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)
Listen: Grandma Sparrow – “This Is My Wheelhouse” + Ask Grandma
“This Is My Wheelhouse” is the second peek we offer you into the world of Piddletractor. The listener’s introduction to the character of Tristan Wimbley, Grandma Sparrow’s “Wheelhouse” was premiered on Relix Magazine and stars nearly every instrument group of the Spacebomb family. Relix calls Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra, which is out May 20th, “an amalgam of audio collage, improvisation, atonal sounds and enchanting melodies with an amateur youth choir drawn in for good measure.” Read more.
Once you’ve listened, we’re sure you might have a question or two for Grandma. Today, he introduces the first installment in his “Ask Grandma Sparrow” video series. Watch below and ask Grandma whatever’s on your mind via Twitter (@piddletractor) or email (email@example.com).
Listen: Grandma Sparrow – “The Farewell Bolero”
Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra will be released on May 20th, and today we’re excited to bring you the album’s closer, “The Farewell Bolero.” Wondering Sound premiered the track, calling it “beautiful” and “delirious” with “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.” Read the entire review.