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NEWS : FRI, MAR 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Sub Pop Artists and Tours Affected by COVID-19 (and how you can help)

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Greetings, Friends, Fans and Curious On-Lookers of Sub Pop! As we all do our best to keep safe and healthy in these strange and trying times, there are things we can do to stay connected and supportive. We have received numerous requests for information on how to help Sub Pop and Hardly Art artists whose tours have been directly affected by COVID-19 and worldwide social distancing mandates. And so! Right here we will do our level best to keep a current list of those artists, complete with links to ways you can support them while they are unable to tour…

And, as a reminder, there is one very immediate way of offering your support through the Fri., March 20 Bandcamp COVID-19 Fundrasier.

We also made a playlist of the many Sub Pop and Hardly Art artists who’ve had to cancel or postpone their 2020 tour dates. Please to enjoy them here while they’re unable to come to you -> smarturl.it/spbandsathome.

[Updated 3/27/20]

Moaning
Listen/Buy: Uneasy Laughter (out Mar 20, 2020!)
Support: Bandcamp

Shabazz Palaces
Listen/Buy: preorder The Don of Diamond Dreams (out April 17, 2020!)
Support:  shabazzpalaces.com + Bandcamp

Man Man
Listen/Buy:  preorder Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between (out May 1, 2020!)
Support:  manmanband.com + Bandcamp

Corridor
Listen/Buy:  Junior
Support:  Bandcamp

Orville Peck
Listen/Buy:  Pony
Support:  orvillepeck.com + Bandcamp

Shannon Lay 
Listen/Buy: August
Support:  Bandcamp

Frankie Cosmos
Listen/Buy:  Close It Quietly
Support:  frankiecosmosband.comBandcamp

Mudhoney
Listen/Buy:  Digital Garbage | Morning in America
Support: mudhoney.org + Bandcamp

Omni
Listen/Buy:  Networker
Support:  Bandcamp

Versing
Listen/Buy:  10000
Support: New t-shirt on Bandcamp!

Weyes Blood
Listen/Buy: Titanic Rising
Support: Weyes Blood Store

Whitmer Thomas
Listen/Buy: Pre-order Songs from The Golden One
Support: Watch The Golden One on HBO

Girl Friday
Listen/Buy:  Fashion Conman
Support:  Bandcamp

Pissed Jeans
Listen/Buy:  Why Love Now
Support:  Pissed Jeans Store + Bandcamp

Downtown Boys
Listen/Buy:  Cost of Living
Support: Downtown Boys Bandcamp

Colleen Green
Listen/Buy: I Want to Grow Up
Support: colleengreen.bigcartel.com or the Dude Ranch album on Colleen’s Bandcamp page

Listen/Buy:  Cars in Space

METZ
Listen/Buy: Automat
Support: Bandcamp

IAN SWEET
Listen/Buy:  Crush Crusher
Support:  iansweetmusic.com + Bandcamp

Jo Passed
Listen/Buy:  Their Prime
Support:  jopassed.com + Bandcamp

Carissa’s Wierd
Support: Bandcamp

Clipping.
Listen/Buy:  There Existed an Addiction to Blood
Support:  clppng.com + Bandcamp

Cartel Madras
Listen/Buy:  Age of the Goonda
Support:  Bandcamp

Perfect Son
Listen/Buy:  Cast
Support:  Bandcamp

Also, please note that another perfectly acceptable (if not straight-up DELIGHTFUL) way to support any/all of the artists on Sub Pop and Hardly Art is by shopping at the Sub Pop Mega Mart, the Hardly Art Shop, and our struggling friends at the many, fine independent record stores across the country (many of whom are serving you via online orders and/or in-person delivery!) who need your patronage now too.


We’ve also found a number of resources offering some hope + relief + opportunity to lend a hand:

MusiCares:  COVID-19 Relief Fund

Sweet Relief: COVID-19 Fund

She Shreds:  Supporting Musicians and Live Professionals During COVID-19

Creative Capital:  List of Artist Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Music COVID Relief: a resource for the U.S. music community re the CARES Act Coronavirus Stimulus bill of March 27, 2020.

and some Seattle-area-specific resources:

Seattle Artist Relief Fund Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 Webinar for Artists & Cultural Organizations (Seattle Office of Arts & Culture)

King County - COVID-19 Handbook for Creative Industries

4Culture Cultural Relief Fund for King County

Michael’s List of COVID-19 Resources for the Seattle/King County area



NEWS : THU, MAR 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Sub Pop/Hardly Art + Bandcamp Artist Fundraiser on Friday, Mar. 20, 2020

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On Friday, March 20th, Sub Pop and Hardly Art will be passing through 100% of revenue from digital sales on Bandcamp to our current artists!

As you are all undoubtedly well aware, working/touring artists are one of the many groups of people currently being hit especially hard by the social distancing requirements of 2020 pandemic reality. In an effort to direct some support their way, Sub Pop and Hardly Art are joining with Bandcamp (and a ton of other labels) to send additional, needed revenue directly to artists.

If you’re able, we hope you’ll join us.




NEWS : THU, MAR 19, 2020 at 6:57 AM

Watch Moaning’s Official Video for “Connect the Dots” - Album ‘Uneasy Laughter’ is out March 20th

Today, LA’s Moaning share the video for “Connect The Dots,” the latest single from their highly anticipated sophomore album, Uneasy Laughter. “Connect The Dots” was directed by Campbell Logan.

Of the track, Sean Solomon says: “The song is about realizing you need help and being brave enough to ask for it. It’s a misconception that asking for help is a sign of weakness. In reality it’s one of the hardest things you can do.” “Connect The Dots” was directed by Campbell Logan who notes “I created this video with the intention of inspiring self-forgiveness, something I think we should all practice. Making it gave me the opportunity to practice an approach that I like to call Filmmaking Simulation, which is a process of doing film production using virtual cinematography, set design and performance. The result is photorealistic and mimics live action. We had an extremely quick turnaround on the video, but were able to complete it in a little over a month, and despite these hurdles I’m so proud of it!”




To celebrate the release of Uneasy Laughter, Moaning will be streaming a virtual listening party via Youtube on Friday, March 20th at 11am PST / 2pm EST. WATCH HERE.


[Album Art Credit: Aaron Jupin (download hi-res)]


Uneasy Laughter is available for pre-order here and will be out this Friday, March 20th. LP orders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear w/blue and orange-colored vinyl (while supplies last).


[Photo Credit: Michael Schmelling]

PRAISE FOR MOANING:

“The L.A. trio follow dutifully in the footsteps of Siouxsie and the Banshees and early Cure.” -Pitchfork

“Recalls early New Order… The rigid surface of the band’s post-punk jams can only barely contain Moaning’s raw, infectious intensity.” -NPR

“Moaning craft anxious music for an increasingly nervous local scene.” -LA Times

“Equal parts Joy Division and The Cure.” -UPROXX

“The band leans away from their rock roots and delivers a soaring piece of angsty, melodic synth-pop.” -MTV

“While still incorporating some punchy guitar work, the utilization of spine-chilling, David Lynch-type synths adds some much needed height.” -Stereogum


NEWS : TUE, MAR 17, 2020 at 9:00 AM

A Message From Sub Pop

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For more than 30 years now, we at Sub Pop Records have strived to be a dependable source of excellent, exciting and important music and also, sometimes, when it all comes together, cultural change. It’s true what they say: we like to party. And our ability to participate in any of that is reliant upon a giant, interwoven community of artists and the people and organizations that support them. Right now, many of the people and communities in our world are being hit hard by the spread of, and wholly necessary response to, COVID-19.

You have seen this happening, we know. Artists are forced to cancel tours, venues can’t have shows, festivals are canceled or postponed. Musicians, record stores, production companies, tour crews, venue staff, booking agents, and so many other people working in our industry are losing jobs and opportunities, and there’s no telling what will happen next.

In an effort to keep our customers and staff safe and healthy, we decided to temporarily close the Sub Pop Airport Store at Sea-Tac, starting now. It will remain closed through at least the end of March. We’ll reassess after that. And please trust that we’ll be back at it as soon as we’re able. As of now, we are still shipping records, t-shirts and the like from our Seattle warehouse to mail order customers and record stores.

The world feels completely upside-down right now. More than ever, and right in the face of that, we remain dedicated to all of the artists on Sub Pop and Hardly Art whom we are so profoundly fortunate to work with. And, it seems absolutely vital to recognize that the music these artists create has the power to hold us upright and together, especially during unsteady, isolating times like these. This is important. 

We may not be able to come together in a way that feels normal or familiar, but we are always connected to each other through music and art. Lean on that, hard! And do what you can to support the community of artists/musicians/beautiful losers/misfits/etc to which you belong. Please be safe, please help each other, and let’s all celebrate in person, together, when we get through this.

Love in the time of COVID-19,

Sub Pop


NEWS : TUE, MAR 10, 2020 at 6:57 AM

Watch Shabazz Palaces’ official video for “Fast Learner” from forthcoming LP ‘The Don of Diamond Dreams’

On the star-drenched streets of the Quartz City, the Dancer and the Don float the red beamer towards the diamondest dreams ever known in Shabazz Palaces new video for “Fast Learner (ft. Purple Tape Nate),” the lead single from his forthcoming album, The Don of Diamond Dreams. The visual from director Stephan Gray (“Dawn In Luxor,” “Deesse Du Sang”) stars Ishmael Butler and Umaara Elliott, a New York-based professional dancer and an activist (a co-organizer of “Millions March NYC”).


 
Released earlier this month, the “Fast Learner” single saw praise from the likes of Hip Hop DX, who called the track “another futuristic trip.” The FADER concurred, offering this, “It’s a psychedelic groove, chopped and screwed in the fifth dimension.” Meanwhile, Hypebeast had this to say, “a perfect reintroduction to the duo’s Afrofuturistic groove — hazy lo-fi electronica mashes alongside funky instrumentation, allowing for both Ishmael and Nate to rap out their lyrical abstractions.” And Stereogum says, “A woozy and echo-laden lurch that the group recorded with the excellently named Purple Tape Nate…It’s a cool piece of music, a starry-eyed vibe-out, and it’s a strong indicator for how the rest of the album might sound…The track draws stylistic connections between rumbling ’80s electro, broken-up Brainfeeder beat music, and circa-now astral Auto-Tuned drug rap.”
 
Shabazz Palaces The Don of Diamond Dreams will be available April 17th, 2020 worldwide on Sub Pop. The 10-track album includes the highlights features “Chocolate Souffle,” “Bad Bitch Walking (ft. Stas THEE Boss),” “Thanking The Girls,” and the aforementioned “Fast Learner,” with additional contributions from singer/keyboardist Darrius Willrich, percussionist Carlos Niño, Knife Knights collaborator OCnotes, saxophonist Carlos Overall, and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes.


 
The Don of Diamond Dreams is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. Preorders of the LP through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl with a silver swirl (while supplies last). All LP preorders through the Sub Pop Mega Mart will also receive The Mushroom, a 90-page, 8x8 inch zine from the elusive author TTT, inspired by The Don of Diamond Dreams (the book will also be available for purchase at Shabazz Palaces live shows). Meanwhile, LP preorders through select independent retailers in the U.K. and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on sky blue vinyl (also, while supplies last).  There will also be a new T-shirt design available.


NEWS : MON, MAR 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Clipping announces new, headlining international tour dates for April and May 2020 in support of ‘There Existed an Addiction to Blood’

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[Photo credit: Cristina Bercovitz]

U.K./European shows April 16th-May 2nd - Cartel Madras to support North American shows May 7th-22nd.

Clipping has announced headlining international tour dates for 2020 in support of There Existed an Addiction to Blood, their acclaimed album of 2019.
 
The 20-city international tour, which will include stops in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, the U.S., and Canada, begins April 16th in London and currently ends May 22nd in Chicago at Bottom Lounge. Festival highlights include an appearance at Ableton Loop 2020 in Berlin, DE April 24th-26th, Motel Mazique Festival in Rotterdam, NL on April 18th, and Donaufestival in Krems, DE on May 2nd. Additionally, support for the North American tour dates (May 7th-22nd) will come from Sub Pop labelmates Cartel Madras.
 

A special fan presale for the North American shows begin Wednesday, March 11th at 10 am (local), with tickets on sale to the general public Friday, March 13th at 10 am (local). The U.K./European shows are on sale now. For up to date information on tickets, please visit Clipping’s official website.
 
Apr. 16 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Apr. 17 - Brighton, UK - The Arch
Apr. 18 - Rotterdam, NL - Motel Mazique Festival
Apr. 20 - Lille, FR - L’Aeronoef
Apr. 21 - Paris, FR - Badaboum
Apr. 22 - Brussels, BE - Beursshouwburg
Apr. 24 - Berlin, DE - Ableton Loop 2020
Apr. 25 - Berlin, DE - Ableton Loop 2020
Apr. 26 - Berlin, DE - Ableton Loop 2020
Apr. 28 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang
Apr. 29 - Wiesbaden, DE - Schlachtnof
May 01 - Munich, DE - Rote Sonne
May 02 - Krems, DE - Donaufestival
May 07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *
May 08 - Berkeley, CA - Cornerstone *
May 10 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre *
May 11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
May 15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz *
May 16 - Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall *
May 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *
May 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
May 20 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
May 22 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge *
 
* w/ Cartel Madras


 
Clipping’s There Existed an Addiction to Blood earned placement on “Best Albums of 2019” lists from the likes of The WireThe Needledrop, Passion of the WeissPopMatters (albums + best hip-hop), Treble ZineThe Line of Best FitLoud & QuietGeniusRIFF MagazineSputnikmusic, and more. Pop Matters says of the record, “Apocalyptic, claustrophobic, with danger in the air (“Nothing Is Safe”); in other words, reminiscent of our current moment in US history. Horror movie themes float amidst the background, but this is hip-hop, riddled with allusions to classics of the past while living in a now setting of vampires, zombies, and ghosts. (#7, “The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2019”). Meanwhile, Treble Zine offers this, “There Existed an Addiction to Blood turns to horror as its conduit for dealing out home truths. Daveed Diggs remains in the highest tier of contemporary MCs in America, taking obvious joy from spinning between frisky, tongue-in-cheek junk culture references and cold, compact sucker punches of truth (#18 / “50 Best Albums of the Year”).”
 
There Existed an Addiction to Blood, which features the singles  “Nothing Is Safe,”  “La Mala Ordina,” “All in Your Head,” and “Blood of the Fang,”  was produced by Clipping, mixed by Steve Kaplan, and mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysium Masters in Los Angeles. The album also features appearances from Ed Balloon, Benny the Butcher, Elcamino, La Chat, The Rita, and Pedestrian Deposit, and a composition from Andrea Lockwood.


On Record Store Day (April 18th), Clipping will also release Double Live, a collaboration with composer Christopher Fleeger, available in a stunning industrial double-picture-disc package. This is not a standard live album. All the audio was recorded during Clipping’s 2017 tour, but the microphones weren’t pointed at the band. Instead they were in toilets, taped to ceiling pipes, tied to trees, worn by roadies—hidden all over venues. The results were then synchronized and edited over more than a year. Double Live is an impossible performance heard by hundreds of disembodied ears—part live album, part tour document, part musique concrète piece.