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News from 8/2010

TUE, AUG 3, 2010 at 9:24 AM

The Vaselines Free MP3 download and Sex with an X pre-order Announced!


After a long, long sabbatical, The Vaselines are back with a brand new and rather remarkable record called Sex with an X. If you are among the first 200 people to pre-order Sex with an X by September 14th, you’ll receive a bonus 7" featuring “White Chapel” b/w “Picked a Cherry”, demos both recorded by Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub)—the latter not available on the new record.

PLEASE NOTE! You will only receive the “White Chapel” free 7" single with purchase of the Sex with an X FULL-LENGTH ALBUM (which comes out on Sept. 14, 2010)! You will not receive a free copy of the “White Chapel” 7" single with purchase of the Sex with an X 7" single (which comes out on August 24, 2010)!

In honor of this joyous event, we are giving away the title track of their upcoming record Sex with an X. Plus, and because we fancy ourselves sharers, here is a delightful video from Frances and Eugene that delves into the band’s inspiration for the song. And the giving just does not stop! In case you missed it when we first posted it, here is a sneak peak into the lives of The Vaselines.

And The Vaselines have still more going on between now and September 14th! The song Sex with an X will be available as a 7" single (b/w “Roaster”) on August 24th. There is also a new Vaselines t-shirt featuring art from the liner notes of that first Vaselines compilation we released back in ’92, The Way of the Vaselines (in 2009 we released a deluxed-up reissue of that compilation entitled Enter The Vaselines).

Oh, also, this October they’ll be touring the US for the first time.

We’ve all waited a long time, but The Vaselines are back.

Pre-order Sex with an X, the new single, the shirt, and download free Vaselines tracks right here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

WED, AUG 11, 2010 at 7:32 AM

So You Think You Can WTF?!?


In news of the weird, the still ultimate Postal Service song “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” will be featured in one of the final solo performances on tonight’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance! Set your Tivos, gang, this promises to be pretty sweet.

Posted by tony kiewel

MON, AUG 2, 2010 at 3:38 AM

11/100 - Patent Pending Retrospective: Opens Thurs. Aug. 5th in Seattle!


Dear Lucky Seattle-ites:

Our beloved and preternaturally talented art director Jeff Kleinsmith and his equally highly-regarded and gifted partner (and a former art director here at Sub Pop) Jesse LeDoux are putting on an 11-year retrospective poster show which opens this Thursday in Seattle. Together, Jeff and Jesse make up Patent Pending Industries and this 11/100 show will assuredly be great. See you there!

11/100 Public Opening:
August 5, 2010: 5 PM – 10 PM
Design Commission
310 S. Washington St.
Seattle, WA 98104

More info:

Jeff Kleinsmith and Jesse LeDoux decided to start making screen-printed rock posters together 11 years ago while working together in the art department at Sub Pop Records. They named their endeavor Patent Pending and used it as a creative outlet and experimental conduit.

As world events have shown, a lot has happened in the past 11 years. The quick version is: They made some posters. Some magazines wrote some articles about them. They opened a screen-printing shop. They did a couple more posters. They attended some Flatstock poster festivals. They taught some classes on poster design. Jesse moved to Rhode Island and opened up Patent Pending East. Jeff started doing some movie posters. Jesse moved the Patent Pending East office to Japan (Patent Pending FAR East?). They did some more posters. They closed the screen-printing shop. Got a couple more Flatstocks under their belt. Broke out of their white paper rut and did a poster on stainless steel (but still did a version on white paper). Jesse moved back to Seattle. They did a few more posters. The long version includes running from creditors due to fraudulent pizza and porn transactions on the company card, trying to hide a 1000-lb paper cutter, run-ins with meth-heads, and a couple major motion picture cameos.

WHICH BRINGS US TO NOW (or this Thursday, to be exact), when Patent Pending will have a retrospective poster show at the Design Commission Gallery in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Digging deep into the archives, this will be the first time their 11-year body of influential poster work will be seen in its (near) entirety.

11/100 Public Opening:
August 5, 2010: 5 PM – 10 PM
Design Commission
310 S. Washington St.
Seattle, WA 98104

Posted by Chris Jacobs