Last week, the nominations for the 2009 Grammy Awards were announced and we were pleasantly confused to discover that once again TWO (2) artists recording for the Sub Pop label earned nominations!
We are, of course, talking about No Age and Flight of the Conchords.
In category 80 (aka Best Comedy Album), the self-titled debut long-player by Flight of the Conchords is up against albums by Lewis Black, Kathy Griffin, Harry Shearer, and… George Carlin.
And, in category 88, (the award for Best Recording Package) No Age and art director Brian Roettinger have been nominated for the really very amazing, and yes, also handsomely packaged Nouns album! How crazy and amazing would it be if No Age won a Grammy??? We have all available fingers crossed.
Whoa. It’s October already? Time sure flies when the world is going to hell in a handbucket…
What better way to bailout Wall St. fat cats than by releasing some records??
First up this month: Daniel Martin Moore’s record album debut Stray Age! Daniel is new around here and we are head over heels for this new, quietly powerful record of his. Normally, in this space, I’d go on and on about the many ways in which Daniel’s record is amazing, what we find so striking about it, and why you should take a chance and buy it. Or, rather, Lacey would do that, normally. Instead of either of those things, we’ve somehow managed to set up a stream of Daniel’s entire record and invite you to listen to it and make up your own mind. You can listen to Daniel Martin Moore’s Stray Age in full here. (You’ll have to log-in to subpop.com to access the stream, but if you don’t already have one, signing up for an account takes about 20 seconds…)
Also this month! Our friends, neighbors, and the people who we suspect of using up the last of our creamer over at Hardly Art are releasing Get Young by Boston’s Pretty & Nice. And, the good people over at Aquarius Records (who really, genuinely are good people) had some very nice things to say about it. Nice things like: “There’s just something so amazing about pop music like this, the sounds and the songs, the hooks and the vibe, the energy, it’s pretty rare for all of those things to just fall perfectly into place, but when they do, it’s total fucking magic.”
Total Fucking Magic. ’Nuff said.
Lastly, as you’ve no doubt noticed by now (and, consequently, have probably not even read this far…), our usual correspondent in this space, Lacey Swain, is currently unavailable for any and all job-related activities. This is for a decidedly good reason: she and her longtime companion/live-in lover/fellow Coconut Coolout finally tied the knot and they’re off honeymoonin’ it up! So, altogether now: Congratulations Stacey and Roman!! We’re very, very happy for you crazy kids! Now get back to work!
We really shouldn’t have to be telling you this, right? Because you know that we live in a representative democracy and those representatives seem to go off the rail, crazy-train-style, when voters (that’s you) don’t hold them accountable. November 4th is your chance to hold ’em to it—we want to do our part to make sure you have the info that you need to make it happen.
So, first things first. If you’re 18 years of age make absolutely sure that you’re registered to vote. Even if you think that you’re already registered, you need to double check. The last few elections have seen political operatives employ all sorts of fishy tactics to purge voters from the rolls. This could include you.
Fortunately, the interweb has made registering to vote very easy. The Rock The Vote folks have reduced it to a web form:
Just fill out the form, print and mail it. Most states have a 30 day cut-off for voter registration, so do it now. If you are already registered to vote, re-registering shouldn’t screw it up. If you’re really worried, you can check your local voter guide (see below) for details.
If you are going to be away from your polling place on November 4th, you need to vote absentee. Longdistancevoter.org is a great resource for figuring out exactly how this works in your state:
They provide links to state voting guides at the bottom of the page. Make sure you’re registered to vote, then check your state’s voter guide for specific information on how get an absentee ballot and where to return it.
If you’re not registered and you want to vote, you need to take care of this right away. Do not procrastinate!