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FRI, APR 22, 2011 at 3:36 AM

Sub Pop Records: Now with 100% More Shearwater

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One of the most original and acclaimed bands of recent years, Shearwater, have recently entered into a recording agreement with Sub Pop Records of Seattle, WA.This is news worth sharing.

While they’re not saying much about the record yet, singer Jonathan Meiburg suggests that it’s going to be quite different from the band’s past releases. “We’re having trouble taming this one,” he says, “but luckily, we don’t really want to.” Expect a new album from the band in early 2012. The band signaled a change in direction from their most recent releases, the trilogy of mysterious, thematically-linked albums they’re now calling The Island Arc (The Golden Archipelago from 2010, the 2008 release Rook, and 2006’s Palo Santo) with a final, sold-out, three-hour epic performance in their hometown of Austin earlier this year. A set of recordings from that show are now available on the Shearwater bandcamp page.

Drummer Thor Harris, in the meantime, has been busy smashing tubular bells with hammers in Michael Gira’s reformed Swans, and is set to release a new instrumental album and book of drawings, A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Friendship, through Austin’s Monofonus Press. And bassist Kimberly Burke’s new play, “Miss Tibet,” will have a reading at Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco on May 16 & 17.

Meiburg’s been active, too—besides the loved/loathed Blue Water White Death collaboration with Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart late last year, he played keyboards on Bill Callahan’s new Apocalypse, added guest vocals to Okkervil River’s upcoming I Am Very Far, and performed two new, long, iridescent songs, “Hymn to the Valences” and “The Moth and the Milky Way” at the Whitney Museum of American Art with Andy Stack of Wye Oak. Studio recordings of these songs, inspired by the psychedelic natural scenes of painter Charles Burchfield, are available on Shearwater’s bandcamp this week (and, next year, on vinyl as part of Graveface Records’ subscription-only singles collection).

For more information on Shearwater please visit:
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Posted by Bekah Zietz

NEWS : WED, FEB 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Shearwater Are On Tour! Download a new track now!

Shearwater have been a prolific bunch while on Sub Pop. Their label debut, Animal Joy, was followed quickly with the wonderful covers record, Fellow Travelers, a couple of 7” singles thrown in for good measure, and here we are today offering you a FREE download of the track ”Black Is The Color”, which was recorded at WNYC for the “Colors” episode for the truly enlightening radio show, Radiolab (if you’re not already into this show, do your brain a favor and get into them here).

In other Shearwater news, the band will be offering an exclusive, special limited release album throughout their current tour: Missing Islands is a 20-track collection of demos and outtakes from the sessions for RookThe Golden Archipelago, and Animal Joy, spanning the years from 2007 to 2012. Most of these recordings, which range from solo acoustic home recordings to full-band explorations, have never been released in any form, and they catch the songs halfway between sleeping and waking. It also features some songs that never made it out of the incubator, some memorable studio moments, and the sound of Thor fighting a mighty (but deceased) oak tree (he won). You can read some liner notes JM wrote about the release right now.

Shearwater Tour Dates





Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, MAR 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Wonderfully Weird Jonathan Meiburg Interview & Shearwater/Death Vessel Tour Info

Sub Pop’s own Charlie Rose, a very curious woman by the name of Maureen, recently sat down with Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg for a candid one on one that continues her interview series wherein she puts Sub Pop artists on the at times very weird spot (see Maureen’s previous interviews with J Mascis and Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler). If you have about 15 minutes, it’s well worth sitting through all three. 

Shearwater are set to embark on a long tour, and many of those dates are with their labelmates Death Vessel (who have a brand new record out now!). Biases aside, that promises to be one of the more memorable lineups of the year–do you a solid and go see them!

Shearwater & Death Vessel
North American Tour Dates
Mar. 19 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
Mar. 20 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
Mar. 21 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel*
Mar. 22 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House*
Mar. 25 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*
Mar. 26 - Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange*
Mar. 27 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern*
Mar. 28 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme*
Mar. 29 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
* w/ Jesca Hoop

Shearwater
European Tour Dates
Apr. 23 - Vienna, AT -  Szene
Apr. 24 - Dresden, DE - Beatpol
Apr. 25 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub
Apr. 26 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Apr. 27 - Hamburg, DE - Indra
Apr. 28 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet
Apr. 29 - Brussel, BE - Botanique
Apr. 30- London, UK - XOYO
May 01 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
May 02 -  Bristol, UK - The Fleece  
May 03 - Brighton, UK -  The Haunt
May 04 - Gent, BE - Democrazy
May 06 - Paris, FR - La Flèche d’Or
May 07 - Fribourg, CH - Fri-Son 
May 08 - Milan, IT - Circolo Magnolia 
May 09 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F 

Death Vessel
European & U.S. Tour Dates

Apr. 20 - Bristol, UK - The Cube**
Apr. 21 -  Halifax, UK - Square Chapel**
Apr. 22 - Brighton, UK - Komedia Studio Bar **
Apr. 23 - London, UK - Cafe Oto **
Apr. 24 - Paris, FR - Le Point FMR **
Apr. 25 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli (Spiegelbar) **
Apr. 26 - Brussels, BE - Botanique **
Apr. 27 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus **
Apr. 28 - Berlin, DE - Roter Salon **
Apr. 29 - Prague, CZ - Pilot Klub **
May 03 - Baden, CH - Royal 
May 04 - Antwerpen, BE - Trix
May 07 - Hertogenbosch, NL - W2 Poppodium’s
May 08 - Amsterdam, NL - London Calling @ Tolhuistuinzaal
May 10 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Jun. 07 - Peterborough, NH - The Thing in the Spring
Jul. 25 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Fest
** w/ Marissa Nadler



Posted by Sam Sawyer