In what we hope to be a somewhat to possibly even fairly regular feature of the Sub Pop interweb show, we present the following glimpse at the listening habits of those employees who still bother to read my emails!
H. Dean H’son:
- Cheeseburger – “Money for the Heart” from their self-titled on Kemado. Actually, this whole record rules.
- The Plants – “Crackhead on My Porch”
- Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – “Chechez La Femme” and “Sunshowers”
Megan “Filthy Pussy” Jasper:
- Grand Archives demo — I think these songs are fucking great. Definitely all worthy of some blood shitting.
- TK Webb demo — Zeke from Love As Laughter sent me some new TK Webb songs. They fucking rule.
- Modest Mouse’s new record — I love this record, especially the first and sixth songs. The sixth one is also worthy of a bloody queef.
- Dinosaur Jr.’s new record — fucking rules.
Sasha “new guy” Morgan:
- Arthur & Yu – They’re the best new band I’ve heard in a while because they have the musical aesthetic of a ’60s group. It sounds like an album the Velvet Underground would put out if they were to do so present day.
- Rising Storm – An amazing prep school boy band from the ’60s that’s fun to sway back and forth to. Apparently, if you have a copy of their rare record “Calm Before,” you could sell that darling for 4 figures.
- Bettye Swann – She’s a little-known ’60s R&B singer. I used to play her album at the coffee shop I worked at, and every time “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” came on, all the couples would scoot closer to each other and get all luvey-duvey. I guess she has that kind of warm sound that makes ya feel all warm inside.
Dick Laing, Sales:
- “Grinderman – Grinderman ":http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/grinderman/grinderman
- Panda Bear – Person Pitch (89.1489354/100)
- LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (3 and a half thumbs up)
- Neil Young – Live at Massey Hall (A-)
- Handsome Furs – Plague Park (4 stars)
Sue (The Mighty Boosh) Busch:
- No Age – Get Hurt EP
- New Young Pony Club – The Bomb/The Get Go
- Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
- The Finches – Human Like a House
- Panda Bear – Person Pitch – I don’t know the words or anything but I feel hopeful & positive listening to this. They might be about beating the elderly or something but I don’t think so. Cool vibes baby.
- Jakob Olausson – Moonlight Farm – The upcoming Destijl cd issue of this got me going on it again. Woozy, hazy, cold/warm, low-fi folk stuff.
- Handsome Furs, Pissed Jeans, Jennifer Gentle & Tiny Vipers – Now just because I work here & you’re reading this on the Sub Pop site & you know that I know that all my bosses will probably read this & my annual review is coming at the end of the month, don’t take this wrong. I really do love these records!
- The Records “Starry Eyes” – Only that song though but over & over & over….
- Welcome – Sirs – Full disclosure: I know this band & worse but it’s a great, fucked up, cranky, purty indie record. Hrumph (arms folded/lips pursed).
- Lots of other cool stuff too – OOIOO, Sapat, Teenage Panzer Korps, Sex Vid 7”, Volt, Tyvek 7”, Homostupids…
Joan “The One with the Turtle” Hiller:
- Feist’s “1234” video could quite possibly be interchangeable with my Lexapro; it makes me so psyched. I want to be her, but I’m not her, I’m just me. Glitter jumpsuits!
- Laura Veirs – Saltbreakers. It’s my favorite of hers yet—there’s not a stinker in the bunch, and it’s full of wow moments.
- The ceramic camel shell necklace that Jessica Hopper made special for me in her pottery class. Wearing it right now. # Sheldon, my turtle, pissed on my stomach today at work in front of Amy from Pitchfork and Sarah and Nick from Hardly Art while I was holding him up to kiss his face, and that sucked. Wait, this shouldn’t be in my top five.
- The Eternals — Heavy International
Carly CSS Is My Hot Sex Starr:
- Avril Lavigne – The Best Damn Thing
- Klaxons – Myths of Near Future
- Blonde Redhead – 23
- Handsome Furs – Plague Park
- Lady Sovereign – Public Warning
Andrew “Not the One Who Went to Jail” Sullivan:
“The Best 3 Bands I Heard on Tour”
– S/T – This record is a really bizarre combination of the Talking Heads and Michael Jackson, made by white Jewish dudes from LA, now relocated to Spokane. How can it be so good? I don’t know the answer to this question but it’s a great record and seeing them play live was one of the most groove-filled experiences of my shamelessly un-funk-filled rock dude life.
- Triclops – new demos – Noise Freaks, the whole lot of ‘em. After their Cafeteria Brutalia EP I got really into this Oakland 4-some of Wipers’d out zoneheads. Then I saw them play live in Texas and was totally destroyed by how much they destroy live. Every one of these guys is off their rocker musically. This band comes together to make great off-the-wall tunes that bring me back to the days of the Popular Shapes being Seattle’s best band.
- Thomas Function – new recordings & both 7” singles – Who knew Huntsville, Alabama would have such a good thing going for it? Surrounded by oppressively hot nothingness, these ex-punks turned their musical whims to a more Elvis Costello-y type of music that pays a lot of dues to bands like the Equals and the Television Personalities, super classic riffage with a really great singer dude, I was shocked at how good this band was and can’t get enough of their new stuff.
- Grinderman – Grinderman
- Archie Bronson Outfit – Derdang Derdang – As is often the case, I’m late to this one. It’s great though.
- Pleasure Forever – Bodies Need Rest – posthumous comp
- Trans Am – Sex Change
- Triclops – Cafeteria Brutalia EP – On Landrew’s recommendation (see above).
- Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha
- The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters
- Marnie Stern – “Grapefruit” (that’s the only song I’ve heard from her In Advance of the Broken Arm record, but it’s pretty great).
Andy “The Northwest Pole” Kotowicz:
- Johnnie Taylor — Live at the Summit Club_. Part of this club performance was included in the 5 star Wattstax0 documentary. It was just released as part of the year-long Stax 50th Anniversary celebration. Absolutely smokin’ performance from 1972.
- Panda Bear — Person Pitch. Yeah. Me too. It’s a shockingly good album.
- Tax Free. I was going to review this album for the blog to commemorate tax season, but I blew it. Brilliant post Outsiders work from Wally Tax. On this, their only record, Wally trades in the euro-freakbeat vibe for a folk-jazz thing that really hits the spot. It’s a bit all over the place, but in a really endearing way. Charlie Rich one minute, Arthur Lee the next. John Cale guests on viola and jazz bassist Richard Davis plays on a couple tracks as well. At least I think it’s that Richard Davis. I could find no confirmation of that or almost any other info on this record on the worldwide web.
- Keith Hudson Brand and Nuh Skin Dub. Seems like there are a TON of Keith Hudson reissues lately. Keep ‘em comin’! Confusingly nicknamed both “The Dark Prince of Reggae” and “The Reggae Dentist”, Hudson brings that swampy feel of the first 3 Funkadelic records, or Dr. John’s Gris Gris to his rich, deep dub rhythms. Both are on Pressure Sounds.
We here at World HQ are using a combination of Guinness, Jameson, espresso (together, known as The Trifecta) and the new Dntel record to get us through this month’s schizophrenic weather, as we’re all actually, medically sick of it being rainy and shitty. Dumb Luck is out April 24th, and as you likely know, Dntel is the moniker of our buddy Jimmy Tamborello who you may know from The Postal Service! The album’s full of Jimmy’s genius beat placement, and features members of Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, Grizzly Bear, Fog, Mystic Chords of Memory, and more, and you can buy it here.
If you think you’re a better mixmaster than Jimmy, you are wrong. However, we will entertain your remixing ideas via the DNTEL REMIX CONTEST. You’ll either win $500 or feel ashamed for being a loser. And since that’s already the case, may as well enter, right? Right!
There are two chances to win this month on Sub Pop Dot Com, actually. Enter the BEST WORST BAND NAMES CONTEST to win sampler CDs, stickers, buttons and more!
Whether you win or lose or are too apathetic to even enter anything, you can look smashing in one of our brand new Sub Pop Sweatshirts, which are finally here just in time to be largely weather-inappropriate. Except, as noted above, if you live here…
Oh! And also! We have a tremendous new video from the upcoming Handsome Furs record! Said record is called Plague Park, comes out on May 22nd, and the video is for the track “Dumb Animals." Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade and Alexei Perry (together, aka Handsome Furs) both totally die in it, and it’s Lynch-style creepy. Watch it here!
Chew on that, stinker!
UPDATE! AS OF MAY 1, 2007 WE ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF THESE SHINS 7"S. THIS OFFER IS NO LONGER VALID. We have a very limited number of a Shins 7" that was available only at indie retailers with the purchase of Wincing the Night Away. It comes in a white paper sleeve and features “Spilt Needles” (alt version) b/w “Nothing at All” (which might just be my favorite new Shins song). All you have to do is buy anything by the Shins on vinyl OR buy two or more of anything Shins related and we’ll throw it in for free.
*Note: the 7" is not going to show up in your cart. You’ll just have to trust us.
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Joan H is one of the publicists here at Sub Pop and she’s a real nice lady who is talented in many ways. She paints, she plays bass, she puts together a mean outfit, and she can eat tons and tons of garbage food without getting fat. I have a secret theory that Joan is partially deaf and that she doesn’t want anyone to know because sometimes I’ll ask her a question and she responds with a completely inappropriate answer. I’ll be like: Joan I think I may have contracted a horrible disease and she’ll be like: Ha Ha I know, sweet!! She does not know that I think this. Well, she does now. Let’s meet Joan:
L: Tell me about Club Safe Parking in Houston. What were some memorable shows?
J: CSP! Club Safe Parking was fucking amazing. Gram LeBron (now in Rogue Wave, then in Jessica Six and Schrasj) had rented an old restaurant that had been converted into a house; it was in Houston’s Fourth Ward, home of the Geto Boys. Myself, my buddy Lance Walker, my pals Stephanie and Bronwyn, Gram and a few other folks painted the inside and had regular shows there…the most memorable was the last mismatched and quintessentially (for the time) Houston-style bill: Rainer Maria and the Fatal Flyin’ Guilloteens. The Guilloteens yelled out “PUSSIES!!” and threw an entire trash can full of beer bottles at Rainer Maria right at their beginning of the set, and everyone started fighting…my friend John fully ninja-kicked their drummer, Bill, in the head and everything. We trashed the place. It was great.
L: Oh those guys. They are so like that…. How long did you do it? Did any skinheads come and make things all bummery?
J: Never any skinheads at CSP, just mostly our friends, dipshit rock kids, art school kids, etc. CSP was fully around between about ‘97 and ’99. Before that, in high school, I put on shows at places like the APV, (Allen Parkway Village, a housing project community center that has since been shut down by the HPHA) and there were skinheads there sometimes. I had a zine and was straight edge and was involved with PETA and Food Not Bombs and had record fairs and Houston Anti Racist Action events and did all that wonderfully idealistic stuff you’re supposed to do when you’re 16. Aside from currently being on the board at 826 Seattle, I’m much lazier now. Plus, now, I drink a lot and eat as much bacon as possible.
L: So in other words you were living a lie? Hmmm. You lived in Chicago for a while and did press with Hopper PR. Which do you like better, putting on shows or doing press?
J: Press, definitely. Putting on shows is extremely stressful and a constant crapshoot, although it’s sometimes more rewarding. I like writing about music more than either of those things, though.
L: If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring booker or press person what would it be? Wait, how about one piece of advice for each.
For both: do everything yourself for as long as you can, and start small and local, so as not to fuck someone else’s shit up when you’re learning and don’t know what you’re doing yet. Don’t wait until you’re out of college to start. That’s too late.
L: Tell me one dark secret.
L: You are such a fucking pussy, Joan. What is your favorite Seattle band?
J: Tie between the Coconut Coolouts and the Cave Singers. [I did not pay her to say this. –ed]
L: What is your least favorite Seattle band?
J: I can’t say that I have one, really. If I don’t care for something, I never really force myself to sit through it or try and “get it”. So there’s not one band that I’m like, “God, I HATE this! Why I am I continuing to watch them play when I HATE THEM SO MUCH!?!?” [Again with being a puss! –ed]
L: Chicago or Seattle? Why?
J: Chicago, because it’s a real city. Sorry, but you know what I mean.
L: Ben Gibbard is your boyfriend. Please tell me how you met.
J: I put on DCFC’s first Houston show in 2000 in this speakeasy place called Notsuoh following an all-nude production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which I did not put on, and which I was not aware was going to be happening that night when I booked the show. Everyone had to wait for these hippy nudists to tear down their set before we could hook up the PA. Ben and I were pals for a long time, then started dating years later.
L: What is your favorite song by Mudhoney? By ZZ Top? By Steve Albini (in any incarnation)?
J: “It Is Us”, anything off Fandango, and no Albini favorite, although I do enjoy me some Shellac.
L: If you could do anything in the whole world for work what would it be? Outside of working at Sub Pop, of course.
J: Easy—-be able to pay my rent writing. It’s such a hustle; it’s tough. Or, being a hairdresser! Or painting!
L: You have really bad allergies—name the 5 worst things to which you allergic.
J: 1. Cats! I hate cats. Not all cats, but about 98% of all cats. 2. Other furry animals, whether they’re dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits or ferrets seem to set me off equally. 3. Anything with feathers, whether it’s a pet bird or a feather pillow, screws me up. 4. Ragweed and outdoor allergens. 5. Lameness.
L: Do you use up all your sick days every year?
J: Dude, they’re gone by like May.
L: What is the best thing you can cook? Gimme a simple recipe to make this culinary delight.
J: GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE! IT IS DELICIOUS!
STEP ONE: Purchase two cans of French-cut green beans, one can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, and one large can of those dried onion things.
STEP TWO: Mix the beans and the soup in a casserole dish until creamy and microwave it for about three minutes.
STEP THREE: Put the dried onion things on top and toast in the toaster oven until golden brown.
STEP FOUR: Eat the shit out of that shit!!!! IT IS DELICIOUS!
L: Oh, um, who looks better naked, you or Ben?
J: I feel like my ass looks like a wet bag of clothes right now, so this month, it ain’t me. Maybe I should cut down on the green bean casserole. [You have a sweet ass, Joan. Don’t worry. –ed]
CHECK OUT THESE HOTT PICS OF CSS WITH LINDSAY LOHAN, COURTNEY LOVE, AND PARIS HILTON AT COACHELLA.