News from 7/2015

NEWS : MON, JUL 20, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Watch “EarthEE,” The New Video From THEESatisfaction (via I-D Magazine)

You can now sooth your ears and eyes as you watch the video for THEESatisfaction’s “EarthEE”, the title track from the group’s stellar 2nd album, premiering via I-D Magazine

The new video, which director Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes calls a “A short visual meditation on the textile traditions of home, sacred Geo Metrics, theta based communication and the whirling dervish.  A sonically driven work of ancient Afro continuum…” stars the group alongside label mates Porter Ray and Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces.

I-D says of “EarthEE”: “Utterly mesmerizing, this four minute video employs compelling graphics that helps propel the song even further into the light fantastic.”
 
In other news, Pitchfork recently included THEESatisfaction’s EarthEE in it’s “Overlooked Records 2015”, and said: “You could imagine THEESatisfaction—the Seattle boho rap duo of Cat Harris-White and Stasia Irons—recording in accordance with the phases of the moon. Their second album, EarthEE, is alluringly cosmic, no doubt, but their neo-soul has more resonance given its powerful sociopolitical critique…Unbound by genre or modes of thinking, EarthEE keeps tugging at the shapes of music and minds to come (see Pitchfork July 2nd).
 
THEESatisfaction’s current summer tour schedule in support of EarthEE resumes Tuesday, July 21st in Madrid, ES at Sala Siroco and ends August 29th in Seattle, WA with a Black Weirdo DJ Set at Northwest African American History Museum. Additionally, THEESatisfaction’s SassyBlack has a few DJ sets and individual performances coming up as well.
 
EarthEE  is available to purchase from Sub Pop Mega Mart,iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp.


TOUR DATES ::  THEESatisfaction

Jul. 21 - Madrid, ES - Sala Siroco
Jul. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Galeria Ze dos Bois
Jul. 24 - Barcelos, PT - Milhoes de Festa
Jul. 29 - Madeira, PT - Estalagem da Ponta do Sol
Jul. 30 - Azores, PT - Walk & Talk Fest
Aug. 07 - Seattle, WA - South Lake Union Block Party
Aug. 27 - Victoria, BC - Eventide Music Series @ Continental Square
Aug. 28 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
Aug. 29 - Seattle, WA - Black Weirdo DJ Set @ Northwest African American History Museum*
*w/ Chocolate Chuck, Topspin
 
DJ SETS / SOLO PERFORMANCES  ::  SASSY BLACK

Aug. 01 - Sitka, AK - Homeskillet Fest
Aug. 06 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
Aug. 21 - Seattle, WA - KEXP


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, JUL 9, 2015 at 12:40 PM

Only 2 Days Until Sub Pop Rides In The Annual STP To Benefit the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

NEW ITEMS ADDED!

There are just 2 days left to support Sub Pop’s Ride in STP, supporting the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.

Donation Page

This coming weekend, Sub Pop Records employees will join in the 202-mile Seattle to Portland (STP) Bicycle Classic held on July 11 -12, 2015. Now in its 36th year, the STP is the largest multi-day ride in the Northwest with up to 10,000 riders making the journey through Western Washington and Oregon.

In January of 2013, Sub Pop Records Co-Founder Jonathan Poneman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In a 2013 Seattle Times article, Poneman states, “I accept that I have this disease, but that doesn’t give me the right to be passive.” In response, Sub Pop Records employees will be raising money for the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (NWPF) by doing the infamous STP bike ride.

What We Need & What You Get

Since being diagnosed, our President has done everything he can to show others that there is life beyond Parkinson’s. He actually explains it as sort of a blessing. Parkinson’s has allowed him to “recalibrate” important values.

“As ironic as it sounds, I am truly grateful to the disease.” Poneman explains further that, “My love of life and its precious elements became more vivid at the thought of seeing them fade away.”

Our goal is to raise $20,000 for the foundation. We are SO close to reaching our fundraising goal and we still need your help!  This week we added a few stellar perks for donating:


* Autographed Sleater-Kinney “Start Together” box set on COLORED vinyl (limited to 3000 copies). Includes hardcover photobook of never before seen pictures from their personal collection, all seven LP’s, and 7” of single “Bury Our Friends” from their new album No Cities to Love

* Autographed Postal Service “Give Up” Anniversary Re-issue on COLORED vinyl. 3xLP deluxe version


** 2 pairs of VIP passes to Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle on Labor Day weekend 2015 (Sept 5-7th).  Lineup this year includes: The Melvins, Ellie Goulding, Flying Lotus, Ben Harper, Dead Moon, Mikal Cronin, Neko Case, and more.  VIP admission to the 3 day festival includes:  Special VIP entrance to festival, Exclusive viewing areas (21+ ONLY) at Memorial Stadium, Fisher Green and Mural Amphitheater, and an official 2015 poster and water bottle.

SOLD OUT :  2 VIP passes to Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle July 24-26.  Lineup this year includes: The Kills, Father John Misty, RATATAT, TV on the Radio, Built to Spill, Wye Oak, Shabazz Palaces, and more.  VIP passes are good for all three days (July 24th-26th, 2015) and also include: access to outdoor and indoor VIP lounges (21+ ONLY), complimentary drinks and food throughout weekend, Silk Screen Poster, T-shirt, other swag, and Sponsor Swag


The Impact

Your donation will go directly to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. NWPF is the only independent regional Parkinson’s organization serving Washington State. NWPF aims to establish optimal quality of life for the Northwest Parkinson’s community through awareness, education, advocacy and care.
Located in Seattle, NWPF proudly invests every dollar in local programs to support the Northwest Parkinson’s community. NWPF plays a vital role in helping people with Parkinson’s live meaningfully with the disease. In addition, NWPF provides information that gives patients and their families the tools they need to find quality medical care, better manage their disease and take charge of their daily lives.

Sub Pop has a long history of supporting non-profit organizations around the globe but prefers to focus on local organizations in the Pacific Northwest. We have been involved in fundraisers for the uncompensated care for Seattle Children’s Hospital, donated food and funds to Northwest Harvest, given time, support, and funds to the all-ages music venue ‘The Vera Project’, supported the campaign for marriage equality in Washington state, among many more. We believe in supporting the community that has always supported us. The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation is an organization we feel proud to be riding for. 

Other Ways You Can Help

You can also go to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation main website (www.nwpf.org) and give directly to the foundation through a gift at a different time if you are not able to help now. 

Or simply get the word out about our campaign! Share our story and spread some awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. While science looks for a cure, the NWPF is looking out for the Parkinson’s community. We are grateful for anything you can do to help.



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, JUL 6, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Streaming Now: “It’s Time For Fun,” the New 7” Single from Goat

Korpilombolo, Sweden’s Goat return with a brand new single, streaming now for your listening pleasure.  

“It’s Time For Fun” is their first new music since the critically-acclaimed second album Commune, which was released last September.

Preorder Goat’s “It’s Time For Fun” now via the Sub Pop Mega Mart!  It’s coming out digitally and on 7” in North America on September 25th via Sub Pop, and will be available August 7th in Scandinavia via Stranded Rekords, and via Rocket Recordings in the rest of the world.



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, JUL 24, 2015 at 7:07 PM

Strange Wilds ‘Subjective Concepts’ Album Release + Watch “Pronoia” (official video) via FLOOD

Strange Wilds’ ear-splitting debut album Subjective Concepts is now available on CD / LP / DL worldwide and can be yours today.
 
In celebration of today’s release, the band also presents an official video for “Pronoia,” the album’s lead single.  Director David Hoejke and young shredders Strange Wilds will test the limits of your eyes, ears and speakers with this audiovisual assault (see FLOOD videp premiere July 24th).
 
Strange Wilds have a few Pacific Northwest shows - see below - in support of Subjective Concepts (including one in their hometown of Olympia, WA) from July 24th through August 10th, including two Seattle record-release shows today, July 24th: an instore at Everyday Music (at 5pm) and a performance at Capitol Hill Block Party’s Barboza stage (at 7:30pm). Do yourself a favor if you’re a lucky Pacific Northwesterner and watch them crush it in person.
 
We also suggest purchasing the album Subjective Concepts from Sub Pop Mega MartiTunesAmazonBandcamp or your friendly neighborhood record store.  FYI - All customers who order the LP version of Subjective Concepts from Mega Mart and Bandcamp will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on white vinyl, with a limited-edition poster, while supplies last. (There’s also a new T-shirt design available individually or as part of a bundle with the record.  Yeah, we thought you’d like that.)
 
It Seems ‘They’ Have Something To Say About Strange Wilds’ Album Debut:

“The album is a wake-up call to rock above the hazy summer daze, but then, just like that, it’s gone—a 35-minute sing-along tornado demanding to be played again immediately.” - FLOOD

“Pronoia is the opposite of paranoia, essentially the happy delusion that there is a conspiracy that exists to help people. It’s also the name of the hellish four-minute blast of noise that’s the best song on this debut album by Seattle trio Strange Wilds. The follow-up to 2014’s four-track ‘Wet’ EP, Subjective Concepts sounds like it was raised on ‘Bleach’-era Nirvana and aligns the band with their Washington peers Milk Music and Naomi Punk. They build a monumental wall of hardcore noise on ‘Egophillia’, before taking a wrecking ball to it and screaming wildly into the mess. Elsewhere, there are tight grooves on ‘Disdain’ and ‘Terrible’, and the guttural riffs on ‘Starved For’ offer plenty for bleeding gums to gnaw on.” -NME
 
“Touch And Go-style post rock with early grunge.” - The AV Club
 
“Northwestern American trio tap into grunge’s collective unconscious, channeling crushing riffs and ancestral memories of hardcore.” MOJO
 
“Loud, sneering, and heavy-set, Subjective Concepts could come wrapped in a rain-soaked plaid shirt.” - LOUD & QUIET
 
“Taut, virile hardcore punk with a seething intelligence… It’s an absolute gem.” - CLASH MUSIC
 
“An undeniably exciting listen.” - UNCUT
 
“While the barbed, razor-sharp riffs and tightrope bass thuds ofBleach largely inform the scrappy nature of key tracks like caustic opener “Pronoia” and the pensive “Oneirophobe,” there is an influential undercurrent of the signature sounds of their own city back in the day as well. Shades of K Records classics from Beat Happening and Some Velvet Sidewalk additionally factor into the more melodic elements of Subjective Concepts, particularly within the structures of college radio-ready songs like “Don’t Have To” and “Lose and Found.” - PASTE
 
“They are a powerful outfit, and Subjective Concepts is cohesive and fierce.” - Pitchfork
 
“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
 
“‘Starved For’ sounds exactly like what you’d want to be listening to if you lived inside of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game.” - Noisey
 
Tour Dates
Jul. 24 - Seattle, WA - Everyday Music in-store (5pm)
Jul. 24 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party (7:30pm)
Aug. 09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey ^ (EARLY)
Aug. 09 - Olympia, WA - Old School Pizzeria # (LATE)
Aug. 10 -  Tacoma, WA - New Frontier Lounge
 
*w/ So Pitted
^ w/ Screaming Females
# w/ Vexx

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, JUL 14, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Watch: Sleater-Kinney’s “Ask A Grown Woman” video via Rookie

Need to hear some wise words from a grown up?  We sure do.  And we greatly encourage you to watch Sleater-Kinney’s installment of Rookie’s “Ask a Grown Woman” feature. Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker answer a few questions from Rookie’s readers, recorded during a stop on their sold-out spring U.K. trek in support of No Cities To Love.
 
Sleater-Kinney’s previously announced 2015 tour schedule resumes Saturday, July 18th with a headlining performance at Pitchfork Music Festival, and their next festival appearance will be November 21st-22nd in Mexico City’s Corona Capital Festival.
 
Then from December 4th-16th, Sleater-Kinney will embark on a Midwestern-East Coast U.S.  For the December 12th-16th dates, the group will play five special shows throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, moving from the large to intimate. Venues include Kings Theatre (Dec. 12th), Terminal 5 (Dec. 13th), Irving Plaza (Dec. 14th), Music Hall of Williamsburg (Dec. 15th), and Market Hotel (Dec. 16th).

If you’re into things that are “the best,” Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities To Love is already coming up as one of the best reviewed albums of the year with “Best of 2015 (so far)” notices from the likes of Time, USA TodayBillboardRolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The AV Club, The Guardian, Complex, NME, Stereogum, PASTE, and SPINNo Cities To Love is available worldwide from Sub Pop.
 
What are “They” saying about it?

“America’s fiercest punk band....10 songs in 33 minutes, not a dud in the bunch, all surging in uptempo stomp-down-the-door mode. There’s more low-end thud to their sound than before. The whole album crackles with the palpable excitement of three rock lifers in a room, eager to see what happens when they plug in and let it rip.” [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Rolling Stone
 
“The trio still snap and crackle on their first set since 2005. No Cities… might sound chaotic at first, but each element—Corin Tucker’s sweet snarl, Janet Weiss’ rugged beats, Carrie Brownstein’s noisy solos—is exactly in its right place.” [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Entertainment Weekly
 
“…33 minutes of unbridled ferocity” [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] -Time 
 
Tour Dates
Jul. 18 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival [SOLD OUT]
Nov. 21 - 22 - Mexico City, MX - Corona Capital Festival
Dec. 04 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Dec. 05 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Dec. 06 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Dec. 08 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Dec. 09 - Cleveland, OH - Masonic Auditorium
Dec. 10 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall at Babeville
Dec. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
Dec. 13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
Dec. 14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza [SOLD OUT]
Dec. 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg [SOLD OUT]
Dec. 16 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel [SOLD OUT]

For information on tickets visit sleater-kinney.com 

Posted by Rachel White