We here at Sub Pop HQ have made a pretty big deal about the fact that it’s been a VERY LONG 16 years since The Afghan Whigs released their last record, 1965, but I think that we should be focusing on just how surprisingly goddamn good Do to the Beast actually turned out to be. I mean, 16 years is a very long time, dust settles, cobwebs form, so Greg Dulli and company had the latitude to cash in on a glorified reunion, but they didn’t. Instead, they turned in ten songs of what would become Do to the Beast, an artistic triumph and my personal favorite ‘Whigs record to date. That’s overcoming some serious adversity (that is to say that time is the greatest adversary).
Well, a decade and a half later, you can once again find The Afghan Whigs in the ‘new release’ bin of your local independent retailer–I couldn’t be more pleased to report that.
Chad VanGaalen’s fifth full length record, Shrink Dust, is just over one week from its release, which, thanks to the sorcery-like powers of the internet, that means that you can listen to the record in its entirety now! For free! And you should, because it’s his best, which is saying a lot. And then you should head on over to the Sub Pop internet webstore, The Mega Mart, and pick up your copy on CD, LP, or digital.
Melbourne, Australia band Luluc has signed to Sub Pop, and will release Passerby, their label debut, on CD/ LP/ DL July 14th in Europe and July 15th in North America! The band’s Sub Pop debut,
led by the songs “Without A Face,” “Small Window,” “Tangled Heart,”
“Reverie on Norfolk Street,” and the title track, was recorded and
produced by Luluc and Aaron Dessner at Aaron’s Garage in Ditmas Park,
Brooklyn and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York.
You can now listen to “Without A Face,” the lead-off track from Passerby in the handy player conveniently embedded in this very blog post. Stereogum says of the track, “…Without
A Face” captures the band’s homespun charm in its main melody which
sits over spindly strings that move like ripples in still water.”
Pre-orders of Luluc’s Passerby via iTunes will receive a download of “Without A Face” immediately. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Passerby via Sub Pop.com
will receive the limited “Loser Edition” of the album on teal-colored
vinyl. In addition, every pre-order placed for either the LP or CD
versions of the album will also receive a lithograph art print signed by
the band, while supplies last! Just to reiterate, the Loser Edition LP and the lithograph are both limited-edition, so when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order quick!
2014 SUB POP FESTIVAL IN SAO PAULO, GOIANIA, SANTIAGO, AND BUENOS AIRES
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
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
For the record, we here at Sub Pop HQ love all of our artists and their releases–we wouldn’t work with them if we didn’t. However, with a staff of literally hundreds and hundreds of tediously opinionated music snobs, there are only a few releases that EVERYONE loves unconditionally, and one of them is Constantines’ 2003 aural firestorm known as Shine A Light.
The record has been out of print on vinyl since 2006, but given how much we love this record, how many requests from fans requesting that we repress the LP, and the fact that the band has gotten the band back together and is set to play this summer, it seemed like the perfect time to get Shine A Light back on the shelves, and by it, we mean June 10th.
Shine a Light was the
Constantines’ second full-length and first for Sub Pop. And the record
is ambitious, combining a steady diet of ‘90s DC rock (like a Joe
Strummer-fronted Fugazi, it’s been suggested), with dub-inflected bass,
blue-eyed soul and a fundamental punk, anytime/anywhere aesthetic
(perhaps best described by drummer Doug MacGregor as, “Like an unwelcome
mix of a Memphis Clash and breakneck dub”). The opening lines from the
title track hint at the difficulty in nailing down the elusive “it” that
is at play on this record, “Don’t talk to me about simple
things/There’s no such thing/All a man can build is his vision/And I
love my man for trying.”
Pre-order Constantines’ Shine A Light from Sub Pop, and you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP, in this case, on orange vinyl. The record comes with a bonus seven inch. And due to the finite nature of limited edition things, the sooner the order the Loser Edition LP, the better, as they will most certainly go quickly.
Constantines Shine a Light
1. National Hum
2. Shine a Light
3. Nighttime/Anytime (It’s Alright)
5. Young Lions (Soundcloud / YouTube)
6. Goodbye Baby & Amen
7. On to You
9. Scoundrel Babes
10. Tiger & Crane
11. Tank Commander (Hung Up in a Warehouse Town)
A1) “Thank You for Sending Me an Angel” (Talking Heads cover / Nighttime Single)
A2) “Raw Youth” (CBC Radio 3 recording of a Royal City cover / Young Lions Single)
B1) “Hotline Operator (2003)” (Nightime Single)
Jun. 08 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival / Fort York & Garrison Common
Aug. 03 - Sackville, NB - SappyFest
Aug. 22 - Peterborough, ON - Peterborough Folk Festival
Aug. 23 - Ottawa, ON - Arboretum Festival
Bry Webb Solo Dates
May 14 - Cambridge, MA - TT The Bear’s Place*
May 15 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House*
May 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy*
May 17 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel*
May 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox*
May 19 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub*
May 20 - Columbus, OH - The Basement*
May 21 - Indianapolis, IN - Do317 Lounge*
May 22 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
w/ Chad VanGaalen