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NEWS : WED, SEP 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Listen To “Spirit Was” off LVL UP’s Forthcoming ‘Return To Love’ (out 9/23) Plus Tour Dates

We’ve got new music for you from the lads of LVL UP; now hear ”Spirit Was,” the third single from their highly anticipated upcoming third album (aka their Sub Pop debut), Return To Love. “Spirit Was” comes hot on the heels of two previously released singles off Return to Love, both of which are available to surprise and delight your ears: ”Pain” and ”Hidden Driver”.

LVL UP have also expanded their Fall tour which includes a Record Release show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY and dates with Bear vs Shark, Alex G and Eskimeaux. Details are below.


[Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]

Return To Love is currently available for pre-order; LP pre-orders through Sub Pop Mega Mart and independent retailers near you will receive the limited Loser Edition on Orange Creamsicle Swirl vinyl (while supplies last).

Might we suggest you follow LVL UP on every one of their social channels, namely Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Oh there, I think we just did.


Tour Dates + Ticket Links
9/7 - New Brunswick, NJ @ The Saint
9/8 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Crayola House
9/9 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
9/10 - Raleigh, NC @Hopscotch Festival
9/11 - Washington, DC @ DC9 +
9/20 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
9/21 - Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal (Bar Le “Ritz” PDB) ~
9/22 - Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot ~
9/23 - Durham, NH @ University of New Hampshire
9/24 - New York, NY @ Market Hotel %
9/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
9/28 - New Haven, CT @ Bar
9/29 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
9/30 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Dagger
10/14 - Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge
10/15 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/16 - Olympia, WA @ Track House
10/17 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
10/18 - Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^
10/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^ 
10/22 - Pomona, CA @ VLHS
10/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex ^
10/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/26 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
10/28 - Bloomington, IN @ The Void
10/29 - Gambier, OH @ Kenyon College
10/30 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
11/1 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *
11/2 - Birmingham @ The Syndicate Lounge *
11/3 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *
10/4 - Austin, TX @ TBA
10/5 - San Antonio, TX @ The Paper Tiger
11/6 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
11/8 - Kansas City @ Davey’s Upstairs *
11/9 - Omaha, NE @ Milk Run *
11/10 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency *
11/11 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
11/12 - Lansing, MI @ The Blind Pig *

+ w/ All Dogs
~ w/ Eskimeaux
% Record Release Show w/ Ovlov and Vagabon
^ w/ Bear Vs Shark
* w/ Alex G and Brandon Can’t Dance

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, SEP 1, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Presenting: The Sub Pop Art Installation, Pop-up Store & Immersive Experience! (at Bumbershoot)

This coming Bumbershoot weekend, September 2nd-4th, Sub Pop Records is fairly well-prepared, and entirely thrilled, to host the above-mentioned Art Installation, Pop-up Store & Immersive Experience - aka Bumberstore - providing a rare glimpse of the unique art, design, culture, and (of course…) merchandise associated with the label. 

You are right in identifying this as another conveniently located Sub Pop retail experience you have to buy a ticket to get into! (See also Sub Pop’s Airport Store.)

And you may (or may not) now be wondering: Exactly what sort of hocus pocus does it take to turn this…


Into this?


Like the other seven wonders of the world, we began with coffee and donuts (obvs.) Also cold pizza: breakfast of champions and losers alike!


Next, gather your brightest minds, your most idea-ful artists and designers, your typically fairly shiftless staffers. Then, sacrifice one toe. Anyone’s toe will do, however the toe of a department director is sure to stack the deck in your favor.


It takes a village. And also roughly that many pillows…


And the hearts of an entire company. 


Add merch…


And we’re also hoping to sell some records.


Three days won’t be nearly enough time, but it’ll have to do. And we’re super stoked to see you there.


Find the Sub Pop Bumberstore at the International Fountain Pavilion. (there’s a map over here.)

We’ll leave the light on for you.





Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, AUG 31, 2016 at 7:00 AM

The Notwist Will Release Digital Live Album ‘Superheroes, Ghostvillains & Stuff’ on October 14th; “Pick Up The Phone” Is Lead Track

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Set sail on the sonic seas of brand new music from German electro-wizards, The Notwist

We (Sub Pop, that is) are pleased to share release details on behalf of Superheroes, Ghostvillains & Stufftheir new live album which features 16 tracks from The Notwist’s extensive catalog, and was recorded on December 16, 2015 on the second of three consecutive, sold-out nights at UT Connewitz in Leipzig, Germany.  

If The Notwist are a new band to you, get to know them! On this page, you can read up on their rich history - over the years, the band has been involved in very notable and sonically awesome side projects like Ms. John Soda and Lali Puna, among others. In the meantime, you can listen to the live version of The Notwist classic, “Pick Up the Phone,” via the good people of Flood Magazine [link here].

Superheroes, Ghostvillains & Stuff will be available as a digital only release in North America from Sub Pop [here] and in Europe on 2xCD/3xLP/DL through Alien Transistor [here].

The Notwist have a European tour scheduled in 2016-17, and if they happen to be playing near you, do yourself a favor and join them for the night. They’re pretty magical live. (Dates below.)


[Photo Credit: Patrick Morarescu]


Tour Dates
2016
Nov. 05 - Weissenhaeuser Strand, DE - Rolling Stone Weekender
Nov. 06 - Berlin, DE - Lido
Dec. 12 - Düsseldorf, DE - Zakk
Dec. 13 - Luxembourg, LX - Atelier
 
2017
Feb. 02 - Zurich, DE - Rote Fabrik
Feb. 13 - Leipzig, DE - Conne Island
Feb. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Rosse Freiheit
Feb. 15 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Feb. 16 - Gent, DE - Vooruit
Feb. 18- Reutlingen, DE - Franz K
Feb. 19 - Frankfurt, DE - Batschkapp


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, AUG 24, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Watch Clipping’s Gravity-Defying New Video for “Air ‘Em Out” Directed By Carlos Lopez Estrada

Clipping just dropped their official video for “Air ‘Em Out,” another stellar track off their upcoming Sci-Fi/dystopian concept album Splendor & Misery (out September 9th via Sub Pop and Deathbomb Arc.

The “Air ‘Em Out” visual was helmed by returning director Carlos Lopez Estrada (“Work Work,” “Inside Out”) and stars Clipping frontman Daveed Diggs. (Yes, that dude from Hamilton Musical.)
 
Lopez Estrada says of the clip, “I met with clipping a few months ago to talk about potential ideas for this video and Jonathan half jokingly said that we should put Daveed in zero gravity. I emailed them back a few days later saying “I know you were kidding, but what if we do?” We then embarked on a wonderful creative journey of scrappy visual effect techniques and ended up with our own janky version of zero gravity, which turned up to be a pretty cool thing, I believe.”


Splendor & Misery is led by the highlights “Baby Don’t Sleep,” “A Better Place,” and the aforementioned “Air ‘Em Out,”and is now available for preorder on CD/LP/DL/CASS from Sub Pop [here] and Deathbomb Arc [here].  Preorders through Sub Pop Mega Mart and independent retailers near you will receive the Loser edition - pictured above - on crystal clear vinyl while supplies last. 


Additionally, Wriggle, the group’s recent surprise EP, is also available [right over here].


Clipping’s current tour schedule in support of Wriggle and Splendor & Misery includes: A hometown release show on September 8th in Los Angeles at Highways Performance Space (with Busdriver and Pedestrian Deposit); September 11th at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival;  And September 30th in Los Angeles at the Smell. More dates will be announced soon, and the current schedule is below.


[Photo Credit: Sarah Sitkin]
 
Tour Dates + Ticket Links
Sep. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Highways Performance Space*
Sep. 11 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
Sep. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell (Benefit Show)**
* w/ Busdriver, Pedestrian Deposit
** w/ The Mae Shi


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, AUG 19, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Sub Pop x Altamont Apparel: Now with Flannel! (finally)

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We have a fond appreciation for the ideafulness of Altamont Apparel when it comes to music, art, and skateboarding. Thus, it seemed like a natural pairing for Sub Pop and Altamont to combine forces for this limited edition capsule collection. We couldn’t be prouder to share (and for you to buy) these new items. 


Limited Edition Sub Pop x Altamont Logo Patch Flannel. [None more grunge.]

Founded in 2006 and rooted in the Los Angeles skate industry, Altamont has a long history of collaborating with the art & music worlds. Sub Pop family members No Age, Rick Froberg of the Obits, Tim Kerr, and Mogwai have all partnered with Altamont to bring their unique visions to life. 


For Fall 2016 we worked with Altamont to create a collection consisting of 2 printed tees, a flannel shirt, denim jacket, and a beanie.


Take a peek at this short video wherein our very own art director extraordinaire, Sasha Barr, talks about at the record label, the history of Sub Pop music in skate videos and how the collaboration with Altamont came to be realized.


Also with skateboard.


The Sub Pop x Altamont collection is available now in the Sub Pop Mega Mart, while supplies last.



Posted by Rachel White