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Owen Chicago Series: Live at The Butcher & Larder


Last week’s wig shop video was probably the most interesting location for the ongoing series of live Owen videos, but this week’s may have just topped it. Watch Mike perform “An Animal” at The Butcher & Larder in Chicago above.

“An Animal” is the 6th track off the new album, Ghost Town, which is out now on vinyl LP through Hobbledehoy.

Watch previous videos in the series:
The Armoire
I Believe
Too Many Moons
No Place Like Home
O, Evelyn…

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Vinyl Test-Press Auctions


Every Wednesday for the next 5 weeks, we’ll be auctioning an exclusive vinyl test-pressing from our recent / upcoming catalog. With all proceeds going towards helping create new records, each test is limited to just five copies, hand-numbered and very difficult to come by. This is your chance to own a very rare piece of history from some fantastic bands, a true collectible!

So you can plan accordingly, here is the starting schedule for what you can expect. Only one of each available… the first is up right now.

Bid hard friends!

Go to Hobbledehoy eBay auctions

Nov 18: This Will Destroy You – Tunnel Blanket 2xLP (#2/5)
Nov 23: Arrows – Try and Stay Upright LP (#3/5)
Nov 30: Lymbyc Systym – Shutter Release LP (#2/5)
Dec 7: Braid – Closer To Closed 12″ (#2/5)
Dec 14: The Leap Year – With A Little Push… LP (#2/5)

Revision: Formerly Friday, auctions are now ending on a Wednesday.

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Owen ‘Ghost Town’ LP out now


Ghost Town, the newest album from Owen (AKA Mike Kinsella) is officially out today! Time to head down to your favorite local record store and pick up a copy, and if they don’t please ask them to carry it. Of course, you can always order directly from our online store.

The Hobbledehoy edition is vinyl only – includes a bonus Wilco cover, a very limited 1st pressing of just 100 hand-numbered copies on black 180g vinyl and paired with a MP3 download coupon.

The album has been getting tons of praise! Verbicide Magazine says it best: “Ghost Town is as close to a masterpiece as a listener can expect.” Other sites and publications such as The AV Club, ALARM, Exclaim and others, all have great things to say about the album.

Purchase Ghost Town LP

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This Will Destroy You vinyl out now


After a very drawn out and expensive customs battle they are finally here… the AUS/NZ 2xLP vinyl pressing of Texan instrumental quartet This Will Destroy You‘s third album Tunnel Blanket. Looking absolutely beautiful, these are shipping immediately from our online store. Retail stores will also have it available over the next few weeks. If not, please ask your favorite store to carry it!

The Hobbledehoy 2xLP 1st press is on clear vinyl with a black haze, gatefold jacket, includes an MP3 code and is limited to 269 hand-numbered copies. A CD digipak is also available.

Finally, thank you to everyone who pre-ordered and best of luck to you on winning that elusive test-pressing!

Purchase Tunnel Blanket (ships from Australia)
Purchase Tunnel Blanket (ships from USA)
Listen to Album

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Owen Chicago Series: Live On His Front Porch


Since Owen‘s upcoming album, Ghost Town, is about to come out next month, Mike Kinsella’s friend Craig Shimala is filming a series of live videos where Mike plays each song off the album in a different location in Chicago. The first video of “Too Many Moons” was just posted today. Check it out above and be sure to follow the Owen YouTube channel to see the others as they get posted leading up to Ghost Town‘s release on November 11th.

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New In Store: Hobble Logo Watch


The epitome of elegance and fine taste, a Hobbledehoy wrist-watch encapsulates your musical refinement in a single plastic time-piece. Great for dinner parties, high-powered corporate meetings and those rowdy punk rock shows. Put a smile on your dial. Packaged in a neat box with soft pillow cushion & accompanied by a Hobbledehoy sticker. This is a limited edition item…

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MONEYBALL opens to $20.7 million & #1 in USA


Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour-Hoffman, opened this past Friday nationally in the USA to critical acclaim – debuting at #1 top spot and grossing $20.7 million. The film’s narrative is driven heavily by the piece “The Mighty Rio Grande” by This Will Destroy You, from the album S/T on Magic Bullet. The song is featured 5 times throughout the film and drives the official theatrical trailer (see below).

Australia will be privy to a cinema release November 10 2011.

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Pre-Order: Owen – Ghost Town – Vinyl Limited Edition


Special Hobbledehoy 180g vinyl edition w/ Bonus track
1st press limited to 100 hand-numbered copies + MP3 coupon

Coming November 11, 2011 – Ghost Town features some of Owen‘s loudest, rock-leaning moments to date. As he reveals, “I recorded most of the drums last August, right in the middle of all the Cap’n Jazz shows, so I’m sure I was hitting the drums a little harder at the time than I have in years.”

Another step toward a new musical direction should come as no surprise to those who have followed Owen‘s songwriting evolution from sparse acoustic offerings (on his self-titled debut) to lush, string-filled arrangements (At Home With Owen, New Leaves).

Ghost Town is an absolutely stellar effort from Mike, I’m enjoying the album on an entirely different level from his previous records. The artwork is brilliant, songs are distinctly more energetic, can you believe this is album #6? Hobbledehoy pressing includes a bonus Wilco cover, a very limited 1st pressing of just 100 hand-numbered copies on black 180g vinyl and paired with a MP3 download coupon.

Free MP3: Owen – I Believe
Pre-Order: $19.99 Owen – Ghost Town LP

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VIDEO: Lymbyc Systym debut new song live

VIDEO: Lymbyc Systym debut new song live

On their recently completed tour of Asia, Brooklyn brotherly duo Lymbyc Systym premiered a new song titled ‘In Transit‘ from their forthcoming album. While that’s still a little while away, some can take comfort in the fact the band’s lastest full-length Shutter Release will finally see a vinyl LP release later this month from your friends at Hobbledehoy. Stay tuned!