Cayle Sharratt

Sub Pop Business Affairs

Hey 2015, you were a good one. No, I mean it. Really. We had so many good times and good tunes. But, it’s time to move on, ya know. Onward and upward and all that. Let’s take a moment to look back and remember some highlights, 10 or so…

The List

  • 1. Here at Sub Pop HQ, some January and February releases started our year out with a riot (the long awaited, much anticipated return of Sleater-Kinney with No Cities to Love), some blammo (the deeply personal journeys into the existential world of Father John Misty on I Love You, Honeybear), but also vibed out (the laid back smooth grooves of THEESatisfaction from EarthEE).

  • 2. In March, we saw The Helio Sequence perform a brilliant, stripped down acoustic set at the plush Triple Door in anticipation of the band’s then upcoming self-titled release, their fourth on Sub Pop.

  • 3. April proved that quality and quantity are not mutually exclusive by packing more amazing shows into one month than could ever reasonably be expected. To prove my point, together we witnessed: local legends The Sonics -- the band -- and Mudhoney ignited the Moore; Bloods, Preatures (both on tour from Australia), and The Bots (from LA) packed and destroyed the Tractor; Hardly Art phenoms Tacocat, Chastity Belt, and S along with the splendid Childbirth enlivened the EMP Sky Church; Lord Huron set the Strange Trails scene on stage at the Showbox; and The Gooch Palms (also from Australia) and Death Valley Girls (also from LA) brought the party to the Narwahl along with stellar locals Acapulco Lips and Killer Ghost.

  • 4. On May 7, 8, 9, Sleater-Kinney played 3 sold-out, homecoming shows at the Showbox in support of their aforementioned most recent release. They were supported by the also aforementioned THEESatisfaction, who were also supporting their aforementioned most recent release. Yes, yes, it’s all a rich tapestry. Predictably, the crowds lost their collective shit each night, figuratively, of course.

  • 5. For the better part of July, we explored the Mediterranean. Starting off in the east in Greece and ending out west in Spain, we traveled by plane, ferry, train, and bus. As foreigners, we experienced both the pressing importance of balanced global relations through the Greek financial crisis and the wonder and awe of exploring relics of modern civilization in Athens, Rome, and the like. There’s also some very agreeable beach time available when you crave it. Here’s a foolproof itinerary: Athens – Nafplio – Milos – Rome – Florence – Cinque Terre – Venice – Nice – Barcelona – Madrid

  • 6. In early August, Alabama Shakes played a superb show in the open air at Marymoor. We lounged on the lawn in the twilight and listened to a great mix of old and new tunes. What’s more, the whole set was live-streamed to a number of children’s hospitals and youth care centers around the country, with each song dedicated to one or a couple of kids watching online. Very cool and uplifting.

  • 7. Later in August, a party / festival 25 years (or so) in the making broke out in honor Fat Wreck Chords in San Francisco, and it was glorious. It featured NOFX, Lagwagon, Strung Out, Good Riddance, The Flatliners, Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, and many more! But the indisputable topper was a late afternoon set by No Use and Friends, with vocals supplied by a variety of the band’s label mates and friends. Never forget Tony Sly.

  • 8. Did you hear about your two new Beach Houses? August closed with a highly anticipated new release from Beach House called Depression Cherry. Not two months later, an unexpected thing happened when another new release from Beach House suddenly appeared called Thank Your Lucky Stars. Of course, they’re equally brilliant. So that makes this is the year we all got two new Beach Houses. Take that real estate

  • 9. This fall has also been filled with a great string of shows and music. In September we took in the irreverence of Ben Folds and yMusic along with local highlight Mindie Lind at the Moore. In October, at the Crocodile, Titus Andronicus dished out sizzling hot hooks. November brought us both The Menzingers at Neumos to fill us full of feelings as well as Eugene Mirman at the Neptune, proof positive that his brand of humor is totally out of this world.

  • 10. Finally, as thoroughly suggested above, 2015, you were filled with plenty of great musical releases. Here’s the undeniable proof, according to me...

…in roughly chronological order:

  • · Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

  • · Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

  • · THEESatisfaction – EarthEE

  • · Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

  • · Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

  • · Lord Huron – Strange Trails

  • · Laura Mardon – One Week Records: Laura Mardon

  • · Bloods – Work It Out (US Version)

  • · Good Riddance – Peace In Our Time

  • · Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

  • · Anti-Flag – American Spring

  • · The Helio Sequence – The Helio Sequence

  • · SHEER MAG – II (7”)

  • · Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

  • · Iron Chic – Ys (7”)

  • · Beach House – Depression Cherry

  • · Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars

  • · Palms – Crazy Rack