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FRI, MAY 23, 2008 at 11:46 AM

SP20 - Who gets the money

All of the bands/artists/comedians participating in our various 20th anniversary revelries have agreed to play for free in the hopes of raising a bunch of money to give to a bunch of worthwhile organizations. Basically, we’re pooling the money we make, dividing it amongst everyone playing and each band/artist/comedian picks a recipient.

Herewith the list of organizations to which these folks have elected to donate their share of the proceeds. And, sometimes, where possible, we’ve included a bit of info about why they picked who they did.

Todd BarryThe Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a national voluntary health agency dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and their families.

Beachwood SparksFarm Sanctuary

We are going to donate our portion to the Farm Sanctuary. It is a group that rescues factory farm animals. They educate communities and children on responsible humane farming practices. They help take a little bit of violence away.

Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (feat. Tad Doyle) — National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

We are grateful and pleased to be a part of this event because we are donating the show revenue to help America’s homeless veterans. Far too many of our armed service men and women come back home from duty overseas to a place where people treat them like second-class citizens and give our faithful service men and women the cold shoulder. These people are to be honored and that is why we have chosen to make our donation for this show to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. This organization helps homeless veterans with shelters and social services. They also help drug and alcohol addicted veterans who want help finding an answer to their problems.

Comets on FireThe 924 Gilman Street Project

David CrossKnowmore.org

Death VesselThe Children’s Garden Network

Eric’s TripKiva – micro-lending

Everyone thinks it’s just such a great simple idea, and it works!!

Fleet FoxesMr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

[from Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold…] I never learned a classical instrument in school or elsewhere and now I really regret it. I feel like I’m playing catch up now when I could’ve been learning all these things from an early age. Hopefully this money will buy some genius kids some stuff that’ll help them discover what they want to do in life!

Flight of the ConchordsRed Cross International Response Fund

The American Red Cross International Response Fund provides immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help victims of natural disasters and other crises around the world.

The FluidRadio 1190

Our local college station, because they support us!

FoalsThe Katharine House Hospice

Katharine House is located 4 miles south of Banbury and lies on the borders of Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire amidst beautiful gardens where peace and tranquility prevail. The Hospice building was completed in 1991 and today the specialist palliative care services offered include in-patient, day centre, out-patients (medical and lymphoedema), community nurse specialists (Macmillan), and bereavement support. No charge is made to patients or their families for any aspect of care.

Grand ArchivesThe Bridge School

Green RiverThe Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

Our good friend and Seattle guitar god Tom Price (U-Men, Gas Huffer, Monkeywrench, The Tom Price Desert Classic) has early onset Parkinson’s Disease. We decided to donate Green River’s SP20 winnings to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation in his honor.

The Gutter TwinsFree the West Memphis Three

This is the Defense Fund for the West Memphis 3 – three teenagers convicted of a horrible crime because of the music they listened to and the way they dressed.

The Helio SequenceThe Darcy Davidson Cancer Fund

Darcy is a friend of ours here in Portland who has been diagnosed with type IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In 2007, she bravely went through chemotherapy and the cancer went into remission, but unfortunately it has recently relapsed. We are very concerned for Darcy and our hearts go out to her, her husband, and her family. If you would like to make a donation to help Darcy out you can go to any Washington Mutual branch and say that you would like to donate to the “Darcy Davidson Cancer Fund.”

Iron and WineFoundation for the Advancement of Midwifery

KinskiFirst Place

Kinski supports First Place, a Seattle-based agency devoted to educating and nurturing children whose families struggle with homelessness. First Place gives kids from grades K through 6 a safe, stable environment to learn and grow, and offers housing and support services that help their families achieve stability. Hope, home and education for every child, one family at a time.

Les ThugsNorthwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum is a Seattle-based, non-profit center for the film arts. Much like Sub Pop does for music, NWFF supports the production of independent film by local artists, and connects that community to its international constituency. NWFF also operates two cinemas on Capitol Hill, screening hundreds of programs year-round, often including music documentaries and commissioning live scores for classic films. Belmondo!!

LowThe Maasai Cultural Foundation

The Maasai Cultural Foundation is working to document the deeply rooted music of East Africa’s Maasai people, while focusing on health and education projects in the Maasai communities where music is recorded. One such example is our adult education program in Namuncha, Kenya, where over one-hundred rural Maasai men and women are learning to read, write and do arithmetic in a school building funded by the band Low. Visit us at www.maasaiculture.org to learn more about our projects, the Maasai people and hear samples of Maasai music!

Eugene Mirman826 Boston

826Boston is a wonderful nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Writing is crucial to the survival of mankind and the propagation of knowledge and commerce. Without proper writing skills you wouldbkgi kallo fa fa wough. See? It’s important. To that end, 826Boston provides free drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, and much more —- because without the written word people would constantly forget the Bill of Rights and wipe out civilization.

MudhoneyThe Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

Our good friend and Seattle guitar god Tom Price (U-Men, Gas Huffer, Monkeywrench, The Tom Price Desert Classic) has early onset Parkinson’s Disease. We decided to donate Mudhoney’s SP20 winnings to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation in his honor.

No AgeLance Armstrong Foundation

Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) unites people to fight cancer. This is a good war to fight.

Patton OswaltHope for the Warriors

Hope for the Warriors is exactly that: Hope, funds and assistance to Army veterans who aren’t being given much of anything by the VA, the government, or the current administration.

Pissed JeansNational Multiple Sclerosis Society

One of our biggest supporters and closest loved ones suffers from MS.
We are proud to donate our charity cash towards a cure for MS, in
honor of those with MS and the people who care about them.

Red Red MeatAccelerated Cure Project

We have some friends and family members with Multiple Sclerosis and this foundation is actively seeking a cure.

The Ruby SunsPAWS

We seriously love animals! Big time! PAWS is awesome! They help out animals that have been abandoned, hurt, and basically screwed over by people – both intentionally and unintentionally. They also try to deal with the problem at its core – not just a band-aid – if you know what I mean. There is a big focus on education and general knowledge sharing.
A big problem with a lot of other animal shelters is that they end up killing a lot of their “guests” because of capacity issues – but PAWS has a “no-kill” policy! They try to find homes for all domesticated animals and return wild ones back to whence they came.
Those who work for this organisation are pretty aws in our opinion and deserve all the money help they can get.

Kristen SchaalNational Breast Cancer Foundation

SeaweedEmergency Food Network

Seaweed supports the great work of the Emergency Food Network. Each charitable dollar is transformed into $12 worth of food for our hungry friends in Tacoma/Pierce County (low-income families, seniors, and the homeless). EFN also operates an organic farm and an orchard which serve as living laboratories for students to learn about sustainable farming practices. It is the only emergency food distribution center in the country to produce and distribute large quantities of organic produce (over 150,000 pound per year!). Seaweed thanks the Emergency Food Network for a job well done.

The VaselinesThe Bellur Trust

This charity was chosen because Bks Iyengar has spread the teaching of yoga throughout the world. He, as the chief patron of The Bellur Trust, is now working towards providing the basic amenities to improve the quality of life of the children of Bellur, his birth place.

Wolf ParadeHead & Hands

Heads and Hands is a grassroots social work, mental and physical health youth outreach program based in the neighbourhood of NDG in Montreal.

You are an exceedingly awesome bunch of people and we are tremendously proud to work with you. Thanks!


Posted by Chris Jacobs

TUE, MAR 29, 2011 at 5:00 AM

No Age in Taipei

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No Age probably has more frequent flier miles than any band I’ve ever met. One of their most recent adventures took them to Taipei! With help from their frequent collaborators at Altamont Apparel http://altamontapparel.com/contributors/no-age/ the guys played at a skate shop as well as a proper show at The Wall. The fine folks that promoted the show have some video of both events as well as an interview which you can see here. The guys kept a pretty good record of the trip on the No Age blog.


Posted by Susan Busch

FRI, FEB 4, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Behind the Music Video! No Age’s “Fever Dreaming”

No Age just came out with a really great new video for their song “Fever Dreaming” (also conveniently posted below). Not only is the video really, very great but, unsurprisingly, so too is the director behind it, Patrick Daughters. For a little look at how some of this greatness came to be, check out this behind-the-scenes footage that was put together to help answer the age-old question: “How the hell did they do that?”

Enjoy!


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

MON, MAR 15, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Obits on “Indie”

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Sohrab from Obits has been chatting, on the wall of the Obits’ Facebook page, with this 16 year-old kid about Sub Pop being 49% owned by Warner, what “indie” means, etc. And, though that summary sounds incredibly tired, it’s a pretty good conversation. Here it goes:

BJM:
Obits, what do you think about the fact that Sub Pop is 49% owned by Warner?

Obits:
Wow. Is this part of a Seger-Saget-Sub Pop conspiracy?
It’s a complicated question. Short answer is we signed on the dotted line. Longer answer involves breaking down the myths of independent labels and how bands actually get treated in many of those relationships.
It’s a slippery slope in both directions but, in our specific case, we are very happy to work with Sub Pop. They are honest people who truly care about music and are wonderfully realistic about their expectations in an industry that is rarely so….
I suppose I might feel differently if it were Monsanto or Pfizer, but the Warner affiliation is what it is and doesn’t seem to effect us.
How do you feel about it? Does it color your opinion of the label or our band? Do you think it makes a difference? I’m asking sincerely, by the way.

BJM:
I mean, it slightly taints the idea of Sub Pop being a true “Indie” label like they used to be, but in the long run, as long as they are still coming out with such amazing music, like you guys / No Age / Fleet Foxes, I’m not about to condemn them. So I guess it would say that it doesn’t really matter too much. Also, it would be my dream to be on Sub Pop. What do you guys think of the term “Indie” in general/how it’s used these days?

Obits:
B, this is Sohrab, just so you know I’m only speaking for myself in terms of whatever it is I’m about to write.
Having grown up in the Dischord / Touch and Go / SST era, the word “indie” wasn’t part of my vocabulary. There were records that I bought from Smash! or Yesterday & Today or one of the many other mom-and-pop shops in the DC area at that time, there were other things I mail-ordered and eagerly awaited from Systematic in San Francisco, there were cassettes I got by writing to bands I read about in MRR, and then there was whatever else was outside of that world, which I had no interest in and, therefore, might as well not have existed.
“Indie” wasn’t something I came across until the ‘90s, when some bands used the term to try to distinguish themselves from other bands that weren’t that, I guess. It seems a little silly to me now. It’s such a broad and vague way to define anything. It probably would’ve been more effective to just say, “We don’t sound like Blind Melon.
The language for describing sensory experience is relative and bound by context. To a fan of Merzbow, Obits probably sounds like Three Dog Night. To a fan of Three Dog Night, Obits probably sounds like the guy in Merzbow tampered with his “Mama Told Me Not to Come” single.
That said, I guess people hang onto the word “indie” because it’s become shorthand for saying that something is not part of mainstream culture or that it’s quirky or some other absurd notion folks have about the need to compartmentalize music into little digestible demographic terms. So, to me, the word is now just part of the lexicon of lifestyle marketing.
If you want to get into the economics of what “indie” means or what people think it means, I think it merits a whole new thread. It’s definitely worth exploring, but would require a more experienced and sophisticated voice than mine.
I will say that the interest in only supporting things that are “indie” probably comes from a good place, but reminds me of when people are so concerned with eating organic that they overlook what it means when they buy fresh food that’s out of season.

BJM:
Thats pretty fascinating. My friends and I always discuss what it means/how the word has changed. Being 16, I come from a completely different era where “indie” means everything from Neutral Milk Hotel to things not even remotely related to music, like drinking PBR outside of an Urban Outfitters while taking artsy photographs. The thing that saddens me is when kids say the listen to “Indie Rock,” but wouldn’t be able to tell you the first thing about Mike Watt, or Greg Ginn, or any sort of independent label.
Have you read “Our Band Could Be Your Life?”

Obits:
Hey B,
The fact that you are 16 and interested in our band is heartening for more reasons than I have time to go into.
But don’t get too bummed about those kids. Everybody has a chance to hear the Minutemen for the first time once. And, with the right personality and the right timing, it just might change their life.
That is incredibly exciting to me. And far more powerful in terms of making a permanent dent in popular culture than any snarky ad exec trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator of whatever fits between two quotation marks.
Or, for that matter, the legions of embittered naysayers skulking around anonymously in the comment sections of music blogs.
They’ve got nothing on you and your pals snapping buzzed Polaroids in the parking lot, barking out the chorus to “Nervous Breakdown.” Seriously.
Okay, gotta run, but let us know when we get to a town near you because you are officially on our permanent guest list.
Until soon …


Posted by Lacey Swain

WED, APR 21, 2010 at 4:01 AM

I Blog, You Blog, Bands Blog

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Some of our bands are very good at keeping their blogs up to date. No Age and Male Bonding both just updated theirs and they’re both well worth checking out. Male Bonding is one of the many bands/humans stranded in the US due to the volcano. Send them some good vibes as they’ve been on tour for 7 weeks and would probably like to head back to the mother ship sooner than later. Male Bonding blog about being stuck in LA, Record Store Day and show off their new stickers. No Age blog about their travels, also about Record Store Day and they meet Fabio (the cardboard version).


Posted by Susan Busch