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NEWS : TUE, MAY 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

New and Offensive clipping. Video + Loser Edition News

Sub Pop noise mongers, clipping., just delivered their first music video for this record label for the song “Work Work”, and I have to say, we are APPALLED. It features copious amounts of violence and a plethora of swears, not to mention A TON of innuendo and refer references. FILTHY. If you’re into that sort of trash, then you’ll LOVE CLPPNG, the trio’s debut record, out June 10th on this filthy record label.

Watch the video then pre-order CLPPNG, here.

All customers who pre-order the LP version of CLPPNG will receive the limited, “Loser Edition” of the album on white vinyl. In addition, every pre-order placed for both the LP and CD versions of the album will also receive a bonus 7” with 2 additional songs.

*All of these items are on a first come, first served basis and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Order now to secure all of these limited-edition items!



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAR 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop At the Katowice, Poland OFF Festival!

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Sub Pop is very pleased to announce our involvement with this year’s OFF Festival, to be held August 1st-3rd in Katowice, Poland.  Now in its 8th year, the lineup features the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deafheaven, Glenn Branca, Fuck Buttons, Loop, Earth, Dean Wareham, Dirty Beaches, Chelsea Wolfe, Perfume Genius, Perfect Pussy and more to be announced.

On Friday, August 1st Sub Pop will curate the Experimental Stage, with a lineup that includes artists from the labels roster, past and present, our sister label Hardly Art, and a few Polish bands. Artists performing include: Wolf Eyes, Rose Windows, clipping., Lyla Foy, Protomartyr, Kaseciarz (Krakow, PL) and Wild Books (Warszawa, PL).   

Please find additional information about each of the performers below.

Wolf Eyes
“Choking Flys” (From No Answer - Lower Floors / Destijl)  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbgI-DEk4U4

Some say Rock N Roll will never reach the same primitive raw vein hit of Bo Diddley at his more subhuman lurch, or that no unit could ever scramble the marbles left of what brain-boiling suburban electronic punk outsiders did in the mid-’70s: Whatever you think, there is no denying the homemade nuclear war Wolf Eyes has declared on music. Wolf Eyes was birthed in the shadows of late-’90s Michigan. However, Wolf Eyes has grown beyond a band into a collective mutant ensemble, an art abstraction unit: musicians, print makers, photographers and more, all sharing a primal vision of decoding the wilderness of the humanoid soul using their deep audio arsenals. 

clipping.
“Work Work” feat. Cocc Pistol Cree (From CLPPNG / Sub Pop)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WBYzu1_OqM


Before the release of clipping.’s debut, 2013’s Midcity, the trio of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson did not expect to find an audience for their abrasive brand of rap music. But since the formation of clipping. and the release of their debut album, the field of commercial music enlarged ever so slightly, making room again for noisier, more adventurous elements in electronic production. Examples of this have been incremental, mere baby steps, so far. And despite clipping.’s insistence that they’re really just making rap— not noise-rap, industrial-rap, or any other mashup genre— their music might be more sonically challenging than that of the punkish rap rockers, lo-fi bedroom producers, and street goth hybridist’s they’ve been lumped with so far. The band will release their Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG, this June.
 

Lyla Foy
“Feather Tongue” (From Mirrors the Sky / Sub Pop)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEfG15s9xU8


Lyla Foy (formerly known as WALL) released Mirrors the Sky, her Sub Pop debut in March. The London singer and producer specializes in intimate vocals effortlessly intertwined with delicate, emotive instrumentation. The production is an integral part of her writing process, capturing not only the intended notes but also the incidental and accidental sounds that bring the recordings to life and provide endless intrigue. While the patter of keyboards, guitars and pulsing bass lines create a beguiling backdrop, it’s Foy’s sense of melody and turn of phrase that takes centre stage. Subtle nods to classic refrains, mingled with her own inflection, suggest a writer who draws from many different eras, resulting in a sound that is both timeless yet modern.

Protomartyr
“Scum Rise” (from Under Color of Official Right / Hardly Art)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsSBZ1mpQpI

Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates — guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson — the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band’s sophomore LP and Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right.

Rose Windows
“Heavenly Days” (From The Sun Dogs / Sub Pop)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLb68QxivnA


Rose Windows began in late 2010 in Seattle. On their debut album, The Sun Dogs, the band incorporates elements of The Band, The Doors’ organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s dirges, along with Persian, Indian, and Eastern European music.  Rose Windows have toured the West Coast several times, fluidly sharing the stage with underground art-metal bands one night and popular indie Americana acts the next. The Sun Dogs was recorded and produced by Randall Dunn (SunnO))), Boris, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle.

Wild Books
“Oranges & Lemons” (from Wild Books / Instant Classic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pEmRtPpCro


Who said you could only play rootsy, dirty, sunburned rock in Texas or Tennessee? The duo Wild Books proves that you set out from a Polish garage to follow in the footsteps of Jack White and The Black Keys. Wild Books’ self-titled 2014 debut record showcases retro-rock in its whole ass-kicking glory.

Kaseciarz
“Dance” (from 
Motörcycle Rock and Roll / Instant Classic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NNJE4tVdPk

Three years ago, this guy proved you could be a surfer in southern Poland. This year he’s back with Motörcycle Rock and Roll, a mix of psychedelia, garage, and surf, or as he likes to call it, “garbage rock.” Fortunately the sound quality is inversely proportional to its aesthetic value. Maciej Nowacki’s music will blow your socks off, even though he himself admits that the only reason he got into music in the first place was to prove he was in the arts at parties.




Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAR 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

clipping. Included On Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need To Know”!

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File under: “News That Isn’t Terribly Surprising to Us At Sub Pop” (that file is HUGE), but new-ish Sub Pop trio, clipping., have been included in Rolling Stone’s March 2014 edition of ”10 Artists You Need To Know”! The magazine says that they sound like “Nimble-tongued, beat-fractured L.A. hip-hop spilled over the abrasive crunches, squeals, clangs, slurps, and static of experimental musique concrète.” While we disagree with the “slurps” comparison (I think it sounds more like a gallump), the entire flattering-yet-accurate piece can and should be read here.

Also, as it is our business to sell records, this blog post would be woefully incomplete without a heavy-handed sales pitch. So without further adieu, the best way to really get to know clipping. is by pre-ordering their debut, CLPPNG, on CD, DG, or limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP. Just saying.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAR 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Listen to clipping.’s “Work Work”, Pre-Order ‘CLPPNG’, Tell Your Friends

Somehow, back in early 2013, Sub Pop convinced the LA-based rap trio clipping. to join our socially stunted but well meaning troupe of artists, musicians, and employees. The guys made it to our last summer’s Silver Jubilee–Sub Pop’s 25th Anniversary Festival–and played to a packed lot of enthusiastic and sweaty Sub Pop fans–it was truly magical–and noisy, clipping. are very noisy.

It’s all coming together for clipping. and Sub Pop. Just today, we announced that on June 10th, Sub Pop will release CLPPNG, the band’s debut. The album sounds like a creature from the twisted mind of Dr. Moreau–a living, mutated audio experiment comprised of equal parts clipping.’s labelmates Wolf Eyes and Shabazz Palaces. In short, it’s an at times challenging but well worth the effort, debut record.

Listen to the wonderful “Work Work” (featuring Cocc Pistol Cree) from CLPPNG in the embedded player.

Pre-orders of CLPPNG via iTunes will receive a download of “Work Work” immediately. The album will also be available for pre-order on CD and LP through clipping.’s Sub Pop artist page. The LP version of CLPPNG will feature music on three sides, with the fourth side entirely comprised of 100 lock grooves.

Pre-orders through subpop.com will receive the Loser edition vinyl and a complimentary 7” with the song “Ends” (found on CD / DL versions of the album) and the exclusive track “Brian” (feat. Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt). Sub Pop online customers also have the option of bundling a new clipping. t-shirt with CD or LP purchases.   





Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, JUN 7, 2013 at 3:54 AM

Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Line Up & Event Additions!

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We here at Sub Pop are feeling even more self-congratulatory than usual in sharing further details on our 25th anniversary celebration: the Sub Pop Records Silver Jubilee. To be held July 12th-13th in Seattle, Washington, the event will feature music and comedy performances by past and present Sub Pop and Sub Pop-related artists.

On Friday, July 12th, the previously announced Silver Jubil-eve: A 25th Anniversary Comedy Thing (for Charity!) takes place at the Moore Theatre. The evening will be hosted by Eugene Mirman and feature performances from Marc Maron, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, and Kurt Braunohler, with additional guests to be announced shortly. Tickets for the event are $25 and are on sale now, right here. More information is here.

Then, on Saturday, July 13th, our entirely FREE, all-ages festival will happen to a stretch of Airport Way in Seattle’s historic & colorful Georgetown neighborhood. The music lineup has been expanded to include friends of Sub Pop Built to Spill (fun fact: Built to Spill recorded their landmark album There’s Nothing Wrong with Love, for the Sub Pop offshoot and respected indie label Up Records in 1994). Also added to the lineup are Sub Pop artists “King Tuff”http://www.subpop.com/artists/king_tuff/, METZ, Chad VanGaalen, and the newest addition to the Sub Pop roster, clipping., from Los Angeles. Our sister label, Hardly Art, will host the “Hardly Art Sideshow Stage” at the Georgetown venue The Mix. The 21-and-over show, which features Hausu, Protomartyr, Deep Time, and more, will begin at 9pm. Please find full updated music lineup details below.

We’d also like to officially welcome clipping. to the Sub Pop family. The group joined the label earlier this month, and will release their label debut in 2014. In the meantime, listen to their album midcity here or watch their latest video for “bout that” here.

Finally, the temporary Sub Pop Mega Mart store, located in the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood, will open its doors on June 8th. Discerning music lovers will find records—including lots of rare and out-of-print colored vinyl—and merchandise from the label’s storied catalog, and take in an art exhibit featuring little-seen materials (sketches and artwork, label ads and press sheets, blue-lines and cutting room floor scraps) from throughout the label’s history. The store hours are Thursday-Saturday 12-8pm, and Sunday 12-6pm. The Sub Pop Mega Mart is at 6003 12th Avenue South in Seattle and will be open from June 8th until July 21st.

All proceeds from both the ticketed Silver Jubil-eve comedy night and donations collected from the Silver Jubilee music event will benefit local organizations 90.3FM KEXP, Northwest Harvest and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. In addition to these worthy organizations, Sub Pop is fortunate to be working with the Georgetown Merchants Association and great businesses like Nordstrom, STG Presents, Uber, Top Pot Doughnuts, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Georgetown Brewing Company, the Sandbox, Fantagraphics Books, Georgetown Records, Via Tribunali, Elysian Brewing Company, and the Georgetown Inn to create a one-of-a-kind event in a one-of-a-kind neighborhood.

For more information and updates on the event, please visit silverjubilee.subpop.com.

Friday July 12, 2013
Sub Pop Records’ Silver Jubil-eve
A 25th Anniversary Comedy Thing (for Charity!)

At The Moore Theatre
7p.m. Door

Tickets $25, All Ages

Ticketing info here.
Lineup:
Eugene Mirman
Marc Maron
Jon Benjamin
Kristen Schaal
Kurt Braunholer

Saturday July 13th
Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee

On Airport Way in Georgetown
10am-11pm

FREE, All Ages

Lineup:
Built to Spill
J Mascis
Mudhoney
Greg Dulli
Father John Misty
Shabazz Palaces
Shearwater
METZ
King Tuff
Pissed Jeans
Chad VanGaalen
The Baptist Generals
clipping.
Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (featuring Tad Doyle)
Jack Endino’s Earthworm
And special guest TBA

Hardly Art Sideshow Stage
The Mix
6006 12th Ave. S
9pm / 21+ / FREE

Lineup:
Hausu
Protomartyr
Deep Time
and special guests


Posted by Sam Sawyer

SUN, JUN 9, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Getting To Know Us: Greg Dulli, Shearwater, The Baptist Generals

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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.

More info for the event can be found here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer