March is full of all sorts of things. There’s St. Patricks Day, of course, and the beginning of spring, amongst ‘em. And, after the unusually harsh and seemingly unending winter we weather-pussies here in the Northwest have endured, we’ll seize any opportunity to drink green beer.
Speaking of opportunities to drink anything and everything, for days on end, and to have the same conversation 4,000 times in 4 days…
Sub Pop will be heading to the lovely shire that is Austin, Texas to unleash our beasts (er, bands) on an entirely unsuspecting public. Actually, this public will most likely be fairly unsurprised as we are planning this trip to coincide with the 2007 SXSW Music Conference and they put our name in the schedule and all. Come check out our showcase at Emo’s IV Lounge (at 601 Red River) on Wednesday March 14th featuring… Kinski (12:45am) Oxford Collapse (11:30pm) Loney, dear (10:30pm) Tiny Vipers (9:30pm)
And then, the band Maps & Atlases, who are not actually on the label, but who several people here think quite a great deal of, will be playing at 8:30.
We tried and sadly seemed to have failed to convince this guy to attend the show. Should still be a whole lot of fun though!
Also in March, from what we hope is one of your top 8 or so favorite medium-sized record labels in the 98121 zip code… A new Low record! On March 20th, we’ll be releasing Drums and Guns, the phenomenal new Low album. You can check out the song Breaker from Drums and Gunshere. The album is available for pre-order now. And, if you order this record before March 20th (and because, when it comes right down to it, we’re pretty solid people), we will include a 7" vinyl single of Hatchet (Optimimi Version) b/w Breaker (Dub Plate) for FREE! These are totally different, completely re-worked versions of the songs found on the album. Plus, they’re good!
“Sub Pop: The new thing; the God thing; a mighty multinational entertainment conglomerate based in the Pacific Northwest”
This quote is printed along the spine of the compilation pictured above, Sub Pop 100_. The other day Sub Pop’s long-departed founder Bruce Pavitt came by and, with the help of Green River’sriver Mark Arm and the tremendously amiable and funny Tad, chatted us all up on the label’s beginnings. He brought some records with him to pass around, and Sub Pop 100 was one of them. It was really fun; grunge was pretty bitchen’.
Also of note around the HQ of our multinational entertainment conglomerate this month: the upcoming, February 6th, release of our first record with Sweden’s Loney, Dear! The record is called Loney, Noir, and it’s been aptly described as “soulful indie folk with a powerful mini orchestra.” If you’d like to read/learn more, there’s a Loney, Dear “Track Marks” feature on Idolator, a new Pitchfork review of the record, and a Stereogum piece on the video for the song I Am John. They were also the ‘Band of the Day’ for Feb. 6 on Spin.com. And, AND! If you order the record by February 6th, we will throw in, free of charge one copy of the UK import 7" single “The City, The Airport” b/w “Ignorant Boy, Beautiful Girl”! “Skiv-Slapp” means “Record Release” in Swedish! We think!
We faced some “challenges” in the production and assembly of the Loney, Noir record that you can read more about here, if you enjoy making fun of us as much as we seem to.
The new Loney, Dear record, Loney, Noir is Sub Pop’s first release with Swedish multi-instrumentalist and home-recording phenom Emil Svanängen.
As such, it’s also our first opportunity to provide Emil with the top-notch production services and quality control for which we are, in certain circles, occasionally somewhat well-known. And so, we present you, dear consumer, with the two versions of Loney, Noir you may be confronted with when you (we fervently hope) attempt to purchase this record. They are quite similar, these two versions of this album’s cover, in that they feature the same text, but the images are quite distinct (as you will, no doubt, notice). The actual cover of the record can be seen here, and what we’re calling the “variant” cover can b seen there on the left. They’re both pretty nice.
We bring this to your attention now, solely to forewarn you that THESEARETWOCOVERSFORTHEEXACTSAMERECORD. You have only to flip the accompanying booklet around (as we did) to create these different covers. And though we strongly recommend that you buy one copy, in whatever format you prefer, there is likely no need to buy two simply to have both covers. (Of course, thoughtful gift-givers may very well have need of 2 or 3 or even a dozen copies, and we certainly don’t mean to discourage that practice…)
And, while our production processes may bear some scrutiny, the actual Loney, Dear album, Loney, Noir, remains its faultless, scintillating self. Just listen to the song I Am John, if you don’t believe me.
Emil Svanängen is the core of Loney, Dear. The first download from Loney, Dear’s new album Loney, Noir is called “I Am John”. ConfusING? Do you yearn to know who this John person is? Listen to the song and find out… maybe.