Our old pal Zak Sally (musician [Low, Dirty Three, Kid Dakota, etc.], cartoonist Recidivist, Sammy the Mouse, the forthcoming Like A Dog hardcover collection due this fall from Fantagraphics], and publisher La Mano 21) somehow ended up making a record; wrote, sang and played every damn thing on it, recorded it with his old pal Ben Durrant (Andrew Bird, Dosh, Shearwater) at Crazy Beast Studios.
It’s called Fear of Song (as in: “Zak Sally’s Fear of Song,” get it?). 9 songs 37 minutes, and will be released on CD in a signed and limited edition, with all the packaging and such done BY HAND on the La Mano press. It will be very nice. We at Sub Pop also did a 7" from that record, featuring the single “Why We Hide”, and an exclusive track “When I Said I Missed You I Just Meant My Aim Was Off (The Quiet Life)”. It’s here. You should really buy a copy.
There is also probably going to be a video for that first thing by Phil Harder (Foo Fighters, and, uh…Prince). The release date for the single is July 21, release date for the CD is July 22.
Zak has set up an associated HUGE, AMAZINGRECORDRELEASESHOW/ LA MANOBENEFIT!
It’ll be hosted by the good folks at Eclipse Records (and therefore is ALLAGES and CHEAP) right on University Ave. in St. Paul. Starting at 5:30-ish, you will see performances by these local luminaries:
JIMANDTHEFRENCHVANILLA (Jim from the blind shake’s solo venture) PAULMETZGER (solo treated guitar unbelievable-ness) SKOALKODIAK (sorry everyone else, but the best damn band to come out of Minneapolis in a decade solid)
T.O.G.P.T.F.F.S.O.T.W.O.T.E.R.A.T.S.Y.O.A (Three Old Guys Play The First Five Songs Off The Wipers’ Over The Edge Record And The Song Youth Of America) featuring Zak Sally, Dale Flattum (Milk Cult, Steel Pole Bath Tub), and double duty from Freddy Votel (Cows, Skoal Kodiak, a million other bands)
and the SEAWHORES.
Besides that, there will be tables selling zines, posters, books and whatever by a bunch of your favorite local arteests. ALLAGES. CHEAP. How does SIXBUCKS sound? The aforementioned “benefit” aspect in this case means that the $6 you spend getting in will get you SIXBUCKSOFF OF ANY LA MANOBOOK OR POSTER (and aside from all that, the first hundred or so people in the door will almost certainly get some free thing from the La Mano archives, not sure what exactly yet, but…).
In addition, and further on the benefit/funding the making of his record front, Zak is also selling on eBay the original painting he created for the cover of Low’s 2005 album The Great Destroyer. Check out the auction here!
July is jam packed with all sorts of happenings, both on the internet and in real life. Real life is the actual bummer that we deal with every day—the place where bills are due and you are not attractive enough to get laid. Let’s talk about the good stuff that might ease that pain, especially now that scientists have discovered that pain pills are bad for you. First up is the new album from Tiny Vipers called Life on Earth that comes out July 7th. If you pre-order Life on Earth from us at subpop.com anytime before July 7th, you’ll also receive a truly limited Tiny Vipers home-recorded ambient piece on CDR called Blades of Grass. Sweet. On July 21st we’re releasing a 7” by Zak Sally of Low fame called “Why We Hide”. This single is one song from a full length album (to be released this summer by La Mano 21 as a handmade and signed, limited-edition CD) and another that’s not. And they’re both great. On the 21st our buddies at Hardly Art are also releasing the debut album from Seattle’s own Talbot Tagora called Lessons in the Woods or a City on CD and LP. Get ‘em all—you won’t be sorry.
Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes will be headlining the grand finale of the VERA Project’s annual Drink for the Kids benefit this year on July 11th at Neumo’s. This fundraiser is a local favorite because it mostly involves buying booze in the name of the city’s coolest all ages venue, and it takes place at many bars all over Seattle from July 5th – 11th. Click here for participating bars and more info, and click here to get tickets for the Grand Finale show at Neumo’s.
Last year Seattle’s beloved roots-music magazine No Depression had to shut its doors, an all too common trend in print publications over the last few years. This year they’re saying fuck it and partying their asses off at Marymoor Park (the same place and same date as the SP20 Fest, coincidentally) with the first ever No Depression Festival featuring our very own Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. Get thee to the Eastside, y’all. Tickets and info available here.
So, last month I pointed out some of our new web junk, including our new blog format and our widely beloved Cybersex Sampler, which is still available for download btw; and I promised that we’d become more interesting and post more content. Well, we only lie sometimes around here, and this time we’ve really stuck to our word. Behold the new Tuesday Sales Program, invented by our very own Welshy dreamboat Dick Laing and his trusty Aryan sidekick Sam Sawyer! It’s kinda hard to explain, but basically we’re running little sales on t-shirts and staff picks on most Tuesdays when we do not have a new release, which, if you’ve been paying attention, has been most of the time in 2009. Just click here and here to see what I’m talking about, and make sure to check back often to see what we’re doing next.
And finally, we’d like to give a big congratulations to Spencer Moody and Coco Howard who will be gettin’ hitched on July 12th! You guys are the best!
Well, well, it’s November already and I’m sure I probably don’t need to mention it, but if you don’t vote on November 4th then you are a total asshole. Moving on…
In a somewhat unprecedented but sure to be financially viable move, Sub Pop will only release vinyl singles for the remainder of 2008 or until gay marriage is legal in Washington state, whichever comes first. In celebration of Obama’s win tomorrow we are letting loose onto the earth three singles by three of our faves: CSS, Low, and No Age.
CSS has Cut Copy, Metronomy, and Frankmusik all remix “Move” from their latest long player Donkey_. It’s a 12 inch and you can use it for the DJing. No Age put out a brand new seven inch with “Teen Creeps” plus a new track called “Intimate Descriptions” and it’s a keeper for sure. Finally, we have a pretty fantastic new Christmas seven inchover by Low called “Santa’s Coming Over” and it’s my favorite Low Christmas stuff to date and it comes with a punch out ornament.
So, yeah, that’s it. I mean we’ve got another Singles Club 3.0 coming out this month as well, but it’s all singles all the time til 2009. Oh, and it’s also Thanksgiving this month which means I can post that great photo of Mudhoney with the turkey again.
For real, don’t forget to vote. Please and thank you.
Well hello there, website-visitor! I’d just like to take a moment to talk to you about November 4th. Cool? Great, thanks. November 4th provides you, website-visitor, with an excellent opportunity to purchase three brand new singles from three different Sub Pop recording artists. Also, you should vote.
Our friends at Fantagraphics Books have a whole bunch of cool stuff planned for the month of August at their store here in Seattle. This whole bunch of cool stuff includes an appearance by our old pal and former Low member Zak Sally!
Here are the details:
Zak Sally, a notorious Minneapolis-based musician and cartoonist will perform music and sign books on Saturday, August 2 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery (1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle – 206.658.0110). A veteran of celebrated alternative rock band Low (recently featured at the Sub Pop 20 shindig), Sally is the creator of acclaimed comics Recidivist and Sammy the Mouse, as well as publisher of independent La Mano books. Sally’s work also appears regularly in Fantagraphics Books highly regarded MOME anthology. This event will feature the debut of the second issue of his Sammy the Mouse comic book published on Fantagraphics Books international Ignatz imprint. Sally will perform music with his associate Nate Denver and special guests. Denver is author of the amazing Wait, You’re Not A Centaur book/CD, and performs with Nate Denver’s Neck and Total Shutdown.
Further details on all the stuff going on at the Fantagraphics store next month can be found here
To celebrate the label’s twentieth birthday, Sub Pop will release a series of re-issues starting with Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff: Deluxe Edition (which, like their brand new album The Lucky Ones , comes out May 20, 2008), launch a limited run of the Sub Pop Singles Club (more on that soon-ish), and throw a series of over-the-top birthday parties for itself this summer.
Herewith the scoop on these birthday parties:
SP20 Comedy Show – Friday, July 11th at The Moore Theatre
You can also buy tickets for SP20 in person at the Marymoor Park Office between 9am and 4pm, Monday-Friday. You can also phone them at 206-205-3661 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to buy tickets and have them mailed to you. A fee of $8 per ticket supports maintenance and operations of King County Parks. There’s more info about all of this on the Concerts at Marymoor site.
There is also, at this same link info for those interested in carpooling to SP20!