TUE, AUG 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM


Mr. John Henkel of the RIAA spoke with our Esteemed Director of National Sales, Mr. Andy K, and let us know that sales of The Postal Service’s Give Up have indeed surpassed 500,000. That means Give Up has gone GOLD, and it’s only the second record in the Sub Pop catalog to do so (the other’s Nirvana’s Bleach, which has since gone platinum.) This is a big fucken deal, and we’re all amped. After all, it was Sir Elton John who, during the launch of the RIAA Diamond Award in ‘99, said, and I quote, "I think this is the biggest accolade you can be given because it means your fans have gone out and bought your records. And that’s why we make records—for our public."
Of course, that sounds totally pompous, and Ben & Jimmy had no fucken idea they’d ever sell so many records (this is just a fun side-project, dudes!) nor that they’d gain so much airplay with their Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite)-directed video for their newest single, “We Will Become Silhouettes”. That single, by the way, was #2 on the Billboard Singles Charts last week—and only because Destiny’s Child beat them out for the #1 slot by 55 pieces. The band’s video is viewable all over the web, at tons of major regional video shows, on FUZE.TV and on MTV2’s Subterranean. We here at the Sub Pop don’t usually toot our own pompous horns, but this is sweet.
You know what else is killer? Postal Service now has an iTunes exclusive that you can download at www.itunes.com—it’s a hott remix of “Be Still My Heart”, the Postal Service’s newest jam, by renowned beatmaster Nobody, who re-hashes stuffs for Prefuse 73, and has a new full-length out on Ubiquity Records called Pacific Drift: Western Water Music Vol. 1 that kills. It’s just a buck. What a deal, eh? In the immortal words of Ali G, “Me loves techmology”. But I digress.
In other news, our pals Hot Hot Heat (now on Warner Brothers, but they used to be with us!) are about to go on tour! Look!
2/21 Neumo’s Seattle, WA
2/22 Meow Meow Portland, OR
2/24 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
2/25 Roxy W. Hollywood, CA
2/27 Club Sound Salt Lake City, UT
2/28 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
3/2 Ascot Room (at the Quest) Minneapolis, MN
3/3 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
3/4 Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI
3/5 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
3/7 Axis Boston, MA
3/9 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
3/10 Theater of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
3/11 9:30 Club Washington DC
3/12 The Norva Norfolk, VA
3/13 The Loft Atlanta, GA
3/15 Trees Dallas, TX
3/16 Engine Room Houston, TX
3/17 SXSW Austin, TX
The HHH also has a new download available….check it right purchase something, too!xo Joan & Sub Pop

Posted by Harry Dean Hudson