You have likely noticed, savvy internet shopper, that we’re currently smack-dab in the midst of our annual “20’s Plenty Holiday Sale” here at SubPop.com, which gives you 20% off your entire purchase of $20 or more…
Starting now and in addition to that, we’re offering these brand new Loser-embroidered black fireplace stockings FREE with every order over $100 (after discounts & shipping fees) through December and while supplies last.
On the subject of supplies lasting or not…
Because these handsome stockings are available both as a free gift with orders over $100 (after discounts & shipping) and for sale on their own for $15, they will definitely sell out quickly! So, bear that in mind when considering your ownership options here. Snoozing may very well equate to losing.
Happy Holidays, Losers!
Sub Pop’s third annual 20’s Plenty Holiday Sale is quickly approaching its end, and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you’re doing a remarkable job of ignoring us (kudos to you, sometimes I wish I could ignore us), because we’ve been pretty loud about the money that we are desperately trying to save you by convincing you that now’s the time to spend all of it at our online store. So, before your opportunity to magically turn your money into long-playing Sub Pop records at the greatly discounted rate of 20% off goes away for another year, we wanted to tell you about a pretty special fact: not only is EVERYTHING THAT WE SELL 20% OFF WHEN YOU SPEND $20 OR MORE, but all five of the 2014 Sub Pop records that we currently have available for pre-order are 20% off, too! Future records available at the sale price of today! Now, I’m not sure if you know how stock options work, but this is essentially what’s happening here. Invest like a CEO, pick up brand new records at an appreciable discount from Mogwai, The Notwist, Death Vessel, THUMPERS, and Dum Dum Girls, and shop the rest of our sale here.
On January 21st, 2014, Mogwai’s new and very excellent record, Rave Tapes, comes out on Sub Pop on CD, LP, digital, and the white tiger of all of the music formats—the very deluxe, very, very limited (to 500) LP box-set featuring a veritable treasure trove of rare goodies including the Loser Edition colored-vinyl version of the LP, a bonus 7”, a bonus, colored-vinyl 12” w/ two non-Rave Tapes tracks, three 12×12″ art prints, a 40-page hardcover book of photographs, and a CD copy of the album—all for just $80!
Pre-order your copy of the box-set here, but quickly, as they’re going very quickly! All orders over $20 at SubPop.com are 20% off through January 6th! Just another reason to jump on this opportunity to expand your record collection.
Check out Mogwai’s stellar new video for the Rave Tapes album track “The Lord is Out Of Control” in the embedded player.
The fine folks at Full Tilt have created the world’s finest possible ice cream flavor (we are clearly incapacitated with bias) and it is called Mudhoney. It has hints of cinnamon, honey, chocolate, and general ice creaminess and is a nod to the quintessential Sub Pop band of the same name. To celebrate, Full Tilt’s flagship store in White Center, WA (just south of Seattle) is hosting the band for an unveiling and an instore performance starting at 7pm on December 11th! Space is VERY limited, so if you want to experience the new flavor and get a good spot for the show, get in there early!
Check out the event page here.
Dum Dum Girls’ hotly anticipated new album, Too True, is slated for a January 28th, 2014 release, and Dee Dee and Co. are bringing the new record live to a bevy of stages throughout the lands to keep you warm all winter long.
If you pre-order Too True, you’ll receive a limited-edition bonus 7” for the album track “Rimbaud Eyes” with an unreleased b-side called “Girls Intuition”. Speaking of limited things, if you pre-order the vinyl LP, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of Too True. And such is the nature of limited-edition things, when they’re gone they’re gone, so order soonish!
Watch the video for “Lost Boys & Girls Club” in the embed.
Dec. 10 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Dec. 11 – Hasselt, BE – Muziekodroom
Dec. 12 – Amiens, FR – La Lune Des Pirates
Dec. 13 – Fontenay-sous-Bois, FR – Espace Gerard Philipe
Dec. 14 – London, UK – Hoxton Bar and Grill
Dec. 15 – Athens, GR – AN Club
Jan. 28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Jan. 30 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 07 – San Diego, CA – Casbah*
Mar. 08 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar*
Mar. 09 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*
Mar. 10 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister*
Mar. 12-15 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar. 16 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada*
Mar. 18 – Nashville, TN – Exit / Inn*
Mar. 19 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree*
Mar. 20 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl*
Mar. 21 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade*
Mar. 22 – Washington, DC – Black Cat*
Mar. 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
Mar. 25 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
Mar. 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg*
Mar. 27 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*
Mar. 28 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore*
Mar. 29 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace*
Mar. 30 – Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch*
Mar. 31 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle*
Apr. 01 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock*
Apr. 04 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret*
Apr. 05 – Seattle, WA – Neumos*
Apr. 06 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir*
Apr. 08 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent*
Alex Scally & Victoria Legrand of Beach House pulled together a group of musicians that could be described as nothing short of a “supergroup” to perform the legendary Gene Clark’s lost classic No Other January 22-26, 2014! This “supergroup” consists of Alex and Victoria from Beach House, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Iain Matthews (Plainsong/Fairport Convention), and more! That’s right, even MORE than that. If you’re not already familiar with Gene Clark’s No Other, you’re in for a treat. Even if you already know alllll about No Other, you’re still in for a treat—treats all around!
Here’s a little more info about the shows, dates, and record.
Ticket links available here
Watch the trailer for The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark.
“How could a record this good, this gorgeous, this inspired exist for almost 20 years without you even having heard of it?”—Melody Maker (1995)
“I really consider No Other a great album myself, I’m very proud of it. But I was very disappointed and let down after its release that it didn’t go any further than it did—and I don’t even know all the reasons.”—Gene Clark
Gene Clark was a founding member of The Byrds, one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. After leaving The Byrds, he released numerous solo albums throughout the ‘60s, ’70s, and ’80s, before his death in 1991. Though we generally love all of his music, we are most infatuated with his 1974 record, No Other. It feels like a special moment in Gene Clark’s songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels overbearing: the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark’s very unique lyrics, voice and spirit become the central focus. It’s one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Every song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.
When No Other was released in September of 1974, it received a lot of bad reviews, most criticizing its studio excess. There was also a general lack of support from the label as they saw the record as not having any “hits.” Ultimately, the album came to be seen as a critical and commercial failure. Therefore, a lot of people of its generation don’t really know the record. Throughout the years since, many have dug the record up and fallen in love with it. We are certainly two of those people and we hope that the tour we are organizing to play the record live will spread awareness of the album even more.
The show will consist of the entire record played, note for note, from start to finish. Gene Clark’s lead parts will be sung by four singers that we admire very much: Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. To be able to play each part on the album, we are assembling a ten-person band and chorus comprised of musicians we know in Baltimore, including members of Lower Dens, Wye Oak, Celebration, and Mt. Royal. We feel incredibly excited and lucky to be working with such a stellar group of singers, friends and musicians (listed below), without whose help, this complicated and unconventional tour would never be possible.
A special edit of Four Sons Productions’ new documentary, The Byrd Who Flew Alone, focusing on No Other, will precede these performances, providing more insight into the story of the making of No Other.
DJ BLT, aka Brad Truax (Soldiers of Fortune, Black Mountain, Spiritualized), will open the night with a set of No Other-related ’70s music.
Thanks for reading,
Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention / Plainsong)
Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen)
Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak)
Victoria Legrand (Beach House)
Steve Strohmeier (Chris Cohen, Cass McCombs, Beach House) – Lead Guitar
Walker Teret (Lower Dens, Cass McCombs, Celebration) – Acoustic Lead
Geoff Graham (Lower Dens, 13 Falls) – Acoustic Two
Alex Scally (Beach House) – Bass
Dominic Matar (Carloman) – Piano
Sean Antanaitis (Celebration) – Organ/Synths/Guitar
Mike Lowry (Mt. Royal) – Drums
Tony Drummond (Celebration)
Jan. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Jan. 23 – Baltimore, MD – Floristree
Jan. 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Jan. 25 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jan. 26 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Purchase tickets here