Last week, the nominations for the 2009 Grammy Awards were announced and we were pleasantly confused to discover that once again TWO (2) artists recording for the Sub Pop label earned nominations!
We are, of course, talking about No Age and Flight of the Conchords.
In category 80 (aka Best Comedy Album), the self-titled debut long-player by Flight of the Conchords is up against albums by Lewis Black, Kathy Griffin, Harry Shearer, and… George Carlin.
And, in category 88, (the award for Best Recording Package) No Age and art director Brian Roettinger have been nominated for the really very amazing, and yes, also handsomely packaged Nouns album! How crazy and amazing would it be if No Age won a Grammy??? We have all available fingers crossed.
This is becoming almost a regular thing. Last year, you’ll remember/we’ll take this opportunity to remind you, not only were The Shins up for Best Alternative Album (for Wincing the Night Away), but Flight of the Conchords ACTUALLY WON A GRAMMY for their EP The Distant Future. Full details on all that are here
Congratulations to both No Age and Flight of the Conchords—we’re very proud of you guys and regularly attempt to impress people by claiming to know you.
[Entirely without permission, we helped ourselves to the No Age photo here from the No Age blog]
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.
No Age Teen Creeps 7"
Low Santa’s Coming Over 7"
CSS Move 12"
Late last week our friends in No Age taped a performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, to air later this month, on October 27th. Between the band’s rehearsal and when this taping was to take place, No Age’s guitarist Randy Randall was asked to wear something other than the Obama t-shirt he had on (-which you can see and admire in the associated photo here—he looks good, right??-). The folks working at the show explained that due to the Equal Time Rule, allowing No Age to perform on TV in an Obama t-shirt would force them to allow similar, equal time for that other, elderly fellow who is running in the upcoming Presidential election. So, after a whole lot of wrestling with his conscience and conversation about the situation, Randy decided to go on with the show, and having hand-written the words “Free Health Care” on the inside of his t-shirt, performed wearing it inside-out.
We got an email from Randy last night and it’s clear that this experience is really not sitting well with him. You can and read his note below. And, below that, you can read a post from Arthur Magazine’s editor Jay Babcock about why it’s important for us all to pay attention to what the various artists in our lives have to say. Please take the time to do so!
As a brief side note, after reading through the info about this Equal Time Rule, it seems to cover actual appearances by political candidates (and has been broadened to include stuff like movies starring a political candidate – Reagan in Bedtime for Bonzo, for example). But, it’s tough to understand how that would apply to candidates’ likenesses on t-shirts as well. Had CBS allowed Randy to play a No Age song on TV in an Obama shirt, would they have then been obligated to book a band (or other guest?) who would agree to appear on national TV in a McCain shirt? If that’s the case, and while it’s totally fair and understandable for Randy to construe all of this as censorship, we can sympathize with CBS’s decision here. Think of the unbearably shitty bands they would be forced to book! And, Ted Nugent is SUPER BUSY these days.
More importantly, here’s Randy:
I apologize for mass email but I feel that it is important to get this out to as many people as possible. I have recently come under what can only be called extreme censorship. On Oct 2nd No Age was scheduled to perform on the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, to be broadcast on CBS later this month. I felt it was important to voice my choice for presidential candidate, Barack Obama, seeing as the episode would air 8 days before election day. We rehearsed on the stage and were waiting to film our performance when I was told that I would not be able to wear my Barack Obama t shirt. I was shocked, it seemed like some kind of joke, especially coming from a show like the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, produced by David Letterman’s production company World Wide Pants. The representatives of CBS said that by wearing an Obama T-shirt I would be violating the FCC rule of equal time for all candidates. However there there is a doctrine of fairness that former President Ronald Reagan and current president George W Bush supported the repeal of in order to allow themselves more time in the media. Regardless, the Equal Time Rule clearly favors candidates with more financial support. Ralph Nader and Ron Paul are not seen nearly as much as Obama and McCain.
I had to look at what I was up against and with 5 minutes before we were supposed to shoot I had only a handful of options. I could either A) walk away from the show and decline from appearing on the show, or B) change my T-shirt. My first choice was A. However, after talking way past the 5 minute mark, Dean and I decided that it would be better to take advantage of the stage we had at our disposal. I decided to make an appeal for “Free Health Care” on my T-shirt seeing as I was unable to voice my support for Barack Obama. Access to affordable health care is an issue very near to my heart for many personal reasons and I am sure that many of you can relate. I have lost and stood by as many of my close family members have battled with terrible illnesses. I have myself gone through traumatic hospitalizations only to come out the other side alive but horribly in debt.
I encourage all of you to speak out about your political views and your feelings about the many issues that are up for discussion at this crucial time in American history. CBS and major media outlets DO NOT speak for me. I do not look to corporate media to inform my views on the issues. Together through our communities we can make a difference and make it a point to express our views in order to shape our world into a better place.
And, here’s Arthur ed. Jay Babcock’s response:
Who Cares What Musicians Think About Politics? They’re Not Experts, They’re Artists—Which Is Exactly Why We Should Listen
Take a break from the heated national elections and vote on what really matters—music videos. Dean and Randy from No Age have been nominated in the Left Field category of the mtvU Woodie Awards for their awesome video for “Eraser” and only you can make this happen. It’s like, democracy in action or something, almost. VOTE HERE, A LOT!
On Monday 6/30 at 6pm the fine folks at Good Records will be hosting a FREE instore performance by No Age. That’s right, Randy and Dean will take a short break from watching themselves be all over MTV , to play for the fine music loving folks of Dallas for the princely sum of “good vibes”.
They’ll also be playing later that night at the Palladium Ballroom in Dallas.
Have at it.