Day: 964 Shirt: Seaweed - Despised Color: Black Brand: Oneita Power T Source: Its funny how some bands totally fall off your radar. this band at least did for me. having seen them many many times in the 90’s this band was a real staple in my show going days. then poof. I think the Grunge revolution kinda sucked this band in, or glommed on to them at least. where this band was originally more punk and garage-y they got sucked in the the hair grunge revolution that was happening at the time. they were a perfect middle ground between punk and rock so they fit in nicely, which is why i assume i saw them so much. you want to pad a bill between Dinosaur Jr and Nirvana you just add Seaweed. no brainer.
these first couple of albums on Sub Pop were real slam dunks for me Despised and Weak real solid rock records that i leaned on heavily. sadly music was in such a weird state in the mid 90’s and music was just getting signed and dropped left and right and fads in bands seemed to be popping up left and right. whoa thought Christian punk would ever be a thing, know what i mean? so bands like Seaweed kinda fell in the crake as time passed by. some great things are not meant to last i guess. the trick is to just enjoy them while we have them, appreciate them and remember them after they are gone.
Day: 924 Shirt: the Shins - Bubbles Color: Slate Grey Brand: [Tag Missing] Source: Hit play on the song below.
Close your eyes and think about when you first heard this song, or this album and where you were at the time. what bands you were currently listening to and what you thought of this record. Ill admit for a second there i thought sub pop lost their minds..it sounded so weird, or at least weird for the era it came out in when most albums were being super produced, this one seemed extremely underproduced or seemed to be that why when that couldn’t be farther form the truth. this band captured everyone i knows attention and only in a positive way. it wasn’t until i kept hearing it play places and thinking who is this , i love it, that i realized my first instincts were complete bullshit. i was only scared of it being different, which in turn made it the beautiful record it is today. Unfortunately i cannot say the same for todays version of the shins, after many lineup changes and musical direction shifts and i think the most detrimental of them all the absence of Phil Ek (the producer at the time).
But hey that was 13 years ago, and i can imagine being in a band playing the same sounding music for a decade can get old, but man i will never forget this record that really blew peoples minds. more importantly my mind and i love that every time i put this record on i get transported right back to the chair where i was when i first put it on. so beautiful.
Another runny note to put it in perspective of the time and place..Sub Pop didn’t even put out vinyl of this record at first, Darla did this was way before the Vinyl revolution. so go look on the back of your copies of Oh, Inverted World and hold on to it if yours i sMissing a Sub Pop Logo.
Day: 865 Shirt: Father John Misty - Jesus Christ Girl Color: Heather Grey Brand: American Apparel Track Source: If i didn’t get an Xbox One today this post would be really lengthy… instead it will be empty with me glues to Call OF Duty for next 12-14 hrs. Sorry FTJ
Day: 847 Shirt: Treepeople - Something Vicious For Tomrorow Color: White Brand: Oneita Power-T Source: any of you Built To Spill fans out there familiar with Doug Martsch’s previous project called Treepeople? I really interesting pre-cursor to Halo Benders or Built To Spill. interesting to me always to witness, well hear a musicians progression. Treeprople was def more punk more raw, and more of a experiment in music for musicians fleshing out what it is they want to make. some songs are dead on punk rock versions of Built TO Spill, others are more raw and chaotic like you will hear in future halo benders albums.
Day: 828 Shirt: King Tuff - Devils Head Color: white Brand: American Apparel Source: Grateful that i King Tuff and Wavves are on tour together. Grateful i got to see them and grateful that they made some new merch. Grateful they exist. def one of the top bands of this decade so far for me. Great songs, fun live, good merch. not taking themselves too seriously like they fucking re-invented live music. they just revived fun live music. Thanks Bro’s
Note* if you happen to catch this tour. be prepared to see lots of people going sleeveless. Christian Hosoi and Bill Danforth would be proud
NOTE TO BANDS there is no reason in 2013 you shouldn’t take CC’s
You have a smart phone (I know this cause you are always intgramin, tweetin and checking your FB’s) so jsut throw the dongle on top and take cards. charge me the 2.9% on top if you want. its cheaper than paying the $7 i have to pay to ATM and my Bank. I will most likely buy twice the amount of merch,.. (And Merch Table Guys) it make it way easier to drop a tip here and there.
Day: 827 Shirt: Sub Pop - I Love Payola Color: white Brand: Oneita Power T Source: Who doesn’t really. Payola even sounds fun. it sounds like winning the lottery, and in an old school way it might have been, depending on how poor you were.
I am very fond of this label. I have known people and worked with in some way or another with them since 1998 and not once have a ever encountered an employee there who is a dick. people hardly ever quit, they always either just got promoted or moved on to other passions in their life and that really speaks bundles for the label. I’m sure they aren’t giving away cars to keep employees there but they do dish out plenty of self respect. which to me is job requirement #1 when looking. i don’t wanna ask someone to do a job that i wouldn’t do myself. i wanna be proud of the artists i work with, even if i am not a fan of the music per-say but i want to respect them as artists at least. I want to be in great company with other people i work with, and i want to be just as inspired by each one of them as i am in the company as a whole.
Not to mention that Mark Arm from Mudhoney is the shipping Manager there so every piece of mail from Sub Pop comes shipped with his name on it.
that sounds like it impossible and it doesn’t exist, but Sub Pop is proof. Great people doing a great job with great artists all doing things they love with people they respect. thanks for being a really fucking great label for 25 years. you guys rule.
Im almost oging to go as far as saying that if you have ever met a dick there you yourself are probably a bigger dick that you think.
Day: 781 Shirt: Band Of Horses - Boat Shirt Color: Heather Green Brand: American Apparel Source: I love the shit out of this band but i have a huge beef with their merch laziness. i genuinely think they have about 5 shirt designs they made 10 years ago and still make and sell the same shirts today. its not like they are even that epic of a design, like the Crimson Skull or the Black Flag Bars..i don’t get it. i mean i do get it they don’t wear t-shirts so they don’t really give a shit.
So yeah this was from yesterday as you can see form the sweat mark in the photo. its been gross here. gross.
BOH c’mon guys if you wanna step your merch game up give me a call and lets gets this rolling.
Source: If you haven’t had a chance to see Metz live yet stop what you are doing now, and go grab a brick and smash it into your face. Then If you haven’t even heard the Metz record and don’t know who they are, go grab an ice pick and cram that in your ear hole while you are at it. I mean you are obi not using it and do not need it.
This band is just straight up energy good live. the drummer who looks like he might do some construction on his off time is one hell of a drummer. dude can wail. he alone is worth going to see live but the band a s a whole is all very complimentary and extremely tight. they make watching live music a pleasure and i don’t even think about how bad my back hurts the entire time. i dont check my watch, i dont care what song is playing cause they are all good. its that kind of band.
why am i writing this glowing post? because it is true.
Good Job (again) Sub Pop. And while sometimes when you have your nose to the grindstone it feels a little unrewarding at times.. but its always nice to hear.. THANKS FOR PUTTING OUT GREAT MUSIC. this dude here appreciates it a lot.
Day: 684 Shirt: Modest Mouse - The Moon And Antarctica (Sony Promo) Color: Slate Blue Brand: Hanes Beefy-T Source: Didnt get a chance to post this gem up yesterday. a fav Modest Mouse Record of mine. People think Modest Mouse is not good anymore, what they don’t know is that they just haven’t recorded anything in almost 8 years. It will come and when it does its going to be great. trust me.
Source: I never say this, but this was an epic 7”. Kind of an epic song to be put out only on a single. that shit doesn’t happen anymore. well it didn’t, now all people do is put out singles it seems. This was one of the early Sub Pop Singles club releases. one of my fav inventions in music. so many good records came out through that. some horrible but it didn’t matter cause i didn’t have to get off my fat ass and go get it, it was delivered straight to my door. Its like all the beauty of record Store day but you don’t have to do shit cept greet the postman.
Im guessing this is why sub pop is still around today, and why they are successful. nerds who love music putting out music. Hey Sub Pop form one nerd to another, i’d sign up for a shirt club if you had one. just saying. shit i would even run it for you. think about it. ill be here waiting for your response. if i am gone i just went to get some food so leave a message.