News from 10/2013

NEWS : MON, OCT 28, 2013 at 4:12 AM

Mogwai to Release ‘Rave Tapes’ January 21st


The follow-up to Mogwai’s excellently named and even more excellently music’d record Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will has gotten a name and an official birth date. Rave Tapes will come out on Sub Pop Records on January 21st, 2014, and there are a few things about it that we want you to know about it.

First of all, like all of our records, if you pre-order the LP, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record. Secondly, you will receive a limited-edition Mogwai 7” with your order. This is great news for people who enjoy very cool and very limited things! But, as with all limited and cool things, this is a first come, first served offer. Meaning, when we’re out, we’re out, so order soon! Thirdly, there will be a limited-edition, deluxe LP box set of Rave Tapes available for pre-order at some point in the very near future! If you would like more info on the box set, email us at, and we’ll email you when we have more info!

Until then, pick up Rave Tapes on CD and Loser Edition colored-vinyl here.

Listen to “Remurdered” from Rave Tapes in the embedded player!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : SUN, OCT 27, 2013 at 3:48 AM

The Helio Sequence + Seattle Sounders FC


A madness of the Soccer—or if you prefer, futbol—variety has taken the city of Seattle in pandemic proportions since the 2007 inclusion of the Seattle Sounders FC to the Professional Soccer Society of American Gentlemen (MLS). During the soccer season, everywhere you turn in Seattle, you find yourself surrounded well-educated hooligans, who likely work in the tech industry, wrapped in blue and green-striped scarves chanting indecipherable nonsense in unison and ordering a plain ol’ donut without the Sounders’ colors sprinkled on it becomes a nearly impossible task.

Today, we at Sub Pop are helping to stoke that intense fervor by putting one of our most exciting bands, The Helio Sequence, in front of thousands upon thousands of Seattle Sounders fans near the stadium as the band leads the crowd in the “March to the Match” where the Sounders will play West Coast rivals the L.A. Galaxy.

If you don’t have tickets to the game, but you do want to see The Helio Sequence play a free show, head down to Century Link field and see them play in the parking lot at 4:20 today (let’s save the weed jokes for a different blog post, please).

More info on the location here.

Come for the The Helio Sequence, stay for the Sounders.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, OCT 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Yes, THAT Comets on Fire.


Last seen in action (and very memorable action at that) at our own 20th anniversary festival back in 2008, the fine, furry gentle-dudes of Comets on Fire recently announced that they will be playing some shows in the UK this November, as part of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. And now they have, even more recently, announced that they are adding an Oakland date (Nov. 26 at The White Horse Inn)!

With the exception of the glaring lack of a Seattle date (WTF, guys?), this is unequivocally great news. We’re biased, sure. We’ve put out a couple of Comets on Fire records and we’re still totally interested in selling them. But, we have seen this band, some of us a bunch of times, at least one of us on the very night his second son was due to be born, and it’s really impossible to describe, with mere words and the meager skill we seem to be able to muster in their use, just how much fun a Comets on Fire show is. And, right now, there are three more of them. We know you’ll make the right decision here.

There is a press release about all of this here.

And, the Comets on Fire blog has the straight dope from the band, including insight on how all of this came together.

Welcome back, guys. It’s been way too long.

Posted by Chris Jacobs