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News from 11/2010

MON, NOV 8, 2010 at 3:38 AM

THE TWILIGHT SINGERS RETURN WITH THEIR FIRST NEW ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS: DYNAMITE STEPS

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Considering the success and critical mass Greg Dulli has enjoyed over the past two years with The Gutter Twins (with his long-time friend Mark Lanegan), it’s almost hard to believe that there hasn’t been a new album from his band The Twilight Singers since the 2006 release of Powder Burns. Finally, that wait is almost over.

Sub Pop Records will release Dynamite Steps, The Twilight Singers’ fifth album, on February 15th, 2011 worldwide. While long-time Twilight Singers and now Gutter Twins fans will certainly find what they’re looking for with this release, Dynamite Steps goes further with its ambition, both sonically and confessionally, than ever before.

The album explores the thin line between life and death, mortality and immortality, resignation and celebration—that mythical moment when your life flashes before your eyes, drawn out here over the course of eleven songs.

Clearly the next chapter in an already long and stellar career for Dulli, Dynamite Steps reaches a whole new level of catharsis and progression, evocatively cramming all the highs and lows of the maverick singer-songwriter’s past half-decade into unexpected sonic trapdoors. The opening track “Last Night in Town” encapsulates that vibe, setting the stage for the emotional thrill ride that’s about to come over the rest of the album.

Dynamite Steps was “shot on location” at various locales significant to Dulli’s life. You can hear the sense of place emanating up from the grooves: here, the weary nighttime decadence of New Orleans rubs up against the oppressive sunshine of Los Angeles and the desolation of Joshua Tree’s desert vistas. Various guests make contributions to the album including Ani DiFranco, Joseph Arthur, Petra Haden, Nick McCabe (The Verve), and of course Mark Lanegan.

Since the late 1980s Greg Dulli has been a musical force with which to reckon, first rising to fame as the magnetic leader of the Afghan Whigs When the Whigs split up at the end of the ‘90s, Dulli followed his muse and began to innovatively fuse indie, soul and electronic sounds in his post-Whigs collective The Twilight Singers, who released their first album, Twilight as Played by The Twilight Singers, in 2000. Their beloved second album, Blackberry Belle, followed in 2003, and that was followed by a covers album entitled She Loves You in 2004. The band’s 2006 release, Powder Burns, made many critics “Best Of” year-end lists.

In 2008, Sub Pop veterans Dulli and Lanegan returned to the label as The Gutter Twins with the release of their debut album, Saturnalia. The band toured the world over for two years, made SPIN’s Top 20 Albums of the Year list and performed on Later With Jools Holland and The Late Show With David Letterman.

Greg Dulli is currently in the middle of the “An Evening With Greg Dulli” tour, a stripped-down retrospective string of dates. The Village Voice on his New York performance: “His voice is a soulful rasp that can spit out invective as easily as it can seduce a lover into believing his lies… the music he’s made throughout his career straddles the gap between early Amerindie’s spitfire and soul’s hip-thrusting.”

Prior to the start of the tour, Dulli made one of the new Twilight Singers’ tracks, “Blackbird and the Fox,” available for free download from their website.

The Twilight Singers will announce their worldwide touring plans for 2011 shortly.

Full track listing for Dynamite Steps:
1. Last Night in Town
2. Be Invited
3. Waves
4. Get Lucky
5. On the Corner
6. Gunshots
7. She Was Stolen
8. Blackbird and the Fox
9. Never Seen No Devil
10. The Beginning of the End
11. Dynamite Steps
 


Posted by Bekah Zietz

TUE, NOV 23, 2010 at 4:52 AM

The Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation Auction and Benefit Shows

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Rare and Collectible Items from:

Band of Horses, Bon Iver, Cee-Lo and James Blunt, Conan O’Brien, Foo Fighters, Jack White and The Dead Weather, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and Dancing Bears, Jimi Hendrix, Light in the Attic Records, The Monkees, Muse, Nike, Pearl Jam, The Rolling Stones, The Simpsons, Third Man Records, The White Stripes and more on…

CharityBuzz.com now through December 14th.

Benefit Shows Scheduled for Seattle and Ann Arbor to Raise Funds for Foundation.

Seattle, WA – On October 24, 2010, Sub Pop Records’ VP of Sales, Director of Marketing, and remarkable friend Andy Kotowicz died as a result of injuries he suffered in a terrible car accident three nights previous. He was 37 years old and he is dearly, profoundly missed. The Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation was established in an effort to help provide for Andy’s wife Jocelyn and his young daughter Anna. An auction on CharityBuzz.com featuring items from Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Muse, The Simpsons and more is open for bidding now until December 14th. In addition to the auction a concert is scheduled for December 4th at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market with performances by many of the bands Andy worked with at Sub Pop as an A&R representative. Finally, there will be a benefit show held on December 8th, Andy’s birthday, in his hometown of Ann Arbor/Ypsi.

These shows and events, the wide array of auction items collected below, all are partial testament to the very full life lived by our friend. On behalf of Andy’s family and as part of it, we at Sub Pop Records are deeply grateful for all of the items donated here, for all of the artists, venues, vendors and assorted sponsors who have donated their time and/or something arguably more palpable. Please consider bidding on these items and/or donating to or otherwise supporting the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation.

More information provided below.

Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation Benefit Shows

Saturday, December 4th: A Concert for The Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation with Shabazz Palaces, Vetiver, Fruit Bats, Wolf Eyes, Pissed Jeans, Mudhoney, A Frames/AFCGT, and Michael Yonkers at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market. $20

Wednesday, December 8th: Andy Kotowicz Benefit featuring Secret Twins, Rogue Satellites, City Center, Swimsuit, Powerteam, and Everybody’s In at The Savoy in Ypsilanti, MI. $5

The Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation Auction on CharityBuzz.com

Pearl Jam Autographed Fender Telecaster (SOLD! for $12,500)

To help raise proceeds for the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, Pearl Jam is auctioning off an autographed Fender Standard Telecaster FSR guitar in Butterscotch. This item was signed by all members of the band on October 30, 2010. Guitar comes with a Fender Telecaster Gig Bag.

Autographed Pearl Jam Poster (SOLD! for $3,750)

Designed by Ames Bros, this poster is from the June 13, 2007 Pearl Jam show in Katowice Poland. Signed by Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Boom Gaspar, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Eddie Vedder. Katowice is the ancestral city of the late Andy Kotowicz. He had recently visited Poland and Katowice with some Sub Pop co-workers. It was his wish to return to Poland with his father and his wife and daughter. We thought this poster would be appropriate. Thanks to the fine folks at Northwest Art and Frame in Seattle for donating the beautiful framing job.

Foo Fighters Autographed Fender Joe Strummer Signature Telecaster

Autographed by guitarist Chris Shiftlet, bassist Nate Mendel, drummer Taylor Hawkins, and frontman Dave Grohl of the critically-acclaimed Foo Fighters, this iconic guitar is modeled after some of the battle-hardened Telecasters that Joe Strummer performed with during his days with the Clash. Dave Grohl is one of many artists to carry on his legacy.

The Foo Fighters have been recognized as one of the most influential bands since the mid-90s. They’ve won six Grammy awards including statues for Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance. Hits include “Learn To Fly,” “My Hero,” and “Monkeywrench.”

Collection of Rare Records from 1-2-3-4 Go! Records

This package includes:

  • Nobunny Visions of Love LP, Test Pressing (only 10 made).
  • Personal and the Pizzas Raw Pie LP, Test Pressing (only 5 made).
  • Cute Lepers “You Don’t Have to Belong (To the Religious Right)” 7", Test Pressing (only 3 made).
  • Shannon and The Clams “Hunk Hunt” 7", Test Pressing (only 6 made).
    1-2-3-4 Go! Records is an independently run record label and retail shop specializing in punk-rock music.

Collect this gorgeous Yamaha acoustic sunburst guitar, signed by musicians James Blunt and Cee-Lo Green!

This Yamaha acoustic was autographed by Atlantic label-mates James Blunt and Cee-Lo Green, both of whom consistently demonstrate their aptitude for songwriting; James Blunt is responsible for such massive songs as “You’re Beautiful,” “High” and “Goodbye My Lover,” while Cee-Lo co-wrote probably the biggest pop track of 2006 with “Crazy.”

Signed Copy of Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones 1969 U.S. Tour

Let it Bleed: The Rolling Stones 1969 U.S. Tour (STANDARD EDITION) is a book that celebrates not only one of The Rolling Stones’ finest albums ever—containing hits like “Gimme Shelter” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”—but also a powerful moment in time, perched between two charismatic decades that brought great change.

This limited edition (just 2,600 copies), signed and numbered by author/photographer Ethan Russell, contains hundreds of never-before-seen photographs, expertly printed on heavy matte paper stock, and comes in a full-color slipcase. The 420-page, hardcover, oversized book is a must-have for even the casual Stones fan, plus a great way to introduce the new generation to a time when rock (both on and off the stage) actually rocked the world.

Band of Horses Autographed Deluxe Version of Infinite Arms Album Plus Signed Poster

This package includes items signed by Sub Pop alum, Band of Horses:

An autographed copy of the deluxe version of the band’s album Infinite Arms, which includes the album on 180-gram vinyl and CD, plus high-quality prints of photos that grace the album package. Also included here is a framed autographed poster from the band’s October 30th show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.

Muse Autographed Electric Guitar

Muse, an English trio from Devon, have released 5 albums. The most recent is The Resistance which features the tracks “Uprising,” “Resistance” and “Undisclosed Desires.” In addition, music from Muse has been featured in the 3 Twilight films with their most recent song “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” being the lead song in Eclipse (Twilight III).

The Simpsons 100th Episode Anniversary Limited Edition Animation Cel: BART-O-LOUNGER

“Bart-O-Lounger” is a limited edition sericel comprised of 2,500 serigraphed cels. Each piece was printed with 23 separate colors. To create this edition, the characters’ artwork has been transferred onto cel material utilizing a fine art silk-screening process know as serigraphy. Each sericel measures 10″ × 13″ with a serigraphed background printed on acid free paper. A special seal of authenticity is embossed onto the cel.

Exclusive Dead Weather Triple-Decker Record From Jack White

Conceptualized by Third Man head honcho Jack White, The Triple-Decker is a clear vinyl 12" single by White’s band The Dead Weather. But sealed inside that 12" single is a 7" single that is available nowhere else. To hear the songs on the 7", you physically have to destroy the 12" single in the process.

The Triple-Decker record was limited to 300 copies. 100 copies were available through Third Man’s physical storefront in Nashville in September and sold out in one hour, while another 100 copies were randomly inserted in mail orders made through Third Man. The remaining 100 were sent out as promotion, divvied amongst band members and so on.

This is a unique piece for any Jack White or Third Man fan, as well as anyone interested in collecting unique pieces of vinyl.

Dear Conan Fans, Take Home This Team Coco Package!

This item includes:

  • Genuine leather tour jacket (L) from the Conan O’Brien Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on TV Tour which ran from April 12 through June 16, 2010. These jackets were given to tour personnel and were not available for sale to the public.
  • Conan autographed spoken word 7" recorded by Jack White at Third Man Records.
  • Conan O’Brien and the Legally Prohibited Band Live at Third Man 12" black and blue vinyl.

Collect a Pair of Nike Zoom SB 94 Skate Shoes

The Supreme Nike SB 94 shoe is a newly designed mid-top skate shoe. Designed by Supreme and engineered by Nike, this co-operative project incorporates the inclusion of “foamposite” at the heel cup and stylistic elements and details from vintage basketball shoes, referencing a time when basketball sneakers were appropriated for skating, before the intro of real skate shoes. While Supreme has collaborated with Nike previously on existing silhouettes, this will be the first time both companies have come together to develop and design a completely new model.

Several materials and technologies are at play on the SB 94, each with its own specific purpose. The “foamposite,” a unique material that is particular to Nike shoes, was included for its great functionality of shock absorption, in addition to its widespread cultural adoption into the annals of New York sneaker culture. The body materials (leather and suede) were selected with skateboarding functionality in mind, and the rubber compounds used on the sole unit were engineered with an optimal grip/wear profile. The shoe also features the Zoom Air technology developed by Nike.

Don’t Miss this HUGE Package of Light in the Attic Items!

This lot might make you the biggest Light in the Attic product recipient the world has yet known! Replete with every Digipak CD, gatefold tip-on LP, release poster (be it retail or limited edition), ’zine, and every bit of random swag they could get their hands on, this pile of LITA collectibles represents the most comprehensive label collection imaginable.

If you are looking to start up your reissue back catalog, this is the perfect time!

RIDING SOME KIND OF UNUSUAL SKULL SLEIGH Boxed Set from Don Van Vliet

Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart was a visual artist before he was a musician. As a young child he drew serious accolades for his animal sculptures and was offered a scholarship to study in Europe. His parents declined; and while continuing to create in the visual medium, Van Vliet turned his attention to music, within ten years forming the first incarnation of the legendary experimental outfit Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band. The following 15 years are music history.

But in 1983 Van Vliet retired from music to pursue painting and drawing, the focus of this extraordinary boxed set. Riding Some Kind of Unusual Skull Sleigh, named after a painting the artist completed in 1987, provides an opportunity to own one of his original, signed color etchings.

FIRST DAY ISSUE STAMPS of Jerry Garcia and Dancing Bears
Calling all Deadheads!

FIRST DAY ISSUE STAMPS of Jerry Garcia
Montserrat Volcano Relief, Dated August 29, 1997.
SIGNED AND NUMBERED 105/250. Photo By Bob Gruen
Includes Certificate of Authenticity, still in shrink-wrap with identifying sticker, never displayed.

FIRST DAY ISSUE STAMPS of Dancing Bears
Montserrat Volcano Relief, Dated October 21, 1996.
Includes Certificate of Authenticity, still in shrink-wrap with identifying sticker, never displayed.

Monkees Lunch Box Autographed by Peter Tork!

This is a Monkees limited edition lunchbox package produced by Rhino Records in 1997 and signed by Peter Tork.

Inside the metal lunchbox is a 110-minute VHS tape Our Favorite Episodes featuring 4 episodes of The Monkees TV series (“Hitting the High Seas,” “Monkees vs. Machine,” “Fairy Tale,” and “The Frodis Caper”) and a jigsaw puzzle stored in a replica single-serving cereal box (The Monkees, Breakfast of Chimpions). There is also a cardboard insert to hold everything in place and a small brochure with other available Monkees products.

Frankenstein Hand-Signed Lithograph by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, 1966

This Frankenstein-themed poster—designed by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley—was created as a possible logo for the Grateful Dead. The poster is notable for the misspelling of the Grateful Dead’s name and the quote at the bottom, “May the baby Jesus shut your mouth and open your mind.”

Frankenstein by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley is a fine art lithograph printed at S2 Editions, Ltd. Atelier in Las Vegas, NV in 2008 under the supervision of master printer Raymond Mazza.

Dimensions: 27″ × 37.5″
Edition size is 500, plus 50 artist proofs and 5 printer proofs.
Each sheet is numbered by hand in lower left hand corner.

LP Test Pressing for Bon Iver’s Debut Album For Emma, Forever Ago

Own one of only five LP test pressings in existence for the incredible Bon Iver debut album For Emma, Forever Ago. This item is sealed and has never before been played.

Donated by: Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, and Dead Oceans

FIRST DAY ISSUE STAMPS of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin

FIRST DAY ISSUE STAMPS of Jimi Hendrix
Montserrat Volcano Relief, Dated August 29, 1997.
SIGNED AND NUMBERED 111/250.
Includes Certificate of Authenticity, still in shrink-wrap with identifying sticker, never displayed.

“Jimi Hendrix will always be a significant and memorable figure in the world of music. Because of his notability, the Government of Montserrat has immortalized his image on an official government-issued postage stamp. Approved by Queen Elizabeth II, each stamp bears her royal cipher. This is a fully licensed, signed by the photographer, Elliott Landy, Limited Edition of 250 pieces.”

FIRST DAY ISSUE STAMPS of Janis Joplin
Montserrat Volcano Relief, SIGNED AND NUMBERED 80/250.
Includes Certificate of Authenticity, still in shrink-wrap with identifying sticker, never displayed.
Official government-issued postage stamp.
“Approved by Queen Elizabeth II, each stamp bears her royal cipher. Signed by the photographer, Elliott Landy, Limited Edition of 250 pieces.”

Terms: Stamp sheets Include Certificate of Authenticity, still in shrink-wrap with identifying sticker, never displayed.

Donated by: Rhino Records

Collection of Signed Band Posters from Saddle Creek Records

Take home these signed band posters from the following Saddle Creek artists and releases:

Cursive—Mama, I’m Swollen
The Faint—Wet from Birth
The Mynabirds—Tour Poster
Sebastian Grainger—Sebastian Grainger & The Mountains
The Good Life—Help Wanted Nights

Test Pressing for The White Stripes’ Sub Pop Singles Club Single

Own one of only five test pressings in existence for The White Stripes Sub Pop Singles club single which features three Captain Beefheart covers" “Party of Special Things to Do” b/w “China Pig” and “Ashtray Heart.”

This is an incredibly rare item, never made available before and the perfect addition to your collection!


Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, NOV 19, 2010 at 1:41 AM

New Mogwai Music Friday!

As we shared with you a few weeks ago, we are ecstatic to be working with Scottish band Mogwai. We could go on and on about how awesome their new record Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will is, but if life has taught us anything it is to let people make their own decisions. And guess what, now you can. Hidden within the confines of this fancy shamancy widget you will find the first sampling of tunes entitled “Rano Pano.” Like what you hear? You can pre-order the bands new 7" by the same name, which comes out on January 18th. For more information on this release, click here

And be sure not to miss the band when they hit the road this spring. Full list of tour dates can be found here


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

THU, NOV 11, 2010 at 2:09 AM

New Music From Daniel Martin Moore

Daniel Martin Moore has a new record coming out on January 18 called In the Cool of the Day. Because we fancy ourselves givers, through this fancy widget we’re offering you 3 songs by Daniel. The first is the debut single off of his new record entitled “Dark Road,” “Needn’t Say a Thing” is from 2010’s Dear Companion with Ben Sollee, and the song, “Every Color and Kind” is from his 2008 release, Stray Age.

Stay tuned for more information on this release and tour dates.


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

MON, NOV 29, 2010 at 2:55 AM

Sub Pop welcomes Mister Heavenly to our dysfunctional family

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We at Sub Pop Records are exceedingly proud to announce the signing of newly-formed band, Mister Heavenly. Spurred on by a mutual appreciation for doo-wop and doomed love songs (aka doom-wop), Nick Diamonds (Islands/Unicorns) and Honus Honus (Man Man) set out to record a one-off instrumental 7" but soon found, within a span of a few late-night sessions, themselves writing an entire album. When Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse) joined in, Mister Heavenly was officially born.

Mister Heavenly will be hitting the road on a 10-date tour, beginning in Seattle on Nov 30th and ending in Salt Lake City on Dec 10th, opening a majority of dates for Passion Pit. These shows will provide a sonic sampling of doom-wop prior to the release of the Mister Heavenly debut full-length, which will be out on Sub Pop in 2011.

For more information on Mister Heavenly and their upcoming tour please visit- Facebook

Mister Heavenly Winter Tour Dates
30-Nov Seattle,WA Moore Theater w/Passion Pit
1-Dec Portland,OR Crystal Ballroom w/Passion Pit
2-Dec San Francisco,CA Cafe du Nord w/Passion Pit
3-Dec Santa Cruz,CA Civic Auditorium w/Passion Pit
4-Dec Pomona,CA Fox Theater w/Passion Pit
5-Dec San Diego,CA Soma w/Passion Pit
7-Dec Los Angeles,CA Palladium w/Passion Pit
8-Dec Santa Barbara,CA Granada Theatre w/Passion Pit
9-Dec Las Vegas,NV House of Blues w/Passion Pit
10-Dec Salt Lake City,UT Kilby Court
13-Dec Austin, TX Scoot Inn


Posted by Bekah Zietz

WED, NOV 10, 2010 at 7:33 AM

New Sub Pop Slipmat

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Let’s face it, one of the greatest problems facing our nation—our world, even—is an unadorned turntable platter. Records are scratched due to harsh platters—or worse yet, records aren’t scratched because of too much friction from platters! Well, the Sub Pop Records R&D team has been hard at work devising a plan to assuage this worldwide problem, and our solution is an efficient one: we take a technology that already exists, put our name on it and sell it to you with a heavy-handed pitch.

We give you the Sub Pop slipmat—designed by Jeff Kleinsmith and printed on heavy felt; this is a handsome addition to any hi-fi system.

Pick one up here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer