News from 6/2008

FRI, JUN 13, 2008 at 8:44 AM



In a bizarre turn of events, MTV will diverge from their winning programming formula combining chronicles of booger-eating, testicle-smashing and the lifestyles of wealthy, indolent children, by reintroducing daytime music video programming this summer, as well as premiering brand new videos every Friday evening as part of the soon-to-be-launched show “F’N MTV.” L.A.-based art punk band No Age has been chosen as one of the network’s “most talked about” artists, and will debut the video for its new single, “Eraser,” on the June 27 episode of the show. In addition, No Age, whose Sub Pop debut, Nouns was released May 6th of this year, will be interviewed live on the episode by host, and tabloid favorite, Pete Wentz. Following the premiere, Eraser will go into regular rotation, including newly introduced daytime spots. Are you kidding me? This is HUGE!

Also, in other totally rad news, No Age will be playing “Eraser” and “Sleeper Hold” on Fuel TV’s Daily Habit on Monday the 16th!

Posted by Lacey Swain

TUE, JUN 3, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Mudhoney Day Part II

It’s Mudhoney day every day at Sub Pop.

Posted by Sasha Morgan

FRI, JUN 13, 2008 at 4:40 AM

Tell It Like It Is, Sister!

From: Victoria
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 5:57 PM
To: info
Subject: Vinyl is awesome

Hey Sub Pop!
I wasn’t sure where to send this so I just picked an e-mail I found on your site. I just wanted you to know that you hold the distinction of releasing the only CD I have bought all year, the Fleet Foxes EP Sun Giant. This week I have bought two more new albums, The Grand Archives and Fleet Foxes’ full length, both of which I bought on vinyl.
I like music a lot but never listen to CDs; I don’t even have CD player so I only but new music if it is from a small band. Because you released Grand Archives and Fleet Foxes on vinyl with a digital download I was compelled to actually buy the albums, rather than acquire them illegally like might tend to otherwise do.
So thanks so much! I love listening to records and am so glad that it is possible to get new bands on vinyl. CDs are just stupid, and now with the digital downloads I will defiantly but the records.

Posted by Lacey Swain

FRI, JUN 13, 2008 at 4:11 AM

Our First Mailbag on the new site!

[Hey Philly Kid—Send me your address and I’ll send you a treat! -ed.]

From: thephiladelphiakid@XXXX
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 10:34 AM
To: info
Subject: How is this? Re: Mail Bag Back in Action – L. Swain

Too Sober Right Now For Anything Too Interesting

I’ll write something better after I’ve had a few. Saw Mudhoney in Lancaster, PA last weekend. I wish I would have had a chance to talk with them, because I would have asked, “WHY THE HELL ARE YOU ALL THE HELL THE WAY OUT HERE?!” I had to make the trek back to Philly [big town in PA, look it up on a map, bigger then Lancaster even] through dark of night and construction lanes that reminded me of a driver’s ed nightmare. But I did it for Mudhoney. They hold the record for band-that-I’ve-seen-in-the-most-number-of-towns, and it is not because they tour too much. Anyway, Steve Turner was my hero during most of my twenties, and the only interaction I remember having with Sub Pop was when I sent a cassette copy of “Bleach” back for replacement around 1992. When I wrote to inquire about my replacement, someone sent a rather sharp note back saying that Sub Pop wasn’t in the habit of replacing cassettes that had been tossed around the floorboard of someone’s car. I don’t know how that person knew, but I didn’t put it there, it was this undesirable female who ripped out the tape and threw it there in an unprovoked rage. In closing I will also mention our dog, named Mudhoney. She is a four-legged dog, but she walks with a gimp. No joke there, just plain fact in mention.

Posted by Lacey Swain

FRI, JUN 6, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Fleet Foxes iTunes Error


From the “Our Bad” Department:

Due to technical (and a little human) error, the version of “He Doesn’t Know Why” from the brand-new, self-titled Fleet Foxes album that was available from the iTunes Music Store had two audio drop-outs. This has now been fixed and all purchases henceforth will be correct and defect-free, as the good lord intended. We apologize profusely for this inconvenience. Please accept our apologies for the mistake.

Anyone stuck with a bum version of “He Doesn’t Know Why” can contact iTunes customer service here and they will issue you a credit.

All heartfelt contrition aside, how great is this Fleet Foxes record??!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

MON, JUN 23, 2008 at 5:03 AM

Grunge Summit 2008: Part I


In May, a wonderous event occurred, informally known as Grunge Summit 2008. On a cloudy Seattle evening, Jack Endino, Bruce Pavitt, Jonathan Poneman, Megan Jasper, Mark Arm, Susan Silver, Chad Channing, Charles Peterson, Tad Doyle, Jeff Ament, and Kim Thayil all convened at the Sub Pop headquarters for the purpose of a MOJO interview, the result of which will be featured in the August issue on newsstands in early July. With so many grunge greats in one room, we decided to make use of the opportunity by handing out questionnaires and making them take photobooth pictures. In subsequent weeks, expect Grunge Summit 2008: Parts II through V.

What Jack Endino Had To Say

  1. * What is your current occupation?*
    Noisemaker (professional)
  2. * Do people ever come up to you and ask for your autograph?*
    Yes, if rarely.
  3. * What do you think of the current state of music?*
    It seems to be plentiful.
  4. * Name five albums you’ve been listening to lately.*
    What are albums?
  5. * When you meet new people, do you find that all they want to do is talk with you about grunge? Are you tired of talking about grunge?*
    Yes and yes.

What Bruce Pavitt Had To Say

  1. * What is your current occupation?*
  2. * Do people ever come up to you and ask for your autograph?*
    various bill collectors
  3. * What do you think of the current state of music?*
    lacking social engagement
  4. * Name five albums you’ve been listening to lately.*
    1. Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff
    2. Bassnectar Underground Communication
    3. Goddess Alchemy Project demos
    4. Shimshai live demos
    5. Band of Horses (various albums)
    6. Midnite (various)
  5. * When you meet new people, do you find that all they want to do is talk with you about grunge? Are you tired of talking about grunge?*
    No. Yes.

Heart drawing by Bruce Pavitt. Music note by Jack Endino.

Posted by Sasha Morgan