The Bird Is the Most Popular Finger

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A play on the title of Six Finger Satellite's The Pigeon is the Most Popular Bird, Shellac's third pre-At Action Park single offers eight-track renditions of "Pull the Cup" (then titled as "XVI"), and an instrumental version of "The Admiral." As depicted by the photo inserted on the cover of the 7", they were recorded in Todd Trainer's bedroom, which provided the sound of a cavernous gymnasium. The recordings here are more immediate (live, more than likely) than the ones found on At Action Park, and they're a bit tinny. A hallmark in 7" packaging, the photo on the cover can be removed to reveal an outlined drawing of the contents of Trainer's room, replete with numbered diagrams. It's detailed to the point of divulging the serial numbers of instruments, even locating Todd's ceramic Dracula and Steve Albini's baseball hat. The back features Albini's Drag City translator Post-It: "Pavement - Grateful Dead; Gastr del Sol - Jose Feliciano; Shellac - Tubeway Army.

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