News from 9/2006

WED, SEP 13, 2006 at 3:26 PM

Dear Sub Pop, I was wondering if we could play (insert Sub Pop band here) or any of the songs readily available from your site on one of our up coming podcasts(do-it-yourself online radio show)?

While we’re unable to give you blanket permission to use any ol’ song you want from our catalog, you may incorporate any of the songs that are freely available as MP3s here on the really very official website of Sub Pop Records into your podcasts. HOWEVER, we do reserve the right to change our mind about the availability of any song for any reason at any time. Fickle, no?

Posted by Harry Dean Hudson

TUE, SEP 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM


On September 30th 2006, San Francisco band Rogue Wave will host a benefit concert at The Independent to raise money for their drummer Pat Spurgeon, who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

The benefit concert will feature performances by Rogue Wave, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie,) Matthew Caws (Nada Surf,) Ryan Miller (Guster,) John Vanderslice, and other special guests. Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snickett) will MC the event.

Pat was born with one kidney and it failed. He had his first transplant in 1993, which served him well until now. After 13 years, it has started to deteriorate. He has been on dialysis since April and is hoping desperately to find a donor. Some of their friends have gotten tested to see if they are a match, but Pat has yet to hear good news. Provided he finds a donor, there will be an enormous amount of costs that both Pat and his donor will incur.

In a logical world, medical insurance would cover his donor’s and his expenses after the procedure, but it does not; so he and his family must carry the financial burden. The expenses can be huge. We are trying to raise money for costs like: donor’s travel, care, bills, lost work wages, etc., as well as Pat’s expenses, care, bills, etc. while he is in recovery.

If you cannot attend the show, we encourage you to donate whatever you can by visiting

Thank you for your love and continued support, Rogue Wave (Zach, Pat, Gram, Evan)

The Independent
628 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Doors: 8:30pm; Show: 9:00pm
Tickets available now on

Posted by Harry Dean Hudson

TUE, SEP 26, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Did you know…

…that we give away extra goods with all our new releases when you buy them direct from Sub Pop? For instance, we always have stickers and buttons for our more current bands. Shop, y’all, shop!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

THU, SEP 7, 2006 at 12:00 AM


The Shins have teamed up with Al Gore’s Current TV to make something truly awesome, so if you are going to be at Austin City Limits and want to be a part of this killer idea check out the info below:

What Is It?

Make history by helping to create a video of The Shins performing New Songs from their unreleased album ‘Wincing The Night Away’ using the video from YOUR cell phone or digital camera!

It will then be broadcast on Current TV

In the finished product, we will get to see the band perform from all angles!

When & Where?

4:30pm – Saturday, Sept 16th
At the AT&T Stage
The 2006 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

How Will It Work?

When the band gives you the cue from the stage, put your phones and cameras up, start taping and help make history!

After the show, go to to find out where to send your video clips.

Why Should You Be A Part Of It? 5 Reasons?

1. If we use your footage, we will credit you and use a picture of your pretty mug (that you submit to us) in the finished product.

2. You will be a part of making history. No one has ever attempted something like this on this large of scale before.

3. The songs haven’t even been released yet – that means exclusive baby.

4. This is true Audience Participation.

5. Because you’re a die-hard Shins fan! Need we say more?

Posted by Harry Dean Hudson

WED, SEP 6, 2006 at 12:00 AM


We here at Sub Pop are giddily pleased to take a moment aside from our busy day to introduce you to Seattle’s own Tiny Vipers. Who is this Tiny Vipers, you ask? Well, Tiny Vipers is the nom de plume of Jesy Fortino and she has been quietly perfecting a repertoire of beautifully sparse and haunting songs in coffee houses, squats and showrooms along the left coast. If this sounds as good to you as it does to us (and we think it sounds very good), then rejoice and stay tuned— we will be making some of these very songs available to you, our dear and loyal Sub Pop fans, in the not-so-distant-future.

Posted by Harry Dean Hudson