News from 6/2024

NEWS : THU, JUN 13, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Washed Out Shares “Waking Up (Solar Eclipse Performance)”

Ernest Greene’s music levitates over a timeless frontier on Washed Out’s fifth and most audacious album, Notes From a Quiet Life. You can sense it in his immersive, amorphous vocals, expansive soundscapes, and wistful storytelling.

This is evidenced by the new Washed Out visual for NFAQL’s standout,  “Waking Up.” After months of research and meticulous planning, Greene and director Jonah Haber collaborated to bring this one-take, never-before-seen live performance filmed in the path of full totality of the solar eclipse on location in Bandera, Texas, on April 8th, 2024.
Using this perfectly timed moment and imagery from the album’s cover, Washed Out takes this pioneering spirit and delivers a gorgeous performance that encapsulates the essence of Notes From a Quiet Life.
With all the risks involved and no guarantee of success, Haber and Greene create a music video unlike any other. During those four minutes and eight seconds of full totality, the moon passed between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the Sun and emulating the night. The performance allows the viewer to disengage from the outside world. The effect appears as if Washed Out is taking the stage inside a venue, using the moment of totality as nature’s dimmer until all you can focus on is Greene’s performance. It gives space for reflection, introspection, and an appreciation for the lack of control we have over nature and her force.
Click here to watch.
Washed Out’s previously announced headlining US tour and festival dates for the summer of 2024 in support of NFAQL begin June 22nd in Ogden, UT, and currently run through Saturday, August 24th in Birmingham, AL, at Iron City. See below for a full list of dates.
Sat. Jun. 22 - Ogden, UT - Twilight Concert Series
Sun. Jul. 14 - Seattle, WA - Day In Day Out Festival
Thu. Aug. 01 - Atlanta, GA -  The Eastern
Fri. Aug. 02 - Columbia, SC - The Senate
Sat. Aug. 03 - Asheville, NC - AVLFest
Mon. Aug. 05 - Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl
Tue. Aug. 06 - St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
Thu. Aug. 08 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Fri. Aug. 09 - Chicago, IL -  Metro
Sat. Aug. 10 - Madison, WI - Majestic
Sun. Aug. 11 - Columbus, OH - Kemba
Tue. Aug. 13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic
Wed. Aug.14 -  Toronto, ON - Danforth
Fri. Aug. 16 - Norwalk, CT - District Music Hall
Sat.  Aug. 17 - Boston, MA - Paradise
Sun. Aug. 18 - Brooklyn,  NY - Paramount
Tue. Aug. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Wed. Aug. 21 - Washington, DC -  930 Club
Fri. Aug. 23 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Sat. Aug. 24 -  Birmingham, AL - Iron City
Notes From a Quiet Life are now available to preorder on CD/LP/DSPs from Sub Pop. LP preorders in North America from and select independent retailers will receive the Loser Edition on Honeydew Melon vinyl. LP orders from independent retail stores & Mega Mart 2 (the new, UK-based sibling site to the world-famous Sub Pop Mega Mart) in the UK and Europe will receive the Loser Edition on Yellow-Green vinyl. All colored vinyl versions are available while stock lasts.

Washed Out
Notes From a Quiet Life
Track Listing:
1. Waking Up
2. Say Goodbye
3. Got Your Back
4. The Hardest Part
5. A Sign
6. Second Sight
7. Running Away
8. Wait on You
9. Wondrous Life
10. Letting Go 

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : MON, JUN 10, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Iron & Wine Share Official Video For “All In Good Time”

Light Verse is the new ten-track Iron & Wine album that features many highlights but none brighter than the Fiona Apple duet  “All in Good Time” which has been embraced by fans of both artists along with radio and critics.
Its official video, which is being shared today, translates the narrative of our two protagonists in the song through the eyes of a couple finding love in cinema and dance, with the help of some mischievous kids upending their day. It’s Singing In The Rain meets The Breakfast Club.
The “All In Good Time” video was filmed at The Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, Illinois, and is directed by Jamie Fleischel.
The “All in Good Time” video is being released ahead of the North American leg of Iron & Wine’s previously announced Light Verse headlining tour, which begins this Friday, June 14th in Milwaukee at the Pabst Theatre and currently runs through Saturday, August 24th in Nashville, TN at The Ryman.  
Iron & Wine will be joined each night by the Emmy Award-winning performance collective, design studio, and film/video production company Manual Cinema. Founded in Chicago in 2010 by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle Vegter, Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen.
Manual Cinema will perform live shadow puppetry and handmade animations alongside the band, creating a visual world that will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans.
Iron & Wine will then take the Light Verse tour to the UK and EU this fall, which begins October 22nd in Belfast, Ireland at Mandela Hall and ends November 15th in Antwerp, Belgium at De Roma. Support acts for the North American dates will be Ken Pomeroy, Amythyst Kiah, Rosali, and Sunny War, and in the UK and EU will come from Lizzie No.
For updated information on Iron & Wine live shows, please visit

North America Summer 2024
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 Bellwether *
Sat. Jun. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bellwether *
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 - Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts !
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 #
% w/ Ken Pomeroy  * w/ Amythyst Kiah 
! w/ Rosali  # w/ Sunny War
UK/EU Fall 2024
Mon. Oct 21 - Dublin, IE - Whelan’s (solo) ~ SOLD OUT
Tue. Oct. 22 - Belfast, UK - Mandela Hall +
Wed. Oct. 23 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street + SOLD OUT
Fri. Oct. 25 - Edinburgh, UK - Queens Hall +
Sat. Oct. 26 - Manchester, UK - New Century Hall +
Sun. Oct. 27 - Bristol, UK  - SWX +
Tue. Oct. 29 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Town Hall +
Wed. Oct. 30 - London, UK - London Palladium +
Thu. Oct. 31 - Cambridge, UK - Junction +
Sat. Nov. 02 - Groningen, NL - Take Root Festival
Mon. Nov. 04 - Copenhagen, DK - DR Koncerthuset +
Tue. Nov. 05 - Stockholm, SE - Göta Lejon +
Wed. Nov. 06 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller +
Thu. Nov. 07 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik +
Sat. Nov. 09 - Hamburg, DE - Fabrik +
Mon. Nov. 11 Berlin, DE - Huxleys +
Tue. Nov. 12 - Cologne, DE - Bürgerhaus stollwerck +
Thu. Nov 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso +
Fri. Nov. 15 - Antwerp, BE - De Roma +
~ w/ DUG + w/ Lizzie No

Produced by the band’s principal singer-songwriter Sam Beam, Light Verse was made in the city of Angels with David Way at the helm, and joining Beam were some of the area’s finest musicians - David Garza, Sebastian Steinberg, Griffin Goldsmith, Paul Cartwright, Elizabeth Goodfellow, Kyle Crane and Tyler Chester - helping craft what is easily the band’s most playful and adventurous record since The Shepherd’s Dog.   
Light Verse marks the first full-length release in over seven years, and today, Iron & Wine is also sharing a “Making of/Behind the Scenes” short film. The typically guarded Beam discusses how the album came to be with studio footage and an exclusive interview.  Watch the making of Light Verse here.
Light Verse featuring the highlights “You Never Know,” “All In Good Time (feat. Fiona Apple),”  “Anyone’s Game,” and “Sweet Talk,”  is now available CD/LP/digitally worldwide from Sub Pop.
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 platform to streaming services later in the year.

Praise for Iron & Wine Light Verse:

“A collection of songs bursting with surprises, reflecting the optimism of the album’s title, and a songwriter rejuvenated.” 8/10 - Uncut
“Both harmonically and melodically, Light Verse is more expansive, yet its arrangements are tighter. No longer the lone troubadour, Beam is backed by a group of LA musicians whose expert subtlety bolsters Beam’s magnetic quietude—even when Hollywood strings swell or the accompaniment reaches near cacophony.” 8.6/10 - PASTE
“My favorite moments on the album are where you hear those studio dynamics, where the quiet erupts into this chamber ensemble piece with these big shifting movements… it can go from everything from somber to nearly euphoric in its run, and I love that about it.” New Music Friday - NPR Music
“Beam has done this kind of thing before, but he seems to be digging a little deeper lyrically here, while crafting arrangements that are truly lush and lovely, better than any on previous Iron & Wine albums. That’s a high bar, but he soars over it with plenty of room to spare, and in the end Light Verse turns out to be one of the most enjoyable, varied, and well-crafted of the band’s records.” ★★★★ - All Music
“Even the good times will end eventually. That idea gestures toward the bittersweet irony of this fine late-career album: All the years have pulled Beam’s teeth, but they have also sharpened his pen.” Pitchfork
“It’s magnificent… It starts hushed and intimate (You Never Know), then as the band gradually comes in, it takes on a beautiful lushness throughout. Highlights include the lovely harmonies on Tears That Don’t Matter and All in Good Time, a soulful, churchy duet with Fiona Apple.” ★★★★ - MOJO
“Gorgeous… Iron & Wine proves he still has much to say in a hypnotic record full of lush production, highlighting the warmth and timelessness of his vocals.” 8/10 - CLASH
“Stunning… an album that straddles Iron & Wine’s earlier, stripped-down work and his later, more layered tunes. The gorgeous Sweet Talk and All in Good Time are particularly reminiscent of the former, while Tears That Don’t Matter is Beam at his most dynamically majestic.” ★★★★ - Record Collector
“Quirky yet profound, playful but often deeply moving… The ten tracks on Light Verse glow with the a rejuvenated joy and infectious creative energy.”  8/10 - The Line of Best Fit
“This time Beam worked alongside a handful of Los Angeles-based musicians and producer Dave Way (John Doe, Macy Gray) in his Laurel Canyon studio, and the bones of the songs on Light Verse are both looser and more freely experimental, often conjuring up a more ramshackle version of the layered psych-pop elements of 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog.” No Depression

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 : FRI, JUN 7, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Man Man’s Carrot On Strings Out Today

Today, June 7th, Man Man will release their new album, Carrot On Strings, on CD/LP/DSPs worldwide through Sub Pop Records. Following the single releases of “Iguana,” “Tastes Like Metal,” and “Alibi” comes the new official video for their cheeky tableau, “Cryptoad,” which was directed by former Man Man member Dan Scofield. If only car washes could clean the soul of a man…
Click here to watch. 
Carrot On Strings was recorded at Mant Sounds studio in Glassell Park, Los Angeles, and produced by Matt Schuessler, with whom Man Man frontman Ryan Kattner (Honus Honus) had worked on a cover of Neu!’s “Super” for the seminal Krautrock band’s box set. He and the band knocked out the songs live (workshopped in front of live audiences while Man Man toured) over 5 days in August 2022 and then hashing other sonic ideas over the following months. “I wanted things to be loose,” Kattner shares. “My intention was just to knock it all out,” he says. He even recorded more than a few of the single-track vocals while reclining on a couch. “It’s pretty wild,” he says — “because, you know, it wasn’t actually wild at all. It was the first time I wasn’t sequestered in an isolation booth, extensive baffling keeping me apart from the rest of the music. Something about being in the mixing room, tracking vocals, songs blasting out of the monitors that just felt perfect for this particular album.” 
As previously announced, Man Man will tour the UK & Europe in late October and November. See below for a full list of shows.

Wed. Oct. 30 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Thu. Oct. 31 - La Rochelle, FR - La Sirène
Fri. Nov. 01 - Rouen, FR - Le 106
Sat. Nov. 02 - Lille, FR - Le Grand Mix
Mon. Nov. 04 - Bristol, UK - The Lanes
Tue. Nov. 05 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House
Wed. Nov. 06 - Birkenhead, UK - Future Yard
Thu. Nov. 07 - Glasgow, UK - Hug & Pint
Fri. Nov. 08 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete’s
Sat. Nov. 09 - Middlesbrough, UK - Teesside Univ. Students’ Union
Sun. Nov. 10 - London, UK - MOTH Club
Tue. Nov. 12 - Rotterdam, NL- Rotown
Wed. Nov. 13 - Lasne, BE - Rideau Rouge
Thu. Nov. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Fri. Nov. 15 - Wiltz, LU - Prabbeli
Sat. Nov. 16 - Dijon, FR - La Vapeur

Carrot On Strings is available to order from Sub Pop. LP orders in North America from megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers, and in the UK/Europe from Mega Mart 2 (the new, UK-based sibling site to the world-famous Sub Pop Mega Mart) and select UK/EU independent retailers will receive the Loser Edition on Transparent Orange. All color vinyl versions are available while stock lasts.

Man Man
Carrot On Strings

1. Iguana
2. Cryptoad
3. Tastes Like Metal
4. Mongolian Spot
5. Blooddungeon
6. Carrots On Strings
7. Mulholland Drive
8. Pack Your Bags
9. Alibi
10. Cherry Cowboy
11. Odyssey

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : TUE, JUN 11, 2024 at 7:00 AM

J.R.C.G. Shares New Single “34”

J.R.C.G.’s “34” - now available on all DSPs - is the second single from the upcoming album Grim Iconic…(Sadistic Mantra), out August 2. “34” is a propulsive, hypnotic, Latin-rhythm infused art-punk tune that bursts with jubilant synths before crashing into a blistering noise coda.
On August 2nd, J.R.C.G. will release Grim Iconic…(Sadistic Mantra), the second album and Sub Pop debut by Tacoma, WA-based artist Justin R. Cruz Gallego (also of Seattle punk institution Dreamdecay). Grim Iconic…(Sadistic Mantra) weds scouring electronics to hooky songs and Gallego’s powerful drumming in a way that feels visceral and new. It’s his most personal statement to date, at once playful and intent, driven and combustible, total chaos mixed into glints of broken-glass beauty. Conceived and executed primarily in Gallego’s home studio, with finishing work at Machines With Magnets Studio in Rhode Island, Grim Iconic…(Sadistic Mantra) was co-produced by Gallego and Seth Manchester (The Body, Battles, Mdou Moctar).
J.R.C.G. will be opening for Mdou Moctar beginning on June 18th, with headline dates to follow. See below for a full list of shows.
Tue. Jun. 18 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall $
Wed. Jun. 19 - Detroit, MI - Magic Bag $
Thu. Jun. 20 -  Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom $
Fri. Jun. 21 - Buffalo, NY - Ashbury Hall $
Sun. Jun. 23 - Boston, MA- Paradise Rock Club $
Wed. Jun. 26 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw $
Thu. Jun. 27 - Washington, DC - 9:30 CLUB $
Fri. Jun. 28 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer $
Fri. Aug. 02 - Portland, OR - Polaris Hall
Sat. Aug. 03 - Seattle, WA  - Clock Out Lounge
Thu. Aug. 15 - Reno, NV - Holland Project
Fri. Aug. 16 - San Fransisco, CA - Kilowatt Bar
Sun. Aug.18 Tucson - Congress
Tues. Aug. 20 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Thu. Aug. 22- New Orleans, LA - Siberia
Fri. Aug. 23 - Atlanta, GA - 529
Sat. Aug. 24 - Nashville, TN - Hubba Hubba Tiki Tonk
Sun. Aug. 25 - Raleigh, NC -  Kings
Tue. Aug. 27 - Richmond, VA -  Warehouse
Wed. Aug. 28 - Washington, DC - Pie Shop
Fri. Aug. 30 - Providence, RI - AS220
 $ w/ Mdou Moctar 
Grim Iconic…(Sadistic Mantra) is now available to preorder on CD, LP, and digital formats from Sub Pop. LP and CD preorders available at megamart.subpop.comselect North American Independent retailersEU/UKindependent retail stores & Mega Mart 2 (the UK-based sibling site to the world-famous Sub Pop Mega Mart). Vinyl orders will receive the clear-vinyl Loser Edition while supplies last.

Grim Iconic…(Sadistic Mantra)
Track Listing:
1. Grim Iconic
2. 34
3. Dogear
4. Drummy
5. Liv
6. Party People (Heaven)
7. Junk Corrido
8. Cholla Beat
9. World i

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : THU, JUN 20, 2024 at 11:00 AM


Seattle, WA (June 20th, 2024) - Today, musician Suki Waterhouse is announcing the release of Memoir of a Sparklemuffin, her new 18-track double album, out worldwide on Friday, September 13th, 2024, from Sub Pop.
Suki is also sharing “Supersad,” the lead single which bursts out of the gate, kickstarted by fast-paced drum fills and garage-y guitars. “I tried to write a nineties song you could hear playing at the mall in Clueless or as an opening track for Legally Blonde,” she smiles. The single was produced by Brad Cook and the album’s Executive Producer Eli Hirsch, and written by Suki with Chelsea Balan, John Mark Nelson, and Lilian Caputo.
Also out today is the “Supersad” official video, in which Suki plays a bed-rot protagonist and her game show fairy godmother. The sparkling new visual is from filmmaker and longtime creative collaborator Émilie Richard-Froozan.
Suki’s music sounds like a collage of her inspirations, experiences, and emotions stitched together by honeyed vocal delivery, bright-eyed melodies, and evocative storytelling. It doubles as a mirror image of her life as a consummate creative, artist, actress, model, and mother, yet it also breaks the glass to unveil raw truth. She leans on an ever-evolving sonic palette to convey what she’s feeling—whether it be folky Americana, nineties alternative, turn-of-the-century indie, or handcrafted otherworldly pop. Now, the platinum-certified songstress asserts herself as a versatile, vibrant, and vital presence on Memoir of a Sparklemuffin.
Suki brought this body of work to life with the album’s Executive Producer Hirsch, as well as Jonathan Rado (Weyes Blood, Father John Misty, Beyonce), Cook (Bon Iver, War on Drugs, Snail Mail), Greg Gonzalez (Cigarettes After Sex), Rick Nowels (James Blake, Lana del Rey), and Natalie Findlay and Jules Apollinaire of the band Ttrruuces (with whom she co-wrote “Good Looking” and “OMG”).
She loosely tethered these 18 tracks to a transformative central concept represented by the Sparklemuffin spider….
“I came across the Sparklemuffin—which is wildly colored, does this razzle-dazzle dance, and its mate will cannibalize it if she doesn’t approve of the dance. It’s a metaphor for the dance of life we’re all in. The title felt hilarious, ridiculous, and wonderful to me.”
Suki’s The Sparklemuffin Tour, her previously announced 25-city North American headlining jaunt in support of the album, now begins at Salt Lake City’s Love Letters Festival on Friday, September 27th, and will make stops in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, and more. 
Preceding the tour, Suki will also appear at Seattle’s Day In Day Out (July 12th), London’s All Points East (August 18th), and will support Mitski at Portland, OR’s Moda Theatre (September 21st).
For more ticket information, please visit
Sat. Jul. 12 - Seattle, WA - Day In Day Out Festival
Sun. Aug. 18 - London, UK - All Points East Festival
Sat. Sep. 21 - Portland, OR - MODA Center +
Fri. Sep. 27 - Salt Lake City, UT - Love Letters Festival
Sat. Sep. 28 - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom *           
Thu. Oct. 17 - Houston, TX -  House of Blues ^                      
Fri. Oct. 18 - Austin, TX -  ACL Live at the Moody Theater ^
Sat. Oct. 19 - Dallas, TX  - The Factory in Deep Ellum ^     
Mon. Oct. 21 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren ^                       
Tue. Oct. 22 - San Diego, CA - The Sound ^               
Wed. Oct. 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre ^                          
Fri. Oct. 25 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield                                                  
Mon. Oct. 28 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom ^                   
Tue. Oct. 30 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater ^
Mon. Dec. 02 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman ^
Tue. Dec. 03 - St. Louis, MO - The Factory ^ 
Wed. Dec. 04 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre ^               
Fri. Dec. 06 - Cleveland, OH - The Agora ^  
Sat. Dec. 07 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Paramount ^ [Sold Out]
Sun. Dec. 08 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Paramount ^
Tue. Dec. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Franklin Music Hall ^                       
Wed. Dec. 11 - Washington, DC - The Anthem ^
Fri. Dec. 13 - Boston, MA - Roadrunner ^
Sat. Dec. 14 - Montreal, QC - MTELUS ^           
Sun. Dec. 15  - Toronto, ON - HISTORY ^         
Tue. Dec. 17 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre ^
Wed. Dec. 18 - Chicago, IL - The Salt Shed ^
Thu. Dec. 19 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium ^
Sat. Dec.  21 - Atlanta, GA - The Eastern ^
^ w/ Bully
* w/ Debbii Dawson
+ w/ Mitski
Memoir of a Sparklemuffin will be available on CD/2xLP/CS/DSPs from Sub Pop. LP preorders from (US), Mega Mart 2 (UK/EU), and your local record store will receive the limited Loser edition vinyl on Sparklemuffin Pearl (North America), and Sparkle Starlight (UK/Europe). There is also an Afterglow Purple vinyl, along with new Suki merch available from her Official Merch Store (All limited edition vinyl colors available whilst stock lasts!).
Suki initially teased Memoir of a Sparklemuffin with the singles “To Love,” “OMG,” “Faded” and “My Fun,” drawing listeners into Sparklemuffin’s sticky stylistic web. The latter single is currently the soundtrack to the new Sonos Ace headphone campaign, in which Suki also stars.

Suki Waterhouse
Memoir of a Sparklemuffin
1. Gateway Drug
2. Supersad
3. Blackout Drunk
4. Faded
5. Nonchalant
6. My Fun
7. Model, Actress, Whatever
8. To Get You
9. Lullaby
10. Big Love
11. Lawsuit
12. OMG
13. Think Twice
14. Could’ve Been A Star
15. Legendary
16. Everybody Breaks Up Anyway
17. Helpless
18. To Love

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, JUN 12, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Sub Pop To Release Velocity Girl’s UltraCopacetic (Copacetic Remixed and Expanded) Worldwide on Friday, August 16th, 2024

Long out-of-print 1993 debut album by the beloved indie-rock band
A remixed, remastered, and expanded edition of the original album, with liner notes, and an album’s worth of bonus tracks compiling singles, outtakes, and the band’s 1993 Peel Session
New Shows include October 25th in Los Angeles at Teragram Ballroom and November 23rd in Washington, DC at Black Cat
On Friday, August 16th, Sub Pop will release Velocity Girl’s UltraCopacetic (Copacetic Remixed and Expanded), the long out-of-print 1993 debut album by the beloved indie-rock band.
Velocity Girl were one of the leading lights of 1990s indie-pop, fusing the hooks of Britpop with the fuzzy guitars of shoegaze. This updated edition of the album features a new, band-approved mix, a full album of bonus tracks compiling singles, outtakes, and the band’s 1993 Peel Session. All of the music has been freshly mastered by Golden Mastering, and the package includes extensive liner notes from the band.
Velocity Girl’s UltraCopacetic (Copacetic Remixed and Expanded) will be available on CD/2xLP/DSPs from Sub Pop. LP Preorders are available in North America at the Sub Pop Mega Mart, in the UK and Europe at Mega Mart 2, and at your local record store. The first vinyl pressing is on opaque red vinyl, limited to 2,000 copies worldwide.
Velocity Girl has scheduled two new shows in support of UltraCopacetic for the fall of 2024, including Friday, October 25th in Los Angeles at The Teragram Ballroom and Saturday, November 23rd in Washington, DC at Black Cat.

Velocity Girl formed in 1989 or so at the University of Maryland outside Washington DC, and shortly thereafter settled on the lasting lineup of guitarist Archie Moore (Black Tambourine), guitarist Brian Nelson (Black Tambourine), drummer Jim Spellman (Starry Eyes, Foxhall Stacks, High Back Chairs, Julie Ocean, Piper Club), bassist Kelly Riles (Starry Eyes), and singer Sarah Shannon (Starry Eyes, The Not Its). The band combined English-inspired noisy shoegaze fuzz with scrappy US indie rock and classic ‘60s-style pop songwriting. A killer single on Slumberland and non-stop touring grabbed the attention of the indie-rock cognoscenti of the day, and, following a heated courtship involving both dinner AND dessert, Velocity Girl signed a contract on a car hood in Hoboken, New Jersey, making Sub Pop their home.
In 1992, the band began work on their debut album, Copacetic, at Easley Studios - once home base to the Bar-Kays and other classic soul bands - in Memphis with Bob Weston (Volcano Suns, Shellac) at the helm, and then mixed the album with Weston in Chicago. While the album had strong songs - pop tunes like “Audrey’s Eyes,” “Pop Loser,” and “Living Well” alongside ambitious explorations like “Pretty Sister” and “Here Comes” - the band had little experience with production and lacked the skills to “drive the boat” in the studio. As a result, the album turned out to be a rather stripped-down affair, lacking the lushness of their prior recordings. To the band’s ear it was jarring, and they soon realized this wasn’t the record they hoped to make. Bob Weston had done exactly what was asked of him and captured the sounds, but the band didn’t do its part to articulate a clear vision. But the band’s slot in the studio was over, and Polvo had just showed up to work on their album, so off Velocity Girl went to shoot the video for “Audrey’s Eyes.” Copacetic came out in 1993 and people seemed to like it just fine, but within the band there was a sense of disappointment to the point where most members couldn’t stand to hear the record.
Between then and now, the band learned a lot about recording, and Archie Moore developed a career in audio work, and the band finally decided to revisit Copacetic. After extensive digging, the 2” tape reels appeared in Jim’s ex-wife’s mother’s house, and in the spring of 2023, Archie began working on a remix.
Song by song the new mixes emerged just as the band envisioned them. Soaring vocals from Sarah (who studied opera in college), chiming lead guitar, juicy fuzzed-out rhythm guitars, and clear pounding drums. The pop songs are much poppier. The sonic blasts are more powerful, and the record hangs together as a cohesive document that flows from song to song. The approach was not to make a 2024-sounding record but rather to go back to the 1992 mindset and create the record the band should have made then. The result, UltraCopacetic (Copacetic Remixed and Expanded), is an exciting alternate history of Copacetic.
And, while they were at it, the band dug up and refreshed the rest of their studio material from the era: Ultraopacetic includes “Warm/Crawl” from the Velocity Girl/Tsunami split 7”, “Creepy” from the Crazy Town 7”, “Stupid Thing” from the Audrey’s Eyes 7”, and the unreleased album outtake “Even Die.” Topping it all off is the band’s complete five-song 1993 John Peel session, including two tracks that haven’t been heard since the original broadcast. UltraCopacetic is truly the definitive version of Velocity Girl’s first record.

Velocity Girl
UltraCopacetic (Copactic Remixed and Expanded)
1. Pretty Sister
2. Crazy Town
3. Copacetic
4. Here Comes
5. Pop Loser
6. Living Well
7. A Chang
8. Audrey’s Eyes
9. Lisa Librarian
10. 57 Waltz
11. Candy Apples
12. Catching Squirrels
13. Warm/Crawl
14. Creepy
15. Stupid Thing
16. Even Die
17. Here Comes (Peel Session version)
18. Always (Peel Session version)
19. Crazy Town (Peel Session version)
20. 57 Waltz (Peel Session version)
21. Copacetic (Peel Session version)

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