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News from 2012

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 recordstoreday.com 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

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!

HUSKY ON TOUR

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 3, 2012 at 7:42 AM

New Music From Jaill! “Waste A Lot Of Things”

We’d like to let you know that you can listen to the newest track from Jaill by simply pressing the play button in the widget above (did we really need to explain that? perhaps not.) and if you happen to like what you hear, you can get the download of the track by entering in your email in that very same widget above and the new Jaill tune, “Waste A Lot Of Things”, off their upcoming June 12th record, Traps, will be sent to you.

What else can we share with you that may be fairly self-explanatory? How about, if you’d like more information on Jaill you can help yourself to the copious amounts of Jaill-related information we have waiting for you over on their subpop.com artist page. Band bio, album information, photos, music, useful links.

That there is some pretty informative stuff here, we think!


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

TUE, JAN 17, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Sub Pop Records Snags Seattle’s Poor Moon

Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) 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 Deakin 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.

Poor Moon 2012 US Tour Dates
03/20 La Jolla CA @ UCSD – The Loft w/ Lost in the Trees
03/22 Los Angeles CA@ The Echo w/ Lost in the Trees
03/23 San Francisco CA @ Bottom of The Hill w/ Lost in the Trees
03/24 Arcata CA @ Arcata Playhouse w/ Lost in the Trees
03/25 Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge w/ Lost in the Trees
03/27 Seattle WA @ Tractor Tavern w/ Lost in the Trees
03/28 Boise ID @ Neurolux w/ Lost in the Trees
03/29 Salt Lake City UT @ The State Room w/ Lost in the Trees
03/30 Denver CO @ Hi Dive w/ Lost in the Trees
03/31 Omaha NE @ Slowdown Jr. w/ Lost in the Trees
04/02 Minneapolis MN @ Cedar Cultural Centre w/ Lost in the Trees
04/03 Chicago IL @ Schubas w/ Lost in the Trees
04/04 Evanston IL @ Space w/ Lost in the Trees
04/05 Columbus OH @ Wexner Center w/ Lost in the Trees
04/06 Toronto ON @ The Drake Hotel w/ Lost in the Trees
04/07 Montreal QC @ Il Motore w/ Lost in the Trees
04/09 Burling VT @ Burlington City Arts Center w/ Lost in the Trees
04/10 Portland ME @ Space w/ Lost in the Trees
04/11New York NY @ Le Poisson Rouge w/ Lost in the Trees
04/13 Boston MA @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston w/ Lost in the Trees
04/14 Washington DC @ Black Cat Backstage w/ Lost in the Trees
04/16 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Tavern
4/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
4/20 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium


Posted by Bekah Zietz

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 subpop.com artist page and/or find the band on Facebook and Twitter or even on their very own website.


Posted by Alissa Gallivan