To help raise money for Portland’s Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School, The Shins’ James Mercer and Stephen Malkmus will be playing the 18th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell at The Jupiter Hotel on Friday April 11th! You should go!
Though it has been a closely guarded secret here in the Sub Pop offices for some time now, we are pleased to finally and publicly announce that we have signed Portland’s Blitzen Trapper! The band self-released their stellar Wild Mountain Nation CD in the US on June 12th of this year, and you can watch the video they made for the track “Devil’s A-Go-Go” here.
Wild Mountain Nation has been covered like crazy in the press (here’s the full list of which) and the band is headed out on tour with San Francisco’s Two Gallants in September. You’ll have lots of chances to get to know Blitzen Trapper, is what we’re saying. Chances you should avail yourself of.
We’ll be releasing this same Wild Mountain Nation internationally on October 22, 2007, and will be putting out the next Blitzen Trapper album at some undisclosed point in the wholly undisclosed future, everywhere all at once. Or, this is our plan anyway.
In the meantime, of course, there’s also this.
There are suddenly a great many things to tell you about The Thermals! And they are these:
- As mentioned in this month’s Pandering to the Locals (which, you maybe didn’t read, and who can really blame you what with that awful picture…), we have a brand new Thermals single for the song “A Pillar of Salt”! On this single, you will also find demo versions of “A Pillar of Salt” and “St. Rosa and the Swallows,” (final versions of which are on the most recent Thermals elpee The Body, The Blood, The Machine) as well as the heretofore unreleased b-side “Product Placement.” You should really buy this single now.
- The Thermals have a new, and really, very improved new website! Now would be a good time to check it out.
- They just returned from a bunch of dates in the UK and EU, where, not surprisingly to us, they totally killed it. From the proof dept.: The Guardian’s live review, _NME_’s review of The Body, The Blood, The Machine, The Fly’s review of the new Pillar of Salt single
- On June 22nd, they will be performing two songs on NPR’s Live Wire from Portand’s Aladdin Theater!
- There is also a new, limited-edition, thirteen-track Insound Tour Support CD from The Thermals! This thing is extremely limited and only available through Insound or from The Thermals on tour. Get ‘em while they last. Here’s the track listing…
- Returning to the Fold (live at KEXP)
- I Might Need You to Kill (live at KEXP)
- Here’s Your Future (live at KEXP)
- St. Rosa and the Swallows (live at KEXP)
- A Stare like Yours (live at Bottom of the Hill)
- A Passing Feeling (live at Bottom of the Hill)
- Brace and Break (live at Bottom of the Hill)
- Back to the Sea (live at Bottom of the Hill)
- Our Trip (live at Bottom of the Hill)
- Every Stitch (live at Bottom of the Hill)
- Welcome to the Planet (acoustic)
- I Know the Pattern (acoustic)
- A Pillar of Salt (acoustic)