News from 4/2011

FRI, APR 22, 2011 at 3:52 AM

Fruit Bats get all charitable on Hawaii’s ass


The Fruit Bats love a good charity and they love hanging out in Hawaii. Those lucky bastards will be indulging both of those passions next weekend when they perform at a benefit concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki, HI. The event is Saturday, April 30th and will raise money for Hui o Ko’olaupoko who’s mission is: To protect ocean health by restoring the `aina: mauka to makai. I’m not clear exactly how one accomplishes these magical goals but apparently it’s done in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and businesses while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input, and cultural heritage. Below are links to their site as well as their facebook event page.

Hui o Ko’olaupoko

Facebook Event Page

Posted by tony kiewel

FRI, APR 1, 2011 at 3:26 AM

We say it’s our birthday


Sub Pop Records turns 23 today. Our boss Jonathan had the following very nice thing to say to the internet on the subject:

“On April 1st, 1988, the lease for Sub Pop’s first designated office space officially commenced. We were unceremoniously booted from that building years ago, but the day stuck as a birthday of sorts. To all of our vendors, customers, colleagues, friends, mentors, employees, and artists: thank you. Same goes to our beloved hometown of Seattle.”

In years past we have really made a nuisance of ourselves going on and on about our anniversary. We’ve hosted a bunch of parties, put together shows, once we even had a big, fat festival. This year, instead, we are going to do a little more shutting up and a whole lot more putting out 1,000 amazing records. To be fair, we have not actually counted, but it sure seems like 1,000. We have listened to them all, though, and we’re dead certain about the amazing part. And, as Jon more succinctly put it in the quote above: we’re very grateful.

So far this year, we have released new music from Daniel Martin Moore, Aurelio (via the Next Ambiance label), The Twilight Singers, Mogwai, Papercuts, Dum Dum Girls, J Mascis, and Obits.

And we will have, soon or before the year is through, still more new releases by the likes of Low, The Head and the Heart, Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes, Lower Dens, Chad VanGaalen, Shabazz Palaces, Blouse (a 7" single on May 31), Vetiver, Sebadoh, Niki and the Dove, Handsome Furs, Still Corners, Mister Heavenly, Male Bonding, Memoryhouse, Fruit Bats, The Helio Sequence, and undoubtedly a handful of others who I am right now forgetting, and whose understandably a little bit irritated manager(s) will soon be sending me less than carefully worded emails expressing their concern on this “forgetting” issue.

See what I mean? You try counting them! (Please do not really count them…)

Happy birthday, us!

Posted by Bekah Zietz

TUE, APR 12, 2011 at 3:42 AM

Handsome Furs announce new record, “Sound Kapital” out June 28th

You can sample the debut single “What About Us” off of Sound Kapital by inserting your email address into the fancy widget above.

Sound Kapital is the third full-length from Handsome Furs, the Canadian two-piece of husband and wife Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry. It’s also the first Handsome Furs album written exclusively on keyboards. This was a conscious decision. Here in 2011, the suggestion that electronic music is cold, alien or unfeeling, somehow detached from the human experience, is as lingering as it is outdated. Handsome Furs don’t just shrug off this myth on Sound Kapital, they reject it with every fiber of their shared being. On this new album they use keyboards and drum machines to forge life-affirming anthems taut with muscle and blood. These nine songs of innocence and experience occasionally look ahead to a better world in the not-so-distant future, but Handsome Furs know what time it is: Now. They are fully engaged in the moment and their surroundings, wherever that may be.

Sound Kapital was recorded quickly, polished and rehearsed in the Furs’ derelict Montreal studio, then preserved for posterity by longtime producers Howard Bilerman and Arlen Thompson at Hotel2Tango, mixed by Finnish dudes Antti Joas and Jonas Verwijnen at Kaiku Studios in Helsinki and Berlin, and mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal.

Track listing for Sound Kapital:
1. When I Get Back
2. Damage
3. Bury Me Standing
4. Memories of the Future
5. Serve the People
6. What About Us
7. Repatriated
8. Cheap Music
9. No Feelings

Handsome Furs are about to hit the road. Click here for a full list of dates.

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

WED, APR 27, 2011 at 7:33 AM

Watch exclusive video content of The Head and the Heart from Record Store Day

The Head and the Heart released their self-titled full length on April 16th, which also marked the 3rd Annual Record Store Day. To commemorate this momentous occasion the band performed two in-stores in their hometown of Seattle, WA. The first, was an acoustic set at Sonic Boom Records, and the second, a fully plugged in jammer at Queen Anne’s Easy Street Records. Working closely with the folks at KEXP to capture these performances we now present you an insider look into a day in the life of Seattle’s own The Head and the Heart. Click here to watch the first of a series of segments showcasing the bands foot stomping performances and day to day chatter.

But wait! There’s more, as it is time to set your DVRS, as The Head and the Heart will be performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on May 18th. Click here for more information on the show.

The band, who have been on the road since February and have no plans to slow down anytime soon, are currently playing shows on the West Coast meeting up with ex Sub Popper/dear friend, Iron & Wine in late Mate/early June and Portland’s, The Decemberists in mid July, with a performance at this years Sasquatch Music Festival in late May.

For more information on The Head and the Heart please visit:

Posted by Bekah Zietz

TUE, APR 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Niki & The Dove Release “The Fox” 12”

Insert your email in the widget above to download the 12" extended mix of the Niki and The Dove track, “Gentle Roar” by Scottish producer Mylo.

Swedish pop duo Niki and The Dove, featuring Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf, are pleased to announce the release of their single The Fox, out on Sub Pop Records June 14th.

“We got inspired to write “The Fox” when we heard this interview with this Swedish book author on the radio, the author describes a technique for insomnia where you picture a meadow with a hill, AND at the top of the hill is a tree that a fox lives under, you walk up the fox and tell her all your worries and fears, the fox then digs a hole, buries the worries and lays on top. Then you are able to fall asleep" Niki and The Dove

The Fox 12" will feature on side a. The Fox, side b. Gentle Roar and b2. Somebody (Drum Machine Version)

Since getting together in February 2010, Malin and Gustaf have been busy writing together, figuring out just how pop music works and then discovering new ways to break it. Creating song that are full of magic and light but with an unsettling darkness hidden beneath their surface. Their first single “DJ, Ease My Mind”/“Under the Bridges” released on leading UK independent label Moshi Moshi, was one of the most striking debuts of the year, catching the attention of everyone from Artrocker and NME through to The Sunday Times, who declared the single could “…be the two greatest alt-pop songs of 2010.” And if “DJ, Ease My Mind,” revealed a band with a precociously fully-formed sound, their self-released follow up “Mother Protect” shows that Niki and The Dove are truly poised for great things. A riotous collision of barely constrained electronic pop overlaid with Malin’s distinctive, glacial vocals, “Mother Protect,” confirmed Niki and The Dove as a truly unique talent and ones to watch.

Watch video for “DJ, Ease My Mind” and “Under The Bridges” here

Niki and The Dove will be touring the UK this May:
May 13 – Brighton, Great Escape Festival
May 17 – Glasgow, Playroom, The Arches
May 18 – Leeds, Above Average, Nation Of Shopkeepers
May 21- Liverpool, Moshi Moshi Party, Zanzibar Club
May 24- London, Electrowerkz
May 28 – Bristol (dottodot festival)
May 29 – Nottingham (dottodot festival)
May 30 – Manchester (dottodot festival)
June 12 – Rockness, Scotland

Posted by Alissa Gallivan