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THU, MAR 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM

The Gotobeds share first track “Real Maths/Too Much” off upcoming LP ‘BLOOD // SUGAR // SECS // TRAFFIC’

Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds will release their new album, BLOOD // SUGAR // SECS // TRAFFIC, on CD/LP/DL/CASS worldwide June 10th on Sub Pop. The 11-track album, featuring the brazen lead single “Real Maths/Too Much,” was produced the band and Matt Schor in their friend My War Matt’s basement, and mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering. 

The Gotobeds BLOOD // SUGAR // SECS // TRAFFIC is conveniently available for preorder now at Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp and independent retailers near you. Worth noting: LP preorders at the Mega Mart will receive the limited “Loser” edition on baby poop yellow, while supplies last. 
The Gotobeds have scheduled a show preceding the release of BLOOD // SUGAR // SECS // TRAFFIC on April 30th in Columbus, OH at Big Room Bar. More live dates will be announced soon, stay tuned. 

Posted by Alissa Atkins

NEWS : WED, MAR 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Listen to Arbor Labor Union’s “Belief’d” From I Hear You (via Brooklyn Vegan)

Arbor Labor Union has announced a U.S. tour in support of their upcoming album, I Hear You, and has made a new track off the album, “Belief’d” available today via Brooklyn Vegan.  

I Hear You is set for worldwide release May 13th on CD/LP/DL/CASS through Sub Pop and is available for preorder now Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp and independent retailers near you. LP preorders via will receive the limited “Loser” edition on pink vinyl.

Arbor Labor Union Tour Dates
May 14 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
May 15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Back Room
May 16 - Washington, DC -  DC9
May 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
May 19 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
May 20 - Cambridge, MA - Club Bohemia
May 21 - Buffalo, NY - The Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom
May 22 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
May 24 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
May 25 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
May 26 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
May 27 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
May 28 - Omaha, NE - Milk Run
May 29 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge
May 31 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Jun. 02 - Nampa, ID - Flying M Coffee
Jun. 03 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
Jun. 04 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Jun. 06 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
Jun. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
Jun. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Hi-Fi
Jun. 10 - San Diego, CA - Hideout
Jun. 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Jun. 13 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
Jun. 14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Jun. 15 - Houston, TX - Rudyard’s
Jun. 17 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt

Posted by Alissa Atkins

NEWS : MON, MAR 21, 2016 at 8:05 AM

No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store (March 2016)

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Maybe you woke up

today and thought: “At last, it’s

World Poetry Day.”

A special day that

I didn’t know existed

until recently.

Now it’s spring-time at

the airport, with many new

great albums for sale.

A perfect time to

express ourselves and stir you

to buy some stuff here.

To commemorate

this occasion, I asked the

store to write haiku

inspired by the

Danny Bland book of haiku.

So, please enjoy this

jaunt into haiku.

But don’t worry. We plan on

keeping our day jobs.


Shearwater’s protest

flies towards the horizon; lush

powerful, and grand.

He was good as gone

Subconscious day dreamer

Pay him no bother

Mass Gothic’s New York

City nights shine bright, a life

of vast excitement

You nearly killed me

With a tomato plant now

Let’s toast to spring break

Red pill or blue pill?

So Pitted’s Neo sees both

palms melt to acid

Talking to myself

Some things are better off not said

Hungry for a bed

What emanates from

those Gazebos? Whoas or woes?

A dizzy allure

Fuck you Spring. Fuck you

wet dream and fuck you rainbow

over my dead bod.

West coast psych spells spout

from Heron Oblivion’s

tall molten spires

Come to here; products

various music, shirt, disc

option. Next time, yes?

A new career here

Dark pop’s frontier future. Now,

that is Omori

What’s in a haiku?

Feelings wrought in syllables

and lessons to learn.

Posted by Jackson Hathorn

NEWS : TUE, MAR 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Sub Pop vs SXSW 2016

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This Friday, March 18th, the highly-trained music industry professionals from Sub Pop Records will host “Back by Zero Demand,” our 2016 SXSW showcase at The Blackheart in Austin. Featuring performances from Mass GothicCullen OmoriSo PittedArbor Labor UnionPorter Ray, and Strange Wilds. This showcase is 21+/doors at 7:30pm.

86 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
1am: Mass Gothic
12am: Cullen Omori
11pm:  So Pitted
10pm: Arbor Labor Union
9pm:  Porter Ray
8pm: Strange Wilds
You can also find our entire artist schedule (which includes Arbor Labor Union, Cullen Omori, Kristin Kontrol, Mass Gothic, No Age, So Pitted, and Strange Wilds) below:
Tuesday March 15th
Kristin Kontrol
6pm  - 7:35pm
SXSW Official Opening Party (DJ set)
Maggie Maes @ 323 E. 6th St.
So Pitted
Long Branch Inn @ 1133 E. 11th St.

Wednesday March 16th
Cullen Omori
Waterloo Day Party
Waterloo Records @ 600A N. Lamar Blvd.
Mass Gothic
Under the Radar Evening Showcase
Central Presbyterian Church @ 200 E. 8th St.
Kristin Kontrol
10pm -11:15 pm
Jansport x  Noisey Bonfire Series (DJ Set)
Cheer Up Charlies  @ 900 Red River St.

Thursday March 17th
Kristin Kontrol
11 am-12:30pm
SESAC Brunch (DJ Set)
The Driskill Hotel @ 604 Brazos St.
Mass Gothic
Buffalo Billiards (Front room) @ 201 E. 6th St.
Cullen Omori
Under the Radar Day Party
Flamingo Cantina @ 515 E. 6th St.
So Pitted
7pm-10pm (Time TBD)
ANON Magazine Party
Diverse Arts @ 1106 E. 11th St.
Kristin Kontrol
10:30pm-11pm + 12:30am-1am
Hype Hotel x Gorilla vs. Bear (DJ Set)
Hype Hotel (aka Fair Market Bldg.) @ 1100 E. 5th St (at Waller St)
Cullen Omori
Paradigm Showcase
The Parish @ 214 E. 6th St.

Friday March 18th
Arbor Labor Union
Urban Outfitters Day Party
Space 24 Twenty (behind store) @ 2406 Guadalupe St.
Cullen Omori
Cameo Gallery X Hotel Vegas Unofficial Showcase
Hotel Vegas Annex @ 1504 E. 6th St.
So Pitted
She Shreds Day Party
Studium @ 2108 Rosewood Ave.
Mass Gothic
3pm - 3:45pm
Waterloo Records Day Party
Waterloo Records @ 600A N. Lamar Blvd.
So Pitted
House Show
9402 Rowlands Sayle Rd.
Sub Pop “Back by Zero Demand” Showcase
(Strange Wilds, Arbor Labor Union, Porter Ray, So Pitted, Cullen Omori, Mass Gothic)
7:30pm - 2am
Blackheart Bar @ 86 Rainey St.

Saturday March 19th
So Pitted
FLOOD Magazine Day Party
Cedar Street Courtyard @ 208 W 4th St
So Pitted
Beeswax Booking & Hive Mind PR Day Party
Wonderland @ 1104 E 6th St.
Cullen Omori
Urban Outfitters Day Party
Space 24 Twenty (behind store) @ 2406 Guadalupe St.
No Age
House of Vans Day Party
The Mohawk @ 912 Red River St.

Sunday March 20th
So Pitted
Beerland @ 711 Red River St.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, MAR 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Listen To Cullen Omori’s Debut Album ‘New Misery’ A Week Early via Stereogum

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Cullen Omori’s debut album New Misery comes out next Friday, March 18th, but you can listen to the album in it’s entirety right now via Stereogum.

Stereogum says of the album, “With its romantic melodies, delicate lyrics, and dreamy sounds, New Misery radiates the warmth of a spring day and the enamored freshness of a new love…In songs like “And Yet The World Still Turns” and “Synthetic Romance,” Omori’s pristine voice shimmers over elaborate synths and profound keys, capturing his developed pop sound. Meanwhile, songs like “LOM” and “No Big Deal” feature a danceable guitar that bleeds and blends, creating impressive, twinkling rhythms (see album premiere March 11th).”

Earlier this week, Cullen Omori also shared “Synthetic Romance” from New Misery.  i-D says of the track, “The enigmatic frontman’s taste for bubblegum pop (and just regular bubble gum) has resulted in a standout clutch of solo tracks that he can truly call his own (see track premiere March 8th).”

Omori began working on solo material in early 2014 which has now fully materialized as New Misery, a collection of 11 songs building upon his own musical past while reaching towards the future of what guitar rock could be. His songs marry dark yet blissful pop with vocal melodies and hooks that are at once immediate yet demand to be heard again and again.

Cullen Omori’s previously announce spring tour schedule in support of New Misery resumes March 14th in Columbia, MO at Rose Hall and currently ends April 24th in Toronto, ON at Horseshoe Tavern.He’s also appear at the 2016 edition of SXSW in Austin, Texas (March 16t-19th).  Complete tour dates are below.

New Misery will be available on CD / LP / DL / CASS worldwide next Friday, March 18th, and you can pre-order it now through Sub Pop Mega MartiTunesGoogle PlayAmazon and Bandcamp. LP pre-orders though will receive the limited “Loser” edition on clear vinyl with black, white and gold swirls (while supplies last).

More on Cullen Omori:
“I had this overwhelming feeling that perhaps the apex of my life both as a musician and as an individual would be relegated to five years in my late teens/early 20s,” says Cullen Omori, who was launched into the music industry when the Smith Westerns, who started in high school in Chicago, became fast-rising indie stars. “This fear really forced me to work hard as to not see the Smith Westerns as an end but as a point along a bigger trajectory.”

While New Misery grew out of a difficult personal and professional time for Omori, he says the title reflects “not so much the distress that comes with failure, but the troubles and complexities that come with any type of success. No matter what you get you’re going to want more, you’re going to want something different. That’s the catch.”

The title track is a dreamy, resonant reflection on these feelings, but is also a guidepost for Omori’s musical evolution. “The song starts slow and then builds with two solos,” he says. “There’s the guitar solo which is very much a Smith Westerns thing. The next solo is on the keyboard, which is a shift to a lot of what I’m trying to do.” Synths play a much larger role in Omori’s new music than in the Smith Westerns’ guitar-fueled rock, as do a wide range of influences including Roxy Music, INXS, Spiritualized, Wilco, Garbage, Hall & Oates, Kate Bush, U2, and Sparks. There’s also a more deliberate pop streak, inspired by the top-40 radio that would play while Omori worked at a medical supply company cleaning stretchers and wheelchairs (read more at Sub Pop).”

What people are saying about Cullen Omori:
“Shimmering beauty” [“Cinnamon”/ “New Music of the Day”] - NME

“It’s bittersweet, blissful pop with an ’80s hue - vocal melodies and hooks that are at once immediate yet demand to be heard again and again. Job well done, Cullen.” [“Cinnamon”] - The 405

“Sour Silk” is the combination of sounds you weren’t sure could be mixed, blended into a song that sounds both effortless and endlessly faceted.” [“Sour Silk”] - Stereogum

“His songs marry dark yet blissful pop with vocal melodies and hooks that are at once immediate yet demand to be heard again and again.” [“Sour Silk”] - Northern Transmissions

“Led by dreamy, glimmering guitars, it takes Smith Westerns’ knack for a poppy hook to the next level.” [“Cinnamon”] - Consequence of Sound

Tour Dates
Mar. 14 - Columbia, MO - Rose Hall
Mar. 15 - Norman, OK - Opolis
Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW - Waterloo Records Day Party (4pm)
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW - Under The Radar Day Party / Flamingo Cantina (1:35pm)
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW - Paradigm Showcase / The Parish (midnight)
Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW - Sub Pop Showcase / Blackheart Bar (midnight)
Mar. 19- Austin, TX - SXSW - Urban Outfitters Day Party (4pm)
Mar. 24 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall*
Mar. 25 - Madison, WI - High Noon*
Mar. 26 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry*
Mar. 28 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*
Mar. 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge*
Mar. 30 - Boise, ID - Neurolux*
Apr. 01 - Seattle, WA - Barboza*
Apr. 02 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club*
Apr. 03 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir*
Apr. 05 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent*
Apr. 07 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom*
Apr. 08 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
Apr. 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar*
Apr. 11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Jr*
Apr. 12 - Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar*
Apr. 13 - Houston, TX - Raven Tower*
Apr. 15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
Apr. 16 - Nashville, TN - High Watt*
Apr. 17 - Columbus, OH - The Basement*
Apr. 18 - Washington, DC - DC9*
Apr. 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle*
Apr. 21 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*
Apr. 22 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
Apr. 23 - Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange*
Apr. 24 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern*
*w/ Living Hour

Tour ticket links are here.

Posted by Rachel White