It’s that time of year again where we get to tell you our favorite things from the year 2009. There were going to be some novelty entries like “Top 10 Rudest People in the Office” and “Top 10 Top 10 Lists” but then I realized that these lists are only marginally interesting anyway, so why beat a dead horse by throwing in a bunch of office in-jokes. Anyhow, I’ve taken it upon myself to offer up a package of all of Sub Pop’s 2009 full length releases to a random lucky commenter who adds his or her very own Top 10 list in the comments section, fancy bullet points not required. (Bonus points to whoever comes up with the Top 10 Form of Paying Attention Columns of 2009. Just sayin’.) It’s been a nice year, see y’all in 2010!!!! *UPDATE! WE’VE PICKED A WINNER AS OF 12/15/09. THANKS FOR PLAYING!*
- maserati/ zombi split
- alela diane to be still
- big business mind the drift
- elton john tumbleweed connection
- ben nichols the last pale light in the west
- black moth super rainbow eating us
- sleepy eyes of death dark signals
- fungi girls seafaring pyramids
- wilco ashes of american flags
- the sound all fall down
- no age losing feeling
- mark sultan hold on
- Blues Control Local Color
- Fuck Buttons Tarot Sport
- Pissed Jeans King of Jeans (can’t help it)
- Akron Family Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free
- Moritz Von Oswald Trio Vertical Ascent
- VA 5 Years of Hyperdub
- Demdike Stare Symbiosis
- Black to Comm Alphabet 1968
- Reigning Sound Love & Curses
- Disrupt The Bass Has Left the Building
- Phosphorescent To Willie
- Abner Jay The True Story of Abner Jay
- The Feelies The Good Earth (re-issue)
- V/A Mata La Pena (Mississippi Records world music comp!)
- Girls – Album
- Kurt Vile Childish Prodigy
- Neil Young Archives – Volume 1: 1963-1972
- Strange Boys The Strange Boys and Girls Club (new favorite as of this week)
- Michael Hurley Ida Con Snock
- Fletcher C. Johnson – He hasn’t released a full length, but I may as well count this as an album of the year for me based on how many times I’ve listened to his songs on Myspace
- Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion
- Girls Album
- Devandra Banhart What Will Be
- Sonny & the Sunsets Tomorrow is Alright
- Best Coast (I liked it all)
- Vetiver Tight Knit
- Woods Songs of Shame
- Fruit Bats Ruminant Band
- Comet Gain Broken Record Players
- Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
- Stone Roses Stone Roses Reissue
- Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt 2
- Vijay Iyer Historicity (probably the best record of 2009, ya know, imho & all)
- quitting caffeine at doctor’s orders & living to tell about it
- moving to an apartment without mice
- car totaled [by a nun?! -Ed.] (no injuries, it was parked/unoccupied; all considered this is probably the best thing that happened to me in 2009)
- reading Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes; changed up my whole scene
- discovered that I like bleu cheese (I’d been trying, this year it worked)
- getting back on my bicycle (not really related to totaled car but it helps)
- discovering the television show MI-5 (called Spooks in the rest of the world)
- seeing early Melvins open for Green River and “Houdini”-era Melvins
- Spider Spider (Thriftstore)
- The Beets Spit in the Face of People That Don’t Want To Be Cool (Captured Tracks)
- Strange Boys Strange Boys and Girls Club (In the Red)
- Reigning Sound Love and Curses (In the Red)
- Eat Skull Wild and Inside (Siltbreeze)
- Obits I Blame You (Sub Pop)
- Talbot Tagora Lessons in the Woods or a City (Hardly Art)
- Kurt Vile Childish Prodigy (Matador)
- Jacuzzi Boys No Season (Florida’s Dying)
- Moon Duo Killing Time EP (Sacred Bones)
- Nobunny Raw Romance cassette (Burger)
- There were/are so many more though… Intelligence, Dan Melchior, Thee Oh Sees put out a few (many) full lengths that I can get behind as well. I also want to throw in Christmas Island and the Dutchess and the Duke, too. There were a ton of great albums out in 2009!!! I’d also like to add Jason Smith stage diving during the Mummies while wrapped up in toilet paper.
- Talbot Tagora Lessons in the Woods or a City
- The Beets Spit in the face of people who don’t want to be cool
- Christmas Winter 7”
- The Strange Boys Strange Boys and Girls Club
- Thee Oh Sees Help / Thee Hounds of Foggy Notion / Dog Poison / Sub Pop Singles Club 7” / Singles comp / playing outside on the patio at the Funhouse / etc
- The Intelligence Fake Surfers
- Phosphorescent To Willie
- Audacity Power Drowning
- Dum Dum Girls Longhair 7”
- Wooden Shjips Dos / Contact EP
- Marc Sultan Hold On 7”
- Love Tan Miscellaneous Night Feelings
- Children’s Hospital S/T
- German Measles Wild EP
- Honorable Mentions – Arthur & Yu and the Moondoggies collaboration over the spring / summer…Rosalie Sorrels If I Could Be The Rain (not a new record but I discovered this 1967 LP this year and probably listened to it more than anything else in 2009 — seriously)… Muswell Hillbillies by the Kinks (for my money their best record and sorely overlooked, at least by me until this year…)…Familiars reunion show at the Funhouse… Party Weekend 09 – Labor Day weekend when Davila 666, Ty Segal and the Beets were all in town. That was so much fun
- mika miko we be xuxa
- thomas function in the valley of the sickness
- spits school’s out
- vivian girls everything goes wrong
- paul baribeau new demo tape
- Thee Oh Sees help
- seeing where the wild things are on mushrooms
- Quintron on Halloween in New Orleans
- Riding my bike from my living room to California
- our new haus
- Chuy Pancakes the dog
- Coconut Coolouts/Personal & the Pizzas/Tyvek summer tour
- Loan modification success
- All my 2009 baby friends (Billie, Paloma, Oscar)
- Being married for one year
- The Oh Sees Help
- Dutchess & the Duke Sunrise/Sunset
- Obits I Blame You
- Lots and lots of good shows, records, and friends
- Seeing Tyvek play the Paramount
- The Mummies and The Brentwoods at Budget Rock
(Top 10 Sub Pop things other than good records)
- Baby Billie!
- Tony and Sonya’s wedding!
- Dean and Lauren’s engagement
- The introduction of Chuy Pancakes
- Our amazing Sub Pop scholarship winners
- Lavaman with Carly
- Fleet Foxes on SNL!!
- Mudhoney in Warsaw
- Going to Willie Nelson’s house with Band of Horses!
- Willie biting the mean mailman
(Songs…..there are more than 10. Sorry.)
- Memory Tapes “Bicycle”
- Dum Dum Girls “Hey Sis”
- The Big Pink “Count Backwards from Ten”
- Mayfair Set “Desert Fun”
- The Horrors “Scarlet Fields”
- Animal Collective “In the Flowers”
- Crystal Stilts “The Dazzled”
- Micachu and the Shapes “Calculator”
- Pains of Being Pure At Heart “Higher Than the Stars”
- The XX “Crystalised”
- No Age “You’re a Target”
- Male Bonding “Pumpkin”
- Girls “Morning Light”
- Real Estate “Fake Blues”
- Best Coast “When I’m With You”
- Atlas Sound “An Orchid”
- Grizzly Bear “Two Weeks”
- Veronica Falls “Found Love In a Graveyard”
- The Link Light Rail (yes I’m the only one in the office benefiting from this thing)
- Flying Squirrel Pizza
- High waist jeans (bye bye muffin top!)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7 (the Seinfeld reunion is to die for)
- Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
- East Bound and Down
- Cougar Town (Courtney Cox is hilarious)
- Success with Ref 71 (we won!)
- Modern Family
- Le Loupe Family
- Flight of the Conchords Season 2 / the Australian episode
- New songs: Woods “Rain On”, Fuck Buttons “Flight of the Feathered Serpent”, Ganglians “Valient Brave”, Animal Collective “My Girls”, Demdike Stare “Jannisary”.
- Reissues – Stone Roses, Beatles reissues and Beatles Rockband, The Feelies, Neil Young – Archives, Ghana Special, Hyperdub comp, Nirvana Live at Reading CD/DVD.
- Live – Pissed Jeans at the Sub Pop CMJ Showcase – eyes and ears, heavier than Andre the Giant.
- Boomkat – A fantastic British online music store. It’s mainly electronic music but there is some other cool stuff on there too.
- Old stuff I’ve been excited about – Folky (Pentangle Jack Orion (instrumental)/Faro Annie, Roy Harper – Stormcock, Bert Jansch – Jack Orion) Dubby (Jacob Miller and Fatman Riddim Section – Heavyweight Dub/Killer Dub, King Tubby and Roots Radics – Dangerous Dub) Garnett Mimms – As Long As I Have You, Sharon Tandy – Hold On, Steve Reich and Phillip Glass.
- “Hot” records that were actually really good – The XX, Camera Obscura, Flaming Lips, Wild Beasts…..
- Snorkelling: It’s the best, get in there.
- Anvil: The Story of Anvil
- Great new Sub Pop jams for 2010. Beach House “10 Mile Stereo”, Happy Birthday “Subliminal Message”.
- Places I liked to eat in Seattle in 2009: Bakery Noveau, Buddha Rushka, Monsoon, Matt’s in the Market, Senor Moose, Skillet, Circa, St Andrews Bar and Grill, Flying Squirrel, Taqueria La Fondita #2 and Tacos Guaymas.
Top Ten Things I Discovered this year that other people have know about for thirty years:
- Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm A Black Man’s Soul Song : “Philly Dog”
- The Feelies Crazy Rhythms Song: “Moscow Nights”
- Motörhead On Parole Song: “On Parole”
- Roxy Music Country Life Song: “Prairie Rose”
(Re-embracing my love of NWOBHM especially)
- UFO Strangers in the Night Song: “Let it Roll”
- Small Faces Deeram LP Song: “Own Up Time”
- V/A Progressivo Italiano Song: Quella Vecchia Locanda “Il Cieco”
- Serge Gainsbourg Histoire De Melody Nelson Song: “Melody”
- Mott The Hoople Mad Shadows Song: “Thunderbuck Ram”
- Bobby Gentry Song: “Fancy”
- Rusted Shut Hot Sex EP
- Mark Sultan “Hold On” b/w “I Hear a New World”
- Spider Spider
- Tiny Vipers Life on Earth
- Tyvek & Personal and the Pizzas at many, many shows
- King Tuff at the Longbranch Inn, SXSW
- Happy Birthday at the Silent Barn
- The Hunches Exit Dreams
- Dum Dum Girls C/T EP
- Pissed Jeans King of Jeans
- Thee Oh Sees Help
- Charles Albright “I’m on Drugs”
- Beyond the Implode Atmosphere EP
- Getting engaged
GIVE-ing season arrives in Seattle
GIVE music and video compilation to benefit Arts Corps and food banks goes on sale Tuesday, Nov. 17; GIVE concert with Grand Archives and D. Black to rock the Crocodile Dec. 3
SEATTLE, WA – Coffee Roaster Caffé Vita will launch GIVE on Tuesday, November 17th with 30 downloadable tracks from a wide variety of Seattle artists, all of whom have donated songs to benefit Arts Corps and local area food banks. The complete list of artists involved will reach nearly 40 by mid-December.
A companion benefit concert featuring Grand Archives, D. Black and other artists will be held at the Crocodile Dec. 3. Tickets for the show are on sale now atwww.thecrocodile.com.
The $7 compilation – conceived and initiated by Seattle coffee roaster Caffé Vita, which is producing, curating and funding the project – will be available online atwww.giveseattle.org, as well as in Caffé Vita shops, Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom Records, University Book Store, The Crocodile, EMP, Neumos and Sorrento Hotel. These outlets will carry GIVE packages, including physical cards with a redemption code for the download, as ready-to-give presents.
A full 100 percent of sales will go directly to GIVE beneficiaries: Arts Corps, Seattle’s largest nonprofit arts educator, along with Ballard Food Bank, Rainier Valley Food Bank, University District Food Bank and West Seattle Food Bank.
Among the many highlights of GIVE are unreleased cuts from The Cave Singers, Grand Archives, Champagne Champagne featuring Fences, The Maldives, Mad Rad, and The Moondoggies. Nearly all of the 36 tracks on GIVE are exclusive to the compilation.
The GIVE tracks available immediately on Tuesday, Nov. 17 include:
1. Arthur & Yu: Magic Mountain
2. The Blakes: Parking Lot
3. Sera Cahoone: Love’s Gonna Live Here
4. The Cave Singers: Growing Palm
5. Champagne Champagne featuring Fences: Victim of the Modern Age
6. Common Market: The Picture of My DeLorean Gray
7. D. Black: On the Go
8. Fatal Lucciauno: Gangsta
9. Fences: Sadie
10. Fleet Foxes: Mykonos
11. Fresh Espresso: Gettin Money
12. Grand Archives: Wake Up
13. Head Like a Kite: Director’s Cut
14. Hey Marseilles: From a Terrace
15. Kinski: Whatever Happened to Madeleine Stowe
16. Le Loup: Forgive Me
17. The Lonely Forest: I Don’t Wanna Live There
18. Mad Rad: Love in a Strange World
19. The Maldives: In the End
20. Gabriel Mintz: Safeway
21. The Moondoggies: Side of the Road
22. Joshua Morrison: Mammoth Cave
23. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: Bitter Cold
24. Pearly Gate Music: Big Escape
25. The Pica Beats: Durian Shakes
26. The Saturday Knights: Go!
27. Talbot Tagora: Ichthus Hop
28. Tea Cozies: Corner Store Girls
29. J. Tillman: Earthly Bodies
30. Visqueen: Hand Me Down
Several GIVE artists are still finishing their exclusive GIVE tracks, including The Long Winters, Ben Gibbard, David Bazan, Throw Me The Statue, The Dutchess and The Duke, and Unnatural Helpers. Fans who purchase GIVE in November will be notified by email when these fresh tracks are available for download. The digital model allows patrons to pick and choose tracks they would like to download or simply download the entire album. Included with each sale of the physical GIVE card is a complimentary cup of Caffé Vita Farm Direct coffee, redeemable at any Vita location.
Stay tuned for several GIVE videos that bring together GIVE artists and leading filmmakers and creative firms, including Chase Jarvis, Wexley School for Girls, Creature, Steve Viehmann and City Arts Magazine.
Also appearing at the Dec. 3 benefit show will be Grant Olsen of Arthur & Yu; Kinski; Gabriel Mintz; Tea Cozies; and M.C. Tilson from The Saturday Knights. Tickets are $15.
GIVE truly is a city-wide community campaign. Nearly every facet of the project is being undertaken pro bono. Money for any expenses not donated will be raised at the Dec. 3 benefit concert.
The full list of partners for GIVE includes: 206 Inc. (strategy and publicity), Barsuk Records (music and website support), Caffé Vita (production, curation, funding), CD Forge (redemption operation), City Arts Magazine (video production and media), Creature (video production), The Crocodile (retail and concert hosting), Easy Street Records (retail), Expanding Brooklyn (publicity), Hardly Art (music and website support), Chase Jarvis (video production and promotion), KEXP (media), Lighthouse (webhosting), Robert Mercer (design), MMPUNION/Minuteman Press On Union (printing), Neumos (retail), RFI/CD (mastering), SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC (promotion), Sonic Boom Records (retail), The Stranger (media and promotion), Sub Pop (music and website support), Superfad (animation), Tap Plastics (point of sale), Steve Viehmann (video production), Wexley School for Girls (video production) and Megan Woo Web Design (website development).
For more information, please visit GIVE online at www.giveseattle.org, and become a fan on Facebook at
Seattle’s Fleet Foxes have been chosen to play the 2009 Bridge School Benefit on Oct 24th and 25th. Each year Neil Young and his wife Pegi organize a stellar show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA with all proceeds going to the Bridge School. This years performers include Monsters of Folk, Chris Martin of Coldplay, No Doubt and Adam Sandler just to name a few. I am holding out hope for an all star rendition of the Hanukkah song. Make it happen Sandler.You can learn more about the show here.
In other Fleet Foxes news the dudes will be honored along with Quincy Jones and KEXP at the 2009 Seattle City of Music Awards at the Showbox on Oct. 14th. This event is open to the public and you can pick up tickets at Easy St, Everyday Music, Silver Platters and Sonic Boom.
July is jam packed with all sorts of happenings, both on the internet and in real life. Real life is the actual bummer that we deal with every day—the place where bills are due and you are not attractive enough to get laid. Let’s talk about the good stuff that might ease that pain, especially now that scientists have discovered that pain pills are bad for you. First up is the new album from Tiny Vipers called Life on Earth that comes out July 7th. If you pre-order Life on Earth from us at subpop.com anytime before July 7th, you’ll also receive a truly limited Tiny Vipers home-recorded ambient piece on CDR called Blades of Grass. Sweet. On July 21st we’re releasing a 7” by Zak Sally of Low fame called “Why We Hide”. This single is one song from a full length album (to be released this summer by La Mano 21 as a handmade and signed, limited-edition CD) and another that’s not. And they’re both great. On the 21st our buddies at Hardly Art are also releasing the debut album from Seattle’s own Talbot Tagora called Lessons in the Woods or a City on CD and LP. Get ‘em all—you won’t be sorry.
Sub Pop will be headed out to Chicago July 17th – 19th for our 4th annual trip to the Pitchfork Music Festival. We’ll be manning a booth at the CHiRP Record Fair with all sorts of Sub Pop merch and a new limited tee. Stop by and meet Sam, Richard, and Alissa and make sure to get right up front for Blitzen Trapper and The Dutchess & the Duke and be sure to yell “Free bird” as much as possible. Bands live for that.
Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes will be headlining the grand finale of the VERA Project’s annual Drink for the Kids benefit this year on July 11th at Neumo’s. This fundraiser is a local favorite because it mostly involves buying booze in the name of the city’s coolest all ages venue, and it takes place at many bars all over Seattle from July 5th – 11th. Click here for participating bars and more info, and click here to get tickets for the Grand Finale show at Neumo’s.
Last year Seattle’s beloved roots-music magazine No Depression had to shut its doors, an all too common trend in print publications over the last few years. This year they’re saying fuck it and partying their asses off at Marymoor Park (the same place and same date as the SP20 Fest, coincidentally) with the first ever No Depression Festival featuring our very own Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. Get thee to the Eastside, y’all. Tickets and info available here.
So, last month I pointed out some of our new web junk, including our new blog format and our widely beloved Cybersex Sampler, which is still available for download btw; and I promised that we’d become more interesting and post more content. Well, we only lie sometimes around here, and this time we’ve really stuck to our word. Behold the new Tuesday Sales Program, invented by our very own Welshy dreamboat Dick Laing and his trusty Aryan sidekick Sam Sawyer! It’s kinda hard to explain, but basically we’re running little sales on t-shirts and staff picks on most Tuesdays when we do not have a new release, which, if you’ve been paying attention, has been most of the time in 2009. Just click here and here to see what I’m talking about, and make sure to check back often to see what we’re doing next.
And finally, we’d like to give a big congratulations to Spencer Moody and Coco Howard who will be gettin’ hitched on July 12th! You guys are the best!
Wondering how one of Sub Pop’s favorite non-profits, the Vera Project, has been holding up? Well, despite the dreary economy, swine flu and all the other downers out there today, the Vera Project is thriving with amazing shows including a solo show by none other than Robin Pecknold of that one band, what are they called…Fleet Foxes, as part of the annual A Drink for the Kids fundraiser! Last year alone over 37,000 people came through Vera’s doors, and over 1,000 people volunteered and took classes at Vera. Vera exists because of the people who support it, be they volunteers, contributing artists or donors. Music and art help all of us get through doldrums, economic or otherwise, and Vera continues to keep music and art accessible and affordable to people of all ages in the city of Seattle.
Nonetheless, Vera is seeing the effects of the weak economy. Vera relies on donations from individuals, businesses and private foundations for over 63% of our annual income. With foundation and corporate giving down due to a hurting stock market and rough economy, Vera needs your support right now.
You can be part of the Vera Project’s 2009 Spring Fund Drive! This month we are asking you, as true and sincere friends of all-ages music and youth-driven art, to help raise $20,000 for Vera. To countless people in the Seattle area Vera is a stable place for awesome all-ages shows, a place to meet friends and like-minded artists, a place to learn skills in music and arts production and a place to launch careers in the music, arts and non-profit industries. By supporting Vera you will help keep Seattle’s music and arts community strong and contribute to the lives of tens of thousands of young people. Please donate now!
Fleet Foxes were up against some stiff competition (LEONARD COHEN!, Seasick Steve, RADIOHEAD!, and PAUL WELLER!) for the MOJO awards Best Live Act category, and lo and behold they’ve won! According to a Reuter’s article, the organizers of the MOJO awards called Fleet Foxes “one of the greatest live bands in the world.” Woah. If that’s not crazy enough, check out this photo of Robin Pecknold sandwiched between photos of YOKO ONO and Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP. Congrats boys!