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News from 7/2014

NEWS : MON, JUL 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Afghan Whigs’ “Matamoros” Music Video + Tour

You can now watch The Afghan Whigs’ latest video for “Matamoros,” the second single from the band’s critically acclaimed album Do to the Beast. The clip, directed by Phil Harder (“Algiers”), was filmed on location in New York City. The FADER says of the video, “A bunch of commuters were treated to front row seats of a performance by NYC dance crew W.A.F.F.L.E in the new video for reunited rockers The Afghan Whigs. Flipping moves to the math-rocky “Matamoros”…the crew turn the subway into their stage and underscore just how dance-y a song it is (see July 14th premiere).  

The Afghan Whigs are currently concluding a European tour with their UK dates beginning tomorrow night in London with a sold out show at the Electric Ballroom.
The band will embark on a massive North American trek beginning on August 26th in Portland, OR at Doug Fir.  The tour concludes on Halloween night in Austin, TX at the Mohawk. Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur will be direct support for most of the tour.
The Afghan Whigs will kick off their US tour by performing live on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on August 25th.
For the most up to date information and tickets please visit

Order Do to the Beast from Sub Pop here.

The Afghan Whigs 2014 Tour Dates
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, IE – 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*
Sept 12-14 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
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*
* w/ Joseph Arthur
** w/ Charles Bradley

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, JUL 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

GOAT’s ‘Commune’ Out 9/23 - Hear a New Song Now

Good news: Swedish rock collective GOAT will release their highly-anticipated second album, their full-length Sub Pop debut, Commune on CD/LP/DL September 23rd, and you can now listen to the lead-off single, “Hide From the Sun,” which our premiere partner, Stereogum, calls, “beautifully psychedelic”. Agree to agree, Stereogum.

Commune is the follow-up to GOAT’s hypnotic 2012 debut, World Music, which received widespread acclaim and placed in many of that year’s top-ten lists. The mysterious, masked group continued to awe the world with their intense, ritualistic live shows, the “Dreambuilding” b/w “Stonegoat” 7” (released in North America by Sub Pop in 2013), and the recent Live Ballroom Ritual double-album.

GOAT has scheduled a fall European tour in support Commune, which begins September 19th in Copenhagen, DK at Vega and ends October 3rd in London, UK at the Roundhouse. You can find a list of tour dates below.

Commune is now available for preorder in North America via Sub Pop Mega Mart,  iTunes and Amazon. While supplies last, customers who pre-order the LP version of Commune from will receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the album and a limited-edition, single-sided 7” with a song not available on the new record! Again, all of that business is limited, and as is the nature of limited things, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order now.

More on GOAT:
There is no direct association between mysterious Swedish psychedelicists GOAT and revered Argentinian master of magical realism, Jorge Luis Borges. Yet their mission appears to be the same. Borges generated his ideas from historical curiosities across the globe—gaucho knife duels on the South American plains, Middle Eastern heresiarchs plotting treacheries in secret libraries, Chinese pirates waging wars against the Emperor—and twisted them into fictions that blurred the lines between fortified footnotes and outright fantasy. GOAT’s sound is the sonic manifestation of this principle, as evidenced in their aptly-named debut album World Music, which incorporated elements of Nigerian afrobeat, German krautrock, Anatolian funk, and a host of other global micro-niches into a hallucinatory cultish celebration of rock’s diverse manifestations. Deprived of the requisite band biography, early experiencers World Music’s electrified tribalism and lysergic compositions had the inevitable questions regarding the origin and timeframe of the recordings. The truth only became knottier every time the elusive GOAT collective provided their cryptic answers.

Ultimately, it is GOAT’s music that speaks the most about them, and, on their sophomore album, Commune, GOAT deliver a heavy dose of acidic grooves, hypnotic incantations, and serpentine guitar lines (Read more at Sub Pop).

Tour Dates
Jul. 06 - Belfort, FR - Eurokeennes
Jul. 18 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
Jul. 20 - Ostrava, CZ - Colours of Ostrava
Aug. 03 - Stockholm, SE - Stockholm Music & Arts
Aug. 23 - Paredes de Coura, PT - Paredes de Coura Festival
Sep. 19 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega
Sep. 20 - Tilburg, NL - Incubate
Sep. 21 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
Sep. 23 - Berlin, DE - Postbahnhof
Sep. 24 - Munich, DE - Ampere
Sep. 25 - Paris, FR - Trabendo
Sep. 27 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Psych Festival
Sep. 28 - Glasgow, UK - SWG3
Sep. 29 - Newcastle, UK - Northumbria University
Oct. 01 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
Oct. 02 - Bristol, UK - Trinity Centre
Oct. 03 - London, UK - Roundhouse

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, JUL 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s Radio Channel on TuneIn


The future is now, friends. Sub Pop is quite pleased to let you know, that we have a brand new radio channel on TuneIn, the world’s largest audio network. Our very own radio channel! Can you imagine the possibilities?

TuneIn has over 50 million active monthly users and lets people listen to the world’s news, sports, talk, and of course, music from wherever they are. They have over 100K radio stations and more than four million on-demand programs streaming from every continent, and is available across 200+ connected devices. TuneIn has already launched with hundreds of content partners, such as CNN, CBS Radio, ESPN Radio, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Slate, The Weather Channel, Complex Media, and Lexus.

Sub Pop fans should listen and follow our channel at Content will be programmed by the label, with radio shows like Sub Pop Rock City, Behind The Garage, Subterranean Pop, our “Beginners Guide” playlists and artist specific shows from the likes of Shabazz Palaces,  Luluc, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, clipping., and many more to come.  All of which is to say, we’re finally on the radio.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, JUL 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Luluc Take Over Seattle Starting Today

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Luluc’s beautiful Sub Pop debut, Passerby, is only about a week old, and the band are already planning their imminent takeover of their record label’s hometown. For a three-day trip, the Australian duo will have to be militant to keep their busy schedule on track. If you live in the greater (greatest?) Seattle area, you have a number of opportunities in which to catch them live. Below is a handy list of times and places, some virtual, some physical, in which you can see Luluc perform. Make it happen, they’re really not to be missed.

Monday, July 21st - Free in-store at 7pm at Easy Street 

Tuesday, July 22nd - Live on KEXP at 1pm

Tuesday, July 22nd - Fremont Abbey - get your tickets here

Wednesday, July 23rd - Free performance at the Sub Pop Airport Store at 5pm in the SeaTac Airport

Posted by Sam Sawyer

COMMERCE : MON, JUL 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sun’s Shining, Guns Out

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We here at the Sub Pop Record Company understand the importance of personal temperature awareness (PTA)–heat stroke is no joke, as they say–so that’s why we’re doing our part by taking a very successful (successful in terms of revenue for us) sweatshirt design, and fine tuning it a bit to make it available in the seasonable appropriate, sleeveless, tank top shirt-way. The now new-classic Sub Pop “Futura” design, is now available in a cranberry or blue tank for your summery needs. If you can’t stay inside this summer, don’t forget to liberally apply sunpaste, militantly hydrate, and most importantly, wear Sub Pop tank tops all summer long to avoid heat stroke, the silent bummer.

In Blue or Cranberry

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, JUL 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Shabazz Palaces ‘Lese Majesty’ Out Today

Lese Majesty, Shabazz Palaces’ mind-boggling, dizzying, universally-acclaimed follow-up to their 2011 mind-boggling, dizzying, universally-acclaimed debut record, Black Up, is officially available wherever good records are sold. The record is truly an artistic triumph, and we here at Sub Pop couldn’t be more proud to have released it. If you haven’t had a chance to, maybe take the focus track “#Cake” out for a spin with the embedded player, and then pick up a copy of Lese Majesty from us here at Sub Pop, iTunes, Amazon, or your local independent record store.

Posted by Sam Sawyer