With each passing year, Record Store Day increases in popularity, bringing more and more people out to stand in longer and longer lines during the tedious, cold hours of an April morning in front of their beloved independent record stores. And why? Is it the promise of very cool, very limited-edition records from their favorite bands and/or labels? Perhaps it’s the opportunity to buy very limited, very valuable things and flip them on eBay for five times the price paid (read: the opportunity to be something of an asshole)? Or could it be the weird and wonderful camaraderie that only other record collectors can offer one another? Happily, ALL of these are completely valid reasons to participate in Record Store Day! Each in their own way, they all support local independent record stores and this is the very spirit behind this (ahem) holiday. And, it’s something we can (and really do) get behind.
And so! On April 20, Record Store Day 2013, we the hunched, toiling working stiffs of The Sub Music Rendering Factory (and T-Shirt Shop!) offer what we believe to be three fairly undeniable reasons to rise from blissful slumber in the predawn hours to stand in a overlong line with a bunch of like-minded geeks in Stooges t-shirts. Here are those three reasons:
1) Sub Pop 1000, a limited-edition, 10-track compilation featuring what we feel are some of the most vital and unsung artists from around the world. This compilation is very much in the tradition of our relatively classic Sub Pop 100 and Sub Pop 200. releases.
2) A split seven-inch single from Shearwater & Sharon Van Etten featuring the songs “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” b/w “A Wake for the Minotaur.”
3) The entirely FREE Terminal Sales, Vol. 6: The Silver Ticket 2013 label sampler—a 19-track CD sampler featuring a heaping helping of new, and in some cases somewhat rare, tracks from the likes of Low, Shabazz Palaces, Mudhoney, Father John Misty, Still Corners, Pissed Jeans, and 13 others. In keeping with Sub Pop tradition, the sampler is extravagantly packaged and will likely conjure thoughts like, “Wow!” and, “What were they thinking, giving this away for free?”
When Saturday morning finally rolls around, and my weekend truly begins to blossom, I’ll have the chance to look back and ruminate on all the great things that happened to me this week. While it’s only Tuesday, I’m quite confident that this new video from METZ for their self-titled standout, “Wasted”, will be the highpoint. Thanks to the power that today’s on-demand internet graces me (and you!), I’ll probably watch it again on Saturday morning when I’m thinking about the fact that METZ’s new video was the hightlight of my week. What I’m saying is, you should watch this new video from METZ; it’s a cinematic achievement.
Are you by chance heading down to South By Southwest this year? ?? (Was your answer “yes” to that question? If so, read on, if it was “no”, see the below*)?? That’s crazy, because us too! Well, some of us are. The “us” to which I am referring are the collective “us” that is comprised of the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. There will be other Sub Pop employees there, but they won’t be playing shows, so they don’t really matter too much in the context of this blog post(though I’m certain that if you found one, they’d definitely buy you a drink or your choosing). Since you are going to SXSW, why not take a minute to acquaint/reacquaint yourself with the aforementioned bands through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year.” I think you’ll be impressed.
*That’s crazy, because neither are we! Well, some of “we” aren’t going, but others of us are. The “we” that are going are the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. And while it is a bit of a bummer that not everyone gets to go down and enjoy warm, sunny Austin to see a lot of very exciting bands do their thing, you can still listen to them from wherever you are (we’re in the very gray city of Seattle not at all bitter that we don’t get to go to balmy Austin to watch a ton of bands) through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year”, you can listen to these bands as if you are there in person (minus the sun and ice-cold Shiners).
For those of you who are going to SXSW, please refer to the following schedule to catch our bands’ sets.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
3:00 PM – Rose Windows – Fin Records Showcase @ Jackalope ADDRESS: 404 E 6th Street
4:00 PM – JAILL – Burger Party @ Trailer Space ADDRESS: 1401 Rosewood Ave.
8:00 PM – JAILL – SXSW @ Hotel Vegas ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
9:00 PM Rose Windows @ Austin Ale House (Seattle Music Showcase) ADDRESS: 301 West 6th Street
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
3:00 PM – KINGTUFF – Converse / Thrasher Party @ Scoot Inn ADDRESS: 1308 E 4th Street (at Navasota)
4:00 PM – METZ- Brooklyn Vegan @ Old Emos Venue ADDRESS: 603 Red River St
9:00 PM – JAILL – KVRX Party @ Spider House ADDRESS: 2906 Fruth Street
9:20-9:50 PM- PISSEDJEANS- Pitchfork Showcase ADDRESS: 1100 Warehouse (1100 E. 5th St. between San Marcos and Waller)
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
12:30 PM- Rose Windows @ Hotel Vegas (IET / Ping Pong PR Day Party) ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
3:00 PM – METZ – Stereogum/Hype Machine @ Hype Hotel ADDRESS: 301 Brazos St
3:30- JAILL – Goner / IET / Ping Pong Party @ Hotel Vegas ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
3:30 PM – Rose Windows @ Brush Square Park (ZIIBRA Showcase) ADDRESS: 409 East 5th Street
5:00 pm – KINGTUFF – Sailer Jerry / Blundertown Party @ Gypsy Lounge ADDRESS: 1504 E 6th Street
5:00 pm – METZ – Another Planet Entertainment Party @ Red Eyed Fly ADDRESS: 715 Red River
8:00 PM- Rose Windows – Blackbox Showcase @ Doc’s Motorworks ADDRESS: 1123 South Congress Avenue
9:50 – JAILL – Austin Facial Hair @ Grackle ADDRESS: 1700 E 6th St
10:30 PM – METZ – Filter Magazine / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96 ADDRESS: 96 Rainey Street
11:30 PM – KINGTUFF – Filter / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96 ADDRESS:96 Rainey Street
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
2:00 PM – METZ – The AV Club/Flowerbooking Party @ Mohawk ADDRESS: 912 Red River
5:00 PM – KINGTUFF- Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Emo’s ADDRESS: 603 Red River St (corner of 6th)
6:00 PM – METZ – Urban Outfitters Back Lot ADDRESS:2406 Guadalupe St
6:30 PM- Rose Windows – @ Redefine Mag Party @ House of Commons ADDRESS: 2610 Rio Grande Street
11:00 PM – Rose Windows- Rockin Tomato Pizza Party! ADDRESS: 3003 South Lamar Blvd
11:45 PM – KINGTUFF – Burgermania II @ Hotel Vegas ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
12:00 PM- Rose Windows – SXSW “Hangover” show @ Beerland ADDRESS: 711 Red River Street
Beach House and actor/director Eric Wareheim have teamed up for a new, wildly imaginative video for the song “Wishes,” from Bloom, the band’s acclaimed 4th album. This captivating piece stars Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Reaper) as what we can only assume is some sort of coach at a peculiar and fantastic sports event or pep rally… in an alternate universe. It’s a uniquely uplifting treatment, its tone matching the soaring vocals of the song, and we’re profoundly proud of what this collaboration between Beach House and Wareheim has produced.
Eric Wareheim had this to say about the video: “Beach House, Ray Wise, fireworks, and horses. How can I go wrong? This is the first project that I’ve ever collaborated creatively with the band. Victoria’s imagery inspired me to create this special half-time show. It also helps that Beach House is literally on my top 5 list of bands, ever.”
Beach House’s previously announced 2013 tour in support of Bloom runs from March 9th in Bologna, Italy at Estragon and currently ends on September 6 in Mexico City, Mexico (venue TBA). Additional highlights for this tour include festival performances—Coachella weekends in Indio, CA on April 12th & 19th; Governors Ball on Randall’s Island in New York, NY on June 7th; Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN on June 14th-16th; Way Out West in Gothenburg, SE on August 8th; Oya Festival in Oslo, NO on August 9th—and April 26th, for a hometown show at the Lyric Opera House with Yo La Tengo & fellow Baltimoreans Lower Dens. You can find a full list of tour dates below and also here.
Mar. 09 – Bologna, IT – Estragon #
Mar. 10 – Rome, IT – Piper Club #
Mar. 11 – Milan, IT – Magazzini Generali #
Mar. 13 – Barcelona, ES – Apolo #
Mar. 14 – Barcelona, ES – Apolo #
Mar. 15 – Madrid, ES – La Riviera #
Mar. 16 – Lisbon, PT – TMN AO Vivo #
Mar. 17 – Porto, PT – Hard Club #
Mar. 19 – Aviles, ES – Centro Niemeyer #
Mar. 21 – Luxembourg, LX – Rockhal #
Mar. 22 – Paris, FR – La Cigale #
Mar. 25 – London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire #
Mar. 26 – London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire #
Apr. 08 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Apr. 09 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Apr. 10 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House**
Apr. 12 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr. 15 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues**
Apr. 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore**
Apr. 17 – Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library at Big Sur**
Apr. 19 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr. 21 – Marfa, TX – Crowley Theatre at Ballroom Marfa**
Apr. 23 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric**
Apr. 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s**
Apr. 26 – Baltimore, MD – The Lyric Opera House*
Jun. 07 – New York, NY – Governors Ball at Randall’s Island
Jun. 13 – Charlotte, NC – The Neighborhood Theatre
Jun. 14 – 16 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
Jul. 16 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Oudegracht
Jul. 20 – Dublin, IE – The Iveagh Gardens
Jul. 31 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
Aug. 08 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West
Aug. 09 – Oslo, NO – Oya Festival
Aug. 11 – Helsinki, FI – Flow Festival
Sep. 06 – Mexico City, MX – TBA
The Postal Service are back in 2013 with a reissue of their now classic album, Give Up, featuring 15 bonus tracks, including two brand new ones, as well as an extensive tour.
Watch this recently unearthed video showing the fateful day in the early aughts when Jimmy met Ben and the magic that would become Give Up began to blossom.
Pre-order Give Up: The Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition from Sub Pop now and receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition. These are available over at The Postal Service’s own site and will be available at select independent retailers on April 9th, call your local record store for availability.
Mogwai have kept themselves pretty busy since 2011’s fantastic Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will, having released an EP, a remix record, and now a full-length score for a French television show about zombies (Zombies: the new vampires? Think on it. Or not. I guess it doesn’t matter.) called Les Revenants. The album aptly shares the name of the television show that it scored and is available via CD, LP, and digital.
We’re not sure how Mogwai keeps cranking out this much music, but as long as the quality consistently blows away all expectation, we’re just going to keep listening.