Two of our most anticipated releases of next week are Artist To Watch alumna Gordi’s debut Reservior (on Jagjaguwar) and hard-rock icons Queens Of The Stone Age’s new Mark Ronson collaboration Villains (on Matador). And as some QOTSA fans on Reddit noticed yesterday, certain record buyers are getting a little bit of both. Side B of the Reservoir vinyl was accidentally pressed with side B of Villains, so instead of the second half of Gordi’s album listeners hear QOTSA’s “Fortress,” “Head Like A Haunted House,” and “Un-Reborn Again.”
It could turn out to be a profitable collector’s item for Gordi fans dedicated enough to pre-order vinyl, but in the meantime: kinda shitty for both acts! Gordi shared a statement about the mishap to Pitchfork: “Obviously I was aware that the Queens of the Stone Age album was coming out the same week as mine and I was aware it would probably garner all the limelight, so the logical solution was to just chuck a bunch of their songs on Reservoir. I anticipate either people won’t notice or they’ll appreciate the dynamic shift.” Chris Swanson of Secretly Group, the label family that includes Jagjaguwar, also commented: “This is a pressing defect that we’re working diligently to resolve as quickly as possible. It’s not the first time this sort of thing has happened, but we’re all hoping it’s the last.”
Swanson is correct that these sorts of mistakes have become common. Back in 2015, for instance, tracks by Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney were pressed into Lana Del Rey vinyl. Other major vinyl fiascos in recent memory included Father John Misty’s warped I Love You, Honeybear and Car Seat Headrest’s recalled and destroyed Teens Of Denial, though neither of those involved pressing errors.
Reservoir and Villains are out 8/25.