The gluttony has officially begun. Last week, Jaimi, our lovely CFO, brought a giant bowl
full of miniature chocolate bars to World HQ, and yesterday, Jed brought like five wheels of
Danish cheese; both have been consumed by various cogs of this wonder-wheel (m’self
included.) The leaves are changing outside, meaning it’s time for SUB>POP to grow its fatty,
protective outer coating…AND tell you about what we’re eating. I mean, releasing. As
records. For you, our special, special friend. As always, there’s gobs and hunks of news, so
read on, reader.
1. THIS YEAR’S SUB POP CMJ SHOWCASE.
It’s destined to…how you say? Rule supreme. This year, our fine showcase is on Saturday,
October 16th, 2004 at NYC’s premiere Mercury
Lounge, and the lineup features Sam Jayne (Love as Laughter), Frausdots, The Helio Sequence, The Thermals and
Low. The relevant info is posted here. Keep
checkin’ back with SubPop.Com for any new news, as we have it.
2. AS YOU MAY HAVE ASTUTELY NOTICED, WE’VE JUST PROUDLY RELEASED WOLF EYES’ BURNED MIND AND FRAUSDOTS’ COUTURE, COUTURE, COUTURE.
While the two entities couldn’t be more disparate, they also couldn’t be more loved: one’s a
seminal experimental noise legend, one’s dark, smooth chic-pop. Sayeth the press:
“So I’m on an airplane listening to Wolf Eyes on full blast through my headphones when
all of a sudden, the suit next to me (he’s reading a book called Fixed Income Analysis)
totally starts to seize. I mean full-on foaming and everything, dude—no joke. The air
hostess comes by to stick a belt between dude’s teeth and tells me to turn my shit off. I
politely tell her to suck it—it’s not my fault that this spazz drank too many Bellinis and
forgot to take his meds. And how does she know the problem isn’t the 13-year-old future
serial killer watching ultraviolent Japanese cartoons on a portable DVD player in the next
row? Anyway, just as the front of the guy’s pants darken, I yell, ‘Dude! Amazing timing!
This song’s called ‘Urine Burn’!’ All of a sudden, this other fruitcake sitting across from
him falls into the aisle, tongue lolling out of his mouth like a total perv. I kick him in
the ribs a couple times and tell him to stop being such a pussy, but by now, the air hostess
is getting pissed. But it’s like, what’s she gonna do—throw me off the plane? So I turn it
off just to shut her up, and you know what? Turns out it was the stupid cartoons all along.”
–J Bennet, Boston’s Weekly Dig
You may buy Burned Mind HERE.
“Brent Rademaker has been a longtime experimental music fixture as a member of the
shoegazer group Further, the British-inspired indie band The Tyde, and the neo-psychedelic
outfit Beachwood Sparks. Now, after all this time, he’s decided to branch out on his own as
Frausdots. Sez Brent: ‘I was always the psychic bassist who wrote the music. If I hadn’t
been playing second fiddle in any band I’d ever been in, I would have made this record right
out of high school.’ Now he’s first fiddle, and Frausdots’ debut, Couture, Couture, Couture,
is slated for release via Sub Pop on September 28th. Couture, Couture, Couture also features
contributions from Mia Doi Todd, as well as members of The Cure, Brian Jonestown Massacre,
Rooney and The Tyde. ‘From dark places comes dark music and that’s where we’ve been,’
Rademaker says. His own description of the band’s sound includes such phrases as the
‘eternal search for warmth’ and our personal favorite, ‘exploring the deepest darkness of
the forest and emerging higher than the sun and making contact beyond the sun.’ Only,
like… music, you know? “—Cory D. Byrum, Pitchforkmedia.com
You may also buy Couture, Couture, Couture HERE.
3. THIS NOVEMBER’S GONNA BE ALL ABOUT CONVENIENCE AT SUB POP!
A. POSTAL SERVICE DOUBLE-LP OF GIVE UP + B-SIDES COMING
NOVEMBER 9TH: YOU KNOW YOU NEED IT: KIRSTEN DUNST, JAKE GYLLENHAAL, MARY KATE & ASHLEY OLSEN
& THE BUSH TWINS DO. AND THEY’RE FAMOUS.
You know why? It’s A DOUBLE LP. And it’s 180-gram colored vinyl—one’s red, and one’s white.
Besides the convenient awesomeness of having all your favorite Postal Service material in
one convenient, beautifully-packaged and DJ set-ready place, the sound quality is freakin’
amazing. Remastered by the magicians at Hit Factory, this vinyl honestly brings out blips,
strums and miniature backing beat action I’d never heard before—and I’ve listened to Give
Up, oh, a gazillion times. Here’s the B-sides listing, ‘cause I see you salivating through
my magic monitor:
Record Two, Side One:
1. “There’s Never Enough Time”
2. “We Will Become Silhouettes” (Performed by The Shins)
3. “Such Great Heights” (Performed by Iron and Wine)
Record Two, Side Two:
1. “Suddenly Everything Has Changed”
2. “The District Sleeps Tonight” (DJ Downfall Persistent Beat Mix)
3. “Such Great Heights” (John Tejada remix)
You can pre-order that puppy right HERE
B. THE SAME DAY, WE’RE RELEASING SAINT ETIENNE’S BEST OF.
IT’S CALLED TRAVEL EDITION (1990-2005), AND IT TOO WILL PUT ALL YR FAVORITE ST. E JAMS IN
ONE CONVENIENT PLACE. The comp will feature, among gloogles of other jams, the British
geniuses’ classic 1990 rendition of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” which
junked the folk-waltz original in favor of a fast-jumpin’ bassline, Balearic breakbeats and
a saucer-eyed vocal. What was once a whiny-voiced attempt to cheer up Graham Nash is now a
blissful dub bubble-bath that sounds as perfect booming from the big speakers at 2 A.M. as
it did wafting through a smoke-filled room. Other treasures here include two previously
unreleased tracks: “Fascination” and the instrumental, “Primrose Hill.” Again, check the
site for more details as the release date approaches. In the meantime, go HERE to purchase wonderous Saint Etienne goodness in our online store.
Or, if you wanna be an early bird, which you do, we encourage you to pre-order it HERE.
AND, if you’re one of the first 75 folks to pre-order it, we’ll send you a 3-song CD of unreleased tracks that has only been available to fans at their Xmas shows in the UK last year.
4. WE BID A FOND FAREWELL TO THE CATHETERS.
Sadly, our very own Catheters will be playing their final shows this October after ten
years as a Northwest punk staple. After much deliberation, they’ve decided to call it quits
in order to pursue other interests—but several band members promise that they’ll keep on
playing in new bands in the future. Vague, but true…o’ Catheters, we hardly knew ye, and ye
shall be missed. The band’s final shows will be announced soon; we wish them the very best,
and we know you do, too. Check our TOURS and NEWS sections for more. And do check
out their newest, Howling…It Grows and Grows!!! here.
A quote from the Boston Globe:
“The Catheters, a fierce and furious rock quartet from Seattle who earned their chops
touring the UK with grunge originators Mudhoney, have found the perfect compromise on their
third full-length release, produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Blonde Redhead). The
sound is tough and swampy, as vocalist Brian Standeford unleashes bloodthirsty screams while
Derek Mason wrings shape-shifting guitar hooks over Leo Gebhardt’s thudding bass lines and
Davey Brozowski’s beats born for twisting and shaking.”
5. IN MORE CHEERFUL NEWS, THE PIRATE SHIP S.S. SHIRT TOWN HAS LANDED!
New T-shirts ahoy, matey! We will
have NEW, hitherto unforeseen shirts for YOU, the SHIRTLESS, from Wolf Eyes, Comets on Fire,
Frausdots, The Thermals, and The Helio Sequence soon! Oh, and more Sub Pop shirts,
too—including the return of our Classic Loser-T (‘member those, you old farts?) and the
brand new Jesus Sub Pop line (imagineered by Glorious President Emeritus Jonathan Poneman),
which’ll feature phrases like “Jesus Hates Flip-Floppers.” Time to start thinking about
Hallow-giving presents, folks.
6. WOLF EYES IS STILL SEXY, EVEN THOUGH ONE OF THEM JUST GOT HITCHED!
That’s right…Wolf Eyes’ very own John Olsen just got married to his longtime love interest, Tovah O’Rourke (Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice, Dead Machines)
..and we have
the pictures to prove it! Watch as the new couple goes from sentimental to sloshed in only
7. WE’RE LOOKING FOR MORE STREET TEAMERS!!!
Do you live in New York, Chicago, Austin, Boston, San Diego, Minneapolis or
Philadelphia? You DO? Well, then, would you like to not suck and help out the super awesome
Sub Pop Bands That You Love So Dearly? YOU WOULD?? Great. Just click here for more info. As a
member of our Street Team, you get free records, stickers—and admission to shows! We’d truly
appreciate your help, buddies.
8. THE WHOLE STAFF IS WATCHING “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL” ON UPN.
Just like we did last year, we will be taking bets. Don’t pretend like you’re not
watching, too. My bottlecap collection is on the line this time, and my sights are set on
Yaya. Not only does she have by far the most ridiculous name, she’s clearly the hottest.
Email me with who you think is gonna win, and why…if you come up with a clever Sub Pop
tie-in, your letter just might end up in our mailbag!
Until Next We Meet,
Joan & Sub Pop