November 12th, 2010
The late Andy Kotowicz and his daughter, Anna, pictured above.
A few weeks ago, as we reported here, we unfortunately got the horrible news that Sub Pop exec Andy Kotowicz — the label’s sales and marketing guru, talent scout (he brought Philly’s own Pissed Jeans, among others, on board), and all-around phenomenal human being — died in a car accident, leaving behind his wife and young daughter. Now, Pissed Jeans are heading to Seattle on December 4th to play a benefit show (along with other Sub Pop acts including Mudhoney, Wolf Eyes, Vetiver, and Fruit Bats) to raise funds for the Kotowicz family (there’s a memorial fund right here as well).
We caught up with Pissed Jeans frontman Matt Korvette this morning to get his thoughts about Kotowicz:
“Andy’s passing is truly a tragedy. He was a great friend, a universally likable guy that brought joy to anyone around him. I’m proud to have known him and had many great conversations with him, hyping each other on great music and sharing lots of laughs. It was essentially him and him alone who initially brought Pissed Jeans to Sub Pop, and he didn’t even change his mind after I made a Cat Butt joke — apparently I wasn’t the first person to crack wise about Cat Butt. I can still picture his great smile, eyes squinted and fuzzy cheeks, and I miss him terribly.”
[Pissed Jeans photo by Michael Alan Goldberg]