Today is El-P's 47th birthday, and for the occasion, he has announced 20th, 15th, and 10th anniversary vinyl reissues of Fantastic Damage, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, and Cancer 4 Cure, respectively, via Fat Possum. Each come in a gatefold sleeve on limited edition colored vinyl. For Fantastic Damage, this is the album's first vinyl pressing in 12 years. Pre-orders are up now. El-P says:

this is a thank you letter to everyone who has helped and allowed me to live my life doing the music and art i love. to everyone who has been moved in some way by what i do, to everyone who has been listening from the beginning, to those that stuck with me as i changed and grew and to everybody who’s just discovered the music.

i’ve always focused on the next piece. i’ve always only run to my future. but despite my habit of not looking back much, this year marks the 20th (FANTASTIC DAMAGE), 15th (I’LL SLEEP WHEN YOU’RE DEAD) and 10th (CANCER 4 CURE) anniversaries of the major records in my solo career and it feels good to get them back on vinyl and into whomever's hands might want them.

but most of all it feels good to just be here. still allowed to do what i love, still thrilled about it in every way.

so again, thank you.



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