News from 3/2020

NEWS : MON, MAR 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Clipping announces new, headlining international tour dates for April and May 2020 in support of ‘There Existed an Addiction to Blood’

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[Photo credit: Cristina Bercovitz]

U.K./European shows April 16th-May 2nd - Cartel Madras to support North American shows May 7th-22nd.

Clipping has announced headlining international tour dates for 2020 in support of There Existed an Addiction to Blood, their acclaimed album of 2019.
 
The 20-city international tour, which will include stops in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, the U.S., and Canada, begins April 16th in London and currently ends May 22nd in Chicago at Bottom Lounge. Festival highlights include an appearance at Ableton Loop 2020 in Berlin, DE April 24th-26th, Motel Mazique Festival in Rotterdam, NL on April 18th, and Donaufestival in Krems, DE on May 2nd. Additionally, support for the North American tour dates (May 7th-22nd) will come from Sub Pop labelmates Cartel Madras.
 

A special fan presale for the North American shows begin Wednesday, March 11th at 10 am (local), with tickets on sale to the general public Friday, March 13th at 10 am (local). The U.K./European shows are on sale now. For up to date information on tickets, please visit Clipping’s official website.
 
Apr. 16 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Apr. 17 - Brighton, UK - The Arch
Apr. 18 - Rotterdam, NL - Motel Mazique Festival
Apr. 20 - Lille, FR - L’Aeronoef
Apr. 21 - Paris, FR - Badaboum
Apr. 22 - Brussels, BE - Beursshouwburg
Apr. 24 - Berlin, DE - Ableton Loop 2020
Apr. 25 - Berlin, DE - Ableton Loop 2020
Apr. 26 - Berlin, DE - Ableton Loop 2020
Apr. 28 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang
Apr. 29 - Wiesbaden, DE - Schlachtnof
May 01 - Munich, DE - Rote Sonne
May 02 - Krems, DE - Donaufestival
May 07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *
May 08 - Berkeley, CA - Cornerstone *
May 10 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre *
May 11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
May 15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz *
May 16 - Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall *
May 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *
May 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
May 20 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
May 22 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge *
 
* w/ Cartel Madras


 
Clipping’s There Existed an Addiction to Blood earned placement on “Best Albums of 2019” lists from the likes of The WireThe Needledrop, Passion of the WeissPopMatters (albums + best hip-hop), Treble ZineThe Line of Best FitLoud & QuietGeniusRIFF MagazineSputnikmusic, and more. Pop Matters says of the record, “Apocalyptic, claustrophobic, with danger in the air (“Nothing Is Safe”); in other words, reminiscent of our current moment in US history. Horror movie themes float amidst the background, but this is hip-hop, riddled with allusions to classics of the past while living in a now setting of vampires, zombies, and ghosts. (#7, “The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2019”). Meanwhile, Treble Zine offers this, “There Existed an Addiction to Blood turns to horror as its conduit for dealing out home truths. Daveed Diggs remains in the highest tier of contemporary MCs in America, taking obvious joy from spinning between frisky, tongue-in-cheek junk culture references and cold, compact sucker punches of truth (#18 / “50 Best Albums of the Year”).”
 
There Existed an Addiction to Blood, which features the singles  “Nothing Is Safe,”  “La Mala Ordina,” “All in Your Head,” and “Blood of the Fang,”  was produced by Clipping, mixed by Steve Kaplan, and mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysium Masters in Los Angeles. The album also features appearances from Ed Balloon, Benny the Butcher, Elcamino, La Chat, The Rita, and Pedestrian Deposit, and a composition from Andrea Lockwood.


On Record Store Day (April 18th), Clipping will also release Double Live, a collaboration with composer Christopher Fleeger, available in a stunning industrial double-picture-disc package. This is not a standard live album. All the audio was recorded during Clipping’s 2017 tour, but the microphones weren’t pointed at the band. Instead they were in toilets, taped to ceiling pipes, tied to trees, worn by roadies—hidden all over venues. The results were then synchronized and edited over more than a year. Double Live is an impossible performance heard by hundreds of disembodied ears—part live album, part tour document, part musique concrète piece.


NEWS : TUE, MAR 17, 2020 at 9:00 AM

A Message From Sub Pop

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For more than 30 years now, we at Sub Pop Records have strived to be a dependable source of excellent, exciting and important music and also, sometimes, when it all comes together, cultural change. It’s true what they say: we like to party. And our ability to participate in any of that is reliant upon a giant, interwoven community of artists and the people and organizations that support them. Right now, many of the people and communities in our world are being hit hard by the spread of, and wholly necessary response to, COVID-19.

You have seen this happening, we know. Artists are forced to cancel tours, venues can’t have shows, festivals are canceled or postponed. Musicians, record stores, production companies, tour crews, venue staff, booking agents, and so many other people working in our industry are losing jobs and opportunities, and there’s no telling what will happen next.

In an effort to keep our customers and staff safe and healthy, we decided to temporarily close the Sub Pop Airport Store at Sea-Tac, starting now. It will remain closed through at least the end of March. We’ll reassess after that. And please trust that we’ll be back at it as soon as we’re able. As of now, we are still shipping records, t-shirts and the like from our Seattle warehouse to mail order customers and record stores.

The world feels completely upside-down right now. More than ever, and right in the face of that, we remain dedicated to all of the artists on Sub Pop and Hardly Art whom we are so profoundly fortunate to work with. And, it seems absolutely vital to recognize that the music these artists create has the power to hold us upright and together, especially during unsteady, isolating times like these. This is important. 

We may not be able to come together in a way that feels normal or familiar, but we are always connected to each other through music and art. Lean on that, hard! And do what you can to support the community of artists/musicians/beautiful losers/misfits/etc to which you belong. Please be safe, please help each other, and let’s all celebrate in person, together, when we get through this.

Love in the time of COVID-19,

Sub Pop


NEWS : THU, MAR 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Sub Pop/Hardly Art + Bandcamp Artist Fundraiser on Friday, Mar. 20, 2020

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On Friday, March 20th, Sub Pop and Hardly Art will be passing through 100% of revenue from digital sales on Bandcamp to our current artists!

As you are all undoubtedly well aware, working/touring artists are one of the many groups of people currently being hit especially hard by the social distancing requirements of 2020 pandemic reality. In an effort to direct some support their way, Sub Pop and Hardly Art are joining with Bandcamp (and a ton of other labels) to send additional, needed revenue directly to artists.

If you’re able, we hope you’ll join us.




NEWS : THU, MAR 19, 2020 at 6:57 AM

Watch Moaning’s Official Video for “Connect the Dots” - Album ‘Uneasy Laughter’ is out March 20th

Today, LA’s Moaning share the video for “Connect The Dots,” the latest single from their highly anticipated sophomore album, Uneasy Laughter. “Connect The Dots” was directed by Campbell Logan.

Of the track, Sean Solomon says: “The song is about realizing you need help and being brave enough to ask for it. It’s a misconception that asking for help is a sign of weakness. In reality it’s one of the hardest things you can do.” “Connect The Dots” was directed by Campbell Logan who notes “I created this video with the intention of inspiring self-forgiveness, something I think we should all practice. Making it gave me the opportunity to practice an approach that I like to call Filmmaking Simulation, which is a process of doing film production using virtual cinematography, set design and performance. The result is photorealistic and mimics live action. We had an extremely quick turnaround on the video, but were able to complete it in a little over a month, and despite these hurdles I’m so proud of it!”




To celebrate the release of Uneasy Laughter, Moaning will be streaming a virtual listening party via Youtube on Friday, March 20th at 11am PST / 2pm EST. WATCH HERE.


[Album Art Credit: Aaron Jupin (download hi-res)]


Uneasy Laughter is available for pre-order here and will be out this Friday, March 20th. LP orders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear w/blue and orange-colored vinyl (while supplies last).


[Photo Credit: Michael Schmelling]

PRAISE FOR MOANING:

“The L.A. trio follow dutifully in the footsteps of Siouxsie and the Banshees and early Cure.” -Pitchfork

“Recalls early New Order… The rigid surface of the band’s post-punk jams can only barely contain Moaning’s raw, infectious intensity.” -NPR

“Moaning craft anxious music for an increasingly nervous local scene.” -LA Times

“Equal parts Joy Division and The Cure.” -UPROXX

“The band leans away from their rock roots and delivers a soaring piece of angsty, melodic synth-pop.” -MTV

“While still incorporating some punchy guitar work, the utilization of spine-chilling, David Lynch-type synths adds some much needed height.” -Stereogum


NEWS : MON, MAR 23, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Father John Misty releases live album ‘Off-Key in Hamburg,’ available now through Bandcamp, benefitting MusiCares’ COVID-19 Fund

Father John Misty’s live album Off-Key in Hamburg is now available via Bandcamp.  All proceeds from the album will be donated to MusiCares COVID-19 Relief FundOff-Key in Hamburg was recorded live at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie on August 8, 2019 with his long-time touring band, and the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt.
 
The Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide assistance to those in the music industry affected by the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events. From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events, and the creative community behind it all. Administered through MusiCares, the COVID-19 Fund will be used to directly support those in the music community with the greatest need. MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people - offering confidential preventive, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues.


Father John Misty
Off-Key in Hamburg
Tracklisting:
1. Hangout At The Gallows
2. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
3. Mr. Tillman
4. Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest of Them All
5. The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.
6. Strange Encounter
7. Total Entertainment Forever
8. Things It Would’ve Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution
9. Ballad Of The Dying Man
10. A Bigger Paper Bag
11. I Went To The Store One Day
12. Nancy From Now Own
13. Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins)
14. Please Don’t Die
15. The Palace
16. God’s Favorite Customer
17. Pure Comedy
18. Holy Shit
19. I Love You, Honeybear
20. Leaving LA


NEWS : TUE, MAR 24, 2020 at 6:59 AM

Watch Man Man’s wonderful, absurdist new “Future Peg” video from ‘Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between’

A dancer hunts for a studio rental with a green screen and encounters a cast of strange characters in the wonderful, absurdist new video for Man Man’s “Future Peg,” directed by Stephanie Ward, and a single from the forthcoming Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between.


 
Dream Hunting… is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited Loser edition on white vinyl with a pinkish swirl (while supplies last).


After street date, a limited supply of the Loser edition LP will be available at select independent retailers in North America and at Man Man’s future live shows. Meanwhile, in the U.K. and Europe, preorders through select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on pink vinyl (also, while supplies last). There is also a new T-shirt design available through megamart.subpop.com.

Man Man’s previously announced U.S. tour dates (April 24th-May 22nd) in support of Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between are in the process of being rescheduled at this time. Additional info to be announced soon.