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There is more than a little to be said for looking back in order to clear the path while moving forward. Throughout his various solo endeavors, Jim James has been all over the musical map, from stripped-down acoustic songs (the first of two George Harrison tribute EPs) to electronically drenched spiritual songs (Regions of Light and Sound of God) to subdued experimental philosophical examinations (Eternally Even). Uniform Distortion finds James delving into the realms of lo-fi indie rock and homages to some of his classic rock heroes. Accompanied only by a rhythm section and backing vocalists, James revels in crunchy guitar worship in (mostly) upbeat, questioning songs. The cover offers a distorted reproduction of "The Illuminated Man" by Duane Michals, which first appeared in The Whole Earth Catalog. It moved James to want to use it. But Michals initially refused. James wrote him: "...when I saw it on the page there it spoke to me so deeply of how my head feels like it is exploding with the amount of information we are forced to consume on a daily basis and how that information is so DISTORTED there is almost no longer any tangible truth...More and more of us are feeling lost and looking for new ways out of this distortion and back to the truth...finding hope in each other and love." Michals relented.
That photo fits Uniform Distortion perfectly. James illustrates the way to use it musically as a way of getting at perceived truths using overloaded guitars that blast through economical rock & roll. The songs are wonderfully hooky tomes about self-reflection with societal jeremiads woven through. After the crunchy, self-incriminating Alex Chilton-esque scree of "Just a Fool," "You Get to Rome" is a celebratory affirmation that marries Status Quo's stomp to John Fogerty's hooks. "Out of Time" finds James sounding like Leon Russell fronting Neil Young & Crazy Horse with squalling, razored guitar lines and an R&B chorus: "I'm either behind the times/Or ahead of the times/Or maybe I'm just out of time" is a theme that reverberates throughout the album. "Throwback" references Bruce Springsteen's upbeat optimism through a singalong chorus -- James is so delighted that he cracks up laughing in the middle -- while "No Secrets" bridges Zuma-era Young to Rumours-period Fleetwood Mac to his own My Morning Jacket. The ghost of the Ramones shoots through the blistering "Better Late Than Never," while "Yes to Everything" touches on everyone from Elvis Presley to Dinosaur Jr. "No Use Waiting" is whomping psych-garage exhortation: "We better get together while we still got time." "Too Good to Be True" invokes gospel music to reveal truth as a multidimensional force. While it may not be any easier to make one's way through the distortion that James references, it is somehow easier to bear because of the empathy, joy, and contradiction in these songs. ~ Thom Jurek

  • Genre: Rock
  • Released: 6/14/2019
  • Format: Vinyl

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Daredevil Records use The Planet app powered by Shopify to neutralize your shipping emissions and removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Daredevil Records has committed to donating the most amount of money possible from your order to offset C02 emissions.  

This includes funding innovative solutions such as direct air capture and mineralization, and a small portion of nature-based carbon removal.

These funds companies such as 44.01, Carbofex, CarbonBuilt, CarbonCure, Charm Industrial, Climeworks, DroneSeed, Grassroots Carbon, Heirloom Carbon, Loam, Noya, Pachama, Planetary, Remora, Running Tide, and Sustaera.

Carbon Removal Process

Carbon removal is the process of capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and then storing it.

For example, if a truck or a plane that delivers your shipment releases 1 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, and you are subscribed to the Planet app, then Shopify ensures that 1kg of CO2 is also sucked from the atmosphere and stored away using solutions and technologies in Shopify Sustainability Fund.

There is a fast-growing and evolving sector with many carbon removal technologies in different stages of development. These technologies include nature-based solutions, such as reforestation and soil carbon sequestration and more high-tech solutions, such as direct air capture and mineralization.

How Shipping Emissions Are Calculated

The Planet app combines data from our store with industry data and peer-reviewed models to estimate how much CO2 your shipments release into the environment. Because the Planet app makes sure that CO2 shipping emissions are removed entirely, all values that are used in the data models are rounded up.

Review the following table to learn more about the which data is used to determine shipping emissions:


Primary value

If primary value isn't available


Weight of the shipment

An average shipment weight


Distance traveled according to the tracking data

Straight-line distance between the origin and destination address, multiplied by an uncertainty factor of 1.5

Type of transportation

Truck or plane carbon emissions, determined by speed and distance

Truck emissions

To estimate your emissions, the Planet app uses order tracking data associated with the tracking number assigned to the shipment. If the tracking number isn’t available or the shipping carrier isn’t supported, then the Planet app multiplies the estimated emissions by an uncertainty factor of 1.5. The uncertainty factor helps make sure that all your emissions are removed. If any data is inconsistent or missing, then the Planet app uses a reasonable maximum value instead.

For example, suppose that you ship a package from Boston to New York. The straight-line distance is 305.94 km, but the shortest road route is around 350 km. If tracking data is available, then the Planet app uses the exact distance traveled.

However, if no tracking data is provided, then 305.94 km is used in the base calculation, and the resulting emissions would be multiplied by 1.5. This calculation accounts for variations in the route, such as distances traveled from post offices and distribution centers, and the route taken by the courier to deliver the package to your customer's door.

Considerations for using the Planet app

Review the following considerations for the Carbon Neutral Shipping Planet app:

  • The models and estimates aren’t exact, but the Planet app overestimates your emissions to make sure that they’re entirely removed. 
  • The Planet app removes only carbon (CO2) emissions that account for 95% of the climate impact from burning fossil fuels for transportation. Other emissions such as CH4, N2O, and GHG aren’t removed.
  • Orders that are shipped by sea transportation (we do not ship any orders by sea) don't generate the data required to accurately calculate emissions. Instead, industry-accepted alternative methods are used to calculate emissions.
  • The Planet app currently focuses on addressing emissions from shipping-related transportation.
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