News from 7/2019

NEWS : THU, JUL 18, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Listen to King Britt’s Fhloston Paradigm Remix of Low’s “Fly”

On the heels of their critically acclaimed 2018 album, Double Negative, Low have shared a remix of “Fly,” one of the album’s many stand-out tracks, by famed Philadelphia producer/DJ King Britt, who had this to say about their collaboration: 
 
“As a longtime Low fan, a huge amount of respect went into the mix. I loved their new sonic direction, which spoke to my Fhloston Paradigm project. My mix was a response and continuation in a way of a magical space they already created. Mimi Parker’s vocals were some of her best. A true honor.” 
 
You can listen to King Britt’s remix of “Fly” by clicking here


[Photo credit: Paul Husband]

Low Tour Dates + Ticket Links

The band recently played an electrifying set at this year’s Glastonbury Festival in the UK, which was streamed live on BBC Music. Low’s live Glastonbury performance of “Fly” aired on BBC 2 TV and is also now available on the BBC Music Youtube channel here. Next up, Low will perform at this weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL.

Jul. 19 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
Aug. 16 - Duluth, MN - Bayfront Festival Park (Wild Waters Music Fest to Save the Boundary Waters) 
Aug. 24 - Turin, IT - TOday’s Festival
Aug. 27 - Madrid, ES - Veranos de la Villa
Aug. 29 - La Tour de Peilz, CH - Nox Orae Festival
Aug. 31 - Wiltshire, UK - End of the Road Festival
Sep. 10 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center for the Arts
Sep. 11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Sep. 13 - Hudson, NY - Basilica Hudson
Sep. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr
 
What “The People” are saying about Double Negative:
 
“…the most important, devastating album of the year.” [5/5] - The Guardian

“Low have never made a record quite so jarring and jagged, but Double Negative pushes beyond their own catalogue. Low have made what might be their most relevant album, one that holds a mirror up to the world.” [“Album of the Month,” 9/10] - Uncut
 
“…an ambitious, modern wonder of an album, an exploration of the song as an imperfect conduit of feeling..” [Best New Music, 8.7/10] - Pitchfork
 
“With their latest, Double Negative, they’ve gone full-on impressionistic, smearing and distorting sounds to create beautiful songs from distant moments playing on a radio that’s fallen down a wormhole.” - New York Times

“Low are back with a vital-sounding, politically-urgent record that’s perhaps the best of their career.” - The Quietus
 
“It’s an extraordinary and entirely successful reinvention.” - Sunday Times


NEWS : WED, JUL 24, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Watch Calexico and Iron & Wine Perform Songs From ‘Years to Burn’ On CBS This Morning Saturday

This past Saturday, Calexico and Iron & Wine’s incredible performance of “Father Mountain” and “Midnight Sun” from their recently released and critically acclaimed album Years to Burn aired on CBS This Morning Saturday. You can watch them perform both songs as well as a performance of “He Lays in the Reins” from their 2005 EP online starting right here and also HERE.

Calexico and Iron & Wine recently released Years to Burn via City Slang in the UK/Europe and Sub Pop in the rest of the world. The work of Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino and Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, the album is their first full length release and follows the critically acclaimed 2005 In the Reins EP. 

Calexico and Iron & Wine will soon embark on an extensive North American, European, and UK tour. Their recent stops included a June 21st performance at ​the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival at Prospect Park. Watch them perform “Father Mountain” at Celebrate Brooklyn! HERE. Full list of tour dates below.

In addition, the collective recently released Years to Burn Behind the Scenes featuring exclusive interviews with the band and their long friendship and spirit of collaboration.  Watch the short vignette HERE.


[Photo credit: Piper Ferguson]

Calexico and Iron & Wine Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Jul. 19  - Lisbon, PT - Super Bock Super Rock #

Jul. 20 - Arlesheim, CH - Stimmen Festival

Jul. 22 - Milan, IT - La Triennale di Milano

Jul. 23 - Gardone Riviera, IT - Anfiteatro del Vittoriale

Jul. 24 -  Rome, IT - Villa Ada

Jul. 25 - Florence, IT - Cavea del Nuovo Teatro dell’opera

Jul. 26 -  Monforte D’ Alba, IT - Auditorium Horszowski

Jul. 28 - Vienna, AT - Konzerthaus

Jul. 29 - Palma, ES - Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca

Jul. 31 - Hamburg, DE - Stadtpark

Aug. 02 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Folk Festival

Aug. 03 - Leuven, BE - M-idzommer Festival

Aug. 04 - Crozon, FR - Festival Du Bout Du Monde

Aug. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre ~

Aug. 17 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre ~

Aug. 19 - Denver, CO - Denver Botanic Gardens ~ [SOLD OUT]

Aug. 21 - Ogden, UT - Twilight Series at Ogden Amphitheater ^

Aug. 22 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House ^

Aug. 23 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium ^

Aug. 24 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre

Aug. 25 - Port Townsend, WA - The Thing

Sep. 18 - Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park “Meijer Gardens” \

Sep. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre \

Sep. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer \

Sep. 21 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavillion +

Sep. 22 - North Adams, MA - FreshGrass Festival

Sep. 24 - Richmond, VA - The National \

Sep. 26 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City \

Sep. 27 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues \

Sep. 28 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek \

Sep. 29 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater \

Sep. 30 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theatre \

Oct. 02 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues \

Oct. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre \

Oct. 04 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s Concerts by The Bay\

Oct. 06 - Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery \

Nov. 05 - Utrecht, NL - TrivoliVrendenburg - Ronda #

Nov. 06 -Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier #

Nov. 07 - Antwerp, BE - De Roma #

Nov. 09 - Berlin, DE - Tempodrom #

Nov. 10 - Linz, AT - Posthof #

Nov. 11 - Munich, DE - Muffathalle #

Nov. 12 -  Budapest, HU - Müpa

Nov. 14 - Mannheim, DE - Musensaal Rosengarten #

Nov. 15 -  Cologne, DE - Palladium #

Nov. 16 - Paris, FR - La Cigale #

Nov. 18 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall *

Nov. 19 - Liverpool, UK - Philharmonic Hall *

Nov. 20 - Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall *

Nov. 21 - Conventry, UK - Warwick Arts Centre *

Nov. 23 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall *

Nov. 24 - Bexhill-On-Sea, UK – De La Warr Pavillion *

 

% with special guest Daughter of Swords

~ with special guest Madison Cunningham

^ with special guest Orville Peck

\ with special guest Natalie Prass

+ with Andrew Bird

# with special guest Adia Victoria

* with special guest Lisa O’Neill


Years to Burn is available now via City Slang in the UK/Europe and from Sub Pop in the rest of the world.

NEWS : THU, JUL 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Hear Marika Hackman’s “all night,” An Alluring New Standout From ‘Any Human Friend’ (out August 9th)

Today, Marika Hackman releases the grunge laced, x-rated track “all night” ahead of the release of her new album Any Human Friend, out August 9th via Sub Pop in North and South America and AMF Records for the rest of the world.
 
“all night” leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination, a song with a laid back groove that belies the up-front, no holds barred lyricism on show. 
 
Marika on the single: “I thought it would be exciting to write a really overtly sexual song about a woman from the perspective of a woman. You don’t hear much about sex between women in music, or if you do its usually from a fetishised male perspective, I thought I’d reclaim a bit of that power”.

 
Marika is a ‘Rid of Me’-era PJ Harvey for the inclusive generation: unbounded by musical genre, a preternatural lyricist and tunesmith who isn’t afraid to go there. Hackman’s 2015 debut, We Slept at Last, was heralded for being nuanced and atmospheric. She really found her footing with her last release, I’m Not Your Man, and its exceptional, swaggering international hit “Boyfriend,” which boasts of seducing away a straight guy’s girlfriend. Any Human Friend is a step-up again for Marika. There’s a sense of liberation, a sense of sexual freedom, and being a solo entity again - and working out what that means.


[Photo Credit: Joost Vendebrug]

Marika Hackman Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Having recently teased new music at the BBC 6 Music Festival, The Great Escape, All Points East, and Field Day, Marika is gearing up for a headlining North American tour this October and November with Hardly Art’s Girl Friday, who are also acting as her backing band for these dates.
 
Aug.15 - Beacon Breacons, UK - Green Man Festival
Sep. 21 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Sep. 23 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
Sep. 24 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Sep. 25 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall
Sep. 26 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Oct. 11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
Oct. 12 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook*
Oct. 13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall*
Oct. 14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle*
Oct. 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere*
Oct. 18 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*
Oct. 19 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall*
Oct. 20 - Montréal, QC - Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B.*
Oct. 21 - Toronto, ON- The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern*
Oct. 23 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
Oct. 24 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig*
Oct. 25 - Chicago, IL- Sleeping Village*
Oct. 26 - Milwaukee, WI - Back Room at Colectivo Coffee*
Oct. 28 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry*
Nov. 01 - Seattle, WA - Neumos*
Nov. 04 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club*
Nov. 06 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre*
*w/ Girl Friday


NEWS : MON, JUL 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Watch Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Official Video For “Keep Your Head Up” From ‘A Tuba to Cuba’ Featuring Cuban singer Eme Alfonso

Preservation Hall Jazz Band has released the video for their song “Keep Your Head Up” today, premiered via Billboard. The track, which features Cuban singer Eme Alfonso, appears on their new album A Tuba To Cuba, the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed documentary directed by T.G. Herrington and Danny Clinch, out now via Sub Pop. Watch and share “Keep Your Head Up” here. Stream and order A Tuba to Cuba here

“Keep Your Head Up” is simple message with a big meaning,” says Ben Jaffe.  “Walk with your head high, walk with pride, and live your life with grace and honor and an appreciation for all humanity.  Don’t let things break you down and don’t allow anyone or anything to diminish your spirit.”





“We met the wonderful Eme Alfonso at a performance at an amazing old factory that’s been converted into a multi-disciplinary art space called Fabrica Del Arte.  That same evening we met she came up and improvised lyrics in Spanish on the spot. Eme later told me the words she sang have a deep meaning in Cuba,  the translation is something like “walk with your head out front, don’t be so down, walk with joy.”

To say Preservation Hall Jazz Band is to refer to the purest essence of our traditions and to discover NOLA, through the band and Ben its director, was for me one of the most beautiful experiences of my life,” says singer Eme Alfonso. “Because in New Orleans… Jazz and art flow from the streets of this city and it’s clear that it has a direct connection to Cuba, Havana, and all of those who came before us. Our grandparents are connected through these rhythms, dances, melodies, and customs and this shared history of our ancestors unites us all. 

“New Orleans and Cuba are deeply connected,” Alfonso continues. “This collaboration is a conduit, a lesson to show our people, and others in the world that we are all family and that art and music has the power to unites us.”

“We went to Cuba in prayer position,” says Preservation Hall band leader and bass player Ben Jaffe when he speaks of the pilgrimage he and the group took to Cuba in December 2015. “We went to receive and offer at the same time. We had never experienced a moment like this, it felt as though all roads were intersecting at once.” The critically acclaimed 2019 documentary A Tuba to Cuba documented the band’s journey as they explored the links that connect New Orleans and Cuba so indelibly – their shared, tragic history as destinations where enslaved Africans struggled to simply survive, and their current status as places where the cultural inheritance from those ancestors is kept alive in both song and deed – but that was only half the story. This collection of songs, a musical account of a generations-in-the-making reunion of musical families separated by time, politics, and distance, tells the other half.

When asked to describe the collection of songs assembled on Tuba to Cuba, Jaffe sums it up by saying, “It’s like listening to the radio.”  And yes, A Tuba to Cuba actually feels less like an ordinary soundtrack and more like a living document, a recording of a broadcast that’s been waiting to exist, a modern version of the static-y radio signals that were broadcast between America to the Caribbean in the early and mid-20th century, sending the sounds of jazz and mambo and R&B and more back and forth across the vast divides of water and culture and politics. It’s a story, this album, and the tale being told mirrors the band’s experience.


The resulting collection of songs is what Jaffe describes as “a beautiful conversation.” The music of A Tuba to Cuba is an ecstatic expression of that ongoing conversation, a restless and lush trip up and down strange FM wavelengths bridging thousands of miles and hundreds of years, where all involved are talking with each other and over each other in excitement, charged with the thrill of recognition of the evidence of their shared familial roots, an undeniable kinship rooted in bloodlines, rhythm, and melody.


[Photo credit: Josh Goleman]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Tour Dates + Ticket Links:

Jul. 28 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
Aug. 02 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
Aug. 03 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon 
Aug. 05 - Folsom, CA - Harris Center For The Arts
Aug. 06 - Folsom, CA - Harris Center For The Arts
Aug. 08 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ
Aug. 09  - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ 
Aug. 10 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ (7:00PM)
Aug. 10 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ (9:30PM)
Aug. 11 - San Francisco, CA - SF Jazz Center - Miner Auditorium
Aug. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Old Pool Farm
Aug. 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Old Pool Farm
Aug. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Old Pool Farm
Aug. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Old Pool Farm
Aug. 24 - Arrington, VA - Lockn’ Music Festival 
Sep. 20 - Louisville, KY - Bourbon & Beyond Festival
Sep. 21 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival
Sep. 22 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival
Oct 22 - Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Playhouse
Oct 23 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
Oct 24 - New York, NY - Town Hall Theatre
Oct 25 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
Oct 26 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
Oct 28 - Montreal, QC - Place des Arts - Theatre
Oct 29 - Toronto, ON - Roy Thomson Hall  
Oct 30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Byham Theatre
Nov 01 - Kent, OH - The Kent Stage
Nov 02 - Goshen, IN - Goshen College Music Center
Nov 04 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Nov 05 - Saint Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theatre
Nov 07 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
Nov 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Music Theater at the Musical Instrument Museum
Nov 11 - Livermore, CA - Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Nov 13 - Chico, CA - California State University Chico - Laxson Auditorium
Nov 15 - Santa Rosa, CA - Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Nov 16 - Arcata, CA - John Van Duzer Theatre  
Nov 17 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
Nov 18 - Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall – Taper Auditorium
Nov 20 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
Nov 21 - Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB Campbell Hall
Nov 22 - San Diego, CA - Wonderfront Music Festival
Nov 23 - Cerritos, CA - Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 29 - Baltimore, MD - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Nov. 30 - Baltimore, MD - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Dec. 01 - Baltimore, MD - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall



NEWS : TUE, JUL 16, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Listen To Frankie Cosmos’ “Rings (On A Tree)” The New Single From ‘Close it Quietly’ (out September 6th)

World tour dates announced for September, October, and November.

On September 6th, Sub Pop will release Frankie Cosmos’ fourth studio album, Close It Quietly. This album is a manifestation of the band’s collaborative spirit: Greta Kline and longtime bandmates Lauren Martin (synth), Luke Pyenson (drums), and Alex Bailey (bass) luxuriated in studio time with Gabe Wax, who engineered and co-produced the record with the band at Brooklyn’s Figure 8 Studios.

Early this year, Frankie Cosmos released Haunted Items, a digital-only collection of new stripped-down songs for the piano which the band’s latest single, “Rings (On A Tree)”, first appeared. As the band’s frontwoman Greta Kline describes, it’s “a fictional tale of a breakup from the point of view of a mistress. After I wrote it I realized what it meant to me– even though I’ve never been a mistress, I related to the character from being in a relationship where my feelings weren’t prioritized. I originally wrote it just on piano and released the solo version that way. The band version really takes it somewhere else and felt very collaborative. I love everyone’s parts. Alex wrote the funky guitar part I play in the middle section, based on an idea Luke and Lauren verbalized.” You can listen to the band version of “Rings (On A Tree) above, and also by clicking here. 


[Photo credit: Jackie Lee Young]

Frankie Cosmos Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Frankie Cosmos has announced a World Tour, splitting these shows into three legs. The first leg of dates will begin on September 18 in Boston, MA, and end on Sep. 29 in their hometown of New York City. They will then head overseas beginning on Oct. 8th in Munich, Germany with shows in Prague, Amsterdam, and Paris, ending on Oct. 22nd in London. The final leg of dates will run from Oct 31st - Nov 16th with shows in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Berkeley.

Sep. 18 - Boston, MA - Royale
Sep. 19 - Burlington, VT - Arts Riot
Sep. 20 - Montreal, QC - L’Astral
Sep. 21 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
Sep. 22 - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx
Sep. 23 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Sep. 25 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
Sep. 26 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit Hall
Sep. 27 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Sep. 28 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
Sep. 29 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Oct. 08 - Munich, DE - Heppel & Ettlich    
Oct. 09 - Vienna, AT - Chelsea 
Oct. 10 - Prague, CZ - Underdogs’
Oct. 11 - Cologne, DE -  MTC
Oct. 12 - Luxembourg, LU - Rotondes 
Oct. 13 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet 
Oct. 14 - Paris, FR - Badaboum 
Oct. 15 - Reims, FR - La Cartonnerie
Oct. 16 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt  
Oct. 17 - Bristol, UK - Exchange 
Oct. 19 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall 
Oct. 20 - Sheffield, UK - Delicious Clam (Sold Out)
Oct. 21 - Manchester,  UK - Night & Day
Oct. 22 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Oct. 31 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Nov. 01 - Tacoma, WA - Alma Mater
Nov. 02 - Vancouver, BC - Hollywood Theatre
Nov. 03 - Seattle, WA - Laser Dome @ Pacific Science Center
Nov. 07 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Nov. 08 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Nov. 10 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
Nov. 12 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
Nov. 13 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe
Nov. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - 1720
Nov. 16 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theatre


Close It Quietly is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders of the album through the megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America, UK, and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on blue pearlescent (North America) and opaque yellow (UK/EU) while supplies last.


NEWS : WED, JUL 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Shannon Lay shares new video for “Death Up Close” off her Sub Pop debut August available worldwide on August 23rd

Transcendent folk-pop artist Shannon Lay will release August, her Sub Pop debut, on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide on August 23rd. You can now watch to her latest offering “Death Up Close” which serves as the album’s centerpiece. “With that song, I wanted to recognize that everyone else is going through something and reflect on that. Don’t be so close-minded to think you’re the only one who’s got issues, in fact, find comfort in the thought that everyone is on their own journey” Lay explains. What starts as an Eastern-influenced song morphs into an avant-garde sound bath. “I had this idea of the violin ascending. Then Mikal Cronin came in with the saxophone and just blew me away.  I love the idea of building a song like that, take people by surprise.” 

August is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders of the album through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America, UK, and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on orange vinyl (North America) and Sun Yellow vinyl (UK/EU) while supplies last. 

As previously reported, Shannon Lay will be a member of Ty Segall’s Freedom Band for his upcoming full album residencies in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Berlin, and Haarlem. Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.