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NEWS : TUE, MAR 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

A Beginner’s Guide to Iron & Wine

While it’s been almost 8 years since Sub Pop released The Shepherd’s Dog, the last record that we worked with Iron & Wine on, we remain huge admirers of the work of Sam Beam. With the release of Archive Series Vol. No. 1, we decided to compile a playlist that we’re calling “A Beginner’s Guide to Iron & Wine” to introduce/reacquaint fans to the evocative and beautiful sound of I&W.

Listen to “A Beginner’s Guide to Iron & Wine”

Archive Series Volume No. 1 features 16 home recordings from the same period as his stunning 2002 debut album The Creek Drank the Cradle

The album was digitally transferred from the original cassettes. It comes packaged in gatefold artwork featuring the Bird of Paradise quilt housed in the American Folk Art Museum. 

Order Archive Series Vol. No.1 here.




Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAR 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop vs. SXSW

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Sub Pop & Hardly Art at SxSW 2015 / March 15-22:
Danny Bland, Chastity Belt, King Tuff, La Luz, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, METZ, Rat Fist (Randy from No Age), & THEESatisfaction

 
Sub Pop & Hardly Art SXSW Rdio & Beats Playlists
Rdio: http://goo.gl/WvCPgq
Beats: http://goo.gl/a8wlr7

 
Sub Pop & Hardly Art artists Danny Bland, Chastity Belt, King Tuff, La Luz, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, METZ, and THEESatisfaction, along with our friends Rat Fist (feat. Randy from No Age), will appear at the 2015 edition of SXSW. Please find a complete schedule for each artist below.

DANNY BLAND (Sub Pop)
Friday, March 20th
4:00 pm / Book signing @ SXBookstore
Address: Ballroom D Foyer at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
 
5-6pm / SxSW Panel: Books Are the New Vinyl (w/ Chuck D, Marc Gerald, Frank Turner, moderated by Rynda Laurel)
Address: Room 16AB at the Austin Convention Center,  500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
 
CHASTITY BELT (Hardly Art)
Wednesday, March 18th
4:30pm / She Shreds Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (Outside stage)
Address: 900 Red River St.
 
12:00am / 720 Club Patio (SXSW Official Showcase)
Address: 720 Red River St. (8th St Entrance)
 
Thursday, March 19th
2:30pm / Brooklyn Vegan Day Showcase @ Red 7
Address: 
711 Red River St.
 
9:00pm / Gorilla vs Bear Showacse + Hype Hotel
Address: 1100 E. 5th St.
 
Friday, March 20th
1:00pm / Gnar Tapes + Strange Victory Day Party @ Beerland
Address: 711 Red River St.
 
4:00pm / She Shreds + Tom Tom Showcase @ Zen Fit
Address: 2200 E. 7th St.
 
5:30pm / Third Man Records Showcase
Address: Home Slice Pizza - 1415 S. Congress Ave.
 
KING TUFF (Sub Pop)
Wednesday, March 18th
3pm /  Lagunitas Party @ Container Bar
Address: 90 Rainey St.
RSVP http://couchtrippin2015austin.eventbrite.com/
 
Thursday, March 19th
2:00 pm / Consequence of Sound Party @ Hype Hotel
Address: 11 E. 5th St.
 
11 pm / FLOODFest Showcase @ Cedar Street Courtyard  
Address: 208 W. 4th St.
RSVP: http://floodmagazine.com/9084/floodfest/
 
Saturday, March 21st
Midnight / Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas
Address:  1500 E. 6th St.
 
LA LUZ (Hardly Art)
Wednesday, March 18th
11:30am /  Billy Reid + Third Man Records Austin Shindig
Address: 1808 E. Cesar Chavez St.
 
3:30pm / Panache Boat Party (Boat #1)
Address:  208 Barton Springs Rd. on Lady Bird Lake
 
Thursday, March 19th
4:00pm / Austin Psych Fest’s Levitation Party @ Hotel Vegas
Address: 1500 E. 6th St.
 
6:30pm / She Shreds Showcase
Address: 2009 Tillotson Ave.
 
Friday, March 20th
1:00pm / She Shreds + Tom Tom Showcase @ Zen Fit
Address: 2200 E. 7th St.
 
6:15pm / Brixton &Juxtapoz Showcase @ The Buckshot
Address: 422 E. 6th St.
 
10:40pm / Panache Showcase
Address: 1500 E. 6th St.
 
Saturday, March 21st
2:00pm / Burgermania Party @ Hotel Vegas Patio 1 stage
Address: 1500 E. 6th St.
 
5:30pm / Panache RAGER @ Spider House - Patio 1 stage
Address: 2906 Fruth St.
 
LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES  (Sub Pop)
Wednesday, March 18th
4:00pm / Blurt Magazine + Dog Fish Head Ale Party @ The Ginger Man
Address: 301 Lavaca St.
 
11:00pm / PGA Showcase @ Trinity Hall at Old School
Address: 401 E. 6th St. (Upstairs)
 
Thursday, March 19th
3:30pm / Third Man Truck at Antone’s Record Shop
Address: 2928 Guadalupe St.
 
Friday, March 20th
4:45pm / The Midgetmen’s 8th Annual Jumpstart Texas Party @ Sidebar
Address: 602 E. 7th St.
 
LULUC (Sub Pop)
Thursday, March 19th
8:30pm / St. David’s Bethel Hall SXSW Showcase
Address: 301 E. 8th Street
 
Saturday, March 21st
7:30pm /  Doug Sahm Tribute Night  @ The Paramount
Address: 713 N. Congress Ave.
 
Sunday, March 22
8:30pm / Continental Club Gallery
Address: 315 S. Congress Ave.
 
METZ (Sub Pop)

Monday, March 16th
10pm / The Onion AV Club Showcase @ Red 7
Address: 611 E. 7th St.

Wednesday, March 18th
3pm / St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival presents Laneway is for Lovers @ Red 7
Address:  611 E. 7th St.
 
10:00pm / House of Vans SXSW Showcase @ The Mohawk
Address: 912 Red River St..
 
Thursday, March 19th
5:15pm / Brooklyn Vegan Day Showcase @ Red 7
Address: 
611 E. 7th St.

10pm / FLOOD Fest Showcase @ Cedar St. Courtyard
Address: 208 W. 4th St.
 
Friday, March 20th
12:30pm / SPIN SXSW Showcase @ Stubbs
Address: 801 Red River St.
 
5:00pm / Waterloo Records Day Party
Address: 600 N. Lamar Blvd
 
RAT FIST (Randy from NO AGE)
Thursday, March 19th
Midnight / BD Rileys SXSW Showcase
Address: 204 E. 6th St.
 
Friday, March 20th
12:45pm /  BrooklynVegan Day party @Red 7 
Address: 611 E. 7th St.

3pm / The Midgetmen’s 8th Annual Jumpstart Texas Party  @ The SideBar
Address: 602 E. 7th St.

Saturday,  March 21st

1:50pm / The Denver Post+Reverb.com Day Party @ Dirty Dog Bar
Address: 505 E. 6th St.

3:45pm /  Fun Fun Fun Fest Party + House of Vans @ The Mohawk
Address:  912 Red River St.

 
THEESATISFACTION (Sub Pop)
Friday, March 20th
3pm / Break Thru Radio Showcase @ The Liberty
Address: 1618 E. 6th St.
 
9:40pm /  Y’all Or Nothing Showcase @ Rain
Address: 217 W. 4th St.
 
Saturday, March 21st
9:35pm / Okayplayer House Showcase @ Bungalow
Address: 92 Rainey St.
 
10pm / House of Vans Showcase @ Mohawk
Address:  912 Red River St


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAR 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Daughn Gibson’s ‘Carnation’ Out June 2 - Hear “Shatter You Through” Now

Daughn Gibson’s Carnation will be available on CD / LP / DL June 1st in Europe, June 2nd in North America and June 8th in the UK from Sub Pop. The album, featuring the highlights “Shatter You Through,” “Bled to Death,” “It Wants Everything,” was co-produced by Gibson and Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Tim Hecker), recorded at Avast Studios in Seattle, Washington and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. The album features guest appearances from composer/violinist to Eyvind Kang (string arrangements), renowned studio drummer Matt Chamberlain, as well as Gibson’s long-standing musical conspirator, Jim Elkington. Additional contributions include: Steve Moore (Piano, Trombone, Keyboards and Synths); Milky Burgess, Paul Wegman, and Jer Rouse (Guitars); Skerik (Saxophone); and Jay Kardong (Pedal Steel). Carnation is the follow up to Me Moan, his Sub Pop debut.  Please find a complete tracklisting below.
 
You can now listen to the lead single, “Shatter You Through” via Stereogum, who says of the track: “As odd as anything he’s committed to tape, but it’s also his most instantly appealing single”
 (see premiere March 12th).”
 
Pre-orders of Carnation are available through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. Fans who purchase the album from megamart.subpop.com will receive the Loser Edition on white, black and blue swirl colored vinyl (while supplies last).  There will also be new T-shirt design, available individually and as part of a bundle with purchase of Carnation.
 
About Daughn Gibson’s Carnation:
Daughn Gibson of Carlisle, PA is a singer, songwriter and musician possessed of a singular and strange vision. Carnation is the latest exhilarating and dark embodiment of that vision. It’s also his third album. It’s an album that’s more elegant and sophisticated than anything he’s done to date, and which sees the elements of country music, more prominent on his past records (the 2012 release All Hell on the White Denim label and Sub Pop’s 2013 release of Me Moan), undone by ambient textures and sounds to extraordinary effect.

Shot through with a deep sensuality, Carnation is a high-wire balancing act, at times sexual, emotionally intense and comforting. The album features Daughn’s strongest songwriting yet, with lyrical subject matter that shares a kinship with writers Raymond Carver and Donald Ray Pollack. The music here combines with those lyrics to widescreen effect, and Carnation feels filmic in its execution: It evokes, and in many ways pays homage to, the works of Tim Burton, Pier Paulo Pasolini, and John Waters.
 
Carnation’s most pervasive theme might best be described as the chaos of circumstance and the 11 tracks here tell related stories. In “Bled to Death,” Daughn passes away and laments the cruel hand dragging him back to earth.  On “Daddy I Cut My Hair,” a young man recently released from a mental health facility desperately searches for sexual intimacy. “A Rope Ain’t Enough” follows the story of an ambivalent man suddenly awaking to the disease of masculinity, and formulating a plan to eradicate it. “It Wants Everything” is written from the point of view of a drunk and belligerent “jester of circumstance”. Then there’s the addictive lead single, “Shatter You Through,” which happens to detail a moment of peaceful sleep broken by the alarm clock toll of dread and sadness, but proves to be one hell of an earworm (read more at Sub Pop).



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAR 10, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop, Record Store Day 2015, and You

We here at Sub Pop Records love few things more than Record Store Day. On Saturday, April 18th, 2015 aka Record Store Day, we will release two very limited (and potentially, for you) anticipated efforts: The self-titled LP from the Alan Bishop-led Koes Barat and a heart-shaped single from Father John Misty.     
 
Father John Misty’s “I Loved You, Honeybee” 7” Single:
Father John Misty presents a lovely, alternate version of the title track of his latest album, I Love You, Honeybear, along with a new, exclusive B-side, truthfully-entitled “I’ve Never Been a Woman,” on a red-colored, heart-shaped 7” in a 10” sleeve. This release is exclusive to Record Store Day, and it is limited to 5,700 copies worldwide.
 
Koes Barat Koes Barat LP:
In 2010, Sun City Girls legend Alan Bishop asserted his fandom of Indonesian ‘60s/’70s pop legends Koes Bersaudara (aka Koes Plus) with two archival releases on his and Hisham Mayet’s Sublime Frequencies label. But that wasn’t enough. Feeling an overwhelming urge to interpret Koes tunes, Bishop recorded Koes Barat in less than a week of sessions with some of his favorite musicians and producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Marisa Nadler). The result is the most immediate, fun collection that the prolific Bishop has ever led. This album is a Record Store Day exclusive, limited to 3,800 worldwide.
 
Father John Misty
“I Loved You, Honeybee” 7” (includes download code)
Tracklisting:
A. “I Loved You, Honeybee”
B. “I’ve Never Been a Woman”
                                                                                                                                              
Koes Barat
Koes Barat
LP (includes download code)
Tracklisting:
1. Kelelewar
2. Kisah Sedih di Hari Minggu
3. Pent Juri Hati
4. Mister Time
5. Hidup Yang Sepi
6. And to the so-called “The Guilties”
7. Tjintamu Telah Berlalu
8. Poor Clown
9. Land of Evergreen
10. Rahasia Hatiku
11. Tiba Tiba Ku Menangis
 
More About Record Store Day:
This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.
http://www.recordstoreday.com/Home



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAR 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Selective Listening: Notes from the desk of the General Manager… (Mar. 2015)

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Gettin’ all up in the business of the music business


It has been suggested in some quarters that it might be interesting for some moderate percentage of the 3-4 people who accidentally read this column to learn what a typical day is like here at Sub Pop, figuratively buried up to our necks in the musty magic of the music industry. And so…


Hello and welcome to another exciting day at Sub Pop Records!


Here in the professional music business, many days kick off with a bracing round of apologies. On the best of these days, this involves simple explanations of the previous night’s not altogether thoroughly considered words and actions (first recalled, on waking, in an experience we in the industry refer to as a “shame spiral”). The likelihood of this scenario increases significantly during music festivals, conferences, conventions, and the like. On the more challenging of these days, the apologies are in response to some real shortcoming like, say, an unforeseeable manufacturing mistake. Happily, we’re an independent record label and so no one seems to really expect us to know what we’re doing, and we’re regularly allowed, or even encouraged, to try again.


Apologies made, we confront the real business end of the music business and read through SoundScan reports, radio charts, relevant media features and reviews, trending hashtags (whatever the hell those are), maybe a little bit of D-Listed or Lefsetz. Then, depending on the results of all that, we either inch closer to or temporarily a little farther away from the great, yawning chasm of irrelevance that surely awaits us all. The kids are forever coming up from behind and that’s, for real, the good news.


Then, we just dick around for 20-40 minutes. No use trying to make that into something it’s not.


At some point during the day, we all listen to music. This is both our great privilege as people with ears and an interest in art and the world around us, and our professional duty as music industry professionals. New music from the exceptionally talented roster of artists currently suffering through long and punishingly unfair recording agreements with Sub Pop is always a source of great and sincere joy. New music from friends, distant relatives, friends of distant relatives, distant relatives of friends, and actual, categorical strangers is sometimes a source of great joy and more often a source of a great need for new ways to say, “It’s not you, it’s us. Please continue to D it right in the Y.”


As with many employed people we too find time to research anagrams and abbreviations specific to our industry: DMA (“designated market area” or “dugong mouth anus”?), I/O (“initial offering” or “irritated orifice”?), SRLP (“suggested retail list price” or “slurp”?). And others, probably. I feel confident there are others.  And, same as you, we look for business opportunities which might correlate with personal travel interests. The 2015 Bananada Festival in Goiania, Brazil will feature both King Tuff and J Mascis! The line-up for the ATP in Iceland in July has clipping., Mudhoney, and a whole bunch of great bands who are not on Sub Pop! We would like to turn these opportunities yes!


There’s also the matter of responding to bulk/spam email, with special attention to those that seem most real or demanding (inclusion in an upcoming edition of Who’s Who;  invitations to exclusive conferences of top, professional industry leaders; good news which requires immediate response regarding small business award presented by extremely vague and heretofore unknown organization (named using the same approach as local medical marijuana dispensaries (ex.: Northwest Medical  Life Improvement Solutions Partners and Chillax-eria)).


And, at some point each day, we spend approximately zero time investigating the appropriate marketing approach to “Millennials.” Conversely, each year we spend significant time reading through and being deeply inspired and encouraged about the future by the Sub Pop Loser Scholarship applications of this same heavily-targeted generation.


There’s also an awful lot of reading and responding to email. There’s a fair amount of meeting together in various groups with the dedicated, talented and hard-working staff here, whose combined creativity and persistent effort on behalf of the artists we represent, and in support of one another, is a consistent and for-fucking-real marvel to me. Alongside the clear and present genius of the bands, comedians and jugglers we’re lucky enough to work with, the improbable longevity of this particular medium-sized record label should be credited to each of them. And I’m grateful to find myself amongst them every goddamned day.


Next time: journey to the center of the suggestion box.


Don’t worry, we’re professionals,

Chris


 


Posted by Chris Jacobs