News from 10/2014

NEWS : MON, OCT 20, 2014 at 6:15 AM

It’s Official: Sub Pop Can Keep a Secret (Sleater-Kinney to Release New Record/Tour)

You should probably sit down.

Are you sitting? Good, then you’re ready for this: Sleater-Kinney are releasing No Cities to Love, their first album in ten years(!) and most explosive collection of songs to date(!!), on January 19/20 worldwide via this very record label, Sub Pop Records, with North American and European tours to follow!!! Holy shit, right? We know, we’re overwhelmed by this, too. Well, we’ve been sitting on this secret for a while, but we’ve had to deal with in-the-red levels of excitement the ENTIRE time we’ve been harboring this knowledge. So kudos to us, Sub Pop Records, for keeping this secret for so long.

You’re probably wondering how, after ten LONG, Sleater-Kinney-less years, that No Cities to Love came to be. Well, the trio - Corin Tucker (vocals/guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar/vocals) and Janet Weiss (drums) - recorded the new record in top secret, highly disguised sessions at Tiny Telephone Recordings in San Francisco in early 2014, with additional sessions at Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios in Portland, and Electrokitty Recording in Seattle.  John Goodmanson, who helmed four previous Sleater-Kinney albums, produced No Cities. That’s a lot of sneaking around.

Was it all worth it? Very much yes, according to this quote from Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Browstein, this is a record that every current and future Sleater-Kinney fan should be greatly anticipating. The quote that I was saying about: “We sound possessed on these songs, willing it all - the entire weight of the band and what it means to us - back into existence.” We, for one, can’t wait to share this record with you.

The trio surprised fans and music publications alike by including the new song “Bury Our Friends” as a one-sided 7” with the October 21 release of ‘Start Together’ (hey, we put that out, too), a limited-edition vinyl boxed set comprising remastered versions of their seven previous albums. The colored vinyl edition of ‘Start Together’ sold out weeks before release and a second, black vinyl edition is available for pre-order now (get yets quick, they’re moving quickly).

No Cities to Love is now available for pre-order on CD / LP / DL through the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Sleater-Kinney’s website. A limited, deluxe edition on white, 180-gram vinyl will also be available. The deluxe LP version features a tri-fold jacket encased in an outer slipcover, and includes two bonus tracks on a single-sided 12” with an etching on the b-side, you know, for fanciness.

A little S-K background in case you need a primer: Sleater-Kinney formed in Olympia, WA in 1994, and set a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact, earning the mantle of “America’s best rock band” (Greil Marcus/Time Magazine) along the way.  Since the 2005 release of The Woods, which Entertainment Weekly called “a masterpiece” (uh-duh), Tucker has released two albums with the Corin Tucker Band, while Brownstein and Weiss released one album with Wild Flag.  Brownstein also co-created and co-stars in the IFC series ‘Portlandia,’ and Weiss has recorded and toured with Quasi and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, among others.

Pre-order No Cities to Love from Sub Pop Records.

Sleater-Kinney 2015 tour dates:

02-08-15 Spokane, WA  @ Knitting Factory - Spokane                

02-09-15 Boise, ID  @ Knitting Factory - Boise                  

02-10-15 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot                               

02-12-15 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater                            

02-13-15 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown                             

02-14-15 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue                            

02-15-15 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall                             

02-17-15  Chicago, IL @ Riviera                                   

02-22-15 Boston, MA @ House of Blues                          

02-24-15  Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club                            

02-26-15 New York, NY @ Terminal 5                                

02-28-15  Philadelphia, PA@ Union Transfer

 03-18-15 Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnhof

03-19-15 Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso

03-20-15 Paris, France @ Cigale

03-21-15 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix

03-23-15 London, UK @ Roundhouse

03-24-15 Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

03-25-15 Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC

03-26-15 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street

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Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, OCT 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Pissed Jeans’ “Boring Girls” Music Video is Pure, Uncut Cinematic Magic

Historically, Pissed Jeans’ music videos are a truly a magical sight to behold. Somehow, this one for the ’Shallow’ track, “Boring Girls”, outdoes them all. Experience all of the majesty via this Stereogum premiere.

Order Shallow from Sub Pop Records right this moment. This is a move you will not regret.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, OCT 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM


Sleaterkontest blog

As you’re no doubt aware, mainly because we can’t stop talking about it, Sub Pop (that’s us) is reissuing Sleater-Kinney’s ENTIRE back catalog on the long out-of-print and very much currently in vogue vinyl format. I presume to know what you’re thinking: “This is great news!”; we agree on that important point. Yes folks, on October 21st, for the first time in many years, you will be able to purchase all seven of Sleater-Kinney’s seminal releases on vinyl, CD, and digitally. The vinyl LPs will be available in a career-spanning box set with a hardcover book called Start Together, as well as individual releases

In celebration of this long-overdue event, we are hosting a bit of a contest. Here’s how it works:

1) Share with us, and the world, via Instagram or Twitter, your favorite Sleater-Kinney record or Sleater-Kinney memory.

2) Tag your post with #SleaterKontest and @SubPop (so we can find you and notify you if you win).

3) This step is optional but strongly encouraged: we’d love it if you told your friends, co-workers, baristas, bar tenders, bus drivers, teachers, enemies, parents, siblings, and/or anyone else you can think of. We’d love to sell a lot of these things. #marketing

4) Win! We will select five winners randomly on October 21st. The winner will receive their choice from the individual Sleater-Kinney reissues and a brand new Sleater-Kinney t-shirt.

In the meantime, we’re proudly selling Start Together and all of Sleater-Kinney’s records here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, OCT 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Shabazz Palaces Music Video for “Motion Sickness”

Take a few minutes to enjoy the cinematic new music video for Shabazz Palaces’ “Motion Sickness” off of their latest record, Lese Majesty, which you can (and frankly, probably should) pick up from Sub Pop here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, OCT 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

‘Everything Will Change’: The Postal Service Documentary

We’re pleased to share release details for Everything Will Change, the feature-length documentary concert film of The Postal Service’s performances at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA, captured over two nights (July 26th & 27th, 2013) during their reunion tour. Everything Will Change will be available worldwide on Monday, November 24th on DVD/Blu-ray from Sub Pop.

A collaboration between Benjamin Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (from Dntel), with Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, The Postal Service released Give Up, their one and only album, in 2003. That record went on to sell over a million copies and most of the band’s fans never had the chance to see them perform live. In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Give Up, Sub Pop released an expanded, deluxe version of the album and the band reunited to tour the world. Directed by Justin Mitchell, Everything Will Change features intimate interviews, backstage footage of the band, and captures one of the nights when everything did change.

On Friday, November 14th, there will be a series of special preview screenings of Everything Will Change at the following AMC Theatres in the following cities: Town Center 6 in Burbank, CA; Empire 25 in New York, NY; Metreon 16 in San Francisco, CA; Pacific Place in Seattle, WA; River East 21 in Chicago, IL; Boston Commons 19 in Boston, MA; Cherry Hill 24 in Cherry Hill, NJ; Georgetown 14 in Washington, DC; Mission Valley 20 in San Diego, CA; and Northpark 15 in Dallas, TX. Admission to these screenings is $10. Please find a complete list of screenings below.

In addition, on November 24th, the album Give Up will be available for the first time as a single vinyl LP. Preorders for both the Everything Will Change DVD/Blu-ray and the Give Up single-LP are now available at the Sub Pop Mega Mart and

Includes never-before-seen live recordings of the following tracks:
“The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”
“We Will Become Silhouettes”
“Sleeping In”
“Turn Around”
“Nothing Better”
“Recycled Air”
“Be Still My Heart”
“Clark Gable”
“Our Secret” (Beat Happening cover)
“This Place Is a Prison”
“A Tattered Line of String”
“Such Great Heights”
“Natural Anthem”
“(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan”
“Brand New Colony”

Special Features:
“Such Great Heights” Music Video (directed by Josh & Xander)
“We Will Become Silhouettes” Music Video (directed by Jared Hess)
“The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” Music Video (directed by Cobra Kai)
“A Tattered Line of String” Music Video (directed by AB/CD/CD)
“The Postal Service Auditions” (directed by Tom Scharpling)
“The Postal Service: In Their Own Words” (directed by Tom Scharpling)

Main Features:
Video: 1080p High Definition
Audio: 5.1 (English)
Subtitles: English

Special Features:
Video: Standards Vary
Audio: Stereo (English)
Subtitles: English

Blu-ray Disc:
Region Free: This DVD is Playable in All Regions
This film has not been rated
86 minutes 

Screening Information:
AMC Theatres (select cities)
Friday, November 14th, 2014
Doors 7pm, 8pm start time
$10 / Purchase tickets here

Burbank Town Center 6
770 North 1st Street, Burbank
Burbank, CA 91501

Empire 25
234 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Metreon 16
2325 101 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Pacific Place 11
600 Pine Street, 4th floor
Seattle, WA 98101 

River East 21
322 East Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Boston Commons 16
175 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111

Cherry Hill 24
2121 Route 38
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Georgetown 14
3111 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Mission Valley 20
1640 Camino Del Rio, North
San Diego, CA 92108 

Northpark 15
8687 N. Central Expressway, Suite 3000
Dallas, TX 75225

Posted by Sam Sawyer