News from 2/2019

NEWS : MON, FEB 4, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Sub Pop Will Reissue Luluc’s debut album ‘Dear Hamlyn’ on Vinyl and Digital (out Friday, March 8th)

It’s the first time Dear Hamlyn will be available outside of Australasia. The band’s UK, European, and Ireland tour dates for 2019 begin tomorrow in London.

On March 8th, Luluc’s Dear Hamlyn, the duo’s debut album, will be available for the first time worldwide (outside of Australasia) on vinyl and through all DSPs from Sub Pop. This gives fans the first opportunity to discover the minimalist folk sound from which the band grew. A long player in the tradition of Nick Drake, you can see (above) the Lucy Dyson animated video for “The Wealthiest Queen”.

Luluc released Dear Hamlyn in Australia in 2008. After her father passed away, Zoe Randell reevaluated her life and came to the conclusion that it was time to focus her energy on music. What resulted was a starkly simple yet dramatically moving work which slowly but surely began to make waves in Australia and beyond. Early advocates and tours with artists like Lucinda Williams, Fleet Foxes, and José Gonzàlez got the band on their way to cult acclaim.
 
Dear Hamlyn, over the following years, became cherished by fans who had discovered it upon independent release, some of whom were more marquee names in music: like The National and Aaron Dessner (who would go on to produce Passerby and appear on Sculptor, the bands subsequent albums), Nick Drake producer Joe Boyd and No Depression co-founder Peter Blackstock. “The most beautiful record I have heard in 10 years,” wrote Blackstock, who then put the band in contact with Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman. Poneman was immediately won over. He arranged a meeting, and signed Luluc.

 

Dear Hamlyn is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on pearlescent vinyl (while supplies last).

Dear Hamlyn
Tracklisting

1. I Found You
2. Little Suitcase
3. The Wealthiest Queen
4. Black Umbrella
5. Body on the Water
6. Warm One
7. Gillian
8. One Day Soon
9. Abigail & the Whale (The
Blue Queen of the Deep)
10. A Whisper
11. My Midnight Special


Luluc Tour Dates

Luluc has scheduled a series of UK, European, and Ireland shows in support of Dear Hamlyn and Sculptor that begin tomorrow, February 5th in London at the Lexington and end February 14th in Dublin at Grand Social. 
 
Feb. 05  - London, UK - Lexington
Feb. 06 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Feb. 08 Leffinge, BE - Cafe De Zwerver
Feb. 09 - Köln, DE - Die Wohngemeinschaft
Feb. 10 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub
Feb. 12 - Manchester, UK -Gullivers
Feb. 13 - Glasgow, UK - The Hug & Pint
Feb. 14 - Dublin, IE - Grand Social


[Photo Credit: C
harlotte Demezamat]

Luluc recently shared a new video for “Sculptor,” the title track from their latest album. Directed by Emmy Award winner Katie Mitchell using archival footage, some of which was sourced from NASA. “The clip touches on themes of mortality, memory and our place in the universe”, says Mitchell. And Randell offers this on the collaboration, “We’re in awe of Katie Mitchell as a director and artist. The video she has made for the song “Sculptor” is deep and stunning. As a writer, there is no greater thrill than someone understanding and articulating your work visually like you are of one mind.”

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, FEB 20, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Hear Orville Peck’s “Turn to Hate,” a melancholic country rocker from Pony, his forthcoming Sub Pop debut

Orville Peck has shared “Turn to Hate,” a new offering from Pony, his forthcoming debut. The melancholic country rocker finds our masked singer struggling to keep his resentment from building into hatred. A continuous battle between embracing the strength and freedom of being an outsider, and the inevitable struggle of wanting normalcy and familiarity. It encapsulates Orville’s dilemma as a cowboy. He sings about having to constantly repair situations in his wake, and fighting with himself over his decision making. To stay or go; to cry or not; whether to leave without saying goodbye in order to soften the blow; All the while wishing someone would tell him that they “can’t stay,” and to make the decision for him.  
 
Orville Peck will release Pony on CD/LP/DL March 22nd worldwide through Sub Pop, with the exception of Canada where the album will be released by Royal Mountain Records.  
 
Pony, which features the lead single and official video for “Dead of Night,” along with the aforementioned “Turn to Hate,” “Buffalo Run,” and the previously released “Big Sky,” was produced by Orville Peck, recorded and mixed by Jordan Koop at The Noise Floor on Gabriola Island, British Columbia and mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, Quebec. 
 
Orville Peck’s UK residency and European tour in support of Pony begins on February 28th and ends March 6th in Berlin at the Auster Club. He’ll resume North American touring with a series of headlining shows and a direct support slot with Lord Huron (select dates) beginning April 11th in Ottawa at The Dominion Tavern and ending May 19th in Vancouver at The Wise Hall. Please find a current list of dates below.
 
Feb. 28 - London, UK - Islington
Mar. 01 - London, UK - Servant Jazz Quarters
Mar. 02 - London, UK - The Shacklewell Arms
Mar. 04 - Paris, FR - Supersonic (Free Show)
Mar. 05 - Haldern, DE - Pop Bar
Mar. 06 - Berlin, DE - Auster-Club
Apr. 11 - Ottawa, ON - The Dominion Tavern
Apr. 12 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
Apr. 13 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
Apr. 14 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
Apr. 23 - Cambridge, MA - Great Scott 
Apr. 25 - Philadelphia, PA - The Boot & Saddle
Apr. 26 - Brooklyn, NY - Zone One @ Elsewhere
Apr. 27 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Apr. 28 - Richmond, VA - The Camel
Apr. 30 - Pittsburg, PA - Andy Warhol Museum
May 01 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall’s
May 02 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
May 03 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
May 04 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt
May 06 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note*
May 07 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion*
May 08 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
May 09 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace*
May 10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre*
May 11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre*
May 12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren*
May 13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Moroccan Lounge
May 17 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
May 18 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
May 19 - Vancouver, BC - The Wise Hall
* w/ Lord Huron
 
Pony is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart and Royal Mountain Records. US preorders of the LP through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on yellow with orange swirl vinyl (while supplies last). A new t-shirt design will also be available. Additionally, European and UK LP preorders of Pony through select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on Gold vinyl (while supplies last).


Posted by Jason Baxter

NEWS : THU, FEB 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Minor Poet to Release ‘The Good News’ Worldwide on May 17th Through Sub Pop

Sub Pop welcomes Richmond, VA’s Minor Poet who will release The Good News, his label debut on LP/DL on May 17th, 2019. The six-song collection, which features the ebullient lead single “Tropic of Cancer,” was produced by Andrew Carter and Adrian Olsen (Natalie Prass, Foxygen) at Montrose Recording in Richmond.

The Good News is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart. Preorders of the LP through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on clear with red and blue swirl vinyl (while supplies last).   


About Minor Poet’s The Good News:

After spending years writing and recording music by himself in various bedrooms and basements, Andrew Carter hit his stride with the debut Minor Poet album, And How!. Made on a creative whim with no outside expectations, the eleven-song collection combined Carter’s love of carefully-crafted pop with a loose, fun, off-the-cuff recording aesthetic. The album was released in 2017 and developed a small but loving fan base, and Minor Poet has grown from a passion project into a cross-country touring band with write-ups in publications such as American Songwriter, Magnet, The Wild Honey Pie, Impose, and more.

Minor Poet’s second album, The Good News, is a six-song collection that expands the boundaries of what constitutes the band’s sound. In just twenty-two minutes, the songs take apart the standard formulas of guitar-based rock and infuse them with vibrance and energy. On opener “Tabula Rasa,” interlocking guitars and a Farfisa organ carry the song through until everything drops suddenly into a doo-wop section that wouldn’t be out of place on a 1950’s greatest hits compilation. Warped noise envelops a tropicalia-flavored Casio beat in “Tropic of Cancer” before a slick groove and sliding bass line lead into the chorus’ pure pop bliss of horns and vocal harmonies. “Museum District” begins with a drum intro reminiscent of an off-kilter “Be My Baby,” and “Bit Your Tongue/All Alone Now” features a midsection with a glam-rock guitar solo amidst trumpet fanfare. These are just a few of the infectious moments on an EP filled with many more.

The Good News was made over four days at Montrose Recording, in Minor Poet’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia. In the past, Carter played all the instruments and handled all the production, but he knew that he had to reach outside himself to do justice to these songs. “I couldn’t capture the sounds I heard in my head,” Carter explains. “I wanted something that was vast and expansive but that at the same time could hit you immediately in the gut.” Paying homage to the “wall of sound” techniques made famous by Brian Wilson and Phil Spector, Carter and co-producer Adrian Olsen (Natalie Prass, Foxygen) overdubbed layer after layer of Carter playing an array of guitars, pianos, organs, synths, and percussion, as well as singing all the harmonies. The members of Minor Poet’s touring band were brought in to perform the core rhythm section, and local musicians stopped by to add crucial flourishes, such as the harmonizing guitar riffs in “Reverse Medusa” and the saxophone solo that closes out “Nude Descending Staircase.”

At the center of everything is Carter’s voice, singing lyrics that seamlessly mix allusions to religion, mythology, art, and philosophy as he questions himself, his place in the world around him, what he owes to his relationships, and, in turn, what he needs to ask of others in order to stay healthy. “Tabula Rasa” is a concept that argues that humans are born blank slates, shaped through experience and environment. The last two years couldn’t have felt more applicable for Carter, who started out as a fresh face with little-to-no experience in the music industry and slowly grew into himself as a stage performer and bandleader through both good and bad times. During this period he began to come to terms with lifelong struggles, such as the depression that permeates “Tropic of Cancer” and the social anxiety that runs through “Museum District.” Rather than be one-dimensional, however, Carter dives deeper into himself and his motivations, such as in “Reverse Medusa” when he sings, “Hide my love in poetic half-truths/never was one to dwell on my issues.” Carter’s ability to balance emotional honesty with a tongue-in-cheek self-awareness adds to the richness and originality of the music. Short but memorable, catchy yet meaningful, The Good News is another promising step forward for Minor Poet.


The Good News
Tracklisting

1. Tabula Rasa
2. Tropic of Cancer
3. Museum District
4. Reverse Medusa
5. Bit Your Tongue / All Alone Now
6. Nude Descending Staircase


Posted by Jason Baxter

NEWS : TUE, FEB 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Trupa Trupa signs to Sub Pop to release new music in 2019, shares official video for “Dream About”

Sub Pop has signed Trupa Trupa from Gdańsk, Poland for a worldwide deal, and will release new music from the group in 2019. While we await details of that release, the band have delivered an official video for “Dream About”  a new song that features a honeyed falsetto that totters over a menacing bassline, and the frisson between them so hypnotic it renders the title phrase as an existential mantra, a lifeline.

Director Benjamin Finger had this to say of the “Dream About” visual: “The video was shot on Super 8, a format I am strongly connected to, and I think it fits the music of Trupa Trupa. There is something poetic about the music, and I think it matches the images in a good way. The “Dream About” video is also about seeing the world through the eyes of the child. The video features footage shot on location in Vancouver, Paris and Buenos Aires.”

Trupa Trupa will tour the world in 2019, beginning with appearances at SXSW in Austin, Texas (March 14th-16th), and Slovakia and Poland (April 25th-27th). Additional shows will be announced soon.

Mar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSW / Hotel Vegas / LEVITATION SXSW presented by CREEM Magazine (12:20 am)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW / Austin Convention Center / Flatstock Stage (3:30 pm)
Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW / Venue TBC
Apr. 25 -  Gdańsk, PL - Ziemia
Apr. 26 - Poznań, PL - Spring Break Festival
Apr. 27 - Bratislava, SK - Sharpe Festival


MICHAL SZLAGA

About Trupa Trupa:

The music that Polish quartet Trupa Trupa creates lands like anthems, with barbed hooks driven deep by an italicized rhythm section or turned into a fantasy by crisscrossing harmonies. During “Dream About,” honeyed falsetto totters over a menacing bassline, the frisson between them so hypnotic it renders the title phrase as an existential mantra, a lifeline. Their music is an embarrassment of riches, a string of hits in Trupa Trupa’s idiosyncratic, self-made universe.

But just beneath the surface of Trupa Trupa’s bright and indelible songs, there is a world teeming with nihilistic considerations, slyly dark humor, and survivalist self-assurances, all subtly nestled into these refrains and reflected back by secretly complex textures.

The setting of Gdańsk is a crucial philosophical and aesthetic touchstone for Trupa Trupa. A city with a convoluted history of German and Polish rule and self-sovereignty, it is itself a living testament to the turnover of human toil. It’s also the homeland of Arthur Schopenhauer, a philosopher whose system of metaphysical will inspired Nietzsche and, in turn, Trupa Trupa. Klaus Kinski was born nearby, too; Kwiatkowski considers his Werner Herzog-directed film, Fitzcarraldo, one of the best movies ever made. Kinski tries in vain to amass a fortune by piloting a steamship over a mountain into the rubber bonanza of the Amazon. It is a portrait of great effort and pathetic failure, of strain sublimating into nothing. Along with the notions of Beckett, hints of the Beatles, and the knotty complications of Radiohead, these emotions ripple through Trupa Trupa’s music.  

Trupa Trupa is the second Polish band to sign to Sub Pop this year, following the February release of Perfect Son’s debut, Cast. As with Perfect Son, Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman, who has long taken a personal interest in the culture and history of Poland, has been following Trupa Trupa for years. In a 2013 interview with Pitchfork, he even mistook their second album, ++, for a set of demos when explaining that he was trying to decide whether or not he liked it. Apparently, he did.

But Trupa Trupa has grown inordinately in both confidence and execution during the last half-decade. Spurred on by a democratic process, where no one is the real leader and all ideas and influences are funneled into the same rich sound, Trupa Trupa channel a multiverse of feelings into its captivating music. They stare into the dark and summon a light of their own, making all our tedium and toil feel not just tolerable but deceptively triumphant.


Posted by Jason Baxter

NEWS : WED, FEB 27, 2019 at 7:57 AM

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever to Release “In the Capital” b/w “Read My Mind” on Friday, April 26th

2019 International tour schedule includes North American headlining shows and appearances at Boston Calling, Governors Ball, and Bonnaroo (May 24th-June 13th)

After a landmark 12 months for Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who released their debut album Hope Downs to worldwide critical acclaim in June 2018 – Sub Pop is excited to reveal new music from the Melbourne band in the form of single, “In the Capital.” The track (which is now live on all digital platforms) will also feature on a limited edition 7-inch alongside a B-side titled “Read My Mind.” The vinyl will be released on Friday, April 26th and is available to pre-order here from Sub Pop
 
Rolling Blackouts C.F.’s Fran Keaney describes how “In the Capital” came together: “I first had the idea for the melody and some of the lyrics when I was swimming. It’s taken a while to finish the song, to make it feel like the initial feeling. I can’t neatly describe it, but something like connection despite distance. I was thinking about transience and water and death and big cities and fishing towns and moon river.”


In the Capital / Read My Mind
Tracklisting:

A. In The Capital
B. Read My Mind

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Tour Dates + Ticket Links

To celebrate the arrival of new music, Rolling Blackouts C.F. has extended their 2019 international tour schedule with newly added North American, UK, and European headlining shows and festival appearances.

Rolling Blackouts C.F’s North American shows begin May 24th in Boston for Boston Calling and end June 13th in Manchester, TN at Bonnaroo. The group’s European and the UK run begins July 3rd at in Roskilde, DK’s Roskilde Festival and ends July 27th in Thirsk, UK at the Deer Shed Festival. Additional international festival highlights for the May-July timeframe include Governors Ball (May 31st), Lattitude Festival (May 31st), Down the Rabbit Hole (July 5th), and Mad Cool Festival (July 12th). 
 
Mar. 10 - Tasmania, AU - Panama Fest
Mar. 16 - Adelaide, AU - Adelaide Fest
Apr. 24 - Brisbane, AU - Triffid
May 03 - Castlemaine, AU - Theatre Royal
May 04 - Melbourne, AU - Croxton
May 10 - Sydney, AU - Manning Bar
May 24 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
May 25 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
May 26 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
May 28 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
May 29 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
May 31 - New York, NY - Governors Ball 
Jun. 02 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
Jun. 04 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Jun. 06 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile 
Jun. 07 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Jun. 08 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Jun. 10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Jun. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Lodge Room
Jun. 13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo 
Jul. 03 - Roskilde, DK - Roskilde Festival
Jul. 05 - Ewijk, NL - Down the Rabbit Hole Festival
Jul. 07 - Paris, FR - Le Point Ephémère
Jul. 09 - Liverpool, UK - Invisible Wind Factory
Jul. 11 - Dublin, IE - The Iveagh Gardens
Jul. 12 - Madrid, ES - Mad Cool Festival
Jul. 13 - Lisbon, PT - NOS Alive
Jul. 15 - Glasgow, UK - St. Luke’s
Jul. 16 - Sheffield, UK - The Leadmill
Jul. 18 - Cardiff, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach
Jul. 19 - Bedford, UK - Esquires
Jul. 21 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
Jul. 22 - Birmingham, UK - Mama Roux’s
Jul. 23 - Reading, UK - Sub89
Jul. 27 - Thirsk, UK - Deer Shed Festival

[Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana]

To say 2018 was a big year for Rolling Blackouts C.F. is an understatement. The release of the band’s lauded debut album Hope Downs– which featured singles “Mainland,” “Talking Straight,”  “An Air Conditioned Man,” “Time In Common,” and “Sister’s Jeans” – was embraced by lovers of their early EPs, Talk Tight and The French Press, and new fans alike. The record quickly became one of the most internationally acclaimed Australian albums of the year, appearing in many sought after Best of 2018 lists, coming in at #5 on Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year list, #3 on MOJO’s Album of the Year List (+ was named MOJO’s “Debut Album of the Year”), #2 on UNCUT’s Albums of the Year & many more. The band kicked off 2019 by being shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize Award. 
 
Rolling Blackouts C.F. also enjoyed tremendous support from the likes of KCRW, KCSN, KEXP, WXPNSirius XMU, The Current, WFPK, WNRN, KJAC, OpenAirtriple jDouble JFBi RadioPBSTriple R,PitchforkThe GuardianPASTE,NMERolling Stone,BBC 6 MusicStereogumDIY, and countless others. 

Meanwhile, the band’s renowned live show led to selling-out their mammoth Hope Downs Australian tour, as well as sold-out performances in London, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York City and more.  The huge touring schedule also included shows at the world’s biggest music festivals, from Coachella, The Great Escape, Primavera, and Shaky Knees to Lowlands, Pukklepop, Green Man and Splendour in the Grass.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, FEB 13, 2019 at 8:57 AM

Listen to Flight of the Conchords Fan Favorite “Carol Brown” from ‘Live in London’

Live in London was taped before a live audience at the Eventim Apollo. The album features the Conchords performing new songs from the sold-out UK and Ireland edition of “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.”

You can now hear Flight of the Conchords’ live version of fan favorite “Carol Brown” from Live in London, their forthcoming album. The song first appeared in the “Unnatural Love” episode of their hit HBO series and is also available in its original form on I Told You I Was Freaky, the duo’s second studio album on Sub Pop. 


[Album Art Photo credit: Colin Hutton/HBO]

Live in London will be available on 2xCD/3xLP/DL/CS worldwide via Sub Pop on March 8th, 2019. This past October and ten years after the launch of their hit HBO series, musical comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement returned to the network for an all-new comedy special.

Live in London is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders in North America through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on clear w/blue and yellow high melt vinyl (while supplies last). 

This Loser right here:


Additionally, LP preorders of Live in London in Europe and the UK from select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl (while supplies last).
 
The Live in London album features 7 new songs including the “Iain and Deanna,”“Father and Son,”“Summer of 1353,” “Stana,” “Seagull,” “Back on the Road,” and “Bus Driver.” The album also features performances of fan favorites “Inner City Pressure,” “Bowie,” “Foux du Fafa,” “Mutha’uckas - Hurt Feelings,” “Robots,” and “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)’ (the latter two bonus tracks edited out of the broadcast due to time constraints).


Posted by Rachel White