As we shared with you a few weeks ago, we are ecstatic to be working with Scottish band Mogwai. We could go on and on about how awesome their new record Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will is, but if life has taught us anything it is to let people make their own decisions. And guess what, now you can. Hidden within the confines of this fancy shamancy widget you will find the first sampling of tunes entitled “Rano Pano.” Like what you hear? You can pre-order the bands new 7" by the same name, which comes out on January 18th. For more information on this release, click here
And be sure not to miss the band when they hit the road this spring. Full list of tour dates can be found here
Daniel Martin Moore has a new record coming out on January 18 called In the Cool of the Day. Because we fancy ourselves givers, through this fancy widget we’re offering you 3 songs by Daniel. The first is the debut single off of his new record entitled “Dark Road,” “Needn’t Say a Thing” is from 2010’s Dear Companion with Ben Sollee, and the song, “Every Color and Kind” is from his 2008 release, Stray Age.
Stay tuned for more information on this release and tour dates.
Considering the success and critical mass Greg Dulli has enjoyed over the past two years with The Gutter Twins (with his long-time friend Mark Lanegan), it’s almost hard to believe that there hasn’t been a new album from his band The Twilight Singers since the 2006 release of Powder Burns. Finally, that wait is almost over.
Sub Pop Records will release Dynamite Steps, The Twilight Singers’ fifth album, on February 15th, 2011 worldwide. While long-time Twilight Singers and now Gutter Twins fans will certainly find what they’re looking for with this release, Dynamite Steps goes further with its ambition, both sonically and confessionally, than ever before.
The album explores the thin line between life and death, mortality and immortality, resignation and celebration—that mythical moment when your life flashes before your eyes, drawn out here over the course of eleven songs.
Clearly the next chapter in an already long and stellar career for Dulli, Dynamite Steps reaches a whole new level of catharsis and progression, evocatively cramming all the highs and lows of the maverick singer-songwriter’s past half-decade into unexpected sonic trapdoors. The opening track “Last Night in Town” encapsulates that vibe, setting the stage for the emotional thrill ride that’s about to come over the rest of the album.
Dynamite Steps was “shot on location” at various locales significant to Dulli’s life. You can hear the sense of place emanating up from the grooves: here, the weary nighttime decadence of New Orleans rubs up against the oppressive sunshine of Los Angeles and the desolation of Joshua Tree’s desert vistas. Various guests make contributions to the album including Ani DiFranco, Joseph Arthur, Petra Haden, Nick McCabe (The Verve), and of course Mark Lanegan.
Since the late 1980s Greg Dulli has been a musical force with which to reckon, first rising to fame as the magnetic leader of the Afghan Whigs When the Whigs split up at the end of the ‘90s, Dulli followed his muse and began to innovatively fuse indie, soul and electronic sounds in his post-Whigs collective The Twilight Singers, who released their first album, Twilight as Played by The Twilight Singers, in 2000. Their beloved second album, Blackberry Belle, followed in 2003, and that was followed by a covers album entitled She Loves You in 2004. The band’s 2006 release, Powder Burns, made many critics “Best Of” year-end lists.
In 2008, Sub Pop veterans Dulli and Lanegan returned to the label as The Gutter Twins with the release of their debut album, Saturnalia. The band toured the world over for two years, made SPIN’s Top 20 Albums of the Year list and performed on Later With Jools Holland and The Late Show With David Letterman.
Greg Dulli is currently in the middle of the “An Evening With Greg Dulli” tour, a stripped-down retrospective string of dates. The Village Voice on his New York performance: “His voice is a soulful rasp that can spit out invective as easily as it can seduce a lover into believing his lies… the music he’s made throughout his career straddles the gap between early Amerindie’s spitfire and soul’s hip-thrusting.”
Prior to the start of the tour, Dulli made one of the new Twilight Singers’ tracks, “Blackbird and the Fox,” available for free download from their website.
The Twilight Singers will announce their worldwide touring plans for 2011 shortly.
Full track listing for Dynamite Steps:
1. Last Night in Town
2. Be Invited
4. Get Lucky
5. On the Corner
7. She Was Stolen
8. Blackbird and the Fox
9. Never Seen No Devil
10. The Beginning of the End
11. Dynamite Steps
We at Sub Pop Records are exceedingly proud to announce the signing of newly-formed band, Mister Heavenly. Spurred on by a mutual appreciation for doo-wop and doomed love songs (aka doom-wop), Nick Diamonds (Islands/Unicorns) and Honus Honus (Man Man) set out to record a one-off instrumental 7" but soon found, within a span of a few late-night sessions, themselves writing an entire album. When Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse) joined in, Mister Heavenly was officially born.
Mister Heavenly will be hitting the road on a 10-date tour, beginning in Seattle on Nov 30th and ending in Salt Lake City on Dec 10th, opening a majority of dates for Passion Pit. These shows will provide a sonic sampling of doom-wop prior to the release of the Mister Heavenly debut full-length, which will be out on Sub Pop in 2011.
For more information on Mister Heavenly and their upcoming tour please visit- Facebook
Mister Heavenly Winter Tour Dates
30-Nov Seattle,WA Moore Theater w/Passion Pit
1-Dec Portland,OR Crystal Ballroom w/Passion Pit
2-Dec San Francisco,CA Cafe du Nord w/Passion Pit
3-Dec Santa Cruz,CA Civic Auditorium w/Passion Pit
4-Dec Pomona,CA Fox Theater w/Passion Pit
5-Dec San Diego,CA Soma w/Passion Pit
7-Dec Los Angeles,CA Palladium w/Passion Pit
8-Dec Santa Barbara,CA Granada Theatre w/Passion Pit
9-Dec Las Vegas,NV House of Blues w/Passion Pit
10-Dec Salt Lake City,UT Kilby Court
13-Dec Austin, TX Scoot Inn
Let’s face it, one of the greatest problems facing our nation—our world, even—is an unadorned turntable platter. Records are scratched due to harsh platters—or worse yet, records aren’t scratched because of too much friction from platters! Well, the Sub Pop Records R&D team has been hard at work devising a plan to assuage this worldwide problem, and our solution is an efficient one: we take a technology that already exists, put our name on it and sell it to you with a heavy-handed pitch.
We give you the Sub Pop slipmat—designed by Jeff Kleinsmith and printed on heavy felt; this is a handsome addition to any hi-fi system.
Pick one up here.
Our old pal Zak Sally will be performing at the upcoming 4th anniversary party our other old pals at Fantagraphics Books are throwing on Saturday, December 11th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Zak, you may recall, was in Low for a whole bunch of years and in the summer of 2009 we released a 7" single by Zak (this one).
Here’s a little bit about the event…
Mark your social calendars in indelible ink! Saturday, December 11 marks the 4th anniversary of the fabulous Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. To celebrate this auspicious occasion we’re once again hosting the season’s most festive party featuring amazing music, comix, art, and more!
The evening includes solo music sets by Zak Sally and Mark Pickerel. Zak was a founding member of alternative music legends Low and continues solo music endeavors while publishing great comics with Fantagraphics as well as producing exquisitely crafted small press projects on his own La Mano imprint. He will be joined by Fantagraphics friend Mark Pickerel who began his musical career with the highly acclaimed Screaming Trees and now fronts Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, in addition to being the proprietor of Seattle pop culture emporium Damaged Goods.
Full details on this event/party are available here.