News from 2/2021

NEWS : TUE, FEB 16, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Winter shredding comes alive in METZ’s new video for “Sugar Pill”

The new METZ video for “Sugar Pill,” from their acclaimed 2020 release, Atlas Vending, is out now.  Shot in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the video is an homage to the unstoppable spirit of skateboarding and a testament to the inspiring drive to ride in any condition and any environment. Director Shayne Ehman says of the video: “Skateboarding feels great. We love to skate. The birds need to sing, we need to skate. I hope the winter skateboarding footage carries with it some of the love we have for skateboarding. I hope it contains a spirit of perseverance and the will to make it happen. Come wind, ice, or stormy weather, we shovel snow, we torch frost, we skate.”  Watch the video now. 
Atlas Vending, the most dynamic, dimensional, and compelling album of METZ’s career, is available now worldwide from Sub Pop.”Sugar Pill” is the 7th(!) video from the new album.

What people are saying about Atlas Vending:
Atlas Vending is the sound of a band fully confident in itself and delivering their biggest and best work yet.” ★★★★ - Upset Magazine 
“The Toronto band maintain a formidable degree of power and velocity throughout their fourth album yet… provide more welcome respites from the ferocious barrage they’re otherwise highly skilled at delivering.” [8/10] - Uncut 
“A record which draws on 35 years of North American alt-rock excellence, while still stamping its creators’ own identity firmly across its grooves.” [4/5] - Kerrang
”By gathering everything the group has done to date and mixing it together METZ manage to create a perfectly potent cocktail, one filled with nostalgia, sadness and grinding euphoria.”  [8/10] - Loud and Quiet 
“The expansiveness of the sonic palette on Atlas Vending just gives the band more room to paint outside the lines.” [8/10] - Under The Radar
“A record that feels both raw and refined, this will shake you to the core”★★★★ - DIY Magazine 
“METZ still cooks and burns with the roar of Jesus Lizard and the pounding noise of Stnnng, but four albums in, the band is discovering new sonic routes to travel” - AV Club
2021 Tour Dates:
Sep. 15 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
Sep. 16 - Manchester, UK - YES
Sep. 17 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Sep. 18 - Blackpool, UK - Bootleg Social
Sep. 19 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Sep. 21 - Leicester, UK - 02 Academy
Sep. 22 - London, UK - Scala 
Sep. 23 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
Sep. 24 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain
Sep. 25 - Dudingen, CH - Bad Bonn
Sep. 26 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F
Sep. 27 - Lausanne, CH -  Le Romandie at Les Docks
Sep. 29 - Berlin, DE - Lido
Sep. 30 - Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz
Oct. 01 - Hannover, DE - Glocksee
Oct. 02 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Oct. 04 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang
Oct. 05 - Cologne, DE - Gebäude 9
Oct. 06 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli
Oct. 07 - Groningen, NL - Vera
Oct. 08 - Antwerp, BE - Trix

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, FEB 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Sub Pop Is Hiring a DSP Account Manager

Based in/around Los Angeles, CA

Sub Pop Records (with headquarters in Seattle, WA)  is currently searching for an organized, self-motivated, experienced individual to become our full-time DSP Account Manager. The DSP Account Manager position will be based in LA, working remotely and, eventually, from our LA office. When in-person business resumes, this position will lead up our interactions and presentations with LA offices of Spotify, Apple, YouTube and others.

We are accepting resumes through the position closing date of Mar. 10, 2021.

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

The DSP Account Manager manages the pitching and support of all Sub Pop and Hardly Art releases at digital music accounts, and works with Sub Pop’s social media team to support music and video offerings at social accounts that have revenue-generating programs.  They also work with the Digital Operations team to coordinate digital assets and set-up for all releases, and to gather assets that may be required for on-platform advertising or marketing. They also handle the hybrid sales/marketing/social YouTube account, managing Sub Pop’s YouTube presence, strategy, and analysis.


  • Coordinate with Director of Sales on strategy for DSP pitching conversations for all Sub Pop and Hardly Art releases. For key releases, send long lead music and email with key marketing points to initiate account marketing plan.
  • Manage digital pitching assets, including Apple priority sheets, Spotify Pitch tool, YouTube pitch tool, etc. 
  • Send weekly update emails to Spotify, Apple and Pandora with upcoming Sub Pop and Hardly Art track releases for the following 2 weeks.
  • Follow up with accounts later in the week with updates on marketing drivers from track releases (press coverage, radio, etc.).
  • Send advance digital promo mailings to DSP contacts for upcoming releases via PromoJukebox 
  • Participate in standing meetings with DSP reps (Spotify, Apple, Pandora).
  • Coordinate with artist/mgmt. teams to maintain upkeep of artist profiles on DSPs making sure photos, bio, etc. are current.
  • Send US playlist placement updates to Sub Pop Marketing Staff. 


  • Determine YouTube strategy for all Sub Pop and Hardly Art releases, including channel for video hosting, video publication strategy, etc.
  • Strategize to build subscription base for Sub Pop channel.
  • Work with artists/managers to gain channel manager access to artist channels when necessary
  • Upload official videos and lyric videos to relevant YouTube channel. Update video description, video tags, video title, upload subtitle files, upload thumbnails etc.
  • Provide Sub Pop’s Digital Operations Dept. with YouTube links at least 24 hours prior to video publication for video claiming.
  • Once video is properly claimed, provide link to marketing staff as well as artist teams prior to video publication.
  • Manually publish all videos.
  • Maintain and update Sub Pop’s YouTube presence (update playlists, share videos on community tab, etc.)
  • Maintain relationships with YouTube reps to pitch artists for YouTube Marketing opportunities.
  • Obtain YouTube certifications through online training resources.
  • Coach artists on use of YouTube community pages.
  • Submit artist channels for Official Artist Channel verification.

Social Music Accounts

  • Develop contacts with label relations teams at TikTok, Facebook Music, Instagram Music, Snap, and Triller, and with new similar accounts as they come online.
  • Work with MERLIN counterparts to understand and maximize Sub Pop’s opportunities at these accounts.
  • Pitch tracks for features/surfacing using available tools direct with accounts or through MERLIN.
  • Manage advertising funds available for certain accounts through MERLIN deals.  Coordinate with social and sales teams to identify targets for these programs.
  • Work with Sub Pop, MERLIN analytics team to monitor key metrics for these accounts and share info with Sub Pop’s marketing team.


  • Gather and update retail and DSP links for Smartlinks around album launches and releases. Manage regional links for ex-US territories where applicable.


DSPs/YouTube: Director of Sales

Social Music Accounts: joint supervision by Director of Sales and Director of Social Marketing + Community Engagement

Sub Pop Records is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or parental status, national origin, veteran or disability status. Sub Pop Records will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Kara Mattaini at no later than March 10, 2021.

Thanks, and good luck!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : TUE, FEB 23, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Chad VanGaalen shares new single “Nightwaves”

On March 19th, multimedia auteur Chad VanGaalen will release his latest offering, World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener, available worldwide through Sub Pop and in Canada from Flemish Eye. The thirteen-track effort, which features the previously released track, “Samurai Sword” and singles “Starlight,” “Where Is It All Going?,” and latest single “Nightwaves,” was written, performed, recorded, and mixed by VanGaalen at his Yoko Eno Studio in Calgary, Alberta, and mastered by Ryan Morey in Montreal, Quebec.
Of “Nightwaves” VanGaalen shares that it “is about the endless news feed. Giving in to your digital calendar, when all that’s on your to-do list is checking the online updates. Like a William Gibson waking nightmare, boring marketed as sexy.” You can listen to this digital reminder here.
On April 8th, VanGaalen will perform a live stream from his Yoko Eno studio via NoonChorus. The show will be available for viewing in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia at 7 PM local time. Ticket holders will be able to stream the performance for 5 days following and will also be able to buy merch. You can purchase tickets for this event here. 
World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener is now available for preorder through Sub Pop. LPs purchased through megamart.subpop.comFlemish Eye (Canada)select independent retailers in North Americain the U.K. and in Europe will receive the album on orange gold vinyl with blue/red trails (while supplies last). There is also a new T-shirt design available.

Chad VanGaalen
World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener

1. Spider Milk
2. Flute Peace
3. Starlight
4. Where Is It All Going?
5. Earth From a Distance
6. Nightwaves
7. Plant Music
8. Nothing Is Strange
9. Inner Fire
10. Golden Pear
11. Nightmare Scenario
12. Samurai Sword
13. Water Brother

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : THU, FEB 25, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Watch Flock of Dimes’ hypnotic official video for “Price of Blue” from Head of Roses, her forthcoming new album

Today, Flock of Dimes (aka Jenn Wasner) is sharing “Price of Blue,” an unearthly new video filmed in black and white, co-directed by Wasner with Graham Tolbert. “Price of Blue” is a standout from Wasner’s second solo LP, Head of Roses, an album that showcases her ability to embrace new levels of vulnerability, honesty and openness, combined with the self-assuredness that comes with a decade-plus career as a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and prolific collaborator.
Of today’s release, Wasner says “This song is about trying, and failing, to connect. It’s about the ways in which, despite our best efforts, we misunderstand each other, and become so attached to stories that we’re unable to see the truth that’s right in front of us. And it’s about the invisible mark that another person can leave on your body, heart and mind long after their absence. It can be difficult to make sense of the memory of your experience when the reality on the surface is always shifting—when the story you’re telling, or the story you’ve been told, unravels, leaving you with a handful of pieces and no idea how they used to fit together.”

Flock of Dimes’ Head of Roses, which features “Two,” and “Price of Blue,” along with “Hard Way,” and “One More Hour,” will be available on CD/CS/DSPs on April 2nd, 2021, and on LP April 30th, 2021. The album was produced by Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso) and Wasner at Betty’s in Chapel Hill, NC, engineered by Bella Blasko with additional engineering by Sanborn, mixed by Ari Picker and Blasko, and mastered by Huntley Miller. The album features appearances from guitarist Meg Duffy, Bon Iver’s Matt McCaughan, Wye Oak’s Andy Stack, and Landlady’s Adam Schatz. Head of Roses follows the release of Like So Much Desire, her acclaimed digital EP released June 2020 on Sub Pop.
Head of Roses is now available for preorder through Sub Pop. LP preorders through, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on peach swirl vinyl (while supplies last). LP preorders in the U.K. and in Europe will receive the Loser edition on Magenta vinyl (while supplies last).

What people are saying about Flock of Dimes:
“‘Can I be one? Can we be two?’ Jenn Wasner asks on her stirring new single ‘Two.’ The song — and its colorful, playfully choreographed video — is an exploration of the simultaneous needs for individuality and intimacy within a romantic relationship, but it also reflects the multiplicity of Wasner’s musical output. ‘Two’ is driven by an irregular beat (Wasner recently joked on Twitter about her penchant for ‘odd time signatures’), as if to mirror the hesitant questioning of its lyrics. Even when she’s being somber or ruminative, Wasner has a touch of gallows humor, as when she muses memorably, ‘We’re all just wearing bodies like a costume til we die.’” [“Two”] - New York Times
“Her solo album out in April is superb. This sweetly shuffling first cut is so rich in charm.” [“Two”] - The Guardian

“Stirring, widescreen pop” [“Two”]  - Brooklyn Vegan
“A bright, gauzy song awash in clarity and the desire for connection” [“Two”] -  Indy Week

“Wasner sounds stunning here as she sways between swaths of keys and bursts of tone.”  [“Two”]  - Closed Captioned
“She has constructed a framework of blocky synths, whispering guitar and pattering drums, leaving plenty of space for her pontifications. She moves through vocal melodies with such natural ease that you don’t at first register how impressive it is, but as ‘Two’ builds into a luscious chorus full of wonderful tones, her voice still leads the way in all its rich finesse. Wasner’s the kind of voice you could listen to forever, which is what ‘Two’ demands, as it’s not only a sonic delight, but a lyrical treasure trove full of personal truths that strike a universal chord.” [“Two”]  - Beats Per Minute

Flock of Dimes
Head of Roses
1. 2 Heads
2. Price of Blue
3. Two
4. Hard Way
5. Walking
6. Lightning
7. One More Hour
8. No Question
9. Awake for the Sunrise
10. Head of Roses

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : MON, MAR 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Sub Pop Is Hiring a Digital Operations Specialist

Based in Seattle, WA

Sub Pop Records is seeking a full-time Digital Operations Specialist to join the Digital Operations team. This is currently a remote position during west coast business hours, eventually based in our Seattle, WA office.

About the team

The Digital Operations team oversees the delivery and preservation of the company’s digital assets and products, manages associated metadata, and runs the company’s physical archive.

The primary responsibilities of the Digital Operations Specialist are delivering new releases on a busy schedule, assisting with digital asset management, compiling metadata reports, and supporting the department’s projects.

An ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, a strong knowledge of media file formats and metadata concepts, and the ability to work well independently and on a team.

We are accepting resumes through the position closing date of Mar. 14, 2021.

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

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Deliver and maintain digital products with digital service providers
  • Manage assets and claims in the YouTube CMS
  • Receive and archive digital assets and associated metadata
  • Assist staff with digital asset retrieval and delivery
  • Compile and deliver metadata reports
  • Assist in the physical archive
  • Provide support on department projects

Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Ability to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines
  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge of audio, image and video formats
  • Editing and transcoding experience with audio, images, or video
  • Experience with file transfer technologies
  • Conceptual understanding of metadata and its uses
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Proficiency in Mac, MS Office, Google Workspace
  • Ability to learn and master new technologies
  • Relevant college degree or equivalent experience

Preferred Experience & Qualifications

  • Experience delivering products to digital service providers
  • Experience with digital asset management systems or processes
  • Audio, video, or image cataloging, preservation, or library work
  • Management of YouTube CMS or YouTube assets via a distributor
  • Database implementation or use
  • Degree in Library and/or Information Science
  • Music industry experience
  • Media catalog management experience


Digital Operations Director

Sub Pop Records is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or parental status, national origin, veteran or disability status. Sub Pop Records will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Kara Mattaini at no later than March 14, 2021.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : WED, FEB 24, 2021 at 6:00 AM

CHAI release new single + video for “Maybe Chocolate Chips” (feat. Ric Wilson) New album, WINK, out May 21st on Sub Pop

Japanese quartet CHAI present a new single/video, “Maybe Chocolate Chips” (Feat. Ric Wilson), from their forthcoming album, WINK, due May 21st on Sub Pop. CHAI’s past albums have been filled with playful references, in the lyrics, to food, and WINK’s intimate single “Maybe Chocolate Chips” offers an evolution of this motif. Bassist/lyricist YUUKI wanted to write a self-love song about her moles: “Things that we want to hold on to, things that we wished went away. A lot of things happen as we age and with that for me, is new moles! But I love them! My moles are like the chocolate chips on a cookie, the more you have, the happier you become! and before you know it, you’re an original♡” Chicago rapper Ric Wilson, who they initially connected with at the 2019 Pitchfork Music Festival, brings smooth vocals over a laidback beat and whirring, dreamy synth. A community activist and artist based on the Southside of Chicago, he got his start with the legendary Young Chicago Authors, the Chicago-based storytelling and poetry organization which helped launch the likes of Noname, Saba, Jamila Woods, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Mick Jenkins, and many others. He’s also featured in the accompanying video, directed by Callum Scott-Dyson, which is made of fun collages and video clips in classic CHAI style.
CHAI elaborates: “This music video is the perfect visual for ‘Maybe Chocolate Chips.’ It was our first time working with Callum and the result (animation, etc.) was something we’d never tried before!  Callum actually reached out to us for this but we loved how his work featured grotesque but cute components and tons of fantasy so our vision for this was in line.  ♡⭐️^o^♡ Your mole is actually a Chocolate Chip!  But you knew that already right?!♡⭐️♡”

CHAI is made up of identical twins MANA (lead vocals and keys) and KANA (guitar), drummer YUNA, and bassist-lyricist YUUKI. Following the release of 2019’s PUNK, CHAI’s adventures took them around the world, playing their high-energy and buoyant shows at  music festivals like Primavera Sound and Pitchfork Music Festival, and touring with indie-rock mainstays like Whitney and Mac DeMarco. Like all musicians, CHAI spent 2020 forced to rethink the fabric of their work and lives. But CHAI took this as an opportunity to shake up their process and bring their music somewhere thrillingly new. Having previously used their maximalist recordings to capture the exuberance of their live shows, CHAI instead focused on crafting the slightly-subtler and more introspective kinds of songs they enjoy listening to at home—where, for the first time, they recorded all of the music.  They draw R&B and hip-hop into their mix (Mac Miller, the Internet, and Brockhampton were on their minds) of dance-punk and pop-rock, all while remaining undeniably CHAI.
While the band leaned into a more personal sound, WINK is also the first CHAI album to feature contributions from outside producers (Mndsgn, YMCK) as well as Ric Wilson. This impulse towards connection with others is in WINK’s title, too. After the “i” of PINK and the “u” of PUNK—which represented the band’s act of introducing themselves, and then of centering their audiences—they have come full circle with the “we” of WINK. It signals CHAI’s relationship with the outside world, an embrace of profound togetherness. Through music, as CHAI said, “we are all coming together.” In that act of opening themselves up, CHAI grew into their best work: “This album showed us, we’re ready to do more.”

“One of CHAI’s greatest strengths is the Japanese band’s ability to weave between different genres, buoyed by their generous sense of humor and vibrantly catchy hooks”
“This propulsive, retro-sounding bop from Japanese quartet CHAI deserves to soundtrack your next dance break.” - Nylon
“It’s so far their biggest earworm in a catalog of songs that can get stuck in your head
for weeks.” - Vice
“The song alone is irresistible enough on its own, but CHAI’s fun-loving energy also comes through quite well in the video” - Paste
“You can hear the chilled-out direction on terrific new single ‘ACTION’ that musically has a bit of a ’90s hip hop feel” - Brooklyn Vegan

Posted by Abbie Gobeli