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NEWS : TUE, APR 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Listen to new Porter Ray track “Russian Roulette” (feat. Stas Thee Boss) from the Watercolor Sessions (Premiere via UPROXX)

Now With More Spring 2017 Western U.S. and B.C. tour dates!

Time to wrap those ears around rising Seattle rapper Porter Ray’s ”Russian Roulette” (feat. Stas Thee Boss), a previously unreleased song recovered from a vault of tracks recorded during the Watercolor sessions. The cut features original production from B-Roc, with additional production from Vitamin D.  

Uproxx premiered the song today, and had this to say, “Porter raps fast and loose over an experimental, smeary beat punctuated with woozy, psychedelic strings, narrating the kind of hookup that goes much farther than that first night. Stas comes in about halfway through to add a hook that’s as sensual as it is rhythmic, and the contrast of the two voices is part of what makes both of these songs from Ray so strong (see April 18th post).”


[Photo Credit: Jay Scroggins]

Having recently returned from SXSW Music Festival, Porter and crew have announced a string of upcoming dates, including an opening slot for Los Angeles-based MC Murs on May 2nd (in  Bellingham at Wild Buffalo), and performances at Seattle’s Upstream and Sasquatch Music Festivals. (Scroll down for the full list of dates.)

You can (and really should) follow all things Porter Ray, everywhere in the galaxy via subpop.com/artists/porter_ray and also Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.


Porter Ray’s Watercolor is now available on CD / 2xLP / DL / CASS from Sub Pop right over here, and in finer independent record stores the world over. 

Tour Dates

May 02 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo w/ Murs
May 11 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Music Festival
May 16 - Denver, CO - Cervantes - Otherside
May 17 - Ft. Collins, CO - Hodi’s
May 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
May 19 - Portland, OR -  Hawthorne Theatre
May 26 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
Jun. 02 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret

What “The People” are saying about Porter Ray:

“A star in the making.” [Watercolor] – Uncut
 
“A natural storyteller, Ray unleashed a series of vivid mixtape portraits of his locale’s druggy highs and lows that painted him as a new school Nas with the lyrical slickness of Roc Marciano. The street-wise intellect certainly lets his slightly off-pitched voice do most of the heavy lifting over the stuttering spacey synthetics, phased keys and warped Rhodes of B-Roc’s atmospheric production.” [Watercolor, 4/5] – MOJO
 
“As a rapper, Porter’s storytelling skills drive his lyrical content. He tries to paint pictures, never sounding over excited or too energetic, opting for beats which create unique moods….with his effortlessly smooth tone and considered lyricism, Porter carries himself with striking presence and wisdom.” [Watercolor]  - Crack Magazine
 
“Ray is Seattle to the bone, continuing the tradition of Sea-Town rappers with malleable flows and unorthodox sounds that bend along with them….The first taste of his album is a posse cut of sorts featuring ShabazzPalaces, Palaceer
, and Castro. They all spit complicated rhyme schemes over a hollowed-out soundscape with dry 808 drums and shimmering, space-age synths reminiscent of THEESatisfaction.” [“Sacred Geometry”] – Stereogum
 
“Seattle rapper Porter Ray shares another hazy and seductive gem from his debut…“Arithmetic” showcases Porter’s golden voice and effortlessly vivid flow over a dreamy, immersively narcotic beat, elevated by spectral siren calls from the great Stas
Thee Boss (formerly of THEESatisfaction) and anchored by a crucial assist from revered Seattle MC Infinite.” [“Arithmetic”] - Gorilla vs Bear

“On the first track from the Seattle native’s forthcoming Watercolor, Porter leads the song with melodic cadences and descriptive verses. Here, he and his collaborators all highlight the narratives that make up this holy equation.” [“Sacred Geometry”] The FADER


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, APR 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Sub Pop is Hiring A Music Licensing Coordinator! (UPDATE: the position has been filled)

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Sub Pop is seeking a Music Licensing Coordinator in our Seattle office. We’re looking for an individual who has great interpersonal skills, is a self-starter, is detail-oriented and has the ability to work in an open group environment. This is an entry-level position that reports directly to the Director of Licensing.

Specific Responsibilities include:

-    Working to place our catalog in advertisements, TV, film, video games, web-videos, social media, podcasts and more by fielding and responding to music searches and licensing requests.

-   Actively pitching our catalog in a manner tailored to the taste and project requirements of individual music supervisors, editors, filmmakers and producers.

-   Listening to and quickly learning a large catalog of material and applying that knowledge to searches/requests for material.

-   Tagging, organizing and maintaining the licensing website and licensing database.

-   Managing outstanding invoices and licenses.

-   Logging all licensing and publishing activity and preparing biannual reports on such activity.

-   Developing and maintaining relationships directly with music supervisors, ad agencies filmmakers and other potential licensing contacts.

-   Organizing and attending artist functions for music supervisors, ad agencies and others when appropriate.

-   Coordinating with the marketing department regarding new releases, attending marketing meetings and related artist-specific planning meetings.

-   Sending out email blasts, playlists, show invites and other forms of promotion around our releases.

-   Assisting in quoting, negotiating and preparing synchronization and master use licenses.

 

 Qualifications include:

-   Knowledge and passion for music in general is a must, as is familiarity with the Sub Pop and Hardly Art catalogs.

-   Interest in music licensing, film and advertising.

-   Competent computer skills.

-   Ability to work independently and take initiative.

-   Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects.

-   Positive attitude, good communication skills and an enthusiastic team spirit.

 

Please send resume and cover letter to Ruth Kim (ruthk@subpop.com).

Resumes accepted through April 28, 2017


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, APR 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Sub Pop Just Signed NYC-Based Frankie Cosmos!

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[Photo Credit: Matthew James-Wilson]

North American tour begins in May, with European dates to follow.


We (Sub Pop Records, that is) are over the moon to announce that NYC-based band Frankie Cosmos has joined the Sub Pop Family in a universe-spanning type of record deal. The band, comprised of Greta Kline (vox & guitars), David Maine (bass guitar), Lauren Martin (keyboards, synthesizers & vox) and Luke Pyenson (drums), have been touring the world extensively in support of their 2016 release Next Thing (Bayonet Records) which received critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NY Times, Paste, Rolling Stone, DIY Magazine and many more. 

Watch the band’s in-studio performance of “Sinister” off Next Thing right here, and an intimate ‘Take Away Show’ performance of “Highway and Trees” (Meat cover) + “O Dreaded C Town” over here.

Frankie Cosmos is currently working on new material and will continue to tour throughout the remainder of the year. They kick-off a North American tour on May 5th in Boston, MA, which includes a performance at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 14th. Additionally, the band will visit Europe for a series of shows July 28th-August 8th. (Current dates below.)

If you haven’t yet, now’s the time to start following Frankie Cosmos everywhere in the known, err… cosmos! –> Facebook | Instagram | Twitterfrankiecosmosband.com


About Frankie Cosmos:


Originally the solo project of prolific New York City-based songwriter Greta Kline, Frankie Cosmos has blossomed into a four-piece band including David Maine, Lauren Martin, and Luke Pyenson.

The first studio release as Frankie Cosmos, Zentropy (Double Double Whammy), garnered wide acclaim upon its release, including New York magazine’s #1 Pop Album of 2014 and a Pitchfork Best New Track for “Birthday Song.” Recorded as a two-piece with Aaron Maine on drums, Frankie Cosmos began performing live as a three-piece with Aaron’s brother David on bass, and later as a four-piece with Gabrielle Smith on keyboard. The next studio release, 2015’s Fit Me In EP (Bayonet), combined Kline’s honest, lyrically-driven songwriting with Maine’s affinity for synth-driven production, and earned the project another Best New Track for “Young.” Lauren and Luke joined the group in late 2015 on keyboard and drums, leaving Gabrielle and Aaron to pursue their personal projects—Eskimeaux and Porches—and cementing the band’s current lineup.

The group’s most recent release is the critically-lauded Next Thing (2016, Bayonet), which has been praised for memorable lyrics that are both clever and concise, deeply personal and widely relatable; beautiful three-part vocal harmonies that enhance catchy pop melodies; and increasingly sophisticated instrumental arrangements that reflect a rapidly maturing band continuing to grow. The album received a coveted Best New Music designation from Pitchfork as well as exceptional reviews from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and others. The band’s live show, honed during extensive touring of North America, Europe, Oceania and Japan, has also received glowing feedback for its mix of energy, intimacy and levity.

In their off-time, the bandmates of Frankie Cosmos practice a variety of other jobs and hobbies including textile design, food journalism, massage therapy, cooking, mixed martial arts, reading, painting, and petting dogs.

So now you’re asking yourself, “Okay, but what people have The People been saying about Frankie Cosmos? Well, this for example:


Ms. Kline’s songs don’t last long, and neither does her imagery, but she can be exceptional at capturing how quickly frail things can break, taking devastating turns in just a couple of lines. [Next Thing review]   NY Times
 

Many of the songs (“Embody,” “On the Lips,” “Too Dark” and “Sleep Song”) on the album have appeared in acoustic permutations in past work, and they make the leap seamlessly. Each are marvelously well.wrought trains of thought, cramming existential questions into the banality of everyday moments and finding something beatific even in the plainest of things. [Next Thing review] - Pitchfork 
 
There are no answers, no solutions to any problems, and no gateway doors through escapism, but for half an hour the record shines a light through confusion, and just for a while, it doesn’t have to feel like such a loss to be lost [Next Thing review]  - DIY Magazine


Tour Dates

May 05 - Boston, MA - Royale *
May 06 - Winooski, VT - Waking Windows Festival
May 07 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall  *
May 06 - Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston
May 09 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
May 10 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *
May 11 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College
May 12 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theater  *
May 13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In  *
May 14 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
May 15 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater  *
May 16 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club  *
May 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel  * 
May 18 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
May 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer  * 
May 21 -  Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel  *
Jul. 14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
Jul. 23 - Hyères, FR - MIDI Festival
Jul. 28 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Jul. 29 - Derbyshire, UK - Indietracks Festival
Jul. 31 - Cardiff, UK - The Full Moon
Aug. 01 - Liverpool, UK - Magnet
Aug. 02 - Dublin, IE - Whelan’s
Aug. 03 - Edinburgh, UK - The Mash House
Aug. 04 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall
Aug. 05 - London,
UK -  Visions Festival
Aug. 08 - Primosten, HR - SuperUho Festival
Aug. 24 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt Cabaret
Aug. 25 - Anacortes, WA - The Business
Aug. 26 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
Aug. 27 - Portland, OR - MusicFestNW presents Project Pabst **
Aug. 29 - Arcata, CA - Outer Space
Aug. 30 - San Francisco, CA - Gray Area Theater
Sep. 01 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole
Sep. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
* w/ Real Estate
** w/ Beck, Nas, Spoon, Whitney and more


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, APR 6, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Listen To “My Lover Cindy” off Marika Hackman’s Upcoming Album ‘I’m Not Your Man’ (Premiere via Stereogum)

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[Photo Credit: Steve Gullick]

Hello, good looking music appreciator. We have some exciting news for you! Stereogum has just premiered Marika Hackman’s “My Lover Cindy,” the newest track from ’I’m Not Your Man’ (out June 2nd). Have a listen to it here.

Stereogum says of the track, ““If I was a liar, I would call you my friend,” London-based songwriter Marika Hackman opens on her new single “My Lover Cindy.” It’s an immediately biting line that embodies the rule rather than the exception on her upcoming album I’m Not Your Man, a collection of unabashedly real songs. Hackman’s greatest weapon is her words, and she uses her dark wit to lure you in while conveying strong messages about her life and society [see premiere April 6th].”

Pro Tip: Now is the time to begin following Marika Hackman via The Internets: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


“MY LOVER CINDY”
If I was a liar
I would call you my friend
Let’s hope the feeling’s mutual in the end.
 
Symbiosis
Can we keep it how it was?
Now the levy’s broken I want more
 
‘Cause I’m a greedy pig
I’m gonna get my fill
I’m gonna keep my eyes on the prize
And I’ll suck you dry I will
 
I’m no pariah
But I’ll try to pretend
And hope you keep your distance
Now and then
 
Same prognosis
It was fated from the start
We could be together
Take my heart
 
But I’m a lousy lover
Even if I try
I can go for a couple of weeks
Then the feelings calcify
 
And it burns away my mind 
I don’t know why I know why but I like you
 
‘Cause I’m a greedy pig
I’m gonna get my fill
I’m gonna keep my eyes on the prize
And I’ll suck you dry I will
 
‘Cause I’m a fucking pig
I’m gonna get my fill
I’m gonna keep my eyes on the prize
And I’ll suck you dry I will.

Oh I will.

There’s an open-ended nature to I’m Not Your Man: the discussions within, conversations on femininity, sex and sexual identity, millennial ennui, the pressures of living in a social media bubble and the perils of being young in a fast-paced industry. Says Marika, “The record’s all about female relationships, romance and breakdowns, but there’s also a dim worldview going on. I’m Not Your Man can either mean, ‘I’m not your man, I’m your woman’, or it can mean, ‘I’m not a part of this…’,” explains Marika. It’s a fiery statement from a songwriter who no longer wants to be shackled to limiting descriptions [read more here].


I’m Not Your Man will be released on CD / LP / DL / CS and is now available to preorder in North America from Sub Pop here and Marika Hackman’s official website here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on green and orange swirled vinyl with a bonus 7” (while supplies last). There will also be a new t-shirt design available.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, APR 5, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Watch Father John Misty Perform With A Gospel Choir On Colbert + Fall Tour Dates Announced

Late last night, Father John Misty delivered a stellar performance of “Ballad of the Dying Man” from Pure Comedy (out this week on Friday, April 7th) on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


And now, BEHOLD: Father John Misty has scheduled (a veritable fuck ton of) 2017 international headlining tour dates this fall in support of Pure Comedy (which, BTW is out this Friday on Sub Pop and Bella Union). The new round of dates span September 13th in Boston at Blue Hills Pavilion through November 20th in Lisbon, Portugal at Coliseu dos Recreios. Early pre-sales for these new shows begin April 10th at 10am (local time), with tickets on sale to general public on Wednesday April 12th at 10am (local time) in Europe, Thursday April 13th at 10am (local time) in Canada, and Friday April 14th at 10am in the U.S. (local time).
 
Support for these shows will come from Weyes Blood (September 18th-October 6th; October 11th-November 16th; November 18th-20th), Tim Heidecker (April 12th), Dams of the West (May 5th-10th; May 15th),  Entrance (May 24th), Adam Green (May 11th), Hamilton Leithauser (June 27th-June 28th), Phosphorescent (September 13th-15th; October 7th), Tennis (August 19th), Jenny Lewis (August 25th), and Adanowsky (June 7th).
 
Father John Misty’s spring & summer international festival schedule includes Coachella (April 14th & 21st), Glastonbury (June 21st-25th), Down the Rabbit Hole Festival in Ewijk, Netherlands (June 23rd-25th), Roskilde (June 30th), Splendour in the Grass (July 21- 23), Fuji Rock (July 28th - July 30th), Winnipeg’s Interstellar Rodeo (August 18th), and Portland, Oregon’s Project Pabst (August 26th).
 
Apr. 12 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s [Sold Out] @
Apr. 14 - Indio, CA - Coachella [Sold Out]
Apr. 21 - Indio, CA - Coachella [Sold Out]
May 05 - Toronto, ON - Royal Alexandra Theatre [Sold Out] %
May 06 - Toronto, ON - Royal Alexandra Theatre [Sold Out] %
May 10 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre [Sold Out] %
May 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn
Steel !
May 13 - Mayer, Arizona - FORM Arcosanti Festival
May 15 - Chicago, IL  - Chicago Theatre [Sold Out] %
May 24 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre #
May 26 - Burnaby, BC - Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
Jun. 07 - Mexico City, MX - Teatro Metropolitan***
Jun. 22 - 24 Oslo, NO - Piknik I Parken Festival
Jun. 21 - 25 - Somerset,
UK - Glastonbury Festival
Jun. 23 - 25 - Ewijk, NL - Down the Rabbit Hole Festival
Jun. 27 - Lund, SE -
Merejet !!
Jun. 28 - Stockholm, SE - 
Cirkus !!
June 30 - Roskilde, DK - Roskilde Festival
Jul.  21 - 23 - Wooyung, AUS - Splendour in The Grass Festival
Jul. 28 - 30 -  Niigata, JP - Fuji Rock Festival
Aug. 04 - 06 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
Aug. 18 - Winnipeg, MB - Interstellar Rodeo - The Forks
Aug. 19 - Minneapolis, MN - Surly Brewing Festival Field *
Aug. 25 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre **
Aug. 26 - Portland, OR - Project Pabst
Aug. 31- Sep. 03 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
Sep. 01 - Sep. 03 -  Stradbally, IE - Electric Picnic
Sep. 13 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Pavilion $
Sep. 14 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre $
Sep. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Skyline Stage at the Mann $
Sep. 18 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall ^
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre ^
Sep. 20 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre ^
Sep. 22 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House ^
Sep. 23 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre ^
Sep. 25 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium ^
Sep. 26 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium ^
Sep. 27 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle ^
Sep. 29 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall ^
Sep. 30 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory ^
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall ^
Oct. 04 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre ^
Oct. 05 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park ^
Oct. 06 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park ^
Oct. 07 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre $
Oct. 11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre ^
Oct. 12 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl ^
Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre ^
Oct. 14 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater Pomona ^
Nov. 11 - Paris, FR - Le Trianon ^
Nov. 12 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique ^
Nov. 14 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s ^
Nov. 16 - Milan, IT - Fabrique 
Nov. 18 - Barcelona, ES - Razzmatazz ^
Nov. 19 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera ^
Nov. 20 - Lisbon, PT - Coliseu dos Recreios ^
 
@ with Tim Heidecker
% w/ Dams of the West
# w/ Entrance
^ w/ Weyes Blood
! w/ Adam Green
!! w/ Hamilton Leithauser
$ w/ Phosphorescent
*w/ Tennis
**w/ Jenny Lewis
*** w/ Adanowsky


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, APR 4, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Watch Clipping’s New Video For “True Believer” from ‘Splendor & Misery,’ the group’s Hugo Award-Nominated Album

RED ALERT: Time for you to watch the new Clipping video for “True Believer” from their Hugo Award-Nominated album (#kindofabigdeal), Splendor & Misery. “True Believer” was directed by longtime Clipping collaborator, Carlos Lopez-Estrada, and stars guest vocalist Paul Outlaw as an astronaut floating from planet earth into outer space.

As not-at-all subtly alluded to above, and in further exciting news, Clipping’s Splendor & Misery (watch the videos/listen here) has been shortlisted for the “Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)” category of the Hugo Awards (aka Science Fiction’s most prestigious award #NBD), which are given for specific works of science fiction or fantasy in the preceding calendar year. The awards ceremony will be held at Worldcom 75  in Helsinki, Finland on August 11th, 2017.

Later tonight (April 4th), Clipping will appear as support for the Flaming Lips in St. Petersburg, Florida at Jannus Live.

Avoid future FOMO by following Clipping everywhere in space and time: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | clppng.com


Splendor & Misery is available on CD/LP/DL/CASS worldwide from Sub Pop right over here and Deathbomb Arc here. The album features highlights “Baby Don’t Sleep,” “A Better Place,” and “Air ‘Em Out,” was produced by the band, and mixed by Steve Kaplan in Los Angeles.  The Wriggle EP is also available from Sub Pop, here.



Posted by Rachel White