Season 1 Episode 3 Feb 10, 2016

Zero Money

Wherein we talk to Sub Pop's VP of A&R Tony Kiewel about how Sub Pop got into the comedy game; hear from Band of Horses's Ben Bridwell (again! welcome back!) about his mastery of the mixtape, his friendship with Sam Beam, and how all of that led Sub Pop to get into the Iron and Wine game; and get a preview of episode 4 guest Shannon Perry (of Hardly Art recording artists Gazebos).

First but not least, we finally hear from Mudhoney's (and the Sub Pop warehouse's) Mark Arm! We are moderately confident that this is the first of many appearances from Mark, if only because he works here and can’t really hide from us for long.

As always, presented to you by Alissa Atkins and Arwen Nicks from Sub Pop's sofa cushion fortress studio. Featuring the interview assistances of Chris Jacobs.

Zero Money by John Atkins

Illustration by John Atkins

Illustration by John Atkins


Show Notes

Mudhoney on the Sub Pop Mega Mart because you know you need it.

If you’re wondering what is meant by “A&R” in a record biz context, check out this fully generic description.

If your interest is piqued to explore Sub Pop’s comedy offerings, see what’s available.

Although Mitch Hedberg was never on Sub Pop (we never even spoke with him), his work was an inspiration for Sub Pop to begin releasing comedy records. If you aren’t familiar with Mitch Hedberg’s comedy, you owe it to yourself to delve into it. Get informed

…watch Mitch Hedberg performing in 2004…

…watch Mitch Hedberg performing in 2004…

…and searching for Mitch Hedberg on Youtube will yield more viewing pleasure than you can probably digest in a single day.

For an introduction to Sub Pop’s (intentionally) comedic offerings, see this playlist, which includes David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman, and Flight of the Conchords.

For an introduction to Sub Pop’s (intentionally) comedic offerings, see this playlist, which includes David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman, and Flight of the Conchords.

For some reason the luminous Sarah Silverman hasn’t yet made it into the above playlist but there’s this for that.

For some reason the luminous Sarah Silverman hasn’t yet made it into the above playlist but there’s this for that.

For more info on Ben Bridwell and Sam Beam, see the Band of Horses DOTcom, the Iron and Wine dotCOM, Ben’s Band of Horses at the Mega Mart, and Sam’s Iron and Wine at the Mega Mart.

Speaking of Sam Beam, Sub Pop just recently (writing from Februrary 10, 2016; planet: Earth; galaxy: Milky Way) announced a new record by the duo of Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, entitled Love Letter for Fire.

This is “Every Songbird Says,” the first listenable from the Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop album. You (might’ve) heard it here first!

This is “Every Songbird Says,” the first listenable from the Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop album. You (might’ve) heard it here first!

Perhaps Band of Horses’ most recognizable song. From Everything All The Time.

Perhaps Band of Horses’ most recognizable song. From Everything All The Time.

If you need to get familiar with Iron and Wine, see this aptly named Beginner’s Guide playlist.

If you need to get familiar with Iron and Wine, see this aptly named Beginner’s Guide playlist.

To explore Ben’s pre-Band of Horses musical activities, look into Carissa’s Wierd at Hardly Art.

(Someone should map out the Carissa’s Wierd family tree. In a format suitable for framing. Contact us when you’re finished. There’s this but it needs to be updated, and I want visuals: boxes and lines and arrows!)

Sam and Ben play each other’s songs on World Cafe. (Be aware: the first three songs on that page appear to belong to a band totally unrelated to Sam & Ben. For Ben & Sam’s songs, go to where it says “Set List” and lists two songs, “Joy” and “No One’s Gonna Love You”.)

Some info on the Bridwell+Beam collaborative covers album, Sing Into My Mouth.

All Things Considered story about Sing Into My Mouth, the “ultimate mixtape.”

I couldn’t help but notice Sing Into My Mouth (the ultimate mixtape) includes a Sade cover (“Bulletproof Soul”)…

I couldn’t help but notice Sing Into My Mouth (the ultimate mixtape) includes a Sade cover (“Bulletproof Soul”)…

…so, TRIVIA TIME! What Sub Pop artist also, once upon a time, did a Sade cover? (¡sʞɹɐds pooʍɥɔɐǝq :ɹǝʍsuɐ)

…so, TRIVIA TIME! What Sub Pop artist also, once upon a time, did a Sade cover? (¡sʞɹɐds pooʍɥɔɐǝq :ɹǝʍsuɐ)

Much more on Gazebos in the next episode.

Gazebos

Gazebos

Enjoy a bonus pigs GIF from the phenomenal options John Atkins provided us for this episode’s artwork.

by John Atkins

by John Atkins

Until next time… stay safe!


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