News from 6/2015

NEWS : TUE, JUN 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Listen to a new track from Strange Wilds - ‘Subjective Concepts’ out July 24th

We are happy to release Strange Wilds’ “Starved For,” the ferocious new single from Subjective Concepts, their full-length debut.

Noisey offers this on the band: “Strange Wilds is a punk trio out of Olympia, WA that throw down powerchords suited for any damn occasion you could need. On their upcoming record Subjective Concepts...the band delivers songs displaying flourishes of the best parts of the Northwest’s storied punk history without using nostalgia as a crutch. Their new track “Starved For” sounds exactly like what you’d want to be listening to if you lived inside of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a band on Sub Pop, heavy riffs that can still guile any “normal” person into falling in love with the band’s music. In a hair under three minutes the trio manages to create a broad soundscape that covers way more ground than you’d expect on paper (see track premiere June 16th)”.
Strange Wilds have a few scheduled live dates to share at this time: June 26th in Seattle, WA at Black Lodge; July 18th in Olympia, WA at Old School Pizza; and July 24th in Seattle at Capitol Hill Block Party. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.
Subjective Concepts will be available on CD/LP/DL worldwide on Friday July 24th from Sub Pop.  The album, featuring the highlights “Pronoia,” “Starved For,”  “Disdain,” and “Egophillia,” was produced by the band at Robert Lang Studios, mixed by Jackson Long at Hear Me Shimmer, and mastered at RFI, all located in Seattle, Washington. Subjective Concepts follows Strange Wilds’ Wet EP on Inimical Records (2014), and the “Standing”  7” single (2015), also available now from Sub Pop.

Preorders for Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts are now available from 
Sub Pop’s Mega MartAmazon, and iTunes and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Subjective Concepts from will receive the limited Loser Edition on white vinyl, with a limited-edition poster. There will also be a new T-shirt design available individually and as part of a bundle with the new record.

About Strange Wilds:
Strange Wilds is a musical power-trio from Olympia, Washington.
There are three members: Allen, who plays drums; Sean, who plays bass; and Steven, who sings and plays the guitar. There is also a freight train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific doom-and-gloom up in the mix.
The group formed in 2012, when Steven met Sean while Sean’s band from Boise was playing a gig in a house where Steven lived. They became friends, and several months later Steven called Sean, who had just relocated to Olympia for college, to form the band. They were called Wet, and gigged around the West Coast as a four-piece. Allen was added as a full-time member in 2014 after a line-up change, and the band changed its name to Strange Wilds to release a 4-song EP and tour immediately. Sub Pop came calling, and signed the band last fall. The band is now set to release its full-length debut, Subjective Concepts, this summer.
Strange Wilds slays with the hellish fury of the Northwest hardcore scene’s best, the heavenly scuzz of a Bleach-era Nirvana, and the purgatorial punishment of Touch & Go post-rock meets Devo’s de-evolution machine. The 11 songs here bleed with the hybrid DNA of Seattle’s past and future, disparate scenes fused together with sneering menace and intelligent fury in equal shares (read more at Sub Pop).

What People Are Saying About Strange Wilds:
“Toggles between a coiled-snake groove and the kind of full scream-along ferocity that makes you want to thrash around in a small, dark room with a bunch of sweaty strangers. This is noisy, heavy, grimy music, and it’s great.” [“Pronoia”] - Stereogum

“A sludged-out mess of hardcore that slam dances with the Seattle label’s past and it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see them on a tour run that’s stacked with Mogwai, METZ, or Pissed Jeans” [“Pronoia”]  - BLARE

Tour Dates

Jun. 26 - Seattle, WA - The Black Lodge
Jul. 18 - Olympia, WA - Old School Pizza
Jul. 24 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

TUE, JUN 23, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Low’s ‘Ones and Sixes’ Out September 11th 2015 - Hear New Track “No Comprende” Now

Low’s Ones and Sixes, the group’s latest studio effort, will be released on CD / LP / DL  worldwide Friday, September 11th. The album, featuring the standouts “No Comprende”,  “What Part of Me,” “Gentle,” and “No End,” was co-produced by the band and engineer BJ Burton at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

You can find the lead single, “No Comprende” on our YouTubeSoundcloud accounts, as well as streaming services like Spotify, Rdio and TuneIn.
Low’s Alan Sparhawk had this offer about the new album: “In our 20+ years of writing songs, I’ve learned that no matter how escapist, divergent, or even transcendent the creative process feels, the result is more beholden to what is going on at the moment.  It’s hard to admit that one is so influenced by what is in front of us.  Doesn’t it come from something magical and far away?  No, it comes from here.  It comes from now.  I’m not going to tell you what this record is about because I have too much respect for that moment when you come to know it for yourself.

“I will, however, tell you about how we made it. BJ contacted us a few years ago and invited us out to the studio where he works with Justin, Lizzo, and other artists. The studio is close to our home in Duluth, so it seemed tempting. Months later, I worked with BJ, producing the recent record by Trampled by Turtles. We got along and seemed to have similar curiosity about the possibilities for Low, so time was booked and songs finished. We tracked under the soft glow of laser discs playing lost classics like Point Break and Speed. Glenn Kotche from Wilco was there one day working on another record, so we had him in to play hand-percussion on a couple songs. Working 2 or 3 days at a time, leaving it with BJ, then back again for more, we don’t have the time or money to second-guess or pick from a pool of possibilities. This is the whole thought - the untamed truth. This is now. This is everything.”
Low has booked an extensive North American and European tour in support of Ones and Sixes, beginning September 18th in Madison, Wisconsin and ending November 21st in Seattle, Washington. They’ll play their largest headlining date in London’s iconic Roundhouse on October 10th. Additionally, there are a few shows preceding the fall trek:  Low’s first-ever tour of China (June 30th-July 4th);  the Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, WI (July 17th-18th); the Perfect Sound Forever Fest in Bergen, Norway (September 3rd); and UK appearances at both the End of the Road and Electric Picnic Festivals  (September 4th-6th / select dates). For general information on tickets please visit (see Pitchfork News Story June 23rd)
Low’s Ones and Sixes will be available from the Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. The limited “Loser Edition” of the LP on yellow vinyl will be available from select independent stores and (while supplies last). There will also be two new T-shirt designs available, both as individual items and as part of CD and LP bundles.

For greater insight on Ones and Sixes, we encourage you to readStereogum’s interview with Low’s Alan Sparhawk about the making of the new album (see June 23rd feature). 

Ones and Sixes
1. Gentle
2. No Comprende
3. Spanish Translation
4. Congregation
5. No End
6. Into You
7. What Part of Me
8. The Innocents
9. Kid in the Corner
10. Lies
11. Landslide
12. DJ
Tour Dates
Jun. 30 - Guang Zhou, CN - TU Space
Jul. 01 - Shenzen, CN - B10 Live House
Jul. 03 - Beijing, CN - YuGong Yishan
Jul. 04 - Shanghai, CN - Qian Shui Wan Cultural Centre
Jul. 17-18 - Eau Claire, WI - Eaux Claires Festival
Sep. 03 - Bergen, NO - Perfect Sounds Forever Fest @ Landmark
Sep. 04 - 06 - Wiltshire, UK - End of the Road Festival
Sep. 04 - 06 - Stradbally, IE - Electric Picnic
Sep. 18 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon*
Sep. 19 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
Sep. 21 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club*
Sep. 22 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz PDB*
Sep. 23 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*
Sep. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sep. 25 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s*
Sep. 26 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
Oct. 07 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral ^
Oct. 08 - Glasgow, UK - Art School
Oct. 10 - London, UK - Roundhouse ^
Oct. 12 - Koln, DE - Gebaude 9
Oct. 13 - Hamburg, DE - Knust
Oct. 14 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega
Oct. 15 - Stockholm, SE - Kagelbanan

Oct. 17 - Berlin, DE - Lido
Oct. 19 - Munich, DE - Ampere
Oct. 20 - Bologna, IT - Teatro Antoniano
Oct. 22 - Zaragoza, ES - Las Armas
Oct. 23 - Barcelona, ES - Bikini
Oct. 24 - Valencia, ES - Deleste Festival @
 Centro Cultural La Rambleta
Oct. 26 - Madrid, ES - Teatro Lara
Oct. 27 - Santander, ES - Escenario
Oct. 29 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso ^
Oct. 31 - Brussels, BE - AB
Nov. 11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
Nov. 13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*
Nov. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex*
Nov. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour*
Nov. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
Nov. 20 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir*
Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile*
w/ Andy Shauf
^ w/ Two Gallants

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : WED, JUN 17, 2015 at 11:43 AM

No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store (June 2015)

No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store, June 2015

The Sub Pop Airport Store: A World of Musical Discoveries

If you read the airport store sales clerk hiring post from last year, you’ll see that one of the primary qualifications for the job is “Knowledge of the Sub Pop catalog.” While the staff is comprised of diverse music fans with a deep appreciation for the label, let’s be real, not all of us can say we have listened to every single Sub Pop release from 1988 to today. But by working in the store, and playing lots of Sub Pop music, we are beginning to chip away at our blind-spots in the catalog and discover killer albums that are effectively ‘new-to-us.’ So, next time you’re in the store, we all might be listening to a record we’ve never heard before. Neat-o!

When I think about bands that I first heard at the Sub Pop store, I’m immediately drawn to Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires. Their Sub Pop debut, Dereconstructed, came out within the first month of the store opening, and one year later I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. It’s an insane, distorted, Southern punk rock record that only improves when I follow along with the lyric sheet. But in terms of an older band that I had heard of, but never listened to, it’s only since I’ve started working at the store that I’ve become familiar with the Murder City Devils. Preface: I moved to Seattle in 2007. Listening to a local institution like Murder City Devils (original run: 1996 to 2001) for the first time, in 2015, is like communing with ghosts from Seattle’s past that I never got a chance to experience first-hand. Raucous, alcohol-soaked, and bleary-eyed ghosts that get eroded by new condos every year. 

I could go on-and-on with these, but let’s see what my esteemed retail colleagues have to say about music that they’ve discovered after working at the airport store. (You’ll find all these selections, and more, in a Spotify playlist down below.)


Chad VanGaalen: My introduction to the institution that is Mr. VanGaalen was his most recent record, Shrink Dust, which I loved and listened to quite a bit since its release. Exploring the rest of his discography alerted me to the fact that he’s one of the best musicians around today; each of his 5 albums are varied in sound, excellent, and unmistakably his.”

(I can attest that Kane puts on at least one Chad VanGaalen album per shift. I have no problem with this whatsoever. –ed.)


The Ruby Suns are a band I’m thankful to have discovered through this job. Their album Sea Lion first caught my attention with its multicultural influence (see “Tane Mahuta” and “Kenya Dig It?”) and bright joyous gang vocals (“Oh Mojave”), but it’s the album Christopher that is the closest to my heart. Singer Ryan McPhun sounds more independent (and maybe a little lonely) on this record, and his melodic sensibility and tendency towards synthesizers create a stark contrast to Sea Lion, in a good way.”

(Christopher is the leading cause of impromptu dance party outbreaks in the store. –ed.)


“While cramming for my Sub Pop interview and combing through the roster, one name eluded me. Beach House. This was a band I was well aware of, yet I had never actually listened to them! WTF!? Maybe I had read a description somewhere and thought I was too much of a ‘rocker’ for this dreamy shit! In any case, I loaded up their video for ‘Wishes’ and was absolutely mesmerized! I instantly felt as though all of my hopes and dreams were within reach! (I was gonna get this job!) And I did!”

(The lesson here: Keep those horizons open or you might miss out on your next favorite band. Also, ignore music critics who overuse meaningless words like ‘dreamy.’  –ed.)


(Only the the most hardened soulless person can deny the emotional resonance of Sade + Beachwood Sparks. –ed.)


(Javier is new here. I think this means he’s gotten really into GOAT, so much so that part of his brain is permanently warped and he can now only communicate via Emoji. –ed.)

I didn’t get a hold of Audrey or Rachel for their submissions, (presumably they spend their days ‘working’ and don’t have time for my pestering emails) but from listening to their musical choices in the store, I’m pretty sure they’ve recently gotten into Shimmering Stars (reverb-heavy pop from Hardly Art in 2011) and Male Bonding (infectious and rollicking punk-rock, with 2 albums on Sub Pop), respectively. 


I would have written about the Obits (from which this blog gets its title), who captured my interest immediately with their updated punk-classic competing electric-guitar-enthusiast, layered rhythm twang-a-surf-a-billy-garage tone attack, thumpin’ bass, graphic design sensibility, and howlin’ vocals, but then they broke up (RIP Obits, may they rest in scattered pieces of newer, older bands). 

So, the time is now! Something new: Daughn Gibson, who I wasn’t very familiar with. The album: Carnation. It’s striking some chords I couldn’t place right away on the first few listens. A friend immediately told me he loved the album because it reminded him of Depeche Mode, and David Sylvian’s post-Japan music direction, to which I then remembered when I first heard the lead off track (Shatter You Through) I was reminded of The Cure somehow, production wise, I suppose? So, there is a definite 1980’s noir at the core of the album. 

Next, the guitar’s clanging desert-fried reverb’d bursts, and leave-you-hanging-lead, paired with the deep vocal croon, finally hit me.  I was subconsciously enjoying being reminded of Simon Bonney and Rowland S. Howard’s group, Crime and the City Solution, which I think thus far the online critical response has completely missed as a great recommendation point of reference. So, Carnation is evoking and reminding me of some great music from the past, while remaining interesting listen after listen. 

Also, I must mention that the backing band is great collision of minds, consisting of some major names in jazz, such as Matt Chamberlain from Bill Frisell’s Floratone (and much more) on drums, Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet’s very own Skerik on saxophone, the prolific Eyvind Kang’s haunting string arrangements and performance, not to mention Milky Burgess from Master Musicians of Bukkake (and Record Store Day extravaganza super-tribute-group: Koes Barat), as well as a dash of pedal steel by Jay Kardong (known for his work with Grand Archives, Sera Cahoone). This gives me the impression that the album was assembled from sessions similar to what produced Talk Talk’s final album; improvisation, to form structure through sculptured loops and overlays. I think this is the best yet I’ve heard from Daughn Gibson, and I hope he will continue to head in this direction with open-minded jazz and rock musicians to get at sounds decades lost, refreshed.”

Posted by Jackson Hathorn

NEWS : FRI, JUN 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Fly the Middle Finger at Cancer: The Eddie Spaghetti Cancer Fight Fund

Yesterday we learned that The Supersuckers’ Eddie Spaghetti has been diagnosed with stage 3 oropharynx cancer and will undergo surgery and radiation treatments this summer. Though it’s been a little while since we have worked together, we consider Eddie and The Supersuckers family, and today we’d like to encourage all of you to read more about all of this here, and then please consider donating to the fund that’s been set up to support his recovery.

Get well soon, Eddie.

Thanks, guys.

Support Eddie Spaghetti’s Cancer Fight!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : MON, JUN 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Listen to the new Deaf Wish track “They Know”

This just in: Listen to Deaf Wish’s “They Know,” the second offering from the band’s forthcoming album, Pain as premiered by Noisey this morning.
Pain will be available on CD/ LP/DL worldwide August 7th on Sub Pop. The album was recorded & produced by the band at Reservoir, Victoria, mixed by Mikey Young and mastered by April Golden at Golden Mastering. Pain is the follow up to their label debut, the 4-song St. Vincent’s 7” single, released last October.

Noisey had this to say of the band and “They Know”:  
“From the start, the foursome (consisting of bassist Nick Pratt, drummer Daniel Twomey and guitarists Sarah Hardiman and Jensen Tjhung) have shared a basic philosophy; keep it loud but simple. Their live performance bleeds with genuine charisma. It’s a tenacious and aggressive approach to creating music that has an almost disdain for predictability and code…“They Know” taken from the album clocks in at just under a minute-and-a-half but is indicative of the Deaf Wish spirit. Two guitars play at max volume, a drum sets getting a trouncing while Hardiman effortlessly coos, “What do they know (see premiere June 29th).)?”
Pain is now available for preorder from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.  LP preorders from will receive the limited Loser edition on clear, black marbled vinyl (while supplies last). There will also be a new T-shirt design, available individually and as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : TUE, JUN 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Daughn Gibson’s ‘Carnation’ Out Now - Watch the New Video for “Daddy I Cut My Hair”

Daughn Gibson’s Carnation is available now on CD / LP / DL in North America from your friends in the music business, Sub Pop Records. Conveniently enough for fans and newcomers alike, a brand-new Daughn Gibson official video for “Daddy I Cut My Hair” is also available as of today and was directed by the talented Matt Amato

Carnation, featuring the highlights “Shatter You Through,” “Bled to Death,” “It Wants Everything,” and “Daddy I Cut My Hair,” was co-produced by Gibson and Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Tim Hecker), recorded at Avast Studios in Seattle, Washington and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering.
The new album also features guest appearances from composer/violinist to Eyvind Kang (string arrangements), renowned studio drummer Matt Chamberlain, as well as Gibson’s long-standing musical conspirator, Jim Elkington. Additional contributions include: Steve Moore (Piano, Trombone, Keyboards and Synths); Milky Burgess, Paul Wegman, and Jer Rouse (Guitars); Skerik (Saxophone); and Jay Kardong (Pedal Steel). Carnation is the follow up to Me Moan,  Daughn Gibson’s Sub Pop debut.  
North American purchases of Carnation are available through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. Fans who purchase the album from us at our MegaMart store will receive the Loser Edition on white, black and blue swirl colored vinyl (while supplies last only).

What people are saying about Daughn Gibson:
“Singular and unsettlingly sophisticated.” [8/10] - Uncut

Carnation, with hindsight in its favor, gives Gibson the ability to keep on stretching his narratives, but it also wisely pomades some of his wildest hairs. The country urges are tamped down to the occasional guitar line and qualities of Gibson’s singing voice, giving the music a chance to open up to breezier vistas. These are mostly pitched between Tangerine Dream’s ’80s material and soundtracks, Sylvian/Japan, Danny Elfman and ’80s radio pop groups like a-ha, a mixture of influences and ideas that’s remarkably compelling when set against such visceral tales…Across all three records, and on this one in particular, there’s a reach of ambition that never gets mired in artifice or inconsistencies; this is surprising, complex music that deals with stories difficult to tell outside the printed page. Gibson leads listeners through them on the rumble seat, without so much as a lap belt or handhold to keep us steady.” [“First Listen”] - NPR Music
“Another weirdly fitting edition to Gibson’s sonic smorgasboard.” - Time Out London
Carnation hears Gibson veering away from his earlier country influences and embracing “ambient textures,” creating an elegant, dark, and cinematic collection of songs…In addition to delivering brooding beats and eerie soundscapes, Gibson uses his deep, theatrical style of singing to explore serious themes like mental health (“Daddy I Cut My Hair”) and masculinity (“A Rope Ain’t Enough”), as well as the simpler things in life, like the moment an alarm clock wakes you from the peace of sleep on lead single “Shatter You Through” - Exclaim! 
“Gibson finally sounds the part.” [4/5] - MOJO
“Its brisk metropolitan midnight pop accented by eerie violin and honky-tonk guitar and topped off with Gibson’s death bellow. He spins a story about being jarred from peaceful sleep into dreadful waking life; it’s as odd as anything he’s committed to tape, but it’s also his most instantly appealing single yet.” [“Shatter You Through”, Carnation] - Stereogum
“Quite possibly his catchiest work to date, the titillating track is marked by groovy bass, twangy guitar, and Gibson’s rich baritone.” [“Shatter You Through”, Carnation] - Consequence of Sound
“A brisk, impressive new track with swift strings, tinkling piano keys, and a quick-paced Gibson demonstrating a keen grasp on pop’s best offerings…The future is here and now, and it’s on repeat.”
[“Shatter You Through”, Carnation] - FLOOD

Posted by Alissa Atkins