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 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…
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…
Dum Dum Girls
and The Ruby Suns
So much, so free! For you!
Each month our superstar radio station KEXP does a live remote show that benefits a local charity. This month the show will benefit the Artist Trust, an organization that has distributed over seven million dollars in grants, resources and career training to thousands of our state’s most promising and interesting musicians, writers, performers, and artists working across all disciplines since 1986. Also, as an added li’l bonus, Little Cuts, starring one Mr. Dave Hernandez of the Shins, are playing. The show is April 3rd at the Sunset in Ballard. Get more info HERE.
Happy March, y’all! I am so glad to be done with February. It seems like such a bogus month what with its handful of days. I like a month with all 31 days. A month that knows it could stop at 30, but spits in the face of slowing down. Also, when there are lots of days in a month we can release more records more of the time. For instance, March 2 we release Fight Softly by The Ruby Suns on CD/CP, and the little buddies next door, aka Hardly Art, release Double Jointer by those crazy Brooklynites Golden Triangle. Both are neat. If you pre-order Fight Softly by March 2nd, you’ll get $2 off the CD or LP! Get them here and here.
Mid-March sees the release of the self-titled album by Happy Birthday which is the new band from Kyle of King Tuff and Witch, etc. Pre-order this bad boy and you get $2 off the CD or LP + probably a sticker + for sure a newsprint poster! This record is one of my faves and I’m very excited to see them play at SXSW this year, which brings me to my next point: we’re doing a SXSW showcase with Hardly Art on March 18th at the Galaxy Room and you should certainly stop by if you happen to be in town. Check out more here. Also, we’re putting out a 7” by King Khan and Pat Meteor on the 16th. Get that guy here.
March 30th is two things—one, it is the day before my soul-crushing 35th birthday, and two, it’s the release of the long player (CD/LP) from Dum Dum Girls called I Will Be. Pre-order this record by March 30th and get a five-song CDR of the first Dum Dum Girls release on Zoo Music Records, owned by Dee Dee and her old man. (Husband old man, not dad old man.) While you’re at it you should grab the new Unnatural Helpers 7” for their killer summer jam track called “Sunshine/Pretty Girls” out on Hardly Art—it’s good for beer drinking and dancing.
The winner for last month’s prize of new releases is Erick Roff of Seattle and it was chosen by our pal Nick Heliotis over at Hardly Art, purveyors of music also. Please stop by Hardly Art’s webspace and look around. *To win this month’s new releases please tell me, in the comments section, what song you would use in place of the ol’ happy birthday standard when/if I were to outlaw it.
Did someone say new Wolf Parade record? That’s right people, Wolf Parade have a new record entitled “Expo 86” coming out this summer. Stay tuned for more information on that.
In the meantime check out this totally awesome interview that Dan Boeckner (Singer/Guitarist) did with Pitchfork. Read here!
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
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
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:
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.