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.
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.
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
Nov. 20 - Portland, OR - Dante’s Nov. 21-22 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
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 Songwritersong premiere June 12th). It’s a beautiful song that we think you should know about.
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!
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
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 withthe 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.