From age 5 to about 10, my birthday parties were pretty much the same. We ate cake in the shape of whatever I was interested in that year (one year it was my favorite stuffed animal, a Puffalump) and we played the standard party games in my backyard. My parents were kind enough to give away prizes to all the kids who came, to ensure that no one cried while I opened my presents. As you know, it is Sub Pop’s 20th birthday this year, and like my parents, Sub Pop gave away free copies of our annual compilation Terminal Sales Vol. 3 Happy Birthday To Me so that you wouldn’t leave the party crying. We even included a free SP20 sticker AND, the best part, a birthday card for you folks to send back to us. For those of you who still have the card, maybe stashed away in the midst of mountain of CDs, here is your inspiration to send them in! In addition to perpetuating the gift-giving cycle, your drawings could be famous. (See slideshow above!)
The results are in! We have finally decided upon three lucky losers to become the recipients of this year’s Loser Scholarship! We were truly amazed by the volume (over 200!) and the quality of the applications (well, most of them—you know who you are, people who didn’t even answer the questions.).
Our grand prize winner, who will receive a $6,000 scholarship, is Matt Bade, ballerina (rino?) extraordinaire. You may already know him as the kid who wanders around in the Shins’ music video “New Slang” that aired on MTV in 2005. Among many things (like the fact it takes GUTS to be a male ballerina), we loved Matt’s hardcore dedication to his art. He attends traditional academic schooling from 8 a.m. until noon each day, and then drives to Jefferson High School and dances with the Jefferson Dancers until 8 p.m. Three times a week he wakes up at 6 a.m. for athletes training classes. Even though he dances 40 hours he week, he managed to keep a 3.9 GPA!
Our two runners-up, Stephanie Cristol and Evan Long, will receive $3,500 scholarships. Stephanie, a Seattle native, sent us a rad essay as well as a compilation of her music, show flyers that she drew, an interview with Ian McKaye for her zine Shaken Baby, and Teenage Trash, a documentary she made about the Seattle punk scene. How could we NOT pick her? Our other runner-up Evan Long, also from Seattle, started a record label at her school called Cougar Records, and is the principal audio engineer and music producer. Congratulations, you three—go out there and make us proud!
So, I went to Sasquatch for the first time ever this weekend and I saw some dude walking around in the backstage area with a Sub Pop sticker on his jacket. It took me a minute to get to the face on this dude, but when I did I realized it was none other than Tim Meadows from SNL and Dewey Cox and other stuff! I was too slow to grab a camera but luckily I saw him again before the Cure,who I hadn’t seen play in 20 years! He’s a very nice guy and he let me take his photo with Kate Jackson, publicist to the stars/Sub Pop. Thanks, Tim!
PS Kate and I were talking about how handsome you are at lunch today. Stay foxy.
Although the national press coverage for this holiday has been a little light, you visitors here at the Sub Pop Interweb Concern are already well aware that today, May 20th, 2008, is MUDHONEY DAY! We declared it so a little while back.
And, in celebration of MUDHONEY DAY, we are hereby inviting you to come out to Easy Street Records in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood for a FREE IN-STORE PERFORMANCE TONIGHT AT 7PM! Even better: this free in-store performance at 7pm will be performed by the actual Mudhoney!
What’s more, if you are unable to attend this evening’s FREE Mudhoney in-store performance because you live in some other city, or have plans or family members you cannot neglect, or have been committed of and incarcerated for a crime you did/did not commit, or have discovered far too late that those pot cookies are way, WAY stronger than you anticipated, you can watch this FREE Mudhoney in-store performance on your computer! The fine people at Easy Street have set up a live webcast of this evening’s FREE Mudhoney in-store performance which you can access here at 7pm PST.
We are, of course, also celebrating MUDHONEY DAY with the release of two record albums by the actual Mudhoney:
Happy Mudhoney Day, everyone! See you at Easy Street at 7pm!
As part of the series of events that we keep going on and on about surrounding our 20th anniversary this summer, we are having a comedy show at The Moore Theatre on Friday, July 11th. Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman, and Todd Barry are all scheduled to perform, and it will undoubtedly be a whole hell of a lot of fun.
But, you know all that already.
What you didn’t know, at least not until you read the headline/title of this particular newspiece/blog posting, is the following:
David Cross has been added to the line-up for the evening!
Kristen Schaal (who plays Mel on the Flight of the Conchords cable television program) will be hosting!
We are terribly excited about the both of these things and hope that you will be too.
Lucky for you, tickets for the SP20 Comedy show are still available…
We’re pretty excited about all three.
Gentle reminder: tickets for SP20 through TicketMaster go up to $35 per day and $60 for a 2-day pass tomorrow, Saturday May 10th. And we’re nearly out of the 2-day passes we have for sale here on the Sub Pop site.
Also! The Gutter Twins and Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (feat. Tad “Tad” Doyle) will be playing at The Showbox on Saturday, July 12th. This is a separate (though related) event and you will need to buy tickets for this show on its own, apart from the festival at Marymoor.