March is full of all sorts of things. There’s St. Patricks Day, of course, and the beginning of spring, amongst ‘em. And, after the unusually harsh and seemingly unending winter we weather-pussies here in the Northwest have endured, we’ll seize any opportunity to drink green beer.
Speaking of opportunities to drink anything and everything, for days on end, and to have the same conversation 4,000 times in 4 days…
Sub Pop will be heading to the lovely shire that is Austin, Texas to unleash our beasts (er, bands) on an entirely unsuspecting public. Actually, this public will most likely be fairly unsurprised as we are planning this trip to coincide with the 2007 SXSW Music Conference and they put our name in the schedule and all. Come check out our showcase at Emo’s IV Lounge (at 601 Red River) on Wednesday March 14th featuring…
Oxford Collapse (11:30pm)
Loney, dear (10:30pm)
Tiny Vipers (9:30pm)
And then, the band Maps & Atlases, who are not actually on the label, but who several people here think quite a great deal of, will be playing at 8:30.
We tried and sadly seemed to have failed to convince this guy to attend the show. Should still be a whole lot of fun though!
Also in March, from what we hope is one of your top 8 or so favorite medium-sized record labels in the 98121 zip code… A new Low record! On March 20th, we’ll be releasing Drums and Guns, the phenomenal new Low album. You can check out the song Breaker from Drums and Guns here. The album is available for pre-order now. And, if you order this record before March 20th (and because, when it comes right down to it, we’re pretty solid people), we will include a 7" vinyl single of Hatchet (Optimimi Version) b/w Breaker (Dub Plate) for FREE! These are totally different, completely re-worked versions of the songs found on the album. Plus, they’re good!
Dear the people who know how to make remixes that are not unbearably shitty:
Have we got a deal for you!
Starting right now, and running until May 29th, 2007, we are having a Dntel remix contest. The idea here is pretty simple and goes something like this:
- You download the vocal track for the song Dumb Luck from Dntel’s forthcoming, really-pretty-terrific -if-we-do-say-so-ourselves album Dumb Luck right here
- You remix it.
- You send it to us. To do so, you can email an MP3 or AAC to firstname.lastname@example.org, so long as the attached file is 8Mb or less and you write “Dntel Remix Contest!” in the subject line.
Or, you can mail your remix to us on a cd-r at this address:
Sub Pop Records
Dntel Remix Contest!
2013 4th Ave., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121
- We pick which one we like the best.
We’ll give the winner not only the not-insignificant-though -not-necessarily-life-changing-we’ll-grant-you sum of $500 but also include the track on an upcoming Dntel remix release! Minor fame and even more minor fortune await!
There are some rules, and so far the ones that we can think of are these:
- Sub Pop owns all submissions.
- All entrants are allowed to make cd-rs, download and stream their remixes wherever they want (no other uses), so long as they’re given away for free, without any charge, and licensed under Creative Commons. We can do the same.
- We will, however, solely own and control all rights to the winning entry. We can use and sell it in any way we like (including the Dntel remix release) without payment other than the $500 paid to the winner.
It’s worth mentioning that the use of uncleared samples in your remix would pretty much disqualify you from winning.
Also evidently worth mentioning: the BPM for the song is 110.5.
The Shins, The Rapture, and a whole bunch of other bands are going to be playing the Austin, TX stop of the mtvU Campus Invasion Music Festival ’07! And (!), the whole shebang, shindig, clambake, or whatever you want to call it (though, we’re betting “lollapalooza” is out of the question) is designed to generate awareness of the ongoing genocide in Darfur and funding to help end the bloodshed in the region. The folks behind this festival have partnered up with the Save Darfur Coalition – check their site out for more info.
The show is April 22nd at The Backyard in Austin. And, tickets go on sale Saturday, March 31 at 10am (through Ticketmaster).
You can read the full mtvU press release on the festival here.
There’s a new video for the song Breaker, directed by Marc Gartman, from Low’s just-released album Drums and Guns. And while several people have claimed that it makes them a little nauseous, we think it’s pretty great.
Here it is! You be the judge.
We’ve been talking about making these sweatshirts for about as long as I’ve been working at Sub Pop and now they are finally a living, breathing (not really) reality and I am so excited I could crap myself. Without further ado—I give you the SUB POP SWEATSHIRT, available in sizes small through extra large in zip-up or pull-over.
Our friends The Shins will be performing on TV’s popular Late Night with Conan O’Brien program on the night of Wednesday, March 14th. If all goes according to plan and we’re able to talk them out of doing their new live piece, “Boston: A Medley in Memoriam,” they will be playing the song “Turn on Me” from their recent, pretty-darned-successful -if-we-do-say-so-ourselves album, Wincing the Night Away. And, as if that’s not enticement enough to tune in, Andy Richter is going to be the guest! This is, quite seriously, very exciting because that Andy Richter is one funny MF’er!
The Shins vs. Conan O’Brien (and Andy Richter): Wednesday, March 14th at 12:35!