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News from 6/2013

WED, JUN 19, 2013 at 3:10 AM

New Chad VanGaalen-created METZ video for “Get Off”

Take a couple of minutes to watch the brand new METZ video for the stellar track, “Get Off”, from the band’s 2012 s/t debut. The video was illustrated and animated by the band’s labelmate and fellow Canadian, Chad VanGaalen, who, if you’re familiar with his visual work, you’ll know to be prepared for a slightly unsettling but somehow delightful experience. Enjoy the weird ride.

METZ are touring Europe this fall. Luck you guys.

Jun. 21 – Calgary, Canada – Royal Canadian Legion #1
Jun. 22 – Calgary, Canada – Broken City
Jun. 23 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
Jun. 28 – St. Gallen, Switzerland – St. Gallen Festival
Jun. 29 – Helsinki, Finland – Rock the Beach Festival
Jul. 4 – Arendal, Norway – Hove Festival
Jul. 6 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
Jul. 12 – Toronto, Canada – Downsview Park
Jul. 20 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
Jul. 26 – Guelph, Canada – Hillside Festival of Guelph
Aug. 1 – Venlo, Netherlands – Julianapark
Aug. 2 – Liege, Belgium – Micro Festival
Aug. 3 – Katowice, Poland – Off Festival
Aug. 8 – Oslo, Norway – Oya Natt Festival
Aug. 9 – Rees-Haldern, Germany – Haldern Pop Festival
Aug. 11 – Castelbuono (Palermo- Sicily), Italy – Ypsigrock Festival
Aug. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – F Yeah Fest
Sep. 26 – Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Festival
Sep. 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
Oct. 30 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival
Oct. 31 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival
Nov. 1 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Den Atelier
Nov. 2 – Brussels, Belgium – Witloofbar
Nov. 3 – Eindhoven, Holland – Hit The City Festival
Nov. 4 – Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
Nov. 6 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Beta
Nov. 7 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
Nov. 8 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Nov. 9 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
Nov. 11 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
Nov. 12 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Nov. 13 – Wroclaw, Poland – Bezsennosc
Nov. 14 – Prague, Czech Republic – 007 Club
Nov. 15 – Wurzburg, Germany – Cafe Cairo
Nov. 16 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Le Romandie Club
Nov. 17 – Milan, Italy – Lo Fi Club
Nov. 19 – Lyon, France – Marche Gare
Nov. 20 – Paris, France – La Gaite Lyrique
Nov. 22 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Deaf Institute
Nov. 23 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Broadcast
Nov. 25 – Leeds, United Kingdom – Brudenell Social Club
Nov. 26 – Bristol, United Kingdom – Start the Bus
Nov. 27 – Brighton, United Kingdom – The Haunt
Nov. 28 – London, United Kingdom – Village Underground


Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, JUN 14, 2013 at 5:45 AM

New Low Video for “Plastic Cup” + Movie and Tour News

Sub Pop is very happy to be able to share with you Low’s new video for “Plastic Cup” directed by Ryley Fogg. You can watch the video in the embedded player.

We’re also pleased to announce screenings of Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking) all over the United States this summer. The film follows the band’s entire career and relationship with director, Philip Harder. For twenty years, we made music videos and short films together, filming on ice, in railroad yards, and in rapidly disintegrating rooms.

So far, screenings have been scheduled in the cities below. You can see the full list of screenings and ticketing links here, but make sure to check back often as cities are still being added.

Iowa City, IA – Duluth, MN – Philadelphia, PA – Washington, DC – Chicago, IL Harrisburg, PA – Tulsa, OK – Omaha, NE – Seattle, WA – Grand Rapids, MI Cleveland, OH – New York, NY – Hartford, CT – San Francisco, CA – Arcata, CA Los Angeles, CA – Washburn, WI – Auburn, NY – Columbia, SC – Boston, MA – Madison, WI

Low have also just announced two shows in the southeast in September. Tickets for both shows are on sale on Friday, June 14. You can also get more information about each here.

Sept. 5 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
Sept. 6 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA

Don’t forget about Low’s shows next week with Mike Doughty, Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival and July shows with Swans. They return to Europe in August and November. Details below.

June 14 – Red Star – Duluth, MN
June 15 – Rock the Garden – Minneapolis, MN
June 17 – Sixth and I Synagogue – Washington, DC
June 18 – Altar – Pittsburgh, PA
June 19 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
June 20 – Spaceland Ballroom – Hamden, CT
June 21 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
June 22 – Solid Sound Festival @ Mass Moca – North Adams, MA
July 18 – Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
July 19 – The Majestic – Detroit, MI
July 20 – Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park – Chicago, IL
Aug. 16 – Pukkelpop @ Kiewet Hasselt Festival Grounds – Hasselt, Belgium
Aug. 17 – Green Man Festival – Glansuk, Wales
Aug. 19 – Cyprus Avenue – Cork, Ireland
Aug. 20 – Whelan’s – Dublin, Ireland
Aug. 21 – Empire Music Hall – Belfast, Ireland
Aug. 30 – Big Top Chautauqua – Bayfield, WI
Sept. 5 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
Sept. 6 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
Sept. 7 – Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC
Nov. 4 – Sala Petrassi: Auditorium Parco della Musica – Rome, Italy
Nov. 5 – Teatro Puccini – Florence, Italy
Nov. 6 – Teatro Martinitt – Milan, Italy
Nov. 7 – Bogen F – Zurich, Switzerland
Nov. 8 – Le Bourg – Lausanne, Switzerland
Nov. 9 – Manufaktur – Schorndorf, Germany
Nov. 11 – Stadsschouwburg – Groningen, Netherlands
Nov. 12 – Lux – Nijmegen, Netherlands
Nov. 13 – Het Depot – Leuven, Belgium
Nov. 14 – Junction – Cambridge, United Kingdom
Nov. 15 – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, United Kingdom
Nov. 16 – Queens Social Club – Sheffield, United Kingdom
Nov. 18 – Anglican Cathedral – Liverpool, United Kingdom
Nov. 19 – Queens Hall – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Nov. 20 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, United Kingdom
Nov. 21 – Arts Centre – Norwich, United Kingdom
Nov. 22-24 – ATP Festival – Camber Sands, United Kingdom


Posted by Sam Sawyer

WED, JUN 5, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Father John Misty: Perfomer/Perfumer

Father John Misty has had a very busy year—he’s played countless shows, countless festivals, serenaded a boat or two, he’s performed on the TV several times, has made music videos for nearly half of 2012 masterpiece Fear Fun, and now, this consummate performer can also add the title of perfumer to his resume. But more on that in the paragraph after next.

First, let’s talk about the new Father John Misty clip for the song that gets Fear Fun rolling—track one/side one—“Fun Times in Babylon”. It’s a delightful, post-apocalyptic romp through a thoroughly ravaged Everytown, USA co-directed by and starring Father John Misty leader, Josh Tillman, who had this to say about the video: "Music videos don’t need blurbs. It’s like putting a brief summary before a Garfield comic strip. Also when did everyone start calling them “clips”? A “clip” is an excerpt of a whole, I thought. Whoever post’s this, don’t spoil the ending in your blurb, which will probably read like this: "Seattle based folk beardo Father John Murphy mopes around a deserted, apocalyptic landscape (and shows off some of those infamous dance moves) in this Josh Tillman directed clip for “Funtimes In Babylon”." Well, at least we didn’t spoil the ending.

And on to pleasures of a different sense, if you will (we really hope you’re still reading). As we said earlier, Father John Misty recently, and yes, seriously, got into the perfume making business, officially earning himself the additional title “perfumer”. Watch the, umm, trailer for his new, unisex fragrance, Innocence by Misty, it’s a wonderful introduction into the process of perfuming as guided by the always charming Father John Misty. Enjoy.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

SUN, JUN 23, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Getting To Know Us: Mudhoney + METZ

We’re just under the three-week mark until the masses (our goal is to attract “the masses”) descend on the great Georgetown neighborhood of our beautiful and bountiful (cherries, apples, crab, grunge, et cetera) city, Seattle, WA, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of consecutive years of business operation in what we’re calling the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. On July 13th, a large number of bands in the immediate and extended Sub Pop family will populate a few stages scattered around Georgetown in this entirely FREE-TO-ENTER celebration of ourselves. In the previous several weeks, we’ve been introducing/reintroducing you to the artists playing the festival in a weekly column we’ve been calling Getting To Know Us; this week, we’re here to tell you a bit about the Toronto band, METZ, and a legendary Seattle-based band called The Mudhoney.

Canadian good guys Hayden, Alex, and Chris are the building blocks of METZ, the Toronto-based noise mongers. They punish ears with the basic formula of drums, bass, guitar and vocals, but they manage to do it in a way completely unto themselves and in a manner that will have you saying after every song, “Thank you, sir, may I have another”, and they will oblige. Watch the video for “Wet Blanket” from their 2012 debut, METZ.

Mudhoney are a difficult band to introduce/reintroduce to you in such short form because of their legendary status and their lynch pin-importance to the formation (and sustainment) of Sub Pop—which is to say, I’m going to blow it trying. Mudhoney have been a band for 25 years now, have released a lot of records, toured endlessly, and were one of the triggers that placed Seattle squarely in the center of the universe in the early nineties. They’re also possibly the only band that left Sub Pop for a different record label and later got back together with us so we could continue to make sweet music together—if Sub Pop had a spouse, it’s certainly Mudhoney. Like I said, I was going to blow it trying to tell you about the Mudhoney’s greatness, and I have succeeded in that. So, please just watch the accompanying video for “I Like It Small” from Vanishing Point and than you should probably watch the video for my favorite Mudhoney song ever, “Good Enough”, from 1991’s Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.

METZ and Mudhoney, two bands by themselves that could fill the entire neighborhood of Georgetown with “masses”, but only two of many bands playing the FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. Join us July 13th for the festivities; your ears will be ringing with bliss when it’s all over.

For full event details, this is hyperlinked sentence you’re looking for.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, JUN 28, 2013 at 4:57 AM

Sub Pop Megamart: A Video Introduction

Take a quick, behind the scenes look at the temporarily-returned-to-its-former-glory Sub Pop Mega Mart in this video honoring the classic, short-form documentary style (it’s effectively a commercial advertisement) starring Sub Pop art directors, Jeff Kleinsmith and Sasha Barr, as well as Lacey Swain, Sub Pop’s own go-to emcee. The doc highlights the Sub Pop Mega Mart art installation, some limited-edition SP merch items, and the fact that we’re interested in selling you these things. If you’ve ever been a fan of Sub Pop and/or any Sub Pop recording artists, there’s definitely something for you at the Sub Pop Mega Mart; located at 6003 12th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98108 in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. Bring quarters, there are Sub Pop gumballs.

If you’re in Seattle tonight, we’re hosting the big, hard launch marking the official, official opening (there were a few snafus the first time around). There will be donuts, DJs from KEXP, and good times. Details here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

THU, JUN 27, 2013 at 5:38 AM

Pissed Jeans’ “Romanticize Me” Video Aims to Impress

Pissed Jeans are back with another subtly astounding video for “Romanticize Me”, off of their excellent release, Honeys. Watch “Romanticize Me” in the accompanying player.

Pissed Jeans are playing Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee on Saturday, July 13th in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. This event is free and boasts a line-up of past and present artists in the SubPopsphere and it’s a free event. The Silver Jubilee is free. More information can be found here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer