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News from 3/2014

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

Shearwater
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

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

Sub Pop Signs Swedish Band Goat

Swedish psychedelic collective Goat have signed to Sub Pop! Goat’s hypnotic, 2012 debut, World Music, received widespread acclaim and placed in many of that year’s top-ten lists. The mysterious, masked group continued to awe the world with their intense, ritualistic live shows, the “Dreambuilding” b/w “Stonegoat” 7” , and the recent Live Ballroom Ritual double-album.

If you’re in the US, you can, and honestly should (see embedded video for proof), catch Goat on their upcoming west coast tour, which begins Thursday, April 10th in Pioneertown, CA at Pappy & Harriet’s, and ends Friday, April 18th in Indio, CA at Coachella. Additionally, Goat have two summer festival appearances to mention:  June 12th-15th in Manchester, TN at Bonnaroo and June 20th in Toronto, ON at NXNE. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

While you await details of Goat’s next record, please enjoy “Dreambuilding”, from the aforementioned Sub Pop 7” (Listen Here).

See Goat On Tour



Posted by Sam Sawyer

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)  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbgI-DEk4U4

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. 

clipping.
“Work Work” feat. Cocc Pistol Cree (From CLPPNG / Sub Pop)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WBYzu1_OqM


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)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEfG15s9xU8


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.

Protomartyr
“Scum Rise” (from Under Color of Official Right / Hardly Art)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsSBZ1mpQpI

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)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLb68QxivnA


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)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pEmRtPpCro


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.

Kaseciarz
“Dance” (from 
Motörcycle Rock and Roll / Instant Classic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NNJE4tVdPk

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