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.
November is the month in which you are supposed to harvest the fruits of your labor and give thanks for nature’s great bounty and all that crap so that’s what we’re gonna do. Since I don’t really feel like going over each and every musical fruit that we’ve produced in 2007, (after all, what will I write about next month?), I am going to go ahead and give thanks for the the fact that the two releases that we’ve got for November are both a) awesome, and b) on vinyl only! November 6th is the official release day for both the new 7 incher by Kelley Stoltz which is “Your Reverie” b/w “Owl Service” as well as the live Mudhoney LP appropriately entitled “Live Mud”. Take that, Digital Age! Speaking of, we’ve recently started selling mp3s of some of your favorite Sub Pop artists and we’ll be adding more and more in the months to come. You can read lots more about that HERE!
Speaking of being thankful, I have conducted a short, informal poll of the Sub Pop staff to find out what people around here are going to be appreciative of this holiday season: Mark Arm says “I don’t have time for this.”, Chris Jacobs says “Uh…hmmmm. Coffee?”, Kate Jackson says “Oooh, that’s a lot of pressure. Are you asking everyone?! Okay, my Jack Russel Terrier.”, Andy Kotowicz says, “This is so lame. How about my family? My little family?”, Jaimi Chapelle says “On Halloween? I don’t know, what?”, Carly Starr says “Oh, does everybody have to do this? SHIT.”, Dick Lang says “(complete silence)”, Steve Manning wouldn’t answer his phone, Jeff Kleinsmith says “Do I need to tell you that right now? My kids!”, Stuart Fletcher says “Jesus! Right now? I guess Jesus. And Seattle has great films. I love the cinema.”, Alissa Gallivan could not be reached for comment, nor could Sasha Morgan, Tony Kiewel, Jen Czeisler, Eric Brown, Megan Jasper, Andrew Sullivan, Sam Sawyer, or Jonathan Poneman, but Sue Busch says “What? Why? I’m thankful that my dog sleeps through the night.”, Angelina Saez says “No.”, Dean Whitmore says “Oh God. No, I can’t really right now.”, Dusty Summers says “My baby!”, Stuart Meyer says “Oh Lordy—Davey? Is that too gay?”, Dean Hudson says “Oh, which holiday? Tofurkey.” Me? I am glad this is over. Happy Turkey Day, turkeys.
The good people of Austin, TX have flown the A Frames down for a show on Saturday at Emo’s and you’d be a fool to miss it.
I mean, THEY FLEW THEM DOWN! FOR ONE SHOW!
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!
On September 25th, we had the decidedly good fortune of releasing the new Iron and Wine album The Shepherd’s Dog. In the coming weeks, you will have the equally good fortune of enjoying Iron and Wine both on the National Public Radio and the talking picture box!
This coming Friday, October 5th, on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman Iron and Wine will perform the song “The Devil Never Sleeps,” off the above-mentioned new album The Shepherd’s Dog And, as if that weren’t reason enough to watch (which, come on, it is), also appearing on that episode: Angela from The Office and Bob “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” Newhart! Holy crap!
And, then secondly though no less awesomely:
On Friday, October 19th NPR’s World Cafe will be broadcasting a very recently recorded 4 or 5 song performance by and interview with this same, much beloved by us and hopefully also by you, Iron and Wine. To listen to this broadcast, you can:
- Find your local NPR radio station here and tune in to listen.
- Listen online to the WXPN/Philadelphia stream between 2pm and 4pm Eastern Standard Time here
- Or, later that same day the audio will be available on the NPR website here.
Also, as part of NPR’s Live Concert Series, you can hear their recording of the entire show Iron and Wine played in Washington, DC on Sept. 29th here.
As improbable as it may seem, our own Jennifer Gentle (who are from Italy, remember) is soon to embark upon their 2nd Chinese tour in three months! Back in March of this year, and arranged through some magical means by the folks at CinaOggi, the band first went over to China for a handful of dates, and apparently they went over with audiences there like crazy (evidence of which can, of course, be found here on Youtube…).
So, naturally, they are going back. To China. This time the dates were arranged in collaboration with the folks at Max & Co. And, here they are…
June 15 Starlive, Beijing, China
June 16 Max & Co. fashion party, Beijing, China
June 17 Mao Live House, Beijing, China
June 23 Absolut House, Shanghai, China
“I love you, I protect you”
All of this will make much more sense once you see the Chinese condom advertisement/PSA which feature’s the track “I Do Dream You” from Jennifer Gentle’s last album Valende
And, also, while we’re here, it is worth mentioning that the new Jennifer Gentle album, The Midnight Room will be out on June 19th, and you can (and should) pre-order it now here. The new album is a darkly psychedelic marvel and you should not be without it. In the proof dept., we offer not only the song “Electric Princess” from the new album, which you can listen to yourself here, but also the following early and excellent review from the fine folks at Austin’s Waterloo Records…
A new Jennifer Gentle record (who are a band and not a girl). I’ve been wondering when this was coming ‘cause their last album was one of my favorites of 2005. It was one of those rare times where you pick up a record you know nothing about because it looks interesting and then it turns out to be exactly what you’ve wanted to hear for awhile and you get really excited and possessive since you’re the one who discovered it so it’s more “yours” than anyone else’s. (breath) I figured I wouldn’t tell you anything about the new album and you could just take a chance, get it and feel like you’d discovered on your own but you probably won’t do that, will you?
I want to stay away from comparisons to horror flicks, haunted houses and spooky amusement parks ‘cause I don’t want to give the impression that this is a campy listen. These songs are intelligent arrangements of twangy guitars, hollow vocals, sinister organ and a minimal, well placed rhythm section. Assimilating European psych, American rock n roll, Italian soundtracks and spaghetti westerns, The Midnight Room_, while descriptively weird, is a well-constructed mix of influences and a wholly accessible and enjoyable record. This is Jennifer Gentle’sgentle best record yet and even though I’ve been waiting awhile for this, I’m getting just as excited and possessive about this record too.
Listen to Kevin!