There is cause for rejoicing! Illustrious rocker King Tuff has announced a short solo West Coast tour with his longtime friends and former-Happy Birthday bandmates Ruth Garbus and Chris Weisman opening with their own solo sets. These dates will find the King showcasing a mix of older and newer material.
King Tuff - aka Kyle Thomas - shared some words about the shows: “I’m excited to announce I will be doing a little solo tour with two of my greatest old friends and favorite musicians Ruth Garbus and Chris Weisman. This is a rare treat because these Vermont genie/geniuses rarely leave their snow holes. I will be performing mostly new songs and the vibe will be magical/rustic/spazzy. Hope to see you there.”
May. 12 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library May 13 - North Fork, CA - King Tuff and Friends at Bandit Town May 14 - Gundlach Bundschu Winery - The Old Redwood Barn May 15 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club May 17 - Felton, CA - Don Quixote’s May 19 - Big Sur, CA - Hipnic Festival * *King Tuff Only
Sub Pop Records turns 23 today. Our boss Jonathan had the following very nice thing to say to the internet on the subject:
“On April 1st, 1988, the lease for Sub Pop’s first designated office space officially commenced. We were unceremoniously booted from that building years ago, but the day stuck as a birthday of sorts. To all of our vendors, customers, colleagues, friends, mentors, employees, and artists: thank you. Same goes to our beloved hometown of Seattle.”
In years past we have really made a nuisance of ourselves going on and on about our anniversary. We’ve hosted a bunch of parties, put together shows, once we even had a big, fat festival. This year, instead, we are going to do a little more shutting up and a whole lot more putting out 1,000 amazing records. To be fair, we have not actually counted, but it sure seems like 1,000. We have listened to them all, though, and we’re dead certain about the amazing part. And, as Jon more succinctly put it in the quote above: we’re very grateful.
Sometimes it’s just nice to have proof that certain events actually took place (especially if your memory is as unreliable as ours). Did I really flash Vanilla Ice on my walk home from the bar? Did I really, prior to seeing/flashing Vanilla Ice, participate in a pie eating contest and then puke on him, post-flashing? Sometimes without filmic documentation of events, it’s as if those events never happened.
Luckily for you/us, we have proof that we did in fact turn 22! You can now see for yourself the level of sonic debauchery that members of Jaill, Avi Buffalo, Happy Birthday, our staff and good friends in Seattle, all enjoyed without experiencing (or perhaps admitting to) an icky hangover or intense cotton mouth. Click here to see what happens when we at Sub Pop throw a 22nd birthday party for ourselves!
And, speaking of Jaill … Their new record, That’s How We Burn, comes out this Tuesday, July 27th! Starting now and until the album’s release on Tuesday, we are giving you the opportunity to stream the record in its entirety. Click here to jam on the band’s new record. Should you like what you hear (and trust us, you will) you can pre-order the album here. In addition to your copy of That’s How We Burn, you will also receive a free Jaill patch handmade by the same talented, nimble hands which made this unquestionably buyable record. And by that we mean the band made these themselves!
One last thing, Avi Buffalo, Jaill and Happy Birthday are all on the road or gearing up to head out on tour. Click here to see if any of these bands or other bands currently recording under the Sub Pop imprint of moderate quality will be passing through your town.
Record Store Day (RSD) 2010 is this Saturday, April 17th. To get you in the mood we have put together a an embeddable SoundCloud playlist featuring select tracks from the seven different limited edition RSD Sub Pop releases. Be warned, this playlist will only be available until Monday, April 19th! A complete list of releases and in-store performances provided below. Cick here for a list of participating stores.
Sub Pop Record Store Day Playlist
1. The Album Leaf – There Is A Wind (Acoustic)
2. Beach House – The Arrangement
3. CocoRosie – Lemonade
4. Comets on Fire – Dogwood Rust
5. Dum Dum Girls – Pay For Me
6. Happy Birthday – Shampoo
7. Male Bonding – Before It’s Gone
8. Soundgarden – Hunted Down
Here is a full track listing for our limited edition record Store Day releases.
Beach House “Zebra” 12” (sp877)
The “Zebra” 12” features 2 new tracks (“The Arrangement” and “Baby”) and 2 alternate takes on songs from the popular 2010 Teen Dream album (a UK radio edit of “Zebra” and the Cough Syrup remix of “10 Mile Stereo”). Available now: Beach House’s Teen Dream SP845, CD+DVD/2xLP+DVD. (2,750 copies)
1. Zebra (UK Radio Edit)
2. The Arrangement
2. 10 Mile Stereo (Cough Syrup Remix)
The Album Leaf “There Is a Wind” 12” (sp878)
The “There Is a Wind” 12” features 2 new tracks (“Landing in Snow” and “Resonations”) and 2 alternate takes on songs from the popular 2010 A Chorus of Storytellers album (an acoustic version of “There Is a Wind” and the Jamuel Saxon sunburnt remix of “Falling from the Sun”). Also available now: The Album Leaf’s A Chorus of Storytellers SP805, CD/2xLP. (2,000 copies)
1. There Is a Wind (acoustic)
2. Landing in Snow
2. Falling from the Sun (Jamuel Saxon sunburnt remix)
Dum Dum Girls / Male Bonding 7” (sp876)
Two brand-new and exclusive tracks for Record Store Day 2010, one each from LA’s Dum Dum Girls and London’s Male Bonding. Both bands have debut albums out this spring on Sub Pop. Also available now: Dum Dum Girls’ I Will Be SP840, CD/LP. Available May 11th: Male Bonding’s Nothing Hurts SP854, CD/LP. (2,250 copies)
Side A: Dum Dum Girls “Pay for Me”
Side AA: Male Bonding “Before It’s Gone”
Happy Birthday 7” (sp874)
Two brand-new and exclusive tracks for Record Store Day 2010 from Kyle “King Tuff” Thomas’ Happy Birthday. Both of these tracks, like those of Happy Birthday’s self-titled March 2010 debut album, were recorded and mixed at Kyle’s home studio. Available March 16th: Happy Birthday’s Happy Birthday SP850 CD/LP. (1,750 copies)
Side A: “Shampoo”
Side B: “Alien”
Soundgarden “Hunted Down” 7” Reissue (sp12a)
This reissue of a Sub Pop classic was arranged specially for Record Store Day. “Hunted Down” was released in June 1987 as the band’s first single and was later available on Screaming Life. This single is pressed on translucent orange vinyl. The original, now a Soundgarden collector’s item, was pressed on blue vinyl. (4,575 copies)
Side A: “Hunted Down”
Side B: “Nothing to Say”
CocoRosie “Lemonade" 7” (sp884)
The A-side to this limited-edition single is an edit of one of the stand-out tracks from the new CocoRosie album Grey Oceans and the B-side is the band’s cover of the Beach Boys’ classic “Surfer Girl.” Grey Oceans, CocoRosie’s Sub Pop debut (and fourth full-length album overall) will be released on May 11, 2010. Watch a ““Smokey Taboo” trailer from Grey Oceans. (1,000 copies)
Side A: “Lemonade”
Side B: “Surfer Girl”
SP20: Casual Nostalgia Fest CD (sp879)
We at Sub Pop Records celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2008 with, among other things, a 2-day music festival July 12th and 13th at Marymoor Park, somewhat unimaginatively called SP20. We’ve collected here some of our favorite performances from the SP20 festival. Sub Pop will be donating all of the profits from the sale of this CD to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. (9,200 copies)
1. Green River: “Leech”
2. Wolf Parade: “Fine Young Cannibals”
3. The Vaselines: “Dying for It”
4. Obits: “Run”
5. Les Thugs: “Dirty White Race”
6. Eric’s Trip: “Smother”
7. Beachwood Sparks: “You Take the Gold”
8. Blitzen Trapper: “Furr”
9. Flight of the Conchords: “Carol Brown”
10. Iron & Wine: “Woman King”
11. Constantines: “Why I Didn’t Like August ‘93”
12. Seaweed “Baggage”
13. Grand Archives: “Dig That Crazy Grave”
14. Low: “Silver Rider”
15. The Helio Sequence: “Lately”
16. Kinski: “The Wives of Artie Shaw”
17. Pissed Jeans: “Caught Licking Leather”
18. Mudhoney: “The Open Mind”
19. Comets on Fire: “Dogwood Rust”
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Waterloo Records in Austin
Male Bonding & Dum Dum Girls at Origami Records in Los Angeles
No Age at Sweat Records in Miami
Steve Turner from Mudhoney DJ set at Everyday Music PDX (Burnside) from 12-2 PM
April 17th is, for the third time ever, what we in the biz like to call Record Store Day. Everyone’s all like “oooh it’s like Christmas for record nerds!” and “record store day is my favorite new day of the year!” but the real truth is that Record Store Day just means we can sell you more records, AND, record stores will continue to exist! (Win/win) This year we are releasing limited edition records (the number in parentheses = the total run) by Beach House (2750), The Album Leaf (2000), Happy Birthday (1750), Dum Dum Girls/Male Bonding (2250), Soundgarden (5475), and CocoRosie (1250) as well as a CD (9200) of some of the live performances from our big 20th Anniversary blowout from 2008. You can read more about our RSD offerings and in-stores here and more about RSD in general here.
April 27th is the release date for the highly anticipated Avi Buffalo record called, somewhat mysteriously, Avi Buffalo. If you pre-order Avi Buffalo by April 27th, you will, for free, receive a totally limited CDR featuring four non-album tracks! So don’t delay, after April 27th, they are gone. Our mom-n-pop direct sales guy Dean Whitmore has a fantastic little musical outfit called Unnatural Helpers, and they too are releasing an album on the 27th. Cracked Love and Other Drugs is available from Hardly Art. Get it!
Hey, also, speaking of our anniversary, it was just our anniversary again! This year we turned 22. It’s cool…we’re thinking about getting our own place so we can smoke our dope in private, as well as what we’re going to do with the rest of our lives. And speaking of the rest of our lives, you are currently reading the very last edition of A Form of Paying Attention. You goddamned kids have no attention spans anymore so from May 1 on you will find news bits in place of this wordy, dumb column. It was a good run but it’s time to put ‘er down.
For the first time ever we have a three-way tie for the winners of March’s new releases. Our friends at Yours Truly do awesome video stuff like this, but they had a hard time picking a winner for me. I finally got them to say “the guy who said the Smiths,” but that’s actually two guys, so both Simon Horton and Mike Waalkes are winners of the new Ruby Suns, Golden Triangle, Happy Birthday, and Dum Dum Girls records. Also, I had to pick Bob Ham as a winner as well because I’ve been obsessing about Henry Rollins lately. (Henry, call me!) Congratulations, everyone. To win April’s new releases, including a complete pack of all of our RSD releases, please leave my column an obit in the comments section. See ya!
The debut full-length by Happy Birthday comes out tomorrow, March 16th! As with many of the records we release under the Sub Pop imprimatur of medium quality, we are very enthusiastic about this album and this band. So enthusiastic, in fact, that we would like to encourage you to buy this album from us. And, in order to convince you of the necessity of having Happy Birthday in your life, we are going to the following great lengths…
We are GIVINGAWAY a second mp3 from the Happy Birthday album! This number is called “Subliminal Message,” and it is hereby yours to keep! Get Subliminal Message here!
You know how people do that thing where they put music up on YouTube with just a picture of the record cover, or maybe an LP spinning on a turntable, or some other thing that is clearly not all that much of a video at all, but just some kind of placeholder image or thing, that is just really an excuse to stream a song on what is, at least in name, more of a site for videos? We’re doing that with “Subliminal Message,” too! Subliminal Message on YouTube! It’s not a music video! Or, maybe it’s just a really plain one!
And there you go: three (3!) new opportunities to celebrate Happy Birthday!
Also worth noting, for those of you attending the annual South by Southwest music festival in Austin this year: Happy Birthday is playing the Sub Pop/Hardly Art show on Thursday, March 18th at the Galaxy Room. Full details on all that here.
For those of you with less generous expense accounts, there are other non-festival Happy Birthday shows listed here!