News from 1/2015

NEWS : WED, JAN 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Watch The Afghan Whigs’ Video for “The Lottery” + Euro Tour

The Afghan Whigs have delivered a fun, self-directed, GoPro-filmed video for “The Lottery,” one of the standouts from the band’s latest Do to the Beast.  

Greg Dulli says of the visual, “Meet Ryan O’Hara, our monitor engineer and cougar magnet. He wakes up everyday with a smile on his face and something positive to share with you. Every night during the gig he performs a parallel show behind the board and it’s phenomenal to watch. Occasionally, I’ll forget to sing because I’m watching him turn into Bez from Happy Mondays. But that’s rock and roll for you. It keeps you young (see video January 5th).”

The Afghan Whigs’ previously announced European tour begins February 2nd in Dublin, IE at The Academy and ends on February 24th in Tel Aviv, ISR at Barby. For the most up to date information and tickets please visit theafghanwhigs.com.


Tour Dates
Feb. 02 - Dublin, IE - The Academy
Feb. 03 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Room
Feb. 04 - London, UK - Koko
Feb. 06 - Bruges, BE - Magdalenazaal 
Feb. 07 - Brussels, BE - Cirque Royale
Feb. 09 - Paris, FR - Trabendo
Feb. 10 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
Feb. 11 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan
Feb. 13 - Prague, CZ - Lucerna Music Bar
Feb. 14 - Krakow, PL - Fabryka
Feb. 15 - Warsaw, PL - Basen
Feb. 18 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik
Feb. 19 - Stockholm, SE - Strand
Feb. 21 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Feb. 24 - Tel Aviv, IL - Barby



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, JAN 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM

See a New Video for THEESatisfaction’s Thoughtful Groove “Recognition”

THEESatisfactions EarthEE, the followup to their genre-bending and eye-opening debut, awE naturalE, comes out on February 24th, just a small handful of weeks from now. Take a look at the first video from the new record now.

Pre-order EarthEE on LP now and receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record, on this case, on green vinyl. All LP pre-orders will also come with a bonus 7” featuring 2 exclusive songs (while supplies last). Pre-orders for the CD and Digital versions of the album will not receive the physical 7”, but will receive the bonus digital files in their SubPop.com account on release day. 



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, JAN 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Win Sleater-Kinney’s ‘Start Together’ Box Set on Ltd-Ed Colored Vinyl

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The fact that we’re just a handful of days away from releasing Sleater-Kinney’s eighth full-length, No Cities to Love, still seems too good to be true. Just a few months ago, the idea that Sleater-Kinney were going to release one of their most powerful and poignant records to date, almost ten years past their last record,The Woods, was an almost laughable pipe dream (note to self: look up origin of the term “pipe dream”). Well, here we are, barely into 2015, and we’ve already released a beautiful, career-spanning S-K box set featuring remastered versions of the band’s long out-of-print vinyl LPs, and just over a week until the due date of their most anticipated record yet, No Cities to Love.

In celebrating this celebration-worthy moment, Sub Pop is giving away one copy of the Start Together box set on out-of-print, limited-edition, colored-vinyl (the black vinyl is still in print and available here) to one random person who pre-orders No Cities to Love by 11:59 PM (PST) on January 19th from SubPop.com on the format of their choice. We will notify the winner on January 20th. If you have already pre-ordered the record on any format, you are already entered to win!

Pre-order No Cities to Love here to be automatically entered to win the Start Together box set.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, JAN 9, 2015 at 12:00 AM

See the New Shabazz Palaces Video for “Forerunner Foray” Directed by Chad VanGaalen

Shabazz Palaces’ Sub Pop labelmate, Chad VanGaalen, is more than just an insanely prolific and creative songwriter and performer, he’s equally accomplished as an illustrator and animator. He’s done many videos for himself, but he’s also directed videos for other Sub Pop artists like J Mascis and The Head and the Heart. All of which brings us to his latest directorial effort, the music video for Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty track, “Forerunner Foray”, which Gorilla Vs. Bear premiered today. 

Watch the new video in the embed. Order Lese Majesty from Sub Pop here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, JAN 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Welcome Back, Sleater-Kinney

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Even working here at Sub Pop HQ, the reality that there is actually a brand new, and possibly best yet, Sleater-Kinney record is more than just a little unbelievable. But here we are, January 20th, 2015, almost one full decade since The Woods, the masterful record that saw the band into a hibernation of sorts, and we have No Cities to Love, one half hour of perfect punk rock from one of the best rock bands in history (sure, we’re biased, but we stand by that). Welcome back, Sleater-Kinney is truly one of the most pleasurable things that this blog has typed.

Pick up No Cities to Love, the unsurprisingly universally-acclaimed new record from Sleater-Kinney here.

Stream the entire record here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, JAN 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Records Signs Morgan Delt to Recording Contract Extending Throughout the Known Universe

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With the unabashed pride befitting such circumstances, Sub Pop Records hereby reveals completion of a new recording agreement with Los Angeles-based psychedelic pop artist Morgan Delt, to extend throughout the known universe. Following a 2013 cassette release bearing the subtly evocative title Psychic Death Hole, Trouble in Mind Records released his self-titled album in January, 2014. That album earned acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, LA Weekly, Fact Magazine, and Impose, and the attentions of the typically complacent staff of Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. Morgan Delt also won fans in The Flaming Lips, who invited him to tour and record with them. Morgan is currently working on a new album for Sub Pop and will tour the West Coast at the end of January. We eagerly await both. Full dates below.

Listen to Morgan Delt’s “Barbarian Kings”

Pick up records by Morgan Delt:

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Barbarian Kings” 7-inch single

What Are People Are Saying About Morgan Delt? This:
“Listen to the taped-together percussion on opener “Make My Grey Brain Green”, which rides a scratchy bass line and flowers into something like the moment when Dorothy’s black-and-white world goes RGB. There’s the Morricone-meets-Jodorowsky acid drone of “Barbarian Kings”, the cyclical wobble of “Little Zombies”, the way “Chakra Sharks” rattles and crashes through a hornet’s nest of guitars into a wailing refrain of “Bye bye, farewell.” Throughout the album there’s a heightened, eerie quality to his vocals; the feeling is something like an asylum patient waving to a car as it recedes over the horizon.” - Pitchfork

“This debut album proper, an 11-track collection on the Chicago imprint Trouble In Mind, takes something from the Ariel Pink school of outré production, although Delt is quite obviously on his own trip, and you could just as easily work him into a lineage that stretches from The Red Krayola and West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band through to psych-influenced beatmakers such as Edan, Gonjasufi and The Gaslamp Killer.” -  Fact Magazine

“He allows his guitar and vocals to meld into a single, constantly mutating surface that coats Morgan Delt like neon jelly in a vacuum, continuously rippling and hovering in all directions. The overall effect suggests the sound of a crafty intellect worming its way through the pleasantly foggy maze of an Rx-abuse cloud.” - Impose

“A lot of people have done the same kind of excavation and restoration work he has, but few have done it as memorably. Almost no one has done it with songs as good as these.”  - All Music Guide

Tour Dates
Jan. 31 - Santa Ana, CA -  Indigo Fest @ The Observatory
Feb. 04 - San Francisco, CA -  The Chapel
Feb. 06 - Vancouver, BC - The Electric Owl
Feb. 07 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
Feb. 08 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom Sabertooth Micro Fest



Posted by Sam Sawyer