Are you by chance heading down to South By Southwest this year? ?? (Was your answer “yes” to that question? If so, read on, if it was “no”, see the below*)?? That’s crazy, because us too! Well, some of us are. The “us” to which I am referring are the collective “us” that is comprised of the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. There will be other Sub Pop employees there, but they won’t be playing shows, so they don’t really matter too much in the context of this blog post(though I’m certain that if you found one, they’d definitely buy you a drink or your choosing). Since you are going to SXSW, why not take a minute to acquaint/reacquaint yourself with the aforementioned bands through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year.” I think you’ll be impressed.
*That’s crazy, because neither are we! Well, some of “we” aren’t going, but others of us are. The “we” that are going are the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. And while it is a bit of a bummer that not everyone gets to go down and enjoy warm, sunny Austin to see a lot of very exciting bands do their thing, you can still listen to them from wherever you are (we’re in the very gray city of Seattle not at all bitter that we don’t get to go to balmy Austin to watch a ton of bands) through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year”, you can listen to these bands as if you are there in person (minus the sun and ice-cold Shiners).
For those of you who are going to SXSW, please refer to the following schedule to catch our bands’ sets.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
3:00 PM – Rose Windows – Fin Records Showcase @ Jackalope ADDRESS: 404 E 6th Street
4:00 PM – JAILL – Burger Party @ Trailer Space ADDRESS: 1401 Rosewood Ave.
8:00 PM – JAILL – SXSW @ Hotel Vegas ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
9:00 PM Rose Windows @ Austin Ale House (Seattle Music Showcase) ADDRESS: 301 West 6th Street
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
3:00 PM – KINGTUFF – Converse / Thrasher Party @ Scoot Inn ADDRESS: 1308 E 4th Street (at Navasota)
4:00 PM – METZ- Brooklyn Vegan @ Old Emos Venue ADDRESS: 603 Red River St
9:00 PM – JAILL – KVRX Party @ Spider House ADDRESS: 2906 Fruth Street
9:20-9:50 PM- PISSEDJEANS- Pitchfork Showcase ADDRESS: 1100 Warehouse (1100 E. 5th St. between San Marcos and Waller)
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
12:30 PM- Rose Windows @ Hotel Vegas (IET / Ping Pong PR Day Party) ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
3:00 PM – METZ – Stereogum/Hype Machine @ Hype Hotel ADDRESS: 301 Brazos St
3:30- JAILL – Goner / IET / Ping Pong Party @ Hotel Vegas ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
3:30 PM – Rose Windows @ Brush Square Park (ZIIBRA Showcase) ADDRESS: 409 East 5th Street
5:00 pm – KINGTUFF – Sailer Jerry / Blundertown Party @ Gypsy Lounge ADDRESS: 1504 E 6th Street
5:00 pm – METZ – Another Planet Entertainment Party @ Red Eyed Fly ADDRESS: 715 Red River
8:00 PM- Rose Windows – Blackbox Showcase @ Doc’s Motorworks ADDRESS: 1123 South Congress Avenue
9:50 – JAILL – Austin Facial Hair @ Grackle ADDRESS: 1700 E 6th St
10:30 PM – METZ – Filter Magazine / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96 ADDRESS: 96 Rainey Street
11:30 PM – KINGTUFF – Filter / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96 ADDRESS:96 Rainey Street
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
2:00 PM – METZ – The AV Club/Flowerbooking Party @ Mohawk ADDRESS: 912 Red River
5:00 PM – KINGTUFF- Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Emo’s ADDRESS: 603 Red River St (corner of 6th)
6:00 PM – METZ – Urban Outfitters Back Lot ADDRESS:2406 Guadalupe St
6:30 PM- Rose Windows – @ Redefine Mag Party @ House of Commons ADDRESS: 2610 Rio Grande Street
11:00 PM – Rose Windows- Rockin Tomato Pizza Party! ADDRESS: 3003 South Lamar Blvd
11:45 PM – KINGTUFF – Burgermania II @ Hotel Vegas ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
12:00 PM- Rose Windows – SXSW “Hangover” show @ Beerland ADDRESS: 711 Red River Street
Pissed Jeans’ fourth full-length record, Honeys, is truly sweaty in its entirety and it comes out on Tuesday. This is great news for fans of sweat-core, and you know what(?), it’s great news for music lovers in general.
As of Friday, Feb. 8th, we only have about 50 limited-edition, seven-inch singles featuring Pissed Jeans’ original demo (spoiler alert: it’s very sweaty), and zero more limited, Loser Edition colored-vinyl copies. It’s all standard black vinyl from here on out (it sounds just as “sweaty in its entirety” as colored-vinyl).
Other very good news: Pissed Jeans’ brand new video for “Bathroom Laughter” is premiering bright and early (for us west-coasters on PST time, anyway) over on Spin.com Tuesday morning. Following Spin’s initial premiere, the video premiere extravaganza will continue on the Sub Pop YouTube Channel! We’re emboldened to say extravaganza because the fact is, this isn’t going to be some standard premiere wherein you watch the video and think to yourself, “Wow, that was a good video.”, no, this video premiere will have the added feature of a live-chat with the band from 9:00-9:30am (PST) on YouTube! So, sign in, watch the video, say something weird to the band via the comments in our YouTube player, and wake up with Pissed Jeans.
That’s right folks! Sub Pop is coming to The Big Apple to partake in the College Music Journal musical festivities. We will celebrate this year with a showcase in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn at The Knitting Factory on October 18th. The eclectic lineup for our Octrocktober Celebration is as follows:
Debo Band 8 PM
Daughn Gibson 8:50 PM
Poor Moon 9:40 PM METZ10:30 PM
King Tuff 11:20 PM
Pissed Jeans 12:10 AM
*Doors are at 7 PM and this show is 18+ for the first time in years! Young music directors, that means you can finally experience an official Sub Pop showcase. Hooray! Go here to buy tickets.
What people are saying about the bands:
“The Boston-based band Debo Band gives the psychedelic music heard on the Ethiopiques collections a high-spirited revamp,” -Village Voice (Live review, 2012)
“All Hell is a subtly clever record that pits one type of music that strongly evokes one era— here, country music— against another, namely this decade’s sample-heavy culture. Gibson does a lot of questioning within that framework, both seriously and tongue-in-cheek. All of that makes for a rewarding record to think about, and to intellectualize, but All Hell wouldn’t be nearly so fun to listen to if it weren’t for Gibson’s ear for melody. His thick baritone breezes confidently over the songs, lassoing hook after hook, redeeming his burnt-out characters through song.” – Pitchfork (Album review of All Hell, 2012)
“These songs are gutsier in their arrangements, more surefooted in the songwriting, and more certain of the band’s identity.” – Pitchfork (Album review Poor Moon LP, 2012)
“On their debut, Metz roll up the lurch of post-rock, the jagged flicker of post-punk, and the fist-pump chant-alongs of hardcore, into a concentrated clump of chaos.” – Spin (5 Best New Artists for August, 2012)
King Tuff finds Thomas leaving the garage for soaring, unbridled pop accessibility— the first track, after all, is called “Anthem”. His drawling hooks are variously dedicated to provoking physical movement or singing bratty lines about breaking the rules, bumming around, not giving a shit, and other charming, unapologetic matters of youth. (Overlooked Records, 2012) – Pitchfork
“There’s a blunt but effective wit at work here, pressed into the service of misanthropy.” – New York Times
“Were not the best, but were pretty good.” – Sub Pop Records
On King of Jeans, the fantastic and also most recent Pissed Jeans album, there’s a great song called “False Jesii Pt. 2.” This song is all about not bothering to do the things that might, just maybe, make your life easier/better/more successful. It’s a truly great song. That Pissed Jeans made a video for this particular song two full years after its release is, believe you me, the kind of life-imitating-art-type situation that is not lost on any of us.
Shawn Brackbill who directed the video rounded up some girls for the shoot on Facebook and Craigslist, we believe, and after watching the video billions of times at Lacey’s desk, we decided that Lacey needed to talk to one of these ladies about what it’s like to be in a Pissed Jeans video. Lacey picked the blonde. Her name is Megan Muth and this is what she told Lacey about the video:
LS: First off, tell me a little about yourself.
MM: I like mustaches, Philly shows, PISSEDJEANS, and cats and cats and cats.
LS: Had you heard of Pissed Jeans before the video shoot?
MM: ’Course! Been listening to them for a few years. Love ’em.
LS: How was spending the day with them? Which one is your favorite and why? Who’s the worst?
MM: It was wonderful. Matt is fucking hilarious I’d say he’s my favorite. No one is the worst they’re all awesome!
LS: Who was more uncomfortable shooting a video, you or the band?
MM: Randy. Only Randy.
LS: Who was more bored?
LS: Are you a fan of Pissed Jeans? If so, what’s your favorite Pissed Jeans song? (It’s okay if it’s False Jesii—that’s my fave, too.)
MM: Pissed Jeans is in my top five favs. Boring Girls has always been my favorite.
LS: How’d you hear about the video shoot?
MM: I think it was I’m a fan of them on Facebook and they sent out a mass message about it. Yeah that sounds right.
LS: Have you been in any other videos?
LS: Tell me about the shoot. How long was it? Was it fun or boring? Did the girls all get along? Any good stories from the day of?
MM: I think we spent more time drinking beer and eating pizza/fucking around than shooting. Everything was awesome, all the girls were really cool. A girl and I made up a dance move of laying down on the stage to bend over in between takes and sip our beer. We needed midgets to hide behind the stage and hold our beer for us.
LS: Would you be in another music video? For which band?
MM: Well I would LOVE to be part of another Pissed Jeans video. But other than them Circa Survive. They’re my favorite.
LS: What current bands have the best videos? Where do you watch music videos?
MM: Circa actually just put out a pretty rad video for their new single. I usually just read about videos being released somewhere on the internet.
LS: Do you think people will recognize you after this video comes out?
MM: Probably not since I dyed my hair. Who cares I probably look like an idiot anyways.
LS: Do you think any of the dudes in Pissed Jeans are hot? You don’t have to name names if you don’t want…
MM: Secret crush on Matt. Get at me.
LS: The lyrics to this song are about not bothering to do the things that you maybe should or could do. What are some things that you can’t be bothered to do?
MM: Putting on pants, shower on the reg, hit the gym so it looks real nice. I wish I was punk enough to not work.
It is also worth mentioning right here and right now, that there is, forthcoming on Sub Pop Records, a new 7" single by Pissed Jeans coming out on Oct. 26, 2010. The songs on this single are “Sam Kinison Woman” b/w “The L Word.” And the cover bears a sentiment that we can all relate to/with, namely this one: “YOURLIFE IS WORTHPISSEDJEANS.” You can pre-order this single right here.
We here at Sub Pop have been busy bees this year, releasing tons of awesome records, and bringing music to the people. It’s not just us, however. The bands have also, in the words of Retribution Gospel Choir, been “workin harddd!” and have done an unusual amount of in-studios over the past couple of months. Here they are for your listening pleasure:
IN HONOR OF THISSPECIALDAY, SUBPOPRECORDSWILLRELEASE A MARVELOUSRANGE OF MUSICPRODUCTS, AVAILABLEONLY IN PARTICIPATINGRECORDSTORES
Record Store Day In-Store Performances by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, No Age, Male Bonding & Dum Dum Girls
Originally conceived in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally, the first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Now celebrated the third Saturday every April, it’s the one day each year that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists and labels to celebrate the art of music. We at Sub Pop Records have put together a whole raft of releases (seven in all!) to help entice people into record stores to enjoy the many pleasures offered there. Each destined for future collector’s item status, the Sub Pop Record Store Day 2010 series of releases is sure to appeal to the minor OCD tendencies of every true music enthusiast. To find a participating store, go here.
FOR: RECORDSTOREDAY 2010 FROM: SUBPOP, WITHLOVE
Beach House “Zebra” 12” (sp877)
The “Zebra” 12” features 2 new tracks (“The Arrangement” and “Baby”) and 2 alternate takes on songs from the popular 2010 Teen Dream album (a UK radio edit of “Zebra” and the Cough Syrup remix of “10 Mile Stereo”). Available now: Beach House’s Teen Dream SP845, CD+DVD/2xLP+DVD.
1. Zebra (UK Radio Edit)
2. The Arrangement
2. 10 Mile Stereo (Cough Syrup Remix)
The Album Leaf “There Is a Wind” 12” (sp878)
The “There Is a Wind” 12” features 2 new tracks (“Landing in Snow” and “Resonations”) and 2 alternate takes on songs from the popular 2010 A Chorus of Storytellers album (an acoustic version of “There Is a Wind” and the Jamuel Saxon sunburnt remix of “Falling from the Sun”). Also available now: The Album Leaf’s A Chorus of Storytellers SP805, CD/2xLP.
1. There Is a Wind (acoustic)
2. Landing in Snow
2. Falling from the Sun (Jamuel Saxon sunburnt remix)
Dum Dum Girls / Male Bonding 7” (sp876)
Two brand-new and exclusive tracks for Record Store Day 2010, one each from LA’s Dum Dum Girls and London’s Male Bonding. Both bands have debut albums out this spring on Sub Pop. Also available now: Dum Dum Girls’ I Will Be SP840, CD/LP. Available May 11th: Male Bonding’s Nothing Hurts SP854, CD/LP
Side A: Dum Dum Girls “Pay for Me”
Side AA: Male Bonding “Before It’s Gone”
Happy Birthday 7” (sp874)
Two brand-new and exclusive tracks for Record Store Day 2010 from Kyle “King Tuff” Thomas’ Happy Birthday. Both of these tracks, like those of Happy Birthday’s self-titled March 2010 debut album, were recorded and mixed at Kyle’s home studio. Available March 16th: Happy Birthday’s Happy Birthday SP850 CD/LP.
Side A: “Shampoo”
Side B: “Alien”
Soundgarden “Hunted Down” 7” Reissue (sp12a)
This reissue of a Sub Pop classic was arranged specially for Record Store Day. “Hunted Down” was released in June 1987 as the band’s first single and was later available on Screaming Life. This single is pressed on translucent orange vinyl. The original, now a Soundgarden collector’s item, was pressed on blue vinyl.
Side A: “Hunted Down”
Side B: “Nothing to Say”
CocoRosie “Lemonade" 7” (sp884)
The A-side to this limited-edition single is an edit of one of the stand-out tracks from the new CocoRosie album Grey Oceans and the B-side is the band’s cover of the Beach Boys’ classic “Surfer Girl.” Grey Oceans, CocoRosie’s Sub Pop debut (and fourth full-length album overall) will be released on May 11, 2010. Watch a ““Smokey Taboo” trailer from Grey Oceans.
Side A: “Lemonade”
Side B: “Surfer Girl”
SP20: Casual Nostalgia Fest CD (sp879)
We at Sub Pop Records celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2008 with, among other things, a 2-day music festival July 12th and 13th at Marymoor Park, somewhat unimaginatively called SP20. We’ve collected here some of our favorite performances from the SP20 festival. Sub Pop will be donating all of the profits from the sale of this CD to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
1. Green River: “Leech”
2. Wolf Parade: “Fine Young Cannibals”
3. The Vaselines: “Dying for It”
4. Obits: “Run”
5. Les Thugs: “Dirty White Race”
6. Eric’s Trip: “Smother”
7. Beachwood Sparks: “You Take the Gold”
8. Blitzen Trapper: “Furr”
9. Flight of the Conchords: “Carol Brown”
10. Iron & Wine: “Woman King”
11. Constantines: “Why I Didn’t Like August ‘93”
12. Seaweed “Baggage”
13. Grand Archives: “Dig That Crazy Grave”
14. Low: “Silver Rider”
15. The Helio Sequence: “Lately”
16. Kinski: “The Wives of Artie Shaw”
17. Pissed Jeans: “Caught Licking Leather”
18. Mudhoney: “The Open Mind”
19. Comets on Fire: “Dogwood Rust”