This is the front and back of the original insert for the “Every Day and Every Night” LP. It was out of press for a long time, but Saddle Creek is reissuing it soon. Conor, Robb, and I laid out the artwork in Robb’s apartment where he used to run the label. Robb didn’t have a lot of room to sleep because he had so many records in his bedroom.
(top half, starting in upper left, clockwise) I’m in the upper left corner, at Conor’s house that he shared with some good friends. It was 1999. We used to play Atari 2600 over there, Tim Kasher was really, really good at Kaboom. Scary good.
All of the graveyard photos I took in Budapest, Hungary. It was a surreal and amazing place. The black stuff on the monuments is pollution from the cars there… they don’t have catalytic converters. Awful, but it made the graves look incredible.
Upper right, that’s Tilly, Conor’s old dog. The band “Tilly and the Wall” is named after that dog, but I don’t know what the “Wall” part is. I’ll have to ask…
Happy Conor and Happy Neely.
Tim Kasher and Jeff Tafolla. Jeff played in the Bright Eyes band way back when, and works for Saddle Creek now. I think Conor took the picture, but I’m not sure.
(bottom half, starting in upper left, clockwise) That’s Ted Stevens of Lullaby for the Working Class and Cursive in the devil mask, with Conor’s brother Justin. Ted was fucking scary in that mask, but he’s not scary without the mask.
Then there’s a house party photo from the place that Conor lived at while writing “Letting off the Happiness”. There are still house shows there, and 10 years ago it felt like the floor was going to fall into the basement, so I’m afraid what it’s like now. It was called the Gunboat for awhile, and now I think it’s called Hotel Frank.
Then that’s Kaite, who did the awesome linocuts and letterpress elements for “Lifted” with Robb Nansel, who runs Saddle Creek and played in Commander Venus back in prehistoric times. Kaite also designed the Bright Eyes “Snake” and “Record” t-shirts that a lot of us have worn. She’s ready for the pandemic.
I’m not sure Conor would endorse this brand of beer now, but maybe.