Hey wow, our 2nd ever singles comp is almost out, and we're still a band. We must really love releasing singles!
As you can see from this handy promotional poster, Couple Tracks will feature a whole bunch of songs from 7"'s that exist in various degree's of legitimacy. For instance you'll see exhibit 1c, the "Carried Out to the Sea" 7" - that doesn't really exist, but that song is on this compilation, and we needed to fill space on the poster, so why not. Plus we had this great left-over image of a boat (not really a left-over though, since it's used on the insert to the No Epiphany 7" [I think], a track that is also comped onto this record*)
Likewise, cover 3a, Teenage Problems. This song is included in the compilation, but the songs existence as it's own 7" single release is half-dubious at best. Collectors will note that if you peer into the crevasse created by pushing a 7" sleeve inwards by its edges (in order to extract the vinyl, perhaps) you'll see another image, that of several young boys cavorting in the nude. Carefully dismantling this cover (with sweaty palms and a red face no doubt) either by heating the glue or just ripping it carefully by the edges will reveal a brand new 7" sleeve, the cover of which has been comped on this poster. The song as well.
Covers 2a and 2d are pretty much the same to the casual observer. Again collectors will note that one refers to the North American version of the Dangerous Fumes 7", the other to the European Version. To your dismay, the Basque Region entry will not be included this time.
Now to 5c, the Daytrotter Sessions. There are a few songs on this compilation from our Daytrotter Sessions, recorded about a year ago. Again, you won't find these songs on vinyl inside a sleeve that has a cat and a lamp on the cover, because it just doesn't exist.
Lastly to 5d, what you may have assumed was a lark, but what in truth brings us to why this post is being written in the first place. Yes, the name of this collection is "Couple Tracks". Yes, the artwork features the band in the classic laissez-faire punk posture. Yes, it's the same artwork as the LP/CD versions. But notice the dimensions of this image - it's the same as all the other 7"'s. How else, other than some heavenly intervention, could a CD or an LP be made to appear the same size of a 7"? The very titles of these objects imply the impossibility of this feat - 12", 7" - two drastically different sizes. In fact this image DOES correlate to a CD, an LP and a 7" - all at once. To obtain this miracle 7", just go to the complicated ordering page on the Matador website. For a limited time only, you can buy this 7" through the internet, just by being one of the first several people to try and do so. Once you have, please head back to the comments section of this web-post and log your success by leaving a "pre-ordered" comment. It is really rare.
Just one further note on the poster - the background photo was taken at some train station on our tour on China, which happened last March and was probably the coolest thing we've ever done as a band. Also featured are the patronizing mustaches of Young Gov and Mr. Jo. By patronizing, I mean patronizing their own faces.
IN OTHER NEWS
Do They Know It's Christmas, our cover version was voted single of the week over at The Guardian, because our friend writes the column and there isn't actually any voting. Since we've been monitoring it's progress on iTunes, I can tell you for sure that if it was a vote, single of the week would be some Lady GaGa song, followed closely by like 10 Taylor Swift songs. Anyhow, maybe you could buy our song. It's for charity.
Speaking of voting, our very own Sandy McRanda was voted #2 something or other about dumping you for tour or whatever. You can read all about it HERE for like the next 6 minutes before Sandy tells me to take this link down. No idea where they got the candid photo of Sandy practicing her bass parts in the privacy of her own sun room.
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ALSO JONAH GOT ENGAGED. Sorry mustache aficianados. There's still Damian. Oh wait he's married to. Well you can always go like some other band.
*Couple Tracks contains a version of No Epiphany that has yet to be released on vinyl, which would call into question the placement of the No Epiphany 7" sleeve on this poster as well.