To some, this split release needs no introduction or explanation, and to everyone else, it would be impossible to put either of these bands or this release in proper context. May I should ask Greg since he's better at words than I am, or maybe I should just stop typing and ask you to listen...but I frequently don't do what I should. SHOTWELL has been a San Francisco institution for two decades, and this line up was perhaps their finest incarnation (to date, I'm sure there is another one just around the corner), while MIAMI was Aesop and Matty post-HICKEY paired up with one of the most distinctive voices that punk has ever produced...but if that means anything at all to you then surely you already know this. If this doesn't mean anything to you then I would suggest that it should, but I'm not one to tell people what to do, I merely make suggestions.
Worth noting: Ivy collected meth, weed and heroin baggies off the streets and sidewalks of The Mission for ages until she had just the right collection of weird and inexplicable designs to adorn the cover of the record. The full color glory is one of the best reasons I've ever seen for a full cover LP jacket - and sadly doesn't quite translate to the photocopied cover of this still excellent cassette. You'll have to use your imagination, trust me, or buy your own copy of the record.