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NEWS : MON, MAY 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

METZ’s ‘II’ Out Now - See the New Video for “The Swimmer”

You can now watch METZ’s official video for “The Swimmer,” from their new album II, out today worldwide on the Sub Pop Record Concern. The new visual was helmed by returning directors Scott Cudmore & Michael Leblanc (“Wet Blanket”) and premiered earlier today via our friends at The Guardian

METZ have also extended their 2015 North American and European tour schedule in support of II. The tour resumes May 8th in Austin, TX for Levitation Festival and currently ends October 28th in Lille, FR at L’ Aeronef. Please find a current list of tour dates below.
METZ II, and it’s singles “Acetate,” “Spit You Out,” and “The Swimmer,” are earning the band raves from the likes of NPR Music, CBC Music, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, DIY, Noisey, The Quietus, Treble, NME, Loud and Quiet, The FADER, Ghettoblaster, PASTE, Magnet, Pop Matters, and more. On a related note, check out the band’s cover story for the current issue of Exclaim [view here] and it’s recent feature in The Guardian [view here].
METZ II is now available for purchase through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. The limited Loser Edition of the LP on colored vinyl will be available at select independent record stores,, and from the band at their shows, all while supplies last. Additionally, two new T-shirt designs are available, both individually and as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.
What people are saying about METZ II:
“It’s taken three years for singer-guitarist Alex Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies to release II, the follow-up to their Polaris Prize-shortlisted debut. In that time, the group has honed its sonic attack to an even keener edge — but it’s also broadened its horizons when it comes to studio wizardry and songcraft. That’s not to say Metz hasn’t always written solid songs. But the meat-and-potatoes thump of Metz has been stretched and restructured on II. The result is breathtaking — in the same way a fist to the solar plexus is…This isn’t just purgative music hell-bent on bloodletting and catharsis; it’s also carefully composed, with loving attention paid to fine detail and immaculate precision.” [“First Listen”] - NPR Music
“A punch to the gut. It’s an often overused cliché to describe loud, visceral music, but in the case of Metz, it couldn’t be more apt: this is music for your gut. And on II, the followup to Metz’s 2012 self-titled debut, the Toronto three-piece manage to land plenty of those gut punches, creating a soundscape of claustrophobic, ravenous guitar riffs awash in feedback and distortion, with drums that never let you catch your breath. You’ll feel it in your stomach as much as you hear it.” [First Play] - CBC Music

“The new album is leaner and more direct than its predecessor, but it also has bigger riffs and bigger hooks. It’s just a mean, nasty, expertly put-together rock album.” - Stereogum

“With their second album, II, METZ have followed the gut-punch of their debut with a solid kick to the teeth. The songs are more strapped, immediate and dynamic, and covered in a thicker layer of scuzz.” - Noisey

“With II, Metz have done more than enough to cement themselves as the new kings of transgressive hard rock, and that’s a crown which is going to be difficult for anyone to wrestle from them.” [8.5/10] - The Line Of Best Fit
II does not attempt to reinvent the wheel, but instead just straps rockets onto both sides and lets it fly. And boy, how high it goes.” [8/10] - The 405
“II tweaks the Metz formula just enough to stand as an improvement over the band’s excellent 2012 self-titled debut.” - The Quietus
“As Canadian trio METZ return for round 2, the most pressing question for the group might be how can they possibly pack a bigger punch than their furious debut. The answer lies not in their power, but in their control. From raucous flurry of their self titled debut, II, differs in being a direct gut-punching affair. It’s immediate, but leaves no doubt that however many times it strikes its going to leave the same mark.” [5/5] - DIY
“Bigger, faster, louder, stronger… II is everything the band’s second record ought to be.” [8/10] - Loud and Quiet
II is heavier, darker, and more abrasive than METZ….”Acetate” kicks things off with jagged, urgent riffs and Alex Edkins ominous vocals. “Spit You Out” shows METZ can do catchy tunes, albeit one  buried under suffocating punk noise. Acerbic highlight “IOU” eschews hooks, relying on a bludgeoning riff and Edkins rasping vocal. Like the rest of the album, it’s bold, unsympathetic, and brutally effective.” [8/10] - NME

“METZ have a way with grabbing an earworm garage rock hook, force-feeding it amphetamines, and making it stay up all night reading Kierkegaard and Camus. Their atypical hardcore weaves between math rock precision and dirty grunge riffs, conflicted about both embracing simple pleasures and getting mired in existential angst, and II is the internal fight sprung to searing, spectacular life.” [8/10] - Pop Matters

“The blitzkrieg of riffs and rumble is familiar, but considerably sharper and more potent than even the harshest moments of their debut…The landscape of II often feels more dangerous than that of its predecessor, and as a result the material has an excitement and electricity that pushes it a few steps forward.” [Album of the Week] - Treble

“The album is an exercise in dissonance that can really only be appreciated when played at full volume. It cements the band as a frontrunner for the hardest-hitting, meanest, and most aggressive contemporary punk act.” - Consequence of Sound


Tour Dates
May 08 - Austin, TX - Levitation 2015
May 09 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
May 11 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre**
May 12 - Orlando, FL - The Social**
May 13 - Birmingham, AL - Work Play**
May 14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge**
May 19 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird**
May 20 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
May 21 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
May 22 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
May 23 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon**
May 26 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom**
May 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg**
May 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club**
May 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer**
May 30 - Boston, MA - Paradise**
Jun. 05 - Athens, GR - Plissken Fest  
Jun. 06 - Thessaloniki, GR - Plissken Fest
Jun. 07 - Skopje, MK - Zdravo Mladi Festival
Jun. 16 - London, UK - Underworld^^
Jun. 17 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Rotonde^^
Jun. 19 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun. 20 - Scheesel, DE - Hurricane Festival
Jun. 21 - Neuhausen ob Eck, DE - Southside Festival
Jun. 22 - Leipzig, DE - Taubchenthal
Jun. 24 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia
Jun. 25 - Cologne, DE - MTC
Jun. 27 - Evreux, FR - Le Rock Dans Tous ses Etats
Jul. 10 - Montreal, QC - Piccolo Rialto
Jul. 12 - Quebec City, QC -  Imperial De Quebec
Jul. 14 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
Jul. 21 - Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theatre ^
Jul. 22 - Columbus, OH - The Basement ^
Jul. 23 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place ^
Jul. 24 - 26 - Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music & Arts Festival
Jul. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club ! #
Jul. 29 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret ! #
Jul. 30 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina ! #
Jul 31 - Calgary, AB - The Republik ! #
Aug. 01 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room ! #
Aug. 03 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre ! #
Aug. 04 - Seattle, WA - Neumos ! #
Aug. 05 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge ! #
Aug. 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series @ Pioneer Park*
Aug. 09 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
Aug. 11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge ! #
Sep. 04 - Larmer Tree Gardens, UK -  End of the Road festival
Sep. 06 - Dublin, IE - Electric Picnic
Sep. 08 - Vienna, AT - Arena
Sep. 09 - Zagreb, HR - Culture Factory (Small Room)
Sep. 10 - Bologna, IT - Freakout Club
Sep. 11 - Rome, IT - INIT
Sep. 12 - Milan, IT - Lo Fi Club
Sep. 14 - Zurich, CH - Kinski Club
Sep. 15 - Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie
Sep.17 - Toulouse, FR - Le Metronum
Sep. 19 - Madrid, ES - Sala Lemon
Sep. 21 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia
Sep. 23 - Lyon, FR - Le Transbordeur
Sep. 25 - Dusseldorf, DE - Zakk
Oct. 16 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser
Oct. 17 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet
Oct. 18 - Oslo, NO - John Dee
Oct. 19 - Aarhus, DK - Atlas
Oct. 20 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen @ Christiana
Oct. 27 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Oct. 28 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef
* w/ The Kills
** w/ FIDLAR
^ w/ Viet Cong
^^ w/ Bad Breeding
! w/ Big Ups
# w/ Dilly Dally

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, APR 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Hear a New Track from Daughn Gibson’s ‘Carnation’ - Out June 2nd

You can now listen to Daughn Gibson’s “It Wants Everything,” a new offering to from Carnation, his forthcoming album.  The Line Of Best Fit says of the track, “It’s a slinky, sizzling piece of Southern Gothic cowboy-pop: whiskey-soaked guitars slither through rattlesnake rhythms and Gibson’s inimitable baritone croon - imagine if Ian Curtis was raised in Louisiana. It’s a subtle track, never wavering into over-cooked pastiche, instead slowly bubbling up and over the pan… although overtly sinister, Gibson’s new single is indescribably erotic. This is Carnation’s bad boy, dressed in leather and smouldering in your ears (see song premiere April 30th).”

Daughn Gibson’s third record, Carnation, is out June 2nd on your (presumably) favorite Seattle record label, Sub Pop. Pre-order here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, APR 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop to release Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts worldwide on July 24th

Sub Pop will release Subjective Concepts, the full-length debut by Strange Wilds, on CD/LP/DL worldwide on Friday July 24th. The album, featuring the highlights “Pronoia,” “Disdain,” and “Egophillia,” was recorded & produced by the band and Jackson Long at Robert Lang Studios, mixed by Long at Hear Me Shimmer, and mastered at RFI, all located in Seattle, Washington. Subjective Concepts follows the band’s Wet EP on Inimical Records (2014), and “Standing”  7” single (2015), also available now from Sub Pop.
Stereogum premiered Subjective Concepts lead single “Pronoia,” and had this to say: “First single “Pronoia” 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
 (see April 28th premiere).”
Preorders for Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts are now available from Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Subjective Concepts from will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on white vinyl, with a limited-edition poster. There will also be a new T-shirt design available individually and as part of a bundle with the new record.

About Strange Wilds:
Strange Wilds is a musical power-trio from Olympia, Washington.

There are three members: Allen, who plays drums; Sean, who plays bass; and Steven, who sings and plays the guitar. There is also a freight train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific doom-and-gloom up in the mix.

The group formed in 2012, when Steven met Sean while Sean’s band from Boise was playing a gig in a house where Steven lived. They became friends, and several months later Steven called Sean, who had just relocated to Olympia for college, to form the band. They were called Wet, and gigged around the West Coast as a four-piece. Allen was added as a full-time member in 2014 after a line-up change, and the band changed its name to Strange Wilds to release a 4-song EP and tour immediately. Sub Pop came calling, and signed the band last fall. The band is now set to release its full-length debut, Subjective Concepts, this summer.

Strange Wilds slays with the hellish fury of the Northwest hardcore scene’s best, the heavenly scuzz of a Bleach-era Nirvana, and the purgatorial punishment of Touch & Go post-rock meets Devo’s de-evolution machine. The 11 songs here bleed with the hybrid DNA of Seattle’s past and future, disparate scenes fused together with sneering menace and intelligent fury in equal shares
 (read more at Sub Pop).

Strange Wilds
Subjective Concepts
1. Pronoia
2. Starved For
3. Autothysis
4. Don’t Have To
5. Egophillia
6. Oneirophobe
7. Disdain
8. Pareidolia
9. Terrible
10. Lost and Found
11. Outercourse

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, APR 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Loves Amazon’s love of Seattle Almost as Much as We Love Seattle Itself

Seattle, our home: there sure are a lot of great things about it! Arguably two of the very best are local industry thought leaders Sub Pop Records and Amazon(dotcom). The recent discovery of a not-altogether-recent video for prospective Amazon employees had the staff at Sub Pop Records newly excited about being new in Seattle, all over again. Because we felt they left a few things out, we made this companion version (at what, we imagine and we’re sure you’ll be able to tell, was a tiny fraction of the cost) to welcome all newcomers to our wonderful city . We at Sub Pop Records love Amazon’s love of Seattle almost as much as we love Seattle itself: and it shows.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, APR 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM

A Note From Josh Tillman RE: More Father John Misty Tour Dates

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The following is a note from Father John Misty regarding his upcoming tour in support of the in-our-biased-but-very-experienced opinion, perfect record, I Love You, Honeybear.

“Touring can be really lonely. You feel isolated, disoriented. Even sort of socially catatonic.
That’s why it’s so important that I see your beautiful little stupid faces. You are my lifeline to the world of mankind.

New North American Tour Dates:

Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday at 12PM local, but you can get tickets beginning Wednesday at 12PM local with presale code: HONEYBEAR

09/20 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre - Tickets | Presale | Info
09/25 - Rochester, NY @ Anthology - Tickets | Presale | Info
09/29 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz - Tickets | Presale | Info
09/30 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/01 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/05 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/08 - Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/09 - Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/12 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Blvd Pool at the Cosmopolitan - Tickets | Presale | Info
10/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre - Tickets | Presale | Info

New European Tour Dates:

On sale times and dates in Europe vary by city so check the info link to find out when a show
near you goes on sale.

10/22 - Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh - Tickets | Info
10/23 - Belfast, UK @ Mandela Hall - Tickets | Info
10/26 - Sheffield, UK @ Plug - Tickets | Info
10/27 - Cambridge, UK @ The Junction - Tickets | Info
11/01 - Bologna, IT @ Locomotive - Tickets | Info
11/02 - Munich, DE @ Strom - Tickets | Info
11/03 - Weisbaden, DE @ Schlachtof - Tickets | Info
11/11 - Nantes, FR @ Stereolux - Tickets | Info
11/12 - Lyon, FR @ Epicerie Moderne - Tickets | Info
11/13 - Koln, DE @ Luxor - Tickets | Info

Upcoming Shows That Have Already Been Announced:

04/22 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater - Sold Out
04/23 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s - Sold Out
04/24 - Austin, TX @ Stubb’s - Sold Out
04/25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre - Sold Out
05/15-17 - Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival - Tickets
05/22 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom - Sold Out
05/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom - Sold Out
05/22-25 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival - Tickets
05/28 - St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre w/ Alabama Shakes - Tickets | Info
05/29 - Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre w/ Alabama Shakes - Tickets | Info
05/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Hall’s Island w/ Alabama Shakes - Sold Out
05/31 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater - Tickets | Info
06/02 - Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn w/ Albama Shakes - Tickets | Info
06/03 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre w/ Alabama Shakes - Tickets | Info
06/04 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion w/ The Decemberists - Tickets | Info
06/05 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival - Tickets
06/06 - Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall - Tickets | Info
06/07 - Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music Festival - Tickets
06/24 - 06/28 - Glastonbury, UK @ Glastonbury Festival - Sold Out
06/26 - Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion - Tickets | Info
06/28 - Killarney, IE @ Killarney Food & Music Festival - Tickets
07/01 - Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Music Festival - Tickets
07/02 - Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Music Festival - Tickets
07/04 - Barcelona, SP @ Vida Festival - Tickets
07/16 - Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music Festival - Tickets
07/18 - Colwood, BC @ Rock The Shores - Tickets
07/23 - Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival - Tickets
07/31 - 08/02 - Montreal, QC @ Osheaga - Tickets
07/31 - 08/02 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza - Sold Out
08/01 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom - Tickets | Info
08/03 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre - Tickets | Info
08/05 - New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage - Tickets | Info
08/11 - Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival - Tickets
08/13 - 08/15 - Göteborg, SE @ Way Out West - Tickets
08/13 - 08/15 - Reese-Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop Music Festival - Sold Out
08/16 - Saint-Malo, FR @ La Route du Rock Festival - Tickets
08/18 - Vienna, AT @ Full Hit of Summer Festival - Tickets
08/20 - Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura Festival - Tickets
08/20 - 08/22 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival - Tickets
08/20 - 08/23 - Brecon Beacon, UK @ Green Man Festival - Tickets
08/21 - Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival - Tickets
10/24 - Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street - Tickets | Info
10/28 - London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire - Tickets | Info
10/29 - London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire - Sold Out
11/04 - 11/08 - Reykjavík, IS @ Iceland Airwaves - Tickets

Maybe I should shave.

I love you.”

- Josh

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, APR 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Add These to Your 2015 Record Store Day Lists

We here at Sub Pop Records love few things more than Record Store Day. TomorrowSaturday, April 18th, 2015 aka Record Store Day, we will release two very limited (and potentially, for you) anticipated efforts: The self-titled LP from the Alan Bishop-led Koes Barat and a heart-shaped single from Father John Misty.     
Father John Misty’s “I Loved You, Honeybee” 7” Single:
Father John Misty presents a lovely, alternate version of the title track of his latest album, I Love You, Honeybear, along with a new, exclusive B-side, truthfully-entitled “I’ve Never Been a Woman,” on a red-colored, heart-shaped 7” in a 10” sleeve. This release is exclusive to Record Store Day, and it is limited to 5,700 copies worldwide. You can check out “I Loved You, Honeybee” here
Koes Barat Koes Barat LP:
In 2010, Sun City Girls legend Alan Bishop asserted his fandom of Indonesian ‘60s/’70s pop legends Koes Bersaudara (aka Koes Plus) with two archival releases on his and Hisham Mayet’s Sublime Frequencies label. But that wasn’t enough. Feeling an overwhelming urge to interpret Koes tunes, Bishop recorded Koes Barat in less than a week of sessions with some of his favorite musicians and producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Marisa Nadler). The result is the most immediate, fun collection that the prolific Bishop has ever led. This album is a Record Store Day exclusive, limited to 3,800 worldwide. 

On a related note, Dangerous Minds ran a feature on Koes Barat + Koes Plus and call the album “FUCKING WONDERFUL.” We couldn’t agree more (see April 14th premiere)!

Father John Misty
“I Loved You, Honeybee” 7” (includes download code)
A. “I Loved You, Honeybee”
B. “I’ve Never Been a Woman”
Koes Barat
Koes Barat
LP (includes download code)
1. Kelelewar
2. Kisah Sedih di Hari Minggu
3. Pent Juri Hati
4. Mister Time
5. Hidup Yang Sepi
6. And to the so-called “The Guilties”
7. Tjintamu Telah Berlalu
8. Poor Clown
9. Land of Evergreen
10. Rahasia Hatiku
11. Tiba Tiba Ku Menangis
More About Record Store Day:
This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

Posted by Sam Sawyer