Shabazz Palaces’ Sub Pop labelmate, Chad VanGaalen, is more than just an insanely prolific and creative songwriter and performer, he’s equally accomplished as an illustrator and animator. He’s done many videos for himself, but he’s also directed videos for other Sub Pop artists like J Mascis and The Head and the Heart. All of which brings us to his latest directorial effort, the music video for Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty track, “Forerunner Foray”, which Gorilla Vs. Bear premiered today.
Take a couple minutes to watch the latest visual effort from Chad VanGaalen, the magical brain behind a number of fantastically weird and wonderful Sub Pop records and also the animated music videos that accompany many of his songs including this one for the Shrink Dust track, “Monster”, you won’t be disappointed.
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Chad VanGaalen’s latest and greatest record, Shrink Dust, has been pelted with many favorable accolades from the music glitteratti in the short time that it’s been available on record store shelves, and with good reason, it’s really G-D great (don’t take my word from it, read some of the accolades below). Chad recently took to the Seattle-based radio station,KEXP, for a live, in-studio performance, and true to form, Chad delivered an amazing, beautiful, charming, funny, and weird one-man-band-style show. Check that out in the embedded player.
See Chad with a full band at any one of these fine venues:
June 15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
June 17 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall*
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
June 19 - Oakland, CA - LEO’S*
June 20 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Garage*
June 21 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern*
June 22 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett*
Aug. 31 - North Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
Sep. 01 - London, UK - Oslo
Sep. 02 - Paris, FR - Point FMR
Sep. 04 - Gent, BE - DOK
Sep. 06 - Vlieland, NL - Into the Great Wide Open Festival
Sep. 07 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus
Sep. 08 - Berlin, DE - Kantine Berghain
Sep. 09 - Arhus, DK - Radar
Sep. 11- Stockholm, SE - Stacken
Sep. 12 - Copenhagen, DK - Ideal Bar
Sep. 13 - Cologne, DE - King Georg
Sep. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - DOK
Sep. 15 - Tilburg, NL - Incubate
* w/ Cousins
What People Have Said About Chad VanGaalen’s Shrink Dust:
“His latest, Shrink Dust, is possibly his best, and certainly his most confident…Chad VanGaalen’s world is weird, but never just for weird’s sake—his creations spring from deep inside the singular, twisted mind of their creator, and Shrink Dust is the closest we’ve come yet to getting inside his head.” [Review] - Pitchfork
“It’s an album that wears its weirdness on its sleeve, but it’s the best kind of weird, and a joy to listen to.” [Review, 8/10] - FILTER
“There’s something deeply relatable about the flawed protagonists of ‘Weighed Sin’ and ‘Monster’, whose callow whimsy masks a more disquieting melancholia. This madcap might raise the occasional laugh, but inside he’s crying, and for all your voyeuristic unease, you won’t be able to look away. [Review, 8/10] - NME
“Frankly, it’s eccentrically charming and something that he proves elsewhere time and again, with the cooed loveliness of the ominously titled ‘Evil’, as well as the swirling refrain and sprawling, gossamer of inﬂuences found on ‘Cosmic Destroyer’, making for wondrously ﬂoaty highpoints.” [Review, 8/10] - Loud & Quiet
“For those who like their space-age folk rock with a strong sense of humility, it doesn’t get much chiller than this.” [Review, 8/10]- Exclaim!
“Van Gaalen is basically a visionary with a guitar, a lot of oddball instruments and recording gear, and this album is meditative and spooky, an appealing continuation of his fire-hose like output.” [Review] - Relix
Chad VanGaalen’s fifth full-length record, Shrink Dust, came out just over two weeks ago. That’s five record on Sub Pop, which, puts him in rare company with the likes of Mudhoney (and maybe one or two other artists) for number of records out on our label. What that means: we LOVE working with Chad VanGaalen (and presumably that he at least tolerates us (Which, to be fair, is a challenge; we’re an insufferable lot)). We put out records by musicians whose work we love and who give us with the goal of sharing that work with as many people possible, and in that spirit, we give you Chad VanGaalen: A Beginners Guide, a collection of Chad songs thoughtfully prepared by the employees of Sub Pop, some of our other artists who are fans of Chad, and some friends of the label that refused to be silenced on the matter of just how fucking wonderful the music of Chad VanGaalen is. With that said, take to one of these streaming music services and listen to Chad’s music, if you’re anything like us, you’ll feel enlightened.
Beats: on the @subpop profile.Pick up a copy of Shrink Dust, Chad VanGaalen’s recently released triumph from us here at Sub Pop.
Chad VanGaalen’s fifth full length record, Shrink Dust, is just over one week from its release, which, thanks to the sorcery-like powers of the internet, that means that you can listen to the record in its entirety now! For free! And you should, because it’s his best, which is saying a lot. And then you should head on over to the Sub Pop internet webstore, The Mega Mart, and pick up your copy on CD, LP, or digital.
Sub Pop’s patron saint of weird, Chad VanGaalen, has a new record coming out on April 29th. It’s called Shrink Dust, and it’s predictably close to/if not perfect and also very weird (Chad’s nothing if not consistent–hear his other records for proof). If I were you, I’d do me (you) a real solid and take a quick three minute break from what I’m (you’re) doing and listen to “Monster” now in the embedded player.
If you pre-order Shrink Dust from us here at Subpop.com, you will receive a free booklet featuring a bunch of original drawings by Chad of characters doing frisbee moves from the science fiction movie he’s been making and of which this album draws it’s inspiration from. Loser Edition vinyl is now sold out!