Who’s handsome and furry all over? Not your mom, silly, the Handsome Furs! About-to-be-married couple Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry formed the band in the winter of 2005, and toured Europe before they even had a record out. Their debut album, called Plague Park (lovingly referred to in World HQ as Plaque Park_, which I guess would be a park in Candy Land, or possibly an amusement park designed by dentists to frighten children into a consistent dental care regimen…) is out May 22nd. It is dark and minimal and catchy as shit, and is the perfect foil for the impending pesky, sunny summer, what with its “cheeriness” and “positivity." You can pre-order it now-ish, right here. With the help of the Mighty Canadian Government, Dan and Alexei made a wicked scary, Twin Peaks-y video for the song “Dumb Animals”, which you can view HERE0wutqc.
Also, F your I, the word for Sub Pop Summer ’07 is BANANAS. Why? Because we’ll have new full-lengths from not just the H. Furs, but also from Pissed Jeans, Jennifer Gentle, Patton Oswalt, Tiny Vipers, The Brunettes, and Kinski. And (!), there will be new singles from The Thermals, CSS, and Iron & Wine. Thankfully, during summertime in the Pacific Northwest, the sun rises early and doesn’t set until around 9:30 PM, which means we have nearly double the daylight hours, so getting out of the office at seven won’t be as harsh as it is when it’s pitch black outside. You’ll want to keep checking Sub Pop Dot Com for More Exciting News!
MTV’s Subterranean program (aka pretty much the one hour a week they might play our videos, aka 120 Minutes if it was only 60 minutes long) has a new blog on the internets and it is currently featuring quite a bit of Sub Pop-related information and video. For instance, here are The Shins riding some Segways on a track in Portland. You just can’t beat that.
Well, very soon (FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, to be exact) you will be able to watch these same Thermals perform their mega-smash hit A Pillar of Salt on none other than NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly program! So, why don’t you? Watch them? On Friday, the 16th? Because, really, if you don’t love The Thermals, how will you ever learn to love yourself?
Only a mere matter of weeks after many other people have done so, we are quite proud to announce that several of the bands and artists we work with here at Sub Pop Records were nominated for 2006 Plug Independent Music Awards. Of course, we think very highly of these folks and their records (and, naturally, ourselves…), and feel quite strongly that you should vote for them all (and us, mostly us).