In continuation of Sub Pop’s grand tradition of piggy-backing our agenda on to existing cultural trends, we’d love to share with you this week’s Throw Back Thursday (#TBT), or, because we are old and bad at the jokes, “Throwing out Backs Thursday” (again, because we are old and our backs aren’t what they used to be). This week, we’re dusting off “Tallahassee”, an absolute gem from former Sub Pop drone masters, Earth. The track comes from 1996’s heavy Pentastar: In the Style of Demons – you can pick that up from the Mega Mart here.
Earth recently teamed up with current Rabia Shaheen Qazi, the magical front-woman of current Sub Pop psych outfit Rose Windows, and recorded “From the Zodiacal Light”, which you can and should listen to over at Pitchfork now. Go. Listen.
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
July 29th is approaching quickly, and if you’re like many of the people who have already pre-ordered Shabazz Palaces new record, Lese Majesty, from us here at Sub Pop, then you’ve already heard the space-bound ride that is the new song “Forerunner Foray”, because we’re giving all pre-orderers of that record a stream of the record in its entirety. But, if you aren’t one of those well-equipped consumers, than this morning’s Gorilla vs. Bear premiere of the Lese Majesty track is your first go around that mind-bending track. So, head on over there, or press play in the handy embed to hear another piece of the Shabazz Palaces masterpiece, Lese Majesty.
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”.
Pissed Jeans’ beautiful mess of a debut record came out in 2005 on the Parts Unknown record label, and it was called Shallow. It’s the reason why Sub Pop fell in love with the Pennsylvania foursome, and fall in love with them we did. Shallow has long been out of print on the popular vinyl format, and has been considered an eBay treasure for years, but no longer! Sub Pop is attempting to deflate the eBay price of the original pressing by flooding the market with 2014 reissues of this punk classic, out on October 7th. All Sub Pop Mega Mart customers who pre-order the record on vinyl will receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP, and all customers who pre-order on any format will receive an instant download of the entire record.
Northern Exposure Tour,” Beach House’s first-ever headlining tour
through Alaska and Canada, begins September 18th in Anchorage, AK at
Bear Tooth and ends on October 11th in Halifax, NS at The Marquee Club.
Please find a complete list of tour dates below.
Beach House have always wanted to tour in the “The Last Frontier” and
the “True North” on previous tours, but until now scheduling has proven
too great an obstacle. They’re very excited to finally play live in
intimate settings throughout these previously unexplored Alaskan and
About Beach House:
Beach House is Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand and Bloom is the band’s most recent album. Like their previous releases (Beach House in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010), it further develops their distinctive sound yet stands apart as a new piece of work.
The landscape of Bloom was largely designed on the road,
between the countless sound checks and myriad experiences during two
years of tour. Throughout this period, melodies, chords, rhythms, words,
and textures surfaced in moments of their own choosing. These
spontaneous ideas were later gathered and developed in Baltimore,
Maryland where the band lives and works (read more at Sub Pop).
Sep. 18 - Anchorage, AK - Bear Tooth
Sep. 21 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
Sep. 22 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
Sep. 24 - Nelson, BC - Spiritbar
Sep. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Sep. 27 - Calgary, AB - Republik
Sep. 28 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis’ Pub
Sep. 30 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret
Oct. 01 - Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
Oct. 03 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Oct. 05 - Ottawa, ON - Bronson Centre
Oct. 07 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Plaza
Oct. 09 - Quebec, QC - Le Cercle
Oct. 10 - Fredericton, NB - The Playhouse
Oct. 11 - Halifax, NS - The Marquee Club