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NEWS : WED, SEP 9, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Sub Pop to Reissue Ugly Casanova’s ‘Sharpen Your Teeth’ worldwide on 2xLP vinyl (October 30th)

Attention, vinyl nerds!  Sub Pop will reissue Sharpen Your Teeth, the underground classic and lone offering from Ugly Casanova, on 2xLP worldwide October 30th. The long, out-of-print vinyl edition will come with the original 13 track album and 4 bonus songs: “Babies Clean Conscience,” “Diggin Holes,” “Roads to Go to Roads to Go to…“ (which were available as limited edition singles around the album’s release); AND (because you also need this gem in yer life) the unreleased “They Devised A Plan to Fuck Forever,” recorded during the Sharpen Your Teeth sessions.

Sharpen Your Teeth is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart. The 2xLP will be available both on black and as a limited “Loser” edition yellow / white with yellow vinyl (while supplies last). In light of this, may we suggest preorder as the prudent path?

About Ugly Casanova:

Ugly Casanova is Isaac Brock, of Modest Mouse. Or, possibly, it is a mysterious savant named Edgar Graham, who imposed himself on Modest Mouse at the Denver show of the band’s 1998 tour, introduced himself as Ugly Casanova, and, through a haze of unnerving instability, shared some rough songs with the band. His songs, though delivered hesitantly… shamefully, even… displayed unmistakable talent. By the end of Modest Mouse’s tour, Casanova, with much reluctance, was persuaded to record some of these songs and hand them over to record labels for issue as singles or parts of compilations. Predictably, immediately after he had done so, he disappeared.

Other than a sheaf of ramblings delivered to Modest Mouse’s singer Isaac Brock in the summer of 1999 that then inspired that band’s The Moon and Antarctica nothing had been heard from Casanova in years and those that still thought of him grew fewer. Then in November of 2001, a faded and water-damaged bundle was discovered among a stack of old packages during one of those general decontamination purges that so often follows a mail scare. Addressed simply to “Sub Pop, Seattle, WA,” there was little evidence of its origin. Inside, swathed in tape, Silly Putty and pelts of three identifiable rodents was a greeting from the long-lost Graham. Numerous tapes and a list of requests that alternated between raving demands for destruction of said tapes and meek pleas for recognition of their contents were extracted from the mess of the package. Fortunately Sub Pop recognized that the tapes held promise, and released them in 2002 as Sharpen Your Teeth.

Until such time as Graham/Casanova resurfaces to take credit for his work and add a bit more to whatever understanding of him still exists, Sharpen Your Teeth will have to suffice. Produced by Brian Deck and Isaac Brock at Glacial Pace Studios (Oregon), Ugly Casanova’s songs are here performed by Misters Brock and Deck, as well as John Orth (Holopaw), Tim Rutili (Califone, Red Red Meat), Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession), and a handful of like-minded collaborators.

Ugly Casanova - Sharpen Your Teeth

Vinyl track listing:

1. Barnacles
2. Spilled Milk Factory
3. Parasites
4. Hotcha Girls
5. (no song)
6. Diamonds On the Face of Evil
7. Cat Faces
8. Ice On the Sheets
9. Bee Sting
10. Pacifico
11. Smoke Like Ribbons
12. Things I Don’t Remember
13. So Long to the Holidays
14. Babies Clean Conscience*
15. Diggin Holes*
16. They Devised a Plan to Fuck Forever*
17. Roads to Go to Roads to Go to…*

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, SEP 8, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Mass Gothic signs worldwide deal with Sub Pop - Debut LP to be released in 2016

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Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Sub Pop roster:  Mass Gothic, the Massachusetts-bred, NYC-based outfit, has signed with Sub Pop Records for a worldwide deal and we’re pretty damn stoked about it. 

The group, led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Noel Heroux will release its label debut (and tour extensively to support it) sometime in 2016. More specific details will be forthcoming soon. Mass Gothic will make its official live debut at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York this October.

More about Mass Gothic

Noel Heroux grew up outside of Boston, Mass. He began playing piano at a very early age, and started writing and recording music in his early teens.

In 2005, he formed an early version of the rock band Hooray for Earth, playing shows and self-releasing early demo recordings locally. Heroux initially started the band as a solo project, but it quickly morphed into a full-fledged band effort upon the release of its debut EP in 2008. In Hooray for Earth’s brief career,  the group recorded two full-length LPs and two EPs, before calling it quits in 2014.

Mass Gothic finds Heroux at the helm writing and recording all of its material, augmented by a full band in studio and on stage. Mass Gothic will release its Sub Pop debut in 2016, with extensive touring to follow.  

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, SEP 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Strange Wilds Begin North American Tour In Support Of ‘Subjective Concepts’

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[ Photo courtesy of the band ]

Strange Wilds begin ripping their way across North American in support of their debut album, Subjective Concepts, tomorrow night, Thursday, September 25th at Black Lodge in Seattle. The tour keeps on rolling until November 21st, and takes the band throughout the continental U.S. 

Newly added tour dates include: October 10th in Athens, OH at Galbreath Chapel; October 14th in Annondale, NY at SMOG at Bard College; October 15th in Brooklyn, NY at the Knitting Factory for Sub Pop & Hardly Art’s CMJ showcase; November 8th in San Diego, CA at the Soda Bar; and November 12th in Bakersfield, CA at Temblor Brewing Company; November 20th in Tacoma, WA at Real Art. (details below)

New to (or already obsessed with) Strange Wilds?  Find their YouTube playlist (feat. the official “Pronoia” video) right here.

Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts is available now on CD / LP / DL at the Sub Pop Mega MartiTunesAmazon and Bandcamp. All customers who order the LP version of Subjective Concepts from and Bandcamp will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on white vinyl while supplies last. (There’s a new T-shirt design available too)

What do ‘They” say about Strange Wilds?  Here are some good words:

“Pronoia is the opposite of paranoia, essentially the happy delusion that there is a conspiracy that exists to help people. It’s also the name of the hellish four-minute blast of noise that’s the best song on this debut album by Seattle trio Strange Wilds. The follow-up to 2014’s four-track ‘Wet’ EP, Subjective Concepts sounds like it was raised on ‘Bleach’-era Nirvana and aligns the band with their Washington peers Milk Music and Naomi Punk. They build a monumental wall of hardcore noise on ‘Egophillia’, before taking a wrecking ball to it and screaming wildly into the mess. Elsewhere, there are tight grooves on ‘Disdain’ and ‘Terrible’, and the guttural riffs on ‘Starved For’ offer plenty for bleeding gums to gnaw on.” -NME
“Touch And Go-style post rock with early grunge.” - The AV Club
“Northwestern American trio tap into grunge’s collective unconscious, channelling crushing riffs and ancestral memories of hardcore.” MOJO
“Loud, sneering, and heavy-set, Subjective Concepts could come wrapped in a rain-soaked plaid shirt.” - LOUD & QUIET
“Taut, virile hardcore punk with a seething intelligence… It’s an absolute gem.” - CLASH MUSIC
“An undeniably exciting listen.” - UNCUT
“With their excellent full-length debut, this savage young trio offers a stiff reminder of those bygone halcyon days when Chad Channing drummed for Nirvana instead of Dave Grohl.
But while the barbed, razor-sharp riffs and tightrope bass thuds of Bleach largely inform the scrappy nature of key tracks like caustic opener “Pronoia” and the pensive “Oneirophobe,” there is an influential undercurrent of the signature sounds of their own city back in the day as well. Shades of K Records classics from Beat Happening and Some Velvet Sidewalk additionally factor into the more melodic elements of Subjective Concepts, particularly within the structures of college radio-ready songs like “Don’t Have To” and “Lose and Found.” - PASTE
“They are a powerful outfit, and Subjective Concepts is cohesive and fierce.” - Pitchfork
“Toggles between a coiled-snake groove and the kind of full scream-along ferocity that makes you want to thrash around in a small, dark room with a bunch of sweaty strangers. This is noisy, heavy, grimy music, and it’s great.” [“Pronoia”] - Stereogum
“A sludged-out mess of hardcore that slam dances with the Seattle label’s past and it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see them on a tour run that’s stacked with Mogwai, METZ, or Pissed Jeans” [“Pronoia”]  - BLARE
“‘Starved For’ sounds exactly like what you’d want to be listening to if you lived inside of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game.” - Noisey
Tour Dates

Sep. 25 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge
Sep. 26 - Vancouver, BC  - The Biltmore
Sep. 27 - Portland, OR - They Know
Sep. 30 - Olympia, WA - Old School
Oct. 01 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock
Oct. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
Oct. 03 - Tempe, AZ - Time Out Lounge
Oct. 04 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister
Oct. 05 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
Oct. 06 - Omaha, NE - West Wing
Oct. 07 - Columbia, MO - Cafe Berlin
Oct. 08 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverwest Public House
Oct. 09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Oct. 10 - Athens, OH - Galbreath Chapel
Oct. 11 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar
Oct. 12 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
Oct. 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit
Oct. 14 - Annondale, NY - SMOG at Bard College
Oct. 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory (Sub Pop / Hardly Art CMJ Showcase)
Oct. 16 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool (Strange Victory Touring CMJ Party)
Oct. 17 - New York, NY - Aviv
Oct. 18 - Montreal, QC - Turbo Haus
Oct. 19 - Toronto, ON - Smiling Buddha
Oct. 20 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
Oct. 21 - Albany, NY - The Low Beat
Oct. 22 - Providence, RI - Aurora
Oct. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
Oct. 24 - Washington, DC - The (sea) Lab
Oct. 26 - RIchmond, VA - Strange Matter
Oct. 27 - Asheville, NC - Tiger Mountain
Oct. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
Oct. 30 - Miami, FL - Kill Your Idol
Oct. 31 - Gainesville, FL - Fest 14 / The Atlantic
Nov. 01 - Jacksonville, FL - Rain Dogs
Nov. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
Nov. 03 - Houston, TX - Walter’s Downtown
Nov. 04 - Austin, TX - Beerland
Nov. 06 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
Nov. 08 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
Nov. 09 - Fullerton, CA - Continental Room
Nov. 10 - El Centro, CA - Strangers
Nov. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - All Star Lanes
Nov. 12 - Bakersfield, CA - Temblor Brewing Company
Nov. 13 - Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4 Go Records
Nov. 14 - Santa Rosa, CA - Atlas Coffee Company
Nov. 16 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project
Nov. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records
Nov. 18 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
Nov. 19 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
Nov. 20 - Tacoma, WA - Real Art
Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA - The Highline

For more tour information + ticket links, please go here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, SEP 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Announce U.S. Tour

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Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires deliver their distinct brand of Southern Rock to the people as their U.S. tour kicks off this week in support of recent single “Sweet Disorder” and Dereconstructed the group’s acclaimed 2014 album.  

Got yer tickets but you just can’t wait for the show?  Have a listen to the album right over here.

Their trek begins tomorrow night, September 25th in Lexington, KY at Cosmic Charlies and has been extended through Saturday, November 7th in Whitesburg, KY at Appalshop.  The group will also be joined by Saddle Creek recording artists Pujol for select dates (as you’ll see below). 

Single “Sweet Disorder!” was produced by Tim Kerr, cut by Jeremy Ferguson, mixed by Bains and Ferguson at Battletapes in Nashville, TN. The b-side, “Stars,” a Primitons cover, was recorded by Lee on Lee’s phone in Atlanta, GA and shined up by Ferguson, also at Battletapes.  

Both “Sweet Disorder!” and Dereconstructed are available for purchase from Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, Amazon, and your friendly neighborhood record shop. 

What do The People have to say about Dereconstructed?  

“Dereconstructed, the band’s second album, ponders Southern identity in a welter of cranked-up guitars, bristling drums and rasping, hollering vocals. It’s pandemonium with a conscience.” - New York Times

“A terrific album.” [4/5 Stars] - The Guardian

“If there’s one tradition Bains and the Glory Fires unquestioningly uphold, it’s the Friday-night custom of burning down the house.” - NPR Music

“It’s a dirty-sounding album, full of scuzzy red-line guitars and overdriven vocals, but even all that speaker-busting grit doesn’t hide the alluring melodies Bains threads among the mayhem.” - Paste

“Bains likes to rock. He and the Glory Fires wrap his commentaries, ruminations, and invective in what he calls “real Alabama rock ’n’ roll,” a raging burnpile of garage and Southern rock, dirty, supercharged blues and soul, Stonesy groove, Crazy Horse howl, and punk slam. With these songs, Bains surely wants to make you think; he surely will make you shake.” - The Boston Globe  

Bains hails from Birmingham, a city torn apart by some of the South’s most tragic events, and the singer isn’t shy about assailing the shortcomings and flaws, while also delivering a dose of don’t-forget-where-you’re-from pride. It’s fiercely intelligent stuff with a raucous sound.” [Best Album of 2014] - Garden & Gun

Tour Dates:

Sep. 25 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlies*

Sep. 26 - Louisville, KY -  Zanzabar*

Sep. 27 - Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Festival

Sep. 28 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *

Sep. 29 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme *

Sep. 30 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory *

Oct. 01 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose *

Oct. 02 - Lancaster, PA - Lizard Lounge *

Oct. 03 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right *

Oct. 04 - Providence, RI - Aurora *

Oct. 05 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *

Oct. 06 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street

Oct. 07 - Washington DC - Black Cat (Backstage)*

Oct. 08 - Harrisonburg, VA - Clementine Cafe *

Oct. 09 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone

Oct. 10 - Greenville, SC - Fall For Greenville

Oct. 20 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s

Oct. 21 - Little Rock, AR - White Water Tavern

Oct. 22 - Dallas, TX - Three Links

Oct. 23 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger

Oct. 24 - Austin, TX - Mohawk

Oct. 25 - Houston, TX - Walter’s

Oct. 26 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea’s

Oct. 27 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia

Oct. 28 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *

Oct. 29 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub *

Oct. 30 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar

Oct. 31 - Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar *

Nov. 01 - Gainesville, FL - The FEST

Nov. 05 - Raleigh, NC - Slim’s

Nov. 06- Richmond, VA - The Extravaganza @ Broadberry

Nov. 07 - Whitesburg, KY - Appalshop

* w/ Pujol

For more information + ticket links, please go here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, SEP 4, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Deaf Wish Announce U.S. Tour Dates In Support Of ‘Pain’

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Melbourne’s mighty Deaf Wish will bring their thunderous live show stateside this October in support of Pain.  The tour begins October 6th in Chicago at Township and ends October 24th in Seattle at Black Lodge.

In case you missed it:  We suggest you experience the visual odyssey for “On” directed by Vincenzi Vandella, who describes it thusly: “Rainbows, Snakes, Chrome, Champagne. A live broadcast from the Deaf Wish cathedral.”

Allow us to also mention that Pain is available for purchase on CD / LP / DL from Sub Pop Mega MartiTunesAmazon, and Bandcamp.  LP orders from will receive the limited Loser edition on clear, black marbled vinyl (while supplies last).

Tour Dates
Oct. 06 - Chicago, IL - Township
Oct. 07 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
Oct. 08 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
Oct. 09 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar
Oct. 10 - New York, NY - Cakeshop
Oct. 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Alphaville
Oct. 12 - Washington, DC - DC9
Oct. 13 - Asheville, NC - Lazy Diamond
Oct. 14 - Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum
Oct. 15 - Memphis, TN - Murphy’s
Oct. 16 - New Orleans, LA - Sidney’s Saloon
Oct. 17 - Austin, TX - Sidewinder
Oct. 18 - Austin, TX - Trailer Space Records
Oct. 19 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
Oct. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Gods
Oct. 21 - Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4 Go! Records
Oct. 22 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock
Oct. 23 - Portland, OR - They Know
Oct. 24 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge

For more information + ticket links, please go here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, SEP 4, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Listen: Sharon Van Etten interviews Low’s Mimi Parker for “All Songs Considered” + ‘Ones and Sixes’ First Listen

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Low’s Mimi Parker was interviewed by singer/musician Sharon Van Etten, and you can hear their conversation on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” today [listen here].

In other exciting news, you can now listen to Low’s Ones and Sixes via NPR Music’s “First Listen” (North America), The Guardian (Europe), Les Inrocks (France) and 3voor12/VPRO (Netherlands) in advance of the album release this coming September 11th.

[ Photo credit: Zoran Orlic ]

Also in the spirit of (not so) subtle horn-tooting, we should mention that the Ones and Sixes track “What Part of Me” was featured on NPR’s “Heavy Rotation.” WXPN’s Bruce Warren selected the track and says: “’What Part of Me’ is a haunting, simple, pleading new song from the Minnesota band’s forthcoming album Ones and Sixes. Since the early ’90s, the trio has been making quietly gorgeous songs with slow tempos and minimal arrangements. Low’s aesthetic has come to be known as ‘slowcore,’ and while it’s never strayed far from that sound, its members have kept the narrow musical genre in which they work fresh and inspiring. Low continues to evolve on ‘What Part Of Me’: The band picks up the tempo just a bit as Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker harmonize over an evocative melody, asking a simple question that digs into the heart of what commitment means between two people.” (see “Heavy Rotation” August 26th)

Low’s Ones and Sixes releases on CD / LP / DL worldwide Friday, September 11th and, as you might suspect (or demand), it’s also available for pre-order from the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. The limited “Loser Edition” of the LP on yellow vinyl will be available from select independent record stores and via (while supplies last).

Tour Dates:

Sep. 04 - Wiltshire, UK - End of the Road Festival

Sep. 05- Stradbally, IE - Electric Picnic

Sep. 18 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon*

Sep. 19 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*

Sep. 21 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club*

Sep. 22 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz PDB*

Sep. 23 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*

Sep. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*

Sep. 25 - Hamden, Connecticut – The Ballroom at The Outer Space*

Sep. 26 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*

Oct. 07 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral ^

Oct. 08 - Glasgow, UK - Art School =

Oct. 10 - London, UK - Roundhouse ^

Oct. 12 - Koln, DE - Gebaude 9 =

Oct. 13 - Hamburg, DE – Knust =

Oct. 14 - Copenhagen, DK – Vega =

Oct. 15 - Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan =

Oct. 17 - Berlin, DE – Lido =

Oct. 19 - Munich, DE – Ampere =

Oct. 20 - Bologna, IT - Teatro Antoniano =

Oct. 22 - Zaragoza, ES - Las Armas =

Oct. 23 - Barcelona, ES – Bikini =

Oct. 24 - Valencia, ES - Deleste Festival

Oct. 26 - Madrid, ES - Teatro Lara =

Oct. 27 - Santander, ES – Escenario =

Oct. 29 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso ^

Oct. 30 – Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix =

Oct. 31 - Brussels, BE – AB +

Nov. 02 – Paris, FR – Le Divan du Monde =

Nov. 11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*

Nov. 12 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge*

Nov. 13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*

Nov. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex*

Nov. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour*

Nov. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*

Nov. 20 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir*

Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile*

Feb. 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s


* w/ Andy Shauf

^ w/ Two Gallants

+ w/ Chelsea Wolfe

= w/ Mike Noga

 [ For ticket info, please visit the band at ]

Posted by Rachel White