After a five-plus year hiatus, it’s pretty wonderful to hear from Joel Thibodeau and his band, Death Vessel, again; it’s been far too long since 2008’s very excellent Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us. Today, with a Pitchfork premiere, the band broke their silence with “Ilsa Drown” (embedded), featuring Jonsi from Sigor Ros, off of their forthcoming Island Intervals, out February 25th on this very record label.
After a few days of having you, the discerning and very astute music listening public, listen to a 15-second snippet of a track and then try to guess who it was exactly that we signed, it’s time to announce to you that WE SIGNEDTHENOTWIST! If you can’t tell, the all caps portion of the previous sentence is there to denote the fact that we are over the moon-levels of excited about this addition to our weird and loving family of artists. So, without further adieu, Close To The Glass, The Notwist’s Sub Pop debut full-length, comes out on February 25th! You can pre-order the CD or limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition LP here.
If The Notwist are a new band to you, get to know them! On this page, you can read a bit more about them. In the meantime, listen to the album’s title track, “Close To The Glass” in the embed, and feel the excitement that we feel this morning!
If you pre-order Close To The Glass, you will receive a set of small, limited-edition art prints. Speaking of limited-edition, if you pre-order the record on the vinyls, you’ll receive the limited Loser Edition of Close To The Glass on colored-vinyl; in this case a 2xLP, one orange and one blue with an etching on the fourth side of the LP (the etching will also be on non-Loser Edition LPs by the way). And, as is always the case with limited-edition things, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order now!
Running a record label is a fast-paced, multifaceted operation, though most of our efforts going into designing, printing, and slinging t-shirts (business tip: t-shirts are where the real money is). But, every once in a while, we take a break from all that t-shirt stuff and we get to sign an artist that we’ve been HUGE fans of for years—artists with an established fan base who would be welcome at any record label that they please (why they choose us, we’ll never know).
Well, this glorious and career-justifying event has just happened to us, and before we announce which musical artist or artists that you’re likely already a fan of that just joined the Sub Pop family, we’d like to play a little game with you (and your ears). Embedded in this post is a 15-second clip of the first focus track off of the to-be-named-later’s (specifically, we’re announcing it on Tuesday, November 19th) Sub Pop debut album. We will select a random person from the winning entries and they will receive a Loser Edition Bundle from the artist in question. So, take a listen and join in the on the guessing fun, because if not, you’ll likely feel wistful about it later.
Here’s how the game is played:
-Play the 15-second clip embedded in this post.
-Wager a guess as to what sonic geniuses could possibly be behind this song.
-Give us your guess via a comment below (include your email in the comment), on Instagram or Twitter (@subpop), or on the Facebook post associated with this contest.
-One winning entry will be chosen at random and will receive the limited, Loser Edition Bundle (T-shirt, LP, anything else that may be associated with the release) upon release date.
-Tell all of your friends how much you like Sub Pop Records and how handsome we are and stuff.
The full track and signing announcement will be made public on Tuesday, November 19th. A winner will be picked that day as well!
In terms of good days for fans and future fans of the Dum Dum Girls, there are few better days than today. Why? Excellent question, blog reader. Today, we at Sub Pop have announced DDG’s third full length record, Too True, due out on January 28th. And while this alone is cause enough for celebration, there’s more to stoke the flames of excitement: in conjunction with the clothes-maker H&M, Dum Dum Girls have created an amazing video for the Too True album track “Lost Boys and Girls Club”, a beautifully haunting song whose melody will be replaying in your head for the coming days. You can check out that video in the blog embed.
In addition to the new Dum Dum Girls record on the horizon, a new track, and a new video, Too True is now available for pre-order on CD and limited, Loser Edition LP. If you pre-order from SubPop.com, you’ll receive a limited-edition bonus 7” featuring the album track, “Rimbaud Eyes”, and the non-album b-side, “Girls Intuition” (currently unavailable elsewhere). And as is the case with all limited-edition things, both the Loser Edition colored-vinyl LP and the bonus 7-inch single are a first come, first served type of deal. That means order now.
The Sub Pop family got an additional member today with the signing of the London-based artist, Lyla Foy. It’s very possible that you were previously aware of Lyla through her former moniker, WALL, as she made some waves under that nom de guerre with the release of a couple critically-lauded EPs. Make the jump over to The Guardian, who have the scoop on Lyla Foy as well as the premiere of her track beautiful track, “Easy”, to which they eloquently note that, “It’s basically the perfect soundtrack to the impending winter chill”. We’re couldn’t be more ready to usher in that harshest of seasons if we’ve got Lyla Foy’s music to get us through. Welcome to the family, Lyla.
Headed to town for CMJ? Already thinking about what to pack? At once inspired by the endless cutie parade and shocked by the disproportionate gender ratio at shows? We have things in common.
Opt for a change of both scenery and gender balance, and revitalize your closet (or suitcase, for visitors) at GETUPs & GETDOWN. DJ sets from Dum Dum Girls and THEESatisfaction will light up the room for a vintage clothing swap from Broadist, swag and drinks from Sub Pop, and a chance to get your hands on some Dr. Martens from… well, you know. More details below!
Wednesday 10/16 – 6 to 9 PM – 21+
Good Co. – 10 Hope Street, Brooklyn NY 11211
DeeDee of Dum Dum Girls
Stas of THEESatisfaction
Bring 2-3 fall/winter garments you’re done wearing but which still deserve a new, loving home. In this like-minded crowd, you’re bound to make awesome trades. All sizes welcome! Our only request is that you bring your select finest goods to share.
Kindly anticipate drinks, hugs, vinyl, dancing, more estrogen than most, boots, and all your wildest dreams coming true. More details every day.