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NEWS : TUE, FEB 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM

METZ to Release ‘II’ on May 5th - Hear a New Track Now

METZ will release II, the follow up to their critically acclaimed S/T debut on CD / LP / DL worldwide May 4th & 5th through Sub Pop Records. The album, featuring the highlights “Acetate,” “The Swimmer,” “Wait in Line,” and seven others, was recorded at various studios throughout Ontario, Canada, and produced and mixed by the band with assistance from returning engineer Graham Walsh. You can now listen to “Acetate” through this pancake-fueled not-the-video directed by multimedia artist Travis Millard (Dinosaur Jr.).

METZ’s 2015 North American and European tour schedule in support of II currently spans February 21st through July 26th. Along the way they’ll play shows with Lightning Bolt (April 15th-18th), Fidlar (May 11th-19th; May 21st-30th), Protomartyr (May 1st-2nd), and Bad Breeding (June 16th). The trek also includes a week of shows at SXSW in Austin, TX. Please find a complete list of tour dates below (see Pitchfork News Story February 17th).

METZ II is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. The limited Loser Edition of the LP on colored vinyl will be available at select independent record stores, megamart.subpop.com, and from the band at their shows, all while supplies last. Additionally, there will be two new T-shirt designs available, both individually and as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.


METZ

II
Track Listing:

1. Acetate
2. The Swimmer
3. Spit You Out
4. Zzyzx
5. IOU
6. Landfill
7. Nervous System
8. Wait in Line
9. Eyes Peeled
10. Kicking a Can of Worms

More on METZ:
“What happens when a seemingly irresistible force meets an immovable object is a serviceable metaphor for the music METZ creates, both live and on record. Now behold II, the concussive new full-length from what is arguably North America’s finest touring rock band. Written and recorded in 2014, after two years of constant touring behind their rightly adored self-titled debut, II is METZ at their most true to form—as pure an expression of what they do as can currently be committed to tape. The guitars are titanic, the drums ill-tempered, the vocals chilling, and the volume worrisome. Though they incorporated new instruments, (baritone guitar, tape loops, piano, synth, found sounds) and stretched out the arrangements, they still managed to “stay true to what made us tick in the first place: that immediacy,” Edkins calls it. “If it punches you in the gut (read more at Sub Pop).”

What people have said about METZ:
“It’s just about always clobbering time for Metz, a three-man Canadian band that has reclaimed and distilled post-punk into a galloping, scrabbling, feedback-laced catharsis. The arrangements and production on “Metz” (Sub Pop) focus the music into a bristling, concentrated attack, so fierce that the complaints that fill the lyrics come across  as full-blown existential crises.”
[Top 10 Albums of 2012] - New York Times

“The technology to crank your guitar up to huge, ear-busting levels can be purchased over the counter, but bands that can pull off volume while inducing claustrophobia are something special. Metz are such a band. The Toronto-based trio’s Sub Pop debut is pure pummel and ugliness in the best sense. The drums thunder away like they’re being bludgeoned at the bottom of an elevator shaft. The bass and guitar pound minimalist patterns through a curtain of fuzz and grit. The songs sound live– not in the sense that they were recorded as-performed, but in the way that represents what loud bands actually sound like when they turn up at a grimy club with cement walls. High frequencies bounce through the stereo field. The vocals seem feedback-baked and half-strangled.”  
[Top 50 Albums of 2012] - Pitchfork

“In the past ten years, independent bands have inched back toward the musical aggression that was something of a default for the community in the late eighties and early nineties. METZ, a trio from Toronto, have fully revived this confrontational, skilled and energetic approach.”
The New Yorker

Tour Dates:
Feb. 21 - Pasadena, CA - Air & Style Los Angeles @ Rose Bowl
Feb. 28 - Mexico City, MX - NRMAL Festival
Mar. 03 - London, UK - 100 Club [Sold Out]
Mar. 05 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere
Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 19 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 20 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Apr. 15 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place*
Apr. 16 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness*
Apr. 17 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom*
Apr. 18 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch*
May 01 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace^
May 02 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace^
May 08 - Austin, TX - Levitation 2015
May 09 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
May 11 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre**
May 12 - Orlando, FL - The Social**
May 13 - Birmingham, AL - Work Play**
May 14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge**
May 19 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird**
May 20 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
May 21 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
May 22 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
May 23 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon**
May 26 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom**
May 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg**
May 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club**
May 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer**
May 30 - Boston, MA - Paradise**
Jun. 16 - London, UK - Underworld
Jun. 17 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Rotonde
Jun. 19 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun. 20 - Scheesel, DE - Hurricane Festival
Jun. 21 - Neuhausen ob Eck, DE - Southside Festival
Jun. 22 - Leipzig, DE - Taubchenthal
Jun. 24 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia
Jun. 25 - Cologne, DE - MTC
Jul. 24 - 26 - Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music & Arts Festival
* w/ Lightning Bolt
** w/ FIDLAR
^ w/ Protomartyr
^^ w/ Bad Breeding


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, FEB 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM

On the subject of the Deluxe LP Edition of Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear…

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Thank you for buying the fancy, colored-vinyl, deluxe version of Father John Misty’s new album, I Love You, Honeybear! Also, we are sorry that many of these fancy, colored-vinyl, deluxe versions of Father John Misty’s new album, I Love You, Honeybear are, it appears, warped! In our efforts to replicate the “wow factor” of such legendary album packages as the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers zipper cover by Andy Warhol, we wound up accidentally replicating the “defect factor” of the same. In short, the extra, bulging thickness of the pop-up art in the Father John Misty jacket creates a lump that, when the LPs are sealed and packed, pushes into the LPs, causing the vinyl to warp and making that handsome, painstakingly and expensively produced jacket an elaborate record-destroying device. This oversight, and any attendant suffering, is our fault, and we are very sorry. We promise to be less ambitious in the future.

We are currently making 100% non-warped, colored-vinyl LPs to replace these damaged LPs. We hope to have a delivery date for those soon, and we will update this page as soon as we have that information. UPDATE: We expect to be able to begin shipping replacement LPs as soon as May 1st!

Please contact your place of purchase for instructions on how to obtain replacement LPs or refunds where replacements are not available. If you got it from Sub Pop’s online store please email websales@subpop.com with your name, address, and order number, and we will ship you replacement LPs as soon as they arrive, which will likely be sometime in mid-March early May. And, if you bought this album from Father John Misty’s website (Merchline), please contact them for replacement LPs here: http://help.merchline.com/customer/portal/emails/new. Please keep the jacket – we will be replacing only the vinyl itself. And we will be accepting requests for replacement LPs only through May 15, 2015! To reiterate, if your copy of I Love You, Honeybear is warped and you got your album anywhere other than Sub Pop’s website, or Father John Misty’s website, please contact your place of purchase.

In the meantime, please accept our apologies, and we hope you can enjoy the unmolested music of Father John Misty via the download code provided with your LP, and maybe also at one of his exciting, upcoming live shows.

Other things worth mentioning here and related to Father John Misty’s new and very good I Love You, Honeybear album…

In response to several emails on the subject, here’s info on something we did with this album on LP (both the deluxe and regular editions) that was NOT an accident: due to its length and the wide audio spectrum of the recording, we at Sub Pop, together with Father John Misty, decided that the album sounded much better cut at 45 RPM over 2 pieces of vinyl. Though we all prefer the listening experience of a single piece of vinyl, we decided in this case to prioritize audio quality (an admittedly very subjective determination). You’re welcome!



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, FEB 10, 2015 at 12:00 AM

(Horns blowing triumphantly) Father John Misty’s ‘I Love You, Honeybear is Out Today!

Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear is available now on CD / DL / 2xLP / Deluxe 2xLP!

I Love You, Honeybear is earning massive and well-deserved praise from outlets like New York TimesThe Guardian (5/5), Rolling Stone (4/5), Pitchfork (8.8/10, “Best New Music”), SPIN (9/10, “Album of the Week”), Exclaim (10/10), CBC (“Album of the Week”), Uncut (8/10), MOJO (4/5), Q (4/5), NME (9/10), Entertainment Weekly (Must List) in addition to features from Pitchfork (read here) and Grantland (read here).

Father John Misty’s fast-selling out headlining 2015 world tour accompanied by a 7-piece backing band, in support of I Love You, Honeybear has been extended through August 20th. International festival highlights include Coachella, Sasquatch, Field Trip, Hangout, Oya, and Way Out West. See a complete list of tour dates below.

In related news, you can also watch his beautiful “Take Away Show” performance of La Blogothèque…Honeybear closer “I Went to the Store One Day” (watch here).

I Love You, Honeybear featuring the highlights “Bored In The USA,” “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” “True Affection,” and the title track, was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. I Love You, Honeybear is available to purchase via Father John Misty.net,  Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, and Amazon.

[10/10] - Exclaim
[10/10] - Loud and Quiet
[5/5] - The Guardian
[5/5, “Album of the Week”] - NOW Magazine
[5/5] - Contact Music
[5/5] - Sunday Express
[9.5/ 10,
“Album of the Week”] - The Line Of Best Fit
[A-] - AV Club
[A-] - Consequence of Sound
[9/10] - Drowned in Sound
[9/10] - FLOOD
[9/10] - NME
[9/10] - No Ripcord
[9/10,
“Album of the Week”] - SPIN
[4.5/5] - The Independent
[4.5 / 5] - SLANT
[8.8 / 10, “Best New Music”] - Pitchfork
[B +] - Pretty Much Amazing
[8/10] - The 405
[8/10] - Uncut
[8/10] - Under The Radar
[4/5] - Billboard
[4/5] - DIY
[4/5] - Financial Times
[4/5] - MOJO
[4/5] - Rolling Stone
[4/5] - The Skinny
[4/5,
“Album of the Week”] - Time Out London
[“Must List”] - Entertainment Weekly

[“Album of the Week”] - CBC
[“Album of the Week”] - “The Current” / KCMP
[“Album of the Week”] - Sunday Times
[“Album of the Week”] - WFUV

Tour Dates
Feb. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC* [Sold Out]
Feb. 14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom* [Sold Out]
Feb. 16 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theater* [Sold Out]

Feb. 18 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall* [Sold Out]
Feb. 21 - Dublin, IE - Whelans [Sold Out]
Feb. 22 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts [Sold Out]
Feb. 23 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla [Sold Out]
Feb. 26 - London, UK - Village Underground [Sold Out]
Feb. 27 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club [Sold Out]
Feb. 28 - Bristol, UK - Thekla [Sold Out]
Mar. 03 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Mar. 04 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Orangerie
Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Mar. 07 - Berlin, DE - Heimathafen
Mar. 08 - Hamburg, DE - Nochtspelcher
Mar. 25 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works**
Mar. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse** [Sold Out]
Mar. 27 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel** [Sold Out]
Mar. 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club** [Sold Out]
Mar. 31 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club** [Sold Out]
Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer** [Sold Out]
Apr. 03 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater** [Sold Out]
Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave** [Sold Out]
Apr. 05 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival @ The Englert
Apr. 07 - Lawrence, KS - Granada**
Apr. 08 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room**
Apr. 09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella [Sold Out]
Apr. 13 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
Apr.14 - San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre
Apr. 16 - San Francisco, CA - The FIllmore  [Sold Out]
Apr. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The FIllmore  [Sold Out]
Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella [Sold Out]
Apr. 22 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater^
Apr. 23 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s^
Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s^
Apr. 25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater^
May 16 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
May 23- George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
May 24 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Jun. 04 - Columbia, MD -  Merriweather Post Pavillion ^^
Jun. 07 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival
Jun. 27 - Killarney, IE - Killarney Food & Music Festival
Aug. 11 - Oslo, NO - Oya Festival
Aug. 13 - Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West
Aug. 20 - Beacon, UK - Green Man Festival
* w/ Guy Blakeslee
** w/ King Tuff
^ w/ Luluc
^^ w/ The Decemberists



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, FEB 9, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Hear “Glory, Glory” from Rose Windows’ May 5th s/t Sophomore Record

Seattle’s psychedelic rock sextet Rose Windows will release their self-titled second album, the follow up to their acclaimed debut The Sun Dogs, on CD/DL/LP May 4th in Europe and May 5th in North America via Sub Pop. Rose Windows, featuring the highlights “Glory, Glory,” “Strip Mall Babylon,” and “Blind,” was recorded in the fall of 2014 at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, LA, and produced & mixed by Randall Dunn (Earth, Akron Family, Cave Singers).  You can now listen to heavy rocker “Glory, Glory” via Consequence of Sound. 

CoS had this to say, “Marked by a smashing rhythm section and gnarly, over-sized guitar riffs, the track finds the band operating in the the proto-metal tradition of a slightly grimier Black Sabbath (see news story February 9th).”

Preorders for Rose Windows are available from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of the album from megamart.subpop.com will receive the “Loser Edition” on red & black marbled vinyl, and a limited edition 7” which features the songs “Never Did Me Wrong” and a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Wanton Song” (while supplies last). Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design available in two colors, both individually and as part of a bundle with purchases of the new record.

Rose Windows have scheduled a few headlining & festival dates in support of the release: February 20th in Seattle at Neumos; February 21st in Bainbridge Island, WA at Rolling Bay Hall; May 8th in Austin, TX for Austin Psych Fest’s Levitation 2015; And Memorial Day Weekend in George, WA for Sasquatch Festival. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

About Rose Windows:
When Chris Cheveyo abandoned the finalized recording of his heavy instrumental post-rock band towards the end of 2010, it wasn’t out of a general cynicism towards expansive, heady music. There was just something about that specific palette of tones and the cut-and-dry melodrama of the songwriting that wasn’t satisfying anymore. So he culled his old habits and made a fresh start with Rose Windows, a Seattle-based sextet that drew upon everything from American folk to West Saharan guitar rock, from pentatonic proto-metal to traditional Persian music, from the darker corners of California’s early psych scene to the hazy atmospherics of contemporary drone artists.

It was a risky era for this sort of bold new venture—there was a lot of talk of austerity in 2010. People were upside-down on their mortgages. Gas prices were high. Not surprisingly, many of the new musicians of the Great Recession were solo bedroom artists, laptop producers, and lo-fi aficionados. It was a time to think small and live within one’s means. It was an inopportune time to create the kind of lavish, orchestral, spacious records that came out of the peak of album-oriented rock radio of the ‘70s. And yet that’s the kind of record Rose Windows made in the fall of 2011. Their debut album, The Sun Dogs, was a brave record—exploratory, diverse, and lush. It didn’t fit in with the escapist pulse of indie dance music, or the retrograde scuzz of garage rock, or the bucolic nostalgia of the breezy new folk scene. The Sun Dogs, with it’s bluesy dirge, exotic scales, and majestic sprawl, didn’t quite fit it anywhere. Yet its theme of “the everyday blues that capitalism and its hit man, religion, bring on all of us” was certainly apropos of the time (read more at Sub Pop).



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, FEB 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Personalized Haiku FROM: Danny Bland TO: Your Valentine

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Special Apology in Advance for Valentine’s 2015!

Between now and February 12th, anyone who orders Danny Bland and Greg Dulli’s I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do AND makes a $25 or greater donation to the very worthy MusiCares organization, will receive a copy of the book with a personalized, original haiku written by Mr. Danny Bland himself, inscribed by hand into this same book’s endpapers by this same D. Bland. This personalized haiku could be about you or about some friend, loved one or enemy (present, former or future)! It is your choice! You have only to provide us with some descriptive insight into the person about whom this haiku will be writ. Please provide this descriptive information and your invoice number from your MusiCares donation in the comments field at checkout.

Clearly, this is the best Valentine’s Day gift idea to come along perhaps ever.

Here’s where you can make a donation to MusiCares:

https://secure.grammy.org/musicares/donate/65891

And here is where you can order I Apologize…

https://megamart.subpop.com/goods/danny_bland_and_greg_dulli/i_apologize_in_advance_for_the_awful_th…

And yes, we did a very similar if not identical promotional thing during the holidays. Poetry is just too fitting for Valentine’s Day for us to pass up the opportunity to try again!




Posted by Sam Sawyer