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NEWS : THU, AUG 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Sub Pop is Hiring a Social Media Coordinator

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Sub Pop is currently searching for an organized, self-motivated (and social media obsessed) individual to hire as our full-time Social Media Coordinator.

We’re accepting applications from residents of Washington State and California, and the closing date to apply is Friday, August 21, 2020.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Kara Mattaini at karam@subpop.com.


Social Marketing Coordinator -  based out of Washington State or California

Coordinates social media related tasks and collaborates with the Social Marketing Director, as well as Sub Pop departments, to execute digital campaigns on each of Sub Pop/Hardly Art’s social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, GIPHY, Tumblr, etc.). Collaborates day-to-day with the Marketing Team to coordinate social media announcements. Contributes to upkeep of social media calendar and content processes for Sub Pop/Hardly Art and artist announcements worldwide.

Responsibilities include:

  • Works cooperatively with Social Marketing Director to create and share social content for Sub Pop/Hardly Art and artist campaigns

  • Ensure social calendar is always current and content is created appropriately and timely

  • Attend daily and weekly Social Media Team Meetings

  • Attend weekly Marketing Meetings (staff and artists)

  • Work cooperatively with Social Marketing Director to execute daily a.m. campaign launches for albums/tracks/other announcements

    • May include prep in day/week prior, email/phone consult w/band + management, gathering and formatting assets, creating blog post

  • Sub Pop/Hardly Art Blog Updates - incorporate content from Press Releases

  • Day-to-day community engagement and listening on Twitter, IG, FB

    • Likes, comments, retweets, customer service, artist news, flag for follow up

  • Communication w/Sub Pop departments on a daily basis ensures news from each department is shared on socials in a timely manner and in every way possible within the social calendar’s strategic framework:

    • Publicity: announcements/premieres/launches/features

    • Video: transmit digital assets to artists/management in the most efficient way

    • Sales: Promote in-stores, features on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.

    • Radio: Promote in-studios, interviews, first listen, performances, premieres, etc.

    • Arts: Collaborate on Sub Pop related assets - Scholarship, Fundraisers, etc.

    • Mega Mart/Warehouse: Customer inquiries received via social channels

    • Licensing: Promote major sync placements

    • Legal: Monitor socials for copyright issues

    • Hardly Art: Consult re social media strategies and campaign assets

  • Work cooperatively with Social Marketing Director to create original social media content such as IG/FB Stories, live show streams, event streams, Loser Edition LP’s “in the wild”

  • Marketing Department Support:

    • Weekly updates of social insights & analytics in shared marketing meeting notes 

  • Social Media Advertising

    • Coordinate with Advertising team re paid social media/dark posts

 

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have a passion for communicating via Social Media.

  • Have a deep understanding of Social Media functionality, trends, listening/scheduling tools, emerging technology, common technical glitches and keenly aware of the ever changing digital landscape.

  • Have strong organizational skills with attention to detail, deadlines, written & verbal communication and time management tools.

  • Ability to create compelling content, adhere to the visual aesthetics of Sub Pop and Hardly Art, as well as those of individual artists

  • Be proficient with Google Business products such as Gmail, Hangouts, Docs, Sheets & Drive, plus the Microsoft Office suite of products.

Supervisor: Director of Social Marketing + Community Engagement

Again, the closing date to apply is Friday, August 21, 2020.

Thanks, and good luck!



NEWS : THU, AUG 6, 2020 at 6:58 AM

L7’s Smell the Magic: 30th Anniversary Edition featuring all 9 songs remastered & available together on vinyl for the first time

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Due out September 18th worldwide through Sub Pop. Pre-order the album and stream track “Shove” now.

Yep, you read that right! On Friday, September 18th, 2020, Sub Pop will release L7’s Smell the Magic: 30th Anniversary Edition, the fiery, American grunge pioneers’ second album. 

This 30th-anniversary edition of the ‘90s underground rock classic includes all 9 songs from the album, remastered and available together on vinyl for the first time ever! A multitude of rock music scenes populated the expanse of Los Angeles in 1989: hardcore punk, industrial goth, roots rock, and Sunset Strip hair metal, to name a few. L7 fit into none of them, creating their own unique blend of punk and hard, hooky rock loaded with humor and cultural commentary. Originally released in 1990, Smell the Magic is a landmark of ’90s feminist rock.


[Photo Credit: Charles Peterson]

Smell the Magic: 30th Anniversary Edition is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear with high melt orange, blue, and gray vinyl. Meanwhile preorders  through select retailers in the UK and Europe will receive the Loser edition on neon orange vinyl. There will also be a new t-shirt design available.


L7
Smell the Magic
Tracklisting:
1. Shove
2. Fast and Frightening
3. (Right On) Thru
4. Deathwish
5. Till the Wheels Fall Off
6. Broomstick
7. Packin’ a Rod
8. Just Like Me
9. American Society

About L7’S Smell the Magic:
A multitude of rock music scenes populated the expanse of Los Angeles in1989: hardcore punk, industrial goth, roots rock, and Sunset Strip hair metal to name a few. L7 fit into none of them. Guitarist-vocalists Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner, bassist-vocalist Jennifer Finch, and newly added drummer Dee Plakas were creating their own unique blend of punk and hard hooky rock, with humor and cultural commentary along for the ride.
 
But making a mark on the LA underground rock scene was more challenging than it seemed.
Originating out of art punk circles in 1985, L7 played countless poetry readings, drag shows, art happenings and punk rock dive bars. They were nothing short of perseverant.
 
Having already released one album, eponymously titled, L7, the band was touring up the West Coast when they began to meet like minded artists affiliated with Sub Pop Records. The band managed to score a phone number for the imprint, and convinced label founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman to come see them live.
 
That show would take place a couple of weeks later in 1989 at an arts center in Seattle. The stage was finagled out of folding tables, and friends recruited to work a smoke machine (members of the group Cat Butt) decided to drop acid before attending to their duties. This led to a thick fog filling the entire venue and the band’s performance could hardly even be seen. L7 were convinced they blew it. Instead, they got signed: Sub Pop may not have been able to see them, yet, but they could hear them and asked if L7 would do a recording for their monthly Singles Club.
 
Later in the year, the band went into the label’s go-to studio in Seattle, Reciprocal Recording and in one day recorded “Shove,” “Packin’ a Rod,” and “Fast and Frightening.”
 
Released in January, the single’s A-side “Shove” would kick off the 1990’s with a bang and L7 would have an underground hit on their hands.
 
The band was then given the go ahead to record a full EP. The buzz from their Sub Pop’s Singles Club release was almost immediately palpable.
 
A few months after “Shove,” L7 continued with recording the EP—later expanded into a full-length album with three cover songs (“Packin’ a Rod,” “Just Like Me,” and “American Society”). They recorded again with Reciprocal’s producer, Jack Endino, and later Michael James and Ramones-producer Daniel Rey in Los Angeles.
 
This 30th-anniversary edition of the ‘90s underground rock classic Smell the Magic includes all 9 songs from the album, remastered and available together on vinyl for the first time ever! Originally released in 1990, Smell the Magic is a landmark of ’90s feminist rock.

Get yr L7 updates from everywhere in the known inter-verse:

Facebook | Twitter |  Instagram | Bandcamp | Spotify | L7 Official Website




NEWS : WED, AUG 5, 2020 at 6:58 AM

Listen to Bully’s “Hours and Hours,” a new track from her forthcoming album ‘SUGAREGG’ out August 21st

Bully’s “Hours and Hours” is the latest standout from SUGAREGG, her incredible new album out next month on Sub Pop. 

Alicia Bognanno offers this about the song, “‘Hours and Hours’ is about my mother and I finally figuring out our relationship. She and I had a really hard time connecting growing up and at times felt like it would never happen. Over the past five years we have become best friends, she is now the very first person I call when I am at my absolute lowest and has saved my life. I realize now how similar we are and how that probably had everything to do with why we had a difficult time with each other growing up. I wish I knew sooner how much we could relate but am eternally grateful that we have figured it out now and I’m just so thankful to be on good terms, I love her dearly.” 

[Photo credit: Angelina Castillo] 

Bully will release SUGAREGG on August 21st, 2020 worldwide through Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on a translucent blue w/white “smoke” colored vinyl. Meanwhile, preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on transparent red vinyl. There will also be a new t-shirt design available.


[US Loser Edition mock-up. Actual vinyl appearance may vary]


NEWS : TUE, AUG 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Watch Washed Out’s Sensual NSFW Video For “Paralyzed” + ‘Purple Noon Nights’ Events Announced. New Album ‘Purple Noon’ Out This Friday, August 7th

Late Show with Stephen Colbert Performance Online Now.

Washed Out’s “Paralyzed” is the third new single from his upcoming Mediterranean love letter Purple Noon, and arrives with a tastefully explicit music video from acclaimed fashion film director Caroline Koning. Shot in her native Holland, the clip shows real-life couple Shay and Dorien in an unguarded, intimate moment, set to a classically Washed Out ethereal pop track about the power of longing and lust.




Director Caroline Koning offered this on the video,“Human contact, and something as simple as a touch, has new meaning in the context of today. These special times make the viewing experience of physical togetherness a different one, and I wanted to tap into that sentiment in a pure way. The couple we follow in the film capture this simplicity beautifully, and what we see on screen all happened very organically. Encapsulating a perhaps general longing for closeness through a very unpretentious narrative gives this spot a natural honesty that I think visualizes the track in a strong manner.”


Washed Out has also announced Purple Noon Nights, a culmination of four months of new tracks and visuals leading up to the new album’s release over four nights this weekend. Beginning this Thursday, August 6th and ending on Sunday, August 9th at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT each night, Washed Out’s Ernest Greene will be hosting a different Purple Noon-related event each night:

  • Thursday, 8/6: Purple Noon listening party
  • Friday, 8/7: the Washed Out live band’s first live-streamed concert, performing selected tracks from Purple Noon along with highlights from his catalog
  • Saturday, 8/8: Q&A with fans via @realwashedout’s Instagram Live account
  • Sunday, 8/9: Greene will host the sixth in his popular Magic Hour Mix DJ sets, with this set focusing on the Washed Out catalog

The listening party, full band set, and Magic Hour DJ set will be broadcast live from Washed Out’s YouTube, Facebook, Instagram TV, and Twitch accounts.


He also appeared early last week with a solo, Ableton Push performance of “Too Late” on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series.

Washed Out’s Purple Noon, his first full-length in three years will be available this Friday, August 7th on CD/LP/CS/DSPs worldwide through Sub Pop. The 10-track effort which features the lead single “Time to Walk Away,” along with standouts “Too Late,” and “Paralyzed,” was produced and recorded by Ernest Greene and mixed by Ben H. Allen in Atlanta, Georgia.

Preorders of Purple Noon are available from Sub Pop and Washed Out’s official website. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com, Washed Out’s official website, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl. Meanwhile, preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on purple vinyl.


NEWS : WED, JUL 29, 2020 at 6:00 AM

Loma to release Don’t Shy Away, the immersive new follow up to the group’s self-titled debut, worldwide October 23rd, 2020 through Sub Pop

Loma (Emily Cross, Dan Duszynski, and Jonathan Meiburg) have returned with Don’t Shy Away, their incredibly absorbing new album and the follow-up to their acclaimed, self-titled debut, which will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL October 23rd, 2020 on Sub Pop. The eleven-track effort featuring the standouts “Ocotillo,” “Half Silences,”  ”Elliptical Days,” and “Homing,” was produced and recorded by the band at Dandysounds in Dripping Strings, Texas—with the exception of “Homing,” which was produced by Brian Eno.

[Album art by @space_notes]
 
Preorders of Don’t Shy Away are now available from Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the album on translucent yellow vinyl. Meanwhile, LP preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive on dark green vinyl.

More on Loma’s Don’t Shy Away:
On December 26th, 2018, Emily Cross received an excited email from a friend: Brian Eno was talking about her band on BBC radio. “At first I didn’t think it was real,” she admits. But then she heard a recording: Eno was praising “Black Willow” from Loma’s self-titled debut, a song whose minimal groove and hypnotic refrain seem as much farewell as a manifesto: I make my bed beside the road / I carry a diamond blade / I will not serve you. He said he’d had it on repeat.
 
At the time, a second Loma album seemed unlikely. The band began as a serendipitous collaboration between Cross, the multi-talented musician and recording engineer Dan Duszynski, and Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg, who wanted to play a supporting role after years at the microphone. They’d capped a grueling tour with a standout performance on a packed beach at Sub Pop’s SPF 30 festival, in which Cross leapt into the crowd, and then into the sea, while the band carried on from the stage—an emotional peak that also felt like a natural ending. “It was the biggest audience we’d ever had,” she says. “We thought, why not stop here?”  

[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]
 
Following the tour, Cross went to rural Mexico to work on visual art and a solo record, while Meiburg began a new Shearwater effort. But after a few months apart (and Eno’s encouraging words), the trio changed their minds and reconvened at Duszynski’s home in rural Texas, where they began to develop songs that would become Don’t Shy Away. Loma writes by consensus, and though Cross is always the singer, she, Duszynski and Meiburg often trade instruments.  Meiburg compares their process to using a ouija board, and says the songs revealed themselves slowly, over many months. “Each of us is a very strong flavor,” he says, “but in Loma, nobody wears the crown, so we have to trust each other—and we end up in places none of us would have gone on our own. I think we all wanted to experience that again.” The album that emerged is gently spectacular—a vivid work whose light touch belies its timely themes of solitude, impermanence, and finding light in deep darkness. Stuck / beneath / a rock, Cross begins, as if noticing her predicament for the first time. Then she adds: I begin to see / the beauty in it.
 
It’s a couplet that evokes the album in miniature. Don’t Shy Away is shot through with revelations, both joyful (“Given a Sign”) and sober (the clear-eyed title track), and winds from moment to moment with confidence and humor. Like Loma’s first effort, there’s a tangible and sensuous feeling of place; insects sing in the trees, an ill-fitting door creaks in the wind. But there’s also a daring and hard-won wisdom, underlined by Cross’s benevolent clarinet, which often sounds like an extension of her singing voice. “Ocotillo”’s desert landscape unreels into a blazing sun; “Elliptical Days” seems to ascend endlessly like Escher’s circling monks; the jubilant “Breaking Waves Like a Stone” appears out of a haze of synthesizers that pulse like fireflies. A series of guests wander through these absorbing soundscapes, including touring members Emily Lee (piano, violin) and Matt Schuessler (bass), Flock of Dimes/Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, and a surprisingly bass-heavy horn section.
 
And then there’s Brian Eno. Loma invited him to participate in the mantra-like “Homing,” which concludes the album, and sent him stems to interact with in any way he liked. He never spoke directly with the band, but his completed mix arrived via e-mail late one night, without warning, and they gathered to listen in the converted bedroom Duszynski uses as a control room. “I was a little worried,” says Cross. “What if we didn’t like it?” But it was all they’d hoped for: minimal but enveloping, friendly but enigmatic, as much Loma as Eno—a perfect ending to an album about finding a new home inside an old one.  I am somewhere that you know, Cross sings, above a chorus of her bandmates’ blended voices. I am right behind your eyes.



NEWS : TUE, JUL 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Watch Washed Out’s solo performance of “Too Late” for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome Series

Watch Washed Out’s performance of “Too Late,” one of the highlights from Purple Noon, his forthcoming album, for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series. See here, then watch/stream the album version here.
 
Ernest Greene offers this of his performance, “The Ableton Push was created to add a hardware style interface that could give the Ableton Live software more of a tactile experience.  While it’s great for aiding the recording workflow within Ableton; the lack of heavy customization really holds back the performance potential in my humble opinion. However, there is a user-mode where you can basically “hack” the interface and completely reprogram the look and feel of the controller.  In my mind, this represents the musical instrument of the future - where not only can one musician replicate an entire band - but with clever color coding and animation it can really make each instrumental part come to life. 
 
“I recorded this version of “Too Late” in the early stages of the pandemic - where the other guys in the band weren’t available to jam in person. Much of Washed Out’s sound relates to the detailed audio production - so this is the closest thing I could get to a solo WO performance (All audio, color and animation are programmed using built-in midi-based tools in Ableton Live).


Purple Noon, his first full-length in three years, will be available on CD/LP/CS/DSPs on August 7th, 2020 worldwide through Sub Pop. The 10-track effort which features the lead single “Time to Walk Away,” along with standouts “Too Late,” and “Paralyzed,” was produced and recorded by Ernest Greene and mixed by Ben H. Allen in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Preorders of Purple Noon are now available from Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com, Washed Out’s official website, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl. Meanwhile, preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on purple vinyl. There will also be new t-shirt designs available.