News from 11/2014

NEWS : FRI, NOV 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

20% Off All Orders $20 Or More!

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The holiday shopping race is officially on, and we at Sub Pop are once again participating in the insatiable consumerism by offering you, the taste-making music consumer, 20% off your orders of $20 or more!* It’s simple, if your shopping cart has at least $20 worth of Sub Pop merchandise, you’ll automatically receive 20% off at check out.

So, in the spirit of the season, shop the Sub Pop Annual 20’s Plenty Holiday Sale for all of the sonically enlightened people on your shopping lists!

*Sleater-Kinney’s Start Together box set, as well as all pre-orders, are exempt from this promotion. Sorry ‘bout that!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, NOV 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Signs Olympia, Washington’s Strange Wilds!

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Sub Pop is thrilled to share the news that Strange Wilds have signed on to be part of the family!

Strange Wilds formed in Olympia, WA in 2012. The band grew out of the fertile Pacific-Northwest punk scene, with members from Negative Press, Outlook, Wreck, and a bunch of other punk/hardcore bands of the last few years. Shortly after the 2014 release of their debut, the four-song Wet 7” on Inimical Records, the band settled into the classic, economical, power-trio configuration of bass, drums, and a single guitar, and signed to Sub Pop. Strange Wilds will release new music for Sub Pop in 2015. In the meantime, you can read more about Strange Wilds via Noisey and the AV Club.

Get to know Strange Wilds!

Watch: “Slime” video
Listen:  “Wet” 4-track 7” single

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, NOV 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The Best Music Internship Ever


From our good friends at Seattle City of Music:

The City of Music Internship is a unique opportunity for individuals who are interested in the music industry and its many moving gears. Two interns will be accepted per a 12-month program, which is divided into four internship experiences with four different businesses. Interns will spend three months at each business.

Thetwo interns will work with KEXP, a Seattle-based non-profit radio station; Seattle Theater Group (STG), a non-profit arts organization which operates historic theaters; Sub Pop Records, a legendary record label that has been signing artists and selling records since 1988; and Rhapsody, an online music service. Each of these organizations will have a point supervisor for the three-month duration that the intern is with the company. Interns will work at each respective organization for a three-month period, with a week in-between each phase of the internship.

The goal of the City of Music Internship is to work with capable and interested individuals to better their understanding of how different organizations in Seattle work directly with artists, and how each of the companies market and support the artists’ vision and careers. By bringing interested people into a diverse learning experience, we intend to foster talent into Seattle’s music industry. Furthermore, we hope that every individual who completes the program will come away from the internship with a broadened perspective on Seattle’s music and the many organizations that maintain its importance as a staple of the city’s culture.

For consideration, the application deadline is Friday, November 14 at 11:59 pm

For more information: click here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, NOV 3, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Father John Misty’s ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ Out February 10th

Perhaps you saw Father John Misty’s performance of the brand new track “Bored In the USA” complete with a 22-piece string section on The Late Show with David Letterman, and found that you’re wondering yourself silly with questions like, “Could it be true?! A new record from Father John Misty?!” and you ended up here, the webhome of FJM’s record label, hoping to answer your burning questions. Well the answer, dear friends, is yes, on February 10th, 2015, Sub Pop Records will proudly be releasing I Love You, Honeybear, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the amazing, left-field FJM record, Fear Fun.

As if the news couldn’t get any better, Father John Misty is headlining late winter/spring tour, accompanied by a 7-piece backing band full of musicians, in support of I Love You, Honeybear. Support for the tour comes from Guy Blakeslee (Feb. 9th-18th), and Sub Pop label mates King Tuff (Mar. 25th-Apr. 8th) and Luluc (Apr. 22nd-25th). Please find a current list of tour dates below.

Preorders for I Love You, Honeybear are now available via Sub Pop. The album will be available in the following formats:

  • CD 
  • Digital
  • A standard 2xLP version in a gatefold jacket and on black vinyl
  • A limited edition deluxe 2XLP alternate-cover version on tricolor vinyl in a Dioramic, Meta-Musical Funtime gatefold jacket

All CD and LP formats will come with a fold-out poster, featuring a collage of Emma Tillman’s intimate photos, designed by Alia Penner and an extensive “Exercises for Listening” written by Josh Tillman. Additionally, CD and LP preorders will come with 8 demos on cassette (while supplies last). There will also be two new t-shirts available, as stand-alone items or as part of a bundle with preorders of I Love You, Honeybear.

What does Father John Misty say about I Love You, Honeybear? Here’s a very good answer to that question you probably weren’t asking yourself:

Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman, says of the album, I Love You, Honeybear was recorded all through 2013 to 2014 in Los Angeles with producer Jonathan Wilson, who I also recorded and produced 2012’s Fairly Fun with. There’s a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking more than a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali. It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun, due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers, or what have you.  I’m pretty sure there’s a sitar in there somewhere. Blammo.

I Love You, Honeybear is a concept album about a guy named Josh Tillman who spends quite a bit of time banging his head against walls, cultivating weak ties with strangers and generally avoiding intimacy at all costs. This all serves to fuel a version of himself that his self-loathing narcissism can deal with. We see him engaging in all manner of regrettable behavior.

“In a parking lot somewhere he meets Emma, who inspires in him a vision of a life wherein being truly seen is not synonymous with shame, but possibly true liberation and sublime, unfettered creativity. These ambitions are initially thwarted as jealousy, self-destruction and other charming human character traits emerge.  Josh Tillman confesses as much all throughout.

“The album progresses, sometimes chronologically, sometimes not, between two polarities: the first of which is the belief that the best love can be is finding someone who is miserable in the same way you are and the end point being that love isn’t for anyone who isn’t interested in finding a companion to undertake total transformation with. I won’t give away the ending, but sex, violence, profanity and excavations of the male psyche abound.

“My ambition, aside from making an indulgent, soulful, and epic sound worthy of the subject matter, was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love, the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own voice.  Blammo.

“This material demanded a new way of being made, and it took a lot of time before the process revealed itself.  The massive, deranged shmaltz I heard in my head, and knew had to be the sound of this record, originated a few years ago while Emma and I were hallucinating in Joshua Tree; the same week I wrote the title track.  I chased that sound for the entire year and half we were recording.  The means by which it was achieved bore a striking resemblance to the travails, abandon and transformation of learning how to love and be loved; see and be seen.  There: I said it.  Blammo.”

Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear

1. I Love You, Honeybear
2. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
3. True Affection
4. The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.
5. When You’re Smiling and Astride Me
6. Nothing Good Ever Happens At the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
7. Strange Encounter
8. The Ideal Husband
9. Bored In The USA
10. Holy Shit
11. I Went To The Store One Day

Tour Dates:
Jan. 16 - Felton, CA - Bret Harte Hall
Jan. 17 - Sonoma, CA - Vet’s Hall Ballroom
Jan. 18 - Chico, CA - El Rey Theatre
Feb. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy*
Feb. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC*
Feb. 14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
Feb. 16 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theater*
Feb. 18 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall*
Feb. 21 - Dublin, IE - Whelans
Feb. 22 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
Feb. 23 -  Manchester, UK - Gorilla
Feb. 26 - London, UK - Village Underground
Feb. 27 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Feb. 28 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Mar. 03 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Mar. 04 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Orangerie
Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Mar. 07 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub
Mar. 08 - Hamburg, DE - Nochtspelcher
Mar. 25 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works**
Mar. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse**
Mar. 27 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel**
Mar. 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club**
Mar. 31 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club**
Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer**
Apr. 03 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater**
Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave**
Apr. 07 - Lawrence, KS - Granada**
Apr. 08 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room**
Apr. 09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Apr. 22 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater^
Apr. 23 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s^
Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s^
Apr. 25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater^
* w/ Guy Blakeslee
** w/ King Tuff
^ w/ Luluc

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, NOV 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Head and the Heart Performed on the TV

The Head and the Heart performed the title-track off their sophomore release, Let’s Be Still, as wel as their now classic track “Lost In My Mind” on CBS This Morning: Saturday this past Saturday, November 1st and the results are pretty wonderful.  The five-piece recently released the video for “Let’s Be Still”, and you can watch the cinematic achievement here. The Head and the Head is on the last stretch of their 2014 tour with shows in Los Angeles, New York, DC and San Francisco among the stops this year.  Full list of dates below.

Watch “Let’s Be Still” and “Lost in My Mind” from CBS This Morning.

The Head and the Heart US Tour Dates

11/22 Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at The Ace Hotel

12/02 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

12/03 Boston, MA @ House of Blues

12/05 Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre

12/06 Portland, ME @ State Theatre

12/07 Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre

12/08 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s

12/09 Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall

12/11 The LC Columbus, OH @ Indoor Pavilion

12/12 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theater

12/13 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom

12/14 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

12/15 San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

Posted by Sam Sawyer