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
In very remarkable news, Sub Pop artists, Mudhoney, J Mascis (J’s flight was unfortunately delayed and he will not be able to perform today) and Sera Cahoone are playing ON TOP of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle tomorrow, July 11th accompanying a remote broadcast by our dear friends at KEXP. From 12-5:30PM tomorrow, KEXP DJs John Richards and Kevin Cole will broadcast live from the Space Needle’s observation deck, jamming some Sub Pop tunes and generally kicking off the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee weekend with the rare sort of aplomb that posting up for the day on top of the Space Needle can bring.
The entire event will culminate in the first-ever live music performances from atop the Space Needle featuring solo sets from J Mascis and Sera Cahoone, and a fully plugged-in performance from Mudhoney. You will be able to live-stream video and audio from the broadcast via KEXP.orgall day tomorrowTODAY!
There will also be interview highlights from label founder Bruce Pavitt, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, photographer Charles Peterson, and legendary producer Jack Endino. Also, I’m told that there will be surprises.
The FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Schedule:
Saturday, July 13th; Georgetown, Seattle, WA, USA
12th Avenue S and S Bailey
9am to noon – Yagya Opening Blessing
Sub Stage (at S. Homer Street)
8:30 pm – Built to Spill
7:15 pm – Mudhoney
6:00 pm – J Mascis
5:00 pm – METZ
3:45 pm – Pissed Jeans
2:30 pm – King Tuff
1:30 pm – Shearwater
(Beer Garden opens at noon)
Pop Stage (at S. Vale St.)
7:45 pm – Father John Misty
6:30 pm – Greg Dulli
5:20 pm – Shabazz Palaces
4:10 pm – The Baptist Generals
3:00 pm – clipping.
Elysian Stage (at the S. Lucile St. overpass)
7:30 pm – TBA
6:15 pm – Chad VanGaalen
5:00 pm – The Catheters
4:00 pm – Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (this is TAD’s new band)
3:00 pm – Jack Endino’s Earthworm
2:00 pm – The Tom Price Desert Classic (Tom Price was in the legendary U-Men)
1:00 pm – David Buhler (The mind behind Loser Pale Ale and partner at Elysian Brewing)
(Beer Garden open at noon)
The Mix: The Hardly Art Sideshow Jubilee
(at 6006 12th Ave. S.)
12:30 am – TBA
11:30 pm – Deep Time
10:30 pm – Protomartyr
9:30 pm – Hausu
Three notable Seattle groups, KEXP, Seattle Theatre Group, and a lesser-known organization called Starbucks Coffee, have gotten together to put on a concert series they’re calling ‘Little Big Show’, created to benefit Seattle’s arts organizations. This Friday, April 20th, our own Poor Moon are playing with Real Estate at the Neptune. 100% of ticket sales benefit Coyote Central. What we’re saying is, buy tickets, Seattle.
The Head and the Heart released their self-titled full length on April 16th, which also marked the 3rd Annual Record Store Day. To commemorate this momentous occasion the band performed two in-stores in their hometown of Seattle, WA. The first, was an acoustic set at Sonic Boom Records, and the second, a fully plugged in jammer at Queen Anne’s Easy Street Records. Working closely with the folks at KEXP to capture these performances we now present you an insider look into a day in the life of Seattle’s own The Head and the Heart. Click here to watch the first of a series of segments showcasing the bands foot stomping performances and day to day chatter.
But wait! There’s more, as it is time to set your DVRS, as The Head and the Heart will be performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on May 18th. Click here for more information on the show.
The band, who have been on the road since February and have no plans to slow down anytime soon, are currently playing shows on the West Coast meeting up with ex Sub Popper/dear friend, Iron & Wine in late Mate/early June and Portland’s, The Decemberists in mid July, with a performance at this years Sasquatch Music Festival in late May.
Wednesday, July 7th, show your support for KEXP at a Community Meeting at the Seattle Center House.
KEXP is one of nine organizations that recently submitted proposals to redevelop the Fun Forest area at Seattle Center. Our vision for the area includes green space, hundreds of free in-studio performances, an artists lounge, a busking program for local musicians and more.
To learn more about our proposal—and to make your voice heard—please join us at Seattle Center on Wednesday, July 7 at the Center House. Stop by at 4:30 to visit our info table and stick around to share your thoughts at the public forum from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The title says it all. If you happen to to be a Seattle resident, or if you’re just visiting, you have a multitude of Sub Pop & Family partying options this weekend. Thank goodness Lacey made a complete weekend guide or else we’d all be totally lost, wandering and partyless.