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NEWS : THU, AUG 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Clipping. Respond to Events in Ferguson, MO w/ New Track “Knees On The Ground”

The following is a note from William Hutson of Clipping.

Our new track “Knees On The Ground” might benefit from an explanation. This is the most unguarded I ever intend to be when writing about Clipping.

What had happened was this: our very brief UK/Europe trip got called-off the day before we were supposed to get on a plane to London. Since we didn’t have any other plans, we met up in the studio with an idea to crank out a new track. On our list of songs to finish was one particular piece aimed directly at the club (or, at least, our twisted idea of what clubs should play). But none of us were in the mood for it. Each of us had spent the previous several days following the news of protests in Ferguson, MO. It was the only thing on our minds. We couldn’t bring ourselves to think about anything else, so we decided to direct our fear, our revulsion, our heartbreak into a new track.

The problem was that we’d defined our band — in interviews and to each other — as decidedly-not-an-activist-project. Diggs’s lyrics have been criticized for seeming apolitical, at least in comparison to what many listeners (perhaps rightly) expect to hear from an ‘experimental’ rap group. I have many times said (perhaps naïvely) that our politics lie in our structures, in our formal engagement with the rap genre. We love its conventions, its clichés, and we’re not above them. We see our participation in rap as something resembling an old punk flyer — an out-of-context collage of charged images with an fractured, contradictory, multiple point-of-view. I hope that our more dedicated listeners hear this and understand that we’re not interested in spoon-feeding them a position. At the same time, I’ve always assumed that they pretty much agree with us on most issues anyway. (We have yet to meet the misogynist, homophobic, white supremacist Clipping fan with an MBA and an NRA membership).

So what do we do when all we can think about, all we can feel, is a profound injustice — yet another young unarmed person of color is murdered by a police officer? How does a band, which overtly rejects affect and the emotions, address something that is, for its authors, a deeply felt, deeply affecting topic? Well, we don’t entirely know. But the fact is: there’s more truth in Diggs’s lyrics than we generally let on. “Inside Out” describes a drive-by shooting in Oakland, “Chain” is about three stick-ups. They are presented with a lot of detail and specificity (perhaps the result of personal experience). But at the same time, they represent archetypal scenarios within rap music. One trope we had yet to explore as Clipping was the anti-police rap — the lineage of Public Enemy, NWA and Paris, straight through The Coup, and all the way into the ‘stop snitching’ panic of the early 2000s. “Knees On The Ground” is a paradigmatic white-cop-kills-an-unarmed-black-kid-and-gets-away-with-it tale — a story that happens all the fucking time in the US. What we have learned — from our first hand experience in Oakland in 2009, and from the media coverage of Ferguson in 2014 — is that the second part of this story involves a police response better suited to a war zone than to an American city. Cops think they’re playing Call Of Duty when they’re supposed to be part of a community. If Ferguson were in Iraq, Obama would have sent in an airstrike already.

This is the least obtuse Diggs’s lyrics will ever get. We’re embarrassed by the timeliness of this track. We do not intend to capitalize on what is, undoubtedly, a terrible tragedy. But journalists make think-pieces and we make songs. Writers write what they know, and this is what we know right fucking now.

— William Hutson, Clipping.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, JUN 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New NSFW clipping. Video for “Body & Blood”

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CLPPNG just came out yesterday to critical acclaim with ”Album of the Week” honors over at Stereogum. Today, the music site premiered the utterly NSFW music video for the grinding track, ”Body & Blood”. Head on over there to get on that wild ride, directed by Patrick Kennelly.

CLPPNG is available here, or your local independent record retailer.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, JUN 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

clipping.’s ‘CLPPNG’, Constantines’ ‘Shine a Light’, and Rose Windows’ “There’s Is A Light” All Out Today!

Today’s a very heavy release day for us here at Sub Pop HQ. We’ve got people hustling around the warehouse shipping and receiving, publicists on the horn (industry speak for phone) with press, and metadataists metadataing. Which is to say, it’s a wild scene around here, but one we’ve been preparing for.

First and foremost, clipping., the most disruptive and abrasive yet remarkably welcoming hip hop we’ve ever heard, are making their debut with the nearly eponymous CLPPNG. It’s a collection of disorienting and challenging hip hop tracks that equate to a pretty perfect debut record. Listen to “Body & Blood” in the embedded player for example. Pick up CLPPNG here, or wherever fine records are sold.

Tragically long-out-of-print on the coveted vinyl formatway, ConstantinesShine A Light is back in record bins wherever you dig for them. There’s still time to get yourself a copy of the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP from us here. But they’re going to go quickly, so order SOON. Listen to the epic ”Young Lions” from the record here.

Rose Windows are back with their single, ”There Is A Light” b/w “Fix Me Another One”, out today digitally, and out soon on 7”. Pick up the 7” single or a two song digital single here. Listen to the beautiful psych dream that is ”There Is A Light”.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, MAY 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear a New clipping. Track: “Body and Blood”

clipping. are back with another track off of their out-of-leftfield, noize hip-hop Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG, out June 10th. The track, “Body and Blood”, is probably the more intense window into what is an at times immensely challenging and equally rewarding record for listeners. Press play to hear what I’m going on about.  

Pre-order CLPPNG on CD/LP/DIGI


Posted by Sam Sawyer

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