King Tuff will soon be back in the mix with the release of Black Moon Spell, his highly anticipated third record on September 23rd
via us, Sub Pop Records. The album features the summery ‘Eyes of the Muse’, which is available for your ears in the embedded player. BMS was produced & mixed by Bobby
Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, CA, with the exception of ‘I Love
You Ugly’ and ‘Radiation’, which were produced by the man himself, King Tuff.
King Tuff has scheduled a fall North American headlining tour to support Black Moon Spell, which begins on September 25th in San Diego, CA at Irenic and ends November 8th in Austin, TX at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Please find a current tour schedule below.
Black Moon Spell is now available for preorder via the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes and Amazon. Fans who pre-order the LP version of Black Moon Spell via megamart.subpop.com will
receive the limited “Loser Edition” of the album on
glow-in-the-dark/black splatter vinyl; those who preorder the CD or LP
will receive a limited-edition embroidered patch (while supplies last).
King Tuff has also created a brand new t-shirt design that will be
available at the Sub Pop Mega Mart as a stand-alone item or as part of a discounted bundle with preorders of Black Moon Spell.
King Tuff’s new record is called Black Moon Spell. It was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California, in the hot winter of 2014. No one involved was
prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them to do it.
Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called
The Devil. God and The Devil actually have very similar interests. They both love electric guitars and they both want you to listen to Black Moon Spell and freak the fuck out. There were many
strange occurrences during the recording session - Dracula landlords,
flashes of mysterious light, haunted microphones, songs that mixed
themselves, demonic vortexes swirling in coffee cups, etc. Under the Black Moon Spell
you may experience euphoria, demented visions, wet dreams, bouts of
backwards laughter, and dazed confusion resulting in primordial dancing. Fire played a very important role in the making of this album. King Tuff loves fire. For some reason, no one can really explain how the Black Moon Spell came to be. It just appeared one day and demanded heavy rock music and meatball subs. Backwards messages may be found on this record. Los Angeles, full
of its screaming coyotes and creeping helicopters, surely slathered its
sexy, twisted, hairy, polluted spirit all over Black Moon Spell. The Sunset Strip shat itself when it heard all these guitar solos. Alot of people always ask King Tuff when he’s gonna put out a new record. The answer is September 23, 2014. Can you feel the Black Moon Spell creeping up the back of yr neck yet? King Tuff would
prefer not to tell you the full story of making this record because its
long and crazy and you wouldn’t believe him anyway. Also, I am King
Tuff. Magic Jake, who
played bass and is beautiful like sunshine, would like to take this
moment to give you a hug and invite you to a tanning party on a beach of
your choice. Old Gary, who plays
drums and has the most glorious cackle, would like to take this moment
to crack a cold one with you and invite you to watch the old ballgame
with him. Old Gary was out
watching the old ballgame, so a wild critter named Ty Segall played
drums on the song “Black Moon Spell.” Ty enjoys speaking in a goblin
voice in his spare time. Night fell on Studio B. A Tarot card leapt from the deck and said, “No human judgement is of any value here.” King Tuff agreed. Sub Pop first
discovered King Tuff curled up in his palace in Vermont. It was
basically a shit hut made of moss, mud, and glimmering stones hidden
near the graveyard, and it was guarded by beautiful wild bullfrogs with
silver fangs and baseball bats. Punx, Squares,
Skaters, Farmers, Bartenders, Grandparents, Stoners, Carpenters, Hobos,
Heshers, Babes, Babies, Plumbers, Strippers, Art Teachers, Teenagers,
Townies, Moms, Dads, Truck Drivers, and Witches will all love this
record. Every song on Black Moon Spell was written without giving a shining fuck about nothing. Listen to Black Moon Spell, turn yr volume knob up to 666, put yr lover in a 69, and let yr inner grinagog rear it’s wicked, unwashed, smiling snake head. Listen to Black Moon Spell
and give yr ears what they’ve been begging for all year; a heavily
weird, heavenly dark, hysterically magical Rock & Roll Sexperience.
ps. the only part of this story that isn’t
true is the part about the shit hut. I actually was living at my parents
house when i was discovered. Love, KT
Avi Buffalo’s At Best Cuckold is still a month and a half out, but don’t let that sad fact stop you from enjoying you some Avi Buffalo TODAY. Go ahead and press play on the embedded player to get lost in the dreamscape that is the music video embodiment of the ABC track “So What”.
featuring the singles “Small Window” and “Without a Face,” is now
available worldwide via Sub Pop. The album is also available in
Australia & New Zealand via Mistletone. Passerby was
recorded and produced by Luluc and Aaron Dessner at Aaron’s Garage in
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in
In celebration of Passerby’s release, you can now watch the official video for “Small Window,” helmed by animator by Nacho Rodriguez and featuring art direction by Sara Lopez. Boing Boing
premiered the video and had this to say, “From Luluc, the
Brooklyn-via-Australia duo of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett comes “Small
Window,” a dreamy lullaby of exquisite indie folk from their album Passerby.
The beautiful animated video…isn’t so much something you watch, but
rather a strange and wonderful place you travel through.” Watch the video here.
Luluc’s Passerby has earned the duo international praise from the likes of NPR Music’s “First Listen” & “All Songs Considered,” NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” Stereogum,
Exclaim, Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit, CLASH, My Old Kentucky
Blog, Mess + Noise, Double J, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio (AU), and more. At radio, Passerby was the #1 most added album with CMJ reporters, which led to the group gracing the cover of the magazine.
In related news, Luluc have scheduled a few radio sessions including WFUV in New York (airdate TBA) and KEXP in Seattle (July 22nd). The duo were also recently interviewed for NPR’s “Weekend Edition”, where they discussed the creation of Passerby, their songwriting process and influences (see “Weekend Edition Saturday” July 5th).
has also scheduled a few live performances, including: July 22nd in
Seattle, WA at Fremont Abbey and July 25th in Los Angeles, CA at Bootleg
HiFi. Additional tour dates to be announced shortly.
Passerby is now available via Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes and Amazon. All customers who purchase the LP version of Passerby via megamart.subpop.com
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.
Jul. 22 - Seattle, WA - Fremont Abbey
Jul. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre
What people are saying about Luluc: Passerby
provides a tremendous introduction to a band whose deliberate
impeccability never feels staid or fussy. It helps that The National’s
Aaron Dessner, who knows a little something about impeccability, leaves
his fingerprints all over these songs: He produced Passerby
with Randell and Hassett, and he provides a good bit of the rich but
spare backing instrumentation throughout. Dessner and Luluc both know
how and when to let a song breathe.” [First Listen] -NPR Music
“Passerby skilfully turns quiet melancholy and dignified sadness into a thing of subtle beauty.’ [Review] - Drowned In Sound
the track features wonderfully playful, minimalist piano plinks and
slim guitar strums, it’s Zoë Randell who takes control with her shushed
hums and longing lines that have her reminiscing about “those I love far
from here”” [“Small Window”] - Exclaim!
“Heavy in gentle guitar strumming and angelic vocals” [“Small Window”] - My Old Kentucky Blog
captures the band’s homespun charm in its main melody which sits over
spindly strings that move like ripples in still water.” [“Without a
Face”] - Stereogum
a gloriously entrancing piece of music. Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett
seem to swirl around one another, the gentle arrangement allowing
Randell’s beautiful voice full space to express itself.” [“Without a
Face”] - CLASH
sounds eerily timeless, nodding strongly to the English folk tradition
of the late 1960s (think Fairport Convention and Pentangle) without
feeling dusty or dated” - MESS + NOISE
restrained collection of tender songs… The darkness of the duo’s music
is where much of the beauty is, and it gives these songs layers; there’s
more to them than a casual listen may suggest” [Feature] - DOUBLE J (AU)
retains the warm fragility of their first release which gained Zoe and
Steve much respect… their work should be heralded loud and long.”
[Album of the Week] - ABC RADIO (AU)
Aaron Dessner-produced LP largely preserves the hushed minimalism of
its predecessor, although the six-minute centrepiece “Tangled Heart” –
an opus about expat life in New York – boasts lyrical reference to Nico
Muhly and players from Bon Iver, Beirut, and the National. It’s a long
way from home for the folkie duo…But when Randell sings “gum trees put
me at ease”, in “Gold On The Leaves,” the distance melts away.”
[Review] - Sydney Morning Herald
To commemorate the absurd-yet-good-excuse-to-talk-about-ourselves weekly holiday collectively known as “Throwback Thursday”, or colloquially, #TBT, we here at Sub Pop Records give you Velocity Girl’s video for “I Can’t Stop Smiling” off of their indie pop classic, Simpatico!, released 20(!) years ago last month. Pick it up on the digital format here. Enjoy.
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.
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
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 megamart.subpop.com 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:
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