After having to wait four long years for the follow up to Avi Buffalo’s breakthrough self-titled album, we finally get the fantastic At Best Cuckold, an album that according to NME, is “close to perfection” and a 9/10 (read the review here). Pick up your copy wherever fine records are sold or, [ahem], from us here at Sub Pop.
Avi Buffalo’s At Best Cuckold is still a month and a half out, but don’t let that sad fact stop you from enjoying you some Avi Buffalo TODAY. Go ahead and press play on the embedded player to get lost in the dreamscape that is the music video embodiment of the ABC track “So What”.
Buffalo’s eponymous debut hit the ground running in 2010, and for good
reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied
with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were
busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC,
and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes
are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids their age, the
Buffaloes celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of
visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, their overseas journeys took
them to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the
Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, and beyond.
And thus began the three-year journey that led to the creation of At Best Cuckold, a stretch of time that resembles the one that framed its predecessor. While transitioning from teenager to twenty-something and traversing the interpersonal wilds that accompany that age, Avi kept playing music (even picking up a new instrument every now and again), collaborated with and produced many friends (including Kevin Litrow’s N.O.W. project and Douglas James Sweeney’s Arjuna Genome), started DJing, and listened to a bunch of good music. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013 rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks…The end result is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. Listen to the lead-off track, “So What”, in the handy embed to hear some of those sneaky moments of grandeur.
Pre-order At Best Cuckold from Sub Pop and receive a large, limited-edition fold-out poster. Speaking of limited-edition, if you pre-order ABC on the vinyl format, you’ll receive the colored-vinyl, Loser Edition of the LP, in this case, the lack-of-color, clear vinyl. Limited-edition means when they’re gone, they’re gone, so probably order now, right? Yes.
Handsome Furs Sound Kapital, Shabazz Palaces Black Up, Still Corners Cuckoo 7" and Avi Buffalo How Come 7" are officially available for your purchasing pleasure today, June 28. Happy Release Day to all. Read on for some exciting updates for all 4 artists.
Handsome Furs new record is hot, noisy, over-stimulated… and ready to take on the world. The band are currently touring North American in support of their new release. Click here for a full list of dates.
Seattle friends, Shabazz Palaces will be preforming on KEXP live today at 12:00 PM PDT, with a performance tonight at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne. The group also have 2 upcoming CD release shows in Seattle, WA on Thursday June 30th & Friday July 1st, with a performance at this year Pitchfork Music Festival. For more information on these shows click here. You can also stream Black Up via You Tube. Click here to watch and listen.
Still Corners create music that is dreamy, dark and alluringly eerie. Built on the siren vocals of Tessa Murray and lush atmospheric songs of Greg Hughes, they create a wash of Lynch-esque inspired love songs. You can listen/download the track “Cuckoo” off the 7" with the same name here and stay tuned for more information on the bands forthcoming Sub Pop debut, Creatures of an Hour out on October 11.
After the release of the band’s critically acclaimed self-titled release, Avi Buffalo is back with a brand spank’n new 7" entitled “How Come.” Insert your email in the widget above to download the a-side off this ripping release. Avi Buffalo is hitting the road in the beginning of July. Click here for a full list of shows.
June 28th is a date just filthy with new releases from your good pals over here at Sub Pop Records & Shirts, Inc. Seriously, we’ll be just buried in new tunes that day. Like this… We’ve got the new one from Montreal’s Handsome Furs; Sound Kapital is the duo’s third full-length, and their best yet. Handsome Furs continue to evolve in unpredictable and exciting ways. On this new album they use keyboards and drum machines to forge nine life-affirming anthems taut with muscle and blood. Pre-ordering Sound Kapital will get you a Handsome Furs postcard set for free!
Next up, we’ve got Black Up from Seattle’s enigmatic hip-hop crew, Shabazz Palaces. This debut full-length is the kind of unpredictable genius we like to think you might, possibly, by now, have come to expect from us. We are fairly certain that it is totally not grunge. We are also fairly certain that it is a profoundly amazing record. And, according to much of the early press (and something called “buzz”) that Black Up has received, we are not alone in that. If (let’s go ahead and say when) you pre-order Black Up, you’ll receive a limited edition Shabazz Palaces patch.
Alongside these two full-lengths, we’ve got two new singles coming out that day as well! There’s one from Still Corners, their first release on Sub Pop and a precursor to their full-length debut coming later this year, and our first new music from Avi Buffalo since the band’s April 2010 first and self-titled album.
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Sometimes it’s just nice to have proof that certain events actually took place (especially if your memory is as unreliable as ours). Did I really flash Vanilla Ice on my walk home from the bar? Did I really, prior to seeing/flashing Vanilla Ice, participate in a pie eating contest and then puke on him, post-flashing? Sometimes without filmic documentation of events, it’s as if those events never happened.
Luckily for you/us, we have proof that we did in fact turn 22! You can now see for yourself the level of sonic debauchery that members of Jaill, Avi Buffalo, Happy Birthday, our staff and good friends in Seattle, all enjoyed without experiencing (or perhaps admitting to) an icky hangover or intense cotton mouth. Click here to see what happens when we at Sub Pop throw a 22nd birthday party for ourselves!
And, speaking of Jaill … Their new record, That’s How We Burn, comes out this Tuesday, July 27th! Starting now and until the album’s release on Tuesday, we are giving you the opportunity to stream the record in its entirety. Click here to jam on the band’s new record. Should you like what you hear (and trust us, you will) you can pre-order the album here. In addition to your copy of That’s How We Burn, you will also receive a free Jaill patch handmade by the same talented, nimble hands which made this unquestionably buyable record. And by that we mean the band made these themselves!
One last thing, Avi Buffalo, Jaill and Happy Birthday are all on the road or gearing up to head out on tour. Click here to see if any of these bands or other bands currently recording under the Sub Pop imprint of moderate quality will be passing through your town.
Never forget, Sub Pop has a boner for Sub Pop.
ps) Thanks to Patrick Richardson Wright for this video!