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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll email you when we have more info!
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.
Earlier this week, in conjunction with the release of their very excellent sophomore record Let’s Be Still, The Head and the Heart gave an astounding performance of the album track “Shake” on David Letterman. Watch that in the embed.
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 ofComets 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.