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 CNN.com. Go check it out!
Oh and you can also check out all 4 episodes in one pace by going here too!
Yesterday the folks at the new CNN.com 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 www.cnn.com/IndieAsia, a new episode of Indie Asia is slated to appear regularly in the travel section of CNN.com beginning on Thursday, January 21.
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. THANKSFORPLAYING!*
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
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)
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!)
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)
UFOStrangers 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”
Tiny Vipers Life on Earth
Tyvek & Personal and the Pizzas at many, many shows
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 AntlersANDStilts, 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.
So, in keeping true to our vague oath to put more t-shirts up for sale in the near future, I present to you another limited-time t-shirt sale. Now through Thursday, July 2nd, we’ve got Pissed Jeans, Sub Pop, Band of Horses, and Handsome Furs shirts on sale for $10! It’s summer dudes, treat yourself to a t-shirt.
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 NOONPST right here.