Selective Listening: Notes from the desk of the General Manager, May 2015
Sub Pop Sea-Tac Gives You So Much More
In a move that inadvertently gave clearance to shameless overuse of flight-related metaphors and jargon both here and elsewhere (but mostly here), on May 1st of last year we at Seattle’s biggest group of fans of Sub Pop Records (aka Sub Pop Records) gave wing to our latest and greatest brazen scheme with the opening of the Sub Pop store at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. And, though we didn’t name it either Sub Pop Rock City or Terminal G (both excellent options), and landed instead on the simpler, more direct “Sub Pop,” this thing has really taken off!
In celebration of this feat, today, May 1st, at noon, the very excellent Hardly Art recording artist S will be performing as a duo for free at the Sub Pop store at Sea-Tac! As you are assuredly already aware, but really only rhetorically so, the following: S is the operational alias of Seattle-based superstar Jenn Ghetto. Cool Choices is the name of the most recent and very good S album, released on Hardly Art in September of 2014. Hardly Art is the younger, thinner, better-looking, and frankly-starting-to-get-a-little-smug-about-all-that sibling label to Sub Pop Records. The Sub Pop store at Sea-Tac is located on the secure side of security near the C Gate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and is open for Business Time from 6 am to 10 pm every g-d day.
But! Before all that (and for a few weeks after - this is a monthly column…), here a few, quick highlights from our first year of retail residence at Sea-Tac…
- Somewhat and even outright famous people, who have recorded for Sub Pop or not have come in to the store and have often allowed us to take their pictures there! People like: Jack White, Elvis Costello, Jemaine Clement, Duff McKagan, Dave Grohl, Courtney Barnett, Tom Douglas, Corin Tucker, Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, Elijah Wood, J Mascis, Nardwuar, and the list goes on, though not much further! Sometimes these people have even bought things from the store!
- In addition to the records, t-shirts, posters, hats and mittens that one might expect from a bona fide, professional record label, we have learned how to make, or affix our logo to, a whole bunch of unlikely stuff! Stuff like: pencils, combs, bags for vomit, pillows for necks, koozies for cans, glasses (both shot and pint), cards (both greeting and post), blankets, beach towels, and that is already way more than enough for illustrative purposes. We’re talking about real airport shit here! But Sub Pop airport shit!
- We now find ourselves fortunate enough to have an extended family of co-workers at Sub Pop at SeaTac who are tirelessly congenial and enthused, and who interact with visitors to the store in a way that speaks way better of us than we likely deserve (even if some large percentage of those visitors have little to no idea what Sub Pop might be). These co-workers are a genuine source of inspiration and pride and we hope that our vampiric attachment does not drain them of these qualities.
- Shocking to no one more than ourselves, we have managed to get and retain alarming security clearances!
I’m headed through Sea-Tac this week on my way to Toronto to see METZ play their two sold-out hometown record release shows, and even though I am only allowed to fly late at night and the store will be closed when I’m there, I will still stop by, loiter around the front of the place, recall fondly the time in April of last year when I passed by the as-yet-to-open shop with my two kids (the younger of whom: “Do you work here now? It’s AWESOME!”) and marvel at the wild improbability of it all.
Minus the part where you recall anything whatsoever about my kids, fondly or otherwise, you should do the same. Maybe buy yourself a comb?
You can now listen to Daughn Gibson’s “It Wants Everything,” a new offering to from Carnation, his forthcoming album. The Line Of Best Fit
says of the track, “It’s a slinky, sizzling piece of Southern Gothic
cowboy-pop: whiskey-soaked guitars slither through rattlesnake rhythms
and Gibson’s inimitable baritone croon - imagine if Ian Curtis was
raised in Louisiana. It’s a subtle track, never wavering into
over-cooked pastiche, instead slowly bubbling up and over the pan…
although overtly sinister, Gibson’s new single is indescribably erotic.
This is Carnation’s bad boy, dressed in leather and smouldering in your ears (see song premiere April 30th).”
Daughn Gibson’s third record, Carnation, is out June 2nd on your (presumably) favorite Seattle record label, Sub Pop. Pre-order here.
Sub Pop will release Subjective Concepts, the full-length debut by Strange Wilds, on CD/LP/DL worldwide on Friday July 24th. The album, featuring the highlights “Pronoia,” “Disdain,” and “Egophillia,” was
recorded & produced by the band and Jackson Long at Robert Lang
Studios, mixed by Long at Hear Me Shimmer, and mastered at RFI, all
located in Seattle, Washington. Subjective Concepts follows the band’s Wet EP on Inimical Records (2014), and “Standing” 7” single (2015), also available now from Sub Pop.
Stereogum premiered Subjective Concepts lead single “Pronoia,” and had this to say: “First
single “Pronoia” toggles between a coiled-snake groove and the kind of
full scream-along ferocity that makes you want to thrash around in a
small, dark room with a bunch of sweaty strangers. This is noisy, heavy,
grimy music, and it’s great (see April 28th premiere).”
Preorders for Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts are now available from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Subjective Concepts from megamart.subpop.com will
receive the limited “Loser Edition” on white vinyl, with a
limited-edition poster. There will also be a new T-shirt design
available individually and as part of a bundle with the new record.
About Strange Wilds:
Strange Wilds is a musical power-trio from Olympia, Washington.
There are three members: Allen, who plays drums; Sean, who plays bass;
and Steven, who sings and plays the guitar. There is also a freight
train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific
doom-and-gloom up in the mix.
The group formed in 2012, when Steven met Sean while Sean’s band from
Boise was playing a gig in a house where Steven lived. They became
friends, and several months later Steven called Sean, who had just
relocated to Olympia for college, to form the band. They were called
Wet, and gigged around the West Coast as a four-piece. Allen was added
as a full-time member in 2014 after a line-up change, and the band
changed its name to Strange Wilds
to release a 4-song EP and tour immediately. Sub Pop came calling, and
signed the band last fall. The band is now set to release its
full-length debut, Subjective Concepts, this summer.
Strange Wilds slays with the hellish fury of the Northwest hardcore scene’s best, the heavenly scuzz of a Bleach-era
Nirvana, and the purgatorial punishment of Touch & Go post-rock
meets Devo’s de-evolution machine. The 11 songs here bleed with the
hybrid DNA of Seattle’s past and future, disparate scenes fused together
with sneering menace and intelligent fury in equal shares (read more at Sub Pop).
2. Starved For
4. Don’t Have To
10. Lost and Found
Seattle, our home:
there sure are a lot of great things about it! Arguably two of the very
best are local industry thought leaders Sub Pop Records and Amazon(dotcom). The recent
discovery of a not-altogether-recent video for prospective Amazon
employees had the staff at Sub Pop Records newly excited about being new
in Seattle, all over again. Because we felt they left a few things out,
we made this companion version (at what, we imagine and we’re sure
you’ll be able to tell, was a tiny fraction of the cost) to welcome all
newcomers to our wonderful city . We at Sub Pop Records love Amazon’s
love of Seattle almost as much as we love Seattle itself: and it shows.
The following is a note from Father John Misty regarding his upcoming tour in support of the in-our-biased-but-very-experienced opinion, perfect record, I Love You, Honeybear.
“Touring can be really lonely. You feel isolated, disoriented. Even sort of socially catatonic.
That’s why it’s so important that I see your beautiful little stupid faces. You are my lifeline to the world of mankind.
New North American Tour Dates:
Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday at 12PM local, but you can get tickets beginning Wednesday at 12PM local with presale code: HONEYBEAR
09/20 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre - Tickets | Presale | Info
09/25 - Rochester, NY @ Anthology - Tickets | Presale | Info
09/29 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz - Tickets | Presale | Info
09/30 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/01 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/05 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/08 - Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/09 - Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/12 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Blvd Pool at the Cosmopolitan - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre - Tickets | Presale | Info
New European Tour Dates:
On sale times and dates in Europe vary by city so check the info link to find out when a show
near you goes on sale.
10/22 - Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh - Tickets | Info
10/23 - Belfast, UK @ Mandela Hall - Tickets | Info
10/26 - Sheffield, UK @ Plug - Tickets | Info
10/27 - Cambridge, UK @ The Junction - Tickets | Info
11/01 - Bologna, IT @ Locomotive - Tickets | Info
11/02 - Munich, DE @ Strom - Tickets | Info
11/03 - Weisbaden, DE @ Schlachtof - Tickets | Info
11/11 - Nantes, FR @ Stereolux - Tickets | Info
11/12 - Lyon, FR @ Epicerie Moderne - Tickets | Info
11/13 - Koln, DE @ Luxor - Tickets | Info
Upcoming Shows That Have Already Been Announced:
04/22 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater - Sold Out
04/23 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s - Sold Out
04/24 - Austin, TX @ Stubb’s - Sold Out
04/25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre - Sold Out
05/15-17 - Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival - Tickets
05/22 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom - Sold Out
05/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom - Sold Out
05/22-25 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival - Tickets
05/28 - St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre w/ Alabama Shakes - Tickets | Info
05/29 - Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre w/ Alabama Shakes - Tickets | Info
05/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Hall’s Island w/ Alabama Shakes - Sold Out
05/31 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater - Tickets | Info
06/02 - Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn w/ Albama Shakes - Tickets | Info
06/03 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre w/ Alabama Shakes - Tickets | Info
06/04 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion w/ The Decemberists - Tickets | Info
06/05 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival - Tickets
06/06 - Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall - Tickets | Info
06/07 - Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music Festival - Tickets
06/24 - 06/28 - Glastonbury, UK @ Glastonbury Festival - Sold Out
06/26 - Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion - Tickets | Info
06/28 - Killarney, IE @ Killarney Food & Music Festival - Tickets
07/01 - Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Music Festival - Tickets
07/02 - Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Music Festival - Tickets
07/04 - Barcelona, SP @ Vida Festival - Tickets
07/16 - Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music Festival - Tickets
07/18 - Colwood, BC @ Rock The Shores - Tickets
07/23 - Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival - Tickets
07/31 - 08/02 - Montreal, QC @ Osheaga - Tickets
07/31 - 08/02 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza - Sold Out
08/01 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom - Tickets | Info
08/03 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre - Tickets | Info
08/05 - New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage - Tickets | Info
08/11 - Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival - Tickets
08/13 - 08/15 - Göteborg, SE @ Way Out West - Tickets
08/13 - 08/15 - Reese-Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop Music Festival - Sold Out
08/16 - Saint-Malo, FR @ La Route du Rock Festival - Tickets
08/18 - Vienna, AT @ Full Hit of Summer Festival - Tickets
08/20 - Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura Festival - Tickets
08/20 - 08/22 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival - Tickets
08/20 - 08/23 - Brecon Beacon, UK @ Green Man Festival - Tickets
08/21 - Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival - Tickets
10/24 - Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street - Tickets | Info
10/28 - London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire - Tickets | Info
10/29 - London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire - Sold Out
11/04 - 11/08 - Reykjavík, IS @ Iceland Airwaves - Tickets
Maybe I should shave.
I love you.”