After reading through great, heaping stacks of wonderfully inspirational applications, we here at the Really Very Official Sub Pop Records Scholarship Committee have chosen three exceptionally qualified student winners for our 2019 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship.
Ester - graduating from David Douglas High School in Portland - is our first place Loser winner this year. We were and are blown away by Ester’s talents and hereby recognize her as more than worthy of the $7,000 scholarship. As a Russian refugee immigrant, Ester and her family faced many hardships, but rather than let these difficulties drag her down, Ester found ways to use challenges in her life as inspiration. An incredible photo realist painter, Ester has earned one of the top student artist awards in the country for her Immigrant Experience art show and “I, America’s Poster Child,” series of paintings. Ester took time to interview her subjects firsthand to identify some of the troubling social constructs that immigrant youth in her community face. Through her art, Ester hopes to raise awareness of the difficult cultural circumstances many immigrant youth deal with and change some of their circumstances for the better. On top of being an incredible painter Ester also does film work, sculpture, and performance art. It is hard to believe Ester didn’t start art classes until high school because she is so incredibly talented! We love that Ester wants to use her ongoing arts education to help impoverished and immigrant artists better their lives and we are glad to be able to help further those goals in some small way. Alright, Ester!
Frankie - graduating from Seattle’s Nova High School - has done 600 volunteer hours at the Vera Project, an all-ages music and arts space in Seattle, as an audio engineer supporting local and national music acts. We loved Frankie’s application describing the mental hurdles she has had to overcome to persevere as a female doing live sound for artists. As a student in the Vera audio design program, Frankie started from the bottom and worked her way up through hard work and dedication. While taking in everything that her mentors at Vera had to teach about sound design and the professional attitude required to work with artists, Frankie was able to gain confidence in her skills as an engineer. As the only female sound engineer in her class, Frankie fought through deeply engrained societal expectations to become a professional, paid sound engineer at the age of 17. How cool is that?! Outside of Vera, Frankie also helped to revive the band program at her high school, which helped to empower many dormant but talented musicians in her orbit. Frankie hopes to further pursue professional audio engineering and wants to set an example that might help to bring other women and femmes into the audio field. Given all of this information, we’re proud to name Frankie our $5,000 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship winner!
Lillian - graduating from St. Helens High School - is the winner of our $3,000 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. Lillian is the first human interested in robotics we’ve had apply for the scholarship and her application was a stunner. Her animation reel, drawings, paintings, the inspiration she drew from her robotics team, and her understanding that being a Loser means, “…having to define your own purpose when none of the preexisting options will fit,” really set Lillian apart from the other applicants. A succinct but very well-written essay with a keen awareness of what it means to be a Sub Pop Loser helped Lillian stand out from the crowd. We are happy to know that someone in St. Helens is an art program recruit, art show curator, has taken every art class possible, is out to create her own path, is inspired by other young artists, and helps artists thrive in her local community. Lillian tells us she’ll be attending OSU as a double major in robotics and art. We are deeply into it, Lillian. Go get ‘em!
And, those are our 2019 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship winners – ta-da! Thanks to everyone who applied, we loved all of your submissions! You’re an incredibly talented, inspiring bunch of people, and these were not easy decisions. We’re certain that you will all go on to blow us away with your future accomplishments.
Support dates with Foals and Preoccupations Beginning April 12- April 30th with additional headline dates throughout May
[Photo Credit: Emily Frobos]
We are thrilled to share that Sub Pop has signed a worldwide recording deal with angular Atlantans, Omni. The band is currently working on their third album, after two acclaimed LPs of tightly wound, tuneful & cerebral, post punk-pop on the highly regarded, Trouble in Mind Records.
Omni has contributed two new tracks to the latest edition of the iconic Sub Pop Singles Club series. You can now stream “Delicacy” and “I Don’t Dance” via all digital service providers, including YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.
Frontman for the band, Philip Frobos says “Delicacy” was one of the first songs we wrote after a couple of years of non-stop touring behind Deluxe and Multi-task. It came naturally to Frankie and I but felt like we were headed someplace new. It’s written about falling in love, with who would become my wife, on a 23-hour layover in Casablanca, exploring a new continent, feeling intrigued and truly alive.
Keep your ears open for new music in the near future, and be sure to catch Omni on their upcoming tour with Foals and Preoccupations starting tonight, April 12th with a three-night stint at Brooklyn Steel, with additional shows in DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, and Minneapolis. The band will then return to the road on May 10th, performing at this years KVRX Festival in Austin with additional shows throughout the month in El Paso, Tucson, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Everett, WA for the Fisherman’s Village Music Fest, Salt Lake City and Denver, ending on May 22nd in Nashville, TN. Dates are as follows:
Apr. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel * Apr. 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel * Apr. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel * Apr. 16 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club * Apr. 18 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club * Apr. 19 - Boston, MA - House of Blues Boston * Apr. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore Philadelphia * Apr. 22 - Toronto, ON - Rebel * Apr. 25 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant * Apr. 26 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrews Hall * Apr. 27 – Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre * Apr. 28 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave Eagles Club * Apr. 30 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue * May 10 - Austin, TX - KVRX Fest May. 11 - El Paso, TX- The Monarch May. 12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress May. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Zebulon May. 14 - San Francisco, CA- Bottom of The Hill May. 16 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios # May. 17 - Everett, WA - Fisherman’s Village Music Fest May. 19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court May. 20 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall May. 21 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater May. 22 - Nashville, TN - Springwater * w/ Foals, Preoccupations # w/ Downtown Boys & Cool Flowers
What “The People” have said about Omni: “If Atlanta’s Omni were a machine with a rhythm switch, it would probably just have one setting: staccato. Nearly all of the trio’s songs are built around twitchy, start-stop beats that instantly get pulses rushing and nerves tingling.”- NPR Music
”Multi-task is 11 tracks worth of sonic goodness, heavy on thick and fun guitar licks matched by equally complicated but light lyrics.” -Noisey
“The wiry Atlanta, Ga. rock trio Omni sells its nervous energy as a logical way of dealing with the world. Where other bands might smooth things out, Omni finds angles and sharp turns.” -Pitchfork
“Omni remains a band that’s best at its most berserk. Multi-Task hits its high marks when the band is doing as much as it can, or, if you will, multi-tasking.” -PASTE
“The Atlanta trio Omni…make twitchy, bouncy, catchy-as-hell post-punk, the sort of thing that NME would’ve fallen in love with if it had come from Glasgow in 1983.” - Stereogum
Debt Begins at 30, their forthcoming album, out worldwide May 31st on Sub Pop.
On “Twin Cities,” The Gotobeds’ latest single from their upcoming album, Debt Begins at 30, the band taps Tracy Wilson, formerly of Dahlia Seed and currently of Positive No, to share the singing, and the result is a fiery, exuberant pop song. When asked about the Shawn Brackbill-directed video, The Gotobeds frontman Eli Kasan said:
If you’ve ever toured or spent long stretches of time with the same folks you know nerves can fray. We found a way to release that tension by macing each other for the video. Ever seen the Purge? Me neither, but it’s the same idea.
Twin Cities is about two people (the two narrators) having different experiences in the same city, and the video reflects that. Shot entirely on VHS as we’re all old enough to own VCRs, not from Urban Outfitters - take that 90’s nostalgia blowhards!
You can watch the band burn through the song via today’s premiere at CLASH Magazine right here, and listen forever on repeat via Spotify or Apple Music.
The Gotobeds will play an album release show in their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA on May 25th at Babyland with midwest & eastern shows in June & July. See below for a full list of dates.
Debt Begins at 30 is out on LP/CD/Digital and Cassette on Friday, May 31st. The octane is high-test, the engine still has knocks and pings and the battery is overcharged. The Gotobeds - as Pittsburgh as it gets, the folk music of the Steel City - have more tar for us to swallow. Debt Begins at 30 is an old-fashioned blast furnace and the liquid iron flows.
Mass Gothic’s Jessica Zambri says of the song, “The lights turned on for me. Committing to something can be relieving, even pleasurable. I used to think I had to protect myself from anything that I perceived to get in the way of making music, but all that did was close me off. Whatever is happening I want to enjoy it. I wrote this song as a reminder to live and not be lived.”
Director Evan Fellers had this to say of the visual, “I wanted to create strange realistic feeling environments that also felt a bit digital. I used a process called photogrammetry to grab a bunch of real-world elements and turned them into 3d models which make up most of everything you see. Anything from small rocks to large sections of woods, trees, moss and dirt, to Jess and Noel.
“I knew I wanted to take the viewer through these different environments, but I wanted it to be more than just a camera flying around — something simple and purposeful, searching for something. I wanted there to be this feeling of a journey. I also wanted to trace specific paths through the environment I thought were pleasing. Creating a single red orb that illuminated the environment was a nice way to accomplish all of those goals with the story, and control the way in which I revealed each scene at the same time. The red orb also came to represent the voice of the song to me.”
Mass Gothic’s I’ve Tortured You Long Enough is available on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide through Sub Pop.
What people are saying about Mass Gothic: “Essential…Their earworm-ready songs are made to fight for their right to party.” - Loud and Quiet
“Mass Gothic’s identity is nearly undefinable, with the pair blasting through genres and ideals with a sort of unsettled energy. Whether losing yourself to the starry synths and complimentary vocals found in the spacey fuzz of “J.Z.O.K.” or floating off in the dazzling airiness, throbbing rhythms and vast instrumental expanse of the album’s title track, the release is one sure to keep you enraptured.” - The Grey Estates
“Mass Gothic’s greatest strength has always been their freedom to avoid any sort of strict definition…By taking an anything goes approach on their latest album and balancing their creative duties, there’s a through-line that holds the various sounds of their record together…This is a highly intriguing record with so much packed into every moment you’ll be dying to come back.” [8/10] - Northern Transmissions
“A compelling listen…a record worthy of your time.” - Bristol Live
International tour dates include Japan (April) & Europe (May & July)
J Mascis has shared a cover of the classic Tom Petty song, “Don’t Do Me Like That” available today via all Digital Service Providers. This cover is chock-full of the classic Mascis shred that we’ve come to know and love. You can listen to this reconstructed ripper here above, and also on YouTube, Spotify or Apple Music.
Featured throughout the month of April, J Mascis will be hosting the weekly “Artist in Residence” feature on the Australian Radio station, Double J. You can listen to J share his record collection with you each Sunday Night (AU)/Saturday (US) here. The first playlist features the likes of Discharge, Joni Mitchell, Nirvana, America and, of course, some Neil Young. It’s going to be an exciting month of music, programmed by one of the truly great artists of our time.
[Photo Credit: Cara Totman]
J Mascis Tour Dates
Mascis has confirmed 2 headline shows on April 16th and 17th in Japan before crossing the pond in May, playing shows in Brighton, Leeds, Glasgow, Nottingham, Liverpool, Bristol, and Manchester. He will then return to Europe in late June/early July with shows in Athens, Berlin, Paris, Geneva, and Rome.
Apr. 16 - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya WWWX Apr. 17 - Osaka, Japan - Drop May. 09 - Brighton, United Kingdom - Concorde 2 May. 10 - London, United Kingdom - Islington Assembly Hall May. 11- Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall May. 13 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - St. Luke’s [SOLD OUT] May. 14 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy Oxford May. 15 - Nottingham, United Kingdom - Rescue Rooms May. 17 - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Arts Club May. 18 - Bristol, United Kingdom - Thekla [SOLD OUT] May. 19 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Manchester Gorilla Jun. 15 - Provincetown, MA - Twenty Summers @ The Hawthorne Barn Jun. 21 - Athens, GR - AN Club Jul. 01 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust Jul. 03 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg Jul. 06 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie Jul. 08 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Noord Jul. 09 - Rotown - Rotterdam, Netherlands [SOLD OUT] Jul. 11 - Genova, Italy - Giardini Luzzati Jul. 12 - Prato, Italy - Festival Delle Colline Jul. 14 - Rome Unplugged in Monti - Rome, Italy