News from 7/2024

NEWS : THU, JUL 11, 2024 at 9:00 AM

WE’RE HIRING: THE SUB POP STORE AT SEA-TAC AIRPORT IS CURRENTLY SEEKING A PART-TIME SALES CLERK (July 2024)

Sub Pop is currently accepting resumes from energetic, responsible, detail-oriented, and dependable candidates for a Part-time sales clerk, nights and weekends (temp) at our terribly impressive store at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This guy. 

Responsibilities include:

 • Greeting and assisting customers in a friendly manner. 
 • Full compliance with Sea-Tac operation rules and strict TSA regulations and restrictions. 
 • Efficient handling of cash and credit card transactions. 
 • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively. 
 • Availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays. 
 • Assisting in organizing and restocking the store. 
 • Maintaining the general appearance of the store. 
 • Contributing to the team retail effort by accomplishing related tasks as needed. 

Qualified candidates will have: 

 • Previous experience in the retail environment. 
 • Knowledge of the Sub Pop catalog, Pacific Northwest music, the Seattle music community, and the City of Seattle.
 • A friendly and enthusiastic disposition with customers and staff. 
 • Strong and clear communication skills. 
 • A general understanding of retail Point of Sale systems. 
 • Flexibility in schedule and willingness to work early or late hours. 

Store hours 7am-9 pm everyday / 6 am-9 pm

Salary: $20.00 an hour

Benefits: Competitive pay, flexible scheduling, paid time off, holiday pay, store discount, growth opportunities, and more!

Please send your resume to airportstore@subpop.com.


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : TUE, JUL 2, 2024 at 6:00 AM

Sub Pop to Release The Bug Club’s On the Intricate Inner Workings of the System Worldwide Friday, August 30th, 2024

Following The Bug Club’s signing announcement last month, Sub Pop can now share the full details for On the Intricate Inner Workings of the System, the band’s full-length label debut, which will be released worldwide on Friday, August 30th, 2024. The album features the previously released highlight “Quality Pints,” along with other feel-good ditties like “War Movies,” “A Bit Like James Bond,” “We Don’t Care About That” and today’s offering, “Lonsdale Slipons.”
 
On the Intricate Inner Workings of the System sees the band serve up a beefy slab of their signature Modern-Lovers-meets-Nuggets garage rock, featuring B-52’s call-and-response fun mixed with AC/DC power chord grunt. Leaning towards fast-paced punk, opening double salvo “War Movies” and the previously released “Quality Pints” sets the scene: duel vocal piss taking, surreal takes on everyday topics that go full circle and become profound, riffs all day long and then all the next day too. “Quality Pints” deals with the pressing concerns of any conscientious touring outfit, taking to heart the rule of the three R’s as penned by renowned fellow pints fan Mark E Smith of The Fall. Repetition, repetition, repetition. If it’s that important, which it is, it’s worth saying again. “War Movies” dresses distorted chugging with a comprehensive ‘best of’ list for the genre, with Sam Willmett offering a solo casually chucked out in a way that will make your dad promptly give up any resurgent guitar-playing ambitions.
 
Melody is still ever-present, with the hilariously meta “Pop Single” channeling Ray Davies at his most self-aware. You ask for a pop single, that’s what you get - The Bug Club don’t mess about. And it’s this confidently silly strain that gives us “Lonsdale Slipons,” which finally sees the UK’s worst-ever shoes paid tribute to in song form, and “We Don’t Care About That,” which tells us all to stop talking about lots of things. Considering attempting a tentative review of what you’re listening to? Well stop. “Better Than Good” has you covered there, too. You’re getting what you’re given, and thankfully everybody seems happy with that - especially this track’s lo-fi production, Violent Femmes bass, and Sterling Morrison solo. Best to leave the hot takes to The Bug Club, we reckon. This record backs us up.
 
Initially comprising the songwriting core of Sam Willmett (vocals/guitar) and Tilly Harris (vocals/bass) with Dan Matthew (drums), The Bug Club started plying their trade in 2016. They were signed by UK label Bingo Records in Autumn 2020 and first single “We Don’t Need Room For Lovin” was released in February 2021. It quickly established The Bug Club as the tongue-in-cheek and live-focused antidote to the previous year’s penned-in pandemic drudgery.  BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley was an early champion, hammering the single, booking the band in for a session as soon as it was allowed and rightfully praising songwriters capable of singing the whole alphabet in a two-minute song and making it work (read more at Sub Pop).
 
The Bug Club will support On the Intricate Inner Workings of the System with their previously announced UK tour dates, which resume Saturday, 6th July, in Usk, UK, at The Weekend Rumble and end Saturday, 16th November, in Norwich, UK, at Norwich Arts Centre. International dates will be announced soon.
 
Sat.  Jul. 06 - Usk, UK - The Weekend Rumble
Fri.  Jul. 26 - Rock, UK - Rock Oyster Festival
Thu. Aug. 01 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Aug. 02 - Pikehall, UK - Y Not Festival
Thu. Aug. 29 - Brighton, Resident Records (instore)
Fri. Aug. 30 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Psych Fest
Sat. Aug 31 - Hull, UK - The Adelphi
Sun. Sep. 01 - Edinburgh, UK - Edinburgh Psych Fest
Mon. Sep. 02 - Riley & Coe Session, BBC Radio 6 Music
Tue. Sep. 03 - Liverpool, UK - Rough Trade (instore)
Wed. Sep. 04 - Nottingham, UK - Rough Trade (instore)
Thu. Sep. 05 - London, UK - Rough Trade East, (instore)
Thu. Nov. 07  - Bournemouth, UK - Bear Cave
Fri. Nov. 08 - Margate, UK - Lido
Sat. Nov. 09 - Bedford, UK - Esquires
Wed. Nov. 13 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
Thu. Nov. 14 - Hebden Bridge, UK - The Trades Club
Fri. Nov. 15 - Leicester, UK - The SoundHouse
Sat. Nov. 16 - Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Centre

 
The Bug Club’s On the Intricate Inner Workings of the System is available to preorder on CD/LP/DSPs from Sub Pop. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.com (North America), Mega Mart 2 (UK/EU), and independent retailers worldwide will receive the limited Loser edition vinyl on Transparent Grey Smoke (US) and Orange/Red Marble (UK/EU) (whilst stock lasts!). On the Intricate Inner Workings of the System’s album cover artwork is from UK illustrator and comic book artist Willem Hampson.
 
What people are saying about The Bug Club:
“‘Quality Pints’ is a wild two-minute rager that reminds me of the Buzzcocks and the Vaselines. It’s all about something the band has surely experienced during all that touring: the search for a decent beer in various cities around the world. In addition to the explosive punk-rock energy, the song has a hip-shaking rock ‘n’ roll element, manifested in a rattling tambourine and occasional outbursts of electric-shock lead guitar” - STEREOGUM
 
“…the kind of indie punk ripper that feels custom built to send audiences into a shout-along, beer-fueled frenzy.” [“Quality Pints”] BROOKLYN VEGAN
 
“The amped-up punk track is a blast of shout-along energy, and vicious guitar solos following the pair’s journey to secure a solid pint of beer… It’s as ridiculous as it is fun, and Harris and Willmett are bringing their particular flavor of absurdity to Sub Pop’s legendary roster. Cheers, indeed.”  [“Quality Pints”]  “Best New Songs” - PASTE



The Bug Club
On The Intricate Inner Workings of the System
 
Tracklisting:
1. War Movies
2. Quality Pints
3. Pop Single
4. Best Looking Strangers in the Cemetery
5. A Bit Like James Bond
6. We Don’t Care About That
7. Lonsdale Slipons
8. Better Than Good
9. Actual Pain
10. Cold. Hard. Love.
11. The Intricate Inner Workings of the System

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : MON, JUL 15, 2024 at 9:00 AM

WE’RE HIRING: SUB POP PUBLISHING MUSIC LICENSING MANAGER (July 2024)

Sub Pop Publishing is seeking a full-time Music Licensing Manager based in Los Angeles. We are looking for an individual who has great interpersonal skills, is a self-starter, is detail-oriented, and has the ability to work in an open group environment. 

Sub Pop Publishing was founded in 2011 and is the publishing division of Sub Pop Records, an independent record company founded in 1988. We work with Sub Pop Records artists such as Bully, Shabazz Palaces, clipping., Guerilla Toss, Mudhoney, La Luz and Frankie Cosmos, and our writers have contributed to songs by A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Christine and the Queens, SYML, Olafur Arnalds, SZA, KayCyy and others.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working to place the Sub Pop Publishing catalog in advertisements, TV, film, video games, web-videos, social media, podcasts and more by soliciting and responding to music searches and licensing requests

  • Actively pitching our catalog in a manner tailored to the taste and project requirements of individual music supervisors, editors, filmmakers, and producers

  • Listening to and quickly learning a large catalog of material and applying that knowledge to searches/requests for material

  • Ingesting, organizing and maintaining the audio storage system

  • Managing outstanding invoices and licenses

  • Logging all licensing activity and preparing reports on such activity as requested

  • Seeking out, developing and maintaining relationships directly with music supervisors, ad agencies, filmmakers and other potential licensing contacts

  • Organizing and attending artist functions for music supervisors, ad agencies and others when appropriate

  • Sending out email blasts, playlists, show invites and other forms of promotion

  • Quoting, clearing, negotiating and preparing synchronization licenses 

  • Some travel may be necessary

Qualifications include: 

  • Minimum 3 years experience working in a similar role within a label, publisher or licensing company

  • Knowledge and passion for music in general is a must, as is familiarity with the Sub Pop Publishing catalog 

  • Interest in music licensing, film and advertising 

  • Competent computer skills 

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects 

  • Positive attitude, great communication skills and an enthusiastic team spirit


Supervisor: Director of Publishing

Salary Range: $55,000 - $65,000


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jobapplicants@subpop.com.

We are accepting resumes through the position closing date of July 29th, 2024.


Description of Benefits: PTO (Paid time off including sick time) beginning at 15 days per year, 14 paid holiday days, 401k plan with partial employer match, medical/dental/vision insurance paid for employees and partially paid for their family, transportation benefits, discounted merchandise. 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.


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : TUE, JUL 16, 2024 at 6:00 AM

White Roses, My God, the Debut Solo Album From Alan Sparhawk of Low, Is out September 27th

On September 27th, Sub Pop will release White Roses, My God, the debut solo effort from Alan Sparhawk. Though he’s obviously (and justifiably) best known for his thirty years in the legendary band Low, a look at Sparhawk’s many side projects across that same span of time shows him experimenting with everything from punk and funk to production work and improvisation. Low itself never settled for a set sound or approach. The band was always a collaboration—a conversation, a romance—between Sparhawk and his wife, Mimi Parker, who was the band’s co-founder, drummer, co-lead vocalist, and its blazing irreplaceable heart. Parker passed away in 2022 after a long battle with cancer.
 
There is no question that White Roses, My God is a record borne of grief. However, it would be reductive, even foolish, to see grief as the sole source or the final limit of this taut, brilliant, provocative, thrilling album, whose bold experimentation is powered by profound lyrics and propulsive beats. White Roses, My God is an exorcism whose purpose is not to banish the spirit but to set it free.
 
Recorded at 20 Below Studios in Duluth, MN, White Roses, My God was co-produced and engineered by Alan Sparhawk and Nat Harvie, mixed by Nat Harvie, and mastered by Heba Kadry. The album features standout singles “Get Still” and “Heaven,” alongside today’s release for the album’s pulsating debut offering, “Can U Hear,” the video for which was directed by Rick Alverson.
 
Alan Sparhawk’s tour schedule in support of White Roses, My God begins November 2nd, 2024, in Dublin, IE, at Opium and currently ends January 25th, 2025, in Denver at the Bluebird.
 
This announcement features a new, eight-date headlining run in the US (Jan. 13th-25th), which includes a stop at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere on April 5th. These shows will follow his previously announced 2024 dates— UK/EU headline dates (Nov. 2nd-5th), an appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival London at The Barbican with Jessica Pratt (Nov. 6th), and support dates with Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Nov. 8th-24th).
 
Additional live dates will be announced soon. Please find a current list of dates below.
 
Europe, Fall 2024
Sat. Nov. 02 - Dublin, IE- Opium
Mon. Nov. 04 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Tue. Nov. 05 - Wales, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Wed. Nov. 06 - London, UK - the Barbican Centre, Pitchfork Music Festival $
Fri. Nov. 08 - Chicago, IL - Salt Shed #
Sat. Nov. 09 - Saint Paul, MN - Palace Theatre #
Mon. Nov. 11 - Lawrence, KS #
Tue. Nov. 12 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge #
Wed. Nov. 13 -  Nashville, TN - Basement East (TN) #
Thu. Nov. 14 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theater #
Fri. Nov. 15 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade #
Sat. Nov. 16 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm #
Sun. Nov. 17 - Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom #
Tue. Nov. 19 - Washington, DC - 930 Club #
Fri. Nov. 22 - Norwalk, CT - District Music Hall #
Sat. Nov. 23 - Boston, MA - Roadrunner #
Sun. Nov. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer #
 
North America, January 2025
Mon. Jan. 13 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
Wed. Jan. 15 - Bozeman, MT - The Rialto
Fri. Jan. 17 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
Sat. Jan. 18 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Mon. Jan. 20 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Fri. Jan. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
Sat. Jan. 25 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
Fri. Apr. 02 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere
 
$ Jessica Pratt
# Godspeed You! Black Emperor
 
White Roses, My God is available to preorder now from Sub Pop. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.com (North America), Mega Mart 2 (UK/EU), and independent retailers worldwide will receive the limited Loser edition on Clear vinyl (while stock lasts!).


Alan Sparhawk
White Roses, My God
 
Tracklisting:
1. Get Still
2. I Made This Beat
3. Not the 1
4. Can U Hear
5. Heaven
6. Brother
7. Black Water
8. Feel Something
9. Station
10. Somebody Else’s Room
11. Project 4 Ever

Posted by Abbie Gobeli