News from 1/2010

THU, JAN 7, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Obits’ Rick Froberg will be signing copies of the new issue of Mome in Brooklyn this weekend!


Mome is a quarterly anthology published by our friends over at Fantagraphics Books and it showcases the best new talent of this decade’s rising cartoon generation, alongside work from some of North America and Europe’s most respected creators. The Winter 2010 issue (Vol. 17) just recently came out and it is, predictably, really great. Less predictably, this same new issue includes a bunch of new full-page black-and-white work from Rick Froberg. Rick also sings/plays in the band Obits whose debut album I Blame You we released in March of 2009. He’s a great artist and is responsible for the cover art on I Blame You as well as a bunch of other stuff.

AND! This Sunday, January 10th, from 5pm to 7pm, Rick will be signing copies of the new issue of Mome at Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn, NY! There are a bunch of other great artists signing that day as well, namely these folks: Sara Edward-Corbett, Michael Jada, Derek Van Gieson, and Nate Neal.

Bergen Street Comics is located at 470 Bergen Street in Brooklyn, NY.

Refreshments will be served!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

MON, JAN 4, 2010 at 4:06 AM

A Form Of Paying Attention January 2010


Happy 2010, friends! The new decade is starting off right with three new records on Sub Pop that are sure to be contenders for the next ‘best of the decade’ list. (Check back in 2019 to see why they call me Nostraswainus.) On January 26th we are releasing full-lengths by Beach House, AFCGT, and Retribution Gospel Choir. Beach House’s Teen Dream (LP/CD/MP3) comes packaged with a DVD featuring a video for every song on the record, each by a different director. Also, if you pre-order from you’ll also be getting a copy of a scrapbook that Beach House’s Victoria Legrand is putting together using scanned excerpts from the lyric book she used while writing Teen Dream! Whoa, get it here. AFCGT is the magical combination of Seattle’s very own A Frames and Climax Golden Twins, and their record is available on LP/MP3 only, and it comes with a bonus 7”. The packaging on this album is really pretty incredible, AND labor-intensive to assemble (I’m talking about the vinyl here; the mp3 packaging is… you know). You will get $2 off of this one if you pre-order with us here at And, lastly but not leastly, Retribution Gospel Choir (Alan from Low rock outfit) will be releasing their 2nd full-length on Sub Pop, fittingly enough entitled 2 (CD/LP/MP3), and that one will also be $2 off through release date. Get that one here. All LPs come with download codes, btw, so don’t be afraid.

Hey! Also, as a new thing, the big bosses gave me the go-ahead to give shit away all the time now, so each month I’ll pick one random commenter to win a package of each month’s new releases, courtesy of Sub Pop and Hardly Art. This month I’d like you to tell me, in the comments section, what you were listening to on New Year’s Eve 2009 for a chance to win the new Beach House, AFCGT, and Retribution Gospel Choir albums. Get to it!

And don’t forget to check out the TOUR PAGE to see which of our fine artists is coming to a city near you in 2010! See you in Ferbruruary.

Posted by Lacey Swain

FRI, JAN 8, 2010 at 4:14 AM

Knowing Me, Knowing Bassekou, Ngoni ba


We told you a little bit about Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba and Next Ambiance in this post last year, but I think it’s time for an update and a look ahead to what’s in store for 2010. I Speak Fula was released in Europe in the fall of last year to a pretty incredible response. Among others, Mojo , Uncut and fRoots all had I Speak Fula in their top albums of the year and Bassekou played on, in my humble opinion, the best music television show in the world – Jools Holland (you can watch his performance here and a bonus performance here ).

We’ll be releasing I Speak Fula on CD through Sub Pop/Next Ambiance on February 2nd (it’s available now through Itunes). Bassekou will be spending a considerable amount of time in the US in 2010 with his band Ngoni ba. I haven’t had the chance to see him yet but his live show has the reputation of turning the curious into devoted fans. The first string of dates is part of Bela Fleck’s Africa Project tour. Bassekou was featured in Throw Down Your Heart film, which tells the story of Bela Fleck’s journey to explore the origins of the banjo. The album and the title track were nominated for Grammy’s this year in the Best Contemporary World Music Album and Best Pop Instrumental Performance categories. Bassekou plays on the album and the title track. (Fingers crossed).

Following that tour Bassekou will be taking his band on a headlining tour of the US and hitting various music festivals throughout the spring and summer. There is a list of confirmed dates here . It looks like Bassekou will be playing almost 100 shows in the US this year. Why not check out a show if you can?

Here is an mp3 for the song Musow to give you a taste of what these folks are all about.

You can preorder I Speak Fula here ($2 off before release date)

Posted by Richard Laing

WED, JAN 27, 2010 at 4:55 AM

The Album Leaf + Bassekou Kouyate on February 2nd


Continuing our early 2010 blitz of really very high-quality record releases, on February 2nd we’re offering The Album Leaf’s A Chorus of Storytellers and the first release from Sub Pop/Next Ambiance, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba’s I Speak Fula. If you pre-order these records, wonderful things will happen to you, wonderful things like a bonus Album Leaf CD/Video, or a terrifically low introductory price of $10 for I Speak Fula. So, unless you’re a masochist (which is just sick, btw), let these wonderful things happen to you.

The Album Leaf’s A Chorus of Storytellers here

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba’s I Speak Fula right here

Posted by Sam Sawyer

WED, JAN 20, 2010 at 4:21 AM

Handsome Furs (Travel Nerds) now on


Yesterday the folks at the new announced the launch of a couple of new online video series, and one of those video series focuses on our own Handsome Furs! It’s called Indie Asia: On Tour with Handsome Furs and follows Dan and Alexei from Handsome Furs during their first tour across Asia, through China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand. They took two Flip cams with them on this tour and came up with some super cool stuff. This band is completely based, aesthetically and otherwise, on traveling, on absorbing places and regurgitating them in music, so it’s little surprise that they made such excellent travelogues. You should really take a look!

Available at, a new episode of Indie Asia is slated to appear regularly in the travel section of beginning on Thursday, January 21.

And, you can read the full news release from CNN on this and their new Vice/VBS.TV series as well right here.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, JAN 22, 2010 at 8:31 AM



If you’re in Seattle, come to the Moore Theater on February 11th for an event called, “Defriending Cancer”. The night will be hosted by Todd Barry and there will be other performances by Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker, Natasha Leggero, Eugene Mirman and Tig Notaro. There will also be musical performances by James Mercer from The Shins and Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse.

All of the proceeds from the event will go directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sub Pop supports this organization to honor the memory of Chris Takino, founder of Up Records.

Come and join us. With this lineup you’ll be sure to laugh your asses off and cry like a little baby. See you there!

Tickets go on sale January 23rd at 10 am and you can get them here

Posted by megan jasper