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”
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. THANKSFORPLAYING!*
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
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
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
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion
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
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
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.
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
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
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
(Top 10 Sub Pop things other than good records)
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
(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”
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!)
Le Loupe Family
Flight of the Conchords Season 2 / the Australian episode
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.
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)
UFOStrangers 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”
Rusted Shut Hot Sex EP
Mark Sultan “Hold On” b/w “I Hear a New World”
Tiny Vipers Life on Earth
Tyvek & Personal and the Pizzas at many, many shows
WFMU, one of our favorite independent free form online radio stations, is throwing the first (hopefully annual) WFMU Fest at the Music Hall of Williamsburg this weekend (Oct. 1-3)! I haven’t heard of anything as amazing going on in NYC this weekend, so there’s no excuse to miss it! The coolest part of the festival—Pissed Jeans are headlining Friday night!
Check out the other bands playing in the sweet line-up:
Thursday October 1st (Doors 8PM, $20 advance or night of show): Krautrock pioneers Faust, with Cold Cave and Aluk Todolo opening
Friday, October 2nd (Doors 8PM, tickets $12 advance/$15 night of show): a home run punk fest featuring Pissed Jeans, TV Ghost, Vee Dee, and Guinea Worms
Saturday, October 3rd (Doors 8PM, $20 advance or night of show): the return of No Wave legends Teenage Jesus and the Jerks plus a triple attack setup of NYC noisemongers Sightings, Drunkdriver, and Talk Normal
If you aren’t familiar with WFMU, make yourself acquainted with it here.