Sub Pop Records has revealed the first details of Mark Lanegan’s upcoming vinyl box set One Way Street: The Sub Pop Albums, set for release on November 20th. The 5-LP box set will include Lanegan’s first five solo albums, all of which have been unreleased on vinyl or out-of-print for many years: The Winding Sheet (1990), Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (1994), Scraps at Midnight (1998), I’ll Take Care of You(1999) and Field Songs (2001). These first five albums are definitive of Lanegan’s classic singer-songwriter, blues-inspired solo work.
Available for pre-order at Sub Pop’s Megamart, each album in the One Way Street box set was cut from new lacquers and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and is housed in a sleeve reproducing the art for its original release. The vinyl set includes downloads for a digital copy and can be purchased separately in a digital format as well. Lanegan’s upcoming tour dates include the Macefield Festival on October 3rd in Seattle, WA and the ‘Love And Other Crimes: The Songs Of Lee Hazlewood’ tribute event on October 30th at London’s Barbican.
I have been an admirer of Truly’s music for quite some time – ever since I throughly studied the group’s tunes while putting together a little old book you may have heard of, Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music. And I was so blown away by their 1995 album, Fast Stories…From Kid Coma, that I just had to include it at #3 as part of the Top 10 Underrated 90’s Alternative Rock Albums list for this site! With interest in the trio – which includes singer/guitarist Robert Roth, ex-Soundgarden bassist Hiro Yamamoto, and ex-Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel – building once more, Mr. Roth was kind enough to answer some questions via email, including the group’s upcoming live dates in the US (which are listed on the band’s official Facebook page) and future plans.
How did this run of shows come about?
We’ve been working on a new record on and off for a while and last year I was contacted by a guy out of Champaign Il, who had seen Truly when he was 16 and actually had to stand outside to listen. Now he’s an adult and a family man and has his own agency (Nicodemus Agency) and puts on a huge festival in Champaign called Pygmalion Festival. He’d seen that we’ve been playing and had toured in Europe somewhat recently and said he would like to be our agent. The plan had been to go on tour when the new record is done, but with the twentieth anniversary of Fast Stories… From Kid Coma happening this year, we decided it would be a good time to get out there and celebrate the record and have some fun with a few dates. We’ve acquired a lot of younger fans over the last few years and interest in that record in particular has grown steadily over the years.
What can fans expect from these shows?
Were still sounding heavy, loud, melancholy and slightly pretty with a good measure of spontaneity thrown in to keep it exciting. We’ll have a keyboardist with us in the band providing all of the Mellotron, Wurlitzer and strange analog keyboard sounds that are a back drop to the records. It’s still to be determined whether or not we will be playing the entire album from back to front at any of these shows, but we we’ll be playing at least about 8%5 of Kid Coma including some things we’ve never done live, like the 11 and a 1/2 minute “Chlorine”. Also hopefully “Aliens On Alcohol” which was supposed to be on the Capitol cd, but there was no room since the record was already seventy two minutes already without it. It was included on side three of the double vinyl that was co-released on Sub Pop. We will likely play something from the Sub Pop e.p.’s and a couple from Feeling You Up for sure.
Will there be new material played at this shows?
Yes, we”ll be playing a few new songs – our forthcoming single “No One Remembers the Game” and the A-side to a new 7″ that will finally be released very soon, called “Wheels on Fire,” and possibly more. I’d like to play more new stuff, but there are so many people who have never seen us or who are new to the band, so it will all be new for them.
Any updates re: a new Truly album?
It’s being mixed by a producer named Jordon Zadronzy, who has a studio outside Ontario, Canada. He’s in a really great band called Blinker the Star. Lindsey Buckingham played on his last record and he was also hired to co-write some songs with Courtney Love for Celebrity Skin. We’re passing audio back and forth through the internet with hopes of doing the final laps in person at some point soon. There are about twelve songs in the works. But just like our other records, I’m always writing until the end.
I understand that the song “Heart and Lungs” will finally be included on an upcoming expanded edition of the Singles Motion Picture Soundtrack – why was it not included in the first place?
It was on all the advance copies between Jimi Hendrix and Smashing Pumpkins, but was nixed the week before it went to the pressing plant to make room for another major label artist. We had heard that it was one of Cameron Crowes’ favorite songs in the film, but various band managers were putting a lot of pressure on the label to add these other songs, and with us being on an indie, Sub Pop, we were the most politically expendable. Our career likely would have been much different had we been included, but who knows, maybe we wouldn’t have gotten signed to Capitol and made Fast Stories…from Kid Coma?
Future plans for Truly?
Finishing the new album as soon as possible and hopefully with a renewed vigor and sense of purpose. I’d also like to get back to Europe for some shows. The 20th anniversary will be next year for the UK and several other countries since it was released in ’96 there. I also just got word that there will likely be a vinyl reissue of Fast Stories soon.
After the massive success that was Ten of the Heaviest Bands From Japan, Anthony Carioscia chose to do a list that is more Alternative Nation friendly (minus Billy Corgan); here he talks about some of his favorite grunge albums that predate the popularizing of the genre in 1991 with the release of Nevermind and Ten.
In anticipation of this April’s Record Store Day 2014, Sub Pop Records has announced its planned limited edition vinyl releases for the annual event. On the record label’s website, Sub Pop announced their releases, stating: “we went to work, trimmed the fat, and got our release list to the four most exciting, collectable, sonically pleasing, limited-edition Sub Pop Record Store Day Releases ever.”
On Record Store Day, Sub Pop will unveil releases from Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans, Chad VanGaalen, and The Notwist:
Mudhoney On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP: In 2013 both Mudhoney and Sub Pop turned 25, and, in celebration of this milestone, the band performed on the actual roof of Seattle’s iconic and also very tall Space Needle. Due to space limitations up on top, and the obvious safety issues involved, only about 13 people were able to bear witness to this performance (and you can hear each of them, clapping individually between songs). Our friends at KEXP recorded and broadcast this monumentally historic event, and this limited-edition vinyl LP preserves it for eternity. Limited to 2,700 copies worldwide.
Pissed Jeans The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP: Here are four live-in-the-studio tracks that (finally!) give meaning and validation to Sub Pop’s existence. This historic platter is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, and these versions of the tracks are exclusive to this release.
Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single: This single features four new tracks from the Calgary artist’s vault of unheard music. Exactly none of these tracks appear on Chad’s forthcoming album, Shrink Dust (out 4/29 on Sub Pop!). The dare-we-say incredible cover art is by Chad himself. Limited to 2,300 copies worldwide.
The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single: “Run Run Run” is from the band’s just-released album, Close to the Glass, and this single also includes three more, unreleased tracks: one new song, and two exclusive remixes of “Run Run Run.” Both sides of the record feature a special double groove, with each parallel groove containing a different song. Limited to 1,900 copies worldwide.
You can read more about Record Store Day at the event’s official website, or watch Mudhoney’s Space Needle performance below:
In a recent article from the Seattle Times, Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman discusses his life with Parkinson’s disease. After over 25 years of work with Sub Pop Records, the label that he co-founded in 1988 with Bruce Pavitt, Poneman sensed that he was slowing down. After a realization in 2010 that his health was in trouble, including difficulty in writing and cooking, Poneman received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
Poneman says that the diagnosis brought him “some measure of fear, and a ‘grave curiosity’ about what was going to happen to him, and how long it would take.” However, Poneman says that his diagnosis has also had some good effects as well. The Parkinson’s disease diagnosis has helped Poneman to fill any “spiritual emptiness” as well as to keep “an open heart and [be] mindful.” Poneman recently married, and “still goes to clubs and music festivals.”
Meanwhile, Poneman and Sub Pop will be putting on their 25th anniverary ‘Silver Jubilee’ festival in Seattle in July. The festival will feature performances by Mudhoney, J Mascis, Greg Dulli, Jack Endino, and former TAD members Tad Doyle and Gary Thorstensen. Soundgarden is also rumored to perform. The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation will set up a booth at the festival.
Read more about Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman’s life with Parkinson’s disease here.
Jonathan Poneman with Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, 1989.
Sub Pop’s 25th anniversary festival, ‘Silver Jubilee,’ will be held on July 13 in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. The lineup for the anniversary event was recently revealed via video featuring Sub Pop’s ‘silver statesmen:’ Mark Arm, Kim Thayil, Jack Endino, and Tad Doyle.
The lineup includes Mudhoney, J Mascis, Greg Dulli, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (feat. TAD’s Tad Doyle and Gary Thorstensen), and Endino’s Earthworm. More artists are set to be announced. In the lineup announcement video, some unannounced band’s names are censored. The last of these censored names is delivered by Tad Doyle, who seems to be mouthing ‘Soundgarden.’ Kim Thayil’s appearance in the video is further evidence that Soundgarden will make an appearance at the event.
More information regarding Sub Pop’s ‘Silver Jubilee’ festival can be found here.