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News from 6/2012

NEWS : THU, JUN 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

We sign METZ; S/T debut album out October 9th

We have signed the ferocious Toronto-based trio METZ and will release the band’s debut full-length worldwide on October 9th, 2012. The band has created a concise video piece previewing the album, which is ready to be viewed in player embedded above.

METZ will perform two shows at NXNE in Toronto this weekend: June 15th at Wrongbar, and June 16th at the Phoenix. This will be followed by a one-off show on June 22nd in Seattle at Barboza, and a festival performance on August 3rd in Sackville, NB at Sappyfest. METZ will then head out on a week-long tour, beginning August 24th in Chicago, IL at Bottom Lounge and ending September 1st in Brooklyn, NY at Death by Audio. Full tour dates below.

About METZ: As their name suggests, Toronto’s METZ are short, sharp and to the point. They play minimal post-punk with enough of a grasp of melody and dynamics to appeal to the more casual listener.

Having been on the city’s live circuit since relocating from Ottawa in 2009, their chaotic live performances have quickly gained repute as some of the city’s best. And, if a fraction of their on-stage energy translates to their October 2012 debut, a crossover to the precariously fey mainstream indie world is not out of their reach.

Confrontational without being contrived and contorted without being convoluted, METZ are working rapidly outward from a pretty rare niche and are one band whose buzz is certain to induce violent shaking.

What people are saying about METZ:
METZ have released a few great singles so far…If you dig AmRep, Brainiac, and McLusky and songs that employ that metallic “SHRIIIIIINNG,” you are not going to want to miss these guys." – Brooklyn Vegan

“Apparently there are bands from Canada who have balls. Sharing their name with my favorite baseball team—at least phonetically—Toronto’s METZ bring the raw, early ‘90s hardcore sludge back with a vengeance. Culling from Sub Pop’s early catalog (think Melvins, Dwarves, Bleach era), these Canucks have been spewing the noise to great reception for the better part of two years.” – Impose

“With layers of abstract guitar noise and pummeling drums, songs such as “Negative Space” flailed and thrashed before us before being bludgeoned to a sudden death. Just as suddenly METZ were leaving the stage, leaving us punch-drunk and disoriented in their wake." – BlogTO

METZ on Tour

Jun 15 – Toronto, ON – Wrongbar +
Jun 16 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix \
Jun 22 – Seattle, WA – Barboza +^
Aug 03 – Sackville, NB – Sappyfest
Aug 24 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge \
Aug 25 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar \
Aug 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks
Aug 29 – Washington, D.C. – DC9
Aug 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Aug 31 – New York, NY – Pianos
Sep 01 – Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio

+ w/ The Men
\ w/ Archers of Loaf
^ w/ Kinski


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : TUE, JUN 12, 2012 at 4:50 AM

Jaill’s TRAPS Out Today Plus Brand New Video For “Perfect Ten”

Happy record release day to our friends from the midwest, Jaill, whose brand new album album Traps is available as of right now on CD, LP and digitally. Traps features the singles “Waste A Lot Of Things,” “House With Haunting,” and “Perfect Ten” which you’ll find videos for on Sub Pop’s Youtube Jaill Playlist, and in the case of “Perfect Ten,” you might notice it is also available for viewing in the embedded player above.

The band is currently on a midwest record store tour that wraps up June 14th in Madison, WI at Exclusive Company. The band will set out on 4-week tour starting July 17th in Minneapolis at the Triple Rock Social Club, ending August 7 in Nashville. For a majority of the trek, Jaill will share the stage with the likes of label mate King Tuff and Suicide Squeeze Records act The Coathangers.

See the full list of updated tour dates below, including specific dates with King Tuff and The Coathangers.

Jaill on Tour

Jun 12 – Chicago, Il – Reckless Records instore (Wicker Park)
Jun 14 – Madison, WI – Exclusive Company instore
Jun 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
Jul 07 – Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Festival
Jul 15 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge (Sailor Jerry Presents: Cobra Fest) +
Jul 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club +
Jul 21 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret +
Jul 22 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party +
Jul 23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir +
Jul 25 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s +^
Jul 26 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill +^
Jul 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo +^
Jul 28 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar +^
Jul 29 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress ^
Aug 02 – Austin, TX – Red 7 ^
Aug 03 – Dallas, TX – Bryan Street Tavern ^
Aug 04 – Houston, TX – Rudyard’s ^
Aug 05 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia ^
Aug 06 – Huntsville, AL – Voodoo Lounge
Aug 07 – Nashville, TN – Stone Fox

+ w/ King Tuff
^ w/ The Coathangers

For more info on Jaill, look to their subpop.com artist page as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : MON, JUN 11, 2012 at 5:05 AM

The Helio Sequence To Release Negotiations on September 11, 2012

Negotiations, the fifth full-length album written, recorded, and produced by The Helio Sequence (and the band’s first album in over four years) is scheduled to be released September 11th, 2012 on CD, LP and digital formats here on Sub Pop Records.
This long-awaited album announcement comes with a new video trailer for Negotiations from the band as well, which you can view on the player above.

We will have much more news on the band, their new music and their upcoming fall tour news coming soon but in the meantime, please look to the band’s subpop.com artist page for all the latest and most useful Helio Sequence information, like say, links to the bands Facebook and Twitter pages and/or the most current tour dates.


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : MON, JUN 4, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Niki & The Dove to perform on YouTube Presents on June 13, 4pm (EST)

Niki & The Dove will perform at a very special concert event for YouTube Presents on Wednesday, June 13th at 4pm (EST). The performance is in support of the group’s forthcoming debut release, Instinct – available digitally in the US as an iTunes exclusive on June 12, and on CD / 2xLP August 7th right here on Sub Pop Records.

The band is scheduled to perform Instinct highlights such as “The Fox,” “DJ, Ease My Mind,” “The Drummer,” “Tomorrow,” and “Somebody” during their YouTube Presents show and the whole performance will be live streamed on YouTube’s Presents Channel as well as to fans who already subscribe to Niki & The Dove’s YouTube channel (you can subscribe to their channel right here).

This YouTube Presents event is extra special as it comes with the opportunity for Niki & The Dove fans in the New York City area to be able to attend this unique live performance (which will be broadcast live online via YouTube) and watch the live Q+A inteview with the band, moderated by Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak. Fans can not only get a chance to attend the show but are also invited to participate by offering up questions that they might have for the band for the interview portion of the show. Details on how to submit questions and enter to go to the show are provided below.

DETAILS ON HOW TO ATTEND THE SHOW:
Fans who will be in the NYC area on the afternoon (4PM EST, specifically) of June 13th should email Sub Pop at giveaways@subpop.com before Saturday June 9th for their chance to attend the YouTube Presents event. Emails need to have NIKI AND YOUTUBE PRESENTS in the email’s Subject Line to be eligible. Fans who respond early will increase their chance at entry. Those who get a spot to the show will receive a confirmation email by Monday, June 11th which will secure their place in the audience and will provide more information on show as well directions/instructions for entry. This is open to all ages, but everyone who attends must be able to present valid ID upon entry (or, for the kids, be with an adult who can).

DETAILS ON HOW TO GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY NIKI & THE DOVE:
For those of you with questions for Niki & The Dove, now might just be your best chance to get them answered! The band will be interviewed live by Gawker.com’s Rich Juzwiak after performance and we will be looking to the comments on the band’s Facebook and YouTube page for great questions to add to the interview. Leave your questions in the comment section under this video on the band’s YouTube channel or on their Facebook page and be sure and leave your name so we can call you out if your question is used!

In more Niki & The Dove in NYC news, the band has scheduled two more performances for June 14: A session (and on air performance) at KEXP’s “Cutting Room” studios at 12pm EST and an evening show in Brooklyn, NY at Glasslands Gallery during the Northside Fest.

Catch these performances before Niki & The Dove embark on their first-ever US tour later this summer, in support of Instinct. Their 6-week tour begins August 31st in Los Angeles, CA at The Echo and will wrap up on October 4th, in San Francisco, CA at Popscene. The tour also includes an appearance on September 2nd in Seattle, WA at Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. From September 5th – 27th, Niki & The Dove will act as act as direct support for 4AD recording artist Twin Shadow’s fall tour. Full tour dates can be found below.

Don’t just take our word for it! More praise for Niki & The Dove:

“…It’s a beautiful, emotive celebration of the power of pop when it’s been made for the love of the art.” – BBC

“They deserve to have the whole word hear these songs. Heck they deserve some sort of Nobel Pop Prize.” [8/10] – NME

“The greatest thing about “Tomorrow” is that even though the end of days may be nigh and this may be the last moment of these lovers’ lives, that cry of intent is delivered like a knockout punch." [Best New Track] – Pitchfork

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

+ w/ Twin Shadow


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : WED, JUN 13, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Niki & The Dove to perform for YouTube Presents live today, Wednesday June 13th at 4pm EST

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Niki & The Dove will perform at a very special event for YouTube Presents, today, Wednesday June 13th at 4pm EST. Watch HERE.

The performance is in support of the group’s release, Instinct, which is now available as an iTunes exclusive and as the web store’s “Editor’s Choice” pick. The album will also be available on CD and 2xLP on August 7th.

Niki & The Dove is scheduled to perform Instinct highlights such as “The Fox,” “DJ, Ease My Mind,” “The Drummer,” “Tomorrow,” and “Somebody” during their YouTube Presents show and the whole performance will be live streamed on YouTube’s Presents Channel as well as to fans who already subscribe to Niki & The Dove’s YouTube channel (you can subscribe to their channel right here). Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak will moderate the live performance and Q+A.

Niki & The Dove has also scheduled three additional live appearances this week. On June 14th, the band will perform at KEXP’s “Cutting Room” studios at 12pm EST (on the web @ KEXP.org); and an evening show in Brooklyn, NY at Glasslands Gallery during the Northside Fest. On June 15, the band will perform at Tribeca Grand Hotel at 10pm. The event is free with RSVP, and space is based on first come, first serve basis (RSVP here: rsvp@heartymagazine.com).

In related news, Niki & The Dove will embark on their first-ever US tour to support of Instinct beginning August 31st. Full 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

+ w/ Twin Shadow


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

COMMERCE : THU, JUN 7, 2012 at 4:21 AM

Jaill’s Traps out June 12–Free 7” w/ Pre-orders

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Traps, the follow up album to Jaill’s 2010 Sub Pop debut, That’s How We Burn, is a record which has quickly (and perhaps prematurely) become a summer favorite around here due in large part to the overwhelmingly seasonal nature of the jams contained therein. While Traps is similar to its predecessor in terms of being saturated with what we here at Sub Pop would (and do!) regard as amazing, seasonally-appropriate songs, it differs a bit in its subject matter. Take for example these song titles: "Everyone’s a Bitch” or “Horrible Things (Make Pretty Songs).” Fear not though, friends, while the lyrics have taken a darker turn, the band’s signature slack yet tightly wound musical style and self-deprecating humor retain all of their charms. June 12th is the date on which Jaill and Sub Pop are releasing this beast into the wilds, and to celebrate, we would like to offer you EVEN MORE JAILL! Here’s what we’re proposing: if you pre-order the CD or LP by street date, we will send, at no extra cost, an exclusive 7”. Said single features two brand spanking new Jaill songs. Another thing of note is that if you pre-order Traps on LP from SubPop.com, you’ll receive the super limited, Loser Edition, colored-vinyl version of the record—in this case, your copy will be on green vinyl. Both of these limited edition things are (as the name implies) only available in very limited quantities, which is to say – order soon! Oh yeah, and as always, you’ll receive stickers. We’re forever giving you stickers.

Pick up ??Traps":http://www.subpop.com/artists/jaill


Posted by Sam Sawyer