News from 3/2016

NEWS : MON, MAR 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Here’s What Sub Pop Is Doing To Record Store Day 2016

On Saturday, April 16th, 2016, aka Record Store Day, Sub Pop will release two very limited split singles: Low and S. Carey’s “Not A Word” / “ I Won’t Let You Fall” 10” and METZ and Mission of Burma’s “Good, Not Great” / “Get Off” 7”. Check ‘em out:

METZ and Mission of Burma “Good, Not Great” / “Get Off” 7” single:
Toronto noise-rock behemoths METZ team up with Boston post-punk legends Mission of Burma on this split single for Record Store Day 2016. METZ contribute a cover of “Good, Not Great,” a track from Mission of Burma’s 2006 album The Obliterati, while Mission of 
Burma cover METZ’s 2012 anthem, “Get Off.” This single is a Record Store Day 2016 exclusive, and it is limited to 4,000 copies worldwide. All copies are on starburst purple and green vinyl. 

1.     Good, Not Great (METZ)
2.     Get Off (Mission of Burma)

Low / S. Carey “Not A Word” / “I Won’t Let You Fall” 10” single:
This 10” single on special translucent white vinyl features two 7-minute collaborations between Duluth group Low and Wisconsin’s S. Carey, aka Sean Carey, best known as the drummer and supporting vocalist for Bon Iver. The idea for this release came from producer BJ Burton. “Not a Word” was an unfinished Low track that BJ worked with S. Carey to complete, while “I Won’t Let You Fall” was an unfinished S. Carey song that BJ worked with Low to complete. This unique partnership between Low, S. Carey and BJ Burton (and Sub Pop and Jagjaguwar) is exclusive to Record Store Day 2016, and it is limited to 4,000 copies worldwide.

2.     I Won’t Let You Fall (S. Carey)
1.     Not a Word (Low)

More About Record Store Day:
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. 

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point. In 2015, 60% of the Record Store Day Official Release List came from independent labels and distributors. The list continues to include a wide range of artists, covering the diverse taste of record stores and their customers.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, MAR 21, 2016 at 8:05 AM

No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store (March 2016)

Maybe you woke up

today and thought: “At last, it’s

World Poetry Day.”

A special day that

I didn’t know existed

until recently.

Now it’s spring-time at

the airport, with many new

great albums for sale.

A perfect time to

express ourselves and stir you

to buy some stuff here.

To commemorate

this occasion, I asked the

store to write haiku

inspired by the

Danny Bland book of haiku.

So, please enjoy this

jaunt into haiku.

But don’t worry. We plan on

keeping our day jobs.


Shearwater’s protest

flies towards the horizon; lush

powerful, and grand.

He was good as gone

Subconscious day dreamer

Pay him no bother

Mass Gothic’s New York

City nights shine bright, a life

of vast excitement

You nearly killed me

With a tomato plant now

Let’s toast to spring break

Red pill or blue pill?

So Pitted’s Neo sees both

palms melt to acid

Talking to myself

Some things are better off not said

Hungry for a bed

What emanates from

those Gazebos? Whoas or woes?

A dizzy allure

Fuck you Spring. Fuck you

wet dream and fuck you rainbow

over my dead bod.

West coast psych spells spout

from Heron Oblivion’s

tall molten spires

Come to here; products

various music, shirt, disc

option. Next time, yes?

A new career here

Dark pop’s frontier future. Now,

that is Omori

What’s in a haiku?

Feelings wrought in syllables

and lessons to learn.

Posted by Jackson Hathorn

NEWS : WED, MAR 9, 2016 at 7:00 AM

So Pitted Premieres “feed me” Video From Album ‘neo’ (via LNTV)

So Pitted just premiered their official video for “feed me,” a standout from neo (their Sub Pop debut!). The visual, directed by Eleanor Petry, is loosely inspired by Jane Child’s late 80s pop classic (+ video) “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.” 

LNTV had this to say of “feed me”: “[Drummer/vocalist Liam] Downey stars as a tour guide of sorts, leading us around Seattle by the neon glow of corporate signs and skyscrapers. The uneasy clip…is a not-so-subtle nod to Seattle’s rapid, irreversible growth.

“Downey roams Seattle’s streets and meets a lot of people, casually defiling things as he goes. When he briefly rejoins his bandmates in a barren lobby, it’s clear that fierce and apocalyptic apathy is the their preferred form of communication (see premiere March 9th).”

So Pitted’s neo is now available on CD / LP / DL / CASS worldwide from Sub Pop. 
So Pitted’s neo is available for purchase from Sub Pop Mega Mart,iTunesAmazonBandcamp and Google Play. LP preorders of neo through will receive the limited “Loser” edition on white vinyl.

So Pitted is in the midst their first European tour, which resumes tonight, March 9th in Brighton,UK at Green Door Store and ends March 12th in Berlin, DE at West Germany.  The band will then return to the U.S., for a series of shows in Austin, Texas for SXSW 2016 (March 18 - 20) and the remainder of their March tour. Highlights include: She Shreds Day Party at Studium (March 18th /1pm); Sub Pop Showcase at Blackheart Bar (March 18th / 11pm); FLOOD Day Party at Cedar Street Courtyard (March 19th / 1pm). (current tour dates below.)

neo has garnered praise from the likes of Pitchfork, FLOOD, Consequence of Sound, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, Seattle Times, DIY, The Guardian, Uncut, Drowned in Sound, Brooklyn Vegan, Impose, Loud & Quiet, The Skinny, CLASH and more. 

What people have said about So Pitted:
“Minimalist force is what Seattle punk band So Pitted does. They excel at it. On neo, their debut, the trio sound like the proverbial (mechanical) bull in a china shop—except that bull is intentionally there to fuck up some fine dinnerware and is determined to have a hell of a time doing it.”  - Pitchfork

“Catharsis and candor are embedded in these explosive tracks. So Pitted tap into the void that the likes of Black Flag and Nirvana looked into and saw themselves in.” - Consequence of Sound 

“It’s grimy and tormented all right, but intent on subverting the many adolescent cliches and connotations that come with grunge.” -  The Guardian

“Maddeningly loud, loosely formed, disgusting like a romantic weekend trip down the local sewers.” - DIY

“Their primal, scrappy rock and roll scrapes all optimism from your soul until you just don’t care about anything anymore.” [8/10]  -Drowned In Sound 

“…A barbed tarpit of sound.” - Loud & Quiet

“Snotty, snarling and belligerent.” - Uncut

neo is part debut-album, part audio assault.” [4/5] - Upset 

“It’s early in the year to make this sort of claim, but we can say with confidence that in ten months’ time you’ll be looking back on neo as one of 2016’s best debuts, by some distance.” - The Skinny

“…A raucous, inspiring noise, the buzzsaw melody is matched to wailing feedback - imagine Bikini Kill set against early Mary Chain and you’d probably be in the same ballpark.” - CLASH

“Quite simply, neo is noise rock like nothing else.” - London In Stereo

“…Making a name for themselves with a sneery, warped, post-apocalyptic punk sound and wild stage show.” - Brooklyn Vegan

“…Buzzing with nausea and excitement. [rot in hell] burns with the urgency of the music you need to make or you’ll 
crumple, music you’d be making whether other people heard it or not.” - Impose

“So Pitted are poised to start a riot that’s very much their own.” -Record Collector

“The triad has haunted Seattle’s DIY underground since 2010, sometimes playing three shows a week (seemingly re-dying their hair a different color for each), honing an incredibly loud, atonal style of neo-grunge, equal parts confusing and enthralling. Koewler plays her guitar through a bass amp to achieve the band’s defining metallic low-end scuzz. Rodriguez, plucking out chaotic leads on his heavily effected guitar, barks unintelligibly feral screeds into a microphone so hard that his veins often look as though they’ll pop. Downey usually performs with self-fashioned pipe-cleaner antennae sticking out from his head. He occasionally switches places with Rodriguez to mumble his own strange songs, a left-field take on ’80s New Wave filtered through a filthy meat grinder.”  - Seattle Weekly

“Boldly going where no rock band has gone before—and fucking around a bit, too.” [“Breaking” feature] - FLOOD

Tour Dates

Mar. 09 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
Mar. 10 - Lille, UK - La Peniche
Mar. 11 -
Brussells, BE - Homeplugged 
Mar. 12 - Berlin, DE - West Germany

SXSW / Austin, TX
Mar. 18 - She Shreds Day Party @Studium / 2108 Rosewood Ave. (1pm)
Mar. 18 - House Show / 9402 Rowlands Sayle Rd (4:30pm)
Mar. 18  - Sub Pop Showcase @ Blackheart / 86 Rainey St. (11pm)
Mar. 19  - FLOOD Showcase @ Cedar Street Courtyard / 208 W 4th St (1pm)
Mar. 19 - Beeswax Booking & Hive Mind PR Day Party @ Wonderland / 1104 E 6th St (2:30pm)
Mar. 20 - Beerland / 711 Red River St (9pm)

Northwestern US
Mar. 23 - 27 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Fest 
Mar. 26 - Missoula, MT - The Palace**
Mar. 27 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett**
** w/ Diarrhea Planet

Find yer ticket links right over here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, MAR 8, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Guess Who’s Reissuing Wolf Parade’s Classic 1st Album ‘Apologies to the Queen Mary’ on 3xLP?

Yeah, it’s us! Sub Pop will release Wolf Parade’s Apologies to the Queen Mary: Deluxe Edition, a reissue of the group’s acclaimed first album, worldwide on 3xLP/DL May 13th. The reissue features the original album, now as a double LP, along with the band’s pre-Sub Pop, self-titled EPs (released in 2003 and 2004), both of which are making their vinyl debut. The package features new artwork and includes the previously unreleased track “Snakes on the Ladder” from the Apologies… sessions. (There will also be a cassette version of the remastered original album (without bonus tracks) available on May 13th.) The album was remastered for this release by the band’s longtime associate Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering. The reissue of Apologies to the Queen Mary: Deluxe Edition comes on the heels of Wolf Parade’s recently-announced 2016 reunion.

[Photo Credit : Shawn McDonald]

New to Wolf Parade?  We made this handy Beginner’s Guide playlist just for you!

Wolf Parade’s late spring-summer touring kicks-off with a series of residency shows in New York (May 17th-21st; Sold Out), Toronto (May 24th-28th; Sold Out), and London (June 14th-15th).  They’ve also scheduled the following international headlining club and festival appearances:  Tavaista in Helsinki (June 10th); Best Keep Secret in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands (June 17th-19th); Gridlock Festival in Halifax (July 10th); Ottawa Bluesfest (July 16th); WayHome Music and Arts Festival in Oro-Medonte, Ontario (July 22nd-24th); Montreal’s Osheaga Festival (July 29th - 31st) and aftershow at The Corona Theatre (July 29th); Pickathon in Happy Valley, Oregon (August 4th-6th); Seattle’s Neptune Theatre (August 7th). (complete tour dates are below.)

Apologies to the Queen Mary: Deluxe Edition is now available for preorder at Sub Pop Mega MartWolf, Amazon and Bandcamp. The limited Loser Edition 3xLP set will come on pink, blue, and peach-colored vinyl, and is now available to pre-order at, the band’s web store and at select independent record stores (while supplies last).

Wolf Parade –  Spencer Krug, Dan Boeckner, Arlen Thompson, and Dante DeCaro – formed in Montreal in 2003.  After the aforementioned self-titled EPs, the group released Apologies to the Queen Mary to much acclaim in September 2005, on Sub Pop. The album was recorded by Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock and engineer Chris Chandler at Audible Alchemy in Portland, Oregon. The album was an entirely collaborative effort, barreling headfirst and breathlessly through songs written during Wolf Parade’s early years together as a band. The album has sold over 100,000 in the U.S. alone.

Apologies to the Queen Mary: Deluxe Edition


LP 1
A1. You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son                   
A2. Modern World        
A3. Grounds For Divorce                    
A4. We Built Another World
B5. Fancy Claps               
B6. Same Ghost Every Night                
B7. Shine A Light                
B8. Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts

LP 2               
C9. I’ll Believe In Anything               
C10. It’s A Curse          
D11. Dinner Bells                      
D12. This Heart’s On Fire                  

LP 3
A1. Disco Sheets             
A2. Lousy Pictures                  
A3. Modern World            
A4. Wits or a Dagger                  
A5.Secret Knives             
A6. Dinner Bells   
B7. Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts                   
B8. We Built Another World              
B9. Grounds for Divorce                   
B10. It’s a Curse                     
B11. The National People’s Scare           
B12. Killing Armies                
B13. Snakes on a Ladder    

Tour Dates

May 17 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Sold Out]
May 18 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Sold Out]
May 19 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Sold Out]
May 20 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Sold Out]
May 21 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Sold Out]
May 24 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace [Sold Out]
May 25 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace [Sold Out]
May 26 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace [Sold Out]
May 27 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace [Sold Out]
May 28 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace [Sold Out]
Jun. 14 - London, UK - Scala
Jun. 15 - London, UK - Scala
Jun. 16 - Helsinki, FN - Tavaista
Jun 17-19 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Fest
Jul. 10 - Halifax, NS - Gridlock Festival
Jul. 16 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
Jul. 22 - 24 - Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music and Arts Festival
Jul. 29 - 31 Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
Jul. 29 - Montreal, QC - The Corona Theatre (Osheaga Festival Aftershow)
Aug. 04 - 07 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
Aug. 07 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune

Ticket links can be found right over here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, MAR 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM

“Back By Zero Demand” : Sub Pop’s 2016 SXSW Showcase and Evening of Entertainment

On Friday, March 18th the highly-trained music industry professionals from Sub Pop Records will host “Back by Zero Demand,” our 2016 SXSW showcase. The event, held at The Blackheart in Austin, will feature performances from Mass Gothic, Cullen Omori, So Pitted, Arbor Labor Union, Porter Ray, and Strange Wilds. The showcase is 21 and over, and doors are at 7:30pm.

Sub Pop’s SXSW 2016 Showcase
At The Blackheart/Austin

Facebook Event:

1:00 AM Mass Gothic
12:00 AM Cullen Omori
11:00 PM So Pitted
10:00 PM Arbor Labor Union
9:00 PM Porter Ray
8:00 PM Strange Wilds

Address: 86 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Doors 7:30pm / 21+


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, MAR 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Listen to Arbor Labor Union’s “Belief’d” From I Hear You (via Brooklyn Vegan)

Arbor Labor Union has announced a U.S. tour in support of their upcoming album, I Hear You, and has made a new track off the album, “Belief’d” available today via Brooklyn Vegan.  

I Hear You is set for worldwide release May 13th on CD/LP/DL/CASS through Sub Pop and is available for preorder now Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp and independent retailers near you. LP preorders via will receive the limited “Loser” edition on pink vinyl.

Arbor Labor Union Tour Dates
May 14 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
May 15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Back Room
May 16 - Washington, DC -  DC9
May 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
May 19 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
May 20 - Cambridge, MA - Club Bohemia
May 21 - Buffalo, NY - The Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom
May 22 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
May 24 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
May 25 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
May 26 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
May 27 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
May 28 - Omaha, NE - Milk Run
May 29 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge
May 31 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Jun. 02 - Nampa, ID - Flying M Coffee
Jun. 03 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
Jun. 04 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Jun. 06 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
Jun. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
Jun. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Hi-Fi
Jun. 10 - San Diego, CA - Hideout
Jun. 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Jun. 13 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
Jun. 14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Jun. 15 - Houston, TX - Rudyard’s
Jun. 17 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt

Posted by Alissa Atkins