a) on vinyl, with a beautifully silkscreened cover, so every one is a little bit different. Mine is more teal & orange. The back cover looks like a local hardcore band's 7" ep that grew up and went to art school. Roots and Crowns indeed!
b) dubbed onto cassette the day I got it, and on near-constant repeat in my car.
c) rewarding if listened to repeatedly.
d) full of sublime musical moments. Like in 'The Eye You Lost..." after the first verse where the chord changes upward, and you expect a melodic or droning lead guitar to come in, and instead you get a crinkled guitar line that sounds like a cat with metal paws pulling a plugged-in and mic'd guitar out of a steamer trunk found in the twisted wreck of a coal- powered train.
e) packed with Califone's secret weapon, The Great Percussion Part. Starting with the bollywood loop of the first track, and throughout. Scraping and rattling, bossa-nova woodblocks and bass drums that swell up in yr head.
f) the best $11 + S&H I've spent in a long time.