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News from 5/2010

TUE, MAY 11, 2010 at 4:55 AM

11th Heaventh

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We have a trio of really awesome new releases available today. CocoRosie Grey Oceans , Male Bonding Nothing Hurts and the ITunes release of Foals Total 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

Smokey Taboo
Trinity’s Crying
The Moon Asked The Crow

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 9/10 NME 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 Hurts here.

To complete the trio, we have the US Itunes release of Foals Total 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:

Spanish Sahara
This Orient
This Orient Live on BBC Radio 1
Spanish Sahara Live on French TV

Finally, we have a new 15 track FREE Sampler up on Amazon starting today: Digital Bang. If you are in the US, you can go ahead and grab it here

If you are outside the US, you can listen on the Soundcloud here.


Posted by Richard Laing

FRI, MAY 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM

LOSER SCHOLARSHIP

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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.


Posted by Sasha Morgan

FRI, MAY 21, 2010 at 8:03 AM

So much, so free

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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.

AND ALSO! 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 FOR FREE 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 A Form of Paying Attention column. Like so:

January
February
March
April

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…

David Cross
Blitzen Trapper
Wolf Parade
and streams of two tracks from Foals

And, we’re giving away free tracks from very recent and very excellent releases by such wonderfully talented, pleasant-smelling artists as…

Male Bonding
CocoRosie
Avi Buffalo
Dum Dum Girls
Happy Birthday
and The Ruby Suns

So much, so free! For you!


Posted by Chris Jacobs

WED, MAY 12, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Download Two Dum Dum Girls MP3s

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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 Day split 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


Posted by Harry Dean Hudson

MON, MAY 3, 2010 at 2:15 AM

Download 2 new Wolf Parade songs!

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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
10 Yulia
11 Cave-o-Sapien

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


Posted by Bekah Zietz

THU, MAY 6, 2010 at 6:00 AM

That’s What She Said–An Interview With David Cross

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We recently held a contest to find out what kind of info you guys wanted to know about David Cross, and all we got were a lot of questions wanting to know shit about why he’s such a dick or about his relationship with Amber Tamblyn. You know, the thing is, David and I have had some really great times together, as you can see from our photos. Also, he’s a really great, sweet guy who cares a lot about animals, presidents, and how condescending Whole Foods is. I had the opportunity, while David and I were at Medieval Times in Schaumberg, Illinois (holler!), to kick back over a bowl of Dragon’s Blood (aka tomato) soup and find out just who he really is. Let’s meet David!

LS: David, first off I’m going to ask you some fan questions that were submitted. Later on I will ask you my own, but here’s what the fans want to know:

Q: My 7-year-old loves to read the jokes from the back of Highlights Magazine and “tell” them back to me. Is this the path most professionals follow to become comedians?

DC: If by most you mean at least slightly more than 50 % then, yes. The rest of us started by stealing material from the kids who memorized the stuff from Highlights. P.S. They still make that thing? I remember reading that when I was at the medicare office waiting room with the other poor, white trash kids. And I’m an oldie! [Goofus and Gallant taught me all my manners. –ed]

Q: Do your parents like your jokes?

DC: My mom does yeah. Well to be more precise I’m not sure about the jokes per-se but she thinks that the fact that I’m a successful comic is “neat”. [It is neat! –ed]

Q: Who inspires you? What are you listening to alot of lately on your IPod?

DC: I am inspired by my friends and girlfriend more than any specific person. Although right now I’ve been watching Shameless (a British show) on dvd, catching up on it and I find it very inspiring. As a tv show. As art. I can’t wait to see how they fuck up the American version. Should be painful. I am listening to Dum Dum Girls (right now as I type this) old Goldie, still listening to Blueprint 3, Avi Buffalo, and when I’m walking home buzzed from the Pub I’ll listen to some old mod stuff — The Jam, Buzzcocks, Fall type stuff from my teenage years. I figure since I’m in London now…Oh! And this really great Nick Cave bootleg I got at the Portobello Market. That too.

Q: What’s the story behind douche chill?

DC: If I remember correctly one of the writers brought that up in the writers room as a commonly used phrase and every other person was like, “what the fuck are you talking about? I’ve never heard that” and everyone made fun of him. I am completely wrong about that though. [OK then! -ed]

Q: Do you and Bob still get along? And if not, why?

DC: Yeah! We’re very good friends. Apart from the thing with getting him banned from the Arclight Cinema for life we’re cool. [This is probably a really, really good story. –ed]

LS: Okay, well those questions were just great—thanks, readers! Now, David, I have a few things I want to know about you, so listen up. What’s your daily routine when you’re not working? Do you hang out at your house mostly or do you go out a bunch? Are you a breakfast eater?

DC: If I’m in NY I go out quite a bit. Part of that is having a dog, but even before I did I would just wake up, have a cup of coffee, check my email, scan the news, and then just head out on foot or bike with no real plan. It’s one of the best things about NY. And you invariably end up doing or experiencing something fun. If I’m in LA I mope around the area I’m in usually wishing I was back east. Now that there is a Trader Joe’s in the area (in NY) there is literally nothing better about being in LA. I’m annoying like that.

LS: I’ve read that you attended a performing arts high school—what was that like?

DC: It was a life-saver. And I mean that literally. I probably would’ve dropped out of high school and headed to NY and who knows what kind of trouble I would’ve gotten in then. I often credit moving from the suburbs to the city and going from my awful upper middle-class, Baptist, white jock-centric high school (Crestwood High) to this cool, very diverse in every sense school where P.E. was replaced by theater movement and shit like that with, perhaps, saving my life.

LS: Were you fairly popular?

DC: Somewhat. I think people knew who I was because I was a smart-ass but I wouldn’t say I was all that popular. [Notorious D.I.C. –ed.]

LS: Do you think you would’ve been a wildly different person if you had just gone to a regular school?

DC: I think I would have done things more out of anger and desperation and that sometimes isn’t the best motivation for doing things. I probably would have acted out in increasingly self-harmful ways. [That just kinda happened naturally in your adult life, right? –ed]

LS: Did you do drugs in high school?

DC: Not a lot but I would get high if anything. I started getting high at about 13. Occasionally drink but mostly weed. Not that much though. I was so bored it made life slightly more interesting. [God, tell me about it. –ed.] I didn’t try acid or mushrooms until college. And then I tried a LOT of acid and mushrooms.

LS: What are some hobbies of yours? Do you go to the gym?

DC: When I’m in LA I make myself go to the gym because I wouldn’t get much exercise outside of the occasional hike if I didn’t. In NY I walk or bike for miles a day. Every day. Are you equating going to the gym with a hobby? What a shitty hobby! [I’m fat, so I just assume it must be a hobby because why the hell else would you do it? Well, I guess to not be fat, but you know what I mean. –ed] I collect baseball cards sort of. In a rich persons way where I just buy them and put the cool ones up on my “baseball card shelf” in my office. I’m not a hardcore completest. What else? I like going to the different Scientology Centers at each city I go to. [Have you been to the one in Seattle? It’s a weird spot off Aurora, next to all the hookers. –ed.] And I like Scrapbooking the life of Anita Fargimount of Cedar Point, IL. [You are making that up. –ed]

LS: I have a list of some things here that are generally regarded as being funny. Please tell me if you find these things funny. Number one is Shreds

DC: FUCK YEAH! [Yeah, right? I mean no one could not like this. =ed]

LS: Number two is Drunk History

DC: Yes please! [Also, the best other thing on the internet. Are you in one? You should be. -ed]

LS: Numero tres is Lolcats

DC: No thank you. [I think it’s a lady thing. And also an effeminate man thing. –ed]

LS: Four time’s a charm with Fail blog

DC: Sure, why not? [I only like the photos, not the videos. –ed]

LS: We’re almost done, and I think this could go either way, how do you feel about Daniel Tosh?

DC: Yes, I like him and the show. He’s kinda the perfect host for it. [Really?! I am pleasantly surprised by your response! I saw him once a loooong time ago. He opened for Dave Chappelle at some comedy club in Austin. I think the logo is shaped like a chili pepper on wheels. This was in 1998 or so. –ed]

LS: And finally, my favorite show and yours…America’s Funniest Home Videos!

DC: Ummmmmm…… [You obviously are not smoking that much pot these days. –ed]

Thanks for your time, David. I have so much more that I want to know now, so maybe we can do a round two at the Scientology Center next time you are in town. OH SHIT! I almost forgot! Be sure to pick up David’s new album and DVD Bigger and Blackerer out May 25th!


Posted by Lacey Swain