Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles initiated a dialogue with fans on Twitter yesterday by sharing a few tasty history bits on the band’s artwork, encouraging followers to buy rare 7″ singles on eBay and providing a link to download a previously vinyl-only live album for free.
Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s characterization in the National Portrait Gallery, Stickles explained the reasoning for the original artwork rejection of The Airing of Grievances: “1000 copies were made with that cover, before Troubleman Unlimited CEO Mike Simonetti had second thoughts. ‘Bring me a cover that doesn’t look it was designed by a five year old,’ he said, hurting the feelings of the fragile artist (me).” The album with the initial cover art is available to purchase on eBay.
After giving that bit of trivia, Stickles also revealed the album cover that XL Recordings rejected for Titus Andronicus’s third album, Local Business.
“I’m sad to say it’s not for any juicy or provocative reason. We saw this painting at these guys’ house in MPLS we stayed at back in ‘10 but it had been bought at a garage sale so the artist was unknown,” Sickles informed on Twitter. “So @XLRECORDINGS feared the artist would come out of obscurity for revenge, ala the lady on the cover of @vampireweekend ’s Contra album.”
After being “liberated from its vinyl prison” (Stickles’ words) The Innocents Abroad was uploaded for a free download via MediaFire. The eight-track album was recorded in London in February 2009. Check it out here.