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News from 3/2014

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

Sub Pop vs SXSW: Officially Unofficial

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Sub Pop vs. SXSW:
Sub Pop Licensing Showcase March 12th

KEXP, Sub Pop, & Hardly Art Present “Officially Unofficial” Day Party March 13th

SXSW show schedules for Avi Buffalo, The Baptist Generals, clipping., Dum Dum Girls, THEESatisfaction, THUMPERS, and Washed Out

Here’s what Sub Pop has planned for this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX! We’re foregoing an official showcase in favor of keeping our options open to partner up on a few day parties, participate in a multi-record label rummage sale, and live vicariously through our bands’ individual shows, Austin-wide! Bands scheduled to appear at the festival include:  Avi Buffalo, The Baptist Generals, clipping., Dum Dum Girls, THEESatisfaction, THUMPERS, and Washed Out.

Our week of parties, events and band shows include:

Wednesday, March 12th: Sub Pop Licensing’s Showcase at North Door will feature a diverse array of talent: The Haden Sisters and Sub Pop alum Kelley Stoltz (Third Man Records), along with The Coathangers (Suicide Squeeze),  Protomartyr (Hardly Art),  THUMPERS (Sub Pop), and  R. Ring, featuring Kelly Deal (Misra).  

Thursday, March 13th: Sub Pop & sister label Hardly Art will team up with KEXP for the “Officially Unofficial” day party & broadcast at Mellow Johnny’s. The party will feature performances from Dum Dum Girls, La Luz, THUMPERS, and Avi Buffalo. Visit KEXP.ORG for live updates throughout the day.

Also on Thursday, we’ll have a table at the Record Label Rummage Rampage at Obsolete Industries.  

Please find a current list of events and individual band schedules below.

Day Parties:
Mar. 12 (Noon - 5pm)
Sub Pop Licensing Showcase

The North Door / 502 Brushy Street
The Haden Triplets (12:30pm)
The Coathangers (1:15pm)
Kelley Stoltz (2pm)
Protomartyr (2:45pm)
THUMPERS (3:30pm)
R. Ring (4:15pm)

Mar. 13 (Noon - 6:30pm)
“Officially Unofficial” Day Party

Presented by KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art
Mellow Johnny’s / 400 Nueces St
Dum Dum Girls (12pm)
La Luz (2pm)
Avi Buffalo (6pm)

Mar. 13 (Noon - 5pm)
Record Label Rummage Rampage

Presented by Amphetamine Reptile, Sub Pop, Merge, Third Man
Obsolete Industries / 1700 E. 12th St.

Band Schedules:
Avi Buffalo
Mar. 11 - Buffalo Billiards / SAG-AFTRA Party (1am)
Mar. 12 - Do512 Lounge (7pm)
Mar. 13 - Flamingo Cantina / Under The Radar Party (2:30pm)
Mar. 13 - Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (6pm)
Mar. 14 - Hotel San Jose (2pm)
Mar. 15 - Homeslice Pizza (12:10pm)
Mar. 15 - Dirty Dog / Denver Post Reverb Party (3pm)

The Baptist Generals   
Mar. 13 - Cheer Up Charlie’s (inside) / SXSW Showcase (12:15am)

Mar. 12 - Hotel Vegas (Volstead Inside) / Inland Empire Touring Day Party (3:30pm)
Mar. 14 - The Owl of Austin / PORTALS Day party (2pm)

Dum Dum Girls
Mar. 12 - Spotify House (2pm)
Mar. 12 - Mohawk / SPIN at House of Vans Day Party (4:15pm)
Mar. 13 - Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (12pm)
Mar. 13 - TBA
Mar. 13 - Convention Center, Ballroom D / KCSN Show at Radio Day Stage (4pm)
Mar. 13 - Red 7 / Ground Control Touring Showcase (1:10am)
Mar. 14 - Clive Bar / Filter (5pm)
Mar. 14 - Hotel San Jose (7pm)
Mar. 14 - Cedar Street Courtyard / Chevy (11:45pm)
Mar. 15 - Empire Control Room & Garage / Check Your Ponytail (2:15pm)
Mar. 15 - Gypsy / Sailor Jerry’s (5pm)

Mar. 15 - Bungalow / SXSW Showcase (9:35pm)

Mar. 12 - Swan Dive / PASTE day party (12:35pm)
Mar. 12 - The North Door / Sub Pop Licensing Showcase (3:45pm)
Mar. 13 - Flamingo Cantina / Under The Radar Showcase (1:35pm)
Mar. 13 - Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (4pm)
Mar. 13 - Latitude 30 / BME BBC Introducing Showcase (8pm)
Mar. 14 - Mohawk (Outdoor) / ATC Management + Vans Showcase (9:30pm)
Mar. 14 - Latitude 30 / BME SXSW Present Showcase (4:40pm)
Mar. 15 - Hotel San Jose / WFUV Session (10am)
Mar. 15 - El Sapo / MFL (1-2pm)
Mar. 15 - TBA
Mar. 15 - TBA

Washed Out
Mar. 14 - Butler Park - Free Show (7pm)
Mar. 14 - Bar 96 / Filter Showcase (12:30am)
Mar. 15 - Hype Hotel (12:30am)

For additional venue information:

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAR 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Dum Dum Girls, Bret Easton Ellis, & the “Are You Okay” Psychological Thriller

Sub Pop, Vice & MOCA TV proudly present Dum Dum Girls in “Are You Okay”, a short film written by Bret Easton Ellis and featuring the single “Are You Okay” from the band’s acclaimed new album, Too True. The psychological thriller which stars Dee Dee Penny and Shiloh Fernandez, was directed by Brewer, produced by Braxton Pope, with additional musical score composed by Tamaryn and Drew McDowall. The video also features Charles Ray’s artwork (Two Boys, 2010 fiberglass) courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery. And for all you cinephiles, you can watch a making of the video here.

Dum Dum Girls are on tour, go see them.

Mar. 07 - San Diego, CA - Casbah* (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 08 - Las Vegas, NV - Backstage Bar*
Mar. 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
Mar. 10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister*
Mar. 12 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – Spotify House (2pm)
Mar. 12 - Austin, TX -  SXSW –  Mohawk / SPIN at House of Vans Day Party (4:15pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (12pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – The Hype Hotel (2pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – Convention Center, Ballroom D / KCSN Show at Radio Day Stage (4pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – Red 7 / Ground Control Touring Showcase (1:10am)
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – The Tumblr House @ Clive Bar (5pm)
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX -  SXSW –  SXSan Jose @ Hotel San Jose (7pm)
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – The Chevrolet Compound @ Cedar Street (11:45pm)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – I Heart Comix & Check Your Ponytail @ Empire Garage and Control Room (2:15pm)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX -  SXSW – Gypsy / Sailor Jerry’s (5pm)
Mar. 16 - Dallas, TX - Spillover Music Fest / 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* (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 25 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
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* (SOLD OUT)
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* (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 09 - San Jose, CA - The Blank Club*
Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 17 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre
Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella (SOLD OUT)
May 01 - London, UK - Scala
May 03 - Manchester, UK - Round House
May 04 - Leeds, UK - Live In Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club 
May 05 - Norwich, UK  - Norwich Art Centre
May 07 - Glasgow, UK - SWG3
May 08 - Belfast, UK - The Blackbox
May 09 - Galway, UK - Roisin Dubh
May 10 - Dublin, IE - The Button Factory
May 11 - Bristol, UK - Start The Bus
May 13 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet
May 15 -  Milan, IT - Circolo Magnolia
May 16 - Rome, IT -  Traffic Club
May 17 - Carpi, IT - Mattatoio
May 18 - Zagreb, Croatia - Mocvara
May 20 - Hamburg, DE - Knust
May 21 - Berlin, DE -  Lido
May 22 - Munich, DE - Orangehouse @ Feierwerk
May 24 - Zurich, CH - Kinski Klub
May 25 -  Esch Alzette, LU -  ROCKHAL
May 26 - Paris, FR -  La Maroquinerie
May 27 - Paris, FR - Silencio
May 28 - Strasbourg, FR -  La Laiterie
May 29 - Lyon, FR - Les Nuits Sonores @ Les Confluences
May 31 - Barcelona, ES  - Primavera
Jun. 01 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Al Parc
Jun. 02 - Toulouse, FR - Connexion Cafe
Jun. 03 - Bordeaux, FR - Relache
Jun. 07 - Porto, PT - Primavera
* w/ Blouse

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAR 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Listen to clipping.’s “Work Work”, Pre-Order ‘CLPPNG’, Tell Your Friends

Somehow, back in early 2013, Sub Pop convinced the LA-based rap trio clipping. to join our socially stunted but well meaning troupe of artists, musicians, and employees. The guys made it to our last summer’s Silver Jubilee–Sub Pop’s 25th Anniversary Festival–and played to a packed lot of enthusiastic and sweaty Sub Pop fans–it was truly magical–and noisy, clipping. are very noisy.

It’s all coming together for clipping. and Sub Pop. Just today, we announced that on June 10th, Sub Pop will release CLPPNG, the band’s debut. The album sounds like a creature from the twisted mind of Dr. Moreau–a living, mutated audio experiment comprised of equal parts clipping.’s labelmates Wolf Eyes and Shabazz Palaces. In short, it’s an at times challenging but well worth the effort, debut record.

Listen to the wonderful “Work Work” (featuring Cocc Pistol Cree) from CLPPNG in the embedded player.

Pre-orders of CLPPNG via iTunes will receive a download of “Work Work” immediately. The album will also be available for pre-order on CD and LP through clipping.’s Sub Pop artist page. The LP version of CLPPNG will feature music on three sides, with the fourth side entirely comprised of 100 lock grooves.

Pre-orders through will receive the Loser edition vinyl and a complimentary 7” with the song “Ends” (found on CD / DL versions of the album) and the exclusive track “Brian” (feat. Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt). Sub Pop online customers also have the option of bundling a new clipping. t-shirt with CD or LP purchases.   

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, MAR 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Obits Video Starring Cartoon Version of Obits

Bed & Bugs, the most recent album from Obits, was released in the fall of 2013 on Sub Pop Records. Between then and now, and in an effort to highlight the excellent qualities of their third full-length album, the band has toured these United States and Europe and released a couple of other, very good music videos. There’s one for the song “Spun Out” and also one for the song “Operation Bikini” (in which, as one Youtube commenter astutely observed, there are no bikinis). And now, there is a new and really, very great animated video for the number “I’m Closing In” which was directed by Paul Clark. Please make sweet click with the embed to watch it!

This May, Obits will be playing two shows here in the U.S. before heading to Brazil for both the Sub Pop Festival in Sao Paulo and the Bananada Festival in Goiania, Brazil. Labelmates Mudhoney and METZ will be playing both of those Brazilian festivals along with Obits.

Recent live footage from Spain’s Radio 3 and the newly posted KEXP live session the band recorded here in Seattle this past November both demonstrate the undeniable appeal of Obits’ live shows. Please get into it.

Upcoming live performances by Obits:

May 10 - Brooklyn, NY at The Wick (with The Men and Nude Beach)

May 13 - Atlanta, GA at The Earl

May 15 - Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Sub Pop Festival (at Audio) (with Mudhoney and METZ)

May 16 - Goiania, Brazil at the Bananada Festival (with Mudhoney and METZ)

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, MAR 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Wonderfully Weird Jonathan Meiburg Interview & Shearwater/Death Vessel Tour Info

Sub Pop’s own Charlie Rose, a very curious woman by the name of Maureen, recently sat down with Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg for a candid one on one that continues her interview series wherein she puts Sub Pop artists on the at times very weird spot (see Maureen’s previous interviews with J Mascis and Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler). If you have about 15 minutes, it’s well worth sitting through all three. 

Shearwater are set to embark on a long tour, and many of those dates are with their labelmates Death Vessel (who have a brand new record out now!). Biases aside, that promises to be one of the more memorable lineups of the year–do you a solid and go see them!

Shearwater & Death Vessel
North American Tour Dates
Mar. 19 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
Mar. 20 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
Mar. 21 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel*
Mar. 22 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House*
Mar. 25 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*
Mar. 26 - Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange*
Mar. 27 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern*
Mar. 28 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme*
Mar. 29 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
* w/ Jesca Hoop

European Tour Dates
Apr. 23 - Vienna, AT -  Szene
Apr. 24 - Dresden, DE - Beatpol
Apr. 25 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub
Apr. 26 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Apr. 27 - Hamburg, DE - Indra
Apr. 28 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet
Apr. 29 - Brussel, BE - Botanique
Apr. 30- London, UK - XOYO
May 01 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
May 02 -  Bristol, UK - The Fleece  
May 03 - Brighton, UK -  The Haunt
May 04 - Gent, BE - Democrazy
May 06 - Paris, FR - La Flèche d’Or
May 07 - Fribourg, CH - Fri-Son 
May 08 - Milan, IT - Circolo Magnolia 
May 09 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F 

Death Vessel
European & U.S. Tour Dates

Apr. 20 - Bristol, UK - The Cube**
Apr. 21 -  Halifax, UK - Square Chapel**
Apr. 22 - Brighton, UK - Komedia Studio Bar **
Apr. 23 - London, UK - Cafe Oto **
Apr. 24 - Paris, FR - Le Point FMR **
Apr. 25 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli (Spiegelbar) **
Apr. 26 - Brussels, BE - Botanique **
Apr. 27 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus **
Apr. 28 - Berlin, DE - Roter Salon **
Apr. 29 - Prague, CZ - Pilot Klub **
May 03 - Baden, CH - Royal 
May 04 - Antwerpen, BE - Trix
May 07 - Hertogenbosch, NL - W2 Poppodium’s
May 08 - Amsterdam, NL - London Calling @ Tolhuistuinzaal
May 10 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Jun. 07 - Peterborough, NH - The Thing in the Spring
Jul. 25 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Fest
** w/ Marissa Nadler

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAR 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

clipping. Included On Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need To Know”!

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File under: “News That Isn’t Terribly Surprising to Us At Sub Pop” (that file is HUGE), but new-ish Sub Pop trio, clipping., have been included in Rolling Stone’s March 2014 edition of ”10 Artists You Need To Know”! The magazine says that they sound like “Nimble-tongued, beat-fractured L.A. hip-hop spilled over the abrasive crunches, squeals, clangs, slurps, and static of experimental musique concrète.” While we disagree with the “slurps” comparison (I think it sounds more like a gallump), the entire flattering-yet-accurate piece can and should be read here.

Also, as it is our business to sell records, this blog post would be woefully incomplete without a heavy-handed sales pitch. So without further adieu, the best way to really get to know clipping. is by pre-ordering their debut, CLPPNG, on CD, DG, or limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP. Just saying.

Posted by Sam Sawyer