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News from 2/2011

WED, FEB 2, 2011 at 1:15 AM

Listen to new Low track and then see them on the road!

Longstanding Duluth, MN trio Low will release their latest full-length record, C’mon, on April 12th, 2011. Starting today, you can listen to and download “Try to Sleep,” the lead track from the upcoming album (see above widget to download track.) You can also see the cover art for C’mon, by clicking here. While your at it, you can pre-order the bands new record now, via our site. Click here

C’mon was recorded in an old church in Duluth and mixed in Hollywood with producer Matt Beckley working alongside the band. Singer Alan Sparhawk describes C’mon simply as “Warm, pretty, large like Nashville without the country. Mim and I are talking to each other in the lyrics, sometimes it’s not pretty, but it’s as honest as love.”

Low’s music recently reached a new audience via a rather unmistakable voice. On his 2010 solo album Band of Joy, Robert Plant covered two Low songs from their 2005 release The Great Destroyer garnering a Grammy nomination for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for his interpretation of “Silver Rider.”

On March 16th, during this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX, Low will perform an intimate and undoubtedly memorable show at St. David’s Sanctuary which will serve as the first of a 28-date world tour in support of the new album. Click here for a full list of dates and stay tuned for more SXSW-related show information.

Posted by Bekah Zietz

TUE, FEB 1, 2011 at 5:56 AM


Papercuts are set to release their Sub Pop debut, Fading Parade On March 1st 2011. In anticipation of our first official date with Papercuts, we here at Sub Pop have decided to share the love with a whole lotta Papercuts-related offerings . First off, the 7" for “Do What You Will” comes out today, February 1st! We hope you might remember that we gave out a free download of that A-side last month and our continued hope is that you’ll like that song enough to add the single your 7" collection. By the way, you can order that 7" “Do What You Will” single here.

While we are in the sharing-the-love kind of mood, we’re also presenting 2 new free MP3 downloads as of today; the exclusive non-album track “UFO” and the gorgeous first track off of Fading Parade, “Do You Really Wanna Know”. These songs are currently only available now via the Papercuts mailing list and you can sign up for that list on their artist page or in the handy little widget below.

We also happen to have a brand new video in today and we posted it above so be sure and watch this recent performance of “Do You Really Wanna Know” that was shot in San Francisco by our friends at YoursTruly. We have another really great performance from this show that we’ll be posting soon too, so be on the lookout for that as well.

You say you still want more exclusive music from Papercuts? Well then, you should pre-order Fading Parade via because you will receive a Sub Pop CDR of bonus material with 3 brand spanking new songs, made for you, with love. You can order that one here

Before we go, one more important bit of news: Papercuts have also just announced a headline tour beginning on March 12th in San Diego ending on April 9th in their hometown of San Francisco! The band will be playing a handful of dates this month with fellow label-mates and friends, Beach House. See their tour page for a full list of dates.

Be sure and check out updates from Papercuts on their Facebook page and also look to their artist page on for anything you might’ve missed.

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

TUE, FEB 22, 2011 at 2:57 AM

Papercuts NPR Exclusive First Listen


Papercuts new album Fading Parade is out on March 1st. The kind folks at NPR are streaming the album for your listening pleasure this week as part of their Exclusive First Listen series! You can also pre-order Fading Parade and receive a bonus 3 song CDR and a few stickers. Good deal right?!
And as if all this love for Fading Parade from NPR wasn’t flattering enough, Papercuts are also featured on the Urban Outfitters LSTN #13 sampler along with fellow Sub Pop artists Mr. Heavenly, J Mascis and Mogwai. You can grab that here.

Posted by Susan Busch

MON, FEB 7, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Fruit Bats are all up in the movies these days


The trailer for Ceremony (the first of a couple of films soon to be released scored by the Fruit Bats own, Eric Johnson) has just come out. It not so coincidentally also features the title track from the Fruit Bats’ last album, The Ruminant Band.

You can see the trailer and read a little more about the movie on the Fruit Bats site here

Posted by tony kiewel

WED, FEB 16, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Sad News about Rick Kulwicki, of The Fluid


Rick Kulwicki, a guitar player for veteran Sub Pop band, The Fluid, has passed away.

Details of his death are fragmentary, but he died at home and apparently of natural causes. He was 49 years old.

Besides being an all-around great guy, fine guitar player and devoted father, Ricky was simply one of the friendliest people that I’ve had the honor of knowing. He played in a number of bands in his hometown of Denver, but The Fluid were the band with the greatest recognition.

The Fluid recorded two albums, (Clear Black Paper and Roadmouth) one EP (Glue) and two singles for Sub Pop, including a split Singles Club single with Nirvana. The Fluid also had a track (“Is It Day I’m Seeing”) on Sub Pop 200. (Their debut album, the wonderfully assaultive Punch ‘n’ Judy, came out domestically on Rayon Records.) After a lengthy hiatus, The Fluid roared back to action in time for SP20 in 2008. Their performances leading up to the festival and at the festival itself were commanding and timeless.

As Sub Pop gleans information we will provide updates as warranted. We love you, Ricky. —jp

Posted by Chris Jacobs

WED, FEB 23, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Sub Pop + Hardly Art + SXSW 2011


SXSW is right around the corner, and once again we’ll be joining our pals Hardly Art for our showcase on Friday March 18th at Red 7.

Sub Pop (Outside Stage)
8:00 Jaill
8:50 Shabazz Palaces
9:40 Obits
10:30 Papercuts
11:20 Dum Dum Girls
12:10 J Mascis
1:00 The Head and the Heart
Hardly Art (Inside Stage)
8:15 Colleen Green
9:15 The Moondoggies
10:15 Hunx & His Punx
11:15 Unnatural Helpers
12:15 Fergus & Geronimo
1:15 La Sera

Also make sure to check out these other Sub Pop bands at these places:
Wednesday 3/16: Low, Memoryhouse, and Vetiver at St. David’s Historic Sanctuary
Thursday 3/17: Mister Heavenly at Beauty Bar

Check back often for updates on other shows our bands will be playing throughout the festival.

Posted by Lacey Swain