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”) ":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.)