With less than a month left until Seattleites, Washingtonians, fellow Northwesterners, national and international travelers, and the great unwashed (Sub Pop employees) arrive en masse in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood for the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee, we’re running out of time to tell you all about ourselves in an effort to coerce you into thinking to yourself, “This free, all day concert-going experience, featuring many of my favorite artists and musicians, and possibly introducing me to additional favorite artists and musicians, is how I will spend Saturday, July 13th. I should tell all of my friends about this now”. And you know what, you’re right, you should tell your friends about this; it’s going to be the best G-D day of all. This week’s Getting to Know Us, the feature intended to acquaint/reacquaint you with the artists playing the Jubilee, features King Tuff and Chad VanGaalen, two overwhelming creative hubs of music and art and wonderful weirdness of all kinds. Here, let me show you about them:
Led by long-haired, self-taught Bedazzler virtuoso and all around natural creative force, Kyle Thomas, King Tuff came to Sub Pop on the heels of their near-perfect debut, King Tuff Was Dead, (which, if you’re a connoisseur of good times, you should own (lucky for you, it just got reissued on the vinyl formatway)). Instead of releasing the King Tuff follow-up, Thomas reengineered his formula for his next project and came up with the KT bridge project, Happy Birthday, and we released their brilliant self-titled, laid-back pop anthem-laden debut in 2010 to much hoo-ha from the press. In 2012, Thomas refocused on King Tuff and gave the world King Tuff, pleasing virtually all who chose to gaze their ears upon its fuzzy glory. Watch the embedded video for KT’s “Bad Thing” to get an earful of what we’re clumsily trying to tell you about. OH! It’s always worth noting that AllMusic.com decreed upon King Tuff the musical theme: “TGIF”; those guys clearly get it.
Sub Pop has had the privilege of putting out four of Chad VanGaalen’s records in just eight years. They’ve each been haunting, beautiful and weird—a sort of weird beauty. In addition to being a uniquely gifted and prolific musician/songwriter, Chad is also a visual artist with an output similar to his musical output, which is to say, he’s like a nuclear reactor of creative energy. He has illustrated and animated most of his own music videos, adding an additional sensory dimension through which his haunting songs can are conveyed. Watch the accompanying “Molten Light” to get the eerie and enthralling CvG experience. Chad has also illustrated and animated music videos for Sub Pop labelmates like J Mascis (also playing the Jubilee), as you can see here.
Chad and Kyle are just two of Sub Pop’s many creative weirdos, and two more very convincing reasons why the July 13th Sub Pop Silver Jubilee is going to be a wonderfully absurd place to park yourself for the day—we hope to see you there. Thanks again for getting to know us.
Another week is already on top of us, June’s entering its awkward tweens, and we’ve got another issue of Getting to Know Us, the weekly column in which we go on and on (and on) about a few of the artists playing our self indulgent 25th anniversary party (the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee—July 13th—Seattle), with the tedium of proud parents in an effort to acquaint/reacquaint you with the artists playing. This week, we’re going to tell you all about Greg Dulli, Shearwater, and The Baptist Generals.
Among Sub Pop’s many prodigal sons, Greg Dulli stands out because we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to work with him on not just one, but three different projects: The Afghan Whigs, The Gutter Twins, and most recently, The Twilight Singers; each sonically unique unto themselves yet somehow all clearly branded “Dulli”—all with truly astonishing releases. Greg Dulli is going to have an unparalleled depth in which to pull songs from, so a performance from him is likely to be a multi-decade-spanning trip from the past to the present with stops everywhere in between—we’re excited to board any ship with Greg Dulli at the helm—it’s going to be a great ride. Watch the video for “On The Corner”, from Twight Singers’ 2011 Dynamite Steps to hear what we’re saying.
Shearwater’s prolific career has been on high speed for over a decade, but we’ve only just recently been lucky enough to work with them having released their seventh full-length record, Animal Joy, in 2012. Without a background in poetry, it’s difficult to accurately describe exactly the sound that Shearwater has so developed over the years—dark with a healthy dose of pirated optimism?—yikes, that’s not it. Check out their cinematic video for “You As You Were”, my personal favorite Shearwater song.
The Baptist Generals hold the Sub Pop Records record for longest time span between debut and sophomore record—No Silver/No Gold and Jackleg Devotional to the Heart—2003 and 2013, respectively; a full decade. It’s no small feat reintroducing a band to a generation of music listeners and record collectors who were forced to move on after the long wait, but upon our first hearing Jackleg, there was no question that we had to share this record with anyone and everyone who we could play it for, which is to say, it may have been a long time, but The Baptist Generals sound is as good as ever. They’re like the Meryl Streep of Denton, TX-based musicians. To hear proof of this well-aged sound, listen to “Broken Glass.”
With last Friday’s announcement expanding the already get-here-July 13th-no-matter-what caliber lineup for The Silver Jubilee to include METZ, King Tuff, Built To Spill, Chad VanGaalen, and brand new Sub Pop artists, clipping., this festival is shaping up to be the best we’ve ever been to—here’s to hoping you can join us.
We here at Sub Pop are feeling even more self-congratulatory than usual in sharing further details on our 25th anniversary celebration: the Sub Pop Records Silver Jubilee. To be held July 12th-13th in Seattle, Washington, the event will feature music and comedy performances by past and present Sub Pop and Sub Pop-related artists.
On Friday, July 12th, the previously announced Silver Jubil-eve: A 25th Anniversary Comedy Thing (for Charity!) takes place at the Moore Theatre. The evening will be hosted by Eugene Mirman and feature performances from Marc Maron, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, and Kurt Braunohler, with additional guests to be announced shortly. Tickets for the event are $25 and are on sale now, right here. More information is here.
Then, on Saturday, July 13th, our entirely FREE, all-ages festival will happen to a stretch of Airport Way in Seattle’s historic & colorful Georgetown neighborhood. The music lineup has been expanded to include friends of Sub Pop Built to Spill (fun fact: Built to Spill recorded their landmark album There’s Nothing Wrong with Love, for the Sub Pop offshoot and respected indie label Up Records in 1994). Also added to the lineup are Sub Pop artists “King Tuff”http://www.subpop.com/artists/king_tuff/, METZ, Chad VanGaalen, and the newest addition to the Sub Pop roster, clipping., from Los Angeles. Our sister label, Hardly Art, will host the “Hardly Art Sideshow Stage” at the Georgetown venue The Mix. The 21-and-over show, which features Hausu, Protomartyr, Deep Time, and more, will begin at 9pm. Please find full updated music lineup details below.
We’d also like to officially welcome clipping. to the Sub Pop family. The group joined the label earlier this month, and will release their label debut in 2014. In the meantime, listen to their album midcity here or watch their latest video for “bout that” here.
Finally, the temporary Sub Pop Mega Mart store, located in the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood, will open its doors on June 8th. Discerning music lovers will find records—including lots of rare and out-of-print colored vinyl—and merchandise from the label’s storied catalog, and take in an art exhibit featuring little-seen materials (sketches and artwork, label ads and press sheets, blue-lines and cutting room floor scraps) from throughout the label’s history. The store hours are Thursday-Saturday 12-8pm, and Sunday 12-6pm. The Sub Pop Mega Mart is at 6003 12th Avenue South in Seattle and will be open from June 8th until July 21st.
All proceeds from both the ticketed Silver Jubil-eve comedy night and donations collected from the Silver Jubilee music event will benefit local organizations 90.3FM KEXP, Northwest Harvest and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. In addition to these worthy organizations, Sub Pop is fortunate to be working with the Georgetown Merchants Association and great businesses like Nordstrom, STG Presents, Uber, Top Pot Doughnuts, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Georgetown Brewing Company, the Sandbox, Fantagraphics Books, Georgetown Records, Via Tribunali, Elysian Brewing Company, and the Georgetown Inn to create a one-of-a-kind event in a one-of-a-kind neighborhood.
Friday July 12, 2013 Sub Pop Records’ Silver Jubil-eve
A 25th Anniversary Comedy Thing (for Charity!)
At The Moore Theatre
Tickets $25, All Ages
Ticketing info here. Lineup:
Saturday July 13th
Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee
On Airport Way in Georgetown
FREE, All Ages
Built to Spill
Father John Misty
The Baptist Generals
Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (featuring Tad Doyle)
Jack Endino’s Earthworm
And special guest TBA
Hardly Art Sideshow Stage
6006 12th Ave. S
9pm / 21+ / FREE
and special guests
Are you by chance heading down to South By Southwest this year? ?? (Was your answer “yes” to that question? If so, read on, if it was “no”, see the below*)?? That’s crazy, because us too! Well, some of us are. The “us” to which I am referring are the collective “us” that is comprised of the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. There will be other Sub Pop employees there, but they won’t be playing shows, so they don’t really matter too much in the context of this blog post(though I’m certain that if you found one, they’d definitely buy you a drink or your choosing). Since you are going to SXSW, why not take a minute to acquaint/reacquaint yourself with the aforementioned bands through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year.” I think you’ll be impressed.
*That’s crazy, because neither are we! Well, some of “we” aren’t going, but others of us are. The “we” that are going are the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. And while it is a bit of a bummer that not everyone gets to go down and enjoy warm, sunny Austin to see a lot of very exciting bands do their thing, you can still listen to them from wherever you are (we’re in the very gray city of Seattle not at all bitter that we don’t get to go to balmy Austin to watch a ton of bands) through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year”, you can listen to these bands as if you are there in person (minus the sun and ice-cold Shiners).
For those of you who are going to SXSW, please refer to the following schedule to catch our bands’ sets.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
3:00 PM – Rose Windows – Fin Records Showcase @ Jackalope ADDRESS: 404 E 6th Street
4:00 PM – JAILL – Burger Party @ Trailer Space ADDRESS: 1401 Rosewood Ave.
8:00 PM – JAILL – SXSW @ Hotel Vegas ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
9:00 PM Rose Windows @ Austin Ale House (Seattle Music Showcase) ADDRESS: 301 West 6th Street
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
3:00 PM – KINGTUFF – Converse / Thrasher Party @ Scoot Inn ADDRESS: 1308 E 4th Street (at Navasota)
4:00 PM – METZ- Brooklyn Vegan @ Old Emos Venue ADDRESS: 603 Red River St
9:00 PM – JAILL – KVRX Party @ Spider House ADDRESS: 2906 Fruth Street
9:20-9:50 PM- PISSEDJEANS- Pitchfork Showcase ADDRESS: 1100 Warehouse (1100 E. 5th St. between San Marcos and Waller)
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
12:30 PM- Rose Windows @ Hotel Vegas (IET / Ping Pong PR Day Party) ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
3:00 PM – METZ – Stereogum/Hype Machine @ Hype Hotel ADDRESS: 301 Brazos St
3:30- JAILL – Goner / IET / Ping Pong Party @ Hotel Vegas ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
3:30 PM – Rose Windows @ Brush Square Park (ZIIBRA Showcase) ADDRESS: 409 East 5th Street
5:00 pm – KINGTUFF – Sailer Jerry / Blundertown Party @ Gypsy Lounge ADDRESS: 1504 E 6th Street
5:00 pm – METZ – Another Planet Entertainment Party @ Red Eyed Fly ADDRESS: 715 Red River
8:00 PM- Rose Windows – Blackbox Showcase @ Doc’s Motorworks ADDRESS: 1123 South Congress Avenue
9:50 – JAILL – Austin Facial Hair @ Grackle ADDRESS: 1700 E 6th St
10:30 PM – METZ – Filter Magazine / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96 ADDRESS: 96 Rainey Street
11:30 PM – KINGTUFF – Filter / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96 ADDRESS:96 Rainey Street
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
2:00 PM – METZ – The AV Club/Flowerbooking Party @ Mohawk ADDRESS: 912 Red River
5:00 PM – KINGTUFF- Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Emo’s ADDRESS: 603 Red River St (corner of 6th)
6:00 PM – METZ – Urban Outfitters Back Lot ADDRESS:2406 Guadalupe St
6:30 PM- Rose Windows – @ Redefine Mag Party @ House of Commons ADDRESS: 2610 Rio Grande Street
11:00 PM – Rose Windows- Rockin Tomato Pizza Party! ADDRESS: 3003 South Lamar Blvd
11:45 PM – KINGTUFF – Burgermania II @ Hotel Vegas ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
12:00 PM- Rose Windows – SXSW “Hangover” show @ Beerland ADDRESS: 711 Red River Street
METZ’s debut album, aptly titled METZ is out today on CD and on the fidelity-maximizing vinyl LP format. The CD and LP are also available to be bundled with one of two new METZ t-shirts. Pick up your copy of METZ.
Watch the brand new video for “Wet Blanket” from METZ, which premiered on Spin.com today: