[Photo courtesy of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport]
May 1st, 2016 was a major milestone for the well-intentioned, hard-working and lovably bumbling music industry professionals at Sub Pop Records. Somehow we have managed to open and sustain a retail location at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, FOR TWO ENTIRE YEARS!
And, today, aka Monday, May 9th, we’re going to make a party about it.
Hard to believe? Totally! And yet, here we are, ushering the Sub Pop Airport Store into its terrible twos. To mark this momentous (and, somewhat improbable) occasion, we’re low-key celebrating in grand fashion TODAY inside that very store. Herewith a glimpse at what travelers/revelers might find within these 4-ish walls…
Free CD Samplers of recent Sub Pop and Hardly Art musical selections!
Actual DJ’s spinning actual records from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM!
Delicious and free Cupcakes!
Limited Ed. Vinyl for sale! (not free, but reasonably-priced)
The opportunity to take your own photo in our Nirvana photo-op cut-out thingy!
Oh, the Cupcakes! (free, and also a while-they-last situation)
Plus: from 12:00 noon until about 2:30 PM, the soon-to-be world famous and already-wildly-entertaining Sub Pop Podcast will be on-site, interviewing customers, store and airport employees, and passersby asking such incisive questions as, “What is Sup Pop anyway?” Nothing at all could go wrong with this plan, amiright? Hilarious hi-jinks will almost certainly ensue!
The Sub Pop Airport Store 2nd Anniversary Party and Opportunity to Buy T-shirts, Records, CDs, Tapes, Posters, Travel Items, Etc. at Regular Price takes place on Monday, May 9th. You should totally come.
Flight of the Conchords are very pleased to announce support acts for their upcoming “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour,” welcoming comedians Arj Barker, Sub Pop label mate Eugene Mirman, David O’ Doherty and Kurt Braunohler as direct support (select dates).
“A tour, you say? Well, I suppose I still have a bandana around here, somewhere…” so says Arj Barker, Australia’s favorite American comic.
Eugene Mirman says of the reunion with his former castmates, “It is a pleasure to reunite with my TV tenants and tour America once again. It’s nice to see that they are alive and allowed to leave their country full of wizards and people living in trees. I look forward to fixing their faucet every night on tour. I also look forward to putting lipstick on them in their sleep.”
Meanwhile, Irishman David O’Doherty offered this anecdote, “I am incredibly excited to go on the road with FOTC. I played some piano in their first show at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2002 and some nights there were more people on stage (3) than there were in the audience. Fingers crossed that won’t happen this time.”
Kurt Braunohler chimes in, “I’m excited beyond words to open for Flight of the Conchords! Really beyond words! To fully communicate my excitement I’ll be giving out full body massages before each show (while burning a “Margarita Time” Yankee Candle, as Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” plays).”
In further exciting news, the June 28th Forest Hills Stadium show will feature support from Barker as well as John Hodgman and Demetri Martin. Meanwhile, the July 20th Forest Hills Stadium show will include Mirman alongside Hodgman and Michael Che.
“I am very excited about doing this show. Flight of the Condors is the best bird-based, Australian comedy band around,” offers Demetri Martin.
And this from John Hodgman, “I am thrilled to rejoin my brilliant and foreign friends THE FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS. I have long considered myself “The fifth Conchord” and have been touring profitably under that name for several years. I am grateful they have dropped the lawsuit.”
For a complete list of support acts and performance dates, view the full routing below.
The fast-selling “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour,” is their first since co-headlining 2013’s “Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour.” The Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo has new material in the works, which they’ll showcase exclusively at these shows. The amphitheatre and concert hall tour will also make stops in Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, and more.
The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” now spans June 9th in Port Chester, NY at the Capitol Theatre and ends July 27th in Los Angeles, CA at The Greek Theatre.
More on Flight of the Conchords support acts: Arj Barker is best known for his role as “Dave” on Flight of the Conchords HBO series. He is also co-creator of the hit off-broadway show the Marijuana-logues. A parody of the Vagina Monologues. As a stand-up he reached record sales at the Melbourne comedy festival and tours Australia playing to sold-out crowds at large theatres. His youtube clips have generated millions of views. If you’re not already an Arj Barker fan, you soon will be.http://www.arjbarker.com/
Eugene Mirman is currently known as the voice of “Gene” on Fox’s Emmy award-winning Bob’s Burgers. He’s also supporting I’m Sorry, You’re Welcome, his acclaimed 9-volume, 7-LP comedy set out now worldwide on Sub Pop. Mirman has also appeared on Flight of the Conchords HBO series, Adult Swim’s Delocated, and has had two comedy specials on Comedy Central. His latest comedy special is available on Netflix. Mirman is also a frequent co-host of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science show Star Talk.http://www.eugenemirman.com/
Dublin, Ireland’s David O’ Doherty is both a comedic novelist and recording artist whose most recent show was entitled David O’Doherty: We Are All in the Gutter, But Some Of Us Are Looking at David O’Doherty. http://www.davidodoherty.com/
Kurt Braunohler is a comedian, skywriter, and jet-skier, who has committed his career (perhaps foolishly) to “inserting absurdity into stranger’s lives to make the world a better place. He has been seen (or heard) on Bob’s Burgers, The New Girl, @midnight, Comedy Central Presents, Drunk History and more. He currently hosts The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler podcast on the Nerdist network.http://kurtbraunohler.tumblr.com/
Michael Che is an award-winning comic, best known as a writer and co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s iconic “Weekend Update.” He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People,”Buzzfeed’s “50 Hottest Men in Comedy,” and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics To Watch,” and is quickly leaving his mark on the media landscape. http://michaelche.com/
John Hodgman is a writer, comedian, and actor best known for his “Resident Expert” and “Deranged Millionaire” segments on The Daily Show and as the “PC” in a series of commercials for Apple computers. http://www.johnhodgman.com/
Demetri Martin is the former star of Comedy Central’s Important Things With…, in addition to being a New York Times best-selling author and actor. He recently made his directorial debut with the acclaimed Dean, which won Tribeca’s Founders Award for “Best Narrative Feature.” http://live.demetrimartin.com/
Tour Dates Jun. 09 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre [SOLD OUT] * Jun. 11 - Cleveland, OH - State Theatre [SOLD OUT] * Jun. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts * Jun. 13 - Washington, DC - Wolf Trap Filene Center * Jun. 14 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre [SOLD OUT] ** Jun. 16 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre [SOLD OUT] ** Jun. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum [SOLD OUT] ** Jun. 18 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre [SOLD OUT] ** Jun. 19 - Chicago, IL - Pritzker Pavilion [SOLD OUT] ** Jun. 22 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Park Concerts [SOLD OUT]** Jun. 23 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum [SOLD OUT] ** Jun. 24 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium [SOLD OUT] ** Jun. 25 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium [SOLD OUT] ** Jun. 27 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic [SOLD OUT] * Jun. 28 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater ! Jul. 01 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl [SOLD OUT] % Jul. 02 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU [SOLD OUT] % Jul. 03 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre ^ Jul. 05 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre [SOLD OUT] ^ Jul. 07 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre ^ Jul. 09 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall [SOLD OUT] ^ Jul. 10 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall [SOLD OUT] ^ Jul. 11 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre [SOLD OUT] ^ Jul. 12 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre [SOLD OUT] ^ Jul. 14 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater * Jul. 16 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheatre * Jul. 17 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre * Jul. 18 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre * Jul. 20 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium # Jul. 22 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk 2016 (Fort Adams State Park) [SOLD OUT] Jul. 23 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion [SOLD OUT] ** Jul. 24 - New York, NY - Central Park SummerStage [SOLD OUT] ** Jul. 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre * Jul. 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre [SOLD OUT] *
Support Legend * w/ Arj Barker ** w/ Eugene Mirman ^ w/ David O Doherty % w/ Kurt Braunohler # w/ Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Michael Che ! w/ Arj Barker, John Hodgman, Demetri Martin
Goat have premiered the official video for “I Sing In Silence,” the A-side from their forthcoming single. The new visual was directed by Henrik Nyblom and Christofer Högberg. The directorial duo had this to offer about the video: “It was an intense experience where we could visualize our art. It’s a short trip of the life spectre. Look close and you might find easter eggs.”
Stereogum premiered the video and had this to say, “Through its distorted filmography, the video incites a celebration of this brightness and of the quiet and calm that exists, too. As a hooded figured engages with the jovial beauty in the world, they illustrate just how powerful the connectivity of it all can be…The song itself is a folksy psych-pop lope that could almost pass for Woods covering Animal Collective, so a trek into nature is highly appropriate here (see video premiere Monday, May 9th).”
Goat have also extended their previously announced 2016 European tour schedule through the fall. The tour now spans June 1st in Barcelona with a performance at Primavera Sound Festival and runs through October 14th in Paris at Cabaret Sauvage. (Tour dates below.)
About Goat’s “I Sing In Silence” b/w “The Snake of Addis Ababa” single: New music from Goat is always a time for celebration, and we are excited to announce the band’s return with a 7” of brand new material. Preorder is now available here (North America only), and is also available in ScandinaviaviaStranded/Universal Swedenand rest of the world viaRocket 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 band’s 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.
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 gråhal 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
We’re thrilled to announce that Shabazz Palaceswill join Radiohead as support on the group’s forthcoming Los Angeles shows. The performances will take place on Thursday, August 4th and Monday, August 8th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
The Radiohead support slots are the latest additions to Shabazz Palaces’ summer festival schedule, which includes: June 4th in Spokane for Volume The Inlander’s Music Festival; June 18th at Vancouver’s Levitation Festival; August 13th at Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festival August 27th.
Additionally, Shabazz Palaces will join Flying Lotus, George Clinton + Parliament Funkadelic and Thundercat for three U.S. west coast shows: September 15th-16th in Oakland at Fox Theatre and September 17th at the Hollywood Bowl. (complete dates below.)
These summer tour dates are in support of Lese Majesty, which is available for purchase on CD / 2xLP / CD from Sub Pop Megamart, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and an independent retailer near you.
Treat your eyes and ears to a sampling of Shabazz Palaces mind melting videos and music in this YouTube Playlist.
What people are saying about Lese Majesty: Lese Majesty is Shabazz Palaces getting interstellar, a set of intricate, enigmatic, yet meaningful suites complete with an (initially) impenetrable multidimensional blueprint/map connecting it all in the liner notes. Beneath the visuals, the album contends with a strain of Afrofuturism that puts its faith in finding unities in contradictions and clarity in riddles (“I’m having my cake and I’m eating cake,” “facts stated to enhance what is pre-born,” “we try to unreproduce six tension intervals”), reconciling structure and formlessness, forethought and spontaneity….meter-defying breaks and tactile, synthesized bass-church/musique concrète production that turns human language into primordial elements of cosmic influence. It’s humbling stuff that urges you to dance but knows full well that, to do so, you’ll need to relearn new and better steps [50 Best Albums Of 2014] - Pitchfork
“Unlike their previous, also brilliant full-length Black Up, Shabazz Palaces’ new “sonic move” Lese Majesty is not necessarily conducive to absorption in small doses. The record is a massive, dense monolith, divided into suites that only start to make sense after countless repeat listens. It’s a bridge from rap’s beginnings in the early ’70s into its future — structurally, thematically, lyrically, sonically, all of it — that sounds so many light years ahead of everything else in the genre that its nods to the past only reveal themselves after one invests real time immersed in what we called “the impossibly deep, singular astral landscape” that the group has created.” [Album of the Year] - Gorilla Vs. Bear
“With their second album, Seattle hiphop duo Shabazz Palaces unshackled Afrofuturism from cliche in order to present a holistic almost familiar worldview that the future is already here, before demanding an honest response to that revelation. Hua Hsu said: Abstraction is only useful insofar as it shakes our reliance and this is what makes Lese Majesty’s primal futurism such a bewildering experience. Palaceer raps with secularity and conviction as all that was once solid melts into air - rules and codes vanish, leaving nothing but ghosts while beats dissolve into pretty colors.” [#7 / Albums of the Year] - The Wire
Tour Dates Jun. 04 - Spokane, WA - Volume: The Inlander’s Music Festival @ Terrain Stage Jun. 18 - Vancouver, BC - Levitation Festival @ Imperial Vancouver Aug. 04 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium * Aug. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium * Aug. 13 - Eau Claire, WI - Eaux Claires Music Festival Aug. 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Afropunk Fest @ Brainfeeder Stage Sep. 15 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre ** Sep. 16 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre ** Sep. 17 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl ** * w / Radiohead ** w/ Flying Lotus, George Clinton + Parliament Funkadelic, Thundercat, The Gaslamp Killer
Shabazz Palaces immersive new video for “Dawn In Luxor” - a standout track from the group’s critically acclaimed album Lese Majesty - pairs stunning cinematography and VFX, with footage courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Hubble and Cassini missions. Director Stephan Gray dubs the new visual a “daydream on a nightwalk,” and the result is as mesmerizing as you’d imagine.
ICYMI: Shabazz Palaces previously announced summer tour schedule runs June 4th through September 17th 2016. Highlights include: August 4th and August 8th supporting Radiohead’s Los Angeles shows (!!!) at the Shrine Auditorium; August 13th at Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; August 27th at Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festival; And three U.S. west coast shows: September 15th-16th in Oakland at Fox Theatre and September 17th at the Hollywood Bowl with Flying Lotus, George Clinton + Parliament Funkadelic and Thundercat.
Today marks the record release of Kristin Kontrol’s debut album, X-Communicate, which you can now stream in its entirety and purchase (definitely purchase!) right here at the Sub Pop Mega Mart.
Perhaps it bears repeating (or, communicating again?) that Kristin Kontrol is the new project from Kristin Welchez – fka Dee Dee, leader of internationally acclaimed rock outfit Dum Dum Girls, whose most excellent recordings can also be found on this very label. Throughout the best part of a decade, Dum Dum Girls morphed from the girl group-gone-bad moves of debut album I Will Be (2010), to the comparatively plush, noir-pop of 2014’s Too True. Now she’s shed her skin, ditching Dee Dee – the name she assumed for Dum Dum Girls – for her given name, Kristin, and giving us Kristin Kontrol’s X-Communicate.
Stereogum has noted about the album, “Kristin Kontrol is radically different from anything we would’ve expected from Welchez as Dee Dee. It draws on various strains of pop from various eras, collapsing them together into slick, infectious synth-pop…X-Communicate and the evolution into Kristin Kontrol show Welchez becoming an absolute machine when it comes to hooks.”
Kristin Kontrol will be kicking off an East Coast tour on June 15 at BSP in Kingston, NY and follow that short headline run with dates opening for Garbage in July. See below for itinerary.