Happy Grizzly Bear Day!

We’re not sure if there is any other way to say it, but Happy Grizzly Bear Day! Really, has anyone talked about anything else all day besides the release of ‘Veckatimest’?  We haven’t been able to have a conversation all day without someone mentioning it. 

‘Veckatimest’ is an album that is rich with one impressive song after another.  It gets better with every listen and truly takes you on a musical journey. This is by far Grizzly Bear’s best album yet, and is definitely the year’s most anticipated indie record. Not to call early shots just yet, but this is sure to be headed to many ‘Top Albums Lists of 2009’. 

Check out ‘Veckatimest’ on Grizzly Bear’s MYSPACE

Watch Grizzly Bear’s New Video for ‘Two Weeks’

The band is also on an extensive tour (with 3 New York stops!)

May 26 Vancouver, BC Commodore (w/ Foreign Born)  
May 28 New York, NY SOLD OUT: Town Hall (w/ Here We Go Magic)
May 29 New York, NY SOLD OUT: Town Hall (w/ Here We Go Magic)
May 31 Brooklyn, NY SOLD OUT:Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 01 Washington, DC SOLD OUT: 9:30 Club (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 02 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 03 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 04 Montréal, QC Le National (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 05 Toronto, ON SOLD OUT: Phoenix (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 07 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 08 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 09 Bloomington, IN Buskirk-Chumley (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 11 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo
Jun 13 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle (with TV on the Radio)
Jun 15 Dallas, TX Granada (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 16 Austin, TX SOLD OUT: The Parish (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 18 Tucson, AZ Centennial Hall (w/ Wilco)
Jun 19 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jun 21 San Francisco, CA Fillmore (w/ Here We Go Magic)
Jul 19 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
Aug 07 Osaka, Japan Summer Sonic
Aug 09 Osaka, Japan Summer Sonic
Aug 13 Olso, Norway Øya Festival
Aug 14 Göteborg, Sweden Way Out West Festival
Aug 15 Rees-Haldern, Germany Haldern Pop Festival  
Aug 16 St. Malo, France La Route du RockFestival
Aug 18 London, UK Koko  
Aug 20 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop
Aug 21 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands Lowlands Paradise
Aug 22 Glanusk, UK Green Man Festival
Oct 02 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival

Grizzly Bear Announce New Album, Tour Dates

It seems to have been so long ago since Grizzly Bear released ‘Yellow House’ but the band is back in full form with their newest record,  ‘Veckatimest’ which will be out on May 26th on Warped Records. It seems that the new record is actually more brilliant than the  last according to sources (Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold has called it “the album of the 00s.”) Who knew they could really top it? Of course the album has already been leaked, and though Grizzly Bear really isn’t too keen on that happening, they have learned to accept it.

The band wrote on their blog this week:

Hey all,

So yeah, we are kind of bummed this leaked so early. We know it’s not the 90’s anymore and times have changed, and we’re super grateful for all the support people have shown us on the blogs and internet, but we were kind of hoping it wouldn’t happen this soon.

Ultimately we feel like we put out a great album and hope people enjoy it, and we really hope people take the time to pre-order and support the good one-and-a-half years it took to write and record it.

I promise you the album art for both CD and vinyl is going to be gorgeous. And a bonus: all vinyl people will get a high quality download coupon with their purchase.

Leaking is a tricky subject; as we all know, I’ve had my run ins with the law O__o (Hi, Mr. Sheriff!) I have conflicting opinions about it, as it’s really complicated, but ultimately it saddens me that a bummer-quality version of Veckatimest is going around. Please consider putting your energies into a pre-order or into waiting till May 26 for the album the way we intend it to be presented.

Not to get all mushy, but we definitely put a lot of love and work into this one and are just excited to hit the road and tour it again.

Ok, there! Got that off my chest.
Warm regards.

Its kind of a hard situation since the album isn’t due out for another 3 months, but is not the first time.

Grizzly Bear will also be hitting the road this Spring so be sure to check them out on tour.

05/24 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
05/25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
05/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
05/28 – NYC @ Town Hall
05/29 – NYC @ Town Hall
06/01 – Washington DC @ 930 Club
06/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
06/03 – Boston, MA @ Berkley Performance Center
06/04 – Montreal, QUE @ Le National
06/05 – Toronto ON @ Phoenix
06/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
06/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
06/09 – Bloomington, IN @ Buskirk- Chumley
06/11 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
06/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
06/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle (With TV On The Radio)
06/15 – Dallas, TX @ Grenada
06/16 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
06/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
06/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore

Check out Grizzly Bear on Myspace

Watch ‘Ready, Able’ (A new song) that Grizzly Bear performed with the Philharmonic this weekend.