Road warriorsFrankie Cosmos have spent the better part of 2018 on tour in support of their latest and greatest, Vessel, available now worldwide via Sub Pop. The band has announced a run of European shows throughout April with Hardly Art’s IAN SWEETsupporting.
Dates will begin in London on April 1st and have the bands traveling through Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona, ending on April 19th in Bologna, Italy. Tickets will go on-sale (links here) tomorrow at 10AM GMT:
Apr. 01 - London, UK - EartH Apr. 03 - Stockholm, SE - Melodybox * Apr. 04 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik * Apr. 05 - Oslo, NO - John Dee * Apr. 06 - Aarhus, DK - Tape * Apr 07 - Copenhagen, DK - Lille Vega * Apr. 09 - Berlin, DE - Musik & Frieden Apr.10 - Heidelberg, DE - Karlstorbahnhof, * Apr.12 - San Sebastian, ES - Dabadaba * Apr.13 - A Coruna, ES -Garufa Club* Apr.15 - Lisbon, PT - ZDB * Apr.16 - Madrid, ES - El Sol * Apr.17 - Barcelona, ES - Razzmatazz 3 * Apr.19 - Bologna, IT - Covo Club*
* w/ Ian Sweet
Frankie Cosmos is touring in support of their critically acclaimed Sub Pop debut, Vesselwhich has received raves reviews from such outlets as The New York Times, Pitchfork, Q, NPR, Loud and Quiet.
What “The People” are saying about Frankie Cosmos:
“Frankie Cosmos know how good it feels to acknowledge how epically, infuriatingly, beautifully helpless love can be.” [“Being Alive” Best New Track Review] - Pitchfork
“’Being Alive’ flutters like a heartbeat, careening in and out of heavy motion and rest.” [“Being Alive” Track Review] - Stereogum
“The song has Kline wandering through apathy, thinking about the things she could’ve done if she’d had the energy or will, poking at her subconscious.” [“Jesse” Track review] - Noisey
“Kline has a keen, quick grip on the back-and-forth of modern uncertainty, swinging high from triumph to low-lit sorrow. It’s why she’s such a comfort to return to.” - 8/10 - Crack
“[Kline’s] anti-folk spirit remains alive on these 18 tracks, which range from 30-second sonic haikus to fully-fledged ’90s indie-pop duets.” - 7/10 Loud and Quiet
“While intimacy has found a large pop audience in the social-media era […] Kline’s disclosures are striking because they feel genuinely homespun.” - 4/5 Q Magazine
“Slight but powerful indie-pop” / “There’s great charm to these yearning tunes” - 8/10 Uncut
“Completely enchanting, it’s further proof that the band are one of the best” - Wonderland
You can now hear Flight of the Conchords “Father and Son” a new song from their HBO special Live in London, and available now at all DSPs via Sub Pop.
This past October and ten years after the launch of their hit HBO series, musical comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement returned to HBO for the all-new comedy special. Live in London was taped before a live audience at the Eventim Apollo and featured the Conchords performing songs from the sold-out UK and Ireland edition of “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.”
New Zealanders McKenzie and Clement debuted on HBO in 2005 in an edition of the comedy series “One-Night Stand,” returning to the network in 2007 for the debut season of their acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series “Flight of the Conchords,” which followed fictionalized versions of their lives in New York City. The duo also signed a worldwide deal with Sub Pop Records for their recorded music, going on to release the Grammy-winning EP, The Distant Future in 2007, followed by two full-length albums - their self-titled debut in 2008, and I Told You I Was Freaky in 2009.
[Photo credit: Colin Hutton/HBO]
The Conchords have also enjoyed individual success. Clement’s film credits include the “Rio” movies, “Men in Black 3,” “What We Do in the Shadows” and “The BFG,” and he’s also been seen in his role in FX’s “Legion.” McKenzie was the music supervisor for “The Muppets,” which won him an Academy Award® for Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet,” and “Muppets Most Wanted.”
An intimate night of music to benefit those affected by the California Wildfires with sets from Father John Misty, HAIM, Jeff Bhasker, Jonathan Wilson, Lucius, Mac DeMarco, Nate Ruess, Rivers Cuomo, Rostam, Tim Heidecker, Weyes Blood and special guests
Father John Misty and Goldenvoice have teamed up to present The California Wildfires Benefit Concert to be held at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018. The concert will include performances from Father John Misty, HAIM, Jeff Bhasker, Jonathan Wilson, Lucius, Mac DeMarco, Nate Ruess, Rivers Cuomo, Rostam, Tim Heidecker, Weyes Blood, and special guests.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 7 at 10 am PT, and the event is all ages.
Net proceeds will go to The Southern California Disaster Relief Fund, which supports low-income families whose lives and livelihoods are affected by the current wildfires in Southern California. Created by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, in partnership with United Way of Ventura County, the fund primarily provides longer-term support to help low-income individuals and families rebuild their lives.
Through CharityBuzz fans can also bid on front row tickets to attend the California Wildfires Benefit Show. This package also includes a commemorative show poster signed by participating artists and a one night stay at the Ace Hotel.
For those who can not attend the event, there are two additional ways to donate:
Text ACEBENEFIT to 41444
Visit unitedwayla.org/2018fires (Donate online and enter ACEBENEFIT in section labeled “This donation is on behalf of” in order to be reported into this total)
Additional sponsors include Lyft, who is the official rideshare partner for this event, and Steinway & Sons will be donating a piano for use at the event.
Sub Pop has signed the enigmatic country singer Orville Peck, who will release his debut for the label in 2019. Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. The resulting sound is one entirely his own - taking the listener down dusty rose-colored desert highways; through a world where worn out gamblers, road-dogs, and lovesick hustlers drift in and out of his masked gaze. Orville’s music will be available worldwide from Sub Pop, except for Canada through Royal Mountain Records.
“Big Sky,” his first single, is a campfire lullaby of Orville’s past lovers. He sings about his relationships - with an aloof biker, an abusive boxer and an overly protective jailor in the Florida Keys - and the inevitable demise of each one, as Orville leaves them for the wide open big sky. Watch his official video for the song, directed by Deni Cheng, which follows our anti-hero as he travels through his America, waiting for time to pass.
Orville Peck Tour Dates + Ticket Links
Orville Peck’s late winter and spring international tour schedule for 2019 currently spans January 4th-May 12th. Highlights include: Canadian shows on January 4th in Toronto and January 5th in Hamilton; A three-date London, UK residency February 28th-March 2nd, immediately followed by shows in Amsterdam on March 5th and Berlin on March 6th; And in May, he’ll be supporting Lord Huron on a string of midwest-southwestern US dates May 6th-May 12th. Additional live dates will be announced in the new year.
Jan. 04 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah (Exclaim! Class of 2019 showcase) Jan. 05 - Toronto, ON - The Monarch (Exclaim! Class of 2019 showcase) Feb. 28 - London, UK - Islington Mar. 01 - London, UK - Servant Jazz Quarters Mar. 02 - London, UK - The Shacklewell Arms Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Sugarfactory Mar. 06 - Berlin, DE - Auster-Club May 06 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note* May 07 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion* May 09 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace* May 10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre* May 11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre* May 12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren* * w/ Lord Huron
Rejoice! For it is now the time of year when we thank you for being nearly the best customers in the whole wide world of music-and-also-perhaps-t-shirts-or-mugs-buying peoples far and wide.
And we do this, somewhat predictably, by trying to persuade you to buy more stuff - DEEPLY DISCOUNTED STUFF - from us!
It’s heart-warmingly crafty the way we’ve managed to turn a “thank you” into a “please” this holiday season. Anyhoo, here are the related details: Between now/last Friday and 11:59 PM (PST) January 6, 2019, buy $25 or more worth of stuff (not including shipping and tax) from the Mega Mart and get 20% off all eligible items. Buy $100 worth of stuff and receive free domestic shipping! THAT”S ON TOP OF THE AFOREMENTIONED DISCOUNT! WTF??
Believe us when we say that we’ve got some of the best midsize-indie-record-label-branded merchandise your heart can handle, and we’d really love to sell it to you and your loved ones this holiday season. Knit hats, gloves, and sweaters? We’ve got ‘em. Things designed to make you sweat (like sweatshirts and sweatpants, gutterbrain)? We’ve got those too. Trinkets and trash? Enough for everyone! We’ve also got a slew of really exciting 2018 releases that you might have missed out on from bands like Low, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Father John Misty, Green River, J Mascis, Luluc and so much more. Speaking of J Mascis and best midsize-indie-record-label-branded merchandise … we’ve got two exceptional new apparel items for sale this season, and they too are included in our Epic Sale.
Ineligible items do count toward the $25 and $100 thresholds, they just don’t qualify for the discount.
Please note! If there are any pre-order items in your cart at checkout, your entire order will not ship until the shipping date of the furthest out pre-order. That means your order will not ship until after the first of the year, and you will not receive any part of your order in time for the holidays. The solution to this is: place multiple orders.
All orders placed by December 17th are guaranteed to ship out before we close up shop for the year, so get your orders in early and often. Related to this impending warehouse closure, any orders placed between December 18th and January 6th will not ship out until after we are back in the office on January 7th.
Thank you in advance for your impending (and wildly overzealous, we hope) gift buying spree.
Sub Pop has signed Polish artist Perfect Son (aka Tobiasz Biliński) for the world, to release Cast, his label debut on CD/LP/DL February 15th, 2019. The 10 track album, which features the lead single “It’s For Life,” along with the highlights “Promises,” and “Lust,” was co-produced by Biliński and Marcin Buźniak at Axis Audio in Warsaw, with additional production from Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recording in Philadelphia, and mixed/mastered by Buźniak.
On “It’s For Life,” Biliński’s soft falsetto and arching melodies are embedded in a world of enormous drums, pounded piano, and blown-out bass. The lyric video (as seen above, and also heard on Spotify or Apple Music) was co-directed by Biliński and his wife Anna Mayer-Bilińska, and shot in his hometown of Sopot, and in Warsaw, where he now resides.
1. Reel Me 2. Lust 3. It’s For Life 4. Old Desires 5. So Divine 6. Promises 7. High Hopes 8. My Body Wants 9. Wax 10. Almost Mine
More About Perfect Son and ‘Cast’
Sometime in 2016, just as the Polish singer and producer Tobiasz Biliński began to find success through the dim and fractured electropop of Coldair, he knew it was time for a radical change. The songs on The Provider, Coldair’s much-lauded third album, had been an exorcism of sorts. Laced with songs about early death, chronic disappointment, and clouded minds, the record was, as he puts it now, his earnest attempt to “get all this old shit out.” That mission accomplished, he needed something new, a restart—the unabashedly radiant and unapologetically complex pop of Perfect Son, delivered in 10 perfect shots on Biliński’s Sub Pop debut, Cast.
[Photo Credit Weronika Izdebska]
In the past, Biliński’s music has flirted with and explored the darkness, first in a sort of Transatlantic freak-folk and then with the gothic refractions of Coldair. But on Cast, Perfect Son steps boldly into the light without sloughing off emotional weight or depth. With powerful, sweeping production that recalls the best pop beats of Matthew Dear and arcing melodies that conjure the majesty of Jonathan Meiburg, Perfect Son animates sensations of lust, belonging, and newfound trust with tumescent electronic arrangements that threaten the safety of any sound system.
On opener “Reel Me,” his soft falsetto floats through a Steve Reich-like pulse and above an ominous guitar, as he describes the feeling of a soul lost in the wilderness and doubting his own humanity. But the drums and the bass stir him awake, giving him a sense of vitality and belonging: “I’m finally aware,” he confesses, eyes brightened. “And fearing things.” During the thunderous “It’s For Life,” Biliński wraps his voice around a world of enormous drums, pounded piano, and blown-out bass. “It’s alright/It’s for life,” the newly married singer offers in the instantaneous chorus.
Biliński doesn’t forsake the heavier things here. The haunted “Old Desires” battles latent demons, soundtracked by howling synthesizers and harmonies that seem to hang in the distance like ghosts. The sweeping closer “Almost Mine” is a candid confession of pain and a frank acknowledgment that, one day, even the relationships that give us strength and purpose will crumble. Biliński sings about falls throughout Cast but also about picking yourself back up, about pressing on despite or perhaps because of the bruises. In the process, he is lifted by music that feels unabashedly motivational, built to remind us that the best times are hopefully to come.
Perfect Son, it should be said, is Sub Pop’s first Polish artist, the result of an extended interest in Biliński’s work and the country itself from label co-founder Jonathan Poneman. Several years ago, Biliński applied to play at South by Southwest as Coldair. Poneman saw his performance, and was impressed. The two stayed in touch, with Poneman eventually signing Coldair to a publishing deal. “I bugged him about releasing my stuff constantly,” Biliński admits with a laugh. “And I guess he admired my persistence.”
When Cast was finally finished, Poneman didn’t need more convincing. These songs, after all, are magnetic, with the searching harmonies and deep drums of “Promises” and the rhythmic intricacy and serial synths of “Wax” pulling you close on first listen and holding you there for the foreseeable future. These songs and this story are about the power of human perseverance and deliberate reinvention, of knowing that you can confront and come to terms with the darkest angels of your being. Cast is a testament to the possibilities of the future, brilliantly disguised as 10 grandiose and undeniable pop anthems.