News from 12/2014

NEWS : WED, DEC 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Personalized Haiku FROM: Danny Bland TO: You

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Between now and December 19th, anyone who orders Danny Bland and Greg Dulli’s I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do AND makes a $25 or greater donation to the very worthy MusiCares organization, will receive a copy of the book with a personalized, original haiku written by Mr. Danny Bland himself, inscribed by hand into this same book’s endpapers by this same D. Bland. This personalized haiku could be about you or about some friend, loved one or enemy (present, former or future)! It is your choice! You have only to provide us with some descriptive insight into the person about whom this haiku will be writ. Please provide this descriptive information and your invoice number from your MusiCares donation in the comments field at checkout.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, DEC 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THEESatisfaction’s ‘EarthEE’ Out February 24th!

We’re thrilled to share the release details on behalf of THEESatisfaction’s EarthEE, the follow up to awE naturalE, the alternative R&B group’s critically acclaimed debut. The album will be available on CD / LP / DL February 24th in North America via Sub Pop, a fact which we are beaming with self-aggrandizing pride about (what else is new?)!  

EarthEE was produced by THEESatisfaction and Erik Blood, mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space and mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering in Seattle. The album also features guest appearances from Shabazz Palaces, Meshell Ndegeocello, Porter Ray, Blood and Taylor Brown (see The FADER’s premiere).

Preorders for EarthEE are now available from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and BandcampAll customers who pre-order the LP version of EarthEE from will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on emerald-colored vinyl and a 7” single with “I Don’t Like You” on the A-side, and “Supa Dupa (Love Affair)” on the B-side (while supplies last). Additionally, there will be two-new T shirt designs available as stand-alone items or as part of a bundle with purchases of EarthEE.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, DEC 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

See the New Clipping. Video For “Get Up”

The director behind many of Clipping.’s music videos, Carlos Lopez Estrada, in collaboration with the talented director, Cristina Bercovitz, delivered another thought provoking and memorable music videos with “Get Up”, an unsettling and insanely catchy track off of the band’s Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG. See the Stereogum premiere of the video in the embed. Pick up CLPPNG from us here at Sub Pop here. All orders $20 or more are 20% off through the New Year!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, DEC 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

See the Beautiful New Music Video for Luluc’s “Tangled Heart” + Tour Dates

You can now watch Luluc’s sublime new video for “Tangled Heart” from Passerby. NPR Music says of the video, “A montage of mostly black-and-white found footage, people come and go, shuffling to work or school, or wander the streets as nameless faces. They’re anonymous on their own, but collectively offer a breathtaking and prosaic portrait of humanity. Zoë Randell and Steve Hasset, the beautiful voices behind Luluc’s acoustic ballads, appear as silhouettes over the cityscape. “By the window in the afternoon,” they sing, “I sit and watch the kids leaving from school. Little packs falling down their backs.” It’s a simple, relatively small moment that pulses with life (see “First Watch” December 3rd).”

Luluc has also added more dates to their 2015 tour schedule in support of Passerby. The new dates include a UK tour supporting J Mascis January 7th-18th and a southern U.S. run April 22-25th supporting Father John Misty.  Luluc also have scheduled a series of Australian dates which include shows with Sarah Blasko (February 6th) and First Aid Kit (March 6th, 10th & 11th). Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

Tour Dates
Dec. 04 - Newtown, AU - Newtown Social Club
Dec. 05 - Newcastle, AU - Ca,bridge
Dec. 10 - Perth, AU - Four5Nine
Dec. 11 - Fremantle, AU - Mojo’s
Dec. 12 - Adelaide, AU - Jive
Dec. 13 - Hobart, AU - Grand Poobah
Jan. 07 - Bristol, UK - The Marble Factory*
Jan. 08 - London, UK - Scala*
Jan. 09 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt*
Jan. 10 - Manchester, UK - The Ruby Lounge*
Jan. 12 - Dublin, IE - Whelans*
Jan. 14 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe*
Jan. 15 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction 2*
Jan. 16  - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms*
Jan. 17 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club*
Jan. 18 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - The Cluny*
Jan. 19 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow School of Art*
Jan. 24 - Beechworth, AU -  Beechworth Music Festival
Feb. 06 - Melbourne, AU - Zoo Twilights^
Feb. 13 - Mosman Nsw, AU - Twilight at Taronga ^
Mar. 06 - Melbourne, AU - Palais Theatre^^
Mar. 10 - Brisbane, AU - The Tivoli^^
Mar. 11 - Sydney, AU - Enmore Theatre ^^
Apr. 22 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater**
Apr. 23 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds**
Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek**
Apr. 25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater**

*w/ J Mascis
** w/ Father John Misty
^ w/ Sarah Blasko
^^ w/ First Aid Kit

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, DEC 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Third Annual SMooCH - Benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital

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Seattle! The insanely memorable and very worthy charity concert event, SMooCH, is happening once again this year, and it features a number of Sub Pop acts both past and present: Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), THEESatisfaction, and Shabazz Palaces, as well as the Seattle band STAG.

This year’s show is only a few days away and it’s going to be amazing!  We can’t wait to see you on Saturday. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet there’s still a chance to do it now! It’s going to be an amazing night and we don’t want you to miss it!

VIP’s don’t forget that this year’s event is a bit different, ONLY YOU will be allowed early access to the Showbox with VIP doors opening at 5:30pm. You won’t want to miss this part of the night as only VIPs will get the chance to bid on all the amazing silent auction items this year.

Here’s what you can expect with your VIP ticket:

5:30pm  VIP doors open and Silent Auction begins. Your ticket includes dinner, drinks and dessert until 8pm

7 pm short program and Raise the Glass opportunity

7:30pm Silent Auction will close (make sure you’re there to get your bid in!)

While you’re bidding, raising your paddle and mingling you’ll enjoy authentic cajun food from Jemil’s Big Easy (it’s the real thing y’all),  a special dessert created just for this event from Trophy Cupcake, fantastic wine from Purple Star, (free beer, wine and well drinks until 8pm) and great music from KEXP DJs. Once the general admission doors open at 8pm all of this magic will dissapear so don’t miss out on this special part of the night we’ve got set aside just for you!

For all of our SMooCH guests,  bands will begin taking the stage with:

STAG at 8:30pm

Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction at 9:10pm

Iron and Wine at 10:30pm

Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses at 11:25pm

Stick around because we’ve got a special treat at the end and you won’t want to miss any of the music! Everyone will have a chance to give, buy raffle tickets, listen to awesome music and enjoy the party!

We hope you can’t wait,  just like us.

See you at the show!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, DEC 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Meet the Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada, the Man Behind Many of clipping.’s Videos


Noise rap trio, clipping, debuted their latest video this week for the CLPPNG track “Get Up”, the third for the group from director Carlos Lopez Estrada (and in this case, co-director Cristina Bercovitz). We here at Sub Pop HQ have been blown away by the quality, creativity, and ingenuity displayed by Estrada and clipping in the videos that they have worked on together, first “Work, Work”, then “Inside Out”, and now with “Get Up”, that we decided we wanted to hear from the director. We sent him a few questions and he was kind enough to answer them.

Editor’s note: experience the brilliance displayed in the videos for ”Work Work”, ”Inside Out”, and ”Get Up” first!

Sub Pop: Tell us a bit about how you became the sort of guy who makes music videos for experimental noize rap trios like clipping.. Like, did you go to school for film? Are you friends with the clipping. dudes? How do I get your job? Ignore any and or all of that, Carlos.

Carlos Lopez Estrada: I’ll try to answer all of your questions here. I’ll try my best. I did go to school for film, and that is precisely how I met Jonathan (1/3 of clipping). He scored one of my short films and we somehow managed to stay in touch through the years. I knew he made weird music but I somehow never heard any of it until clipping came to be. Of course, it blew my mind. The rest is history? I guess you get my job by having friends who make weird things and convincing them to let you make weird things with them. In terms of being friends with the dudes, I like to think that is the case, but you should probably confirm with them. (Don’t think I won’t check on this – Ed)

SP: Do you typically collaborate with the artists you work with when creating music video treatments?

CLE: As much as they let me. Making videos for clipping is a complete unorthodox experience, though. Working with them has been a true blessing because the guys are extremely intelligent, absolutely fearless and always appreciative of the work that goes into their videos. We met once for coffee and they were very specific about what they *didn’t* want in their videos, then they pretty much trusted me to do whatever I wanted. It was quite remarkable.

SP: The videos for “Work Work” and “Inside Out” seem to follow the same character through a linear timeline. Was this intentional when you initially created the treatment for “Work Work” (the first of the two), or did the idea come later? Will there be a future installment of the headless MC?

CLE: It is all part of a master plan that I am unfortunately not able to talk much about, for both yours and my safety. All I can say is that those 2 videos are the top of the tip of an iceberg; and it is actually more like a glacier, rather than an iceberg. (Sounds juicy. No, sounds icy. - Ed)

SP: Your visual interpretation of clipping.’s “Get Up” is both heavy and beautiful and feels like it makes the song even more culturally impactful than it already was. What brought you to gunshot wound on the street? 

CLE: Well, thank you very much. Cristina Bercovitz deserves as much credit here because the idea was hers as much as it was mine (we co-directed the video). The guys knew that “Get Up” was our favorite track in the album so rather than asking us to pitch against each other, they thought it would be a good thing for us to work together on the video. That is how magical Clipping is. Now, this is one of those songs that should perhaps not ever have a video, so agreeing to move forward was difficult, to say the least.  We went through many many potential ideas and ended up with the most simple of them all, which seemed to do justice to the way the band approached the music. Our only goal was to present an absolute honest representation of how we interpreted the song, both musically and emotionally. Hopefully someone out there will agree that we did. Do those last few sentences even make any sense? Probably not. 

SP: Any advice for aspiring filmmakers and/or video directors?

CLE: Don’t do it! (Sounds like someone’s afraid of a little competition - Ed.)

Posted by Sam Sawyer