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NEWS : MON, MAR 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop vs SXSW: Officially Unofficial

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Sub Pop vs. SXSW:
Sub Pop Licensing Showcase March 12th

KEXP, Sub Pop, & Hardly Art Present “Officially Unofficial” Day Party March 13th

SXSW show schedules for Avi Buffalo, The Baptist Generals, clipping., Dum Dum Girls, THEESatisfaction, THUMPERS, and Washed Out

Here’s what Sub Pop has planned for this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX! We’re foregoing an official showcase in favor of keeping our options open to partner up on a few day parties, participate in a multi-record label rummage sale, and live vicariously through our bands’ individual shows, Austin-wide! Bands scheduled to appear at the festival include:  Avi Buffalo, The Baptist Generals, clipping., Dum Dum Girls, THEESatisfaction, THUMPERS, and Washed Out.

Our week of parties, events and band shows include:

Wednesday, March 12th: Sub Pop Licensing’s Showcase at North Door will feature a diverse array of talent: The Haden Sisters and Sub Pop alum Kelley Stoltz (Third Man Records), along with The Coathangers (Suicide Squeeze),  Protomartyr (Hardly Art),  THUMPERS (Sub Pop), and  R. Ring, featuring Kelly Deal (Misra).  

Thursday, March 13th: Sub Pop & sister label Hardly Art will team up with KEXP for the “Officially Unofficial” day party & broadcast at Mellow Johnny’s. The party will feature performances from Dum Dum Girls, La Luz, THUMPERS, and Avi Buffalo. Visit KEXP.ORG for live updates throughout the day.

Also on Thursday, we’ll have a table at the Record Label Rummage Rampage at Obsolete Industries.  

Please find a current list of events and individual band schedules below.

Day Parties:
Mar. 12 (Noon - 5pm)
Sub Pop Licensing Showcase

The North Door / 502 Brushy Street
The Haden Triplets (12:30pm)
The Coathangers (1:15pm)
Kelley Stoltz (2pm)
Protomartyr (2:45pm)
THUMPERS (3:30pm)
R. Ring (4:15pm)

Mar. 13 (Noon - 6:30pm)
“Officially Unofficial” Day Party

Presented by KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art
Mellow Johnny’s / 400 Nueces St
Dum Dum Girls (12pm)
La Luz (2pm)
Avi Buffalo (6pm)

Mar. 13 (Noon - 5pm)
Record Label Rummage Rampage

Presented by Amphetamine Reptile, Sub Pop, Merge, Third Man
Obsolete Industries / 1700 E. 12th St.

Band Schedules:
Avi Buffalo
Mar. 11 - Buffalo Billiards / SAG-AFTRA Party (1am)
Mar. 12 - Do512 Lounge (7pm)
Mar. 13 - Flamingo Cantina / Under The Radar Party (2:30pm)
Mar. 13 - Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (6pm)
Mar. 14 - Hotel San Jose (2pm)
Mar. 15 - Homeslice Pizza (12:10pm)
Mar. 15 - Dirty Dog / Denver Post Reverb Party (3pm)

The Baptist Generals   
Mar. 13 - Cheer Up Charlie’s (inside) / SXSW Showcase (12:15am)

Mar. 12 - Hotel Vegas (Volstead Inside) / Inland Empire Touring Day Party (3:30pm)
Mar. 14 - The Owl of Austin / PORTALS Day party (2pm)

Dum Dum Girls
Mar. 12 - Spotify House (2pm)
Mar. 12 - Mohawk / SPIN at House of Vans Day Party (4:15pm)
Mar. 13 - Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (12pm)
Mar. 13 - TBA
Mar. 13 - Convention Center, Ballroom D / KCSN Show at Radio Day Stage (4pm)
Mar. 13 - Red 7 / Ground Control Touring Showcase (1:10am)
Mar. 14 - Clive Bar / Filter (5pm)
Mar. 14 - Hotel San Jose (7pm)
Mar. 14 - Cedar Street Courtyard / Chevy (11:45pm)
Mar. 15 - Empire Control Room & Garage / Check Your Ponytail (2:15pm)
Mar. 15 - Gypsy / Sailor Jerry’s (5pm)

Mar. 15 - Bungalow / SXSW Showcase (9:35pm)

Mar. 12 - Swan Dive / PASTE day party (12:35pm)
Mar. 12 - The North Door / Sub Pop Licensing Showcase (3:45pm)
Mar. 13 - Flamingo Cantina / Under The Radar Showcase (1:35pm)
Mar. 13 - Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (4pm)
Mar. 13 - Latitude 30 / BME BBC Introducing Showcase (8pm)
Mar. 14 - Mohawk (Outdoor) / ATC Management + Vans Showcase (9:30pm)
Mar. 14 - Latitude 30 / BME SXSW Present Showcase (4:40pm)
Mar. 15 - Hotel San Jose / WFUV Session (10am)
Mar. 15 - El Sapo / MFL (1-2pm)
Mar. 15 - TBA
Mar. 15 - TBA

Washed Out
Mar. 14 - Butler Park - Free Show (7pm)
Mar. 14 - Bar 96 / Filter Showcase (12:30am)
Mar. 15 - Hype Hotel (12:30am)

For additional venue information:

Posted by Sam Sawyer

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, 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, 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 or at iTunes.

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

Posted by Sam Sawyer