Father John Misty’s live album Off-Key in Hamburg is now available via Bandcamp. All proceeds from the album will be donated to MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Off-Key in Hamburg was recorded live at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie on August 8, 2019 with his long-time touring band, and the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt.
The Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide assistance to those in the music industry affected by the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events. From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events, and the creative community behind it all. Administered through MusiCares, the COVID-19 Fund will be used to directly support those in the music community with the greatest need. MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people - offering confidential preventive, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues.
Father John Misty Off-Key in Hamburg Tracklisting: 1. Hangout At The Gallows 2. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings 3. Mr. Tillman 4. Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest of Them All 5. The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt. 6. Strange Encounter 7. Total Entertainment Forever 8. Things It Would’ve Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution 9. Ballad Of The Dying Man 10. A Bigger Paper Bag 11. I Went To The Store One Day 12. Nancy From Now Own 13. Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins) 14. Please Don’t Die 15. The Palace 16. God’s Favorite Customer 17. Pure Comedy 18. Holy Shit 19. I Love You, Honeybear 20. Leaving LA
Greetings, Friends, Fans and Curious On-Lookers of Sub Pop! As we all do our best to keep safe and healthy in these strange and trying times, there are things we can do to stay connected and supportive. We have received numerous requests for information on how to help Sub Pop and Hardly Art artists whose tours have been directly affected by COVID-19 and worldwide social distancing mandates. And so! Right here we will do our level best to keep a current list of those artists, complete with links to ways you can support them while they are unable to tour…
We also made a playlist of the many Sub Pop and Hardly Art artists who’ve had to cancel or postpone their 2020 tour dates. Please to enjoy them here while they’re unable to come to you -> smarturl.it/spbandsathome.
Also, please note that another perfectly acceptable (if not straight-up DELIGHTFUL) way to support any/all of the artists on Sub Pop and Hardly Art is by shopping at the Sub Pop Mega Mart, the Hardly Art Shop, and our struggling friends at the many, fine independent record stores across the country (many of whom are serving you via online orders and/or in-person delivery!) who need your patronage now too.
We’ve also found a number of resources offering some hope + relief + opportunity to lend a hand:
On Friday, March 20th, Sub Pop and Hardly Art will be passing through 100% of revenue from digital sales on Bandcamp to our current artists!
As you are all undoubtedly well aware, working/touring artists are one of the many groups of people currently being hit especially hard by the social distancing requirements of 2020 pandemic reality. In an effort to direct some support their way, Sub Pop and Hardly Art are joining with Bandcamp (and a ton of other labels) to send additional, needed revenue directly to artists.
Today, LA’s Moaning share the video for “Connect The Dots,” the latest single from their highly anticipated sophomore album, Uneasy Laughter. “Connect The Dots” was directed by Campbell Logan.
Of the track, Sean Solomon says: “The song is about realizing you need help and being brave enough to ask for it. It’s a misconception that asking for help is a sign of weakness. In reality it’s one of the hardest things you can do.” “Connect The Dots” was directed by Campbell Logan who notes “I created this video with the intention of inspiring self-forgiveness, something I think we should all practice. Making it gave me the opportunity to practice an approach that I like to call Filmmaking Simulation, which is a process of doing film production using virtual cinematography, set design and performance. The result is photorealistic and mimics live action. We had an extremely quick turnaround on the video, but were able to complete it in a little over a month, and despite these hurdles I’m so proud of it!”
To celebrate the release of Uneasy Laughter, Moaning will be streaming a virtual listening party via Youtube on Friday, March 20th at 11am PST / 2pm EST. WATCH HERE.
For more than 30 years now, we at Sub Pop Records have strived to be a dependable source of excellent, exciting and important music and also, sometimes, when it all comes together, cultural change. It’s true what they say: we like to party. And our ability to participate in any of that is reliant upon a giant, interwoven community of artists and the people and organizations that support them. Right now, many of the people and communities in our world are being hit hard by the spread of, and wholly necessary response to, COVID-19.
You have seen this happening, we know. Artists are forced to cancel tours, venues can’t have shows, festivals are canceled or postponed. Musicians, record stores, production companies, tour crews, venue staff, booking agents, and so many other people working in our industry are losing jobs and opportunities, and there’s no telling what will happen next.
In an effort to keep our customers and staff safe and healthy, we decided to temporarily close the Sub Pop Airport Store at Sea-Tac, starting now. It will remain closed through at least the end of March. We’ll reassess after that. And please trust that we’ll be back at it as soon as we’re able. As of now, we are still shipping records, t-shirts and the like from our Seattle warehouse to mail order customers and record stores.
The world feels completely upside-down right now. More than ever, and right in the face of that, we remain dedicated to all of the artists on Sub Pop and Hardly Art whom we are so profoundly fortunate to work with. And, it seems absolutely vital to recognize that the music these artists create has the power to hold us upright and together, especially during unsteady, isolating times like these. This is important.
We may not be able to come together in a way that feels normal or familiar, but we are always connected to each other through music and art. Lean on that, hard! And do what you can to support the community of artists/musicians/beautiful losers/misfits/etc to which you belong. Please be safe, please help each other, and let’s all celebrate in person, together, when we get through this.