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NEWS : WED, FEB 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Makes Record Store Day 2014 Worth Living

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Record Store Day 2014 is a mere 51 days away according to the official countdown over at RSD.com, and with the popularity of vinyl ever increasing, there are more Record Store Day exclusives in 2014 to sift through than ever before. This means one or two of the following things: 1) You are going to spend MUCH MORE money than last year; and/or 2) It’s going to be tough to stick out in crowded record bins full of limited-edition, Record Store Day-only releases. Well, we here at Sub Pop HQ read the tea leaves, studied the data points, and decided early on that we were going to have to do something really special to stand out this year. We went to work, trimmed the fat, and got our release list to the four most exciting, collectable, sonically pleasing, limited-edition Sub Pop Record Store Day Releases ever. To get a full appreciation of what I’m bullshitting so eloquently about, see below. We’ll see you at your local independent record retailer at four in the morning on April 19th. You bring the coffee. And the donuts.

Mudhoney On Top:  KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP: In 2013 both Mudhoney and Sub Pop turned 25, and, in celebration of this milestone, the band performed on the actual roof of Seattle’s iconic and also very tall Space Needle. Due to space limitations up on top, and the obvious safety issues involved, only about 13 people were able to bear witness to this performance (and you can hear each of them, clapping individually between songs). Our friends at KEXP recorded and broadcast this monumentally historic event, and this limited-edition vinyl LP preserves it for eternity. Limited to 2,700 copies worldwide.

Pissed Jeans The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP: Here are four live-in-the-studio tracks that (finally!) give meaning and validation to Sub Pop’s existence. This historic platter is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, and these versions of the tracks are exclusive to this release.

Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single: This single features four new tracks from the Calgary artist’s vault of unheard music. Exactly none of these tracks appear on Chad’s forthcoming album, Shrink Dust (out 4/29 on Sub Pop!). The dare-we-say incredible cover art is by Chad himself. Limited to 2,300 copies worldwide.

The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single: “Run Run Run” is from the band’s just-released album, Close to the Glass, and this single also includes three more, unreleased tracks: one new song, and two exclusive remixes of “Run Run Run.” Both sides of the record feature a special double groove, with each parallel groove containing a different song. Limited to 1,900 copies worldwide.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, FEB 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Death Vessel’s ‘Island Intervals’ Out Today + New Video!

It’s been an awful long time since Death Vessel’s 2008 Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us, so it feels really good to be able to say that the long awaited follow up is FINALLY out today. You can pick it up wherever fine music is sold, or specifically here, at SubPop.com, if you like. There are still a small handful of limited, colored-vinyl Loser Editions of the vinyl LP if you act quick. Watch the brand new, charmingly odd video for the album track, “Mercury Dime” in the embed.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, FEB 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Head & the Heart’s Beautiful “Another Story” Gets All Cinematic

The Head and the Heart are back with a brand new video off of their 2013 record, Let’s Be Still, for the gorgeous album track, “Another Story”. Buzzfeed has the whole scoop here, but the long and the short of it is that it stars “Pretty Little Liars” actress, Troian Bellisario, it’s both tragic and beautiful, and you should take a few minutes, right now seems good, to watch this cinematic triumph in music video creation. Watch it in the embed.

“Another Story” is from the album Let’s Be Still; pick it up here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

COMMERCE : THU, FEB 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Ruby Suns Music Video + Sale!

It’s been what the kids call a hot minute since Ruby Sun’s criminally overlooked January, 2013 record Christopher came out, and with a brand new video for the song “Desert of Pop” having been surprise-turned in by the band, the record is back on our minds and on our collective office record platters. As a mini celebration of the new video, Ruby Suns records sale on the Sub Pop Mega Mart and iTunes! You can bundle all three of Sub Pop’s Ruby Suns CDs or LPs for just $30, or you can pick them up individually for just $10 apiece–that’s some appreciable savings!

Shop the Ruby Suns sale on SubPop.com or at iTunes.

On Spotify, Rdio, or Beats? (Re)Discover The Ruby Suns there!


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, FEB 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Album + Video From The Afghan Whigs!

A few weeks ago, we got to pleasure ourselves by announcing that The Afghan Whigs would be back in business after a 16+ year hiatus (yes, we were that excited) which was received by applause from you. Well, today, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone shared news of a new record, Do To The Beast, a brand new video for the new album track “Algiers”, and some words that they had with the man himself, Greg Dulli. Watch, read, and join the excitement party about the return of one of the keystone bands in the story of Sub Pop.

Pre-order Do To The Beast here, and receive your vinyl order on the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record, in this case, on white. Oh, and watch the video in the embed!




Posted by Sam Sawyer