Saturday, May 30th, 2009
CONTEST – Limited edition National t-shirt
InsoundEarlier this week I talked about some of the downsides of The National’s increased popularity as it applied to the larger shows they’re now playing – the poorer sound and sightlines of the venues, the chattier, drunker punters there less for the music than to be seen – but forgot to mention another: increased merch prices. As I understand it, larger rooms like the Kool Haus take a cut of the merch sales so to maintain margins, the band has to raise the prices of their swag, which explains why a t-shirt I bought in 2007 at the Phoenix for $20 was now selling for $30.
But thanks to Insound, I’m pleased to be able to offer y’all a shot at a National t-shirt – for free. They’ve commissioned Soundscreen Design to design a series of t-shirts, hoodies and totes for nine indie rock acts and I’m pleased to be giving away a t-shirt for The National designed by Jay Ryan of The Bird Machine. It’s printed on high-quality, 100% organic cotton and of a limited edition, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to be the coolest kid on your block. To enter the contest, just follow the link and fill out the entry form – a winner will be announced on June 5.
Also check out the other designs in the series and perhaps fill out your Summer wardrobe.