Alright everybody, get back to work—we’re especially looking at you, us. After what feels like a very long holiday, we here at Sub Pop Records are getting back into doing what we do—putting out new records by some of our favorite bands in the world. It’s going to be another year of us attempting to fill the your record collections with our records (and your closets with our t-shirts), and we’re starting it off strong with new full-lengths from The Ruby Suns, Pissed Jeans, Low, and Mudhoney with many more to come after that, so check your email frequently, I’m we’ll certainly be bugging you a lot this year.
Our very close, personal friends Mudhoney will release Vanishing Point, their 9th full-length album in 25 years, on April 1 in the UK and Europe and April 2 in North America, on CD, LP and digitally. All of this will happen on the record label whose offices we occupy, Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. The 10-track album is led by the single “The Only Son of the Widow from Nain”, which we are offering as a free download starting right now.
In support of Vanishing Point Mudhoney has scheduled NW record release shows for late March, and a 3-week UK/EU tour from late May to early June. The EU tour begins on May 21 in Dusseldorf, DE at Zakk and ends on June 10 in Birmingham, UK at HMV Institute. Preceding the tour, the band will play two Pacific Northwest record release shows: March 29 in Portland, OR at Doug Fir and March 30 in Seattle, WA at Neumos. Additional US tour dates will be announced soon. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.
In related news, Mark Arm spoke with SPIN last month about the recording of the album, sharing touring plans and what fans can expect from the new record (see interview December 11).
1) Slipping Away
2) I Like It Small
3) What to Do with the Neutral
5) The Final Course
6) In This Rubber Tomb
7) I Don’t Remember You
8) The Only Son of the Widow Nain
9) Sing This Song Of Joy
10) Douchebags on Parade
Mar 29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Mar 30 Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 21 Dusseldorf, DE – Zakk
May 22 Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
May 23 Bielefeld, DE – Enger
May 24 Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
May 25 Leipzig, DE – Werk 2
May 26 Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 27 Hamburg, DE – Fabrik
May 28 Warsaw, PL – Stodola
May 29 Prague, CZ- Lucerna Music Bar
May 30 Zagreb, HR – Pogon Jedinstvo
May 31 Firenze, IT – Viper Theater
Jun. 01 Lausanne, CH – Les Docks
Jun. 02 Winterhur, CH – Salzhaus
Jun. 03 Frankfurt, DE – Zoom
Jun. 04 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Jun. 05 Glasgow, UK – ABC
Jun. 06 Newcastle, UK – Newcastle Academy 2
Jun. 07 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy 2
Jun. 08 London, UK – HMV Forum
Jun. 09 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy Bristol
Jun. 10 Birmingham, UK – HMV Institute – The Library
Mark your calendars, Thermals fans, because on March 5th of this year we will be reissuing the entirety of The Thermals classic label discography – More Parts Per Million, Fuckin’ A, and The Body, The Blood, The Machine -on vinyl. All three releases will be available on limited edition, colored vinyl and are available for preorder now here at Sub Pop.com.
The Thermals have issued a statement on behalf of the reissues, as well as upcoming tour plans, and unusual sleeping arrangements:
“Don’t call it a comeback! They’ve been here for years. But in this (hopefully) foul year of our Lord, 2013, The Thermals are indeed returning. With a vengeance. They will soon release their 6th LP, and again set about touring the world with an endless supply of wit and energy. But first, Sub Pop Records (who discovered and “broke” The Thermals way back in 2003) proudly announces the reissuing of The Thermals’ first three classic LP’s – More Parts Per Million, Fuckin’ A, and The Body, The Blood, The Machine (as well as the rare “No Culture Icons” 7".) These records have been unavailable on vinyl for some time, and are now back in limited color editions!
These iconic, enduring collections of incredibly listenable songs will be re-released on March 5, 2013. The date is EXACTLY ten years since the release of More Parts Per Million, The Thermals’ blistering no-fi debut. Whew, ten years? Do you feel old? The Thermals don’t. But then again, they sleep in a “holy bed” brand hyper-baric/-bolic chamber. You know, like Jacko did.
Sub Pop and The Thermals hope vinyl enthusiasts everywhere enjoy these terrific records. Sit back, drop the needle, and let The Thermals take you back to a time of wonder and innocence, a time when indie rockers still shaved their faces, and you had to actually go into a store if you wanted to steal a record."
Mar. 01 – San Francisco, CA – Noise Pop (@ Rickshaw Stop)
Mar. 02 – Cupertino, CA – Homestead Lanes Bowling Alley
Mar. 07 – Brooklyn, NY – 285 Kent
Mar. 08 – Clinton, NY – Beinekie Events Barn @ Hamilton College
Mar. 09 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
Mar. 13 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar. 14 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar. 15 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar. 16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar. 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail)
Happy Christopher Record Release day, Ruby Suns!
Be sure to look for the new video from the band for “In Real Life” over on PitchforkTV today.
And don’t forget, if you order Christopher through us here at subpop.com, there is still time for you to receive a limited edition Ruby Suns 7" with your purchase. It’s a limited edition, first come first serve situation for those bonus 7", so don’t delay!
The rumors have been flying for the past week or so, and yes, it’s true, The Postal Service is reuniting this spring to celebrate the 10th anniversary and deluxe edition reissue of their well loved release, Give Up! This is a rumor we couldn’t be more thrilled to confirm. While many of the details are still being firmed up, here’s what we do know: on April 9th, there’s going to be a deluxe reissue of Give Up available on 2xCD and 3xLP featuring the 10 original album songs + 15 bonus songs including 2 brand new songs. The news of the deluxe reissue also brings with it news of the first live shows from The Postal Service in ten years! Dates will be announced as they are confirmed—check back in for that news.
Give Up Deluxe Reissue Tracklisting:
Disc 1 (Original Album):
1) The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
2) Such Great Heights
3) Sleeping In
4) Nothing Better
5) Recycled Air
6) Clark Gable
7) We Will Become Silhouettes
8) This Place Is a Prison
9) Brand New Colony
10) Natural Anthem
Disc 2 (New Tracks, Rarities, B-Sides, Remixes, Cover Versions, etc.):
1) Turn Around
2) A Tattered Line of String
3) Be Still My Heart
4) There’s Never Enough Time
5) Suddenly Everything Has Changed
6) Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now)
7) Grow Old With Me
8) Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix)
9) The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (DJ Downfall Persistent Beat Mix)
10) Be Still My Heart (Nobody Remix)
11) We Will Become Silhouettes (Matthew Dear Remix)
12) Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix)
13) Recycled Air (Live on KEXP)
14) We Will Become Silhouettes (Performed by The Shins)
15) Such Great Heights (Performed by Iron and Wine)
2013 doesn’t really begin for us here at Sub Pop HQ until we release our first record of the year, and due to this anomaly (specific to us), this year officially commences on January 29th with the release of The Ruby Suns remarkable, genre-bending fourth record, Christopher. If you’re among the first 200 people to pre-order Christopher on CD or LP, you’ll receive a very limited-edition seven inch single featuring two remixes of “In Real Life” remixed by Signer’s Oil Change and Boycrush, respectively—also of the band The Ruby Suns. Speaking of limited-edition, we’re also giving the first 200 people who pre-order Christopher on vinyl LP the colored-vinyl, Loser Edition version of the LP—in this case, on blue vinyl. And of course stickers, we’re always giving you stickers.