We’re thrilled to share the release details on behalf of THEESatisfaction’s EarthEE, the follow up to awE naturalE, the alternative R&B group’s critically acclaimed debut. The album will be available on CD / LP / DL February 24th in North America via Sub Pop, a fact which we are beaming with self-aggrandizing pride about (what else is new?)!
produced by THEESatisfaction and Erik Blood, mixed by Blood at Protect
and Exalt Labs: A Black Space and mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint
Mastering in Seattle. The album also features guest appearances from
Shabazz Palaces, Meshell Ndegeocello, Porter Ray, Blood and Taylor Brown
(seeThe FADER’s premiere).
Preorders for EarthEE are now available from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of EarthEE from megamart.subpop.com
will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on emerald-colored vinyl and a
7” single with “I Don’t Like You” on the A-side, and “Supa Dupa (Love
Affair)” on the B-side (while supplies last). Additionally, there will
be two-new T shirt designs available as stand-alone items or as part of a
bundle with purchases of EarthEE.
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.
In this second installment of Getting to Know Us, the self-serving, Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Festival-promoting column in which we talk about some of the world class artists who are playing our (free (to you)) birthday party taking place on Saturday, July 13th in Seattle’s esteemed Georgetown Neighborhood. This week, we would like to show you about the majestic J Mascis and the enigmatic Shabazz Palaces.
Chances are that if you know who we are (just to clarify, we’re the t-shirt and record manufacturer, Sub Pop), you are already well aware of who J Mascis is. As one of the shreddiest forces on the planet and singer of the pioneering band Dinosaur Jr., J has been creating some of the noisiest and most wonderful (in this blog poster’s opinion, at least) music for the better part of like, 15 decades or so. He’s also been involved with J Mascis + The Fog, Witch, Deep Wound, Upsidedown Cross, Sweet Apple, and most importantly (for the sake of this Silver Jubilee related blog post, at least), simply J Mascis. J’s most recent solo record, Several Shades of Why, came out on Sub Pop in 2011 to much critical acclaim, and quickly became a favorite among the staff at Sub Pop. In case you missed that record, here’s a link to the video for “Not Enough”, created by J’s labelmate, Chad VanGaalen.
Shabazz Palaces are an enigmatic hip-hop duo, bucking every trend in the modern rap game (take for example them signing with a record label not at all known for putting out hip hop records). They’re led by Palaceer Lazaro, also known as Ishmael Butler, a member of the pioneering 90’s rap group, Digable Planets and are rounded off with the multi-instrumental brilliance of Tendai Maraire. Shabazz Palaces’ debut full-length, Black Up, was released in 2011 amidst a frenzy of excitement and hype and according to universal critical acclaim, well exceeded the hype in its delivery. In case you needed proof of their prowess, we’ve attached a video for their song “Are You… Were You… Can You… (Felt)” off of Black Up.
Perhaps it feels a little desperate to attempt to sell you on an altogether FREEMUSICFESTIVAL put on by a record label representing such historically and presently great artists, we wouldn’t be Sub Pop Records (and t-shirts!) if we weren’t trying to sell you something. So, on July 13th, we hope you’ll join us at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee however you can and watch these three artists do their thing.For free.
Click here for more information on the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee.
Today brings us the following brand-new releases: awE naturalE from THEESatisfaction, “Illusion” EP from Poor Moon and “the revolution” EP Retribution Gospel. Below you will find some exciting things that are going on for all 3 groups, for more information please visit our artist pages for each band!
THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. Stas was born and raised in Tacoma, Cat in Seattle and Hawaii. The pair live/laugh/love/dance and create right here in Seattle. They write, produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminist sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip. They met by what was clearly cosmic happenstance at the University of Washington and haven’t stopped the flow since. The group have a few upcoming shows including a hometown in-store, today, March 27th, at Easystreet Records in Seattle WA and at Nuemos on March 29. See below for a full list of dates.
What people are saying about THEESatisfaction:
“With their soulful take on contemporary R&B, Seattle-based THEESatisfaction proves that women rappers have strengths all their own.” [Album Review] – BUST
“THEESatisfaction’s Stas and Cat are conjoined, beat-made MCs, producers, partners, and lovers with nothing in this world or the next to hide. Their collective brain lobes contain hiphop acumen and insight. When their voices harmonize, it sounds like a human Moog synth rendition of keys Stevie himself would have played. Rangewise, Stas and Cat graze tonally into Ella Fitzgerald and Tina Turner. On the beat, rapped side of the equation, the Seattle duo spreads into Quasimoto’s refined and raw oddness.” [Feature]- The Stranger
“THEESatisfaction’s Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons sing-rap with confidence over a breezy vocal loop. It’s a soulful, bouncy, promising glimpse of what’s to come.” [Track Review]- The FADER
Mar. 27 – Seattle, WA – Easy Street in-store (Queen Anne)
Mar. 29 – Seattle, WA – Neumos CD release
Apr. 04 – Nantes, FR – Stereolux
Apr. 05 – Amiens, FR – La Lune Des Pirates
Apr. 06 – Lille, FR – Aeronef
Apr. 10 – Lyon, FR – La Marquise
Apr. 11 – Angers, FR – Chabada
Apr. 12 – Tours, FR – Temps Machine
Apr. 13 – Poitiers, FR – Confort Moderne
Apr. 15 – Madird, SP – La Casa Encendid
Apr. 17 – Lisbon, PO – ZDB Gallery
Apr. 19 – Dublin, IR – Twisted Pepper
Apr. 20 – Bristol, UK – Start the Bus
Apr. 21 – Glasgow, UK – Arches
Apr. 23 – Brighton, UK – Hope
Apr. 24 – London, UK – White Heat
May. 26 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes) and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards). The band, named for frontman and primary songwriter Christian Wargo’s favorite Canned Heat song, began four years ago as a long distance project with demos being created and sent back and forth while Wargo and Wescott were touring in support of the Fleet Foxes 2008 self-titled debut and Ian and Peter living in the Bay area. Their first shows were at intimate Seattle house parties where they used playful throwaway monikers like Rabbit Kingdom and Cookie Mask. It wasn’t until the band opened up for Daekon at Seattle’s Neumos (under the name Peppermint Majesty) that things began to really take form. Recording began and the four longtime friends became a band and Sub Pop didn’t hesitate to pursue them with unabashed enthusiasm. And it worked.
“Illusion” was recorded in a variety of bedrooms, practice spaces, the Murray residence, as well as AVAST! and Fastback studios in Seattle, Washington with the help of engineer Jared Hankins with guest performances by many a musician friend.
What people are saying about Poor Moon:
“…sun-bleached mix of folk-rock and pop is truly lovely, and the hazy vocal melodies come into sharp relief when the harmonizing kicks in.”- Chicago Reader (Show Preview)
“…dreamy pop and echo-heavy acoustic shuffles.”- Portland Mercury (Show Preview)
Mar. 27 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Mar 28 Boise, ID – Neurolux
Mar 29 Salt Lake City , UT – State Room
Mar 30 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
Mar 31 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Apr 02 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
Apr 03 Chicago, IL – Schubas
Apr 04 Evanston, IL – SPACE (IL)
Apr 05 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
Apr 06 Toronto, Canada – Drake Hotel
Apr 07 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Apr 09 Burlington, VT – Burlington City Arts Center
Apr 10 Portland, ME – SPACE
Apr 11 New York City , NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Apr 13 Boston, MA – Museum of Fine Arts
Apr 14 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Apr 16 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
May 28 Gorge, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
Jun 02Sonoma, CA – Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
“the revolution EP” is the first new music from Retribution Gospel Choir since the band’s 2010 album 2. These four incredibly anthemic tracks were co-produced with Matt Beckley, and they show the band moving in an exciting, new direction, at speed.
The band will be hitting the road in the beginning of April playing a handful of UK shows, with 7 US dates to follow. See below for a full list of shows.
“For the past few years, Low leader Alan Sparhawk has fronted another band, Retribution Gospel Choir, whose psychedelic scrawl seems a more natural fit for the label that brought Soundgarden into the world. And now Retribution Gospel Choir have signed with Sub Pop, so everything is as it should be.” – Pitchfork
“You’ll get no wisecracks from us; the combination of shiny Top 40 production and Sparhawk’s grungy, visceral guitars is intriguing to say the least.” – The Onion (AV Club)
“Sparhawk generally seems re-energized, channeling Crazy Horse and crafting the sort of genuinely rousing chorus that Low never would’ve indulged.” –Spin
Apr 04 Sheffield, United Kingdom – The Harley Hotel & Bar
Apr 05 London, United Kingdom – Old Blue Last
Apr 07 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Apr 27 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
Apr 28 Washington , DC – Red Palace
Apr 30 Nashville, TN – Basement (TN)
May 01 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
May 02 Bloomington, IN – Bishop Bar (IN)
May 03 Chicago, IL – Schubas
As you may or may not already be aware, right now the city of Austin, TX is in the midst of being utterly and quite happily engulfed by the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival, Conference and Giant Branding Opportunity. And at this festival, we at the Sub Pop Recording Concern of Seattle, Wash, are hosting a showcase this coming Friday night, March 16th at Red 7. It will, we are very much hoping, be an exceptionally good time for everyone in attendance. We have already provided details on that, though.
The thing we have not yet provided details about is that even those of you NOT in actual, physical attendance can watch all of the performances on one of the two stages at our showcase online at TapIntoAustin2012.com! More specifically, you will be able to watch performances by these bands currently putting out records under the Sub Pop imprint of moderate-to-pretty-good quality: Spoek Mathambo,Niki & The Dove,THEESatisfaction. You will also be able to watch performances by Debo Band (who are putting out a record on Next Ambiance/Sub Pop in July) and Gashcat (whose records Sub Pop does not release, but who are playing the showcase just the same).
Also! There will be live events in five different cities where all manner of crazy and fun junk will be happening, along with the live streaming of the portion of Sub Pop’s 2012 South by Southwest showcase described at sufficient length in the previous paragraph. The full and complete details on all of this are here.
Plus, here’s further info about the events in each city…
Sounds by Chances with Wolves
10:30 pm – 2:30 am EST
Santos Party House
96 Lafayette Street RSVPHERE
Sounds by Stretch Armstrong
10:30 pm – 2:30 am EST
American Ice Co.
917 V Street NW RSVPHERE
Sounds by Boy Wonder & Jon Huang
9:30 – 1:30 am CST
2210 West Chicago Avenue RSVPHERE
Sounds by Chris Holmes + Brie Larson + Elijah Wood + TURQUOISEWISDOM
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm PST
Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard RSVPHERE
Sounds by Claude VonStroke
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm PST
101 Sixth Street RSVPHERE