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WED, SEP 16, 2009 at 3:48 AM

For the Record #7 Chad VanGaalen - Infiniheart


Please help us in welcoming our friend, Mat Brooke, lead singer from Seattle’s own Grand Archives, who has graciously agreed to guest edit our 7th installment of “For the Record”! “For the Record”, as you may recall, is our semi-regular web feature wherein we (or the kind people who we can convince to do so) reflect on a favorite record from the Sub Pop catalog and in turn we then drastically discount said record for the following 48 hours.

So now that you know how this all works, let’s get into it and see what Mat has to say about Chad VanGaalen’s Infiniheart!

Band: Chad VanGaalen
When we told you the first time: August 23rd, 2005

Even though I’ve never lived in Canada, Chad VanGaalen’s Infiniheart has the comfort of home to me. The urgency of the jangly guitar intro in the opening track, “Clinically Dead”, starts the whole album with an immediate hook. From that point on the songs continue to ebb and flow with a perfect cinematic-like cohesion. The tales, narrated in a flawless wavering falsetto, create Infiniheart’s timeless sound. When Sub Pop re-released this album in 2005, the CD stayed in my player on repeat for days. So much, that now when re-visited, it’s almost like catching up on old times. “1000 Pound Eyelids” is the song that really sticks. The lyrics vaguely depict the terror of a car accident, with an innocent, almost calming charm. That is where Chad really prevails. His humble charm, blended with his style of hauntingly honest music. It just sounds like “home”. But don’t take my word for it, what the hell do I know? I’m not a record reviewer. Try buying it.

yours truly -mat

For the next 48 hours, you can get Infiniheart at our FTR sale price of $6 CD/$4 Mp3 here!

Mat’s band, Grand Archives, just released their second record, Keep in Mind Frankenstein this week. We think you should check that record out too. Here, we’ll help you: go HERE for more on Grand Archives.

Posted by Mat Brooke

TUE, SEP 2, 2008 at 9:25 AM

A Form of Paying Attention September ‘08


Chad VanGaalen, our favorite very-tall Canadian, releases his third Sub Pop record on September 9th and it’s called Soft Airplane_. Chad was once a guest on David Letterman. He and his small (not freakishly small, but smaller than Chad) friend performed a stupid human trick that involves said small friend climbing all over tall Chad. There’s a pretty hilarious story on Paper Thin Walls about it along with a clip of the trick. Go see it! Wait! Don’t go see it—stay here and pre-order Soft Airplaneairplane so that you’ll be sure to receive the limited edition CD with one unreleased track and two live Soft Airplane tracks. Chad’s as great as ever on this record and he’s made some incredible videos—think lots of tits and a kid skateboarding over Jesus’ swollen penis—for a few tracks already that should be floating around soon. Dude’s a genius.

Also this month, we have Furr by Blitzen Trapper, out September 23rd. Furr is available on CD and LP and it includes lots and lots of good timey jams. This is Blitzen Trapper’s fourth album, but their first for Sub Pop, and I must say it’s quite good. This record reminds me of when I was living in Austin doing a ton of drugs and listening to T Rex/Bowie/The Sweet all the time, but in a fond way, instead of the shameful self-loathing way I usually remember that period of my life. Anyhow, we’re making some iron-on embroidered Blitzen Trapper logo patches to give away to celebrate the release of the record. You can get this sure-to-be-a-collector’s-item with your online purchase here at and maybe at select indie retailers. You shoppers will also receive an exclusive downloadable bonus jam. Dudes are on tour for the rest of the year, practically, so go see ’em!

Hardly Art is going full steam ahead these days, releasing their third album in three months. This time around we have Beating Back the Claws of the Cold by Seattle’s Pica Beats. It’s weird and pleasant and I recommend it highly. Singles Club Three, Part Two will be delivered to your mailbox some time this month as well. We’re just getting our carrier pigeons back into top form and we should be on time from here on out. Ha.

Posted by Lacey Swain

WED, AUG 27, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Free Ltd. CDR with Chad VanGaalen Pre-order


Mark your calendars folks! On September 9th you could (read: should) be listening to the new Chad VanGaalen record, Soft Airplane on your CD-player or new-fangled mp3 machine! And, if you pre-order Soft Airplane from us by September 9th, we’ll boost the stoke-a-matic several levels by giving you a free bonus CDR, featuring three CvG songs currently unavailable elsewhere! But wait! We also enjoy giving you free stickers and buttons, for free, so you can show the world your love of Chad VanGaalen via your car, locker, math book, mom’s car, fixed-gear cycling machine, or whatever. So order the CD from us, get a bonus CD and save a trip to the store, and totally score a couple of free stickers and a free button for free!

Buy Soft Airplane already!

Listen to Chad VanGaalen here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

THU, SEP 13, 2007 at 11:11 AM

Vote VanGaalen!


Chad VanGaalen, history’s most talented and charming very tall Canadian person, currently recording for the Sub Pop Records Entertainment Group of Seattle, Wash., was very recently nominated for The ECHO Songwriting Prize. For the uninitiated, The ECHO

“…is designed to identify what’s next and what’s best in current independent music. The prize honours (sic) some of the most innovative, creative and artistic songs created in the past year by emerging songwriters in Canada. Five songs, determined by a panel of respected, knowledgeable tastemakers in the music community, are posted for you to listen to and vote on. The writer(s) of othe winning song will receive a $5,000 CDN cash prize. You can vote for your favourite (sic) once a day, from now until the deadline of 4:59 p.m. on September 28, 2007.”

Anyone even passingly familiar with Chad’s excellent 2006 release Skelliconnection or his equally fantastic 2005 album Infiniheart will find themselves with ample reasons here for unabashed ballot box stuffing.

Now’s the time, people! Vote early and vote often!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, JAN 19, 2007 at 10:12 AM

Plugs not drugs


Only a mere matter of weeks after many other people have done so, we are quite proud to announce that several of the bands and artists we work with here at Sub Pop Records were nominated for 2006 Plug Independent Music Awards. Of course, we think very highly of these folks and their records (and, naturally, ourselves…), and feel quite strongly that you should vote for them all (and us, mostly us).

Here’s where you can vote!

And, here’s who you should vote for! (In some categories, you even have a choice between a couple of bands on the label.)

Album Of The Year:
Band of Horses – Everything All the Time

Indie Rock Album Of The Year:
Band of Horses – Everything All the Time

Americana Album Of The Year:
Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time

Album Art/Packaging of the Year:
Comets on Fire – Avatar

Album Art/Packaging of the Year:
Band of Horses – Everything All the Time

Song Of The Year:
Band of Horses – The Funeral

Metal Album Of The Year:
Comets on Fire – Avatar

Punk Album Of The Year:
The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine

Punk Album Of The Year:
CSSCansei De Ser Sexy

Music Video Of The Year:
CSS – Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above

Music Video Of The Year:
Wolf Parade – I’ll Believe In Anything

Artist Of The Year:
Band of Horses

Live Act Of The Year:

New Artist Of The Year:
Band of Horses

New Artist Of The Year:

Male Artist Of The Year:
Chad VanGaalen

Record Label Of The Year:
Sub Pop

Now, staaaaart pluggin’!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : MON, FEB 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Chad VanGaalen Album + New Track!

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!

Posted by Sam Sawyer