News from 2020

NEWS : TUE, AUG 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Watch Washed Out’s Sensual NSFW Video For “Paralyzed” + ‘Purple Noon Nights’ Events Announced. New Album ‘Purple Noon’ Out This Friday, August 7th

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Washed Out’s “Paralyzed” is the third new single from his upcoming Mediterranean love letter Purple Noon, and arrives with a tastefully explicit music video from acclaimed fashion film director Caroline Koning. Shot in her native Holland, the clip shows real-life couple Shay and Dorien in an unguarded, intimate moment, set to a classically Washed Out ethereal pop track about the power of longing and lust.

Director Caroline Koning offered this on the video,“Human contact, and something as simple as a touch, has new meaning in the context of today. These special times make the viewing experience of physical togetherness a different one, and I wanted to tap into that sentiment in a pure way. The couple we follow in the film capture this simplicity beautifully, and what we see on screen all happened very organically. Encapsulating a perhaps general longing for closeness through a very unpretentious narrative gives this spot a natural honesty that I think visualizes the track in a strong manner.”

Washed Out has also announced Purple Noon Nights, a culmination of four months of new tracks and visuals leading up to the new album’s release over four nights this weekend. Beginning this Thursday, August 6th and ending on Sunday, August 9th at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT each night, Washed Out’s Ernest Greene will be hosting a different Purple Noon-related event each night:

  • Thursday, 8/6: Purple Noon listening party
  • Friday, 8/7: the Washed Out live band’s first live-streamed concert, performing selected tracks from Purple Noon along with highlights from his catalog
  • Saturday, 8/8: Q&A with fans via @realwashedout’s Instagram Live account
  • Sunday, 8/9: Greene will host the sixth in his popular Magic Hour Mix DJ sets, with this set focusing on the Washed Out catalog

The listening party, full band set, and Magic Hour DJ set will be broadcast live from Washed Out’s YouTube, Facebook, Instagram TV, and Twitch accounts.

He also appeared early last week with a solo, Ableton Push performance of “Too Late” on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series.

Washed Out’s Purple Noon, his first full-length in three years will be available this Friday, August 7th on CD/LP/CS/DSPs worldwide through Sub Pop. The 10-track effort which features the lead single “Time to Walk Away,” along with standouts “Too Late,” and “Paralyzed,” was produced and recorded by Ernest Greene and mixed by Ben H. Allen in Atlanta, Georgia.

Preorders of Purple Noon are available from Sub Pop and Washed Out’s official website. LP preorders through, Washed Out’s official website, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl. Meanwhile, preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on purple vinyl.

NEWS : WED, AUG 5, 2020 at 6:58 AM

Listen to Bully’s “Hours and Hours,” a new track from her forthcoming album ‘SUGAREGG’ out August 21st

Bully’s “Hours and Hours” is the latest standout from SUGAREGG, her incredible new album out next month on Sub Pop. 

Alicia Bognanno offers this about the song, “‘Hours and Hours’ is about my mother and I finally figuring out our relationship. She and I had a really hard time connecting growing up and at times felt like it would never happen. Over the past five years we have become best friends, she is now the very first person I call when I am at my absolute lowest and has saved my life. I realize now how similar we are and how that probably had everything to do with why we had a difficult time with each other growing up. I wish I knew sooner how much we could relate but am eternally grateful that we have figured it out now and I’m just so thankful to be on good terms, I love her dearly.” 

[Photo credit: Angelina Castillo] 

Bully will release SUGAREGG on August 21st, 2020 worldwide through Sub Pop. LP preorders through and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on a translucent blue w/white “smoke” colored vinyl. Meanwhile, preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on transparent red vinyl. There will also be a new t-shirt design available.

[US Loser Edition mock-up. Actual vinyl appearance may vary]

NEWS : THU, AUG 6, 2020 at 6:58 AM

L7’s Smell the Magic: 30th Anniversary Edition featuring all 9 songs remastered & available together on vinyl for the first time

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Due out September 18th worldwide through Sub Pop. Pre-order the album and stream track “Shove” now.

Yep, you read that right! On Friday, September 18th, 2020, Sub Pop will release L7’s Smell the Magic: 30th Anniversary Edition, the fiery, American grunge pioneers’ second album. 

This 30th-anniversary edition of the ‘90s underground rock classic includes all 9 songs from the album, remastered and available together on vinyl for the first time ever! A multitude of rock music scenes populated the expanse of Los Angeles in 1989: hardcore punk, industrial goth, roots rock, and Sunset Strip hair metal, to name a few. L7 fit into none of them, creating their own unique blend of punk and hard, hooky rock loaded with humor and cultural commentary. Originally released in 1990, Smell the Magic is a landmark of ’90s feminist rock.

[Photo Credit: Charles Peterson]

Smell the Magic: 30th Anniversary Edition is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders through and select retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear with high melt orange, blue, and gray vinyl. Meanwhile preorders  through select retailers in the UK and Europe will receive the Loser edition on neon orange vinyl. There will also be a new t-shirt design available.

Smell the Magic
1. Shove
2. Fast and Frightening
3. (Right On) Thru
4. Deathwish
5. Till the Wheels Fall Off
6. Broomstick
7. Packin’ a Rod
8. Just Like Me
9. American Society

About L7’S Smell the Magic:
A multitude of rock music scenes populated the expanse of Los Angeles in1989: hardcore punk, industrial goth, roots rock, and Sunset Strip hair metal to name a few. L7 fit into none of them. Guitarist-vocalists Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner, bassist-vocalist Jennifer Finch, and newly added drummer Dee Plakas were creating their own unique blend of punk and hard hooky rock, with humor and cultural commentary along for the ride.
But making a mark on the LA underground rock scene was more challenging than it seemed.
Originating out of art punk circles in 1985, L7 played countless poetry readings, drag shows, art happenings and punk rock dive bars. They were nothing short of perseverant.
Having already released one album, eponymously titled, L7, the band was touring up the West Coast when they began to meet like minded artists affiliated with Sub Pop Records. The band managed to score a phone number for the imprint, and convinced label founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman to come see them live.
That show would take place a couple of weeks later in 1989 at an arts center in Seattle. The stage was finagled out of folding tables, and friends recruited to work a smoke machine (members of the group Cat Butt) decided to drop acid before attending to their duties. This led to a thick fog filling the entire venue and the band’s performance could hardly even be seen. L7 were convinced they blew it. Instead, they got signed: Sub Pop may not have been able to see them, yet, but they could hear them and asked if L7 would do a recording for their monthly Singles Club.
Later in the year, the band went into the label’s go-to studio in Seattle, Reciprocal Recording and in one day recorded “Shove,” “Packin’ a Rod,” and “Fast and Frightening.”
Released in January, the single’s A-side “Shove” would kick off the 1990’s with a bang and L7 would have an underground hit on their hands.
The band was then given the go ahead to record a full EP. The buzz from their Sub Pop’s Singles Club release was almost immediately palpable.
A few months after “Shove,” L7 continued with recording the EP—later expanded into a full-length album with three cover songs (“Packin’ a Rod,” “Just Like Me,” and “American Society”). They recorded again with Reciprocal’s producer, Jack Endino, and later Michael James and Ramones-producer Daniel Rey in Los Angeles.
This 30th-anniversary edition of the ‘90s underground rock classic Smell the Magic includes all 9 songs from the album, remastered and available together on vinyl for the first time ever! Originally released in 1990, Smell the Magic is a landmark of ’90s feminist rock.

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NEWS : THU, AUG 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Sub Pop is Hiring a Social Media Coordinator


Sub Pop is currently searching for an organized, self-motivated (and social media obsessed) individual to hire as our full-time Social Media Coordinator.

We’re accepting applications from residents of Washington State and California, and the closing date to apply is Friday, August 21, 2020.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Kara Mattaini at

Social Marketing Coordinator -  based out of Washington State or California

Coordinates social media related tasks and collaborates with the Social Marketing Director, as well as Sub Pop departments, to execute digital campaigns on each of Sub Pop/Hardly Art’s social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, GIPHY, Tumblr, etc.). Collaborates day-to-day with the Marketing Team to coordinate social media announcements. Contributes to upkeep of social media calendar and content processes for Sub Pop/Hardly Art and artist announcements worldwide.

Responsibilities include:

  • Works cooperatively with Social Marketing Director to create and share social content for Sub Pop/Hardly Art and artist campaigns

  • Ensure social calendar is always current and content is created appropriately and timely

  • Attend daily and weekly Social Media Team Meetings

  • Attend weekly Marketing Meetings (staff and artists)

  • Work cooperatively with Social Marketing Director to execute daily a.m. campaign launches for albums/tracks/other announcements

    • May include prep in day/week prior, email/phone consult w/band + management, gathering and formatting assets, creating blog post

  • Sub Pop/Hardly Art Blog Updates - incorporate content from Press Releases

  • Day-to-day community engagement and listening on Twitter, IG, FB

    • Likes, comments, retweets, customer service, artist news, flag for follow up

  • Communication w/Sub Pop departments on a daily basis ensures news from each department is shared on socials in a timely manner and in every way possible within the social calendar’s strategic framework:

    • Publicity: announcements/premieres/launches/features

    • Video: transmit digital assets to artists/management in the most efficient way

    • Sales: Promote in-stores, features on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.

    • Radio: Promote in-studios, interviews, first listen, performances, premieres, etc.

    • Arts: Collaborate on Sub Pop related assets - Scholarship, Fundraisers, etc.

    • Mega Mart/Warehouse: Customer inquiries received via social channels

    • Licensing: Promote major sync placements

    • Legal: Monitor socials for copyright issues

    • Hardly Art: Consult re social media strategies and campaign assets

  • Work cooperatively with Social Marketing Director to create original social media content such as IG/FB Stories, live show streams, event streams, Loser Edition LP’s “in the wild”

  • Marketing Department Support:

    • Weekly updates of social insights & analytics in shared marketing meeting notes 

  • Social Media Advertising

    • Coordinate with Advertising team re paid social media/dark posts


Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have a passion for communicating via Social Media.

  • Have a deep understanding of Social Media functionality, trends, listening/scheduling tools, emerging technology, common technical glitches and keenly aware of the ever changing digital landscape.

  • Have strong organizational skills with attention to detail, deadlines, written & verbal communication and time management tools.

  • Ability to create compelling content, adhere to the visual aesthetics of Sub Pop and Hardly Art, as well as those of individual artists

  • Be proficient with Google Business products such as Gmail, Hangouts, Docs, Sheets & Drive, plus the Microsoft Office suite of products.

Supervisor: Director of Social Marketing + Community Engagement

Again, the closing date to apply is Friday, August 21, 2020.

Thanks, and good luck!

NEWS : TUE, JAN 14, 2020 at 8:57 AM

Watch The Homesick’s “Male Bonding” a new song from ‘The Big Exercise,’ the group’s forthcoming Sub Pop debut

The Homesick take on the patriarchy in this trippy new video for “Male Bonding,” a standout from The Big Exercise, the group’s label debut, which will be released worldwide February 7th, 2020. The visual was directed by Karlos Rene Ayala (Low’s “Poor Sucker,” “Dancing and Blood”; Chelsea Wolfe’s “American Darkness”) with a hat tip to Skinner Illustration and Matt Brown 3D Animations.

The Big Exercise, which features the singles “I Celebrate My Fantasy,” the aforementioned “Male Bonding,” “Kaïn,” and the title track, was produced by The Homesick at Schenk Studio in Amsterdam, mixed by Casper van der Lans, and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).
The Big Exercise is available for preorder on CD/LP/DL from Sub Pop. Preorders of the album through and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on bright yellow vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, preorders in the UK and Europe from select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on opaque yellow vinyl (while supplies last).

The Homesick’s international tour schedule in support of The Big Exercise resumes February 21st, 2020 at Groningen at Vera and ends March 7th, 2020 in Utecht at Ekko. Additional live dates to be announced soon.
Feb. 21 - Groningen, NL - Vera
Feb. 28 -  Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn
Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Mar. 06 - Rotterdam, NL - WORM
Mar. 07 - Utrecht, NL - EKKO
About The Homesick’s The Big Exercise:
If their debut Youth Hunt marked The Homesick’s tryst with faith and pastoral life, the band’s upcoming second album The Big Exercise brings them to more grounded, tangible pastures. With its title ripped from a passage in the Scott Walker-biography Deep Shade Of Blue, the record is a concentrated effort by Jaap van der Velde, Erik Woudwijk and Elias Elgersma to explore the physicality of their music in fresh ways (read more at Sub Pop).

NEWS : TUE, JAN 14, 2020 at 7:30 AM

Orville Peck Announced As First 2020 Apple Music Up Next Artist

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Apple Music today announced masked country crooner Orville Peck will kick off the new year as the latest Up Next artist to join Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent. Peck embodies the program’s rising star status as a modern alt-country artist for the Instagram age, a burgeoning fashion and cultural icon who is breaking boundaries in the country music tradition.

Apple Music has fully supported the masked indie artist following the release of his critically acclaimed 2019 debut album, Pony. Since then, Peck has been celebrated as a guitar artist crossing genre bounds and showcased across Apple Music’s Pure Country Radio, Today’s Country, Indie Radio, Untitled, Up Next, Country Wide, Eclectic Rock, as well as Zane Lowe and Matt Wilkinson’s Beats 1 anchor shows.

“I’m thrilled to have been chosen as Apple’s newest Up Next artist,” said Peck. “They have been so supportive of me and it feels real nice to be able to bring y’all a little closer to who I am as a country musician and an artist.”

“Orville Peck is an enigma alright: a glorious mix of differing qualities that, on paper, really shouldn’t work,” said Apple Music host Matt Wilkinson. “Yet when you listen to his music, and hear his story, and watch how he connects with people on stages all over the world, there can be no denying that he’s hit upon something very special indeed. At his London show last October I saw stetson-wearing country old-timers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with drag queens, hipsters, indie kids, members of the fashion elite and sweet couples out on date night - all completely connected thanks to the music of one man who says he’s spent his entire life feeling disconnected. The irony of that!”

Peck’s Up Next short shot on iPhone 11 comes to Apple Music exclusively today and is available to watch HERE. In the film, Peck speaks to his trademark fringed mask, and tells Apple Music, “The point is combining ultra-sincerity with a heightened version of who you are at your core.”

On January 29th, Peck will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as part of Apple Music’s Up Next program.

The latest music from Orville Peck, along with that of his Up Next peers, is available now on the Apple Music Up Next Playlist.