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NEWS : TUE, FEB 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THEESatisfaction’s ‘EarthEE’ Is Out Today!

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THEESatisfaction’s EarthEE is now available now on CD / LP / DL via Sub Pop. EarthEE is the follow up to awE naturalE, the alternative R&B group’s critically acclaimed debut, and is led by highlights “Recognition,” “Nature’s Candy,” and the title track.  

EarthEE was produced by THEESatisfaction and Erik Blood, mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space and mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering in Seattle. The album also features guest appearances from Shabazz Palaces, Meshell Ndegeocello, Porter Ray, Blood and Taylor Brown.

EarthEE, along with “Recognition” and the title track, is earning THEESatisfaction acclaim from outlets likes of NPR Music, CBC, AV Club, Exclaim, NME, The Quietus, Q Magazine, Mojo, The Guardian, Consequence of Sound,  Okay Player, Treble, The Needle Drop, Pitchfork, The FADER,  Bitch, BUST, Dummy, and more. At radio, the album was #3 most added with CMJ reporters. On a related note,  you can watch the band’s just recorded KEXP session now.

THEESatisfaction’s 2015 tour schedule in support of EarthEE has been extended through May 9th. Highlights include:  CD release shows in Seattle (Feb. 26th at Neumos), Los Angeles (Feb. 28th at Jewel’s Catch One) and New York (Mar. 6th at Santos Party House);  SXSW (Mar. 20th-21st); And a support tour with label mates Sleater-Kinney (April. 16th-May 9th). For a complete list of tour dates, please view the attached flier or visit https://www.subpop.com/artists/theesatisfaction/tours.

EarthEE is now available for purchase from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and BandcampAll customers who purchase the LP version of EarthEE from megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on emerald-colored vinyl and a 7” single with “I Don’t Like You” on the A-side, and “Supa Dupa (Love Affair)” on the B-side (while supplies last). Additionally, there will be two-new T shirt designs available as stand-alone items or as part of a bundle with purchases of EarthEE.


What people are saying about THEESatisfaction:
“In theory, EarthEE is a cosmic, funky dance party. In practice, it’s a revolution.” [First Listen] - NPR Music


“The true gift of this Seattle-based duo is their ability to seamlessly weave serious commentary into music that  also seriously brings the party.” [Review, 4/5 Stars] - BUST

[Review, 4/5 Stars] - Q Magazine

EarthEE is remarkable in its ability to balance the obscure and experimental with the direct and familiar. It’s an album that engages with the history of black culture while challenging the political, cultural, and musical status quos at every turn.” [Review, B+] - AV Club

[Review, 4/5 Stars] - MOJO

EarthEE feels both comfortingly familiar and thrillingly alien, without striving too hard to be either.”
[Review, 8/10] - Uncut

“This album is highly recommended, as its afro-futuristic, honest, and raw philosophy is too delicious to deny.” [Review]  - Bitch Magazine

“(A)n informed and encompassing portrait of life as we know it, that pays its respects where it’s merited and condemns injustice when it’s warranted.” [Album of the Week]  - Dummy Magazine

EarthEE is a powerful record, crafted by two black, queer women in a time when many people would encourage you to think that it’s easier than ever to be any one of those three things. But THEESatisfaction, through powerful metaphors and otherworldly imagery, are clever enough to reveal just how often all people are asked to hide behind that very sort of facade.” [Album of the Week] - Treble Zine

“Every moment is rooted in spacious, natural, sometimes esoteric beats. It’s a sonically challenging, chilled out, blissful creation, where samples are stacked and staggered, breathing and bleeding into each other. At turns it’s angry, sexy, vulnerable, empowering and healing, every moment flowing like liquid gold into the next.” [First Play] - CBC

“(C)hallenging, engaging, and revolutionary” - Pop Matters

“The title track ripples with cosmic incantations. Harris-White commands with the intoxicating force of a priestess: “Loosen up my mind/ Lengthen and unwind/ Release, one time.” Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler and emerging MC Porter Ray share reverent verses of their own, the former reading like a personals ad seeking a moment of transcendence with a celestial goddess.” [“EarthEE” track review] - Pitchfork

“20 Albums To Get Excited About In February” [EarthEE] - NME

“”Recognition” shines a light on the duo’s spacey roots with a dazzling atmospheric treatment.” [“Recognition”] - Okay Player

“…Spacey, kaleidoscopic” [“Recognition”] -  Stereogum

“Blends Sun Ra percussion with woozily hypnagogic synths and a sprinkle of prog-jazz, in the best possible way – as ever, Stas and Cat duo sound like no one but themselves.” [“Recognition”] -  FACT

“A groovy, hypnotic jam that eventually leads to one rather engaging, synth-led interlude.” [“Recognition”] - Consequence of Sound

“On “Recognition,” the duo fuses their own soulful delivery with the esotericism of Erik Blood and Shabazz Palaces.” [“Recognition”] -  Mass Appeal

“Song of the Day” [“Recognition”] - The Stranger

“The panoramic rhythms, chants, and deep space synths on this cut are alluring and intoxicating.” [“Recognition”] -  The Needle Drop



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, FEB 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Eh Very Canadian Playlist

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Sub Pop has a great history of working with artists from Canada, our wonderful neighbors to the north. Click to listen to “Eh Very Canadian Playlist”, featuring Canadian Sub Pop artists, both new and old, and boasting the brand new track from METZ, the ferocious “Acetate”, off of their May 5th record, II, which you can pre-order here. The playlist is on Spotify and Rdio.

Eh Very Canadian Playlist Tracklist

Metz – Acetate
Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper
The Black Halos – Some Things Never Fall
Constantines – Soon Enough
Chixdiggit! – Henry Rollins Is No Fun
Jale – Not Happy
Hot Hot Heat – Bandages
Handsome Furs – All We Want, Baby, Is Everything
Eric’s Trip – Behind the Garage
Julie Doiron – So Fast
Memoryhouse – The Kids Were Wrong
Zumpano – The Party Rages On
Hardship Post – Watchin You
Sparkmarker – Sawed-Off But Silent
Doldrums – HOTFOOT
Elevator To Hell – Why I Didn’t Like August 93
Chad VanGaalen – Willow Tree
Wolf Parade – I’ll Believe In Anything

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, FEB 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear: #17 on Billboard Top 200 Albums + Tour Dates

Father John Misty’s I Love You Honeybear, his critically acclaimed new album, has earned the singer his highest chart position in the US to date, entering at #17 on the BillboardI Love You, Honeybear also entered at #14 on the UK sales chart.

At radio this week, I Love You, Honeybear is the #1 most added album at CMJ, debuting at #32 on the Top 200 albums chart. Additionally, the album is also #1 album at alternative specialty, #3 at NonComm and Top 20 with Triple A reporters. On a related note, Father John Misty’s takeover of iHeartRadio’s

Father John Misty’s fast-selling 2015 world tour in support of I Love You, Honeybear has been extended through October 29th, which includes his just announced headline performance New York’s Central Park SummerStage on August 5th.

I Love You, Honeybear featuring the highlights “Bored In The USA,” “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” “True Affection,” and the title track, was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. I Love You, Honeybear is available now on CD / LP / 2xLP / Deluxe 2xLP to purchase via Father John Misty.net,  Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon. The album is also available in Europe via Bella Union.

What are people are saying about Father John Misty? Great things:
“This warped, lovely album suggests that a true longtime partnership isn’t two people who love each other even for their flaws, but of two people accepting decay–their own and each other’s–and choosing to ride it out nonetheless.” - New York Times

“The artist born Josh Tillman aims for grandiosity in his Father John Misty disguise, and his second album for Sub Pop repeatedly reaches such heights. A musical genie bottle with the spirits of Phil Spector, Lee Hazlewood and Brian Wilson corked within, Tillman and co-producer Jonathan Wilson seem to revel in letting these sounds seep out and intermingle.” - Los Angeles Times

“Upping the spectacle from Fear Fun his 2012 debut, I Love You, Honeybear is an autobiographical set about love, marriage and derangement that’s both ironic and empathic.” [4/5] - Rolling Stone

“His beloved Father John Misty debut was Fear Fun, issued in 2012. The new album, out now, is I Love You, Honeybear….and it is as good as, though quite different from, its predecessor.” - Wall Street Journal

I Love You, Honeybear, an album by turns passionate and disillusioned, tender and angry, so cynical it’s repulsive and so openhearted it hurts.” [8.8 / 10, “Best New Music”] - Pitchfork

“If there’s a funnier, stranger and more touchingly bizarre album released this year, it will be a very good year indeed.” [4/5] - Billboard

“This is a gorgeous album.” [10/10] - Exclaim

“For all the layers of irony on I Love You, Honeybear, the biggest irony of all might be that such an ostensibly knotty and confusing album’s real strength lies in something as prosaic and transparent as its author’s ability to write a beautiful melody.” [5/5] - The Guardian

“Album of the Week” - Stereogum

Tour Dates
Feb. 21 - Dublin, IE - Whelans [Sold Out]
Feb. 22 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts [Sold Out]
Feb. 23 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla [Sold Out]
Feb. 26 - London, UK - Village Underground [Sold Out]
Feb. 27 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club [Sold Out]
Feb. 28 - Bristol, UK - Thekla [Sold Out]
Mar. 03 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Mar. 04 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Orangerie
Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Mar. 07 - Berlin, DE - Heimathafen
Mar. 08 - Hamburg, DE - Nochtspelcher
Mar. 25 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works**
Mar. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse** [Sold Out]
Mar. 27 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel** [Sold Out]
Mar. 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club** [Sold Out]
Mar. 31 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club** [Sold Out]
Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer** [Sold Out]
Apr. 03 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater** [Sold Out]
Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave** [Sold Out]
Apr. 05 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival @ The Englert
Apr. 07 - Lawrence, KS - Granada**
Apr. 08 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium**
Apr. 09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella [Sold Out]
Apr. 13 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse [Sold Out]
Apr.14 - San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre [Sold Out]
Apr. 16 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore  [Sold Out]
Apr. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore  [Sold Out]
Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella [Sold Out]
Apr. 22 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater^
Apr. 23 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s^
Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s^
Apr. 25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater^
May 16 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
May 22 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
May 23- George, WA - Sasquatch Festival

May 24 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom [Sold Out]
Jun. 04 - Columbia, MD -  Merriweather Post Pavillion ^^
Jun. 07 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival
Jun. 27 - Killarney, IE - Killarney Food & Music Festival
Aug. 5 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage #
Aug. 11 - Oslo, NO - Oya Festival
Aug. 13 - Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West
Aug. 20 - Paredes de Coura, PT - Pauredes de Coura Festival
Aug. 21-23 - Beacon, UK - Green Man Festival
Oct. 24 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 29 - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

* w/ Guy Blakeslee
** w/ King Tuff
^ w/ Luluc
^^ w/ The Decemberists
# w/ Angel Olsen



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, FEB 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM

METZ to Release ‘II’ on May 5th - Hear a New Track Now

METZ will release II, the follow up to their critically acclaimed S/T debut on CD / LP / DL worldwide May 4th & 5th through Sub Pop Records. The album, featuring the highlights “Acetate,” “The Swimmer,” “Wait in Line,” and seven others, was recorded at various studios throughout Ontario, Canada, and produced and mixed by the band with assistance from returning engineer Graham Walsh. You can now listen to “Acetate” through this pancake-fueled not-the-video directed by multimedia artist Travis Millard (Dinosaur Jr.).

METZ’s 2015 North American and European tour schedule in support of II currently spans February 21st through July 26th. Along the way they’ll play shows with Lightning Bolt (April 15th-18th), Fidlar (May 11th-19th; May 21st-30th), Protomartyr (May 1st-2nd), and Bad Breeding (June 16th). The trek also includes a week of shows at SXSW in Austin, TX. Please find a complete list of tour dates below (see Pitchfork News Story February 17th).

METZ II is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. The limited Loser Edition of the LP on colored vinyl will be available at select independent record stores, megamart.subpop.com, and from the band at their shows, all while supplies last. Additionally, there will be two new T-shirt designs available, both individually and as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.


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II
Track Listing:

1. Acetate
2. The Swimmer
3. Spit You Out
4. Zzyzx
5. IOU
6. Landfill
7. Nervous System
8. Wait in Line
9. Eyes Peeled
10. Kicking a Can of Worms

More on METZ:
“What happens when a seemingly irresistible force meets an immovable object is a serviceable metaphor for the music METZ creates, both live and on record. Now behold II, the concussive new full-length from what is arguably North America’s finest touring rock band. Written and recorded in 2014, after two years of constant touring behind their rightly adored self-titled debut, II is METZ at their most true to form—as pure an expression of what they do as can currently be committed to tape. The guitars are titanic, the drums ill-tempered, the vocals chilling, and the volume worrisome. Though they incorporated new instruments, (baritone guitar, tape loops, piano, synth, found sounds) and stretched out the arrangements, they still managed to “stay true to what made us tick in the first place: that immediacy,” Edkins calls it. “If it punches you in the gut (read more at Sub Pop).”

What people have said about METZ:
“It’s just about always clobbering time for Metz, a three-man Canadian band that has reclaimed and distilled post-punk into a galloping, scrabbling, feedback-laced catharsis. The arrangements and production on “Metz” (Sub Pop) focus the music into a bristling, concentrated attack, so fierce that the complaints that fill the lyrics come across  as full-blown existential crises.”
[Top 10 Albums of 2012] - New York Times

“The technology to crank your guitar up to huge, ear-busting levels can be purchased over the counter, but bands that can pull off volume while inducing claustrophobia are something special. Metz are such a band. The Toronto-based trio’s Sub Pop debut is pure pummel and ugliness in the best sense. The drums thunder away like they’re being bludgeoned at the bottom of an elevator shaft. The bass and guitar pound minimalist patterns through a curtain of fuzz and grit. The songs sound live– not in the sense that they were recorded as-performed, but in the way that represents what loud bands actually sound like when they turn up at a grimy club with cement walls. High frequencies bounce through the stereo field. The vocals seem feedback-baked and half-strangled.”  
[Top 50 Albums of 2012] - Pitchfork

“In the past ten years, independent bands have inched back toward the musical aggression that was something of a default for the community in the late eighties and early nineties. METZ, a trio from Toronto, have fully revived this confrontational, skilled and energetic approach.”
The New Yorker

Tour Dates:
Feb. 21 - Pasadena, CA - Air & Style Los Angeles @ Rose Bowl
Feb. 28 - Mexico City, MX - NRMAL Festival
Mar. 03 - London, UK - 100 Club [Sold Out]
Mar. 05 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere
Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 19 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 20 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Apr. 15 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place*
Apr. 16 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness*
Apr. 17 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom*
Apr. 18 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch*
May 01 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace^
May 02 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace^
May 08 - Austin, TX - Levitation 2015
May 09 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
May 11 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre**
May 12 - Orlando, FL - The Social**
May 13 - Birmingham, AL - Work Play**
May 14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge**
May 19 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird**
May 20 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
May 21 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
May 22 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
May 23 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon**
May 26 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom**
May 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg**
May 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club**
May 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer**
May 30 - Boston, MA - Paradise**
Jun. 16 - London, UK - Underworld
Jun. 17 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Rotonde
Jun. 19 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun. 20 - Scheesel, DE - Hurricane Festival
Jun. 21 - Neuhausen ob Eck, DE - Southside Festival
Jun. 22 - Leipzig, DE - Taubchenthal
Jun. 24 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia
Jun. 25 - Cologne, DE - MTC
Jul. 24 - 26 - Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music & Arts Festival
* w/ Lightning Bolt
** w/ FIDLAR
^ w/ Protomartyr
^^ w/ Bad Breeding


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, FEB 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM

On the subject of the Deluxe LP Edition of Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear…

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Thank you for buying the fancy, colored-vinyl, deluxe version of Father John Misty’s new album, I Love You, Honeybear! Also, we are sorry that many of these fancy, colored-vinyl, deluxe versions of Father John Misty’s new album, I Love You, Honeybear are, it appears, warped! In our efforts to replicate the “wow factor” of such legendary album packages as the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers zipper cover by Andy Warhol, we wound up accidentally replicating the “defect factor” of the same. In short, the extra, bulging thickness of the pop-up art in the Father John Misty jacket creates a lump that, when the LPs are sealed and packed, pushes into the LPs, causing the vinyl to warp and making that handsome, painstakingly and expensively produced jacket an elaborate record-destroying device. This oversight, and any attendant suffering, is our fault, and we are very sorry. We promise to be less ambitious in the future.

We are currently making 100% non-warped, colored-vinyl LPs to replace these damaged LPs. We hope to have a delivery date for those soon, and we will update this page as soon as we have that information.

Please contact your place of purchase for instructions on how to obtain replacement LPs or refunds where replacements are not available. If you got it from Sub Pop’s online store please email websales@subpop.com with your name, address, and order number, and we will ship you replacement LPs as soon as they arrive, which will likely be sometime in mid-March.  And, if you bought this album from Father John Misty’s website (Merchline), please contact them for replacement LPs here: http://help.merchline.com/customer/portal/emails/new. Please keep the jacket – we will be replacing only the vinyl itself. To reiterate, if your copy of I Love You, Honeybear is warped and you got your album anywhere other than Sub Pop’s website, or Father John Misty’s website, please contact your place of purchase.

In the meantime, please accept our apologies, and we hope you can enjoy the unmolested music of Father John Misty via the download code provided with your LP, and maybe also at one of his exciting, upcoming live shows.

Other things worth mentioning here and related to Father John Misty’s new and very good I Love You, Honeybear album…

In response to several emails on the subject, here’s info on something we did with this album on LP (both the deluxe and regular editions) that was NOT an accident: due to its length and the wide audio spectrum of the recording, we at Sub Pop, together with Father John Misty, decided that the album sounded much better cut at 45 RPM over 2 pieces of vinyl. Though we all prefer the listening experience of a single piece of vinyl, we decided in this case to prioritize audio quality (an admittedly very subjective determination). You’re welcome!



Posted by Sam Sawyer