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News from 5/2014

NEWS : MON, MAY 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THUMPERS’ “Unkinder (A Tougher Love)” Is Officially the Catchiest Song of 2014

Alright, you got us, THUMPERS’ “Unkinder (A Tougher Love) isn’t officially the catchiest song of 2014. There is no empirical evidence supporting that bias-soaked assertion, but between some heavy radio play in Los Angeles and Seattle, the amount of times it comes blaring out of individual Sub Pop cubicles per day, and the fact that it’s been securely lodged in my head since the very first day that I heard it, I feel pretty comfortable making the claim that “Unkinder” is in fact, the catchiest song of 2014.

So, if you listen to the radio and live in LA or Seattle, be prepared to be pleasantly infected by the sound of THUMPERS.

Seattle’s 1077 The End ‘s has picked the track for it’s “Discover & Download” feature.

And in LA, ALT987FM has named the track it’s “Best New Song of the Year… This Week”

“Unkinder (A Tougher Love)” is just one of many massive pop songs that populate their debut record, Galore, out now on Sub Pop Records.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAY 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Chad VanGaalen: A Beginner’s Guide

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Chad VanGaalen’s fifth full-length record, Shrink Dust, came out just over two weeks ago. That’s five record on Sub Pop, which, puts him in rare company with the likes of Mudhoney (and maybe one or two other artists) for number of records out on our label. What that means: we LOVE working with Chad VanGaalen (and presumably that he at least tolerates us (Which, to be fair, is a challenge; we’re an insufferable lot)). We put out records by musicians whose work we love and who give us  with the goal of sharing that work with as many people possible, and in that spirit, we give you Chad VanGaalen: A Beginners Guide, a collection of Chad songs thoughtfully prepared by the employees of Sub Pop, some of our other artists who are fans of Chad, and some friends of the label that refused to be silenced on the matter of just how fucking wonderful the music of Chad VanGaalen is. With that said, take to one of these streaming music services and listen to Chad’s music, if you’re anything like us, you’ll feel enlightened.

Beats: on the @subpop profile.

Pick up a copy of Shrink Dust, Chad VanGaalen’s recently released triumph from us here at Sub Pop.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAY 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear Mirel Wagner’s “Oak Tree” From Her 8/12 Sub Pop Debut!

The immensity of Mirel Wagner’s haunting and beautiful music is immediately apparent as soon as you press play on her brand new video for “Oak Tree” (which, if you haven’t already, you should do now), the lead-off track to her August 12th Sub Pop debut, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day

When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is an impressive set of songs, uniform and cohesive. Wagner ditched a set of older new songs and wrote the majority of the songs up on the peninsula of Hailuoto in northern Finland, in an old log cabin next to the family home of Wagner’s manager Aki Roukala. The isolation and relative starkness of the place (no central heating, no electricity) helped bring out the songs (read more at Sub Pop).

If you pre-order the LP version of When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, you will receive the limited, Loser Edition version of the record on colored vinyl. In addition, customers who pre-order will also receive the following, while supplies last:
-A bonus 7-inch featuring the unreleased tracks “Love Song” on the the a-side & “Come Away Child” on the b-side.*
-An instant download of the first single, “Oak Tree”.
-Advance access to stream When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day in full, 1 month before street date, from your account.

Pre-order When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAY 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Loser Scholarship Winners Announced!

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MASSIVE thank yous and good lucks to everyone who applied for the 2014 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. We received applications from hundreds of extremely worthy PNW-based high school seniors who are involved in the arts, which gave us a feeling of hope for the future of humanity, something we had little of beforehand. Pouring over all of the applicants’ essays and works of art was a colossal undertaking, but ultimately, we have chosen the winners. So without further ado, here are your Losers….

Landyn Pan - 1st Place LOSER
From Bothell, WA

Landyn RULES. He creates political photography and infographics, or in his words “conceptual pieces surrounding topics like women’s reproductive rights, current/contemporary racism, governmental corruption, and body image vs societal expectations.” In addition to creating thought provoking artwork, he is engaged in an array of LGBTQ activism from running his high school’s Gay Straight Alliance to offering up his graphic design skills for the Trans Student Equality Resources non-profit.

Examples of Landyn’s artwork can be found here.

Ryan Mangione-Smith - 2nd Place LOSER
All of us in the Loser Scholarship committee felt like Ryan really got what Sub Pop’s Loser Scholarship is all about. He’s not only a musician in rad band Thee Samedi, but he worked countless hours fostering his community as an intern at Ground Zero, a DIY all ages venue in Bellevue and volunteered many hours to increasing awareness about the LGBTQ community, at Lambert House and various other venues.

Check out Ryan’s band, Thee Samedi.

Claire Wong - 3rd Place LOSER

Claire wowed us with the diversity of her portfolio–from photography to installation work–much of which she has displayed at the Bellevue Arts Museum as well as other galleries. We were also charmed to death by her all-girl punk band, meimei. In addition to being a notably well-rounded and immensely talented artist and musician, she has donated her time to fostering the DIY community on the Eastside (that’s what Seattleites call the land across Lake Washington) as an intern at Ground Zero Teen Center. She also founded the Local Music Club at her high school and booked local bands to perform for the students.

Here’s a link to Claire’s portfolio and one to listen to her band, meimei.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, MAY 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear a New clipping. Track: “Body and Blood”

clipping. are back with another track off of their out-of-leftfield, noize hip-hop Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG, out June 10th. The track, “Body and Blood”, is probably the more intense window into what is an at times immensely challenging and equally rewarding record for listeners. Press play to hear what I’m going on about.  

Pre-order CLPPNG on CD/LP/DIGI

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, MAY 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Video For “The Company Man”

The Glory Fires’ Sub Pop debut, Dereconstructed, is just one day old and we’ve already got a music video to share with y’all. The music video for the album track “The Company Man” was directed by long time Sub Pop collaborator, Shawn Brackbill, and features Lee and the boys doing what they do–play the hell out of some music.

LBIII & The Glory Fires’ Dereconstructed is getting a lot of very well-deserved support from some big names in the press game. Read what folks have been saying and check out the band’s electrifying live show when it comes to you, it’s a memorable experience. Press highlights and tour dates below.

Pick up Dereconstructed from Sub Pop.

What People Are Saying About Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Dereconstructed:
“Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, a four-man band from Alabama, proudly join the Southern-rock tradition of wild-eyed music hitched to serious deliberation. Dereconstructed, the band’s second album, ponders Southern identity in a welter of cranked-up guitars, bristling drums and rasping, hollering vocals. It’s pandemonium with a conscience.” -  New York Times

“If there’s one tradition Bains and the Glory Fires unquestioningly uphold, it’s the Friday-night custom of burning down the house. They even once got thrown out of a club for being too loud. In Texas. ‘We’re going to wash ourselves in fire and water,’ Bains announces in ‘Burnpiles and Swimming Holes.’ Dereconstructed is worth the plunge.” - NPR Music

“As pure a shot of adrenaline as a guitar band will release this year…  a terrific album.” [4 / 5 stars] - The Guardian

“Sounds like Flannery O’Connor gave up fiction for a Coors and a Gibson SG.” -  Rolling Stone

“A radical, literate update of Southern rock.” -  UNCUT

“A raging burnpile of garage and Southern rock, dirty, supercharged blues and soul, Stonesy groove, Crazy Horse howl, and punk slam. With these songs, Bains surely wants to make you think; he surely will make you shake.” -  The Boston Globe

“Four Birmingham boys have made what might be the greatest-ever rock record about the South.”  - The Bitter Southerner

Tour Dates
Jun. 04 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
Jun. 05 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Jun. 06 - Chattanooga, TN - Riverbend Festival
Jun. 09 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
Jun. 10 - Kansas City, MO - Tank Room
Jun. 11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Jun. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Garage
Jun. 13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
Jun. 14 - Stanley, ID - Rod and Gun Whitewater
Jun. 16 - Missoula, MT - The Palace
Jun. 17 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor
Jun. 18 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Jun. 19 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Garage
Jun. 20 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
Jun. 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg HiFi
Jun. 22 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
Jun. 23 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Western
Jun. 25 - Dallas, TX - Three Links*
Jun. 26 - San Antonio, TX - The Limelight*
Jun. 27 - Austin, TX - Red 7*
Jun. 28 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s*
Jun. 29 - New Orleans, LA - One-Eyed Jacks*
Jul. 10 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
Jul. 11 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
Jul. 12 - Fort Wayne, IN - The Brass Rail
Jul. 13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
Jul. 14 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
Jul. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
Jul. 16 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
Jul. 18 - New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge
Jul. 19 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes
Jul. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Ortlieb’s Lounge
Jul. 21 - Washington, DC - DC9
Jul. 22 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Jul. 24 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
Jul. 25 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
Jul. 26 - Macon, GA - Bragg Jam
Aug. 01 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival
Aug. 02 - Ostersund, SE - Storsjoyran
Aug. 06 - Oslo, NO - Crossroads
Aug. 08 - Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West Festival
Aug. 09 - Avesta, SE - Bjurfors Hotel
Aug. 10 - Stockholm, SE - Akkurat
* w/ Diarrhea Planet

Posted by Sam Sawyer