Yes, it is true. If you are wanting to order a t-shirt and recieve it in time for Christmas, I would seriously recommend doing so before the first of December. US residents have a few more days to play with, but us international residents have a longer mailing-time to deal with.
Those of you who have been here for awhile are already aware of my deepfelt love for the pop-rock stylings of Japan's The Pillows. They've been around for well over a decade and have released what sometimes seems like around 8 million albums, but if you don't live in Japan, odds are the only way you'll discover them is through the FLCL. That anime's soundtrack draws from four of the Pillows' late 90s albums -- Please Mr. Lostman through Happy Bivouac -- all of which were fantastic records.
Unfortunately, things have been pretty touch and go since then. The band ventured off into other music styles, and with the exception of Thank You My Twighlight, the results were pretty... well, bland. But the brand new Good Dreams -- released earlier this month -- is a major throwback to Happy Bivouac, right down to the "Last Dinosaur" virtual soundalike single, "Sono Mirai wa Ima." It's maybe a bit too similar for comfort, but the rest of the album manages to pick up the Bivouac-era style without coming off as a clone.
If you loved the Pillows' work for FLCL, you'd love this new album. And you know, if you're not the type to spend 50 bucks importing a 35 minute record you've never heard, I'd recommend firing up Soulseek, selecting the "create a room" option, naming said room "the pillows," and then letting the dudes in there help you find out what you've been missing.