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NEWS : WED, APR 19, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Listen to The Afghan Whigs new track “Arabian Heights,” from forthcoming album ‘In Spades’

2017 tour schedule begins May 23rd with sold-out show at New York’s The Apollo Theatre

“Arabian Heights” is the driving new track from The Afghan Whigs’ forthcoming album, In Spades, which will be out in stores and on the airwaves May 5th. This new song exudes the gutbucket exoticism of Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti writ large, driven by drummer Patrick Keeler’s bravura, tribal cadences. Greg Dulli says of Keeler’s contribution, “Rick [Nelson, who engineered the album] got incredible drum sounds, and what Patrick does on that song is a master class in drumming.” 

In further exciting news, The Afghan Whigs will be performing a sold out show at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY on Tuesday, May 23rd. “We are thrilled to be performing at The Apollo,” Dulli remarked. “So many of my heroes both musical and otherwise have graced the stage there and it will be our honor to do so as well.”
 
The Afghan Whigs have also announced their first set of dates in support of In Spades in Europe.  The band will visit 17 countries this summer including performances at Primavera Sound and Northside Festival.  Ed Harcourt will be supporting on all European headline shows. (See dates below.)


 
In Spades is now available for preorder on CD / 180 gram-LP / CS / DL from Sub Pop over here. The album, led by the single “Demon In Profile” and the aforementioned “Arabian Heights,” alongside standouts “Oriole,” “Copernicus,” and “Toy Automatic,” is the follow-up to the band’s internationally acclaimed Do to the Beast.  In Spades, written and produced by Greg Dulli, was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree.
 
LP pre-orders of In Spades will receive the “Loser” edition on 180-gram, white-chocolate vinyl (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design, along with cassette versions of The Afghan Whigs’ classic Sub Pop albums Up In It and Congregationare now also available.


[Photo Credit: Chris Cuffaro]

Treat yourself: watch this video for lead track, “Demon In Profile,” directed by longtime collaborator Phil Harder.


The Afghan Whigs Tour Schedule 
May 23 - Harlem, NY – The Apollo Theater [Sold Out]
May 26 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral
May 27 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
May 28 - Dublin, IE - Academy
May 30 - London, UK - Koko
Jun. 01 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Festival
Jun. 03 - Bologna, IT - Zona Roveri

Jun. 04 - Zagreb, HR - Tvornica Kulture
Jun. 06 - Warsaw, PL - Palladium
Jun. 07 - Berlin, DE - Kesselhaus
Jun. 09 - Aarhus, DK - Northside Festival
Jun.10 - Oslo, NO - Vulkan
Jun.12 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan
Jun.13 - Frankfurt, DE - Batschkapp
Jun.14 - Antwerp, BE – Trix [Sold Out]
Jun.15 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique [Sold Out]

Aug. 04 - Vienna, AT - WUK
Aug. 05 - Prague, CZ - Lucerna Music Bar
Aug. 06 - Zurich, CH - Mascotte
Aug. 08 - Munich, DE - Backstage Halle
Aug. 09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Aug. 10-12 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West Festival
Aug. 13 – Helsinki, FL – Flow Festival


For up-to-date info on tickets, please visit theafghanwhigs.com.
 
More on The Afghan Whigs In Spades here.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, APR 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM

NOTES FROM SUB POP’S AIRPORT STORE (APRIL 2017) HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARDLY ART! EDITION

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We’ve been bustling hard at the Airport Store in preparation for the 10-year anniversary of Sub Pop’s sister label, Hardly Art. To commemorate this special occasion, which coincides with National Poetry Month, I’ve decided some light verse is called for…

Ehh emmm..

The Birthday Wall

I’ll see you in May,

We’ll have a party for you.

I’ll see you in May,

If you have the chance to stop through!


Our little sister is turning ten,

And she’s way cooler than she’s ever been.

With The Julie Ruin last year,

And the new Chastity Belt almost here!


She’s filled an entire wall,

With a decade of filling our hearts.

From Arthur and Yu to Dude York,

To Hardly Art, we pop a cork!


If you’re coming to town,

An extravaganza with friends and the fam,

On the eighteenth and nineteenth of May,

Let us all celebrate!


But if you’re just passing by,

Keep your eyes peeled for an excellent find.

The hundredth HA release,

Is still but a mystery…


I’ll see you in May,

I really hope that I do!

There’ll be buttons and stickers and tunes for all your ‘tudes,

Hardly Art, We Love You!!!


If you are just now discovering this not-so-little-anymore gem of a label or looking to check out something new, we have some suggestions for you!


Hardly Art Picks from the Staff of the Sub Pop Airport Store:


1.) Javier - Magic Trick, Ruler of the Night (2012)

- This lovely little side band from the Fresh and Onlys’ Tim Cohen is a real San Francisco treat!


2.) Rebecca - IAN SWEET, Shapeshifter (2016)

- Listen to this while ‘blading on Alki. Blade or Die!


3.) Emily - Grave Babies, Crusher (2013)

- Perf industrial metal guitar tones and affected vocals 4 ever.


4.) Ben - Fergus and Geronimo, Unlearn (2011)

- Pre Parquet Courts. Music with jokes, but not joke music.


5.) Bailey - Protomartyr, The Agent Intellect (2015)

- Descriptions of Joe Casey: “Protomartyr are awesome, but they look like three scared teens who started a band with their alcoholic uncle.” “He’s like an inverse Bono.”


6.) Kane - Chastity Belt, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (2017)

- Shimmering, indie, feminist punk from Seattle’s favorite group of friends!


7.) Audrey - Broken Water, Tempest (2012)

- Wall of guitar noise á la Sonic Youth, by way of Olympia, WA.


8.) Jacob - Carissa’s Wierd, Songs About Leaving (2002, reissued 2010)

- Slow-core, unassuming supergroup whose members would become Band of Horses, Sera Cahoone, Grand Archives and S (Jenn Champion).


9.) Rachel - Shannon and the Clams, Dreams in the Rat House (2013)

- Shannon Shaw is a doo-wop dream boat!


10.) Olivia - Black Marble, A Different Arrangement (2012)

- Strangely revealing synth pop for your magical journey into the darkness.


It has been and continues to be a true honor representing all the local weirdos, punx, queers, poets, and female artists of Hardly Art at our store. We’re looking forward to what’s coming next*! The future is already someone’s dream.:)


XO

Olivia Saint

Assistant Store Manager


*Speaking of what’s coming next… how ‘bout not one but TWO celebratory birthday shows, this coming May 18th and 19th at Seattle’s Chop Suey?! Details are here.







Posted by Olivia Riley

NEWS : TUE, APR 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Listen to new Porter Ray track “Russian Roulette” (feat. Stas Thee Boss) from the Watercolor Sessions (Premiere via UPROXX)

Now With More Spring 2017 Western U.S. and B.C. tour dates!

Time to wrap those ears around rising Seattle rapper Porter Ray’s ”Russian Roulette” (feat. Stas Thee Boss), a previously unreleased song recovered from a vault of tracks recorded during the Watercolor sessions. The cut features original production from B-Roc, with additional production from Vitamin D.  

Uproxx premiered the song today, and had this to say, “Porter raps fast and loose over an experimental, smeary beat punctuated with woozy, psychedelic strings, narrating the kind of hookup that goes much farther than that first night. Stas comes in about halfway through to add a hook that’s as sensual as it is rhythmic, and the contrast of the two voices is part of what makes both of these songs from Ray so strong (see April 18th post).”


[Photo Credit: Jay Scroggins]

Having recently returned from SXSW Music Festival, Porter and crew have announced a string of upcoming dates, including an opening slot for Los Angeles-based MC Murs on May 2nd (in  Bellingham at Wild Buffalo), and performances at Seattle’s Upstream and Sasquatch Music Festivals. (Scroll down for the full list of dates.)

You can (and really should) follow all things Porter Ray, everywhere in the galaxy via subpop.com/artists/porter_ray and also Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.


Porter Ray’s Watercolor is now available on CD / 2xLP / DL / CASS from Sub Pop right over here, and in finer independent record stores the world over. 

Tour Dates

May 02 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo w/ Murs
May 11 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Music Festival
May 16 - Denver, CO - Cervantes - Otherside
May 17 - Ft. Collins, CO - Hodi’s
May 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
May 19 - Portland, OR -  Hawthorne Theatre
May 26 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
Jun. 02 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret

What “The People” are saying about Porter Ray:

“A star in the making.” [Watercolor] – Uncut
 
“A natural storyteller, Ray unleashed a series of vivid mixtape portraits of his locale’s druggy highs and lows that painted him as a new school Nas with the lyrical slickness of Roc Marciano. The street-wise intellect certainly lets his slightly off-pitched voice do most of the heavy lifting over the stuttering spacey synthetics, phased keys and warped Rhodes of B-Roc’s atmospheric production.” [Watercolor, 4/5] – MOJO
 
“As a rapper, Porter’s storytelling skills drive his lyrical content. He tries to paint pictures, never sounding over excited or too energetic, opting for beats which create unique moods….with his effortlessly smooth tone and considered lyricism, Porter carries himself with striking presence and wisdom.” [Watercolor]  - Crack Magazine
 
“Ray is Seattle to the bone, continuing the tradition of Sea-Town rappers with malleable flows and unorthodox sounds that bend along with them….The first taste of his album is a posse cut of sorts featuring ShabazzPalaces, Palaceer
, and Castro. They all spit complicated rhyme schemes over a hollowed-out soundscape with dry 808 drums and shimmering, space-age synths reminiscent of THEESatisfaction.” [“Sacred Geometry”] – Stereogum
 
“Seattle rapper Porter Ray shares another hazy and seductive gem from his debut…“Arithmetic” showcases Porter’s golden voice and effortlessly vivid flow over a dreamy, immersively narcotic beat, elevated by spectral siren calls from the great Stas
Thee Boss (formerly of THEESatisfaction) and anchored by a crucial assist from revered Seattle MC Infinite.” [“Arithmetic”] - Gorilla vs Bear

“On the first track from the Seattle native’s forthcoming Watercolor, Porter leads the song with melodic cadences and descriptive verses. Here, he and his collaborators all highlight the narratives that make up this holy equation.” [“Sacred Geometry”] The FADER


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, APR 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Sub Pop is Hiring A Music Licensing Coordinator!

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Sub Pop is seeking a Music Licensing Coordinator in our Seattle office. We’re looking for an individual who has great interpersonal skills, is a self-starter, is detail-oriented and has the ability to work in an open group environment. This is an entry-level position that reports directly to the Director of Licensing.

Specific Responsibilities include:

-    Working to place our catalog in advertisements, TV, film, video games, web-videos, social media, podcasts and more by fielding and responding to music searches and licensing requests.

-   Actively pitching our catalog in a manner tailored to the taste and project requirements of individual music supervisors, editors, filmmakers and producers.

-   Listening to and quickly learning a large catalog of material and applying that knowledge to searches/requests for material.

-   Tagging, organizing and maintaining the licensing website and licensing database.

-   Managing outstanding invoices and licenses.

-   Logging all licensing and publishing activity and preparing biannual reports on such activity.

-   Developing and maintaining relationships directly with music supervisors, ad agencies filmmakers and other potential licensing contacts.

-   Organizing and attending artist functions for music supervisors, ad agencies and others when appropriate.

-   Coordinating with the marketing department regarding new releases, attending marketing meetings and related artist-specific planning meetings.

-   Sending out email blasts, playlists, show invites and other forms of promotion around our releases.

-   Assisting in quoting, negotiating and preparing synchronization and master use licenses.

 

 Qualifications include:

-   Knowledge and passion for music in general is a must, as is familiarity with the Sub Pop and Hardly Art catalogs.

-   Interest in music licensing, film and advertising.

-   Competent computer skills.

-   Ability to work independently and take initiative.

-   Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects.

-   Positive attitude, good communication skills and an enthusiastic team spirit.

 

Please send resume and cover letter to Ruth Kim (ruthk@subpop.com).

Resumes accepted through April 28, 2017


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, APR 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Sub Pop Just Signed NYC-Based Frankie Cosmos!

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[Photo Credit: Matthew James-Wilson]

North American tour begins in May, with European dates to follow.


We (Sub Pop Records, that is) are over the moon to announce that NYC-based band Frankie Cosmos has joined the Sub Pop Family in a universe-spanning type of record deal. The band, comprised of Greta Kline (vox & guitars), David Maine (bass guitar), Lauren Martin (keyboards, synthesizers & vox) and Luke Pyenson (drums), have been touring the world extensively in support of their 2016 release Next Thing (Bayonet Records) which received critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NY Times, Paste, Rolling Stone, DIY Magazine and many more. 

Watch the band’s in-studio performance of “Sinister” off Next Thing right here, and an intimate ‘Take Away Show’ performance of “Highway and Trees” (Meat cover) + “O Dreaded C Town” over here.

Frankie Cosmos is currently working on new material and will continue to tour throughout the remainder of the year. They kick-off a North American tour on May 5th in Boston, MA, which includes a performance at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 14th. Additionally, the band will visit Europe for a series of shows July 28th-August 8th. (Current dates below.)

If you haven’t yet, now’s the time to start following Frankie Cosmos everywhere in the known, err… cosmos! –> Facebook | Instagram | Twitterfrankiecosmosband.com


About Frankie Cosmos:


Originally the solo project of prolific New York City-based songwriter Greta Kline, Frankie Cosmos has blossomed into a four-piece band including David Maine, Lauren Martin, and Luke Pyenson.

The first studio release as Frankie Cosmos, Zentropy (Double Double Whammy), garnered wide acclaim upon its release, including New York magazine’s #1 Pop Album of 2014 and a Pitchfork Best New Track for “Birthday Song.” Recorded as a two-piece with Aaron Maine on drums, Frankie Cosmos began performing live as a three-piece with Aaron’s brother David on bass, and later as a four-piece with Gabrielle Smith on keyboard. The next studio release, 2015’s Fit Me In EP (Bayonet), combined Kline’s honest, lyrically-driven songwriting with Maine’s affinity for synth-driven production, and earned the project another Best New Track for “Young.” Lauren and Luke joined the group in late 2015 on keyboard and drums, leaving Gabrielle and Aaron to pursue their personal projects—Eskimeaux and Porches—and cementing the band’s current lineup.

The group’s most recent release is the critically-lauded Next Thing (2016, Bayonet), which has been praised for memorable lyrics that are both clever and concise, deeply personal and widely relatable; beautiful three-part vocal harmonies that enhance catchy pop melodies; and increasingly sophisticated instrumental arrangements that reflect a rapidly maturing band continuing to grow. The album received a coveted Best New Music designation from Pitchfork as well as exceptional reviews from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and others. The band’s live show, honed during extensive touring of North America, Europe, Oceania and Japan, has also received glowing feedback for its mix of energy, intimacy and levity.

In their off-time, the bandmates of Frankie Cosmos practice a variety of other jobs and hobbies including textile design, food journalism, massage therapy, cooking, mixed martial arts, reading, painting, and petting dogs.

So now you’re asking yourself, “Okay, but what people have The People been saying about Frankie Cosmos? Well, this for example:


Ms. Kline’s songs don’t last long, and neither does her imagery, but she can be exceptional at capturing how quickly frail things can break, taking devastating turns in just a couple of lines. [Next Thing review]   NY Times
 

Many of the songs (“Embody,” “On the Lips,” “Too Dark” and “Sleep Song”) on the album have appeared in acoustic permutations in past work, and they make the leap seamlessly. Each are marvelously well.wrought trains of thought, cramming existential questions into the banality of everyday moments and finding something beatific even in the plainest of things. [Next Thing review] - Pitchfork 
 
There are no answers, no solutions to any problems, and no gateway doors through escapism, but for half an hour the record shines a light through confusion, and just for a while, it doesn’t have to feel like such a loss to be lost [Next Thing review]  - DIY Magazine


Tour Dates

May 05 - Boston, MA - Royale *
May 06 - Winooski, VT - Waking Windows Festival
May 07 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall  *
May 06 - Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston
May 09 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
May 10 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *
May 11 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College
May 12 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theater  *
May 13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In  *
May 14 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
May 15 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater  *
May 16 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club  *
May 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel  * 
May 18 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
May 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer  * 
May 21 -  Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel  *
Jul. 14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
Jul. 23 - Hyères, FR - MIDI Festival
Jul. 28 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Jul. 29 - Derbyshire, UK - Indietracks Festival
Jul. 31 - Cardiff, UK - The Full Moon
Aug. 01 - Liverpool, UK - Magnet
Aug. 02 - Dublin, IE - Whelan’s
Aug. 03 - Edinburgh, UK - The Mash House
Aug. 04 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall
Aug. 05 - London,
UK -  Visions Festival
Aug. 08 - Primosten, HR - SuperUho Festival
Aug. 24 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt Cabaret
Aug. 25 - Anacortes, WA - The Business
Aug. 26 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
Aug. 27 - Portland, OR - MusicFestNW presents Project Pabst **
Aug. 29 - Arcata, CA - Outer Space
Aug. 30 - San Francisco, CA - Gray Area Theater
Sep. 01 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole
Sep. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
* w/ Real Estate
** w/ Beck, Nas, Spoon, Whitney and more


Posted by Rachel White