Popular music today is generally very, very awful. The few moments I spend trapped by an FM radio tuned to anything other than NPR are among my most dire. While Justin Bieber is one of the cutest little ladies I have ever seen, take away auto-tune and she sounds like a 13-year-old boy.
Thankfully, we live in an age where we don’t have to rely on the radio to bring us great musical talent. We have Etsy for that…well, at least we do now.
As a musician myself, I have long seen the parallels between handmade goods and songs. When done right, both are products that spring from the heart and require great taste, craftsmanship, and practice to create. Both have the power to move, inspire and entertain us. To me, handmade is more than just a means of production. It is about a way of living, a state of mind, and mostly, an expression of the person who made “it,” be “it” a scarf, a film, a poem, or a song.
With this in mind, we are honored and happy to bring The Walkmen to Etsy.
The Walkmen are one of my favorite bands in the world, and I am not just saying this just because I’ve known them since we were wee pups running wild in the streets of Washington, D.C. Instead, I love these five talented fellows because they are true craftsmen. They are sculptors of songs, knowing intuitively which pieces of marble to leave, and more importantly, which to chip away. They are scholars of earlier craftsmen like Bob Dylan, The Pogues, Bob Marley and The Kinks, to name a few, but like all great artists, they have a style that is totally their own.
September 14, 2010, they will be releasing Lisbon, their fifth full length album. To celebrate, The Walkmen and Etsy have teamed up to present limited-edition, signed, handmade packages and items inspired by their new album and the city that inspired its name.
For the unique collaboration we worked with three Etsy artists — littletired, beauideal, and sheepshead — to design a limited-edition silkscreen print insert, album poster, and T-shirt. These featured packages will be available exclusively on Etsy.
At Etsy we love artists, and if you do too, you’ll love The Walkmen.
The Related Items for this article were selected by The Walkmen bassist and founding member, Walter Martin.
Catch The Walkmen live in a town near you, from Leeds to Lisbon, Vancouver to Vegas…
*Please note, T-shirts and posters are not included in the LP/CD packages. ALL orders must be submitted by Wednesday, September 10 to ensure arrival by the release date of 9/14.*