Rock provocateur Marika Hackman returns with melodic earworm “i’m not where you are” which shows off a sharper and more liberated sound than ever before. The track was co-produced by Marika and David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, Let’s Eat Grandma), and is available now digitally from Sub Pop (in North and South America) and AMF Records (for the rest of the world)
“i’m not where you are” “is about breaking up with people, or self-sabotaging relationships” Marika explains. “That feeling of not trusting one’s emotions because you can’t seem to get to the same place as the other person. On the surface, it seems like an arrogant everybody falls in love with me” kind of song but its actually incredibly lonely, introspective and self-deprecating”
“i’m not where you are” fits into a wider narrative, in which the process of writing was cathartic and - as the best songwriters do - she has strengthened her own voice through the process, exploring herself and emerging with a widescreen, heavy-hitting new sound.
Marika has deployed synthesizers that recall the off-kilter, oddball hits of OMD or New Order and places them at the heart of “i’m not where you are.” For all the urgency of the backing music, Marika’s natural delivery and sensuous tone offers a dreamlike quality to the proceedings and allows her to look within to find answers that make sense outside.
Hackman is a Rid of Me-era PJ Harvey for the inclusive generation: unbounded by musical genre, a preternatural lyricist and tunesmith who isn’t afraid to go there. Hackman’s 2015 debut, We Slept at Last, was heralded for being nuanced and atmospheric. She really found her footing with her last release, I’m Not Your Man—which earned raves from The Guardian, Stereogum, and Pitchfork—and its sybaritic, swaggering hit “Boyfriend,” which boasts of seducing away a straight guy’s girlfriend. Marika’s new sound sees her dive into herself, peeling back the skin further and further, exposing herself in a big way, creating something for people to react to.
Having recently teased new music at theBBC 6 Music festival, Marika is gearing up to an exciting year of touring. More news to come.
[Photo Credit: Joost Vandebrug]
What people have said about Marika Hackman: “Her tactile lyrics keep the songs melodically strong and full of surprises…As a writer, Hackman may owe a bit to PJ Harvey, but I’m Not Your Man is the proper arrival of a bold young British force.” [I’m Not Your Man] - Pitchfork
“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.” [I’m Not Your Man] - Stereogum
“A bolder, more upfront record than her first, no longer couching her sexuality in metaphors about nature…” [I’m Not Your Man] - NPR Music
“Marika Hackman’s latest evolution is a triumph that finds equilibrium amid both wit and heart.” [I’m Not Your Man] - All Music
In a wildly entertaining interview, filled with exciting Marc-on-Mark action, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm appeared on WTF with Marc Maron on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 (aka TODAY!). You can (and should) listen here.
Plus, REJOICE, for there are many upcoming Mudhoney shows in North America throughout the remainder of the year!
May 04 - Seattle, WA - KEXP Gathering Space (Sonic Reducer’s 15th Anniversary Celebration) @ May 10 - Walla Walla, WA - The Dacres # May 11 - Spokane, WA - Lucky You Lounge # May 24 - Green Bay, WI - Green Bay Distillery May 25 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe * May 26 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (SOLD OUT) ? Jun. 14 - Tacoma, WA - The Elks Temple & Jun. 15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom Sep. 27 - Dana Point, CA - Ohana Festival Sep. 28 - Dana Point, CA - Ohana Festival Sep. 29 - Dana Point, CA - Ohana Festival Oct. 04 - Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall ^ Oct. 05 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall % Oct. 06 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer % Oct. 07 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry % Oct. 08 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook % Oct. 09 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West % Oct. 10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall % Oct. 11 - Knoxville, TN - The Concourse $ Oct.12 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East $ Oct.14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway ! Oct.15 - Detroit, MI - El Club ! Oct.16 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop ! Oct.17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls ! Oct.18 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage ! Oct.19 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel !
@ w/ Control Test, Dark Smith # w/ The Derelicts * w/ METZ and Black-Eyed Snakes ? w/ METZ & w/ The Fucking Eagles, The Drove ^ w/ Shut Up % w/ Pissed Jeans $ w/ Pissed Jeans, Kings of the Fucking Sea ! w/ Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds
What people are saying about Mudhoney’s Digital Garbage: “Cometh the hour, cometh the band”- MOJO
“With Digital Garbage, Mudhoney have provided the noise-escape of the year. The war may never be won, but at least now we’ve got somewhere to hide when it all gets a bit much.” - Drowned in Sound
“The Seattle scuzz-punk pioneers deliver a grave diagnosis of a festering societal condition.” Pitchfork
“…raw and irreverent as ever.”- Uncut
“They simply sound like a better, defter, maybe even snottier version of their younger selves on their 10th album.”- Rolling Stone
Seattle band Tacocat are set to release This Mess Is a Place, their new full-length album on LP/CD/Digital and Cassette on Friday, May 3rd. The sparkly new album is their first for Sub Pop, and heralds a more pop-driven and ebullient direction in their sound. Today, Under the Radar premiered ”The Joke of Life,” the third and final pre-release single from the highly-anticipated record.
Of the track, lead singer Emily Nokes says, “I love how this song turned out. This is also one of my favorite concepts on the album — the joke is that the joke is already a joke. You know when something is so unbelievable, in a bad way, that it can’t even be satirized because irony falls short of the real thing? Like we’ve entered a twilight zone of perpetual horror and now we’re just… adapting to it. Because what else are you going to do?”
Advance review copies of This Mess Is a Place are available upon request. Pre-orders are available now from u.subpop.com/thismess.
Tacocat will be touring the US this summer. See below for a full list of performances. Tickets for all shows are on sale now and available here.
May 09 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club May 10 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club May 11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall May 12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme May 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe May 15 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair May 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg May 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle May 19 - Washington, D.C. - U Street Music Hall May 21 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook May 22 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn May 23 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt May 24 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway May 25 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar Jun. 08 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox at the Market Jun. 12 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett Jun. 13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux Jun. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court Jun. 15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge Jun. 17 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada Jun. 18 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall Jun. 19 - Austin, TX - Barracuda Jun. 21 - Sante Fe, NM - Meow Wolf Jun. 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar Jun. 23 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah Jun. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg Theater Jun. 26 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel Jun. 28 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
Today, Calexico and Iron & Wine added new shows to the previously announced UK, European and North American dates, including stops in Philadelphia, Austin, Los Angeles and more. See all dates and on sale info below.
Calexico and Iron & Wine recently announced Years to Burn, their first full–length album together, out June 14th via City Slang in the UK/Europe and Sub Pop in the rest of the world. This is their first release since 2005’s critic and fan favorite In The Reins. Alongside the Years To Burn news, the trio released the lead track “Father Mountain” to great reception.
Jun. 18 - Saxapahaw, NC - River Ballroom Jul. 19 - Lisbon, PT - Super Bock Super Rock Jul. 20 - Arlesheim, CH - Stimmen Festival Jul. 22 - Milan, IT - La Triennale di Milano Jul. 23 - Gardone Riviera, IT - Anfiteatro del Vittoriale Jul. 24 - Rome, IT - Villa Ada Jul. 25 - Florence, IT - Cavea del Nuovo Teatro dell’opera Jul. 26 - Monforte D’ Alba, IT - Auditorium Horszowski Jul. 28 - Vienna, AT - Konzerthaus Jul. 29 - Palma, ES - Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca Jul. 31 - Hamburg, DE - Stadtpark Aug. 02 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Folk Festival Aug. 03 - Leuven, BE - M-idzommer Festival Aug. 04 - Crozon, FR - Festival Du Bout Du Monde Aug. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre ~ Aug. 17 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre ~ Aug. 19 - Denver, CO - Denver Botanic Gardens ~ Aug. 21 - Ogden, UT - Twilight Series at Ogden Amphitheater Aug. 22 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House Aug. 23 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium Aug. 24 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre Sep. 18 - Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park “Meijer Gardens” Sep. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre Sep. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer Sep. 21 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavillion + Sep. 22 - North Adams, MA - FreshGrass Festival Sep. 24 - Richmond, VA - The National Sep. 26 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City Sep. 27 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues Sep. 28 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Sep. 29 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater Sep. 30 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theatre Oct. 02 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues Oct. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre Oct. 04 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s Concertsby The Bay Oct. 06 - Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery Nov. 05 - Utrecht, NL - TrivoliVrendenburg - Ronda Nov. 06 -Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier Nov. 07 - Antwerp, BE - De Roma Nov. 09 - Berlin, DE - Tempodrom Nov. 10 - Linz, AT - Posthof Nov. 11 - Munich, DE - Muffathalle Nov. 12 - Budapest, HU - Müpa Nov. 14 - Mannheim, DE - Musensaal Rosengarten Nov. 15 - Cologne, DE - Palladium Nov. 16 - Paris, FR - La Cigale Nov. 18 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall * Nov. 19 - Liverpool, UK - Philharmonic Hall * Nov. 20 - Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall * Nov. 21 -Conventry, UK - Warwick Arts Centre * Nov. 23 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall * Nov. 24 - Bexhill-On-Sea, UK – De La Warr Pavillion *
~with special guest Madison Cunningham +with Andrew Bird *with special guest Lisa O’Neill
Artist Presales: Wednesday, April 17 - 10 am local – Thursday, April 18 - 10 pm local Password: yearstoburn Local Presales: Thursday, April 18 - 10 am local General On Sale: Friday, April 19 - 10 am local
Minor Poet is joining Australian band Cub Sport on the group’s headlining tour in support of The Good News, out May 17th worldwide on Sub Pop. These intimate shows will find Minor Poet performing as a three-piece, beginning May 8th in Los Angeles at The Echo and ending June 7th in Phoenix at the Valley Bar. The tour will include stops in San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn, Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Austin, and Houston.
May 08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo May 09 - San Diego, CA - Voodoo Room at HOB May 13 - Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theater May 14 - Portland, OR - The Old Church May 18 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theater May 20 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern May 22 - Boston, MA - Café 939 May 23 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory May 24 - Montreal, QC - L’Esco May 25 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Underground May 28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore May 29 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd May 31 - Atlanta, GA - Purgatory at The Masquerade Jun. 02 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Indoor Jun. 03 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs) Jun. 05 - Dallas, TX - Three Links Jun. 07 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Minor Poet’s The Good News, which features “Museum District” and “Tropic of Cancer,” was produced by Andrew Carter and Adrian Olsen (Natalie Prass, Foxygen) at Montrose Recording in Richmond.
After reading through great, heaping stacks of wonderfully inspirational applications, we here at the Really Very Official Sub Pop Records Scholarship Committee have chosen three exceptionally qualified student winners for our 2019 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship.
Ester - graduating from David Douglas High School in Portland - is our first place Loser winner this year. We were and are blown away by Ester’s talents and hereby recognize her as more than worthy of the $7,000 scholarship. As a Russian refugee immigrant, Ester and her family faced many hardships, but rather than let these difficulties drag her down, Ester found ways to use challenges in her life as inspiration. An incredible photo realist painter, Ester has earned one of the top student artist awards in the country for her Immigrant Experience art show and “I, America’s Poster Child,” series of paintings. Ester took time to interview her subjects firsthand to identify some of the troubling social constructs that immigrant youth in her community face. Through her art, Ester hopes to raise awareness of the difficult cultural circumstances many immigrant youth deal with and change some of their circumstances for the better. On top of being an incredible painter Ester also does film work, sculpture, and performance art. It is hard to believe Ester didn’t start art classes until high school because she is so incredibly talented! We love that Ester wants to use her ongoing arts education to help impoverished and immigrant artists better their lives and we are glad to be able to help further those goals in some small way. Alright, Ester!
Frankie - graduating from Seattle’s Nova High School - has done 600 volunteer hours at the Vera Project, an all-ages music and arts space in Seattle, as an audio engineer supporting local and national music acts. We loved Frankie’s application describing the mental hurdles she has had to overcome to persevere as a female doing live sound for artists. As a student in the Vera audio design program, Frankie started from the bottom and worked her way up through hard work and dedication. While taking in everything that her mentors at Vera had to teach about sound design and the professional attitude required to work with artists, Frankie was able to gain confidence in her skills as an engineer. As the only female sound engineer in her class, Frankie fought through deeply engrained societal expectations to become a professional, paid sound engineer at the age of 17. How cool is that?! Outside of Vera, Frankie also helped to revive the band program at her high school, which helped to empower many dormant but talented musicians in her orbit. Frankie hopes to further pursue professional audio engineering and wants to set an example that might help to bring other women and femmes into the audio field. Given all of this information, we’re proud to name Frankie our $5,000 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship winner!
Lillian - graduating from St. Helens High School - is the winner of our $3,000 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. Lillian is the first human interested in robotics we’ve had apply for the scholarship and her application was a stunner. Her animation reel, drawings, paintings, the inspiration she drew from her robotics team, and her understanding that being a Loser means, “…having to define your own purpose when none of the preexisting options will fit,” really set Lillian apart from the other applicants. A succinct but very well-written essay with a keen awareness of what it means to be a Sub Pop Loser helped Lillian stand out from the crowd. We are happy to know that someone in St. Helens is an art program recruit, art show curator, has taken every art class possible, is out to create her own path, is inspired by other young artists, and helps artists thrive in her local community. Lillian tells us she’ll be attending OSU as a double major in robotics and art. We are deeply into it, Lillian. Go get ‘em!
And, those are our 2019 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship winners – ta-da! Thanks to everyone who applied, we loved all of your submissions! You’re an incredibly talented, inspiring bunch of people, and these were not easy decisions. We’re certain that you will all go on to blow us away with your future accomplishments.