News from 5/2016

NEWS : THU, MAY 5, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Listen: Kristin Kontrol’s Newest Track “(Don’t) Wannabe” Premiers via SPIN

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[Photo Credit: Jimmy Fontaine]

Today SPIN premiered KRISTIN KONTROL’s fabulous new track ”(Don’t) Wannabe” (listen here).
The song is off her forthcoming debut, X-Communicate, which comes out on May 27 via Sub Pop.

Kristin also announced her first set of tour dates HERE - with more to come soon.


What have They say about Kristin Kontrol? We’re glad you asked:

“It’s true enough to her roots to hit with fans, but fresh enough to cause a stir.” Entertainment Weekly

“Yes, this is a dance-pop record, but think a modern spin on Kate Bush’s The Hounds of Love, Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Tinderbox….very enjoyable listen…this album proves that it’s well worth keeping up with her output.” Under the Radar



Posted by Rachel White

FRI, MAY 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

GOAT’s “I Sing In Silence” b/w “The Snake of Addis Ababa” Out Now

Goat’s “I Sing In Silence” b/w “The Snake of Addis Ababa” 7” single is now available in North America right here on Sub Pop, purchasable at our very fine Mega Mart store. The single is also available in Scandinavia via Stranded/Universal Sweden and rest of the world via Rocket Recordings.

Last year Goat released the single “It’s Time for Fun” which saw the band experimenting with drum machines, which brought a different pulse to their tribal psych. This desire to explore new sounds continues with their new single “I Sing in Silence.” But instead of plugging in new instruments the band have unplugged and created an addictive groove with mostly un-amped, acoustic instruments.

Elastic guitar lines, woodblock percussion, and flutes which drive the song are enveloped by one of the strongest vocal deliveries by the bands enigmatic singers, resulting in a powerful and catchy psych-pop number.              

The B side, an instrumental called “The Snake of Addis Ababa,” is a looping, North-African mantra played on a teasing, fuzzed guitar, underpinned by a djembi groove. The repetitive riff is disrupted by piano that freely solos over the groove, and a pounding drum lifts the song to a seriously head-nodding conclusion.

This single is further proof that, in a world of similar sounding and similar looking psych bands, Goat are standing completely out on their own and we are all the better for it.

This summer the band will be busy writing, recording, and blowing people’s minds across Europe’s greatest stages.


Tour Dates 

Jun. 01 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound

Jun. 11 - Eindhoven, NL - Eindhoven Psych Lab

Jun. 12 - London, UK - Field Day

Jun. 17 - Duisburg, DE - Traumzeit Festival

Jun. 19 - Gaou/Hyeres, FR -  Ile du Pointu Festival

Jul. 09 - Liege, BE - Les Ardentes Festival

Jul. 10 - Gent, BE - Cactus Festival

Jul. 22-24 - Barcelos, PT -  Milhões de Festa

Aug. 28 - Turin, IT - Torino Today Festival

Sep. 03 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival

Oct. 07 - Malmö, SE - Babel

Oct. 08 - Köpenhamn, DK - Den grå hal

Oct. 10 - Köln, DE - Stadtgarten

Oct. 11 - München, DE  - Ampere

Oct. 12 - Berlin, DE - Berghain

Oct. 13 - Heidelberg, DE - Karlstorbahnhof Enjoy Jazz

Oct. 14 - Paris, FR - Cabaret Sauvage



Posted by Alissa Atkins

NEWS : TUE, MAY 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Wolf Parade’s ‘Apologies to the Queen Mary’ Deluxe Edition Is Out; See Them On Colbert 5/20

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[Photo Credit: Shawn McDonald]

Wolf Parade’s Apologies to the Queen MaryDeluxe Edition - the reissue of the group’s acclaimed first album - is available now from Sub Pop Mega MartWolf Parade.com, Amazon, and Bandcamp. 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. 

First run of the 3xLP version of Apologies to the Queen Mary (Deluxe Edition) will be on Loser edition peach, blue, and pink-colored LPs, while supplies last. The package features new artwork and includes the previously unreleased track “Snakes on the Ladder” from the Apologies… sessions. This release also got the remastering treatment by the band’s longtime associate Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering. 


Also F yr I: the cassette version of the remastered original album (without bonus tracks) is now available here.


Wolf Parade will make their first TV appearance since 2006 with a performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday, May 20th on CBS at 11:35pm / 10:35pm CT, so set those DVRs!


The reissue of Apologies to the Queen Mary: Deluxe Edition comes on the heels of Wolf Parade’s recently-announced 2016 reunion and currently-underway reunion tour. (tour dates + links are here.)  Even more recently-announced is the band’s upcoming, self-released 4-song untitled EP. You’ll find these details on their website


About Wolf Parade and ATTQM:

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.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, MAY 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store, 2nd Birthday Edition (May 2016)

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(Pictured: Two Sub Pop Corporate Associates With Party Hats and Balloons)


Sub Pop Airport Store 2nd Birthday Party Recap

May 1st. A day that is already full of holidays. Maybe you have spent prior firsts of May celebrating spring, erecting a maypole, and dancing in neo-pagan fertility rituals. Or perhaps you’ve been an ardent observer of International Workers’ Day, taking part in street marches and demonstrations (but maybe/hopefully you can agree with me that we should cut out of some these less imaginative pursuits.)

But now you can add another celebration to May 1st: The birthday of the Sub Pop Airport store! We are happy to share a birthday with fellow May Day babies like Jules Breton, Terry Southern, Judy Collins, Wes Anderson, and Jay Reatard, but I believe Sub Pop chose May 1st as our inauguration date because ‘mayday’ is an international signal for distress. And if a record label opening a store in an airport isn’t a cry for help, I don’t know what is!* 

In typical Sub Pop fashion, May 1st flew right by us on a Sunday last week (“Where the hell did May come from? It was April just yesterday”- me). It then took us a week to figure out how to properly commemorate our 2nd birthday. Eventually, plans were made, and we decided to bring a little festive spirit to the airport on this most recent Monday afternoon, May 9th 2016.  

Thank you to all the loyal customers who happened to be flying through Sea-Tac Airport bought plane tickets just to make it to our birthday party. Thank you to the members of the retail staff that took turns DJing their favorite Sub Pop singles. Without further ado, here is photographic evidence that we celebrated our 2nd birthday and delivered on all those promises we made earlier

(Photo appropriated from our friends @ Sea-Tac Airport)


(Free cupcakes! These disappeared pretty quickly.)


(Brnt Zza playin’ the hits.)


(Behind the decks with DJ Hookups)


(The store is currently holding auditions to join (this cut-out of) Nirvana. Do you think you have what it takes?)


(Here’s artist/illustrator Stacey Rozich, whose artwork can be found on the latest Father John Misty album, getting her photo taken at the store.)


(Our newest addition to the polaroid wall. Thanks, Stacey!)


(A visual sneak-peek of the Sub Pop Podcast, recording for Season 2 at the airport.)


(A free CD sampler, still available while supplies last. With your help, and patronage at our airport store, we can Make Sub Pop Great Again.)



*just some of that good ol’ patented Sub Pop Sarcasm for you! I love my job and kiss the ground that my overlords walk on. 



Posted by Jackson Hathorn

NEWS : TUE, MAY 10, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Beach House Announce NEW Headlining Summer Shows

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Beach House have added new U.S. headlining club and theatre shows to their 2016 international summer tour schedule in support of their recent albums Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars.
 
The band have scheduled shows in D.C., Boise, Spokane, Missoula, Sioux Falls, Iowa City, Indianapolis, Louisville, Columbia, Kansas City, Denver, and Las Vegas. New dates include:

 
Jul. 11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Aug. 08 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Aug. 09 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Aug. 10 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma
Aug. 12 - Sioux Falls, SD - The District
Aug. 14 - Iowa City, IA - Englert Theatre
Aug. 16 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre
Aug. 17 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
Aug. 19 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
Aug. 20 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
Aug. 22 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Aug. 24 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Sep. 09 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
 

All of these dates will be on-sale Friday, May 13th with the exception of the July 11th show at the 9:30 Club.  That show will go on-sale Thursday, May 12th at 10am EST. For more information on where to purchase tickets, please visit beachhousebaltimore.com.
 
Additionally, European and U.S. festival highlights for the summer include: Primavera Sound in Barcelona on June 3rd and in Porto, PT on June 10th; Best Kept Secret in Hilvarenbeek, NL on June 17th; a headline performance at Pitchfork Music Festival on July 15th; San Francisco’s Outside Lands on August 5th; Pickathon in Happy Valley, OR on August 7th;  Eaux Claires in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on August 12th-13th; FYF in Los Angeles on August 28th; And the just added Hopscotch Festival performance in Raleigh, NC on September 9th. (complete listing below.)
 

Depression Cherry (released Aug. 28, 2015) is the second consecutive top 10 album for Beach House, coming in at #8 on theBillboard Top 200 chart, and spent 5 weeks at #1 on the CMJ Top 200.
 [listen here]


Thank Your Lucky Stars  (released October 16th,  2015) entered at #38 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and peaked at #5 on the CMJTop 200 chart.  
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Beach House’s Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherrywere recorded during the same two-month 
span, and produced by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Both albums are available now in North America from Sub Pop, in Europe from Bella Union and in Australia from Mistletone.


Tour Dates
Europe
Jun. 01 - Bordeaux, FR -  Theatre Barbey

Jun. 03 - Barcelona, ES -   Primavera Sound
Jun. 05 - Nimes, FR   This Is Not a Love Song
Jun. 06 - Nantes, FR -  Stereolux
Jun. 07 - Toulouse, FR - Bikini
Jun. 10 - Porto, PT -  Primavera Sound
Jun. 12 - London, UK -   Victoria Park
Jun. 13 - Bexhill, UK  - De La Warr Pavillion
Jun. 14 - Paris, FR - Casino de Paris
Jun. 17 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret
Jun. 18 - Aarhus, DK - Northside
 
U.S.
Jul. 11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Jul. 15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
Aug. 05 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
Aug. 07 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
Aug. 08 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Aug. 09 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Aug. 10 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma
Aug. 12 - Sioux Falls, SD - The District
Aug. 12 - Eau Claire, WI - Eaux Claires Music Festival
Aug. 13 - Eau Claire, WI - Eaux Claires Music Festival
Aug. 14 - Iowa City, IA - Englert Theatre
Aug. 16 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre
Aug. 17 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
Aug. 19 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
Aug. 20 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
Aug. 22 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Aug. 24 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Aug. 28 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Festival
Sep. 09 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, MAY 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Listen to Arbor Labor Union’s Upcoming Sub Pop Debut, ‘I Hear You,’ Now Streaming via SPIN

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Born of a peach tree in Georgia, Arbor Labor Union’s Sub Pop debut I Hear You  is now streaming in full via SPIN.


SPIN says of the album, “The quartet combines the droning jams of Luna with the tender tension of Ought (and the squealing yawps of Meat Puppets frontman Curt Kirkwood) on debut album I Hear You, one of the most satisfying full-band records of 2016’s first half. The tracks are long, the six-strings are loud, and the grooves are absolutely transfixing. Though the feeling they produce is old, the songs themselves feel new, just the latest in a proud lineage (see album premiere May 6th-13th).”


Arbor Labor Union’s previously announced U.S. tour in support of I Hear You, begins next Saturday, May 14th in West Columbia, SC at New Brookland Tavern and ends Friday, June 17th in Athens, GA at the 40 Watt. There will be additional live dates announced soon. (Complete tour routing below.)


I Hear You will be available worldwide May 13th on CD/LP/DL/CASS through Sub Pop, and is available for preorder now via Sub Pop Mega MartiTunesAmazonGoogle PlayBandcamp and independent retailers near you. LP preorders viamegamart.subpop.com and independent retailers near you will receive the limited “Loser” edition on marbled pink vinyl (while supplies last).



Here’s what The People are saying about Arbor Labor Union:

“It’s seven-plus minutes of stodgy desert rock delivered with a southern drawl that recalls QOTSA’s more groove-based moments, as well as cult Swede act The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. “Go ahead and say out loud: ‘I AM NOT INSANE!!!’” screams singer/guitarist Bo Orr at one point, sounding both insane and hell-bent on alerting the white coat brigade. It’s a swirling, motorik and wilfully heavy beast.” [“Mr. Birdsong”] - NME

“It’s a chugging, ballsy rock squall… that’ll stomp its way straight into your heart.” [“Radiant Mountain Road”] - NOISEY

“Jammy, slightly sludgy indie rock, owing more than a little to the early ’90s, with the impassioned shoutings of Bo Orr.” [ “Belief’d”] -Brooklyn Vegan

“Arbor Labor Union are deeply in hock to a certain strain of garage rock bordering on heavy metal as performed by the likes of The Stooges or Blue Cheer, spiced with a dash of Fall-like post-punk.” [Review, 7/10] - Uncut

“The Georgia outfit seems to have found a strange middle ground between Queens of The Stone Age and The Hold Steady on their new track, with thick chugging rhythms and talk-sing vocals perfect for drives down dangerous roads with reckless friends.” [“Mr. Birdsong”] - Crave Magazine

“Unsurprisingly, I Hear You‘s first single “Radiant Mountain Road” continues the band’s reputation for a raw, furiously passionate sound and aesthetic that draws from Neil Young and Crazy Horse (think of “Cinnamon Girl“), and Pearl Jam (think of “Last Exit,” “Spin The Black Circle,” off Vitalogy and “Blood” off Vs.) as the song was a towering, noisy squall consisting of layers upon layers of chugging power chords, thundering drumming and rumbling bass chords paired with Orr’s howling and shouting above the fray. “Belief’d,” I Hear You‘s latest single  is a slow-burning, sludgy power chord number with deeply metaphysical leanings and intensely visual poetic lyrics — in my mind’s eye, I can picture a “stacking of faceless heads into a totem pole,” and looking up to the heavens to see “an army of stars,” and feel “blankets of wind,” while Bo Orr howls lyrics that focus on mysticism and higher states of consciousness within the cosmos, and of our place within it.” [“Belief’d” / “Radiant Mountain Road”] - Joy of Violent Movement

“Regimented, slothful or otherwise, Arbor Labor Union have the habit of eeking out a smoky, barbequed riff and sticking to it with minimal variation for four-to-eight minutes while frontman Bo Orr yelps Bukowskian poetry as if his blackened lungs are about to run out of breath for good. There’s a pleasing half-time intermission that sounds like a Goo-era Sonic Youth instrumental and then it’s back to the alternative indie-rock shanties with earthy beats that are virtually irresistible to air-drum along to. “I am destroyed by the joyful noise,” barks Orr, “And when the volume peaks, then I rejoice”. Amen to that. Back of the net.” [Review]  - The Quietus





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

Ticket links are yours for the clicking, right over here.


Posted by Rachel White