Avi Buffalo, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Dum Dum Girls, Happy Birthday, Jaill, Male Bonding, and The Ruby Suns will all be heading down to Austin this March for the 2010 South by Southwest music festival/conference/opportunity to eat BBQ.
As you can tell by our snazzy flyer, we will once again be partnering with our good friends Hardly Art on a showcase to, one can only hope, end all showcases.
You should really go.
Sub Pop and Hardly Art SXSW Showcase 2010
Thursday, March 18th
at the Galaxy Room
508 E. 6th Street
As we all know, February is for L-O-V-I-N-G, and that’s why we perfectly timed the following three fantastic records for February release. First up is The Album Leaf’s third full-length for Sub Pop called A Chorus of Storytellers. It’s their best album yet – we LOVE it. Did you know that people LOVEThe Album Leaf so G-D much that they sometimes get related tattoos? They do! And there are a lot of them – it’s a thing. Read about it and see pictures here. Also out the same day is the first release on new Sub Pop imprint Next Ambiance by Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba called I Speak Fula. Malian maestro Bassekou is a virtuoso picker and musical visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music, and this album has already been LOVEDDEEPLY following its European release in late ’09. MOJO named it the #2 World Music album of 2009, and the #27 album overall while Uncut called I Speak Fula “…a contender for African album of the year.” On February 16th, we’re releasing Dear Companion, a collaboration between three Kentucky musicians. The songs were written and performed by Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, produced by and featuring a dude from My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk. Recorded in the first half of 2009 in their home state, Dear Companion explores their ties to the place they LOVE and aims to draw attention to the problem of Mountaintop Removal coal mining (which, they DON’T LOVE) and its impact on the people and heritage of central Appalachia (back to LOVE again; they LOVE these last things).
Also, for a chance to win a package of Sub Pop’s new releases for the month of February make sure to leave a comment down below telling me what you think is the best Sub Pop song for Valentine’s Day. (Last month’s winner is Will Sturgeon. He plays music and lives in LA. Check him out here.)
Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore are fighting Mountaintop Removal, a radical form or strip mining that has destroyed nearly one million acres of central Appalachia, join their fight by purchasing their new record, Dear Companion. Dear Companion is a collaboration between three Kentucky musicians; the songs were written and performed by Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, produced by and featuring Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk. Recorded in the first half of 2009 in their home state, Dear Companion explores their ties to the place they love and aims to draw attention to the problem of Mountaintop Removal coal mining (MTR) and its impact on the people and heritage of central Appalachia. All record royaltie from Dear Companion will benefit Appalachian Voices, an organization devoted to ending MTR and finding a better way forward. And if you pre-order the record by February 16th, you’ll receive it for just $10—you’ll also instantly have access to a stream of the entire record, so you won’t have to wait to listen. We’ll also toss in a couple stickers and a button because of strong feelings for you.
Though it might strain the limits of imagination to even consider the possibility of Sub Pop’s early 2010 release schedule getting any busier or better, we are exceedingly pleased and proud to announce that we’ll be releasing the new CocoRosie album Grey Oceans on May 11th!
For those of you not already well-acquainted with the band, CocoRosie are two American-born sisters, Sierra and Bianca, who started making music together in Paris in 2003. Their first album, La Maison de Mon Rêve, was released in 2004 and their second album, Noah’s Ark, followed in 2005. Their third and most recent album, The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn, came out in 2007. All three of these albums were released worldwide on Touch and Go Records and earned positive critical acclaim both overseas and at home.
The nomadic duo (currently and temporarily residing in New Mexico) spent much of 2008 writing and recording in Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Berlin, New York, and Paris, finding amazing and diverse musicians to collaborate along the way. The result is their 11-song Sub Pop debut, Grey Oceans, due out May 11th, 2010.
R.I.P. Burn Face
The Moon Asked the Crow
Here I Come
At least that’s what the Google translate tool told me that the title of this post should be. Looks like growing up on the border of Mexico and 8 years of Spanish class didn’t work out so good! Anyway, Male Bonding are not only coming over for a bunch of dates with Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, the Soft Pack and SXSW but they’re also going to play the Todd P festival in Monterrey! The line up for the MtyMX Fest is pretty killer! More info here.
Don’t forget your sunblock.
Beach House stopped by AOL last month to record a Spinner Interface session! This is a first for Sub Pop! Not only does the band look extra snazzy but, and perhaps more importantly, they sound fantastic. The session is posted today on the AOL homepage and you can find the entire session at the AOL Spinner Interface page.