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!
The fine folks over at vh1.com and vh1classic.com went above and beyond and have provided us with our best birthday present yet—a Sub Pop Turns 20 celebration with over 50 Sub Pop videos from the dawn of time til now. Check it out—there’s Tad, SDRE, Mudhoney, Band of Horses, The Shins, CSS, and more!