Nada Surf Announces Video Contest, DNC Show



NYC band and their label, Barsuk Records, asking fans to produce clips to “Weightless,” band to play event at Democratic National Convention.

By Randy Harward


Nada Surf and Barsuk Records are asking fans to produce videos for “Weightless,” from the band’s brilliant fifth album, Lucky. The clips will be uploaded to YouTube, and the winner–chosen by a panel of judges–will receive $3,000 cash. Second and third place winners get copies of Nada Surf’s upcoming vinyl box set, collecting all five of their albums along with a book of poster art, lyrics and liner notes, as well as T-shirts, CDs and other swag. From the press release:


Nada Surf is
looking for a video for “Weightless”, the third single off their current release
Lucky. Aspiring and/or already-established auteurs need only check out the song
(available for streaming at
<> ), shoot and edit a video, and upload it to <> before the contest entry deadline of September 19th,

    For full contest details, restrictions and other information, visit <>

The band will also take part in the Barack Obama-themed “Manifest Hope Art Gallery” at the Democratic National Convention later this month. Artist Shepard Fairey,, Evolutionary Media Group and Upper Playground are sponsoring the event, which will run from August 24-28. Nada Surf will play on August 27 as part of “Unconventional ’08,” hosted by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, DJ Z-Trip and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will also perform. Tickets are free but limited. You can pick them up at the Manifest Hope Gallery in Denver.


There will also be a separate, invitation-only VIP songwriters-in-the-round performance with Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws, Jenny Lewis, Zooey Deschanel, Jonathan Rice and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. Naturally, there are no hints as to how you can become a VIP. But that’d just take the fun out of it, huh?



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