Happy 10 Year Anniversary to ‘Shut Up I Am Dreaming’!

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Released on May 2, 2006, ‘Shut Up I Am Dreaming’ has officially turned 10 years old! It was the second release for Sunset Rubdown and the debut of the full band sound. Spencer’s first release as Sunset Rubdown, 2005’s ‘Snakes Got A Leg’, featured him playing/recording all instruments into his PC with a shitty microphone. Super minimal and raw, it’s an amazing introduction into the world of Spencer Krug.

In January of 2006 Spencer released an ‘EP’ as Sunset Rubdown which included Camilla Wynne Ingr adding vocals on a few tracks. In my opinion that EP has some of the most beautifully sparse tracks that Spencer has ever created including my favorite, ‘Three Colors’,  which features just tambourine, keyboards, and acoustic guitar.

‘Shut Up I Am Dreaming’ went to the next level and literally explodes with energy from the very first second of ‘Stadiums and Shrines’.  Along with Camilla, the new full band sound was created by the core Sunset Rubdown band members: Jordan Robson-Cramer, and Michael Doerksen. My favorite track on SUIAD, and possibly my favorite Spencer Krug song of all time, is the 7 minute opus ‘The Men Are Called Horsemen There’. I love it mostly for it’s hypnotic waltz melody and the bizarre imagery in the lyrics. Then there’s this amazing build up to the 3:38 mark that has Spencer belting “If I was a horse I would throw up the reigns if I was you, oh oh oh oh oh.” They rarely played it live when they toured in 2006, but in 2009 they started playing it again. Here’s a great live version from their last tour:

Sunset Rubdown – “The Men are Called Horsemen There” from Eli Meyerhoff on Vimeo.

Reviews
Pitchfork
Stylus Magazine
All Music
PopMatters
CokeMachineGlow

You can purchase a physical copy of Shut Up I Am Dreaming (as well as Snakes Got A Leg) from Absolutely Kosher Records. It’s also available on iTunes.

Happy 10 yr Anniversary to ‘Snake’s Got A Leg’!

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In July of 2005, Spencer Krug released his first solo record under the moniker ‘Sunset Rubdown’. The record, Snake’s Got A Leg, is a collection of low-fi tracks that Spencer recorded himself. Released by Global Symphonic, you can still purchase this record from either iTunes or from Absolutely Kosher records

The quote on Absolutely Kosher’s page says:

The “what was I thinking when I ignored this when it was released” debut from Montreal’s Spencer Krug, also of Frog Eyes and Wolf Parade. Rough and uncompromising, but gorgeous. Hell, it got our attention. On Global Symphonic.

I seriously could not agree more!!

Some facts on this record are that Spencer drew the cover art himself. From wiki:

Most of the material on this album was recorded by Spencer Krug using a cheap microphone connected to a standard PC in his bedroom. The songs were compiled from five different EPs, each in a different genre.

01 – The Dust that You Kick Up is Too Fine
02 – Snake’s Got a Leg
03 – I’ll Believe in Anything, You’ll Believe in Anything
04 – Hey You Handsome Vulture
05 – Hope You Don’t Stoop To Dirty Words
06 – Hope You Don’t Stoop To Dirty Words II
07 – Cecil’s Bells
08 – I Know the Weight of Your Throat
09 – Sol’s Song
10 – Stadiums and Shrines
11 – Snakes Got a Leg II
12 – Portrait of a Shiny Metal Boy

Check out Spencer’s solo version of ‘I’ll Believe in Anything’:

Spotify Playlists

One of my favorite blogs, Three Colors, has compiled some really great playlists dedicated to both Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug:

Dan Boeckner Spotify Playlist

01 :: “It’s A Curse” – Wolf Parade
02 :: “Lousy Pictures” – Wolf Parade
03 :: “Ghost Pressure” – Wolf Parade
04 :: “Thy Will Be Done” – Handsome Furs
05 :: “Language City” – Wolf Parade
06 :: “Shine A Light” – Wolf Parade
07 :: “Officer of Hearts” – Handsome Furs
08 :: “Repatriated” – Handsome Furs
09 :: “Cannot Get Started” – Handsome Furs
10 :: “Pobody’s Nerfect” – Wolf Parade
11 :: “Modern World” – Wolf Parade
12 :: “Evangeline” – Handsome Furs
13 :: “Fine Young Cannibals” – Wolf Parade
14 :: “Dumb Animals” – Handsome Furs
15 :: “Legal Tender” – Handsome Furs

Spencer Krug Spotify Playlist

01 :: “Disco Sheets” – Wolf Parade
02 :: “They Took A Vote And Said No” – Sunset Rubdown
03 :: “Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!”-
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04 :: “Stadiums And Shrines II” – Sunset Rubdown
05 :: “California Dreamer” – Wolf Parade
06 :: “You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son” – Wolf Parade
07 :: “Idiot Heart” – Sunset Rubdown
08 :: “Snakes Got A Leg III” – Sunset Rubdown
09 :: “Bang Your Drum” – Wolf Parade
10 :: “Reture To The Violence Of The Ocean Floor” – Moonface
11 :: “Call It A Ritual” – Wolf Parade
12 :: “The Taming of the Hands that Came Back to Life” –
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13 :: “I’ll Believe In Anything” – Wolf Parade
14 :: “Nightingale / December Song” – Sunset Rubdown
15 :: “Shut Up I Am Dreaming Of Places Where Lovers Have Wings” –
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Preservation Society

We just found out that Camilla Wynne (of Sunset Rubdown) has started her own business called Preservation Society!

Here’s some more info from this week’s Montreal Mirror:

Though she’s best known for her sensational preserves, Wynne began her career as a pastry chef, working underneath the famed Patrice Demers at high-end Montreal restaurants like Les Chevres and Laloux. But in more recent months, she’s been focusing solely on her growing independent business, Preservation Society. Wynne sells a fascinating assortment of jams, chutneys and pickles, with an emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients. (She likes to handpick her own apples and pears at remote Quebec orchards)..

Congrats Camilla!

For Japan

Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, and Jonny and the Moon have all contributed songs to Resume: A Compilation Album to Support the Victims of the Japan Earthquake.

The three volume compilation will be available on iTunes on April 11th. Volume 1 and Volume 2 are currently available for pre-order for $6.99 each.

Here’s a message from the curators of the compilation 7e.p:

In the wake of the horrendous earthquake and resulting tsunami that recently struck eastern Japan, the music downloading site OTOTOY decided to take quick action in supporting the victims by releasing a benefit album titled ‘Play for Japan’, which includes two 7e.p. bands – moools and yumbo.

‘Play for Japan’ encouraged 7e.p. to think about how we, a label that mainly licenses music from overseas, might also be able to contribute. With the hope of creating an iTunes-based benefit album, we called out to the overseas artists that we have had the pleasure of working with. The response was immediate and overwhelming.

We are excited to announce the release of a 3-volume benefit compilation album titled ‘Resume’. It includes 45 tracks, most of them previously unreleased, from 43 artists hailing from America, Canada, Australia, the U.K., the Netherlands and even Japan.

The title, ‘Resume’, which implies recovering and persevering, was the idea of ‘Sweet Dreams’ publisher Norio Fukuda. The cover artwork was provided by renowned Olympia, WA. artist Nikki McClure. Moreover, Masaki Tada, who has worked on albums by moools and many other 7e.p. albums, offered his mastering expertise.

In particular, we would like express our utmost appreciation to all of the participating artists, who took time out of their busy schedules to make this happen.

The entire proceeds from this compilation will be used to support the disaster victims. Though we don’t expect to raise a giant fortune, every yen will help make someone’s life better. At the conclusion of this project, 7e.p. will announce how much money was raised and where it is going.

Finally, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to the earthquake and tsunami victims as well as their families. We pray for your quick recovery.

Koji Saito & Mitsuhiro Ariizumi

Wolf Parade – Agents Of Love (iTunes only single)
Wolf Parade – Semi-Precious Stone (iTunes only single)
Sunset Rubdown – Coming To At Dawn (Digitally unreleased)
Sunset Rubdown – Insane Love Is Awakening (Digitally unreleased)
Johnny & The Moon – From the Rooftops of Houses (Unreleased)

Odd City

Jordan Robson Cramer has released his first record with newly renamed project Ancient Kids! You can go to AncientKids.com and pay what you like (although an $8 donation is recommended).

Ancient Kids – Odd City

1. See Through
2. Crystal Family
3. Big Shake
4. The Drop
5. Slowing Down (already)
6. Wayside
7. Days On Days
8. Get Up

Recorded and Mixed from November 2009 – August 2010 at Digital Bird Studios With Martin Horn, Tyler Crawford and Jordan Robson Cramer
All instruments by Jordan Robson Cramer except:
Big Shake – Nathan Gage: Contrabass
Wayside and Get Up – Jessie Stein: Vocals
See Through – Tyler Crawford: Handclaps
Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket Mastering

Read more about the evolution of this record and Ancient Kids here

http://ancientkids.bandcamp.com/
http://ancientkids.tumblr.com/

Ancient Kids

Jordan Robson-Cramer of Sunset Rubdown has begun a new project called Ancient Kids. Formally called Magic Weapon, Jordan has renamed his solo project and added a full band to his live shows. Ancient Kids will release their first record ‘Odd City’ on January 14th as a free/pay what you want release. Check out their pages on bandcamp and tumblr to hear their first released track, Crystal Family. Stay tuned for more information on this release coming soon.

Here’s the track list:

1. See Through
2. Crystal Family
3. Big Shake
4. The Drop
5. Slowing Down (already)
6. Wayside
7. Days On Days
8. Get Up

http://ancientkids.bandcamp.com/
http://ancientkids.tumblr.com/

Happy Release Day

Today is the Day! EXPO 86 is officially released. You can get your copy from Sub Pop, Itunes, Insound, Amazon, or your local Independant Record Store of course.

Here are some reviews:

The Globe and Mail
Paste Magazine
Consequence of Sound
Drowned in Sound
Oceans Never Listen
Pop Matters

In other band news, Exclaim.ca got the scoop on what Handsome Furs and Sunset Rubdown are up to. You can read that write up here.

Dragon’s Lair

 

Here is the brand new video for Sunset Rubdown’s ‘Dragon’s Lair’ off their latest record Dragonslayer. More info from Jagjaguwar:

Ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, it’s time for a bigger kind of kill.

The skilled visionary that goes by Throneboogie has crafted another gorgeous video interpretation from Sunset Rubdown’s last record, Dragonslayer. The song is “Dragon’s Lair,” and the video follows a young female warrior who is not a widow. Yet.

“Dragon’s Lair” was directed, written and produced by Throneboogie
Cinematography by Bobby Shore
Starring Jessica Dixon and Kendra Malia

Also check out this great interview with Johnny Depp where he sites Sunset Rubdown as the inspiration for his role in the new Alice in Wonderland film.

videos

Sorry for the delay in news folks, i’ve been traveling for a month and finally have a real computer to use. I have a few videos to post and share. The first one is the brand new Sunset Rubdown video for ‘Black Swan’. This is their first ever “music video”.

The second video is from a recent Treasure Hunt show. Hopefully we will get more news on Treasure Hunt soon. Thanks to Vanslyde and IndieQuebec.com for sending us the link.

The third video is of Handsome Furs playing in Shaghai, China. Incredible. Check it out here

I’ll be back in the states in one week, so check back then for more news and a whole bunch of tour photos from Handsome Furs!