Chad VanGaalen is a wildly talented artist, illustrator and animator from Calgary. And on May 17th, we at Sub Pop Records have the very great privilege of releasing Diaper Island, Chad’s fourth full-length record for the label. With this new album, Chad has distilled his approach, producing his most sonically cohesive album to date, and the closest thing he has done to a rock album. As with all of his albums, Chad is single-handedly responsible for all of the artistic efforts that went into Diaper Island—from album art to music videos and everything in between. No doubt you see what we were talking about with that “wildly talented” stuff at the beginning of this paragraph. Because we are such great fans of Chad’s art, in all of its manifestations, we’ll be giving the first 200 people to pre-order Diaper Island from subpop.com a free 5” x 6.5”, limited-edition, hand-numbered art print. This print will feature art from Diaper Island and Chad has promised to write or draw something on each of these. That’s for the first 200 people to order this record – when those are gone, that’s it. But! Everyone who pre-orders Diaper Island on CD or LP (and, remember, the LP will come with a coupon for a free, high-quality mp3 download of the album) will receive a couple of free stickers and instant access to a stream of the album in its entirely, providing access to hear the record in the time betwixt ordering and receiving. All of this for you, from us, with affection bordering on the inappropriate.
Earlier this week NPR posted the Tiny Desk Concert that Low recorded a few weeks back. On it, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker from Low perform acoustic versions of the songs “Try to Sleep,” “Nightingale” and “Something’s Turning Over” all from their recent album C’mon.
Sometimes a story can take a long time to tell. Eric D. Johnson, who has recorded and performed as the Fruit Bats for a decade now, had a story like that, a chance encounter that had rattled around his head for years. He’s tried to write it as a short story, a play, a movie…yet until now couldn’t get it down just right. Finally he decided to make a song out of it, and the result is “Tony the Tripper.” It’s the song at the heart of his fifth album, Tripper, setting the tone for a bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself. READMOREHERE
Download Never Before Released Non-Album Track “WACS” (featuring J Mascis)- Click here.
2nd Annual Huichica Music Festival
Fruit Bats front man Eric D. Johnson and winery Owner Jeff Bundschu co-curated the stellar lineup for the 2nd Annual Huichica Music Festival, June 4 that Gundlach Bundschu which will feature two stages with performances from Fruit Bats, J Mascis, Sonny & the Sunsets, Richard Swift, These United States, Breathe Owl Breathe, Tu Fawning, David Williams and CB Brand.
General Admission tickets- $55: includes admission to view all 8 bands and complimentary wine tasting from 2-6pm.
For more information on the bands, wine, food and location visit gunbun.com
In what even we (humble, modest simpletons that we are) recognize as a new personal best, both The Head and the Heart and Fleet Foxes will be appearing on the electronic babysitting machine this week! And, both of these appearances will be taking place on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon program of very high standards and taste.
On Wednesday, May 18th, The Head and the Heart will perform “Lost in My Mind” from their recently released and also self-titled and also debut album The Head and the Heart!
And then, on Friday, May 20th, Fleet Foxes will perform the song “Sim Sala Bim” from their even more recently released though neither self-titled nor debut (it’s their second) album Helplessness Blues!
It’s just this kind of audacious media exposure that has afforded us the mid-level renown we’re forever prattling on about, and we very much hope that you will tune in.
Plus! If you are in NY and would like to attend either or both of these sure-to-be-historic performances on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, here is how you can enter to have a chance to do that very thing…
On May 18th, 2011 The Head and the Heart will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Here is where you come in…
How would you like a chance to be close to The Head and the Heart’s performance on the show?
Click on the link below and you will be directed to our “Band Bench” Sweepstakes entry form. Enter for a chance to win seats on our band benches and an opportunity to surround the stage during The Head and the Heart’s performance.
Please make sure you include the following band code: HEA, in your entry form.
The new Fleet Foxes album Helplessness Blues is out now. We feel incredibly proud and privileged to be a part of this record and it’s a great thrill to finally release it. We’re fortunate to have the support from so many stores who have believed in this record. Below are links to buy the record in your preferred format.
The Scholarship Committee here at Sub Pop Headquarters is pleased to announce our Loser scholarship winners for 2011!
First Place: Javier Caceres
He is a film student at Shorewood High School and has been involved in many incredible film projects. The most notable one, the “Shorewood Lip Dub” went viral, caught the attention of the Rachael Ray Show, and got over 1.6 Million views on YouTube. You probably have seen this video, but if you haven’t, you should definitely check it out! It’s the Hall and Oates Song “You Make My Dreams” that was lip dubbed and filmed backwards in one take. It’s really pretty amazing, and The Rachael Ray piece explains how it was done. We loved this kid immediately! He plans to study Media Arts at Shoreline Community College, then transfer to a larger university and study Video Production.
Second Place: Tanner Smith
He is a songwriter, a drummer and is a really incredible sculptor. He is from Sisters, OR and has been involved in Jazz festivals and many charity projects.
Watch this YouTube video with slides of his sculptures backed by a song that he wrote!
Third Place: Theodora Shure
She is an artist, a photographer, a singer, and has been a chair of the VERArt Gallery. (For those unfamiliar, The Vera Project in Seattle is a pretty rad youth run music and arts venue.) Theodora has been involved in several Seattle area non-profit arts organizations to boot. She plans to attend the University of Chicago next year. Since there are no video links for her art, her collage, painting, and photo are included at the beginning of this post.