Those Lavender Whales

Aaron Graves started making patch-work pop songs under the name Those Lavender Whales in his dorm room in 2003. These occasional songs were sent to friends and family and then compiled onto handmade CD-rs every couple of seasons. In 2011, Graves moved from Nashville, TN back to his hometown of Columbia, SC with his wife, and baby daughter. 2012 saw the release of Those Lavender Whales first full length Tomahawk of Praise which was filled with off-kilter pop melodies and lush arrangements of folksy instruments.

Those Lavender Whales most recent output is a 5-song EP titled Parts & Pieces/Goose & Geeses. Recorded at home over the summer months of 2013 with the help of his now consistent live band (including Jessica Bornick, Chris Gardner, and Patrick Wall), the songs play out much like a conversation with a new friend: starting casually and easing into matters closer to the heart and the spirit.

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On Monday, March 17, Aaron Graves, bandleader of Those Lavender Whales and founder of Fork and Spoon Records, asked a doctor friend about the sudden trouble he was having with his vision. He was advised to go to the emergency room the next day. By that Friday, he was receiving a biopsy at Duke University on an inoperable brain tumor. Aaron is a positive force in the world and a cornerstone to the community of his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. Whether hosting a monthly potluck at the Fork and Spoon Headquarters or creating giant arms to hug the audience at a Those Lavender Whales show, it is impossible not to feel his love. Our community has made it a point to make sure that the love is returned in this difficult time for Aaron and his family. The local record store, the recording studio, bars, the burrito spot, the skateboard shop, friends, family, strangers — everyone is making an effort. Tidings From Our Light Purple Gam is Fork and Spoon's contribution to this massive display of love and friendship.


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(album art by Sam Spina)


Tidings From Our Light Purple Gam (available on CD and digitally July 15)


1. Those Lavender Whales — "I'm So Proud (Of My Friends)"


2. Mike Collins Jr. — "Come On Out" (featuring Baby Willis)


3. Astronauts, Etc — "Coldboy"


4. of Montreal — "Did You See His Name?" (Kinks cover)


5. PWIZ — "Makin' Do"


6. Say Brother — "Each Every Day and Night"


7. Painted Palms — "Big Balloon"


8. Snake Feathers — "Mer Ka Ba"


9. Kid Trails — "Vortex"


10. Can't Kids — "Bite My Butt"


11. Helado Negro — "Meeting Friend"


12. Schooner — "I'll Be Here"


13. Sadie Dupuis — "Zone"


14. Haints in the Holler — "Reasons"


15. Yes Yes — "Security Guards"


16. Toro y Moi — "Dog Days”


17. Bombadil — "Pretty Fine Fellow"


A big thank you to the kind folks at the Jam Room for donating studio time to master the compilation. Another big thank you to all the artists for contributing their amazing music. Preview the song "Coldboy" by Astronauts, Etc HERE, and be sure to check out their EP coming out this fall on LA-based Hit City USA.



A listening party/potluck for Tidings is being held at the New Brookland Tavern in Columbia, South Carolina, on Monday, July 14th at 7 pm. Come hang out, share food, have a drink, and listen to the album from start to finish the day prior to it's official release. We will have copies for sale (as well as the rest of the still-in-print Fork and Spoon discography). And most importantly, all profits from this record will go to help the Graves family through these difficult times. All positivity generated by this record will go towards helping Aaron beat this stupid thing in his brain. Updates and other ways to help can be found on Aaron's website. Also, feel free to shoot him some positive messages as he starts radiation treatment at Duke!!! Thank you in advance for your help and generosity. With love (always), Fork and Spoon Records


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Posted on: Tue., Jul. 1 11:24AM