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News from 4/2010

THU, APR 1, 2010 at 7:39 AM

I Will Be Listening to Dum Dum Girls


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…

The band is currently in the Top 10 at Insound this week and can also be found in Radio K’s Weekly Release Spotlight. You can read the praise that NY Times, Pitchfork and The Guardian had to give I Will Be or you can just decide for yourself how great this record is by going over to the band’s site and take a listen to the I Will Be album stream that will be featured all weekend long.

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.

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

THU, APR 15, 2010 at 4:28 AM



Record Store Day (RSD) 2010 is this Saturday, April 17th. To get you in the mood we have put together a an embeddable SoundCloud playlist featuring select tracks from the seven different limited edition RSD Sub Pop releases. Be warned, this playlist will only be available until Monday, April 19th! A complete list of releases and in-store performances provided below. Cick here for a list of participating stores.

Sub Pop Record Store Day Playlist
1. The Album Leaf – There Is A Wind (Acoustic)
2. Beach House – The Arrangement
3. CocoRosie – Lemonade
4. Comets on Fire – Dogwood Rust
5. Dum Dum Girls – Pay For Me
6. Happy Birthday – Shampoo
7. Male Bonding – Before It’s Gone
8. Soundgarden – Hunted Down

Here is a full track listing for our limited edition record Store Day releases.

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. (2,750 copies)
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. (2,000 copies)
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. (2,250 copies)
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. (1,750 copies)
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. (4,575 copies)
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. (1,000 copies)
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. (9,200 copies)
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
Steve Turner from Mudhoney DJ set at Everyday Music PDX (Burnside) from 12-2 PM

Posted by Bekah Zietz

WED, APR 14, 2010 at 5:01 AM

Love Music? Support Grammy Foundation & MusiCares

If music impacts your life, consider supporting one of two wonderful charitable organizations: Grammy Foundation or MusiCares.

Sub Pop’s Jen Czeisler is co-captain for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Grammy’s the 2010 Giving Campaign.

Do you know…

… a talented student whose school’s music budget has been cut?
… a music professional who doesn’t have health insurance and is facing eviction?
… a music archive in peril of being lost for lack of preservation funds?

MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation work to solve these issues every day. Now you can help.

Join “Giving 2010,” the first annual GRAMMY Charities Grassroots Giving Campaign — April 1 through May 15.

Make your own donation — no matter what size — to MusiCares and/or the GRAMMY Foundation. Or help raise money from friends who share your love of music.

  • Ask for donations in lieu of birthday gifts.
  • Use your social networks to engage others in the cause.
  • Share your tip jar for the duration of the campaign.


Posted by Harry Dean Hudson

THU, APR 1, 2010 at 7:56 AM



22 years ago today, Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman rented an office space in the Terminal Sales Building and surrendered to their punk rock degenerate ways. They decided to work full time for themselves releasing records that would corrupt young people around the globe. Nice job, you guys!

Posted by megan jasper

WED, APR 14, 2010 at 4:46 AM

Stream on these Beach House songs.


Record Store Day is just around the corner (April 17th) and we here at Sub Pop HQ like to get the celebration going early. So in that spirit, we are offering two tracks from the upcoming Beach House Record Store Day 12" single. The first track is a brand new song exclusive to the upcoming 12" called “The Arrangement” and the second is a free mp3 of the UK radio edit of “Zebra”.

The Arrangement


Track Listing for the Beach House “Zebra” 12" (sp877) out April 17th!
Side One:

1. Zebra (UK Radio Edit)
2. The Arrangement
Side Two:
1. Baby
2. 10 Mile Stereo (Cough Syrup Remix)

In other Beach House news, last week we stumbled upon a clip of the PS22 Children’s Chorus cover of “Zebra” circulating around the web. We loved it so much, we decided we should share it with you! Click here to listen to their rendition of the song.

While you’re at it, check out this totally awesome session that the band recorded while they were in Europe for La Blogotheque. You can check that out here.

Posted by Bekah Zietz

WED, APR 21, 2010 at 4:01 AM

I Blog, You Blog, Bands Blog


Some of our bands are very good at keeping their blogs up to date. No Age and Male Bonding both just updated theirs and they’re both well worth checking out. Male Bonding is one of the many bands/humans stranded in the US due to the volcano. Send them some good vibes as they’ve been on tour for 7 weeks and would probably like to head back to the mother ship sooner than later. Male Bonding blog about being stuck in LA, Record Store Day and show off their new stickers. No Age blog about their travels, also about Record Store Day and they meet Fabio (the cardboard version).

Posted by Susan Busch