Seattle’s Fleet Foxes have been chosen to play the 2009 Bridge School Benefit on Oct 24th and 25th. Each year Neil Young and his wife Pegi organize a stellar show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA with all proceeds going to the Bridge School. This years performers include Monsters of Folk, Chris Martin of Coldplay, No Doubt and Adam Sandler just to name a few. I am holding out hope for an all star rendition of the Hanukkah song. Make it happen Sandler.You can learn more about the show here.
In other Fleet Foxes news the dudes will be honored along with Quincy Jones and KEXP at the 2009 Seattle City of Music Awards at the Showbox on Oct. 14th. This event is open to the public and you can pick up tickets at Easy St, Everyday Music, Silver Platters and Sonic Boom.
Seattle is home to so many great organizations. We’ve blabbed about how much we love The Vera Project, Pasado’s Safe Haven, FareStart and so many others but I don’t think we’ve ever really shared our enthusiasm for the Northwest Film Forum. The Northwest Film Forum is Seattle’s premiere film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.
These guys have been around since the mid-nineties and they are second to none. They desperately need everyone’s help in raising $70,000 before August 15th. They’ve made a dent in their goal but they still have a long way to go. Please join us in supporting the Northwest Film Forum. Seattle can’t afford to lose such a great joint. You can donate here.
In case you didn’t know, we are quickly approaching the application deadline for the 2009 Sub Pop Scholarship, so get those essays in now!
The Flight of the Conchords have been nominated for 6 Emmys! And not for weird shit like best grip in an hour long docudrama. Oh no, they’ve been nominated for some real deal stuff like “Outstanding Comedy Series” and “Outstanding Lead Actor.” And perhaps most exciting for us here at Sub Pop “Outstanding Original Music Composition” for their song “Carol Brown” (which I should point out is currently available on Itunes and will also be included on their new album which will come out October 20th.)
Here’s the whole list of what they’ve been nominated for:
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor
Outstanding original music for “Carol Brown”
Outstanding Sound Mixing
So a hearty and public congratulations from all of us at Sub Pop to the Flight of the Conchords team and all our friends at HBO. Well done!
Ok, we’ve finally decided to create an official Sub Pop Facebook page . We’ve noticed that there seems to be a lot of Sub Pop fan pages on that site, but this one is the only one that will be updated solely by us! And a page updated by us means that our lucky fans will not only get band news and label updates but also staff arm wrestling videos and random office photos! Any real fan of Sub Pop would be a fan of a page like that.
Today is/was Groundhog Day and apparently there are six more years of winter or some crap, but that’s not stopping Sub Pop from putting out some quality records this month. February 17th is the release date for Tight Knit (CD/LP), the first ever Vetiver album on Sub Pop, but the fourth one for the band. If you pre-order Tight Knit we’ll throw in the “Hey Baby Doll” / “Miles Apart” 7” which came out on Gnomonsong last year, but act fast as supplies are limited. (If you are too slow you might end up with a Sham-Wow*.) They’re touring around Europe this month and they’ll be back on the East Coast in March. Plus, along with about 2,500 other bands on the label, they will be playing our SxSW show in March! Look at this and this for more info about Vetiver.
February 17th is also the day we will reissue all the Murder City Devils’ studio albums on vinyl. Yes, that’s right: The Murder City Devils, Empty Bottles Broken Hearts, In Name and Blood, and Thelema will all be reissued on rich, delicious marbled vinyl (First run only! Hop to it!). The Devils will be touring the West Coast as well so make sure to check them out while you can. Hopefully it will be something like the live scenes in this.
Hey, also, so Flight of the Conchords Season 2 is in full swing right now and we’re trying a new thing where you can buy a song from each episode on iTunes the day after the show. Every Monday throughout the season, we will be posting a new song on iTunes from the previous night’s show. Later, all of these songs, plus several more (probably around 15 songs total) will be on the next Flight of the Conchords full-length album, which we will be releasing in the more traditional “album format.” It’s what we’re calling our “See It on Sunday, Buy It on Monday (Please)” promotional ploy. And, we really think it’s possible you might like it. Go do that, okay?
*We will not be sending out any Sham-Wows. Get serious.