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!
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 (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’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 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.
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
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.
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.
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