Watch: Grandma Sparrow – “The Pigsmilk Candycane”
It’s the pigsmilk candycane, the hurdy gurdy understain, the marmaladed pony’s mane, dilapidated monkey brain, possums full of puzzle tears, and crows that grow dakota beards. It’s time to eat your food!
Grandma Sparrow‘s new video for “The Pigsmilk Candycane” premiered today on Tiny Mix Tapes. The stop-motion video was created by Carson Efird and Joe Westerlund and helps the listener learn the recipe for the titular treat. Watch the video below:
Grandma Sparrow featured in Indy Week
Grandma Sparrow is featured in the latest issue of Indy Week. Surrounding his shows at the Pinhook in Durham, NC, Joe Westerlund tells all about the inspiration for his Grandma Sparrow character and his lifelong development of the record’s story. The feature interview talks about the magic that happens when Westerlund dons his costume and takes his place at the front of the stage, the impeccable backing band Canine Heart Sounds behind him.
“Grandma Sparrow is an attempt to rediscover childlike wonder by going somewhere you’ve never been, somewhere that doesn’t even exist.”
Read the article on Indy Week and watch a video of “Existential Mothersnakes” performed live below.
Watch: Howard Ivans – “Pillows”
In November, Ivan Howard—of indie pop darlings the Rosebuds and R&B super-group GAYNGS—transformed into Howard Ivans for two top-shelf cuts with Spacebomb, “Red Face Boy” & “Pillows” (SB003), pressed to vinyl as a limited edition 7″. Today, the video for the B-side, R&B bedroom slow jam “Pillows,” marries Ivans’ wistful lyrics and the “sexy, string-laden soul” (Brooklyn Vegan) with footage from his Spacebomb Revue tour in December with Matthew E. White. As Wondering Sound says, “Keys twinkle, guitars sigh, and Ivans lets loose with the kind of blue-eyed croon that would impress Hall & Oates.” Watch the video for “Pillows” below.
Director: Tony Forgey
Director of Photography: Michael Taliaferro
Edited by Tony Forgey
Additional Photography: Joey Tran
Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra Released Today
Oh great goosh, my grown-up children!!! Grrrandma is now ready to take his full epicentral flight to bring you the happy nothing messages of Piddletractor!!! Today is the day of existential mothersnakes and pigsmilk candycanes!!! Enjoy these magic words from your stereo turds! Eeee hee hee!
Today marks the release of the very special, truly one-of-a-kind Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra (SB004), the new album from Grandma Sparrow (Joe Westerlund of Megafaun, GAYNGS). This record is Spacebomb’s second full-length release since Matthew E. White‘s Big Inner and Westerlund’s first as Grandma, and it’s already being received with critical acclaim. The two sides of Piddletractor flow seamlessly with elements of audio collage, absurdist humor, and orchestrated grooves, the product of Westerlund’s mind and the large cast of Spacebomb musicians all from Richmond, Virginia. It couldn’t have come from another man, or another label. Take a trip with us.
“Mind-blowing” (9 out of 10) — SPIN
“Album of the month times ten!” — Bizarre Magazine
“Beautiful, delirious… It’s got the strange, multi-layered harmonies of the Beatles circa Magical Mystery Tour, the symphonic sweep of Van Dyke Parks, the oddball instrumentation of Brian Wilson at his most wigged-out.” — Wondering Sound
“Gloriously freaky…super-fun…This playdate is some trippy, deep shit.” — Village Voice
“Brilliantly realized…a surreal, train-wreck masterpiece” — Style Weekly
“A sonic playground” — Indy Week
“Wonderfully brilliant” — All Around Sound
“A fun, original and marvelous record” — The Daily Tarheel
“Pop weirdness” — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Grandma Sparrow on Tour
Oh Goosh!! Grandma Sparrow is playing a very select number of shows in the coming days and weeks to celebrate the release of his brand new debut album, Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra, out May 20th. Before mounting the drums with his band Megafaun in DC and Brooklyn next week, Joe Westerlund will assume the role of everyone’s favorite grandmother and play the Piddletractor hits.
Then, Grandma will headline a few very special shows in Virginia and North Carolina. In Richmond, he’ll be supported by the improv comedy troupe Pigeon at RVA Comedy’s home base of the Coalition Theater. In Durham, Grandma will perform at the Pinhook on Saturday night — with special guest DJ set by Matthew E. White — and Sunday brunch — perfect for the family. Both the evening and matinee will feature Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man.
See all dates of the Grandma Sparrow tour below, and watch a new video of Grandma performing Diamonds & Tapestries, a dance collaboration with Efird Westerlund recently premiered in Santa Monica, California.
May 1 – Washington, DC @ DC9 * Buy Tickets
May 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right * Buy Tickets
May 16 – Richmond, VA @ Coalition Theater % Buy Tickets
May 17 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook ^! Buy Tickets
May 18 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook (Sunday Brunch) ^ Buy Tickets
* w/ Megafaun
% w/ Improv comedy by Pigeon
^ w/ Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (of Mountain Man)
! w/ Matthew E. White (DJ set)