The ‘Gum Drop LI: Hear New Centro-matic, Win Free Trip For Two To Iceland Airwaves

This week’s Drop comes from Texas indie rockers Centro-matic. The previously unreleased wintry tune was produced by the band and Matt Pence during sessions for double-LP Dual Hawks, which is composed of half Centro-matic songs and half South San Gabriel songs. Both bands are led by songwriter Will Johnson, who answered our questions about wrapping gifts and donning gay apparel while giving us a listen to Centro-matic’s “Christmas 83 (Make Fun Of My Sweaters).” Put your ears on it here.

Also … got a valid passport? Interested in beautiful music and people? This week we’re giving one entrant (and a guest of their choosing) a flight and tickets to the annual Iceland Airwaves festival.

In conjunction with Iceland Music Export, Stereogum is giving away a trip to the 2008 Iceland Airwaves music festival in Reykjavík. The event takes place October 15-19. One grand prize winner and a friend win round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and festival tickets.

Flights are good from any Icelandair destination in North America (i.e., Boston, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Toronto, Halifax). So while this sweepstakes is open to anyone internationally, the winner has to depart from and return to an Icelandair North American destination.

It’s Iceland Airwaves’ 10th year and the line-up is stellar. Announced so far:

  • CSS
  • These New Puritans
  • Final Fantasy
  • Stars Like Fleas
  • Dirty Projectors
  • White Lies
  • Miracle Fortress
  • Handsome Furs
  • Young Knives
  • Junior Boys
  • Simian Mobile Disco
  • Crystal Castles

Not to mention a ton of local acts including GusGus, Reykjavik, FM Belfast, and Ghostigital. Learn more at

To enter, you’ll wanna click here.


Reminder: You still have time to win last week’s Droppings, including a free pair of Chucks, a Converse gift certificate for another, and a Downtown Records Prize Pack. Enter for that one here.

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