The ‘Gum Drop LXXIII: Hear New Great Lake Swimmers, Win Simple Shoes

Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers are releasing their fourth album Lost Channels at the end of March (Nettwerk, 3/31). On it, the pristine intonations and detailed lyrical threads of Tony Dekker are surrounded by flute, guitar, drums, bass, pedal steel, other voices. See, for example, the suitably water-themed, eventual first single “Pulling On A Line,” which debuted in this week’s Drop. We asked Dekker about its various lines about lines. Read his responses (which involve Benjamin Franklin) while you take a listen. Also, you can catch the Swimmers on tour starting tomorrow (1/29).

This week we also offered a chance to win a pair of very environmentally friendly Simple Sno Tire-Hemp and Satire-Hemp shoes.

We have pairs of super environmental Men’s Sno Tire-Hemp and Women’s Satire-Hemp shoes to give away, courtesy of the Derek Trucks Band. Here they are in action in the “Get What You Deserve” video:

Their sixth studio album Already Free is out now in the States via Legacy Recordings. The cover:

You can get more info at Derek Trucks’ website and MySpace. Otherwise, this is what the shoes look like:



A bit about them:

  • Sustainable hemp and organic cotton uppers
  • Certified organic cotton linings
  • Recycled PET laces (laces used to be soda bottles)
  • Ortholite/recycled car tire pedbeds
  • Outsoles used to be a car tire
  • Vulcanized rubber sidewall, toecap, and heelcap
  • 100% post consumer paper pulp foot forms

You can get more details re: the male and female versions, if you want them. One pair each goes to two winners: Nokia N96, valued at $800.