Kranky celebrates its 20th birthday with shows by Stars of the Lid, Tim Hecker, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Grouper, is getting to be such a big boy but will no longer let you pinch its cheeks

Kranky celebrates its 20th birthday with shows by Stars of the Lid, Tim Hecker, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Grouper, is getting to be such a big boy but will no longer let you pinch its cheeks

20 years ago in 1993, on a dark stormy night, your fathers (Joel Leoschke and Bruce Adams) and I had a little too much to drink. We were on a business trip in Chicago, and when we stumbled back to our hotel room, well… let’s just say, nine months later, surprise surprise, you popped out all screaming, covered in goo, and holding Labradford’s Prazision LP! That’s right, Kranky, until we were already in the hospital, your fathers and I had no idea you were on your way! But, believe me, that doesn’t make us love you any less. That’s why we want to do something extra special on the occasion of your 20th!

You sure have made a lot of friends over the years, Kranky. How does bringing a bunch of them back together for one big four-night bash sound? Well I hope your calendar is open from December 12 through December 15, because that’s exactly what we’re planning, sweetheart. We’ll have your BFFs like Keith Fullerton Whitman, Grouper, and Tim Hecker in attendance. Topping it all off, your pals Stars of the Lid, who as Brooklyn Vegan notes, haven’t played in the US in five years, just let us know they could make it. They’ll be playing with their new buddies Wordless Music Orchestra. We know you’ve missed them pretty hard — don’t think we didn’t notice the fact that you re-issued their 1996 release The Ballasted Orchestra earlier this year. Now, our house is no Shea Stadium, honey, so remind your friends to buy their tickets from the mini-site early.

Maybe in the meantime you can look at some nice baby pictures of yourself (don’t worry, I’ll take out most of the bathtub ones before your friends get here). Or maybe you could finally take like one second and clean up your room… Tim Hecker is coming over for dinner in October, and that’s sooner than you think.

Kranky 20th Anniversary lineup:

Thursday, December 12 at The Empty Bottle
[TBA]
Lichens
 Implodes

Friday, December 13 at Constellation
Grouper
Benoît Poulard
Christopher Bissonnette
Justin Walter

Saturday, December 14 at Constellation
Tim Hecker
Pan•American
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Ken Camden

Sunday, December 15 at Lincoln Hall
Stars of the Lid (with Wordless Music Orchestra)
 Loscil

• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net

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