April 17th is, for the third time ever, what we in the biz like to call Record Store Day. Everyone’s all like “oooh it’s like Christmas for record nerds!” and “record store day is my favorite new day of the year!” but the real truth is that Record Store Day just means we can sell you more records, AND, record stores will continue to exist! (Win/win) This year we are releasing limited edition records (the number in parentheses = the total run) by Beach House (2750), The Album Leaf (2000), Happy Birthday (1750), Dum Dum Girls/Male Bonding (2250), Soundgarden (5475), and CocoRosie (1250) as well as a CD (9200) of some of the live performances from our big 20th Anniversary blowout from 2008. You can read more about our RSD offerings and in-stores here and more about RSD in general here.
April 27th is the release date for the highly anticipated Avi Buffalo record called, somewhat mysteriously, Avi Buffalo. If you pre-order Avi Buffalo by April 27th, you will, for free, receive a totally limited CDR featuring four non-album tracks! So don’t delay, after April 27th, they are gone. Our mom-n-pop direct sales guy Dean Whitmore has a fantastic little musical outfit called Unnatural Helpers, and they too are releasing an album on the 27th. Cracked Love and Other Drugs is available from Hardly Art. Get it!
Hey, also, speaking of our anniversary, it was just our anniversary again! This year we turned 22. It’s cool…we’re thinking about getting our own place so we can smoke our dope in private, as well as what we’re going to do with the rest of our lives. And speaking of the rest of our lives, you are currently reading the very last edition of A Form of Paying Attention. You goddamned kids have no attention spans anymore so from May 1 on you will find news bits in place of this wordy, dumb column. It was a good run but it’s time to put ‘er down.
For the first time ever we have a three-way tie for the winners of March’s new releases. Our friends at Yours Truly do awesome video stuff like this, but they had a hard time picking a winner for me. I finally got them to say “the guy who said the Smiths,” but that’s actually two guys, so both Simon Horton and Mike Waalkes are winners of the new Ruby Suns, Golden Triangle, Happy Birthday, and Dum Dum Girls records. Also, I had to pick Bob Ham as a winner as well because I’ve been obsessing about Henry Rollins lately. (Henry, call me!) Congratulations, everyone. To win April’s new releases, including a complete pack of all of our RSD releases, please leave my column an obit in the comments section. See ya!
Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $13,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $6,000, one for $4,000 and one for $3,000. To apply for these scholarships you must be a resident of Washington or Oregon, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for an applicant who is involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way.
To apply for these scholarships we would like you to submit an essay, no longer than one page, letting us know about one or more of the following topics:
What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
How and/or why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?
What are your influences and/or who inspires you?
Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?
Applicants are encouraged to send digital links and provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay. However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above. The deadline for applications is May 15th.
As you know, tomorrow April 27, marks the release Avi Buffalo’s debut, self-titled album, which you can stream in its entirety here through Wednesday (4/28/2010.) Pre-order their new record on this very site (subpop.com) through April 27th, and you will receive a totally limited CDR, featuring four non-album tracks!
As we shared with you on Friday, the band will be playing a series of totally awesome and FREE in-store performances in celebration of this joyous event. Tonight, they’ll be at Fingerprints in the LBC, Tuesday at Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo and Wednesday at Amoeba in San Francisco.
Monday 4/26: Fingerprints, Long Beach, CA @ 7pm
Tuesday 4/27: Boo Boo Records, San Luis Obispo, CA @ 6pm
Wednesday 4/28: Amoeba Records, San Francisco, CA @ 6pm
For those of you not in California, you can tune in and listen to the band live on April 28th at 11:15 AM PST on KALX, and on April 30th at 5:00 PM PST on KXLU.
You can also catch the band when they hit the road this coming July/early August, opening select dates for Modest Mouse and Blitzen Trapper.
Avi Buffalo on the road:
Apr 29 Jensen’s Mainstage (CA), Santa Barbara, CA
May 01 Troubadour, Hollywood, CA (record release show)
May 30 Sasquatch! Festival, Gorge, WA
Jul 01 Royal Oak Theater (MI), Royal Oak, MI *
Jul 02 Royal Oak Theater (MI), Royal Oak, MI *
Jul 03 Summerfest (WI), Milwaukee, WI *
Jul 06 Crossroads, Kansas City, MO *
Jul 08 Twlight Concert Series, Salt Lake City, UT *
Jul 23 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR $
Jul 27 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN $
Jul 28 Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI $
Jul 30 Pier 17 / South Street Seaport (NY), New York, NY ^
Aug 04 Majestic Theater (MI), Detroit, MI $
Aug 05 Vogue, The, Indianapolis, IN $
Sep 04 All Tomorrows Parties – NY, Monticello, NY
Sub Pop’s very own Handsome Furs were nominated for a Juno Award (Best Alternative Album for their really very excellent 2009 release FACECONTROL). The ceremonies were held in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
After traveling for over 20 hours from Seattle I landed in St. John’s at 4:00 AM on Thursday. I didn’t really know what to expect. When I hopped in cab and heard that the driver had a crazy Irish / Canadian accent I knew that St. John’s was rad. The bars are open until 4:30 AM and you can smoke in taxi cabs (let’s also not forget about dill pickle potato chips and Smarties – the chocolates).
Dan and Alexei were due to get into town on Thursday night. Unfortunately, there was a blizzard and then the fog rolled in. Apparently April is the foggy season and once it rolls in it stays for days. They ended up stranded in Halifax (with two attempted landings in St. John’s) for 32 hours, along with every other person that was headed to the Junos. We had to cancel their Friday night show. They finally arrived early in the morning on Saturday.
Saturday night was the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards. Metric ended up going home with Best Alternative Album (along with a few others) but gave Handsome Furs a shout out first thing during their acceptance speech. After the awards Handsome Furs decided to play a last minute show (thanks to Amy Milan and Land of Talk) at The Ship. The show was amazing and the new songs sound effing awesome. After the show we pretty much ate every type of potato chip (dill pickle, ketchup, etc) that Canada has to offer and watched Much Music.
Sunday night was the filmed awards ceremony where Bieber Fever was in full effect. Dan and Alexei walked the red carpet and looked amazing. Hundreds of girls were lined up screaming and crying for Justin Bieber which was hilarious and cute.
After the ceremony we were at dinner when rumors started to spread that the ash from the volcano was making its way to St. John’s and all AM flights were canceled on Monday. I checked my flight, and sure enough, it was canceled. We went back to the hotel and spent over two hours on the phone with Air Canada trying to book other flights. We got through and rescheduled our flights for later in the morning, took a three hour nap, and headed to the airport.
On our way to the airport our cab driver was pretty much laughing at us for trying to get out of St. John’s. The ash hadn’t hit yet but the fog never lifted. We checked in and were sitting at our gate when we heard our plane coming from Halifax circling over head (not a good sign). By that time our flight should have already left (and I was going on an airport tour of Canada and had other flights to catch like St. John’s – Halifax, Halifax – Montreal, Montreal – Vancouver, Vancouver – Seattle). Then the fire alarm randomly started going off and we started to evacuate right when Air Canada told us that our plane could not land and our flight was canceled.
If there is one thing that brings people together it is getting stuck in shitty situations. The three of us teamed up and split up – Dan to talk to an Air Canada agent even though they told us several times that they wouldn’t rebook us and that we had to call, Alexei talking to other airlines, and myself on hold with Air Canada once again. The soonest Air Canada could get us out of St. John’s now was on Friday (5 days later than our original departure date). We decided to try to fly standby on the next flight out of St. John’s and all three of us somehow got on it. I’m pretty sure my good luck for the year has been used up.
Even though Dan and Lex spent more time in airports than in St. John’s I think they’d do it again (I hope so?). I know I would.
Fun facts—there are polar bears in Newfoundland and Labrador. The bears get there via a floating iceberg. Newfoundland and Labrador only joined Canada in 1949 (the locals told us they voted 51% for Canada and 49% for the states to remain an independent dominion of the British empire). Newfoundland is the most eastern part of North America.
Sure, we are (as usual) pretty pleased with ourselves about this week’s release of the Dum Dum Girls ’ LP I Will Be. They’re a great band and this is a fantastic record. It’s hard to be humble when you can take largely undeserved credit for some of this excitement that is brewing…
Furthermore, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to remind you of Dum Dum Girls’ Record Store Day split 7 inch with Male Bonding that will be available on, you guessed it, Record Store Day, April 17th, the very same day that DDG will be performing at Origami in LA at 2pm. If you’re not in LA on the 17th you can still try to catch them on one of their tour dates, which are rather usefully listed here.
So there you have it. Dum Dum Girls and their new album I Will Be: you should totally buy it.