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NEWS : TUE, JUN 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear a New J Mascis Song Now - ‘Tied to a Star’ Out 8/26 + Tour Dates

Aside from being actual music to my ears, news of a new record from J Mascis is also figurative music to my ears; and, given how well-loved the bespectacled, silver-haired, magical-seeming, wizard-like figure of independent music is, odds are that the announcement of Tied to a Star’s August 26th release is music to your ears as well. And back to the literal music to the ears thing, why don’t you go ahead and press play on the embedded player right now. It features the album campaign’s lead-off track, “Every Morning”, a high energy charmer of a song with J’s fingerprints all over it. We think that you’re going to love it.

Pre-order Tied to a Star from SubPop.com here

More on J Mascis’ Tied to a Star (by Todd Berry):
It makes perfect sense that I was asked to write a bio for J Mascis. Let’s face it, he and I have a long history. It all started the first time I saw him live. It was in New York City. I don’t remember when or where, but I think he was walking around. I was probably walking around, too. The second time was also in New York, at a Mexican restaurant in the East Village (the one that takes credit cards now, but didn’t used to). Years later I actually met him at the SXSW festival though a friend who works at Sub Pop. I guess that meeting went well, because when that friend from Sub Pop got married, she sat me at the same table as J. Sounds unbelievable? I suggest you look at the picture below. Now keep staring at that picture until August 26th. That’s when J’s new acoustic album Tied to a Star comes out on Sub Pop records. It  features appearances by Ken Maiuri, Pall Jenkins, Mark Mulcahy, and Chan Marshall. Had I been in the area, I’m sure I would’ve been asked to play on it, too.

Tour Dates
Jul.   26 - Carnation, WA - Timber! Outdoor Festival
Sep. 24 - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Sep. 25 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
Sep. 26 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Sep. 27 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Sep. 28 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
Sep. 30 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
Oct. 01 - Nashville, TN - Exit / In
Oct. 02 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
Oct. 03 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
Oct. 04 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
Oct. 05 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
Oct. 07 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
Oct. 08 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
Oct. 09 - Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Oct. 10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
Oct. 11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
Oct. 13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
Oct. 14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Oct. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
Oct. 16 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Oct. 17 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Oct. 18 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
Nov. 07-09 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov. 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
Nov. 12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
Nov. 13 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar
Nov. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Nov, 15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Nov. 16 - Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu
Nov. 19 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
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ov. 20 - Portland, OR - Dante’s
Nov. 21-22 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

For additional information on tickets and fan pre-sales, please visit http://www.jmascis.com.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, JUN 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Just J: A Revealing Conversation w/ J Mascis

While J Mascis may have a reputation for interviews with professional music journalists where he may might not be characterized as chatty or verbose, in the interview clip presented here, we’ve captured the kind of deeply personal insights and stories he’s willing to share with lifelong friend (and, coincidentally, Sub Pop VP) Megan Jasper, which, not surprisingly, is also not terribly chatty or verbose. 

More news on Tied to a Star, the follow up record to J’s 2011 Several Shades of Why is soon to come! Sign up for the J Mascis email list on this page to get the latest news about pre-order.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

WED, JUL 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Mudhoney & Sera Cahoone are Playing ON TOP of the G-D Space Needle!

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In very remarkable news, Sub Pop artists, Mudhoney, J Mascis (J’s flight was unfortunately delayed and he will not be able to perform today) and Sera Cahoone are playing ON TOP of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle tomorrow, July 11th accompanying a remote broadcast by our dear friends at KEXP. From 12-5:30PM tomorrow, KEXP DJs John Richards and Kevin Cole will broadcast live from the Space Needle’s observation deck, jamming some Sub Pop tunes and generally kicking off the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee weekend with the rare sort of aplomb that posting up for the day on top of the Space Needle can bring.

The entire event will culminate in the first-ever live music performances from atop the Space Needle featuring solo sets from J Mascis and Sera Cahoone, and a fully plugged-in performance from Mudhoney. You will be able to live-stream video and audio from the broadcast via KEXP.org all day tomorrow TODAY!

There will also be interview highlights from label founder Bruce Pavitt, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, photographer Charles Peterson, and legendary producer Jack Endino. Also, I’m told that there will be surprises.

The FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Schedule:
Saturday, July 13th; Georgetown, Seattle, WA, USA

12th Avenue S and S Bailey
9am to noon – Yagya Opening Blessing

Sub Stage (at S. Homer Street)
8:30 pm – Built to Spill
7:15 pm – Mudhoney
6:00 pm – J Mascis
5:00 pm – METZ
3:45 pm – Pissed Jeans
2:30 pm – King Tuff
1:30 pm – Shearwater
(Beer Garden opens at noon)

Pop Stage (at S. Vale St.)
7:45 pm – Father John Misty
6:30 pm – Greg Dulli
5:20 pm – Shabazz Palaces
4:10 pm – The Baptist Generals
3:00 pm – clipping.

Elysian Stage (at the S. Lucile St. overpass)
7:30 pm – TBA
6:15 pm – Chad VanGaalen
5:00 pm – The Catheters
4:00 pm – Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (this is TAD’s new band)
3:00 pm – Jack Endino’s Earthworm
2:00 pm – The Tom Price Desert Classic (Tom Price was in the legendary U-Men)
1:00 pm – David Buhler (The mind behind Loser Pale Ale and partner at Elysian Brewing)
(Beer Garden open at noon)

The Mix: The Hardly Art Sideshow Jubilee
(at 6006 12th Ave. S.)
12:30 am – TBA
11:30 pm – Deep Time
10:30 pm – Protomartyr
9:30 pm – Hausu


Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, MAY 24, 2013 at 5:46 AM

Getting To Know Us: J Mascis & Shabazz Palaces

In this second installment of Getting to Know Us, the self-serving, Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Festival-promoting column in which we talk about some of the world class artists who are playing our (free (to you)) birthday party taking place on Saturday, July 13th in Seattle’s esteemed Georgetown Neighborhood. This week, we would like to show you about the majestic J Mascis and the enigmatic Shabazz Palaces.

Chances are that if you know who we are (just to clarify, we’re the t-shirt and record manufacturer, Sub Pop), you are already well aware of who J Mascis is. As one of the shreddiest forces on the planet and singer of the pioneering band Dinosaur Jr., J has been creating some of the noisiest and most wonderful (in this blog poster’s opinion, at least) music for the better part of like, 15 decades or so. He’s also been involved with J Mascis + The Fog, Witch, Deep Wound, Upsidedown Cross, Sweet Apple, and most importantly (for the sake of this Silver Jubilee related blog post, at least), simply J Mascis. J’s most recent solo record, Several Shades of Why, came out on Sub Pop in 2011 to much critical acclaim, and quickly became a favorite among the staff at Sub Pop. In case you missed that record, here’s a link to the video for “Not Enough”, created by J’s labelmate, Chad VanGaalen.

Shabazz Palaces are an enigmatic hip-hop duo, bucking every trend in the modern rap game (take for example them signing with a record label not at all known for putting out hip hop records). They’re led by Palaceer Lazaro, also known as Ishmael Butler, a member of the pioneering 90’s rap group, Digable Planets and are rounded off with the multi-instrumental brilliance of Tendai Maraire. Shabazz Palaces’ debut full-length, Black Up, was released in 2011 amidst a frenzy of excitement and hype and according to universal critical acclaim, well exceeded the hype in its delivery. In case you needed proof of their prowess, we’ve attached a video for their song “Are You… Were You… Can You… (Felt)” off of Black Up.

Perhaps it feels a little desperate to attempt to sell you on an altogether FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL put on by a record label representing such historically and presently great artists, we wouldn’t be Sub Pop Records (and t-shirts!) if we weren’t trying to sell you something. So, on July 13th, we hope you’ll join us at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee however you can and watch these three artists do their thing.For free.

Click here for more information on the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, OCT 14, 2011 at 4:28 AM

Guess what!

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Dum Dum Girls are headlining the Sub Pop/Hardly Art 2011 CMJ Showcase this coming Thursday, Oct 20 at The Mercury Lounge in New York City.

Tickets for the show are SOLD OUT but badge holders should have no problem getting in as long as you show up EARLY.

See below for set times for Lame Fest II Eclectic Boogaloo

Dum Dum Girls – 1am
J Mascis – 12am
Still Corners – 11pm
Memoryhouse – 10pm
Jacuzzi Boys – 9pm
Gem Club – 8pm
XRay Eyeballs – 7pm

Doors – 6:30pm

“‘Only in Dreams,’ the second Dum Dum Girls album, seethes with a beautiful, raging confidence, louder and fuller than anything they’ve done before, and better than the onetime peers they’re leaving behind. These lush and reverb-thick songs are ambitious and pointed about subjects that often drag: leaving, wasting away, aching.” – New York Times (Only in Dreams album review, 2011)

Other shows our bands are playing at CMJ:

Wednesday – October 19th

Still Corners
Under the Radar party
Public Assembly (front room)
70 North 6th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
TIME: 4:10 – 4:40 PM

Still Corners
Apple Store
401 W 14th Street, New York City, NY 10014
TIME: 8:20

Still Corners
The FIXED CMJ Freakout!
Public Assembly (front room)
70 North 6th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
TIME: TBA

Thursday – October 20th

Dum Dum Girls
KEXP Live @ Ace Hotel
20 W. 29th Street
New York City, NY 10001
http://www.acehotel.com/newyork/contact
TIME: 2:30 PM

Memoryhouse DJ Set
CJLO hosted Medium Rotation CMJ Mixer
Solas
232 E 9th Street
New York, NY
TIME: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Dum Dum Girls
Above Allen @ Thompson LES
Thompson LES
190 Allen Street
TIME: 7 PM

Friday – October 21st

Memoryhouse
6DB Unofficial CMJ Showcase
The Studio at Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
TIME: 1:05-1:35pm

Dum Dum Girls
Bowery/Ground Control CMJ Showcase
Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002
TIME: 11 PM

Memoryhouse
Yours Truly CMJ Showcase
Glasslands
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
TIME: 11 PM

Saturday – October 22nd

Memoryhouse
AAM Showcase
The Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
TIME: 3:15-3:45


Posted by Bekah Zietz

TUE, SEP 6, 2011 at 6:42 AM

LAME FEST II: ECLECTIC BOOGALOO - Sub Pop & Hardly Art Team Up to Throw the Best Party You Have Ever Been To!

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We (Sub Pop) are over the moon to announce that we are teaming up with our friends and office-mates at Hardly Art to bring you a CMJ showcase to end all showcases on Thursday Oct. 20th at the Mercury Lounge. And, even if it does not actually put an end to all future showcases of this sort, we are confident that it will be really very good. “Lame Fest II: Eclectic Boogaloo” will feature performances from XRay Eyeballs, Gem Club, Jacuzzi Boys, Memoryhouse, Still Corners, J Mascis, and a Very Special Guest. Please see below for set times. Also: we are occasionally generous, and were you to click here you would hear a stream of music from all of the artists performing at our showcase at this year’s festival.

Special Guests- 1am

J Mascis – 12am

Still Corners – 11pm

Memoryhouse – 10pm

Jacuzzi Boys – 9pm

Gem Club – 8pm

XRay Eyeballs- 7pm

6:30pm doors

$15 / 21+

Check back for more CMJ-related events and shows.


Posted by Bekah Zietz