Beach House & Friends to Perform Gene Clark's 'No Other' Jan 22-25, 2014
Alex Scally & Victoria Legrand of Beach House pulled together a group of musicians that could be described as nothing short of a “supergroup” to perform the legendary Gene Clark’s lost classic No Other January 22-25, 2014! This “supergroup” consists of Alex and Victoria from Beach House, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Iain Matthews (Plainsong/Fairport Convention), and more! That’s right, even MORE than that. If you’re not already familiar with Gene Clark’s No Other, you’re in for a treat. Even if you already know alllll about No Other, you’re still in for a treat—treats all around!
Here’s a little more info about the shows, dates, and record.
Watch the trailer for The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark.
“How could a record this good, this gorgeous, this inspired exist for almost 20 years without you even having heard of it?”—Melody Maker (1995)
“I really consider No Other a great album myself, I’m very proud of it. But I was very disappointed and let down after its release that it didn’t go any further than it did—and I don’t even know all the reasons.”—Gene Clark
Gene Clark was a founding member of The Byrds, one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. After leaving The Byrds, he released numerous solo albums throughout the ‘60s, ’70s, and ’80s, before his death in 1991. Though we generally love all of his music, we are most infatuated with his 1974 record, No Other. It feels like a special moment in Gene Clark’s songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels overbearing: the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark’s very unique lyrics, voice and spirit become the central focus. It’s one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Every song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.
When No Other was released in September of 1974, it received a lot of bad reviews, most criticizing its studio excess. There was also a general lack of support from the label as they saw the record as not having any “hits.” Ultimately, the album came to be seen as a critical and commercial failure. Therefore, a lot of people of its generation don’t really know the record. Throughout the years since, many have dug the record up and fallen in love with it. We are certainly two of those people and we hope that the tour we are organizing to play the record live will spread awareness of the album even more.
The show will consist of the entire record played, note for note, from start to finish. Gene Clark’s lead parts will be sung by four singers that we admire very much: Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. To be able to play each part on the album, we are assembling a ten-person band and chorus comprised of musicians we know in Baltimore, including members of Lower Dens, Wye Oak, Celebration, and Mt. Royal. We feel incredibly excited and lucky to be working with such a stellar group of singers, friends and musicians (listed below), without whose help, this complicated and unconventional tour would never be possible.
A special edit of Four Sons Productions’ new documentary, The Byrd Who Flew Alone, focusing on No Other, will precede these performances, providing more insight into the story of the making of No Other.
DJ BLT, aka Brad Truax (Soldiers of Fortune, Black Mountain, Spiritualized), will open the night with a set of No Other-related ’70s music.
Thanks for reading, BEACHHOUSE
Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention / Plainsong)
Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen)
Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak)
Victoria Legrand (Beach House)
Steve Strohmeier (Chris Cohen, Cass McCombs, Beach House) – Lead Guitar
Walker Teret (Lower Dens, Cass McCombs, Celebration) – Acoustic Lead
Geoff Graham (Lower Dens, 13 Falls) – Acoustic Two
Alex Scally (Beach House) – Bass
Dominic Matar (Carloman) – Piano
Sean Antanaitis (Celebration) – Organ/Synths/Guitar
Mike Lowry (Mt. Royal) – Drums
Tony Drummond (Celebration)
Jan. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Jan. 23 – Baltimore, MD – Floristree
Jan. 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Jan. 25 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thanks to the short holiday week, the typical North American record release day, Tuesday, November 26th was officially moved up to Monday, November 25th (that’s today!), and bringing with it two Sub Pop releases! Today marks the release of Shearwater’sFellow Travelers and the long-overdue re-release of Soundgarden’sScreaming Life/Fopp.
Listen to Soundgarden’s classic “Nothing to Say” and Shearwater’s cover of The Baptist Generals’ “Fucked Up Life” with the embedded players, both of those tracks are available on their respective Monday, November 25th, 2013 releases.
The Return of Sub Pop's Twenty's Plenty Holiday Sale!
Our third annual, somewhat popular, Twenty’s Plenty holiday sale event and nuisance is happening again, from now until Monday, January 6th.
Here’s the deal:
During this sale, here at WWW.SUBPOP.COM, we are offering 20% OFFALLPURCHASES OF $20 OR MORE! This is your chance to buy all kinds of junk from us, including whatever you might not already own by YOURFAVORITESUBPOPARTISTNAMEHERE, at a real, appreciable discount.
Also: gifts! This is an excellent time to buy gifts from us!
New Death Vessel Track and Album News
After a five-plus year hiatus, it’s pretty wonderful to hear from Joel Thibodeau and his band, Death Vessel, again; it’s been far too long since 2008’s very excellent Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us. Today, with a Pitchfork premiere, the band broke their silence with “Ilsa Drown” (embedded), featuring Jonsi from Sigor Ros, off of their forthcoming Island Intervals, out February 25th on this very record label.
After a few days of having you, the discerning and very astute music listening public, listen to a 15-second snippet of a track and then try to guess who it was exactly that we signed, it’s time to announce to you that WE SIGNEDTHENOTWIST! If you can’t tell, the all caps portion of the previous sentence is there to denote the fact that we are over the moon-levels of excited about this addition to our weird and loving family of artists. So, without further adieu, Close To The Glass, The Notwist’s Sub Pop debut full-length, comes out on February 25th! You can pre-order the CD or limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition LP here.
If The Notwist are a new band to you, get to know them! On this page, you can read a bit more about them. In the meantime, listen to the album’s title track, “Close To The Glass” in the embed, and feel the excitement that we feel this morning!
If you pre-order Close To The Glass, you will receive a set of small, limited-edition art prints. Speaking of limited-edition, if you pre-order the record on the vinyls, you’ll receive the limited Loser Edition of Close To The Glass on colored-vinyl; in this case a 2xLP, one orange and one blue with an etching on the fourth side of the LP (the etching will also be on non-Loser Edition LPs by the way). And, as is always the case with limited-edition things, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order now!
Can You Guess Who/What Artist(s) We Signed?
Running a record label is a fast-paced, multifaceted operation, though most of our efforts going into designing, printing, and slinging t-shirts (business tip: t-shirts are where the real money is). But, every once in a while, we take a break from all that t-shirt stuff and we get to sign an artist that we’ve been HUGE fans of for years—artists with an established fan base who would be welcome at any record label that they please (why they choose us, we’ll never know).
Well, this glorious and career-justifying event has just happened to us, and before we announce which musical artist or artists that you’re likely already a fan of that just joined the Sub Pop family, we’d like to play a little game with you (and your ears). Embedded in this post is a 15-second clip of the first focus track off of the to-be-named-later’s (specifically, we’re announcing it on Tuesday, November 19th) Sub Pop debut album. We will select a random person from the winning entries and they will receive a Loser Edition Bundle from the artist in question. So, take a listen and join in the on the guessing fun, because if not, you’ll likely feel wistful about it later.
Here’s how the game is played:
-Play the 15-second clip embedded in this post.
-Wager a guess as to what sonic geniuses could possibly be behind this song.
-Give us your guess via a comment below (include your email in the comment), on Instagram or Twitter (@subpop), or on the Facebook post associated with this contest.
-One winning entry will be chosen at random and will receive the limited, Loser Edition Bundle (T-shirt, LP, anything else that may be associated with the release) upon release date.
-Tell all of your friends how much you like Sub Pop Records and how handsome we are and stuff.
The full track and signing announcement will be made public on Tuesday, November 19th. A winner will be picked that day as well!
New Dum Dum Girls Album, Music Video (OMG)
In terms of good days for fans and future fans of the Dum Dum Girls, there are few better days than today. Why? Excellent question, blog reader. Today, we at Sub Pop have announced DDG’s third full length record, Too True, due out on January 28th. And while this alone is cause enough for celebration, there’s more to stoke the flames of excitement: in conjunction with the clothes-maker H&M, Dum Dum Girls have created an amazing video for the Too True album track “Lost Boys and Girls Club”, a beautifully haunting song whose melody will be replaying in your head for the coming days. You can check out that video in the blog embed.
In addition to the new Dum Dum Girls record on the horizon, a new track, and a new video, Too True is now available for pre-order on CD and limited, Loser Edition LP. If you pre-order from SubPop.com, you’ll receive a limited-edition bonus 7" featuring the album track, “Rimbaud Eyes”, and the non-album b-side, “Girls Intuition” (currently unavailable elsewhere). And as is the case with all limited-edition things, both the Loser Edition colored-vinyl LP and the bonus 7-inch single are a first come, first served type of deal. That means order now.
The Sub Pop family got an additional member today with the signing of the London-based artist, Lyla Foy. It’s very possible that you were previously aware of Lyla through her former moniker, WALL, as she made some waves under that nom de guerre with the release of a couple critically-lauded EPs. Make the jump over to The Guardian, who have the scoop on Lyla Foy as well as the premiere of her track beautiful track, “Easy”, to which they eloquently note that, “It’s basically the perfect soundtrack to the impending winter chill”. We’re couldn’t be more ready to usher in that harshest of seasons if we’ve got Lyla Foy’s music to get us through. Welcome to the family, Lyla.
Mogwai to Release 'Rave Tapes' January 21st
The follow-up to Mogwai’s excellently named and even more excellently music’d record Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will has gotten a name and an official birth date. Rave Tapes will come out on Sub Pop Records on January 21st, 2014, and there are a few things about it that we want you to know about it.
First of all, like all of our records, if you pre-order the LP, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record. Secondly, you will receive a limited-edition Mogwai 7" with your order. This is great news for people who enjoy very cool and very limited things! But, as with all limited and cool things, this is a first come, first served offer. Meaning, when we’re out, we’re out, so order soon! Thirdly, there will be a limited-edition, deluxe LP box set of Rave Tapes available for pre-order at some point in the very near future! If you would like more info on the box set, email us at email@example.com, and we’ll email you when we have more info!
Listen to “Remurdered” from Rave Tapes in the embedded player!
The Helio Sequence + Seattle Sounders FC
A madness of the Soccer—or if you prefer, futbol—variety has taken the city of Seattle in pandemic proportions since the 2007 inclusion of the Seattle Sounders FC to the Professional Soccer Society of American Gentlemen (MLS). During the soccer season, everywhere you turn in Seattle, you find yourself surrounded well-educated hooligans, who likely work in the tech industry, wrapped in blue and green-striped scarves chanting indecipherable nonsense in unison and ordering a plain ol’ donut without the Sounders’ colors sprinkled on it becomes a nearly impossible task.
Today, we at Sub Pop are helping to stoke that intense fervor by putting one of our most exciting bands, The Helio Sequence, in front of thousands upon thousands of Seattle Sounders fans near the stadium as the band leads the crowd in the “March to the Match” where the Sounders will play West Coast rivals the L.A. Galaxy.
Come for the The Helio Sequence, stay for the Sounders.
Washed Out's "All I Know" Video is Very Good
The beautiful, hazy, and somehow humid sound found on Washed Out’s Paracosm was a perfect companion for the summer months in which it was released, but with the emotional roller coaster ride portrayed in video for the outstanding album track “All I Know”, the record’s sound is proving to have a seasonable adaptability, accompanying us into the darker months like an old friend. Watch the masterful, Urban Outfitters-produced video in the embed.
Last seen in action (and very memorable action at that) at our own 20th anniversary festival back in 2008, the fine, furry gentle-dudes of Comets on Fire recently announced that they will be playing some shows in the UK this November, as part of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. And now they have, even more recently, announced that they are adding an Oakland date (Nov. 26 at The White Horse Inn)!
With the exception of the glaring lack of a Seattle date (WTF, guys?), this is unequivocally great news. We’re biased, sure. We’ve put out a couple ofComets on Fire records and we’re still totally interested in selling them. But, we have seen this band, some of us a bunch of times, at least one of us on the very night his second son was due to be born, and it’s really impossible to describe, with mere words and the meager skill we seem to be able to muster in their use, just how much fun a Comets on Fire show is. And, right now, there are three more of them. We know you’ll make the right decision here.
And, the Comets on Fire blog has the straight dope from the band, including insight on how all of this came together.
Welcome back, guys. It’s been way too long.
Sub Pop, Black Friday, and You
Sub Pop’s Small Bounty of Record Store Day Treasure
We are, once again, participating in the frenzied, let’s-get-our-economy-back-on-track holiday tradition known among vinyl collectors, music fanatics, and eBay flippers as Record Store Day’s Black Friday, for which we (and other record labels and artists) come up with very cool and very limited releases to be sold exclusively at independent record retailers.
On November 29th, Sub Pop (hey, that’s us) will release two limited-edition Black Friday exclusives: Josh Tillman’s score to the forthcoming short film The History of Caves, and a split 7" featuring Low’s popular rendition of Rihanna’s megahit “Stay” and Shearwater’s take on Frank Ocean’s “Novacane.” Please find track listing details for both releases below.
The History of Caves is the directorial debut of photographer and filmmaker Emma Elizabeth Tillman, and it will premiere later this year on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. Josh Tillman’s (spoiler alert: he is Father John Misty!) haunting, spare instrumental score spans 10 tracks, all of which are featured on this limited-edition LP. The album is limited to 2,000 copies.
Labelmates Low and Shearwater each contribute what might be considered, in some circles, improbable covers of popular songs for this split 7" single. After performing a crowd-favorite live version of Rihanna’s “Stay” at the Pitchfork Music Festival this past July, Low recorded a studio version at Sacred Heart in Duluth, MN. Low’s version of the pop ballad has been available digitally since mid-September and follows in the wake of the band’s March 2013, Jeff Tweedy-produced album The Invisible Way. Shearwater’s new album Fellow Travelers is out November 26, 2013, and on it the band performs re-imagined songs by bands they have toured with over the years, including Folk Implosion, St. Vincent, Wye Oak, Xiu Xiu, and Coldplay among others. Unfettered by the operating principle of Fellow Travelers (and inviting future tour dates together) Shearwater recorded their own gauze-wrapped, undulating version of Frank Ocean’s “Novacane” for this single. Low’s proceeds will benefit Rock for Kids (www.rockforkids.org), while Shearwater’s will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org). This 7" is limited to 3,500 copies.
Both releases will also be available digitally, so you MP3 purists can have yours, too.
The Head and the Heart Played Letterman!
Earlier this week, in conjunction with the release of their very excellent sophomore record Let’s Be Still, The Head and the Heart gave an astounding performance of the album track “Shake” on David Letterman. Watch that in the embed.
Stream The Head and the Heart's 'Let's Be Still' Now
Our good friends over at Rolling Stone are premiering The Head and the Heart’s forthcoming, and frankly, nothing short of magical new record, Let’s Be Still, all week. And conveniently, because we’ve always got you, the music-loving, discerning consumer in mind, we’ve got the record premiere embedded in this very blog post, that way, you don’t have to go too far to hear the previously mentioned magic yourself.
If you pre-order Let’s Be Still from us here at Sub Pop, you’ll receive a limited-edition The Head and the Heart postcard set. If you pre-order the vinyl LP format of the record, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the 2xLP, in this case, clear/blue and clear/gold—the duo is nothing short of resplendent. As is the nature of limited things, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order quickly.