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News from 10/2013

COMMERCE : TUE, OCT 22, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Sub Pop, Black Friday, and You


Sub Pop’s Small Bounty of Record Store Day Treasure

We are, once again, participating in the frenzied, let’s-get-our-economy-back-on-track holiday tradition known among vinyl collectors, music fanatics, and eBay flippers as Record Store Day’s Black Friday, for which we (and other record labels and artists) come up with very cool and very limited releases to be sold exclusively at independent record retailers.

On November 29th, Sub Pop (hey, that’s us) will release two limited-edition Black Friday exclusives: Josh Tillman’s score to the forthcoming short film The History of Caves, and a split 7” featuring Low’s popular rendition of Rihanna’s megahit “Stay” and Shearwater’s take on Frank Ocean’s “Novacane.” Please find track listing details for both releases below.

The History of Caves is the directorial debut of photographer and filmmaker Emma Elizabeth Tillman, and it will premiere later this year on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. Josh Tillman’s (spoiler alert: he is Father John Misty!) haunting, spare instrumental score spans 10 tracks, all of which are featured on this limited-edition LP. The album is limited to 2,000 copies.

Labelmates Low and Shearwater each contribute what might be considered, in some circles, improbable covers of popular songs for this split 7” single. After performing a crowd-favorite live version of Rihanna’s “Stay” at the Pitchfork Music Festival this past July, Low recorded a studio version at Sacred Heart in Duluth, MN. Low’s version of the pop ballad has been available digitally since mid-September and follows in the wake of the band’s March 2013, Jeff Tweedy-produced album The Invisible Way. Shearwater’s new album Fellow Travelers is out November 26, 2013, and on it the band performs re-imagined songs by bands they have toured with over the years, including Folk Implosion, St. Vincent, Wye Oak, Xiu Xiu, and Coldplay among others. Unfettered by the operating principle of Fellow Travelers (and inviting future tour dates together) Shearwater recorded their own gauze-wrapped, undulating version of Frank Ocean’s “Novacane” for this single. Low’s proceeds will benefit Rock for Kids (, while Shearwater’s will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center ( This 7” is limited to 3,500 copies.

Both releases will also be available digitally, so you MP3 purists can have yours, too.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

MEDIA : THU, OCT 10, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Stream The Head and the Heart’s ‘Let’s Be Still’ Now

Our good friends over at Rolling Stone are premiering The Head and the Heart’s forthcoming, and frankly, nothing short of magical new record, Let’s Be Still, all week. And conveniently, because we’ve always got you, the music-loving, discerning consumer in mind, we’ve got the record premiere embedded in this very blog post, that way, you don’t have to go too far to hear the previously mentioned magic yourself.

If you pre-order Let’s Be Still from us here at Sub Pop, you’ll receive a limited-edition The Head and the Heart postcard set. If you pre-order the vinyl LP format of the record, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the 2xLP, in this case, clear/blue and clear/gold—the duo is nothing short of resplendent. As is the nature of limited things, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order quickly.

Pre-order Let’s Be Still here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, OCT 4, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Sub Pop + Broadist + Dr. Martens Bring You: GET-UPs & GET DOWN CMJ MIXER


Headed to town for CMJ? Already thinking about what to pack? At once inspired by the endless cutie parade and shocked by the disproportionate gender ratio at shows? We have things in common.

Opt for a change of both scenery and gender balance, and revitalize your closet (or suitcase, for visitors) at GETUPs & GET DOWN. DJ sets from Dum Dum Girls and THEESatisfaction will light up the room for a vintage clothing swap from Broadist, swag and drinks from Sub Pop, and a chance to get your hands on some Dr. Martens from… well, you know. More details below!

Wednesday 10/16 – 6 to 9 PM – 21+

Good Co. – 10 Hope Street, Brooklyn NY 11211


DeeDee of Dum Dum Girls

Stas of THEESatisfaction

Vintage Swap:

Bring 2-3 fall/winter garments you’re done wearing but which still deserve a new, loving home. In this like-minded crowd, you’re bound to make awesome trades. All sizes welcome! Our only request is that you bring your select finest goods to share.

Kindly anticipate drinks, hugs, vinyl, dancing, more estrogen than most, boots, and all your wildest dreams coming true. More details every day.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, OCT 30, 2013 at 3:44 AM

Introducing Lyla Foy (formerly WALL)


The Sub Pop family got an additional member today with the signing of the London-based artist, Lyla Foy. It’s very possible that you were previously aware of Lyla through her former moniker, WALL, as she made some waves under that nom de guerre with the release of a couple critically-lauded EPs. Make the jump over to The Guardian, who have the scoop on Lyla Foy as well as the premiere of her track beautiful track, “Easy”, to which they eloquently note that, “It’s basically the perfect soundtrack to the impending winter chill”. We’re couldn’t be more ready to usher in that harshest of seasons if we’ve got Lyla Foy’s music to get us through. Welcome to the family, Lyla.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

MEDIA : FRI, OCT 25, 2013 at 3:24 AM

Washed Out’s “All I Know” Video is Very Good

The beautiful, hazy, and somehow humid sound found on Washed Out’s Paracosm was a perfect companion for the summer months in which it was released, but with the emotional roller coaster ride portrayed in video for the outstanding album track “All I Know”, the record’s sound is proving to have a seasonable adaptability, accompanying us into the darker months like an old friend. Watch the masterful, Urban Outfitters-produced video in the embed.

Paracosm is on sale at iTunes for just $7.99!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

MEDIA : THU, OCT 31, 2013 at 3:55 AM

New Dum Dum Girls Album, Music Video (OMG)

In terms of good days for fans and future fans of the Dum Dum Girls, there are few better days than today. Why? Excellent question, blog reader. Today, we at Sub Pop have announced DDG’s third full length record, Too True, due out on January 28th. And while this alone is cause enough for celebration, there’s more to stoke the flames of excitement: in conjunction with the clothes-maker H&M, Dum Dum Girls have created an amazing video for the Too True album track “Lost Boys and Girls Club”, a beautifully haunting song whose melody will be replaying in your head for the coming days. You can check out that video in the blog embed.

In addition to the new Dum Dum Girls record on the horizon, a new track, and a new video, Too True is now available for pre-order on CD and limited, Loser Edition LP. If you pre-order from, you’ll receive a limited-edition bonus 7” featuring the album track, “Rimbaud Eyes”, and the non-album b-side, “Girls Intuition” (currently unavailable elsewhere). And as is the case with all limited-edition things, both the Loser Edition colored-vinyl LP and the bonus 7-inch single are a first come, first served type of deal. That means order now.

To gain a greater appreciation of where main Dum Dum Girl, Dee Dee, was coming from when she wrote Too True, read her eloquent open letter.

Posted by Sam Sawyer