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Note: Much of this info, especially the really rare stuff, comes from Titus Andronicus’ MySpace blog (now defunct). If anyone has pictures, tracklistings, or extra copies (please!) of the releases I don’t have info on, drop me a line. (Thanks to Kevin for additional information.)

Titus Andronicus Self-titled EP
The note on Titus’ blog about this is “several made, only a few purchased”. Recorded in September ’05, shortly after the band’s first show. A CD-R with a paper insert, five tracks:

Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ
Titus Andronicus
Talking Oral Fixation Blues
Arms Against Atrophy
To Old Friends and New

Credits aren’t included with this or the Titus Andronicus 7″ (which takes its songs from this EP), but it was recorded by Kevin McMahon at Marcata Records, with the following performers:

Sarim Al-Rawi – drums, vocals
Martin Courtney – cello, stand-up bass, vocals
Alexi Crawford – electric guitar, vocals
Doug Johnson – tambourine
Jeff Kim – trumpet
Ian Graetzer – electric bass, electric guitar, Memory Man
Julian Lynch – clarinet, vocals
Jimmy Potter – violin, vocals
Susan Putnins – piano, vocals
Angelica Schwartz – vocals
Patrick Stickles – vocals, electric guitar, piano, synthesizer, harmonica, pitch generator

Titus Andronicus b/w Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ 7″

Shake Appeal’s first release, out in March or April 2007. 500 copies only. See above for the credits.

Albert Camus b/w Upon Viewing Brueghel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus 7″

Troubleman Unlimited release, 500 copies, hand-numbered. October 2007. Black vinyl with hand numbered screened covers, number 476-500 printed on Red paper. 100 Orange Inserts, 400 Red Inserts. The credits for this one are:

Sarim Al-Rawi – Drums
Andrew Cedermark – Electric Guitar
Alexi Crawford – Electric Guitar
Ian Graetzer – Electric bass
Patrick Stickles – Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Daniel Tews – Electric guitar
Alexander Tretiak – Tambourine

The Airing of Grievances (Winter Tour edition)

The note from Titus Andronicus’ blog on this is “Spray-painted, cardboard cases that were sold during the winter tour. 45-50 made. Sold out”. I finally got a copy of one of these, but Joe from [now defunct website] provided a couple of these pictures before I did, hence the slight differences. The insert has lyrics and credits, and splits up the album into a prologue, part one, part two, and epilogue. The logo on the cover is the same design they use for their T-shirts.

The Airing of Grievances (Tour/Promotional Edition CD)

Troubleman Unlimited release, just 700 made. Lyrics printed inside the booklet. Special cover art. April 2008.

The Airing of Grievances (Tour Vinyl)

Troubleman Unlimited release, 500 hand-numbered copies. No label on the record itself, and a minimalist sleeve design.

The Airing of Grievances (Official Troubleman Unlimited Version)
Same recording as the Tour CD, but with the XL release cover art (below).

Titus Andronicus b/w Every Time I See the Light Pts. 1 and 2 7″

Merok Records release, 700 copies. December 2008. The b-side was recorded at Yeah Buddy HQ, which is producer and former drummer Sarim (whom Patrick Stickles met at the library) Al-Rawi’s studio.

Merok also sent out promo CDs for this:

A second promo for the single turned up, but this one just has Titus Andronicus on it. Not sure on the details.

The Airing of Grievances (XL edition):

On CD and Vinyl. I don’t have a copy of this yet myself, but apparently it’s a remastered version of the Troubleman Release. January 2009.

XL sent out promos of this one:

No cover art, just the CD and back. The writeup for the press makes Titus Andronicus sound a little like the Patrick Stickles Band.

A cardboard sleeve promo version has also turned up:

My Time Outside the Womb b/w To Old Friends and New 7″

Merok Records release, March 2009. Limited to 500 copies. No production info on this one, but To Old Friends and New is the same recording as appears on the first Titus Andronicus EP.

Another Merok release, another promo:

Upon Viewing Brueghel’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”

Titus put out a music video for this song, and this promo CD, but I haven’t seen a 7″ anywhere. Brueghel is spelled Bruegel here, unlike on the album track listing. Knowing the band, this is an obscure reference to the fact that Pieter Brueghel dropped the “h” from his last name in his 30′s.

The Innocents Abroad: Live in London, 23/02/09

12″ vinyl, limited to 300 copies. June 8th, 2009. A mix of Airing of Grievances material, unreleased (but not especially new) material, and a couple covers. The letter included is an interesting read. In case you were wondering: yes, the title is a literary reference, to a Mark Twain book. Track listing:

Side A:
Joset of Nazareth Blues
Every Time I See the Light, Part 2
Titus Andronicus Forever ->
Wipeout (Surfaris cover)
Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ

Side B:
No Future Part One ->
No Future Part Two
Roadrunner (Jonathan Richman cover)

Four Score and Seven 7″

February 23rd, 2010. The song is split into two parts and covers both sides of the record.

The Monitor

The band’s second full-length album, released both on CD and two 12″ vinyl records. March 9th, 2010.

Both XL Recordings (UK) and Merok Records (US) made promo CDs for this. XL’s doesn’t have front cover art, just the back:

A More Perfect Union (Promo CD)

Merok promo. Surprisingly, this is the full, album version of the song, not the shortened version found in the music video.

Titus Andronicus/Free Energy Tour Split 7″

7″ vinyl. One side is Titus Andronicus covering Television Personalities’ “Anxiety Block”, and the other is Free Energy covering Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Going Down”. This was sold during the tour the bands were on together in August and September, 2010.

No Future Part Three: Escape from No Future Music Video DVD

As the band said on their site, “These days, when bands put out a video, it goes up on some blog or some music website or some such shit – BORING!! Titus Andronicus can’t be doing no dull-ass thing like that, and you can help save us.” Instead, they allowed people to host premiere parties for the video, and if you signed up to host one, this is the DVD you got. April 29, 2011.

Titus Andronicus LLC Mixtape Volume 1

In March, 2012, the band released for download a collection of live material, demos, studio outtakes, and so on. They also made 200 hand-numbered CD-R copies of the release that were sold at SXSW. (If someone has a copy they’d be willing to sell, please contact me).

Local Business

The band’s third full-length album, released on CD and vinyl. A limited number of the LPs were red vinyl (I can’t find a good source for the number that were pressed in red – I’ve seen a figure of 4000, though). October 22, 2012.

A vinyl version was given to certain record stores as a promo giveaway, and are unlabeled red vinyl in a red sleeve, with two stickers included. Not sure how many were pressed.

Promo CD for the album.

Titus Andronicus/Ceremony Tour Split 7″

7″ vinyl. One side is Titus Andronicus’ “In a Big City”, the other is Ceremony’s “Everything Burns”. Matador Records, 500 copies, some on clear vinyl and some on black vinyl. Sold during their tour together, October and November, 2012.

Record Store Day 12″ EP

Black vinyl release, only available from indie record stores in celebration of Record Store Day. Side A is “Still Life with Hot Deuce on Silver Platter”, while Side B has two previously unreleased songs, “(I’ve Got a) Date Tonight” and “The Dog”, the latter showcasing drummer Eric Harm’s first foray into lead singing for the band. 2500 copies. April 20, 2013.