Happy 2010, friends! The new decade is starting off right with three new records on Sub Pop that are sure to be contenders for the next ‘best of the decade’ list. (Check back in 2019 to see why they call me Nostraswainus.) On January 26th we are releasing full-lengths by Beach House, AFCGT, and Retribution Gospel Choir. Beach House’s Teen Dream (LP/CD/MP3) comes packaged with a DVD featuring a video for every song on the record, each by a different director. Also, if you pre-order from subpop.com you’ll also be getting a copy of a scrapbook that Beach House’s Victoria Legrand is putting together using scanned excerpts from the lyric book she used while writing Teen Dream! Whoa, get it here. AFCGT is the magical combination of Seattle’s very own A Frames and Climax Golden Twins, and their record is available on LP/MP3 only, and it comes with a bonus 7”. The packaging on this album is really pretty incredible, AND labor-intensive to assemble (I’m talking about the vinyl here; the mp3 packaging is… you know). You will get $2 off of this one if you pre-order with us here at subpop.com. And, lastly but not leastly, Retribution Gospel Choir (Alan from Low rock outfit) will be releasing their 2nd full-length on Sub Pop, fittingly enough entitled 2 (CD/LP/MP3), and that one will also be $2 off through release date. Get that one here. All LPs come with download codes, btw, so don’t be afraid.
Hey! Also, as a new thing, the big bosses gave me the go-ahead to give shit away all the time now, so each month I’ll pick one random commenter to win a package of each month’s new releases, courtesy of Sub Pop and Hardly Art. This month I’d like you to tell me, in the comments section, what you were listening to on New Year’s Eve 2009 for a chance to win the new Beach House, AFCGT, and Retribution Gospel Choir albums. Get to it!
And don’t forget to check out the TOUR PAGE to see which of our fine artists is coming to a city near you in 2010! See you in Ferbruruary.
January 26th is not only my little brother’s birthday, it’s also the release date for Teen Dream, the Sub Pop debut from Beach House. I’ll have two reasons to celebrate, you’ll probably have just the one. But seeing as Teen Dream is already being heralded one of the best records of 2010 (like here and here, for instance), what a celebration it will be! Both the CD and LP versions of Teen Dream come packaged with a DVD featuring a video for every song on the record. (The LP also comes with a download code for all of the songs on the album.) AND! Should you opt to pre-order the album from us, here at subpop.com, you’ll also be getting a copy of a scrapbook that Beach House’s Victoria Legrand is putting together using scanned excerpts from the lyric book she used while writing Teen Dream! She’s making that just for us and we’re giving it just to you, either here at subpop.com or through select independent record stores. She’s super sweet, you guys. So, between that, the amazing songs on the record, the DVD, the fact that you can stream the record after you place your pre-order, and a couple free stickers, you’ve got plenty of reasons to order.
Pre-order Teen Dream here
Download a track from the new record for free here
There is no denying true love. Especially bi-coastal love between us and the Baltimore City based Beach House. The super talented duo, Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, first fused their respective musical creativity in 2005, releasing their self-titled debut in February of 2006 and the second, Devotion, in August of 2007.
In July the band took a break from touring to head to upstate New York to record with Chris Coady at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock. They spent a solid month in solitude writing and recording in the church-converted-to-studio compound. What they emerged with is their greatest work to date! Beach House’s third album will be released on Sup Pop (and Bella Union overseas) in early 2010…WE CAN’T WAIT. Based on some of the reactions to previous works that are noted below, we think some other people might be pretty excited about it too.
Beach House never rests and soon will be on tour with Grizzly Bear this fall all over the USA (dates listed below). The band will be unveiling new tracks from their upcoming album at these shows, so please come visit.
“Slide guitars and steel drums seduce the listener into a world of gentle pain, making for a sophomore album that is, like its predecessor, a beautiful collection of songs and images seemingly constructed upon repulsion and ennui.”—Filter
“The melodies and arrangements take center stage, and they’re consistently stunning.”—Magnet
“These are crisper, brighter, bolder songs, retaining Beach House’s sense of elegant decay while sweeping up the debris.”—Pitchfork 8.5 Best New Music
Beach House Fall 2009 Tour Dates:
9/6 – Dublin at the Electric Picnic
9/19 – Portland at the Berbati’s Pan-MUSICFEST NW
9/20 – Seattleat Nuemos
9/22 – Anacortes, WA at the Department of Safety
9/23 – Bellingham at The Nightlight
9/24 – Victoria BC at Rifflandia Festival
9/26 – Ann Arbor at Michigan Theatre w/ Grizzly Bear
9/27 – Chicago at the Metro w/ Grizzly Bear
9/28 – Chicago at the Metro w/ Grizzly Bear
9/30 – Minneapolis at First Avenue w/ Grizzly Bear
10/1 – Columbia, Missouri at Blue Note w/ Grizzly Bear
10/2 – Norman at the opolis
10/3 – Austin at EMOS
10/5 – Atlanta at Variety Playhouse w/ Grizzly Bear
10/6 – Norfolk at Norva w/ Grizzly Bear
10/7 – Philadelphia at Electric Factory w/ Grizzly Bear
10/8 – Boston at Orpheum Theatre w/ Grizzly Bear
10/9 – Poughkeepsie at Vassar College
10/19 – San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill
10/20 – LA at Hollywood Palladium w/Grizzly Bear
10/21 – San Diego Belly Up Tavern w/ Grizzly Bear