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
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.
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.
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.
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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).”
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.
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.
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