News from 1/2017

NEWS : THU, JAN 19, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Listen to Sleater-Kinney’s Live Version of “What’s Mine Is Yours” From ‘Live In Paris’ (out next Friday, Jan. 27)

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[Photo Credit: Jason Williamson]

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 LoveThe WoodsOne BeatThe Hot RockDig Me Outand Call 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.

You can follow Sleater-Kinney absolutely everywhere in the known universe via Facebook | Instagram | Twitter and at www.sleater-kinney.com.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, JAN 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Announce Debut EP (out March 10), Share Title Track “French Press” + US Tour Dates

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.


You could (and should) follow Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever everywhere in the known universe… via Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter


TOUR DATES 

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

Sun. Apr. 30 - Gold Coast, AUS @ Shark Bar

Fri. May 12 - Melbourne, AUS @ The Tote


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, JAN 24, 2017 at 6:59 AM

Father John Misty Shares Title Track And Short Film From His Highly Anticipated New Album, ‘Pure Comedy’ (out April 7)

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! 

Pure Comedy is now available for preorder through Father John Misty’s Official StoreSub Pop Mega Mart, and Bella Union in the following formats:

  • 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
  • Digital
  • Cassette

TAKE NOTE: LP orders through Father John Misty’s Official Storemegamart.subpop.comBella 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.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, JAN 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Beach House Announce 2017 US + International Tour Dates

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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…



Beach House’s Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars are currently available from Sub Pop in North America, Bella Union in Europe and Mistletone in Australia.

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Follow Beach House absolutely everywhere your internet connection allows: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter and www.beachhousebaltimore.com.


Tour Dates + Ticket Links

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



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, FEB 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM

NO FLY LIST: NOTES FROM SUB POP’S AIRPORT STORE (JANUARY-ISH 2017)

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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…


 





Posted by Rebecca Sicile-Kira