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News from 2011

THU, AUG 18, 2011 at 6:03 AM

Low - New Video for “Especially Me” and also west coast, NYC and European tour dates

We are relatively confident that you will notice that there is, right above these words, a new video from Low for the song “Especially Me.” It was directed by Phil Harder, and the song is from Low’s new and very excellent album C’mon. You should watch this video!

Also! In about a month, Low will start up their first west coast tour dates since the release of C’mon! And then, in October, they’ll be playing in NY with Iron and Wine. These dates are like so:

Saturday September 3rd – Masonic Temple – Winona, MN – Tickets
Thursday September 15th – The Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC – Tickets
Friday September 16th – Neumos – Seattle, WA – Tickets
Saturday September 17th – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – Tickets
Monday September 19th – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – Tickets
Tuseday September 20th – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – Tickets
Friday September 23rd – Velour Live Music Gallery – Provo, UT – Tickets
Saturday September 24th – Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO – Tickets
Sunday September 25th – Armstrong Hall – Colorado Springs, CO – Tickets Onsale Saturday 8/23
Wednesday October 12th – Terminal 5 – New York, NY, supporting Iron & Wine – Tickets

Also also! Low will be returning to Europe in November and December, including playing the Jeff Magnum curated ATP Festival in Minehead on December 3rd:

Nov 24 – Autumn Falls Festival @ Cirque Royal – Brussels, Belgium – Tickets
Nov 25 – Le Guess Who Festival @ Tivoli – Utrecht, Holland – Tickets
Nov 26 – Sinkkasten – Frankfurt, Germany – Tickets
Nov 28 – Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy – Tickets
Nov 29 – Palace – St. Gallen, Switzerland – Tickets
Nov 30 – Fri-Son – Fribourg, Switzerland – Tickets
Dec 1 – L’Epicerie Moderne – Lyon, France – Tickets
Dec 2 – La Gaité Lyrique – Paris, France – Tickets
Dec 3 – ATP Festival – Minehead, UK – Tickets

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

FRI, JUN 24, 2011 at 3:23 AM

South Africa’s Spoek Mathambo Signs to Sub Pop

We at Sub Pop are thrilled to announce that South African rapper/DJ and graphic designer/illustrator, Spoek Mathambo, has joined the label family. A new and highly original voice in African music, 25 year-old Spoek Mathambo is hitting the world hard with his take on Afro-futurism. And we were smitten by his 2010 release Mshini Wam. Intent on nurturing a sense of progressiveness while maintaining a pride in culture, Spoek’s unique take on electronic music infuses futurism with a strong sense of pride in where he comes from. This is clearly African music, but not what you might expect from that title.

Insert your email address in the widget above to Download the EP track “Put Some Red On It”.

About Put Some Red On It:
The entire Put Some Red On It EP was produced by Spoek Mathambo in collaboration with Copenhagen-based future-bass artist, Chllngr. They succeeded in creating works that show exciting signs of the maturity that Spoek is reaching in both his songwriting and production work.

The track “Put Some Red On It” is a wildly-performed, sleazy and bass-y take on the usually all-too-macabre story of conflict/blood diamonds. Written and sung with Spoek’s spouse, Ana Rab, the dark duet cleverly articulates the tensions that lie behind the diamond market, while slyly telling a true South African story.

The sonic landscape of “Dog to Bone” perfectly describes a lot of the mood of South Africa, equal parts doom and staggering natural beauty. The song is made up of a number of movements and themes, and features the ever-prolific and daring Zach Hill, as well as guitar work from the exciting young South African guitarist Nicolaas Van Reenen.

On both songs, Spoek reveals his roots in hip-hop, delivering clever rhymes, heartfelt and often angst-ridden, over his futuristic beats. Put Some Red On It will be available as a digital-only release in late July 2011 and a full-length Spoek Mathambo album will be released on Sub Pop at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Put Some Red On It(EP)
1. Intro
2. Put Some Red On It
3. Put Some Red On It (Shabazz Palaces Remix)
4. Put Some Red On It (Machinedrum Remix)
5. Dog To Bone (Telepathe Remix)
6. Dog To Bone (Rashad Remix)
7. Outro

Spoek Mathambo Tour Dates
6/24 VICTORIA & ALBERT Museum – London, UK
6/26 GLASTONBURY Festival, UK
7/7 OPTIMUS ALIVE Festival – Lisbon, PT
8/6 BIG CHILL Festival – UK
8/7 OUT OF DOORS Festival
8/27 NOWA MUZYKA Festival – Katowice, PO

What People are Saying about Spoek Mathambo:

…the Johannasberg native takes listeners on a wild ride through the South African underground, full of heavy tribal percussion, angry political raps, and even a creepy-but-danceable cover of Joy Division’s “Control.”—V Magazine

…putting his own uniquely sly, politicized stamp on cutting-edge electronic dance music.—Spin Magazine

Spoek Mathambo is just that, though, a playful guise for a smart kid to get the word out, an inside joke with deep truth underneath. With a subtle bit of subterfuge, he’ll make you think about things you don’t want to.—Fader

With an eerily distorted vocal and one of those wamp wamp basslines everyone’s using, “Control” maintains the original’s ability to make you want to dance while fully aware that the song itself is best accompanied by a dark depression.—The Guardian

Electro bump ‘n’ grind that blends Prince’s libido-loosening funk with unrestrained eruptions of jittery beat jism.—GQ Magazine

Posted by Bekah Zietz

FRI, JUL 22, 2011 at 3:51 AM

Welcome to the family THEESatisfaction

THEESatisfaction, the self-produced “lo-fi rebel hiphop” duo comprised of Seattle’s Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, (thankfully) accepted Sub Pop’s proposal to join our eclectic family! To celebrate this union, they will be headlining the Vera Project stage at Capitol Hill Block Party today July 22nd. The group, who has released five EPs to date as well as contributed to label-mates Shabazz Palaces latest release Black Up, are expected to release their debut full-length album early next year, For now, the kind women of THEESatisfaction have decided to give you the track Do You Have the Time for free!

What people are saying about THEESatisfcation:
“What jerk won’t appreciate “Snow Motion”? Local girlfriend duo THEESatisfaction’s pure-heartedness shines on its second recorded release like a trusty headlamp, as Cat (singer) and Stasia (um…floeticizer?) spelunk through mid-fi hiphop pastiche, art-school ambitions, and predominant lyrical themes of death, blackness, outer space and sexuality." (The Seattle Times Slow Motion Review)

Thee Satisfaction are sort of like Erykah Badu split into two ladies (one for the rapping side, one for the singing side) and sort of like teen reggae team Althea & Donna. They rapped about seducing your girl right off your arm (“Bisexual”), kicked out a summery party starter built on a sample of Anita Baker’s “Real Love,” and cooed about what “bad bitches” they are. I’m hard-pressed to think of any badder. (Chicago Reader SXSW review)
“With more honest/catchy lyrics, infectious beats, and venue wrecking sets, THEESatisfaction’s next project could be called “The Taming of the Shrew: (Industry this means you)”." (URB live review)

Posted by Bekah Zietz