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News from 2010

WED, FEB 17, 2010 at 6:07 AM

Sub Pop SXSW 2010!!


Sub Pop and Hardly Art SXSW Showcase 2010!

Avi Buffalo, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Dum Dum Girls, Happy Birthday, Jaill, Male Bonding, and The Ruby Suns will all be heading down to Austin this March for the 2010 South by Southwest music festival/conference/opportunity to eat BBQ.

As you can tell by our snazzy flyer, we will once again be partnering with our good friends Hardly Art on a showcase to, one can only hope, end all showcases.

You should really go.

Sub Pop and Hardly Art SXSW Showcase 2010
Thursday, March 18th
at the Galaxy Room
508 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX

The Sub Pop stage:
8PM Jaill
9PM Happy Birthday
10PM Male Bonding
11PM Avi Buffalo
12AM Dum Dum Girls
1AM The Ruby Suns

The Hardly Art stage:
830PM Special guest Woven Bones
930PM The Moondoggies
1030PM Le Loup
1130PM The Dutchess and the Duke
1230AM Golden Triangle

Also on Thursday, March 18th Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore will be playing at the Central Presbyterian Church at 730PM!

Posted by Bekah Zietz

THU, APR 1, 2010 at 7:39 AM

I Will Be Listening to Dum Dum Girls


Sure, we are (as usual) pretty pleased with ourselves about this week’s release of the Dum Dum Girls ’ LP I Will Be. They’re a great band and this is a fantastic record. It’s hard to be humble when you can take largely undeserved credit for some of this excitement that is brewing…

The band is currently in the Top 10 at Insound this week and can also be found in Radio K’s Weekly Release Spotlight. You can read the praise that NY Times, Pitchfork and The Guardian had to give I Will Be or you can just decide for yourself how great this record is by going over to the band’s site and take a listen to the I Will Be album stream that will be featured all weekend long.

Furthermore, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to remind you of Dum Dum Girls’ Record Store Day split 7 inch with Male Bonding that will be available on, you guessed it, Record Store Day, April 17th, the very same day that DDG will be performing at Origami in LA at 2pm. If you’re not in LA on the 17th you can still try to catch them on one of their tour dates, which are rather usefully listed here.

So there you have it. Dum Dum Girls and their new album I Will Be: you should totally buy it.

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

WED, MAR 24, 2010 at 5:20 AM

Back in Blackerer, it’s David Cross!


We at Sub Pop Records are incredibly proud to announce that on May 25th, we will be releasing the first new comedy album from David Cross in 6 years! On this same day, and with an equally heapin’ helpin’ of self-congratulatory hoo-ha, we will also be releasing the first new David Cross DVD in nearly 7 years! And, maybe a little confusingly, they are both entitled Bigger and Blackerer! Less confusingly, they are both totally fucking awesome.

Details are like so…

The new David Cross album and DVD Bigger and Blackerer was taped during two shows, back-to-back on the same evening at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre. As will be obvious by the packaging (and maybe some of the words here), this title applies to both a CD and a DVD; separate releases in separate formats with the same name. Though both media are housed on a shiny, silver five-inch disc, each is an entity unto itself. And while there is some overlap, each is full of material that appears solely on one or the other. Only by watching the DVD will you learn of Cross’ unique relationship with the deaf community, share his canny insights into the editorial machinations behind the Bible, and marvel at how well a bald, middle-aged white guy can fill out a pair of jeans. Yet one must listen to the CD in order to hear about gastro-intestinal misadventures with his dog Ollie Red Sox, or sing along with “The Sultan’s Revenge,” the swinging, Vegas-style opening number composed by Cross and his good friend Mark Rivers (author of the theme to Mr. Show).

During his illustrious career, David Cross has played recurring roles on the TV programs Arrested Development and The Colbert Report, and won an Emmy Award for his contributions to The Ben Stiller Show. He has also starred in such films as Waiting for Guffman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the Bob Dylan fantasy I’m Not There (in which he portrayed Allen Ginsberg), and Kung Fu Panda. Bigger and Blackerer is both David Cross’ third album and second DVD on Sub Pop Records, preceded by the albums It’s Not Funny and Shut Up, You Fucking Baby! (2002), and the 2003 DVD tour documentary Let America Laugh. He is currently living in exile in the UK, working on the show The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (to be broadcast on IFC in the USA this fall).

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

TUE, MAR 30, 2010 at 3:58 AM

Papercuts Says Yes to Sub Pop!


Over the last six years Jason Quever has released three increasingly excellent albums under the name Papercuts, toured with folks like Grizzly Bear, Beach House and Camera Obscura, and collaborated with Vetiver and the Skygreen Leopards among others. We at Sub Pop grew to be fans and admirers, thoroughly smitten by his work. And, as often happens when a young record label develops a “thing” for an artist, we eventually got down on one knee and asked our lawyers to ask his lawyers if he would do us the honor of joining the Sub Pop roster. Luckily for us, he said yes!

Based in San Francisco, Papercuts’ music is an affecting and unique strain of Northern California-tinged, atmospheric and melodic pop. The first Papercuts album, Mockingbird, was released on Antenna Farm in 2004. Can’t Go Back (2007) and You Can Have What You Want (2009) were subsequently both released on the Gnomonsong label, run by Andy Cabic of Vetiver. Live, Papercuts also includes David Enos on keys (he’s also responsible for a lot of Papercuts’ album art), Graham Hill on drums (Graham also plays w/ Beach House) and Frankie Keoller on bass. In addition, Quever operates a home studio called the Pan American Recording Studio and has worked as both an engineer and producer with artists such as Cass McCombs and, most recently, Port O’Brien.

It’s our intention to put out a new Papercuts release in the first part of 2011. Trust that we will keep you posted on that. Until then, please join us in welcoming Jason and Papercuts to the label! We’re thrilled to be working with him. Find out why you should say yes to Papercuts here.

Posted by Kate Jackson

THU, MAR 11, 2010 at 2:50 AM

Handsome CNN


Maybe you remember us telling you back in January about the new travel video series called “Indie Asia: On Tour with Handsome Furs” which partners CNN with our very own Handsome Furs.

In case you are a bit hazy on the details, this is the series follows Handsome Furs throughout their first tour across Asia, through China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand and highlights the pretty unique footage that the band captured using their own Flip cameras. Installments have been popping up over at CNN since January and today the 4th part of the series is premiering right at this very moment over on the front page of the very big deal that is Go check it out!

Oh and you can also check out all 4 episodes in one pace by going here too!

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

TUE, MAR 16, 2010 at 3:47 AM

Free Ltd. Ed. CDR with all Dum Dum Girls Pre-orders


If you pre-order I Will Be by March 30th, you’ll receive a reissued CDR of her out-of-print Zoo Music EP, featuring 5 early Dum Dum Girls tracks. You’ll also get Dum Dum Girls stickers and probably some other stickers too. OH! I almost forgot—if you pre-order the record right this moment, you can also listen to it—RIGHT THIS MOMENT—via a link to a full album stream. So those three reasons, plus the 11 amazing reasons on the record (the songs, duh) equals 14 reasons to go make a yes decision to the as-yet-unspoken question which is really the whole point of this email: “Do you want to pre-order I Will Be right now?” We’d really like to think you do.

Turn this opportunity yes.

Pre-order I Will Be right here.

Download the “Jail La La” MP3 for free here.

Buy the “Jail La La” 7” single here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer