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NEWS : TUE, JUL 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear a New King Tuff Song from ‘Black Moon Spell’ - Out 9/23!

King Tuff will soon be back in the mix with the release of Black Moon Spell, his highly anticipated third record on September 23rd via us, Sub Pop Records. The album features the summery ‘Eyes of the Muse’, which is available for your ears in the embedded player. BMS was produced & mixed by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, CA, with the exception of  ‘I Love You Ugly’ and ‘Radiation’, which were produced by the man himself, King Tuff.

King Tuff has scheduled a fall North American headlining tour to support Black Moon Spell, which begins on September 25th in San Diego, CA at Irenic and ends November 8th in Austin, TX at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Please find a current tour schedule below.

Black Moon Spell is now available for preorder via the Sub Pop Mega Mart,  iTunes and Amazon. Fans who pre-order the LP version of Black Moon Spell via megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser Edition” of the album on glow-in-the-dark/black splatter vinyl; those who preorder the CD or LP will receive a limited-edition embroidered patch (while supplies last). King Tuff has also created a brand new t-shirt design that will be available at the Sub Pop Mega Mart as a stand-alone item or as part of a discounted bundle with preorders of Black Moon Spell.

Pre-order Black Moon Spell

Read More on King Tuff (by King Tuff):
King Tuff’s new record is called Black Moon Spell.
It was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California, in the hot winter of 2014. 
No one involved was prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them to do it. Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called The Devil.
God and The Devil actually have very similar interests. They both love electric guitars and they both want you to listen to Black Moon Spell and freak the fuck out.
There were many strange occurrences during the recording session - Dracula landlords, flashes of mysterious light, haunted microphones, songs that mixed themselves, demonic vortexes swirling in coffee cups, etc.
Under the Black Moon Spell you may experience euphoria, demented visions, wet dreams, bouts of backwards laughter, and dazed confusion resulting in primordial dancing.
Fire played a very important role in the making of this album. King Tuff loves fire.
For some reason, no one can really explain how the Black Moon Spell came to be. It just appeared one day and demanded heavy rock music and meatball subs.
Backwards messages may be found on this record.
Los Angeles, full of its screaming coyotes and creeping helicopters, surely slathered its sexy, twisted, hairy, polluted spirit all over Black Moon Spell. The Sunset Strip shat itself when it heard all these guitar solos.
Alot of people always ask King Tuff when he’s gonna put out a new record. The answer is September 23, 2014
Can you feel the Black Moon Spell creeping up the back of yr neck yet? 
King Tuff would prefer not to tell you the full story of making this record because its long and crazy and you wouldn’t believe him anyway. Also, I am King Tuff.
Magic Jake, who played bass and is beautiful like sunshine, would like to take this moment to give you a hug and invite you to a tanning party on a beach of your choice.
Old Gary, who plays drums and has the most glorious cackle, would like to take this moment to crack a cold one with you and invite you to watch the old ballgame with him.
Old Gary was out watching the old ballgame, so a wild critter named Ty Segall played drums on the song “Black Moon Spell.” Ty enjoys speaking in a goblin voice in his spare time.
Night fell on Studio B. A Tarot card leapt from the deck and said, “No human judgement is of any value here.” King Tuff agreed.
Sub Pop first discovered King Tuff curled up in his palace in Vermont. It was basically a shit hut made of moss, mud, and glimmering stones hidden near the graveyard, and it was guarded by beautiful wild bullfrogs with silver fangs and baseball bats. 
Punx, Squares, Skaters, Farmers, Bartenders, Grandparents, Stoners, Carpenters, Hobos, Heshers, Babes, Babies, Plumbers, Strippers, Art Teachers, Teenagers, Townies, Moms, Dads, Truck Drivers, and Witches will all love this record. 
Every song on Black Moon Spell was written without giving a shining fuck about nothing.
Listen to Black Moon Spell, turn yr volume knob up to 666, put yr lover in a 69, and let yr inner grinagog rear it’s wicked, unwashed, smiling snake head.
Listen to Black Moon Spell and give yr ears what they’ve been begging for all year; a heavily weird, heavenly dark, hysterically magical Rock & Roll Sexperience.


ps. the only part of this story that isn’t true is the part about the shit hut. I actually was living at my parents house when i was discovered. Love, KT


Posted by Sam Sawyer

COMMERCE : MON, JUL 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sun’s Shining, Guns Out

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We here at the Sub Pop Record Company understand the importance of personal temperature awareness (PTA)–heat stroke is no joke, as they say–so that’s why we’re doing our part by taking a very successful (successful in terms of revenue for us) sweatshirt design, and fine tuning it a bit to make it available in the seasonable appropriate, sleeveless, tank top shirt-way. The now new-classic Sub Pop “Futura” design, is now available in a cranberry or blue tank for your summery needs. If you can’t stay inside this summer, don’t forget to liberally apply sunpaste, militantly hydrate, and most importantly, wear Sub Pop tank tops all summer long to avoid heat stroke, the silent bummer.

In Blue or Cranberry



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, JUL 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

#TBT: Earth “Tallahassee”

In continuation of Sub Pop’s grand tradition of piggy-backing our agenda on to existing cultural trends, we’d love to share with you this week’s Throw Back Thursday (#TBT), or, because we are old and bad at the jokes, “Throwing out Backs Thursday” (again, because we are old and our backs aren’t what they used to be). This week, we’re dusting off “Tallahassee”, an absolute gem from former Sub Pop drone masters, Earth. The track comes from 1996’s heavy Pentastar: In the Style of Demonsyou can pick that up from the Mega Mart here.

Earth recently teamed up with current Rabia Shaheen Qazi, the magical front-woman of current Sub Pop psych outfit Rose Windows, and recorded “From the Zodiacal Light”, which you can and should listen to over at Pitchfork now. Go. Listen.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, JUL 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s Radio Channel on TuneIn

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The future is now, friends. Sub Pop is quite pleased to let you know, that we have a brand new radio channel on TuneIn, the world’s largest audio network. Our very own radio channel! Can you imagine the possibilities?

TuneIn has over 50 million active monthly users and lets people listen to the world’s news, sports, talk, and of course, music from wherever they are. They have over 100K radio stations and more than four million on-demand programs streaming from every continent, and is available across 200+ connected devices. TuneIn has already launched with hundreds of content partners, such as CNN, CBS Radio, ESPN Radio, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Slate, The Weather Channel, Complex Media, and Lexus.

Sub Pop fans should listen and follow our channel at tunein.com/SubPop. Content will be programmed by the label, with radio shows like Sub Pop Rock City, Behind The Garage, Subterranean Pop, our “Beginners Guide” playlists and artist specific shows from the likes of Shabazz Palaces,  Luluc, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, clipping., and many more to come.  All of which is to say, we’re finally on the radio.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, JUL 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

GOAT’s ‘Commune’ Out 9/23 - Hear a New Song Now

Good news: Swedish rock collective GOAT will release their highly-anticipated second album, their full-length Sub Pop debut, Commune on CD/LP/DL September 23rd, and you can now listen to the lead-off single, “Hide From the Sun,” which our premiere partner, Stereogum, calls, “beautifully psychedelic”. Agree to agree, Stereogum.

Commune is the follow-up to GOAT’s hypnotic 2012 debut, World Music, which received widespread acclaim and placed in many of that year’s top-ten lists. The mysterious, masked group continued to awe the world with their intense, ritualistic live shows, the “Dreambuilding” b/w “Stonegoat” 7” (released in North America by Sub Pop in 2013), and the recent Live Ballroom Ritual double-album.

GOAT has scheduled a fall European tour in support Commune, which begins September 19th in Copenhagen, DK at Vega and ends October 3rd in London, UK at the Roundhouse. You can find a list of tour dates below.

Commune is now available for preorder in North America via Sub Pop Mega Mart,  iTunes and Amazon. While supplies last, customers who pre-order the LP version of Commune from megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the album and a limited-edition, single-sided 7” with a song not available on the new record! Again, all of that business is limited, and as is the nature of limited things, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order now.

More on GOAT:
There is no direct association between mysterious Swedish psychedelicists GOAT and revered Argentinian master of magical realism, Jorge Luis Borges. Yet their mission appears to be the same. Borges generated his ideas from historical curiosities across the globe—gaucho knife duels on the South American plains, Middle Eastern heresiarchs plotting treacheries in secret libraries, Chinese pirates waging wars against the Emperor—and twisted them into fictions that blurred the lines between fortified footnotes and outright fantasy. GOAT’s sound is the sonic manifestation of this principle, as evidenced in their aptly-named debut album World Music, which incorporated elements of Nigerian afrobeat, German krautrock, Anatolian funk, and a host of other global micro-niches into a hallucinatory cultish celebration of rock’s diverse manifestations. Deprived of the requisite band biography, early experiencers World Music’s electrified tribalism and lysergic compositions had the inevitable questions regarding the origin and timeframe of the recordings. The truth only became knottier every time the elusive GOAT collective provided their cryptic answers.

Ultimately, it is GOAT’s music that speaks the most about them, and, on their sophomore album, Commune, GOAT deliver a heavy dose of acidic grooves, hypnotic incantations, and serpentine guitar lines (Read more at Sub Pop).

Tour Dates
Jul. 06 - Belfort, FR - Eurokeennes
Jul. 18 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
Jul. 20 - Ostrava, CZ - Colours of Ostrava
Aug. 03 - Stockholm, SE - Stockholm Music & Arts
Aug. 23 - Paredes de Coura, PT - Paredes de Coura Festival
Sep. 19 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega
Sep. 20 - Tilburg, NL - Incubate
Sep. 21 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
Sep. 23 - Berlin, DE - Postbahnhof
Sep. 24 - Munich, DE - Ampere
Sep. 25 - Paris, FR - Trabendo
Sep. 27 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Psych Festival
Sep. 28 - Glasgow, UK - SWG3
Sep. 29 - Newcastle, UK - Northumbria University
Oct. 01 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
Oct. 02 - Bristol, UK - Trinity Centre
Oct. 03 - London, UK - Roundhouse



Posted by Sam Sawyer