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THU, AUG 20, 2009 at 3:13 AM

How Many Sub Poppers Does it Take to Screw In a Light Bulb?

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In this case 3! From August 6-9, Sub Pop’s President (Jonathan Poneman), Art Director (Jeff Kleinsmith) and Resident Meathead (Andy Kotowicz) took to the streets of Myslowice, Poland, a town of 75,000 in the southwestern , industrial region of Silesia. Their purpose: apart from downing dozens upon dozens of pierogies and swallerin’ copious vodka shots, was to attend the Off Festival and install a Sub Pop art exhibit at a gallery at the Miejeskie Centrum Kultury (Town Culture Center). The festival lineup was pretty amazing. In addition to Sub Pop’s own Handsome Furs and Tiny Vipers, alums The Thermals also graced the stages, along with Wire, Fucked Up, Health, Wooden Shjips, The Field, Crystal Antlers AND Stilts, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and headliners Spiritualized and The National. Lots of Polish bands played as well: Pustki, Cool Kids of Death, Lech Janerka and Maria Peszek, to name a few. Great big thank yous to festival organizer, Artur Rojek, Lenka Panak, Ola, Ricky, Ania, Pawel and everyone else we met or who helped out. We owe you in a way we may never have the opportunity to fully acknowledge, but I certainly hope that one day, we do.

Photos of our exploits are here.

Choice video bits are here and here.


Posted by Andy Kotowicz

TUE, JUL 7, 2009 at 5:54 AM

Tiny Vipers, Life On Earth Out Today!

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The new Tiny Vipers record, Life on Earth, is available today! If you’re unfamiliar, Tiny Vipers is nom de plume of Jesy Fortino—we’re proud to be releasing her second Sub Pop long-player (following 2007’s Hands Across the Void). On Life on Earth Jesy uses voice and guitar to build a sparse and beautiful meditation on mystery, hope and the pieces of our past that exist only in memory.

Pick up a copy at your local independent record store, or here at subpop.com.

Also, you’re cordially invited to the Tiny Vipers record release show at the Fremont Abbey. You can buy advance tickets from the venue at the above link or from Brown Paper Tickets here.


Posted by Harry Dean Hudson

MON, JUL 6, 2009 at 3:13 AM

Tiny Vipers’ Life on Earth Out July 7th

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After a couple months of reissues and ultra-deluxely packaged b-side comps (see: Iron & Wine and The Vaselines), Tiny Vipers brings us our first new full-length release of the summer. Life on Earth, Tiny Vipers’ second album is available on CD and MP3 July 7th, and as per usual, we’re going to sweeten the metaphorical pot with some proverbial sugar. If you pre-order Life on Earth from us at subpop.com anytime before July 7th, you’ll also receive a truly limited Tiny Vipers home-recorded ambient piece on CDR called Blades of Grass. This Blades of Grass CDR is only available only to online pre-orderers only! So become one of those pre-orderers! By pre-orderering! To show you we aren’t fooling around with this incentivizing business, we’ll also throw in a button and a couple stickers.

Pre-order Life on Earth

Download “Dreamer” from Life on Earth


Posted by Sam Sawyer

THU, JUL 2, 2009 at 6:41 AM

A Form of Paying Attention July 2009

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July is jam packed with all sorts of happenings, both on the internet and in real life. Real life is the actual bummer that we deal with every day—the place where bills are due and you are not attractive enough to get laid. Let’s talk about the good stuff that might ease that pain, especially now that scientists have discovered that pain pills are bad for you. First up is the new album from Tiny Vipers called Life on Earth that comes out July 7th. If you pre-order Life on Earth from us at subpop.com anytime before July 7th, you’ll also receive a truly limited Tiny Vipers home-recorded ambient piece on CDR called Blades of Grass. Sweet. On July 21st we’re releasing a 7” by Zak Sally of Low fame called “Why We Hide”. This single is one song from a full length album (to be released this summer by La Mano 21 as a handmade and signed, limited-edition CD) and another that’s not. And they’re both great. On the 21st our buddies at Hardly Art are also releasing the debut album from Seattle’s own Talbot Tagora called Lessons in the Woods or a City on CD and LP. Get ‘em all—you won’t be sorry.

Sub Pop will be headed out to Chicago July 17th – 19th for our 4th annual trip to the Pitchfork Music Festival. We’ll be manning a booth at the CHiRP Record Fair with all sorts of Sub Pop merch and a new limited tee. Stop by and meet Sam, Richard, and Alissa and make sure to get right up front for Blitzen Trapper and The Dutchess & the Duke and be sure to yell “Free bird” as much as possible. Bands live for that.

Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes will be headlining the grand finale of the VERA Project’s annual Drink for the Kids benefit this year on July 11th at Neumo’s. This fundraiser is a local favorite because it mostly involves buying booze in the name of the city’s coolest all ages venue, and it takes place at many bars all over Seattle from July 5th – 11th. Click here for participating bars and more info, and click here to get tickets for the Grand Finale show at Neumo’s.

Last year Seattle’s beloved roots-music magazine No Depression had to shut its doors, an all too common trend in print publications over the last few years. This year they’re saying fuck it and partying their asses off at Marymoor Park (the same place and same date as the SP20 Fest, coincidentally) with the first ever No Depression Festival featuring our very own Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. Get thee to the Eastside, y’all. Tickets and info available here.

So, last month I pointed out some of our new web junk, including our new blog format and our widely beloved Cybersex Sampler, which is still available for download btw; and I promised that we’d become more interesting and post more content. Well, we only lie sometimes around here, and this time we’ve really stuck to our word. Behold the new Tuesday Sales Program, invented by our very own Welshy dreamboat Dick Laing and his trusty Aryan sidekick Sam Sawyer! It’s kinda hard to explain, but basically we’re running little sales on t-shirts and staff picks on most Tuesdays when we do not have a new release, which, if you’ve been paying attention, has been most of the time in 2009. Just click here and here to see what I’m talking about, and make sure to check back often to see what we’re doing next.

And finally, we’d like to give a big congratulations to Spencer Moody and Coco Howard who will be gettin’ hitched on July 12th! You guys are the best!


Posted by Lacey Swain

FRI, JUN 19, 2009 at 4:05 AM

New Tiny Vipers July 7th! Bonus CD with Pre-order!

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After a couple months of reissues and ultra-deluxely packaged b-side comps (see: Iron & Wine and The Vaselines), Tiny Vipers brings us our first new full-length release of the summer. Life on Earth, Tiny Vipers’ second album is available on CD and MP3 July 7th, and as per usual, we’re going to sweeten the metaphorical pot with some proverbial sugar. If you pre-order Life on Earth from us at subpop.com anytime before July 7th, you’ll also receive a truly limited Tiny Vipers home-recorded ambient piece on CDR called Blades of Grass. This Blades of Grass CDR is only available only to online pre-orderers only! So become one of those pre-orderers! By pre-orderering! To show you we aren’t fooling around with this incentivizing business, we’ll also throw in a button and a couple stickers.

Pre-order Life on Earth here.

Download “Dreamer” from Life on Earth here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

WED, MAR 4, 2009 at 7:34 AM

Sub Pop Showcase at SXSW 2009

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Hey, Hey! My coworkers and I are heading to Austin, TX in two short weeks so that we can wine and dine our contacts and show off the talents of our lovable and extremely talented bands. On Thursday March 19th, we’ll be at the Radio Room (508 E. 6th St – formerly Bourbon Rocks, formerly Fat Tuesdays, formerly some place with novelty shots and lots of tits). Most of these bands will be playing additional parties and what-not—we’ll post those soon!

For Your Scheduling Pleasure:
8:00 No Age (outside)
8:30 The Baptist Generals (inside)
9:00 Red Red Meat (outside)
9:30 Mark Sultan (inside)
10:00 Obits (outside)
10:30 Daniel Martin Moore (inside)
11:00 Vetiver (outside)
11:30 Tiny Vipers (inside)
12:00 Blitzen Trapper (outside)
12:30 Pretty & Nice (inside)
1:00 Handsome Furs (outside)

All photos courtesy Jay Cox


Posted by Lacey Swain