Most of you reading this are probably not aware, but there are a lot of really intense (and mightily appreciated I might add) Album Leaf fans who have chosen to make the band’s logo a permanent part of their physical identity through the ancient art of tattoo. (Check out photos of these fan tattoos over in the band’s MySpace pics)
In an effort to better understand and document this phenomenon, we’ve decided to create a short video. So to that end, we’re asking anyone with said tattoo to do two things!
1) Please film your tattoo and talk about it and post it on youtube with the words “album leaf tattoo” in the title
2) Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the clip and this form filled in.
If your video gets used we’ll send you a signed copy of the new Album Leaf LP along with a poster, sticker, and some other cool as yet to be determined expressions of gratitude. Our deadline for this is February 2nd, which also happens to be the release date for their brand new album, A Chorus of Storytellers. So show us your tat and tell us your story. We’re dying to know!
Video Clearance Form: http://subpop-public.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/doc/6266.pdf
We hope that it comes as no (or even relatively little) surprise that we here at Sub Pop Records are great fans of a few things that are not actually on or directly related to Sub Pop Records. And one of these things that we are great fans of is the Suicide Squeeze record label. The label is both our neighbor and friend and is right now in the midst of an unbelievable Decade Crushing Sale. Read all about it below, but mostly, you should get over there and get you some.
From Suicide Squeeze Records:
After all the party-ending, porch-collapsing celebration, 2009 is history. Dead and gone, and good riddance… Fuck 2009: the hardest year of our past 14 years. What can I say? The raw truth is that if it weren’t for our bands (their fans, and ours) we’d be dead and gone too. Yeah, the collapse of Touch and Go Records—our exclusive national distributor—hit pretty close to home.
As one year of transition and hope becomes another year, stretching into an unknown, yet blindingly exciting future… All you can do is take the deepest of breaths, and hold tight to the things you love the most…
Help us maintain what we love: our family of bands, and the beautifully diverse music they create. And help yourselves, too, to some of this past decade’s great albums and singles… Everything from our most recent release (Russian Circles “Geneva”) to the earliest 7-inches by Modest Mouse and Elliott Smith—massively discounted. Sound to discover, sound to share.
Norway, the excellent first single off the upcoming Beach House album Teen Dream, is this week’s I Tunes Free Single Of The Week! Just head on over to I Tunes and nab yourself a free download. You can also pre-order Teen Dream now and receive a very special scrap book from Beach House’s very own Victoria Legrand. So head on over to I Tunes, get Norway for free and then pre-order the album for even MORE freebies. Good stuff.
We here at Sub Pop Records will let many Tuesdays go by without even hinting at a release—no singles, no digital-only EPs, no nothing. Not this coming Tuesday, however. No, we are carpe-ing some serious diem on January 26th. We’re putting out 3 Sub Pop debut full-lengths from Beach House, AFCGT (A Frames & Climax Golden Twins), and Retribution Gospel Choir. The Beach House CD/2xLP comes with a DVD featuring a video for each song on the album, and if you pre-order, you’ll receive an amazing little scrapbook we compiled from Victoria’s lyric book from writing Teen Dream. That’s limited to the first 500 pre-orderers, BTW. Retribution Gospel Choir and AFCGT are both pleasantly discounted by $2, which is a lot ITTET. The AFCGT s/t record is LP only—on white vinyl, with a bonus seven inch, and a digital download code (all the LPs have a digital download code). If you pre-order any (or all) of these very necessary records, you’ll have access to a stream so you can listen to them before they arrive in your mailbox.
Starting right now and going until January 26th (not at all coincidentally, the day that Teen Dream comes out) NPR will be offering you, through their “First Listen” program, the opportunity to stream, in its entirety, the new Beach House album, Teen Dream!
Additionally, as of yesterday, GorillavsBear will be streaming a new video everyday this week from the Teen Dream bonus DVD. The band picked various directors, (including the director of the Fleet Foxes’videos, Sean Pecknold) to create a video around each song off the album and included them all on the aforementioned Teen Dream bonus DVD. Check out the videos exclusively on GorillavsBear this week and look back to subpop.com on Friday for the free video download of “Silver Soul” directed by none other than Beach House’s own Victoria Legrand!
And, you can pre-order Teen Dream from us here as well.