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News from 1/2011

FRI, JAN 21, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Mogwai Pre-order is ready for you!

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Dear Mogwai fans,

We at Sub Pop World HQ are going ape for the February15th release of the lengthy but fittingly titled record, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (forthwith, for the sake of brevity and crypticness, to be referred to as HCWNDBYW) from Scottish ear-bleeders, Mogwai. HCWNDBYW…will be available on a deluxe 2xCD (the bonus disc features “Music For A Forgotten Future (The Singing Mountain)” a 23 minute epic originally composed to accompany an art installation created by Olaf Nicolai and Douglas Gordon), or gatefold 2xLP (the LP comes with a digital download code which will include the bonus material). If you’re among the first 500 ALL customers to pre-order HCWNDBYW by February 15th, we will send you thoughtfully conceived and beautifully executed limited edition Mogwai earplugs with case so the insane decibels will just make your ears throb instead of bleed. So you don’t have to wait until your order arrives to experience the soaring sounds of Mogwai, as soon as you complete your purchase we will grant you access to a stream of the new record in its entirety.

Pre-order Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will here:
http://www.subpop.com/releases/mogwai/full_lengths/hardcore_will_never_die_but_you_will

Do you know about the just-this-week-released Rano Pano 7" single? We hope so. The a-side of this single, “Rano Pano,” is on Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will and the b-side, “Hasenheide” is not. Also worth noting, the cover art here is in the style of classic Sub Pop Singles Club singles. Find it here: http://www.subpop.com/releases/mogwai/singles/rano_pano

Also brand new this week, Mogwai’s “Rano Pano” Video!

Inspired by 80s VHS tapes, this ‘homage to boyhood fantasies’ video easily ranks amongst our all-time favorite Sub Pop videos. It premiered on The Guardian this week, in case you missed it, here’s your link:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2011/jan/18/mogwai-rano-pano-video

Mogwai on Tour

Jan 26 Tolbooth, Stirling, United Kingdom
Jan 27 Pailsey Town Hall (UK), Paisley , United Kingdom
Jan 28 Perth Theater, Perth , United Kingdom
Jan 29 Lemon Tree, Aberdeen , United Kingdom
Jan 30 Grand Ole Opry (UK), Glasgow , United Kingdom
Feb 13 Mandela Hall, Belfast, United Kingdom
Feb 14 Live Lounge, Galway, Ireland
Feb 15 Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Feb 17 02 Academy Bournemouth, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Feb 18 University of Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Feb 19 02 Academy Bristol , Bristol, United Kingdom
Feb 20 02 Academy Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Feb 21 Picture House UK, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Feb 23 The Regal, Oxford, n/a
Feb 24 Institute, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Feb 25 Brixton Academy, London, United Kingdom
Feb 26 Academy 2 (Manchester University), Manchester, United Kingdom
Feb 27 Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, United Kingdom
Mar 06 Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 07 Backstage Club EU, Munich, Germany
Mar 08 WuK, Vienna, Austria
Mar 09 Estragon, Bologna, Italy
Mar 10 Alcatraz, Milano , Italy
Mar 11 Rote Fabrik, Zurich , Switzerland
Mar 13 Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mar 14 Stollwerck, Cologne, Germany
Mar 15 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 17 Le Trianon, Paris, France
Mar 18 L’Aéronef, Lille, France
Mar 19 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
Mar 20 Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France
Mar 21 Théâtre Lino Ventura, Nice, France
Mar 22 Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
Mar 24 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, France
Mar 26 AB Main Hall , Brussels, Belgium
Mar 28 Grünspan, Hamburg, Germany
Mar 29 Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Apr 01 Tradgar’n (Sweden), Gothenburg, Sweden
Apr 02 Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
Apr 03 Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
Apr 05 Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland
Apr 19 930 Club, Washington, DC
Apr 20 Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 21 Webster Hall, New York City, NY
Apr 22 Webster Hall, New York City, NY
Apr 23 Paradise (MA), Boston, MA
Apr 25 Olympia De Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Apr 26 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada
Apr 27 Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 28 St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI
Apr 29 Metro, Chicago, IL
Apr 30 Slowdown, Omaha, NE
May 02 Bluebird Theater – (CO), Denver, CO
May 03 In The Venue, Salt Lake City, UT
May 05 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
May 06 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada
May 07 Showbox (@ the Market), Seattle, WA
May 09 Regency Ballroom (SF), San Francisco, CA
May 10 Mayan Theater, Los Angeles, CA
May 11 Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA
May 13 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
May 15 Granada Theater (TX), Dallas, TX
May 16 Stubb’s BBQ, Austin, TX
May 17 Warehouse Live – Ballroom (TX), Houston, TX
May 19 Workplay, Birmingham, AL
May 20 Center Stage (ATL), Atlanta, GA

Before we go, you have both downloads that we’ve offered from Mogwai too, right? Just in case, they are still available for download over on Sub Pop’s SoundCloud page:
San Pedro
Rano Pano


Posted by tony kiewel

FRI, JAN 21, 2011 at 1:22 AM

C’mon, Low have a new record!

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C’mon is the shortest title of any Low album, which seems fitting, as it also ranks among the most succinct and straightforward entries in their variegated discography. Singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk has even perfected the “elevator pitch” for C’mon: “Recorded in an old church in Duluth, MN and mixed in an apartment in Hollywood, CA.” But that brief synopsis hides universes.

Comprised of new material written on and off the road, the ten-song set was recorded in a former Catholic church, aka Sacred Heart Studio (where the band previously crafted 2002’s Trust) and co-produced and mixed by Matt Beckley. The band took full advantage of Sacred Heart’s high, vaulted ceilings, natural reverb, and audible affinity for organ sounds and group singing. The thunder-crack percussion that peppers the final minute of the slowly unfolding “Majesty/Magic” is just one example of this dynamic in action. With its jangly guitars and sweet vocal harmonies, opener “Try to Sleep” sets the album’s tone: Warmer, fuller and more introspective. Whereas 2007’s Drums and Guns railed against the war in Iraq, C’mon feels like a plea for humanity, decency and common sense in a world gone mad. Sparhawk concurs. “With the last couple of records, we were grappling with something outside of ourselves. This one feels more like, ‘Well, forget that. I’m looking in your eyes right now, and we need to figure out how to get through the next moment, together, as human beings.’”

Without curtailing their artistry one iota, the trio has made one of its most accessible, affecting albums to date. And while the origins of C’mon may lie in a church in Minnesota, Beckley’s apartment in CA and the hearts of the modest individuals who created it, the resulting music has the capacity to resonate deeply with audiences everywhere.

Click here for more info on Low.


Posted by Bekah Zietz

THU, JAN 6, 2011 at 3:58 AM

Check out this awesome Retribution Gospel Choir video!

Retribution Gospel Choir have an awesome new video for their song Your Bird which are now sharing with you, because we are considerate people.

They are also gearing up to kick off a 19 date Tour with Peter Wolf Crier, beginning on Monday, January 10th in Denver, CO. Are RGC passing through your city you ask? Click here to find out.


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

FRI, JAN 21, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Fruit Bats at Sundance! (kinda)

The lovely and talented Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats (and sometime Shins) fame is now also soon to be famous for scoring your favorite movies as well. His second film project,My Idiot Brother (starring Paul Rudd) is debuting at the Sundance Film Festival as we speak. Eric is also participating in a Film Composers Roundtable at the prestigious festival on January 26th. They grow up so fast, don’t they?

I’ll close with this fun fact! My Idiot Brother was directed by Jesse Peretz who before launching his film career played bass in The Lemonheads.

For more information on the film and its screening times during Sundance go here:
http://sundance.slated.com/2011/films/myidiotbrother_sundance2011

For more on Eric’s sure to be illuminating Round Table discussion head here:
http://www.bmi.com/events/entry/550165


Posted by tony kiewel

WED, JAN 19, 2011 at 5:31 AM

spencer moody makes art

Most of you know Spencer Moody as the singer of The Murder City Devils but he’s also an incredibly talented visual artist. If you live in or near Seattle, you can see his next show at Kuhlman which is located at 2419 First Ave, 98121. The show also features art by G. Bissel, Mike Doyle and Stephanie Norris. Check it out!


Posted by megan jasper

THU, JAN 13, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Mister Heavenly offer up their first official recordings! For free, even!

Our newly inked band, Mister Heavenly, which you may recall is comprised in a Voltron-like fashion of Nick Diamonds (Islands/Unicorns), Honus Honus (Man Man) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse) have decided to gift you and everyone with an internet connection really, with a FREE digital single! Said single features two new slammin’ tracks, the eponymously titled “Mister Heavenly” and “Pineapple Girl”. So please check out the new tracks and take us up on our nearly inexplicable generosity.

And while we’ve got your attention, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that these self-dubbed doom-woppers, have two upcoming gigs this weekend (that yes, will feature the same line up as their Dec 2010 touring stint with Passion Pit.) They’ll be playing Lincoln Hall in Chicago tonight, January 14th, as well as the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on January 16th. This will be their first time visiting either of these cities so make sure to come out and give them a warm welcome, won’t you?

Click here for more information on Mister Heavenly and their upcoming tour.


Posted by Alissa Gallivan