News from 5/2017

NEWS : TUE, MAY 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Downtown Boys Announce New Album ‘Cost of Living’ Will Be Out August 11; Now Hear Ferocious Lead Track, “A Wall”

National Tour Dates Incl. Pitchfork’s Northside Showcase, Riot Fest, House Of Vans, Made In America Festival.

Downtown Boys use their ferocious energy and powerhouse live shows to unite crowds in the struggle to smash racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. The Providence, RI band have announced their third album, Cost of Living, to be released (Preorder here now) August 11 on Sub Pop. The new album - the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed sophomore album, 2015’s Full Communism - is at once incendiary, cathartic, and fun, melding the band’s revolutionary ideals with boundless energy. Produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, one of indie-rock’s most mythological figures (he also produced Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, and others), Cost of Living shows a sense of maturity without compromising the band’s righteous assault and captivating presence.

“… wild, bilingual, no-filler, can-still-throw-down punk rock.” - NPR

Accompanied by production from Greg Norman and Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, Downtown Boys sound sharper than ever, their urgency tightened into a raging storm. The band understands that for a song to be political, it needs to be more than just than a temporary rebellion: It has to dig into the essence of an identity with relentless honesty.” - Pitchfork, Best New Track

“… Downtown Boys are a beam of radical energy” – Rookie

“ …the politically-minded Rhode Island punk crew Downtown Boys slam bullying hardcore guitars, X-Ray Spex-y horns and radical lyrical fury together into a moshpit utopia.” – Rolling Stone

Cost of Living is Downtown Boys’ first record for storied indie label Sub Pop, and the band is using this new platform as a megaphone for their protest music, amplifying and centering Chicana, queer, and Latino voices in the far-too-whitewashed world of rock. t Lyrically inspired by Assata Shakur’s poem “i believe in living,” album-opener “A Wall” rides the feel-good power that drove so many tunes by The Clash and Wire, calling out the idea that a wall could ever succeed in snuffing the humanity and spirit of those it’s designed to crush. “Promissory Note” is a bold self-introduction to the exclusive clubs that either ignore Downtown Boys’ existence, or worse, feign appreciation: “So what’s the matter, you don’t like what you see? / I can’t believe you’re even talking to me!” Ruiz shouts. “Tonta,” one of the three songs written and sung primarily in Spanish, is an introspective and emotional portrait of anguish which calls to mind the mighty scrum of Huasipungo at an ABC No Rio matinee.

The position of Downtown Boys has been clear since they started storming through basements and DIY spaces with their radically-minded, indefatigable rock music: they are here to topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history. This is how Downtown Boys began, and their resolve has only strengthened as both their sound and audience have grown. Like the socially conscious groups of years past, from Public Enemy to Rage Against the Machine, Downtown Boys harness powerful sloganeering, repetitive grooves, and earworm hooks to create one of the most necessary musical statements of today.



[Photo Credit: Miguel Rosario]

The time is now for you to follow Downtown Boys everywhere over the known internets via Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bandcamp.


Cost of Living

Downtown Boys’ new album, Cost of Living, will be released on CD / LP / CASS / DL, and is available for pre-order here now. LP pre-orders in North America through the Sub Pop Mega Mart and select independent retailers will receive the Loser Edition on marbled gold vinyl while supplies last. Plus, a new T-shirt design will also be available.

Cost of Living :: Tracklist

1. A Wall
2. I’m Enough (I Want More)
3. Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)
4. Promissory Note
5. Because You
6.  Violent Complicity
7. It Can’t Wait
8. Tonta
9. Heroes (Interlude)
10. Lips That Bite
11. Clara Rancia
12. Bulletproof (Outro)

Tour Dates + Ticket Links

6/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Pitchfork Northside Fest Showcase @ St. Vitus
6/16: Ashfield, MA @ The Ashfield Lake House
6/17: Providence, RI @ Aurora
7/12: Brooklyn, NY @ House of Vans
8/19: Omaha, NE @ Maha Festival
9/2 - 9/3: Philadelphia, PA @ Made In America Festival
9/15 - 9/17: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
9/23: Los Angeles, CA @ Summer Happenings at The Broad
10/9: Leffinge, Belgium @ Cafe De Zwerver
10/10: Paris, France @ Le Point Ephemere
10/11: Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
10/12: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
10/13: Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
10/14: Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
10/16: Dublin, Ireland @ The Workman’s Club
10/17: Liverpool, UK @ The Shipping Forecast
10/18: London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park
10/19: Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social Club
10/20: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
10/21: Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival
10/22: Birmingham, UK @ All Years Leaving Festival
10/24: Munster, Germany @ Gleis 22
10/25: Berlin, Germany @ Urban Spree
10/26: Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang




Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, MAY 17, 2017 at 11:45 AM

NOTES FROM SUB POP’S AIRPORT STORE (MAY 2017) 3rd ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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The time has come for us to celebrate another revolution around this flaming coil of molten garbage for our number one favorite corporate sell-out, the Sub Pop Airport Store. This May marks 3 years in Sea-Tac’s heavily populated Central Terminal. Come for the Qdoba, stay for the moderately priced vinyl records (sorry, they’re not calendars).

In simultaneous celebration of our anniversary and this month’s obscure internet holiday, World Goth Day, I’ve created a Special Bonus Zine Page highlighting some of the “Dark Music” of Sub Pop. As a dedicated night shift worker and self-deprecating-20-something-nightcrawler (using this in place of “goth” to avoid hate mail), I’ve forever been a fan of all things Sub Pop. However, I wanted to specifically bring forth some of the label’s dark music of present and past. 

From Sub Pop 100’s track list including Skinny Puppy’s “Church in Hell” and Scratch Acid’s “Greatest Gift” (drummer Rey Washam went on to play with Ministry and Jello Biafra and Al Jourgensen’s Lard) to Birthday Party-influenced bands like The U-Men (infamous for setting the moat surrounding Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater on fire during a concert), there is a clear lineage of darker influences spanning genres from post-punk to industrial and dark wave. There is still a vein of significant contemporaries in bands like Hardly Art’s Grave Babies, Sub Pop alums A Frames, Italian band His Electro Blue Voice, and dark electronic duo Handsome Furs


If you see me at the airport store, please do ask me to discuss your favorite Clock DVA album, please don’t lecture me on the bands I didn’t include in this blog post (I know, I wasn’t born when you saw Nirvana play in your friend’s basement).
 
Also, in lieu of apologizing profusely for not selling bottled water or newspapers, please accept some Top 3 lists from the Airport Staff:

 

Top 3 Albums to Clear Out the Store
1. Earth, Earth 2

2. Eugene Mirman, I’m Sorry You’re Welcome

3. Comets on Fire, Blue Cathedral

 

Top 3 Albums to Lure Hippie Moms from Vashon Island

1. Rose Windows, Rose Windows

2. Jesca Hoop, Memories Are Now

3. Beachwood Sparks (any)

Top 3 Instant Play-n-Sell Albums
1. Chad Vangaalen, Shrink Dust

2. Handsome Furs, Plague Park

3. Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty

 

Top 3 Free Things in the Airport

1. Classic Logo stickers at Sub Pop Records (Central Terminal)

2. Cheese samples at Beecher’s (C Gates)

3. A “massage” from TSA (Security Checkpoint of Your Choice)





Posted by Emily Gorman

NEWS : THU, MAY 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

RIP Chris

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We’re shocked and heartbroken at the news about Chris Cornell. Our thoughts are with his family and the Soundgarden team.


[Photo by Lance Mercer]


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, MAY 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Is Hiring a New Receptionist

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Sub Pop Records is seeking a full-time Receptionist at our world headquarters in Seattle, WA. The candidate must be:

  • able to multi-task
  • able to work as part of a team, sharing common goals
  • self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • detailed and organized
  • in possession of strong communication and writing skills
  • comfortable using MS Office suite and be internet savvy
  • accommodating and outgoing with office visitors

The closing date to apply for this position is Friday, May 26th, 2017.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

The Receptionist at Sub Pop has a variety of responsibilities, including attending to visitors and phone calls. In addition, our receptionist provides information regarding the company to the general public and the people we work with, and serves as a general facilities manager and marketing assistant, whose main focus within marketing is tour promotions.

  • answer telephone; screen and direct calls; take and relay messages
  • provide basic company policies, Sub Pop history, and information to the public
  • keep track of employee schedules and in/out calendars
  • receive and sort mail and deliveries daily
  • oversee general cleanliness and organization of common areas/kitchen/conference room
  • order and maintain stock of office and kitchen supplies
  • oversee office maintenance and act as liaison to building management
  • provide venues and promoters promotional tour supplies for Sub Pop bands
  • update listings for tour merchandise accounting system AtVenu
  • assist Marketing Director in preparing for meetings with artists and their managers; assist with project report distribution as nec.
  • receive, sort, and provide intern applications for employees, specifically the marketing staff
  • manage special projects
  • provide administrative support as needed
  • provide Sub Pop materials as set dressing for television and motion pictures
  • update and maintain front desk operator’s manual\

Please send resume and cover letter to Derek Erdman (dereke@subpop.com).

Resumes accepted through May 26, 2017.


Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : TUE, MAY 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Marika Hackman Shares Provocative New Track “Violet” from ‘I’m Not Your Man’ (out June 2nd)

Watch a live performance of “Violet” direct from Marika’s bedroom, right over here.

Marika Hackman’s “Violet” is a provocative new track from I’m Not Your Man, her forthcoming album, and Sub Pop Debut, preceded last week by her a romantic (and creepy) new video for “My Lover Cindy,” another standout track from I’m Not Your Man. The video was directed by Sam Bailey, and stars Marika as a butler working in the home of a young couple who begin a fencing match. As the match progresses, the masks come off and the sword fighting intensifies and things get…weird. Watch it here and see through thine own eyes.



 
Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Marika Hackman’s previously announced co-headlining tour with The Big Moon begins July 29th in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theatre and ends August 16th in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right.  The Big Moon, will act as her backing band for this trek (and are the studio musicians with whom she recorded I’m Not Your Man).  The 14-city tour will also visit  Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Denver, Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle, and more.  The Big Moon are currently supporting Love in the 4th Dimension, out now on Columbia Records.
 
Jul. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg*
Jul. 31 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club*
Aug. 02 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
Aug. 03 -  Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret*
Aug. 04 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern*
Aug. 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*
Aug. 07 - Denver, CO  -  Lost Lake*
Aug. 09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry*
Aug. 10 - Milwaukee, WI  - Back Room at Collectivo*
Aug. 11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas*
Aug. 13 - Toronto, ON - The Drake*
Aug. 14 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo*
Aug. 15 - Boston, MA -  Great Scott*
Aug. 16 - Brooklyn, NY -  Baby’s All Right*
*w/ The Big Moon




I’m Not Your Man will be released on CD / LP / DL / CS and is now available to preorder (please) in North and South America from Sub Pop. and Marika Hackman’s official website here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on green and orange swirled vinyl with a bonus 7” (while supplies last). There will also be a new t-shirt design available. I’m Not Your Man is also available in rest of the world via from AMF Records.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, MAY 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Watch “My Lover Cindy”, the creeptastically cheeky new video from Marika Hackman

Things aren’t what they seem in Marika Hackman’s romantic and creepy new video for “My Lover Cindy,” one of the standouts from I’m Not Your Man, her forthcoming album (out 6/2).
 
“My Lover Cindy” was directed by Sam Bailey, and stars Marika as a butler working at the home of a young couple who begin a fencing match. Pretty sure you’ll never think of fencing the same way after this…


 
Marika Hackman’s forthcoming co-headlining tour with The Big Moon) begins July 29th in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theatre and ends August 16th in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right.  The Big Moon,will act as her backing band for this trek (and are the studio musicians with whom she recorded I’m Not Your Man).  The 14-city tour will also visit Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Denver, Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle, and more.  The Big Moon are currently supporting Love in the 4th Dimension, out now on Columbia Records.

Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Jul. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg*
Jul. 31 -  Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club*
Aug. 02 -  Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
Aug. 03 -  Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret*
Aug. 04 -  Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern*
Aug. 06 -  Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*
Aug. 07  Denver, CO  -  Lost Lake*
Aug. 09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry*
Aug. 10 -  Milwaukee, WI  - Back Room at 
Collectivo*
Aug. 11 -  Chicago, IL - Schubas*
Aug. 13 -  Toronto, ON - The Drake*
Aug. 14 -  Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo*
Aug. 15 - Boston, MA -  Great Scott*
Aug. 16 -  Brooklyn, NY -  Baby’s All Right*
*w/ The Big Moon
 

Marika Hackman’s I’m Not Your Man includes the highlights “Boyfriend,” [watch here], “My Lover Cindy” [listen here / watch live here], “Violet” and “Cigarette,” and was produced and mixed by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J) at various locales throughout London.




I’m Not Your Man will be released on CD / LP / DL / CS and is now available to preorder in North and South America from Sub Pop and Marika Hackman’s official website over here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on green and orange swirled vinyl with a bonus 7” (while supplies last). There will also be a new t-shirt design available. I’m Not Your Man is also available in rest of the world via from AMF Records.
 
There’s an open-ended 
nature to I’m Not Your Man: the discussions within, conversations on femininity, sex and sexual identity, millennial ennui, the pressures of living in a social media bubble and the perils of being young in a fast-paced industry. Says Marika, “The record’s all about female relationships, romance and breakdowns, but there’s also a dim worldview going on. I’m Not Your Man can either mean, ‘I’m not your man, I’m your woman’, or it can mean, ‘I’m not a part of this…’,” explains Marika.It’s a fiery statement from a songwriter who no longer wants to be shackled to limiting descriptions…To help channel this fervid female energy, Hackman recruited her best mates – London quartet The Big Moon to play as her backing band. They all met at a gig once and an immediate friend crush ensued. “They really captured the soul of what it all meant to me and brought a lot of fun and creativity,” says Hackman. “A lot of messing about and cuddling.” There was no concern that bringing in a much-hyped band to play on a number of tracks would take the shine off her own project. “I just wanna make the right record and if that’s involving people who can fucking smash it then that’s what I’m gonna do. Bands coming together is so important, particularly for women [read more at Sub Pop].”


Posted by Rachel White