“To those who have experienced the magic of Dina, she is a reason to live. To those who have not, she is nearly impossible to explain.”- The Stranger
“A Sensation!” - New York Magazine
“Offbeat and inimitable!” - The New York Times
“Dina Martina goes way beyond drag into some new kind of twisted art.” -John Waters
“Dina Martina is hilarious like no one else I know!” - Graham Norton
“Performance art never looked so good!” - Whoopi Goldberg
Gift (pron. “Jift”) parades! Lost Bryman Nursing School commercials! Phoebe (pron. “FOH-EBBIE”)!
Welcome to the world of Dina Martina, the tragic singer, horrible dancer and surreal raconteur who has now signed with Sub Pop Records to release new material sometime in the near(ish) future! Today we’re celebrating this puzzling news by releasing a limited-edition jigsaw rendering of Dina’s face area (aka a puzzle).
Dina says of the announcement, “I cannot express how excited I am about this new endeavor with Sub Pop Records & Tapes. And the PUZZLE! Talk about WOW! For me, this puzzle represents so many things - which, again, I cannot express. This puzzle reminds me of my life: in pieces. But unlike life, all of the puzzle pieces are there. Thnak you.”
The Seattle-based Dina Martina has been in our orbit for some time, having originally released material through Sub Pop-affiliated Up Records, and making us laugh with her various holiday shows over the years. We’re longtime fans and thrilled to release her music (and novelty items). Please give us a warm hand in welcoming her to the label!
Dina Martina debuted at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art in 1989, instantly gleaning reviews that dubbed her “magically warped,” “hilariously unfortunate” and “utter genius.” Since then, she’s packed venues in New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, and San Francisco and shared bills with a wide array of acts such as Margaret Cho, Alan Cumming, Chita Rivera, and Nina Hagen.
Absolutely packed with ludicrous songs, horrifying stories and overburdened costumes, Dina Martina’s shows are impossible to adequately describe, other than that they’ve become synonymous with jaw-dropping pathos and mind-blowing comedy. Dina Martina has been hailed as “divinely funny” (Time Out London), “painfully funny and demented” (Seattle Times) and “the most original drag performer working in America today” (Village Voice). What a Dina Martina show is, quite simply put, is a smart and hilarious evening of entertainment that you will never forget.
Dina Martina’s shows in the U.S. and abroad have wowed the likes of John Waters, Bette Midler, Graham Norton, Kim Gordon, Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Stone, Jennifer Coolidge, and many others. Martina has received The Stranger’s Genius Award for Theater, three Seattle Times Footlight Awards, as well as nominations for the Alpert Award in Theater, a SPIT Award for Best Solo Show, and two GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Theater. She did not win those.
2021 Performances Live Tue. Dec. 14 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Wed. Dec. 15 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Thu. Dec. 16 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Fri. Dec 17 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Sat. Dec. 18 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Mon. Dec. 20 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Tue. Dec. 21 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Wed. Dec. 22 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Thu. Dec. 23 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Tue. Dec. 28 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Wed. Dec. 29 - London, UK - Soho Theatre Thu. Dec. 30 - London, UK - Soho Theatre All Dates: The Dina Martina Christmas Show
Virtual Fri. Dec. 10 - Mon. Dec. 31 - Dina’s Christmas Special That So Many Missed in 2020 - Encore Presentation
2022 Performances Live Tue. Jan. 11 - San Francisco, CA - Oasis Wed. Jan. 12 - San Francisco, CA - Oasis Thu. Jan. 13 - San Francisco, CA - Oasis Sat. Jan. 22 - Stowe, VT - Winter Rendezvous (Festival Appearance) Fri. Jan. 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Cavern Club Theater/Casita Del Campo Sat. Jan. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Cavern Club Theater/Casita Del Campo Sun. Jan. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - Cavern Club Theater/Casita Del Campo Mon. Jan. 31 - Los Angeles, CA - Cavern Club Theater/Casita Del Campo Tue. Feb. 01 - Los Angeles, CA - Cavern Club Theater/Casita Del Campo Wed. Feb. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - Cavern Club Theater/Casita Del Campo Thu. Feb. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - Cavern Club Theater/Casita Del Campo Fri. Feb. 04 - Los Angeles, CA - Cavern Club Theater/Casita Del Campo Sat. Feb. 05 - Los Angeles, CA - Cavern Club Theater/Casita Del Campo Sun. Feb. 06 - Los Angeles, CA - Cavern Club Theater/Casita Del Campo Sat. Feb. 12 - San Diego, CA - Martini’s Fri. Mar. 11 - New York, NY - Sony Hall Thu. Apr. 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Muse Event Center All shows Chariots of Failure, unless noted. For updated ticketing information on all Dina Martina shows, please visit dinamartina.com.
The critically acclaimed new Low album HEY WHAT and producer BJ Burton have been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of “Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical).” This is the band’s first-ever nomination in their 28-year career. HEY WHAT has also earned placement on “Best of 2021” year-end lists from the likes of Blow Up (#1), MOJO (#4), Uncut (#4), Rolling Stone (#16), The New Yorker (#8), The Wire (#4), New York Times (#8 /Critic: Lindsey Zoladz), PASTE (#12 Album of the Year and #20 Songs of the Year), Pitchfork (#3 Best Songs of 2021, #5 Best 50 Albums of 2021 and Best Rock Album), Northern Transmissions (#2), NPR (#21), The Guardian (#31), Vulture (Best Albums of 2021, So Far), Esquire (Best Albums of 2021, So Far), Gorilla vs. Bear (#39), Treble Zine (#1 Best 50 Albums of 2021), EXCLAIM! (#18), The Quietus (#98), The Skinny ( #3), PASTE (#12), as well as Rough Trade UK’s Top 100 Albums of 2021.
A new video, directed by illy killy for their song “Hey” is now available. You can watch the video by clicking here.
Low’s previously announced international headline dates in support of HEY WHAT begin February 16th, 2022. For a full list of shows click here.
Best Albums of 2021 lists include The New York Times, The Guardian, MOJO, The New Yorker, NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Blow Up, and Uncut
8.4/10, “Best New Music,”Pitchfork “Album of the Week” Stereogum “This is Low’s victory.” ★★★★Rolling Stone “The people behind HEY WHAT are redefining how a rock band can sound.” [“Album of the Week”] ★★★★The Guardian ”HEY WHAT is a transformative experience. Listening to it changes you…” [“Album of the Week”] Stereogum “…staggering and unprecedented…” The New Yorker [“Best Music of 2021,” #8]
Low HEY WHAT
Tracklisting: 1. White Horses 2. I Can Wait 3. All Night 4. Disappearing 5. Hey 6. Days Like These 7. There’s a Comma After Still 8. Don’t Walk Away 9. More 10. The Price You Pay (It Must Be Wearing Off)
This year, CHAI made their Sub Pop debut with WINK, securing their position as “a professional purveyor of whimsy” (The New York Times). Today, the band announces their forthcoming WINK TOGETHER EP, a reimagination of songs from their beloved record, and reveals “END” (Confidence Man Remix). For WINK TOGETHER, CHAI tapped their favorite artists from around the world for what they call their “most powerful album yet.” Collaborators include Korea’s Beenzino, Japan’s ZAZEN BOYS and STUTS, as well as Australia’s Confidence Man. “CHAI and ConMan are a match made in party heaven,” Confidence Man explains. “When we heard their track ‘END,’ we just knew we had to put our hands all over it. Make the girls the 90’s hip hop stars they truly are. And if we do say so ourselves, it’s truly turned into the collab of our dreams.”
Today’s remix is a small taste of what CHAI have in store with WINK TOGETHER, as well as what they will bring to their 2022 North American tour of the same name. The WINK TOGETHER tour will see CHAI bookending their run of dates supporting Mitski, including stops in Chicago, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles.
WINK TOGETHER Tracklist
END (Confidence Man Remix)
ACTION (with ZAZEN BOYS)
Miracle (Scoobert Doobert Remix)
PING PONG! (Busy P Remix)
Nobody Knows We Are Fun (STUTS Remix)
Donuts Mind If I Do (with Beenzino)
CHAI TOUR DATES
Fri. Feb. 4 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sat. Feb. 5 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Sun. Feb. 6 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Wed. Feb. 9 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Fri. Feb. 11 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Sat. Feb. 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
Sun. Feb. 13 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Tue. Feb. 15 - Brooklyn NY @ Elsewhere
Thu. Feb. 17 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel * - SOLD OUT
Fri. Feb. 18 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz * - SOLD OUT
Sat. Feb. 19 - Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern * - SOLD OUT
Mon. Feb. 21 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City * - SOLD OUT
Tue. Feb. 22 - New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre * - SOLD OUT
Thu. Feb. 24 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Outside Lawn) * - SOLD OUT
Fri. Feb. 25 - Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory * - SOLD OUT
Sat. Feb. 26 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater * - SOLD OUT
Mon. Feb. 28 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren * - SOLD OUT
Wed. March 2 - Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall * - SOLD OUT
Thu. March 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall * - SOLD OUT
Fri. March 4 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater * - SOLD OUT
Sat. March 5 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater * - SOLD OUT
Mon. March 7 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall * - SOLD OUT
Wed. March 9 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre * - SOLD OUT
Thu. March 10 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre * - SOLD OUT
Sat. March 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Sun. March 13 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Tue. March 15 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
Thu. March 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
On the heels of Bully’s critically acclaimed 2020 release Sugaregg comes a new single “Just For Love.” Recorded during the Sugaregg sessions, this standalone single was co-produced by John Congleton and Alicia Bognanno. You can listen to “Just For Love” HERE.
Starting Dec. 9th Bully will begin a 9 date Southeast/East Coast run. This run will begin in Asheville, NC with shows in Washington D.C, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Boston, and Pittsburgh, ending on Dec 18th. In Louisville, KY. See below for a full list of shows.
Tour Dates: THU. Dec 09. - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall FRI. Dec 10 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern SAT. Dec 11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat SUN. Dec 12 - Philadelphia , PA - Underground Arts TUE. Dec 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl WED. Dec 15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall THU. Dec 16 - Lancaster, PA - Tellus 360 FRI. Dec 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe SAT. Dec 18 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
What people are saying about SUGAREGG
“Full- throated, wild and free.” - Rolling Stone
“Sticky hooks, shout-along lyrics, and walloping, caffeinated riffs.” - Pitchfork
“…These songs are too insistent not to linger.” - The New Yorker
“Most developed offering from Bully yet” - Vulture
“Bognanno may be continuing a great tradition, but it provides a framework for catharsis that is deeply personal and candour that feels truly progressive.” ★★★★ - The Guardian
“SUGAREGG is confident and assured.” ★★★★ -NME
“The record flows, hitting knee-skinning highs like “Stuck in Your Head” (“I just wanted to pick up the tempo!” Bognanno sing-songs as the band counts off), barn-burners like “You” (about, it seems, an absent parent) and the hauntingly discordant “Hours and Hours.” Whatever the subject matter, whatever the tempo, each track finds Bognanno full-throated, wild and free…their most self-assured album yet.” ★★★½ -RollingStone
“SUGAREGG shows a musician at the top of their game, unafraid to take themselves a little less seriously than before.” ★★★★½ -The Forty Five
“When push comes to shove, SUGAREGG goes far to ease and maintain the cool in encountering happy sentiments and combine them with a fuck-it-all attitude. It is the blistering irresistibility of what is achieved at that point, which makes this record striking and inescapable.”[8/10] -CLASH
“This is joyous bubblegum grunge…Alicia Bognanno’s voice is as mesmeric and feral as ever, and her band sound simply, effortlessly, gigantic…you’re going to be rotting your teeth on SUGAREGG for weeks.” ★★★★ - NARC
“It’s a product full of joy, not maddening, but genuinely uplifting and encouraging. It’s also the best thing Bognanno has written. As the public is becoming increasingly accustomed to performances composed of lies and consistent sleight of hand, it’s rewarding to see someone go in the opposite direction and peel back the layers, revealing a freer and more transparent artistic self. It clearly hasn’t been easy, but on this basis, it certainly seems worth it.” - The Line Of Best Fit
“The most explosive collection of songs from Bognanno’s discography.” - Under the Radar
“…The songs on SUGAREGG feel like the singer, songwriter, guitarist, engineer and producer has reached a new level of comfort in her relationship with herself.” - Nashville Scene
The Sub Pop Singles Club is back for yet another year! Subscribe to the Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 7 to get twelve exclusive, limited-edition, colored-vinyl 7” records that you will, undoubtedly, love and adore and absolutely not sell on the internet for a lot of money in a few years!
We have, yet again, convinced some of the top musicians of the day to allow us to put their songs out: Vol. 7 of the series will include L7, Bartees Strange, Party Dozen, Matthew “Doc” Dunn, The William Loveday Intention (feat. Billy Childish!), The Shadracks (feat. the son of Billy Childish!), Sidney Gish, and six more TBA artistic geniuses.
Subscribers will be mailed two singles at a time, every other month, starting April 2022 and ending February 2023. And they’ll get digital versions of the songs via their Sub Pop Mega Mart account. Only 1,000 subscriptions are available. Subscribe now to avoid a life of regret!
While we have you, we’re down to the very last few sets of Vol. 6. Snag one of the last available subscriptions here. The final single – by awesome Seattle rock group The Black Tones – is out in February!