First of all, Happy New Year! You guys are the best. Seriously. 2012 really feels like it’s going to be a good one, or at least an okay one. But, we’re really feeling optimistic. The optimism I was just saying about stems from the fact that the first couple of months of 2012 we’re putting out some pretty awesome records, and if it’s any indication of the rest of the year, we’re in for a great year (at least until the Mayan calendar proves true, and we all part from our mortal vessels, or whatever).
On February 14th, we’ve got Animal Joy, the Sub Pop debut from Shearwater, a record we’re very proud and excited to be releasing. Then, we’ve got the debut LP from Memoryhouse, called The Slideshow Effect, and it’s a very strong debut. On March 13th, we’ve got the debut LP from South Africa’s Spoek Mathambo, called Father Creeper. It’s impossible to pin this record down genre-wise, which is part of what makes it destined to be one of the coolest sounding records of the year. Also on March 13th, we’re releasing a long-awaited collection of the long out-of-print first four albums from Australia’s feedtime—all remastered and with bonus material. We’re rounding out an action-packed March with the debut record from Seattle’s THEESatisfaction, and a 7" from Retribution Gospel Choir, both on the 27th.
Yep, 2012 is definitely shaping up to be at least as pretty great as 2011.
Beginning April 10th, Sub Pop recording artists Low will serve as main support for the first 12 dates of Death Cab for Cutie’s upcoming North American spring tour. These dates will bring the bands to intimate venues and historic theaters across much of the United States, as Death Cab for Cutie performs with San Francisco’s innovative Magik*Magik Orchestra. Low was specially selected by Death Cab for Cutie as main support for these dates.
Low are touring in support of their 2011 release, C’mon, which was recorded in an old church in Duluth, MN and mixed in Hollywood, CA with producer Matt Beckley working alongside the band. C’mon received warm accolades from such places as: SPIN, Blurt, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Washington Post, and NPR, who had this to say about their latest release:
Lush and beautiful in its simplicity… Longtime fans who’ve lived with Low will no doubt appreciate the return to form, while newcomers ought to fall in love with these songs and want to dig into the rest of the band’s 18 years of passionate restraint.
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.”
See below for a full list of tour dates. Click here for more information on Low.
Low Tour Dates
Jan 27 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Mar 09 All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, United Kingdom
Mar 26 Teatro Central, Sevilla, Spain
Mar 27 Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
Mar 28 Teatro Kapital, Madrid, Spain
Mar 29 Sala Capitol , Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Mar 30 Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain
Mar 31 Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
Mar 31 Circulo de Arte de Toledo, Toledo, Spain
Apr 02 Glee Club (UK), Birmingham, United Kingdom
Apr 03 Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom
w/ Death Cab for Cutie
04/10/12 Denver CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
04/11/12 Omaha NE @ Omaha Music Hall
04/13/12 Louisville KY @ Louisville Palace
04/14/12 Grand Rapids MI @ Covenant Fine Arts Center / Calvin College
04/15/12 Milwaukee WI @ Riverside Theatre
04/16/12 Chicago IL @ Chicago Theatre
04/19/12 Toronto ON @ Massey Hall
04/20/12 Montreal QC @ St Jean Baptiste Church
04/21/12 Boston MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center / Wang Theatre
04/23/12 Providence RI @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium
04/24/12 Buffalo NY @ Kleinhan’s Music Hall
04/25/12 Philadelphia PA @ Tower Theatre
On March 27, THEESatisfaction will release their Sub Pop debut, awE naturalE and we could not be more pumped. THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. Stas was born and raised in Tacoma, Cat in Seattle and Hawaii. The pair live/laugh/love/dance and create in Seattle, WA. They write, produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip. They met by what was clearly cosmic happenstance at the University of Washington and haven’t stopped the flow since.
You can find out more information on awE naturalE by clicking on the album title, and stay tuned to SubPop.com to hear music off the ladies upcoming album.
2011 was an amazing year for The Head and the Heart and, though it is difficult to even imagine, 2012 is looking like it will be even more amazing-er. They just announced another headlining run of US tour dates starting March 3rd in Avon, CO (Full list of dates here) and will be featured on the legendary TV music program Austin City Limits (ACL), this Saturday, January 7th. In other AACL news (that’s “Amazing Austin City Limits news” not “Alcoholics Anonymous City Limits news”…): Fleet Foxes will appear on the January 21st episode of the show! We’ll have more info on that closer to the 21st. You can find your local PBS channel and schedule here!
This past February we were shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Rick Kulwicki. Kulwicki was best known as the guitarist for The Fluid, Sub Pop’s first non-Seattle signing, and had been a mainstay on the Colorado music scene for more than 25 years. While his passing left a big hole in the music world, it left an even bigger hole in his family.
Rick was a proud single father and his life revolved around his sons, Richard and Roman, whose well-being and happiness were important to him above all else. He was proud of their academic achievements, their band Purple Fluid, and their profound kindness. The fact that they were growing up to be individuals who were wonderful beyond his imagination filled him with happiness.
While the pain of something like this can be unbearable for the family, the financial strain of losing a sole parent and provider is also a great hardship and the boys’ basic needs should not be threatened because Rick died unexpectedly. These are teenagers with very bright futures and together we can help lessen the strain by giving generously in memory of their dad.
Which is why Mudhoney has teamed with the Denver-based organization Prints For a Cause to offer signed, limited-edition photographs taken during their mesmerizing performance at The Kulwicki Twins Benefit show in Denver on January 6th, 2012. Proceeds from the sale of the signed prints will be donated directly to The Kulwicki Twins Foundation in the name of Mudhoney.
Mudhoney jumped at the opportunity to take part in the benefit. “Rick is an old friend of ours and we want to do whatever we can to help his boys out,” Mark Arm said before the show. “We met Rick and the rest of The Fluid back in ‘88. In fact, we played with them at a small club in Denver on our first tour in October of that year. It’s a fucking tragedy that we even have to do this.”
We, the people who make Sub Pop Records run (it’s a filthy, filthy job), are feeling very fortunate to be able to say that on February 14th, we are releasing Shearwater’s Sub Pop debut, Animal Joy, on CD and LP. As we often like to do, we shower those who pre-order records through the Sub Pop webstore with modestly lavish gifts, and in the case of Animal Joy, things will be no different. If you pre-order the record, you’ll receive instant access to download five exclusive demos from the forthcoming record, AND we’ll donate $2 from the purchase to the Audubon Society on behalf of Shearwater! That’s a lot of goodwill moving around, and we want you to get in on the action. Also, if you pre-order the LP, you’ll receive the limited “Loser Edition”, colored vinyl version of the record—in this case, a lovely blood red. Oh, and stickers!