I am Podington Bear.

I am Podington Bear.


Hello There.

In the recent past I’ve been brief with the posts, but I suspect it will take a few words to get through this one. If you’re just joining us from Rocketboom or HUSH Records or someplace else and have come to see what the fuss is about, I hope you’ll feel welcome to kick back and rock that player over there on the right for a bit, even if the urge to go check your Facebook or something in a few seconds is overwhelming. Consider the launching the Pop-Up P Bear Player. If you haven’t seen this video, it might be of interest:

Now then. Hi, my character name is Podington Bear. My given name is Chad Crouch. But I suspect I’ll always be Podington Bear. I’m too far in. The short of it is that I made a bunch of songs over the past 18 months, gave em’ away to whoever would listen, then archived it all in a box set recently released by the label I founded here in Portland a decade ago, HUSH Records. So there was a little posturing involved. A little make-believe. No names, no connections to start. Then voila, “signed”. I signed myself to my own label. I doubt that anyone would feel particularly duped by that, but just in case, sorry if it takes some of the shine off. The music remains the same, yes?

So, I just want say a few things and then be done.

  • I’m going to keep making instrumental music. It will still be attributed to Podington Bear. I won’t start plastering my face on record covers and stuff.
  • I’ll probably make music and sing over it again. Not sure what that will be called or when, but I kind of miss singing.
  • I definitely won’t match the rate of output of the past 18 months, and intend to diversify the musical offerings, as with the recent Sound of Picture podcast and blog.
  • I’ll probably invest a little more time in beat production on future pop stuff. Play some guitar again. Maybe get a little help from my talented musician friends.
  • Why the ruse, you ask? In part it was like any other gimmick, designed to get a few seconds more attention. [I’m told gimmick has a cheap connotation. I use the word in the sense that any entertainment boiled down is a gimmick: you can’t amuse or entertain people without their attention in the first place. Cartoon bears simply have a history of being very approachable. In the very least I was unconsciously aware of this when the tiny lightning bolt went off in my mind.] But, beyond that Podington Bear was/is my power animal (That’s a reference to the wonderful Thumbsucker film) shielding me in my creative state. Lastly, it was a research and development experiment for the business of music, unfettered from the history and business model of HUSH Records. Adaptation requires experimentation.
  • And worth noting: This unveiling is prompted in part because of my cover being blown anyway, at least temporarily, to writers and fans who imported The End CD into the ubiquitous iTunes application. The user-driven database Gracenote CDDB listed “Poddington Bear Aka Chad Crouch” in the composer field, flashing briefly for those who might take note. While correct on one count, it failed to be precisely right. (The correct spelling of Podington requires only one D, not coincidentally like the popular portable music device.)

I think that’s about it. If you got this far thanks for reading. I hope you’ll find something to like ’round here today.

Oh and hey: if you do, enter your email up there so I can keep in touch.


-P Bear

About: Chad Crouch founded the HUSH records label in 1998 and has directed it since. His previous recordings include four albums with his band Blanket Music (2000-2007), one album under his given name (1997), and one EP under the name Toothfairy (2006). HUSH will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at The Aladdin Theatre in Portland with Laura Gibson, Loch Lomond, and Nick Jaina on July 12.

  • Elizabeth Jukins

    07/02/2008 at 10:32 am

    So nice to meet you! Thanks again for all of the delightful suprises and wonder you gave us all. I’m looking forward to seeing P-Bear projects in the future!

  • Charlie

    07/03/2008 at 9:25 pm

    Just bought the “box set” download from Hush – fantastic work! I’ve been following the podcast since very early on and have been loving it and Sound of Picture. I really appreciate the thought and effort that went into the experiment, gimmick, or whatever you’d like to call it, and hope that you keep going. Good luck with everything.

  • DailySplice

    07/04/2008 at 12:41 pm

    Congrats P.Bear!! We look forward to everything to come!

  • Beccadear

    07/04/2008 at 2:28 pm

    OMG P BEAR! I love your costume, and your face. I was curious to see who you were hahaha

  • Ali S.

    07/05/2008 at 1:01 pm

    Ah! P Bear speaks and presents himself to the World! 😀 Bonjour!

  • M

    07/05/2008 at 9:11 pm

    the magic has a face!?

  • Jason Painter

    07/06/2008 at 7:27 am

    I’m totally new to all this via Rocketboom. I feel I’ve missed some experience here. I love the music, however, and bought the box set after listening to the two free albums. The whole concept really appeals.

  • White Rabbit Mike

    07/09/2008 at 7:59 pm

    Awesome. So an end to all this and my generic internet fears are dismissed. a genuine creeping thought in the back of my mind was someone resembling the Numa Numa kid or Star Wars kid. Not that that’d be too terrible bad. Just its cooler when your artists look cool too.

    So, on the note of coolness, Is the hoodie in the above pic ever going to visit polyfree, or is it Shop@HUSH now? Well, question stands, shirts are awesome, eared hoodies trump it easy, do we get a stab at any of those?


  • John Hines

    09/21/2008 at 11:54 pm

    P. Bear- I wish I didn’t chime in late. I would have loved to been there for the whole experience.
    I love and support the music though. Just placed my order for the box set for the actual CDs. I can’t wait to see what you will do next.
    Take it easy and feel free to hide from us with more great music.

  • James Stopard

    07/30/2009 at 7:24 pm

    I too have ordered the box set. Pretty mad shopping spree on my part (£30) 😮

    Great music. Very beautiful, uplifting, and quirky.

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