You can now listen to The Shins and Shannon Lay’s contributions to the Sub Pop Singles Club, which are available now for the first time at all DSPs.
The Shins release features remastered versions of three early recordings: “When I Goose-Step,” “The Gloating Sun” and the original version of “New Slang,” which was previously titled “When You Notice the Stripes.” All 3 songs were first available on a tour-only CD EP in 1999. Omnibus Records released “When I Goose-Step” b/w “The Gloating Sun” on a long out-of-print 7”, also in 1999. Listen here.
Meanwhile, “New Slang (When You Notice the Stripes)” was released by Sub Pop in February 2001 on a now out-of-print 7” single before the release of Oh, Inverted World, The Shins acclaimed label debut album, which recently just surpassed 1 million copies sold.
Shannon Lay’s “Blue” and “We Mend” were recorded during the sessions for August, her Sub Pop debut released earlier this year. Listen here.
“We Mend” is a song for healing. In those moments where everything seems broken, it can be hard to have perspective, but whether we know it or not everything will be ok. “Blue” is about the struggle of loving someone who is gone a lot. A gentle reassurance to one another that even if you’re not physically together, the love remains strong. “Blue” is also a reference to, as Shannon puts it, “the color of Marge Simpson’s hair. I’ve always admired her devotion and understanding.”
Guy Garvey, frontman of the UK band Elbow, premiered “Blue” earlier this week via his Sunday BBC6 radio show, and today revealed that August, Shannon’s Sub Pop debut, is his album of the year.
The Shins and Shannon Lay’s 7”’s are the December 2019 installments of the Sub Pop Singles Club, subscriptions to which are completely sold-out. However, you still have a chance to sign up for the Volume 5/2020-21 edition of the club, with an entirely new set of artists (subscribe here please).
The Shins have left an indelible mark on the history of music, but before The Shins, James Mercer founded Flake Music in Albuquerque, New
Mexico in 1992 with Neal Langford on guitar, Phil Higgs and then Marty
Crandall on bass and Jesse Sandoval on drums. Flake Music was a
collaborative affair with each member contributing to the songwriting
process. From 1992 to 1997, Flake Music released several singles before
releasing When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return in 1997. Upon the album’s release, Flake Music began touring largely due to support from Modest Mouse, amongst other bands. The rest, as they say, is history (Oh, Inverted World, Chutes Too Narrow, Wincing the Night Away, Port of Morrow, Broken Bells, et cetera).
Now, in 2014, Sub Pop is exceedingly proud to reissue this somewhat forgotten, but important record. Pre-order When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return, from Sub Pop on vinyl here, and receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record on orange vinyl. Also, all pre-orders receive an instant download of the track “Spanway Hits”
and access to a full-album stream 1-month prior to street date!
We have been popping bubbly all day long over at Sub Pop HQ, as Grammy Nominations were announced late last night for this year’s awards and two of our artists, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba and Flight of the Conchords were nominated. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba’sI Speak Fula was nominated in the category of “Best Traditional World Music Album” and Flight of the ConchordsI Told You I Was Freaky for “Best Comedy Album.” Big ups also to Low whose song “Silver Rider” was covered by Robert Plant on his latest release, Band Of Joy, which was nominated for “Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.” Needless to say, we are STOKED!
We would also like to send our congrats to Sub Pop alums Band of Horses and Broken Bells (which is fronted by James Mercer of The Shins) for nominations in the category of Best Alternative Music Album.
Each month our superstar radio station KEXP does a live remote show that benefits a local charity. This month the show will benefit the Artist Trust, an organization that has distributed over seven million dollars in grants, resources and career training to thousands of our state’s most promising and interesting musicians, writers, performers, and artists working across all disciplines since 1986. Also, as an added li’l bonus, Little Cuts, starring one Mr. Dave Hernandez of the Shins, are playing. The show is April 3rd at the Sunset in Ballard. Get more info HERE.
Jesse Sandoval, ex-drummer of the Shins recently opened a New Mexican themed taco cart in downtown Portland called Nuevo Mexico and Vendr.tv did an interview with him that you can watch here. Jesse’s food looks delicious, and there’s a surprise visit from Marty Crandall in the video. Read more about Nuevo Mexico here and on the official website. (The official one doesn’t have anything on it yet, presumably because Jesse’s too busy making sopapillas.)
Yesterday we had a visit from our other new baby friend, Paloma Hernandez, daughter of Sophia and Dave Hernandez, of the Shins. She’s a real beaut and it was so fun having her in the office! Oh god, my eggs are drying up—someone get me a puppy STAT!