News from 2/2024

NEWS : MON, FEB 5, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Mudhoney’s Dan Peters Sits-In as Guest Drummer for Late Night with Seth Meyers’ 8G Band February 5-8

February 5th through 8th, catch legendary skinsman Dan Peters of famed rock outfit Mudhoney on live tele-tube and streaming beams sitting in with the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC. 

Peters joins a long line of world-class drummers who have sat behind band leader/comedian Fred Armisen’s drum kit on Meyers’ NBC late-night show since 2015. Each week, the 8G Band welcomes a gifted player to join the band to play the show’s themes, compose original music for guest walk-ons and commercial breaks, and keep the overall energy of the studio audience elevated throughout the taping.

2023 was a banger year for the one and only Mudhoney, who released their mind-melting album Plastic Eternity on Sub Pop. They toured extensively throughout Australia & North America, and April 7th was declared Mudhoney Day in King County, WA. The official proclamation highlighted their contributions to the Seattle music scene and beyond, crediting them for “35 years of brilliant musical mayhem.”

Additionally, the band found themselves wreathed in year-end accolades on Louder Than War, Uproxx, and Aquarium Drunkard lists, this last of which described Plastic Eternity as, “Wild, spiraling psychedelia, sharp-toothed political commentary, potty humor, dogs—this 11th album from Mudhoney has it all. Dive into the third-eye opening ‘Almost Everything,’ with its unhinged squall, chuckle grimly to word-playing ‘Cry Me an Atmospheric River,’ or enjoy a full-on belly laugh to sardonic but meaning-it ‘Little Dogs.’ These punk grunge founding fathers aren’t done yet.”

Mudhoney is hard at work plotting some exciting news for 2024, so stay close, follow along, and set your DVRs for February 5th to watch Dan tear it up on late-night TV. 

Late Night With Seth Meyers airs weeknights on NBC at 12:35 AM EST/PST. Stream current and past episodes on Peacock.

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : FRI, FEB 2, 2024 at 7:00 AM

J Mascis’ What Do We Do Now Is Out Today Worldwide From Sub Pop

What Do We Do Nowthe latest effort from world-famous stoic maestro J Mascis, is available worldwide today via Sub Pop Records. What Do We Do Now features the standout singles “Can’t Believe We’re Here,” “Set Me Down” and “Right Behind You.” What Do We Do Now has received accolades from Guitar World, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, MOJO, and Uncut, who call this new collection of songs “Mascis’ most fully formed and direct solo set to date.” Celebrating this new release, you can now watch the “Old Friends” video directed by Geddy Ruxpin. 
J has added a North American show on March 9th at The Drake in his hometown of Amherst, MA, and newly announced UK and European dates in April. He will also be playing two solo headline shows in Australia, which coincidentally happens during a run with his other band, Dinosaur Jr. The dates include Sydney’s Liberty Hall on Tuesday, February 20th, and Brisbane at The Triffid on Saturday, February 24th. See below for a full list of shows. 

Tue. Feb. 20 - Sydney, NSW - Liberty Hall
Sat. Feb. 24 - Brisbane, - The Triffid
Sun. Mar. 09 - Amherst, MA - The Drake
Thu. Apr. 02 - Antwerp, BE - Trix Club
Wed. Apr. 03  - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Tolhuistuin
Fri. Apr. 05 - Berlin, DE - Peter Edel
Sun. Apr. 07 - London, UK - EartH
Mon. Apr. 08 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
Wed. Apr. 10 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Fri. Apr. 12 - Dublin, IR - The Button Factory

What Do We Do Now’s lead single, “Can’t Believe We’re Here,” is currently #14 on the Billboard AAA chart, seeing strong support from the likes of WXPN/Philadelphia, KEXP/Seattle, WFUV/New York, KCSN/Los Angeles, KBCO/Denver, and The Current/Minneapolis.
What people are saying about J Mascis:
“a record of beautifully put-together songs” - The Quietus
“…What Do We Do Now, Mascis has created some of his best work outside Dinosaur Jr. His gently emotive voice, halfway between a croon and a croak, carries a set of acoustic-leaning folk-rock songs that are punctuated by Mascis’s unfurling guitar solos and some pummelling percussion.” - The Guardian 
“Mascis sure knows the power of simple words… it’s an LP of insight and empathy, a hand on the shoulder that says: ‘Yeah, me too.’” - [4 out of 5] MOJO
“In contrast to his Dinosaur Jr. material, it’s a bit more acoustic, but it’s still sure to please fans of any of the alt-rock-god’s work because there’s a wild fuzzed-out solo in the middle. And it rocks.” -
“It all sounds so perfect with Mascis’ weary vocals and, just when you’re thinking this is a viable new direction for him, he lets a ragged solo rip to remind you who’s making this racket.” - Brooklyn Vegan 
“A continually absorbing counterpoint to his work with Dinosaur Jr, J Mascis’ solo output finds the guitarist leaning towards his acoustic. Effects pedals are never far away, however, and he wails on this new release.” - CLASH

J Mascis
What Do We Do Now
1. Can’t Believe We’re Here
2. What Do We Do Now
3. Right Behind You
4. You Don’t Understand Me
5. I Can’t Find You
6. Old Friends
7. It’s True
8. Set Me Down
9. Hangin Out
10. End Is Gettin Shaky

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : TUE, FEB 6, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Hear Pissed Jeans’ Crushing New Track “Sixty-Two Thousand Dollars in Debt”

Today, February 6th, Pissed Jeans is sharing “Sixty-Two Thousand Dollars in Debt,” a crushing new track about the heady excitement of shrinking debt-to-credit ratios, and a highlight from their forthcoming album Half Divorced.
Last month, the band announced the release of the album with the official video for indelible lead single “Moving On” from director and frequent collaborator Joe Stakun (“The Bar Is Low,” “Bathroom Laughter,” “Romanticize Me”).
The FADER says “Moving On” is, “…a song that cuts deep to the core while brightening up the layers of distortion that have defined the sound of previous Pissed Jeans albums through perky guitar tones and anthemic vocals.” Stereogum named the song one of its “5 Best Songs of the Week,” and said, “Where Pissed Jeans’ music was once overwhelmingly mean and scuzzy, ‘Moving On’ sounds vast and anthemic, with keyboards and melodies and an actual singable hook. It might be the friendliest song that Pissed Jeans have ever recorded.”
Later this month, Pissed Jeans will also grace the cover of New Noise Magazine’s February/March issue (see January 31st news story).
Pissed Jeans’ Half Divorced is the follow-up to 2017’s Why Love Now, an album that took aim at the mundane discomforts of modern life. The twelve songs of Half Divorced skewer the tension between youthful optimism and the sobering realities of adulthood. Pissed Jeans’ – Matt Korvette (vocals), Bradley Fry (guitar),  Randy Huth (bass), and Sean McGuinness (drums) – notorious acerbic sense of humor remains sharper than ever as they dismember some of the joys that contemporary adult life has to offer.
Half Divorced was produced and mixed by Pissed Jeans and Don Godwin and engineered by Mike Petillo at Tonal Park in Takoma Park, Maryland, and mastered by Arthur Rizk (co-producer and mixer for Why Love Now).
Pissed Jeans’ previously announced international tour dates in support of Half Divorced span Friday, February 29th through Thursday, April 4th. Additional live dates will be announced soon.
Thu. Feb. 29 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Fri. Mar. 01 - Seattle, WA - Madame Lou’s
Sat. Mar. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Fri. Mar. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
Sat. Mar. 16 - Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus
Fri. Mar. 29 - Schijndel, NL - Paaspop Festival
Sat. Mar. 30 - London, UK - EartH (aka Hackney Arts Centre)
Sun. Mar. 31 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Punk Fest
Tue. Apr. 02 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Wed. Apr. 03 - Dublin, IE - Whelan’s
Thu. Apr. 04 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Half Divorced is available to preorder now from Sub Pop.
Preorders in North America from and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser Edition on Spotify-Colored vinyl (otherwise known as an opaque lime green…). In the UK and Europe, LP orders from independent retail stores will receive the Loser Edition on Coke Bottle Green vinyl. A UK-only Magenta vinyl edition will also be available to preorder through Mega Mart 2 (the new, UK-based sibling site to the world-famous Sub Pop Mega Mart) and Rough Trade Shops. All colored vinyl versions are available while stock lasts.

Pissed Jeans
Half Divorced
1. Killing All the Wrong People
2. Anti-Sapio
3. Helicopter Parent
4. Cling to a Poisoned Dream
5. Sixty-Two Thousand Dollars in Debt
6. Everywhere Is Bad
7. Junktime
8. Alive With Hate
9. Seatbelt Alarm Silencer
10. (Stolen) Catalytic Converter
11. Monsters
12. Moving On

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Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, FEB 7, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Iron & Wine’s Light Verse: His Seventh Album, Will Be Available Worldwide On Friday, April 26th

On April 26th, 2024, Iron & Wine will release his seventh full-length album, Light Verse, worldwide from Sub Pop. The ten-track collection was produced by the band’s principal singer-songwriter Sam Beam and mixed and engineered by Dave Way at Waystation and Silent Zoo Studios in Los Angeles. Light Verse is the first full-length Iron & Wine release in over seven years and follows his two Grammy-nominated releases, 2017’s Beast Epic and 2018’s Weed Garden EP.
With Light Verse, Beam’s lyrics once again draw on a series of fictional and personal insights, filled with desperate characters and wide-eyed optimists, offering promise and a dose of heartache, tears and laughter, life and love. It’s also Iron & Wine’s most playful record, with its title reflecting how the songs were born with joy after the heaviness and anxiety of the pandemic. Where Beast Epic and Weed Garden gave air to the disquiet of middle-aged frailty and brokenness, Light Verse’s songs trade that for the focus acceptance can bring. Moment by moment, they delight in being pointed or silly (or both) and attempt beauty over prettiness.
Light Verse musically was shaped by a cast of deep players who brought their own stamp of authenticity to Beam’s vision. Joining were Tyler Chester (keyboards), Sebastian Steinberg (bass), David Garza (guitar), Griffin Goldsmith, Beth Goodfellow, Kyle Crane (all drums/percussion) and Paul Cartwright (strings). A 24-piece orchestra makes an appearance over four tracks and Fiona Apple lent her voice - that miracle that sounds like both a sacrifice and a weapon at the same time - to a duet called “All In Good Time.”
Fashioned as an album that should be taken as a whole, Light Verse sounds lovingly handmade and self-assured as a secret handshake. Track by track, its equal parts elegy, kaleidoscope, truth and dare.
Iron & Wine is also announcing a North American headlining tour supporting Light Verse, which spans Friday, June 14th in Milwaukee, WI at The Pabst Theatre, and currently runs through Saturday, August 24th in Nashville, TN at The Ryman.
A special fan presale begins Thursday, February 8th at 10 am (local), with tickets on sale to the general public on Friday, February 9th at 10 am (local). For regular updates on tickets please visit
Fri. Jun. 14 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater
Sat. Jun. 15 -  St Paul, MN - Palace Theatre
Mon. Jun. 17 - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom
Tue. Jun. 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Union
Thu. Jun. 20 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
Fri. Jun. 21 - Portland, OR - McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Sat. Jun. 22  - Portland, OR - McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Sun. Jun. 23 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Tue. Jun. 25 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Thur. Jun. 27 - Monterey, CA - Golden State Theatre
Fri. Jun. 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bellweather
Sat. Jun. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bellweather
Sun. Jun. 30 - El Cajon, CA - The Magnolia
Tue. Jul. 02 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren
Wed. Jul. 03 - Taos, NM - Kit Carson Park * (support for Avett Brothers)
Fri. Jul. 05 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
Sat. Jul. 06  - St Louis, MO -  The Pageant
Mon. Jul. 08 - Chicago, IL - The Salt Shed
Wed. Jul. 31 - New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theater
Thu. Aug. 01 - Houston, TX-  White Oak Music Hall
Fri. Aug. 02 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Sat. Aug. 03 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre
Mon. Aug. 05 - Atlanta, GA - The Eastern
Tue. Aug. 06 - Wilmington, NC - Wilson Center at CFCC
Wed. Aug. 07 - Raleigh, NC - Meymandi Concert Hall
Fri. Aug. 09 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
Sat. Aug. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore Philadelphia
Sun. Aug. 11 - Boston, MA - Roadrunner
Tue. Aug. 13 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
Wed. Aug. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Paramount
Fri. Aug. 16 - Montreal, QC - MTELUS
Sat. Aug. 17 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
Sun. Aug. 18 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Cathedral Theatre
Tue. Aug. 20 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
Thu. Aug. 22 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Fri. Aug. 23 - Louisville, KY - Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
Sat. Aug. 24 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Light Verse is available to preorder on CD/LP/digitally worldwide from Sub Pop. LP preorders from Iron & Wine’s official, and select independent stores in North America will receive the Loser edition on Clear with Blue Swirl vinyl. In the UK and Europe, LP preorders through Sub Pop’s new, Mega Mart 2, and UK/EU Independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on Yellow Transparent vinyl.
Iron & Wine’s Who Can See Forever soundtrack is also available from Sub Pop. The documentary concert film, which has seen sold-out screenings in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Denver, will continue its theatrical run in select cities throughout 2024 before platforming to streaming services later in the year (see full list of dates here).

Iron & Wine
Light Verse
1. You Never Know
2. Anyone’s Game
3. All in Good Time (Feat. Fiona Apple)
4. Cutting It Close
5. Taken by Surprise
6. Yellow Jacket
7. Sweet Talk
8. Tears that Don’t Matter
9. Bag of Cats
10. Angels Go Home

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : MON, FEB 5, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Shabazz Palaces Shares “Myths Of The Occult (Feat. Japreme Magnetic)” A New Track From Exotic Birds Of Prey

Today, Monday, February 5th, Shabazz Palaces is sharing “Myths Of The Occult,” a hypnotic new track featuring DC-rapper Japreme Magnetic and is from Exotic Birds of Prey, his new seven-song mini-album, out March 29th worldwide from Sub Pop.
Exotic Birds of Prey is the follow-up to Robed in Rarenesshis well-received album from October 2023. Robed was released on all DSPs and will also be available on CD/LP formats on March 29th, 2024.
Shabazz Palaces is also announcing European and UK dates in support of Robed in Rareness and Exotic Birds of Prey, which begin April 27th in Paris, France at Le Petit Bain and currently end May 22nd in Braga, PT at Gnration. Preceding these dates, Shabazz Palaces will also appear at My Morning Jacket’s “One Big Holiday” at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, April 4th-7th, 2024.
Sat. Apr. 27 - Paris, FR - Le Petit Bain
Tue. Apr. 30 - Lille, FR - Aeronef
Wed. May 01 - Brussels, BE - AB Club
Thu. May 02 - Ramsgate, UK - Music Hall in
Fri. May  03 - Dublin, IE - Sugar Club
Sat. May 04 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House
Sun. May 05 - Manchester, UK - YES Pink Room
Mon. May 06 - Brighton, UK - Patterns
Tue. May 07 - London, UK - Village Underground
Thu. May 09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Sat. May 11 - Copenhagen, DK  - Huset
Sun. May 12 - Hamburg, DE - Turmzimmer
Mon. May 13 - Berlin, DE - Frannz Club
Tue. May 14 - Prague, CZ - Meet Factory
Thu. May 16 - Geneva, CH - L’Usine
Sun. May 19 - San Sebastian, ES - Dabadaba
Mon. May 20 - Madrid, ES - Cafe Berlin
Tue. May 21 - Lisbon, PT - B. Leza
Wed. May 22 - Braga, PT - Gnration

Shabazz Palaces is masterminded by vocalist and producer Ishmael Butler, whose unstinting drive to reimagine hip-hop – even as he enjoys his fifth decade on Earth – remains undimmed. 
Exotic Birds of Prey furthers the modus operandi of its predecessor, Robed in Rareness – a respectful eye on the past, an embrace of an ever-evolving present, and its feet are firmly planted in the future. Where Robed… warped sounds like shoegaze and ambient music into the Shabazz Palaces multiverse, Exotic… cross-pollinates these elements with twisted electro and funk vibes.
This new endeavor features collaborations with the likes of Stas THEE Boss, Irene Barber, the aforementioned Japreme Magnetic, OC Notes, Cobra Coil, Purple Tape Nate, and Lavarr the Starr.
Exotic Birds of Prey was produced by Shabazz Palaces, mixed by Erik Blood, and engineered by Ishmael Butler and Blood at Studio4 West in Venice, California, with mastering by Warren Defever at Third Man Mastering.
Exotic Birds of Prey and Robed in Rareness are now available to preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders for each release in North America from and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser Editions for Exotic Birds of Prey on Translucent White vinyl and Robed in Rareness on Translucent Ruby vinyl.
In the UK and Europe, LP orders from Mega Mart 2 (the new, UK-based sibling site to the world-famous Sub Pop Mega Mart) and independent retail stores will receive the Loser Editions for Exotic Birds of Prey on Cream White vinyl and Robed in Rareness on Red vinyl.
NPR Music called Robed in Rareness “Enchanting and subversive…” while Pitchfork offered this, “The futurism of Shabazz Palaces has always been interwoven with the past and present, their songs scintillating tapestries of old-school shit talk, proggy psychedelia, and melodic flossing. Robed in Rareness is draped in this multiplicity as Butler and a team of close collaborators swagger across eras of rap.”

Shabazz Palaces
“Myths Of The Occult (Feat. Japreme Magnetic)”
Single Artwork

Shabazz Palaces
Exotic Birds Of Prey
1. Exotic BOP (feat. Purple Tape Nate)
2. Angela (feat. Stas THEE Boss & Irene Barber)
3. Myths Of The Occult (feat. Japreme Magnetic)
4. Goat Me (feat. Cobra Coil)
5. Well Known Nobody (feat. OCnotes)
6. Synth Dirt
7. Take Me To Your Leader (feat. Lavarr the Starr)

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : FRI, FEB 9, 2024 at 7:00 AM

2024 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship

Sub Pop Records is extremely proud to announce the return (for our 18th year!) of the Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. Further details on the scholarship are below, and even further below is some clarification on what we mean with all this “Loser” business.

Sub Pop Records is offering a grand total of $18,000 in college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—each for $6,000! As longtime, proud losers ourselves, we’re exceedingly happy to be able, in some small way, to help further the education of art-enthused misfits from the NW. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be residents of Washington or Oregon, and graduating seniors on the way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for applicants who are involved and/or interested in music and/or creative media and arts in some way. However, you do not need to be pursuing an education in the arts.

To apply: you must submit an essay, one page or less, using any combination of the following questions as a guide (or write something completely your own, be inspired and creative!). Please list the school you are graduating from and the school you plan to attend in the fall at the top of your essay along with your contact information.

- What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?

- What does being a Sub Pop ‘Loser’ mean to you?

- What are your influences and/or who inspired you to become involved in the arts?

- Describe your biggest failure and explain how it has brought you closer to your goal(s).

- Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.

- How has your family or community background affected the way you see the world?

- Why should you be the Loser winner?

Applicants are strongly (!) encouraged to send digital links and/or provide hard copies of their artwork, photos of community involvement, radio show links, videos, etc. along with their essay (we have never had a winner who submitted only an essay w/no extras). However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 19th, 2024.

Please send all submissions and attachments to by Tuesday, March 19th. We will announce the scholarship winners during the first week of April.

What we talk about when we talk about “Loser.”

Here at Sub Pop Records, we use the word “loser” a lot. You may have noticed. We’ve printed it on things we sell (hats, shirts, stickers, mugs, and more!), we call the first, colored-vinyl, limited-edition pressings of the records we release the “Loser Edition,” and every year since 2007 ish we’ve awarded tuition money to college-bound NW high school students through the “Sub Pop Loser Scholarship.” And, it’s possible we take for granted that you guys catch our drift and understand what we mean when we’re all “loser this,” and “loser that.” So! The following…

 Sub Pop’s use of the word “loser” goes back to the foundation of the label and is meant as a celebration of unabashedly being ourselves without conforming to any preconceived ideas of “normal.” To be a loser is central to the very idea of underground art and culture - all of it happening and thriving outside of the mainstream, and not necessarily looking for a way in. Bruce Pavitt’s “New Pop Manifesto” in the 1st issue of Subterranean Pop included, “The important thing to remember is this: the most intense music, the most original ideas… are coming out of scenes you don’t even know exist… Only by supporting new ideas by local artists, bands, and record labels can the U.S. expect any kind of dynamic social/cultural change…” And, since 2007 or so, with the Loser Scholarship, we’ve been adding students to that list, and putting our (or, our co-founder, big boss and biggest loser ever, Jonathan Poneman’s…) money where our mouth is. Sub Pop Records strives to bring attention to music and art from the fringes that might otherwise remain marginalized. And, in that same spirit, through our annual Loser Scholarship, we’re looking for art-enthused misfits in NW high schools, losers like us, to help them pay for college. We stand proudly with and support the misfits, weirdos and losers, because we believe that when we’re able to proudly be nothing other than our true selves, we have the ability to make the world stronger, smarter and better.

So, good luck, Losers! And, again, please send all submissions and attachments to by Tuesday, March 19th.

Posted by Abbie Gobeli