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TUE, NOV 23, 2010 at 4:52 AM

The Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation Auction and Benefit Shows


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… 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 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

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!


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!

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.

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

Montserrat Volcano Relief, Dated August 29, 1997.
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.”

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, SEP 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM

The Lord Loves a List


Today at Sub Pop, the 3 or 4 of us who opted to come to work/had no better plans on the Friday before Labor Day Weekend, decided that the time felt right for listening to and talking about ourselves. It’s part of a larger project of incessantly talking about our own opinions and enthusiasms we call marketing (and/or trying to convince you to buy our records (and t-shirts!)).

Over the course of the past few hours, we have somewhat diligently emailed one another, listened to music, taken lengthy personal phone calls, reminisced, and did some pretty deep thinking to put together and bring you…

The Sub Pop List of the Top 52 Tracks Sub Pop Released in the ’90s List (as compiled by the people in the office on the afternoon of Friday, September 3rd)!

Sub Pop Staff Lists: Top Sub Pop Tracks of the 1990s: A-K by subpop

Sub Pop Staff Lists: Top Sub Pop Tracks of the 1990s: L-R by subpop

Sub Pop Staff Lists: Top Sub Pop Tracks of the 1990s: S-Z by subpop

Our goal here is to turn you guys on to a bunch of songs we love, some of the music that made many of us want to work here in the first place, and also express our disbelief at being almost entirely shut out of some other list of the best tracks of the ’90s (though, we will be the first to admit that not one of the songs included here is fit to carry the lunch of “Steal My Sunshine”).

ALSO! Because we often pretend to like your opinions, too, we’re trying to turn this thing into a contest. So, in the comments section below (or on our Facebook page), let us know your vote for your favorite track we released in the ’90s (included in the list we put together or not). Everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing to receive all of our 2010 releases on CD. One of you will wind up the lucky recipient of all of the following on CD…

The Album Leaf / A Chorus of Storytellers (SP805)
Avi Buffalo / Avi Buffalo (SP865)
Beach House / Teen Dream (SP845)
Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore / Dear Companion (SP855)
Blitzen Trapper / Destroyer of the Void (SP825)
CocoRosie / Grey Oceans (SP880)
David Cross / Bigger and Blackerer (SP882)
Dum Dum Girls / I Will Be (SP840)
Foals / Total Life Forever (SP875)
Happy Birthday / Happy Birthday (SP850)
Jaill / That’s How We Burn (SP891)
Kelley Stoltz / To Dreamers (SP890)
Male Bonding / Nothing Hurts (SP854)
No Age / Everything in Between (SP892)
Retribution Gospel Choir / 2 (SP856)
The Ruby Suns / Fight Softly (SP863)
The Vaselines / Sex with an X (SP889)
Wolf Parade / EXPO 86 (SP870)

So, vote! Or, first listen to the list of Sub Pop-released ’90s tracks we put together in the Soundcloud players above, and then vote.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

WED, SEP 8, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Robert Plant is super into Low. No big deal.


On September 14th, Robert Plant is releasing a new album of covers called Band of Joy on which he performs two (2) songs by the band Low. Those two songs are “Monkey” and “Silver Rider” from Low’s album The Great Destroyer

This is the same Low whose last two albums, the 2007 release Drums and Guns and 2005’s The Great Destroyer we at Sub Pop released. And, this is the same Robert Plant who was in Led Zeppelin.

No big deal.

Rolling Stone magazine had the following to say about Band of Joy

“…The two most striking songs are the most left-field, both penned by the brooding, husband-wife indie-rock band Low. “Silver Rider” is a glittering dirge, another showcase for [Patty] Griffin, who’s such a good songwriter that it’s easy to forget what a great singer she is. Plant sings “Monkey” almost as a whisper. “It’s a suicide/Shut up and drive,” he snarls, in what sounds like the opening scene of a David Lynch film. It’s as menacingly restrained as anything he’s ever uttered."

You can hear a stream of Band of Joy in its entirety over at NPR’s First Listen feature on the album. (The photo of Robert Plant that accompanies this post was taken from that NPR First Listen page, and is credited to Gregg Delman, by the way.)

AND! Because, like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, we are great fans of the band Low, we are giving away free mp3 downloads of their original versions of both Silver Rider and Monkey so that you can see/hear/feel for yourself just how really, amazingly good these songs and this band are. You can also stream both of these songs through the Soundcloud player below…

Low has some upcoming tour dates in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and EU, and some as-yet-to-be-confirmed dates on the west coast of the US in December. You should really go see them.

Low tour dates
Oct 18 King’s Arms, Auckland, New Zealand
Oct 19 San Francisco Bath House, Wellington, New Zealand
Oct 21 Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Oct 22 Factory Theatre (Sydney), Marrickville, Australia
Oct 23 Bakery, The (Perth), Perth, Australia
Nov 15 Junction, The, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Nov 16 Brudenell Social, Leeds, United Kingdom
Nov 17 St John the Baptist Church, Coventry, United Kingdom
Nov 19 Crossing Border Festival (The Hague), Den Haag, Netherlands
Nov 21 Crossing Border Festival (Antwerp), Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 23 Debaser Malmo, Malmo, Sweden
Nov 27 Cedar Cultural Centre, Minneapolis, MN

Posted by Chris Jacobs

MON, JUL 26, 2010 at 3:20 AM

Greg Dulli Fall Tour + New Twilight Singers Record


For the first time in his career, Greg Dulli will embark on a solo tour which will see him make stops in five different countries for a total of 29 shows. Beginning in New Orleans on October 8th, An Evening With Greg Dulli will feature Greg along with long-time Twilight Singers guitarist Dave Rosser and multi-instrumentalist Rick Nelson (Polyphonic Spree) performing a stripped down set. Dulli will lead his band through a wide selection of songs encompassing his entire career. An Evening With Greg Dulli will be a limited run tour with only fourteen US shows along with stops in Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Belgium. Dates and on sale information provided below.

These shows will also mark the debut of several brand new songs from the forthcoming Twilight Singers album scheduled for release on Sub Pop Records in early 2011. The new Twilight Singers album will be the first release from the group in five years. More details on the new album will be announced later this year.

Tickets for all shows will go on sale later this week. Click here for the most up to date information on where to purchase tickets.

08 New Orleans, LA- DBA
12 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
13 Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre
14 Chicago, IL – Double Door
15 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
16 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
18 Cambridge, MA – Brattle Theatre
19 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
20 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
22 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
23 Baltimore MD – Ottobar
27 IRELAND, DUBLIN – Whelan’s
28 IRELAND, BELFAST – Spring & Airbrake
29 IRELAND, GALWAY – Roisin Dubh
30 IRELAND, CORK – Cyprus Avenue

02 PORTUGAL, LISBON – Santiago Alquimista
03 PORTUGAL, PORTO – Hard Club
04 SPAIN, VIGO – Teatro Salesianos
05 SPAIN, MADRID – Charada
06 SPAIN, MONDRAGON – Kulturate
09 SPAIN, SEVILLA – Teatro Central
11 SPAIN, PALMA – Teatre Lloseta
16 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
17 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
18 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
20 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Posted by Bekah Zietz

WED, MAR 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM

The west coast premiere of Heaven, Low’s collaboration with choreographer Morgan Thorson is happening April 1-4 in Seattle!


Our very close, personal friends in the, let’s be honest, breathtaking band Low have collaborated with the choreographer Morgan Thorson on a dance/music performance called Heaven, which will be presented at On the Boards here in Seattle April 1-4. You can find out more and buy tickets here and the full details are covered below in the press release from the folks at On the Boards. This thing sounds incredibly cool and we’d all be silly to miss it.

Plus! Both Low and the dancers from Heaven will be live on KEXP on Tuesday, March 30th at 3:00 pm, doing a combination of Low’s music and original compositions from the performance.

Relatedly, and shortly after all of this happens, Alan from Low’s other band Retribution Gospel Choir will be playing here in Seattle, at the Crocodile as part of their first west coast tour since the January release of their Sub Pop debut album 2. That show happens on Wednesday, April 7th. The reliably incredible Kinski will be opening that show!

And! On that same April 7th, at noon, Retribution Gospel Choir will be performing live on KEXP!

To recap (in convenient chronological order):

March 30th: Low and dancers from Heaven live on KEXP at 3pm!
April 1-4: Heaven at On the Boards!
April 7th: Retribution Gospel Choir live on KEXP at 3pm!
April 7th: Retribution Gospel Choir plays at the Crocodile with Kinski!

Here’s the full press release from On the Boards about Heaven:

Rising star choreographer Morgan Thorson teams with cult-favorite indie band Low in west coast premiere of Heaven
Morgan Thorson | Low
Thu – Sun | Apr 1 – 4 | 8pm | $24

(Seattle) – On the Boards (OtB) is pleased to present the west coast premiere of Heaven from choreographer Morgan Thorson and indie band Low (Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker). In this new work Thorson and her collaborators create a synthesis of music and dance in which the musicians participate in the movement and the dancers contribute to the soundscape of lush choral arrangements and minimalist instrumentation.

Exploring the emotional and physical manifestations of ecstasy, Heaven borrows from multiple faiths to find inspiration for the movement and soundtrack. Thorson’s style, which draws from Skinner Releasing Technique, is also highly influenced here by poses and movements drawn from religious rituals. Equal prominence is given to the soundtrack by Sparhawk and Parker by incorporating the musicians into both the stage and the movement. Additionally, the dancers become part of the soundtrack as they sing solos and group works inspired by shape note singing alongside the members of Low.

After seeing Heaven, artistic director Lane Czaplinski commented on the unique combination of music and dance:
“Live music in a dance performance is rare. Music fully integrated into the creative process as well as the live performance is even rarer. In this case Morgan and Alan [choreographer and composer] both have a curiosity about faith and were able to pursue this question together. Watching it felt like a kind of updated Grotowski-like song cycle.”

The west coast premiere of the production comes after a national tour that included stops at the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), PS122 (NYC), DiverseWorks Art Space (Houston) and Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts.

Morgan Thorson, originally from Connecticut and NYC, has created dance and performance in Minneapolis since 1994. Her work ranges from outdoor performance and site specific choreography to ensemble/solo improvisation and fully choreographed productions. In 2007 she toured Faker, a performance inspired by the movement and cult phenomena of Elvis, to venues such as PS 122, Institute for Contemporary Art (Boston) and the Walker Art Center’s Momentum Series at The Southern Theater. Minneapolis’ City Pages deemed her Best Choreographer in 2008.

Low is a Duluth-based band led by Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Rogers, with Steve Garrington. Their first album, I Could Live in Hope, was released in 1994 and inspired the creation of the genre “slowcore” style of music, so named because of the contrast of Low’s minimalist soundscapes against the era’s more predominant grunge sound. The band has released 12 albums since then, including a Christmas album (Low Christmas). Their tours have taken them around the world and placed them in shared bills with bands such as Radiohead and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. They have also started multiple side projects, including Retribution Gospel Choir, who will play in Seattle at the Crocodile shortly after the end of Heaven’s run.

Tickets for Morgan Thorson | Low
General Admission $24 | Under 25 & opening night RUSH discounts available

On the Boards Box Office
206.217.9888 | | 100 West Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98119

(The photos here are all by Cameron Wittig.)

Posted by Chris Jacobs

WED, APR 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Handsome Furs At The Junos


Sub Pop’s very own Handsome Furs were nominated for a Juno Award (Best Alternative Album for their really very excellent 2009 release FACE CONTROL). The ceremonies were held in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

After traveling for over 20 hours from Seattle I landed in St. John’s at 4:00 AM on Thursday. I didn’t really know what to expect. When I hopped in cab and heard that the driver had a crazy Irish / Canadian accent I knew that St. John’s was rad. The bars are open until 4:30 AM and you can smoke in taxi cabs (let’s also not forget about dill pickle potato chips and Smarties – the chocolates).

Dan and Alexei were due to get into town on Thursday night. Unfortunately, there was a blizzard and then the fog rolled in. Apparently April is the foggy season and once it rolls in it stays for days. They ended up stranded in Halifax (with two attempted landings in St. John’s) for 32 hours, along with every other person that was headed to the Junos. We had to cancel their Friday night show. They finally arrived early in the morning on Saturday.

Saturday night was the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards. Metric ended up going home with Best Alternative Album (along with a few others) but gave Handsome Furs a shout out first thing during their acceptance speech. After the awards Handsome Furs decided to play a last minute show (thanks to Amy Milan and Land of Talk) at The Ship. The show was amazing and the new songs sound effing awesome. After the show we pretty much ate every type of potato chip (dill pickle, ketchup, etc) that Canada has to offer and watched Much Music.

Sunday night was the filmed awards ceremony where Bieber Fever was in full effect. Dan and Alexei walked the red carpet and looked amazing. Hundreds of girls were lined up screaming and crying for Justin Bieber which was hilarious and cute.

After the ceremony we were at dinner when rumors started to spread that the ash from the volcano was making its way to St. John’s and all AM flights were canceled on Monday. I checked my flight, and sure enough, it was canceled. We went back to the hotel and spent over two hours on the phone with Air Canada trying to book other flights. We got through and rescheduled our flights for later in the morning, took a three hour nap, and headed to the airport.

On our way to the airport our cab driver was pretty much laughing at us for trying to get out of St. John’s. The ash hadn’t hit yet but the fog never lifted. We checked in and were sitting at our gate when we heard our plane coming from Halifax circling over head (not a good sign). By that time our flight should have already left (and I was going on an airport tour of Canada and had other flights to catch like St. John’s – Halifax, Halifax – Montreal, Montreal – Vancouver, Vancouver – Seattle). Then the fire alarm randomly started going off and we started to evacuate right when Air Canada told us that our plane could not land and our flight was canceled.

If there is one thing that brings people together it is getting stuck in shitty situations. The three of us teamed up and split up – Dan to talk to an Air Canada agent even though they told us several times that they wouldn’t rebook us and that we had to call, Alexei talking to other airlines, and myself on hold with Air Canada once again. The soonest Air Canada could get us out of St. John’s now was on Friday (5 days later than our original departure date). We decided to try to fly standby on the next flight out of St. John’s and all three of us somehow got on it. I’m pretty sure my good luck for the year has been used up.

Even though Dan and Lex spent more time in airports than in St. John’s I think they’d do it again (I hope so?). I know I would.

Fun facts—there are polar bears in Newfoundland and Labrador. The bears get there via a floating iceberg. Newfoundland and Labrador only joined Canada in 1949 (the locals told us they voted 51% for Canada and 49% for the states to remain an independent dominion of the British empire). Newfoundland is the most eastern part of North America.

Posted by carly starr