Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Sub Pop Records Celebration (69-song anthology / classic Singles Club)

Jonathan Poneman & Bruce Pavitt: Seattle wizards

OMG. Am I dreaming or Sub Pop Records catalogue is really back on Spotify?!? Did it come along with the july US opening? Well, that's great. Sub Pop was one of the few very big and very influential and very glorious rock indie-labels still missing from the service. So it deserves a big & influential & glorious celebration.
Let's try...!

Side A
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69 songs by 69 different artists, throughout label's history. From Mudhoney to Nirvana, from The Postal Service to The Shins, from Iron & Wine to Band of Horses, from Tad to Codeine, from About a Girl to Such Great Heights, from proto-grunge to post-folk. Wondering about the tracklist's criteria? No alphabetical order. No chronology. And I didn't choose the songs, either. You did it. Or better: I simply picked the best ranked ones - in the label's catalogue - by the Spotify community. One song each artist. Starting with the most listened ones and slowly moving to less known territories. Nirvana just at #12? Ah, these young and hipsteric Spotify people... :o)

1. Iron And Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth
2. Band of Horses – The Funeral
3. Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed
4. The Shins – New Slang
5. The Head And The Heart – Cats and Dogs
6. Shabazz Palaces – Free Press and Curl
7. Flight Of The Conchords – Hurt Feelings
8. The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
9. Foals – Spanish Sahara
10. Loney, Dear – Saturday Waits
11. Mogwai – White Noise
12. Nirvana – About A Girl
13. Low – Try to Sleep
14. Dum Dum Girls – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
15. Handsome Furs – Legal Tender
16. CSS – Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex
17. Blitzen Trapper – Furr
18. Vetiver – It's Beyond Me
19. Chad VanGaalen – Clinically Dead
20. Papercuts – Do What You Will
21. Hot Hot Heat – Bandages
22. No Age – Glitter
23. The Vaselines – Son Of A Gun
24. Sunny Day Real Estate – Seven
25. Mudhoney – Touch Me I'm Sick
26. Wolf Parade – Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
27. The Thermals – Here's Your Future
28. The Rapture – Out Of The Races And Onto The Tracks
29. Sebadoh – License to Confuse
30. Fruit Bats – Primitive Man
31. Rogue Wave – Publish My Love
32. Obits – You Gotta Lose
33. The Reverend Horton Heat – Psychobilly Freakout
34. Male Bonding – Year's Not Long
35. Rosie Thomas – Farewell
36. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Birthday
37. Mark Lanegan – I'll Take Care Of You
38. David Cross – Certain Leaders In Government Look Or Act Like Certain Pop Culture References!
39. The Helio Sequence – Can't Say No
40. Avi Buffalo – Good I'm Wishing
41. Niki & The Dove – Somebody (drum machine version)
42. Grand Archives – Topsy's Revenge
43. Kelley Stoltz – Prank Calls
44. The Twilight Singers – Last Night in Town
45. Ruby Suns – There Are Birds
46. Gluecifer – Get The Horn
47. L7 – Shove
48. Damien Jurado – Ohio
49. Velocity Girl – Sorry Again
50. Ben Solee – Something, Somewhere, Sometime
51. Codeine – Loss Leader
52. Sleater-kinney – Modern Girl
53. Red House Painters – Wop-A-Din-Din
54. The Murder City Devils – Press Gang
55. Tad – Jinx
56. Pissed Jeans – False Jesii Part 2
57. The Elected – Greetings In Braille
58. Eugene Mirman – Ever Get Drunk AndÉ?, Edinburgh
59. Zumpano – The Party Rages On
60. Dntel – After Parties
61. The Gutter Twins – The Stations
62. The Pernice Brothers – Chicken Wire
63. Blouse – Shadow
64. Earth – Harvey
65. Green River – Unwind
66. Seaweed – Selfish
67. Retribution Gospel Choir – Hide It Away
68. Dwarves – Satan
69. Daniel Martin Moore – Dark Road
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0714)

Side B

... reloaded. I already tried making a playlist out of Sub Pop's historical monthly subscription mail service... more than a year ago. It was a disaster: just 23 songs found, out of the 200/210 of the full series. Today, it's a little better. Most songs are still missing, but I found 52. 33 from the "first" Club (grunge era, 1988-93), 19 from the "second" Club (modern age, 1998-2002). I updated the old playlist (with songs from both the series) and I made two new different playlists, for people who prefer not mixing Fugazi with Bright Eyes. 
(for the full Singles Club discography - and my source, too - go here).

Singles Club #1 (1988-1993, the grunge era)
Nirvana – Love Buzz
Nirvana – Big Cheese
Mudhoney – Touch Me I'm Sick
Sonic Youth – Halloween
The Flaming Lips – Drug Machine In Heaven
The Afghan Whigs – I Am the Sticks
The Afghan Whigs – White Trash Party
Fugazi – Joe 1
Fugazi – Break-In
Fugazi – Song 1
L7 – Shove
L7 – Packin' a Rod
Dwarves – She's Dead
Thee Headcoats – Davy Crockett
Poison Idea – Taken By Surprise
The Reverend Horton Heat – Psychobilly Freakout
The Reverend Horton Heat – Baby, You Know Who
Nirvana – Molly's Lips - Live
Urge Overkill – Now That's The Barclords
Urge Overkill – What's This Generation Coming to?
Love Battery – Foot
Green Magnet School – Slipper
Tsunami – Left Behind
Mecca Normal – You Heard It All
Mecca Normal – Broken Flowers
Rocket From The Crypt – Normal Carpet Ride
Rocket From The Crypt – Where Are The Fuckers
Codeine – Realize
Antiseen – We Got This Far
Antiseen – (We Will Not) Remember You
Pigface – Empathy
Pigface – Steamroller
Didjits – Mama Had a Skull Baby
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0715)

Singles Club #2 (1998-2002, the other era)
The Jesus And Mary Chain – Birthday
Modest Mouse – Never Ending Math Equation (Live version)
Luna – Everybody’s Talkin’ (Remastered)
Luna – Fuzzy Wuzzy
Creeper Lagoon – Dear Deadly
The Get Up Kids – Ten Minutes
The Get Up Kids – Anne Arbour (7" Version)
Dot Allison – Colour Me
Dot Allison – Tomorrow Never Comes
Crooked Fingers – Juliette
The Amazing Crowns – Chop Shop
Death Cab for Cutie – Underwater ("iTunes Originals Version", likely different from the Sub Pop original)
Death Cab for Cutie – Army Corps Of Architects
Zeke – Evil Dead
Migala – The North Of Fire 1
Bright Eyes – I Will Be Grateful For This Day
Bright Eyes – When The Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass
Enon – The Nightmare of Atomic Men
Carissa's Wierd – You Should Be Hated Here
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0716)

Listen to the full Singles Club playlist (both eras in one playlist) on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0132)

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