Spacebomb House Band’s exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release
Today, we’re delighted to announce a Record Store Day exclusive soda bottle clear 12” vinyl by The Spacebomb House Band. Known About Town: Library Music Compendium One (SB028) is a collection of instrumentals, interstitial music, and spiritual sounds by The Spacebomb House Band – music that has previously only been available on very limited edition cassette tapes. Recorded at Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, Virginia, this music is a deep dive into the heart and soul of the musicians who drive the musical output of Spacebomb.
The Spacebomb House Band are Cameron Ralston, Pinson Chanselle, Trey Pollard, and Matthew E. White, the musicians and arrangers behind records by Natalie Prass, Foxygen, The Waterboys, Slow Club, Bedouine, Nadia Reid, music from the Serial podcast, and more. Learn more about The Spacebomb House Band at The 405.
Released on April 13, 2019, and limited to 850 copies in the U.S. and 600 copies in the UK, more details about Known About Town: Library Music Compendium One and participating Record Store Day stores can be found at www.recordstoreday.com and www.recordstoreday.co.uk.
Spacebomb House Band – Known About Town: Library Music Compendium One (SB028)
LP | RECORD STORE DAY/04.13.2019
Jackie Cohen – “FMK” – ‘Zagg’ out May 10th
Hi, my name is Jackie Cohen and I’ve got a new record. The title is Zagg, a nickname I picked up in high school as some dumb Kerouac-related joke (I actually remember but I don’t want to tell you), and also a word that means “a sharp change of direction.” I chose it for a number of reasons.
First and foremost: it’s gonna look tight on an embroidered hat. As the famous adage goes, “Lead with your merch!” Next: Zagg is me, my name, and this record is my first real, intentional, nearly unabashed step toward being myself confidently out in the world. Here I am! Here are my songs. Finally: making this record was truly a “life zagg” for me. I quit my marketing job. I quit my teaching job. I quit my sausage sampling at the mall job. I started taking my meds as directed. This is my SSNRI record. I’m reflecting instead of spiraling. Got my egg cracked a few times but I’m landing sunny side up. Like the Bridge of Avignon, I am partly destroyed but quickly rebuilt. I’m in cahoots with the Avengers of record-making. Still not perfect, but what’s so sexy about perfect? The intrigue’s in the pockmarks. This record is extremely fun.
Zagg is a Jonathan Rado + Matthew E. White co-production. We played X-Files on mute for the entire two weeks we spent tracking with the Spacebomb House Band. We all got the flu. Two among us came down with foot & mouth disease (won’t name names). The playing and production is bright and beautiful across the whole grab-bag of love songs, laments, self-mortifications, meditations on sunscreen, hammer-anvil jams, and kit v. kit double drum cardio smash-bros looney tunes suicide pursuits. Don’t get me started on Trey Pollard’s freak-of-nature orchestral arrangements.
Here’s my friend Eric Deines describing the record:
More than one of Jack’s many nicknames, Zagg is also a shout out to her uncanny ability to select an unanticipated word or musical flourish, her disarming poetic acumen, her ability to zoom in and out at lightning speed and spin a phrase into a mantra, or the opposite of a mantra. Each song on this record is its own unique little world, keeping a listener delightfully off-kilter throughout the entire affair. Opening track “FMK” operates likes a sonic thesis statement. For a quiet moment, Jackie’s confessing her recurring mother-in-law dreams and initiating a sudden-death round of Fuck Marry Kill. Then on a dime she somersaults into rocket-pop posture, ready to cut loose and head to the movies with her best boogie-boy: “Let’s go to the movies and dance a little…you can share my Twizzler…Let’s go to the movies, you can dance at the movies!!!” The charging, industrial pop of “Get Out” is augmented with punching strings that are both lovely and foreboding. In the lithe, Rickie Lee Jones-nodding “Yesterday’s Baby,” a giant foot-shaped cloud looms in the mouth-shaped sky and Jackie gets microscopic — “Why don’t you just let it burn out/Toss that glass of wine out/Stamp that Camel Light out/Shut your mouth up shut up your mouth.” After a few more dances, deep diaphragmatic breaths, and Blood on the Tracks winking ballads, knock-out marathon track “Keep Runner” gives it straight to some Wile E. Coyote tomfool who’s out getting his butt blown up again.
The energy of the record, I think, comes from finding out Patti Smith didn’t make Horses until she was 29. Extremely influential Wiki experience. Oh, and Adam Green, my all-time favorite songwriter and artist, painted me looking like a doctrinal seer peering into a cartoon mirror. If nothing else in my life pans out? Beans! Navy, pinto, and cannellini. I don’t care. Peace has found me. Here’s the record. Listen hard. Read the signs. Pack a lunch. Enjoy.
Fruit Bats & Vetiver’s In Real Life, out now
In Real Life (Live at Spacebomb Studios), out today, documents the musical partnership between Fruit Bats‘ Eric D. Johnson and Vetiver‘s Andy Cabic as part of the ongoing Live At Spacebomb series. At the invitation of their friends at Spacebomb and the request of audience members night after night, Eric and Andy decided to record a few fan favorites just as they’ve been performing them together, live in Spacebomb’s studio in Richmond, VA on a morning off from a recent tour East Coast tour. The unadorned simplicity of these performances – two Vetiver originals, two Fruit Bats originals, and two mutually beloved covers – captures a bit of their travels and friendship, their appreciation and respect for each other’s songs, and the ease and joy of sharing the stage night after night, year after year.
In Real Life is available digitally and on 140g vinyl (with download included). Purchase from the Spacebomb store or wherever you find your music.
Fruit Bats (solo) & Vetiver (solo) on tour
Feb 27 – Los Angeles CA – Zebulon
Feb 28 – San Francisco CA – The Chapel
Mar 1 – Sonoma CA – Sebastiani Theater
Mar 2 – Big Sur CA – Henry Miller Memorial Library – SOLD OUT
Mar 2 – Big Sur CA – Henry Miller Memorial Library (Late show) – SOLD OUT
Apr 26 – Boulder Creek CA – Do It Ourselves Fest
Announcing The Spacebomb Revue at SXSW 2019
Spacebomb Records is putting on its debut SXSW showcase and in typical Spacebomb style is doing it with a twist. The Spacebomb Records & Virginia is for Music Lovers present The Spacebomb Revue will showcase six artists backed by the Spacebomb House Band, which guarantees each appearance to be a unique and very special set.
And Spacebomb has some experience with this, not only as a house band behind many acts in the studio but also presenting this revue-style show, as they did at the London’s Barbican Theatre with a host of guest artists gracing the stage and a sold-out audience to boot. This Spacebomb SXSW showcase will bring a slice of that to Austin. Starring:
The Spacebomb Revue at SXSW 2019 is co-presented by Virginia is for Music Lovers and sponsored by the Broadberry Entertainment Group, Common House, Nate’s Bagels, and Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Company.
Fruit Bats & Vetiver – In Real Life (Live at Spacebomb Studios)
Eric D. Johnson and Andy Cabic have a lot in common. From the first time they met at a gig in Arcata, CA nearly 10 years ago at the suggestion of a mutual friend who just knew they’d hit it off, they recognized each other as kindred spirits with a common affinity for songwriting that embraces a range of feeling, strong on melodies paired with thoughtful lyrics and catchy hooks. Over the years, they’ve played in each other’s bands (Fruit Bats and Vetiver), on one another’s albums (often on the same labels, Sub Pop and Easy Sound), scored films together (Smashed, After Tiller), and toured the world with one another as well as performed and collaborated alongside their friends (Cabic with Devendra Banhart and Johnson with The Shins and Califone).
In the past two years, following rounds of full-band touring supporting the release of Vetiver’s Complete Strangers and Fruit Bats’ Absolute Loser, the two have banded together for several duo shows in the United States and Europe. On stage together with two acoustic guitars, they go back-and-forth, weaving together Fruit Bats and Vetiver songs in ways that feel seamless yet reveal all the stylistic nuances that set them apart. Throw in a few songs by their favorite musicians, folks like the Incredible String Band, David Blue, and Bobby Charles, and you have a night that brings fans together in celebration of the ever-present power of song.
In Real Life documents this musical partnership as part of the ongoing Live At Spacebomb series. At the invitation of their friends at Spacebomb and the request of audience members night after night, Eric and Andy decided to record a few fan favorites just as they’ve been performing them together, live in Spacebomb’s studio in Richmond, VA on a morning off from a recent East Coast tour. The unadorned simplicity of these performances captures a bit of their travels and friendship, their appreciation and respect for each other’s songs, and the ease and joy of sharing the stage night after night, year after year.
Johnson brings two to the table, his 2003 fan favorite “When U Love Somebody” and 2016 stunner “Humbug Mountain Song” (which have jointly racked up an impressive 30 million streams). Cabic supplies his “Maureen” – from 2006’s To Find Me Gone – and “Rolling Sea” – from his first album on Sub Pop in 2009. Two beloved cover songs complete the set: Bobby Charles’ classic “I Must Be In A Good Place Now” and the lesser known “Nice Baby and the Angel,” written and performed by David Blue for his Graham Nash-produced album of the same name in 1973. Says Cabic about selecting those two, “Both songs are ones dear to us. Bobby Charles and David Blue are craftsmen of songs, under-appreciated by mainstream audiences but esteemed by their peers.”
With both Fruit Bats and Vetiver ready to begin the next chapter in each of their stories, In Real Life is a time capsule, captured at a moment of synchronicity for the two musicians. They’ve come from separate places and their paths will part once again, but just for a moment, these two friends find themselves in the same place at the same time, and the pleasure is all ours.