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News from 8/2006
He’s so pretty! Look!
We’re beyond psyched about Jennifer Gentle—but have you heard ‘em yet? The Italian duo’s Sub Pop debut, Valende, came out this January, and you can hear “I Do Dream You”, their first downloadable single jimmy-jam, HERE.
Perhaps you’d like to learn more about our buddies Marco Fassolo and Alessio Gastaldello’s sweet new record, eh? Like usual, we here at Sub Pop World Headquarters™ are way ready to help so’s you ain’t ignent. (That’s how Jed in publicity pronounces the word “ignorant”.)Take a gander at Joe Martin’s review, published in CMJ. He writes: “Thanks to Devendra Banhart, being completely insane has finally become a valid career move, as a cursory glance at his recent freakfolk head count (Golden Apples Of The Sun) might demonstrate. It’s difficult to complain, especially when the New Weird Order is producing records like Jennifer Gentle’s Valende. The Italian duo’s stateside debut treads avant-pop ground similar to the Animal Collective’s Sung Tongs, blending experimentalism and melodic craft with home-recorded charm, but Gentle (a band, not a girl… like Molly Hatchet) eschews the Collective’s cloying Brian Wilsonisms— snatches of Syd Barrett’s cracked prettiness that float through the hypnotic “Circles Of Sorrow” and “Liquid Coffee.” Other tracks, like “Tiny Holes” and the hyperactive “Nothing Makes Sense,” meld any number of mad genii, invoking both the drugged-out patience of Skip Spence and the neurotic jitter of Roky Erickson. In lesser hands, Valende would likely degenerate into a rote homage to rock’s insane casualties, but singer/guitarist Marco Fasolo and drummer Alessio Gastaldello seem thoroughly attuned to their antecedents’ sense of playful whimsy. When the members of Jennifer Gentle engage in some drums-and-keyboards chaos (“Hessesopoa”) or play a “solo” with a deflating balloon (“I Do Dream You”), they may be referencing psychedelia’s sordid past, but they’re also giving it a future. To paraphrase Mr. Banhart, it’s a sound to behold.”
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2004 8:29 PM
So, if not for Nirvana would anybody really care about you?
I don’t know how often you check our tours page, but I’ll bet you top dollar that folks in Brazil, Croatia and New Zealand will be visiting us a touch more often! Why, you ask? Because we’ve got bands touring in all three countries. Since you have tons of vacation hours left this quarter AND I heard you don’t give a fuck about your job at the Piggy Patty Packing Plant anyways, may I suggest some striking travel packages for you, the adventurous Sub Pop Fan?GO SEE THE SHINS IN NEW ZEALAND THIS FEBRUARY—AND HIT UP THE HONOKUI MOONSHINER’S FESTIVAL. We all know The Shins love moonshine, and we also know that you love The Shins. Perfect, no? This festival, which takes place on February 26th, involves the serving of delicious venison and haggis. The New Zealand travel authority’s website also says that “Three members of Australia’s premier bush comedy act, The Naked Bush Poets will be here, they are sure to entertain patrons with their hilarious repertoire.” Bush, booze & Shins—all on the other side of the planet??? COUNT ME IN, DUDES!GO SEE WOLF EYES THIS MAY IN SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL—AND VISIT INSTITUTO BUTANO, ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST SNAKE FARMS!According to Travelocity, Sao Paolo, the largest city in South America, is “like five New Yorks.” I am totally in. Plus, I’m not sure if any Sub Pop bands have ever played Brazil before.GO SEE THE THERMALS DOMINATE CROATIA, AND THEN VISIT THE ELAPHITES DEER ISLANDS!Between the Eastern tip of Mljet and the ancient town of Dubrovnik, there are tiny islands that used to teem with deer. Strangely enough, says a tourist site, “Today, there are no signs of deer, literal or metaphorical and only three of the islands – Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep – are inhabited.” That means you and The Thermals totally get an island ALL TO YOURSELVES!. xo Joan & Sub Pop
We here at Sub Pop World Headquarters aren’t alone in our assertion that Valentine’s Day is total crap. And it ain’t just because we’re not loved or because Matador never sends us gifts like they used to. Well, maybe it’s because of that.But I digress.In the spirit of the season of forced, commercialized love, we’d like to humbly list the top five releases of ours that, while they’re some of our favorite records ever, would bum out that hot Susie Sanchez in yr limnology class, who totally told us that she wants an FTD Hug-E-Boo-quet this year.5. Monkeywrench:Clean as a Broke Dick DogWhile the title of this killer release may suggest that you are, in fact, free of STDs, there’s nary a bit of romance in sight.4.Julie Doiron:Loneliest in the Morning.Man, I love Julie. But unless you’ve fucked up bad, this ain’t the V-day gift for you…with jams like “Sorry Part I” and the even more apologetic “Sorry Part II”, Ms. Doiron might make your paramour wonder what you’ve done that he/she doesn’t know about.3.Big Chief:Mack Avenue Skull GameMack Avenue’s hardly where your sweetie wants to find you, dude. And track 2, “My Name Is Pimp (Mack’s Theme)” just might give him/her the wrong idea about those late nights you’ve been having.2. Any Dwarves Record.You can’t deny the awesomeness of the Dwarves, but unless your love interest is into tons of stage blood and lots of fucking (and maybe they are?), this could start yr relationship off pretty rocky.1. Wolf Eyes:Stabbed In The Face b/w Burned MindI know, I know—it sucks that Valentine’s Day is about hearts and kittens instead of about Detroit’s most killer noise pirates, but y’can’t change that. And if your only gift to an unsuspecting crush is this 12", he/she might run to hide the knives and matches.Hope this list of less-desirable love gifts has helped you pare down yours. Remember: Sub Pop is always making out with you….virtually. xo, Joan & Sub Pop