I’m writing to you with a heavy heart, as I must announce that this will be my final installment of the No Fly List blog. By the time you read this, I will be moving my life from Seattle, Washington, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Sometimes I think only a real idiot would leave behind a Corporate Associate position at Sub Pop Records, but the siren call of zydeco and drum buddies is too strong for me to resist.
I’ve been humbled by the many accolades that the No Fly List has received under my stewardship, including “The Only Airport Record Store Blog,” “Most Punctual Monthly Column on SubPop.Com,” and “Best Display of Crass Marketing Disguised as Blogging.” However, as I move on from my Internet throne, the No Fly List will live on, and I am excited to see what other folks from the airport store do with this blog. So stay tuned and get your eyeballs ready for some #fresh #original #authentic #curated #airportstore #blog #content next month.
I would like to use my last blog to air some final grievances and address all my personal vendettas list some of the things I will miss about working at the Sub Pop Airport store.
-The way that ’Sub Pop’ rolls off the tongues of people who are saying it for the first time in their lives. Sometimes their inflection drags on the “B,” and then emphasizes the second vowel so much it turns into an onomatopoeia, making a noise like “subbbbb POP.” For others, it’s more of a questioning, high rising intonation (a.k.a., that thing? Where all your sentences? Sound like questions?) which sounds like “Sup? Pod?”
-The people who desperately want to refold a stack of shirts that they’ve messed up, but just end up making it look worse and harder to fix. I usually try to say something like “I’m a professional shirt folder, you can mess up all the shirts you want, please don’t feel obligated to refold them.” But they try to be helpful anyway, and I love them dearly for this.
-The mystery person(s) that tried to steal our polaroid of (two members of) The 1975, and made us use a bunch of staples to keep it attached to the wall:
-The following people who were gracious enough to let me fumble my way around photographing them for our store’s polaroid wall: Elvis Costello, Nardwuar, Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster, Jonathan Meiburg, and David Hinds.
-The following people who I met but was not able to photograph at the store, for a litany of reasons, but all seemed very nice: Dan Boeckner, Jemaine Clement, Randy Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jason Schwartzman, Noel Gallagher, John Curley, and Eric Kretz.
-Adults who put on our child’s-size-only bucket hats. I usually don’t have the heart to burst their bubble, when I know they’re only trying to copy their favorite band’s look.
-The man who saw our “Spanning the Globe for Profit” shirt, and with venom in his eyes, asked me if our company was like Wal-Mart or Halliburton. When I told him we are a medium-sized independent record label with a cheeky sense of humor, he countered with “Well, but do you make the world a better place?” and stormed off before I could launch into some of the things that have made me incredibly proud to work here. (Just kidding, I won’t miss that asshole at all.)
-Everyone who makes Sub Pop the best place to work. This includes my fellow coworkers, the many fans who continue to be psyched to see Sub Pop at the airport, the many more people who have no idea what the hell Sub Pop is (but are open and enthused to learn more about it), and if you’re reading this, YOU.
This past Friday, Beach House appeared on Charlie Rose on PBS. The group sat for an in-depth interview and performed “Rough Song” and “The Traveller” from their latest release Thank Your Lucky Stars. In case you missed it, you can now watch here.
Beach House’s previously announced tour schedule in support of Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry is underway with a show tonight, Tuesday, August 9th in Spokane at Knitting Factory and runs through November 4th-6th in Austin at Sound on Sound Festival. Highlights for the trek include: a club and theatre tour August 8th-26th; FYF in Los Angeles on August 28th; And Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh on September 9th. Please find a full list of tour dates below.
Beach House recently delivered an official video for “The Traveller,” from Thank Your Lucky Stars. The new visual was directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford can be viewed right here.
Tour Dates + Ticket Links Aug. 09 - Spokane, Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory* Aug. 10 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater* Aug. 12 - Sioux Falls, ID - The District* Aug. 13 - Eau Claire, WI - Eaux Claires Music Festival Aug. 16 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre* Aug. 17 - Louisville, KY - Headliner’s Music Hall* Aug. 19 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note* Aug. 20 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater* Aug. 22 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater* Aug. 24 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues* Aug. 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Theater at Ace Hotel* Aug. 28 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest Sep. 09 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival Nov. 04 - Austin, TX - Sound On Sound Festival Nov. 05 - Austin, TX - Sound On Sound Festival Nov. 06 - Austin, TX - Sound On Sound Festival *w/ Entrance
Great news! “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” has expanded, with the group scheduling new shows in Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and a return to Los Angeles, this October. (Tickets for all October shows go on sale Friday, August 12th at 10am local time.) These dates are hot on the heels of Flight of the Conchords sold-out summer run, playing to over 100k fans in amphitheaters across the country, this past June, and July.
Newly added performances include Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in Houston on October 25th, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas on October 26th, and a rescheduled Phoenix show at Comerica Theatre on October 28th (tickets purchased for the July 3rd show will be honored). October dates can be found below.
In further exciting news, Flight of the Conchords will also headline Tenacious D’s fourth annual Festival Supreme in Los Angeles on October 29th performing alongside Weird Al Yankovic, Sarah Silverman, Mac De Marco, Patton Oswalt, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, and Will Forte.
The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour,” is their first since co-headlining 2013’s “Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour.” The Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo has new material in the works, which they’ll showcase exclusively at these performances.
The duo was also the subject of a recent New York Times “Sunday Arts Feature,” which you can read in full here.
Tour Dates Oct. 25 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion Oct. 26 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie Oct. 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre Oct. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Festival Supreme (Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds)
Mass Gothic’s brand new 5-song Sup Goth digital EP is available today, and was recorded in New York this past spring, shortly after the release of their superb Sub Pop debut, Mass Gothic.
Where the group’s self-titled debut chronicled the depths of depression, Sup Goth is the resulting catharsis. The EP is a collaboration between Noel Heroux and partner / bandmate Jessica Zambri, and marks the first Mass Gothic recording the pair have completed together [Listen to the full EP here].
[Photo Credit : Shawn Brackbill]
Mass Gothic have extended their 2016 tour schedule supporting Sup Goth and their self-titled LP. The dates begin August 10th in Allston, MA at Great Scott and now end September 24th in Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right. Along the way, Mass Gothic will support label mates Kyle Craft (August 10-13) and Morgan Delt (September 14th-24th). (Dates below.)
Mass Gothic is currently available on CD / LP / DL / CASS everywhere fine records are sold, and right over here.
Tour Dates + Ticket Links Aug. 10 - Allston, MA - Great Scott* Aug. 11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge* Aug. 12 - Washington, DC - DC9* Aug. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle* Sep. 14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle** Sep. 15 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory** Sep. 16 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar Room ** Sep. 17 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz ** Sep. 20 - Washington, DC - DC9** Sep. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle** Sep. 23 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East ** Sep. 24 - Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY ** * w/ Kyle Craft ** w/ Morgan Delt
Beam says of ‘Milky Way”: “It was the first song we started working on together and it’s my very favorite melody of the bunch.”
[Photo Credit: Josh Wool]
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop will embark on a European tour in support of Love Letter For Fire and the new single which begins August 28th in Edinburgh, UK with an appearance at the Edinburgh International Festival and ends September 11th in Amsterdam, NL at De Duif. (Dates below.)
The duo recently visited NPR Music to perform a Tiny Desk Concert including Love Letter For Fire tracks “Sailor To Siren,” “Every Songbird Says,” and “Know The Wild That Wants You.” [watch here].
Love Letter for Fire is currently available on CD / LP / DL / CASS worldwide from Sub Pop/Black Cricket Recording Co. [link here].
Aug. 28 - Edinburgh, UK - The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival Aug. 29 - Bangor, UK - Marine Court Hotel, Open House Festival Aug. 30 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre Aug. 31 - Manchester, UK - Royal Northern College of Music Sep. 01 - London, UK - Union Chapel Sep. 03 - Salisbury, Larmer Tree Gardens, UK - End of the Road Festival Sep. 04 - Birmingham, UK - Moseley Folk Festival Sep. 07 - Berlin, DE - Passionskirche Sep. 08 - Cologne, DE - Kulturkirche Sep. 09 - Brussels, BE - Botanique-Orangerie Sep. 10 - Groningen, NL - Take Root Festival Sep. 11 - Amsterdam, NL - De Duif