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TUE, DEC 4, 2007 at 4:05 AM

Pandering to the Locals December ‘07


I kinda hate year the end round-ups and trite “best of” lists that will make up the rest of the journalistic year, but I think it’s a practice steeped in deep tradition and I guess it’s somewhat helpful, so here’s a little bit about what went down at Sub Pop in the past months. 2007 brought us follow up records from old faves The Shins, Low, Jennifer Gentle, Iron and Wine, Band of Horses, Kinski, and Mudhoney as well as a whole bunch of new or new-to-us bands such as Loney Dear, Dntel, Patton Oswalt, Handsome Furs, Pissed Jeans, Tiny Vipers, flight of the conchords, and The Go! Team. We put out some seven inch singles, too, from bands like Wooden Shjips, Kelley Stoltz, and The Thermals. Our little buds at Hardly Art have successfully made it through their first year with releases from Arthur & Yu and Le Loup and we couldn’t be prouder. More proud. Whatever.
You know what, though? Next year is going to be totally insane as it will be Sub Pop’s Twentieth Anniversary(!) and we’re going to go totally nuts celebrating. Keep your eyes peeled for special releases, collector junk, and worldwide partying in the streets.

Posted by Lacey Swain

TUE, NOV 27, 2007 at 8:01 AM

Democracy in Action, MTV style!


We have a trillion videos up for Subterranean’s Best of 2007 on MTV2 and you would be a bad citizen if you did not go HERE and cast a vote or two for The Shins, Band of Horses, CSS, DNTEL, Handsome Furs, The Thermals, and The Go! Team. Get to it! Please and thank you.

Posted by Lacey Swain

TUE, OCT 23, 2007 at 9:16 AM

Sub Pop Invents the “mp3”


R Buckminster Fuller once said, “I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented,” and this would be wholly unremarkable but for the fact that Harry D. Hudson, Sub Pop’s Master of Technolo-something, said nearly this same thing to me about a new product that he is now prepared to offer for sale exclusively on this very website. What is this mysterious invention that will revolutionize the world as we know it? What ungodly creation has Dr. Hudson and the somewhat evil-seeming Professor Fletcher brought to life in their old-timey laboratory? They’re called mp3s! “Mp3” apparently stands for “music product 3”: a mysterious, invisible computer thingy which can be made to produce sounds not unlike music. It is just this sort of devotion to innovative, cutting edge technology that has made Sub Pop Records the unwitting industry leader it is today. Take that, everyone else—Sub Pop has invented the mp3! And now, we’d like to sell some of these things to you.

Since this program is in its infancy we have only a very limited number of mp3s available at this time, and we’re only offering full album downloads. We’re no dummies so we went ahead and mp3’d the big guns—all the Shins albums, the Postal Service, Flight of the Conchords, the new Band of Horses and new Iron and Wine albums are all available as downloadable zip files containing 192k mp3s and high quality cover art for $9.90 per album, except for the FOC ep which is a mere $5.94. We will be adding to this list just as soon as we’re able. This is the future—bask in its glory before someone steals our idea. Oh also, please email Dean at with questions, concerns, or failures.

Posted by Lacey Swain

FRI, OCT 5, 2007 at 4:41 AM

The Shins will be on the Tonight Show on Monday, October 8th!


After yesterday’s news about Iron & Wine the following is the sort of thing that, as recently as 2002, would have been akin to us proclaiming that Beachwood Sparks were scheduled to play a unicorn rodeo in Narnia. But, it’s true!

On Monday, October 8th, The Shins will be performing the song “Sealegs” from this year’s Wincing the Night Away on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


You should watch!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

WED, SEP 19, 2007 at 6:57 AM

The Shins and CSS are up for Woodie Awards!


Remember when we invented the wooden record for sales of 100K a while back? Well, MTVu liked the idea so much they have a whole awards show about it now and they would like to bestow an MTV brand Woodie on two of our bands—The Shins and CSS! The Shins are up for 3 awards,and the viral one requires voting NOW! DO IT!

VOTE HERE for the Shins Viral Woodie
VOTE HERE for the Shins Woodie of the Year
VOTE HERE for the Shins Alumni Woodie
VOTE HERE for the CSS Left Field Woodie

Help Sub Pop take Back the Wood!

Posted by Lacey Swain