Sub Pop has signed London-based songwriter Marika Hackman to the label, and will release I’m Not Your Man, her North American label debut, on June 2nd. The album - including recently released track “Boyfriend” - was produced and mixed by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J) at various locales throughout London. I’m Not Your Man will also be available in Europe from AMF Records.
Hackman also has (for your audio-visual enjoyment) an official video for “Boyfriend,” directed by Libby Burke Wilde [watch here], which co-stars the singer and her friends from UK band, The Big Moon.
There’s an open-ended nature toI’m Not Your Man: the discussions within, conversations on femininity, sex and sexual identity, millennial ennui, the pressures of living in a social media bubble and the perils of being young in a fast- paced industry. Says Hackman, “The record’s all about female relationships, romance and breakdowns, but there’s also a dim worldview going on. I’m Not Your Man can either mean, ‘I’m not your man, I’m your woman’, or it can mean, ‘I’m not a part of this…’,” explains Hackman. It’s a fiery statement from a songwriter who no longer wants to be shackled to limiting descriptions.
To help channel this fervid energy, Hackman recruited her best mates – London quartet The Big Moon to play as her backing band on I’m Not Your Man. “They really captured the soul of what it all meant to me and brought a lot of fun and creativity,” says Hackman. The unspoiled nature of the recording environment has thrown up a truly dynamic, multi-genre sound. It’s all tied together via razor sharp wit and authenticity.
[Cover Art: Painting by Tristan Piggot. Read more about it here.]
I’m Not Your Man will be released on CD / LP / DL / CS and is now available to preorder in North America from Sub Pop [link here]. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in the Americas will receive the Loser edition on orange colored-vinyl with a bonus 7” (while supplies last). There will also a be new t-shirt design available with this release.
Marika Hackman has scheduled a handful of SXSW appearances to preview I’m Not Your Man (March 15th-18th). Additional live dates will be announced soon.
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW / Latitude 30 / BBC2 Official Showcase Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW / The Blackheart / Transgressive Records Showcase Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW / Urban Outfitters Back Lot
So you’re probably thinking, “I want to OWN it, not just listen to it!” And rightly so. “Sparks” will be available later tonight (at 12am EDT/9pm PDT) as an instant download with pre-orders of Depression Cherry from the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon.
Depression Cherry was produced and recorded over the span of two months by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Beach House will start their worldwide tour in support of Depression Cherry August 18th in Portland, ME at the State Theatre and end their 2015 dates with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore. Please find a complete list of dates below.
LP and CD versions of Depression Cherry will come packaged in a sumptuous red velvet sleeve. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Depression Cherry from megamart.subpop.com will receive the special, limited, clear vinyl Loser Edition (while supplies last). Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design, available individually or as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.
Tour Dates Aug. 18 - Portland, ME - State Theatre Aug. 19 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub Aug. 20 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Aug. 21 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom Aug. 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s Aug. 24 - Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall Aug. 25 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Aug. 26 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall Aug. 29 - Baltimore, MD - Windjammer @ Pier Six Pavilion* Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue Sep. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman Auditorium Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom 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 Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB 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 Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega 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 Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore * w/ Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & more
Too True, Dum Dum Girls’ [bias alert] TRULY ASTOUNDING and UTTERLY MIND-BLOWING third full-length record, comes out on January 28th on Sub Pop Records (pre-orders here)! And while, sure, we here at Sub Pop are admittedly and hopelessly biased toward loving whatever DeeDee & Co. come up with, it’s only because Dum Dum Girls’ have a track record for delivering some pretty bullet-proof, fuzz-filled, dark pop anthems. Just look to every single full-length LP and EP for proof. They did it again with Too True, and the album track, “Rimbaud Eyes”, is just another notch in their proof belt, or whatever. I’ll stop now, I think this metaphor is kind of getting away from me. Just listen to “Rimbaud Eyes” from the forthcoming Too True in the embedded player and you’ll hear what I’m ham-fistedly trying to tell you.
Pre-orders of Too True will receive a limited-edition Dum Dum Girls 7” single featuring “Rimbaud Eyes” b/w the unreleased track, “Girls Intuition”. And if you happen to prefer the fidelity-maximizing vinyl music format, your pre-order will contain the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition version of the record. But, such as the order of limited things, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order soon!
A few months ago, we shared the wonderful fact that we can officially call the London-based singer/songwriter, Lyla Foy (formerly WALL), part of the Sub Pop family. Today, we return with more fantastic news about Lyla, or more specifically, her debut record, Mirrors the Sky. The fantastic news goes a little like this: on March 18th, Lyla Foy’s beautiful full-length debut will be available wherever fine music is sold.
Pre-orders of Mirrors the Sky via iTunes will receive a download of the album track “Feather Tongue” immediately. LP pre-orders through the Sub Pop Mega Mart will receive the limited, colored-vinyl, Loser Edition and all pre-orders will get a complimentary Lyla Foy tote bag. And as is the case with all things of a limited nature, when the Loser Edition and Lyla Foy tote bags are gone, they’re gone. Which is to say, this is a classic while-supplies-last scenario.
Hear the Mirrors the Sky track, “Feather Tongue”, in the embedded player now.