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Black Ice Winter 2016 Quarterly Edition 3-Pack

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Adebisi Shank

Afghan Whigs

The Ally Coalition

American Football

And So I Watch You From Afar

Animal Manufacturing Co.

Ardent Music

Atomic City

Autostraddle

Big Picnic Records

Big Star

Big Wild

Big Walnuts Yonder

Billy Martin

Blank T-Shirts

Bleached

Bogan Via

Boris

BRUTUS

Bully

Cardiknox

Caspian

Chelsea Wolfe

Con Brio

Crescent Ballroom

CRX

David Bromberg

Davina and The Vagabonds

A Dead Forest Index

Deafheaven

Death Grips

Deer Tick

Delta Spirit

Dia Frampton

Diet Cig

Dylan Carlson

Earphunk

Earth

Emma Ruth Rundle

Empire Strikes Brass

Empty Houses

Ezra Furman

Felix Martin

Field Notes

Flow Tribe

Food For The Hungry

The Format

Fruition

FYF Fest

Giraffes? Giraffes!

Good Old War

Gorgeous War

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves

Greg Dulli

Greyhounds

Half Moon Kids

Handsome Ghost

Hella

Hello Merch

Hello Records

Helms Alee

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Indian Handcrafts

Jacuzzi Boys

Jay Brannan

Jaye Jayle

Jenny Owen Youngs

Julia Nunes

Katie Costello

Kenny Holland

King Tuff

Koji

Komera

Kristin Diable

La Dispute

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Lily & Madeleine

The Lonely Wild

Low Cut Connie

Luxxe

Lycia

Mac DeMarco

Mansions

Marriages

MC Lars

Medeski Martin & Wood

Meg & Dia

Mega Ran

Mitski

Moving Mountains

Mutoid Man

Mylets

Nataly Dawn

Neon Indian

No Spill Blood

Oui Fresh

Owen

Owls

PAPA

Passed Out Punx

Parquet Courts

Patty Griffin

Pet Symmetry

President Gator

PWR BTTM

Red Sparowes

Reggie and the Full Effect

Reubens Accomplice

Rival Coast

ROAR

Russian Circles

RX Bandits

Sam Means

Sam Outlaw

Sargent House

Sargent House Merch Clearance

Sargent House Music Clearance

Shack Up Inn

SHAED

Shawn James

SHEL

The Skins

SOKO

Spafford

SPORTS

Sombear

Steel Train

Steelism

Storm Chasers Records

Tancred

TAUK

Tera Melos

that dog.

The New Mastersounds

Those Darlins

TTNG

Vista Kicks

Valley Bar

WATERS

Weatherbox

Whitney

Wildside

The Wood Brothers

Wovenhand

XYLØ

Zach Gill

Zach Hill

Zolita

Zorch

Black Ice Winter 2016 Quarterly Edition 3-Pack

$12.95

It’s mid-November here at Field Notes Midwest HQ. It was nearly 70°F a couple days ago, but now the temperature has dropped into the twenties. We’ve seen our first flurries, frost covers the ground, and Black Ice is here. Our 33rd Quarterly Edition for Winter 2016 is available now.

If you follow our exploits, you know that we love to explore materials, inks, printing processes and other special effects with our Quarterly Editions. At first glance, you’ll see we’ve taken foil stamping to an extreme. We’ve stamped Sappi’s premium McCoy 100# cover stock with a silvery-black metallic foil, covering the whole book, everything but the spine (video). That portion features a stripe of vibrant orange ink with a soft-touch varnish. The cover text is embossed, giving the whole book a retro-futuristic machine feel.


But the biggest difference between Black Ice and our usual Field Notes is a bit less obvious if you don’t look closely. This is our first pocket memo book without staples! The books are PUR-bound (video), using an advanced polyurethane adhesive that’s both stronger and more flexible than regular perfect binding. We’ve been wanting to try out PUR binding for a while and this paper/color combination seemed like a perfect fit.


Inside, you’ll find “Bright White” Finch Fine Smooth 70# text paper, a brighter-white version of the paper found (and beloved) in our “America the Beautiful” limited edition. It’s ruled in “Frost Gray” with a double-rule of “DDC Orange” up top.

It all turned out to be a very complicated printing process, involving a lot of testing, lots of steps, many press checks and some serious challenges for our printers. In the end, they came through and really nailed it. These books look simply amazing.


But that’s not all! With the holidays approaching, we figured you might want to share these great new Field Notes with friends and loved ones, so we’re including an 11×11" sheet of FNC-33b “Gift Concealment Wrap” and an FNC-33c “Adhesive Gift Label” with every 3-Pack of Black Ice that is bought through our site, shop, or is part of a Year-Long subscription. The wrapping paper (video) features a handsome 3-color pattern (orange, dark gray, and metallic silver) designed by Aaron Draplin. It complements Black Ice perfectly, but if you decide you can’t part with your 3-Pack, we suppose you could use it to wrap a lesser gift, like a diamond ring or something.

This limited edition is available now, either as individual 3-Packs or as part of a Yearly Subscription. Either makes a great gift. We would argue a Field Notes subscription is pretty much the greatest gift you could give someone short of an organ donation (hey, why not do that too?) Enjoy the season, keep writing everything down, and remember: don’t over-steer if you feel you’re losing traction.