Avi Buffalo is the adopted name of Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, an 18 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Long Beach, CA. Avi Buffalo is also the name of the band he formed with friends and like-minded collaborators Sheridan Riley (drums), Arin Fazio (bass) and Rebecca Coleman (keyboards and vocals). It (Avi Buffalo) is also the name of his/their debut full-length album, which we are just ridiculously puffed-up about releasing on April 27, 2010. And, if you order Avi Buffalo on CD or LP (and the LP comes with free mp3 download of the album) by that date, you will receive, for free, a super limited-edition CDR of 4 tracks not found on the album! And, as usual, anyone who pre-orders the record gets access to a full-album stream of the record to listen to from the time you place your order until the CD and/or LP arrives in the mail. Also, there will be stickers! Let us know if we ever go too far trying to please you guys.
April 17th is, for the third time ever, what we in the biz like to call Record Store Day. Everyone’s all like “oooh it’s like Christmas for record nerds!” and “record store day is my favorite new day of the year!” but the real truth is that Record Store Day just means we can sell you more records, AND, record stores will continue to exist! (Win/win) This year we are releasing limited edition records (the number in parentheses = the total run) by Beach House (2750), The Album Leaf (2000), Happy Birthday (1750), Dum Dum Girls/Male Bonding (2250), Soundgarden (5475), and CocoRosie (1250) as well as a CD (9200) of some of the live performances from our big 20th Anniversary blowout from 2008. You can read more about our RSD offerings and in-stores here and more about RSD in general here.
April 27th is the release date for the highly anticipated Avi Buffalo record called, somewhat mysteriously, Avi Buffalo. If you pre-order Avi Buffalo by April 27th, you will, for free, receive a totally limited CDR featuring four non-album tracks! So don’t delay, after April 27th, they are gone. Our mom-n-pop direct sales guy Dean Whitmore has a fantastic little musical outfit called Unnatural Helpers, and they too are releasing an album on the 27th. Cracked Love and Other Drugs is available from Hardly Art. Get it!
Hey, also, speaking of our anniversary, it was just our anniversary again! This year we turned 22. It’s cool…we’re thinking about getting our own place so we can smoke our dope in private, as well as what we’re going to do with the rest of our lives. And speaking of the rest of our lives, you are currently reading the very last edition of A Form of Paying Attention. You goddamned kids have no attention spans anymore so from May 1 on you will find news bits in place of this wordy, dumb column. It was a good run but it’s time to put ‘er down.
For the first time ever we have a three-way tie for the winners of March’s new releases. Our friends at Yours Truly do awesome video stuff like this, but they had a hard time picking a winner for me. I finally got them to say “the guy who said the Smiths,” but that’s actually two guys, so both Simon Horton and Mike Waalkes are winners of the new Ruby Suns, Golden Triangle, Happy Birthday, and Dum Dum Girls records. Also, I had to pick Bob Ham as a winner as well because I’ve been obsessing about Henry Rollins lately. (Henry, call me!) Congratulations, everyone. To win April’s new releases, including a complete pack of all of our RSD releases, please leave my column an obit in the comments section. See ya!
Avi Buffalo, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Dum Dum Girls, Happy Birthday, Jaill, Male Bonding, and The Ruby Suns will all be heading down to Austin this March for the 2010 South by Southwest music festival/conference/opportunity to eat BBQ.
You should really go.
Sub Pop and Hardly Art SXSW Showcase 2010
Thursday, March 18th
at the Galaxy Room
508 E. 6th Street
Also on Thursday, March 18th Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore will be playing at the Central Presbyterian Church at 730PM!
Introductions are in order…
Avi Buffalo is the adopted name of Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, an 18 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Long Beach , CA. Avi Buffalo is also the name of the band he formed with friends and like-minded collaborators Sheridan Riley (drums), Arin Fazio (bass) and Rebecca Coleman (keyboards and vocals). Though Avi started recording songs 3 years ago, during his sophomore year in high school, amidst the dissolution of his previous band Monogram, it wasn’t until Bill Cutts of Outsider Folk asked Avi to play a show in 2007 that Avi Buffalo the band came to be. This first show was an acoustic set at the Zephyr Café in Long Beach. Through the following summer and a local music festival that fall, the band became an altogether more electric thing. And soon they were asked to play shows in Los Angeles. They did and then kept on doing it. A year later Avi and Aaron Embry (who has played with folks like Elliott Smith, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Beth Orton, and a whole slew of others) began recording the songs that will become the band’s first record. At the prompting of early fan and Sub Pop A&R Head Tony Kiewel, the band toured up to Seattle, played a show, met folks at the label, and began what we all hope will be a very long and happy relationship.
Since then, Avi, Sheridan, Arin, and Rebecca have toured with and made fans of new label-mates Beach House, played the FYF Festival and the Monolith Festival, found unexpected, glowing response and airplay from Steve Lamacq at BBC1, and closer to home from KCRW and KXLU, and have received a whole lot of unsolicited press attention. All before putting out a record.
Because we at Sub Pop are (still…) in the increasingly anachronistic business of putting out records, we plan to change that. And so! On Dec. 8th, 2009 we will be releasing “What’s in It For?” b/w “Jessica” as a 7" vinyl single, recorded by the aforementioned and comprehensively associated Aaron Embry. You can pre-order this single now right here. One or both of these songs will also be found on the debut Avi Buffalo full-length that we are just ridiculously puffed-up about releasing in the spring of 2010.
Meet Avi Buffalo! We think you’re going to like them an awful lot. We sure do.
Buffalo’s eponymous debut hit the ground running in 2010, and for good
reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied
with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were
busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC,
and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes
are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids their age, the
Buffaloes celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of
visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, their overseas journeys took
them to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the
Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, and beyond.
And thus began the three-year journey that led to the creation of At Best Cuckold, a stretch of time that resembles the one that framed its predecessor. While transitioning from teenager to twenty-something and traversing the interpersonal wilds that accompany that age, Avi kept playing music (even picking up a new instrument every now and again), collaborated with and produced many friends (including Kevin Litrow’s N.O.W. project and Douglas James Sweeney’s Arjuna Genome), started DJing, and listened to a bunch of good music. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013 rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks…The end result is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. Listen to the lead-off track, “So What”, in the handy embed to hear some of those sneaky moments of grandeur.
Pre-order At Best Cuckold from Sub Pop and receive a large, limited-edition fold-out poster. Speaking of limited-edition, if you pre-order ABC on the vinyl format, you’ll receive the colored-vinyl, Loser Edition of the LP, in this case, the lack-of-color, clear vinyl. Limited-edition means when they’re gone, they’re gone, so probably order now, right? Yes.
Avi Buffalo’s At Best Cuckold is still a month and a half out, but don’t let that sad fact stop you from enjoying you some Avi Buffalo TODAY. Go ahead and press play on the embedded player to get lost in the dreamscape that is the music video embodiment of the ABC track “So What”.