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NEWS : WED, AUG 28, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Corridor Will Release ‘Junior’ on October 18th, 2019. Now Watch Their Incredible, Animated New Video for Lead Track, “Topographe”

Updated international tour dates October 23rd -December 13th, 2019.

Montreal’s Corridor will release Junior, their Sub Pop debut, on CD/LP/DL/CS October 18th, 2019 worldwide through Sub Pop with the exception of Canada through Bonsound. With Junior, the group make the most dazzling, immediate and inventive album of their young career: 39 minutes of darting and dodging guitars, spiraling vocal harmonies, and the complicated, goldenrod nostalgia of a Sunday mid-afternoon. The album features the singles “Topographe,” “Grand Cheval,” “Pow,” “Domino” and the title track, and 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.

You can now watch the new Monty Python-esque animated video for “Topographe,” which stars the band themselves. Corridor’s Jonathan Robert directed the visual and had this to say, “While I’ve explored and mixed many different techniques in my past music videos, it’s the first time that I took the process this far, blending all of them together in one place. It’s a melting pot of stop motion, green screen, illustration, animation, collage, and live video. It’s the visual equivalent of the progression of the song, a simple idea that takes amplitude through repetition.”





Corridor Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Corridor has extended its international tour schedule in support ofJunior, which span October 23rd in Philadelphia at Boot & Saddle and currently end December 13th in Los Angeles at Morrocan Lounge. New highlights for this time frame include: Brooklyn’s Union Pool (October 24th); Nyon, Switzerland at La Parenthese (October 31st); Soy Music Festival in Nantes, France (November 2nd); and Vancouver, BC at Astoria (December 8th). For more information on tickets, visit Corridor’s Sub Pop tour dates page.
 
Oct. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
Oct. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
Oct. 25 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
Oct. 29 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso (Upstairs)
Oct. 31 - Nyon, CH - La Parenthese
Nov. 02 - Nantes, FR - Soy Music Festival
Nov. 04 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere
Nov. 06 - London, UK - The Waiting Room
Nov. 08 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang
Nov. 09 - Berlin, DE - Westgermany
Nov. 10 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Music Festival
Nov. 20 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison*
Nov. 22 - Montreal, QC - M for Montreal Festival (Le National) *
Nov. 28 - Quebec City, QC - l’Anti
Dec. 04 - San Francisco, CA - Milk Bar
Dec. 07 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar #
Dec. 08 - Vancouver, BC - Astoria ^
Dec. 10 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
Dec. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Moroccan Lounge
 
* w/ Absolutely Free
# w/ The Woolen Man
^ w/ N0V3L



Corridor’s Junior is now available to preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart. Preorders of the LP through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on Soft-Boiled colored vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, LP preorders of Junior throughout the UK and Europe from select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on Egg Yolk colored vinyl (while supplies last).

Junior Tracklisting:

1. Topographe
2. Junior
3. Domino
4. Goldie
5. Agent double
6. Microscopie
7. Grand cheval
8. Milan
9. Pow
10. Bang

 
About Corridor’s Junior:
Corridor are a group from Montreal and their Sub Pop debut, Junior, was made just yesterday. The rock’n’roll band had barely inked their record deal when they surfed into studio, racing against time to make the most dazzling, immediate and inventive album of their young career: 39 minutes of darting and dodging guitars, spiraling vocal harmonies, and the complicated, goldenrod nostalgia of a Sunday mid-afternoon.
 
This ain’t Corridor’s first rodeo. Junior is the band’s third full-length and their third recorded with their friend, producer (and occasionally roommate) Emmanuel Ethier. However 2015’s Le Voyage Éterneland 2017’s Supermercado were made languorously, their songs taking shape across whole seasons. This time Dominic Berthiaume (vocals/bass), Julian Perreault (guitar), Jonathan Robert (vocals/guitar/synths), and Julien Bakvis (drums) permitted themselves no such indulgence. The band were committed to releasing an album every two years, and for Junior it required a blitz. “If you want to release something this fall, we need the masters by the 10th of May,” the label had warned them. Winter was already in its last throes: on March 1, Corridor went into studio; in mid-April, Corridor came out. They had somehow created Junior and it was, if we may be so bold, spectacular.
 
Singers, two guitars, bass, drums: the timelessness of the setup underpins the timelessness of the sound, a rock’n’roll borrowing from each of the past six decades—punk and pop, psych and jangle, daydream and swoon. This is music that’s muscular, exciting and full of love, its riffs a kind of medicine. Whereas Corridor’s past work could sometimes seem overstuffed, twenty ideas to the same song, the new work is hypnotic, distilled. “Part of the beauty of the thing is that we didn’t have time to think about it,” says Berthiaume. Six of Junior’s 10 tracks were conceived during a single weekend. The words to “Bang” were written on the eve of the sessions, as Robert began to panic: “Je payerai tôt ou tard,” he sings: I’ll pay, sooner or later. Fewer jams, fewer overdubs—no fortnight in the countryside, secluding themselves in a chalet. Even the artwork came in the nick of time: in spite of other, meticulous, masterpieces, Robert’s “shitty last-minute collage” (of an egg saying hello) was the one his bandmates went for. 
 
That might be Corridor’s best trick—their mixture of seriousness and whimsy. Songs like “Miscroscopie” and the standout “Domino” are purposeful, full of songcraft, even as they let loose, slip their collar. “Topographe“‘s all call and answer, like rival Cupids shooting arrows at each other across a ravine. “Pow” and “Goldie” are like hurtling racecars, or teams of horses, accelerating towards a memory. And Junior’s title track—by turns twitchy and anthemic—is in fact a tribute to Perreault, their “joueur étoile,” star player: in spite of his disappointed parents (“parents déçus”), he’s Corridor’s VIP. Junior’s ten tracks are filled with tributes like this, impressionistic portraits of characters in the band-members’ lives. Their tone is affectionate, the meaning hazy—even if you speak French.
 
Sub Pop have never before, in their 33-year history, signed a Francophone act. Maybe the band’s magic springs from their ingenious hooks, their topaz-tinted vision. Maybe it’s the panache of Québec’s insurgent underground scene, or the camaraderie of Robert and Berthiaume, who have played together since they were 14. Maybe it’s their name—a hallway crossed with a toreador. Probably it’s all of these, and none of them: Junior is a joy, a hasty miracle, because it’s so much damn fun to listen to. This album is 39 minutes; each day has 24 hours; you can listen 36 times before tomorrow.

[Photo Credit: Dominic Berthiaume of Corridor]

What people are saying about Corridor:

“The Montreal band Corridor knows how to highlight its strengths while getting in and out of a song with maximum efficiency: Sung in French, “Coup d’épée” only needs a little more than two minutes to let its robust guitar sound — a kind of weaponized jangle — fully worm its way in your head.” [“Coup d’épée” / Supermercado] - NPR Music
 
Supermercado is the best French record of 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and even 2022 (for all we know, at least, since I doubt the Earth will explode exactly at midnight on January 1, 2022, even if it’s a possibility we shouldn’t ignore).” - Vice
 
Their jangly, synth-pop-tinged sound will entrance fans of the genre and post-punk newbies alike. On their latest LP, Supermercado, post-punk fans will gravitate towards their tight, neat percussion and spasmodic guitars while others will get lost in their bright vocals and spellbinding soundscapes.” [Supermercado] - PASTE
 
“Corridor sing entirely en Français. Don’t let that put you off though: the creativity and abundance of killer tunes found on their acid-baked 2017 album Supermercado breaks through the language barrier. Corridor are even better live, with a real joie de rock that knows no borders — guitars slash, harmonies soar, bodies a constant blur.” [Supermercado] - Brooklyn Vegan

NEWS : TUE, AUG 27, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Watch The Fantastical New Knife Knights Video For “Seven Wheel Motion” Directed by Marcy Stone Francois

“In the towers way up high in the sky do or die you should try birds-eye who’s inside…” 

- from Knife Knights “Seven Wheel Motion” 

Today, Knife Knights are sharing a hallucinatory new visual for “Seven Wheel Motion,” from 1 Time Mirage, directed by Marcy Stone Francois (Tacocat, Lisa Prank, Wimps).  

In “Seven Wheel Motion” colossal drums puncture walls of labyrinthine noise sculpted from deranged synthesizers and mutated guitars, yielding an absolute powerhouse of a track. Butler seems to rap in dialogue with himself, detailing a threatening streetscape and shaping the experience into personal realizations. 




In the “Seven Wheel Motion” visual, the song soundtracks the fantastical “Twin Queen Tryst” short film. Set in an alien landscape, a queen (played by Rhonda Faison of Shabazz Palaces “Déesse Du Sang” video) sends her royal subject (played by The Palaceer) on a quest for a magical jewel. Along the way, he encounters a mystical being (played by OCnotes) who helps the subject with his quest to return the jewel to the queen. This wild new video also features scene art by Olde Nightrifter and cinematography from Futsum Tsegai. 

Knife Knights (The Palaceer aka Ishmael Butler, Erik Blood, OCnotes and Marquetta Miller) have a scheduled performance in Seattle on Wednesday, October 16th at Earshot Jazz Festival (at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute).


[Photo Credit: Justin Henning]

1 Time Mirage is out now on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide from Sub Pop. The long-player features the highlights the aforementioned “My Dreams Never Sleep” along with “Give You Game,” “Seven Wheel Motion,” “Light Up Ahead (Time Mirage)” and “Low Key,” and was as produced by Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood at Protect and Exalt: A Black Space in Seattle.  1 Time Mirage includes guest appearances from labelmates Shabazz Palaces and Porter Ray, along with Stas THEE Boss, OCnotes, Thaddillac, El Mizell, Marquetta Miller, Gerald Turner, and Darrius Willrich.


1 Time Mirage orders through megamart.subpop.com, select independent retailers and Knife Knights shows will receive the limited Loser edition on blue vinyl (while supplies last). The album cover also features gorgeous artwork from Robert Beatty.


NEWS : FRI, AUG 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Shannon Lay’s Sub Pop debut August out now

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August, the new album from songwriter Shannon Lay, is out now worldwide on LP, CD, digital, and cassette. Recorded with her longtime friend, musician Ty Segall at his home studio lay shared that “I believe whoever you record with tends to affect the mood of music and Ty really brought this jovial sense that I hadn’t really explored yet.”  “Once you get rolling with him, he just throws these ideas at the wall. And you’re like, ‘I would never have thought of that!’ I couldn’t have hoped for a better guide and energy to help create this record.”

You can purchase your copy of August today from our Mega Mart

Shannon will be playing an album release show at Pico Union Project on Aug. 24th before embarking on an 18-date North American tour opening for Mikal Cronin. This run will begin on November 8th in Portland at Mississippi Studios and end on December 1st in San Diego at the Casbah. Shannon will continue as a special guest performing with Cronin in Europe beginning on Feb. 10th - 29th. See below for a full list of shows. 
 
Aug. 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Pico Union Project ***Record Release Show
Oct. 21 - London, UK - Set 
Nov. 6 -  San Francisco, CA - Independent *
Nov. 08 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
Nov. 09 - Vancouver, BC - The Fox Cabaret*
Nov. 10 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern*
Nov. 11 - Missoula, MT - Badlander *
Nov. 14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club*
Nov. 15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
Nov. 16 - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx*
Nov. 17 - Toronto, Canada - Horseshoe Tavern*
Nov. 18 - Montreal, Canada - Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.*
Nov. 19 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*
Nov. 20 - New York, NY  - Bowery Ballroom*
Nov. 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts*
Nov. 23 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall*
Nov. 24 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall*
Nov. 25 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
Nov. 26 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks*
Nov. 27 - Austin, TX - Barracuda*
Nov. 30 - Tucson, AZ - Toole*
Dec. 01 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah*
Feb. 10 - Munich, DE - Milla *
Feb. 11 - Cologne, DE -  Bumann & SOHN *
Feb. 12 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain *
Feb. 13 - Aarhus, DK - TAPE *
Feb. 14 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen *
Feb. 15 - Stockholm, SE - Nalen *    
Feb. 17 - Oslo, NO - Ingensteds * 
Feb. 18 - Gothenburg, SE - Oceanen * 
Feb. 19 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow (SkyBar) *
Feb. 20 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet *
Feb. 21 - Brussels, BE - Botanique *
Feb. 22 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain *      
Feb. 24 - Bristol, UK - The Louisiana *
Feb. 26 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen *
Feb. 27 - Glasgow, UK - The Hug & Pint *
Feb. 28 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club *
Feb. 29 - Brighton, UK - The Hope & Ruin *

* w/ Mikal Cronin


NEWS : WED, AUG 21, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Watch Tacocat’s New Music Video For “Crystal Ball”

European tour starts next week.

Seattle band Tacocat set off on a European tour starting Saturday, August 24th in support of This Mess Is a Place, their new full-length album. This Mess Is a Place is their first for Sub Pop, and heralds a more pop-driven and ebullient direction in their sound. 




Today, they’ve shared a charming new claymation music video for “Crystal Ball” from director Violet Crabtree, premiered via the good music listeners at Clash Magazine. Watch it at Clash, watch it above, or watch it on the band’s YouTube channel. Then see here, a full list of upcoming overseas shows:

Aug 24 - Leeds, UK - This Must Be The Place, Belgrave Music Hall
Aug 25 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
Aug 27 - Manchester, UK - Gullivers
Aug 28 - Cardiff, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach
Aug 29 - London, UK - Moth Club
Aug 30 - Brighton, UK - Hope and Ruin
Aug 31 - Paris, FR - Supersonic
Sep 01 - Brussels, BE - Botanique
Sep 03 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn
Sep 04 - Groningen, NL - Vera
Sep 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Sep 06 - Eindoven, NL - Alstadt
Sep 07 - Rottderdam, NL - Rotown
Sep 09 - Nuremberg, DE - Kantine
Sep 10 - Berlin, DE - Marie Antoinette
Sep 11 - Hamburg, DE - Goldoner Saloon
Sep 13 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Sep 14 - Oslo, NO - Revolver
Sep 15 - Stockholm, SE - Obaren
Oct 31 - Seattle, WA - Neumos


This Mess Is a Place can be purchased right over here


Here’s what “The People” are saying about Tacocat:

“…lyrically colorful in both description and execution.” - Stereogum

“… an ode to the absurdity of forging meaning and the bittersweet quest for stability…” - Under the Radar 

“…a buoyant reminder of the illusory nature of power and reality.”
- Paste


NEWS : TUE, AUG 20, 2019 at 6:57 AM

METZ Covers of Sparklehorse’s “Pig,” the Urinals’ “I’m a Bug,” and “M.E.” by Gary Numan Are All Available Now Through Digital Services Everywhere

Watch the Animated Video for METZ’s take on Gary Numan’s “M.E.” + Find Details of Newly Announced Fall Shows

On July 12th, Sub Pop released Automat, a collection of METZ non-album singles, B-sides, and rarities dating back to 2009, available on LP for the first time, and including the band’s long out-of-print early (pre-Sub Pop) recordings. It’s a chronological trip through the lesser-known material of METZ, the widely-adored and delightfully noisy 3-piece punk band from Toronto, ON.
 
The vinyl LP format of Automat included an exclusive bonus 7” single of METZ interpretations of three diverse cover songs, a glimpse of their wide-ranging and excellent taste. And, on Aug. 20 (aka today) these three bonus tracks will be available in digital services everywhere (such as YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music). Rejoice! And then also go listen to: a cover of Sparklehorse’s “Pig,” from a very limited 2012 Record Store Day split single originally released by Toronto’s Sonic Boom record shop; “I’m a Bug,” a cover of the Urinals’ art-punk classic, originally released on YouTube (not an actual record label) in 2014; and METZ’s previously unreleased rendition of Gary Numan’s “M.E.” 



You can also watch the mesmerizing video for “M.E.,” featuring a three-headed Pleasure Principle hydra illustrated by Kirin Booth and animated by Martin MacPherson here now, and/or also by clicking here.


M.E 
Tracklisting:
1. “I’m a Bug” by the Urinals
2. “Pig” by Sparklehorse
3. “M.E” by Gary Numan



METZ have a handful of upcoming shows before getting to work on their 4th full-length LP which will be released on Sub Pop when we are all damn good and ready.

METZ Tour Dates + Ticket Links:

Sep. 07 - Toronto, ON - Echo Beach (MATTYFEST w Wu Tang Clan)
Oct. 10 - Perris, CA - Desert Daze (w The Flaming Lips, Stereolab, Lightning Bolt)
Oct. 19 - Queens, NY - Octfest 2019, presented by Pitchfork and October, at Knockdown Center
Nov. 01 - London, ON - The Rec Room @ 
Dec. 02 - Glasgow, UK - The Barrowland Ballroom #
Dec. 03 - Glasgow, UK - The Barrowland Ballroom #
Dec. 04 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 1 #
Dec. 05 - Leeds, UK -  O2 Academy Leeds #
Dec. 07 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace Theatre #

@ w/ Whoop-Szo
# w/ IDLES