Today, my stickers shipped, which is tremendously exciting. Soon thousands of people will be seeing the cover illustration for Mutt on a daily basis. I’m also continuing query work, which tires my hands but is totally worth it. I’m meeting some great people in the bookblogging world.
I believe a big part of promotion is promoting work by other indie artists who deserve recognition, and that isn’t limited to writers. Today, I’d like to share a new music release by a band I adore.
I first saw these lovely boys and girls a little over a year ago, and they’ve quickly become one of my favorite bands. They give a heart-stopping live performance, and from my interactions with them online and at shows, they all strike me as wonderful people. Their past releases, the Nautical Sabbatical EP and debut full-length The Unmistakable Man, are both among my favorites, and the new record is set to demolish the high bar they’ve set with those works.
I’m only one listen in so far, but I’ve heard most of the songs live or listened to them on repeat as pre-release singles. I’ll write further thoughts after I get a dozen listens or so into it, but I can promise already that it was my most anticipated album of the year and it’s living up to that high expectation. (Really, if the whole record was comprised only of the modern classic “Ballad of Oregon” fourteen times back-to-back, it’d still be worth your attention.) The album is produced by Brian Deck, who handled some of Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine’s best work.
The album releases on June 5th, and the band is touring for it now. If you come out to the D.C. date tomorrow night, you might see me dancing my little white-boy hips off.