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News from 2/2014

NEWS : WED, FEB 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Shearwater Are On Tour! Download a new track now!

Shearwater have been a prolific bunch while on Sub Pop. Their label debut, Animal Joy, was followed quickly with the wonderful covers record, Fellow Travelers, a couple of 7” singles thrown in for good measure, and here we are today offering you a FREE download of the track ”Black Is The Color”, which was recorded at WNYC for the “Colors” episode for the truly enlightening radio show, Radiolab (if you’re not already into this show, do your brain a favor and get into them here).

In other Shearwater news, the band will be offering an exclusive, special limited release album throughout their current tour: Missing Islands is a 20-track collection of demos and outtakes from the sessions for RookThe Golden Archipelago, and Animal Joy, spanning the years from 2007 to 2012. Most of these recordings, which range from solo acoustic home recordings to full-band explorations, have never been released in any form, and they catch the songs halfway between sleeping and waking. It also features some songs that never made it out of the incubator, some memorable studio moments, and the sound of Thor fighting a mighty (but deceased) oak tree (he won). You can read some liner notes JM wrote about the release right now.

Shearwater Tour Dates

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, FEB 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Makes Record Store Day 2014 Worth Living

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Record Store Day 2014 is a mere 51 days away according to the official countdown over at, and with the popularity of vinyl ever increasing, there are more Record Store Day exclusives in 2014 to sift through than ever before. This means one or two of the following things: 1) You are going to spend MUCH MORE money than last year; and/or 2) It’s going to be tough to stick out in crowded record bins full of limited-edition, Record Store Day-only releases. Well, we here at Sub Pop HQ read the tea leaves, studied the data points, and decided early on that we were going to have to do something really special to stand out this year. We went to work, trimmed the fat, and got our release list to the four most exciting, collectable, sonically pleasing, limited-edition Sub Pop Record Store Day Releases ever. To get a full appreciation of what I’m bullshitting so eloquently about, see below. We’ll see you at your local independent record retailer at four in the morning on April 19th. You bring the coffee. And the donuts.

Mudhoney On Top:  KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP: In 2013 both Mudhoney and Sub Pop turned 25, and, in celebration of this milestone, the band performed on the actual roof of Seattle’s iconic and also very tall Space Needle. Due to space limitations up on top, and the obvious safety issues involved, only about 13 people were able to bear witness to this performance (and you can hear each of them, clapping individually between songs). Our friends at KEXP recorded and broadcast this monumentally historic event, and this limited-edition vinyl LP preserves it for eternity. Limited to 2,700 copies worldwide.

Pissed Jeans The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP: Here are four live-in-the-studio tracks that (finally!) give meaning and validation to Sub Pop’s existence. This historic platter is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, and these versions of the tracks are exclusive to this release.

Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single: This single features four new tracks from the Calgary artist’s vault of unheard music. Exactly none of these tracks appear on Chad’s forthcoming album, Shrink Dust (out 4/29 on Sub Pop!). The dare-we-say incredible cover art is by Chad himself. Limited to 2,300 copies worldwide.

The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single: “Run Run Run” is from the band’s just-released album, Close to the Glass, and this single also includes three more, unreleased tracks: one new song, and two exclusive remixes of “Run Run Run.” Both sides of the record feature a special double groove, with each parallel groove containing a different song. Limited to 1,900 copies worldwide.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, FEB 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Sub Pop Signs Mirel Wagner!

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Our roster grew today to officially include the wonderfully talented Finnish signer-songwriter Mirel Wagner. The music that she creates melds subversive lyricism touching on themes of love and death against a backdrop of spare and minimalist folk music. You may have heard Mirel Wagner’s self-titled debut, released in 2012 via Friendly Fire Recordings. That album, led by the singles and videos for “No Death” and “Joe,” earned her acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, New York Times, Time, The Guardian, PASTE, FILTER, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Vogue, USA Today, Gorilla Vs Bear, and more.  

Listen to “No Death” from her s/t, 2012 album to hear why we’re so pleased to welcome Mirel into the Sub Pop family. Stay tuned for more details about her Sub Pop debut this summer.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, FEB 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Chad VanGaalen Album + New Track!

As some of Chad VanGaalen’s biggest fans, news of new music from that guy always perks the collective ears of the employees of Sub Pop, and his new album, Shrink Dust, was no exception. Today, we’re excessively pleased to be able to share the new album track, “Where Are You”, along with album and pre-order news with you, cherished blog reader.

Shrink Dust comes out on April 29th on CD, LP, and MP3, and if you pre-order from the Sub Pop Mega Mart, you’ll receive a set of limited-edition Chad VanGaalen art prints, which, if you’ve seen any of his music videos, you’ll know that you’re in for something very special (and totally weird). Speaking of limited, if you pick up LP from us, you’ll receive the colored-vinyl, Loser Edition of the record. As is the case with all limited-edition things, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order quickly!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, FEB 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Head & the Heart’s Beautiful “Another Story” Gets All Cinematic

The Head and the Heart are back with a brand new video off of their 2013 record, Let’s Be Still, for the gorgeous album track, “Another Story”. Buzzfeed has the whole scoop here, but the long and the short of it is that it stars “Pretty Little Liars” actress, Troian Bellisario, it’s both tragic and beautiful, and you should take a few minutes, right now seems good, to watch this cinematic triumph in music video creation. Watch it in the embed.

“Another Story” is from the album Let’s Be Still; pick it up here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, FEB 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Death Vessel’s ‘Island Intervals’ Out Today + New Video!

It’s been an awful long time since Death Vessel’s 2008 Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us, so it feels really good to be able to say that the long awaited follow up is FINALLY out today. You can pick it up wherever fine music is sold, or specifically here, at, if you like. There are still a small handful of limited, colored-vinyl Loser Editions of the vinyl LP if you act quick. Watch the brand new, charmingly odd video for the album track, “Mercury Dime” in the embed.

Posted by Sam Sawyer