News for Dntel

MON, APR 9, 2007 at 3:50 AM

Dntel - Dumb Luck


Jimmy Tamborello’s latest beep blippin masterpiece Dumb Luck is a wildride combo. of noise, beats, clips and claps that soothe your ears into a wonderful trance. Take a listen to the title track and with any (dumb) luck you’ll love it. Dumb Luck

TUE, MAR 27, 2007 at 5:55 AM

Dntel Remix Contest!

Dear the people who know how to make remixes that are not unbearably shitty:

Have we got a deal for you!

Starting right now, and running until May 29th, 2007, we are having a Dntel remix contest. The idea here is pretty simple and goes something like this:

  1. You download the vocal track for the song Dumb Luck from Dntel’s forthcoming, really-pretty-terrific -if-we-do-say-so-ourselves album Dumb Luck right here
  2. You remix it.
  3. You send it to us. To do so, you can email an MP3 or AAC to, so long as the attached file is 8Mb or less and you write “Dntel Remix Contest!” in the subject line.
    Or, you can mail your remix to us on a cd-r at this address:
    Sub Pop Records
    Dntel Remix Contest!
    2013 4th Ave., 3rd Floor
    Seattle, WA 98121
  4. We pick which one we like the best.

We’ll give the winner not only the not-insignificant-though -not-necessarily-life-changing-we’ll-grant-you sum of $500 but also include the track on an upcoming Dntel remix release! Minor fame and even more minor fortune await!

There are some rules, and so far the ones that we can think of are these:

  • Sub Pop owns all submissions.
  • All entrants are allowed to make cd-rs, download and stream their remixes wherever they want (no other uses), so long as they’re given away for free, without any charge, and licensed under Creative Commons. We can do the same.
  • We will, however, solely own and control all rights to the winning entry. We can use and sell it in any way we like (including the Dntel remix release) without payment other than the $500 paid to the winner.

It’s worth mentioning that the use of uncleared samples in your remix would pretty much disqualify you from winning.

Also evidently worth mentioning: the BPM for the song is 110.5.

MON, FEB 5, 2007 at 2:21 AM

April 24, 2007: Dntel - Dumb Luck


On April 24, we’ll be releasing the new Dntel record, Dumb Luck.

Here’s some info!

Sometimes, for good reasons, Jimmy Tamborello likes to take his time. Thirteen years after starting to work under the Dntel moniker and almost six years after releasing his last Dntel full-length, Life is Full of Possibilities (Plug Research), Tamborello has painstakingly built and birthed Dumb Luck, an album five years in the making. In addition to his own vocals on the title track, the record’s sometimes spacious, sometimes texturally intense compositions center around vocal contributions from Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear), Valerie Trebeljahr and Markus Acher of Lali Puna, Mia Doi Todd, Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott (Arthur & Yu), Andrew Broder (Fog), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and Christopher and Jennifer Gunst (Mystic Chords of Memory). Chris Hathwell (Moving Units) plays drums throughout, and Paul Larson (The Minor Canon) adds guitar as well. Thick with Tamborello’s signature sampler finessing, warm electronic washes and genius beat placement, Dumb Luck is an album lyrically as much about human distance as connection. Like Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake (Plug Research), his 2006 release under the name James Figurine, and The Postal Service 2003 release Give Up, Tamborello meticulously labored over each element in his LA home studio. This is Dntel’s first album with Sub Pop.

Track listing:
1. Dumb Luck
2. To a Fault
3. I’d Like to Know
4. Roll On
5. The Distance
6. Rock My Boat
7. Natural Resources
8. Breakfast in Bed
9. Dreams