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.
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.
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 (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’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 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.
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
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.
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.
Friday July 12, 2013 Sub Pop Records’ Silver Jubil-eve
A 25th Anniversary Comedy Thing (for Charity!)
At The Moore Theatre
Tickets $25, All Ages
Ticketing info here. Lineup:
Saturday July 13th
Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee
On Airport Way in Georgetown
FREE, All Ages
Built to Spill
Father John Misty
The Baptist Generals
Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (featuring Tad Doyle)
Jack Endino’s Earthworm
And special guest TBA
Hardly Art Sideshow Stage
6006 12th Ave. S
9pm / 21+ / FREE
and special guests
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.
It has already been announced and shared fairly far and wide but we’re here now to, all right, somewhat belatedly, but nonetheless enthusiastically, confirm that there will indeed be a Sub Pop Stage at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, which will be held September 1-3rd at The Seattle Center. This first-time Sub Pop co-curated stage will feature, not surprisingly, some Sub Pop bands, but also Hardly Art artists and number of other great bands from across the country. And what with our name being on a stage over there and all, they’ve given us this promo code — SubpopStage — to get Sub Pop fans into the festival at a special discounted rate. So what we’re saying is, go ahead and get those discounted tickets here now and then when the first weekend of September comes around, you’ll be able to head on over to the Sub Pop Stage and catch performances from acts such as Sera Cahoone, Blitzen Trapper, The Helio Sequence, Low, Mudhoney, Niki & The Dove, Seapony, Unnatural Helpers, The Vaselines and more. Sounds like a plan to us.
For more information on the weekend’s festivities, you can look to the Bumbershoot site for the Festival’s full line-up, schedule, and ticketing information , but be sure to remember to add in the special Sub Pop promo code — SubpopStage — if you wanna get the discounted $40 “Any Day” rate for the Festival.
Oh, and to help pass the time before the show Sub Pop and Hardly Art have created the following playlists for your listening and viewing pleasures. We’d hate for you to not be able to sing along at the shows, after all.
More Details on the Sub Pop Promo Code for Bumbershoot 2012 Tickets:
To purchase tickets with the Sub Pop promo discount, follow the link below and enter the promo code at checkout.
Go here for tickets: http://bumbershoot.strangertickets.com/
Enter promo code: SubpopStage (Password is NOT case sensitive)
Entering this Sub Pop promo code at ticketing checkout will get you an “AnyDay" Ticket for $40 — giving you flexibility and will saving you $15 vs. buying at the gate. NOTE: Limit Per Customer = 10 Any Day tickets @ $40 each
All ages venue, the Vera Project, and Seattle online radio station Hollow Earth Radio, are teaming up to host a holiday fair extravaganza on Saturday December 12th at the Vera Project from 11 AM to 5 PM featuring items for sale from independent Northwest record and cassette labels, silk-screened show poster makers, independent record dealers, and a variety of local craftmakers.
Bands will be playing live throughout the day while you browse including: The Foghorns, 1985, June Madrona, Dashel Schueler, Iji, and World History.
The “screen-it” part of the fair will include demonstrations by Vera silkscreen instructors. Bring a piece of fabric to practice on, or you can buy white T-shirts at the event (if you’re interested in learning how!).
Why is this relevant to you, loyal Sub Pop fan reading this blog? Sub Pop and Hardly Art will have a glorious booth and we’re selling records only. Ruben of Hardly Art will also be selling records from his fantastic personal collection.