There is so much that could be said regarding Flight of the Conchords. How they hail from New Zealand, the island nation with multiple postal services. Or that, after winning a Best Comedy Album Grammy for The Distant Future in 2007, they were nominated for a second Best Comedy Album Grammy in 2008, but were actually relieved not to win again—because meaningless trophies really do seem important when you only have one, and have to fight over who gets to keep it. Or that this same popular HBO television series (conveniently also called Flight of the Conchords) was recently nominated for what-sure-seems-like-a-record-breaking 6 Emmys, but won none. Or, and most importantly, that Flight of the Conchords second full-length album, I Told You I Was Freaky is now available for pre-order on CD or deluxe-ish LP (limited-edition purple vinyl here at subpop.com, gatefold jacket, digital download code). AND, if you pre-order by October, 20th, you’ll automatically received $2 off and Flight of the Conchords stickers and buttons.
Pre-order the new Flight of the Conchords record here
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Sometimes, it just needs to be loud. For the members of Retribution Gospel Choir, that time is now. The group features Alan Sparhawk on guitar and vocals, Steve Garrington on bass and Eric Pollard on drums and vocals. Alan also fronts the band Low with his wife, Mimi Parker, and Steve also plays bass in Low. Retribution Gospel Choir will release their second full-length, the band’s Sub Pop debut, 2, on Jan. 26, 2010. The rough heft, aggressive dynamics and emotional release found on the 10 tracks on 2 will surprise fans of Low’s gorgeously restrained, spartan rock ’n’ roll.
The band’s self-titled debut was released in March 2008 on Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde Records. Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) also produced the debut album and played shows with the band early on. An extensive North American tour is in the works for Retribution Gospel Choir beginning in late January, preceded by some shows and festivals in the UK and Spain in December. A New York appearance at The Mercury Lounge is scheduled for December 15.
By the way, you can listen to Retribution Gospel Choir on their MySpace page.
This week marks the passing of the 50th birthday of our own dear Jonathan Poneman: our boss, the co-founder of Sub Pop Records, filth-anthropist, countryman, liberal loudmouth, etc. Sometimes the best way to show someone how much you care is by totally destroying their office. And, because we do care, that’s what we did today. We got him pretty good a few years back when we filled his office with balloons, and since then he’s done an amazing job of making himself scarce this time of year. This year we organized a Polish lunch for him here at the office (his (much) better half is Polish, and it’s fun to watch him squirm around the meat…) but not before we plastered his office with his own lovely mug. Happy Birthday, JP—you’re the beast! Best. Sorry.
In collaboration with master artist, veteran skateboarding legend and Emerica Pro Ed Templeton, Randy Randall and Dean Spunt, the industrious art-punkers behind No Age have designed a shoe for Emerica! Take a look! And, theses are not just another pretty pair of shoes. Since Ed, Randall and Spunt are all vegan, the shoe is made up of entirely organic and synthetic materials, but designed to weather the abuse of skateboarding.
And, no big surprise, they are a whole lot better-looking than the admittedly somewhat garish Nikes that we helped design last summer, and have recently been trying to sell to you.
Also, the new No Age EP, Losing Feeling is out now!