There are three new tracks on the single. Side A features the instrumental song "Defcon 5." Side B starts with "Anti-Matter Man," a track where Starcrunch actually sings, and finishes with "Dr. Space," an instrumental tune that features the accordian stylings of one Jeremy Jacobsen. The first two will figure somehow onto next year's full-length, but "Dr. Space" is exclusive to this release. The record was cut direct to lacquer at Chicago Mastering Service.
The record itself came packaged in a custom chipboard, die-cut cover with a yellow acetate window on one side (and nothing on the other). The top is sealed with a foil sticker identifying it as Chunklet Industries catalog number CHK7-002. The design work was mostly the brain child of Aaron Draplin, though the Astroman logo used on the center label was designed by Henry Owings. Both the logo and much of the feel of the record and sleeve draw inspiration from vintage audio equipment. Compare the final design of the record with that of the 1936 Zenith 12A58 Radio Glass Dial:
|Thank you Benjamin Brinkman for finding this connection!|
Here is an artist spec and early concept drawing for the single:
Here are a few assembly pictures from Chunklet headquarters' Facebook photo stream. The first is the roll of foil stickers used to seal individual records, and the second shows several stacks of assembled sleeves (chipboard outer sleeve with acetate windows attached) awaiting the arrival of the records from the pressing plant:
|The roll of foil stickers used to seal individual records|
|Assembled sleeves. Note the sleeve in the foreground with the red acetate window. |
This a preview detail of the third volume in the Astro-Analog series.
I purchased all three varieties of the single, and I got an extra orange copy to open and play. Here is a closeup shot of the orange version of the record:
There was also a second pressing, or re-press of the single after the clear and orange variations sold out. The second pressing looks identical to the first in sleeve and center labeling. The difference is that it was done on clear red vinyl. Here is a photo of the re-press:
The final, and fourth pressing of the record was on "space junk" purple vinyl. There were 10 of these pressed, after which Owings got rid of the extra packaging materials so he wouldn't be tempted to make anymore. In addition to the junk vinyl pressing, there was also ONE copy pressed on coke bottle clear/green. Here's photo of both (I promise I'll snap a better picture in the future):
The dead wax bears the inscriptions: "so now I have a Google phonic stereo with a moon rock needle" and "It's okay for a car stereo, wouldn't want it in my house."
There was a series of 12 test pressings of this one. I managed to get my hands on number 5. Here it is a photo of the pile of tests, and a close up shot of my copy:
|Check out how the rubber stamp graphic goes from sleeve to record and back to sleeve. Gorgeous.|
And, though there was no official insert with the record, some shipments came with swag from Chunklet HQ. Like, for instance, this:
|this is pretty close to actual size|