The photo says it all, really…
Well, here we are, back in action after a highly successful second annual Record Store Day! Thanks to all of you who purchased our limited edition goods at your finer local independent record shoppes. Your patronage means that we can keep paying the rent on the Sub Pop flag that flies continuously on the Space Needle and that my husband can continue bringing home his share of the proverbial bacon.
We’re releasing several great records this month, starting May 5 with Enter the Vaselines – the new and improved and deluxed version of The Way of the Vaselines. This new guy contains remixed and remastered versions of all the old songs, a new title, new cover art from the band, and a whole lot of new material (the entirety of the 17-song second CD/third LP has been added + never-before-heard demos, and live recordings from 1986 in Bristol and 1988 in London.). The Vaselines are Kurt Cobain’s favorite band so you should definitely check this out; unless of course you don’t like K. Cobain, in which case you might want to steer clear of the newly remodeled McDonald’s in Aberdeen which, rumor has it, features a huge portrait of the man himself inside the dining area. The Vaselines are doing some US touring as well, and it would behoof you to go see them if’n they’re in your area.
May 5 is also the day we release the Mykonos 7” by Fleet Foxes. You know them—they were on SNL, for chrissakes. Sheesh. This li’l record comes in a gatefold sleeve and is backed with a previously unreleased (here in the US) cover of the traditional folk ballad “False Knight on the Road” made popular by Steeleye Span and Richard Thompson. Oh, Steeleye Span and Richard Thompson—I LOVE those guys. (No, I don’t know who they are either, but the song is killer.)
On May 19th we’re releasing Around the Well by Iron and Wine. This is essentially a collection of never before released tracks, b sides, and covers. It’s got those jams from the movie In Good Company, and it’s a must for any serious Iron and Wine fan. (I have always wanted to say that!) Order before street date to get $2 off. That’s a deal, man!
And finally, we are all fucking ecstatic to have new mom/online publicist Alissa Gallivan back in the office after her maternity leave. The office has been deadly boring (sorry, other co-workers!) since she’s been away and the Rainier beer in the soda machine is in desperate need of re-stocking. Please leave Alissa a congratulatory comment of some sort—she’d love to hear from you.
Ok, we’ve finally decided to create an official Sub Pop Facebook page . We’ve noticed that there seems to be a lot of Sub Pop fan pages on that site, but this one is the only one that will be updated solely by us! And a page updated by us means that our lucky fans will not only get band news and label updates but also staff arm wrestling videos and random office photos! Any real fan of Sub Pop would be a fan of a page like that.
On their recent trip to Japan, our friends in No Age found many things to blog about. Not only that, but they took pictures. Check it out over at their blog.
The fine foulks over at MOJO Magazine recently announced the nominees for their 2009 MOJO Honours List and Fleet Foxes received three nominations! Were we to be keeping track, that would come out to… MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE.
As anyone with the good sense to read MOJO would be able to tell you, Fleet Foxes are in remarkably good company here. Further proof to be found in this bit of pudding from the MOJO Honours List announcement itself:
Now in its sixth year, the Honours List has seen the likes of James Brown, Arthur Lee, The Who, Noel Gallagher, Led Zeppelin, Lemmy, Morrissey, Marianne Faithfull, Judy Collins, The Clash and The Stooges (to name but a few) join forces to celebrate great music in all its grand forms.
Fleet Foxes have been nominated in the “Album of the Year,” “Best Live Act” and “Song of the Year” (for “White Winter Hymnal”) categories, alongside the likes of PJ Harvey and John Parish, Paul Weller, Leonard Cohen, Radiohead, and a whole raft of other amazing artists. And, though we did not put out the Fleet Foxes record in the UK (Bella Union did) we are just incredibly proud of these guys for all that they have accomplished.
Congratulations, Fleet Foxes, here’s hoping you sweep all three categories!
For an insightful (and funny) glimpse of (two of) the MEN OF FLEET FOXES, please refer yourself to this entertaining, freewheeling interview Robin and Josh did with the inimitable Nardwuar the Human Serviette a while back!
Since not all of us are lucky enough to go to the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, WFMU is bringing the music to us with live broadcasts of a handful of performances! They’ll be doing three days of broadcasts from May 28 through 30. Listen from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. PST here on Thursday May 28 and somewhere in that block of time, you can catch Vaselines’ set. Wahoo! You can keep better abreast of the broadcasting schedule at the WFMU Twitter page. (Other bands you can hear during the WFMU broadcasts are Sunn o))), the Bats, Jay Reatard, Wooden Shjips, th’ Faith Healers, Spiritualized, Fucked Up, the Vivian Girls, the Jesus Lizard, Spectrum, Oneida, and more TBA.)
Vaselines photo copyright, Jim Bennett