News from 2/2007

MON, FEB 5, 2007 at 4:48 AM

The many faces of Loney, Dear


The new Loney, Dear record, Loney, Noir is Sub Pop’s first release with Swedish multi-instrumentalist and home-recording phenom Emil Svan√§ngen.

As such, it’s also our first opportunity to provide Emil with the top-notch production services and quality control for which we are, in certain circles, occasionally somewhat well-known. And so, we present you, dear consumer, with the two versions of Loney, Noir you may be confronted with when you (we fervently hope) attempt to purchase this record. They are quite similar, these two versions of this album’s cover, in that they feature the same text, but the images are quite distinct (as you will, no doubt, notice). The actual cover of the record can be seen here, and what we’re calling the “variant” cover can b seen there on the left. They’re both pretty nice.

We bring this to your attention now, solely to forewarn you that THESE ARE TWO COVERS FOR THE EXACT SAME RECORD. You have only to flip the accompanying booklet around (as we did) to create these different covers. And though we strongly recommend that you buy one copy, in whatever format you prefer, there is likely no need to buy two simply to have both covers. (Of course, thoughtful gift-givers may very well have need of 2 or 3 or even a dozen copies, and we certainly don’t mean to discourage that practice…)

And, while our production processes may bear some scrutiny, the actual Loney, Dear album, Loney, Noir, remains its faultless, scintillating self. Just listen to the song I Am John, if you don’t believe me.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, FEB 2, 2007 at 5:57 AM

Shins on Letterman


I got to go to the taping when the Shins performed on Letterman just recently and it was a fun time. I stared at Ricky Gervais, said a kind hello to Forest Whittaker, and shook Paul Schaffer’s hand.
Here is a sneaky picture I took during the rehearsal for the show.

Posted by Lacey Swain

FRI, FEB 9, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Drinking Cold Beers After Work (listening to music)


Sometimes after work we actually hang out together in a friendly, heartfelt manner. Today after work Dean H. and Dean W. got drunk at the Canterbury and then headed over to Dean H.‘s to get drunker and listen to music. I came over to play Wii but it seems I will harsh everyone’s feelgood vibe if I turn on the TV. Here is what is playing on Dean H.’s iPod shuffle:

Crime “Piss On Your Dog”
Led Zeppelin “Rock and Roll”
The Ex “Grimm Stories”
Testicular Ambiance “Out of the Breeze”
Albert Ayler “Spirits”
Big Star “Try Again”
Miles Davis “Panthalassa:!!!!”
Little turkey “Perky Transmission”
The Stooges “Track 07”
Mannheim Steamroller “Little Drummer Boy”
Grap Luva “Check the Clock”
Sun City Girl “Swing of Kings”

Posted by Lacey Swain

THU, FEB 8, 2007 at 7:53 AM

The Constantines make hockey arenas look pretty, pretty good


Our friends in the Constantines recently completed a handful of dates opening for The Tragically Hip. These were the sort of shows that take place in great, cavernous arenas. In Canada, as we understand it, that pretty much means, specifically, hockey arenas. And though it has been pointed out that hockey arenas are maybe not the best place in the world to experience live rock music, this picture here sure makes it seem worth a shot.

Can I get a wet nurse? (This video, by the way, is not from these ’Hip dates the Constantines recently played, but is in fact a live video from 2003 of the band playing the shit right out of the song “Young Offenders”.)

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, FEB 16, 2007 at 7:51 AM

Shins Shirt Alert


These are our new t-shirts to go with Wincing the Night Away AND they were designed by Rob Mercer (James’brother!). Available in black or army green, and I suggest you get both so as to not break up the set.

Posted by Lacey Swain