News from 8/2009

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

THU, AUG 13, 2009 at 10:11 AM

No, Karma You


Earlier this week, Matador Records co-owner Gerard Cosloy’s home in Austin burned completely to the ground. We’re fans of an awful lot of Matador bands and records and people, and long-time fans of Gerard’s writing, including what he describes as his “good old fashioned ribbing” of Victory Records head-motherfucking-honcho Tony something or other on the Matablog.

It’s worth repeating: Cosloy’s house and all (or maybe just most) of his belongings were very recently destroyed in a fire.

This is plainly just fucking awful and we’re very sorry for his loss.

All of this has been covered, posted and otherwise disseminated in a more timely fashion by people (sometimes actual professional writers) at far more widely-read sites and publications. What’s really worth telling you guys about here and now is this.

In this post on the aforementioned Matablog, Cosloy shares a recent un-fucking-believable email he received from the also aforementioned dude who runs Victory Records (to be fair, it could be from someone pretending to be the dude who runs Victory Records, though why anyone would do that, we can’t fathom). In its entirety, it reads: “KARMA” (there’s also a little picture of what appears to be a couple of bulldogs in flagrante, but we’re not sure what that’s all about).

But, seriously? “KARMA”?

You, sir, are an asshole.

Here it is again: the world’s worst sympathy card.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

TUE, AUG 11, 2009 at 3:53 AM

Obits on Vice TV’s “Practice Space”


Vice Magazine has their own online TV network called VBS and they do this thing called “Practice Space” where they tape bands playing at their practice space (duh) and interview them for a bit. Anyhoo, VBS just recently shot a Practice Space with Obits and it’s a really great piece—the songs are great and the interview is hilarious. Check it out here. While you’re there, check out these other episodes of Practice Space with No Age and Handsome Furs.

Posted by Lacey Swain

FRI, AUG 14, 2009 at 5:29 AM

20 Year Old Bleach



Marking the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s debut album, Sub Pop will re-issue the Platinum Certified Bleach on November 3, 2009. This expanded CD/double-LP will include a never-before-released live performance, special packaging and the first run of the double-LP will be on 180g white vinyl (the first run of the original LP was also on white vinyl). Both formats will be available for pre-order here at leading up to this edition’s release.

Originally recorded over three sessions with producer Jack Endino at Seattle’s Reciprocal Recording Studios in December 1988 and January 1989, Bleach was released in June of ’89 and remains unequivocally/unsurprisingly Sub Pop’s very favorite Nirvana full-length. The album initially sold 40,000 copies, but was brought into the international spotlight following the release and worldwide success of their 1991sophomore effort, Nevermind. Subsequently Bleach went on to sell 1.7 million copies in the US alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This 20th Anniversary Edition has been re-mastered from the original tapes at Sterling Sound in a session overseen by producer Jack Endino.

This edition will include an unreleased live recording of a complete February 9th, 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The show features performances of “Love Buzz,” “About a Girl” and a cover of The Vaselines’ song “Molly’s Lips” and has been re-mixed from the original tapes by Endino (complete track listing below). A 48-page CD /16-page LP booklet which includes candid photos of the band not previously released to the public will also be included in this deluxe edition.

Bleach: Deluxe Edition
1. Blew
2. Floyd the Barber
3. About a Girl
4. School
5. Love Buzz
6. Paper Cuts
7. Negative Creep
8. Scoff
9. Swap Meet
10. Mr. Moustache
11. Sifting
12. Big Cheese
13. Downer

Live at Pine Street Theatre
1. Intro
2. School
3. Floyd the Barber
4. Dive
5. Love Buzz
6. Spank Thru
7. Molly’s Lips
8. Sappy
9. Scoff
10. About a Girl
11. Been a Son
12. Blew

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

FRI, AUG 21, 2009 at 4:25 AM



The title says it all. If you happen to to be a Seattle resident, or if you’re just visiting, you have a multitude of Sub Pop & Family partying options this weekend. Thank goodness Lacey made a complete weekend guide or else we’d all be totally lost, wandering and partyless.


-KEXP’s Mural Concert Series w/ Moondoggies and Fruit Bats 6 PM

-Newly signed Dum Dum Girls at Kia Soul Collective 6 PM, RSVP here

-Hardly Art’s own Nick Heliotis Happy Birthday Show at The Funhouse w/ Le Sang Song, Wallpaper, and The Familiars 10 PM

-The Sea Navy at The Sunset (Stuart Fletcher’s band! He works here!) at The Sunset 10:30 PM

-Pissed Jeans at Chop Suey MIDNIGHT


-No Age at Kia Soul Collective 6:45 PM, see RSVP link above

-Newly signed Hardly Art band Unnatural Helpers (featuring Sub Pop’s favorite IT guy, Mandrew on the boom stick) at The Funhouse MIDNIGHT

-PENS at Chop Suey, UNKNOWN TIME (PENS are on De Stijl, a rad label that we distribute)

-Pissed Jeans in-studio on KEXP at 10 PM, Listen here!

-Also of note, but not open to the public: Our General Manager Chris Jacobs’ birthday!

Get out there folks!

Posted by Sasha Morgan