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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

Sat, JUN 15, 2013 at 3:44 AM

Getting To Know Us: King Tuff + Chad VanGaalen

Getting to Know Us

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.

This is the link to clicl for complete Silver Jubilee details.


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

THU, MAR 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

You, Sub Pop, & 2013’s SXSW

Are you by chance heading down to South By Southwest this year? ?? (Was your answer “yes” to that question? If so, read on, if it was “no”, see the below*)?? That’s crazy, because us too! Well, some of us are. The “us” to which I am referring are the collective “us” that is comprised of the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. There will be other Sub Pop employees there, but they won’t be playing shows, so they don’t really matter too much in the context of this blog post(though I’m certain that if you found one, they’d definitely buy you a drink or your choosing). Since you are going to SXSW, why not take a minute to acquaint/reacquaint yourself with the aforementioned bands through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year.” I think you’ll be impressed.

*That’s crazy, because neither are we! Well, some of “we” aren’t going, but others of us are. The “we” that are going are the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. And while it is a bit of a bummer that not everyone gets to go down and enjoy warm, sunny Austin to see a lot of very exciting bands do their thing, you can still listen to them from wherever you are (we’re in the very gray city of Seattle not at all bitter that we don’t get to go to balmy Austin to watch a ton of bands) through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year”, you can listen to these bands as if you are there in person (minus the sun and ice-cold Shiners).

For those of you who are going to SXSW, please refer to the following schedule to catch our bands’ sets.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
3:00 PM – Rose Windows – Fin Records Showcase @ Jackalope
ADDRESS: 404 E 6th Street

4:00 PM – JAILL – Burger Party @ Trailer Space
ADDRESS: 1401 Rosewood Ave.

8:00 PM – JAILLSXSW @ Hotel Vegas
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street

9:00 PM Rose Windows @ Austin Ale House (Seattle Music Showcase)
ADDRESS: 301 West 6th Street

THURSDAY, MARCH 14
3:00 PM – KING TUFF – Converse / Thrasher Party @ Scoot Inn
ADDRESS: 1308 E 4th Street (at Navasota)

4:00 PM – METZ- Brooklyn Vegan @ Old Emos Venue
ADDRESS: 603 Red River St

9:00 PM – JAILLKVRX Party @ Spider House
ADDRESS: 2906 Fruth Street

9:20-9:50 PM- PISSED JEANS- Pitchfork Showcase
ADDRESS: 1100 Warehouse (1100 E. 5th St. between San Marcos and Waller)

FRIDAY, MARCH 15
12:30 PM- Rose Windows @ Hotel Vegas (IET / Ping Pong PR Day Party)
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street

3:00 PM – METZ – Stereogum/Hype Machine @ Hype Hotel
ADDRESS: 301 Brazos St

3:30- JAILL – Goner / IET / Ping Pong Party @ Hotel Vegas
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street

3:30 PM – Rose Windows @ Brush Square Park (ZIIBRA Showcase)
ADDRESS: 409 East 5th Street

5:00 pm – KING TUFF – Sailer Jerry / Blundertown Party @ Gypsy Lounge
ADDRESS: 1504 E 6th Street

5:00 pm – METZ – Another Planet Entertainment Party @ Red Eyed Fly
ADDRESS: 715 Red River

8:00 PM- Rose Windows – Blackbox Showcase @ Doc’s Motorworks
ADDRESS: 1123 South Congress Avenue

9:50 – JAILL – Austin Facial Hair @ Grackle
ADDRESS: 1700 E 6th St

10:30 PM – METZ – Filter Magazine / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96
ADDRESS: 96 Rainey Street

11:30 PM – KING TUFF – Filter / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96
ADDRESS:96 Rainey Street

SATURDAY, MARCH 16
2:00 PM – METZ – The AV Club/Flowerbooking Party @ Mohawk
ADDRESS: 912 Red River

5:00 PM – KING TUFF- Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Emo’s
ADDRESS: 603 Red River St (corner of 6th)

6:00 PM – METZ – Urban Outfitters Back Lot
ADDRESS:2406 Guadalupe St

6:30 PM- Rose Windows – @ Redefine Mag Party @ House of Commons
ADDRESS: 2610 Rio Grande Street

11:00 PM – Rose Windows- Rockin Tomato Pizza Party!
ADDRESS: 3003 South Lamar Blvd

11:45 PM – KING TUFF – Burgermania II @ Hotel Vegas
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street

SUNDAY, MARCH 17
12:00 PM- Rose Windows – SXSW “Hangover” show @ Beerland
ADDRESS: 711 Red River Street


Posted by Sam Sawyer

MEDIA : FRI, NOV 9, 2012 at 7:39 AM

New King Tuff “Keep On Movin’” Video

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Grab your 3-D Glasses, because King Tuff have a new, 3-D video for their song “Keep on Movin’” off of their 2012 self-titled record, and Rolling Stone premiered the video for us yesterday (Rolling Stone!).

If you don’t have 3-D Glasses, check out the 2-D version of the video over at Rolling Stone.

But if you do have a pair of the two-tone glasses, check out the 3-D version here. Either way, the gettin’s particularly good.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, OCT 8, 2012 at 8:01 AM

AVAILABLE TODAY: Releases from METZ / King Tuff / Total Control

METZ’s debut album, aptly titled METZ is out today on CD and on the fidelity-maximizing vinyl LP format. The CD and LP are also available to be bundled with one of two new METZ t-shirts. Pick up your copy of METZ.

Watch the brand new video for “Wet Blanket” from METZ, which premiered on Spin.com today:

For a limited time only, we’re also streaming the Full Album Stream for METZ over on our SoundCloud channel.

The Canadian noise maestros will also be playing the Sub Pop Showcase at 2012’s CMJ. For more information, click this word.

October 9th also brings us two new seven-inch singles from King Tuff and Total Control.

Stream Total Control

Stream King Tuff

King Tuff: Twitter / Facebook / Website / Sub Pop Artist Page

Total Control: Facebook / BandCamp / Blog Sub Pop Artist Page

METZ: Twitter / Facebook / Website / Sub Pop Artist Page


Posted by Alissa Gallivan