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News from 3/2014

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

Sub Pop At the Katowice, Poland OFF Festival!

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Sub Pop is very pleased to announce our involvement with this year’s OFF Festival, to be held August 1st-3rd in Katowice, Poland.  Now in its 8th year, the lineup features the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deafheaven, Glenn Branca, Fuck Buttons, Loop, Earth, Dean Wareham, Dirty Beaches, Chelsea Wolfe, Perfume Genius, Perfect Pussy and more to be announced.

On Friday, August 1st Sub Pop will curate the Experimental Stage, with a lineup that includes artists from the labels roster, past and present, our sister label Hardly Art, and a few Polish bands. Artists performing include: Wolf Eyes, Rose Windows, clipping., Lyla Foy, Protomartyr, Kaseciarz (Krakow, PL) and Wild Books (Warszawa, PL).   

Please find additional information about each of the performers below.

Wolf Eyes
“Choking Flys” (From No Answer - Lower Floors / Destijl)

Some say Rock N Roll will never reach the same primitive raw vein hit of Bo Diddley at his more subhuman lurch, or that no unit could ever scramble the marbles left of what brain-boiling suburban electronic punk outsiders did in the mid-’70s: Whatever you think, there is no denying the homemade nuclear war Wolf Eyes has declared on music. Wolf Eyes was birthed in the shadows of late-’90s Michigan. However, Wolf Eyes has grown beyond a band into a collective mutant ensemble, an art abstraction unit: musicians, print makers, photographers and more, all sharing a primal vision of decoding the wilderness of the humanoid soul using their deep audio arsenals. 

“Work Work” feat. Cocc Pistol Cree (From CLPPNG / Sub Pop)

Before the release of clipping.’s debut, 2013’s Midcity, the trio of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson did not expect to find an audience for their abrasive brand of rap music. But since the formation of clipping. and the release of their debut album, the field of commercial music enlarged ever so slightly, making room again for noisier, more adventurous elements in electronic production. Examples of this have been incremental, mere baby steps, so far. And despite clipping.’s insistence that they’re really just making rap— not noise-rap, industrial-rap, or any other mashup genre— their music might be more sonically challenging than that of the punkish rap rockers, lo-fi bedroom producers, and street goth hybridist’s they’ve been lumped with so far. The band will release their Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG, this June.

Lyla Foy
“Feather Tongue” (From Mirrors the Sky / Sub Pop)

Lyla Foy (formerly known as WALL) released Mirrors the Sky, her Sub Pop debut in March. The London singer and producer specializes in intimate vocals effortlessly intertwined with delicate, emotive instrumentation. The production is an integral part of her writing process, capturing not only the intended notes but also the incidental and accidental sounds that bring the recordings to life and provide endless intrigue. While the patter of keyboards, guitars and pulsing bass lines create a beguiling backdrop, it’s Foy’s sense of melody and turn of phrase that takes centre stage. Subtle nods to classic refrains, mingled with her own inflection, suggest a writer who draws from many different eras, resulting in a sound that is both timeless yet modern.

“Scum Rise” (from Under Color of Official Right / Hardly Art)

Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates — guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson — the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band’s sophomore LP and Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right.

Rose Windows
“Heavenly Days” (From The Sun Dogs / Sub Pop)

Rose Windows began in late 2010 in Seattle. On their debut album, The Sun Dogs, the band incorporates elements of The Band, The Doors’ organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s dirges, along with Persian, Indian, and Eastern European music.  Rose Windows have toured the West Coast several times, fluidly sharing the stage with underground art-metal bands one night and popular indie Americana acts the next. The Sun Dogs was recorded and produced by Randall Dunn (SunnO))), Boris, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle.

Wild Books
“Oranges & Lemons” (from Wild Books / Instant Classic)

Who said you could only play rootsy, dirty, sunburned rock in Texas or Tennessee? The duo Wild Books proves that you set out from a Polish garage to follow in the footsteps of Jack White and The Black Keys. Wild Books’ self-titled 2014 debut record showcases retro-rock in its whole ass-kicking glory.

“Dance” (from 
Motörcycle Rock and Roll / Instant Classic)

Three years ago, this guy proved you could be a surfer in southern Poland. This year he’s back with Motörcycle Rock and Roll, a mix of psychedelia, garage, and surf, or as he likes to call it, “garbage rock.” Fortunately the sound quality is inversely proportional to its aesthetic value. Maciej Nowacki’s music will blow your socks off, even though he himself admits that the only reason he got into music in the first place was to prove he was in the arts at parties.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, MAR 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Listen to The Afghan Whigs’ New Song “The Lottery”. Now.

Do to the Beast, The Afghan Whigs first full length record in over a decade and a half, is covered from track to track and from sleeve to spine with eager anticipation. The unveiling of the first single, ”Algiers”, made it instantly clear that the new record from Greg Dulli & Co. has earned all of that eager anticipation, hoopla, fanfare, etc. “The Lottery”, a second peek into DttB, just reinforces how welcome The Afghan Whigs’ return truly is. Listen to that track in the embedded player.

Pre-order Do to the Beast from Sub Pop now, and get instant access to an entire stream of the record! If you pre-order the record on vinyl, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record–this is a classic “while supplies last” situation, so order now before all you have is a (perfectly fine) black copy of the record and a head full of regret.

The Afghan Whigs On Tour
Apr. 10 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s 
Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir  (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
Apr. 17 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s  
Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival  (SOLD OUT)
May 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (SOLD OUT)
May 16 - Boston, MA - Paradise  (SOLD OUT)
May 17 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar (SOLD OUT)
May 20 - Buenos Aires, AR - Teatro
May 22 - Sao Paulo, BR - Audio
May 23 - Porto Alegre, BR - Bar Opinao
May 25 - Santiago, CL - Amanda
Jun. 28 - Norrkoping, SE - Bravalla Festival
Jun. 29 - Oslo, NO - Rockerfeller
Jun. 30 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio
Jul. 02 - Berlin, DE - C Club
Jul. 03 - Gdynia, PL - Opener Festival
Jul. 04 - Hradec Kralove, CZ - Rock For People
Jul. 05 - Sopron, HU - Volt Festival
Jul. 07 -  Milan, IT - Magnolia
Jul. 11 -
Trencin, SK - Pohoda Festival
Jul. 13 - Bruges, BE - Cactus Festival
Jul. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Jul. 15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Jul. 17 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral
Jul. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
Jul. 19 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAR 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Listen to Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires’ “The Company Man” Now

One of Sub Pop’s most recent signees, Birmingham, Alabamaniacs (sorry, guys) Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, have just spilled the proverbial beans regarding their Sub Pop debut, Dereconstructed. Specifically, these beans reveal that the record will come out on May 27th, 2014. What’s more, the band also just premiered “The Company Man”, side one, track one of that record, with Paste Magazine (also available to your ears in this very blog post), who boasted of the track that it’s “a fitting follow up to 2012’s excellent There is a Bomb in Gilead”. We couldn’t agree more, in fact, it’s why we signed them.

Pre-order Dereconstructed from Sub Pop and you’ll receive a limited edition LBIII+GF patch. Speaking of limited, if you pre-order the record on vinyl, you’ll receive the colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP. As is the nature with limited things, order soon to get yours! Also available for pre-order over at iTunes, too.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAR 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Pop To Seattle w/ The Hotel Max and Sub Pop!


How would you like to visit Seattle, stay in a posh downtown Seattle hotel, get an exclusive tour of the Sub Pop office, and receive a Sub Pop prize pack (full of Sub Pop prizes) all just for sharing with the world (or, more specifically, Twitter and/or Instagram) your favorite record (non Sub Pop records qualify)? Well, we’ve paired with our dear friends, neighbors, and long time home away from home for Sub Pop artists when they visit Seattle, The Hotel Max, to give you exactly this thing!

Here’s the gist: Using @hotel_max and #poptoseattle, Tweet or Instagram a photo of your favorite record to enter to win airfare for two to Seattle (up to an $800 value), a two-night stay at the (fabulous) Hotel Max, and a prize pack from Sub Pop. Blackout dates may apply. Contest begins March 13, 2014 and ceases to be a contest on March 20, 2014 at 11:59pm. Full rules here.

Go! Do the thing! Show us your favorite record so you can come meet us in person!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

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


Euphoric UK pop act and newish Sub Pop recording artists, THUMPERS, have expanded their US tour schedule, which now includes multiple SXSW appearances. The trek begins Wednesday, March 12th in Austin, TX at Swan Dive and currently ends on Saturday, March 22nd in Seattle, WA at Barboza.  The tour is in support of Galore, their acclaimed, and wonderfully addictive, Sub Pop debut. See a full tour schedule below. 

In related news, you can now listen to THVMPERS cover of “Lungs,” originally recorded by former tour mates and friends of the band, CHVRCHES. For a great time, press play on the embedded video player.

Pick up Galore from your friends here at Sub Pop Records.

Tour Dates:

Mar. 12 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Swan Dive / PASTE day party (12:35pm)
Mar. 12 - Austin, TX - SXSW – The North Door / Sub Pop Licensing Showcase (3:45pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Flamingo Cantina / Under The Radar Showcase (1:35pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Mellow Johnny’s / KEXP, Sub Pop, Hardly Art “Officially Unofficial” Showcase (6pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Latitude 30 / BME BBC Introducing Showcase (8pm)
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Mohawk (Outdoor) / ATC Mgmt + Vans Showcase (9:30pm)
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Latitude 30 / BME SXSW Presents Showcase (4:40pm)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Hotel San Jose / WFUV Session (10am)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW – El Sapo / MFL (1-2pm)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW – TBA
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW – TBA
Mar 17 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Western
Mar 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Mar 19 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Mar 21 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Mar 22 - Seattle, WA - Barboza

Mar. 26 - Brussels, BE - AB Club
Mar. 27 - Cologne, DE - Blue Shell
Mar. 28 - Zurich, CH - M4Music Festival
Mar. 29 - Munich, DE - Milla
Mar. 31 - Vienna, AT - Flex
Apr. 01 - Prague, CZ - Futurum
Apr. 02 - Berlin, DE - Comet
Apr. 03 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow
Apr. 04 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Apr. 05 -  Rotterdam, NL - Paradiso
May 01 - Liverpool, UK -  Soundcity Festival
May 21 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
May 22 - London, UK - Scala
May 23 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
May 24 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
May 28 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
May 29 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
May 30 - St. Helens, UK - Library
May 31 - Norwich, UK - Epic Studios

Posted by Sam Sawyer