The Envelope Sessions

The Envelope Sessions
EP by
RecordedJune 3, 5, & 7, 1999
GenreIndie rock
LabelElsinor (els 028)
ProducerBen Gibbard
¡All-Time Quarterback! chronology
¡All-Time Quarterback! (EP)
The Envelope Sessions
¡All-Time Quarterback!

The Envelope Sessions is the second release from Ben Gibbard's solo project ¡All-Time Quarterback!. The tape was a limited release on Elsinor Records and is now out of print. Tracks from this tape were later taken and put together with the ¡All-Time Quarterback! EP and re-released by Barsuk records on the ¡All-Time Quarterback! album. The tracks "Don't Touch the Tape," "Lullaby, Lullaby," "Dig It!" and "Stark Mobile" were excluded from the re-release.

Ben recorded these songs straight to walkman, accompanied only by a toy guitar. The track "Underwater!" went on to become a Death Cab For Cutie song, released on 7" inch as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club in March 2000.

Track listing[]

  1. "Don't Touch the Tape"
  2. "Underwater!"
  3. "Sock Hop"
  4. "Lullaby, Lullaby"
  5. "Dig It!"
  6. "Cleveland"
  7. "Stark Mobile"
  8. "Factory Direct"
  9. "Empire State"


Ben Gibbard: Toy guitar, vocals.

The Envelope Sessions were written June 3–5, & 7, 1999 and recorded live onto a Sony Walkman.