Here we are: our fourth installment of “For the Record,” wherein we highlight some of the staff’s personal favorites from the Sub Pop catalog, wax hyperbolic on same, and then deeply discount the title(s) in question for 48 hours. And this time Carly Starr is making this feature her own by choosing not one, but two Constantines records. So perhaps this is our first “For the Record(s)”? Let’s get into it!
The Constantines are one of my favorite bands in the entire world.
Everything about Shine a Light and Constantines is perfect. How do I know? Because right now I’m listening to them (no, not at the same time) for the one billionth time and I still turned my speakers all the way up—which is what you do when you’re listening to a great fucking rock album. And that is what Shine a Light and Constantines are: amazing rock albums filled with sweet bass lines (yes, I sure did just say that!) and hand-claps all fronted by undeniable voices that you cannot resist singing along with.
I started to list my favorite songs but then I ended up with more than half of the album tracks. But really—“Arizona,” “Shine a Light,” “Young Offenders,” “Nighttime / Anytime (It’s Alright),” “Justice,” “Young Lions,” “Little Instruments,” “On to You”… SO MANYJAMS!
At the old (and what now seems really small) Sub Pop office we used to blare Shine a Light simultaneously on three stereos around 4 PM on Friday afternoons. Those were good days (who even has a stereo, besides me, at their desk anymore?).
If you ever get a chance to see this band play live you have to. No BS excuses. YOUMUSTSEETHISBANDPLAYLIVE. They might even throw you an instrument to play.
I’m not going to choose which album is my favorite so I’m picking both. I would suggest you do the same and just buy both. Play these albums really effing loud and don’t be afraid to let it out (not that).
Click here to buy Shine A Light.
And here for Constantines.
Not only are we still offering a full EP stream of the upcoming No Age release, Losing Feeling_, (more information on that great deal is available here8) but starting today, we are also giving away a free download of their Losing Feeling track, “You’re A Target”.
You can find this free download of “You’re A Target” under LISTEN on our front page, or on No Age’s artist page or right here if you please. Any which way you wanna choose, you still are gonna get yourself some free No Age music.
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.
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!
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.