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News from 2012

NEWS : MON, APR 30, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Next Ambiance/Sub Pop will release Debo Band’s self-titled debut on July 10th, 2012

Debo Band have announced their spring and summer tour schedule in support of their self-titled debut, out July 10th via Next Ambience / Sub Pop. Highlights include June 9 in Manchester, TN at Bonnaroo, June 10 in Toronto, ON at Luminato Festival and June 30 in Cleveland, OH at Solstice Festival at Cleveland’s Museum of Art. Debo Band will also embark on a short northeast US tour Grupo Fantasmo, which kicks-off July 11 in Allston, MA at Brighton Music Hall and wraps up on July 13 in Brooklyn, NY at Bell House. Full list of tour dates are listed below and can also be found on subpop.com’s tour page.

Debo Band’s live shows at SXSW festival won praise from the likes of SPIN, NPR, Boston Globe, San Francisco Bay Guardian and more. SPIN called their show one of the best of the fest, and said “The Boston-based crew rumbled through Ethiopian wedding songs and mighty, constantly evolving originals. Every hot blast of brass or well-placed outburst of strangled guitar combined to resemble a smartly tweaked, off-kilter version of what you might find in the Ethiopiques series. Tonight it all felt like a celebration: wild, unabashed dancing during every song, and hugging between friends and strangers alike in between.” And NPR raved, “I gushed about this Boston group enough at GlobalFest 2012, but here I’ll just say that even though their music is steeped in 1960s Ethiopian music, to me, they’re a rock band first. That means the beat is hard, the guitar is blistering, the horns are lyrical and you don’t have to understand what is being said to understand the emotions behind the voice. Their appeal is universal.”

For more on Debo Band, please look to their artist page right here on subpop.com.

Debo Band On Tour
May 06 North Adams, MA – Rock the Block
Jun. 09 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester TN
Jun. 10 Toronto, ON – Luminato Festival
Jun. 30 Cleveland, OH – Solstice Festival / The Cleveland Museum of Art ^
Jul. 11 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall (record release show) ^
Jul. 12 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse ^

Jul. 13 Brooklyn, NY – Bell House ^^
Aug. 18 Portland, ME – Space Gallery

^ w/ Gang Gang Dance, Nortec Collective & more
^^ w/ Grupo Fantasma


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : MON, JUL 16, 2012 at 5:27 AM

Niki & The Dove - Tour Dates, Downloads & Videos

Niki & The Dove’s live performance from earlier this summer with YouTube Presents has just been made available on Niki & The Dove’s YouTube channel. Watch them perform Instinct highlights such as “The Fox,” “DJ, Ease My Mind,” “The Drummer,” (and more!) and check out the great band interview with Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak. All these videos can be found now in this Niki & The Dove playlist and will be featured today on YouTube’s Music Page.

Also on the band’s YouTube channel today you’ll find the new fan video for the song “Dance Floor” from Niki & The Dove’s recent mix tape. This video was just made public and as we mentioned, it can be found on the band’s YouTube channel along with a whole host of other great videos. You should probably get over to their channel right away and explore.

We’ve mentioned this before as well, but Niki & The Dove’s forthcoming release, Instinct, is available now over at iTunes and will be available on CD / 2xLP August 7th via Sub Pop. Also worth noting again, though, is that those of you who pre-order Instinct first from subpop.com (and before August 7th!), will not only receive a limited Niki & The Dove tote bag but completed pre-orders for vinyl LP, will also potentially get the limited, Sub Pop Loser Edition version—a colored-vinyl copy of the record, in this case, it’s on crystal-clear colored-vinyl. Both of these offers are in limited supply, so first come, first serve. In other words, order soon!

Finally, in touring news, Niki & The Dove will embark on their first-ever US tour to support Instinct, and this run of dates will begin and ends in Los Angeles, CA, including a September 2nd appearance in Seattle, WA at Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. We’ve listed the full list of tour dates below.

Niki & The Dove on Tour
Jun 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Northside Fest (@ Glasslands)
Aug 31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Sep 01 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
Sep 02 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
Sep 05 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls +
Sep 07 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre +
Sep 08 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room +
Sep 09 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre +
Sep 11 – Norman, OK – Opolis +
Sep 13 – Dallas, TX – Trees +
Sep 14 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk +
Sep 16 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds +
Sep 17 – McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey +
Sep 18 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree +
Sep 19 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl +
Sep 21 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel +
Sep 23 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sep 24 – Washington, DC – Black Cat +
Sep 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer +
Sep 27 – New York, NY – Webster Hall +
Sep 29 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct 02 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
Oct 03 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Oct 04 – San Francisco, CA – Popscene
Oct 06 – Los Angeles CA – Taix
Oct 07 – Los Angeles, CA – Culture Collide Festival Block Party

+ w/ Twin Shadow

Niki & The Dove : Facebook / Twitter / Sub Pop Artist Page / Website


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : TUE, SEP 11, 2012 at 4:49 AM

Sub Pop Goes to CMJ : Octrocktober 2012

That’s right folks! Sub Pop is coming to The Big Apple to partake in the College Music Journal musical festivities. We will celebrate this year with a showcase in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn at The Knitting Factory on October 18th. The eclectic lineup for our Octrocktober Celebration is as follows:

Debo Band 8 PM
Daughn Gibson 8:50 PM
Poor Moon 9:40 PM
METZ 10:30 PM
King Tuff 11:20 PM
Pissed Jeans 12:10 AM

*Doors are at 7 PM and this show is 18+ for the first time in years! Young music directors, that means you can finally experience an official Sub Pop showcase. Hooray! Go here to buy tickets.

What people are saying about the bands:

Debo Band:
“The Boston-based band Debo Band gives the psychedelic music heard on the Ethiopiques collections a high-spirited revamp,” -Village Voice (Live review, 2012)

Daughn Gibson:
“All Hell is a subtly clever record that pits one type of music that strongly evokes one era— here, country music— against another, namely this decade’s sample-heavy culture. Gibson does a lot of questioning within that framework, both seriously and tongue-in-cheek. All of that makes for a rewarding record to think about, and to intellectualize, but All Hell wouldn’t be nearly so fun to listen to if it weren’t for Gibson’s ear for melody. His thick baritone breezes confidently over the songs, lassoing hook after hook, redeeming his burnt-out characters through song.” – Pitchfork (Album review of All Hell, 2012)

Poor Moon:
“These songs are gutsier in their arrangements, more surefooted in the songwriting, and more certain of the band’s identity.” – Pitchfork (Album review Poor Moon LP, 2012)

METZ:
“On their debut, Metz roll up the lurch of post-rock, the jagged flicker of post-punk, and the fist-pump chant-alongs of hardcore, into a concentrated clump of chaos.” – Spin (5 Best New Artists for August, 2012)

King Tuff:
King Tuff finds Thomas leaving the garage for soaring, unbridled pop accessibility— the first track, after all, is called “Anthem”. His drawling hooks are variously dedicated to provoking physical movement or singing bratty lines about breaking the rules, bumming around, not giving a shit, and other charming, unapologetic matters of youth. (Overlooked Records, 2012) – Pitchfork

Pissed Jeans:
“There’s a blunt but effective wit at work here, pressed into the service of misanthropy.” – New York Times

Sub Pop:
“Were not the best, but were pretty good.” – Sub Pop Records


Posted by Sasha Morgan

NEWS : THU, NOV 29, 2012 at 4:39 AM

The new Low record is called The Invisible Way and will be out March 19, 2013

We are just beside ourselves with excitement that the singularly talented and also Duluth-based Low will be releasing their 10th record, The Invisible Way, on March 19, 2013 (the 18th in the UK). We are then beside the ourselves that was already standing there, excited, beside ourselves with excitement that The Invisible Way is coming out on Sub Pop Records. Because, THAT’S US! This new record was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, engineered by Tom Schick and recorded in Wilco’s studio in Chicago, IL, during the fall of 2012. Coincidentally, the release marks Low’s 20th anniversary as a band. This is a short trailer for the new record.

“While driving through Chicago on tour, we finally stopped to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft,” says guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk. “They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day…What really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on – big, simple, raw and intimate. Plans were made then and there.”

The Invisible Way finds Low’s majestic melancholy in full bloom yet distinguishes itself with its starker, unadorned soundscapes, layered harmonies and drummer/vocalist extraordinaire Mimi Parker singing lead on five of the 11 songs. The album tackles large issues (“the songs are about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archaeology and love,” says Sparhawk) in a manner that plays a stunning counterpoint to the sublime hush of the music.

In the blatant widgetry above, Low are also now making available a fantastic six-song live set they are calling Low—Plays Nice Places. This set collects five previously-released tracks, as well as a new song called “Waiting,” all of which were recorded at various historic theaters on the bands’ April 2012 tour supporting Death Cab for Cutie. Additionally, the live version of “Words” here features Benjamin Gibbard on bass and vocals. The tracklisting goes like this…

Words (featuring Benjamin Gibbard)*
Waiting
Sunflowers
Witches
Pissing
Murderer

*Benjamin Gibbard appears courtesy of Atlantic Records.

A European tour has been confirmed to begin April 24, 2013 in the UK at the Glee Club in Birmingham and finishes May 18 in Biarritz, France at Atabal. The complete tour dates can be found here


Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : MON, OCT 8, 2012 at 8:01 AM

AVAILABLE TODAY: Releases from METZ / King Tuff / Total Control

METZ’s debut album, aptly titled METZ is out today on CD and on the fidelity-maximizing vinyl LP format. The CD and LP are also available to be bundled with one of two new METZ t-shirts. Pick up your copy of METZ.

Watch the brand new video for “Wet Blanket” from METZ, which premiered on Spin.com today:

For a limited time only, we’re also streaming the Full Album Stream for METZ over on our SoundCloud channel.

The Canadian noise maestros will also be playing the Sub Pop Showcase at 2012’s CMJ. For more information, click this word.

October 9th also brings us two new seven-inch singles from King Tuff and Total Control.

Stream Total Control

Stream King Tuff

King Tuff: Twitter / Facebook / Website / Sub Pop Artist Page

Total Control: Facebook / BandCamp / Blog Sub Pop Artist Page

METZ: Twitter / Facebook / Website / Sub Pop Artist Page


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : FRI, OCT 5, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Mogwai *A Wrenched Virile Lore* Remix Album

A Wrenched Virile Lore is a collection of remixes of tracks from Mogwai’s critically acclaimed Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will album. Featuring contributions from a diverse range of artists from Zombi to The Soft Moon, this record offers some unique and inspired interpretations of Mogwai’s seventh studio album.

The A Wrenched Virile Lore album will be available in the following formats: as a limited-edition, colored 2xLP (with digital download code) on Black Friday, November 23 and on CD and digitally on December 4. The album will also be available in Europe via Rock Action on November 19.

Starting today, the download of the Justin K. Broadrick (from Godflesh/Jesu) remix of “George Square Thatcher Death Party” is available for one and all.

A Wrenched Virile Lore Tracklist
George Square Thatcher Death Party – (Justin K Broadrick Reshape)
Rano Pano – Klad Hest (Mogwai is My Dick RMX)
White Noise – (EVP Mix by Cylob)
How To Be A Werewolf – (Xander Harris remix)
Letters To The Metro – (Zombi remix)
Mexican Grand Prix – (reworked by RM Hubbert)
Rano Pano – (Tim Hecker remix)
San Pedro – (The Soft Moon remix)
Too Raging To Cheers – (Umberto remix)
La Mort Blanche – (Robert Hampson remix)

Mogwai: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Sub Pop Artist Page


Posted by Alissa Gallivan