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NEWS : MON, MAR 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

The Helio Sequence Set to Release Their Self-Titled Sixth Record May 19th

The Helio Sequence are set to release their self-titled 6th album on CD/LP/DL May 18th & 19th worldwide via Sub Pop. The Helio Sequence, featuring the highlights “Stoic Resemblance,” “Upward Mobility,” and “Battle Lines,” was produced & mixed by the band at The Old Jantzen Building in Portland, OR and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.

You can now hear the lead-off track, “Stoic Resemblance” through an animated visual (Not-the-video) directed by multimedia artist Emanuele Kabu. Stereogum premiered the track and says it “matches harmonious psychedelic chorus with a brisk krautrock pulse (see track post March 2nd).”

The Helio Sequence will tour extensively in 2015 to support the release. Preceding that tour, the band have scheduled an acoustic performance on March 31st in Seattle at The Triple Door. For up to date information on live dates & tickets, please visit

Preorders for The Helio Sequence are available through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of the album from will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on yellow-colored vinyl. Additionally, CD and LP versions of The Helio Sequence will also receive The Sunrise Demos, a CD comprised of 11 demos recorded during the making of the album (while supplies last).  Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design available as stand-alone item or as part of a bundle with purchases of The Helio Sequence.

About The Helio Sequence:
The self-titled sixth album by The Helio Sequence began with a friendly competition. Several of the duo’s friends within the Portland, Oregon music scene had been playing “The 20-Song Game.” The rules were simple, playful and ambitious: Songwriters would arrive in their studios at prearranged times and spend all day recording 20 complete songs. When they were finished, they’d have a party, listen to the results and talk about the process—of taking the good with the bad, of letting creativity push past constraint, of simply making music in the moment. Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel took the spirit of the “The 20-Song Game” to heart, and forged ahead writing a new record.

In May of 2014, inspired by the “20-Song Game”, they began arriving each morning in their Portland space—housed in the cafeteria and break room of an old warehouse— with the mission of making as much music as possible in one month. They began exploring and capturing, recording guitar riffs and keyboard loops, drum patterns and bass lines. One piece documented, they quickly advanced to the next idea. Summers and Weikel didn’t discuss what they were making or the reference points that informed it, though such discussions had once been central to The Helio Sequence’s more self-conscious process. They just played. Created. In time, they returned to each fragment, broadcasting it over the studio PA, jamming and recording the results. Mistakes didn’t matter, and second chances didn’t exist. After two weeks, Summers and Weikel began cutting those loose takes into rough shapes, steadily building songs from their cavalier sketches. 

When June arrived, the duo gathered their 26 finished songs and sent them to 31 friends, fans and family members. They asked each person to rank their 10 favorite tracks. By summer’s end, they had arrived at the brisk 10 tracks that shape the breathless and magnetic The Helio Sequence—a record so named because it’s a kind of clean restart for the longtime pair, a revamp of their process and a revitalization of their results.

The Helio Sequence is a renewed push forward for the band: From the cool wallop of “Deuces,” where guitars snarl and harmonies soar, to the stuttering anxiety of “Upward Mobility”, where pianos pound and drums race, this collection depends upon an effortless kinetic energy. Lyrically, “Stoic Resemblance” is a study of existential anxiety, but musically, it’s a beguiling burst of pop, Summers’ vocals rising over and sliding off of Weikel’s big, irrepressible beat. The bittersweet “Leave or Be Yours” evokes the easy twinkle of romance and the smoldering sadness of losing it. Crisscrossing vocals and cross-talking guitars and drums map a broad swirl of emotions.  There’s a delightful candor to The Helio Sequence, an openness that is a rare and special feat for a band about to enter its third decade (read more at Sub Pop).

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, MAR 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s 2015 Loser Scholarship Details!

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Hey there!

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $15,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000. To apply for these scholarships you must be a resident of Washington or Oregon, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for an applicant who is involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way.

To apply for these scholarships we would like you to submit an essay, no longer than one page, letting us know about one or more of the following topics:

What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?

How and/or why did you become interested in artistic outlets?

How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?

What are your influences and/or who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send digital links and/or provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay (we have never had a winner who submitted only an essay). However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above. The deadline for applications is April 2nd.

Please send all submissions and attachments to by April 2nd, 2015. We will announce the scholarship winners on April 15th.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, FEB 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

THEESatisfaction’s ‘EarthEE’ Is Out Today!

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THEESatisfaction’s EarthEE is now available now on CD / LP / DL via Sub Pop. EarthEE is the follow up to awE naturalE, the alternative R&B group’s critically acclaimed debut, and is led by highlights “Recognition,” “Nature’s Candy,” and the title track.  

EarthEE was produced by THEESatisfaction and Erik Blood, mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space and mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering in Seattle. The album also features guest appearances from Shabazz Palaces, Meshell Ndegeocello, Porter Ray, Blood and Taylor Brown.

EarthEE, along with “Recognition” and the title track, is earning THEESatisfaction acclaim from outlets likes of NPR Music, CBC, AV Club, Exclaim, NME, The Quietus, Q Magazine, Mojo, The Guardian, Consequence of Sound,  Okay Player, Treble, The Needle Drop, Pitchfork, The FADER,  Bitch, BUST, Dummy, and more. At radio, the album was #3 most added with CMJ reporters. On a related note,  you can watch the band’s just recorded KEXP session now.

THEESatisfaction’s 2015 tour schedule in support of EarthEE has been extended through May 9th. Highlights include:  CD release shows in Seattle (Feb. 26th at Neumos), Los Angeles (Feb. 28th at Jewel’s Catch One) and New York (Mar. 6th at Santos Party House);  SXSW (Mar. 20th-21st); And a support tour with label mates Sleater-Kinney (April. 16th-May 9th). For a complete list of tour dates, please view the attached flier or visit

EarthEE is now available for purchase from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and BandcampAll customers who purchase the LP version of EarthEE from will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on emerald-colored vinyl and a 7” single with “I Don’t Like You” on the A-side, and “Supa Dupa (Love Affair)” on the B-side (while supplies last). Additionally, there will be two-new T shirt designs available as stand-alone items or as part of a bundle with purchases of EarthEE.

What people are saying about THEESatisfaction:
“In theory, EarthEE is a cosmic, funky dance party. In practice, it’s a revolution.” [First Listen] - NPR Music

“The true gift of this Seattle-based duo is their ability to seamlessly weave serious commentary into music that  also seriously brings the party.” [Review, 4/5 Stars] - BUST

[Review, 4/5 Stars] - Q Magazine

EarthEE is remarkable in its ability to balance the obscure and experimental with the direct and familiar. It’s an album that engages with the history of black culture while challenging the political, cultural, and musical status quos at every turn.” [Review, B+] - AV Club

[Review, 4/5 Stars] - MOJO

EarthEE feels both comfortingly familiar and thrillingly alien, without striving too hard to be either.”
[Review, 8/10] - Uncut

“This album is highly recommended, as its afro-futuristic, honest, and raw philosophy is too delicious to deny.” [Review]  - Bitch Magazine

“(A)n informed and encompassing portrait of life as we know it, that pays its respects where it’s merited and condemns injustice when it’s warranted.” [Album of the Week]  - Dummy Magazine

EarthEE is a powerful record, crafted by two black, queer women in a time when many people would encourage you to think that it’s easier than ever to be any one of those three things. But THEESatisfaction, through powerful metaphors and otherworldly imagery, are clever enough to reveal just how often all people are asked to hide behind that very sort of facade.” [Album of the Week] - Treble Zine

“Every moment is rooted in spacious, natural, sometimes esoteric beats. It’s a sonically challenging, chilled out, blissful creation, where samples are stacked and staggered, breathing and bleeding into each other. At turns it’s angry, sexy, vulnerable, empowering and healing, every moment flowing like liquid gold into the next.” [First Play] - CBC

“(C)hallenging, engaging, and revolutionary” - Pop Matters

“The title track ripples with cosmic incantations. Harris-White commands with the intoxicating force of a priestess: “Loosen up my mind/ Lengthen and unwind/ Release, one time.” Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler and emerging MC Porter Ray share reverent verses of their own, the former reading like a personals ad seeking a moment of transcendence with a celestial goddess.” [“EarthEE” track review] - Pitchfork

“20 Albums To Get Excited About In February” [EarthEE] - NME

“”Recognition” shines a light on the duo’s spacey roots with a dazzling atmospheric treatment.” [“Recognition”] - Okay Player

“…Spacey, kaleidoscopic” [“Recognition”] -  Stereogum

“Blends Sun Ra percussion with woozily hypnagogic synths and a sprinkle of prog-jazz, in the best possible way – as ever, Stas and Cat duo sound like no one but themselves.” [“Recognition”] -  FACT

“A groovy, hypnotic jam that eventually leads to one rather engaging, synth-led interlude.” [“Recognition”] - Consequence of Sound

“On “Recognition,” the duo fuses their own soulful delivery with the esotericism of Erik Blood and Shabazz Palaces.” [“Recognition”] -  Mass Appeal

“Song of the Day” [“Recognition”] - The Stranger

“The panoramic rhythms, chants, and deep space synths on this cut are alluring and intoxicating.” [“Recognition”] -  The Needle Drop

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, FEB 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Eh Very Canadian Playlist

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Sub Pop has a great history of working with artists from Canada, our wonderful neighbors to the north. Click to listen to “Eh Very Canadian Playlist”, featuring Canadian Sub Pop artists, both new and old, and boasting the brand new track from METZ, the ferocious “Acetate”, off of their May 5th record, II, which you can pre-order here. The playlist is on Spotify and Rdio.

Eh Very Canadian Playlist Tracklist

Metz – Acetate
Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper
The Black Halos – Some Things Never Fall
Constantines – Soon Enough
Chixdiggit! – Henry Rollins Is No Fun
Jale – Not Happy
Hot Hot Heat – Bandages
Handsome Furs – All We Want, Baby, Is Everything
Eric’s Trip – Behind the Garage
Julie Doiron – So Fast
Memoryhouse – The Kids Were Wrong
Zumpano – The Party Rages On
Hardship Post – Watchin You
Sparkmarker – Sawed-Off But Silent
Doldrums – HOTFOOT
Elevator To Hell – Why I Didn’t Like August 93
Chad VanGaalen – Willow Tree
Wolf Parade – I’ll Believe In Anything

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, FEB 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear: #17 on Billboard Top 200 Albums + Tour Dates

Father John Misty’s I Love You Honeybear, his critically acclaimed new album, has earned the singer his highest chart position in the US to date, entering at #17 on the BillboardI Love You, Honeybear also entered at #14 on the UK sales chart.

At radio this week, I Love You, Honeybear is the #1 most added album at CMJ, debuting at #32 on the Top 200 albums chart. Additionally, the album is also #1 album at alternative specialty, #3 at NonComm and Top 20 with Triple A reporters. On a related note, Father John Misty’s takeover of iHeartRadio’s

Father John Misty’s fast-selling 2015 world tour in support of I Love You, Honeybear has been extended through October 29th, which includes his just announced headline performance New York’s Central Park SummerStage on August 5th.

I Love You, Honeybear featuring the highlights “Bored In The USA,” “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” “True Affection,” and the title track, was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. I Love You, Honeybear is available now on CD / LP / 2xLP / Deluxe 2xLP to purchase via Father John,  Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon. The album is also available in Europe via Bella Union.

What are people are saying about Father John Misty? Great things:
“This warped, lovely album suggests that a true longtime partnership isn’t two people who love each other even for their flaws, but of two people accepting decay–their own and each other’s–and choosing to ride it out nonetheless.” - New York Times

“The artist born Josh Tillman aims for grandiosity in his Father John Misty disguise, and his second album for Sub Pop repeatedly reaches such heights. A musical genie bottle with the spirits of Phil Spector, Lee Hazlewood and Brian Wilson corked within, Tillman and co-producer Jonathan Wilson seem to revel in letting these sounds seep out and intermingle.” - Los Angeles Times

“Upping the spectacle from Fear Fun his 2012 debut, I Love You, Honeybear is an autobiographical set about love, marriage and derangement that’s both ironic and empathic.” [4/5] - Rolling Stone

“His beloved Father John Misty debut was Fear Fun, issued in 2012. The new album, out now, is I Love You, Honeybear….and it is as good as, though quite different from, its predecessor.” - Wall Street Journal

I Love You, Honeybear, an album by turns passionate and disillusioned, tender and angry, so cynical it’s repulsive and so openhearted it hurts.” [8.8 / 10, “Best New Music”] - Pitchfork

“If there’s a funnier, stranger and more touchingly bizarre album released this year, it will be a very good year indeed.” [4/5] - Billboard

“This is a gorgeous album.” [10/10] - Exclaim

“For all the layers of irony on I Love You, Honeybear, the biggest irony of all might be that such an ostensibly knotty and confusing album’s real strength lies in something as prosaic and transparent as its author’s ability to write a beautiful melody.” [5/5] - The Guardian

“Album of the Week” - Stereogum

Tour Dates
Feb. 21 - Dublin, IE - Whelans [Sold Out]
Feb. 22 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts [Sold Out]
Feb. 23 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla [Sold Out]
Feb. 26 - London, UK - Village Underground [Sold Out]
Feb. 27 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club [Sold Out]
Feb. 28 - Bristol, UK - Thekla [Sold Out]
Mar. 03 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Mar. 04 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Orangerie
Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Mar. 07 - Berlin, DE - Heimathafen
Mar. 08 - Hamburg, DE - Nochtspelcher
Mar. 25 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works**
Mar. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse** [Sold Out]
Mar. 27 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel** [Sold Out]
Mar. 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club** [Sold Out]
Mar. 31 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club** [Sold Out]
Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer** [Sold Out]
Apr. 03 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater** [Sold Out]
Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave** [Sold Out]
Apr. 05 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival @ The Englert
Apr. 07 - Lawrence, KS - Granada**
Apr. 08 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium**
Apr. 09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella [Sold Out]
Apr. 13 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse [Sold Out]
Apr.14 - San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre [Sold Out]
Apr. 16 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore  [Sold Out]
Apr. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore  [Sold Out]
Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella [Sold Out]
Apr. 22 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater^
Apr. 23 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s^
Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s^
Apr. 25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater^
May 16 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
May 22 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
May 23- George, WA - Sasquatch Festival

May 24 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom [Sold Out]
Jun. 04 - Columbia, MD -  Merriweather Post Pavillion ^^
Jun. 07 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival
Jun. 27 - Killarney, IE - Killarney Food & Music Festival
Aug. 5 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage #
Aug. 11 - Oslo, NO - Oya Festival
Aug. 13 - Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West
Aug. 20 - Paredes de Coura, PT - Pauredes de Coura Festival
Aug. 21-23 - Beacon, UK - Green Man Festival
Oct. 24 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 29 - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

* w/ Guy Blakeslee
** w/ King Tuff
^ w/ Luluc
^^ w/ The Decemberists
# w/ Angel Olsen

Posted by Sam Sawyer