As you may have heard there has recently been some news regarding the recall of the new Car Seat Headrest album due to licensing/permissions issues with one of the tracks. You can read a full statement below from Will Toledo (aka Car Seat Headrest) explaining in full.
With that said, we will still be offering the VMP Exclusive variant (limited to 750, on yellow vinyl) of the new album in the upcoming member store (opens Monday!) as we have worked out the following arrangement with the label.
Members who order the new Car Seat Headrest album in the upcoming store will receive the album with their June member package with the following configuration:
- 2nd disc only (C/D side)
- full digital download of album
- first part of gatefold sleeve empty (A/B disc removed)
The 1st disc is being reworked as we speak to remove the track in question and will be shipped separately as soon as it is complete.
We decided getting one glorious half of the new album on vinyl + a full digital download was better than nothing. VMP members + some direct-mail Matador customers are the only people receiving this benefit.
At this time we don't have an exact completion date for the reworked first disc, but are hoping to have it back in July. Will keep you updated with further details as we get them.
----Will Toledo Official Statement----
Life happens and sometimes not in ideal ways. If you’ve heard anything about the new album, then you’re probably aware that one of its songs made use of The Cars song “Just What I Needed.” Now, obviously, when we called the record ‘done’ and sent it off to be printed, we were working in full confidence that we had the legal side of it all worked out. We found out last week that this was not the case. I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of email chains and invested parties; suffice it to say that Matador (and I) were neither pulling a Banksy nor operating in ignorance of the law, but that we truly believed we had the issue resolved months ago, until last week.
As you may have heard, vinyl is being pulled from stores right now. There’s a total recall out, and all copies with the original version of the song will be destroyed. Nevertheless, Teens of Denial WILL COME OUT ON MAY 20TH, at least digitally. I spent the last 48 hours working on an alternate cut of the track, which is now called “Not What I Needed”. It’s not merely an edit - it is its own thing, about half a minute longer than the original track, and goes in a much different direction. Honestly, despite the apparent clusterfuck, I had fun doing it, and I think it’s a stronger song now. In any case I’ve grown up accustomed to working on an album right up to its drop date, so this is not a freak-out scenario for me. The album is going to come out on time and it’s going to be good.
The physical release will not come out on time, obviously. We’ll likely see a street date of sometime in July. I’m very sorry to everyone who was anticipating a preorder (it does sound GREAT on vinyl). It will be in your hands eventually. But it was very important to me that we keep the digital release for May. We’ve all been waiting long enough. Most of my music only exists online anyways, so it makes sense that this album should start the same way.
Thanks for your continued support, and I am very excited for this fucking record to come out already.
-Will Toledo aka Car Seat Headrest