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NEWS : WED, MAR 4, 2020 at 6:57 AM

The Homesick extends its international tour schedule for 2020 with new dates in the U.K., Europe, and North America in support of ‘The Big Exercise’

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[Photo Credit: Sarah Cass]

The Homesick has extended its international touring schedule for 2020 in support of The Big Exercise out now on Sub Pop. The dates, which resume tonight, March 4th in Oberhausen, Germany at Gdanska, now runs through August 25th in Washington, DC at DC9. Highlights for this announcement include new EU/UK dates from April 13th through June 13th and The Homesick’s first-ever North American tour, July 30th through August 25th. Ticket links are here.
Mar. 04 - Oberhausen, DE - Gdanska
Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Mar. 06 - Rotterdam, NL - WORM
Mar. 07 - Utrecht, NL - EKKO
Apr. 18 - Genk, BE - Little Waves Festival
Apr. 19 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
Apr. 20 - Liverpool, UK - Shipping Forecast
Apr. 21 - Leeds, UK - Oporto
Apr. 22 - Brighton, UK - Prince Albert
Apr. 25 - Esch-sur-Alzette, LU - Out of the Crowd Festival
Apr. 26 - Offenbach, DE - Hafen 2
May 02 - Paris, FR - Supersonic
Jun. 13 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
Aug. 03 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset Tavern
Aug. 05 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club
Aug. 06 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Wayfarer
Aug. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Aug. 09 - San Diego, CA - Space Bar
Aug 10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
Aug. 12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk (Inside).
Aug. 13 - Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Gallery
Aug. 14 - Memphis, TN - The Hi-Tone Cafe
Aug. 16 - Chicago, IL - The Beat Kitchen
Aug. 17 - Detroit, MI - Outer Limits Lounge
Aug. 18 - Toronto, ON - The Monarch
Aug. 19 - Montreal, QC - L’ Esco
Aug. 21 - Boston, MA - The Middle East
Aug. 22 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Aug. 23 - Brooklyn, NY - TV Eye
Aug. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
Aug. 25 - Washington, DC - DC9

The Homesick’s The Big Exercise is out now on CD/LP/DL worldwide through Sub Pop. The album, which features the singles “I Celebrate My Fantasy,”  “Male Bonding,” “Kaïn,” and the title track, was produced by the band at Schenk Studio in Amsterdam, mixed by Casper van der Lans, and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).

LP purchases of The Big Exercise through megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers and the Homesick’s shows in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on bright yellow vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, LP purchases of the album in the UK and Europe from select independent retailers and the band’s live shows will receive the limited Loser edition on opaque yellow vinyl (while supplies last).

What “The People” are saying about The Homesick:

“The Homesick like a good tune. Fans of self-possessed art-pop are directed here.” [The Big Exercise, ★★★★] - MOJO

“In my humble opinion though, only a few acts have really transcended local industry mores and enlightened amateurism to make something of truly wider, lasting appeal. And maybe none more so than The Homesick with this record, which should surely sneak through the gates of classic pop heaven.” [The Big Exercise] - The Quietus
“An oddity, a triumph brimming with personality.” [The Big Exercise, ★★★★★] - NARC
“On their first LP for Sub Pop, the Netherlands trio double down on the infectious blend of melodic, whimsical pop and itchy post-punk rhythms laid out on their debut album.” [The Big Exercise] - Uncut

NEWS : TUE, MAR 3, 2020 at 6:57 AM

Watch Corridor’s new video for “Grand cheval,” animated and directed by Chad VanGaalen

International touring extended through August 23rd, w/ SXSW performances March 16th-21st.

Corridor has delivered an official video for “Grand cheval,” directed and animated by Chad VanGaalen, and a standout from Junior, their acclaimed debut of 2019.
Corridor’s Jonathan Robert says of “Grand cheval,” “The song is inspired by a grumpy old man who came to bother us in a park once. He talked about mediocre poetry and philosophies of life while asking us for cigarettes and beers. When we asked him to leave us alone, he became angry, climbed on his high horse (“Grand cheval”) and became this old demagogue belittling the youth.”
And VanGaalen offers this, “I sewed a jacket, pants, and hat to rotoscope myself as this alien gatherer. Everything was drawn onto a malfunctioning 15-year old Cintiq. You can buy them for $20 on eBay, although I wouldn’t recommend it. The music made the snow fall up and not down. No matter what I did on Final Cut, it would always fall up. I filled my body and mind with many ingredients in order to go from monocular to trinocular, now my vision is blurry but my tailored clothing feels amazing. I can’t believe it is finished.”

Corridor Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Corridor has extended its headlining international tour schedule for 2020 in support of Junior which kicks-off this Wednesday, March 4th in Brooklyn at Rough Trade NYC and now ends Sunday, August 23rd in Wales at Green Man Festival. The band will also appear at the 2020 edition of SXSW in Austin, Texas. For more information on tickets, visit Corridor’s Sub Pop tour dates page.

Mar. 04 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC *
Mar. 06 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover
Mar. 07 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub *
Mar. 08 - Tampa, FL - Hooch and Hive *
Mar. 09 - Miami, FL - Gramps *
Mar. 10 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic Nightspot *
Mar. 13 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger *
Mar. 14 - Houston, TX  - Satellite Bar *
Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW/Hotel Vegas (Do512+Strange Brew Party / 6:45 pm)
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW/Lazarus Brewery (Music For Listeners showcase/3 pm)
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW/The Venue ATX Outdoors (Telefilm CAN + Bonsound showcase/9 pm)
Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW/Hotel Vegas (Desert Daze showcase/10:15 pm)
Mar. 19 - Austin, TX - SXSW/Hotel Vegas (Levitation Fest showcase/8 pm)
Mar. 20 - Dallas, TX - Nasher Sculpture
Mar. 21 - Austin, TX - SXSW/Hotel Vegas (Burger Records showcase/2 pm)
Mar. 22 - Hot Springs, AR - VOV Festival *
Mar. 23 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR *
Mar. 24 - Atlanta, GA - 529 *
Mar. 26 - Richmond, VA - Poor Boys *
Apr. 30 - Brussels, BE - Botanique
May 01 - Vlieland, NL - Here Comes The Summer Festival
May 04 - Lille, FR - L’Areonef
May 05 - Mainz, DE - Schon Schon
May 06 - Amiens, FR - La Lune
May 07 - Caen, FR - Le Cargo
May 09 - Utrecht, NL - Ekko
May 11 - Bristol, UK - The Old England
May 12 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
May 13 - London, UK - The Victoria Dalston
May 15 - Nancy, FR - Bon Moment @ Autre Canal
May 16 - Paris, FR - Le Beau Festival
May 17 - Dijon, FR - MV Festival @ Consortium
Jul. 10 - Quebec City, QC - FEQ Festival
Aug. 23 - Brecon Beacon, UK - Green Man Festival
*w/ Deeper

[Photo Credit: Caroline Desilets]

Corridor’s Junior, their Sub Pop debut, is available now on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide through Sub Pop with the exception of Canada through Bonsound. The album was produced by Emmanuel Éthier, engineered by Samuel Gemme, mixed by Éthier and Gemme in Montreal at ReelRoad Studios, and mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering in New York.

LP purchases of Junior through Sub Pop Mega Martselect independent retailers and the band’s live shows in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on Soft-Boiled colored vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, LP purchases of Junior throughout the UK and Europe from select independent retailers and the Corridor’s live shows, will receive the limited Loser edition on Egg Yolk colored vinyl (while supplies last).

NEWS : MON, MAR 2, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Moaning Release New Single “Make It Stop” + Spring Tour Dates Including SXSW

Today, LA’s Moaning have released ”Make It Stop,” the latest single from their anticipated sophomore album, Uneasy LaughterPaste Magazine, who premiered the song (see here) and profiled the band today, is calling it “a return to the partly raucous, partly precise guitars of their first album. Lyrically, however, it’s a dramatic turn from their dejected self-titled-it almost comes off as an inner monologue between lead singer Sean Solomon’s past self and newly improved self.” 

Uneasy Laughter is available for pre-order and due March 20th via Sub Pop.

Of the song, Solomon says “The song is about questioning negative thoughts but struggling to find a solution. Being stuck in your head. There was a period of time where I thought everyone hated me and was out to get me. Now I realize no one actually is putting that much energy into thinking about me at all. Depression can be extremely narcissistic. I encourage people who relate to this song to call someone and ask for help. 

The whole band made a collage for the video. It was really fun piecing different elements together. We also added some extra surprises. The dimensions of the collage are 1920 by 40,000 pixels. It’s a big ass thing!”

Moaning is hitting the road this Spring on a run supporting Black Marble that includes at Austin, TX’s SXSW Music Festival.

3/16-21 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
4/7 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *
4/9 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey *
4/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
4/11 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
4/13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
4/14 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
4/16 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda *
4/17 - Houston, TX @ The Satellite *
4/18 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Company *
4/20 - Albuqueruqe, NM @ Sister *
4/21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
4/22-23 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
5/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent *

* w/ Black Marble

[Album Art Credit: Aaron Jupin (download hi-res)]

Uneasy Laughter will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop right here. LP preorders through and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear w/blue and orange-colored vinyl (while supplies last).

Now’s a very good time to follow Moaning on INSTAGRAM + FACEBOOK + TWITTER.

NEWS : WED, FEB 26, 2020 at 6:57 AM

New Shabazz Palaces ‘The Don of Diamond Dreams’ available worldwide April 17th - Stream lead track “Fast Learner (Ft. Purple Tape Nate)”

Shabazz Palaces new full-length The Don of Diamond Dreams will be available April 17th, 2020 worldwide on Sub Pop. The 10-track album includes the highlights “Fast Learner (ft. Purple Tape Nate),” “Chocolate Souffle,” “Bad Bitch Walking (ft. Stas THEE Boss),” and “Thanking The Girls,” with additional contributions from singer/keyboardist Darrius Willrich, percussionist Carlos Niño, Knife Knights collaborator OCnotes, saxophonist Carlos Overall, and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes.

Stream the lead track “Fast Learner (ft. Purple Tape Nate)” here now.

Shabazz Palaces will tour extensively in 2020 in support of The Don of Diamond Dreams. Live dates will be announced soon.

The Don of Diamond Dreams was recorded throughout 2019 and produced by Shabazz Palaces at Protect and Exalt: A Black Space in Seattle, mixed and engineered by Erik Blood with mixing assistance from Andy Kravitz at Studio 4 Labs in Venice, California, and mastered by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles.

The Don of Diamond Dreams is now available for preorder from Sub Pop.
Preorders of the LP through and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl with a silver swirl (while supplies last). All LP preorders through the Sub Pop Mega Mart will also receive The Mushroom, a 90-page, 8x8 inch zine from the elusive author TTT, inspired by The Don of Diamond Dreams (the book will also be available for purchase at Shabazz Palaces live shows).

[Pictured above: The Mushroom zine]

Meanwhile, LP preorders through select independent retailers in the U.K. and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on sky blue vinyl (also, while supplies last).  There will also be a new T-shirt design available.

Shabazz Palaces
The Don of Diamond Dreams
1. Portal North: Panthera
2. Ad Ventures
3. Fast Learner (ft. Purple Tape Nate)
4. Wet
5. Chocolate Souffle
6. Portal South: Micah
7. Bad Bitch Walking (ft. Stas THEE Boss)
8. Money Yoga (ft. Darrius)
9. Thanking The Girls
10. Reg Walks By The Looking Glass (ft. Carlos Overall)

[Photo Credit: Patrick O’Brien-Smith]

About Shabazz Palaces The Don of Diamond Dreams:
Cruise the city in a night ship, dressed to kill in the Seville. Float down waterfalls and fountains, reclined on some pimp shit. The time zone ghost returns to paint a picture that echoes through infinity. The sun is put to rest, the soliloquy is killer bee. A diamond purpose lying beneath the surface. Nothing is ever what it seems, but forever is the theme. It’s time. Shabazz Palaces are back with yet another classic of divine mathematics design. More dazzling Afrofuturist sutras to illuminate distant constellations with sacred abstractions. Enter The Don of Diamond Dreams, raw and uncut, but glowing with 10,000 karat shine.
If you adhere to the corporeal limitations of space and chronology, it’s been roughly a decade since Shabazz Palaces first shook the ramparts with their debut stylistic revolution, Black Up – which Pitchfork named as one of the Best of the 2010s, hailing it as an “album of impossible vision.” But the project masterminded by vocalist and producer Ishmael Butler has never conformed to gravitational consideration or terrestrial measurement. They are heirs to the astral imagination of Sun Ra and George Clinton, Octavia Butler and Alice Coltrane. If they technically claim residence in Seattle, their sound emanates much closer to Alpha Centauri than Alki Beach.
In his unstinting drive to reimagine hip-hop, Butler remains one of the preeminent visionaries of the last quarter-century. His first album with Digable Planets, Reachin (A New Refutation of Time and Space), nodded at Miles Davis in the first half of its title, but 27 years later, he has become one of the most vaunted inheritors of the trumpet deity’s rarefied legacy – still innovating as he enters his fourth decade as a working musician – splintering, rebuilding, and expanding the possibilities of sound. He has collaborated with like-minded visionaries Flying Lotus and Thundercat, Battles and Animal Collective. While all-timers like Radiohead and Lauryn Hill have invited him to join them on tour.
It remains impossible to accurately describe a Shabazz Palaces album without lapsing into cosmic tropes. Yet sometimes clichés are stand-ins for eternal truths. Therein, The Don of Diamond Dreams embodies a futuristic manifestation of ancient myth, full of robotic vocoder and warped auto-tune, Funkadelic refracted into different dimensions, weird portals and warm nocturnal joy rides alongside the coast (a reflection of it being mixed near the beach in California). The synthesizers are alien but the drums speak a universal language. It is hip-hop, dub, jazz, R&B, soul, funk, African, experimental, and occasionally even pop. But over the course of five albums, Shabazz Palaces have conceived the fluid boundaries of their own one-band genre.
Even though the construction of the album is meticulous, it’s a startling masterpiece of improvisation and instinct. It’s both cerebral and automatic, with Butler jotting down phrases and ideas in his phone and eventually shaping them into amorphous abstract expressionist canvasses. If anything, their latest illustrates Butler’s gift for being a conduit of sounds and experience. It’s partially shaped by his own reflection on being a parent and watching his son, Jazz, become internationally renowned as the artist, Lil Tracy. If you listen closely, you can hear the interplay between father and son, as Butler does what is impossible for most veteran artists: he absorbs the sounds of today’s youth, but filters it through his own fractured lens, spitting back convex poems with wild cadences, freestyling with the wisdom of age and the frenetic passion of someone still trying to show and prove. It’s confident and suffused with the thing that defines almost all great art: the willingness to risk attempting something new.
There is “Ad Ventures,” a shout out to Butler’s crew, The Black Constellation. The beat operates like a melodic free jazz hymn, with Ish boasting about Ethiopian carats and watching lakes from a theological terrace. It’s an imagistic rendering of their tours through Europe in sprinter vans, blitzing from place to place and absorbing every detail. Featuring Purple Tape Nate, “Fast Learner” offers odd splendor, spoken word reveries and flexes that wriggle through a wrinkle in time. The synthesizers sound like New Age from the 37th century crossed with 90s R&B, the drums are slow and seething. On top of that, Butler laid a guitar line down and auto-tune harmonies that instantiate the feeling of driving along PCH at night.
“Wet” is a freestyle of sorts with Ish offering his own twist on contemporary rap cadences but making it sound like an underwater Atlantis symphony. There are Based God shoutouts and fuzzy guitars that wouldn’t sound out of place on an Ariel Pink album. “Chocolate Souffle” is some god-level shit-talking in the way that only Butler could do: replete with Maurice Chevalier allusions and admissions of being an “elitist at the zenith of slick demeanor.” While “Thanking the Girls” might be the most poignant song in the Shabazz catalog, a song that acknowledges the myriad positive ways in which women have shaped Butler’s life. The second verse is dedicated to his two daughters and the pride which they engender. Of course, this is a Shabazz Palaces song so the beat sounds like a riff on Panda Bear distilled through a bent futuristic boom-bap prism.
In some respects, it’s difficult to consider the possibility that this might be the best Shabazz Palaces album yet. Very few musicians have ever peaked in their fifth decade on earth, but whoever said they were actually from earth? It’s wrong to say that Shabazz Palaces have gone beyond the looking glass. This time they’ve shattered it entirely and created a brilliant new universe in each one of the shards.

NEWS : MON, FEB 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Sub Pop Singles Club News: Vol 4 tracks from Kikagaku Moyo and Terry now in DSPs - New artists announced for upcoming Vol 5 Series

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Redd Kross, Julia Jacklin, Guerilla Toss added to the upcoming Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 5 series, now open for subscriptions over here.

Two new singles from the Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 4 are now available on all digital music services. 

Japanese psychedelic rock group Kikagaku Moyo present a stunning, hypnotic cover of the traditional folk song “Gypsy Davey,” as arranged by Sandy Denny’s band Fotheringay in 1970, backed with a new, original song called “Mushi No Uta.” Both tracks were recorded in 2019 at Wilton Way Studio in London, and the single features cover art by Portland, OR artist Hailee Va

About Kikagaku Moyo:
Kikagaku Moyo started in the summer of 2012 busking on the streets of Tokyo. Though the band started as a free music collective, it quickly evolved into a tight group of multi-instrumentalists. Kikagaku Moyo call their sound psychedelic because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence. Their music incorporates elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, Traditional Folk, and 70s Rock. Most importantly their music is about freedom of the mind and body and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present. Improvisation is a key element to their sound. Go & Tomo run their own record label Guruguru Brain currently based in Amsterdam. Guruguru Brain has released about 10 artists from Asia including Kikagaku Moyo since 2014.


Australian post-punk/pop quartet Terry – featuring members of Total Control, Constant Mongrel, Primo, and more – present two new originals: the catchy-as-hell A side “Take the Cellphone,” recorded by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control), and the self-recorded instrumental B side “Debt and Deficit Disaster.” The vinyl versions of both bands’ singles were limited to 1000 copies, and were only available to subscribers of the Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 4.

About Terry:
Terry is a band from Australia. Divide Terry in half and you split the genders, into quarters and you get Amy Hill (also of Constant Mongrel, School Of Radiant Living, Primo), Xanthe Waite (Primo), Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell St Bombings) and Al Montfort (UV Race, Dick Diver, Total Control). Guitars, bass, drums, all four sing. Terry are busy people and Terry is a particularly active project too, having released three EPs, three albums and conducted three European tours with the help of London’s Upset! The Rhythm before having a crack at the American market with this spiffy single for Sub Pop subscribers.

Vol. 5 of the Sub Pop Singles Club, which runs April, 2020 through February, 2021, is currently open for subscriptions, and we are excited to announce that acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Julian Jacklin, glam/punk/pop/psych-rock legends Redd Kross, and art-rockers Guerilla Toss will be included in the series alongside previously announced artists Father John MistyOhmmeSumacY La BambaClarke and the HimselfsL.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational CorporationTEKE::TEKE, and more TBA. Subscribers to Vol. 5 will also get a sharp-looking box in which they can store their singles. We strongly advise interested parties to subscribe now before we sell out (of subscriptions; the other kind of selling out happened long ago).
About the Sub Pop Singles Club
Intermittently, since 1988, Sub Pop has roped artists into letting us release a couple of their songs on the 7” vinyl format, resulting in releases by Nirvana, Soundgarden, L7, The White Stripes, Bright Eyes, and a ton more. We then shipped these singles to people who had the forethought to subscribe, in advance, to the Singles Club. Many of these singles have since become very rare and sought-after. (Ok, so a few haven’t, but who’s counting?) Most recently, we somehow pulled off the Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 4, running from April 2019-February 2020 (and totally closed for subscriptions since February, so don’t ask!). You can hear many of the past Singles Club releases via the Sub Pop Singles Club Playlist.
The Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 5 will keep this fine tradition of excellent new music and logistical headaches going for yet another year. These singles are one-time, limited pressings with exclusive tracks by each artist. Subscribe now or assuredly regret later!
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NEWS : MON, FEB 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Orville Peck Shares “Queen of the Rodeo” Music Video

The official music video for Orville Peck’s “Queen of the Rodeo” is premiering today. Directed by Austin Peters (Haim, Chvrches, Bastille), the video also features a special interlude version of Peck’s song “Roses Are Falling.” 

Both songs come from Peck’s critically acclaimed debut album Pony, out now on Sub Pop Records. In celebration of the album, Peck will continue his extensive U.S. tour this spring including stops at Seattle’s Showbox, San Francisco’s The Independent, Las Vegas’ Brooklyn Bowl, San Diego’s Humphrey’s and New Orleans’ Music Box Theatre among several others. Peck will also perform at both Coachella and Stagecoach festivals this spring, one of the select few artists performing at both events. Tickets for these shows are on-sale now via