Chicago “artist” and “friend” Derek Erdman will have his first ever Seattle area art show at Spencer Moody’sAnne Bonny shop on Olive Way on Tuesday, October 2nd. Derek’s painting are awesome and affordable. He did a t-shirt design for us once with Kurt Cobain’s head on a BBQ grill. It was cool, but we had to say ‘too soon, derek, too soon’.
Derek will also be DJing 7 straight hours of The Fall at Pony on Thursday with Ruben Mendez. You won’t want to miss this.
Back to School—a greedy retailers three favorite words, and we here at Sub Pop are no different. Thankfully, we’re very proud of the merchandise that we’re peddling, so that makes us feel a lot better about the aforementioned greediness. So yeah, Back to School! With a little help from our hoodies, pullover or zip-up, you dudes are gonna look super rad for your school picture, or for that strapping young English teacher who also happens to be into the Shins. We also have brand new t-shirts available from Tiny Vipers and Handsome Furs as well as designs from many of your favorite older and less new Sub Pop bands. And hey, don’t stop there—we’ve also got a bunch of new posters available so you and your dorm room will be ready for class, in class! Know what I’m sayin’?
Partly because no one has yet figured out how to upload posters to Oink, but also because we rely upon the assumption that some of you might actually pay money for things that we think are really cool, we have recently produced a pretty nice limited-edition Iron and Wine poster set!
This is a set of 3 prints of Sam Beam’s original artwork that was used to create the covers for the new Iron and Wine album The Shepherd’s Dog and the recent Boy with a Coin single. Each set comes in a heavy-duty, silk-screened kraft envelope and one of the prints has been signed by Sam Beam himself.
Hey, here’s something exciting: we just signed No Age! No Age is Dean Spunt and Randy Randall, formerly of the band Wives and still, currently of the city Los Angeles. They just recently released the really fucking excellent singles compilation Weirdo Rippers on the Fat Cat label (if you don’t own this already, consider remedying that situation) and we are genuinely thrilled to be working with these guys. Here’s the description of the band we just lifted from their own website:
Two parts of Wives make up this new group. Not perfect in the normal sense, but perfect in the sense that they think it is. Pretty and ugly meet somewhere in the middle of punk and art. You will see very soon. One guy broke his neck and had brain surgery, and the other guy got in a car accident and got a lot of money, it kinda sounds like that.
No Age is right now working on a new record, which we hope to have out sometime in the spring of 2008. They’re also touring a bunch on the coming months. Here’s a list of those dates
Alright, let’s get straight to the point here—Sub Pop is releasing Cease to Begin, the second long player from Band of Horses, on October 9th and we’d really like to sit around and shoot the shit but we’ve got a lot of work to do what with a) work and b) Halloween costume planning. We’re giving you TWOBUCKSOFF the low price through street date + sticker and button, and you also get free mp3s of the tracks if you buy the LP version. Check out all this crazy Band of Horses stuff here and watch an (old) video or two here. Keep your eyes peeled for the new video for “Is There a Ghost” coming everywhere very soon. (Yuck!)
The only other Sub Pop release for the month of October is a killer 7" from San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips featuring “Loose Lips” b/w “Start to Dreaming” out October 23rd. I asked Andrew Sullivan about it and here’s what he said, “It rules. They’re playing CMJ. They’re doing an Amoeba instore. All of the proceeds from the last one they self released went to Food Not Bombs SF. They have a full length out on Holy Mountain.” Seriously, they are awesome and only a foolish person would not buy this and you couldn’t possibly be foolish if you are reading this so click here to get it.
One more thing! We are also distributing a new De Stijl release this month—"Little Eyes by Ed Askew.":http://www.subpop.com/releases/ed_askew/full_lengths/little_eyes I’d be lying if I said I knew a lot about this, but after I came across his All Music Guide entry I didn’t feel so bad:” “An enigma even by the ultra-obscure standards of ESP-Disk Records, next to nothing is known about outsider folksinger Ed Askew.” Look at the De Stijl page for way more information. God, I feel uncool.
Alright, back to trying to figure out how to make a realistic looking buffalo wing costume. While I’m papier maicheing please enjoy these photos of Vice President Megan Jasper as Shrek, Online Sales Sam as a Sailor, GM Chris J as a wacky clown, and Tony K as a small wizard! Check back next week for even more photos because Dean is a party pooper and says that I make the internet too slow when I put them all up at once.
The song Is There A Ghost from the new Band of Horses album Cease to Begin is a contender for Steve Lamacq’s Rebel Playlist on the UK’s BBC 6 Music this week! And you can vote for your favourite (note the extra “u” – that’s authentic Anglophilia!) of three tracks here (scroll to the bottom of the page) until midnight on Sunday, September 30th. The winner gets played every day on Steve’s 6 Music show next week.