London singer and producer Lyla Foy, previously known as WALL, specializes in intimate vocals effortlessly intertwined with delicate, emotive instrumentation. The production is an integral part of her writing process, capturing not only the intended notes but also the incidental and accidental sounds that bring the recordings to life and provide endless intrigue. While the patter of keyboards, guitars and pulsing bass lines create a beguiling backdrop, it’s Foy’s sense of melody and turn of phrase that takes centre stage. Subtle nods to classic refrains, mingled with her own inflection, suggest a writer who draws from many different eras, resulting in a sound that is both timeless yet modern.
Released: November 19, 2013
Avi Buffalo / What's In It For? - SP864
“What’s In It For?” b/w “Jessica” is the debut release from Long Beach, California’s Avi Buffalo. And, one or both of these songs will appear on the Avi Buffalo full-length release we will be putting out sometime in the spring of 2010.
Released: December 8, 2009
The Beets / Play Silver Nickels and Golden Dimes - SBL-73075
In this 7", the Beets (of Queens, NY) win the prize of performing two cover songs originally written by Howard Stern’s first band, when he was in sixth grade. Limited pressing on black vinyl, with artwork by Matt Volz!
Released: October 15, 2013
Seattle quartet La Luz immediately brings to mind the girl groups of the ‘50s and ’60s. The immaculate four-part harmonies, the luscious layers of reverb, the occasional choreographed dance move, even the band’s penchant for oldies-style artwork—it all conjures images of beehived ladies singing sweetly on grainy black-and-white television. But give the new “Brainwash b/w T.V. Dream” single a spin and try to pin down a specific reference point from the past. You can’t. The dexterous but economic keyboard lines of Alice Sandahl and the stripped-down groove laid down by the rhythm section of Abbey Blackwell and Marian Li Pino don’t fit in with wall-of-sound icons like The Crystals or The Ronettes. The nimble surf rock twang of guitarist Shana Cleveland is at odds with classic Motown groups like The Marvelettes or The Supremes. Yes, the doo-wop nostalgia is certainly there, but the manufactured glamour and studio sheen is absent. The ladies of La Luz are true Pacific Northwesterners—swathed in warm wool sweaters, laying into their instruments as their hair messily spills over their faces, making records in trailer parks on the outskirts of the city, and battling the gloomy weather by channeling the summer on the two golden nuggets of their latest EP. The second pressing of this 7" is limited to 500 copies on clear vinyl and comes with a free download code as well as being available digitally worldwide.
2. T.V. Dream
Released: October 1, 2013
La Luz / Call Me in the Day / Easy Baby - 4000264
7" single from Seattle’s La Luz featuring two songs off their Damp Face EP.
Released: September 11, 2013
Obits / "Refund" b/w "Suez Canal" - 4078598
Originally released on the Spanish label La Castanya to coincide with the band’s recent Spanish tour, this new Obits single features two excellent new songs, “Refund” b/w “Suez Canal,” available exactly nowhere else.
Released: November 5, 2012
Goat / Dreambuilding - SP1056
Goat are a collective who hail from a small and very remote village in deepest darkest Sweden.
Legend has it that, for centuries, the inhabitants of the village were dedicated to the worship and practices of Voodoo. This strange and seemingly-unlikely activity was apparently introduced into the area after a travelling witch doctor and a handful of her disciples were led to the village by following an unknown Sami traveller from this area of Sweden.
The reason he led them there is unknown, but their Voodoo influence quickly took hold over the whole village, and so they made it their home. There they were able to practice their craft unnoticed and unbothered for several centuries.
This was until their non-Christian ways were discovered by the Church and they were burned out by the crusaders. But the survivors returned to the village, rebuilt it, and to this day the now-picturesque village is still influenced by the power of Voodoo; this power can be felt throughout the grooves of the Goat records.
Sub Pop is proud to spread the mystical power of Goat all over North America with the double-A-sided “Dreambuilding”/“Stonegoat” 7". This is Goat’s first North American release, and it comes hot on the heels of 2012’s critically-acclaimed, import-only psychedelic opus, World Music.
Released: June 4, 2013
His Electro Blue Voice / White Wall - 4105498
7" released by Italian noise/goth/punk band His Electro Blue Voice in 2012 for Bat Shit Records.
A side: White Walls
B side: Abuser
Released: July 17, 2012
His Electro Blue Voice / Animal Verses - 4105499
7" recorded by Italian noise/goth/punk band His Electro Blue Voice for Bat Shit Records in 2010.
A side: Animal Verses
B side: Black Veils
Released: October 1, 2010
Jacuzzi Boys / Double Vision - SBL-73072
The conquerors of the Johns and the Janes! The rulers of the rock! The cool fools that you make you drool! Straight out of Miami, FL, Jacuzzi Boys are back with a double scoop of electric rock ‘n’ roll to keep you buzzin’. The new single, “Double Vision” is a jammer for the mind, a feel-good freak out full of lasers and lipstick. It’s hot. It’s July. Slurp this song up with a straw.
But that’s not all! Featured on the flip is “Sunsets,”—the beach drifter, the tear shifter. Everyone from sun bums to horn honkers will be going bonkers to this tune. You’ve been cruising for the new Jacuzzi Boys’s LP (out this September on Hardly Art), and now you’ve got your sneak peek.
Written and performed by Jacuzzi Boys, captured by Key Club Recording Co., mastered by Kramer, and brought to you by Hardly Art. Act now! The rest of your life can wait.
Released: July 9, 2013
The Thermals / No Culture Icons - SP611
1. No Culture Icons
2. An Endless Supply
3. Capture With a Magnet
4. Everything Thermals
Released: January 21, 2003
The Postal Service / We Will Become Silhouettes - SP656
A new single from The Postal Service! (And, here we mean the band, not the government agency that delivers the mail – lest we mislead you…) AND! There’s a brand new never before released b-side here: “Be Still My Heart.” In addition to the album version of the title track, and the new B-side “Be Still My Heart” this single includes a Matthew Dear remix of “We Will Become Silhouettes,” and a Styrofoam remix of “Nothing Better.” Also, if you scroll down you might find a new video for We Will Become Silhouettes directed by Jared Hess, of Napolean Dynamite writing/directing glory. Oh yes, The Postal Service rides yet again…
Released: August 15, 1974
Mudhoney / New World Charm - SP1025
The long-running and unrivaled Seattle-based underground rock band Mudhoney released their ninth studio album on April 2nd, 2013. It’s called Vanishing Point and it’s excellent. Exactly none of the songs on this single are from that album. The a-side here, “New World Charm,” was recorded during the same sessions that yielded Vanishing Point, and, though of equally high caliber, impressed itself upon all concerned parties as less of a team player and more of a rugged individualist. The two b-sides are two different versions of the theme song Mudhoney wrote and recorded for the short-lived Discovery Channel TV series Brew Masters. Arguably not for the casual Mudhoney fan, this single will appeal to the Mudhoney completist we should all aspire to become.
Released: May 7, 2013
Full Toilet / Full Toilet 7" LP - SP987
Angry young man. Short attention span. Volatile and erratic. Bad personal relations. Turbulence and anger. Channeling ultimate unhappiness. Bursts of rage. Full Toilet 13-song 7". Timeless torment spews forth.
Released: November 22, 2011
Condominium / Carl - SP1051
On “Carl”, St. Paul’s Condominium churn out three tracks of their trademark blend of hardcore punk and mutated, art-damaged heaviness. This is Condominium’s sixth vinyl release, after four long-sold out 7"s and the Warm Home LP, all of which made the underground rock cognoscenti drool all over their Flipper shirts. All three tracks are new and exclusive to this release.
Released: May 21, 2013
Survival Knife / Traces of Me - SP1038
“Traces of Me” b/w “Name That Tune”
Survival Knife hail from Olympia, WA, and this is their first release (if you don’t count a soundboard recording of their first show that has been gathering praise all over the internet). The band – which features two of the three founding members of Northwest legends Unwound – pulls together elements of Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes, Black Flag’s mid-period mathematical lurch, King Crimson and of course Unwound for a taut and catchy post-hardcore crunch. Since their live debut in March 2012, they have shared stages with the likes of METZ, Bitch Magnet, Kinski and Hungry Ghost.
Released: March 5, 2013
METZ / Dirty Shirt - SP1032
This is the digital single for “Dirty Shirt” b/w “Leave Me Out” by Toronto’s very good band, METZ. Both of these songs were previously only available as a limited-edition 7" single.
Released: October 9, 2012
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis / Same Love - SP1028
Sub Pop has the great honor of releasing “Same Love,” a powerful new song from Seattle hip hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, on July 31st as a limited-edition picture disc.
“Same Love,” an appeal for support of same-sex marriage rights, is being released in conjunction with Music 4 Marriage Equality’s efforts to help approve Washington state’s Ref 74 this November. Polling shows that 54% of Washington state residents support same-sex marriage; if the referendum is approved, it could pave the way for marriage equality across the country.
In his accompanying statement, Macklemore says, “My hope is that my personal testimony can help in some way to not only advance the dialogue and approve Referendum 74, but also to help shape a culture of belonging in which all people are equal.”
Please join Sub Pop and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in the fight for marriage equality.
Released: July 30, 2012
Michael Yonkers / The Big Balloon - 4050894
“The Big Balloon” b/w “Its You Again”
Released: September 11, 2012
Obits / Let Me Dream If I Want To - SP997
The rock band Obits is from Brooklyn, NY, and so far we’ve
managed to release both of their full-length records on Sub
Pop: 2009’s I Blame You and 2011’s Moody, Standard and
Poor. On this new single, Obits have provided us with daring new interpretations of well-loved near-standards by Mink DeVille and The Kids. Includes mp3 download code.
Released: May 15, 2012
Niki & The Dove / The Fox - SP948
Niki & The Dove is a band from Stockholm, Sweden with two members, Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf. Since getting together in February 2010, Malin and Gustaf have been busy writing together, figuring out just how pop music works and then discovering new ways to break it. Their first single “DJ, Ease My Mind”/“Under the Bridges” caught the attention of everyone from Artrocker and NME through to The Sunday Times, who declared the single could “…be the two greatest alt-pop songs of 2010.” Newly signed to Sub Pop, this 12" single for “The Fox” is Niki & The Dove’s first release on the label. A full-length album will follow in
late 2011 or early 2012.
Released: June 14, 2011
Fleet Foxes / The Shrine/ An Argument 12" - 4077799
Side A: The Shrine / An Argument (Live At The BBC) Blue Spotted Tail (Live At The BBC)
Side B: Montezuma
Released: February 24, 2012
Dum Dum Girls / Bhang Bhang - 4084093
“Bhang Bhang I’m a Burnout” b/w “Last Caress”
On blue or white vinyl! It’ll be a surprise!
Released: January 11, 2012
Well well well, if it isn’t the first new Seapony material to surface since their debut LP, Go With Me, was released earlier this year. “Sailing” is a subdued, earwormy number, featuring added acoustic guitar layers and delicate instrumentation. “I Saw You” is the more upbeat track, which is why we did the sensible thing and put it as the b-side. Take that, logic. Limited press on black vinyl.
Released: November 22, 2011
The Sandwitches / The Pearl - SBL-73048
“The Pearl” 7" presents two brand new tracks from San Francisco’s Sandwitches, both of which showcase their unique vocal phrasing and warbly Americana-tinged creations. This is the first material to follow the band’s acclaimed Mrs. Jones’ Cookies LP, and both songs are exclusive to this 7". Nothing else sounds quite like The Sandwitches, and vice versa. Limited pressing on black vinyl.
Released: November 8, 2011
Colleen Green / Green One - SBL-73031
Colleen Green’s first release for Hardly Art! Four tracks of lovely, catchy, fuzzy songs that range from ’80s pop goulash to psychedelic drone; from ’90s power punk to homemade Sebadoh-style songs of heartache. Limited pressing on black vinyl.
Released: March 1, 2011