R Buckminster Fuller once said, “I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented,” and this would be wholly unremarkable but for the fact that Harry D. Hudson, Sub Pop’s Master of Technolo-something, said nearly this same thing to me about a new product that he is now prepared to offer for sale exclusively on this very website. What is this mysterious invention that will revolutionize the world as we know it? What ungodly creation has Dr. Hudson and the somewhat evil-seeming Professor Fletcher brought to life in their old-timey laboratory? They’re called mp3s! “Mp3” apparently stands for “music product 3”: a mysterious, invisible computer thingy which can be made to produce sounds not unlike music. It is just this sort of devotion to innovative, cutting edge technology that has made Sub Pop Records the unwitting industry leader it is today. Take that, everyone else—Sub Pop has invented the mp3! And now, we’d like to sell some of these things to you.
Since this program is in its infancy we have only a very limited number of mp3s available at this time, and we’re only offering full album downloads. We’re no dummies so we went ahead and mp3’d the big guns—all the Shins albums, the Postal Service, Flight of the Conchords, the new Band of Horses and new Iron and Wine albums are all available as downloadable zip files containing 192k mp3s and high quality cover art for $9.90 per album, except for the FOC ep which is a mere $5.94. We will be adding to this list just as soon as we’re able. This is the future—bask in its glory before someone steals our idea. Oh also, please email Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, concerns, or failures.
Iron and Wine is back and groovin’ like you’ve never heard him groove before. On this song Innocent Bones from the new album The Shepherd’s Dog you’ll hear very prominent bongos and piano that are probably new to your ears but the sweet banjo melody and beautiful layered vocals are still the same, this tune is a gem!
No, we’ve neither been ejected into space (where everyone knows the wifi reception is horrible) nor have we had our typing keyboards consumed by the resident collie. We’ve just been really bad at posting for the past few months. But we’re here, and finally ready to get back to doing what we’re not-quite-so-good at: keeping the New Media blog up-to-date!
Lots of things have been going this summer, not the least of which was our introduction of salable MP3 downloads. But I’m getting ahead of myself—we’ll get into details in subsequent posts. For now, we’re just glad to see you.
Ready now for the future,
Your Sub Pop Technical Staff.
Have you seen this new iPod Touch commercial?? We’re pretty sure a couple of you have, since it aired during last night’s broadcast of something people have been referring to as “The World Series.”
Anyway, the real big news here is that this new iPod commercial features the song “Music is My Hot, Hot Sex” by none other than our weird Brazilian friends CSS! I know, right?!
And, the story behind this whole thing is a little crazy.
Apparently, a guy in the UK by the name of Nick Haley, inspired by the line “Music is where I want you to touch,” in the aforementioned CSS song “Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex,” from their excellent album Cansei de Ser Sexy, made his own advertisement for this new iPod Touch gizmo and posted it on YouTube. The people at Apple (or, presumably, the people at Apple’s people) caught wind of this and emailed young Nick, who is a first-year student at the University of Leeds, with some variation on, “We know what you’ve done and want to speak with you about it.” We like to imagine Nick’s reaction to this email as being something like when George Burns first starts talking to John Denver in the 1977 blockbuster Oh, God! Long story arguably somewhat shorter: Nick and Apple worked it out, tightened up the ad, and, viola, CSS is in an iPod Touch commercial.
CSS is our king-sized bed, MF’ers.
Nick Haley’s original video is here
The final iPod Touch ad is here.
Note to other potential advertisers: the CSS track “Fuckoff Is Not the Only Thing You Have to Show” is still available!
November 6th is a big day for all you vinyl-collecting Mudhoney types! My friends, on that fateful day, we here at Sub Pop are exceedingly pleased to be offering you a limited-edition LP-only, live Mudhoney record, inexplicably titled Live Mud ..!
Recorded in Mexico City on Pearl Jam’s mobile recording unit in 2005, this very limited live LP captures the Godfathers of Fudge playing their classics, old and new-ish. Customers will also receive a coupon to download all the tracks in a glorious bitrate of 192! 192! FOR FREE! Get ‘em while they’re hot, gang!
Pick it up here, folks.
Remember that news piece we posted a little while back about that Go! Team documentary? Sure you do!
We said this:
The Go! Team, whose really very excellent new album Proof of Youth we at Sub Pop just released last week here in the US of A, have put together a great documentary about their band and their new record. Directed by Bob Jarocs, this film really captures the exuberant cut-and-paste spirit of the band – it’s enthused, raucous, fun and occasionally funny. And, there is lots and lots of jumping; rampant jumping on a scale you might have previously, and not unreasonably, thought unattainable.
And, the second part is now up on YouTube!
Go watch part 2 of the Go! Team film now!