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News from 2010

MON, APR 26, 2010 at 6:14 AM



As you know, tomorrow April 27, marks the release Avi Buffalo’s debut, self-titled album, which you can stream in its entirety here through Wednesday (4/28/2010.) Pre-order their new record on this very site ( through April 27th, and you will receive a totally limited CDR, featuring four non-album tracks!

As we shared with you on Friday, the band will be playing a series of totally awesome and FREE in-store performances in celebration of this joyous event. Tonight, they’ll be at Fingerprints in the LBC, Tuesday at Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo and Wednesday at Amoeba in San Francisco.

Full details:
Monday 4/26: Fingerprints, Long Beach, CA @ 7pm
Tuesday 4/27: Boo Boo Records, San Luis Obispo, CA @ 6pm
Wednesday 4/28: Amoeba Records, San Francisco, CA @ 6pm

For those of you not in California, you can tune in and listen to the band live on April 28th at 11:15 AM PST on KALX, and on April 30th at 5:00 PM PST on KXLU.

You can also catch the band when they hit the road this coming July/early August, opening select dates for Modest Mouse and Blitzen Trapper.

Avi Buffalo on the road:
Apr 29 Jensen’s Mainstage (CA), Santa Barbara, CA
May 01 Troubadour, Hollywood, CA (record release show)
May 30 Sasquatch! Festival, Gorge, WA
Jul 01 Royal Oak Theater (MI), Royal Oak, MI *
Jul 02 Royal Oak Theater (MI), Royal Oak, MI *
Jul 03 Summerfest (WI), Milwaukee, WI *
Jul 06 Crossroads, Kansas City, MO *
Jul 08 Twlight Concert Series, Salt Lake City, UT *
Jul 23 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR $
Jul 27 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN $
Jul 28 Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI $
Jul 30 Pier 17 / South Street Seaport (NY), New York, NY ^
Aug 04 Majestic Theater (MI), Detroit, MI $
Aug 05 Vogue, The, Indianapolis, IN $
Sep 04 All Tomorrows Parties – NY, Monticello, NY

  • w/ Modest Mouse
    $ w/ Blitzen Trapper
    ^ w/ Neon Indian

Posted by Bekah Zietz

MON, MAY 3, 2010 at 2:15 AM

Download 2 new Wolf Parade songs!


As we shared a few weeks back, Wolf Parade are gearing up to release a brand spanking new record entitled “EXPO 86.” What we had yet to reveal, was that this slay-tastic opus will be hitting the shelves of a record store near you on June 29th. Time to sharpie that on your calendars.

To get you PUMPED up for this release, we unleashed not one but TWO tracks off of their new record via Pitchfork. Click here to stream & download “Ghost Pressure” and “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way).”

While your at it, make sure to take a gander at P4K’s interview with the bands co-leader Spencer Krug.

In case you missed it the first time around, you should also check out the sites interview with Dan Boeckner (Singer/Guitarist), on the inspiration behind the naming of the record. Click here to peep on that.

EXPO 86 Track Listing
01 Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
02 Palm Road
03 What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
04 Little Golden Age
05 In the Direction of the Moon
06 Ghost Pressure
07 Pobody’s Nerfect
08 Two Men in New Tuxedos
09 Oh You, Old Thing
10 Yulia
11 Cave-o-Sapien

Wolf Parade on the Road:
May 06 Europe Mania Festival (HU), Budapest, Hungary
May 07 Donaufestival, Krems an der Donau, Austria
May 08 Pop Up Festival (DE), Leipzig, Germany
May 09 Matrix (CZ), Prague, Czech Republic
May 11 Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
May 12 Lokomotiv, Bologna, Italy
May 13 Spazio 211, Torino, Italy
May 16 Le Botanique, Brussels, 1210
May 17 Concorde 2, Brighton, United Kingdom
May 18 Borderline, London, United Kingdom
May 19 Oran Mor, Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 20 Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
May 21 Club Academy, Manchester, United Kingdom
May 22 Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 25 Teatar &TD, Zagreb, Croatia
May 26 Menza pri koritu (SL), Lubijana, Slovenia
May 27 Salumeria della Musica (IT), Milan, Italy
May 28 Palace (CH), Gallen, Switzerland
May 29 Bad Bonn, Düdingen, Switzerland
May 31 Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
Jul 08 Le National (QC), Montreal, Canada
Jul 09 Le National (QC), Montreal, Canada
Jul 11 Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME
Jul 12 House of Blues (Boston), Boston, MA
Jul 13 Terminal Five, New York, NY
Jul 15 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Jul 16 Southgate House, Newport, KY
Jul 17 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Jul 18 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Jul 19 Garrick Center, Winnipeg, Canada
Jul 21 Louis’ Pub, Saskatoon, Canada
Jul 22 Republik, Calgary, Canada
Jul 23 Starlight Room, Edmonton, Canada
Jul 25 Vogue Theatre (BC), Vancouver, Canada
Jul 26 Showbox (@ the Market), Seattle, WA
Jul 27 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Jul 29 Catalyst Club Atrium, Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 30 Fox Theater (OAK), Oakland, CA
Jul 31 Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 03 Into the Great Wide Open Festival, Vlieland , Netherlands
Sep 06 Spring & Airbrake, Belfast, United Kingdom
Sep 07 Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Sep 09 Brudenell Social, Leeds, United Kingdom
Sep 10 End of the Road Festival, North Dorset, United Kingdom
Sep 11 Thekla Social, Bristol, United Kingdom
Sep 12 Glee Club (UK), Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sep 13 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Sep 15 The Forum -UK, London, United Kingdom
Sep 27 Lille Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 28 Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway
Sep 29 Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 01 Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland

Posted by Bekah Zietz

WED, APR 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Handsome Furs At The Junos


Sub Pop’s very own Handsome Furs were nominated for a Juno Award (Best Alternative Album for their really very excellent 2009 release FACE CONTROL). The ceremonies were held in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

After traveling for over 20 hours from Seattle I landed in St. John’s at 4:00 AM on Thursday. I didn’t really know what to expect. When I hopped in cab and heard that the driver had a crazy Irish / Canadian accent I knew that St. John’s was rad. The bars are open until 4:30 AM and you can smoke in taxi cabs (let’s also not forget about dill pickle potato chips and Smarties – the chocolates).

Dan and Alexei were due to get into town on Thursday night. Unfortunately, there was a blizzard and then the fog rolled in. Apparently April is the foggy season and once it rolls in it stays for days. They ended up stranded in Halifax (with two attempted landings in St. John’s) for 32 hours, along with every other person that was headed to the Junos. We had to cancel their Friday night show. They finally arrived early in the morning on Saturday.

Saturday night was the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards. Metric ended up going home with Best Alternative Album (along with a few others) but gave Handsome Furs a shout out first thing during their acceptance speech. After the awards Handsome Furs decided to play a last minute show (thanks to Amy Milan and Land of Talk) at The Ship. The show was amazing and the new songs sound effing awesome. After the show we pretty much ate every type of potato chip (dill pickle, ketchup, etc) that Canada has to offer and watched Much Music.

Sunday night was the filmed awards ceremony where Bieber Fever was in full effect. Dan and Alexei walked the red carpet and looked amazing. Hundreds of girls were lined up screaming and crying for Justin Bieber which was hilarious and cute.

After the ceremony we were at dinner when rumors started to spread that the ash from the volcano was making its way to St. John’s and all AM flights were canceled on Monday. I checked my flight, and sure enough, it was canceled. We went back to the hotel and spent over two hours on the phone with Air Canada trying to book other flights. We got through and rescheduled our flights for later in the morning, took a three hour nap, and headed to the airport.

On our way to the airport our cab driver was pretty much laughing at us for trying to get out of St. John’s. The ash hadn’t hit yet but the fog never lifted. We checked in and were sitting at our gate when we heard our plane coming from Halifax circling over head (not a good sign). By that time our flight should have already left (and I was going on an airport tour of Canada and had other flights to catch like St. John’s – Halifax, Halifax – Montreal, Montreal – Vancouver, Vancouver – Seattle). Then the fire alarm randomly started going off and we started to evacuate right when Air Canada told us that our plane could not land and our flight was canceled.

If there is one thing that brings people together it is getting stuck in shitty situations. The three of us teamed up and split up – Dan to talk to an Air Canada agent even though they told us several times that they wouldn’t rebook us and that we had to call, Alexei talking to other airlines, and myself on hold with Air Canada once again. The soonest Air Canada could get us out of St. John’s now was on Friday (5 days later than our original departure date). We decided to try to fly standby on the next flight out of St. John’s and all three of us somehow got on it. I’m pretty sure my good luck for the year has been used up.

Even though Dan and Lex spent more time in airports than in St. John’s I think they’d do it again (I hope so?). I know I would.

Fun facts—there are polar bears in Newfoundland and Labrador. The bears get there via a floating iceberg. Newfoundland and Labrador only joined Canada in 1949 (the locals told us they voted 51% for Canada and 49% for the states to remain an independent dominion of the British empire). Newfoundland is the most eastern part of North America.

Posted by carly starr

WED, FEB 17, 2010 at 6:07 AM

Sub Pop SXSW 2010!!


Sub Pop and Hardly Art SXSW Showcase 2010!

Avi Buffalo, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Dum Dum Girls, Happy Birthday, Jaill, Male Bonding, and The Ruby Suns will all be heading down to Austin this March for the 2010 South by Southwest music festival/conference/opportunity to eat BBQ.

As you can tell by our snazzy flyer, we will once again be partnering with our good friends Hardly Art on a showcase to, one can only hope, end all showcases.

You should really go.

Sub Pop and Hardly Art SXSW Showcase 2010
Thursday, March 18th
at the Galaxy Room
508 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX

The Sub Pop stage:
8PM Jaill
9PM Happy Birthday
10PM Male Bonding
11PM Avi Buffalo
12AM Dum Dum Girls
1AM The Ruby Suns

The Hardly Art stage:
830PM Special guest Woven Bones
930PM The Moondoggies
1030PM Le Loup
1130PM The Dutchess and the Duke
1230AM Golden Triangle

Also on Thursday, March 18th Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore will be playing at the Central Presbyterian Church at 730PM!

Posted by Bekah Zietz

THU, APR 1, 2010 at 7:39 AM

I Will Be Listening to Dum Dum Girls


Sure, we are (as usual) pretty pleased with ourselves about this week’s release of the Dum Dum Girls ’ LP I Will Be. They’re a great band and this is a fantastic record. It’s hard to be humble when you can take largely undeserved credit for some of this excitement that is brewing…

The band is currently in the Top 10 at Insound this week and can also be found in Radio K’s Weekly Release Spotlight. You can read the praise that NY Times, Pitchfork and The Guardian had to give I Will Be or you can just decide for yourself how great this record is by going over to the band’s site and take a listen to the I Will Be album stream that will be featured all weekend long.

Furthermore, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to remind you of Dum Dum Girls’ Record Store Day split 7 inch with Male Bonding that will be available on, you guessed it, Record Store Day, April 17th, the very same day that DDG will be performing at Origami in LA at 2pm. If you’re not in LA on the 17th you can still try to catch them on one of their tour dates, which are rather usefully listed here.

So there you have it. Dum Dum Girls and their new album I Will Be: you should totally buy it.

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

MON, APR 5, 2010 at 9:45 AM

It’s totally getting all Male Bonding in here


It’s Male Bonding Monday here at Sub Pop! And, what better way to kick a case of the Garfields?

First off, we’re giving away a free mp3 download of the song Year’s Not Long off the upcoming Male Bonding full-length record album debut Nothing Hurts. You may have recently read the “Best New Music” track review Pitchfork posted about this song, written by a guy with the unbelievably awesome name of Larry Fitzmaurice. If you have not, please do so now.

Also, and secondly (and regrettably without the endorsement of Maury Fitzlawrence), we are hereby and for one week only providing you with a full-album stream of this same Male Bonding record! This thing is embeddable, too, so if you’re into that kind of thing staaaaart embeddin’!

Nothing Hurts will be out on May 11th, and you can pre-order the album right now.

In other Male Bonding news, the band has teamed up with the Dum Dum Girls on a limited edition 7" for this year’s Record Store Day (April 17! Mark your calendars!). In celebration (and, yes, also promotion, we’re hoping…) of this release in particular and Record Store Day in general, both bands will be playing an in-store at Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles. That’s Saturday, April 17, 2010: Dum Dum Girls go on at 2:00 PM and Male Bonding plays at 3:00 PM. Full details on all of Sub Pop’s Record Store Day 2010 offerings are here.

Lastly, though certainly not leastly, Male Bonding is right this very moment on tour with The Soft Pack. Here’s where/when you can and should see them:

Apr 06 Green Room, Montreal, Canada
Apr 07 El Mocambo Club, Toronto, ON, Canada
Apr 08 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Apr 09 Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Apr 10 Turf Club, St. Paul, MN
Apr 13 Chop Suey, Seattle, WA
Apr 14 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Apr 15 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
Apr 18 The Smell, Los Angeles, CA

Posted by Chris Jacobs