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 FREEMUSICFESTIVAL 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.
Record Store Day 2012, the one day that independently owned record stores all come together with artists to celebrate the art of music, is almost upon us fellow music fans.
In preparation for this grand event, today we are offering up a streaming version of our free 2012 Sub Pop sampler, Terminal Sales Vol. 5: Mixed Nuts (see player above). This 16-track collection of new, rare, and, in some cases, previously released tracks, will be available, in CD form and in all of its elaborate and glorious packaging beauty, at a record store near you this weekend, while supplies last.
To find out just which record stores near you will be participating in RSD 2012, you can head over to recordstoreday.com and get a list of the local brick and mortars you’ll need to hit on Saturday for the rare and exclusive offers from your favorite bands.
While you’re doing your research, you may also want to refer back to our previous Record Store Day blog post which details the specific and impressive Record Store Day offerings from Sub Pop artists Beach House, Blitzen Trapper and Shabazz Palaces. Relatedly, Pitchfork highlighted the Beach House and Shabazz Palaces RSD releases in their Top Record Store Day Releases coverage, read more of their list here.
Terminal Sales Vol. 5: Mixed Nuts, Sub Pop’s FREE 16-track 2012 label sampler will also be available on Record Store Day.
We love few things more than Record Store Day. We’ll be demonstrating and celebrating this love on April 21, 2012 with an array of exclusive and limited-edition releases featuring new, rare and unreleased tracks from Beach House, Blitzen Trapper, and Shabazz Palaces. On this same day, we will also release our FREE 2012 label sampler, Terminal Sales Vol. 5: Mixed Nuts, a 16-track collection of new, rare, and, in some cases, previously released tracks from Beachwood Sparks, Jaill, Shearwater, THEESatisfaction, Spoek Mathambo, Debo Band, King Tuff, and 9 more. All Sub Pop Record Store Day releases come with exclusive and ridiculously handsome artwork. Full track lists and release details are below.
In further Beach House news: fans can now pre-order the band’s May 15, 2012 release Bloom from iTunes (Pre-order Bloom from iTunes and get a download of the song “Myth” instantly), Amazon, Insound, (Pre-order from Insound and get a free Beach House poster) and Sub Pop. Fans who pre-order the vinyl LP format of the new record directly from Sub Pop will receive the limited, white vinyl Loser Edition. All pre-orders (CD and LP) will receive a bonus poster. A new Bloom t-shirt design is also available for pre-order from subpop.com.
“Lazuli” b/w “Equal Mind” 7" single
(Limited-edition of 2,400 copies on blue vinyl)
2. Equal Mind
“Hey Joe” b/w “Skirts on Fire” 7" single
(Limited-edition of 1,800 on yellow vinyl)
1. Hey Joe
2. Skirts on Fire
Live at KEXP 12" EP
(From the band’s spectacular 2011 live session on KEXP, one of the station’s most popular live sessions, limited-edition of 2,000 copies on purple vinyl)
1. bop hard
2. An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum
3. a mess, the booth that soaks in palacian musk
4. free press and curl
Terminal Sales Vol. 5: Mixed Nuts
1. Shearwater “You as You Were” (demo version)
2. Memoryhouse “Walk With Me”
3. feedtime “rock n roll”
4. Spoek Mathambo “Kites”
5. THEESatisfaction “QueenS”
6. Poor Moon “People in Her Mind”
7. Retribution Gospel Choir “The Stone (Revolution!)”
8. Shabazz Palaces “bop hard”(From the Live at KEXP 12” EP)
9. Father John Misty “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
10. Beach House “Myth”
11. King Tuff “Bad Thing”
12. Jaill “Waste a Lot of Things”
13. Beachwood Sparks “Forget the Song”
14. Debo Band “Asha Gedawo”
15. Husky “History’s Door”
16. Niki & The Dove “DJ, Ease My Mind”
More About Record Store Day
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet and greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April. In 2012, Record Store Day takes place April 21st.
2011 was a stellar year for Shabazz Palaces, the sonic movement of Palaceer Lazaro (Ishmael Butler). The debut release, Black Up, was one of the most critically celebrated records of 2011, landing on the best of lists at SPIN, LA Times, The New Yorker, Pitchfork and more. Shabazz Palaces has no plans to slow down in 2012, announcing the group’s first official stateside touring, kicking off on April 3 in Minneapolis, with European dates preceding their North American tour.
To remind you how truly awesome Shabazz Palaces really is, we thought we would share with you the new video for the groups song “Are You… Can You… Were You…? (Felt)”, which was directed by Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes. You can watch the video above.
Shabazz Palaces Tour Dates:
Saturday, February 18, 2012 La Cave aux poetes, Roubaix France
Sunday, February 19, 2012 Stereolux, Nantes France
Monday February 20, 2012 Les Trinitaires, Metz France
Tuesday February 21, 2012 Strasbourg La Laiterie, France
Friday February 24, 2012 Palace, St Gallen Switzerland
Saturday, February 25, 2012 Stall 6, Zurich Switzerland
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Astoria, Turin Italy
Thursday, March 01, 2012 Circolo degli Artisti, Rome Italy
Friday, March 02, 2012 Bronson, Ravenna Italy
Saturday, March 03, 2012 Studio 2, Vigonovo (Venezia) Italy
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 The Whole, Minneapolis MN (All Ages Show)
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 Mad Planet, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, April 5, 2012 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
Friday, April 6, 2012 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, April 7, 2012 The Horn Gallery, Gambier OH
Sunday, April 2012 The Shadow Lounge, East Liberty PA
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 II Motore, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 12, 2012 Iron Horse, Northampton MA
Friday, April 13 2012 SOB’s, New York NY
Saturday, April 14, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn NY
Handsome Furs Sound Kapital, Shabazz Palaces Black Up, Still Corners Cuckoo 7" and Avi Buffalo How Come 7" are officially available for your purchasing pleasure today, June 28. Happy Release Day to all. Read on for some exciting updates for all 4 artists.
Handsome Furs new record is hot, noisy, over-stimulated… and ready to take on the world. The band are currently touring North American in support of their new release. Click here for a full list of dates.
Seattle friends, Shabazz Palaces will be preforming on KEXP live today at 12:00 PM PDT, with a performance tonight at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne. The group also have 2 upcoming CD release shows in Seattle, WA on Thursday June 30th & Friday July 1st, with a performance at this year Pitchfork Music Festival. For more information on these shows click here. You can also stream Black Up via You Tube. Click here to watch and listen.
Still Corners create music that is dreamy, dark and alluringly eerie. Built on the siren vocals of Tessa Murray and lush atmospheric songs of Greg Hughes, they create a wash of Lynch-esque inspired love songs. You can listen/download the track “Cuckoo” off the 7" with the same name here and stay tuned for more information on the bands forthcoming Sub Pop debut, Creatures of an Hour out on October 11.
After the release of the band’s critically acclaimed self-titled release, Avi Buffalo is back with a brand spank’n new 7" entitled “How Come.” Insert your email in the widget above to download the a-side off this ripping release. Avi Buffalo is hitting the road in the beginning of July. Click here for a full list of shows.