Fruit Bats start a long tour national tonight (full dates here) in Vancouver BC in support of their killer new record The Ruminant Band. Aside from their unmissable club shows, the band is going to stop at some of the nation’s finest record stores to play some special stripped down sets. In Eric’s words “we’re gonna put together a super ripping sit on the floor acoustic hoedown jam for these instores, complete with dobros and banjos and stuff…”. These shows are free and all ages, so bring some minors and enough coin to pick up a record or two. Grimey’s in Nashville is hosting a special Labor Day cookout with Fruit Bats at 4pm – I wish I could be there. Big thanks to Fruit Bats for making time to do these and the stores for hosting.
Hello Sub Pop fans. I’m Katy McCourt-Basham, Radio Intern. This is my first Sub Pop photo blog.
Not all too long ago, Sub Pop gave me a break from stuffing envelopes to bandage my papercuts, get some sun, and check out Blitzen Trapper’s free show at The Mural Amphitheater in Seattle Center (presented by KEXP).
I got there a half hour or so before the show started and spots on the lawn were already hard to come by. Folks of all ages had already claimed their seats (or beer-drinkin’ spots behind the fence) and were eagerly waiting for the show to start.
Throw Me The Statue opened with a killer set, playing well-loved songs like “Lolita” as well as material from their new album Creaturesque.
Next, Blitzen Trapper hit the stage, and the crowd got some dancing going right away. They played a pretty long set, including older material (such as “Furr”, one of my favorite songs) and newer material (like songs from their Black River Killer EP, out 8/25). It was a great time, and by the end almost everyone was in on the dance party.
Be sure to check out more shows at The Mural in the next few weeks (Especially the one on 8/21, featuring Fruit Bats and Hardly Art friends The Moondoggies).
If you feel like checking out more of my photos, you can find them here.
Losing Feeling is a new 4-song EP from our Southern Californian friends No Age. All four songs were written in the band’s practice space. “Genie” was even recorded there; the other three were recorded at Infrasonic Sound. All of it took place in Los Angeles. The Losing Feeling EP will be available on October 6, 2009 as a 12" vinyl EP and as magical, invisible, digital files, but not as a compact disc. And, because we are forever trying to engage the future in a clumsy, overly familiar embrace, we are right now offering users of the Sub Pop website (conveniently located at www.subpop.com) access to a free stream of the full EP. We’re also doing this because we like you guys, and we really like No Age and this new EP of theirs. So, right g-d now, you can go here and, for free, listen to all of Losing Feeling! You may also, right now, pre-order the 12-inch vinyl version of Losing Feeling for the incredibly reasonable price of $8. We strongly encourage you to do so. On October 6th, this price will go up to a still very reasonable $10 and the mp3s will be available for $4.
You will, it is worth mentioning, need to log in to the Sub Pop website to access this stream of Losing Feeling. Please do not complain about this. It is very easy and takes no time at all—all that’s required is a name and email address. And then, if you’re willing, we will very, very occasionally (we too are busy people with lives of our own to live) send you new news about No Age.
No Age’s Losing Feeling EP comes out October 6th but you can hear it now and pre-order a copy on vinyl for $8!
Here we go again! The second, enchanting Pissed Jeans record on Sub Pop, King of Jeans, comes out August 18th and will be available on CD, LP (first pressing on creamed-color vinyl, complete with a digital download code), and the invisible formatway known as the MP3. Sometimes we just ask really nicely, but often we use little sales tricks to assist in turning your money into our money. This time we’re using a huge sales trick: we’re giving away a nicely packaged CDR of the entire Pissed Jeans set at the Sub Pop 20th Anniversary Festival from last July. Please pardon my lack of exclamation marks (I’m trying to cut back), but this is a huge deal. We haven’t shared this with anyone yet and don’t have immediate plans to. Which means that the only way to get your hands on a copy is to pre-order King of Jeans through August 18th. It’s that or the internet. But (unlike the internet) we’ll also be giving you Pissed Jeans stickers and buttons. Oh, and also also: with your pre-order, you get an all-access pass (in the form of a link) to a stream of King of Jeans to tide you over until release date.
Though we are (okay, somewhat typically…) a little slow in announcing it and the actual opening reception was last night, it is worth mentioning here that Rick Froberg from the band Obits (whose excellent debut I Blame You we released in March of this year) has a couple of pieces up in the “Beach Blanket Bingo” group exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Gallery right now! The show runs through August 22nd, Rick’s contributions are (predictably) fantastic, and if you are able to get yourself there, you should really go check it out.
We’ve been experiencing record breaking heat this summer (103 degrees!) and we’re all puffy and sweaty and stinky, but we still have some very fine (and not at all puffy or stinky) albums from some of our faves coming out this month. First up, Fruit Bats are back with their third LP entitled The Ruminant Band_, available on CD and LP, and I whole heartedly believe that this is the record Eric D. Johnson was born to make. It’s beautiful and fun and perfect for summer. Get it here or be sorry, and be sure to see them at the KEXP Mural Concert Series on 8/21 if you’re in the Seattle area. We are also releasing a 7” by Joe Pernice (as The Young Accuser) on the very same day, and it’s kind of a complicated story, so you might want to look hereaccuser/singles/unsound to read more about it. I am a little confused, but the music is rad, so whatevs. (Don’t you just hate whatevs?!)
August 18th is the release date for the highly anticipated second Sub Pop LP from Pissed Jeans, entitled King of Jeans. This record will, I assure you, tear you a new hole of some sort, wherever you see fit. It’s loud and fun and killer, and you will be listening to it shirtless at a late summer bbq while you are shotgunning beers and grabbing asses no matter what your gender. I am shirtless and drunk at my desk right now, as a matter of fact. Fuck you.
Blitzen Trapper is releasing a new EP called Black River Killer on August 25th and it features the song “Black River Killer” from their full length Furr as well as 6 more songs that have been, up to now, only available as a CDR that they’ve been selling at their live performances for the past year or so. Get it and make sure to check out the Black River Killer video by Daniel Elkayam that came out earlier this year.