For the record, we here at Sub Pop HQ love all of our artists and their releases–we wouldn’t work with them if we didn’t. However, with a staff of literally hundreds and hundreds of tediously opinionated music snobs, there are only a few releases that EVERYONE loves unconditionally, and one of them is Constantines’ 2003 aural firestorm known as Shine A Light.
The record has been out of print on vinyl since 2006, but given how much we love this record, how many requests from fans requesting that we repress the LP, and the fact that the band has gotten the band back together and is set to play this summer, it seemed like the perfect time to get Shine A Light back on the shelves, and by it, we mean June 10th.
Shine a Light was the
Constantines’ second full-length and first for Sub Pop. And the record
is ambitious, combining a steady diet of ‘90s DC rock (like a Joe
Strummer-fronted Fugazi, it’s been suggested), with dub-inflected bass,
blue-eyed soul and a fundamental punk, anytime/anywhere aesthetic
(perhaps best described by drummer Doug MacGregor as, “Like an unwelcome
mix of a Memphis Clash and breakneck dub”). The opening lines from the
title track hint at the difficulty in nailing down the elusive “it” that
is at play on this record, “Don’t talk to me about simple
things/There’s no such thing/All a man can build is his vision/And I
love my man for trying.”
Pre-order Constantines’ Shine A Light from Sub Pop, and you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP, in this case, on orange vinyl. The record comes with a bonus seven inch. And due to the finite nature of limited edition things, the sooner the order the Loser Edition LP, the better, as they will most certainly go quickly.
Constantines Shine a Light
1. National Hum
2. Shine a Light
3. Nighttime/Anytime (It’s Alright)
5. Young Lions (Soundcloud / YouTube)
6. Goodbye Baby & Amen
7. On to You
9. Scoundrel Babes
10. Tiger & Crane
11. Tank Commander (Hung Up in a Warehouse Town)
A1) “Thank You for Sending Me an Angel” (Talking Heads cover / Nighttime Single)
A2) “Raw Youth” (CBC Radio 3 recording of a Royal City cover / Young Lions Single)
B1) “Hotline Operator (2003)” (Nightime Single)
Jun. 08 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival / Fort York & Garrison Common
Aug. 03 - Sackville, NB - SappyFest
Aug. 22 - Peterborough, ON - Peterborough Folk Festival
Aug. 23 - Ottawa, ON - Arboretum Festival
Bry Webb Solo Dates
May 14 - Cambridge, MA - TT The Bear’s Place*
May 15 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House*
May 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy*
May 17 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel*
May 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox*
May 19 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub*
May 20 - Columbus, OH - The Basement*
May 21 - Indianapolis, IN - Do317 Lounge*
May 22 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
w/ Chad VanGaalen
Melbourne, Australia band Luluc has signed to Sub Pop, and will release Passerby, their label debut, on CD/ LP/ DL July 14th in Europe and July 15th in North America! The band’s Sub Pop debut,
led by the songs “Without A Face,” “Small Window,” “Tangled Heart,”
“Reverie on Norfolk Street,” and the title track, was recorded and
produced by Luluc and Aaron Dessner at Aaron’s Garage in Ditmas Park,
Brooklyn and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York.
You can now listen to “Without A Face,” the lead-off track from Passerby in the handy player conveniently embedded in this very blog post. Stereogum says of the track, “…Without
A Face” captures the band’s homespun charm in its main melody which
sits over spindly strings that move like ripples in still water.”
Pre-orders of Luluc’s Passerby via iTunes will receive a download of “Without A Face” immediately. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Passerby via Sub Pop.com
will receive the limited “Loser Edition” of the album on teal-colored
vinyl. In addition, every pre-order placed for either the LP or CD
versions of the album will also receive a lithograph art print signed by
the band, while supplies last! Just to reiterate, the Loser Edition LP and the lithograph are both limited-edition, so when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order quick!
Chad VanGaalen’s fifth full length record, Shrink Dust, is just over one week from its release, which, thanks to the sorcery-like powers of the internet, that means that you can listen to the record in its entirety now! For free! And you should, because it’s his best, which is saying a lot. And then you should head on over to the Sub Pop internet webstore, The Mega Mart, and pick up your copy on CD, LP, or digital.
We here at Sub Pop HQ have made a pretty big deal about the fact that it’s been a VERY LONG 16 years since The Afghan Whigs released their last record, 1965, but I think that we should be focusing on just how surprisingly goddamn good Do to the Beast actually turned out to be. I mean, 16 years is a very long time, dust settles, cobwebs form, so Greg Dulli and company had the latitude to cash in on a glorified reunion, but they didn’t. Instead, they turned in ten songs of what would become Do to the Beast, an artistic triumph and my personal favorite ‘Whigs record to date. That’s overcoming some serious adversity (that is to say that time is the greatest adversary).
Well, a decade and a half later, you can once again find The Afghan Whigs in the ‘new release’ bin of your local independent retailer–I couldn’t be more pleased to report that.
Lyla Foy’s beautiful debut, Mirrors the Sky, was released about a month ago to an awful lot of well deserved critical acclaim, and she’s about to embark on an extensive tour, including a first trip through the good old U. S. of A. Watch this brand new live performance of the album track, “Impossible”, and see Lyla on tour.
Yesterday, thanks entirely to our friends and fellow Seattleittes the Nordstrom family, Sub Pop co-founders, Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, were immortalized on the streets of downtown Seattle (specifically these streets: 6th and Pine) on the Nordstrom Walk of Fame–the PNW version of the Hollywood Star Walk. Jonathan Poneman articulated his surprise at receiving the honor with a traditionally Sub Pop twist saying, “I never thought that anyone would foot the bill just to have us on the street”. Well, JP, Nordstrom proved that if you spend 26 years putting out great records by great artists, doing good on local and international levels, and maintaining an unflappable sense of self deprecation, your efforts will be rewarded with your very own sidewalk square–or, more accurately, a sidewalk square that you have to share with your partner, Bruce Pavitt–which is still pretty cool, I guess.
The unveiling of the Sub Pop Walk of Fame square was followed by a short yet characteristically great performance by The Helio Sequence in Nordstrom’s display window, which, if you haven’t been by there, is currently dedicated to yours truly (Sub Pop, not me personally). If you find yourself in downtown Seattle, stop by Nordstrom’s 6th and Pine window and play with the interactive Sub Pop display, it’s really cool. As always, we’re eternally grateful to the folks at Nordstrom for showing us (and the rest of the Seattle music world) so much love over the years.
Watch Pete Nordstrom, Jonathan Poneman, and Bruce Pavitt talk into a microphone about all of this business.