News from 12/2008

WED, DEC 17, 2008 at 1:11 AM

The Murder City Devils West Coast Tour: February 2009!


Hey! Good news! Our old friends "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: And, we’ll be reissuing all of The Murder City Devils’ full-lengths (plus Thelema) on vinyl in February, to coincide with the tour.

The Feb. dates are all up in the tour section of the Sub Pop site now!

The full press release on the tour can be found here

See you there!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

TUE, DEC 2, 2008 at 10:24 AM

A Form of Paying Attention December 2008


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.

If my math is good, we put out 18 long players this year and only one of them begins with the letter H. Here’s to you, Helio Sequence “Keep Your Eyes Ahead”; and a big congratulations to Brandon and Pavlina on their new baby girl. The letter F had a pretty banner year around here with Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” (which is MOJO’s album of 2008, by the by), Flight of the Conchords “Flight of the Conchords” (Grammy Winners, duh.), and Foals “Antidotes” (Your equipment is still in the hallway, dudes).

Next up are the singer/songwriters of 2008, featuring the likes of Sera Cahoone “Only as the Day is Long”, Kelley Stoltz “Circular Sounds”, Chad VanGaalen “Soft Airplane” and Daniel Martin Moore “Stray Age”. Daniel played our conference room, Chad had a baby girl, Kelley went on tour all over the world (with our very own Dean Whitmore on drums occasionally), and Sera had a song on ‘One Tree Hill’.

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”) ": and "No Age (“Nouns”) ": 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.)

Posted by Lacey Swain

WED, DEC 10, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Grammy nominations for No Age and Flight of the Conchords!


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.

This is becoming almost a regular thing. Last year, you’ll remember/we’ll take this opportunity to remind you, not only were The Shins up for Best Alternative Album (for Wincing the Night Away), but Flight of the Conchords ACTUALLY WON A GRAMMY for their EP The Distant Future. Full details on all that are here

Congratulations to both No Age and Flight of the Conchords—we’re very proud of you guys and regularly attempt to impress people by claiming to know you.

Good luck!

[Entirely without permission, we helped ourselves to the No Age photo here from the No Age blog]

Posted by Chris Jacobs

SUN, DEC 21, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Hey You! The Megamart’s on Holiday Vacation


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.

Have a joyous holiday, or whatever!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

TUE, DEC 23, 2008 at 7:34 AM

Half hearted Top 10s and 13s of 2008


“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)
El Guincho-Alegranza
Cheap Time-Cheap Time
Thomas Function-Celebration
Vivian Girls-S/T
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)

Posted by Lacey Swain

FRI, DEC 12, 2008 at 5:56 AM

Sub Pop Vinyl Means No Compromises

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
thanks again.

T. Buns

Posted by Lacey Swain