We’re very pleased to announce that Gregor Samsa’s music will be featured along with BON IVER, PAN AMERICAN, SPOKANE and ROBERT DONNE in a new film by Rick Alverson entitled The Builder.
Following an Irish immigrant carpenter from coastal Queens to the Catskills and beyond, THE BUILDER is an american existential portrait that explores the gulf between the idea of a thing and the thing itself. Having set off to the New York countryside to construct a reproduction of the earliest of american cape houses, the protagonist (Colm O’Leary) finds himself overcome by an inexplicable fatigue. Debts and expectations mount alongside the crudest and most naive of deceptions, that of both self and of family. As the chasm grows the Builder finds himself confronted by the unnerving ambivalence of the world around him.
There will be festival screenings to follow and we’ll post about them as we learn more. Watch a trailer and read more about the film.
Jan 2009 Europe Tour
On January 5th, 2009, we’ll be once again traveling to Europe for a month of playing music every night. Confirmed gigs will be posted very soon. We’ll have two new musicians joining us for this excursion. The first is Mike Ashley, who plays drums with Cory in a band out of Richmond, VA called Antlers. The second is Bobby Donne, who currently performs with Cristal and was previously half of Aix Em Klemm and a third of Labradford.
In collaboration with Dutch radio station, VPRO and the Kora Records, we’ll be releasing a new recording titled Over Air. The album will include a mastered version of our session at Desmet Studios for VPRO, along with many extras, including HD quality videos and a recording or two that hasn’t been officially released. This will be a fairly limited pressing, distributed on tour and through Kora Records.
Towards the end of our last European tour we made a stop in Amsterdam to record a live session for Dutch radio station, VPRO. You can listen to it here (click our name under “audio” on the right).
From Kora Recrods:
The Collectors Edition of Gregor Samsa’s new album is sold out. The vinyl version is on sale in the kora store as a 140 gram double LP enclosed in a two piece heavy card stock double folio design featuring the same die cut and artwork from the CD release. The packaging is an original design produced for the first time by TKR and is a limited edition of 500. Stay tuned for more Gregor Samsa news this fall.
Thank you so much to those of you who supported us by purchasing the collector edition of Rest.
We are very happy to announce that the Collector’s Edition AND the US Vinyl Edition of RestÂ are officially available for order!Â We are very pleased with both these versions of RestÂ and we thank everyone who worked so hard to make them happen. Here’s a link if you are interested in either of them:Â Kora Records.Â
From our US Label, Kora Records, regarding the Vinyl and Collector editions of Rest:
Details for Gregor Samsa’s new album on vinyl and the Collectors Edition are in! Both will go on sale in the kora store on September 1st. Vinyl - Rest is being pressed as a 140 gram double LP that will be enclosed in a two piece heavy card stock double folio design featuring the same die cut and artwork from the CD release. The packaging is an original design produced for the first time by TKR and will be a limited edition of 500. Read more about the Collectors Edition of Rest.
Just a quick update on this extremely hot afternoon in NYC… The shows last week in Boston and New York were really great. After not playing in two years, we weren’t quite sure what to expect, but we couldn’t have been happier with the turn out and both of the venues were wonderful. Le Poisson Rouge is one of the best places we’ve ever played. It’s definitely our new favorite venue here.
Some news regarding two new releases of Rest:
We’ve seen many requests for the Collector Edition (limited to 30), wondering if it had already been released. The answer is no, it’s still in production, but we’re so close. We’ve put so much work into these and honestly, we’re going to have a hard time selling them because we want to keep them for ourselves! But seriously, they’re almost ready and we’ll announce it here when they are.
The US Vinyl Edition is almost ready as well. In fact, the test presses just arrived this weekend. These should be shipping mid-august. We’ll post some pictures of the beautiful packaging Kora Records did as soon as we get a copy.
Finally, after a long break, we’ll be playing a few shows in the US. There will be more to come, but hey, it’s a start. We’ll be doing two dates with Iceland native Olafur Arnalds — one in Boston and the other in NYC at a beautiful new venue called Le Poisson Rouge. We just played with Olafur last night in Belgium and his music is really beautiful. These shows will be excellent!
Hi - just a quick note to show off the limited edition of Rest. I have to say this is the most proud we’ve been of any packaging we’ve put together so far! Many thanks to the Kora Records for helping make this happen. These are handmade and limited to 500. Â Get one now!
We posted a new video for “Jeroen van Aken”, taken from our new album Rest. The video was filmed and directed by our good friend, Rick Alverson, who also plays in the wonderful band, Spokane.