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Ep. #: 188: Chad VanGaalen on doing Stupid Human Tricks on David Letterman

Chad VanGaalen is a talented musician and award-winning filmmaker/visual artist based in Calgary Alberta whose latest album Shrink Dust, was released in 2014 via both Flemish Eye and Sub Pop Records. He is playing Massey Hall in Toronto with the Constantines on May 27 and will appear at the WayHome festival in Oro-Medente on July 24 and that’s all well and good. It’s a little known fact, however, that, on February 27, 2002, prior to becoming somewhat indie-rock famous, VanGaalen and his pal Mark Feddes actually appeared as participants on the popular Late Show with David Letterman segment, Stupid Human Tricks. Here, originally for an A.V. Club piece I wrote, VanGaalen talks about this trick, how he ended up on Letterman, going for gold, being around Cher, stealing all of the green room food, obsessing over freestyle Frisbee, blackmailing Steve Harvey’s TV show, and getting free hats.

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