HELP SHEARWATER RELEASE LODGER ON VINYL
When we decided to cover a few songs from David Bowie's weird and wonderful Lodger
album as part of our tour for Jet Plane and Oxbow
this year, we meant it as pure fun— a way to tip our hats to a record we loved. We were rehearsing it when Bowie died, and it suddenly felt different; heavier, of course, but even more meaningful, and ultimately even more joyful.
This spring, we played a few songs from Lodger
on tour each night in Europe and North America, but we only played the entire album as a piece four times - in Chicago, New York, Seattle, and for the Onion's A.V. Club, who filmed us playing it in their office. (To the best of my knowledge, DB never performed about half the songs on the album live, though he often mentioned it as one of his favorites.)
As it turned out, the A.V. Club caught us at just the right moment - relaxed, intent, and a little goofy. You can see the videos of the entire performance here.
Since it was posted, a number of people have asked me if we had thought about releasing this performance in a high-quality, limited edition. And though we're not a cover band, we've decided to do it, both as expression of gratitude for Bowie's work and to document a special performance we're proud of.
We'd like to press a one-time, limited edition of 500 copies on good-quality vinyl LP. (Each LP will also include a code for digital download of the album.)
Normally we would fund this ourselves, but touring this year has stretched us to the limit financially, and we can't put up the cost of pressing this in advance. So if you'd like to see this in the world (or on your turntable), we're asking your help in raising the up-front costs of producing it.
Part of the cost includes licensing fees for Bowie's songs and a mastering job by the great Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Greg has worked with us on all our albums since Rook—but he also mastered the original Lodger
in 1979, a symmetry that's too tempting to pass up. The record would be pressed by RTI in California.
If you can contribute $45 or more, we'll make sure you receive a copy of the LP (and a download code). If you can do $15 or more, you'll receive a code for a high-quality digital download of the Calbi master.
Many thanks for reading, and for supporting us.
Jonathan Meiburg / Shearwater