News for Chad Vangaalen

NEWS : WED, JUN 21, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Sub Pop Will Release Chad VanGaalen’s ‘Light Information’ on September 8th. Hear Lead Track, “Old Heads”

Light Information will be available in Canada from Flemish Eye and the rest of the world from Sub Pop

Nobody cared about their old heads, because the new ones work just fine now, don’t they?…. they have the same size mouth and eyes.

From the beautiful mind of Chad VanGaalen comes Light Information. The creative polymath’s sixth album will in stores worldwide on September 8th.

While alienation has always been a theme of VanGaalen’s music, Light Information draws on a new kind of wisdom–and anxiety–gained as he watches his kids growing up. “Being a parent has given me a sort of alternate perspective, worrying about exposure to a new type of consciousness that’s happening through the internet,” he says. “I didn’t have that growing up, and I’m maybe trying to preserve a little bit of that selfishly for my kids.”

The song “Old Heads” is a sci-fi space anthem to technology that constantly replaces itself, proving both necessary and unnecessary at the same time. It’s also a jangly pop gem, a trip through the fantastical that is ultimately warm and relatable.

Light Information features the standouts “Old Heads” [listen on Spotify], “Pine & Clover,” and Mind Hijacker’s Curse.” As always, VanGaalen wrote, played, and produced all of the music on the album (save Ryan Bourne’s bass part on “Mystery Elementals” and vocals on “Static Shape” from his young daughters Ezzy and Pip), and designed the cover art. Light Information emerged from the experimental instruments that fill VanGaalen’s Calgary garage studio. Among them is a beloved Korg 770 monosynth, which VanGaalen coveted for years before fixing one up and devoting a lot of recent energy to recording “duets” with it. One of these, “Prep Piano and 770,” is the lone instrumental on Light Information, more atmosphere and chord bursts than the rest of the album’s hooky rock narrative.

“If I was going to go out and buy a record, I would probably want it to sound only like that,” says VanGaalen. “That one’s for me.”

Throughout the dark-wave reverb of Light Information are stories of paranoia, disembodiment, and isolation–but there’s also playfulness, empathy, and intimacy.


[Photo Credit: Marc Rimmer]

Read more about Chad Van Gaalen (bio by Evie Nagy) at subpop.com, and follow Chad everywhere in the known inter-verse via Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.



 
Light Information is available for preorder now (CD / LP / DL / CS) from Sub Pop and Flemish Eye. LP preorders of the album from megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on crystal clear vinyl (while supplies last).

Light Information
Tracklisting:

1. Mind Hijacker’s Curse
2. Locked in the Phase
3. Prep Piano and 770
4. Host Body
5. Mystery Elementals
6. Old Heads
7. Golden Oceans
8. Faces Lit
9. Pine and Clover
10. You Fool
11. Broken Bell
12. Static Shape

Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Chad VanGaalen has also scheduled fall 2017 international tour dates in support of Light Information. The dates currently span October 15th in Utrecht, Netherlands at EKKO through December 8th in Montreal, Quebec at The Fairmount.  The 30-city trek will include stops in London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, and Brooklyn. Support for the North American shows (select dates) will come from NE-HI (November 11th-19th) and Un Blonde (December 1st-8th).  Please find a complete list of dates below.
 
Europe
Oct. 15 - Utrecht, NL - EKKO  
Oct. 16 - Rotterdam, NL - Rotown  
Oct. 17 - London, UK - Oslo  
Oct. 18 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club  
Oct. 20 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow (Sky Bar)  
Oct. 21 - Copenhagen, DK - Stengade
Oct. 22 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain  
Oct. 24 - Düdingen, CH - Bad Bonn
Oct. 25 - Lyon, FR - Le Sonic  
Oct. 26 - Amiens, FR - La Lune des Pirates
Oct. 27 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere  
Oct. 28 - Nantes, FR - SOY Festival
Oct. 29 - Tourcoing, FR - Le Grand Mix
Oct. 30 - Luxemburg, LU - Rotondes  
Oct. 31 - Gent, BE - BIB  
 
North America
Nov. 09 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
Nov. 10 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern *
Nov. 12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
Nov. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
Nov. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - Satellite Club *
Nov. 16 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
Nov. 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar *
Nov. 19 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive *
Nov. 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Nov. 30 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Dec. 01 - Detroit, MI - El Club **
Dec. 02 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle **
Dec. 03 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi Fi **
Dec. 05 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe **
Dec. 06 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC **
Dec. 07 - Allston, MA - Great Scott **
Dec. 08 - Montreal QC - Fairmont**
*w/ NE-HI
**w/ Un Blonde


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, JAN 9, 2015 at 12:00 AM

See the New Shabazz Palaces Video for “Forerunner Foray” Directed by Chad VanGaalen

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. 

Watch the new video in the embed. Order Lese Majesty from Sub Pop here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, AUG 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

See the New Chad VanGaalen Video for “Monster”

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.

Pick up Shrink Dust from Sub Pop right here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAY 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Chad VanGaalen KEXP Performance + Tour Dates

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 like if Dali and Kafka got lost at an MGMT concert…Ever the tinkerer, Shrink Dust expands VanGaalen’s immense talents to even more uncharted, exciting territory. The record deals with some hefty topics, but they don’t seem as insurmountable through VanGaalen’s lens.”  [Review] - Consequence of Sound

“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

“It takes you on something of a journey, veering from country to garage rock to something almost literally out-of-this-world.” [Review, 4 / 5] - Music OMH


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAY 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Chad VanGaalen: A Beginner’s Guide

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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.

Rdio,
Beats: on the @subpop profile.

Pick up a copy of Shrink Dust, Chad VanGaalen’s recently released triumph from us here at Sub Pop.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, APR 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Stream Chad VanGaalen’s ‘Shrink Dust’ at Pitchfork Now

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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. 

Stream Shrink Dust via Pitchork Advance. 

Pre-order Shrink Dust from Sub Pop.


Posted by Sam Sawyer