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John Spalding's LoveLand album to be released in February

LoveLand, the now-posthumous project of local music John Spalding has, is set to release its album The Beautiful Truth this next month. The project is a benefit to raise money for Spalding's widow (which is why there were many benefit shows throught January) and the album is officially being released on Tuesday, February 17 on Tigre Blanco Records.

Says the press release:

I’m not afraid of anything, that’s why the album is called ‘The Beautiful Truth,’” John Spalding says about his debut under the moniker LoveLand.

Featuring 12 songs John has been working on for over ten years, LoveLand’s “The Beautiful Truth” is an instant Pacific NW classic, created out of the passion of a major player in Seattle underground rock. In the early part of this decade his work with Raft of Dead Monkeys kept raw creative power alive when he was playing inspired guitar for them and writing their best songs, and now he is finally releasing a solo work that is anything but solo.

Since 2006, John’s beloved friends from the bands Minus The Bear, Pretty Girls Make Graves, These Arms Are Snakes, Botch, and other musical landmarks have helped him collaborate on songs that describe the life John has been given and certain marked events that surround. It exists as well due to the compassion and devotion of recording geniuses like Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon, Minus The Bear, Heather Duby, Isis), Ben Verellen (Helms Alee), and Chris Common (Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes). Bayles mixed and mastered the entire album, and one of the places it was recorded was at legendary Litho due to the grace of its owner Stone Gossard, who blessed John with donated (expensive) studio time.

The next benefit show is January 31 at El Corazon with MxPx and Amber Pacific.

All Girl Summer Fun Band BOAT Chris Walla Common Market Damien Jurado Fleet Foxes Grand Archives H is for Hellgate Hey Marseilles Imaginary Scoop Jared Mees and the Grown Children Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground LoveLand Man Plus Old Haunts Pica Beats Team Gina The Dead Science The Doll Test The Dutchess and the Duke The Kindness Kind The Nextdoor Neighbors The Pharmacy The Saturday Knights Throw Me the Statue Wallpaper Young Sportsmen

Best of 2008: Top Northwest Releases of 2008 TIG Editorial Picks

TIG staffers are a lot like you — coming up with our list of faves for the year is a fun and gripping process. After comparing/contrasting/debating our individual favorites, we figured the sum of our imaginary parts would make for an interesting list.

While ChrisB and Keenan, among other things, brought in the power-pop elements,  Chris Estey stood by the smartie subtle elements of this year’s Northwest offerings. Imaginary liz, as usual, loved the lo-fi and indie-pop songs, while imaginary dana spent much of the year obessed with Throw the the Statue and of course, the Fleet Foxes. And nearly all of us agreed that the Saturday Knights album was a force to be reckoned with. Here’s our our staff votes tallied up…

Top Northwest Releases of 2008, TIG Editorial Picks:

25. The Nextdoor Neighbors – Magic Vs The Machine {live show review}
24. The Dead ScienceVillanaire {album review}
23. H is for HellgateCome for the peaks stay for the valleys {info}
22. Kay Kay and His Weathered UnderdroundKay Kay and His Weathered Underdround {live show review}
21. BOATTopps EP {live show review}
20. LoveLandThe Beautiful Truth {info}
19. Damien JuradoCaught In The Trees {album review}
18. Common MarketBlack Patch War {album review}
17. Chris WallaField Manual {album review}
16. Hey MarseillesTo Travels and Trunks {live show review}
15. Jared Mees and the Grown ChildrenCaffeine, Alchohol, Sunshine, Money {album review}
14. Grand ArchivesGrand Archives {album review}
13. Man PlusHungarian Suicide Songbook {album review}
12. WallpaperOn The Chewing Gum Ground
11. (TIE) Young SportsmenIf You Want It {album review}
11. (TIE) Doll TestMosque Alarm Clock
10. The Pica BeatsBeating Back the Claws of the Cold {info}
9. Team GinaProducts of the 80s {album review}
8. The Kindness KindThe Kindness Kind {info}
7. The PharmacyChoose Ur Own Adventure {info}
6. Throw Me The StatueMoonbeams {album review}
5. Dutchess and the DukeShe’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke {live show review}
4. The Old HauntsPoisonous Times {live show review}
3. All Girl Summer Fun BandLooking Into It {live show review}
2. Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes {album review}
1. The Saturday KnightsMingle {album review}

Peruse some of individual staffer favs:

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Details on John Spalding benefit shows

When the local legend John Spalding died last month of cancer, a foundation was set up in his name to provide some support for his wife following his passing.

Several shows have been set up to raise money for Mrs. Spalding. While some details are forthcoming, here is all of the details I know below.

Of course, I will try to keep this updated with more information as it becomes available and I'm hoping to write a feature on Spalding and his LoveLand project very soon by interviewing one of my favorite local musicians involved in the project.


    January 3 at The Comet
    Slender Means
    other artists TBA

    January 8 at The Sunset
    Helms Alee
    Born Anchors

    January 9 at Showbox at the Market
    Minus The Bear
    The Cave Singers
    Rocky Votolato
    Past Lives
    Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death

    January 21 at Chop Suey
    Damien Jurado
    David Bazan
    See Me River

    January 25 at Cha Cha
    These Arms Are Snakes
    Elephant Rider

$5 suggested donation and a percentage of the proceeds from the bar go to door.
    January 31 at El Corazon
    Amber Pacific
    Nazca Lines

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The Sad, Beautiful Story Behind LoveLand's "The Beautiful Truth"

On John in the Morning's Monday, Nov. 23 show on KEXP, John Richards will be playing music from the debut of LoveLand, "The Beautiful Truth," and telling a little bit about it. What he might mention is that it is the first album by LoveLand, and also its last. LoveLand is the moniker for John Spalding, who people might remember as the guitar player and creative driving force in several Seattle bands, Ninety Pound Wuss, Raft of Dead Monkeys, and others. John has terminal cancer and probably will have passed away before most of you will get to hear the whole glorious, semi-psychedelic, very soulful twelve song creation he put ten years into.

As friends and family have been circling John in the hospital bed set up in his house, many of those coming to wish him well are also co-creators of the music he's been tracking since 2006, coordinated at four different Seattle studios by guys like Matt Bayles (Minus The Bear) and Chris Common (These Arms Are Snakes). Andrea Zollo of Pretty Girls Make Graves and Triumph of Lethargy sings gloriously on the record, and there are contributions from his contemporaries in Blood Brothers, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, and other lauded post-hardcore bands.

Tune in to KEXP to hear LoveLand's "The Beautiful Truth" while it has been bumped up to medium rotation by the station's Music Director Don Yates, and with Mr. Richards himself giving it his endorsement, maybe it will find a label and more press soon.