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.
Spacebomb Studios Opens its Doors
Spacebomb is proud to announce the opening of the new Spacebomb Studios, located at 11 S. 21st Street in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. At that address, Spacebomb East will be the hub for Spacebomb’s record label, music production, and music publishing projects, while the attic workshop at Spacebomb West in Richmond’s Near West End will continue being used for certain recording sessions and label operations.
Formerly Songwire Studios, Spacebomb has recorded numerous horn, string, and vocal sessions for its records in the studio, including founder Matthew E. White‘s most recent EP Outer Face, Howard Ivans’ hit 7” Red Face Boy, and Grandma Sparrow‘s forthcoming debut Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra (due out May 20th). White’s full-length follow-up to Outer Face will be recorded exclusively at Spacebomb Studios for a release on Domino Records.
Spacebomb East is also very excited to open its studio doors to the public for the first time and share the space between its walls with all manner of local, regional, national, and international recording projects. Combining the best of both digital and analog recording techniques and technology, Spacebomb Studios create a unique and singular recording environment that acknowledges the strengths of the past, champions progress and innovation, and allows us and anyone who joins us here a rare and exciting recording experience. Spacebomb continues the great tradition of small Southern record labels and studios—like J&M Recording Studios in New Orleans in the 50s, FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Stax and Hi Records in Memphis, and Sun Studios in Nashville—hoping to carry this small town entrepreneurial spirit that is unique to our region into the 21st century with a place all its own, Spacebomb Studios.