Record Store Day 2014 is a mere 51 days away according to the official countdown over at RSD.com, and with the popularity of vinyl ever increasing, there are more Record Store Day exclusives in 2014 to sift through than ever before. This means one or two of the following things: 1) You are going to spend MUCH MORE money than last year; and/or 2) It’s going to be tough to stick out in crowded record bins full of limited-edition, Record Store Day-only releases. Well, we here at Sub Pop HQ read the tea leaves, studied the data points, and decided early on that we were going to have to do something really special to stand out this year. We went to work, trimmed the fat, and got our release list to the four most exciting, collectable, sonically pleasing, limited-edition Sub Pop Record Store Day Releases ever. To get a full appreciation of what I’m bullshitting so eloquently about, see below. We’ll see you at your local independent record retailer at four in the morning on April 19th. You bring the coffee. And the donuts.
Mudhoney On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP: In
2013 both Mudhoney and Sub Pop turned 25, and, in celebration of this
milestone, the band performed on the actual roof of Seattle’s iconic and
also very tall Space Needle. Due to space limitations up on top, and
the obvious safety issues involved, only about 13 people were able to
bear witness to this performance (and you can hear each of them,
clapping individually between songs). Our friends at KEXP
recorded and broadcast this monumentally historic event, and this
limited-edition vinyl LP preserves it for eternity. Limited to 2,700
Pissed Jeans The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP:
Here are four live-in-the-studio tracks that (finally!) give meaning
and validation to Sub Pop’s existence. This historic platter is limited
to 3,000 copies worldwide, and these versions of the tracks are
exclusive to this release.
Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single:
This single features four new tracks from the Calgary artist’s vault of
unheard music. Exactly none of these tracks appear on Chad’s
forthcoming album, Shrink Dust (out 4/29 on Sub Pop!). The dare-we-say
incredible cover art is by Chad himself. Limited to 2,300 copies
The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single:
“Run Run Run” is from the band’s just-released album, Close to the
Glass, and this single also includes three more, unreleased tracks: one
new song, and two exclusive remixes of “Run Run Run.” Both sides of the
record feature a special double groove, with each parallel groove
containing a different song. Limited to 1,900 copies worldwide.
2014 SUB POP FESTIVAL IN SAO PAULO, GOIANIA, SANTIAGO, AND BUENOS AIRES
first-ever Sub Pop Festival, featuring Mudhoney, METZ and Obits will
take place in May of 2014. A screening of the Mudhoney documentary film I’m Now,
followed by a panel discussion with members of Mudhoney and METZ, and
Sub Pop General Manager Chris Jacobs will kick off the event in Brazil. Preceding all of this, Mudhoney and METZ will make Sub Pop Festival stops in both Chile and Argentina.
Construtora Música e Cultura and Inker Agência Cultural are honored to announce the very first SUB POP FESTIVAL, in Sao Paulo (May 14 and 15)
and Goiania (May 16, as part of Festival Bananada), following
appearances in Santiago, Chile (May 10), and Buenos Aires, Argentina (May 11).
1988 by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, SUB POP RECORDS set out to
bring new independent bands from Washington State to international
attention. In less than four years, SUB POP became known around the
world, with early releases by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney, putting
Seattle on the global map. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013,
the label has gone on to help shape the world of underground rock and
make important inroads into popular culture.
Sub Pop Festival organizers worked in
close collaboration with the label to bring all three of this year’s
artists to South America. For this first edition of the SUB POP
FESTIVAL, the bands chosen represent the timeless appeal of the more
raucous end of the Sub Pop spectrum: the seminal super-fuzz of Seattle’s
Mudhoney, the loud and ecstatic noise-rock of Toronto trio METZ, and
the melodic and muscular indie/garage rock of New York’s Obits.
Mudhoney also celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2013 and this will be their sixth time in Brazil.
Frequently referenced alongside Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam
(Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard played in Green River with Mark and Steve
from Mudhoney some 30 years ago), Mudhoney has more releases on Sub Pop
than any other band. Their latest album, 2013’s Vanishing Point, shows them as sharp and fervent as ever.
While Mudhoney are Sub Pop veterans,
Toronto power trio METZ are new-comers with teeth. METZ’s 2012
self-titled debut was described by The New Yorker as, “…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing, a deeply impolite racket that will only sound better live…” And The Guardian offered, “…a crush collision of Beatles melody and Big Black attack.”
Obits are a 4-piece band from New York
who share members with bands such as Hot Snakes, Edsel, Drive Like Jehu,
and Girls Against Boys. They have released three full-length records on
Sub Pop, the latest of which is the 2013 release Bed & Bugs. They have been described as “…one of America’s mightiest, smartest rock bands playing at peak power” (by Exclaim!). Obits will perform at the two Sub Pop Festival events in Brazil only.
Mudhoney, METZ and Obits will play at Audio Club, São Paulo on May 15th, and also in Goiania, as part of Festival Bananada 2014 on May 16th. Mudhoney will also play in Uberlandia May 13th at Club Lounge for fans in Minas Gerais State.
May 14th fans are invited to a screening of I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney,
the documentary film covering Mudhoney’s journey from beginning to the
present day. After the screening at Cine Olido, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and
Steve Turner, Chris Slorach from METZ, and SUB POP’s General Manager
Chris Jacobs will discuss music, their experiences in their respective
bands, and the label’s past, present and future with those in
Chris Jacobs by Chris Jacobs:
“Chris is the General Manager for Sub
Pop Records, the Seattle record label perhaps most well-known for
unintentionally ending the recording careers of such longstanding and
excellent bands as Sleater-Kinney, Dead Moon and The Jesus and Mary
Chain. Hired at Sub Pop in 1997 as Tour Publicist, during the functional
equivalent of a managerial shift-change, Chris has since failed upwards
into a wide range of positions, including: Advertising Director,
Publicity Director, Marketing Director, Editor-in-Chief, and Senior
Director of Special Projects. He also serves or has served as A&R
representative for METZ, Beach House, Mudhoney, the Constantines, Grand
Archives, Kinski, Low, Obits, The Baptist Generals, and Retribution
Gospel Choir. Chris is responsible for such little-known slogans as
“Going Out of Business Since 1988,” and “Podfisting Our Way to Your
Blog, or Whatever,” as well as the label’s much-ignored 1999 “LP3”
initiative. Prior to working at Sub Pop, Chris handled marketing and
publicity for the alternative comics publisher Fantagraphics Books.”
SUB POP FESTIVAL – SÃO PAULO
14 May / Screening “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” and Talk
Local: Cine Olido – Galeria Olido, Av. São João, 473, Centro.
Próximo das Estações República, Anhangabaú e São Bento
19h00 – Exibição do Documentário “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” (1h42 / Ryan Short & Adam Pease).
20h45 – Bate-Papo com Chris Jacobs (Sub Pop), Mark Arm e Steve Turner (Mudhoney) e Chris Slorach (METZ).
Ingresso: gratuito, retirar ingresso com uma hora de antecedência.
Capacidade: 236 lugares
Censura: 12 anos.
Informações: 3331-8399 / 3397-0171
15 May / Shows
Local: Audio Club - Av. Francisco Matarazzo, 694 – Barra Funda.
21h00 – Abertura da Casa/ DJ Set Steve Turner (Mudhoney)
22h00 – Obits
23h00 – METZ
00h00 – Mudhoney
01h15 – DJ set Adriano Cintra
Ingressos: www.ticket360.com.br / R$ 160,00 / 80,00 (meia entrada)
Censura: 18 anos.
Venda de produtos da Sub Pop pela Locomotiva Discos no dia do show.
Ingressos à venda também nas lojas:
Rua Barão de Itapetininga, 37, lojas 8 e 51 – República
Rua Teodoro Sampaio, 763, loja 3 - Pinheiros
Rua Vinte e Quatro de Maio, 116 - República
SUB POP FESTIVAL – GOIÂNIA
16 May / @ Festival Bananada
With Mudhoney, METZ and Obits
SUB POP FESTIVAL – SANTIAGO, CHILE
SUB POP FESTIVAL – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
10 May / Teatro La Cúpula
With Mudhoney and METZ
11 May / Niceto Club
With Mudhoney and METZ
The fine people of Seattle, ourselves included, are big fans of our local sporting organizations, so when the Seattle Sounders official band, Sound Wave, wanted to cover the obscure Mudhoney song, “Breakfast at Dick’s,” we were all like, “SYNERGY!” and then told them to go for it. The results are just shy of earth-shattering, which is to say, we were blown away by the marching band’s rendition. Now, if only we can get Mark a baton and a drum major’s uniform, we’d be in business.
Watch the Sound Wave cover in the embed, and then listen to the Mudhoney version here, originally a bonus track from the Japanese version of Vanishing Point.