Watch Strange Wilds
’ new video for “Disdain”
, one of the standouts from Subjective Concepts
. The new video, directed by the unknown entity known only as Yomamma, marries performance footage with a story that revolves around the strange habits of a rogue police officer.
Brooklyn Vegan had this to say about the visual: “It follows a young cop who is clearly on a power-trip of self destruction of the Harvey Keitel variety, albeit in a comic way (see video premiere October 22nd).”
Strange Wilds continues their North American tour in support of their debut album, Subjective Concepts, with a show tonight, October 22 in Providence, RI at Aurora. The tour goes until November 21st, and takes the band throughout the continental U.S. (tour details below).
Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts is available now in all your favorite formats via the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who order the LP version of Subjective Concepts from megamart.subpop.com and Bandcamp will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on white vinyl (while supplies last).
[Photo credit: Che Hise Gattone]
Oct. 22 - Providence, RI - Aurora
Oct. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
Oct. 24 - Washington, DC - The (sea) Lab
Oct. 26 - RIchmond, VA - Strange Matter
Oct. 27 - Asheville, NC - Tiger Mountain
Oct. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
Oct. 30 - Miami, FL - Kill Your Idol
Oct. 31 - Gainesville, FL - Fest 14 / The Atlantic
Nov. 01 - Jacksonville, FL - Rain Dogs
Nov. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
Nov. 03 - Houston, TX - Walter’s Downtown
Nov. 04 - Austin, TX - Beerland
Nov. 06 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
Nov. 08 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
Nov. 09 - Fullerton, CA - Continental Room
Nov. 10 - El Centro, CA - Strangers
Nov. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - All Star Lanes
Nov. 12 - Bakersfield, CA - Temblor Brewing Company
Nov. 13 - Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4 Go Records
Nov. 14 - Santa Rosa, CA - Atlas Coffee Company
Nov. 16 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project
Nov. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records
Nov. 18 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
Nov. 19 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
Nov. 20 - Tacoma, WA - Real Art
Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA - The Highline
Please join us in welcoming Chicago’s Cullen Omori to the Sub Pop Family! Cullen and Sub Pop have signed a worldwide deal to release his debut LP in 2016.
Cullen, at the tender age of 25 is back from the post-buzz-band abyss of the now defunct Smith Westerns. The singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist began writing solo material in early 2014. While his former project synthesized familiar rock of years past (T Rex, Bowie), Cullen builds upon his own musical past and reaches 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 both immediate and begging to be reinterpreted again and again.
Cullen will make his live debut headlining a hometown show next Friday, October 30th at Schuba’s. The Chicago Reader recently interviewed him about the forthcoming performance, his recent signing to the label, and more (view here).
|Photo credit: Alexa Lopez|
On January 22nd, Shearwater
will release Jet Plane and Oxbow
, their new full-length studio album. Featuring highlights “Quiet Americans” and “Only Child”, the album was produced by Danny Reisch at studios in Austin and Los Angeles, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (see Pitchfork
news story October 20th).
This is definitely Shearwater’s biggest and loudest record—it’s easy to imagine these songs roaring from the stage—but it’s also their most detailed and intricate one. Front man Jonathan Meiburg and producer/engineer Reisch (who also recorded 2012’s Animal Joyand the off-the-cuff collaborations of 2014’s Fellow Travelers) spent two years crafting Jet Plane and Oxbow with help from drummer Cully Symington, longtime Shearwater associates Howard Draper and Lucas Oswald, and tourmates Jesca Hoop, Abram Shook, and Jenn Wasner.
But their secret weapon this time is film composer and percussionist Brian Reitzell, whose soundtracks include The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, The Bling Ring, and 30 Days of Night. Reitzell’s arsenal of strange instruments emphasizes Jet Plane and Oxbow’s cinematic depth and scope, and reflects the band’s choice to anchor the record in the era when digital technology was just beginning to transform the world of recorded music. In Shearwater’s hands this doesn’t feel like nostalgia; the racing synths and hammered dulcimers of heart-pounding opener “Prime” or the addled motorik of “Radio Silence” sound more like a metaphor for our own bewildering moment. (For a full bio, along with a conversation between famed music journalist Michael Azerrad & Shearwater frontman Meiburg, read here).
Shearwater will begin their 2016 tour in February with three warm-up dates in Texas and New York before heading to Europe for the rest of the month. (Full schedule below). A further North American tour will also be announced soon.
Jet Plane and Oxbow is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser” edition on blue colored vinyl while supplies last.
Additionally, when you preorder Jet Plane and Oxbow you’ll get access to stream the album before its street date, and provide access to an exclusive Shearwater podcast, “Headwaters,” which features demos and outtakes from the new record and a conversation between Meiburg and WNYC’s John Schaefer (host of “New Sounds”).
“It’s like joining us on an expedition,” Meiburg says of the podcast, only half in jest. Along the way, he and Schaefer listen to field recordings of howler monkeys, musician wrens, and other strange creatures from remote parts of Guyana and Brazil, and they talk about everything from the ideas and influences that fed the new album to David Bowie’s idea of “social protest music”, the fearsome teeth of the vampire fish, and the last days of Lawrence of Arabia. Shearwater’s longtime fans won’t be surprised by Meiburg’s wide-ranging interests, but new listeners will enjoy meeting an unlikely front man who seems to be part rock star, part David Attenborough.
Feb. 03 - Austin, TX - North Door
Feb. 04 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Feb. 06 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Feb. 10 - Berlin, DE - Frannz Club
Feb. 11 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Feb. 12 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow
Feb. 13 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord
Feb. 14 - Brussels. BE - Botanique
Feb. 16 - Lille, FR - Aeronef
Feb. 17 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Feb. 18 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
Feb. 19 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club
Feb. 20 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
Feb. 21 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
Feb. 23 - Dublin, IE - Button Factory
Feb. 24 - Manchester , UK - Night & Day
Feb. 25 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Feb. 26 - Paris FR, - Point Ephémère
Feb. 27 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F
Feb. 28 - Fribourg, CH - Nouveau Monde
Overheard at the Sub Pop Airport Store:
Now that I live and breathe Sub Pop at the airport, it’s easy for me to lose sight of the fact that, for many travelers, their first introduction to the record label is wandering accidentally into our store.
While we are quite accustomed to hearing statements like, “This is the best store ever!” sometimes we overhear observations, or are asked questions, that very much help keep us grounded. I recently asked my fellow employees for any funny quotes that they have overheard lately. Here’s a small sampling of some of the stranger things that are spoken at the store:
“These SUB POP shirts all look like the Sublime logo.”
“So, is this like, Seattle’s Abercrombie?”
“Sub Pop must be some kind of local soda company.”
“This is a store for teenyboppers.”
“I don’t know what Sub Pop is, but I like it.”
“Why does this say LOSER?”
“A record store in the airport. Oh my god, this is so Seattle.”
“Man, Sub Pop used to be anti-culture.”
“Oh yeah, Sub Pop is Dave Grohl’s recording studio.”
“This is weirdly awesome.”
“I’m about to spend all my money and I haven’t even left the airport yet.”
“This is a little ridiculous. They should have a store in the worst alley of Seattle, not the airport.”
“Who are all these people?”
“Can you take my photo for your wall?
“Why don’t you have the Chili Peppers on here?”
“Whoa! Check out these tiny records.”
“Are these really vinyls back here? New ones?”
“What do you play records on nowadays?”
“Why are you buying records here? You don’t even have a record player…”
“I respect what’s going on in here, but they need some better stuff, like O.A.R. or Janis Joplin.”
“Wait. Is Nirvana from Seattle?”
“Is this a mouse pad?”
“Let’s go. This store is just filled with crap that says ‘Sub Pop.’”
Beach House have announced the first round of 2016 tour dates for North America in support of Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry. The trek begins February 29th in Cleveland at House of Blues and ends March 18th in Philadelphia at Union Transfer. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 23rd. (details below)
Beach House’s 2015 tour resumes on October 24th at Belfast’s Mandela Hall and their 2015 dates end with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore.
And last week, Beach House performed “One Thing” from Thank Your Lucky Stars on the release date for the album, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch that performance here.
Additionally, Beach House have scheduled a Reddit AMA for Tuesday, October 20th at 2pm EDT.
Thank Your Lucky Stars is now available to stream here, and is available for purchase in North America through Sub Pop Mega Mart, Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. LP and digital copies of the album are available through all DSPs and your local record stores, with the CD version following on Friday, October 30th. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will also receive the limited “Loser” edition on green vinyl (while supplies last).
Depression Cherry is also available in North America from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.
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Tour Dates 2015
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
Oct. 31 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB [Sold Out]
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 [Sold Out]
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega [Sold Out]
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 [Sold Out]
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]
Feb. 29 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Mar. 01 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Mar. 05 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
Mar. 09 - Montreal, QC - Rialto Theatre
Mar. 11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Mar. 14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Mar. 15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Mar. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer