News from 6/2014

NEWS : WED, JUN 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Helio Sequence Announce 2014 Tour

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The Helio Sequence are preparing for a late summer West Coast run with New Zealander Liam Finn. The tour begins on August 15th in San Diego, CA at the Casbah and ends August 21st in Bend, OR at The Tower Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 20th. Additionally, there are a handful of festival and headlining dates to mention at this time: West Seattle Music Festival on July 12th; September 12th in Seattle at the Tractor Tavern; And October 3rd in Portland at Doug Fir. Please find a full list of tour dates below.  

The Helio Sequence is currently working on the follow up to Negotiations, which is available now on Sub Pop. Watch the band’s video for “Hall of Mirrors”, which was co-directed by Cliff Sargent and Alex Huebsch, here.

Tour Dates

Jul. 12 - Seattle, WA - West Seattle Music Festival / The Junction

Aug. 15 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

Aug. 16 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre

Aug. 17 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door

Aug. 18 - Sacramento, CA - Witch Room

Aug. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel

Aug. 20 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall

Aug. 21 - Bend, OR - The Tower Theatre

Sep. 12 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

Oct. 3 - Portland, OR - The Doug Fir Lounge

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 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
ov. 20 - Portland, OR - Dante’s
Nov. 21-22 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

For additional information on tickets and fan pre-sales, please visit

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 : TUE, JUN 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Subscription Service w/ Drip FM Starts Today (Join Us)


Sub Pop (that’s us!) is pleased as punch to, today, announce our brand new partnership with Drip FM, a digital music subscription service that we are, as of today, a part of. What is this Drip FM? you are more than likely asking yourselves now. WELL, glad you asked. For a monthly fee of $10, Sub Pop fans will receive new releases, singles, and other exclusives from the label.  Digital audio for all Sub Pop releases through the service will be available in 320 kbps or WAV with no DRM restrictions. The service is also available worldwide. New Sub Pop Drip FM users can choose three releases upon joining the service, including music from clipping., Nirvana, Fleet Foxes, Earth and Shabazz Palaces.  The first 100 subscribers will be entered to win a super rare prize pack which will include Beach House Bloom LP (Loser Edition), a signed Postal Service Give Up (Deluxe) LP, Mudhoney On Top (Record Store Day Exclusive), and other highly desirable Sub Pop items.

Other labels that participate in the service include Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans, Ninja Tune, Captured Tracks and more. We’re in great company.

More About Drip FM:

Drip connects you and your favorite creators and represents a community of forward thinking artists and labels who believe this relationship is central to the future of creation.

Join with a monthly subscription and you’ll receive new new, classic, and rare bits, plus opportunities to get special products and rare access.

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Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, JUN 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear METZ’s Blistering Cover of The Urinals “I’m A Bug” + Tour Dates

The ever-mighty METZ have dropped a blistering cover of “I’m A Bug,” originally recorded by SoCal punk band The Urinals. Stereogum, who premiered the track had this to say, ”“I’m A Bug” is one many fine minimalist outbursts by late-’70s SoCal punk trio The Urinals, but there’s nothing minimalist about METZ. The Toronto trio are the latest to cover “I’m A Bug”…and they’ve turned it into one of their patented noise-rock onslaughts with typically bracing results. Which is to say: Like most METZ songs, this thing will squash you. (Like a bug, see).”

METZ are hitting the road this week for a North American west coast tour with Cloud Nothings.  The trek kicks-off July 2nd in Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theater and ends on July 8th & 9th with a two-night stand in Los Angeles, CA at the Roxy.  METZ will then head to the UK for a short tour, beginning August 10th in North Yorkshire, UK at Beacon Festival and ending on August 16th in London, UK for ATP’s Jabberwocky Festival at ExCel London.

Additionally, METZ has three festival appearances to mention: July 19th in Pemberton, BC at Pemberton Festival; October 4th in Sacramento, CA at TBD Fest; And November 7th-9th in Austin, TX at Fun Fun Fun Fest.  Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

METZ are currently hard at work on the follow up to their critically acclaimed, self-titled Sub Pop debut, which, you can, and should, pick up from Sub Pop here.

Tour Dates
Jul. 02 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater*
Jul. 03 - Seattle, WA - Neumos*
Jul. 04 - Victoria, BC - Upstairs Cabaret*
Jul. 05 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater*
Jul. 07 -  San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
Jul. 08 + 09 - Hollywood, CA -  Roxy LA*
Jul. 19 - Pemberton, BC - Pemberton Festival
Aug. 10 - North Yorkshire, UK -  Beacon Festival
Aug. 11 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hound
Aug. 12 - Sheffield , UK - Harley
Aug. 13 - St Albans, UK - Horn
Aug. 15 - Saint-Malo, FR - La Route du Rock Festival
Aug. 16 - London, UK - ATP’s Jabberwocky Festival @ ExCeL London
Oct. 04 - Sacramento, CA - TBD Fest
Nov. 07-.09 - Austin, TX -  Fun Fun Fun Fest
* w/ Cloud Nothings

Posted by Sam Sawyer