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FRI, MAY 31, 2013 at 6:18 AM

Getting To Know Us: Pissed Jeans & Father John Misty

In this week’s installment of Getting to Know Us, the weekly column in which we shamelessly extoll the many audible virtues of the artists playing the very FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee on Saturday, July 13 in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. This week, we’re talking about the sonically disparate, but similarly remarkable live acts, the filthy Pissed Jeans and the effortlessly suave Father John Misty.

There’s a pretty visceral image that comes to mind the first time you hear the band name “Pissed Jeans”, and it’s pretty accurate. It’s not like the band GG Allins themselves when they perform, but it’s not like they don’t not GG Allin themselves, either—you know what I mean? Okay, it’s a little like this: they’re similar to GG Allin but with an utterly devastating sense of humor and with better songs. Also, with the Pissed Jeans, there’s no blood, urine or shit, only sweat. Upon further thought, the whole GG Allin analogy feels a little off…eh, I’m sticking with it. Watch the video from their megahit, “Bathroom Laughter” in the accompanying player. If that’s not enough, which is understandable when talking about Pissed Jeans, this live video portrayal of their song “False Jesii Part 2” is as worth your time as anything else you could be doing.

Father John Misty: singer, dancer, actor; Sub Pop’s own in-house triple threat. If there ever was an SP artist who could bring us an EGOT, it’s him (or Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords who is halfway there). Chances are that you’ve seen him somewhere since Fear Fun, Father John Misty’s debut, came out in May 2012, as he and his band have performed on a number of TV shows, played countless festivals, and have toured extensively for well over a year now. Father John Misty performs like a preacher; through his huge, melodic voice, hypnotizing hip-shaking, white suits, decidedly better-than-average looks, perfectly suited (not to mention well dressed) band, you’ll come away a believer. There’s honestly not too many bands that are easier to enjoy. Watch the accompanying video for “Fun Times in Babylon”, track one off of Fear Fun to hear what we’re saying about.

So far, Getting to Know Us has acquainted/reacquainted its readers with Tad and Brothers of a Sonic Cloth, Jack Endino’s Earthworm, Shabazz Palaces, J Mascis, and now Pissed Jeans and Father John Misty. I know we’re blinded with bias, but this lineup is already near perfect and we’re only halfway through it. Oh, and it seems worth reminding you that entry to this festival is entirely free—we’re charging for falafels and beer, however.

More Sub Pop Silver Jubilee details can be read here

Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, MAY 24, 2013 at 5:46 AM

Getting To Know Us: J Mascis & Shabazz Palaces

In this second installment of Getting to Know Us, the self-serving, Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Festival-promoting column in which we talk about some of the world class artists who are playing our (free (to you)) birthday party taking place on Saturday, July 13th in Seattle’s esteemed Georgetown Neighborhood. This week, we would like to show you about the majestic J Mascis and the enigmatic Shabazz Palaces.

Chances are that if you know who we are (just to clarify, we’re the t-shirt and record manufacturer, Sub Pop), you are already well aware of who J Mascis is. As one of the shreddiest forces on the planet and singer of the pioneering band Dinosaur Jr., J has been creating some of the noisiest and most wonderful (in this blog poster’s opinion, at least) music for the better part of like, 15 decades or so. He’s also been involved with J Mascis + The Fog, Witch, Deep Wound, Upsidedown Cross, Sweet Apple, and most importantly (for the sake of this Silver Jubilee related blog post, at least), simply J Mascis. J’s most recent solo record, Several Shades of Why, came out on Sub Pop in 2011 to much critical acclaim, and quickly became a favorite among the staff at Sub Pop. In case you missed that record, here’s a link to the video for “Not Enough”, created by J’s labelmate, Chad VanGaalen.

Shabazz Palaces are an enigmatic hip-hop duo, bucking every trend in the modern rap game (take for example them signing with a record label not at all known for putting out hip hop records). They’re led by Palaceer Lazaro, also known as Ishmael Butler, a member of the pioneering 90’s rap group, Digable Planets and are rounded off with the multi-instrumental brilliance of Tendai Maraire. Shabazz Palaces’ debut full-length, Black Up, was released in 2011 amidst a frenzy of excitement and hype and according to universal critical acclaim, well exceeded the hype in its delivery. In case you needed proof of their prowess, we’ve attached a video for their song “Are You… Were You… Can You… (Felt)” off of Black Up.

Perhaps it feels a little desperate to attempt to sell you on an altogether FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL put on by a record label representing such historically and presently great artists, we wouldn’t be Sub Pop Records (and t-shirts!) if we weren’t trying to sell you something. So, on July 13th, we hope you’ll join us at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee however you can and watch these three artists do their thing.For free.

Click here for more information on the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

THU, MAR 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

You, Sub Pop, & 2013’s SXSW

Are you by chance heading down to South By Southwest this year? ?? (Was your answer “yes” to that question? If so, read on, if it was “no”, see the below*)?? That’s crazy, because us too! Well, some of us are. The “us” to which I am referring are the collective “us” that is comprised of the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. There will be other Sub Pop employees there, but they won’t be playing shows, so they don’t really matter too much in the context of this blog post(though I’m certain that if you found one, they’d definitely buy you a drink or your choosing). Since you are going to SXSW, why not take a minute to acquaint/reacquaint yourself with the aforementioned bands through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year.” I think you’ll be impressed.

*That’s crazy, because neither are we! Well, some of “we” aren’t going, but others of us are. The “we” that are going are the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. And while it is a bit of a bummer that not everyone gets to go down and enjoy warm, sunny Austin to see a lot of very exciting bands do their thing, you can still listen to them from wherever you are (we’re in the very gray city of Seattle not at all bitter that we don’t get to go to balmy Austin to watch a ton of bands) through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year”, you can listen to these bands as if you are there in person (minus the sun and ice-cold Shiners).

For those of you who are going to SXSW, please refer to the following schedule to catch our bands’ sets.

3:00 PM – Rose Windows – Fin Records Showcase @ Jackalope
ADDRESS: 404 E 6th Street

4:00 PM – JAILL – Burger Party @ Trailer Space
ADDRESS: 1401 Rosewood Ave.

8:00 PM – JAILLSXSW @ Hotel Vegas
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street

9:00 PM Rose Windows @ Austin Ale House (Seattle Music Showcase)
ADDRESS: 301 West 6th Street

3:00 PM – KING TUFF – Converse / Thrasher Party @ Scoot Inn
ADDRESS: 1308 E 4th Street (at Navasota)

4:00 PM – METZ- Brooklyn Vegan @ Old Emos Venue
ADDRESS: 603 Red River St

9:00 PM – JAILLKVRX Party @ Spider House
ADDRESS: 2906 Fruth Street

9:20-9:50 PM- PISSED JEANS- Pitchfork Showcase
ADDRESS: 1100 Warehouse (1100 E. 5th St. between San Marcos and Waller)

12:30 PM- Rose Windows @ Hotel Vegas (IET / Ping Pong PR Day Party)
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street

3:00 PM – METZ – Stereogum/Hype Machine @ Hype Hotel
ADDRESS: 301 Brazos St

3:30- JAILL – Goner / IET / Ping Pong Party @ Hotel Vegas
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street

3:30 PM – Rose Windows @ Brush Square Park (ZIIBRA Showcase)
ADDRESS: 409 East 5th Street

5:00 pm – KING TUFF – Sailer Jerry / Blundertown Party @ Gypsy Lounge
ADDRESS: 1504 E 6th Street

5:00 pm – METZ – Another Planet Entertainment Party @ Red Eyed Fly
ADDRESS: 715 Red River

8:00 PM- Rose Windows – Blackbox Showcase @ Doc’s Motorworks
ADDRESS: 1123 South Congress Avenue

9:50 – JAILL – Austin Facial Hair @ Grackle
ADDRESS: 1700 E 6th St

10:30 PM – METZ – Filter Magazine / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96
ADDRESS: 96 Rainey Street

11:30 PM – KING TUFF – Filter / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96
ADDRESS:96 Rainey Street

2:00 PM – METZ – The AV Club/Flowerbooking Party @ Mohawk
ADDRESS: 912 Red River

5:00 PM – KING TUFF- Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Emo’s
ADDRESS: 603 Red River St (corner of 6th)

6:00 PM – METZ – Urban Outfitters Back Lot
ADDRESS:2406 Guadalupe St

6:30 PM- Rose Windows – @ Redefine Mag Party @ House of Commons
ADDRESS: 2610 Rio Grande Street

11:00 PM – Rose Windows- Rockin Tomato Pizza Party!
ADDRESS: 3003 South Lamar Blvd

11:45 PM – KING TUFF – Burgermania II @ Hotel Vegas
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street

12:00 PM- Rose Windows – SXSW “Hangover” show @ Beerland
ADDRESS: 711 Red River Street

Posted by Sam Sawyer

WED, JUL 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Mudhoney & Sera Cahoone are Playing ON TOP of the G-D Space Needle!


In very remarkable news, Sub Pop artists, Mudhoney, J Mascis (J’s flight was unfortunately delayed and he will not be able to perform today) and Sera Cahoone are playing ON TOP of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle tomorrow, July 11th accompanying a remote broadcast by our dear friends at KEXP. From 12-5:30PM tomorrow, KEXP DJs John Richards and Kevin Cole will broadcast live from the Space Needle’s observation deck, jamming some Sub Pop tunes and generally kicking off the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee weekend with the rare sort of aplomb that posting up for the day on top of the Space Needle can bring.

The entire event will culminate in the first-ever live music performances from atop the Space Needle featuring solo sets from J Mascis and Sera Cahoone, and a fully plugged-in performance from Mudhoney. You will be able to live-stream video and audio from the broadcast via all day tomorrow TODAY!

There will also be interview highlights from label founder Bruce Pavitt, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, photographer Charles Peterson, and legendary producer Jack Endino. Also, I’m told that there will be surprises.

The FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Schedule:
Saturday, July 13th; Georgetown, Seattle, WA, USA

12th Avenue S and S Bailey
9am to noon – Yagya Opening Blessing

Sub Stage (at S. Homer Street)
8:30 pm – Built to Spill
7:15 pm – Mudhoney
6:00 pm – J Mascis
5:00 pm – METZ
3:45 pm – Pissed Jeans
2:30 pm – King Tuff
1:30 pm – Shearwater
(Beer Garden opens at noon)

Pop Stage (at S. Vale St.)
7:45 pm – Father John Misty
6:30 pm – Greg Dulli
5:20 pm – Shabazz Palaces
4:10 pm – The Baptist Generals
3:00 pm – clipping.

Elysian Stage (at the S. Lucile St. overpass)
7:30 pm – TBA
6:15 pm – Chad VanGaalen
5:00 pm – The Catheters
4:00 pm – Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (this is TAD’s new band)
3:00 pm – Jack Endino’s Earthworm
2:00 pm – The Tom Price Desert Classic (Tom Price was in the legendary U-Men)
1:00 pm – David Buhler (The mind behind Loser Pale Ale and partner at Elysian Brewing)
(Beer Garden open at noon)

The Mix: The Hardly Art Sideshow Jubilee
(at 6006 12th Ave. S.)
12:30 am – TBA
11:30 pm – Deep Time
10:30 pm – Protomartyr
9:30 pm – Hausu

Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, MAY 10, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Getting To Know Us: Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee Lineup


As you may or may not have been previously aware, Sub Pop’s years of consecutive business operations without going out of business reached the 25 year milestone on April 1st, 2013, and to celebrate ourselves, we are throwing an altogether free event on Saturday, July 13th in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood featuring live music from the Sub Pop universe as well as other types of attractions to attract you, the potential free concert goer, to the aforementioned date and time to celebrate us with us.

In an effort to familiarize/refamiliarize you with the bands that make up our truly magnificent lineup for the event, each week, we will bring to you Getting to Know Us, a column highlighting a Sub Pop artist or two playing our Jubilee. This week, we’re starting with Endino’s Earthworm featuring legendary producer, Jack Endino, and Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, featuring Tad Doyle.

Jack Endino and Sub Pop go way back, him having produced many Sub Pop releases, including Nirvana’s culture-shifting record, Bleach, and us having released many of those records. Endino’s Earthworm are not surprisingly from Seattle, WA, and as an a proper sonic introduction, take a listen to “Count Me Out” from Endino’s 2005 record, Permanent Fatal Error, recorded live at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle. Now, imagine that same wonderful thing, but set outside on a beautiful sunny Seattle day in July—now that’s good livin’.

Also playing the Silver Jubilee are Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, featuring the one and only, Tad Doyle. Tad was a key figure in the early days of the Sub Pop roster, and we couldn’t be happier to have Brothers of the Sonic Cloth playing their brand of heavy dirge on one of our stages. Listen to the epic 12-minute track “Fires Burn Dim in the Shadows of the Mountain” to see what we’re talking about.

Tune in next week for another issue of Getting to Know Us. The complete lineup and additional information for the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee can be found here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : SUN, FEB 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

The Postal Service’s ‘Give Up’ Turns Ten, Gets Reissued w/ New Tracks


It’s been a difficult task to try and wrap our collective head around the fact that it’s been a full decade since The Postal Service’s game-changing, and much to the chagrin of seemingly everyone, only record was released. A lot has changed since February of 2003 (including the fact that Give Up recently went platinum!), but one thing that’s remained constant, is how truly remarkable The Postal Service record, Give Up, is. That is certainly not lost on us, which is why Sub Pop is releasing a deluxe, 10th anniversary reissue of Give Up on April 9th. The deluxe version will feature 15 bonus tracks, including two brand new Postal Service songs, “Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String” (available here right now!). If there was ever record that deserved getting all deluxed up, it is most certainly this.

If you pre-order the 10th Anniversary Edition of Give Up from, you’ll receive a limited-edition Postal Service postcard set. We’re also giving people who pre-order the 3xLP vinyl version of the album the multi-colored, limited Loser Edition of Give Up. We’re also giving people who pre-order Give Up an instant download to the new song, “A Tattered Line of String”. And a note on limited-edition things: you’ve got to act quick to get yours.

Pre-order Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary and claim your postcards and Loser Edition LP.

Speaking of a tattered line of string, that decade-old Postal Service shirt you’ve been rocking is probably getting a little threadbare by now—not that you still don’t look good in it—it may just be time to re-up on your PS gear. We have two brand new Postal Service t-shirt designs to solve that problem. Here and here.

Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition facts:
- 2xCD/3xLP + Postal Service t-shirt bundles available
- Remastered 10-track original album
- 15 bonus tracks including two brand new songs and covers by The Shins and Iron & Wine
- Stream “A Tattered Line of String”, one of the two new Postal Service tracks in the accompanied YouTube player.

The Postal Service will also be setting out on a 10th anniversary tour with Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamberello as well as Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, Jenny & Johnny). For ticketing and additional show info, click here.

04/09/13 Tue – Reno NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre

04/10/13 Wed – Davis CA @ Mondavi Center

04/13/13 Sat – Indio CA @ Coachella

04/12/13 Fri – San Luis Obispo CA @ Madonna Expo Center (SOLD OUT)

04/18/13 Thu – Phoenix AZ @ Comerica Theatre

04/19/13 Fri – Las Vegas NV @ Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan

04/20/13 Sat – Indio CA @ Coachella

05/18/13 Sat – Manchester UK @ Academy 2 (SOLD OUT)

05/19/13 Sun – London UK @ Brixton Academy

05/20/13 Mon – London UK @ Brixton Academy (SOLD OUT)

05/21/13 Tues – Paris FR @ Trianon

05/23/13 Thu – Barcelona SP @ Primavera Soundwave

06/14/13 Fri – New York NY @ Barclays Center (SOLD OUT)

Posted by Sam Sawyer