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.
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.
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.
[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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: