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News from 3/2010

TUE, MAR 9, 2010 at 2:39 AM

APRIL 17, 2010 IS RECORD STORE DAY!

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IN HONOR OF THIS SPECIAL DAY, SUB POP RECORDS WILL RELEASE A MARVELOUS RANGE OF MUSIC PRODUCTS, AVAILABLE ONLY IN PARTICIPATING RECORD STORES

Record Store Day In-Store Performances by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, No Age, Male Bonding & Dum Dum Girls

Originally conceived in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally, the first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Now celebrated the third Saturday every April, it’s the one day each year that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists and labels to celebrate the art of music. We at Sub Pop Records have put together a whole raft of releases (seven in all!) to help entice people into record stores to enjoy the many pleasures offered there. Each destined for future collector’s item status, the Sub Pop Record Store Day 2010 series of releases is sure to appeal to the minor OCD tendencies of every true music enthusiast. To find a participating store, go here.

FOR: RECORD STORE DAY 2010
FROM: SUB POP, WITH LOVE

Beach House “Zebra” 12” (sp877)
The “Zebra” 12” features 2 new tracks (“The Arrangement” and “Baby”) and 2 alternate takes on songs from the popular 2010 Teen Dream album (a UK radio edit of “Zebra” and the Cough Syrup remix of “10 Mile Stereo”). Available now: Beach House’s Teen Dream SP845, CD+DVD/2xLP+DVD.
Side One:
1. Zebra (UK Radio Edit)
2. The Arrangement
Side Two:
1. Baby
2. 10 Mile Stereo (Cough Syrup Remix)

The Album Leaf “There Is a Wind” 12” (sp878)
The “There Is a Wind” 12” features 2 new tracks (“Landing in Snow” and “Resonations”) and 2 alternate takes on songs from the popular 2010 A Chorus of Storytellers album (an acoustic version of “There Is a Wind” and the Jamuel Saxon sunburnt remix of “Falling from the Sun”). Also available now: The Album Leaf’s A Chorus of Storytellers SP805, CD/2xLP.
Side One:
1. There Is a Wind (acoustic)
2. Landing in Snow
Side Two:
1. Resonations
2. Falling from the Sun (Jamuel Saxon sunburnt remix)

Dum Dum Girls / Male Bonding 7” (sp876)
Two brand-new and exclusive tracks for Record Store Day 2010, one each from LA’s Dum Dum Girls and London’s Male Bonding. Both bands have debut albums out this spring on Sub Pop. Also available now: Dum Dum Girls’ I Will Be SP840, CD/LP. Available May 11th: Male Bonding’s Nothing Hurts SP854, CD/LP
Side A: Dum Dum Girls “Pay for Me”
Side AA: Male Bonding “Before It’s Gone”

Happy Birthday 7” (sp874)
Two brand-new and exclusive tracks for Record Store Day 2010 from Kyle “King Tuff” Thomas’ Happy Birthday. Both of these tracks, like those of Happy Birthday’s self-titled March 2010 debut album, were recorded and mixed at Kyle’s home studio. Available March 16th: Happy Birthday’s Happy Birthday SP850 CD/LP.
Side A: “Shampoo”
Side B: “Alien”

Soundgarden “Hunted Down” 7” Reissue (sp12a)
This reissue of a Sub Pop classic was arranged specially for Record Store Day. “Hunted Down” was released in June 1987 as the band’s first single and was later available on Screaming Life. This single is pressed on translucent orange vinyl. The original, now a Soundgarden collector’s item, was pressed on blue vinyl.
Side A: “Hunted Down”
Side B: “Nothing to Say”

CocoRosie “Lemonade" 7” (sp884)
The A-side to this limited-edition single is an edit of one of the stand-out tracks from the new CocoRosie album Grey Oceans and the B-side is the band’s cover of the Beach Boys’ classic “Surfer Girl.” Grey Oceans, CocoRosie’s Sub Pop debut (and fourth full-length album overall) will be released on May 11, 2010. Watch a ““Smokey Taboo” trailer from Grey Oceans.
Side A: “Lemonade”
Side B: “Surfer Girl”

SP20: Casual Nostalgia Fest CD (sp879)
We at Sub Pop Records celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2008 with, among other things, a 2-day music festival July 12th and 13th at Marymoor Park, somewhat unimaginatively called SP20. We’ve collected here some of our favorite performances from the SP20 festival. Sub Pop will be donating all of the profits from the sale of this CD to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

1. Green River: “Leech”
2. Wolf Parade: “Fine Young Cannibals”
3. The Vaselines: “Dying for It”
4. Obits: “Run”
5. Les Thugs: “Dirty White Race”
6. Eric’s Trip: “Smother”
7. Beachwood Sparks: “You Take the Gold”
8. Blitzen Trapper: “Furr”
9. Flight of the Conchords: “Carol Brown”
10. Iron & Wine: “Woman King”
11. Constantines: “Why I Didn’t Like August ‘93”
12. Seaweed “Baggage”
13. Grand Archives: “Dig That Crazy Grave”
14. Low: “Silver Rider”
15. The Helio Sequence: “Lately”
16. Kinski: “The Wives of Artie Shaw”
17. Pissed Jeans: “Caught Licking Leather”
18. Mudhoney: “The Open Mind”
19. Comets on Fire: “Dogwood Rust”

In-Store Performances
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Waterloo Records in Austin
Male Bonding & Dum Dum Girls at Origami Records in Los Angeles
No Age at Sweat Records in Miami
Obits at Generation Records in New York CANCELEDSORRY!


Posted by Kate Jackson

TUE, MAR 30, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Foals Total Life Forever out on Sub Pop

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Sub Pop Records to release Foals’ album Total Life Forever in the US

In April of 2008, we at Sub Pop Records had the good fortune to release the US version of Antidotes, the debut album by Oxford, UK quintet Foals. Antidotes was a special album. In the idiot clamor of retro guitars, its keen sense of dare and future marked Foals out as a band intent on establishing their own context: hurtling along on incessant, acrobatic fret-play and cymbals hissing with the bliss of exertion. It won them attention, and the chance to evolve in a space of their own. Two years on from that impressive introduction, a choice has been made–-rather than contort Antidotes’ lithesome guitars into ever more elaborate patterns, Total Life Forever is the sound of a band settling into and surveying the decay of old protocols. With this new album, Foals strip their sound back and turn themselves inside out searching for that invisible human thing.

“I feel like I’m wearing less masks with my lyrics now,” offers 23-year-old frontman and guitarist Yannis Philippakis. “Before I felt secure behind cryptic images—I liked stuff that didn’t show me to myself, but on this record I tried to express things with more truth.”

The result is an album as persuasive emotionally as Antidotes was physically. Whereas that album constantly reinforced its own presence by filling the air with yelping and polyrhythm, tracks on Total Life Forever such as disarming opener “Blue Blood,” “2 Trees” and the astonishing “Black Gold” are happier to leave gaps for the listener to explore in mind’s ear and eye.

Written primarily in the basement of their Oxford HQ (“The House of Supreme Mathematics”) and recorded in Gothenburg with former Clor man Luke Smith, Total Life Forever finds Foals singing rather than shouting, emotional as well as functional. The band’s soul-search reveals new antidotes found in infinite, internal spaces rather than carved violently upon the air–-Total Life Forever feels more the work of artists than artisans. It’s a triumph that they’ve managed to remain a band of progress and propulsion while investigating that vast, dark space lurking inside themselves-–that gap between ribs where “nature, or god or whatever you wanna call it, will come in.”

Total Life Forever will be available in the US digitally on May 11th, 2010, and on CD and double-LP June 15, 2010.


Posted by Kate Jackson

WED, MAR 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM

The west coast premiere of Heaven, Low’s collaboration with choreographer Morgan Thorson is happening April 1-4 in Seattle!

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Our very close, personal friends in the, let’s be honest, breathtaking band Low have collaborated with the choreographer Morgan Thorson on a dance/music performance called Heaven, which will be presented at On the Boards here in Seattle April 1-4. You can find out more and buy tickets here and the full details are covered below in the press release from the folks at On the Boards. This thing sounds incredibly cool and we’d all be silly to miss it.

Plus! Both Low and the dancers from Heaven will be live on KEXP on Tuesday, March 30th at 3:00 pm, doing a combination of Low’s music and original compositions from the performance.

Relatedly, and shortly after all of this happens, Alan from Low’s other band Retribution Gospel Choir will be playing here in Seattle, at the Crocodile as part of their first west coast tour since the January release of their Sub Pop debut album 2. That show happens on Wednesday, April 7th. The reliably incredible Kinski will be opening that show!

And! On that same April 7th, at noon, Retribution Gospel Choir will be performing live on KEXP!

To recap (in convenient chronological order):

March 30th: Low and dancers from Heaven live on KEXP at 3pm!
April 1-4: Heaven at On the Boards!
April 7th: Retribution Gospel Choir live on KEXP at 3pm!
April 7th: Retribution Gospel Choir plays at the Crocodile with Kinski!

Here’s the full press release from On the Boards about Heaven:

Rising star choreographer Morgan Thorson teams with cult-favorite indie band Low in west coast premiere of Heaven
Morgan Thorson | Low
Heaven
Thu – Sun | Apr 1 – 4 | 8pm | $24

(Seattle) – On the Boards (OtB) is pleased to present the west coast premiere of Heaven from choreographer Morgan Thorson and indie band Low (Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker). In this new work Thorson and her collaborators create a synthesis of music and dance in which the musicians participate in the movement and the dancers contribute to the soundscape of lush choral arrangements and minimalist instrumentation.

Exploring the emotional and physical manifestations of ecstasy, Heaven borrows from multiple faiths to find inspiration for the movement and soundtrack. Thorson’s style, which draws from Skinner Releasing Technique, is also highly influenced here by poses and movements drawn from religious rituals. Equal prominence is given to the soundtrack by Sparhawk and Parker by incorporating the musicians into both the stage and the movement. Additionally, the dancers become part of the soundtrack as they sing solos and group works inspired by shape note singing alongside the members of Low.

After seeing Heaven, artistic director Lane Czaplinski commented on the unique combination of music and dance:
“Live music in a dance performance is rare. Music fully integrated into the creative process as well as the live performance is even rarer. In this case Morgan and Alan [choreographer and composer] both have a curiosity about faith and were able to pursue this question together. Watching it felt like a kind of updated Grotowski-like song cycle.”

The west coast premiere of the production comes after a national tour that included stops at the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), PS122 (NYC), DiverseWorks Art Space (Houston) and Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts.

Morgan Thorson, originally from Connecticut and NYC, has created dance and performance in Minneapolis since 1994. Her work ranges from outdoor performance and site specific choreography to ensemble/solo improvisation and fully choreographed productions. In 2007 she toured Faker, a performance inspired by the movement and cult phenomena of Elvis, to venues such as PS 122, Institute for Contemporary Art (Boston) and the Walker Art Center’s Momentum Series at The Southern Theater. Minneapolis’ City Pages deemed her Best Choreographer in 2008.

Low is a Duluth-based band led by Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Rogers, with Steve Garrington. Their first album, I Could Live in Hope, was released in 1994 and inspired the creation of the genre “slowcore” style of music, so named because of the contrast of Low’s minimalist soundscapes against the era’s more predominant grunge sound. The band has released 12 albums since then, including a Christmas album (Low Christmas). Their tours have taken them around the world and placed them in shared bills with bands such as Radiohead and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. They have also started multiple side projects, including Retribution Gospel Choir, who will play in Seattle at the Crocodile shortly after the end of Heaven’s run.

Tickets for Morgan Thorson | Low
Heaven
General Admission $24 | Under 25 & opening night RUSH discounts available

On the Boards Box Office
206.217.9888 | ontheboards.org | 100 West Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98119

(The photos here are all by Cameron Wittig.)


Posted by Chris Jacobs

TUE, MAR 23, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Helping Out, One Show at a Time

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Each month our superstar radio station KEXP does a live remote show that benefits a local charity. This month the show will benefit the Artist Trust, an organization that has distributed over seven million dollars in grants, resources and career training to thousands of our state’s most promising and interesting musicians, writers, performers, and artists working across all disciplines since 1986. Also, as an added li’l bonus, Little Cuts, starring one Mr. Dave Hernandez of the Shins, are playing. The show is April 3rd at the Sunset in Ballard. Get more info HERE.


Posted by Lacey Swain

TUE, MAR 2, 2010 at 3:44 AM

A Form of Paying Attention March 2010

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Happy March, y’all! I am so glad to be done with February. It seems like such a bogus month what with its handful of days. I like a month with all 31 days. A month that knows it could stop at 30, but spits in the face of slowing down. Also, when there are lots of days in a month we can release more records more of the time. For instance, March 2 we release Fight Softly by The Ruby Suns on CD/CP, and the little buddies next door, aka Hardly Art, release Double Jointer by those crazy Brooklynites Golden Triangle. Both are neat. If you pre-order Fight Softly by March 2nd, you’ll get $2 off the CD or LP! Get them here and here.

Mid-March sees the release of the self-titled album by Happy Birthday which is the new band from Kyle of King Tuff and Witch, etc. Pre-order this bad boy and you get $2 off the CD or LP + probably a sticker + for sure a newsprint poster! This record is one of my faves and I’m very excited to see them play at SXSW this year, which brings me to my next point: we’re doing a SXSW showcase with Hardly Art on March 18th at the Galaxy Room and you should certainly stop by if you happen to be in town. Check out more here. Also, we’re putting out a 7” by King Khan and Pat Meteor on the 16th. Get that guy here.

March 30th is two things—one, it is the day before my soul-crushing 35th birthday, and two, it’s the release of the long player (CD/LP) from Dum Dum Girls called I Will Be. Pre-order this record by March 30th and get a five-song CDR of the first Dum Dum Girls release on Zoo Music Records, owned by Dee Dee and her old man. (Husband old man, not dad old man.) While you’re at it you should grab the new Unnatural Helpers 7” for their killer summer jam track called “Sunshine/Pretty Girls” out on Hardly Art—it’s good for beer drinking and dancing.

The winner for last month’s prize of new releases is Erick Roff of Seattle and it was chosen by our pal Nick Heliotis over at Hardly Art, purveyors of music also. Please stop by Hardly Art’s webspace and look around. *To win this month’s new releases please tell me, in the comments section, what song you would use in place of the ol’ happy birthday standard when/if I were to outlaw it.


Posted by Lacey Swain

WED, MAR 24, 2010 at 5:20 AM

Back in Blackerer, it’s David Cross!

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We at Sub Pop Records are incredibly proud to announce that on May 25th, we will be releasing the first new comedy album from David Cross in 6 years! On this same day, and with an equally heapin’ helpin’ of self-congratulatory hoo-ha, we will also be releasing the first new David Cross DVD in nearly 7 years! And, maybe a little confusingly, they are both entitled Bigger and Blackerer! Less confusingly, they are both totally fucking awesome.

Details are like so…

The new David Cross album and DVD Bigger and Blackerer was taped during two shows, back-to-back on the same evening at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre. As will be obvious by the packaging (and maybe some of the words here), this title applies to both a CD and a DVD; separate releases in separate formats with the same name. Though both media are housed on a shiny, silver five-inch disc, each is an entity unto itself. And while there is some overlap, each is full of material that appears solely on one or the other. Only by watching the DVD will you learn of Cross’ unique relationship with the deaf community, share his canny insights into the editorial machinations behind the Bible, and marvel at how well a bald, middle-aged white guy can fill out a pair of jeans. Yet one must listen to the CD in order to hear about gastro-intestinal misadventures with his dog Ollie Red Sox, or sing along with “The Sultan’s Revenge,” the swinging, Vegas-style opening number composed by Cross and his good friend Mark Rivers (author of the theme to Mr. Show).

During his illustrious career, David Cross has played recurring roles on the TV programs Arrested Development and The Colbert Report, and won an Emmy Award for his contributions to The Ben Stiller Show. He has also starred in such films as Waiting for Guffman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the Bob Dylan fantasy I’m Not There (in which he portrayed Allen Ginsberg), and Kung Fu Panda. Bigger and Blackerer is both David Cross’ third album and second DVD on Sub Pop Records, preceded by the albums It’s Not Funny and Shut Up, You Fucking Baby! (2002), and the 2003 DVD tour documentary Let America Laugh. He is currently living in exile in the UK, working on the show The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (to be broadcast on IFC in the USA this fall).


Posted by Alissa Gallivan