News from 4/2012

TUE, APR 3, 2012 at 7:42 AM

New Music From Jaill! “Waste A Lot Of Things”

We’d like to let you know that you can listen to the newest track from Jaill by simply pressing the play button in the widget above (did we really need to explain that? perhaps not.) and if you happen to like what you hear, you can get the download of the track by entering in your email in that very same widget above and the new Jaill tune, “Waste A Lot Of Things”, off their upcoming June 12th record, Traps, will be sent to you.

What else can we share with you that may be fairly self-explanatory? How about, if you’d like more information on Jaill you can help yourself to the copious amounts of Jaill-related information we have waiting for you over on their artist page. Band bio, album information, photos, music, useful links.

That there is some pretty informative stuff here, we think!

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

FRI, APR 6, 2012 at 4:06 AM

Father John Misty’s Fear Fun Out May 1st


Father John Misty’s debut album, Fear Fun, comes out on May 1st, and we’ve got some important business to discuss with you regarding related, free, limited-edition stuff. No doubt you have seen the very great music videos for the very great songs “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” and “Nancy From Now On,” and are justifiably very excited about Fear Fun as a result. In a gesture intended to heighten this excitement and, it’s true, also encourage sales, we will be giving away, to the good people who pre-order this album from, a bonus CDR featuring five demo versions of songs from the album! And, as we like to think we’re becoming increasingly well-known for, when you pre-order the vinyl LP through, you’ll receive the Loser Edition version of the record, which is a limited-edition colored (in this case, pink) vinyl edition. This is only available to early adopters, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. So, if you pre-order now, you’ll get the bonus CDR, the Loser Edition pink vinyl, and as always, stickers! All of this is a while-supplies-last situation.

Pre-order Fear Fun here.

Bundle Fear Fun with a handsome Father John Misty t-shirt here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

THU, APR 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Dale Yarger Was One of the Very Good Ones


Today, The Stranger’s Mike Nipper posted a heartfelt, thoughtful and moving memorial for his friend Dale Yarger, who passed away a few weeks back. I can’t see how we can add much more to what Mike posted and you should read it. Dale will be greatly missed.

Among a great many other things, and one of the reasons it makes sense to post about this here, Dale designed the Sub Pop logo while working at The Rocket with Bruce Pavitt.

I will add one very small thing, though. I worked with Dale at Fantagraphics Books for a brief time sometime right around 1994. I won’t pretend that we were super close friends but we took the same bus home after work and I liked him a lot. From the start, he was always incredibly friendly and generous and just obviously a very good guy. This was maybe a small thing, but it seemed very big to me at the time. Still does. And, I am grateful. Thanks, Dale.

There is also a memorial page for Dale Yarger on Facebook.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

MON, APR 2, 2012 at 3:55 AM

Tomorrow Night’s the Night: Low Live in London at the Royal Festival Hall


Bands play shows all the time, and though we often try to convince you otherwise (and will, let’s just go ahead and admit, continue to do so), almost any one of these shows is not really “news,” exactly.

Tomorrow night’s Low performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall strikes us as an exception, despite our many biases, both personal and professional.

Added on to the fact that Low will be playing a venue typically occupied by groups with the word “Philharmonic” in their name, the band has invited the artist Peter Liversidge to produce backdrops for their performance. Here’s some more info on Peter and his plans with Low…

Peter Liversidge has begun a year-long collaboration with the band Low from Duluth, Minnesota. The partnership will culminate in a new set of proposals written for the musicians.

To inaugurate this partnership, Liversidge was invited to produce a backdrop for Low’s concert at the Royal Festival Hall of the Southbank Centre in London on April 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm. As detailed in a proposal from Liversidge, the backdrop will consist of three video projections, lighting, mirror balls, festoon lighting and shadows. The work designed for the show is born of a fascination with the relationship between the audience and performer as it has evolved with the technological innovations of the past century, as well as Liversidge’s personal relationship with the band and appreciation of their music.

The first 500 people to arrive at the concert will receive an embossed facsimile of Liversidge’s proposal related to the performance.

In the parlance of our times, it looks like this show will really be “something else.”

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, APR 13, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Attn Toronto: This Is for a Good Cause


Our friends from Three Gut Records have organized a benefit for next Friday, April 20th at Lee’s Palace in Toronto. The line-up looks great and the cause is a very good one. If you have the opportunity, you should please attend. Should you not have the opportunity, you should please suggest this event to anyone you know who might.

Here are the details:

Newman Boys Benefit
April 20th at Lee’s Palace

Basia Bulat
Andre Ethier
Jim Guthrie
Nathan Lawr
Light Fires
Casey Mecija
Owen Pallett
Sandra Perri
Bry Webb (this is Bry from the Constantines)

Tickets are available for $15 at the Horseshoe Tavern, Soundscapes, Rotate This and at the door.

Posted by Chris Jacobs