It’s Male Bonding Monday here at Sub Pop! And, what better way to kick a case of the Garfields?
First off, we’re giving away a free mp3 download of the song Year’s Not Long off the upcoming Male Bonding full-length record album debut Nothing Hurts. You may have recently read the “Best New Music” track review Pitchfork posted about this song, written by a guy with the unbelievably awesome name of Larry Fitzmaurice. If you have not, please do so now.
In other Male Bonding news, the band has teamed up with the Dum Dum Girls on a limited edition 7" for this year’s Record Store Day (April 17! Mark your calendars!). In celebration (and, yes, also promotion, we’re hoping…) of this release in particular and Record Store Day in general, both bands will be playing an in-store at Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles. That’s Saturday, April 17, 2010: Dum Dum Girls go on at 2:00 PM and Male Bonding plays at 3:00 PM. Full details on all of Sub Pop’s Record Store Day 2010 offerings are here.
Apr 06 Green Room, Montreal, Canada
Apr 07 El Mocambo Club, Toronto, ON, Canada
Apr 08 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Apr 09 Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Apr 10 Turf Club, St. Paul, MN
Apr 13 Chop Suey, Seattle, WA
Apr 14 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Apr 15 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
Apr 18 The Smell, Los Angeles, CA
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!
IN HONOR OF THISSPECIALDAY, SUBPOPRECORDSWILLRELEASE A MARVELOUSRANGE OF MUSICPRODUCTS, AVAILABLEONLY IN PARTICIPATINGRECORDSTORES
Record Store Day In-Store Performances by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, No Age, Male Bonding & Dum Dum Girls
Originally conceived in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally, the first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Now celebrated the third Saturday every April, it’s the one day each year that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists and labels to celebrate the art of music. We at Sub Pop Records have put together a whole raft of releases (seven in all!) to help entice people into record stores to enjoy the many pleasures offered there. Each destined for future collector’s item status, the Sub Pop Record Store Day 2010 series of releases is sure to appeal to the minor OCD tendencies of every true music enthusiast. To find a participating store, go here.
FOR: RECORDSTOREDAY 2010 FROM: SUBPOP, WITHLOVE
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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”
At least that’s what the Google translate tool told me that the title of this post should be. Looks like growing up on the border of Mexico and 8 years of Spanish class didn’t work out so good! Anyway, Male Bonding are not only coming over for a bunch of dates with Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, the Soft Pack and SXSW but they’re also going to play the Todd P festival in Monterrey! The line up for the MtyMX Fest is pretty killer! More info here.
Don’t forget your sunblock.
Avi Buffalo, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Dum Dum Girls, Happy Birthday, Jaill, Male Bonding, and The Ruby Suns will all be heading down to Austin this March for the 2010 South by Southwest music festival/conference/opportunity to eat BBQ.
As you can tell by our snazzy flyer, we will once again be partnering with our good friends Hardly Art on a showcase to, one can only hope, end all showcases.
You should really go.
Sub Pop and Hardly Art SXSW Showcase 2010
Thursday, March 18th
at the Galaxy Room
508 E. 6th Street
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