News from 5/2014

NEWS : TUE, MAY 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Shabazz Palaces Track, Album, and Pre-order for ‘Lese Majesty’

Come July 29th, after a three year hiatus from the massively confident and genre-redefining debut Black Up, Shabazz Palaces are back with what is arguably (or if you work at Sub Pop, inarguably) the most anticipated record of the year, Lese Majesty. The record’s 18 tracks are grouped into seven suites, creating an experience for listeners  that is alarmingly interesting while maintaining artistic cohesion. IT’S VERY GOOD IS WHAT WE’RE SAYING. But don’t take our word for it, listen to the lead off track “They Come In Gold”, of which, Gorilla vs. Bear had this to say:

Here’s the long-awaited first track to be unveiled from Shabazz Palaces‘ lush, dizzyingly brilliant new full-length, Lese Majesty. Not necessarily the most representative track on the new record, “They Come in Gold” kicks off with the kind of diamond-hard beat and ominous flow that made Black Up the best album of 2011, but the comparison with the last record ends there. When taken out of the context of the new album, only the song’s brighter, prismatic second half begins to hint at the impossibly deep, singular astral landscape the group has created on Lese Majesty.

Pre-order Lese Majesty from Sub Pop

All customers who pre-order the LP version of Lese Majesty will receive the limited, “Loser Edition” of the album on purple-colored vinyl. In addition, customers who pre-order will also receive the following, while supplies last:

-A bonus 7-inch featuring the unreleased track ”
The Palace Slide” on the the a-side, and an instrumental version on the b-side.*
-An instant download of the first single,They Come in Gold”.
-Advance access to stream Lese Majesty in full, 1 month before street date, from your account.

Lese Majesty Tracklisting:

Suite 1: The Phasing Shift
01 Dawn In Luxor
02 Forerunner Foray
03 They Come In Gold

Suite 2: Touch & Agree
04 Solemn Swears
05 Harem Aria
06 Noetic Noiromantics

07 The Ballad of Lt. Major Winnings

Suite 3: Palace War Council Meeting
08 Soundview
09 Ishmael
10 Down 155th in the MCM Snorkel

Suite 4: Pleasure Milieu
11 Divine of Form
12 #Cake

Suite 5: Federal Bureau Boys
13 Colluding Oligarchs
14 Suspicion of a Shape

Suite 6: High Climb To The Gallows
15 Mind Glitch Keytar Theme
16 Motion Sickness

Suite 7: Murkings On The Oxblood Starway
17 New Black Wave
18 Sonic Myth Map For the Trip Back

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAY 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Chad VanGaalen KEXP Performance + Tour Dates

Chad VanGaalen’s latest and greatest record, Shrink Dust, has been pelted with many favorable accolades from the music glitteratti in the short time that it’s been available on record store shelves, and with good reason, it’s really G-D great (don’t take my word from it, read some of the accolades below). Chad recently took to the Seattle-based radio station,KEXP, for a live, in-studio performance, and true to form, Chad delivered an amazing, beautiful, charming, funny, and weird one-man-band-style show. Check that out in the embedded player. 

See Chad with a full band at any one of these fine venues:

June 15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
June 17 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall*
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
June 19 - Oakland, CA - LEO’S*
June 20 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Garage*
June 21 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern*
June 22 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett*
Aug. 31 - North Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
Sep. 01 - London, UK - Oslo
Sep. 02 - Paris, FR - Point FMR
Sep. 04 - Gent, BE - DOK
Sep. 06 - Vlieland, NL - Into the Great Wide Open Festival
Sep. 07 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus
Sep. 08 - Berlin, DE - Kantine Berghain
Sep. 09 - Arhus, DK - Radar
Sep. 11- Stockholm, SE - Stacken
Sep. 12 - Copenhagen, DK - Ideal Bar
Sep. 13 - Cologne, DE - King Georg
Sep. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - DOK
Sep. 15 - Tilburg, NL - Incubate
* w/ Cousins

What People Have Said About Chad VanGaalen’s Shrink Dust:
“His latest, Shrink Dust, is possibly his best, and certainly his most confident…Chad VanGaalen’s world is weird, but never just for weird’s sake—his creations spring from deep inside the singular, twisted mind of their creator, and Shrink Dust is the closest we’ve come yet to getting inside his head.” [Review] - Pitchfork

“It’s like if Dali and Kafka got lost at an MGMT concert…Ever the tinkerer, Shrink Dust expands VanGaalen’s immense talents to even more uncharted, exciting territory. The record deals with some hefty topics, but they don’t seem as insurmountable through VanGaalen’s lens.”  [Review] - Consequence of Sound

“It’s an album that wears its weirdness on its sleeve, but it’s the best kind of weird, and a joy to listen to.” [Review, 8/10] - FILTER

“There’s something deeply relatable about the flawed protagonists of ‘Weighed Sin’ and ‘Monster’, whose callow whimsy masks a more disquieting melancholia. This madcap might raise the occasional laugh, but inside he’s crying, and for all your voyeuristic unease, you won’t be able to look away. [Review, 8/10] - NME

“Frankly, it’s eccentrically charming and something that he proves elsewhere time and again, with the cooed loveliness of the ominously titled ‘Evil’, as well as the swirling refrain and sprawling, gossamer of influences found on ‘Cosmic Destroyer’, making for wondrously floaty highpoints.” [Review, 8/10] - Loud & Quiet

“For those who like their space-age folk rock with a strong sense of humility, it doesn’t get much chiller than this.” [Review, 8/10]- Exclaim!

“Van Gaalen is basically a visionary with a guitar, a lot of oddball instruments and recording gear, and this album is meditative and spooky, an appealing continuation of his fire-hose like output.” [Review] - Relix

“It takes you on something of a journey, veering from country to garage rock to something almost literally out-of-this-world.” [Review, 4 / 5] - Music OMH

Posted by Sam Sawyer

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

Mogwai “Simon Ferocious” Music Video + US Tour Dates

Mogwai are back with another music video for the Rave Tapes album track, “Simon Ferocious”. It stars a couple of skydivers and the utterly massive sound of the music of Mogwai. A feast for your eyes and ears is just a click away. Speaking of Mogwai (which this blog post is dedicated to doing), the band is on a rare jaunt across the pond to the good ol’ U. S. of A. Catch them if you can, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Pick up Rave Tapes from Sub Pop Records.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

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