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NEWS : MON, APR 4, 2016 at 7:00 AM

New 7” from GOAT: “I Sing In Silence” b/w “The Snake of Addis Ababa” (out in North America 5/27)

New music from Goat is always a time for celebration, and we are excited to announce the band’s return with a 7” of brand new material.
 
Last year Goat released the single “It’s Time for Fun” which saw the band experimenting with drum machines, which brought a different pulse to their tribal psych. This desire to explore new sounds continues with their new single “I Sing in Silence.” But instead of plugging in new instruments the band have unplugged and created an addictive groove with mostly un-amped, acoustic instruments. 
                         
Elastic guitar lines, woodblock percussion, and flutes which drive the song are enveloped by one of the strongest vocal deliveries by the bands enigmatic singers, resulting in a powerful and catchy psych-pop number.
                               
The B side, an instrumental called “The Snake of Addis Ababa,” is a looping, North-African mantra played on a teasing, fuzzed guitar, underpinned by a djembi groove. The repetitive riff is disrupted by piano that freely solos over the groove, and a pounding drum lifts the song to a seriously head-nodding conclusion.
 
This single is further proof that, in a world of similar sounding and similar looking psych bands, Goat are standing completely out on their own and we are all the better for it.


 
This summer the band will be busy writing, recording, and blowing people’s minds across Europe’s greatest stages. Confirmed dates at time of going to press:
 
Tour Dates
Jun. 01 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound 
Jun. 11 - Eindhoven, NL - Eindhoven Psych Lab
Jun. 12 - London, UK - Field Day
Jun. 17 - Duisburg, DE - Traumzeit Festival
Jun. 19 - Gaou Island/Six-Fours, France - Pointu Festival
Jul. 09 - Liege, BE - Les Ardentes Festival
Jul. 10 - Gent, BE - Cactus Festival
Jul. 22-24 - Barcelos, PT - Milhões de Festa
Sep. 03  - End of the Road Festival / UK

Ticket links reside over here.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, MAR 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Kyle Craft Shares New Track “Eye of a Hurricane” + Spring Tour Dates (via American Songwriter)

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You can now listen to Kyle Craft’s “Eye of a Hurricane,” a standout from Dolls of Highland, his forthcoming Sub Pop debut. American Songwriter says of the track: ““Eye of a Hurricane” starts Dolls… with a sudden jolt of energy, courtesy of the song’s ragtime piano lick. The keys continue to drive the track, as the distorted guitar works to add a sense of eeriness to the song. All the while, Craft displays the full prowess of his vocal range, hitting high notes that hark back to glam rock vocals of the ’70s  (see premiere March 29th).”

Rolling Stone also included Kyle Craft in its “10 New Artists You Need To Know” feature, and had this say of his music: “A swamp bar jukebox loaded with British glitter and Seventies Southern rock; a crawfish boil aboard ELO’s spacecraft (see RollingStone.com March 24th).”


Kyle Craft’s just-announced U.S. tour schedule in support of Dolls of Highland spans April 1st in Seattle at the Barboza (for Sub Pop Records 28th Anniversary Party) through May 30th in Salt Lake City, UT at Kilby Court. Highlights for the tour include: album release shows at Seattle’s The Sunset (April 28th) and Portland’s Doug Fir (April 29th); A week-long run supporting Fruit Bats (May 19th-25th); And a show in Denver at Lost Lake Lounge with label mates Arbor Labor Union (May 29th). You’ll find a complete list of dates below.



Dolls of Highland comes out on CD / LP / DL / CASS worldwide April 29th through Sub Pop, and is now available for preorder from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Bandcamp. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.com will receive the Loser edition on  pink vinyl with black swirl (while supplies last).

Dolls of Highland was written, recorded and produced by Craft, mixed by Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel of The Helio Sequence at the Old Jantzen Building in Portland, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.


What “The People” have said about Kyle Craft:
“Craft admits his voice sounds a good deal like Bob Dylan’s, and that his muse has come to him many, many times. Still, “Lady of the Ark” hints that Craft’s music is so full of its own weird singularity that he’s on to something far beyond idol worship.” -  Billboard

 
““Pentecost” sees Kyle Craft…return to his hometown in Louisiana, haunted by the ghost of a friend who took his own life. Paired with his knack for great melodies, it demonstrates Craft’s emotional power as a songwriter.” [“Pentecost” / “All Songs Considered”] -NPR Music
 
“With inviting, yet imperfect vocals and a jangly guitar melody, “Lady of the Ark” is a sweeping goodbye to a long-term relationship. It’s somehow warm, melodic, and rough at the same time.” [The Weeks Best Tracks”] - FLOOD

“Like many artists from the South, Craft has a conflicted relationship with the region’s cultural duality, a topic he tackles on “Lady Of The Ark.” Shrouded in guitars and organ, he caustically wails, “Swing low, low sweet heathen / Swing for the wretch and the rock and roll kid,” a line he says he wrote in response to the “shame, shame thing that ‘church folk’ tend to do so often,” and which doesn’t sit well with Craft. “Roam this earth repeat it / All this sin until this wicked world makes sense in time,” he defiantly growls
 near the song’s end. Craft’s roaming days may be done for now, but “Lady Of The Ark” shows his music as wild-eyed and restless” - [“Lady of the Ark” / “Songs We Love”] - NPR Music
 


Tour Dates
Apr. 01 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
Apr. 28 - Seattle, WA -  The Sunset
Apr. 29 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
May 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent*
May 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy*
May 21 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
May 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar*
May 24 - Austin, TX - Parish*
May 25 - Dallas, TX - Three Links*
May 26 - Shreveport, LA - Bears on Fairfield
May 29 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge**
May 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
*w/ Fruit Bats
** w/ Arbor Labor Union

Ticket links are right over here.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, MAR 28, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Additional Dates Added for “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour”

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Due to popular demand Flight of the Conchords (aka Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) has extended the “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.” Their forthcoming summer trek now includes second dates in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Portland, and Austin. Those dates are:
 
June 25th - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
June 28th - San Francisco, CA -  Shoreline Amphitheater
July 10th - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
July 20th - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
July 26th - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre


Tickets for the new shows go on sale Friday, April 1st at 10am (local time).
 

The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour,” is their first since co-headlining 2013’s “Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour.” The Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo has new material in the works, which they’ll showcase exclusively at these shows. The amphitheatre and concert hall tour will also make stops in Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, and more.
 
The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” begins June 11th in Cleveland, OH at State Theatre and ends July 27th in Los Angeles, CA at The Greek Theatre. (complete tour dates below.)
 

For this tour, the Conchords have also partnered with the charity organization Global Citizen. Amy Freeland, Senior Manager of Global Citizen Tickets, had this to say about the union, “We are so excited that Flight of the Conchords has joined the Global Citizen Tickets program for 2016! Offering two tickets to each show on the upcoming “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” will engage and motivate Global Citizens across the U.S. to take action to end extreme poverty by 2030.”
 
Tour Dates
Jun. 11 - Cleveland, OH - State Theatre
Jun. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts
Jun. 13 - Washington, DC - Wolf Trap Filene Center [SOLD OUT]
Jun. 14 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre  [SOLD OUT]  
Jun. 16 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Jun. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum [SOLD OUT]
Jun. 18 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Jun. 19 - Chicago, IL - Pritzker Pavilion [SOLD OUT]
Jun. 22 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Park Concerts [SOLD OUT]
Jun. 23 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum [SOLD OUT]
Jun. 24 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium [SOLD OUT]
Jun. 25 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium [JUST ADDED]
Jun. 27 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic [SOLD OUT]
Jun. 28 - San Francisco, CA -  Shoreline Amphitheater [JUST ADDED]
Jul. 01 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
Jul. 02 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Jul. 03 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre      
Jul. 05 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jul. 07 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
Jul. 09 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall [SOLD OUT]
Jul. 10 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall [JUST ADDED]
Jul. 11 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
Jul. 12 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Jul. 14 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater          
Jul. 16 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheatre
Jul. 17 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Jul. 18 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre           
Jul. 20 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium [JUST ADDED]
Jul. 22 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk 2016 (Fort Adams State Park) [SOLD OUT]
Jul. 23 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion [SOLD OUT]
Jul. 24 - New York, NY - Central Park SummerStage [SOLD OUT]​
Jul. 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre [JUST ADDED]
Jul. 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre [SOLD OUT]

 
Read more about Flight of the Conchords here.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, MAR 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Hear Mike and the Melvins ‘Three Men and a Baby’ in its entirety at Rolling Stone.com (3/25 - 4/1)

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You can now listen to Mike and The Melvins Three Men and a Baby, the long-awaited collaboration album featuring Mike Kunka (godheadSilo, Enemymine) and the Melvins, in it’s entirety at RollingStone.com.
 
Rolling Stone calls Three Men and a Baby “a twisted 12-track noise-pop monster (see album stream premiere March 25th-April 1st).”
 
Three Men and a Baby will be available on CD/LP/DL/CASS on April 1, 2016 worldwide through Sub Pop. The 12-song album features the highlights “Chicken ‘n’ Dump” and “Limited Teeth.” Most of Three Men and a Baby was recorded in 1999 at Louder Studios by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs), and it was finished in 2015 at Sound of Sirens by Toshi Kasai.
 

Three Men and a Baby is now available for preorder through the Sub Pop Mega MartGoogle Play, iTunesAmazon, and Bandcamp. There’s also a T-shirt available with all album bundles.



About Mike and the Melvins:
Three Men and a Baby is the new album by Mike and the Melvins. It was supposed to come out sixteen years ago.

These are the facts we can be sure of: in 1998, around the time his band godheadSilo went on hiatus, bassist/vocalist Mike Kunka busied himself by tagging along on a tour with his friends the Melvins. Somewhere along the way, Mike and the Melvins – King Buzzo (guitar/bass/vocals), Dale Crover (drums/vocals), and Kevin Rutmanis (bass/vocals), at the time – decided to make a record together, and gave the project the imaginative moniker Mike and the Melvins. Sub Pop, ever on the hunt for music’s Next Big Thing, enthusiastically agreed to fund and release the super-group’s debut, and recording commenced sometime in 1999.

It’s at this point that things get hazy. Apparently, one or more of the following happened:

  • Some “junior-high level bullshit.”
  •  A house was built, a barn was raised, children were born.
  • Typical record-label skullduggery.
  • A scorching case of whooping cough.
  • Surgery. Lots of surgery.
  • Shocking and poorly-timed gear theft.
  • Some other stuff, probably, or maybe not.

Whatever the reasons, the incomplete recording languished on a shelf from 1999 until 2015, when, much to everyone’s surprise, the involved parties reconvened, finished the damn thing, and delivered it post-haste to Sub Pop International Headquarters, where it was promptly scheduled for the coveted April 1st, 2016 release date. What a story, right?

So, about the record: It’s real good! Mike’s signature bass crunch and vocals are all over it, and the Melvins are in fine form. It has everything from hefty noise-rock churn to a Public Image Ltd. song to cough-syrup blues to deconstructed black metal. Neither Melvins nor godheadSilo fans will be disappointed, nor will detractors of either; to paraphrase Mike, if you don’t like it, it probably wasn’t meant for you (read more at Sub Pop)


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, MAR 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Listen to Arbor Labor Union’s “Belief’d” From I Hear You (via Brooklyn Vegan)

Arbor Labor Union has announced a U.S. tour in support of their upcoming album, I Hear You, and has made a new track off the album, “Belief’d” available today via Brooklyn Vegan.  

I Hear You is set for worldwide release May 13th on CD/LP/DL/CASS through Sub Pop and is available for preorder now Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp and independent retailers near you. LP preorders via megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser” edition on pink vinyl.

Arbor Labor Union Tour Dates
May 14 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
May 15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Back Room
May 16 - Washington, DC -  DC9
May 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
May 19 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
May 20 - Cambridge, MA - Club Bohemia
May 21 - Buffalo, NY - The Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom
May 22 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
May 24 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
May 25 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
May 26 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
May 27 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
May 28 - Omaha, NE - Milk Run
May 29 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge
May 31 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Jun. 02 - Nampa, ID - Flying M Coffee
Jun. 03 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
Jun. 04 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Jun. 06 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
Jun. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
Jun. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Hi-Fi
Jun. 10 - San Diego, CA - Hideout
Jun. 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Jun. 13 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
Jun. 14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Jun. 15 - Houston, TX - Rudyard’s
Jun. 17 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt



Posted by Alissa Atkins

NEWS : MON, MAR 21, 2016 at 8:05 AM

No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store (March 2016)

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Maybe you woke up

today and thought: “At last, it’s

World Poetry Day.”


A special day that

I didn’t know existed

until recently.


Now it’s spring-time at

the airport, with many new

great albums for sale.


A perfect time to

express ourselves and stir you

to buy some stuff here.


To commemorate

this occasion, I asked the

store to write haiku


inspired by the

Danny Bland book of haiku.

So, please enjoy this


jaunt into haiku.

But don’t worry. We plan on

keeping our day jobs.


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Shearwater’s protest

flies towards the horizon; lush

powerful, and grand.


He was good as gone

Subconscious day dreamer

Pay him no bother


Mass Gothic’s New York

City nights shine bright, a life

of vast excitement


You nearly killed me

With a tomato plant now

Let’s toast to spring break


Red pill or blue pill?

So Pitted’s Neo sees both

palms melt to acid


Talking to myself

Some things are better off not said

Hungry for a bed


What emanates from

those Gazebos? Whoas or woes?

A dizzy allure


Fuck you Spring. Fuck you

wet dream and fuck you rainbow

over my dead bod.


West coast psych spells spout

from Heron Oblivion’s

tall molten spires


Come to here; products

various music, shirt, disc

option. Next time, yes?


A new career here

Dark pop’s frontier future. Now,

that is Omori


What’s in a haiku?

Feelings wrought in syllables

and lessons to learn.




Posted by Jackson Hathorn