Hey! Good news! Our old friends "The Murder City Devils ":http:www.subpop.com/artists/the_murder_city_devils are doing a string of west coast dates in February!
Those guys also just recently put together a fancy new website: themurdercitydevils.com. And, we’ll be reissuing all of The Murder City Devils’ full-lengths (plus Thelema) on vinyl in February, to coincide with the tour.
Oh, God, it pains me to do this but it must be done and I’m the one that has to do it. Here we go, y’all—it’s time for the Big Big Year End Wrap-Up Spectacular for 2008! In the interest of time and/or not boring you to death I’m just going to list the full lengths and I’m not even going to do it in order, just for fun.
Sub Pop started out with a pretty regional roster but these days we like to grab the cream of the crop from all over the fucking place, so it only makes sense that we’d go to the birthplace of killer jams—you know, Canada, New Zealand, and Brazil. Wolf Parade released “At Mt Zoomer” this year, and yes, I know that Chad VanGaalen is Canadian also, but Foals are from the UK and Flight of the Conchords are from New Zealand and I’m not sweatin’ it so neither should you. Speaking of New Zealand, The Ruby Suns put out “Sea Lion” this year and their song “Oh Mojave” was used in a Microsoft commercial that never quits. Hooray and congratulations! Oxford Collapse released “BITS” this year, and while they are not international per se, New York is super far away from Seattle and Oxford is where Foals are from so maybe it all evens out. Maybe? The second CSS album “Donkey” came out this year, too. Lovefoxxx is still on the NME Cool List, so all is well in the world.
2008 was Sub Pop’s 20th Anniversary (observed) and we had a big two day fest that we may have made mention of here on the site and elsewhere, and loads of our bands with 2008 releases, many of them previously mentioned, helped us celebrate. Mudhoney put out a new one (“The Lucky Ones”) and a beefed up old one (“Superfuzz Bigmuff Deluxe Reissue”) and The Gutter Twins got all down and dirty with “Saturnalia”. Death Vessel played hits from “Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us” at our party at the Space Needle, and Blitzen Trapper played some choice cuts from “Furr” at the festival proper along with "Grand Archives (“The Grand Archives”) ":http://www.subpop.com/artists/grand_archives and "No Age (“Nouns”) ":http://www.subpop.com/artists/no_age. The No Age boys even got to premiere their video for “Eraser” on an MTV show hosted by Pete Wentz. (See picture above for absolute proof.)
The anniversary celebration was truly magical and a great time for bands and employees past and present. We give a heartfelt thanks for all who attended from near and far and we hope to do it again next year on our 25th. Thanks, everyone—see you next year when we say “Sub Pop’s Fine in 2009!” (Lame, sorry.)
Last week, the nominations for the 2009 Grammy Awards were announced and we were pleasantly confused to discover that once again TWO (2) artists recording for the Sub Pop label earned nominations!
We are, of course, talking about No Age and Flight of the Conchords.
In category 80 (aka Best Comedy Album), the self-titled debut long-player by Flight of the Conchords is up against albums by Lewis Black, Kathy Griffin, Harry Shearer, and… George Carlin.
And, in category 88, (the award for Best Recording Package) No Age and art director Brian Roettinger have been nominated for the really very amazing, and yes, also handsomely packaged Nouns album! How crazy and amazing would it be if No Age won a Grammy??? We have all available fingers crossed.
Hey there e-shopper! We’ve had a busy year here at the Sub Pop International Headquarters of America and are taking a holiday-style break starting Monday the 22nd of December.
Please, do not fear. We will still be taking online orders at this time for your various Sub Pop needs and desires, but we won’t be shipping them until after the New Year. We are going to take this time to get some much needed R&R before regrouping and totally doing it again in 2009.
“Ten Appealing Songs”
Antony and the Johnsons – Another World
Deerhunter – Nothing Ever Happened
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Which Way To Go
Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
Grouper – Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping
Juana Molina – Un Dia
Obits – One Cross Apiece
No Age – Sleeper Hold NOMO – Rings
Portishead – Machine Gun
David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Primary Colours
Thomas Function – Celebration
Constantines – Kensington Heights
Obits – “One Cross Apiece” b/w “Put It in Writing”
The Dutchess and the Duke – She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke
All the Saints – Fire on Corridor X
The “You Look Nice Today” podcast
Parts & Labor – Receivers
The New Year – The New Year
Crystal Stilts-Alight of Night
Kurt Vile-Constant Hitmaker
Rodriguez-Cold Fact (it’s a reissue but it’s still in my top 10. sue me)
Jay Reatard-Singles Comp. (The Matador one)
Cheap Time-Cheap Time
Eddy Current Suppression Ring-Primary Colours
Bonnie Prince Billy “Lie Down The Light”
Beach House “Devotion”
Silver Jews “Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea”
David Byrne and Brian Eno “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today”
Karen Dalton “Green Rocky Road, Pine Street Recordings”
Dutchess and the Duke “She’s The Dutchess, He’s The Duke”
Moondoggies “Don’t Be A Stranger”
Irma Thomas “Irma Thomas Sings”
Cat Power “Jukebox”
Dead Meadow “Old Growth”
Ranking Baker’s Dozen Top singles picked up in ’08
King Kong Niceness 7 (Black Scorpio)
Eric Bubbles Rebel Lion 7 (Decendence)
Mike Brooks Come One Come All 7 (Coptic Lion)
Billy Boyo in the Area/Yellowman Lost Mi Love 7 (Jah Guidance)
Knowledge/Tapper Zukie What’s Yours 12 (Stars)
Al Campbell Repatriation 7 (Well Charge)
Junior Byles Lorna Banana 7 (Pressure Sounds)
Jackie Edwards So Jah Say 7 (Gorgon)
Prince Alla Heaven Is My Roof/Rod Taylor Don’t Give Up 12 (Archive)
Tenor Saw Golden Hen 7 (Hummingbird)
Nicodemus Eagles Feather 7 (Jammy’s)
Michael Palmer Don’t Smoke the Seed 12 (Hitbound/Channel One)
Beach House – Devotion
Deerhunter – Microcastle
Golden Triangle – Tour EP
V/A – Life is a Problem (Mississippi Records comp)
Thee Oh Sees – The Master’s Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night In/Peanut Butter Oven EP/Intelligence split 12”
Vivian Girls – S/T
Crystal Stilts – Alight of Night
Thomas Function – Celebration!
The Walkman – You & Me
High Places – S/T
Medication – Don’t Die 7”
Getting married to Ruben (and Kinks cover band Cum Dancing)
The Dutchess & The Duke (records and shows)
The Oh Sees/Intelligence show at the Sunset (That Dwyer can write some hits, even if he is kind of a dick.)
Chrissy Zebby Tembo (via John via Andy but now avail at Sonic Boom)
Obits at the Funhouse (Froberg in your face!)
Vaselines at SP20 (Frances and her pussy talk)
Baby Vivian’s Halloween Costume (pictured)
Love Tan at Fen’s birthday in the snow (Fun!)
My friends and family and cats (I’m a sap)
All kinds of cheeses (I’m full of cheese)
To Whom it May Concern,
I’m writing to say how much I appreciate including a digital download with your packaged vinyl. LP records have long been my preferred format for a multitude of reasons. On the other hand, I lack the components to transcribe my analog collection to a compressed digital format. So, for all recently purchased music, this meant making sacrifices when buying on my preferred medium. Sub Pop vinyl means no compromises Now, I always check the vinyl section of the store (Amoeba Hollywood) when I’m about to purchase new music. In the last few weeks I’ve purchased at least two albums (Wolf Parade & Blitzen Trapper) from sub
pop because of the included digital download . Keep it up, and