For those of you wondering, we contacted all three losers today. If you have not been contacted, you’re a winner. (Which is to say that we have now talked to all three of the winners of the 2010 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. They now know who they are, and we’ll have more info on them here next week!)
Thanks so much to everyone who applied! We thoroughly enjoyed looking through your essays. I don’t know about the rest of the country, but Washington and Oregon got a lotta talent.
Somewhere probably in the top 3 or so reasons why you should buy more stuff from us here at the Sub Pop brand internet concern (the others in the running being “friendliness” and “because we all really want to keep our super cushy, glamorous music industry jobs”) is that we are forever giving away tons of free crap! And, frequently, the stuff we are giving away might not even, in certain circles, under the proper lighting, fall directly under the heading of “crap”!
For instance… Right now (it’s Fri. May 21, 2010), if you pre-order the new Blitzen Trapper album Destroyer of the Void from us before June 8, we will give you, for free and in addition to the album itself (which will cost you), a very attractive and also quite functional beverage “koozie”! This thing is made of some kind of foam, it’s hunter orange, and in a brown ink that from a distance kind of looks maybe like green, says “Blitzen Trapper” right on it in an artful typeface reminiscent of that used on the Destroyer of the Void album cover! There’s more info on all of that right here.
And, it’s FREE!
Another example… Until its May 25th release date, if you pre-order the new David Cross CD/DVD Bigger and Blackerer in the specially (“a little bit lower”) priced CD + DVD combo pack, you will (probably – it’s a while supplies last deal) also get, for free, a signed (by David Cross, no less) copy of the handsomely-printed bio for this release!
Other recent examples of free junk that we’ve given away to people who pre-order records from us (with the associated bands in parentheses)…
- Special posters (CocoRosie!)
- CDRs with tracks not on the album (Avi Buffalo!)
- Cassettes (weird!) with tracks not on the album (Male Bonding!, Dum Dum Girls!)
- Special scrapbook/lyric books (Beach House!)
- Personal “thank you” phone calls from the artist (Eugene Mirman!)
- We’ve also given away DVDs, lenticular postcards, bandannas, 7" singles, and a bunch of other stuff! No doubt you get the picture.
ANDALSO! Sometimes we do contests on the website, where we give away the very same records that we so often attempt to entice you people to buy. Like, for example, in the recent If You Could Ask Davis Cross One Question, What Would It Be? contest we asked you guys to come up with questions for David and then included some of them in Lacey’s interview with him (which, you should read because it’s funny). And, the five people whose questions were chosen each received FORFREE both the Bigger and Blackerer CD and DVD. We are, you are correct in believing, exceedingly nice. Another example: for each of the first few months of this year, until she decided to hang it up, Lacey was giving away copies of all of our releases for each month in her column. Like so:
And, of course, we’re forever giving away free mp3s from the records we put out. Right now, we have free tracks up from upcoming, not even yet released records on the artist pages (under the clever/very obvious, we hope, heading of “Listen”) for…
In celebration of the middle of May, some sunny new photos of the Dum Dum Girls, and a huge overseas tour, we’re giving away two free Dum Dum Girls MP3s. The first, “Bhang, Bhang, I’m a Burnout,” is the second song from their Sub Pop debut, I Will Be, which is purchasable (as always) from your lovely friends here at subpop.com. The second is “Pay for Me,” which was previously only available on their Record Store Daysplit with Male Bonding (please do check out their new record, Nothing Hurts as well).
In addition to providing you with your daily dose of sunny reverb, the Dum Dum Girls are currently embarking on a European tour, which will be followed by an early summer string of West Coast dates with Crocodiles.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for the free MP3s.
In case you missed them, here are the tour dates:
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 – Le Botanique, Brussels 1210
Thursday, May 13, 2010 – Luminaire, London United Kingdom
Friday, May 14, 2010 – Sound Control (UK), Manchester United Kingdom
Saturday, May 15, 2010 – Brudenell Social, Leeds United Kingdom
Sunday, May 16, 2010 – Lancaster Library (UK), Market Square United Kingdom
Monday, May 17, 2010 – Stereo, Glasgow United Kingdom
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 – Whelans, Dublin Ireland
Thursday, May 20, 2010 – Point Ephémère, Paris France
Friday, May 21, 2010 – Molotov, Hamburg Germany
Saturday, May 22, 2010 – West Germany, Berlin Germany
Sunday, May 23, 2010 – Olympic Park (Germany), Munich Germany
Monday, May 24, 2010 – Arena, Vienna Austria
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 – Rocket, Milan Italy (Club Kiss That Night)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – Hana-Bi, Ravenna Italy
Thursday, May 27, 2010 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen Switzerland
Saturday, May 29, 2010 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona Spain
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 – New Parish, Oakland CA w/ Crocodiles
Friday, June 25, 2010 – Hawthorne Theater, Portland OR – w/ Crocodiles
Saturday, June 26, 2010 – High Dive, Seattle WA w/ Crocodiles
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 – Blue Lamp, Sacramento CA w/ Crocodiles
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA w/ Crocodiles
Thursday, July 1, 2010 – Echo, Los Angeles CA – w/ Crocodiles
Friday, July 2, 2010 – Casbah, San Diego CA w/ Crocodiles
Saturday, July 3, 2010 – Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa CA w/ Crocodiles
We have a trio of really awesome new releases available today. CocoRosieGrey Oceans , Male BondingNothing Hurts and the ITunes release of FoalsTotal Life Forever.
Grey Oceans is CocoRosie’s fourth album and debut for Sub Pop. It’s a beautiful, enchanting record with incredible arrangements. Try the lead single Lemonade here , and check out The Tripwire’s post here. The CD and LP have different artwork and you can grab them over here. Here are three trailers featuring music from Grey Oceans
Nothing Hurts , the debut album by London’s Male Bonding, is also out today. We fell for their high-energy-hook-laden numbers a little over a year ago and we are so excited to finally be putting their record out. Drowned in Sound gave the record a 9/10NME an 8/10 and Pitchfork gave a Best New Track nod to Year’s Not Long and did a great little Rising Piece. Try Year’s Not Long here and Franklin here. Also, check out this cool session they did for Radio 1: Year’s Not Long. You can pick up Nothing Hurtshere.
To complete the trio, we have the US Itunes release of FoalsTotal Life Forever. Following on from their 2008 debut Antidotes, Foals have returned with a stunning second record. It’s a real progression from the last one – the tempos are a little slower, often starting sparsely and building to intense crescendos, nowhere more so than on Spanish Sahara. Elsewhere, Two Trees is a subtle delicate track and This Orient and Miami are big pop gems. You can check out 2 tracks on the release page for Total Life Forever here and buy the record on Itunes here. The CD and double LP versions will be available on June 15th. Here are a selection of new Foals videos currently enhancing the internet:
As we shared a few weeks back, Wolf Parade are gearing up to release a brand spanking new record entitled “EXPO 86.” What we had yet to reveal, was that this slay-tastic opus will be hitting the shelves of a record store near you on June 29th. Time to sharpie that on your calendars.
To get you PUMPED up for this release, we unleashed not one but TWO tracks off of their new record via Pitchfork. Click here to stream & download “Ghost Pressure” and “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way).”
While your at it, make sure to take a gander at P4K’s interview with the bands co-leader Spencer Krug.
In case you missed it the first time around, you should also check out the sites interview with Dan Boeckner (Singer/Guitarist), on the inspiration behind the naming of the record. Click here to peep on that.
EXPO 86 Track Listing
01 Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
02 Palm Road
03 What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
04 Little Golden Age
05 In the Direction of the Moon
06 Ghost Pressure
07 Pobody’s Nerfect
08 Two Men in New Tuxedos
09 Oh You, Old Thing
Wolf Parade on the Road:
May 06 Europe Mania Festival (HU), Budapest, Hungary
May 07 Donaufestival, Krems an der Donau, Austria
May 08 Pop Up Festival (DE), Leipzig, Germany
May 09 Matrix (CZ), Prague, Czech Republic
May 11 Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
May 12 Lokomotiv, Bologna, Italy
May 13 Spazio 211, Torino, Italy
May 16 Le Botanique, Brussels, 1210
May 17 Concorde 2, Brighton, United Kingdom
May 18 Borderline, London, United Kingdom
May 19 Oran Mor, Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 20 Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
May 21 Club Academy, Manchester, United Kingdom
May 22 Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 25 Teatar &TD, Zagreb, Croatia
May 26 Menza pri koritu (SL), Lubijana, Slovenia
May 27 Salumeria della Musica (IT), Milan, Italy
May 28 Palace (CH), Gallen, Switzerland
May 29 Bad Bonn, Düdingen, Switzerland
May 31 Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
Jul 08 Le National (QC), Montreal, Canada
Jul 09 Le National (QC), Montreal, Canada
Jul 11 Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME
Jul 12 House of Blues (Boston), Boston, MA
Jul 13 Terminal Five, New York, NY
Jul 15 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Jul 16 Southgate House, Newport, KY
Jul 17 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Jul 18 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Jul 19 Garrick Center, Winnipeg, Canada
Jul 21 Louis’ Pub, Saskatoon, Canada
Jul 22 Republik, Calgary, Canada
Jul 23 Starlight Room, Edmonton, Canada
Jul 25 Vogue Theatre (BC), Vancouver, Canada
Jul 26 Showbox (@ the Market), Seattle, WA
Jul 27 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Jul 29 Catalyst Club Atrium, Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 30 Fox Theater (OAK), Oakland, CA
Jul 31 Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 03 Into the Great Wide Open Festival, Vlieland , Netherlands
Sep 06 Spring & Airbrake, Belfast, United Kingdom
Sep 07 Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Sep 09 Brudenell Social, Leeds, United Kingdom
Sep 10 End of the Road Festival, North Dorset, United Kingdom
Sep 11 Thekla Social, Bristol, United Kingdom
Sep 12 Glee Club (UK), Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sep 13 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Sep 15 The Forum -UK, London, United Kingdom
Sep 27 Lille Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 28 Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway
Sep 29 Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 01 Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland
Destroyer of the Void, the new album from Portland’s Blitzen Trapper, will be out June 8th. It’s a career-highlight album (“…a great American band emerge on album number five.”—Uncut, in the magazine’s recent 4-star lead review) and over the course of the next month or so, we’ve lined up a whole lots of ways for you to come to this same conclusion.
The band’s newly revamped website, BlitzenTrapper.net, now offers a stream of “Dragon’s Song” off the new record as well as a free download of a demo version of “Heaven and Earth.” On BlitzenTrapper.net you’ll also find the latest work of Blitzen Trapper drummer and film auteur Brian Koch, who has created an eerie and awesome video trailer for Destroyer of the Void.
And, thanks to the folks at NPR, there’s no reason to wait until June 8th to hear the whole record! Starting May 31st and ending on June 8th, Destroyer of the Void will be streamed in its entirety as part of NPR’s First Listen.
There is, of course, as usual, STILLMORE! While you will likely have a chance to see the band live in action in a town near you soon (click here for dates), you can also/should also watch them perform “Dragon’s Song” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 17th.
If you are still reading this, your commendable commitment to Blitzen Trapper-related information tells us that you might be interested in the extremely fancy Blitzen Trapper beer/beverage koozy that we are offering exclusively to people who pre-order the album through subpop.com. Maybe Eric Earley will even deliver it, shirtless, as shown in the rotating photo above? (No, he won’t.)