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NEWS : WED, OCT 21, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Cullen Omori Signs Worldwide Deal With Sub Pop

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Please join us in welcoming Chicago’s Cullen Omori to the Sub Pop Family!  Cullen and Sub Pop have signed a worldwide deal to release his debut LP in 2016.

Cullen, at the tender age of 25 is back from the post-buzz-band abyss of the now defunct Smith Westerns. The singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist began writing solo material in early 2014. While his former project synthesized familiar rock of years past (T Rex, Bowie), Cullen builds upon his own musical past and reaches towards the future of what guitar rock could be. His songs marry dark yet blissful pop with vocal melodies and hooks that are at once both immediate and begging to be reinterpreted again and again.

Cullen will make his live debut headlining a hometown show next Friday, October 30th at Schuba’s. The Chicago Reader recently interviewed him about the forthcoming performance, his recent signing to the label, and more (view here).

Photo credit: Alexa Lopez

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, OCT 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM

No Fly List: Notes From Sub Pop’s Airport Store (October 2015)

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Overheard at the Sub Pop Airport Store:

Now that I live and breathe Sub Pop at the airport, it’s easy for me to lose sight of the fact that, for many travelers, their first introduction to the record label is wandering accidentally into our store. 

While we are quite accustomed to hearing statements like, “This is the best store ever!” sometimes we overhear observations, or are asked questions, that very much help keep us grounded. I recently asked my fellow employees for any funny quotes that they have overheard lately. Here’s a small sampling of some of the stranger things that are spoken at the store:

“These SUB POP shirts all look like the Sublime logo.”

“So, is this like, Seattle’s Abercrombie?”

“Sub Pop must be some kind of local soda company.”

“This is a store for teenyboppers.”

“I don’t know what Sub Pop is, but I like it.”

“Why does this say LOSER?”

“A record store in the airport. Oh my god, this is so Seattle.”

“Man, Sub Pop used to be anti-culture.”

“Oh yeah, Sub Pop is Dave Grohl’s recording studio.”

“This is weirdly awesome.”

“I’m about to spend all my money and I haven’t even left the airport yet.”

“This is a little ridiculous. They should have a store in the worst alley of Seattle, not the airport.”

“Who are all these people?” 

“Can you take my photo for your wall?

“Why don’t you have the Chili Peppers on here?”

“Whoa! Check out these tiny records.”

“Are these really vinyls back here? New ones?”

“What do you play records on nowadays?”

“Why are you buying records here? You don’t even have a record player…”

“I respect what’s going on in here, but they need some better stuff, like O.A.R. or Janis Joplin.”

“Wait. Is Nirvana from Seattle?”

“Is this a mouse pad?”

“Let’s go. This store is just filled with crap that says ‘Sub Pop.’”

Posted by Jackson Hathorn

NEWS : MON, OCT 19, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Merchandise Collaborate with Dum Dum Girls for one-off single “Red Sun” / “Echo” - Premiere via Stereogum

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In this collaborative effort, 4AD group Merchandise and Sub Pop’s own Dum Dum Girls present the new “Red Sun” b/w “Echo” 7” single, available worldwide Friday, November 27th from Sub Pop.  (Listen to “Red Sun”)

“Red Sun” and “Echo” were both written after midnight.  “Red Sun” is the story of love, power, and weakness. A 3 minute narrative about the mystery of human attraction and its hold on the psyche.  “Red Sun,” played by Dee Dee, is half siren and half desert wanderer.  She’s the temptress and the God of War the body of a girl who can make all men her victim.  “Echo” takes place in the streets of Berlin.  In “Echo” our narrator is lost in the madness of regret and lost love. In the warm streets of summer he’s frozen by his thoughts as if it were winter already.  This new single was conceived in Tampa, FL and recorded between Tampa, Berlin and NYC during the summer of 2015.  

(Photo Credit: Catie Laffoon)

Stereogum had this to say about “Red Sun”, “a moody track that rests on a pulsing, sinister synth line and arid guitar. Dee Dee handles the verses, playing some sort of man-eating desert siren, while Carson Cox jumps in on the chorus” (see track premiere October 19th).

The “Red Sun” b/w “Echo” single is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon. Preorders through will receive a limited edition version of the 7” pressed on clear purple vinyl (while supplies last).

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Dum Dum Girls’ digital single for “Coming Down” (radio edit) b/w “Girls Intuition” is also now available for purchase through Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes and all streaming services.  Both songs were available exclusively on very limited edition 7” vinyl.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, OCT 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Watch: Father John Misty on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Outdoor Stage

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Last night, Father John Misty appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s outdoor stage and performed a couple I Love You, Honeybear tracks, and you can now enjoy the videos for “Ideal Husband” and “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment”.

Father John Misty’s 2015 tour schedule in support of I Love You, Honeybear continues with two sold out shows at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA on October 16th and 17th and currently ends December 11th-13th in Perth, AU at Disconnect Festival. (complete tour dates below)

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In other news, Father John Misty recently premiered a hilariously meta video for “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment,” a standout from I Love You, Honeybear, his acclaimed album.  The new visual was helmed by writer-director-producer Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation). You can watch it right over here:

Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear is available now on CD / LP / 2xLP / Deluxe 2xLP via Father John,  Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, and Amazon.  

What people are saying about Father John Misty:

“This warped, lovely album suggests that a true longtime partnership isn’t two people who love each other even for their flaws, but of two people accepting decay–their own and each other’s–and choosing to ride it out nonetheless.” - New York Times

“The artist born Josh Tillman aims for grandiosity in his Father John Misty disguise, and his second album for Sub Pop repeatedly reaches such heights. A musical genie bottle with the spirits of Phil Spector, Lee Hazlewood and Brian Wilson corked within, Tillman and co-producer Jonathan Wilson seem to revel in letting these sounds seep out and intermingle.” - Los Angeles Times

“His beloved Father John Misty debut was Fear Fun, issued in 2012. The new album, out now, is I Love You, Honeybear….and it is as good as, though quite different from, its predecessor.” - Wall Street Journal

“I Love You, Honeybear, an album by turns passionate and disillusioned, tender and angry, so cynical it’s repulsive and so open hearted it hurts.” [8.8 / 10, “Best New Music”] - Pitchfork

“Upping the spectacle from Fear Fun his 2012 debut, I Love You, Honeybear is an autobiographical set about love, marriage and derangement that’s both ironic and empathic.” [4/5] - Rolling Stone

“If there’s a funnier, stranger and more touchingly bizarre album released this year, it will be a very good year indeed.” [4/5] - Billboard

“This is a gorgeous album.” [10/10] - Exclaim

“For all the layers of irony on I Love You, Honeybear, the biggest irony of all might be that such an ostensibly knotty and confusing album’s real strength lies in something as prosaic and transparent as its author’s ability to write a beautiful melody.” [5/5] - The Guardian

“Album of the Week” - Stereogum

Tour Dates

Oct. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Outdoor stage)
Oct. 15 - Las Vegas, NV - Pool at the Cosmopolitan **
Oct. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern ** [Sold Out]
Oct. 17 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern ** [Sold Out]
Oct. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
Oct. 22 - Galway, IE - Roisin Dubh* [Sold Out]
Oct. 23 - Belfast, UK - Mandela Hall*
Oct. 24 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street [Sold Out]*
Oct. 26 - Sheffield, UK - Plug  [Sold Out]*
Oct. 27 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction [Sold Out]*
Oct. 28 - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]*
Oct. 29 - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]*
Oct. 31 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris*
Nov. 01 - Bologna, IT - Locomotiv*
Nov. 02 - Munich, DE - Strom*
Nov. 03 - Weisbaden, DE - Schlachtof*
Nov. 04-08  - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves*
Nov. 06 - Wangles, DE - Weissenhauser Strand*
Nov. 09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso*
Nov. 10 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belguique*
Nov. 11 - Nantes, FR - Stereolux*
Nov. 12 - Lyon, FR - Epicerie Moderne*
Nov. 13 - Koln, DE - Luxor*
Nov. 15 - Stockholm, SE - Berns Hotel^
Nov. 16 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega [Sold Out]*
Nov. 17 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega [Sold Out]*
Nov. 21 - Mexico City, MX - Corona Capital Music Festival
Dec. 03 - Auckland, NZ - St. James Theatre
Dec. 05 - Berry Park, AU - Fairgrounds Festival
Dec. 06 - Brisbane, AU - Max Watt’s
Dec. 08 - Sydney, AU - Sydney Opera House
Dec. 09 - Melbourne, AU - Forum
Dec. 10 - Melbourne, AU - Forum [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Geelong, AU - Meredith Music Festival [Sold Out]
Dec. 11-13 - Perth, AU - Disconnect Festival
* w/ Anna B. Savage
** w/ Mikal Cronin
^ w/ Briana Marela

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, OCT 12, 2015 at 6:00 AM

The New Beach House LP ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ Is Out Oct. 16!

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On Friday, October 16th (yes, that’s THIS coming Friday!) Beach House will release Thank Your Lucky Stars, their second LP of 2015.  The album (recorded during the same two month span as Depression Cherry) is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega MartBandcampAmazoniTunes, and will be available at your local independent purveyor of fine records this Friday, Oct. 16th.

Beach House also issued this note about the special release:

“Thank Your Lucky Stars is our sixth full length record. It was written after Depression Cherry from July 2014 - November 2014 and recorded during the same session as Depression Cherry. The songs came together very quickly and were driven by the lyrics and the narrative. In this way, the record feels very new for us, and a great departure from our last few records. Thematically, this record often feels political. It’s hard to put it into words, but something about the record made us want to release it without the normal “campaign.” We wanted it to simply enter the world and exist.

Thank you very much,

Beach House”

LP and digital copies of the album will be available beginning Friday, October 16th, with the CD version following on Friday, October 30th.  LP preorders through will receive the limited “Loser” edition on green vinyl (while supplies last).

Beach House’s worldwide tour in support of both Depression Cherry & Thank Your Lucky Stars resumes on October 24th at Belfast’s Mandela Hall, and their 2015 dates end with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore. (details below)  

In further exciting news, Beach House will appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday, October 16th (at 11:35pm ET / 10:35pm CT), so set those DVR’s, folks.

Tour Dates

Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK -  Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Oct. 31 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso  
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB  [Sold Out]
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis  [Sold Out]
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega  [Sold Out]
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo [Sold Out]
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory [Sold Out]
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]

For ticket info please visit

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, OCT 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Sub Pop Signs Heron Oblivion to Worldwide Deal - Debut LP coming in 2016

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They said YES!

Please join us in welcoming Heron Oblivion to the Sub Pop family.  The San Francisco based group, featuring Meg Baird (Espers), Noel Von Harmonson (Comets on Fire, Six Organs of Admittance, Sic Alps, The Lowdown), Ethan Miller (Comets on Fire, Howlin’ Rain, Feral Ohms), and Charlie Saufley (Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound), will release their label debut worldwide in the spring of 2016.

You can watch Heron Oblivion performing live, right over here:
Preceding the release of their debut LP, Heron Oblivion will perform as support for Matador Records act Kurt Vile on his upcoming west coast tour. The trek begins October 14th in Los Angeles, CA at The Fonda Theatre and ends on October 18th in Seattle, WA at Showbox at the Market. (tour dates below)

[photo credit:  Raeni Miller]

About Heron Oblivion:
Meg Baird: Drums, lead vocals
Ethan Miller: Bass, backing vocals
Noel Von Harmonson: Guitar
Charlie Saufley: Guitar
Heron Oblivion’s origins date to 2013 in SF’s Bayview district, where its four members– fueled by a love of  60s/70s scuzz and commune jams, folk rock, noise, and P.S.F. Japanese underground—would get together for what Miller describes as “blistering, extended free jam sessions.” The four musicians realized that their initial chemistry (which was strong from the outset) was undeniable and it’s vision unified. Heron Oblivion was born.
Ultimately, Heron Oblivion fused song craft to its improvisational leanings. What materialized is a mesmeric compilation of English folk rock and earthy West Coast psychedelia spiked with feedback and explosive dissonant elements. The sum of these elements will make up their Sub Pop debut.

Tour Dates : Supporting Kurt Vile
Oct. 14 - Los Angeles, CA  - Fonda Theatre
Oct. 15 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
Oct. 16 - San Francisco, CA  - The Fillmore
Oct. 17 - Portland, OR  - Crystal Ballroom
Oct. 18 - Seattle, WA - Showbox

Posted by Rachel White