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News from 7/2014

NEWS : TUE, JUL 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear a New King Tuff Song from ‘Black Moon Spell’ - Out 9/23!

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.

Pre-order Black Moon Spell

Read More on King Tuff (by King Tuff):
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


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, JUL 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Avi Buffalo Video for “So What”

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”.


At Best Cuckold is out on September 9th, learn about the limited-edition pre-order and pick up your copy here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, JUL 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Luluc’s ‘Passerby’ Now Available For Your Music Playing Devices

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Luluc’s Passerby, 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 New York.

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).

Luluc 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.

Tour Dates
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

“While 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

“[It] 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

“It’s 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

Passerby 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

“A 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)

“It 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)

“The 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



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, JUL 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

#TBT: Velocity Girl’s “I Can’t Stop Smiling”

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.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

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 theafghanwhigs.com

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 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:
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