News from 4/2012

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’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

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

MON, APR 16, 2012 at 4:03 AM

New Music from Husky’s Upcoming Release, Forever So

The debut album, Forever So, from Melbourne, Australia’s Husky is officially going to be released digitally as well as on CD and LP right here in North America on July 10th, 2012 (and May 28th for UK/Europe). We are celebrating this news by offering up a new Forever So track, “History’s Door,” which you might notice is available for your streaming and downloading needs right in that very widget above.

We are also going to take this moment to announce that some of you, depending on where you might happen to be this summer, will be fortunate enough to have an opportunity to catch a live Husky performance on one of their support tours for label-mates The Head and The Heart (May 31st – June 10th) and Shearwater (July 13th-21st). We’ve listed the full tour dates below for you to compare against your schedules this summer.

And, one more thing before we go: Huksy’s video for “The Woods” has been added to this week’s episode of MTVu’s “The Freshmen,” which is a show that spotlights emerging artists on air & online and offers fans a chance to vote for their favorite video to get an automatic add into rotation on the channel the following week. This means that you can vote for your favorite video, like say, Husky’s “The Woods”, on MTVU right now. Official voting runs through Friday, the 20th, at 2:00 PM (EST). Watch the video for “The Woods” below and place your MTVU votes here!


May 10 Brighton, UK – Great Escape Festival
May 11 Brighton, UK – Great Escape Festival
May 12 Brighton, UK – Great Escape Festival
May 19 Hamburg, DE – Beatlemania
May 20 Berlin, DE – Privatclub
May 21 Koln, DE – Blue Shell
May 23 Munster, DE – Gleiss 22
May 31 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory +
Jun 01 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore +
Jun 02 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore +
Jun 05 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom +
Jun 08 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live +
Jun 09 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek +
Jun 10 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek +
Jun 12 Chicago, IL – Schubas
Jun 15 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl ^
Jul 13 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom x
Jul 14 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar x
Jul 15 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo x
Jul 17 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill x
Jul 19 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios x
Jul 20 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile x
Jul 21 Vancouver, BC – Media Club x

+ w/ The Head and The Heart
x w/ Shearwater
^ w/ Felice Brothers

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

WED, APR 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Beachwood Sparks return with The Tarnished Gold on June 26

With the June 26 release of The Tarnished Gold, Los Angeles, CA’s much-beloved Beachwood Sparks return with their first new album in 11 years. Available digitally and on such popular formats as CD and LP (double-LP at 45 rpm), the album features the track “Forget The Song” which you can stream and download via the widget above.

The Tarnished Gold is the work of the classic Beachwood Sparks lineup: singer/guitarist Chris Gunst, singer/bassist Brent Rademaker, singer/multi-instrumentalist Farmer Dave Scher, and singer/drummer Aaron Sperske, with invaluable support from guitarist and longtime friend Ben Knight (The Tyde). For the sessions, the band expanded to seven pieces, with guitarists Knight and Neal Casal (solo artist and former member of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals), with Dan Horne on pedal steel in place of Scher, who opted to play organ, key, flying V guitar and electrified melodica. Also lending a hand were Gunst’s wife Jen Cohen, Sparks’ very first drummer Jimi Hey, Brent’s brother Darren (leader of The Tyde) and L.A. indie-rock maestro Ariel Pink. Producer Thom Monahan returned to his familiar spot behind the console.

Beachwood Sparks also have two scheduled live appearances to mention: June 2nd, the band will precede the album release with a headline appearance at the Huichica Festival in Sonoma, CA; And July 21st the band will visit at the infamous desert venue Pappy’s and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA. Additional shows will be announced soon.

Beachwood Sparks on Tour
June 02 Sonoma, CA Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
July 21 Pioneertown, CA Pappy and Harriet’s

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

TUE, APR 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Poor Moon Playing a Cool Thing For Charity In Seattle on Friday


Three notable Seattle groups, KEXP, Seattle Theatre Group, and a lesser-known organization called Starbucks Coffee, have gotten together to put on a concert series they’re calling ‘Little Big Show’, created to benefit Seattle’s arts organizations. This Friday, April 20th, our own Poor Moon are playing with Real Estate at the Neptune. 100% of ticket sales benefit Coyote Central. What we’re saying is, buy tickets, Seattle.

Tickets to the show are available here.

Pick up Poor Moon’s debut EP from us here, it’s nothing short of awesome.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

THU, APR 19, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Mixed Nuts on Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2012, the one day that independently owned record stores all come together with artists to celebrate the art of music, is almost upon us fellow music fans.

In preparation for this grand event, today we are offering up a streaming version of our free 2012 Sub Pop sampler, Terminal Sales Vol. 5: Mixed Nuts (see player above). This 16-track collection of new, rare, and, in some cases, previously released tracks, will be available, in CD form and in all of its elaborate and glorious packaging beauty, at a record store near you this weekend, while supplies last.

To find out just which record stores near you will be participating in RSD 2012, you can head over to and get a list of the local brick and mortars you’ll need to hit on Saturday for the rare and exclusive offers from your favorite bands.

While you’re doing your research, you may also want to refer back to our previous Record Store Day blog post which details the specific and impressive Record Store Day offerings from Sub Pop artists Beach House, Blitzen Trapper and Shabazz Palaces. Relatedly, Pitchfork highlighted the Beach House and Shabazz Palaces RSD releases in their Top Record Store Day Releases coverage, read more of their list here.

See you at the stores this Saturday!

Posted by Alissa Gallivan