Big news: We are signing to Matador Records.
They’re re-releasing Palo Santo in an expanded, partly re-recorded, fully remastered, breathtakingly repackaged, and just totally superior edition on April 10th. This was our idea, not theirs, and we’re proud to say that this is Palo Santo as we always hoped it would be. It also comes with a bonus disc of outtakes, intakes, demos, and covers. There’s a double-vinyl version,too, which has a special extra track.
And then there’s touring. We’re playing in Dallas, then twice at SXSW, and then embarking on a brief east-coast tour with the awesome Xiu Xiu and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. The dates and times are here, and on the shows page.
More touring will follow on the heels of these dates, probably in June, including our long-promised return to the west coast. In addition to songs from Palo Santo, expect us to be playing new songs you haven’t heard before, as we’re already working on the next full-length.
See you soon!
More release info, full tracklisting, etc. is available from Pitchfork.
Hard to find a better illustration of the intersection of art and commerce in the USA than SXSW. Q: How much do you think a luxury brand just offered us to play their "party"? (JM) ... See MoreSee Less
ShearwaterThe answer is: Zero. I say this not because poor us (we are lucky enough to have a label, a booking agent, and you guys). But because it illustrates a cognitive dissonance: many people still think bands are somehow getting paid (most aren't; not even close). If you are really famous they'll pay, but music is beside the point. SXSW is one of the worst offenders in this arena. Under the guise of being some kind of arts festival, it's been scamming bands for years, officially and unofficially, and the fact that a manufacturer of absurdly pricey objects (an item this particular company makes that would cover your feet and lower calves sells for $1600) has no problem with paying a band—any band—zilch is just another mark of the fantasy realm we're allowing the ultra-rich to build for themselves. And how disposable they're led to think the rest of us are. Also, just so you know I'm not riding away on my high horse (I'm just sort of walking beside it), it's not as if I'm not for sale. If some mega corp offered a ton of dough to be in their ad or play their dumb event I'd at least think about it. I'd love to pay musicians what they're actually worth, kill off old debts, make it possible to tour more often (and with insurance), and give a hefty donation to something truly worthy. If I had to eat Cheerios and pretend to like it in order to do that, well, I might. I (almost) never blame bands for taking the money. For the last time, though: we are NOT playing the Trump inauguration. Stop calling, Donald, I'm not doing it. Well, wait a minute. I take that back. $10 million. Tax free. In cash, up front. 30 minute set (or longer if you wish). On the National Mall, on Inauguration day; not some BS night-before thing. And I can play whatever I want. This is a serious offer. (JM)12 hours ago · 70
Adam NicoteraIf their corporate social strategy aligns both with your band members' politics and their own business practices, it's not necessarily a bad thing to take the money and play. Art and commerce have gone together for centuries; there's no moral or ethical imperative to try to separate the two and refuse the offer unless you think their values are incompatible with yours. A: $50,000 per band member?13 hours ago · 5
Eric WitzKeeping with a theme of brand synergy I'll say it was Glacéau Smartwater®, who offered each band member a lifetime supply of bottled water. And how could you refuse? Smartwater's pure crisp taste is vapor distilled; it's as if you're drinking water straight from a cloud. Or maybe it was L'eggs® Sheer Energy Pantyhose. For that all-day massage feel.12 hours ago · 3
Dean DavisI've never been to SXSW so I have no idea what it's like, but I'll say $500 because that sounds like the sort of event-planning money that companies give to their low-level drones with orders to "create a really cool event"12 hours ago · 1
Kathleen KavanaghBut think of the exposure when you align yourself with said luxury brand. You'll be in the background of all the selfies that night! However the attendees will ignore you and go right for the free booze and swag.12 hours ago · 1
Jen Brasington-CrowleyTo quote Jack White, "Would the Osmonds sell out to The Gap? Well, yeah, they probably would."13 hours ago · 2
Sam MeyerI'm taking everything back/ When I popped that Cristal/ It was the thrill of my life.13 hours ago · 1
Bill Janis200k? My pals in barenaked ladies can get 500k for a corporate gig with a pharmaceutical.12 hours ago · 1
Nick LewisTake the money (if it isn't a company you despise)...and use it to benefit something?13 hours ago · 1
Steve RileyThe devaluing of music as a commodity is why I had to leave that world behind. (I played drums as a freelancer for many years.) When getting paid is such a hassle, such a stressor, such a low priority on the list of anyone who controls a budget, it can just ruin the entire experience. You set a rate, which is completely devalued already, then you have to fight to just get your hands on it. Musicians have so little bargaining power. Where once we may have been considered skilled craftsmen or legitimate artists and commanded that sort of wage; where we are now is that a musician has about as much negotiating strength as a juggler. (no offense to jugglers).3 hours ago
Michael McNamaraThey expect you to be grateful for associating with their brand whilst exploiting your 'indie cred' for their own marketing purposes.5 hours ago
Jeremy Selfdo it, but only play Erasure covers. that isn't really toward anything. I simply like erasure.12 hours ago
Oriana BellaTake the money and share your anti-corporate, anti-capitalist message! Subversion for the win!13 hours ago
Shannon LlewellynLuxury brand? Probably not a lot, but with a few of their own products chucked in as 'freebies'.12 hours ago
Antoine SchmittAsk them to shoot and/or produce a high quality live promo video instead.13 hours ago
Gearing up for Saturday's Women's March on Washington. Team SW will see you there! (EL) ... See MoreSee Less
Adam NicoteraCannot make it to DC. Can and will make it to Boston. Everyone else who can't make it to DC, there is a good chance you can find a parallel march to attend. Be seen and heard. For those in a similar situation, check this out: www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-womens-march-for-america-tickets-29650185503 Don't be scared by "tickets" - it's a public protest and free to attend. And some judicious web searching will turn up whatever's happening nearest you.1 day ago · 1
Oliver VogelMakes me so happy when artists that I love are actually good people and even activists. This is why y'all are my favorite band.1 day ago · 1
Dean DavisThank you for using your strength to identify your work with your beliefs. When people say that art keeps us alive, this is what they're talking about.1 day ago
Michael ZwirnI will look for those amazing signs in the throngs. If I spot you somehow, my family and I will be wearing big yellow signs :)2 days ago
Adam SwiderskiAwesome. I've been having a hard time coming up with a sign - arts and crafts are not my forte. But I will absolutely be there.2 days ago