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News from 4/2014

NEWS : WED, APR 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Sub Pop, Mudhoney, METZ, and Obits Head to Brazil (You Should Join!)

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2014 SUB POP FESTIVAL IN SAO PAULO, GOIANIA, SANTIAGO, AND  BUENOS AIRES

Brazil’s first-ever Sub Pop Festival, featuring Mudhoney, METZ and Obits will take place in May of 2014. A screening of the Mudhoney documentary film I’m Now, followed by a panel discussion with members of Mudhoney and METZ, and Sub Pop General Manager Chris Jacobs will kick off the event in Brazil. Preceding all of this, Mudhoney and METZ will make Sub Pop Festival stops in both Chile and Argentina. 

Construtora Música e Cultura and Inker Agência Cultural are honored to announce the very first SUB POP FESTIVAL, in Sao Paulo (May 14 and 15) and Goiania (May 16, as part of Festival Bananada), following appearances in Santiago, Chile (May 10), and Buenos Aires, Argentina (May 11).
Founded in 1988 by Bruce Pavitt and  Jonathan Poneman, SUB POP RECORDS set out to bring new independent bands from Washington State to international attention. In less than four years, SUB POP became known around the world, with early releases by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney, putting Seattle on the global map. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, the label has gone on to help shape the world of underground rock and make important inroads into popular culture.

Sub Pop Festival organizers worked in close collaboration with the label to bring all three of this year’s artists to South America. For this first edition of the SUB POP FESTIVAL, the bands chosen represent the timeless appeal of the more raucous end of the Sub Pop spectrum: the seminal super-fuzz of Seattle’s Mudhoney, the loud and ecstatic noise-rock of Toronto trio METZ, and the melodic and muscular indie/garage rock of New York’s Obits.

Mudhoney also celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2013 and this will be their sixth time in Brazil. Frequently referenced alongside Nirvana, Sonic  Youth and Pearl Jam (Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard played in Green River with Mark and Steve from Mudhoney some 30 years ago), Mudhoney has more releases on Sub Pop than any other band. Their latest album, 2013’s Vanishing Point, shows them as sharp and fervent as ever.
  
While Mudhoney are Sub Pop veterans, Toronto power trio METZ are new-comers with teeth. METZ’s 2012 self-titled debut was described by The New Yorker as, “…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing, a deeply impolite racket that will only sound better live…” And The Guardian offered, “…a crush collision of Beatles melody and Big Black attack.”
 
Obits are a 4-piece band from New York who share members with bands such as Hot Snakes, Edsel, Drive Like Jehu, and Girls Against Boys. They have released three full-length records on Sub Pop, the latest of which is the 2013 release Bed & Bugs. They have been described as “…one of America’s mightiest, smartest rock bands playing at peak power” (by Exclaim!). Obits will perform at the two Sub Pop Festival events in Brazil only.

Mudhoney, METZ and Obits will play at Audio Club, São Paulo on May 15th, and also in Goiania, as part of Festival Bananada 2014 on May 16th. Mudhoney will also play in Uberlandia May 13th at Club Lounge for fans in Minas Gerais State.

May 14th fans are invited to a screening of I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney, the documentary film covering Mudhoney’s journey from beginning to the present day. After the screening at Cine Olido, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner, Chris Slorach from METZ, and SUB POP’s General Manager Chris Jacobs will discuss music, their experiences in their respective bands, and the label’s past, present and future with those in attendance.

 

Chris Jacobs by Chris Jacobs:
“Chris is the General Manager for Sub Pop Records, the Seattle record label perhaps most well-known for unintentionally ending the recording careers of such longstanding and excellent bands as Sleater-Kinney, Dead Moon and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Hired at Sub Pop in 1997 as Tour Publicist, during the functional equivalent of a managerial shift-change, Chris has since failed upwards into a wide range of positions, including: Advertising Director, Publicity Director, Marketing Director, Editor-in-Chief, and Senior Director of Special Projects. He also serves or has served as A&R representative for METZ, Beach House, Mudhoney, the Constantines, Grand Archives, Kinski, Low, Obits, The Baptist Generals, and Retribution Gospel Choir. Chris is responsible for such little-known slogans as “Going Out of Business Since 1988,” and “Podfisting Our Way to Your Blog, or Whatever,” as well as the label’s much-ignored 1999 “LP3” initiative. Prior to working at Sub Pop, Chris handled marketing and publicity for the alternative comics publisher Fantagraphics Books.”

 

SUB POP FESTIVAL – SÃO PAULO
14 May / Screening “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” and Talk
Local: Cine Olido – Galeria Olido, Av. São João, 473, Centro.
Próximo das Estações República, Anhangabaú e São Bento
19h00 – Exibição do Documentário “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” (1h42 / Ryan Short & Adam Pease).
20h45 – Bate-Papo com Chris Jacobs (Sub Pop), Mark Arm e Steve Turner (Mudhoney) e Chris Slorach (METZ).
Ingresso: gratuito, retirar ingresso com uma hora de antecedência.
Capacidade: 236 lugares
Censura: 12 anos.
Informações: 3331-8399 / 3397-0171
http://www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br/cidade/secretarias/cultura/galeria_olido/

15 May / Shows
Local: Audio Club - Av. Francisco Matarazzo, 694 – Barra Funda.
21h00 – Abertura da Casa/ DJ Set Steve Turner (Mudhoney)
22h00 – Obits
23h00 – METZ
00h00 – Mudhoney
01h15 – DJ set Adriano Cintra
Ingressos: www.ticket360.com.br / R$ 160,00 / 80,00 (meia entrada)
Censura: 18 anos.
Venda de produtos da Sub Pop pela Locomotiva Discos no dia do show.
Ingressos à venda também nas lojas:
Locomotiva Discos
Rua Barão de Itapetininga, 37, lojas 8 e 51 – República
Rua Teodoro Sampaio, 763, loja 3 - Pinheiros
(11) 3257-5938
London Calling
Rua Vinte e Quatro de Maio, 116 - República
(11) 3223-5300

SUB POP FESTIVAL – GOIÂNIA
16 May / @ Festival Bananada
With Mudhoney, METZ and Obits
www.festivalbananada.com.br
www.facebook.com/festivalbananada

SUB POP FESTIVAL – SANTIAGO, CHILE
10 May / Teatro La Cúpula
With Mudhoney and METZ
Abertura: Guiso
www.puntoticket.com/Evento.aspx?EventoID=FNA069

SUB POP FESTIVAL – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
11 May / Niceto Club

With Mudhoney and METZ
www.ticketek.com.ar/sub-pop-festival-pres-mudhoney-usa-metz-ca/niceto-club


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Store In SeaTac Airport Opens May 1st (no fooling)

Store front

Today, Tuesday April 1st marks Sub Pop Records’ 26th anniversary, and we’re celebrating by announcing our latest endeavor, the grand opening of the new Sub Pop retail store at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington!

The Sub Pop retail store will have something for everyone, featuring a variety of Sub Pop-related merchandise including music, apparel, books, special travel items, art and more.  Perfect for last minute mementos or to create a tuneful travel experience. The store’s general manager, Julie Butterfield, says of the outlet, “The fine folks at the Port of Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport are dedicated to expanding the local flavor and culture at the airport. There are already great local businesses in place and we are so excited to join the family.”

The Sub Pop retail store is scheduled to open May 1st, and will be located in the Central Terminal near the entrance to concourse C. The store will be open 365 days a year, with hours of operation from 6 a.m.- 10 p.m.  

Sub Pop is proud to be a part of Sea-Tac’s award-winning Dining & Retail program, which focuses on providing the traveling public and airport employees with shops, restaurants and services that exceed their expectations for customer service, quality, variety, affordability and that reflect a Pacific Northwest sense-of-place.  The program includes well-known national brand names as well as local favorites to meet a variety of needs and tastes.

Additionally, Sub Pop takes pride in its role as a member of the Pacific Northwest music community. Our vision is to help nurture and support artistic expression and creativity that we believe makes it extraordinary. The private/public partnership and effort between Sea-Tac Airport, the Seattle Music Commission, and PlayNetwork, and its comprehensive program to enhance the traveler’s experience through exposure to the diverse variety of musical artists from within the community, is on par with this vision. The program includes overhead music in common areas, a program of live artist performances in the terminal, artist- recorded overhead announcements, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear Chad VanGaalen’s Transformative New Song, “Monster”

Sub Pop’s patron saint of weird, Chad VanGaalen, has a new record coming out on April 29th. It’s called Shrink Dust, and it’s predictably close to/if not perfect and also very weird (Chad’s nothing if not consistent–hear his other records for proof). If I were you, I’d do me (you) a real solid and take a quick three minute break from what I’m (you’re) doing and listen to “Monster” now in the embedded player.

If you pre-order Shrink Dust from us here at Subpop.com, you will receive a free booklet featuring a bunch of original drawings by Chad of characters doing frisbee moves from the science fiction movie he’s been making and of which this album draws it’s inspiration from. Loser Edition vinyl is now sold out!



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, APR 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Stream The Afghan Whigs’ ‘Do to the Beast’ Now!

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The Afghan Whigs’ first full-length record in 16 years, Do to the Beast, comes out in just one week, and if you can’t wait another week, JUST ONE MORE G-D WEEK, we can completely sympathize. Thankfully, the good folks over at NPR Music have made it so you don’t have to wait another second–16 years is, in fact, long enough. Click HERE, to listen to the Do to the Beast, perhaps The Aghan Whigs best, if not most anticipated, record ever. And, I’d be doing a terrible job if I failed to mention that that’s not the only way to stream ALL of D2TB, if you pre-order the CD, LP, or digital version of the record from Sub Pop, you’ll automatically receive a link to immediately listen to the record.

One more time:

Listen to Do to the Beast via NPR Music’s First Listen here.

Pre-order Do to the Beast on CD/LP/DG here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s 2014 Loser Scholarship Details!

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SUB POP RECORDS IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2014 LOSER SCHOLARSHIP 

Each year since 2007 Sub Pop Records has offered financial assistance to three lucky high school seniors from the Pacific Northwest through our infamous LOSER Scholarship. And, we are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2014 Sub Pop LOSER Scholarship. There are three scholarships available—one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000. To apply for these scholarships you must be a resident of Washington or Oregon, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for an applicant who is involved and interested in music or the creative arts in some way.

To apply for these scholarships please submit an essay, no longer than one page, on one or more of the following topics:

What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
How and why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?
What are your influences and who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send digital links or provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay (we have never had a winner who submitted only an essay). However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above. The deadline for applications is May 8th, 2014

Please send all submissions and attachments to scholarship@subpop.com by May 8th, 2014. We will announce the scholarship winners on May 22nd, 2014.

All physical submissions should be sent to:

Sub Pop Records
Attn: Scholarship
2013 4th Ave., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121

Amount: $7,000 / $5,000 / $3,000. Checks will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to tuition.

Good luck, losers!


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, APR 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Founders Out On the Street – This Time For Good

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Yesterday, thanks entirely to our friends and fellow Seattleittes the Nordstrom family, Sub Pop co-founders, Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, were immortalized on the streets of downtown Seattle (specifically these streets: 6th and Pine) on the Nordstrom Walk of Fame–the PNW version of the Hollywood Star Walk. Jonathan Poneman articulated his surprise at receiving the honor with a traditionally Sub Pop twist saying, “I never thought that anyone would foot the bill just to have us on the street”. Well, JP, Nordstrom proved that if you spend 26 years putting out great records by great artists, doing good on local and international levels, and maintaining an unflappable sense of self deprecation, your efforts will be rewarded with your very own sidewalk square–or, more accurately, a sidewalk square that you have to share with your partner, Bruce Pavitt–which is still pretty cool, I guess.

The unveiling of the Sub Pop Walk of Fame square was followed by a short yet characteristically great performance by The Helio Sequence in Nordstrom’s display window, which, if you haven’t been by there, is currently dedicated to yours truly (Sub Pop, not me personally). If you find yourself in downtown Seattle, stop by Nordstrom’s 6th and Pine window and play with the interactive Sub Pop display, it’s really cool. As always, we’re eternally grateful to the folks at Nordstrom for showing us (and the rest of the Seattle music world) so much love over the years.

Watch Pete Nordstrom, Jonathan Poneman, and Bruce Pavitt talk into a microphone about all of this business.













Posted by Sam Sawyer