeks, we decide how many we’re pressing, and then the stock numbers will begin counting down.
If the item is in stock, we ship it as fast as we possibly can. We deal with a pretty high sales volume for an indie label, so we’ll try to get it out within a week. If we have particularly high sales volume, it can sometimes take about 2 weeks. You’ll get a shipping confirmation when it happens, and you’ll get a tracking number.
If the item is listed as a PRE-ORDER, it’ll ship when we get them from the plant. This means waiting for it to be pressed (LPs take 8-10 weeks, CDs take 2-3, tapes take 4-5) and shipped to us (usually about a week).
If you ordered a PRE-ORDER item along with another item, the entire order will ship at once at the time pre-orders ship. Pre-order shipping dates are estimates based on typical production times and not guarantees.
8-tracks take longer to make than traditional formats, because they are created by salvaging old 8-track shells and re-purposing them. They are created by the lovely one-man company Dead Media Tapes and are beautiful. They can take almost half a year to produce, but they are lovely pieces of art.
We released that album digitally in September 2020. It was met with enormous amounts of constructive criticism regarding the quality of the mix. Feeling like we couldn’t immortalize it on physical formats while having a subpar mix, we opted to completely redo the mix from the ground up. It’s still a work in progress, but we promise we’re working as hard as we can to get it done as fast as possible. And it’ll be worth it.
Webster defines life as “the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.”
The universe would collapse in on itself if we pressed those and you know it.
Good & Evil is the next Tally Hall project after Marvin’s, but we need to take it one at a time.
Final products may differ from the mock-up images. Please note that we do not send refunds for vinyl colors not completely matching the mock-ups. Mock-ups are just that– mock-ups. And while we try our hardest to make ambitious, colorful records with cool designs– working with vinyl colors doesn’t yield results that are 100% predictable. This is just part of the reality of manufacturing vinyl records and combining color pigments.
We know it can be disappointing when a color configuration doesn’t turn out the way we planned it. However, our refund policy is that we don’t do returns or refunds on opened records, unless there is shipping damage or a defect that impacts the playability of the record. Otherwise this opens the door to allowing anybody getting a refund for any slight color variance from a mock-up image, on a product that will always have some amount of variance in the first place– and that is impractical for an indie label like us.
The USPS is under heavy amounts of stress. As of the beginning of 2021, domestic shipping times seem to have settled back into their usual rhythm, but still, some packages can take a while to reach their destinations. If a package is late, the tracking will usually update to some variation of simply “In Transit” or “Arriving Late” with not much else of an explanation. In the vast majority of cases, this is nothing to worry about, and it means exactly what it says. Please understand that once we drop off your order at the post office, it’s quite literally out of our hands. Now, if you’re in the US, and your tracking hasn’t updated in well over a month, then maybe that’s cause for concern.
For international shipments, it’s extremely common for packages to get held up in customs for weeks at a time, and for packages to not reach their destinations for months after shipment. Packages arriving upwards of 3 months later is very common.
Yes! Generally, we can send you a replacement jacket if yours got damaged in the mail. Just email us using the mail link at the top of the website.
International shipments can take a very long time to reach their destinations. Getting held up in customs is extremely common, especially given outside circumstances such as COVID-19 and Brexit. Packages taking up to 3 months to get delivered is very normal right now. So try not to rush to assumptions about it being lost in the mail. Chances are, it’s just stuck in a giant customs queue.
In most all cases, yes! We will gladly replace defective products for you. If you have a record with issues that directly affect the playability (such as scratches, warping, skipping, etc), contact us for a replacement, with photo or video evidence of the issue.
Yeah… some of our earlier releases didn’t contain download cards. Sorry about that. We have corrected the error of our ways, and every vinyl & cassette product now comes with a download card.
If you didn’t get one, and you desire to have the album in your Bandcamp collection, email us at email@example.com with proof of purchase (such as your order number) and we’ll send you a download code.
Sometimes, your computer won’t react immediately when you insert the CD into the drive. To access enhanced CD features on such releases as Spirit Phone and Nature Tapes, explore the drive contents directly, as if it were another folder on your computer.
Needlejuice Records is operated by a team of three people: Austin Aeschliman, Jace McLain, and Brandon Brown. Austin and Jace both went to music industry school for audio production, and Brandon is a professional programmer who is very passionate about music and physical media, and also happens to be very good with numbers (so he does our accounting.)
Austin and Jace each have their own musical projects. Jace’s is Nuclear Bubble Wrap and Austin’s is Smashy Claw. Their music can be found right here on Needlejuice of course.
Many of our releases (mostly vinyl) are available from the German retailer HHV. If you live in Europe, you may be able to save some money by searching for our releases on there.
Do specialty vinyl records such as glow in the dark or picture discs have a difference in sound quality?
Yes. Glow in the dark vinyl is known to have more surface noise than standard vinyl, because of the use of phosphorus in the manufacturing process. Glow in the dark vinyl is for the aesthetics and the novelty value, not necessarily for showing off the sound quality of your system.
Picture discs, while definitely higher quality than glow in the dark, do have a dip in sound quality compared to standard vinyl. Picture discs have a much thinner layer of vinyl that the grooves are stamped into. However, the process of making picture disc vinyl has greatly improved over time, and this shouldn’t be all too noticeable to the casual ear.
For any release we do with a glow in the dark or picture disc variant, we will always make a standard vinyl version available as well, because we understand the importance of novelty variants not being the only way to get it on vinyl. (Please note that by “standard vinyl” we are referring to any of our regular colored vinyl variants, whether that be solid colors, splatters, etc.)
Do some of your CD releases have easter eggs that can only be accessed by rewinding before track 1 using a CD player that’s capable of doing such things?
Maybe just a little something. Don’t worry, it’s not too noticeable.
Sure, get in touch via the mail button above.
The refund policy: We’ll refund any item if you let us know before it ships. If it shipped already, we’ll refund unopened items still in the shrink wrap once returned (buyer pays shipping). We will refund or replace damaged items (records that are broken or otherwise have defects which impact playability). Get in touch with us via the mail button at the top.
Please also note that we do not send refunds for vinyl colors not matching the initial mock-ups. Mock-ups are just that– mock-ups. And while we try our hardest to make ambitious, colorful records will cool designs– working with vinyl colors doesn’t yield results that are 100% predictable. This is just part of the reality of manufacturing vinyl records and combining color pigments.
Most of what’s available on this site is available on our Bandcamp page. Not all, but most.
Yes, we thought it would be cool. It has however, confused people who thought their records were broken on multiple occasions. Rest assured, it is meant to be this way.