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NEWS : THU, SEP 17, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Beach House begins fall tour in support of Depression Cherry

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The Beach House worldwide tour in support of Depression Cherry begins tonight, Thursday, September 17th in Columbus, OH at Newport Music Hall and their 2015 dates end with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore. (see dates below)

Experience the soothing sounds of Depression Cherry right now via the album stream, and if this is your initial foray into the magic of Beach House, might we also suggest ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Beach House’ playlist on Spotify, Rdio or YouTube?

Depression Cherry is available now on CD / LP*/ DL from Sub Pop (North America), Bella Union (Europe) and Mistletone (Australia / New Zealand), and virtually through your favorite electronic channels including (but certainly not limited to) iTunes and Amazon

*Sorry (and thankful) to report that the special, limited, clear vinyl Loser Edition LP version of Depression Cherry is now sold-out at  Copies of this collectible version of the album may still be available at your local independent record stores, or from the band directly at shows.

Tour Dates

Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall **
Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s **
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre **
Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre **
Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue [Sold Out] **
Sep. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue **
Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown **
Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall **
Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant **
Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall **
Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom **
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn **
Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN -  The Ryman Auditorium **
Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre **
Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel **
Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom [Sold Out] **
Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK -  Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory [Sold Out]
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
** w/ Jessica Pratt

For ticket info please visit



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, SEP 16, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Luluc Kicks-off Fall Tour + New Dates With Jose Gonzalez

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Luluc’s previously announced west coast and southeastern U.S. trek in support of album Passerby kicks-off tomorrow night, Thursday, September 17th in Seattle, WA at The Sunset and ends October 2nd in New Orleans, LA at Republic. (see dates below)  Additionally, the band will act as main support for Jose Gonzalez (September 28th-October 2nd).  
Passerby is currently available from Sub Pop and of course from your friendly neighborhood record store.

The album has earned Luluc international praise from the likes ofNPR Music’s “First Listen” & “All Songs Considered,” No DepressionBust,,  MOJO, Magnet,  Stereogum, Exclaim, Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit, CLASH, Tone, All Music Guide, My Old Kentucky Blog, Mess + Noise, Double J, Sydney Morning HeraldABC Radio (AU), and more. At radio,Passerby peaked at #8 on the CMJ Top 200 Chart.

What “They” have to say about Luluc:

“Passerby provides a tremendous introduction to a band whose deliberate impeccability never feels staid or fussy. It helps that The National’s Aaron Dessner, who knows a little something about impeccability, leaves his fingerprints all over these songs: He produced Passerby with Randell and Hassett, and he provides a good bit of the rich but spare backing instrumentation throughout. Dessner and Luluc both know how and when to let a song breathe.” [First Listen] - NPR Music
Passerby is gorgeous and refined through and through, and likely to sound as timeless as all that great stuff Joe Boyd himself produced back in the late ‘60s.” [Review] - Rolling
“Luluc has indie credentials to spare, but all that really matters is that this music is impossibly delicate and deeply beautiful.” [Review, 8/10] - MAGNET
“Strikes all the right chords: spectral melodies, buttery harmonies, and a blissful melancholia that hints at Nick Drake and Simon and Garfunkel without going to far into either territory. Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett might have created the year’s most addictive record to dates; from the predawn flutter of Opener “Small Window” to the shimmering heat of “Early Night” and “Star,” every track onPasserby begs to played again and again, preferably in the dusky sunlight of late summer.” [5/5 Review] - BUST
“[It] captures the band’s homespun charm in its main melody which sits over spindly strings that move like ripples in still water.” [“Without a Face”] - Stereogum

Tour Dates
Sep. 17 - Seattle - Sunset Tavern
Sep. 20 - Portland - Mississippi Studios
Sep. 22 - San Francisco - Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Sep. 23 - LA - The Echo
Sep. 26 - San Diego - UCSD Loft
Sep. 28 - Hollywood, FL - ArtsPark Amphitheater*
Sep. 29 - Tampa, FL - State Theatre *
Sep. 30 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
Oct. 01 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
Oct. 02- New Orleans LA - Republic *
*w/ Jose Gonzalez
For more tour details + ticket links, go here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, SEP 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM

So Much METZ Action

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METZ made their return to Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday, September 11th.  The band delivered incredible performances of II highlights “The Swimmer” and “Spit You Out,” filmed live at FYF Fest from Los Angeles.  

The band’s extensive headlining (and earsplitting) world tour on behalf of II is currently storming through Europe and ends November 28th-29th in Brighton, UK at the Mutation’s Festival weekender.  Hardly Art recording artists Protomartyr join METZ as direct support on certain dates.  (see below)

METZ II has earned “Albums of the Year (so far)” notices from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The AV Club, SPIN, Treble, and more. II also scored the band its highest chart position in the U.S. to date, entering at #98 / Billboard Top 200.  In Canada, the album debuted at #27 on the Top 200 albums chart.

At radio, II peaked at #8 on the CMJ Top 200 chart. The album also saw support with FMQB Alternative Specialty reporters, peaking at #1 on the albums chart, and its lead-off track “Acetate” at #2 on the singles chart.

On a related note, you can also watch METZ’s amazing KEXP in-studio performance, filmed August 4th while on a tour stop in Seattle. The live session includes II tracks “Wait in Line,” “The Swimmer,” “Spit You Out,” and “Acetate.”

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METZ II is currently available on CD / LP / DL worldwide from Sub Pop, and we encourage you to purchase it in all your favorite formats via the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.

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What do “They” say about METZ II?  Quite a lot, actually:

“Metz colors outside the lines — obliterates them, really.”  - New York Times

“The record twitches with the flying-off-the-rails urgency of the band’s live shows as Metz sandblasts the industrial precision of their first album into a nastier, more shambolic attack.” [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Rolling Stone
“These mild-looking Canadians revive the golden age of early Nirvana and ’90s grunge with 10 walloping noise-rockers—but there are surprising hooks amid all the Sturm und Drang.”  [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Entertainment Weekly
“The record is all killer, no filler.” - [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] -AV Club
II is looser and fuzzier than its predecessor… one of 2015’s standout records.” [8.5 / 10] - MAGNET
“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
“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
“Album of the Week” - Stereogum
“Hits like a concussion grenade, and you’ll revel in the damage long after the room’s been cleared.” [4/5]- Alternative Press 
II, like the record that preceded it, is still a seasick and unyielding document of brutalist experimentation. But because the trio is willing to explore different avenues, there’s more corners to get lost in.” [8/10] - SPIN
“Album of the Week” - Treble
“A direct gut-punching affair.” [5/5] - DIY

“Bigger, faster, louder, stronger - in many ways ‘II’ is everything the band’s second record ought to be.” [8/10] - Loud & Quiet

“Bold, unsympathetic and brutally effective.” [8/10] - NME

“Raucous, filthy and hummable in equal measure.” [8/10] - Rock Sound

“A second volume of string-bending, amp-busting noise-punk…Awesome.” [4/5] - Time Out London

II is what Metz do best: brazenly truculent hardcore.” - The Guardian

“Few bands anywhere do this sort of thing this well.” - The Quietus

“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 

“This album has achieved a seemingly impossible feat by sounding even more aggressive than the one that preceded it.” [8/10] - The 405

“The whole record is a dizzy, punk joy - taking itself far less seriously than most proper hardcore bands, whilst sounding twice as aggressive as any of them, and with better tunes.” [8/10] -Drowned in Sound

II almost feels like Metz wanted to push the boundaries to see just how dark and dirty they could play while still carrying a tune and continuing to draw listeners in with unconventionally gripping arrangements - and good on them, they pulled it off!” [10/10] -Louder Than War

Tour Dates

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. 20 - Porto, PT - Hard Club/Amplifest
Sep. 21 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia
Sep. 23 - Lyon, FR - Le Transbordeur
Sep. 24 - Relms, FR - Festival Elektricity
Sep. 25 - Dusseldorf, DE - Zakk
Sep. 26 - Hamburg, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
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. 22 - Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje ^
Oct. 23 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet ^
Oct. 24 - Zwolle, NL - Let’s Get Lost Festival
Oct. 27 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie ^
Oct. 28 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef ^
Oct. 29 - Antwerp, BE - Trix ^
Oct. 30 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds ^
Oct. 31 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club ** ^
Nov. 01 - London, UK - Scala  **
Nov. 03 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece **
Nov. 04 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control **
Nov. 05 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo **
Nov. 06 - Dublin, IR - Whelans
Nov. 18 - Helsinki, FI - Supermassive Festival
Nov. 20 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival
Nov. 21 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival
Nov. 29 - Brighton, UK - Mutations Festival
** w/ Protomartyr
^ w/ Crows

For ticket links, click here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, SEP 11, 2015 at 7:30 AM

It’s Release Day For Low’s ‘Ones and Sixes’!

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We couldn’t be prouder to release Low’s 11th album Ones and Sixes into the great wide world today! 

[ Listen to the full album stream right here. ]

Ones and Sixes has earned Low international acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, Under the Radar, The Guardian, DIY, Q, MOJO, Uncut, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Chicago Tribune, CLASH, The Sunday Times, and more. And the band are the current cover stars of MAGNET’s September issue, interviewed by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon (view cover / read an excerpt of the story here).

Low’s previously announced North American and European tour in support of Ones and Sixes, begins September 18th in Madison, WI and ends November 21st in Seattle, WA. (see below for dates + ticket links)

Ones and Sixes is available for purchase from the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.  [ Loser edition LPs are sold out in the Mega Mart (sorry and thank you!), so head to your local purveyor of fine vinyl records today if you want to snag a Loser Edition LP on that stunning yellow vinyl. ]  Whatever format you get - you’re ears will thank you.

[ photo by Zoran Orlic ]

Tour Dates

Sep. 18 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon*
Sep. 19 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
Sep. 21 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club*
Sep. 22 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz PDB*
Sep. 23 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*
Sep. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
Sep. 25 - Hamden, Connecticut – The Ballroom at The Outer Space*
Sep. 26 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
Oct. 07 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral ^
Oct. 08 - Glasgow, UK - Art School =
Oct. 10 - London, UK - Roundhouse ^
Oct. 12 - Koln, DE - Gebaude 9 =
Oct. 13 - Hamburg, DE – Knust =
Oct. 14 - Copenhagen, DK – Vega =
Oct. 15 - Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan =
Oct. 17 - Berlin, DE – Lido =
Oct. 19 - Munich, DE – Ampere =
Oct. 20 - Bologna, IT - Teatro Antoniano =
Oct. 22 - Zaragoza, ES - Las Armas =
Oct. 23 - Barcelona, ES – Bikini =
Oct. 24 - Valencia, ES - Deleste Festival
Oct. 26 - Madrid, ES - Teatro Lara =
Oct. 27 - Santander, ES – Escenario =
Oct. 29 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso ^
Oct. 30 – Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix =
Oct. 31 - Brussels, BE – AB +
Nov. 02 – Paris, FR – Le Divan du Monde =
Nov. 11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
Nov. 12 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge*
Nov. 13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*
Nov. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex*
Nov. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour*
Nov. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
Nov. 20 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir*
Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile*
Feb. 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
* w/ Andy Shauf
^ w/ Two Gallants
+ w/ Chelsea Wolfe
= w/ Mike Noga

For up to date information on tickets please visit

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, SEP 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Up Records Announces Built to Spill’s Classic ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Love’ Vinyl Reissue

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Speaking of exciting news:  Up Records (via Sub Pop) will reissue Built To Spill’s much loved classic There’s Nothing Wrong with Love, the second full-length album released by the legendary indie rock band. It was originally released September 13, 1994 on the Up Records label with the stellar line-up of Doug Martsch, bassist Brett Nelson, and drummer Andy Capps, with Phil Ek producing. The album features enduring singles “In the Morning,” “Car,” and “Distopian Dream Girl.” 

There’s Nothing Wrong With Love will be available October 30th from Up Records - distributed through Sub Pop - and is now available for preorder from Sub Pop Mega Mart.
On a related note, theThere’s Nothing Wrong With Love playlist is also available for your audio visual consumption, featuring official videos for “In The Morning,” “Car,” “Fling,” and “Big Dipper” via Up Records YouTube channel 
[view it here]
There’s Nothing Wrong with Love was exceptionally well received by critics upon its release. It went on to earn “Best Albums of 90’s” notices from the likes of Pitchfork, PASTE, SPIN, and has sold nearly 140k copies to date. This new, vinyl edition is the first time the album has been available on vinyl since its original run.  Let the rejoicing commence!

What people have said about There’s Nothing Wrong With Love:

“Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch put Boise, Idaho, on the musical map with sprawling guitars, nasally vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Before the group fleshed out their sound with the guitar bits, BTS won over listeners with these straightforward, poignant songs. It’s an intimate glimpse inside one of indie rock’s great songwriters before he found himself.” [90 Best Albums of the 90’s] - PASTE
“The second album by Doug Martsch’s long-running band is a declaration of his awesome powers as a songwriter and guitarist…There’s Nothing Wrong With Love is the work of an artist who gets to treat Boise, Idaho, as a rock capital because he can outplay anyone: The sheer variety of instrumental textures Martsch crams into these songs’ riffs and fills and raw solos is amazing on its own.” - Wondering Sound
“True or false: Doug Martsch is the Peter Frampton of 1990s indie? Sure, he might not have the hair, the tight pants, or the voice box, but it’s difficult to think of another soul more worthy of resident guitar god; maybe J Mascis, but he never brought the pop side like King Framp. That’s the side most in evidence on There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, before Martsch started bringing the sprawl in spades. Humble, wry song-tales about heads-up-seven-up, Albertson’s stir-fry, and Bowie-hating stepdads abound, while earnest tracks like “Twin Falls” and “Big Dipper” set the pace for the entire Northwestern indie-pop scene.” [Top 100 Albums of the 1990’s”] - Pitchfork
“…Their second full-length and first genuinely great record…There’s Nothing Wrong With Love is the sound of scrappy mountain manchildren toying with their powers, pushing the limits of their form, setting the table for future tours de force.” - STEREOGUM
“The second album by Boise, Idaho’s Built to Spill was the cuddliest little guitar epic of the decade. Just as the luster was wearing off the grunge gold rush, singer guitarist Doug Martsch challenged slacker cynicism with basement-band symphonies that turned his own private Idaho into indie rock’s last unknown territory.” [Greatest Albums of the 90’s] - SPIN
“…Love is an absolute classic from the decade..” [“Dusting ‘Em Off”] - Consequence of Sound

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, SEP 10, 2015 at 7:05 AM

Eugene Mirman’s I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome): A monumental 9-volume, 7-LP Comedy Album

Eugene Mirman’s I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome) is a 9-volume, 7-LP comedy album that will be available October 30th (on vinyl / digital / chair / robe) worldwide from Sub Pop.  The video trailer for this epic collection is available now via the good folks at Mashable (see premiere Sept. 10th).
I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome) is the culmination of a long-time dream of Eugene’s. It includes a vast array of sounds that can be described as varyingly poignant, erotic, practical, romantic, mind-altering, educational, and humorous. Need to learn Russian? Eugene provides. Meditation sounds? Eugene provides. The sound of a grown man crying? Eugene provides. Oh, also, this release contains a full set of live standup recorded at Columbia City Theater in Seattle, WA June 6, 7, & 8, 2014.  

I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome) includes:
LP1 - Live In Seattle At The Columbia City Theater
Good-humored noticings from America’s “Master of the Noticing!”
LP 2A - A Guided Meditation For The Thoughtful Body
A calming meditation to cheer and sooth the cluttered mind, the injured heart and the anxious body
LP 2B - Fuckscape
An erotic soundscape for lovebirds and adventurous friends
LP 3 - Eugene’s Comprehensive Sound Effects Library
Tremendous, mouth-made sound effects for amateur and professional foley artists alike
LP 4 - Digital Drugs
A binaural acoustic pharmacy for the carefree or ill
LP 5 - Over 45 Minutes of Crying
A full-hearted 45-minute cry-a-thon
LP 6A - Introduction To Spoken Russian
The language of Pushkin as taught by someone who left
Russia at the age of 4
LP 6B - Ringtones & Outgoing Voicemail Messages
For Your Personal Use

Turn every phone call you miss or receive into a
thousand-million smiles
LP7 - 195 Orgasms

I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome) will be available digitally, or as a lavish, 7-LP box set from Sub Pop Mega Mart.  Additionally, limited-edition embroidered robes and an armchair - all with embedded audio players - will be available to purchase from (while supplies last).

Eugene Mirman will soon embark on the I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome) Tour, which spans October 30th - November 19th. Support will come in the form(s) of Derrick Brown and Josie Long (select dates - see below).


About Eugene Mirman’s I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome):
Feel yourself going inward. You’re a piece of hot chocolate, sinking through the marshmallow of yourself. Cutting through everything, into a warm hugzone.
Let Eugene Mirman’s new album I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome)center you with “A Guided Meditation for the Thoughtful Body,” teach you conversational Russian, and soundtrack your next intimate getaway with “Fuckscape.” Or just listen to him crying for 45 minutes.
The monumental 9-volume/7-LP set, due October 30th on Sub Pop Records, is much more than a comedy album, and much less than the 100 CD-album that Mirman originally conceived for the project 10 years ago. In addition to Mirman’s brilliant stand-up performance at Seattle’s Columbia City Theater in June 2014, the collection includes more than 500 tracks featuring: a guided meditation for various body parts; an erotic new age “Fuckscape” for sexing to; a comprehensive sound effects library, voiced by Mirman, including everything from “rain” to “zoo with nothing to lose”; an aural pharmacy of “digital drugs” from marijuana to apple cider vinegar; over 45 real minutes of real crying; an introduction to possibly useful Russian phrases; ringtones and outgoing voicemail messages for your personal use; and 195 consecutive orgasms. It is, as comedian Daniel Kitson writes in the set’s liner notes, “a parade of excellence punctuated with benevolent explosions of the purist, uncut, nonsense.”
“I’ve wanted to make this album for a long time,” says Mirman, best known for his roles on Bob’s BurgersFlight of the Conchords,Delocated, and for the annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Brooklyn, NY. He brainstormed dozens of ideas for discs, including some that sounded funnier than they turned out to be in execution (“you quickly run out of secrets to whisper to your dick,” for example). “Since so much of what I wanted to do seemed sort of simple, I bought a moderately good podcasting microphone and actually recorded myself crying for 45 minutes on a sun porch in Cape Cod. A lot of people ask me if the crying is looped, which it is not. I cried for 45 minutes.”
Mirman quickly realized, however, that he needed professional help, and enlisted musicians and longtime friends Christian Cundari and Matthew Savage to record and engineer the album in their Boston studio. “What began as an inquiry, turned into a long, amazing collaboration,” says Mirman. “For the next few years, I’d take the train up to Boston and we’d record, drink, eat authentic Chinese food, record more and edit.”
Conceiving and editing hundreds of sound effects, ringtones, and orgasms was hard work, but also a lot of fun, and highly improvised.
“‘Fuckscape’ came from the fact that there’s a 24-hour soundscape in the elevator at the hotel that I would often stay at when I’d go to Boston to work on this, and I made some joke like ‘I’m going to make a soundscape for fucking,’” says Mirman. “A lot of it was just trying to make friends in the other room who were listening to me record this thing laugh. It’s definitely pretty funny to say that an album features 195 orgasms. I don’t know that I want people to listen to them, and there’s people I definitely want to not be aware that I’ve done this, but I do think it’s funny.”
I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome) will be available on vinyl, digitally and in various atypical physical formats including a run of collectible chairs and robes that play the album.
“One of the things that I’d originally told [Sub Pop A&R head] Tony Kiewel was that I wanted it to come out in all sorts of formats, and by that I meant a chair, a robe, and other objects,” says Mirman. “Basically, in today’s music industry, it makes sense to have it be a chair but not a CD.”
The first LP, the stand-up album itself, features Mirman’s signature sharp, absurd commentary including “The Time I Was Mugged In Mexico With Michael Stipe” and “Not Happy About A Parking Ticket I Got In Portsmouth, NH,” destined to become a classic for repeated listening.
As for what to do with the rest of it, the possibilities are infinite. “If you make a mix you should throw in 10 orgasms or sound effects, and I think you’d be surprised how fun that would be,” says Mirman. “I think it’ll be a spice that people add throughout their lives.”
To quote one of many discarded titles for the album, please enjoy this dumb, weird thing.
Tour Dates
Oct. 30 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House *
Nov. 06 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest 
Nov. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo * ^
Nov. 12 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune * ^
Nov. 13 - Portland, OR - Newmark Theatre *^
Nov. 19 - Boston, MA  - The Paradise * ^
* w/ Derrick Brown
^ w/ Josie Long

Posted by Rachel White