It’s with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to Oxford Collapse. The band has announced that their last two shows will be July 17 and 18 in Hoboken and NYC respectively. After releasing two albums on Kanine (Some WIlderness in 2004 and A Good Ground in 2005), the boys from Brooklyn released their first album on Sub Pop, Remember The Night Parties, in 2006 and followed it up in 2008 with Bits. I will particularly miss their fondness for road food (especially hot wings) and their tendency to only refer to each other as “asshole” on stage. Thanks for the good times, boyz.
Official band statement:
After eight years, 450 shows, and four albums, we’ve decided that we’ve reached the end of the line. To paraphrase the Grateful Dead, “what a long, strange, eye-opening, stomach-bursting, heart-breaking, bittersweet, educational, enlightening, mind-numbing, ‘why-are-we-doing-this-shit?’ / ‘who-gets-to-do-this-shit?,’ absurd, amazing trip it’s been.” To paraphrase another sage poet, “you gotta know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.”
Thanks go out to a million friends—all the awesome, talented people who helped us make records and put them out, everyone who put together tours for us, our families (who are still wondering when we will get real jobs), all the other wonderful and terrible bands we’ve loved touring, playing, hanging and eating with over the years. And of course a heartfelt thanks to everyone who ever came to see us play, bought something we were selling, said something nice, or let us sleep on their diarrhea-encrusted floors. (Except you, Branson, Missouri!)
To have one final go of it, the three of us are meeting up for a pair of shows in and around the city we called home in our time. Come out and party with us! Seriously, do not miss!!! Friday July 17th we are very psyched to be playing with old and dear friends Frightened Rabbit at Maxwell’s, and Saturday July 18th, for our last show ever, we’ll share the stage with best buds CaUSE Co-MOTION!, under-age phenoms The Beets, and our beloved Rape Excape, freshly reformed from the rubble of Princeton ’04; plus a bunch of special guests! If you missed the original Last Waltz in ’76, now’s your chance!
Friday, July 17th
Maxwell’s (early show) (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, July 18th
Under the Tracks
508 W. 25th Street
New York, NY
w/CaUSE co-MOTION!, The Beets, Rape Excape
Starts at 9pm, won’t cost too much
(Don’t worry about advance tix—this place is huge!)
In addition to the showcase we are hosting with our friends at Hardly Art and Suicide Squeeze at Piano’s on Friday, Oct. 24th (full details on the showcase here), there are a number of other events that bands on the label are playing during the festival. Specifically, these events!
- Wed. Oct. 22—8:00pm—The Studio @ Webster Hall—free party
- Thurs. Oct. 23—7:35pm—169 Bowery at Delancey—Fader party
- Tues. Oct. 21—8:00pm—The Delancey—NZ Showcase
- Sat. Oct. 25—3:00pm—Music Hall of Williamsburg—AAM party
- Sat. Oct. 25—Doors at noon, The Ruby Suns play sometime around 7:00 or 8:00—The Market Hotel—After The Jump Party
We’re teaming up with our friends at Hardly Art and Suicide Squeeze for our CMJ showcase this year! It will take place at Piano’s (158 Ludlow at Stanton, NYC) on Friday, October 24th. The show starts at 8:00 and is $12 at the door, or free with a CMJ badge. Here’s the full schedule:
8:00-8:30 Pretty & Nice
8:45-9:15 The Coathangers
8:30-9:00 Cotton Jones
9:15-9:45 Death Vessel
10:00-10:30 The Dutchess and the Duke
11:30-12:00 Oxford Collapse
12:15-12:45 The Ruby Suns
You guys should totally come.
Hello, friends! This column is late so we’re just going to deal with the facts this month. Fact One: The new album by CSS entitled Donkey will finally be released on LP on August 5th—summer can officially begin! CSS is on tour—click here to see if they’re coming to your neck. Fact Two: Oxford Collapse is also releasing a new record on the 5th. Theirs is called BITS and you can get it here. They’ve been making all these crazy videos for this record that you can see here and they’re going to tour like crazy. Fact Three: The first installment of the Singles Club will be released on August 15th. I’ll go ahead and tell you what it is this time but from here on out it’ll be a surprise. This is it. Fact Four: I am tired of this Fact Format. Death Vessel finally release their first Sub Pop full length on August 19th. It’s called Nothing is Precious Enough For Us and you can get it here! Our buds over at Hardly Art will be putting out their fourth release on the same day called Don’t Be a Stranger by the Moondoggies. If you’re a fan of the Fleet Foxes or Blitzen Trapper you will probably like them as well. Don’t be shy—give it a listen. Hey, speaking of Fleet Foxes, those dudes are playing on David Letterman tonight (Monday 8/4)! Hey, speaking of David Letterman, our longtime publicist Steve Manning has moved on to bigger and better things (eg. traveling around the world and not working) and we will miss him dearly. Be safe, Steve, and don’t forget to pack those magic underwear that you never need to wash. Happy August, everyone!
On August 5th, Brooklyn’s Oxford Collapse are giving the world BITS, their latest record, and here at Sub Pop, we couldn’t be more motivated to sell you this record! Don’t believe us? How about this: if you pre-order BITS by August 5th, we will throw in, at no extra charge, a very special, very limited photograph taken by Oxford Collapse while on tour. We say very limited because we had doubles printed so the band could have a copy too; so each photograph is limited to two. We only have 100 different photographs to give away, so act quickly! Incentivizers that we are, you’ll also be receiving stickers and buttons crammed into your order! That’s just how we do.
Pre-order BITS here
Hear Oxford Collapse here
This sassy group of mustached gents stopped by the office today to talk a BIT of business, eat donuts, and pose for the camera.