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News from 4/2011

MON, APR 18, 2011 at 3:26 AM

Unfortunate Mogwai Tour Update


We regret to inform you that due to an unforeseen delay in their visa processing, Mogwai must postpone these shows:

April 19 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
April 20 Philadelphia, PA Starlight Ballroom
April 21 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 22 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 23 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

Dates will be rescheduled for Oct TBA.
Original tickets still valid.
Refunds are available at point of purchase.

Posted by tony kiewel

WED, APR 20, 2011 at 5:40 AM

New Sub Pop Hoodies!


Behold, yet another iteration of a wearable Sub Pop logo. Let us basque in its classic-yet-comfortable glow. (Basking). Okay, now that that’s done, let me explain to you, the reader, the deal with this sweatshirt. It’s printed on American Apparel’s 50/50 poly-cotton hoodies. The logo will fade after washing. It was designed specifically to do so for a worn-in look (we’ve included a before/after washing photo for your reference. Fading will vary by washer). As we presume you presume, we’re all about aesthetics here at Sub Pop.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

TUE, APR 26, 2011 at 5:11 AM

Fleet Foxes Release Events


On May 3rd, Fleet Foxes’ stunning second album, Helplessness Blues is finally available. People who write articles for popular magazines seem to like it: SPIN 9/10, MOJO 5 stars, Rolling Stone 4 stars…. We hope you love it too. The CD and Double-LP come with a fold-out poster and the vinyl has a download code for a high quality mp3 version of the album.

A dizzying number of our nation’s finest independent record stores are celebrating the release of Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues with midnight sales, listening parties and special giveaways. Each of these stores has a single copy of Helplessness Blues on white vinyl (one of only 200 pressed), as well as silk-screened posters, the sold-out Record Store Day 12-inch single, and some Sub Pop goodies. Contact the stores listed below to learn more about their individual plans and how you can attend and win special prizes.

Here’s the full list of participating stores:

Amoeba Music 2455 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Boo Boo Records 978 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401
Bull Moose, ME (all locations!)
Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth, Houston, TX, 77098
CD Central, 377 South Limestone, Lexington, KY, 40508
Criminal Records, 1154-A Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA
Crooked Beat, 2116 18th Street NW, Washington DC
Dearborn Music, 22000 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI
Decatur CD, 356 West Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA
Dimple Records, CA (all locations!)
Disc Exchange, 2615 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN, 37920
Ear X-tacy, 2226 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY, 40205
Earshot, 1418 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC, 29607
Easy Street Records, (Queen Anne and West Seattle)
Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN, 55404
Flat Black and Circular, 541 E Grand River, East Lansing, MI, 48823
Good Records, 1808 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX, 75206
Graywhale, UT (all locations)
Homer’s Music, 1210 Howard St, Omaha, NE, 68102
J&R, 23 Park Row, New York, NY, 10038
Jack’s Music, 30 Bank St., Red Bank, NJ, 07701
Looney Tunes, 31 Brookvale Ave, West Babylon, NJ, 11704
Luna Music, 5202 N. College Ave, Indianapolis, IN, 46220
Magnolia Thunderpussy, 1155 N High St, Cols, OH, 43201
Monster, 946 Orleans Rd #4, Charleston, SC, 29407
M-Theory, 915 W. Washington St, San Diego, CA, 92103
Music Millennium, 3158 East Burnside, Portland, OR, 972103
Other Music, 15 E. 4th Street, New York, NY, 10003
Park Ave, 2916 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL, 32803
Pure Pop, 115 S Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT, 05401
Rasputin Music, 2401 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St, Boise, ID, 83702
Record Archive, 33 1/3 Rockwood St, Rochester, NY, 14610
Record Theatre, Amherst, and Buffalo, NY
Repo Music, 538 South St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147
Salzer’s Records, 5777 Valentine Road, Ventura, CA, 93003
Schoolkids, Raleigh NC and Athens, GA
Silver Platters, 704 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill)
Stinkweeds, 12 West Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ, 85013
Strictly Discs, 1900 Monroe St, Madison, WI, 53711
The Groove, 1103 Calvin Ave, Nashville, TN, 37206
The Sound Garden, 1616 Thames St, Baltimore, MD, 21231
Twist and Shout, 2508 E. Colfax, Denver, CO, 80206
Uncle Sam’s, 1141 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Vintage Vinyl, 51 Lafayette Rd., Fords, NJ, 08863
Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, 63130
Waterloo Records, 600-A N Lamar, Austin, TX, 78703
Wax’n’Facts, 432 Moreland Ave, Atlanta, GA, 30307
Zia Records, AZ and NV (all locations)

Posted by Richard Laing

MON, APR 25, 2011 at 2:20 AM

The Deluxe Edition of Sebadoh’s Bakesale comes out June 14th


Sebadoh’s 1994 album, Bakesale, was the band’s fifth full-length album, arguably their best and certainly their most acclaimed. For this June 14, 2011 deluxe reissue the original album has been re-mastered and a full CD of b-sides, EP tracks and rarities, all from the same era as Bakesale, has been added (the full track listing is below). All of which was overseen by Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow and Jason Loewenstein. The album is also being reissued on LP for the first time in years and will include the bonus material as a digital download. If you pre-order Bakesale via prior to release date, you will also receive a free Bakesale poster. Click here to pre-order.

Sebadoh began in the late 1980s as a songwriting outlet for Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr. What started as a few acoustic songs taped at home on a four-track recorder grew into a grassroots fanbase and a record deal with Homestead. With Barlow officially parting ways with Dinosaur Jr. in 1989, he and collaborator Eric Gaffney focused on Sebadoh and with the addition of Jason Loewenstein the band began touring and recording demos. It was these early demos that lead to a deal with Sub Pop Records in the early ‘90s. Bakesale was Sebadoh’s third album for Sub Pop and seventeen years after its original release, it stands the test of time. With an entire disc of bonus material for this deluxe reissue there are more reasons to fall in love with this album all over again.

Right now on you can download a free mp3 of the song Rebound from Bakesale (click track name to download) and watch the associated music video.

More information on Sebadoh

Bakesale Disc 1 (original album):
01 License to Confuse
02 Careful
03 Magnet’s Coil
04 Not a Friend
05 Not Too Amused
06 Dreams
07 Skull
08 Got It
09 S. Soup
10 Give Up
11 Rebound
12 Mystery Man
13 Temptation Tide
14 Drama Mine
15 Together or Alone

Bakesale Disc 2 (bonus tracks):
01 MOR Backlash
02 Not a Friend (four-track)
03 Foreground
04 40203
05 Mystery Man (four-track)
06 Drumstick Jumble
07 Lime Kiln
08 Fancy-Ass / Destitute
09 Perfect Way (four-track)
10 Give the Drummer Some
11 Cementville
12 Social Medicine
13 On Fire (acoustic)
14 Magnet’s Coil (acoustic)
15 Rebound (acoustic)
16 Punching Myself in the Face Repeatedly, Publicly
17 Sing Something / Plate of Hatred
18 III Screams (Wet Synth Mix)
19 Monsoon
20 Rainbow Farm
21 Hank Williams
22 Careful
23 Dramamine
24 Not Too Amused
25 Shit Soup

Posted by Bekah Zietz

FRI, APR 22, 2011 at 3:36 AM

Sub Pop Records: Now with 100% More Shearwater


One of the most original and acclaimed bands of recent years, Shearwater, have recently entered into a recording agreement with Sub Pop Records of Seattle, WA.This is news worth sharing.

While they’re not saying much about the record yet, singer Jonathan Meiburg suggests that it’s going to be quite different from the band’s past releases. “We’re having trouble taming this one,” he says, “but luckily, we don’t really want to.” Expect a new album from the band in early 2012. The band signaled a change in direction from their most recent releases, the trilogy of mysterious, thematically-linked albums they’re now calling The Island Arc (The Golden Archipelago from 2010, the 2008 release Rook, and 2006’s Palo Santo) with a final, sold-out, three-hour epic performance in their hometown of Austin earlier this year. A set of recordings from that show are now available on the Shearwater bandcamp page.

Drummer Thor Harris, in the meantime, has been busy smashing tubular bells with hammers in Michael Gira’s reformed Swans, and is set to release a new instrumental album and book of drawings, A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Friendship, through Austin’s Monofonus Press. And bassist Kimberly Burke’s new play, “Miss Tibet,” will have a reading at Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco on May 16 & 17.

Meiburg’s been active, too—besides the loved/loathed Blue Water White Death collaboration with Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart late last year, he played keyboards on Bill Callahan’s new Apocalypse, added guest vocals to Okkervil River’s upcoming I Am Very Far, and performed two new, long, iridescent songs, “Hymn to the Valences” and “The Moth and the Milky Way” at the Whitney Museum of American Art with Andy Stack of Wye Oak. Studio recordings of these songs, inspired by the psychedelic natural scenes of painter Charles Burchfield, are available on Shearwater’s bandcamp this week (and, next year, on vinyl as part of Graveface Records’ subscription-only singles collection).

For more information on Shearwater please visit:
Sub Pop Artist Page
Band Website

Posted by Bekah Zietz

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