Sub Pop’s patron saint of weird, Chad VanGaalen, has a new record coming out on April 29th. It’s called Shrink Dust, and it’s predictably close to/if not perfect and also very weird (Chad’s nothing if not consistent–hear his other records for proof). If I were you, I’d do me (you) a real solid and take a quick three minute break from what I’m (you’re) doing and listen to “Monster” now in the embedded player.
If you pre-order Shrink Dust from us here at
Subpop.com, you will receive a free booklet featuring a bunch of
original drawings by Chad of characters doing frisbee moves from the
science fiction movie he’s been making and of which this album draws
it’s inspiration from. Loser Edition vinyl is now sold out!
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
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
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.
As some of Chad VanGaalen’s
biggest fans, news of new music from that guy always perks the
collective ears of the employees of Sub Pop, and his new album, Shrink Dust, was no exception. Today, we’re excessively pleased to be able to share the new album track, “Where Are You”, along with album and pre-order news with you, cherished blog reader.
Shrink Dust comes out on April 29th on CD, LP, and MP3, and if you pre-order from the Sub Pop Mega Mart, you’ll receive a set of limited-edition Chad VanGaalen art prints, which, if you’ve seen any of his music videos, you’ll know that you’re in for something very special (and totally weird). Speaking of limited, if you pick up LP from us,
you’ll receive the colored-vinyl, Loser Edition of the record. As is
the case with all limited-edition things, when they’re gone, they’re
gone, so order quickly!
Take a couple of minutes to watch the brand new METZ video for the stellar track, “Get Off”, from the band’s 2012 s/t debut. The video was illustrated and animated by the band’s labelmate and fellow Canadian, Chad VanGaalen, who, if you’re familiar with his visual work, you’ll know to be prepared for a slightly unsettling but somehow delightful experience. Enjoy the weird ride.
METZ are touring Europe this fall. Luck you guys.
Jun. 21 – Calgary, Canada – Royal Canadian Legion #1
Jun. 22 – Calgary, Canada – Broken City
Jun. 23 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
Jun. 28 – St. Gallen, Switzerland – St. Gallen Festival
Jun. 29 – Helsinki, Finland – Rock the Beach Festival
Jul. 4 – Arendal, Norway – Hove Festival
Jul. 6 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
Jul. 12 – Toronto, Canada – Downsview Park
Jul. 20 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
Jul. 26 – Guelph, Canada – Hillside Festival of Guelph
Aug. 1 – Venlo, Netherlands – Julianapark
Aug. 2 – Liege, Belgium – Micro Festival
Aug. 3 – Katowice, Poland – Off Festival
Aug. 8 – Oslo, Norway – Oya Natt Festival
Aug. 9 – Rees-Haldern, Germany – Haldern Pop Festival
Aug. 11 – Castelbuono (Palermo- Sicily), Italy – Ypsigrock Festival
Aug. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – F Yeah Fest
Sep. 26 – Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Festival
Sep. 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
Oct. 30 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival
Oct. 31 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival
Nov. 1 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Den Atelier
Nov. 2 – Brussels, Belgium – Witloofbar
Nov. 3 – Eindhoven, Holland – Hit The City Festival
Nov. 4 – Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
Nov. 6 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Beta
Nov. 7 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
Nov. 8 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Nov. 9 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
Nov. 11 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
Nov. 12 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Nov. 13 – Wroclaw, Poland – Bezsennosc
Nov. 14 – Prague, Czech Republic – 007 Club
Nov. 15 – Wurzburg, Germany – Cafe Cairo
Nov. 16 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Le Romandie Club
Nov. 17 – Milan, Italy – Lo Fi Club
Nov. 19 – Lyon, France – Marche Gare
Nov. 20 – Paris, France – La Gaite Lyrique
Nov. 22 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Deaf Institute
Nov. 23 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Broadcast
Nov. 25 – Leeds, United Kingdom – Brudenell Social Club
Nov. 26 – Bristol, United Kingdom – Start the Bus
Nov. 27 – Brighton, United Kingdom – The Haunt
Nov. 28 – London, United Kingdom – Village Underground
With less than a month left until Seattleites, Washingtonians, fellow Northwesterners, national and international travelers, and the great unwashed (Sub Pop employees) arrive en masse in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood for the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee, we’re running out of time to tell you all about ourselves in an effort to coerce you into thinking to yourself, “This free, all day concert-going experience, featuring many of my favorite artists and musicians, and possibly introducing me to additional favorite artists and musicians, is how I will spend Saturday, July 13th. I should tell all of my friends about this now”. And you know what, you’re right, you should tell your friends about this; it’s going to be the best G-D day of all. This week’s Getting to Know Us, the feature intended to acquaint/reacquaint you with the artists playing the Jubilee, features King Tuff and Chad VanGaalen, two overwhelming creative hubs of music and art and wonderful weirdness of all kinds. Here, let me show you about them:
Led by long-haired, self-taught Bedazzler virtuoso and all around natural creative force, Kyle Thomas, King Tuff came to Sub Pop on the heels of their near-perfect debut, King Tuff Was Dead, (which, if you’re a connoisseur of good times, you should own (lucky for you, it just got reissued on the vinyl formatway)). Instead of releasing the King Tuff follow-up, Thomas reengineered his formula for his next project and came up with the KT bridge project, Happy Birthday, and we released their brilliant self-titled, laid-back pop anthem-laden debut in 2010 to much hoo-ha from the press. In 2012, Thomas refocused on King Tuff and gave the world King Tuff, pleasing virtually all who chose to gaze their ears upon its fuzzy glory. Watch the embedded video for KT’s “Bad Thing” to get an earful of what we’re clumsily trying to tell you about. OH! It’s always worth noting that AllMusic.com decreed upon King Tuff the musical theme: “TGIF”; those guys clearly get it.
Sub Pop has had the privilege of putting out four of Chad VanGaalen’s records in just eight years. They’ve each been haunting, beautiful and weird—a sort of weird beauty. In addition to being a uniquely gifted and prolific musician/songwriter, Chad is also a visual artist with an output similar to his musical output, which is to say, he’s like a nuclear reactor of creative energy. He has illustrated and animated most of his own music videos, adding an additional sensory dimension through which his haunting songs can are conveyed. Watch the accompanying “Molten Light” to get the eerie and enthralling CvG experience. Chad has also illustrated and animated music videos for Sub Pop labelmates like J Mascis (also playing the Jubilee), as you can see here.
Chad and Kyle are just two of Sub Pop’s many creative weirdos, and two more very convincing reasons why the July 13th Sub Pop Silver Jubilee is going to be a wonderfully absurd place to park yourself for the day—we hope to see you there. Thanks again for getting to know us.
Another week is already on top of us, June’s entering its awkward tweens, and we’ve got another issue of Getting to Know Us, the weekly column in which we go on and on (and on) about a few of the artists playing our self indulgent 25th anniversary party (the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee—July 13th—Seattle), with the tedium of proud parents in an effort to acquaint/reacquaint you with the artists playing. This week, we’re going to tell you all about Greg Dulli, Shearwater, and The Baptist Generals.
Among Sub Pop’s many prodigal sons, Greg Dulli stands out because we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to work with him on not just one, but three different projects: The Afghan Whigs, The Gutter Twins, and most recently, The Twilight Singers; each sonically unique unto themselves yet somehow all clearly branded “Dulli”—all with truly astonishing releases. Greg Dulli is going to have an unparalleled depth in which to pull songs from, so a performance from him is likely to be a multi-decade-spanning trip from the past to the present with stops everywhere in between—we’re excited to board any ship with Greg Dulli at the helm—it’s going to be a great ride. Watch the video for “On The Corner”, from Twight Singers’ 2011 Dynamite Steps to hear what we’re saying.
Shearwater’s prolific career has been on high speed for over a decade, but we’ve only just recently been lucky enough to work with them having released their seventh full-length record, Animal Joy, in 2012. Without a background in poetry, it’s difficult to accurately describe exactly the sound that Shearwater has so developed over the years—dark with a healthy dose of pirated optimism?—yikes, that’s not it. Check out their cinematic video for “You As You Were”, my personal favorite Shearwater song.
The Baptist Generals hold the Sub Pop Records record for longest time span between debut and sophomore record—No Silver/No Gold and Jackleg Devotional to the Heart—2003 and 2013, respectively; a full decade. It’s no small feat reintroducing a band to a generation of music listeners and record collectors who were forced to move on after the long wait, but upon our first hearing Jackleg, there was no question that we had to share this record with anyone and everyone who we could play it for, which is to say, it may have been a long time, but The Baptist Generals sound is as good as ever. They’re like the Meryl Streep of Denton, TX-based musicians. To hear proof of this well-aged sound, listen to “Broken Glass.”
With last Friday’s announcement expanding the already get-here-July 13th-no-matter-what caliber lineup for The Silver Jubilee to include METZ, King Tuff, Built To Spill, Chad VanGaalen, and brand new Sub Pop artists, clipping., this festival is shaping up to be the best we’ve ever been to—here’s to hoping you can join us.