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News from 11/2009

THU, NOV 5, 2009 at 4:36 AM

No Age Download at Death & Taxes

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No Age recorded an exclusive 30 second track for the fine folks at Death & Taxes Magazine! Death & Taxes issue 22 is full of interactive content and we’re stoked to be part of it. You can download “In Peril” here


Posted by Susan Busch

WED, NOV 11, 2009 at 4:57 AM

For the Record #9 The Baptist Generals – No Silver/No Gold

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For the Record #9 comes to you courtesy of Fruit Bats’ front man, Eric Johnson.

Eric Johnson is a good dude and a great musician (currently splitting his time fronting his band Fruit Bats and playing in The Shins). He drinks fine wine and plays in fine wineries and has a great appreciation for film and, of course, music. He’s an easy one to talk to but if you ever wanna talk about The Baptist Generals in particular then he’s really your guy. Keep reading for Eric’s thoughts on No Silver/No Gold.

Band: The Baptist Generals
Record: No Silver/No Gold
When we told you the first time: February 4th 2003

This album came out right around the same time as The Fruit Bats’ Sub Pop debut, so we ended up hanging with these guys a bunch at showcases and such. I think this record is brilliant, and to call it “underrated” would be an understatement.

The opening track, “Ay Distress”, is a sparse little heart breaker that ends abruptly with a cell phone going off in the studio, followed by pandemonium. Its a moment that caught me way off guard the first time I heard it and kind of blew my mind in the process. I can’t really think of any other album that starts you off this way; its a really cinematic moment, raw and weird. Then track two, “Alcohol” kicks in almost immediately, up-tempo and sounding more like a traditional album opener. This is the kind of sweet-ass, emotionally manipulative one-two punch that I’m a sucker for.

You’ve got really heavily strummed nylon-string guitars, a guitarron (a huge plucked guitar used in Mariachi bands) in lieu of a traditional bass, and Chris Flemmons’ insanely powerful lungs singing like his life depends on it. The real hit tune is “Going Back Song,” which is a pop beauty put through the freaky dark Tex-Mex filter of this record.

I’ll stop talking about it. You should just listen.

Love,

EDJ

For the next 48 hours, you can go HERE to get No Silver/No Gold at our FTR sale price of $6 CD/$4 Mp3.

Eric’s band, Fruit Bats, recently released a fine record of their own, The Ruminant Band and it is conveniently located HERE for your listening pleasure. for you to check out!

Look to our semi-regular feature, For the Record, for reflections from staff and Sub Pop artists on some of our favorite records from the Sub Pop catalog; each featured title is deeply discounted for the 48 hours following the posted review.


Posted by Eric Johnson

TUE, NOV 17, 2009 at 4:13 AM

GIVE

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GIVE-ing season arrives in Seattle

GIVE music and video compilation to benefit Arts Corps and food banks goes on sale Tuesday, Nov. 17; GIVE concert with Grand Archives and D. Black to rock the Crocodile Dec. 3

SEATTLE, WA – Coffee Roaster Caffé Vita will launch GIVE on Tuesday, November 17th with 30 downloadable tracks from a wide variety of Seattle artists, all of whom have donated songs to benefit Arts Corps and local area food banks. The complete list of artists involved will reach nearly 40 by mid-December.

A companion benefit concert featuring Grand Archives, D. Black and other artists will be held at the Crocodile Dec. 3. Tickets for the show are on sale now atwww.thecrocodile.com.

The $7 compilation – conceived and initiated by Seattle coffee roaster Caffé Vita, which is producing, curating and funding the project – will be available online atwww.giveseattle.org, as well as in Caffé Vita shops, Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom Records, University Book Store, The Crocodile, EMP, Neumos and Sorrento Hotel. These outlets will carry GIVE packages, including physical cards with a redemption code for the download, as ready-to-give presents.

A full 100 percent of sales will go directly to GIVE beneficiaries: Arts Corps, Seattle’s largest nonprofit arts educator, along with Ballard Food Bank, Rainier Valley Food Bank, University District Food Bank and West Seattle Food Bank.

Among the many highlights of GIVE are unreleased cuts from The Cave Singers, Grand Archives, Champagne Champagne featuring Fences, The Maldives, Mad Rad, and The Moondoggies. Nearly all of the 36 tracks on GIVE are exclusive to the compilation.

The GIVE tracks available immediately on Tuesday, Nov. 17 include:

1. Arthur & Yu: Magic Mountain
2. The Blakes: Parking Lot
3. Sera Cahoone: Love’s Gonna Live Here
4. The Cave Singers: Growing Palm
5. Champagne Champagne featuring Fences: Victim of the Modern Age
6. Common Market: The Picture of My DeLorean Gray
7. D. Black: On the Go
8. Fatal Lucciauno: Gangsta
9. Fences: Sadie
10. Fleet Foxes: Mykonos
11. Fresh Espresso: Gettin Money
12. Grand Archives: Wake Up
13. Head Like a Kite: Director’s Cut
14. Hey Marseilles: From a Terrace
15. Kinski: Whatever Happened to Madeleine Stowe
16. Le Loup: Forgive Me
17. The Lonely Forest: I Don’t Wanna Live There
18. Mad Rad: Love in a Strange World
19. The Maldives: In the End
20. Gabriel Mintz: Safeway
21. The Moondoggies: Side of the Road
22. Joshua Morrison: Mammoth Cave
23. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: Bitter Cold
24. Pearly Gate Music: Big Escape
25. The Pica Beats: Durian Shakes
26. The Saturday Knights: Go!
27. Talbot Tagora: Ichthus Hop
28. Tea Cozies: Corner Store Girls
29. J. Tillman: Earthly Bodies
30. Visqueen: Hand Me Down

Several GIVE artists are still finishing their exclusive GIVE tracks, including The Long Winters, Ben Gibbard, David Bazan, Throw Me The Statue, The Dutchess and The Duke, and Unnatural Helpers. Fans who purchase GIVE in November will be notified by email when these fresh tracks are available for download. The digital model allows patrons to pick and choose tracks they would like to download or simply download the entire album. Included with each sale of the physical GIVE card is a complimentary cup of Caffé Vita Farm Direct coffee, redeemable at any Vita location.

Stay tuned for several GIVE videos that bring together GIVE artists and leading filmmakers and creative firms, including Chase Jarvis, Wexley School for Girls, Creature, Steve Viehmann and City Arts Magazine.

Also appearing at the Dec. 3 benefit show will be Grant Olsen of Arthur & Yu; Kinski; Gabriel Mintz; Tea Cozies; and M.C. Tilson from The Saturday Knights. Tickets are $15.

GIVE truly is a city-wide community campaign. Nearly every facet of the project is being undertaken pro bono. Money for any expenses not donated will be raised at the Dec. 3 benefit concert.

The full list of partners for GIVE includes: 206 Inc. (strategy and publicity), Barsuk Records (music and website support), Caffé Vita (production, curation, funding), CD Forge (redemption operation), City Arts Magazine (video production and media), Creature (video production), The Crocodile (retail and concert hosting), Easy Street Records (retail), Expanding Brooklyn (publicity), Hardly Art (music and website support), Chase Jarvis (video production and promotion), KEXP (media), Lighthouse (webhosting), Robert Mercer (design), MMPUNION/Minuteman Press On Union (printing), Neumos (retail), RFI/CD (mastering), SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC (promotion), Sonic Boom Records (retail), The Stranger (media and promotion), Sub Pop (music and website support), Superfad (animation), Tap Plastics (point of sale), Steve Viehmann (video production), Wexley School for Girls (video production) and Megan Woo Web Design (website development).

For more information, please visit GIVE online at www.giveseattle.org, and become a fan on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/pages/GIVE-SEATTLE/167527428045?ref=ts.


Posted by megan jasper

MON, NOV 2, 2009 at 2:50 AM

SUB POP RECORDS AND HOST OF KEXP’S “THE BEST AMBIANCE” RADIO SHOW TEAM UP TO CREATE NEW WORLD MUSIC IMPRINT: NEXT AMBIANCE

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Next Ambiance’s Debut Album, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba’s I Speak Fula, Scheduled for Digital Release in North America on December 1st, 2009

SEATTLE, WA—Sub Pop Records and KEXP radio host Jon Kertzer have come together to form Next Ambiance, a world music imprint. Malian band Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba’s I Speak Fula will be the first album out on Next Ambiance, and is scheduled for digital release on iTunes, December 1st, 2009 and for CD release on February 2nd, 2009. The band will embark on their first US tour, opening for nine-time Grammy winner Bela Fleck, in early 2010 in support of the record. Tour dates and more information provided below.

Next Ambiance:
Founded by Jon Kertzer, the host of KEXP’s “The Best Ambiance” radio show, a long-running weekly program that focuses on both pop and traditional music from the African continent, Next Ambiance continues the musical exploration, with an emphasis on mind-blowing and life-changing artists with no particular regional or cultural bias.

“I’ve listened and learned so much from Jon’s show (”The Best Ambiance") for half of my life. It just seemed natural to put his knowledge, resources and remarkable taste to further use. It’ll certainly be a boon to listeners everywhere," commented Sub Pop Records co-founder, Jonathan Poneman. “Our first release with Bassekou Kouyate and his incredible band Ngoni ba from Mali in West Africa, is the perfect way to begin this new adventure. Their album I Speak Fula captures this truly original music, like nothing you have heard before.”

Don’t expect many releases from Sub Pop/Next Ambiance initially. After all, it’s going to take a particularly brave artist or artists to follow Bassekou. Sub Pop/Next Ambiance will release I Speak Fula throughout North America, Australia and New Zealand.

“I am very excited to be working with Sub Pop on the Next Ambiance imprint to release the best of the world’s music, innovative and ground-breaking sounds that follow new paths,” stated Kertzer.

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba:
Malian Bassekou Kouyate made his international debut with the 2007 album Segu Blue. Released by Out Here Records, the album received critical acclaim and won the band the coveted honor of performing on the Jools Holland Show, as well as 2008 BBC 3 nomination for Best Newcomer, going on to win in both the Album of the Year category as well as Best African Act.

Their sophomore effort, I Speak Fula, was released on September 21, 2009 in the UK and, unsurprisingly, received widespread critical acclaim. Known for their riveting live performances, I Speak Fula more effectively conveys the energy and infectious intensity of that experience than the band’s first album. In October 2009 Bassekou once again performed on The Jools Holland Show alongside the likes of Yoko Ono and The Dead Weather.

“This is a cracker.”**** MOJO
“A contender for African album of the year” * Uncut
“…the best rock’n’roll band in the world.” The Independent

Beginning in early February 2010, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba will share the bill with Bela Fleck for their inaugural tour through the United States.

http://www.myspace.com/bassekoukouyate

Click for 2010 Tour Dates

More about Sub Pop Records:
Sub Pop Records was founded in 1988 by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman. The Seattle-based label was the original home to such legendary bands as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney, and has enjoyed more recent successes with such artists as The Postal Service, The Shins, Iron & Wine, Band of Horses, Flight of the Conchords, and Fleet Foxes.

In 2002, Sub Pop came into contact with Minneapolis’ De Stijl Records when trying to track down Michael Yonkers, whose Microminiature Love was spinning constantly on office stereos. They entered into a production and distribution agreement with De Stijl that has spawned reissues from Ju Suk Reet Meate (of Smegma,) Ed Askew and 39 Clocks as well as original material from Pens, Jacob Olaussen, King Darves and more.

Sub Pop founded subsidiary label Hardly Art in early 2007. With a smaller staff but no less immodest goals, Hardly Art is able to focus its energies on emerging talent from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Since its inception, Hardly Art has ushered in acclaimed debuts from The Moondoggies, The Dutchess & the Duke, Le Loup, and more.

Sub Pop is pleased to welcome Next Ambiance to its family of labels.

For more information on Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba tour dates, contact Jenifer Shepherd jenifer@rockpaperscissors.biz.

For more information on Sub Pop Records contact Kate Jackson katej@subpop.com.


Posted by Kate Jackson

MON, NOV 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM

A Form of Paying Attention November 2009

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This month marks the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s “Bleach”. I first heard this record in 1990. My friend Jeremy turned me on to it and we’d hang out as his house and play Super Mario and take acid and listen to Bleach and a lot of Lee Harvey Oswald Band and then later all the dudes would dare each other to jump off the train trestles off Memorial Drive in Houston. I had a super good time all the time, and this record was totally the soundtrack. I don’t have a ton more to say about it that you can’t find in an article somewhere/everywhere else, but I wouldn’t mind hearing about the first time you guys heard the record. Do it up in the comments section, grungers, and one lucky commenter will win a copy of Bleach Deluxe.


Posted by Lacey Swain

WED, NOV 25, 2009 at 3:26 AM

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

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I am thankful for many things this season, but right now I am mostly thankful that I get to repost this Mudhoney Thanksgiving picture again.


Posted by Lacey Swain