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News from 8/2009

WED, AUG 26, 2009 at 3:30 AM

For the Record #5 Mark Lanegan - The Winding Sheet


For the Record #5 welcomes our very first guest writer and it’s none other than Blitzen Trapper’s Marty Marquis!

We asked Marty to tell us about one of his favorite Sub Pop releases and Marty, being the good guy he is, took the time to write a little bit about how Mark Lanegan’s The Winding Sheet came into his favor. Accordingly, we are going to continue our practice of drastically discounting our writer’s selected title for the next 48 hours. For the Record is in full swing now, and it’s all for you dear Sub Pop fans, all for you.

All right, let’s hear from Marty!

Band: Mark Lanegan
Record: The Winding Sheet
When we told you the first time: May 1st, 1990

When I was 17 I worked on a Scout camp at Goose prairie in the middle Cascades. With my first paycheck I bought a discman and some cheap speakers and a copy of Mark Lanegan’s The Winding Sheet, and for the next nine weeks my tent was haunted by it. A spooky, forlorn record perfectly pitched to the sound of rain on canvas, the smell of splintered cedar, the dawn fogs on the prairie. The songs, sinister and melancholy, seemed to resonate with the night forest, the swift seething of the Bumping river, the silent spirals off my cigarette.

I had known and admired Lanegan from his work with Screaming Trees, but this music was bewitching in a new way; dueling with heavy wah-guitar and feedback his voice had been impressive, but the dark folk blues concocted by he and Mike Johnson here were a brilliant change of venue. I had never heard anything like it, and to this day believe it to be a first step toward a distinctively Northwestern pastoral. This from the grunge lab of Jack Endino, with performances by Fisk, Novoselic, Cobain! And is that cover art by Charles Peterson?


You get The Winding Sheet at our FTR sale price of $6 CD/$4 Mp3 here for the next 48 hours!

You can also go here to get Blitzen Trapper’s newly released (as of 8/25/09) Black River Killer EP!

Posted by Marty Marquis

THU, AUG 27, 2009 at 7:03 AM

Intern Blog: Social media is rockable in Sub Pop


Hi Sub Pop fans, here is another intern, Pei. My job in Sub Pop is all about online stuff. I’ve been on Twitter and Facebook for the whole summer and it’s show time to tell you how cool those things are.

Twitter: Sub Pop started it in 2006. Wow, do you know anything about Twitter in 2006? That’s how they gather so many followers by using it very early. People just found Sub Pop on Twitter by themselves and 19 thousands of people are following it now. Good things about Twitter are: it’s easy to update, easy to engage in conversations and people who follow Sub Pop are real fans. They’re happy to spread messages about their favorite bands. However, the challenging part is that messages are overlapped easily by other latest messages on the front page. So please kindly check back with Sub Pop and read those messages. Running by my supervisors, Dean and Alissa, our Twitter is the best and instant way to see what’s happening in Sub Pop. Information for live shows, new release, sales and of course, free giveaways, is available from those tweets. Then you can also talk to Sub Pop with a simple @subpop in the beginning of your tweet. Have you followed Sub Pop yet? Try it here.

Facebook fan page: There are several groups and fan pages for Sub Pop already. Thanks for your love and support shown on Facebook. However, Sub Pop has an official fan page since last fall. This is a place to meet other Sub Pop fans, watch videos and amazing photos from bands. People on Sub Pop fan page really like some dumb things happened in the office. EX, a photo of funny note or someone’s dancing. Interested in? Be a fan on Facebook here.

Blog: I’ll be never tired of reading this blog. Contributed by all staff in the office, the blog provides latest special offer, news from bands and what’s happening in the office. You’ll find lots of interesting readings by keeping following the blog. Of course you can share those posts on Twitter and Facebook. Just click those small icons on the button of each post and you’ll be able to forward it on your profile page. Now I’m going to do so to show my blog post to my Facebook friends.

Dean said music itself is a social media. He expects to see those online tools deliver music more quickly to Sub Pop music fans. Then music fans spread the words about their favorite music with their network. In the future, an ideal social media scene is that people will use social media without a computer. People can just share and talk during concerts or wherever. Engaging with music, bands and other fans will be totally a part of our life.

For music fans, if the Internet brings you too many bands and you have no idea which one to listen to, please follow Sub Pop continuously. You know, they always have great music to show you.

Posted by Pei-Chieh Chen

TUE, AUG 25, 2009 at 5:10 AM

Intern Blog: Fruit Bats & The Moondoggies at The Mural


Hey Everybody!

Katy McCourt-Basham here for another round of intern photo blogging.

Last Friday, I took a break from mailing CDs to your favorite radio stations to check out another free show at the Mural Amphitheater in Seattle Center (Sponsored by KEXP).

The first band to hit the stage was British Columbia’s Johnny And The Moon. They played a pretty rad set, starting the night off right for those who got there early to drink some PBRs and enjoy the sunshine.

Next up were Sub Pop’s Hardly Art buddies The Moondoggies. They played an awesome set, including songs like “Ain’t No Lord” and “Bogachiel Rain Blues” (see a video here). The Crowd closest to the stage definitely represented the diversity of The Moondoggies’ fanbase—from little kids, to trendy twenty-somethings, to people who may or may not have been homeless, to guys that look like my dad. Everyone was diggin’ it!

Last up was Sub Pop’s own Fruit Bats. I’ve been a big fan of theirs since my early high school years, so it’s always thrilling to see them play live! The show was stellar as usual. They mostly played songs from their new album “The Ruminant Band” (out now!), such as “Tegucigalpa” (see a video here) and “My Unusual Friend”. Fruit Bats closed the set with some older songs like “When U Love Somebody” (classic!).

Though this was the last of KEXP’s free concerts at The Mural this summer, Seattleites can check out Sub Pop Bands like Eugene Mirman, No Age, The Helio Sequence, and Sera Cahoone at Bumbershoot, September 5th-7th.

If you’re interested in checking out more of my photos, click here.

Posted by Katy McCourt-Basham

FRI, AUG 21, 2009 at 7:57 AM

New Blitzen Trapper EP on Tuesday!


As its title would lead one to believe, the Black River Killer EP contains the disturbing and great song “Black River Killer” from Blitzen Trapper’s excellent Sept. ‘08 full-length album Furr (check the video here, it’s really great). What is perhaps less evident from the title is that it also contains 6 more songs that have been, up to now, only available as a CDR that Blitzen Trapper has been selling at their live performances for the past year or so.

Pick it up right here.

Thank you.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

THU, AUG 20, 2009 at 3:13 AM

How Many Sub Poppers Does it Take to Screw In a Light Bulb?


In this case 3! From August 6-9, Sub Pop’s President (Jonathan Poneman), Art Director (Jeff Kleinsmith) and Resident Meathead (Andy Kotowicz) took to the streets of Myslowice, Poland, a town of 75,000 in the southwestern , industrial region of Silesia. Their purpose: apart from downing dozens upon dozens of pierogies and swallerin’ copious vodka shots, was to attend the Off Festival and install a Sub Pop art exhibit at a gallery at the Miejeskie Centrum Kultury (Town Culture Center). The festival lineup was pretty amazing. In addition to Sub Pop’s own Handsome Furs and Tiny Vipers, alums The Thermals also graced the stages, along with Wire, Fucked Up, Health, Wooden Shjips, The Field, Crystal Antlers AND Stilts, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and headliners Spiritualized and The National. Lots of Polish bands played as well: Pustki, Cool Kids of Death, Lech Janerka and Maria Peszek, to name a few. Great big thank yous to festival organizer, Artur Rojek, Lenka Panak, Ola, Ricky, Ania, Pawel and everyone else we met or who helped out. We owe you in a way we may never have the opportunity to fully acknowledge, but I certainly hope that one day, we do.

Photos of our exploits are here.

Choice video bits are here and here.

Posted by Andy Kotowicz