Set sail on the sonic seas of brand new music from German electro-wizards, The Notwist!
We (Sub Pop, that is) are pleased to share release details on behalf of Superheroes, Ghostvillains & Stuff, their new live album which features 16 tracks from The Notwist’s extensive catalog, and was recorded on December 16, 2015 on the second of three consecutive, sold-out nights at UT Connewitz in Leipzig, Germany.
If The Notwist are a new band to you, get to know them! On this page, you can read up on their rich history - over the years, the band has been involved in very notable and sonically awesome side projects like Ms. John Soda and Lali Puna, among others. In the meantime, you can listen to the live version of The Notwist classic, “Pick Up the Phone,” via the good people of Flood Magazine [link here].
Superheroes, Ghostvillains & Stuff will be available as a digital only release in North America from Sub Pop [here] and in Europe on 2xCD/3xLP/DL through Alien Transistor [here].
The Notwist have a European tour scheduled in 2016-17, and if they happen to be playing near you, do yourself a favor and join them for the night. They’re pretty magical live. (Dates below.)
[Photo Credit: Patrick Morarescu]
Tour Dates 2016 Nov. 05 - Weissenhaeuser Strand, DE - Rolling Stone Weekender Nov. 06 - Berlin, DE - Lido Dec. 12 - Düsseldorf, DE - Zakk Dec. 13 - Luxembourg, LX - Atelier
2017 Feb. 02 - Zurich, DE - Rote Fabrik Feb. 13 - Leipzig, DE - Conne Island Feb. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Rosse Freiheit Feb. 15 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Feb. 16 - Gent, DE - Vooruit Feb. 18- Reutlingen, DE - Franz K Feb. 19 - Frankfurt, DE - Batschkapp
NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson called The Notwist’s “Kong” his favorite track of the year in a recent discussion on the subject on NPR (listen here), and while we are immensely grateful for the nod, we are not at all surprised. If “Kong” isn’t a perfect pop song, it’s damn close. It is also the lead-off track on our career-expansive playlist that we’re calling “The Notwist: A Beginner’s Guide”, which, if you aren’t familiar with their oeuvre, you should find a way to listen via one of the following streaming services. Also, check out the video, it’s almost too charming.
On February 25th, German electro-wizards, The Notwist, released their Sub Pop debut, Close to the Glass, the band’s 8th full-length record. Over the years, the band has also been involved in very notable and sonically awesome side projects like Ms. John Soda and Lali Puna, among others. Between the seven prior Notwist records and the side projects, it’s a lot of material to get through, so for the sake of time, we decided to compile a playlist that we’re call, “The Notwist: A Beginner’s Guide”. We went through all of the band’s work, and picked a bunch of our favorites. So, if you’re new to The Notwist, or you’re an old fan, the Notwist Beginner’s Guide is for you.
We’re just about two short weeks from The Notwist’s Sub Pop debut, Close To The Glass, and the band
have given us a brand new animated short for the shimmering, propulsive, sonic diamond that is
the album track “Kong”. The whole package–perfect song + tediously and endlessly charming animated short–is a wonderful cinematic experience. Be a hero and
share it w/ a friend.
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, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of Close to the Glass; 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, BTW). And, as is always the case with
limited-edition things, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order now!
The Notwist’s Sub Pop debut is still over a month out, which, given how truly great Closer To The Glass is, and how unbelievably excited we are about the fact that we actually get to work with The Notwist, we couldn’t be more excited to at least have a chance to share another track with you. “Kong”. CTTG’s third track, the aforementioned “Kong” is a massively catchy song, I can actually hear it coming from at least THREE different cubicles in the office right this moment. Hear for yourself with the help of the embedded player.
This seems like as good an opportunity as any to mention the fact that in addition to giving away tracks in YouTube and SoundCloud players, we also SELL the music that we are forever trying to show you guys about. Take this particular track for instance. It’s actually part of a larger collection of songs by The Notwist collectively titled Closer To The Glass, and is available for pre-sale on this very website. If you pre-order, from us, this record on CD or LP, you’ll receive a set of limited-edition art-prints featuring artwork inspired by the album cover. If you’re picking this up on vinyl, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP. But, as is the case with all things limited, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so act quick!
Sub Pop’s third annual 20’s Plenty Holiday Sale is quickly approaching its end, and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you’re doing a remarkable job of ignoring us (kudos to you, sometimes I wish I could ignore us), because we’ve been pretty loud about the money that we are desperately trying to save you by convincing you that now’s the time to spend all of it at our online store. So, before your opportunity to magically turn your money into long-playing Sub Pop records at the greatly discounted rate of 20% off goes away for another year, we wanted to tell you about a pretty special fact: not only is EVERYTHINGTHAT WE SELL 20% OFFWHENYOUSPEND $20 OR MORE, but all five of the 2014 Sub Pop records that we currently have available for pre-order are 20% off, too! Future records available at the sale price of today! Now, I’m not sure if you know how stock options work, but this is essentially what’s happening here. Invest like a CEO, pick up brand new records at an appreciable discount from Mogwai, The Notwist, Death Vessel, THUMPERS, and Dum Dum Girls, and shop the rest of our sale here.