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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

WED, JAN 20, 2010 at 4:21 AM

Handsome Furs (Travel Nerds) now on


Yesterday the folks at the new announced the launch of a couple of new online video series, and one of those video series focuses on our own Handsome Furs! It’s called Indie Asia: On Tour with Handsome Furs and follows Dan and Alexei from Handsome Furs during their first tour across Asia, through China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand. They took two Flip cams with them on this tour and came up with some super cool stuff. This band is completely based, aesthetically and otherwise, on traveling, on absorbing places and regurgitating them in music, so it’s little surprise that they made such excellent travelogues. You should really take a look!

Available at, a new episode of Indie Asia is slated to appear regularly in the travel section of beginning on Thursday, January 21.

And, you can read the full news release from CNN on this and their new Vice/VBS.TV series as well right here.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

TUE, DEC 1, 2009 at 7:40 AM

A Form of paying Attention December 2009


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!*

Sasha Barr

  • 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
  • Coraline
  • Up

Andy Kotowicz

  • 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

Sasha Morgan

  • 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

Sam Sawyer

  • 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

Stuart Fletcher

  • 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

Ruben Mendez

  • 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.

Nick Heliotis

  • 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

Andrew Sullivan

  • 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

Lacey Swain

  • 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

Megan Jasper
(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

Sue Busch
(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”

Angelina Saez

  • 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

Richard Laing

  • 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.

Gabe Carter
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”

Dean Hudson

  • 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

Posted by Lacey Swain

THU, AUG 20, 2009 at 3:13 AM

How Many Sub Poppers Does it Take to Screw In a Light Bulb?


In this case 3! From August 6-9, Sub Pop’s President (Jonathan Poneman), Art Director (Jeff Kleinsmith) and Resident Meathead (Andy Kotowicz) took to the streets of Myslowice, Poland, a town of 75,000 in the southwestern , industrial region of Silesia. Their purpose: apart from downing dozens upon dozens of pierogies and swallerin’ copious vodka shots, was to attend the Off Festival and install a Sub Pop art exhibit at a gallery at the Miejeskie Centrum Kultury (Town Culture Center). The festival lineup was pretty amazing. In addition to Sub Pop’s own Handsome Furs and Tiny Vipers, alums The Thermals also graced the stages, along with Wire, Fucked Up, Health, Wooden Shjips, The Field, Crystal Antlers AND Stilts, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and headliners Spiritualized and The National. Lots of Polish bands played as well: Pustki, Cool Kids of Death, Lech Janerka and Maria Peszek, to name a few. Great big thank yous to festival organizer, Artur Rojek, Lenka Panak, Ola, Ricky, Ania, Pawel and everyone else we met or who helped out. We owe you in a way we may never have the opportunity to fully acknowledge, but I certainly hope that one day, we do.

Photos of our exploits are here.

Choice video bits are here and here.

Posted by Andy Kotowicz

MON, JUN 8, 2009 at 8:50 AM



Ya’ll Seattle folks see those thongs thrown on stage at Handsome Furs? That was me and Hardly Art’s own Nick Heliotis having a grand ol’ time at Neumos on Friday! What a show! If you haven’t been able to catch the duo on their current tour, you should check out their fabulous in-studio with KEXP tomorrow at NOON PST right here.

Posted by Sasha Morgan