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COMMERCE : TUE, OCT 22, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Sub Pop, Black Friday, and You

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Sub Pop’s Small Bounty of Record Store Day Treasure

We are, once again, participating in the frenzied, let’s-get-our-economy-back-on-track holiday tradition known among vinyl collectors, music fanatics, and eBay flippers as Record Store Day’s Black Friday, for which we (and other record labels and artists) come up with very cool and very limited releases to be sold exclusively at independent record retailers.

On November 29th, Sub Pop (hey, that’s us) will release two limited-edition Black Friday exclusives: Josh Tillman’s score to the forthcoming short film The History of Caves, and a split 7” featuring Low’s popular rendition of Rihanna’s megahit “Stay” and Shearwater’s take on Frank Ocean’s “Novacane.” Please find track listing details for both releases below.

The History of Caves is the directorial debut of photographer and filmmaker Emma Elizabeth Tillman, and it will premiere later this year on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. Josh Tillman’s (spoiler alert: he is Father John Misty!) haunting, spare instrumental score spans 10 tracks, all of which are featured on this limited-edition LP. The album is limited to 2,000 copies.

Labelmates Low and Shearwater each contribute what might be considered, in some circles, improbable covers of popular songs for this split 7” single. After performing a crowd-favorite live version of Rihanna’s “Stay” at the Pitchfork Music Festival this past July, Low recorded a studio version at Sacred Heart in Duluth, MN. Low’s version of the pop ballad has been available digitally since mid-September and follows in the wake of the band’s March 2013, Jeff Tweedy-produced album The Invisible Way. Shearwater’s new album Fellow Travelers is out November 26, 2013, and on it the band performs re-imagined songs by bands they have toured with over the years, including Folk Implosion, St. Vincent, Wye Oak, Xiu Xiu, and Coldplay among others. Unfettered by the operating principle of Fellow Travelers (and inviting future tour dates together) Shearwater recorded their own gauze-wrapped, undulating version of Frank Ocean’s “Novacane” for this single. Low’s proceeds will benefit Rock for Kids (www.rockforkids.org), while Shearwater’s will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org). This 7” is limited to 3,500 copies.

Both releases will also be available digitally, so you MP3 purists can have yours, too.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, JUN 14, 2013 at 5:45 AM

New Low Video for “Plastic Cup” + Movie and Tour News

Sub Pop is very happy to be able to share with you Low’s new video for “Plastic Cup” directed by Ryley Fogg. You can watch the video in the embedded player.

We’re also pleased to announce screenings of Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking) all over the United States this summer. The film follows the band’s entire career and relationship with director, Philip Harder. For twenty years, we made music videos and short films together, filming on ice, in railroad yards, and in rapidly disintegrating rooms.

So far, screenings have been scheduled in the cities below. You can see the full list of screenings and ticketing links here, but make sure to check back often as cities are still being added.

Iowa City, IA – Duluth, MN – Philadelphia, PA – Washington, DC – Chicago, IL Harrisburg, PA – Tulsa, OK – Omaha, NE – Seattle, WA – Grand Rapids, MI Cleveland, OH – New York, NY – Hartford, CT – San Francisco, CA – Arcata, CA Los Angeles, CA – Washburn, WI – Auburn, NY – Columbia, SC – Boston, MA – Madison, WI

Low have also just announced two shows in the southeast in September. Tickets for both shows are on sale on Friday, June 14. You can also get more information about each here.

Sept. 5 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
Sept. 6 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA

Don’t forget about Low’s shows next week with Mike Doughty, Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival and July shows with Swans. They return to Europe in August and November. Details below.

June 14 – Red Star – Duluth, MN
June 15 – Rock the Garden – Minneapolis, MN
June 17 – Sixth and I Synagogue – Washington, DC
June 18 – Altar – Pittsburgh, PA
June 19 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
June 20 – Spaceland Ballroom – Hamden, CT
June 21 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
June 22 – Solid Sound Festival @ Mass Moca – North Adams, MA
July 18 – Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
July 19 – The Majestic – Detroit, MI
July 20 – Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park – Chicago, IL
Aug. 16 – Pukkelpop @ Kiewet Hasselt Festival Grounds – Hasselt, Belgium
Aug. 17 – Green Man Festival – Glansuk, Wales
Aug. 19 – Cyprus Avenue – Cork, Ireland
Aug. 20 – Whelan’s – Dublin, Ireland
Aug. 21 – Empire Music Hall – Belfast, Ireland
Aug. 30 – Big Top Chautauqua – Bayfield, WI
Sept. 5 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
Sept. 6 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
Sept. 7 – Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC
Nov. 4 – Sala Petrassi: Auditorium Parco della Musica – Rome, Italy
Nov. 5 – Teatro Puccini – Florence, Italy
Nov. 6 – Teatro Martinitt – Milan, Italy
Nov. 7 – Bogen F – Zurich, Switzerland
Nov. 8 – Le Bourg – Lausanne, Switzerland
Nov. 9 – Manufaktur – Schorndorf, Germany
Nov. 11 – Stadsschouwburg – Groningen, Netherlands
Nov. 12 – Lux – Nijmegen, Netherlands
Nov. 13 – Het Depot – Leuven, Belgium
Nov. 14 – Junction – Cambridge, United Kingdom
Nov. 15 – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, United Kingdom
Nov. 16 – Queens Social Club – Sheffield, United Kingdom
Nov. 18 – Anglican Cathedral – Liverpool, United Kingdom
Nov. 19 – Queens Hall – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Nov. 20 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, United Kingdom
Nov. 21 – Arts Centre – Norwich, United Kingdom
Nov. 22-24 – ATP Festival – Camber Sands, United Kingdom


Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, MAY 24, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking) Summer Screenings

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There’s a new documentary film about Low and it is screening nationally this entire summer!

In short: Low Movie (How To Quit Smoking) follows the entire career of the iconic band Low and their relationship with director Philip Harder.

And there are many more details available here!

All of this hot on the metaphorical heels of the release of the new and very good album from Low called The Invisible Way.

Things are really coming up Low this summer.

Low Movie (How To Quit Smoking) Public Screening Dates

June 13th, Englert Theatre, Iowa City, IA

June 14th, Zinema 2 and Red Star, Duluth, MN

June 20th, Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

June 28th, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL

June 28th, Winona Film Society, Winona, MN

July 11th, Moviate at Studio A, Harrisburg, PA

July 12th, Circle Cinema, Tulsa, OK

July 16th, FilmStreams, Omaha, NE

July 17th, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, Seattle, WA

July 19th, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

July 23rd, Capitol Theatre, Cleveland, OH

July 30th, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, NY

August, TBD, Washington, DC

August, TBD, Portland, OR

August, TBD, Salt Lake City, UT

August 7th, Wadsworth Atheneum Musem, Hartford, CT

August 8th, Roxie, San Francisco, CA

August 10th, Downtown Independent, Los Angeles, CA

August 15th, Stagenorth, Washburn, WI

August 17th, Auburn Public Theater, Auburn, NY

August 31st, TBD, Washington, DC

August 23rd, The Nickelodeon, Columbia, SC

August, 30th, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

September 25th, Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI


Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : TUE, FEB 26, 2013 at 3:13 AM

New Music and Photo Contest From Low

March 19th, the release date for Low’s new album The Invisible Way, is still a few long, tedious, new Low record-less weeks away. A confusing, depressing journey through time and space for any Low fan drowning in anticipation (we can certainly relate). Well, we’re in the business of throwing Low fans who are drowning in anticipation a (proverbial) life preserver in the form of “So Blue”, a new track off the forthcoming full-length.

While we’re talking Low stuff, it seems worth reminding you that if you pre-order The Invisible Way from Sub Pop you’ll receive a bonus CD, The Visible End, which features three demos of tracks from the new album and an instrumental version of the song “Clarence White”—these are while supplies last of course.

Lastly, Low are creating a video for the song “So Blue”, and mean to do so by compiling photos taken by you, Low fans, inspired by the song. So, listen to the song, upload a photo to Twitter or Instagram and use the tag #LowSoBlue and tag the band @lowtheband. You can also submit photos to Low’s Facebook page. We’re all very excited to see the variety of interpretation and creativity from y’all. Photos need to be submitted by March 12th in order to be considered.

Pre-order The Invisible Way


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, FEB 6, 2013 at 4:47 AM

Low’s ‘The Invisible Way’

Low, our favorite Duluth Minnesotans have been at it again, and we’re releasing The Invisible Way on March 19th—the fruits of them having been “at it again”. Furthermore, in accordance with the way we usually do things around here, we’re going to, for free, include a limited-edition four-song CD called The Visible End featuring alternate versions of album tracks as well as offer the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the vinyl LP to pre-orders on SubPop.com* as well as select independent record stores (call your local record store for availability). But, such as the nature of limited things, you have to act quickly to ensure your future ownership of the aforementioned things.

Pre-order The Invisible Way here.

A download of the song “Just Make It Stop”, which Pitchfork claimed " is more ample proof that Low are excellent at turning out a song with a simple architecture and deceptively complex emotions," is available for download here.

Complete tour dates are below:
March
16 – Toronto, ONT – The Great Hall
20 – New York, NY – Society for Ethical Culture
22 – Chicago, IL – Metro
23 – St. Paul, MN – Fitzgerald Theatre
29 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
30 – Provo, UT – Velour

April
2 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
3 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall#
5 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
6 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
24 – Birmingham, UK – Glee Club
25 – Manchester, UK – Central Methodist Hall
26 – Gateshead, UK – The Sage Gateshead
27 – Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
29 – Bristol, UK – Trinity
30 – London, UK – Barbican Centre

May
2 – Copehnhagen, Denmark – Loppen
3 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
4 – Oslo, Norway – Bla
7 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
8 – Brussels, Belgium – Cirque Royal – Nuits Botanique
9 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Paradiso De Duif
10 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
11 – Bologna, Italy – Teatro Antoniano
13 – Barcelona, Spain – Casino de la Alianca
14 – Valencia, Spain – Teatro La Rambleta
15 – Zaragoza, Spain – Teatro de las Esquina
16 – Madrid, Spain – Joy Eslava
17 – Valladolid, Spain – Lava
18 – Biarritz, France – Atabal


Posted by Sam Sawyer