News from 6/2014

NEWS : MON, JUN 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Just J: A Revealing Conversation w/ J Mascis

While J Mascis may have a reputation for interviews with professional music journalists where he may might not be characterized as chatty or verbose, in the interview clip presented here, we’ve captured the kind of deeply personal insights and stories he’s willing to share with lifelong friend (and, coincidentally, Sub Pop VP) Megan Jasper, which, not surprisingly, is also not terribly chatty or verbose. 

More news on Tied to a Star, the follow up record to J’s 2011 Several Shades of Why is soon to come! Sign up for the J Mascis email list on this page to get the latest news about pre-order.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, JUN 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear a New J Mascis Song Now - ‘Tied to a Star’ Out 8/26 + Tour Dates

Aside from being actual music to my ears, news of a new record from J Mascis is also figurative music to my ears; and, given how well-loved the bespectacled, silver-haired, magical-seeming, wizard-like figure of independent music is, odds are that the announcement of Tied to a Star’s August 26th release is music to your ears as well. And back to the literal music to the ears thing, why don’t you go ahead and press play on the embedded player right now. It features the album campaign’s lead-off track, “Every Morning”, a high energy charmer of a song with J’s fingerprints all over it. We think that you’re going to love it.

Pre-order Tied to a Star from SubPop.com here

More on J Mascis’ Tied to a Star (by Todd Berry):
It makes perfect sense that I was asked to write a bio for J Mascis. Let’s face it, he and I have a long history. It all started the first time I saw him live. It was in New York City. I don’t remember when or where, but I think he was walking around. I was probably walking around, too. The second time was also in New York, at a Mexican restaurant in the East Village (the one that takes credit cards now, but didn’t used to). Years later I actually met him at the SXSW festival though a friend who works at Sub Pop. I guess that meeting went well, because when that friend from Sub Pop got married, she sat me at the same table as J. Sounds unbelievable? I suggest you look at the picture below. Now keep staring at that picture until August 26th. That’s when J’s new acoustic album Tied to a Star comes out on Sub Pop records. It  features appearances by Ken Maiuri, Pall Jenkins, Mark Mulcahy, and Chan Marshall. Had I been in the area, I’m sure I would’ve been asked to play on it, too.

Tour Dates
Jul.   26 - Carnation, WA - Timber! Outdoor Festival
Sep. 24 - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Sep. 25 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
Sep. 26 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Sep. 27 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Sep. 28 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
Sep. 30 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
Oct. 01 - Nashville, TN - Exit / In
Oct. 02 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
Oct. 03 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
Oct. 04 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
Oct. 05 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
Oct. 07 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
Oct. 08 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
Oct. 09 - Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Oct. 10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
Oct. 11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
Oct. 13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
Oct. 14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Oct. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
Oct. 16 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Oct. 17 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Oct. 18 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
Nov. 07-09 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov. 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
Nov. 12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
Nov. 13 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar
Nov. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Nov, 15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Nov. 16 - Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu
Nov. 19 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
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ov. 20 - Portland, OR - Dante’s
Nov. 21-22 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

For additional information on tickets and fan pre-sales, please visit http://www.jmascis.com.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, JUN 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear “Small Window” Track From Luluc’s ‘Passerby’ - Out July 15!

Right now, this very second, you can (and should) listen to Luluc’s “Small Window,” the second offering from the group’s forthcoming album, Passerby. Lead singer Zoe Randall spoke about the origins of the song with American Songwriter“‘Small Window’ was drawn from the sometimes enchanting space between dreaming and waking. It started from a small poem written on a plane, the keen listener might be able to guess where (read more via American Songwriter song premiere June 12th). It’s a beautiful song that we think you should know about.

Pre-order Passerby from Sub Pop on CD/LP/DIGI here.

All customers who pre-order the LP version of Passerby 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. 

*Also, get an instant download of the first single, “Without a Face” with your pre-order!

*All of these items are on a first come, first served basis and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Order now to secure all of these limited-edition items!




Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, JUN 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

clipping.’s ‘CLPPNG’, Constantines’ ‘Shine a Light’, and Rose Windows’ “There’s Is A Light” All Out Today!

Today’s a very heavy release day for us here at Sub Pop HQ. We’ve got people hustling around the warehouse shipping and receiving, publicists on the horn (industry speak for phone) with press, and metadataists metadataing. Which is to say, it’s a wild scene around here, but one we’ve been preparing for.

First and foremost, clipping., the most disruptive and abrasive yet remarkably welcoming hip hop we’ve ever heard, are making their debut with the nearly eponymous CLPPNG. It’s a collection of disorienting and challenging hip hop tracks that equate to a pretty perfect debut record. Listen to “Body & Blood” in the embedded player for example. Pick up CLPPNG here, or wherever fine records are sold.

Tragically long-out-of-print on the coveted vinyl formatway, ConstantinesShine A Light is back in record bins wherever you dig for them. There’s still time to get yourself a copy of the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP from us here. But they’re going to go quickly, so order SOON. Listen to the epic ”Young Lions” from the record here.

Rose Windows are back with their single, ”There Is A Light” b/w “Fix Me Another One”, out today digitally, and out soon on 7”. Pick up the 7” single or a two song digital single here. Listen to the beautiful psych dream that is ”There Is A Light”.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, JUN 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Death Vessel Brings ‘Island Intervals’ On The Road (go see them)

Death Vessel will join Mirah on her upcoming North American tour, in support of their recent release, Island Intervals.  The trek begins September 27th in Northampton, MA at Iron Horse Music Hall and ends on October 12th in Washington, DC at Black Cat.  The tour is preceded by an appearance on July 25th at Newport Folk Festival. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

Island Intervals is the follow-up to Death Vessel’s label debut (Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us) and is available worldwide on CD/LP/DL via Sub Pop (right here). The 8-song album includes the singles “Mercury Dime (watch the embedded video),” “Velvet Antlers,” and “Ilsa Drown,” which features guest vocals from Jónsi, who also co-wrote the track. Island Intervals was produced by Alex Somers (Julianna Barwick, Sigur Rós) at his studio in Reykjavík, Iceland.  

What people are saying about Death Vessel:
“His eerily high voice sounds equally suited to basement-bound laments and celestial explorations, and Island Intervals finds him splitting the difference and exploring the tension between those extremes…Especially as it winds down with a pair of exquisite ballads, Island Intervals can feel deceptively modest and quiet. But where Death Vessel’s music lacks grandiosity, it finds grace in abundance.” [“First Listen”] -  NPR Music

“What Thibodeau does so beautifully is combine that feel with the homely, plaintive mood of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago to create an album of drifting, spacey, folk. It’s the kind of record that rewards a dark room and headphones, or a long walk through a snowy town.” [Review, 8/10] - Drowned In Sound

Island Intervals is barely over half an hour, but it’s so rich with mood and detail that it stretches out and out and out to the horizon and beyond.” [Review, 9/10] - Exclaim

“…An elegant and haunting piece of work.” [“Ilsa Drown”] - Consequence of Sound

“The pair are a perfect fit. Their high voices glide over the gentle instrumentation, which picks up steam as the song pushes on.” [“Ilsa Drown”] - SPIN

“This is one of the most gorgeous things he’s done and a testament to the power of great collaborative chemistry.” [“Ilsa Drown”] - Twenty Four Bit

Tour Dates
Jul. 25 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
Sep. 27 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall*
Sep. 28 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen*
Sep. 29 - Montreal, QC - TBA*
Sep. 30 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison*
Oct. 01 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes*
Oct. 02 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme*
Oct. 04 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
Oct. 06 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway*
Oct. 07 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s*
Oct. 08 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox*
Oct. 09 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub*
Oct. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe*
Oct. 11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge*
Oct. 12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
* w/ Mirah



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, JUN 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear Shabazz Palaces’ New Song #CAKE Now!

You can now listen to Shabazz Palaces’ “#CAKE,” the latest offering from the group’s forthcoming 7-suite, 18-track Lese Majesty, available worldwide on CD / 2xLP / DL July 28th & 29th via Sub Pop. The Not-the-Video video embedded within this blogpost features THEESatisfaction’s Catherine Harris-White and artwork from Christian Petersen of I Want You Magazine (See Pitchfork news story June 23rd).

Shabazz Palaces 2014 summer tour schedule in support of Lese Majesty now includes a performance at Brooklyn’s AFROPUNK Festival on August 23rd. Find a current list of tour dates below, and then, if you can, find your way to one of those shows, you’ll be happy you did.

Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty, the follow up to the groups universally acclaimed label debut Black Up, is a sonic mythmap of new black wave and psychedelia, featuring highlights “They Come In Gold”, “Dawn In Luxor,” “#CAKE,” “Ishmael” and “Forerunner Foray.”

Lese Majesty is available for preorder from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon now.  The double vinyl version is sheathed within a shark skin-like embossed jacket and includes a fold-out poster, and an etching on side D. Preorders from Sub Pop will receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP on purple vinyl AND a seven-inch featuring the non-album track “The Palace Slide” b/w “The Palace Slide (Instrumental)” while supplies last. Again, while supplies last. Order soon is what I’m trying to say.

Pre-order Lese Majesty from us here.

Tour Dates:
Jul. 28 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
Jul. 29 - Oakland, CA -  The New Parish
Jul. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
Aug. 21 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
Aug. 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
Aug. 23 - Brooklyn, NY - AFROPUNK @ Commodore Barry Park*
Oct. 22-26 - Helsinki, FI - Supermassive Festival
* w/ clipping.




Posted by Sam Sawyer