It's not being "contrarian" if you actually do prefer the album over Loveless (I do). It reeks of bait to post about MBV here, though. This band rules and so do their side projects, especially Syrup USA.
i've said it before but it bears repeating: "they spent their youthful days..." is a criminally under-appreciated masterpiece. It's on par with the most celebrated shoegaze/alternative /indie/whatever albums of its time. It blows my mind every time I listen to it.
One of the members from the Swirlies told me they have shitloads at Taang records that they're hoarding. I'm not sure if that's true or not. I emailed Taang and they said they had none, therefore the price for the LP is like 80 bucks. But yeah, one of the members said they're full of shit.
My dad works for Blonder Tongue Labs, the company that produced the Audio Baton. The LP is probably worth more than the company at this point. I've suggested they start printing "Blonder Tongue Audio Baton" t-shirts. I think they'd sell.