With each passing year, Record Store Day increases in popularity, bringing more and more people out to stand in longer and longer lines during the tedious, cold hours of an April morning in front of their beloved independent record stores. And why? Is it the promise of very cool, very limited-edition records from their favorite bands and/or labels? Perhaps it’s the opportunity to buy very limited, very valuable things and flip them on eBay for five times the price paid (read: the opportunity to be something of an asshole)? Or could it be the weird and wonderful camaraderie that only other record collectors can offer one another? Happily, ALL of these are completely valid reasons to participate in Record Store Day! Each in their own way, they all support local independent record stores and this is the very spirit behind this (ahem) holiday. And, it’s something we can (and really do) get behind.
And so! On April 20, Record Store Day 2013, we the hunched, toiling working stiffs of The Sub Music Rendering Factory (and T-Shirt Shop!) offer what we believe to be three fairly undeniable reasons to rise from blissful slumber in the predawn hours to stand in a overlong line with a bunch of like-minded geeks in Stooges t-shirts. Here are those three reasons:
1) Sub Pop 1000, a limited-edition, 10-track compilation featuring what we feel are some of the most vital and unsung artists from around the world. This compilation is very much in the tradition of our relatively classic Sub Pop 100 and Sub Pop 200. releases.
2) A split seven-inch single from Shearwater & Sharon Van Etten featuring the songs “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” b/w “A Wake for the Minotaur.”
3) The entirely FREE Terminal Sales, Vol. 6: The Silver Ticket 2013 label sampler—a 19-track CD sampler featuring a heaping helping of new, and in some cases somewhat rare, tracks from the likes of Low, Shabazz Palaces, Mudhoney, Father John Misty, Still Corners, Pissed Jeans, and 13 others. In keeping with Sub Pop tradition, the sampler is extravagantly packaged and will likely conjure thoughts like, “Wow!” and, “What were they thinking, giving this away for free?”
The Postal Service are back in 2013 with a reissue of their now classic album, Give Up, featuring 15 bonus tracks, including two brand new ones, as well as an extensive tour.
Watch this recently unearthed video showing the fateful day in the early aughts when Jimmy met Ben and the magic that would become Give Up began to blossom.
Pre-order Give Up: The Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition from Sub Pop now and receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition. These are available over at The Postal Service’s own site and will be available at select independent retailers on April 9th, call your local record store for availability.
METZ’s debut album, aptly titled METZ is out today on CD and on the fidelity-maximizing vinyl LP format. The CD and LP are also available to be bundled with one of two new METZ t-shirts. Pick up your copy of METZ.
Watch the brand new video for “Wet Blanket” from METZ, which premiered on Spin.com today:
We hope you will enjoy the latest from the Dum Dum Girls by way of their brand new video for “Lord Knows,” which happens to be the lead single from the just-released-today-EP, End of Daze. ITunes / Amazon / Sub Pop
King Tuff is gearing up for a massive fall tour in support of his self-titled debut out now on Sub Pop. The tour begins on October 11 in Detroit, MI at the Lager House and ends on November 10 in Grand Rapids, MI at The Pyramid Scheme. Full tour dates listed below.
King Tuff is also sharing a brand new video today, this one for “Alone & Stoned” and it stars King Tuff and friends from Hunx & His Punx, Shannon & The Clams and more. Enjoy.
King Tuff on Tour
Sep 02 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
Oct 11 Detroit, MI – The Larger House %
Oct 12 Toronto, ON – The Garrison %
Oct 13 Montreal QC – II Motore %
Oct 14 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle %
Oct 16 Halifax, NS – Reflection Cabaret
Oct 18 New York, NY – CMJ
Oct 19 New York, NY – CMJ
Oct 20 Providence, RI – AS220 %
Oct 22 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s %$
Oct 23 Washington, DC – Black Cat %$
Oct 24 Durham, NC – Duke Coffeehouse %
Oct 25 Atlanta, GA – The Earl %+
Oct 26 St. Augustine, FL – Nobby’s %
Oct 28 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub %
Oct 30 Tallahassee, FL – Retrofit Records %
Oct 31 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree %!
Nov 01 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks %
Nov 02 Beaumont, TX – Victoria House %
Nov 04 Dallas, TX – Club Dada >
Nov 06 Nashville, TN – Stone Fox^
Nov 07 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub ^
Nov 08 Chicago, IL – Subterranean ^
Nov 09 Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club^
Nov 10 Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme ^
% w/ The Intelligence
$ w/ Poor Moon
+ w/ Mike Watt + the Missingmen
! w/ Man or Astro-man?
> w/ Natural Child
^ w/ Gap Dream