News from 2/2012

THU, FEB 16, 2012 at 5:31 AM


Today we are happy to announce that Australian band Husky’s Debut Album, Forever So, will be released July 10th on this very record label. We’re also feeling good about the fact that we can share not only a music video from the band, but also a free download and newly confirmed tour dates. Let’s get into it!

Download mp3 “The Woods” here.
Watch “The Woods” video on our YouTube channel.

More about Husky
Husky Gawenda (vox, guitar), Gideon Preiss (keys, vox), Evan Tweedie (bass, vox) and Luke Collins (drums) make up Melbourne, -based Husky. Following the Australian release of their 2011 debut album, Forever So, Husky has decided to take their critically acclaimed music to the rest of the world with a July 10th release date.

“Sub Pop is enamored with the Melbourne quartet, Husky,” says President of Sub Pop Jonathan Poneman. “The band’s strength rests in its infectious, evocative songs and stirring live performances.”

Husky is hitting the international touring circuit throughout February and March. Following national appearances at Laneway Festival, the band will tour alongside German duo BOY throughout Germany and then perform at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Canadian Music Week and in New York City and LA. Complete list of dates below.

About “The Woods” Video
“The Woods” video created by visionary animator Brendan Cook (Gotye, Temper Trap) the video, full of striking images in other-worldly sequences, captures Husky’s lush orchestration and lyrical storytelling in this song of dreams, memories and exploration.

What People Are Saying About Husky
Forever So is breathtaking in its ambition, a shimmering fog of kaleidoscopic storytelling, each a song a Nick Drake-esque fairytale delivered with full indie-orhestration.” **** [Band to Watch] – Rolling Stone

“With indie folks songs that are totally accessible and sweet while for the most part avoiding being predictable or twee, there is certainly enough about Forever So to suggest that everything is in place for Husky to make an impact. Don’t be surprised if 2012 is a big year for this likeable quartet.” – Drum

“A sweet, little gem” – Cream

“This outstanding debut album weaves understated sincerity into wintry introspectiveness forced upon anyone in the city of four-seasons-a-day. Husky’s mid-tempo folk reflects upon the world with genuine originality, too – the songs avoid the more obvious tricks in the composers playbook, leaving ample space for frontman Husky Gawanda’s lyrical confessions.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Click here for a full list of tour dates:

Posted by Bekah Zietz

THU, FEB 16, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Next Ambiance/Sub Pop welcomes Debo Band!

Next Ambiance / Sub Pop would like to welcome Debo Band to the family as we are releasing their forthcoming S/T album on July 10. The band has won raves for their groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music (think Ethiopiques), which incorporates traditional scales and vocal styles, alongside American soul and funk rhythms, and instrumentation reminiscent of Eastern European brass bands — accordion, violins, horns and drums. The album was produced by Thomas “Tommy T” Gobena of Gogol Bordello, recorded at Machines with Magnets (Battles, Deer Tick) and mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Joe LaPorta at The Lodge.

The band has a handful of festival performances, which include: March 16 at SXSW for both globalFEST and Sub Pop’s label showcase; April 26-28 in Lafayette, Louisiana at Festival International de Louisiane; and April 29 in New Orleans, LA at the Jazz & Heritage Festival. Full tour dates listed below.

More About Debo Band
Debo Band is a 11-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. Since their inception in 2006, the band have toured Ethiopia twice, having appeared at both the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa and Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar, the largest music festival in East Africa. In North America, they’ve shared stages with Gogol Bordello, The Family Stone, Tilahun Gessesse (one of the great voices of Ethiopian pop since the 60’s), The Ex with Ethiopian sax legend Getatchew Mekuria, Group Doueh, and Khaira Arby and Her Band. They’ve also performed at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Fest, globalFEST 2012 at Webster Hall, Joe’s Pub, and World Music Festival: Chicago.

What people are saying about Debo Band
“What’s amazing about Debo Band is that they play that music (Ethiopian pop) without any sort of…precious reverence… They play it like it’s NOW, as music of right now, and they play it with incredible energy and passion and excellence. And it just totally rocks. It’s amazing.” – All Songs Considered, NPR

“A different archival impulse paid off for Debo Band, a Boston group devoted to the Ethiopian funk of the late 1960s and ’70s: fierce, jagged, complex and galvanizing music. With a beefy horn section, biting violins and a lead singer with a convincing Ethiopian quaver, the group brought back a live version of a style that was never recorded as vividly.” – The New York Times

“The Boston-based band Debo Band gives the psychedelic music heard on the Ethiopiques collections a high-spirited revamp.” – Village Voice

“Buda Musique opened a door to the strange, foreign-yet-familiar music of Ethiopia to world music fans across the world, delighted by the mixture of classic funk, Arabic-sounding scales, and trance-like African grooves. Boston’s excellent Debo Band has become standard bearers for the Ethiopian sound on our shores.” – WNYC

“If George Clinton had come from Ethiopia instead of outer space, the result might have been what Debo Band gives you.” – Boston Globe

Tour Dates
Mar. 16 – Austin, TX – Red 7 / Sub Pop SXSW showcase (early)
Mar. 16 – Austin, TX – Speakeasy / globalFEST SXSW showcase (late)
Apr. 26 – Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane
Apr. 28.- Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane
Apr. 29. – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

TUE, FEB 14, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Shearwater - Breaking the Yearlings

Click here to stream Animal Joy by Shearwater in it’s entirety.

February 14 is a day for love, and what better way to ring in the holiday then by picking up a copy of Shearwater’s new record Animal Joy, now available for your purchasing pleasure. The band also has a new video for the album’s lead single, “Breaking the Yearlings” which you can watch above. The video was directed Branan Edgens.

Jonathan Meiburg spoke with, who premiered the video on their site yesterday, and had this to say:

Branan Edgens (the filmmaker) might be best known for his great ad for David Lynch Coffee, but in our college days he used to use me as a guinea pig for some of his experimental makeup effects. Did you know that movie-grade fake blood is made from strawberries? “You can eat this stuff,” he assured me, as he pumped gouts of it through artfully-concealed tubes around the edges of my mouth. " But it doesn’t taste as good as you’d like it to."

For the video for “Breaking the Yearlings”, I wanted to figure out a way to make use of some of the amazing footage Branan’s shot over the years from around the world – especially beautiful scenes of animals and landscapes from Namibia, Thailand, and Alaska – and we hit on the idea of using the American Museum of Natural History as a sort of gateway into these places, like the wood between the worlds in The Magician’s Nephew, my favorite of the Narnia books. But then Branan, with a gleam in his eye, suggested that by interacting with the (stuffed) animals, my character might enter more into their world than I’d bargained for. I think he might have just been looking for a reason to cover me in alginate and plaster again for old time’s sake. When I’ve described this video to my friends, they’ve invariably said the same thing – “So it’s like Night at the Museum”?" Yes. No.

Shearwater is currently on the road opening a slew of dates for Sharon Van Etten, with more shows to be announced soon. See below for a full list of dates, and for more information on Shearwater please visit:

Tour Dates:
Feb 10 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 11 Black Cat, Washington, DC w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 12 Cats Cradle, Carrboro, NC w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 14 Wexner Center, Columbus, OH w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 15 Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids, MI w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 16 Lincoln Hall (IL), Chicago, IL w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 17 Lincoln Hall (IL), Chicago, IL w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 18 Cedar Cultural Centre, Minneapolis, MN w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 21 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Canada w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 22 Il Motore, Montreal, QC w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 23 Paradise (MA), Boston, MA w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 24 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 25 Bowery Ballroom, The, New York City, NY w/Sharon Van Etten
Feb 26 Club Helsinki, Hudson, NY
Feb 28 Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
Feb 29 The Earl, Atlanta, GA
Mar 01 Bottle Tree, Birmingham, AL
Mar 02 Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA
Mar 03 Fitzgeralds (TX), Houston, TX
Mar 04 Antone’s, Austin, TX
Mar 28 Bitterzoet (NL), Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 29 Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
Mar 30 Haunt (UK), Brighton , United Kingdom
Mar 31 Deaf Institute, Manchester, United Kingdom
Apr 01 Stereo, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Apr 03 Scala, London, United Kingdom
Apr 04 Le Grand Mix (F), Tourcoing, France
Apr 05 La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Apr 06 Bad Bonn, Duedingen, Switzerland
Apr 08 Palace (CH), Gallen, Switzerland
Apr 09 Bloom , Milano, Italy
Apr 10 Circolo Degli Artisti, Rome, Italy
Apr 11 Bronson, Ravenna, Italy
Apr 12 Menza pri koritu (SL), Lubijana, Slovenia
Apr 16 GrooveStation, Dresden, Germany
Apr 17 Prinzenbar, Hamburg, Germany
Apr 18 Comet (DE), Berlin, Germany
Apr 19 Babylon (TR), Istanbul , Turkey
Apr 21 AN Club, Athens , Greece

Posted by Alissa Gallivan