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!
In a bizarre turn of events, MTV will diverge from their winning programming formula combining chronicles of booger-eating, testicle-smashing and the lifestyles of wealthy, indolent children, by reintroducing daytime music video programming this summer, as well as premiering brand new videos every Friday evening as part of the soon-to-be-launched show “F’N MTV.” L.A.-based art punk band No Age has been chosen as one of the network’s “most talked about” artists, and will debut the video for its new single, “Eraser,” on the June 27 episode of the show. In addition, No Age, whose Sub Pop debut, Nouns was released May 6th of this year, will be interviewed live on the episode by host, and tabloid favorite, Pete Wentz. Following the premiere, Eraser will go into regular rotation, including newly introduced daytime spots. Are you kidding me? This is HUGE!
Also, in other totally rad news, No Age will be playing “Eraser” and “Sleeper Hold” on Fuel TV’s Daily Habit on Monday the 16th!
Welcome to the content section of this informational post. I’d like to take this opportunity to inform you of five new t-shirt designs we have recently made available for your upper-half – your better half. First off, we have two shirts from No Age, both featuring a shiny metallic silver ink – futuristic? Yeah, maybe. Second, we have a Sera Cahoone shirt featuring the noblest of all woodland creatures, the mighty stag. Up next, we’ve got a Foals shirt. And lastly but not leastly, we have a Hardly Art shirt featuring artwork from Ghostshrimp.
May has arrived and here at HQ we are all ready for the best summer we’ve ever known, what with all the good records coming out and the hot shit SP20 Festival right around the corner. In fact, the SP20 Fest was voted Best Summer Music Fest in an informal poll I quietly held here at my desk. Want more info? Read this, bub.
The highly anticipated new No Age record Nouns comes out May 6th and will be available on CD and LP and MP3 and maybe even Blueray and/or Cassette if I finally get my way around this fucking place! Seriously though, if you order this fantastical album from subpop.com we’ll throw in a cool poster designed by a Mr. Templeton. A Mr. Ed Templeton. (Google it.) We’re throwing in something else but I want to save my dignity and not type the phrase “buttons and stickers” ever again, so… Wait, I just… Dammit! The No Age dudes just shot their first video (for “Eraser”) and although it’s still in post-production it looks really amazing—there are balloons, a giant skull, the LA River, and…Dean Spunt and Randy Randall from No Age! See? That’s them up above. Please keep an eye out for it—it would be the right thing to do. Click here to get the record. Click here to find out more about No Age.
On May 20th Mudhoney will be releasing their 37th full-length album, The Lucky Ones. Mark Arm sits out on guitar on this one, presumably so he can dance more at their shows. He is a re-mark-able dancer. (Get it?) The Lucky Ones LP will come stuffed with a 7” single of Mudhoney covering Pere Ubu’s “Street Waves” and “Gonna Make You Mine” by the Troggs. We’ll have 200 of these 7”s to give away with pre-orders of the CD so you better hurry. They’re going to try to sign some stuff as well but don’t hold your breath. (I suggested that they might want to go ahead and let their wives/girlfriends sign this one just to mix it up a bit but I was met with a stony silence so I doubt that’s happening.) On the 20th we will also release the first in what will presumably be a not un-long line of reissues for Sub Pop’s 20th, Superfuzz Bigmuff Deluxe_! This is a remastered double-CD with an expanded booklet and a ton of live tracks and way too much stuff for me to type so read (then order!) this hereedition. You don’t get anything extra with this because it is full of extras and when did you start expecting so much stuff anyway?
We’re all pretty puffed up around here (chuffed?) about how well this Flight of the Conchords thing is going. We just followed-up their (ahem…) FUCKINGGRAMMY-AWARD-WINNING EP, The Distant Future with their self-titled debut full-length, and man, is that thing ever shifting units. So much so that none other than Yahoo! (Google it.) was prompted to comment: “Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly, it was beaten by a comedy album." Our comedy album! (Hat Tip to good ol’ Matt “Epsonality/Domino’s Pizza” Olsen for this one.) Flight of the Conchords and many other Sub Pop bands are on tour right now so make sure you use our new and improved tour-search-filter to see if someone’s coming to your town.
So, yeah, this 20th Anniversary thing is really starting to happen! We’re not to a point where we feel comfortable announcing too much more (read: we don’t know yet) but we guarantee at least one to one-and-a-half more great things are on the way. We at Sub Pop value your opinion, even if we don’t always agree with it. So, if you were The Deciderer, what would you do to celebrate?
On May 6th, we at Sub Pop will be doing the world a real solid by releasing the first proper No Age full-length! It’s called Nouns and will be available in CD, MP3 and mind-blowing, fidelity-maximizing LP format (complete with a coupon to download the entire album as MP3s). And, in our ongoing quest to turn your money into our money, through the charming, old-timey concept of “selling music,” we are really piling on the incentives. If you pre-order Nouns by May 6th, you’ll receive a limited-edition poster featuring an Ed Templeton photograph of No Age, covered with a drawing by this same, broadly-talented artiste, Mr. Templeton (see rotating photos associated with this post for a visual representation of what the previous sentence described). Plus, as if this amazing record weren’t incentive enough, we’re throwing in some free No Age-related stickers and a button.