11.30.2008

Backstage with Anathallo in Bavaria


A little video we did before our set at on3radio festival in Munich the other night (click on the image for the clip). More to come!

11.28.2008

Anathallo Live Stream / on3Radio Festival!

Well well well, our European tour is coming to an end, but the good news is that we're leaving with a...


The bang will occur in the form of the on3radio Festival in Munich, where we will play a set between Santagold and Tv on the Radio! What's even better is that you can watch it streaming online right here

I think our set starts at 00:40 am, which translates to 6:40 PM eastern time on Saturday night. Check it out if you're interested.

11.24.2008

STORES

Some people have mentioned that they haven't been able to find our record in their local record shop. Here's a list of stores by state where the record is (should be) available.

ALABAMA
Vinyl Solution , 1207 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

ARIZONA
Eastside Records, 217 W. University, Tempe, AZ 85281
Stinkweeds, 12 W. Camelback, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Stinkweeds, 1250 E Apache Blvd, Ste 122, Tempe, AZ 82581

ARKANSAS
Anthro-Pop , 1007A West 7th St., Little Rock, AR 72201
Clunk Records , 423 North College, Fayetteville, AR 72701

CALIFORNIA
Access Music, 1537 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109
Affiliates, 3985 Harney St. Ste B, San Diego,CA 92110
Amoeba , 2455 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Amoeba, 6400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Amoeba, 1855 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Aquarius Records , 1055 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
The Basement, 14506 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 91403
Bionic, Cypress, CA 90630
Boo Boo Records, 978 Monterety St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Dimple Records, 2433 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825
Dimple Records, 313 E Bidwell St, Folsom, CA 95630
Dimple Records, 6099 San Juan Ave, Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Dimple Records, 9692 Elk Grove-Florin Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624
Fingerprints CD , 4612 E. 2nd St. Suite B,Long Beach, CA 90803
Headstone Records, 35 W Colton Ave, Redlands, CA 92374
Last Record Store, 1899 A Mendocino, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Lou's ,434 N. Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
M-Theory , 3004 Juniper St., San Diego, CA 92104
Mad Platter, 1223 University Ave, Ste 160, Riverside, CA 92507
Metamusic, 11240 Lompico Rd, Felton, CA 95018
Mod Lang, 6328 Fairmount Ave (rear), El Cerrito, CA 94530
Off the Record, 3849 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
Off the Record #3, 2912 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Poo Bah , 1101 E. Walnut Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106
Radio Futura, 178 W 3rd St, Pomona, CA 91766 909-620-2774
Rasputin, 1035 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Rasputin, 17715 Hesperian Blvd, San Lorenzo, CA 94580
Rasputin, 1820 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
Rasputin, 2401 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Rasputin, 5777 Mowry Ave, Newark, CA 94560
Rasputin, 69 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Rasputin, 920 Admiral Callahan Lane, Vallejo, CA 94591
Rhino Records, 235 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
Salzer's Records, 5777 Valentine Rd., Ventura, CA 93003
Streetlight Records , 3979 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94114
Streetlight Records , 2350 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Streetlight Records , 980 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128
Streetlight Records , 939 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060


COLORADO
Angelo's CD, 16711 E Iliff Ave, Aurora, CO 80013
Bart's CD Cellar , 1015 Pearl St., Boulder, CO, 80302
Finest CD's, 1103 West Elizabeth St, Ft Collins, CO 80524
Independent Records, 123 E Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Independent Records, 3030 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Independent Records, W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Independent Records, 420 W 4th St, Pueblo, CO 81003
Independent Records, 937 E Colfax, Denver, CO 80218
Twist and Shout , 300 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO 80209
Wax Trax, 1143 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Wax Trax , 638 E. 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203


CONNECTICUT
Brass City Records , 489 Meadow St, Waterbury, CT 06702
Trash American Style , 12 Mill Plane Rd., Danbury, CT 06811
Volt Music ,28 Backus Ave., Danbury, CT 06810

DELAWARE
Bert's Newark , 90 E. Main St., Newark, DE 19711

FLORIDA
East Hill CD , 2509 N. 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503
Hyde and Zeke, 402 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
No Future Records, 107 N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601
Park Avenue CDs , 528 Park Ave South, Winter Park, FL 32789
Park Avenue CDs , 2000 Gulf Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33765
Park Avenue CDs Jr., Pegasus Cir., Bldg. 52, Rm. 102A, Orlando, FL 32816
Vinyl Fever, 2256-2 W. Pensacola, Tallahassee, FL 32304


GEORGIA
Criminal, 466 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Low Yo Yo Stuff, 285 West Washington St., Athens, GA 30601
Wax-n-Facts , 432 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Wuxtry, 197 E. Clayton St., Athens, GA 30601
Wuxtry, 2096 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA 30033

IDAHO
Record Exchange , 1105 West Idaho St., Boise, ID 83702

ILLINOIS
Choke Records, 3107 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618
Dr. Wax , 1615 Sherman, Evanston, IL 60201
Gramaphone, 2663 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Old School Records, 7446 W Madison St, 1st Floor, Forest Park, IL 60130
Reckless , 3157 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Reckless , 606 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Reckless , 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

INDIANA
Indy CD & Vinyl, 808 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Luna Music, 1315 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260
Von's Records , 319 W. State St, West Lafayette, IN 47906

IOWA
Record Collector, 125 E. Washington St., Iowa City, IA 52240

KANSAS
Love Garden , 936 1/2 Mass Ave, Lawrence, KS 66044

KENTUCKY
CD Central, 377 S Limestone St, Lexington, KY 40508
Ear X-tacy ,1534 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40205

MAINE
Bullmoose, 50 Monument Square, Ste 302, Portland, ME 04101
Bull Moose, 151 Main St, Brunswick, ME 04011
Bull Moose, 771 Roosevelt Trail, N Windham, ME 04062
Bull Moose, 151 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
Bull Moose, Lewiston Mall, 20 East Ave, Lewiston, ME 04240
Bull Moose, 1364 Main St, Sanford, ME 04073
Bull Moose, 14 Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME 04901
Bull Moose, Main Square Mall, 665 Hogan Rd, Bangor, ME 04401
Bull Moose, 465 Payne Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074
Newbury Comics , 220 Maine Mall Rd., South Portland, ME 04106

MASSACHUSETTS
Above Ground Records , 8 Great Harbor Triangle, Edgartown, MA 02539
Dynamite Records, 150 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060
Mars Records, 299 Newbury St., Boston 02115
Newbury Comics, 50 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002
Newbury Comics, Charles River Center 257 Hartford Ave. Unit J, Bellingham, MA 02019
Newbury Comics, 332 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02115
Newbury Comics, 1 Washington Mall, Government Ctr., Boston, MA 02108
Newbury Comics, 400 Franklin St., Braintree, MA 02184
Newbury Comics, 112Mall Rd. Ste. 8, Burlington, MA 01803
Newbury Comics, 36 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
Newbury Comics, 211 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140
Newbury Comics, 1070 Iyanough Rd., Rte. 132, Hyannis, MA 02601
Newbury Comics, 101 Independence Mall Way, Kingston, MA 02364
Newbury Comics, 31 Sack Blvd., Leominster, MA 01453
Newbury Comics, 1298b Worcester Rd., Natick, MA, 01760
Newbury Comics, 130 Needham St., Newton, MA, 02164
Newbury Comics, 40 Cumberland Ave.., Rte. 1, North Attleboro, MA 02760
Newbury Comics, 240 Andover St., Rte. 115, Peabody, MA 01960
Newbury Comics, 180 Main St., Rte. 1, Saugus, MA 01906
Newbury Comic , 551 Boston Turnpike Ste. 110, Rte., 9, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Newbury Comics, 425 Washington St., Woburn, MA 01801
Rhythm and Muse, 470 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130

MARYLAND
CDepot #1 , 9039 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740
Morpfhius, 100 E 23rd St, Baltimore, MD 21218
Olsson's Books & Records, 7647 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda,
MD 20814
Olsson1s Books & Records , 12350 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
Record and Tape Traders, Inc., 10435 Reistertown Rd. Bldg. #3, Owings Mills, MD 21117
The Sound Garden, 1616 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Vinyl and Plastic, 45 West Earleigh Hgts, 2nd Fl, Severna Park, MD 21146

MICHIGAN
Desirable Discs, 1116 N. Telgraph Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128
Flat Black Circular , 541 E. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823
Music Express , 5049 W. Main St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Neptune Records, 503 S. Main St., Royal Oak, MI 48067
Stormy Records, 22079 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48124
Underground Sounds, 255 East Liberty, Ann Arbor MI 48104
Vertigo Music 1, 71 South Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Wazoo Records, 366 1/2 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Wendells, 511 S.Washington, Royal Oak, MI 48067

MINNESOTA
Electric Fetus, 28 S. 5th Ave. S., Saint Cloud, MN 56301
Electric Fetus , 12 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802
Electric Fetus, 2010 4th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Fifth Element, 2411 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, NN 55405
Roadrunner Records , 4304 Nicollet Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Treehouse Records , 2557 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405

MISSOURI
Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar, St. Louis, MO, 63130

MONTANA
Cactus Records, 29 W Main, Bozeman, MT 59715
Ear Candy, 624 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801
Rockin' Rudy's , 237 Blaine St, Missoula, MT, 59810

NEBRASKA
Antiquarium , 1215 Harney Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Homer's, 1015 Galvin Rd S, Bellevue, NE 68005

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Bull Moose, 82-86 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Bull Moose, 356-366 S Broadway, Salem, NH 03079
Newbury Comics , 777 S. Willow Plaza, Manchester, NH 03103
Newbury Comics , 293 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH 03061
Newbury Comics , 435 S. Broadway Street, Rte. 28, Salem, NH 03079

NEW JERSEY
Princeton Record Exchange , 20 Tulane St., Princeton, NJ 08542

NEW YORK
Cheap Thrills, 1320 Route 9, Champlain, NY 12919
Ear Wax, 218 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Insound, 401 Broadway, 26th Floor, NY, NY 10013
Kim's Mediapolis, 2906 Broadway, NY, NY 10079
Lakeshore Record Exchange, 370 Park Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Mondo Kim's, 6 St. Mark1s Place, New York, NY 10003
Other Music, 15 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10003

NORTH CAROLINA
CD Alley, 405-C W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
CD Alley, 8 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401
East Coast Music & Video, 1109 Charles Blvd, Greenville, NC 27858
Fat Cats, 965 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607
Gravity, 125-1 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403
Harvest, 415B Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Manifest Disc and Tape, 6239 S. Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28217
Manifest Disc and Tape, 4314 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28403
Schoolkids, 144 E. Franklin, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514

OHIO
Allied Record Exchange, 1710 S Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH 43614
Bent Crayon, 11600 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102
Everybody's, 6106 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213
Haffa's Records, 115 West Union St., Athens, OH 45701
Johnny Go's House O Music, 1900 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Shake It Records, 4156 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223
Square Records, 824 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44303
Used Kids, 1980 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

OKLAHOMA
Guestroom Records, 119 N Crawford Ave, Norman, OK 73069

OREGON
360 Vinyl.Cd.Gear, 214 NW Couch St, Portland, OR, 97209
Anthem Records, 828 SE 34th Ave. Suite C (@Belmont), Portland, OR 97214
Every Day Music, 1313 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Jackpot Records, 3736 S.E. Hawthorne, Portland, OR 97214
Jackpot Records, 203 SW 9th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
Music Millennium, 801 NW 23rd, Portland, OR 97210

PENNSYLVANIA
A.K.A. Music, 7 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Brave New World, 406 S. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
City Lights, 316 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801
Compact Disc Center, 1365 Easton Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18018
Double Decker Records, 803 St. John St., Allentown, PA 18103
Gallery of Sound, 180 Munday Street, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Gotham Records, 60 Portland Rd, Conshohocken, PA 19428
Paul's CDs, 4526 Liberty Ave.,Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Philadelphia Record Exchange, 608 S. 5th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Repo Records, 538 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Repo Records, 1047 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Siren Records, 25 W. State St., Doylestown, PA 18901
Spaceboy Records, 407 South St.,Philadelphia, PA,19147
The Attic Records, 513 Grant Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15209

RHODE ISLAND
In Your Ear, 286 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906
Newbury Comics, 74 Providence Place, Providence, RI 02903
Newbury Comics, 1500 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick, RI 02886
Tom's Tracks, 281 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906

SOUTH CAROLINA
52.5 Records, 75 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC 29401
Manifest Disc and Tape, 946 Orleans Rd., Charleston, SC 29407
Manifest Disc and Tape, 362 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29631
Manifest Disc and Tape, 1563-A Broad River Road., Columbia, SC 29210
Manifest Disc and Tape, 1932 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201
Manifest Disc and Tape, 2805 David McLeod Blvd., Florence, SC 29501
Manifest Disc and Tape, 1418 Laurens Rd., Greenville, SC 29607

TENNESSEE
Grimey's, 1604 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Last Chance Records, 2072 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

TEXAS
180 Grams, 2120 San Pedro Ave, Ste 1, San Antonio, TX 78212
End of an Ear, 2209 S 1st Unit C, Austin, TX 78704
Good Records, 617 N. Good Latimer, Dallas, TX 75204
Hogwild Records, 1824 N. Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212
Seasick Records, 1031 W. Prairie St., Denton, TX 76201
Sound Exchange, 1846 Richmond, Houston, TX 77098
Sundance 202-B University Drive San Marcos, TX 78666
Waterloo, 600 A N.Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78703

UTAH
Orion's, 2110 S 1100 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Uprok, S 342 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111


VERMONT
Pure Pop, 115 S. Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT 05401

VIRGINIA
Crossroads #4, 239 North Main St., Blacksburg, VA 24060
Now! Music and Fashion, 615-A King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Olsson's Books & Records, 106 South Union St., Alexandria, VA
22314
Plan 9, 10410 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
Plan 9, 3012 W. Carey, Richmond, VA 23221
Plan 9, 141 Monticello Ave., Williamsburg, VA 23185
Plan 9, 1325 W. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22903
Plan 9, 1675 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Blue Dog, 1019 Caroline, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Plan 9, 1790-96 E. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Relative Theory Records, 271 Granby St, 2nd Floor, Norfolk, VA 23510
Town and Campus Records, 20 W. Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

WASHINGTON
Easy Street Records, 4559 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
Phantom City, 117 NE Washington, Olympia, WA 98501
Rainy Day Records, 2008 West Harrison Ave, Olympia, WA 98502
Rec the Place, 211 E Fourth Ave, Olympia, WA 98501
Silver Platters, 2299 140th Ave NE, Ste B, Bellevue, WA 98005
Sonic Boom, 3414 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
Sonic Boom, 2209 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107
Sonic Boom #3, 514 15th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112
Super Happy Wax, 1915 D St, Vancouver, WA 98663
Unified Groove Merchants, 2607 N Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205
Wall of Sound, 315 East Pine St., Seattle, WA, 98122

WASHINGTON D.C.
DC CD, 2423 18th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20009
Olsson's Books & Records , 1239 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington,
DC 20007
Olsson's Books & Records, 1307 19th ST. N.W., Washington, DC
20036
Olsson's Books & Records, 418 7th ST. N.W., Washington, DC 20004
Olsson's Books & Records, 1200 F. ST. N.W., Washington, DC 20004

WISCONSIN
Atomic, 1813 E. Locust, Milwaukee, WI 53211
B-Side 1, 436 State St., Madison, WI 53703
Radio Kaos, 968 Main St, Steven's Point, WI 54481
The Exclusive Company, 770 W Northland Ave, Appleton, WI 54914
The Exclusive Company, 16750-A W Bluemound, Brookfield, WI 53005
The Exclusive Company, 9180 Green Bay Rd, Brown Deer, WI 53209
The Exclusive Company, 5026 S 74th St, Greenfield, WI 53220
The Exclusive Company, 423 Dousman, Green Bay, WI 54303
The Exclusive Company, 1259 Milton Ave, Janesville, WI 53545
The Exclusive Company, 508 State St, Madison, WI 53703
The Exclusive Company, 7475 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI 53717
The Exclusive Company, 1669 N Farwell, Milwaukee, WI 53202
The Exclusive Company, 416 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54901
The Exclusive Company, 144 N Main St, West Bend, WI 53095

CANADA
L'Oblique, 4333 Rivard St., Montreal, QC, H2J 2M7
Rotate This, 620 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON, M6J 1E4
Zulu Records, 1869 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V6J 1M4

11.23.2008

After party London

Well if there's one thing that's true it's that Anathallo really knows how to get down and party. Here's a little clip from our wild and crazy after party in London.


video

Here's a few places to get Canopy Glow while we are away from the warehouse:
Amazon
Anticon
Insound
And of course you can find it on all the the usual digital distributors.

Also here's a few places to find it if you are in Japan (with a few bonus tracks too):
Tower
HMV
Amazon

Besides the very friendly review from Paste last week, there was a little article online of "Anathallo's top 5 most serendipitous Canopy Glow moments" which you can find here.

Today in beautiful Luzern and tomorrow we have a long drive (55km) to play with Wolf Parade in Zurich (!?!?).

11.20.2008

Canopy Glow is out in Japan and America!

Bonjour de France! Notre record a été libéré il ya deux jours, en Amérique, mais on ne s'en rend pas compte parce que nous sommes en Europe. (copy and paste it into google translator).

Tonight we're playing at a really rad performance space/artist in residency building/modern dance mecca in Lille called La Malterie. While we've been away, Canopy Glow has been picking up some critical steam and we're really excited that people are enjoying it! Check out Andy Whitman's review in the new issue of Paste if you're loitering around a magazine rack or click here.

11.16.2008

Anathallo hits new high


One of the best shows I've ever played happened last night in Hannover, something really special, something that reminds me of why I play with this band. Just look at these faces! Thank you to our new friends at Feinkostlampe, thank you.

11.13.2008

Tasty treats


Maybe not the most nutritious breakfast in the world but boy is it fun to eat all these strange treats.

11.12.2008

Venus Zine, Berlin, and Admiralspalast

I've been trying all day to get the pronunciation of Admiralspalast down... it's not easy for an imperialistically English speaking American such as myself. The stats:

1 - First show of the tour
2 - Only band on the bill
3 - Playing a German cultural institution that housed the Stage Theory mastery of Brecht
4 - Scared out of our minds

Considering the elements, the show was fantastic, and we were shocked that so many people came out. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Also - I wanted to drop a little shout out to Venus Zine for coming to the Schubas show in Chicago and leaving such a kind review. Read it here if you'd like.

Off to Prague tomorrow to play with Why? at a venue called 007. Hoot hoot!

11.11.2008

Landed in Germany



Tour gets started off on the right foot. Our host Felix took us to this Lebanese place in Köln amidst the madness of carnival. I think this tour is going to be great.

11.08.2008

My Long Winding Thoughts



The U.S. jaunt of our celebratory release tour has been incredible so far. I know sometimes I tend to get a little misty and dramatic when it comes to the gratitude that we have for all of those who support us... but I can't help myself, and here I go again. This will be completely unmeasured, uncool, and unclassy. Un- Un- Un-.

It has been a strange few months getting ready for the release of Canopy Glow. There has been overwhelming amount of growth, love, loss and change on all sides of our lives. I'll leave that vague for the most part. Going into the private things would be a little intense and out of context. After the Aloha and Dosh tours, we remixed the entire record with Tony Espinoza and Eli Crews with help from Yoni. They slaved away with us, sometimes working long nights after full work days, sacrificing family time, sleep, food, friends... One night Tony and I were sending things back and forth until 4 am, when I literally passed out on my computer, accidentally sending him hundreds of aaaasdffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff messages on IM. You get the picture. I just want to thank these people for all of their help in the process of bringing the record into a new light. There were times when I literally began to go nuts and needed to be brought back to earth. Erica came over one day and, noting my state, left me a chocolate bar and some hand sanitizing spray... to give you a picture of my mental state, I unknowingly sprayed the sanitizer in my mouth... thinking it was some sort of chloraseptic throat remedy. Point being, I was not in a functional mental space at the time to say the least. We got some mixes of "The River" from Tony and I was so exhausted that I began to flip a little bit, getting really neurotic about things for no reason. Yoni sent me a gentle, "You're going nuts, this mix is great" email. I realized that my perspective on the whole thing was totally shot, but that we were in great hands. To Eli, Tony, Yoni - we are really grateful! Thanks for putting up with us.

I'm saying this all to give a small snapshot of a year long road that lead to the release of this record. I wasn't sure that we'd be able to post something like this closer to the actual release on the 18th since we'll be out of the country, so I thought I would jot some thought down now while there is time.

The last week has been remarkable. We were really surprised and grateful to see so many people at all the shows. To be honest, we imagined a sort of silence around the record release, half full rooms, a general sense that we already had our 15 minutes. But this week will be remembered in high regard - everyone in the room singing. It brings the whole thing into an appropriate perspective - that this band and the community of people outside of the music are part of an indecipherable whole wherein there are no necessary divisions within the hopeful notion that the band is just a conduit for something else. Fan/Friend, Band/Other, You/Me, Republican/Democrat. In a lot of ways, the spirit of the tour enabled a deeper understanding and excitement concerning the election. Thanks so much to all of you who bit torrented the record and sang along. Thanks for the pumpkin pie. The hand-bound book. Hearing about Camp-Thallo. Etc. Etc. Etc. The ongoing correspondence.

Tonight we're playing at home in Chicago at one of our favorite venues, then off to Europe on Monday and Japan before Christmas.

We're planning a really extensive U.S. tour which will begin in late February. Can't wait to see everyone again. Family. Thank you.