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NEWS : WED, APR 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Sub Pop, Mudhoney, METZ, and Obits Head to Brazil (You Should Join!)

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2014 SUB POP FESTIVAL IN SAO PAULO, GOIANIA, SANTIAGO, AND  BUENOS AIRES

Brazil’s first-ever Sub Pop Festival, featuring Mudhoney, METZ and Obits will take place in May of 2014. A screening of the Mudhoney documentary film I’m Now, followed by a panel discussion with members of Mudhoney and METZ, and Sub Pop General Manager Chris Jacobs will kick off the event in Brazil. Preceding all of this, Mudhoney and METZ will make Sub Pop Festival stops in both Chile and Argentina. 

Construtora Música e Cultura and Inker Agência Cultural are honored to announce the very first SUB POP FESTIVAL, in Sao Paulo (May 14 and 15) and Goiania (May 16, as part of Festival Bananada), following appearances in Santiago, Chile (May 10), and Buenos Aires, Argentina (May 11).
Founded in 1988 by Bruce Pavitt and  Jonathan Poneman, SUB POP RECORDS set out to bring new independent bands from Washington State to international attention. In less than four years, SUB POP became known around the world, with early releases by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney, putting Seattle on the global map. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, the label has gone on to help shape the world of underground rock and make important inroads into popular culture.

Sub Pop Festival organizers worked in close collaboration with the label to bring all three of this year’s artists to South America. For this first edition of the SUB POP FESTIVAL, the bands chosen represent the timeless appeal of the more raucous end of the Sub Pop spectrum: the seminal super-fuzz of Seattle’s Mudhoney, the loud and ecstatic noise-rock of Toronto trio METZ, and the melodic and muscular indie/garage rock of New York’s Obits.

Mudhoney also celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2013 and this will be their sixth time in Brazil. Frequently referenced alongside Nirvana, Sonic  Youth and Pearl Jam (Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard played in Green River with Mark and Steve from Mudhoney some 30 years ago), Mudhoney has more releases on Sub Pop than any other band. Their latest album, 2013’s Vanishing Point, shows them as sharp and fervent as ever.
  
While Mudhoney are Sub Pop veterans, Toronto power trio METZ are new-comers with teeth. METZ’s 2012 self-titled debut was described by The New Yorker as, “…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing, a deeply impolite racket that will only sound better live…” And The Guardian offered, “…a crush collision of Beatles melody and Big Black attack.”
 
Obits are a 4-piece band from New York who share members with bands such as Hot Snakes, Edsel, Drive Like Jehu, and Girls Against Boys. They have released three full-length records on Sub Pop, the latest of which is the 2013 release Bed & Bugs. They have been described as “…one of America’s mightiest, smartest rock bands playing at peak power” (by Exclaim!). Obits will perform at the two Sub Pop Festival events in Brazil only.

Mudhoney, METZ and Obits will play at Audio Club, São Paulo on May 15th, and also in Goiania, as part of Festival Bananada 2014 on May 16th. Mudhoney will also play in Uberlandia May 13th at Club Lounge for fans in Minas Gerais State.

May 14th fans are invited to a screening of I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney, the documentary film covering Mudhoney’s journey from beginning to the present day. After the screening at Cine Olido, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner, Chris Slorach from METZ, and SUB POP’s General Manager Chris Jacobs will discuss music, their experiences in their respective bands, and the label’s past, present and future with those in attendance.

 

Chris Jacobs by Chris Jacobs:
“Chris is the General Manager for Sub Pop Records, the Seattle record label perhaps most well-known for unintentionally ending the recording careers of such longstanding and excellent bands as Sleater-Kinney, Dead Moon and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Hired at Sub Pop in 1997 as Tour Publicist, during the functional equivalent of a managerial shift-change, Chris has since failed upwards into a wide range of positions, including: Advertising Director, Publicity Director, Marketing Director, Editor-in-Chief, and Senior Director of Special Projects. He also serves or has served as A&R representative for METZ, Beach House, Mudhoney, the Constantines, Grand Archives, Kinski, Low, Obits, The Baptist Generals, and Retribution Gospel Choir. Chris is responsible for such little-known slogans as “Going Out of Business Since 1988,” and “Podfisting Our Way to Your Blog, or Whatever,” as well as the label’s much-ignored 1999 “LP3” initiative. Prior to working at Sub Pop, Chris handled marketing and publicity for the alternative comics publisher Fantagraphics Books.”

 

SUB POP FESTIVAL – SÃO PAULO
14 May / Screening “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” and Talk
Local: Cine Olido – Galeria Olido, Av. São João, 473, Centro.
Próximo das Estações República, Anhangabaú e São Bento
19h00 – Exibição do Documentário “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” (1h42 / Ryan Short & Adam Pease).
20h45 – Bate-Papo com Chris Jacobs (Sub Pop), Mark Arm e Steve Turner (Mudhoney) e Chris Slorach (METZ).
Ingresso: gratuito, retirar ingresso com uma hora de antecedência.
Capacidade: 236 lugares
Censura: 12 anos.
Informações: 3331-8399 / 3397-0171
http://www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br/cidade/secretarias/cultura/galeria_olido/

15 May / Shows
Local: Audio Club - Av. Francisco Matarazzo, 694 – Barra Funda.
21h00 – Abertura da Casa/ DJ Set Steve Turner (Mudhoney)
22h00 – Obits
23h00 – METZ
00h00 – Mudhoney
01h15 – DJ set Adriano Cintra
Ingressos: www.ticket360.com.br / R$ 160,00 / 80,00 (meia entrada)
Censura: 18 anos.
Venda de produtos da Sub Pop pela Locomotiva Discos no dia do show.
Ingressos à venda também nas lojas:
Locomotiva Discos
Rua Barão de Itapetininga, 37, lojas 8 e 51 – República
Rua Teodoro Sampaio, 763, loja 3 - Pinheiros
(11) 3257-5938
London Calling
Rua Vinte e Quatro de Maio, 116 - República
(11) 3223-5300

SUB POP FESTIVAL – GOIÂNIA
16 May / @ Festival Bananada
With Mudhoney, METZ and Obits
www.festivalbananada.com.br
www.facebook.com/festivalbananada

SUB POP FESTIVAL – SANTIAGO, CHILE
10 May / Teatro La Cúpula
With Mudhoney and METZ
Abertura: Guiso
www.puntoticket.com/Evento.aspx?EventoID=FNA069

SUB POP FESTIVAL – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
11 May / Niceto Club

With Mudhoney and METZ
www.ticketek.com.ar/sub-pop-festival-pres-mudhoney-usa-metz-ca/niceto-club


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, APR 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Constantines’ ‘Shine A Light’ Getting Vinyl-Only Reissue

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)
4. Insectivora
5. Young Lions (Soundcloud / YouTube)
6. Goodbye Baby & Amen
7. On to You
8. Poison
9. Scoundrel Babes
10. Tiger & Crane
11. Tank Commander (Hung Up in a Warehouse Town)
12. Sub-Domestic

Bonus 7”
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)  

Constantines 
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





Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Signs Luluc

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!

Pre-order Passerby from Sub Pop.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, APR 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Stream Chad VanGaalen’s ‘Shrink Dust’ at Pitchfork Now

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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. 

Stream Shrink Dust via Pitchork Advance. 

Pre-order Shrink Dust from Sub Pop.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Afghan Whigs, Ladies & Gentleman

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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.

Pick up Do to the Beast from Sub Pop, iTunes, Amazon, or wherever fine music is sold.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, APR 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Lyla Foy: New Live Video + Tour News

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. 

Pick up Mirrors the Sky from Sub Pop here.

Lyla Foy on Tour:

Apr. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**

Apr. 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall**

Apr. 20 - Chicago, IL - Schubas**

Apr. 21 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ark**

Apr. 22 - Columbus, OH - Basement**

Apr. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Winery

Apr. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC**

Apr. 25 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939**

Apr. 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy**

May 01 - Liverpool, UK - Sound City Festival @ Tea Leaf Shop

May 03 - Leeds, UK - Live at Leeds Festival @ Leeds College of Music

May 04 - Killkenny, IE- Killkenny Roots Festival @ Cleeres

May 05 - Killkenny, IE - Killkenny Roots Festival @ Pumphouse

May 09 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape Festival @ Unitarian Church

May 25 - Brussells, BE - Botanique Grand Salon / Nuits Botanique*

May 28 - Paris, FR - Cafe de la Danse*

May 29 - Luzern, CH - Schuur

Jun. 01 - Koln, DE - Studio 672*

Jun. 02 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub*

Jun. 03 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet*

Jun. 05 - London, UK - Koko*

Jun. 21 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret

Jun. 27 - Norje, SE - Bravalla Festival

Jul. 27 - North Yorkshire, UK - Deer Shed Festival

Aug. 01 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival (Sub Pop Stage)

Aug. 29 - Cambridge, UK - Lodestar Festival

Aug. 30-31 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival

* w/ Sharon Van Etten

** w/ Wake Owl



Posted by Sam Sawyer