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NEWS : WED, DEC 14, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Rejoice! Pissed Jeans Announce 2017 Tour Dates In Support of ‘Why Love Now’ (out Feb 24)

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At long last, Philadelphia’s (and Sub Pop’s) own male-fronted quartet Pissed Jeans just announced 2017 tour dates in support of Why Love Now (out Feb. 24th). Upcoming shows span February 23rd-March11th, and include stops in Washington, D.C., Brooklyn, Somerville, and Philadelphia. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday, December 16th w/additional live dates to come, but for now… sick yr clicks into these babies:

Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Feb. 23 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Feb. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bazaar
Feb. 25 - Somerville, MA - ONCE Ballroom
Mar. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
Mar. 11 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA

Recently, Pissed Jeans shared Why Love Now’s lead single “The Bar Is Low” and we strongly suggest you have a listen to it here. In addition, their recent interview with the Sub Pop Podcast might be one of the absolute best things to come out of late(r) 2016.
 
The New York Times says (and who are we to argue?) of the band and single, “Matt Korvette, the skeptical frontman of a terrific, coarsely named post-hardcore band from Allentown, Pa., doesn’t want to hear your compliments. As a dude, he knows he’s being graded on a curve…The track feels partly inspired by a recent series of unmaskings in the public sphere. “It just seems to be quite an easy bet,” Mr. Korvette sputters. “Those we adore just haven’t spilled their secrets yet.” But the excoriation is all-inclusive: By the end, he floats a claim about our rate of evolution as a species. (Spoiler alert: It’s not hopeful.)”


 
Why Love Now was co-produced by Lydia Lunch, Arthur 
Rizk and Pissed Jeans, and will soon be available on CD / LP / CASS / DL on Sub Pop [over here]. The album features the aforementioned “The Bar is Low,” along with standouts “Ignorecam,” “Love Without Emotion,” and “I’m A Man” (featuring lyrics and vocal from Ugly Girls author Lindsay Hunter).
 
Read more about Pissed Jeans from Maura Johnston here, and follow the band all over the universe
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Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, DEC 13, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Nothing Says Christmas Like A Surreally Disturbing New Short Film From Clipping: Watch “Splendor & Misery”

Clipping just shared a darkly surreal, post-apocalyptic short film - directed by Patrick Kennelly (“Body & Blood”) - inspired by their current and critically acclaimed album, Splendor & Misery [get it here].


The 405 had this to say of the film (and album), “Early this past fall, L.A. rap deconstructionist trio, Clipping delivered their latest challenging experimental full-length album. It was billed as a thematic release that “follows the sole survivor of a slave uprising on an interstellar cargo ship, and the on-board computer that falls in love with him.” On top of the technical rap reflections that make up the album, the trio are supporting their intriguing narrative with a short film of the same name, that brings the album’s unearthly concepts to life. Director, Patrick Kennelly helped piece together the surreal post-apocalyptic drama that’s equal parts fascinating and equal parts difficult to watch (see premiere December 13th).
 
Clipping are currently on tour in Europe (their forthcoming London show at Corsica Studios on 20th December has now sold out and a second night at the same venue has now been added) and the trio have been chosen to support The Flaming Lips on tour in North America next year! (see dates below.)
 

The band recently appeared on Conan and delivered a stellar performance of “Air ‘Em Out [see here].”  And you can/should also watch Clipping’s official video “Shooter,” from Wriggle, the group’s summer EP, directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada [see here].



Splendor & Misery is available now on CD/LP/DL/CASS worldwide from Sub Pop [here] and Deathbomb Arc [here].


Tour Dates + Ticket Links
Dec. 13 - Amsterdam, NL - Sugar Factory
Dec. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang
Dec. 15 -  Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia
Dec. 16 - Frankfurt, DE - Zoom
Dec. 17 - Munich, DE - Orange House
Dec. 18 - Düsseldorf, DE - FFT Foyer
Dec. 19 - Paris, FR - Batofar
Dec. 20 - London, UK - Corsica Studios [Sold Out]
Dec. 21 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
Feb. 17 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory *
Feb. 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Broad *
Feb. 20 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
Feb. 21 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
Feb. 22 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
Feb. 24 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club (Noise Pop!) *
Feb. 25 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall *
Mar. 03 - Boston, MA - House of Blues **
Mar. 04 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore **
Mar. 05 - Washington, DC - 930 Club **
Mar. 06 - Washington, DC - 930 Club **
Mar. 09 - New York City, NY - Terminal 5 **
Mar. 11 - Westbury, NY - The Space at Westbury **
Mar. 13 - Toronto, ON - Rebel **
Mar. 14 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theater **
Mar. 29 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium **
Mar. 30 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore **
Mar. 31 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz **
Apr. 02 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle **
Apr. 04 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live **
* w/
Baseck
** w/ The Flaming Lips


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, DEC 6, 2016 at 7:05 AM

Listen To Kristin Kontrol’s Exquisite B-side “Baby Are You In?” from the X-Communicate Sessions

Commence feasting your ears on this previously unreleased b-side “Baby Are You In?” from Kristin Kontrol, available today everywhere in the known digi-verse.

What’s the story here? Well, Kristin tells us, “”Baby Are You In?” was recorded during the X-Communicate sessions and I really regret not including it on the album. It was super fun to make - Kurt Feldman and I let loose on the production, trying to pin down that nebulous aggression from Evil Heat-era Primal Scream, but let it cork off the party at the end. It’s my favorite to perform live; I really feel the lyrics…’I wake up with the sun on my face, I call this moment “morning grace.’ I wanna kiss the light cuz it’s one day later, the night’s lost its tenure, I slept off my failure.’”

Kristin Kontrol will perform on Tuesday, December 13th at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge with special guests Starchild & The New Romantic and NOIA. Tickets to aforementioned performance are on sale now here.

[Photo credit: Jimmy Fontaine]

Kristin Kontrol’s X-Communicate was released in late May to mass critical praise. Highlighting the singular quality of Kristin’s voice and songwriting, the album moves effortlessly between tempo and mood, using genre rather than adhering to it. “There are sparkly synth ballads and icy New Wave tunes, and Welchez finds her inner Kate Bush behind the microphone. But it all makes sense because the whole record is so relentlessly, meticulously catchy that it coheres in ways few albums this varied could,” says the Los Angeles TimesPitchfork also praised X-Communicate for its “sleek synth pop,” crowning its title track Best New Song. Idolator called it one of “the best pop albums of 2016.”

“She’s hitting reset, forcing us to rise to the occasion and see female creators as something more  than our preconceptions,” said MTV NewsStereogum observed, ”X-Communicate and the evolution into Kristin Kontrol show Welchez becoming an absolute machine when it comes to hooks.” “Yes, this is a dance-pop record, but think a modern spin on Kate Bush’s The Hounds of LoveSiouxsie and the Banshees’ Tinderbox,” noted Under the Radar.

X-Communicate is available now on CD / LP / DL / CASS.



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, DEC 1, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Listen to Low’s Uplifting New Holiday Recording “Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)”

On the eve of Low’s UK & Ireland tour - on which they’re set to play tracks from their seminal 1999 EP Christmas - the Duluth trio present a reflective and inspiring new recording, closing out our current year and looking ahead to the next.

Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)” finds Mimi Parker’s lead vocal soaring above Alan Sparhawk’s own artfully processed vocal and plaintive guitar motif.

The song comes with a short personal note from the band:

“To friends who have moved away and friends who have passed on this year. To one and all, especially those who are alone, we wish you a Merry Christmas and new hope for the new year. May we all find ways to lift each other.

With love,

Mimi, Alan and Steve.”



[Photo by Zoran Orlic]

Low have an unparalleled pedigree when it comes to releasing seasonal aural delights. Their eight-song 1999 EP Christmas is often referred to as one of the best Christmas albums of the alternative era, and is a gift that many fans return to year in, year out. Originally championed by John Peel, the EP collects five Christmas-themed originals by the band as well as covers of “Little Drummer Boy,” “Blue Christmas” and “Silent Night.”


Starting today, fans will have a rare chance to experience the joy, peace and reflection imbued in these songs - as well as new release “Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)” - when they’re performed live in some of the most handsome venues that the UK and Ireland has to offer.

The tour, which includes two nights at London’s Union Chapel, is nigh-on sold out with just a handful of tickets remaining at certain venues.


Low Christmas 2016 tour

01 December – Norwich, UK – Arts Centre (SOLD OUT)
02 December – Buxton, UK – Opera House
03 December – Brighton, UK – St. Georges (SOLD OUT)
05 December – London, UK – Union Chapel (SOLD OUT)
06 December - London, UK - Union Chapel (SOLD OUT)
07 December – Bristol, UK – St. Georges (SOLD OUT)
08 December - Salford, UK - Eagle Inn* (SOLD OUT)
09 December – Halifax, UK – Minster (SOLD OUT)
10 December – Glasgow, UK – St. Lukes Church (SOLD OUT)
12 December – Belfast, UK – Empire
13 December – Dublin, IE - Christchurch (SOLD OUT)
14 December – Kilkenny, IE – Set Theatre

*LOW return to Salford, Greater Manchester on 8th December for an intimate performance at The Eagle Inn. The 80-capacity show will consist of an exclusive set of all-new material never before performed in Europe, with all profits donated to local homelessness charity Booth Centre. Support comes from Loop legend Robert Hampson and local singer-songwriter Elle Mary; marking the final Dots & Loops event to wind up ten years’ promoting in Manchester.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, NOV 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year To Shop Sub Pop Mega Mart! Our “Big Annual” Holiday Sale Is On Now Through Jan. 3

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It’s that time of year again where we thank you for being the best customers imaginable in the world of music-buying peoples far and wide. 

In an effort to show our unending appreciation of you, we’ll now attempt to coerce you into spending even more of your hard earned shekels with us this holiday season… by offering 20% off on all* Sub Pop Mega Mart orders over $25 starting today and going all the way ‘til 11:59 pm on January 3rd.  Believe us when we say that we’ve got some of the best midsize-indie-record-label-branded merchandise your heart can handle, and we’d really love to sell it to you and your loved ones this holiday season. Knit hats, gloves, and sweaters? We’ve got ‘em.  Things designed to make you sweat (like sweatshirts and sweatpants, gutterbrain)? We’ve got those too. Trinkets and trash? Enough for everyone! We’ve also got a slew of really exciting 2016 releases that you might have missed out on from bands like Clipping.TADLVL UPGoatKristin KontrolMorgan Delt, and so much more

All orders placed by December 19th are guaranteed to ship out before we close up shop for the year, so get your orders in early and often.  Related to this impending warehouse closure, any orders placed between December 19th and January 2nd will not ship out until after we are back in the office on January 3rd

Thank you in advance for your impending (wildly overzealous, we hope) gift buying spree.

Love, Sub Pop.


*All Current and future pre-orders from excellent artists like Pissed Jeans and Jesca Hoop are excluded from this 20% off sale. These items do, however, count towards reaching your $25 qualifying order total, so definitely pick those up too!  


Posted by Rachel White