The fine folks over at vh1.com and vh1classic.com went above and beyond and have provided us with our best birthday present yet—a Sub Pop Turns 20 celebration with over 50 Sub Pop videos from the dawn of time til now. Check it out—there’s Tad, SDRE, Mudhoney, Band of Horses, The Shins, CSS, and more!
We have a trillion videos up for Subterranean’s Best of 2007 on MTV2 and you would be a bad citizen if you did not go HERE and cast a vote or two for The Shins, Band of Horses, CSS, DNTEL, Handsome Furs, The Thermals, and The Go! Team. Get to it! Please and thank you.
Have you seen this new iPod Touch commercial?? We’re pretty sure a couple of you have, since it aired during last night’s broadcast of something people have been referring to as “The World Series.”
Anyway, the real big news here is that this new iPod commercial features the song “Music is My Hot, Hot Sex” by none other than our weird Brazilian friends CSS! I know, right?!
Apparently, a guy in the UK by the name of Nick Haley, inspired by the line “Music is where I want you to touch,” in the aforementioned CSS song “Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex,” from their excellent album Cansei de Ser Sexy, made his own advertisement for this new iPod Touch gizmo and posted it on YouTube. The people at Apple (or, presumably, the people at Apple’s people) caught wind of this and emailed young Nick, who is a first-year student at the University of Leeds, with some variation on, “We know what you’ve done and want to speak with you about it.” We like to imagine Nick’s reaction to this email as being something like when George Burns first starts talking to John Denver in the 1977 blockbuster Oh, God! Long story arguably somewhat shorter: Nick and Apple worked it out, tightened up the ad, and, viola, CSS is in an iPod Touch commercial.
CSS is our king-sized bed, MF’ers.
Note to other potential advertisers: the CSS track “Fuckoff Is Not the Only Thing You Have to Show” is still available!
Remember when we invented the wooden record for sales of 100K a while back? Well, MTVu liked the idea so much they have a whole awards show about it now and they would like to bestow an MTV brand Woodie on two of our bands—The Shins and CSS! The Shins are up for 3 awards,and the viral one requires voting NOW! DO IT!
Help Sub Pop take Back the Wood!
Who’s handsome and furry all over? Not your mom, silly, the Handsome Furs! About-to-be-married couple Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry formed the band in the winter of 2005, and toured Europe before they even had a record out. Their debut album, called Plague Park (lovingly referred to in World HQ as Plaque Park_, which I guess would be a park in Candy Land, or possibly an amusement park designed by dentists to frighten children into a consistent dental care regimen…) is out May 22nd. It is dark and minimal and catchy as shit, and is the perfect foil for the impending pesky, sunny summer, what with its “cheeriness” and “positivity." You can pre-order it now-ish, right here. With the help of the Mighty Canadian Government, Dan and Alexei made a wicked scary, Twin Peaks-y video for the song “Dumb Animals”, which you can view HERE0wutqc.
Also, F your I, the word for Sub Pop Summer ’07 is BANANAS. Why? Because we’ll have new full-lengths from not just the H. Furs, but also from Pissed Jeans, Jennifer Gentle, Patton Oswalt, Tiny Vipers, The Brunettes, and Kinski. And (!), there will be new singles from The Thermals, CSS, and Iron & Wine. Thankfully, during summertime in the Pacific Northwest, the sun rises early and doesn’t set until around 9:30 PM, which means we have nearly double the daylight hours, so getting out of the office at seven won’t be as harsh as it is when it’s pitch black outside. You’ll want to keep checking Sub Pop Dot Com for More Exciting News!
The ingenious people behind QOOB in Italy are currently running a CSS video contest, for the song “Alcohol,” from their international smash-hit-like record Cansei de Ser Sexy! The basic deal is, prospective directors go to the QOOB site, download green-screen footage of the band shucking and jiving and carrying on, and edit that together with the song (also available for download on the QOOB site) and whatever background imagery they’d like. CSS will watch all of the entries, pick their favorite (or least disliked) and to the winner goes the spoils! In this case, the spoils are the not-at-all-insubstantial sum of 2,000 euros (to say nothing of the far more ephemeral, though un-freakin-deniable, fame that might accompany such a victory!).
All of the necessary material, instructions, etc. are provided here. And, the text of the QOOB press release follows…
CSS are the most innovative and overwhelming Brasilian band to be spotted on screen, one of the musical revelations of 2006. For their new video, “Alcohol”, they’re addressing the QOOB online community to come up with a groundbreaking promo and in order to do this, QOOB is giving its users access to an all new means of production.
All wannabe directors of QOOB will be able to use footage of the band shot in greenscreen (downloadable at this URL: http://it.qoob.tv/users/comp.asp). CSS members have been filmed by a QOOB team on a green set, which allows users-directors to replace the background with those images that most fit with their creative impulse. It won’t be just another user generated video, then, but it will also give the chance to manipulate the image of the band by placing the members in any kind of context, situation, landscape.
All entries will have to be submitted by 15 April. The winning video, chosen by CSS themselves, will be awarded with a prize of 2,000 euros, kindly put at stake by Sub Pop Records and Audioglobe Italia
After similar successful partnerships with German dj and producer Ellen Allien & Apparat, Italian indie-gods Giardini di Mirò and British electronic outfit Four Tet, QOOB takes one step further, proving to be at the cutting-edge of truly innovative user-generated videomaking.
And the imagination on the net goes on.
If you have questions on any of this please email QOOB, not us!
The deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2007.