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!
This Dave Fridmann produced gem from Low’s Drums & Guns is dark, gloomy, sparce, and powerful while still managing to be my new favorite ringtone. Low are back and as morose as ever on this track, turning a song that consists almost solely of vocals, organ, and guitars into something that sticks in your head like superglue. Take a listen!
The darling of this year’s SXSW Interactive festival was undeniably Twitter — a service that’s so simple it almost seems inane. That is, until it locks its crack like claws around your thumbs and compulses them into astronomical text message bills.
All Twitter basically does is allow you to broadcast short messages about what you’re doing via SMS, IM, or web that go out to your friends (either via web or text messages). Since we here at Sub Pop always want you to know what we’re up to, we’ve started Twittering!
To follow Sub Pop through our various misadventures (mostly just announcements, last minute tour dates, and in-jokes but who knows it could get juicy…) just text “follow subpop” to 40404 from your cell phone and complete the signup process. We’ll look forward to saying things. Or twitting them. Or whatever.
These folks make it really easy to take your own music or whatever recording you want really and turn it into your new ringtone. It’s super easy to share and really easy to do as well, although their website is ugly I still like.
Jonathan Poneman, founder of Sub Pop Records, has started a new Seattle-based label called Hardly Art. Building on the tradition of many other record labels, Hardly Art will indeed be focused on offering quality records for people to enjoy. Releases will be distributed nationally by both Sub Pop Records and ADA, and its offices will be based in the same building as Sub Pop. The label will be run by Sarah Moody, who previously worked in the publicity department at Sub Pop, and Nick Heliotis.
The first signing for Hardly Art is the Seattle duo Arthur & Yu, whose album In Camera will be released on June 19th, 2007. Comprised of Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott, Arthur & Yu has made an album that grapples with the idea of growing up and of letting go. With hazy, layered vocals that float over textural acoustics, In Camera is an album made for forgetting and remembering. Drawing sonic inspiration from the Velvet Underground as well as the studio experimentation of Lee Hazlewood, each track is a study in expansion, centered loosely around chiming guitars and swirling melodies. Built upon nostalgia and exuding a certain warmth that is undeniably earnest, In Camera is their debut, and the reason why Hardly Art exists. The tracklist for the album is as follows:
1. Absurd Heroes Manifesto
2. Come to View (Song for Neil Young)
5. Lobby Lights
6. A Thousand Words
7. Lion’s Mouth
8. The Ghost of Old Bull Lee
9. Half Years
10. Black Bear
A proper website (www.hardlyart.com) will be up and running in a few weeks. Until then, for any further questions or information, please contact:
I’ll be in Austin next week representing Sub Pop at SXSW Interactive. If you’re a clever designer, a rubyist or are simply passionate about music (and are planning on actually being at the festival)— let’s talk! Just leave a comment or email me at webmaster.
PS – Anyone know if there is a schedule online iCal or vCal format? I’m not really interested in adding my the events one-by-one. Am I just missing an obvious link somewhere? It wouldn’t be the first time.