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 Dustexpands
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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!
Record Store Day 2014 is a mere 51 days away according to the official countdown over at RSD.com, and with the popularity of vinyl ever increasing, there are more Record Store Day exclusives in 2014 to sift through than ever before. This means one or two of the following things: 1) You are going to spend MUCH MORE money than last year; and/or 2) It’s going to be tough to stick out in crowded record bins full of limited-edition, Record Store Day-only releases. Well, we here at Sub Pop HQ read the tea leaves, studied the data points, and decided early on that we were going to have to do something really special to stand out this year. We went to work, trimmed the fat, and got our release list to the four most exciting, collectable, sonically pleasing, limited-edition Sub Pop Record Store Day Releases ever. To get a full appreciation of what I’m bullshitting so eloquently about, see below. We’ll see you at your local independent record retailer at four in the morning on April 19th. You bring the coffee. And the donuts.
Mudhoney On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP:In
2013 both Mudhoney and Sub Pop turned 25, and, in celebration of this
milestone, the band performed on the actual roof of Seattle’s iconic and
also very tall Space Needle. Due to space limitations up on top, and
the obvious safety issues involved, only about 13 people were able to
bear witness to this performance (and you can hear each of them,
clapping individually between songs). Our friends at KEXP
recorded and broadcast this monumentally historic event, and this
limited-edition vinyl LP preserves it for eternity. Limited to 2,700
Pissed Jeans The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP:
Here are four live-in-the-studio tracks that (finally!) give meaning
and validation to Sub Pop’s existence. This historic platter is limited
to 3,000 copies worldwide, and these versions of the tracks are
exclusive to this release.
Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single:
This single features four new tracks from the Calgary artist’s vault of
unheard music. Exactly none of these tracks appear on Chad’s
forthcoming album, Shrink Dust (out 4/29 on Sub Pop!). The dare-we-say
incredible cover art is by Chad himself. Limited to 2,300 copies
The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single:
“Run Run Run” is from the band’s just-released album, Close to the
Glass, and this single also includes three more, unreleased tracks: one
new song, and two exclusive remixes of “Run Run Run.” Both sides of the
record feature a special double groove, with each parallel groove
containing a different song. Limited to 1,900 copies worldwide.
As some of Chad VanGaalen’s
biggest fans, news of new music from that guy always perks the
collective ears of the employees of Sub Pop, and his new album, Shrink Dust, was no exception. Today, we’re excessively pleased to be able to share the new album track, “Where Are You”, along with album and pre-order news with you, cherished blog reader.
Shrink Dust comes out on April 29th on CD, LP, and MP3, and if you pre-order from the Sub Pop Mega Mart, you’ll receive a set of limited-edition Chad VanGaalen art prints, which, if you’ve seen any of his music videos, you’ll know that you’re in for something very special (and totally weird). Speaking of limited, if you pick up LP from us,
you’ll receive the colored-vinyl, Loser Edition of the record. As is
the case with all limited-edition things, when they’re gone, they’re
gone, so order quickly!