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News from 4/2007

MON, APR 9, 2007 at 9:27 AM



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!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

TUE, APR 24, 2007 at 9:05 AM

Staff Playlist Round-Up (Apr. ‘07)


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:

  1. Cheeseburger – “Money for the Heart” from their self-titled on Kemado. Actually, this whole record rules.
  2. The Plants – “Crackhead on My Porch”
  3. Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – “Chechez La Femme” and “Sunshowers”
  4. OOIOO

Megan “Filthy Pussy” Jasper:

  1. Grand Archives demo — I think these songs are fucking great. Definitely all worthy of some blood shitting.
  2. TK Webb demo — Zeke from Love As Laughter sent me some new TK Webb songs. They fucking rule.
  3. 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.
  4. Dinosaur Jr.’s new record — fucking rules.

Sasha “new guy” Morgan:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. “Grinderman – Grinderman ":
  2. Panda BearPerson Pitch (89.1489354/100)
  3. LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver (3 and a half thumbs up)
  4. Neil YoungLive at Massey Hall (A-)
  5. Handsome FursPlague Park (4 stars)

Sue (The Mighty Boosh) Busch:

  1. No AgeGet Hurt EP
  2. New Young Pony Club – The Bomb/The Get Go
  3. Explosions in the SkyAll of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
  4. The FinchesHuman Like a House

Dean Gullberry:

  1. Panda BearPerson 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.
  2. Jakob OlaussonMoonlight Farm – The upcoming Destijl cd issue of this got me going on it again. Woozy, hazy, cold/warm, low-fi folk stuff.
  3. 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!
  4. The Records “Starry Eyes” – Only that song though but over & over & over….
  5. WelcomeSirs – Full disclosure: I know this band & worse but it’s a great, fucked up, cranky, purty indie record. Hrumph (arms folded/lips pursed).
  6. 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:

  1. 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!
  2. Laura VeirsSaltbreakers. It’s my favorite of hers yet—there’s not a stinker in the bunch, and it’s full of wow moments.
  3. 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.
  4. The EternalsHeavy International

Carly CSS Is My Hot Sex Starr:

  1. Avril LavigneThe Best Damn Thing
  2. KlaxonsMyths of Near Future
  3. Blonde Redhead23
  4. Handsome FursPlague Park
  5. Lady SovereignPublic Warning

Andrew “Not the One Who Went to Jail” Sullivan:
“The Best 3 Bands I Heard on Tour”

  1. Hockey
    – 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

CS Jacobs:

  1. GrindermanGrinderman
  2. Archie Bronson OutfitDerdang Derdang – As is often the case, I’m late to this one. It’s great though.
  3. Pleasure ForeverBodies Need Rest – posthumous comp
  4. Trans AmSex Change
  5. TriclopsCafeteria Brutalia EP – On Landrew’s recommendation (see above).
  6. Andrew BirdArmchair Apocrypha
  7. The Twilight SadFourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters
  8. 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:

  1. Johnnie TaylorLive 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.
  2. Panda Bear — Person Pitch. Yeah. Me too. It’s a shockingly good album.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

MON, APR 9, 2007 at 3:50 AM

Dntel - Dumb Luck


Jimmy Tamborello’s latest beep blippin masterpiece Dumb Luck is a wildride combo. of noise, beats, clips and claps that soothe your ears into a wonderful trance. Take a listen to the title track and with any (dumb) luck you’ll love it. Dumb Luck

Posted by andrew sullivan

MON, APR 2, 2007 at 9:32 AM

Free Limited Shins 7” with Shins Purchase


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.

Posted by Lacey Swain

WED, APR 25, 2007 at 8:33 AM


If you love you a ringtone, but feel that Ciara’s played out, perhaps you’d enjoy a SPECIAL SUB POP RINGTONE! Now, to get one of our many ringtones, you need to text subpop to 71777. There are Shins ringtones! Postal Service ringtones! CSS and David Cross and Sleater Kinney ringtones! Holla!

Posted by Joan Hiller