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News from 3/2012

THU, MAR 22, 2012 at 4:14 AM



Jaill is a lot like other bands; they’ve slept on your floor, you’ve made fun of their pillow cases, they’re not nearly as good at Excitebike as they said they were and although they all say they’re cool with cats, no one’s excited about sleeping at the cat house. So it should come as no surprise that, as bands sometimes do, they’ve made a new record. And that record is Traps, their second for Sub Pop, but first to adopt the bold new marketing strategy of giving away a free pair of Nike cross-trainers to anyone who steals it on the internet. Take that, Radiohead. So, but, what is Traps? And what about it can best fill five paragraphs? Traps is pretty, it’s moody, it pops. It has the scrappy, vengeful enthusiasm of a puppy stuck under a blanket. It’s an adorably grumpy bear just awoken from his long winter’s slumber, with a mangy heart rarely found outside of the stuffed animal bin of a Salvation Army. It’s an album that expects to be taken seriously goddammit, even though it just puked on the bar.

Traps is also, and confidently, a Jaill record. It’s an acerbic exercise in both humility and aggression. Lyrically and melodically it portrays the malfunctioning universe inside a home, taking into account the myriad ways in which relationships and responsibilities can destroy a person’s mind. “Gave myself a good grade on barely losing my shit,” sings Vinnie Kircher on “While You Reload.” His resignation to the failed road ahead is all over Traps, from the sarcastic slap of the drum-machine snare in “Horrible Things (Make Pretty Songs),” to the recurring, sounding-like-a-broken-Slinky riff of album opener “Waste a Lot of Things.” In “House with Haunting” Kircher waxes philosophical on the pains of getting older, with a home still overrun with friends and houseguests. Yet on “I’m Home,” Kircher laments, “I have clown hands now, bowtie spins around,” whatever philosophies he had giving way to sardonic acquiescence.

But for Traps to sound like its subject matter was in a way inescapable, recorded as it was in Kircher’s crummy, poorly lit basement. Sacrificing most of 2011 to the album’s completion, with minimal gear and a control room of thrift store afghans, Jaill set out to create a record they thought would be worthy of appreciation, without much of a plan beyond that. This was a return to the in-home manufacturing process they honed back in the day, before big labels came along and started throwing their comically large bankrolls around. They started tracking in January, combing through well over a dozen songs, rerecording some, judiciously discarding others. The process became about self-awareness, scrutiny and a strong desire for inventiveness. By October, the band was in agreement: tracking for the lean, eleven-song album was finished. November brought them out to New York briefly, where Brooklyn’s most hilarious jokester, Nicolas Vernhes of Rare Book Room, mixed the band’s mangled masterpiece. He brought the ideas in line, keeping the sentiment true to its basement origins. Clownishly huge stacks of money were again thrown at various problems. High-fives were given, and deserved. Soon the album was mastered and aptly titled, Traps.

When Jaill nonchalantly stepped into the room with 2010’s That’s How We Burn, the group had already turned out a small catalog of self-recorded/released albums and EPs. Sub Pop first heard the band on an LP bought through the mail, the cover still hot from the Kinko’s copier. When it arrived covered in dog hair and finger smears they knew they were on to something. Here was a group of guys so focused on their metier; they couldn’t be bothered with the bullshit details like where not to set the can of La Croix. And as 2009’s There’s No Sky (Oh My My) (the above-mentioned, mail-ordered LP) demonstrated, Kircher is equally comfortable crafting songs that either amble up slyly, or tumble out pell mell, with lyrics that betray his English major background. That’s How We Burn only reinforced this. SPIN said of the album, “What elevates their debut beyond your average twee-punk rager is the gentle psych dabblings: extra delay on a guitar solo, an errant ‘ooh-ahh-ooh,’ a dubby Panda Bear flourish, and the swirling noise that murmurs through the background of the cheerful ‘Snake Shakes’.”

So in conclusion, even though you said you were ready to go like fifteen minutes ago, here is Jaill still ambling around the stage having loaded out barely any of their gear, and the merch is still sitting out everywhere. And although it would be great if they could just move it along a bit faster because, as you’ve mentioned more than a couple times already, you have to work in the morning, perhaps have work to do even now, you wait because you know deep down that you love these guys. It might take until three in the afternoon, and every last clean dish in the kitchen, but they will totally get you back the next day with some breakfast tacos and perhaps an LP. (At cost.) And besides, what else truly makes a house a home but having five vibrantly unwashed men sleeping on the floor of your living room? Traps comes out June 12th, 2012, on Sub Pop Records, not coincidentally six days following National Gardening Exercise Day. So cop a disc, get out there this summer and exercise with your plants!

Jail is:
Vincent Kircher
Austin Dutmer
Andrew Harris

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

TUE, MAR 27, 2012 at 6:11 AM

THEESatifaction, Poor Moon and Retribution Gospel Choir all have new music out today, March 27th!


Today brings us the following brand-new releases: awE naturalE from THEESatisfaction, “Illusion” EP from Poor Moon and “the revolution” EP Retribution Gospel. Below you will find some exciting things that are going on for all 3 groups, for more information please visit our artist pages for each band!

Stream awE naturalE by THEESatisfaction

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 right here in Seattle. They write, produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminist 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. The group have a few upcoming shows including a hometown in-store, today, March 27th, at Easystreet Records in Seattle WA and at Nuemos on March 29. See below for a full list of dates.

What people are saying about THEESatisfaction:

“With their soulful take on contemporary R&B, Seattle-based THEESatisfaction proves that women rappers have strengths all their own.” [Album Review] – BUST

“THEESatisfaction’s Stas and Cat are conjoined, beat-made MCs, producers, partners, and lovers with nothing in this world or the next to hide. Their collective brain lobes contain hiphop acumen and insight. When their voices harmonize, it sounds like a human Moog synth rendition of keys Stevie himself would have played. Rangewise, Stas and Cat graze tonally into Ella Fitzgerald and Tina Turner. On the beat, rapped side of the equation, the Seattle duo spreads into Quasimoto’s refined and raw oddness.” [Feature]- The Stranger

“THEESatisfaction’s Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons sing-rap with confidence over a breezy vocal loop. It’s a soulful, bouncy, promising glimpse of what’s to come.” [Track Review]- The FADER

Tour Dates
Mar. 27 – Seattle, WA – Easy Street in-store (Queen Anne)
Mar. 29 – Seattle, WA – Neumos CD release
Apr. 04 – Nantes, FR – Stereolux
Apr. 05 – Amiens, FR – La Lune Des Pirates
Apr. 06 – Lille, FR – Aeronef
Apr. 10 – Lyon, FR – La Marquise
Apr. 11 – Angers, FR – Chabada
Apr. 12 – Tours, FR – Temps Machine
Apr. 13 – Poitiers, FR – Confort Moderne
Apr. 15 – Madird, SP – La Casa Encendid
Apr. 17 – Lisbon, PO – ZDB Gallery
Apr. 19 – Dublin, IR – Twisted Pepper
Apr. 20 – Bristol, UK – Start the Bus
Apr. 21 – Glasgow, UK – Arches
Apr. 23 – Brighton, UK – Hope
Apr. 24 – London, UK – White Heat
May. 26 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Festival

Stream “Illusion” EP From Poor Moon

Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes) and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards). The band, named for frontman and primary songwriter Christian Wargo’s favorite Canned Heat song, began four years ago as a long distance project with demos being created and sent back and forth while Wargo and Wescott were touring in support of the Fleet Foxes 2008 self-titled debut and Ian and Peter living in the Bay area. Their first shows were at intimate Seattle house parties where they used playful throwaway monikers like Rabbit Kingdom and Cookie Mask. It wasn’t until the band opened up for Daekon at Seattle’s Neumos (under the name Peppermint Majesty) that things began to really take form. Recording began and the four longtime friends became a band and Sub Pop didn’t hesitate to pursue them with unabashed enthusiasm. And it worked.

“Illusion” was recorded in a variety of bedrooms, practice spaces, the Murray residence, as well as AVAST! and Fastback studios in Seattle, Washington with the help of engineer Jared Hankins with guest performances by many a musician friend.

What people are saying about Poor Moon:

“…sun-bleached mix of folk-rock and pop is truly lovely, and the hazy vocal melodies come into sharp relief when the harmonizing kicks in.”- Chicago Reader (Show Preview)

“…dreamy pop and echo-heavy acoustic shuffles.”- Portland Mercury (Show Preview)

Tour Dates
Mar. 27 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Mar 28 Boise, ID – Neurolux
Mar 29 Salt Lake City , UT – State Room
Mar 30 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
Mar 31 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Apr 02 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
Apr 03 Chicago, IL – Schubas
Apr 04 Evanston, IL – SPACE (IL)
Apr 05 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
Apr 06 Toronto, Canada – Drake Hotel
Apr 07 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Apr 09 Burlington, VT – Burlington City Arts Center
Apr 10 Portland, ME – SPACE
Apr 11 New York City , NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Apr 13 Boston, MA – Museum of Fine Arts
Apr 14 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Apr 16 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
May 28 Gorge, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
Jun 02Sonoma, CA – Gundlach-Bundschu Winery

Stream “the revolution EP” from Retribution Gospel Choir

“the revolution EP” is the first new music from Retribution Gospel Choir since the band’s 2010 album 2. These four incredibly anthemic tracks were co-produced with Matt Beckley, and they show the band moving in an exciting, new direction, at speed.

The band will be hitting the road in the beginning of April playing a handful of UK shows, with 7 US dates to follow. See below for a full list of shows.

About 2
“For the past few years, Low leader Alan Sparhawk has fronted another band, Retribution Gospel Choir, whose psychedelic scrawl seems a more natural fit for the label that brought Soundgarden into the world. And now Retribution Gospel Choir have signed with Sub Pop, so everything is as it should be.” – Pitchfork

“You’ll get no wisecracks from us; the combination of shiny Top 40 production and Sparhawk’s grungy, visceral guitars is intriguing to say the least.” – The Onion (AV Club)

“Sparhawk generally seems re-energized, channeling Crazy Horse and crafting the sort of genuinely rousing chorus that Low never would’ve indulged.” –Spin

Tour Dates:
Apr 04 Sheffield, United Kingdom – The Harley Hotel & Bar
Apr 05 London, United Kingdom – Old Blue Last
Apr 07 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Apr 27 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
Apr 28 Washington , DC – Red Palace
Apr 30 Nashville, TN – Basement (TN)
May 01 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
May 02 Bloomington, IN – Bishop Bar (IN)
May 03 Chicago, IL – Schubas

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

WED, MAR 14, 2012 at 5:47 AM

Sub Pop’s 2012 SxSW Showcase Is Going to be Streaming All Over the Place


As you may or may not already be aware, right now the city of Austin, TX is in the midst of being utterly and quite happily engulfed by the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival, Conference and Giant Branding Opportunity. And at this festival, we at the Sub Pop Recording Concern of Seattle, Wash, are hosting a showcase this coming Friday night, March 16th at Red 7. It will, we are very much hoping, be an exceptionally good time for everyone in attendance. We have already provided details on that, though.

The thing we have not yet provided details about is that even those of you NOT in actual, physical attendance can watch all of the performances on one of the two stages at our showcase online at! More specifically, you will be able to watch performances by these bands currently putting out records under the Sub Pop imprint of moderate-to-pretty-good quality: Spoek Mathambo, Niki & The Dove, THEESatisfaction. You will also be able to watch performances by Debo Band (who are putting out a record on Next Ambiance/Sub Pop in July) and Gashcat (whose records Sub Pop does not release, but who are playing the showcase just the same).

Also! There will be live events in five different cities where all manner of crazy and fun junk will be happening, along with the live streaming of the portion of Sub Pop’s 2012 South by Southwest showcase described at sufficient length in the previous paragraph. The full and complete details on all of this are here.

Plus, here’s further info about the events in each city…

Sounds by Chances with Wolves
10:30 pm – 2:30 am EST
Santos Party House
96 Lafayette Street

Sounds by Stretch Armstrong
10:30 pm – 2:30 am EST
American Ice Co.
917 V Street NW

Sounds by Boy Wonder & Jon Huang
9:30 – 1:30 am CST
2210 West Chicago Avenue

Sounds by Chris Holmes + Brie Larson + Elijah Wood + TURQUOISE WISDOM
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm PST
Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard

Sounds by Claude VonStroke
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm PST
101 Sixth Street

You’re welcome!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

TUE, MAR 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Shearwater’s “You As You Were” Video

Today we are happy to share with you a brand new video off Shearwater’s Animal Joy for “You As You Were,” (directed by Alix Lambert). You can check out the video located conveniently above or the next time you are looking around Youtube or Vimeo, you’ll be able to find it on Sub Pop’s YouTube and Vimeo channels as well.

Shearwater is also going to heading out on tour starting in May in support of St. Vincent and we have the full list of tour dates copied below for you.

Shearwater on Tour

March 28 Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
March 29 Brussels, BE – Botanique
March 30 Brighton, UK – Haunt
March 31 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
April 01 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
April 02 Oxford, UK – The Cellar
April 03 London, UK – Scala
April 04 Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix
April 05 Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
April 06 Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn
April 07 Annecy, FR – Le Brise Glace
April 08 Gallen, CH – Palace
April 09 Milano, IT – Bloom
April 10 Rome, IT – Circolo Degli Artisti
April 11 Ravenna, IT – Bronson
April 12 Lubijana, SI – Menza pri koritu
April 16 Dresden, DE – GrooveStation
April 17 Hamburg, DE – Prinzenbar
April 18 Berlin, DE – Comet
April 19 Istanbul, TR – Babylon
April 21 Athen, GR – AN Club
May 03 Providence, RI – Lupo’s +
May 05 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom +
May 06 New York City, NY – Le Poisson Rouge +
May 07 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar +
May 08 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall +
May 09 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s +
May 10 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre +
May 11 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre +
May 12 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue +
May 14 Omaha, NE – Slowdown +
May 15 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom +
May 17 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall +
May 18 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree +
May 19 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse +
May 21 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom +
May 22 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre +
May 23 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle +
May 24 Richmond, VA – The National +
May 28 Gorge, WA – Sasquatch! Festival

+ w/ St. Vincent

For more information on Shearwater please look to their artist page and/or find the band on Facebook and Twitter or even on their very own website.

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

TUE, MAR 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

New Video from Dum Dum Girls - “Coming Down”

Dum Dum Girls are back with a brand new video for “Coming Down”, directed by their new bass player, Malia James. We sure hope you like this one as much as we do. View above or find on YouTube (where it premiered today!) or on Sub Pop’s Vimeo channel as well.

The ladies are presently on tour in Europe with a few stateside shows to follow, including a performance at Sasquatch music festival in May. See below for their full list of tour dates.

Dum Dum Girls on Tour
March 28 – Grenoble, France – Le Ciel
March 29 – Firenze , Italy – Flog
March 30 – Venice, Italy – Moon Club
March 31 – Ravenna, Italy – Bronson
April 01 – Rome, Italy – Traffic
April 03 – Turin, Italy – Astoria Club
April 05 – Barcelona, Spain – La 2 del Apolo
April 06 – Bilbao, Spain – Kafe Antzokia
April 07 – Madrid , Spain – Ocho y Medio
April 08 – Zaragoza, Spain – Arena Rock
April 09 – Bordeaux, France – L’IBoat
April 11 – London, United Kingdom – Islington Academy
April 28 – Richmond, VA – Brown’s Island Park
May 15 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
May 16 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
May 17 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown
May 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
May 21 – San Jose, CA – Blank Club
May 22 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
May 25 – Vancouver, Canada – Biltmore Cabaret
May 26 – Gorge, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
May 27 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Jul 13 – Lisbon, Portugal – Optimus Alive Festival
Aug 03 – Montreal, Canada – Osheaga Music Festival

For more information on Dum Dum Girls please look to their artist page or find them on Facebook and Twitter or the on

Posted by Alissa Gallivan