Our very own Eugene Mirman will be doing a reading from his new Harper Perennial book, The Will to Whatevs tonight at the University Bookstore at 7pm. Come out and see him wax literary on such topics as “The Entertainment Industry,” “Politics,” and “Ca-Motherfuckin’-Reer, Ca-Motherfuckin’-Job and Ca-Motherfuckin’-Business.”
News from 2009
The folks at HBO just put together an “In the Studio” video with Flight of the Conchords. And, it is well worth your time not only because of its candid glimpse of Jemaine and Bret’s artistic process, but also because it is an entertaining, and often funny, piece of promotional flimflam for the show, our forthcoming Flight of the Conchords album, and this thing we’re doing where we’re selling a new song from the show ea. Monday on iTunes.
Our very own online publicist, friend, and vending mogul Alissa Gallivan has, for over nine months now, been “the pregnant lady” here at Sub Pop, but we are excited to announce that we can now just call her mom. Alissa and her husband John Atkins are the proud parents of what may be the best baby girl in all the land. Congratulations to the cutest little family we know!
You can now (finally) subscribe to feeds on subpop.com based on tags. These feeds are available at a URL of the following format:
On a related note, we tag nearly every post about a specific band with what we call a slug, which is basically the band’s name with all the punctuation scrubbed out and spaces replaced by underscores.
What these two things mean together is that it’s now easy to subscribe to RSS feeds that deliver news which relates to a single band. For example, to follow a feed with Vetiver news you’d simply subscribe to the following in your feed reader:
Or, Flight of the Conchords here:
This week the good people at eMusic released a 16-track compilation of the music they’re most excited about right now, entitled Selected & Collected: An eMusic Selects Compilation. And one of the songs you’ll find here is “Light Sweet Crude” from the upcoming Obits album I Blame You! Not only is this an opportunity to get a song from the new Obits record a full month + before its release, but this is the first Sub Pop song to be available on eMusic.
Plus, the whole compilation is great. For further proof, you can d/l the liner notes here. If you’re an eMusic subscriber, you should go get this comp and if you’re not already a subscriber, maybe you should be.
In other news, I Blame You is available for pre-order right now here.
Welcome to Don’t Touch My Marmalade, Vol 1, Number 2. The emergent theme this week is Woody Shaw. I didn’t mean for it to happen like that, but he’s an undeniable (some say under rated) talent and I’m under his spell lately. His two Elektra Musician records (Night Music and Master of the Art, both featuring Bobby Hutcherson) were reissued as CDs on Wounded Bird this month, so maybe that got me thinking about the man.
Some fun facts: He had a killer band in the 80s and never put out a bad record… I think? The twentieth anniversary of his passing is coming up in two months. That’s unfortunate & sad.
In other “little record reviews” news we have our own Dean Hudson and the BFLP doing a thing here or there. And of all the possible things in the world, Matt from Pissed Jeans has reviews and interviews going on on his site. There was one more thing but I don’t want to jeopardize an ongoing investigation. In other words, I forgot.
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- ScoLoHoFo: Oh! 2002. John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, and Al Foster. Sco & Lo blend wonderfully. Fo is always phenomo. Sounds great, sharp playing. (For some reason I never thought I would like this but it’s fantastic.)
- Dave Douglas Quintet: Live at Bimhuis. 2002. Greenleaf paperback series. This rules. 2 discs/sets. Great songs off The Infinite & then some. (Available from one of the coolest labels happening now, Greenleaf Music.)
- Steve Turre: Rainbow People. 2008. Pretty killer. I see why it made lots of best of 2008 lists. Don’t forget: Steve Turre was in some of Woody Shaw’s best bands!
- Horace Silver: Re-Entry. 1965/66. Thanks to a twitter pal for the recommendation. This rules! Joe Henderson on tenor sax & either Carmell Jones or Woody Shaw, trumpet.
- Louis Hayes-Woody Shaw Quintet. Lausanne 1977. Smokin’.
- Bobby Hutcherson: Live at Montreux. 1973. Where has this been all my life? Quintet with Woody Shaw (of course…). Seriously good. The ’70s Bobby.
- Miles Davis: Miles Smiles. My favorite of the 2nd great quintet records. Always great. Weird to think what Coltrane was doing contemporaneously.
- Lee Morgan: Live at the Lighthouse. 1970. The 3CD Blue Note version. Stellar. Bennie Maupin’s song “Peyote” is a favorite.