News from 6/2014

NEWS : FRI, JUN 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Notwist: A Beginner’s Guide Playlist + Tour Dates!

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On February 25th, German electro-wizards, The Notwist, released their Sub Pop debut, Close to the Glass, the band’s 8th full-length record. Over the years, the band has also been involved in very notable and sonically awesome side projects like Ms. John Soda and Lali Puna, among others. Between the seven prior Notwist records and the side projects, it’s a lot of material to get through, so for the sake of time, we decided to compile a playlist that we’re call, “The Notwist: A Beginner’s Guide”. We went through all of the band’s work, and picked a bunch of our favorites. So, if you’re new to The Notwist, or you’re an old fan, the Notwist Beginner’s Guide is for you.

Listen to “The Notwist: A Beginner’s Guide”



Beats: On the @SubPop profile page


The Notwist are on tour, and if they happen to be playing near you, do yourself a favor and join them for the night, they’re pretty magical live.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

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 : WED, JUN 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New NSFW clipping. Video for “Body & Blood”

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CLPPNG just came out yesterday to critical acclaim with ”Album of the Week” honors over at Stereogum. Today, the music site premiered the utterly NSFW music video for the grinding track, ”Body & Blood”. Head on over there to get on that wild ride, directed by Patrick Kennelly.

CLPPNG is available here, or your local independent record retailer.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, JUN 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear a New Avi Buffalo Song From September 9th’s ‘At Best Cuckold’

Avi Buffalo’s eponymous debut hit the ground running in 2010, and for good reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC, and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids their age, the Buffaloes celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, their overseas journeys took them to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, and beyond.  

And thus began the three-year journey that led to the creation of At Best Cuckold, a stretch of time that resembles the one that framed its predecessor. While transitioning from teenager to twenty-something and traversing the interpersonal wilds that accompany that age, Avi kept playing music (even picking up a new instrument every now and again), collaborated with and produced many friends (including Kevin Litrow’s N.O.W. project and Douglas James Sweeney’s Arjuna Genome), started DJing, and listened to a bunch of good music. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013 rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks…The end result is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. Listen to the lead-off track, “So What”, in the handy embed to hear some of those sneaky moments of grandeur.

Pre-order At Best Cuckold from Sub Pop and receive a large, limited-edition fold-out poster. Speaking of limited-edition, if you pre-order ABC on the vinyl format, you’ll receive the colored-vinyl, Loser Edition of the LP, in this case, the lack-of-color, clear vinyl. Limited-edition means when they’re gone, they’re gone, so probably order now, right? Yes.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, JUN 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Washed Out Video + Tour Dates

Washed Out are back with a beautiful, short film-style music video for their ethereal masterpiece, “Weightless”, off of the official summer record of 2013 (official around Sub Pop HQ, at least), Paracosm. While you’re taking in the audio and visual splendor of the “Weightless” video, contemplate which of the band’s tour dates is best for your schedule and travel plans. Those are below.

Pick up Paracosm from Sub Pop here.

Tour Dates
Jun. 04 - Richmond, VA - The National*
Jun. 05 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
Jun. 06 - New York, NY - The Governors Ball / Randall’s Island
Jun. 06 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (Late Show)
Jun. 08 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip / Historic Fort York and Garrison Commons
Jun. 09 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom*
Jun. 10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop*
Jun. 11 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall*
Jun. 12 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club*
Jun. 15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
Jun. 20 - Dufur, OR - WTF?! What The Festival
Jun. 22 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival
Aug. 25 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
Aug. 26 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
Aug. 27 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
Aug. 29 - Chicago, IL - North Coast Music Festival / Union Park
Sep. 01 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Sep. 02 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House
Sep. 03 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
Sep. 05 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre
Sep. 06 - St. Louis, MO - Lou Fest / Forest Park
Sep. 07 - Tulsa, OK - Cains Ballroom
Sep. 08 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
Sep. 09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
Sep. 10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
Sep. 12 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
Sep. 13 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Sep. 14 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
* w/ Wunder Wunder

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, JUN 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Afghan Whigs Perform on Letterman + Tour Dates

The Afghan Whigs took to the stage at The Late Show with David Letterman last night to perform “Matamoros” off of their 2014 comeback Do to the Beast, and judging solely from David Letterman’s reaction, the boys didn’t disappoint (as if they ever do). Anyway, don’t take Dave’s enthusiastic word on the matter, see for yourself. 

The Afghan Whigs are soon embarking on an extensive tour in support of Do to the Beast, their first record in over a decade. Dates and ticketing info below.

Pick up Do to the Beast from here

The Afghan Whigs 2014 Tour Dates
Jun. 28 - Norrkoping, SE - Bravalla Festival
Jun. 29 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller
Jun. 30 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio
Jul. 02 - Berlin, DE - C-Club
Jul. 03 - Gdynia, PL - Open’er Festival
Jul. 04 - Hradec Kralove, CZ - Rock For People
Jul. 05 - Sopron, HU - Volt Festival
Jul. 07 - Milan, IT - Magnolia
Jul. 10 - Novi Sad, SB - Exit Festival
Jul. 11 - Trencin, SK - Pohoda Festival
Jul. 12 - Russelsheim, DE - Phono Pop Festival
Jul. 13 - Bruges, BE - Cactus Festival
Jul. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Jul. 15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Jul. 17 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral
Jul. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
Jul. 19 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
Jul. 20 – Dublin, IRE – Longitude Festival
Aug. 26 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Aug. 27 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Aug. 29 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Aug. 30 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival

Aug. 31 - Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Sep. 03 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
Sep. 05 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
Sep. 06 - Toronto, ON - Riot Fest Toronto
Sep. 09 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Sep. 10 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Sep. 12 - St. Louis MO - Ready Room
Sep. 16 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
Sep. 18 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham
Sep. 19 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Sep. 20 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Sep. 26 - Cincinnati, OH - Mid Point Music Festival
Sep. 27 - Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
Oct. 01 - Washington, DC - 9.30 Club
Oct. 03 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Oct. 04 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
Oct. 07 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cats Cradle
Oct. 08 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Oct. 11 - Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Oct. 22 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Oct. 24 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
Oct. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
Oct. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
Oct. 29 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Oct. 31 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk

For more information on tickets please visit

Posted by Sam Sawyer