Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore are fighting Mountaintop Removal, a radical form or strip mining that has destroyed nearly one million acres of central Appalachia, join their fight by purchasing their new record, Dear Companion. Dear Companion is a collaboration between three Kentucky musicians; the songs were written and performed by Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, produced by and featuring Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk. Recorded in the first half of 2009 in their home state, Dear Companion explores their ties to the place they love and aims to draw attention to the problem of Mountaintop Removal coal mining (MTR) and its impact on the people and heritage of central Appalachia. All record royaltie from Dear Companion will benefit Appalachian Voices, an organization devoted to ending MTR and finding a better way forward. And if you pre-order the record by February 16th, you’ll receive it for just $10—you’ll also instantly have access to a stream of the entire record, so you won’t have to wait to listen. We’ll also toss in a couple stickers and a button because of strong feelings for you.
J Mascis has a new record entitled “Several Shades of Why” which is coming out on March 15 and we are giddy with excitement. You can download the new track “Not Enough” by entering your email address in the fancy shamancy widget above.
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.
Though it might strain the limits of imagination to even consider the possibility of Sub Pop’s early 2010 release schedule getting any busier or better, we are exceedingly pleased and proud to announce that we’ll be releasing the new CocoRosie album Grey Oceans on May 11th!
For those of you not already well-acquainted with the band, CocoRosie are two American-born sisters, Sierra and Bianca, who started making music together in Paris in 2003. Their first album, La Maison de Mon Rêve, was released in 2004 and their second album, Noah’s Ark, followed in 2005. Their third and most recent album, The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn, came out in 2007. All three of these albums were released worldwide on Touch and Go Records and earned positive critical acclaim both overseas and at home.
The nomadic duo (currently and temporarily residing in New Mexico) spent much of 2008 writing and recording in Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Berlin, New York, and Paris, finding amazing and diverse musicians to collaborate along the way. The result is their 11-song Sub Pop debut, Grey Oceans, due out May 11th, 2010.
R.I.P. Burn Face
The Moon Asked the Crow
Here I Come
Sub Pop’s recent signing of Seattle’s ascendant hip-hop collaborative Shabazz Palaces highlights an exciting, new example of the city’s legendary and ever-evolving music community. After self-releasing 2 EPs, Of Light and Shabazz Palaces, in 2009, the group quickly gained local acclaim, especially (and most noticeably to us) here within the Sub Pop offices. The Stranger, on Shabazz Palaces:
Shabazz’s almost subliminal messages are universal: ‘Find out who you are and see it/Find out what you are and free it/Find out who you love and need it/Find out what you can and be it.’ It’s a timely sentiment for Seattle hip-hop, which, after years of self-negating/hating or looking too much to the Bay Area and Brooklyn for direction, is enjoying a creative surge and homegrown industry that is—no bullshit—changing the landscape of Seattle music.
With their debut full-length expected and anticipated in 2011, Shabazz Palaces will keep busy playing shows (see below), receiving awards (see below) and turning heads (see them live).
“I think we both have a lot of love, appreciation, respect and energy for music and for each other. Recognizing the fact that business is necessary for maximizing exposure to it, I think we mutually feel that doing business is less a ‘job’ and more an opportunity to exercise those feelings in dope ass ways. Shabazz, we bring a distinct hip-hop mentality from left to Sub Pop, which has established itself wide and deep in r&r from that same field. So, it’s going to be cool to see what gets born from rolling together. And, of course, Seattle is the immeasurable muse, the backdrop, backbone, the foundation to how we all get down. So SP feels a lot of pride around this partnering-up as well. The people, the office, the deal, it all feels super plush. So stay tuned, it’s ’bouts to be on.”—the palaceer, Shabazz Palaces
“It’s in the initials. We SPs need to stick together—and we do. Seattle is our home and that means a lot to both parties. And we’re not stopping at both parties, our professional collaboration will undoubtedly inspire many more parties, with some choice SP music as the soundtrack. To put it more prosaically—but no less sincerely—we at SP are honored, humbled and psyched to have been given the responsibility of further introducing the world to the music of SP.”—Jonathan Poneman, Sb Pop Records.
Shabazz Palaces are the first music recipients of The Stranger‘s Genius Awards. The Genius Awards are given to outstanding visionaries in Literature, Film, Art, Theater, and for the first time ever, Music in the Seattle area. Shabazz Palaces will performing and accept their award at the Genius Awards Party, on September 17th at Seattle’s Moore Theatre.
Shabazz Palaces will also be performing on October 15th at New York’s American Museum of Natural History as part of “One Step Beyond,” a monthly series featuring live music and dancing at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The series, presented by FADER, has featured performances from Kid Sister w/ Kanye West, Passion Pit, Moby, Animal Collective and more. Details available here.