Sleater-Kinney’s Live In Paris - the group’s first ever live album - hits store shelves (and hot little hands) the world over, next Friday, January 27th. Hear a live version of The Woods standout “What’s Mine Is Yours” here right now.
Earlier this month, Sleater-Kinney also released a video for “Surface Envy (Live)” comprised of fan footage from shows the band has played over the years; feast your eyes upon it here.
Live In Paris features thirteen tracks from the sold-out show which was captured on March 20th, 2015 at the city’s historic La Cigale venue, during the band’s celebrated international tour in support of their acclaimed eighth album, No Cities to Love. The show’s setlist featured songs from No Cities to Love, The Woods, One Beat, The Hot Rock, Dig Me Out, andCall the Doctor.
Sleater-Kinney: Live In Paris will be available worldwide on CD / LP / DL / CS and we encourage you (please) to preorder yours over here.
We couldn’t be prouder to announce that Melbourne’s own Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s Sub Pop debut EP, ‘The French Press” will be out on March 10th. Now have a listen to title track, “French Press” while you check out their newly announced tour dates - they’re coming to the US too! (see dates below).
In case you missed it, watch their brilliantly infectious video for “Julie’s Place” right here.
“The French Press” EP levels up on everything that made their debut EP, “Talk Tight,” such an immediate draw. Multi-tracked melodies which curl around one another, charging drums and addictive bass lines converge to give each track its driving momentum. Honed through their live shows, this relentless energy carries the record through new chapters in the band’s Australian storybook.
[Photo Credit: Rubin Utama]
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s songs have always had all the page-turning qualities of a good yarn and “The French Press” EP is no different. Somewhere between impressionists and fabulists, lyricists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo and Joe White often start with something rooted in real life – the melancholy of travel on ‘French Press’, having a hopeless crush on ‘Julie’s Place’ – before building them into clever, quick vignettes. The result is lines blurred between fiction and reality – vibrant stories which get closer at a particular truth than either could alone.
Blending critical insight and literate love songs, “The French Press” EP cements Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever as one of Australia’s smartest working bands.
“The French Press” EP will be available on vinyl, CD and of course digitally. Preorder is on now via this here link.
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Fri. Jan. 27 - Melbourne, AUS @ Howler w/ Whitney
Thu. Feb. 2 - Sydney, AUS @ OAF w/ Whitney
Mon. Mar. 3 - Fri. Mar. 17 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
Sat. Mar. 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts w/ Tennis
Sun. Mar. 19 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ Tennis
Tue. Mar. 21 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Tennis
Wed. Mar. 22 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Tennis
Thu. Mar. 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
Sun. Ma. 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Fri. Apr. 21 - Cats @ Adelaide, AUS @ Rocket Bar
Sat. Apr. 22 - Sydney, AUS @ Newtown Social Club
Fri. Apr. 28 - Brisbane, AUS @ Black Bear Lodge
Sat. Apr. 29 - Byron Bay, AUS @ The Great Northern
Collective hearts here at Sub Pop HQ swell with pride today, as we’re thrilled to announce Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy - the highly anticipated follow-up to his internationally acclaimed album, I Love You, Honeybear - will hit store shelves the world over on Friday, April 7th.
Since 2012, Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably, um, idiosyncratic) voice. Whether by virtue of his lyrics, which routinely defy the presumed polarities of wit and empathy; his live performances which may perhaps be described best as “intimately berzerk,” or the infuriating line he seems to occupy between canny and total fraud online or in interviews, Father John Misty has cultivated a rare space for himself in the musical landscape - that of a real enigma. Pure Comedy sees Tillman at the height of these powers: as a lyricist, and equally so a cultural observer - at times bordering on freakishly prescient. Tillman’s bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic songwriting are all here in equal measure and - at 75 minutes - there’s a veritable fuck ton of it. The album navigates themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all with his usual candor, and in terms as timely as they are timeless.
Tillman wrote the majority of Pure Comedy throughout 2015 and recorded all the basic tracking and vocals live to tape (in no more than two takes each) at United Studios (fka the legendary Ocean Way Studios, favored by Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys) in Los Angeles March 2016. Album highlights include the title track alongside standouts “Leaving LA,” “Total Entertainment Forever,” “Ballad of the Dying Man,” “When The God Of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell To Pay” and “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before The Revolution”.
Pure Comedy was co-produced once again by Josh Tillman and long-time producer Jonathan Wilson; mixed by Tillman, Wilson and Trevor Spencer, and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios. The album features string, horn and choral arrangements from classical iconoclast Gavin Bryars (Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, Sinking Of The Titanic), with additional contributions from Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett.
Pure Comedy’s front/back covers and gatefold feature a gargantuan original piece (his first ever commission of its kind) by Ed Steed (The New Yorker) and cover variations for the standard LP and CD will be randomly distributed. Collect them all! Please!
A Deluxe 2xLP version on aluminum & copper vinyl, a die-cut customizable jacket with 4 interactive “background” sleeves (so you can have whatever sky you damn well feel like as the cover), all encased in a clear slipcase. Includes a fold-out poster and an exclusive holographic tarot card by Ed Steed.
A 2xLP gatefold version also available in 4 cover variations on black vinyl
A CD gatefold digipak with slipcase available in 4 cover variations
TAKE NOTE: LP orders through Father John Misty’s Official Store, megamart.subpop.com, Bella Union and select independent retailers will receive a limited 7” single featuring the first physical release of fan favorite “Real Love Baby” on the A-side and the as yet unreleased track, “Rejected Generic Pop Song, March ‘15 #3” on the B-side (while supplies last). A new t-shirt design will be available from Sub Pop and Bella Union, in addition to a new line of merch from Father John Misty’s online store.
Pure Comedy Tracklisting: 1. Pure Comedy 2. Total Entertainment Forever 3. Things it Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution 4. Ballad of the Dying Man 5. Birdie 6. Leaving LA 7. A Bigger Paper Bag 8. When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay 9. Smoochie 10. Two Wildly Different Perspectives 11. The Memo 12. So I’m Growing Old on Magic Mountain 13. In Twenty Years or So
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Tillman and Grant James (“Funtimes in Babylon,” “I Love You, Honeybear”) also co-directed Pure Comedy: The Film. Pure Comedy is a gorgeously rendered black & white document of the live tracking, as well as a surreal look into Tillman’s writing process. A six-person crew, complete with cranes in the tracking rooms, captured every moment of the recording, giving the viewer intimate audience to actual album takes, including the one and only 2:00am performance of the 13-minute “Leaving LA.” It also features the only known recording of Tillman’s love ballad to his sound engineer Trevor Spencer. The 30-minute film is available for viewing now at Father John Misty’s new website.
Father John Misty’s first live appearance in support of Pure Comedy will be on the Coachella mainstage, Fridays April 14th, and 21st.
[Photo Credit: Guy Lowndes]
Read some (well, a veritable fuck ton) words from Josh over here, then follow him just about everywhere in the universe via Facebook.
Friends don’t let friends miss out on Beach House news, so here’s something you can (and really should) shout from your figurative and/or literal rooftops: Beach House has scheduled a series of 2017 international headlining and festival tour dates which span March 29th through August 18th - tickets for US headlining dates go on sale Friday at 10am EST. Eastern US dates will include stops in Wilmington, Lancaster, Charlotte, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Athens, and Knoxville. European cities currently include stops in Copenhagen and Parades de Coura, Portugal. (List of dates is below.)
Beach House will also appear at the Ceremonia Festival near Mexico City on April 1st and New York’s Governors Ball on June 2nd.
You might also be delighted to know that Beach House is currently at work on a rarities and B-sides compilation that will be released during the first half of 2017. So stay tuned, dear reader…
Mar. 29 - Wilmington, DE - World Cafe Live Mar. 30 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club Apr. 01 - Mexico City, MX - Ceremonia Festival May 24 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre May 26 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre May 27 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Revolution May 28 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall May 30 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre May 31 - Knoxville, TN - Mill & Mine Jun. 02 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball Aug. 11 - Copenhagen, DK - Haven Aug. 18 - Parades de Coura, PT - Parades de Coura Festival
With a handful of dark and rainy months still ahead of us, now’s
the time to curl up in front of the fire with a good book. Thanks to its
fruitful history and multi-talented roster, there is an abundance of books closely
tied to the Sub Pop family that rocks just as hard as your favorite TAD album.
Here are just a few of our preferred picks from here at the Sub Pop Airport Store!
Bruce Pavitt’s Sub
Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music
Anthology, 1980-1988 is a one-stop shop for everything you’d ever want
to know about the formation of Sub Pop, Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger
Makes Me a Modern Girl is a thoughtful and inspiring memoir
highlighting her experiences in Sleater-Kinney, while the graphic novel Black Hole by Charles Burns heavily
influenced La Luz’s most recent album Weirdo
Shine. (Additionally, Charles Burns contributed illustrations for Sub Pop
in our early days and is most visible on our Sub
Pop 200 compilation!)
To make your book reading experience even richer, we’ve
compiled the accompanying list of some of our favorite book and record pairings that will surely satisfy even the most ferocious appetite…