October 2, 2012

UK Tour Dates!

Hello everyone!  We've promised to make it back to the UK to play shows for a long time now, and we're officially going to make good on that promise today as we announce two dates for November.

November 20th, 2012 : 02 Academy2 Islington - London
November 21st : Ruby Lounge - Manchester

Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 5th.  Ticket link below.  Hope to see you all there!


September 14, 2012

European Tour Dates

FRIENDS!  We are hard at work in the studio chipping away at our new album bit by precious bit.  It's really encouraging to get so much feedback from everyone so make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on the latest Spinto happenings and giveaways.  We're mostly done recording and are now into the mixing phase.  The home stretch is in sight and we hope to have the album mostly buttoned up by the time we head over to Europe for our tour later this fall.

Oh, by the way, we're touring Europe this fall!  The following dates are set in stone and 100% confirmed:

November 19, Le Botanique, Bruxelles Brussel, Belgium
November 28, Molotow Bar, Hamburg, Germany
November 30, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
December 1, Le Belvedere, Namur, Belgium
December 3, La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
December 6, Dusseldorf, Germany

We hope to announce a few more shortly so keep an eye on all of the above mentioned social media outlets to stay up to date.  We look forward to seeing all of our European friends for the first time in three years.  Tell the United Kingdom to stock up on Twiglets.

September 13, 2012

Show Pursuit

FRIENDS!  We have some awesome news to share!  After lifetimes spent as avid video game fans we are thrilled to report that we have starred in and released our very own game!  Show Pursuit, our collection of six mini-tributes to some of our favorite games of yesteryear, was programmed by our good friend Jordi Pamies; we handled the soundtrack (you may recognize some of the tunes from Shy Pursuit), sound effects, and between-level intro skits.  It currently enjoys a 5 out of 5 average review score and is available on your favorite Apple iDevice, be it phone, pod, or pad, for the bargain bin price of 99 cents.  We have you have as much fun playing it as we did making it, and good luck on level five of Sssssssnick.

Show Pursuit App Store Link

August 2, 2012

MUESLI: The Music Video

Hot of the chalkboard comes a music video for "Muesli". It was created by our long-time friends and collaborators, Nicholas Gurewitch (The Perry Bible Fellowship, Trails of Tarnation) and Albert Birney (The Beast Pageant, Jubadaba). It tells the story of life and the universe through hand-drawn chalk animation. It's been in the works for a very long time and we are proud to unleash onto the world. Hope you enjoy!

June 24, 2012

Everyone Got What They Wanted

Filmmaker Nate Johnson has created an amazing live music film about us and our recording studio. It is part documentary, part live performance and features many of our talented friends. Please take a look!

The Spinto Band: Everyone Got What They Wanted from Nate Johnson on Vimeo.

June 18, 2012

May 27, 2012

Sam ran a marathon...and then played a song.

Earning the record of Longest Run Before A Musical Performance. Yes, it's true. Right after Sam finished his first ever marathon (He finished 11th within his age / gender!!!) the great folks at Love Drunk (in conjunction with Hear Nebraska) were there to capture it. Check it out!!!

May 25, 2012

Our appearance on WNYC's Soundcheck

Yesterday we appeared LIVE on the air of the prestigious WNYC's Soundcheck. We had the pleasure of sharing the show with the wonderful Chris Weingarten who was trolling guitar geeks. We even got to discuss Ronald Jones, one of our favorite unsung guitar heroes. You can listen to the whole thing right HERE.

May 17, 2012

"The Living Things" NEW MUSIC VIDEO

The latest Spinto Band video is a work of animated excellence from Phil Davis (who also directed our "Jackhammer" video). The other day the kind folks at NPR gave a very nice summary of it. But you can watch it right here, right now:

May 3, 2012

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Hey folks.  Have you heard?  Tuesdays and Thursdays are being called the new borough.  Why?  Because they are the hippest days.  Why?  Because you can come check out sweet lineups we put together at KungFu Necktie in Philadelphia (Tues) and The Rock Shop in Brooklyn (Thurs).  We recently calculated (it was a lot of math) that we will never reach the level of Animal Collective where we get to organize our own All Tomorrows Parties festival, so this is what we are doing instead:
We will have two great shows in two of our favorite places every week in May.  We are pumped.  Are you pumped?  Let's get you a bit more pumped...

The Purples- These our some great friends of ours.  We have shared stages at Christian colleges, Texas bars, and volleyball courts with these men during their years playing with The Teeth.  Now, named after a  color that accurately describes their passion for rock, they will be dropping it on both stages.

Alec Ounsworth- We all know this guy.  He is a wearer of great hats and a singer of great songs.  We are quite honored to share a stage with him.  

Field Mouse- in an age when young people are debating whether or not to follow their dreams, it is good to know that there is a band that sounds like dreams.  We can't wait to groove alongside their deep grooves.

Cheers Elephant- These dudes are great, sunglassed moustaches and all.  While oftentimes it is easy to describe a band by mentioning they sound like they are from this decade or that decade, these dudes are timeless.  People in the future will say they sound like the 40s-- the 2040s (through telepathic radio waves).

Nightlands- We have a long list of people we have always wanted to be on a bill with.  Scratch off one more.  

Via Audio- oooooooooh!  That is the sound I just made swaying to these jams.  Sometimes people (myself) get a bit wavery when a bio starts out with "Brooklyn based indie pop quartet."  This band is a call to read on or just totally fuck the bio and go straight to the audio page and sway on.  Can't wait for 5/15 to sway away.  

Backwords- chances are if you are still reading this post, you will dig this band like a bachoe digs swimming pools.  

The Extraordinaires- Philadelphia is flooded with freaks like these guys.  Sometimes, all you want to do is walk the dog and next thing you know you are being attacked by inspiring musicians!  what the dick!?

Sea of Bees- Here we go.  Do you really need to be told about this voice?  Get your head out of the blender and tune in.  Your hip cousin will approve.

Heyward Howkins- When you get a chance to share the stage with the man who shares the first tenor parts as you in your all male choir group, you book that stat.  That's the chance Mr. Krill got and he acted stat.  

Horse's Mouth- Hold someone's hand for this set.  You will need the extra support.  Your knees will weaken and you may get spooked a little.  It's alright though.

Ski Lodge-   mmmmhmmmmm.  shuck and jive just like Little Mac as the entire Rock Shop is shucking and jiving on Thursday May 24th, the birthday of Punch Out creator Makato Wato.  

So that is all the bands.  BUT HERE IS SOME MORE!  You can download a sampler of each show's guests jamming some tunes... Play it in your car.  Tell your car "play radical spinto residency sampler" and it will just play.  Cars do that nowadays:

RSVP to the Philadelphia residency to get late breaking news
RSVP to the Brooklyn residency to get great breaking news

See you folks at the show tonite!

May 2, 2012

Shy Pursuit IS HERE.

Would have written about this yesterday but there were too many crazy things happening. It all had to do with Shy Pursuit being officially available all over the world.
If you haven't picked up a copy yet, please visit your nearest local record shop and see if they have a copy. If they don't then demand one! We also have copies available through our web-store!

But if you want it's also available on a number of favorite internet places for music, such as:


When you buy from us, it's better for the band but we understand that you may have a gift certificate or even just prefer these sites. However you want to do it is fine with us! 

In other news, our "Take It" video was featured on the VEVO homepage yesterday as well! We're there right alongside the likes of Akon and Rhianna! Check it out HERE.

And in celebration of Shy Pursuit being born into the world we are playing loads of shows. Go to the the "Shows" tab to get the scoop on that. More information on the residencies soon!

We'd also like to thank anyone that has already purchased a copy of the record. It's been a long time in the making and even a longer time in the releasing. We feel very grateful for the amount of support we've seen thus far and can only hope it continues. Thank you!!!

April 25, 2012

Why we love Red Prairie Press.

Not sure how many of you own one of our t-shirts or have seen the artwork of our albums Moonwink or Slim & Slender but if you derive any pleasure from wearing or viewing these items it is because of the wonderful lady above. I could go on an on about the beauty of friends working together and collaborating but Rachel explains it best here.

(Oh, also Red Prairie Press creates a variety of lovely apparel and artwork for purchase online or at your local craft fair!)

April 24, 2012

April 23, 2012

New Video for a New Song!

"Cookie Falls", directed by Eric Laplante and danced by Alex Harris. For fans of saturated 8mm film, balloons, dancing and the film, "Dogtooth".

April 19, 2012

Local coverage and butterfly therapy.

Ryan Cormier of the News Journal / Pulp Culture / All-Around King of Delaware wrote a really nice piece on the recording of Shy Pursuit. Also, Thomas puts a live butterfly to sleep by gently massaging its thorax...which everyone except Joe finds amusing. Read it HERE.

April 16, 2012

April 10, 2012

Record Store Day WEEKEND Madness

Just over a week shy of the release of SHY PURSUIT we will be infiltrating some local record shops with some FREE in-store performances and exclusive record store day bonuses! Here's a run down of the happenings:


Rainbow Music & Books - Newark, DE
- 7:00 PM
Rainbow is doing an exclusive pre-sale of Shy Pursuit. You can go into the store at any time RIGHT NOW and pre-order a signed, hand-numbered copy and pick it up on Record Store Day weekend or afterwards! It's a great deal from a great record store!


AKA Music - Philadelphia, PA - 3:00 PM
The greatest record shop in Philadelphia! Honored to be playing here again!

Main St. Music - Manayunk, PA - 5:00 PM
Haven't been here before but we are excited to close out the day with some Manayunk mayhem.

Come out, see us and support your local record stores!

April 6, 2012

A view from inside the Spintonic offices.

Spintonic Recordings, (the music wing of Spintonic Productions) has been keeping busy in the last week.

April 2, 2012

We are now taking orders for SHY PURSUIT!

It is a special day because we are now taking orders for our new album, Shy Pursuit. We have it in a variety of formats: digital, compact disc, vinyl, and a slew of other fun options to throw in there. So please, if you're thinking about getting the record why not purchase it directly from us???


March 31, 2012

March 30, 2012

Collaboration with MINIATURE TIGERS.

We recorded a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Me and My Arrow" with our BFFs, Miniature Tigers. Listen, and download if you want to!

March 15, 2012

"TAKE IT" - The video

Our new song, "Take It" has an ingenious video directed by Eric Notarnicola and Daniel Gray Longino. If you ever thought that late 80's / early 90's television advertisements for board games couldn't be elevated into poignant commentary about LIFE then take a look at this:

March 10, 2012

Two new songs from a living room in Philadelphia.

Sofar Sounds invited us to play a few songs at Victor's house the other night. We had a wonderful time! Here's some clips of us playing "The Living Things" and "Muesli" from Shy Pursuit.

March 5, 2012

In a week we're off to South by Southwest

And we made another video making fun of SXSW while simultaneously promoting our shows there.

February 25, 2012

Music videos in the works...

Albert Birney [Head of production at Jubadaba, Director of The Beast Pageant, general artistic director of the Spinto Band] and Nicholas Gurewitch [Creator of the Perry Bible Fellowship, Trails of Tarnation, and many great things] hard at work on a new Spinto Band video.

Carol Cleveland Sings on Daytrotter

Thomas' usually introverted recording project, Carol Cleveland Sings actually did a tour late 2010 and ended up recording a session for Daytrotter. It features Owen from ROAR on keyboard, guitar and vocal duties. Sometimes these songs grow into Spinto Band songs. Sometimes they don't. Either way, you can LISTEN THESE EMBRYONIC SONG MORSELS HERE.

February 22, 2012

Getting residential.

To celebrate the release of SHY PURSUIT we are going to be playing a slew of shows in two of our favorite east coast cities, Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

These things are called "residencies" and we are delighted to be playing them in two really cool venues, The Rock Shop and the Kung Fu Necktie. The last time we did something like this it was in the summer of 2008, pre-moonwink. We had a blast inviting some of our favorite musicians to play with us in the same spaces every week and now we are doing it again, but in TWO cities! We've got some very very special guests planned so be sure to check in soon. For now, here are the dates:

May 03 - The Rock Shop – Brooklyn, NY - Tickets
May 08 - Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA - Tickets
May 10 - The Rock Shop – Brooklyn, NY - Tickets
May 15 - Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA - Tickets
May 17 - The Rock Shop – Brooklyn, NY - Tickets
May 22 - Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA - Tickets
May 24 - The Rock Shop – Brooklyn, NY - Tickets
May 29 - Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA - Tickets

Hope to see you there!!!

February 15, 2012

TWO NEW SONGS off of SHY PURSUIT, available MAY 1st.

Our new album, Shy Pursuit is coming out on May 1st. Here is what the cover art looks like:
"Yeah, yeah yeah, but what does it SOUND like?" you ask? Look no further than this:

And if that whets your appetite, then you are welcome to download another tune for FREE. Just follow these steps.

This is very exciting news for us...And there is plenty more to come!!!

February 9, 2012

The second show of the new year.

Our second show of the new year belongs to Buried Beds. This delightful little glowworm of a band is releasing an EP later this month and we will be sharing the stage with them to celebrate it. This "EP" is a little peculiar in that it's also a FILM.

Earlier this Summer the band was filmed performing in a variety of locations in one day around Philadelphia and our own Nick Krill was there to capture it on tape. "Small Stories" (moving images and music) is the result. Why not take a look at the trailer?

Small Stories Trailer 1 from Nate Johnson on Vimeo.

We couldn't think of a better second show to have! Here are the details:

Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, PA
8:00 PM
- $10 - 21+

Buy your tickets here HERE.

February 8, 2012


...Like it's never been on sale before.

That's right, folks. The critically acclaimed release from 2008 is now available directly FROM US. At a low, low price of just $8.99 you can purchase a digital download of the album that made the people go CRAZY. Just look at these reviews:

"...Warm and cathartic, with all the hopefulness of a balmy summer night. " - SPIN

...Unusually taut and polished, with hooks, crescendos, and clever turns of phrase nearly always in the right place. " - Pitchfork

"Despite some subtle new touches --a harpsichord, a banjo, light strings--the sound proposes constancy." - The New York Times

"the third album from the Brooklyn-based art rock band TV on the Radio, is a vivid, angry, sensual soundtrack to the haunted life." - LA Times

...Hey, I never said they were our reviews. Have you heard it? Get it here.

January 28, 2012

John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders

We are honored to be performing on the February, 4th edition of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders.

Here is a link for more info: http://citywinery.com/events/244324

If you can't make it....keep your ear to the ground.....cause it might be on the radio in the near future.

We will be lucky enough to share the bandstand with some great artists...so it should be a fun night.

Here is the line up:

Edie Brickell

Eugene Mirman

Tom Perrotta

Punch Brothers

Josh Ritter

The Spinto Band

Haley Tanner

Sarah Vowell