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’s I Speak Fula was nominated in the category of “Best Traditional World Music Album” and Flight of the Conchords I 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.
For a full list of nominations click here.
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.
The highly-anticipated third album from The Shins, Wincing the Night Away, is set for release via Sub Pop Records on January 23rd, 2007. The album was recorded in the summer of ’06 in singer/guitarist James Mercer’s basement home studio, with Phil Ek in Seattle, and at Supernatural Sound in Oregon City, OR, and was produced by Mercer, and Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2).
The tracklist for Wincing the Night Away follows:
1. Sleeping Lessons
3. Pam Berry
4. Phantom Limb
5. Sea Legs
6. Red Rabbits
7. Turn on Me
8. Black Wave
9. Spilt Needles
10. Girl Sailor
11. A Comet Appears
The first single from the album, “Phantom Limb,” will be released as a digital single (with two b-sides) via iTunes on November 14th and as a CD-single on November 21st.
Here’s the tracklist for the single:
1. Phantom Limb (album version)
2. Nothing at All
3. Spilt Needles (alternate version)
In addition, the band will also be headlining the Sub Pop showcase at CMJ this year, which will take place November 2nd at the Bowery Ballroom.
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!