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NEWS : WED, JUL 1, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Listen to “Sparks,” from Beach House’s upcoming album ‘Depression Cherry’

“Sparks” is Beach House’s first single from Depression Cherry [listen here] - premiered earlier today on SiriusXM’sSiriusXMU channel.  Already it has earned raves from the likes of NPR MusicStereogum, and more. 

So you’re probably thinking, “I want to OWN it, not just listen to it!”  And rightly so.  “Sparks” will be available later tonight (at 12am EDT/9pm PDT) as an instant download with pre-orders of Depression Cherry from the Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, and Amazon.  

Depression Cherry was produced and recorded over the span of two months by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Beach House will start their worldwide tour in support of Depression Cherry August 18th in Portland, ME at the State Theatre and end their 2015 dates with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore. Please find a complete list of dates below.
LP and CD versions of Depression Cherry will come packaged in a sumptuous red velvet sleeve. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Depression Cherry from will receive the special, limited, clear vinyl Loser Edition (while supplies last). Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design, available individually or as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.
Tour Dates
Aug. 18 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
Aug. 19 - Northampton, MA  - Pearl Street Nightclub
Aug. 20 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Aug. 21 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Aug. 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s
Aug. 24 - Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
Aug. 25 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Aug. 26 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
Aug. 29 - Baltimore, MD - Windjammer @ Pier Six Pavilion*
Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Sep. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN -  The Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom
Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK -  Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
* w/ Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & more
For ticket info please visit

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, JUN 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Listen to the new Deaf Wish track “They Know”

This just in: Listen to Deaf Wish’s “They Know,” the second offering from the band’s forthcoming album, Pain as premiered by Noisey this morning.
Pain will be available on CD/ LP/DL worldwide August 7th on Sub Pop. The album was recorded & produced by the band at Reservoir, Victoria, mixed by Mikey Young and mastered by April Golden at Golden Mastering. Pain is the follow up to their label debut, the 4-song St. Vincent’s 7” single, released last October.

Noisey had this to say of the band and “They Know”:  
“From the start, the foursome (consisting of bassist Nick Pratt, drummer Daniel Twomey and guitarists Sarah Hardiman and Jensen Tjhung) have shared a basic philosophy; keep it loud but simple. Their live performance bleeds with genuine charisma. It’s a tenacious and aggressive approach to creating music that has an almost disdain for predictability and code…“They Know” taken from the album clocks in at just under a minute-and-a-half but is indicative of the Deaf Wish spirit. Two guitars play at max volume, a drum sets getting a trouncing while Hardiman effortlessly coos, “What do they know (see premiere June 29th).)?”
Pain is now available for preorder from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.  LP preorders from will receive the limited Loser edition on clear, black marbled vinyl (while supplies last). There will also be a new T-shirt design, available individually and as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : FRI, JUN 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Fly the Middle Finger at Cancer: The Eddie Spaghetti Cancer Fight Fund

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Yesterday we learned that The Supersuckers’ Eddie Spaghetti has been diagnosed with stage 3 oropharynx cancer and will undergo surgery and radiation treatments this summer. Though it’s been a little while since we have worked together, we consider Eddie and The Supersuckers family, and today we’d like to encourage all of you to read more about all of this here, and then please consider donating to the fund that’s been set up to support his recovery.

Get well soon, Eddie.

Thanks, guys.

Support Eddie Spaghetti’s Cancer Fight!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : WED, JUN 17, 2015 at 11:43 AM

No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store (June 2015)

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No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store, June 2015

The Sub Pop Airport Store: A World of Musical Discoveries

If you read the airport store sales clerk hiring post from last year, you’ll see that one of the primary qualifications for the job is “Knowledge of the Sub Pop catalog.” While the staff is comprised of diverse music fans with a deep appreciation for the label, let’s be real, not all of us can say we have listened to every single Sub Pop release from 1988 to today. But by working in the store, and playing lots of Sub Pop music, we are beginning to chip away at our blind-spots in the catalog and discover killer albums that are effectively ‘new-to-us.’ So, next time you’re in the store, we all might be listening to a record we’ve never heard before. Neat-o!

When I think about bands that I first heard at the Sub Pop store, I’m immediately drawn to Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires. Their Sub Pop debut, Dereconstructed, came out within the first month of the store opening, and one year later I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. It’s an insane, distorted, Southern punk rock record that only improves when I follow along with the lyric sheet. But in terms of an older band that I had heard of, but never listened to, it’s only since I’ve started working at the store that I’ve become familiar with the Murder City Devils. Preface: I moved to Seattle in 2007. Listening to a local institution like Murder City Devils (original run: 1996 to 2001) for the first time, in 2015, is like communing with ghosts from Seattle’s past that I never got a chance to experience first-hand. Raucous, alcohol-soaked, and bleary-eyed ghosts that get eroded by new condos every year. 

I could go on-and-on with these, but let’s see what my esteemed retail colleagues have to say about music that they’ve discovered after working at the airport store. (You’ll find all these selections, and more, in a Spotify playlist down below.)


Chad VanGaalen: My introduction to the institution that is Mr. VanGaalen was his most recent record, Shrink Dust, which I loved and listened to quite a bit since its release. Exploring the rest of his discography alerted me to the fact that he’s one of the best musicians around today; each of his 5 albums are varied in sound, excellent, and unmistakably his.”

(I can attest that Kane puts on at least one Chad VanGaalen album per shift. I have no problem with this whatsoever. –ed.)


The Ruby Suns are a band I’m thankful to have discovered through this job. Their album Sea Lion first caught my attention with its multicultural influence (see “Tane Mahuta” and “Kenya Dig It?”) and bright joyous gang vocals (“Oh Mojave”), but it’s the album Christopher that is the closest to my heart. Singer Ryan McPhun sounds more independent (and maybe a little lonely) on this record, and his melodic sensibility and tendency towards synthesizers create a stark contrast to Sea Lion, in a good way.”

(Christopher is the leading cause of impromptu dance party outbreaks in the store. –ed.)


“While cramming for my Sub Pop interview and combing through the roster, one name eluded me. Beach House. This was a band I was well aware of, yet I had never actually listened to them! WTF!? Maybe I had read a description somewhere and thought I was too much of a ‘rocker’ for this dreamy shit! In any case, I loaded up their video for ‘Wishes’ and was absolutely mesmerized! I instantly felt as though all of my hopes and dreams were within reach! (I was gonna get this job!) And I did!”

(The lesson here: Keep those horizons open or you might miss out on your next favorite band. Also, ignore music critics who overuse meaningless words like ‘dreamy.’  –ed.)


(Only the the most hardened soulless person can deny the emotional resonance of Sade + Beachwood Sparks. –ed.)


(Javier is new here. I think this means he’s gotten really into GOAT, so much so that part of his brain is permanently warped and he can now only communicate via Emoji. –ed.)

I didn’t get a hold of Audrey or Rachel for their submissions, (presumably they spend their days ‘working’ and don’t have time for my pestering emails) but from listening to their musical choices in the store, I’m pretty sure they’ve recently gotten into Shimmering Stars (reverb-heavy pop from Hardly Art in 2011) and Male Bonding (infectious and rollicking punk-rock, with 2 albums on Sub Pop), respectively. 


I would have written about the Obits (from which this blog gets its title), who captured my interest immediately with their updated punk-classic competing electric-guitar-enthusiast, layered rhythm twang-a-surf-a-billy-garage tone attack, thumpin’ bass, graphic design sensibility, and howlin’ vocals, but then they broke up (RIP Obits, may they rest in scattered pieces of newer, older bands). 

So, the time is now! Something new: Daughn Gibson, who I wasn’t very familiar with. The album: Carnation. It’s striking some chords I couldn’t place right away on the first few listens. A friend immediately told me he loved the album because it reminded him of Depeche Mode, and David Sylvian’s post-Japan music direction, to which I then remembered when I first heard the lead off track (Shatter You Through) I was reminded of The Cure somehow, production wise, I suppose? So, there is a definite 1980’s noir at the core of the album. 

Next, the guitar’s clanging desert-fried reverb’d bursts, and leave-you-hanging-lead, paired with the deep vocal croon, finally hit me.  I was subconsciously enjoying being reminded of Simon Bonney and Rowland S. Howard’s group, Crime and the City Solution, which I think thus far the online critical response has completely missed as a great recommendation point of reference. So, Carnation is evoking and reminding me of some great music from the past, while remaining interesting listen after listen. 

Also, I must mention that the backing band is great collision of minds, consisting of some major names in jazz, such as Matt Chamberlain from Bill Frisell’s Floratone (and much more) on drums, Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet’s very own Skerik on saxophone, the prolific Eyvind Kang’s haunting string arrangements and performance, not to mention Milky Burgess from Master Musicians of Bukkake (and Record Store Day extravaganza super-tribute-group: Koes Barat), as well as a dash of pedal steel by Jay Kardong (known for his work with Grand Archives, Sera Cahoone). This gives me the impression that the album was assembled from sessions similar to what produced Talk Talk’s final album; improvisation, to form structure through sculptured loops and overlays. I think this is the best yet I’ve heard from Daughn Gibson, and I hope he will continue to head in this direction with open-minded jazz and rock musicians to get at sounds decades lost, refreshed.”

Posted by Jackson Hathorn

NEWS : TUE, JUN 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Listen to a new track from Strange Wilds - ‘Subjective Concepts’ out July 24th

We are happy to release Strange Wilds’ “Starved For,” the ferocious new single from Subjective Concepts, their full-length debut.

Noisey offers this on the band: “Strange Wilds is a punk trio out of Olympia, WA that throw down powerchords suited for any damn occasion you could need. On their upcoming record Subjective Concepts...the band delivers songs displaying flourishes of the best parts of the Northwest’s storied punk history without using nostalgia as a crutch. Their new track “Starved For” sounds exactly like what you’d want to be listening to if you lived inside of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a band on Sub Pop, heavy riffs that can still guile any “normal” person into falling in love with the band’s music. In a hair under three minutes the trio manages to create a broad soundscape that covers way more ground than you’d expect on paper (see track premiere June 16th)”.
Strange Wilds have a few scheduled live dates to share at this time: June 26th in Seattle, WA at Black Lodge; July 18th in Olympia, WA at Old School Pizza; and July 24th in Seattle at Capitol Hill Block Party. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.
Subjective Concepts will be available on CD/LP/DL worldwide on Friday July 24th from Sub Pop.  The album, featuring the highlights “Pronoia,” “Starved For,”  “Disdain,” and “Egophillia,” was produced by the band at Robert Lang Studios, mixed by Jackson Long at Hear Me Shimmer, and mastered at RFI, all located in Seattle, Washington. Subjective Concepts follows Strange Wilds’ Wet EP on Inimical Records (2014), and the “Standing”  7” single (2015), also available now from Sub Pop.

Preorders for Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts are now available from 
Sub Pop’s Mega MartAmazon, and iTunes and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Subjective Concepts from will receive the limited Loser Edition on white vinyl, with a limited-edition poster. There will also be a new T-shirt design available individually and as part of a bundle with the new record.

About Strange Wilds:
Strange Wilds is a musical power-trio from Olympia, Washington.
There are three members: Allen, who plays drums; Sean, who plays bass; and Steven, who sings and plays the guitar. There is also a freight train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific doom-and-gloom up in the mix.
The group formed in 2012, when Steven met Sean while Sean’s band from Boise was playing a gig in a house where Steven lived. They became friends, and several months later Steven called Sean, who had just relocated to Olympia for college, to form the band. They were called Wet, and gigged around the West Coast as a four-piece. Allen was added as a full-time member in 2014 after a line-up change, and the band changed its name to Strange Wilds to release a 4-song EP and tour immediately. Sub Pop came calling, and signed the band last fall. The band is now set to release its full-length debut, Subjective Concepts, this summer.
Strange Wilds slays with the hellish fury of the Northwest hardcore scene’s best, the heavenly scuzz of a Bleach-era Nirvana, and the purgatorial punishment of Touch & Go post-rock meets Devo’s de-evolution machine. The 11 songs here bleed with the hybrid DNA of Seattle’s past and future, disparate scenes fused together with sneering menace and intelligent fury in equal shares (read more at Sub Pop).

What People Are Saying About Strange Wilds:
“Toggles between a coiled-snake groove and the kind of full scream-along ferocity that makes you want to thrash around in a small, dark room with a bunch of sweaty strangers. This is noisy, heavy, grimy music, and it’s great.” [“Pronoia”] - Stereogum

“A sludged-out mess of hardcore that slam dances with the Seattle label’s past and it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see them on a tour run that’s stacked with Mogwai, METZ, or Pissed Jeans” [“Pronoia”]  - BLARE

Tour Dates

Jun. 26 - Seattle, WA - The Black Lodge
Jul. 18 - Olympia, WA - Old School Pizza
Jul. 24 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party


Posted by Alissa Gallivan