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TUE, DEC 1, 2009 at 7:40 AM

A Form of paying Attention December 2009


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. THANKS FOR PLAYING!*

Sasha Barr

  • 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
  • Coraline
  • Up

Andy Kotowicz

  • 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

Sasha Morgan

  • 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

Sam Sawyer

  • Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • Girls Album
  • 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

Stuart Fletcher

  • 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

Ruben Mendez

  • 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.

Nick Heliotis

  • 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

Andrew Sullivan

  • 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

Lacey Swain

  • 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

Megan Jasper
(Top 10 Sub Pop things other than good records)

  • Baby Billie!
  • 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

Sue Busch
(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”

Angelina Saez

  • 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!)
  • Modern Family
  • Le Loupe Family
  • Flight of the Conchords Season 2 / the Australian episode

Richard Laing

  • 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.

Gabe Carter
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)
  • UFO Strangers 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”

Dean Hudson

  • Rusted Shut Hot Sex EP
  • Mark Sultan “Hold On” b/w “I Hear a New World”
  • Spider Spider
  • Tiny Vipers Life on Earth
  • Tyvek & Personal and the Pizzas at many, many shows
  • King Tuff at the Longbranch Inn, SXSW
  • Happy Birthday at the Silent Barn
  • The Hunches Exit Dreams
  • Dum Dum Girls C/T EP
  • Pissed Jeans King of Jeans
  • Thee Oh Sees Help
  • Charles Albright “I’m on Drugs”
  • Beyond the Implode Atmosphere EP
  • Getting engaged

Posted by Lacey Swain

TUE, NOV 17, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Obits on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Thursday, Nov. 19th!


Our very close, personal friends in Obits will be appearing on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon television show this Thursday, November 19th! And, what’s more, the code OBT at can win you a seat on the “band bench” to watch their performance. The celebrity guests for this episode (in addition to the Obits dudes, we mean) will be: Taylor Lautner (from those sexy Dracula teenager movies) and also Katey Sagal (who, among a great many other things, performed the voice of Leela on Futurama).

Obits will, we are really crossing our fingers, perform one of the many peppy numbers on their 2009 debut album, I Blame You.

You should really watch!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

TUE, SEP 1, 2009 at 4:29 AM

For the Record #6 Pond - S/T


Obits are a 4-piece rock band from Brooklyn, NY who released their debut full-length album earlier this year. It’s called I Blame You and if it doesn’t wind up on your personal list of this year’s best albums, well, your list could use some fixin’. Scott Gursky is the band’s drummer and he’s also an amazing visual artist. He’s the one responsible for this and also this. Mr. Gursky is herewith also our second guest editor for an installment of our increasingly less unknown feature: “For the Record”! “For the Record,” of course, is our semi-regular web feature wherein we (or people who we convince to do so) rhapsodize on something from the (let’s be honest) checkered Sub Pop catalog and then, in a not even thinly veiled attempt to persuade you to take a chance and purchase the thing in question, deeply discount that album for a brief period of time.

And with that, we proudly present, Obits’ Scott Gursky on Pond…

Band: Pond
Record: Pond
When we told you the first time: February 1st, 1993

I first heard Pond around 1993 on MTV’s 120 minutes, a show I regularly relied on as a teenager to pick up hints of any “cool music” that would otherwise never find its way to my suburb. The video was for the song “Agatha”, and although the video wasn’t particularly interesting, the song definitely scared me. Guitarist Charlie Cambell drones on and on with one eerie chord, everything sparse and stripped down, with mantra-like vocal harmonies. To this day, I don’t have any idea what they are singing about, but I like to imagine this song is about a haunted house.

I bought their album Pond on cassette and wore it thin. I came to really appreciate (and even tried to emulate) Dave Triebwasser’s strong and steady drumming, and I was fascinated by bassist Chris Brady ‘s pop sensibilities butting up against the darker moods that Cambell and his guitar seemed to contribute. When at their best, during songs like “Gone” and “Spots”, they came across really murky and drone-y, a bit unhinged and heavy, but never without a strong hook to keep the foot tapping. It was distorted, heavy pop-rock music, lots of bands were doing it. But this trio had a certain way mixing the minor key with just enough melody and energy to keep it fun, and this separated them from the pack. When I was lucky enough to catch them live in Philadelphia, they had small amps, and Dave pounded a frankenstein of old drum kit orphans, very cool. There was something scrappy about this band, something that told you they didn’t have lots of money, they practiced in a damp basement, that they made weird, spooky power-pop because they really loved doing it and that was enough. The cynics will say Pond never made exceptional music, left no superstar legacy and that this record is (mostly) forgotten on the shelf, just another product of its time. Yet for me this time is a nostalgic one, one of cassettes and self-discovery, when against the odds you found special records, and special records found you.

You get Pond’s S/T release at our FTR sale price of $6 CD/$4 Mp3 here for the next 48 hours!

Posted by Scott Gursky

TUE, AUG 11, 2009 at 3:53 AM

Obits on Vice TV’s “Practice Space”


Vice Magazine has their own online TV network called VBS and they do this thing called “Practice Space” where they tape bands playing at their practice space (duh) and interview them for a bit. Anyhoo, VBS just recently shot a Practice Space with Obits and it’s a really great piece—the songs are great and the interview is hilarious. Check it out here. While you’re there, check out these other episodes of Practice Space with No Age and Handsome Furs.

Posted by Lacey Swain

THU, AUG 6, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Beach Blanket Bingo with Rick from Obits


Though we are (okay, somewhat typically…) a little slow in announcing it and the actual opening reception was last night, it is worth mentioning here that Rick Froberg from the band Obits (whose excellent debut I Blame You we released in March of this year) has a couple of pieces up in the “Beach Blanket Bingo” group exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Gallery right now! The show runs through August 22nd, Rick’s contributions are (predictably) fantastic, and if you are able to get yourself there, you should really go check it out.

Full details available here!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, MAY 15, 2009 at 5:14 AM

Obits LIVE on KEXP Saturday !


What a lucky gal, I am. I get to head over to KEXP for the second time this week! Wednesday, the Vaselines played a fabulous live set of all their hits. Go here for some really cute pictures of Frances and Eugene.

On Saturday, Obits will be performing a live in-studio at 3 PM PST before their show at Neumos. If for some reason you won’t be able to come to the show or if you’re just a super fan (and that’s alright!), tune in here.

Posted by Sasha Morgan