With me, Anna Woolverton, French toasted.
This month: Oh Inverted Spanish Eyeball.
Summer is here and the time is right for dancing in the streets. Unless, you’re here in Seattle, where it’s raining and there is drilling in progress and the hookers from Crack Park two blocks up are the designated street-dancing officials. By dancing, I mean teetering on nasty shoes in the general direction of a guy who is holding. Good heavens, that’s what one calls “urban living!”
If you don’t mind me saying so, If I were a rock star (and let’s not assume I am not), I would not like my face on my CD or in advertisements – looking very self important and sinister. Furthermore, I also suggest that adulterated eyeball imagery needs to go. Besides auto accident photos and pictures of tortured killed anonymous soldiers, it seems there is always an eyeball with a hook through it, a freaky contact on it, something black and blue about it, a fork protruding from it, or a big giant blackhead near it. I am not kidding brother, look at a music magazine and behold for yourself, if it isn’t bloodshot and bugged out and smeary, it has a bullet through it, or a excessively bright red bloody crime in it’s reflection. Eyeballs eyeballs eyeballs – bullocks to eyeballs.
The band for July you ask? MIGALA, a Madrid, Spain sextet who make really sad music that makes me just want to step in front of a bus. Or, maybe I just want to step in front of a bus – hard to say! On the cover of the new Migala record Arde (trans. “It Burns”) is a very small block picture of an auto accident on fire…tastefully lacking in any eyeball pokery. Migala’s first full-length release, the much-acclaimed Diciembre 3am (’97), meant a true breath of fresh air to a complacent scene in their native Spain (so deemed by audiences and critics alike). 1998’s Asi Duele un Verano triggered Migala’s discovery in Europe and the U.S., resulting in a tour across France, the band’s inclusion in Magic! Magazine as one of the revelations of ’99, as well as three of their songs landing on a Keyhole Recordings compilation. Soon after, LOOPER’S Stuart David championed the band to Sub Pop, which led to the release of their first U.S. single as the October, 2000 edition of the Sub Pop Singles Club. Migala have opened for Smog, the Magnetic Fields, DAMON & NAOMI, Piano Magic, Kramer,MARK KOZELEK and others. And really, if you love Leonard Cohen, Migala is right up your tree. Please when you’re up there, don’t take a rope or jump from a creaky limb. Remember, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Uuuuuuuuuuh.
Okay then! Band number two, but number one in the hearts of many – RADIO BIRDMAN! Sub Pop is proud to release The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978), a particularly bad-ass release for us, as it marks the first release of Radio Birdman material in the U.S. in over 20 years. With their roots in the high-energy Motor City sound of The Stooges and MC5, the mainly Australian band brings a 22-track single disc collection made up from tracks taken from their Burn My Eye EP, the classics Radios Appear album, the More Fun EP (live from ’77), and the Living Eyes album. Plus, The Essential Radio Birdman features new liner notes written by Rolling Stone heavyweight David Fricke. Aren’t you the lucky consumers!
Don’t know if you’ve noticed my friends, but THE SHINS are busting out all over. John Peel played the song “Know Your Onion” last month, and everyone else has gone all slobbery for the whole record Oh, Inverted World. The CD is flying right out of the stores and we wonder what we did to make this happen so we can do it again, as many times as possible. You must admit, we’ve had some remarkable bands over the years that just hit the glass ceiling and splatter like a bug. Shhhh. Don’t jinx it! Anyhoo, if you have yet to pick up the Shins CD, you’re pokey and you’re also not in my club, thankyouverymuch.
Buy it here! Buy it now! Buy it for the starving children in China.
THE BLACK HALOS are picking up some Canadian opening spots with The Offspring, the latter being (I’m sorry I just have to say it) one of THE most annoying bands I have ever heard in my entire life. I so much can’t stand the Offspring, one day I actually volunteered to operate a cotton candy machine at a 4-H beauty contest to avoid having to see them. Ahem, so if you would like to see the Black Halos, and you would, catch their July tour schedule on the tours page okay? NEBULA are off shooting a video for the song “Do It Now” from their recent record Charged. Eddie glass has been newly outfitted with some gold teeth. Actually I’m lying and I don’t know why. Hey, if you know the way to San Jose, July 26 marks the only July appearance of ZEN GUERRILLA, so do what you will. Singer Marcus was here in the office last month and, yes I did sniff him, but I have yet to prepare a statement on the results of that action. Stay tuned. Sub Pop alumni ERIC’S TRIP are planning a reunion tour for late summer into September. You should take this opportunity to see the band, and pick up the Eric’s Trip “best-of” compilation, which should be available on USA Recordings. In related news, trip-friend and former Sub Popper JULIE DOIRON is currently in the studio recording a full-length French record. She also has some Canadian show dates in July. Et si vous s’occuper de myself proverbe tellement, Julie Doiron coups Celine Dion sur l’eau! Or something like that in French. That is all I have to say on the matter, merci.
As you’ve heard, J. Mascis has been forced to cancel the rest of his European tour after injuring his back in a minibus crash. The crash happened in Sweden, and the following day he managed to place a call to Miss Pottymouth Jasper, the general manager of Sub Pop, to tell her that he was very much enjoying his morphine drip. Personally, my first concern was for his safety, after which I was thrilled to hear that those very fashionable eye-glasses he wears were not crushed beyond repair in the accident. We love you J.! And your hot pink sweater too! Sub Pop alumni SIX FINGER SATELLITE’S recent shows were met with mixed exclamatory remarks, one of them being SPECTACULAR! and another – regarding the coming together of 6FS and the band Landed – The Landed vocalist looked rather like Rip Van Winkle, and he ruined the whole evening in a display of unbelievably annoying behavior on the level of, say, jar-jar binks. Which is exactly what I would say if I knew about jar-jar binks, and also if I had seen the show, or if I actually really cared all that much. Now it’s me with the annoying behavior. Never fear, I’m off!
One last thing, touring in July: The Black Halos, THE CATHETERS, Damon & Naomi, DAMIEN JURADO and PLEASURE FOREVER, so stick that in your eye!
Bye, gotta catch the bus. Just kiddin! Annaw@subpop.com