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NEWS : WED, MAY 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Beach House to Release ‘B-Sides and Rarities’ Album Worldwide on June 30th

Now listen to previously unreleased track. “Chariot”.


[Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]

Cry those tears of joy, because on Friday, June 30th, Beach House will release the B-Sides and Rarities album (pre-order here!), a 14-track compilation of songs from throughout their career. The album features 2 previously unreleased tracks “Chariot” (as seen above) and “Baseball Diamond,” which were recorded during the Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars sessions (both Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars were released, 2 months apart, in 2015)
 
Beach House says of the release, “When we announced that we were releasing a B-sides and rarities album, someone on Twitter asked, ‘B-sides record? Why would Beach House put out a B-sides record? Their A-sides are like B-sides.’ This random person has a point. Our goal has never been to make music that is explicitly commercial. Over the years, as we have worked on our 6 LPs, it wasn’t the ‘best’ or most catchy songs that made the records, just the ones that fit together to make a cohesive work. Accordingly, our B-sides are not songs that we didn’t like as much, just ones that didn’t have a place on the records we were making.”
 
“The idea for a B-sides record came when we realized just how many non-album songs had been made over the years, and how hard it was to find and hear many of them. This compilation contains every song we have ever made that does not exist on one of our records. There are 14 songs in total.” 



Beach House’s B-Sides and Rarities will be released on CD / LP / CASS / DL and is available for pre-order now here. LP pre-orders in North America through the Sub Pop Mega Mart and select independent retailers will receive the Loser Edition on crystal clear vinyl (while supplies last), and a new T-shirt design will also be available to bundle with the album. 

B-Sides and Rarities
Tracklisting:
1. Chariot
2. Baby
3. Equal Mind
4. Used to Be (2008 Single Version)
5. White Moon (iTunes Session Remix)
6. Baseball Diamond
7. Norway (iTunes Session Remix)
8. Play the Game
9. The Arrangement
10. Saturn Song
11. Rain in Numbers
12. I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun
13. 10 Mile Stereo (Cough Syrup Remix)
14. Wherever You Go

About the B Sides and Rarities album: 

When we announced that we were releasing a B-sides and rarities album, someone on Twitter asked, “B-sides record? Why would Beach House put out a B-sides record? Their A-sides are like B-sides.” This random person has a point. Our goal has never been to make music that is explicitly commercial. Over the years, as we have worked on our 6 LPs, it wasn’t the “best” or most catchy songs that made the records, just the ones that fit together to make a cohesive work. Accordingly, our B-sides are not songs that we didn’t like as much, just ones that didn’t have a place on the records we were making. 

The idea for a B-sides record came when we realized just how many non-album songs had been made over the years, and how hard it was to find and hear many of them. This compilation contains every song we have ever made that does not exist on one of our records. There are 14 songs in total. 

The oldest song is “Rain in Numbers” and was recorded in 2005, during the summer we formed the band. We didn’t have a piano, so we asked our friend if we could use his, which was pretty out of tune. We used the mic that was on the four-track machine to record the piano and vocals. It was originally the secret song on our self-titled debut. 

Sequentially, the next couple of songs are from late 2008. We were so excited about “Used to Be,” that we recorded it right after writing it so that we could have it as a 7” single for our fall tour with the Baltimore Round Robin. We recorded our cover of Queen’s “Play the Game” in the same session. It was for a charity compilation benefiting AIDS research and we will continue to donate all profits from the song to that charity. As fans of Queen, we thought it would be fun and ridiculous to try to adapt their high-powered pop song into our realm. These songs were recorded at the same studio where we made Devotion.

There are a bunch of songs written and recorded in the 2009-2010 window. This period of time, as well as 2014, was our most prolific to date. “Baby” was written and recorded in October 2009 with our friend Jason Quever. “10 Mile Stereo” was recorded during the Teen Dream session in July 2009. Since we used tape, we often slowed the tape way down to create effects while recording. When we were doing that for “10 Mile Stereo” we decided we wanted to make an alternate version where the whole song was slowed down, hence the “10 Mile Stereo (Cough Syrup Remix).”

“White Moon” and “The Arrangement” were both songs that we didn’t believe fit on Teen Dream. “White Moon” originally appeared on our iTunes live session. Since that was recorded and mixed very hastily, we have remixed it to better match our current aesthetics. We have also remixed and included the version of “Norway” we did at that same session. The main reason we wanted to include “Norway” is that it features a very different bridge from the original version. 

After the insane year of touring we had in 2010, we felt incredibly grateful to our fans for all that had happened. We wrote and recorded “I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun” during a break between tours and released it on the internet for free, unmastered. Well, it’s finally been mastered…

“Wherever You Go” Is another song from that era.  We always loved this song but thought it sounded too much like our old music. We paused writing it and didn’t finish it until 2011 during the Bloom recording session. It appeared originally as a secret song on Bloom
 
“Equal Mind” was also recorded during the Bloom session. We really like this song, but pulled it from the record when we realized it had the exact same tempo as “Other People.” They are like twins. 

The Bloom sessions led to “Saturn Song” as well. This song is built on a piano loop we wrote while recording Bloom. It also contains sounds recorded in deep space. It originally appeared on a compilation of songs incorporating space sounds that was released in 2014.

Finally, there are two previously unreleased songs from the Depression Cherry/Thank Your Lucky Stars sessions. They are called “Chariot” and “Baseball Diamond.”

Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Beach House has also added new dates to their 2017 international headlining and festival tour schedule. Highlights include: August 13th in Castelbuono, IT at Ypsigrock, August 16th in Sestri Levante, IT for an appearance at Mojotic Festival, and a string of September dates with friends and former labelmates Fleet Foxes (with stops at the Hollywood Bowl and Red Rocks Amphitheatre among those).

Beach House will also appear at New York’s Governor’s Ball the weekend of June 2nd-4th.  
 
May 24 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre        
May 26 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre
May 27 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Revolution
May 28 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall          
May 30 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
May 31 - Knoxville, TN - Mill & Mine    
Jun. 02 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
Jun. 03 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
Jun. 04 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
Aug. 11 - Copenhagen, DK - Haven
Aug. 13 - Castelbuono, IT - Ypsigrock
Aug. 16 - Sestri Levante, IT - Mojotic Festival
Aug. 18 - Parades de Coura, PT - Parades de Coura Festival
Sep. 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl*
Sep. 24 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre*
Sep. 25 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Opera*
Sep. 27 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
*w/ Fleet Foxes



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, MAY 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Marika Hackman Shares Provocative New Track “Violet” from ‘I’m Not Your Man’ (out June 2nd)

Watch a live performance of “Violet” direct from Marika’s bedroom, right over here.

Marika Hackman’s “Violet” is a provocative new track from I’m Not Your Man, her forthcoming album, and Sub Pop Debut, preceded last week by her a romantic (and creepy) new video for “My Lover Cindy,” another standout track from I’m Not Your Man. The video was directed by Sam Bailey, and stars Marika as a butler working in the home of a young couple who begin a fencing match. As the match progresses, the masks come off and the sword fighting intensifies and things get…weird. Watch it here and see through thine own eyes.



 
Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Marika Hackman’s previously announced co-headlining tour with The Big Moon begins July 29th in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theatre and ends August 16th in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right.  The Big Moon, will act as her backing band for this trek (and are the studio musicians with whom she recorded I’m Not Your Man).  The 14-city tour will also visit  Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Denver, Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle, and more.  The Big Moon are currently supporting Love in the 4th Dimension, out now on Columbia Records.
 
Jul. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg*
Jul. 31 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club*
Aug. 02 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
Aug. 03 -  Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret*
Aug. 04 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern*
Aug. 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*
Aug. 07 - Denver, CO  -  Lost Lake*
Aug. 09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry*
Aug. 10 - Milwaukee, WI  - Back Room at Collectivo*
Aug. 11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas*
Aug. 13 - Toronto, ON - The Drake*
Aug. 14 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo*
Aug. 15 - Boston, MA -  Great Scott*
Aug. 16 - Brooklyn, NY -  Baby’s All Right*
*w/ The Big Moon




I’m Not Your Man will be released on CD / LP / DL / CS and is now available to preorder (please) in North and South America from Sub Pop. and Marika Hackman’s official website here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on green and orange swirled vinyl with a bonus 7” (while supplies last). There will also be a new t-shirt design available. I’m Not Your Man is also available in rest of the world via from AMF Records.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, MAY 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Is Hiring a New Receptionist

Sorrywerehiring

Sub Pop Records is seeking a full-time Receptionist at our world headquarters in Seattle, WA. The candidate must be:

  • able to multi-task
  • able to work as part of a team, sharing common goals
  • self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • detailed and organized
  • in possession of strong communication and writing skills
  • comfortable using MS Office suite and be internet savvy
  • accommodating and outgoing with office visitors

The closing date to apply for this position is Friday, May 26th, 2017.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

The Receptionist at Sub Pop has a variety of responsibilities, including attending to visitors and phone calls. In addition, our receptionist provides information regarding the company to the general public and the people we work with, and serves as a general facilities manager and marketing assistant, whose main focus within marketing is tour promotions.

  • answer telephone; screen and direct calls; take and relay messages
  • provide basic company policies, Sub Pop history, and information to the public
  • keep track of employee schedules and in/out calendars
  • receive and sort mail and deliveries daily
  • oversee general cleanliness and organization of common areas/kitchen/conference room
  • order and maintain stock of office and kitchen supplies
  • oversee office maintenance and act as liaison to building management
  • provide venues and promoters promotional tour supplies for Sub Pop bands
  • update listings for tour merchandise accounting system AtVenu
  • assist Marketing Director in preparing for meetings with artists and their managers; assist with project report distribution as nec.
  • receive, sort, and provide intern applications for employees, specifically the marketing staff
  • manage special projects
  • provide administrative support as needed
  • provide Sub Pop materials as set dressing for television and motion pictures
  • update and maintain front desk operator’s manual\

Please send resume and cover letter to Derek Erdman (dereke@subpop.com).

Resumes accepted through May 26, 2017.


Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : TUE, MAY 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Watch “My Lover Cindy”, the creeptastically cheeky new video from Marika Hackman

Things aren’t what they seem in Marika Hackman’s romantic and creepy new video for “My Lover Cindy,” one of the standouts from I’m Not Your Man, her forthcoming album (out 6/2).
 
“My Lover Cindy” was directed by Sam Bailey, and stars Marika as a butler working at the home of a young couple who begin a fencing match. Pretty sure you’ll never think of fencing the same way after this…


 
Marika Hackman’s forthcoming co-headlining tour with The Big Moon) begins July 29th in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theatre and ends August 16th in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right.  The Big Moon,will act as her backing band for this trek (and are the studio musicians with whom she recorded I’m Not Your Man).  The 14-city tour will also visit Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Denver, Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle, and more.  The Big Moon are currently supporting Love in the 4th Dimension, out now on Columbia Records.

Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Jul. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg*
Jul. 31 -  Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club*
Aug. 02 -  Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
Aug. 03 -  Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret*
Aug. 04 -  Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern*
Aug. 06 -  Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*
Aug. 07  Denver, CO  -  Lost Lake*
Aug. 09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry*
Aug. 10 -  Milwaukee, WI  - Back Room at 
Collectivo*
Aug. 11 -  Chicago, IL - Schubas*
Aug. 13 -  Toronto, ON - The Drake*
Aug. 14 -  Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo*
Aug. 15 - Boston, MA -  Great Scott*
Aug. 16 -  Brooklyn, NY -  Baby’s All Right*
*w/ The Big Moon
 

Marika Hackman’s I’m Not Your Man includes the highlights “Boyfriend,” [watch here], “My Lover Cindy” [listen here / watch live here], “Violet” and “Cigarette,” and was produced and mixed by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J) at various locales throughout London.




I’m Not Your Man will be released on CD / LP / DL / CS and is now available to preorder in North and South America from Sub Pop and Marika Hackman’s official website over here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on green and orange swirled vinyl with a bonus 7” (while supplies last). There will also be a new t-shirt design available. I’m Not Your Man is also available in rest of the world via from AMF Records.
 
There’s an open-ended 
nature to I’m Not Your Man: the discussions within, conversations on femininity, sex and sexual identity, millennial ennui, the pressures of living in a social media bubble and the perils of being young in a fast-paced industry. Says Marika, “The record’s all about female relationships, romance and breakdowns, but there’s also a dim worldview going on. I’m Not Your Man can either mean, ‘I’m not your man, I’m your woman’, or it can mean, ‘I’m not a part of this…’,” explains Marika.It’s a fiery statement from a songwriter who no longer wants to be shackled to limiting descriptions…To help channel this fervid female energy, Hackman recruited her best mates – London quartet The Big Moon to play as her backing band. They all met at a gig once and an immediate friend crush ensued. “They really captured the soul of what it all meant to me and brought a lot of fun and creativity,” says Hackman. “A lot of messing about and cuddling.” There was no concern that bringing in a much-hyped band to play on a number of tracks would take the shine off her own project. “I just wanna make the right record and if that’s involving people who can fucking smash it then that’s what I’m gonna do. Bands coming together is so important, particularly for women [read more at Sub Pop].”


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, MAY 9, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Shabazz Palaces’ ‘Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines’, the group’s fourth album and monozygotic twin to ‘Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star’, scheduled for simultaneous release July 14th

Now Listen to lead single “30 Clip Extension” off newly revealed album ‘Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines’. [Lyric video directed by Cristina T. Bercovitz and Jonathan Snipes of Clipping.]


Shabazz Palaces will release Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machinesthe group’s fourth album and extra-spatial twin to Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, worldwide July 14th through Sub Pop Records. The album, featuring highlights “30 Clip Extension,” “Julian’s Dream (odeto a bad)” and “Effeminence” includes guest appearances from Fly Guy Dai of Chimurenga Renaissance, Amir Yaghamai, John Carroll Kirby, Thaddillac, Morgan Henderson, The Shogun Shot, Laz, and Purple Tape Nate. 

Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines is a second, fully-realized album of new material that expands the Quazarz universe, and tells the tales of Quazarz, that sent sentient from some elsewhere. A wave warrior wielding his sonic sword. Posted to the turnt-up states of Amurderca here on the Gangster Star to chronicle, explore and enjoy as a musical emissary. He discovers a world where humankind’s relationship with their tech-devices has become weirdly sensual, seducing a sedentary seamlessness with humans, while capturing and incarcerating the results of their imagination. Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines finds our protagonist with his dazzling cohorts rising a collective Nah to the device and the guilds that proliferate them.

Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines was produced by the Palaceer Lazaro and Sunny Levine, recorded in Seattle at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space and in Marina Del Rey at Dror Lord Studios, and mixed by Levine and Kamal Humphrey at Kamal’s House Studio.


Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines and …Born on a Gangster Star will be released on CD / LP / DL / CS and are now available for preorder from Sub Pop right here.  LP pre-orders for each album from megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers, will receive the limited “Loser” edition on colored vinyl (…Jealous Machines on mashed-up purple; …Born on a Gangster Star on aluminum). Both albums can be purchased together as a special bundle, and there are also new T-shirt designs associated with each release (one for …Born on a Gangster Star and two for …vs. The Jealous Machines).


Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines will also be available as a special-edition illustrated album: illustrated by cartoonist Joshua Ray Stephens this full-color, hand-numbered, 32-page book includes a download code for the full album. Joshua Ray Stephens worked directly with Shabazz Palaces to interpret the album track-by-track, creating a cohesive whole that synchronizes music and image. Printed in a large 11” x 17” format, with saddle-stitch binding, this limited-edition art piece further expands the ambitious universe of Quazarz and Shabazz Palaces. The illustrated album version of Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines will be released in collaboration with Fantagraphics Books on Friday, August 18th.


Book Cover


“30 Clip Extension”

Read more about Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines and Quazarz: Born On a Gangster Star right over here.


[Photo Credit: Victoria Kovios]

Now’s the time to follow Shabazz Palaces everywhere in the known (and unknown) universe via subpop.com/artists/shabazz_palaces and Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

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Quazarz Vs. The Jealous Machines
Tracklisting:

1. Welcome to Quazarz
2. Gorgeous Sleeper Cell
3. Self-Made Follownaire
4. 
Atlaantis
5. Effeminence (feat. Fly Guy Dai of Chimurenga Renaissance)
6. Julian’s Dream (ode to a bad) (feat. The Shogun Shot)
7. 30 Clip Extension
8. Love in the time of Kanye (feat. Purple Tape Nate)
9. 
Sabonim in the Saab on ‘em
10. The SS Quintessence
11. Late night phone calls (feat. Laz)
12.
Quazarz on 23rd 



Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star
Tracklisting:

1. Since C.A.Y.A
2. When Cats Claw
3. Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)
4. Dèesse Du Sang
5. Eel Dreams (feat. Loud Eyes Lou)
6. Parallax (feat. The Palaceer Lazaro)
7. Fine Ass Hairdresser
8. The Neurochem 
Mixalogue
9. That’s How City Life Goes
10. Moon Whip Quäz (feat. Darrius)
11. Federalist Papers


Shabazz Palaces Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Shabazz Palaces will support both Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines and Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star with North American tour dates that currently span May 13th through September 17th.  New cities for the the tour include El Paso, Toronto, Quebec City, and Baltimore. Additionally, for the dates from August 16th to September 9th, support will come from labelmate Porter Ray.

May 13 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017
Aug. 16 - Portland, OR - The Star Theater*
Aug. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
Aug. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre*
Aug. 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
Aug. 21 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow*
Aug. 23 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (Outdoor Stage)*
Aug. 24 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada*
Aug. 25 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon*
Aug. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
Aug. 27 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm*
Aug. 28 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
Aug. 30 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups*

Aug. 31 - Detroit, MI - El Club*
Sep. 01 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace*
Sep. 02 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount*
Sep. 03 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
Sep. 05 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair*
Sep. 06 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw*

Sep. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
Sep. 08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
Sep. 09 - Baltimore, DC - Ottobar*
Sep. 11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Sep. 15 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Sep. 16 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Sep. 17 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Douglas Park
*w/ Porter Ray



Posted by Rachel White