We here at Sub Pop HQ have made a pretty big deal about the fact that it’s been a VERY LONG 16 years since The Afghan Whigs released their last record, 1965, but I think that we should be focusing on just how surprisingly goddamn good Do to the Beast actually turned out to be. I mean, 16 years is a very long time, dust settles, cobwebs form, so Greg Dulli and company had the latitude to cash in on a glorified reunion, but they didn’t. Instead, they turned in ten songs of what would become Do to the Beast, an artistic triumph and my personal favorite ‘Whigs record to date. That’s overcoming some serious adversity (that is to say that time is the greatest adversary).
Well, a decade and a half later, you can once again find The Afghan Whigs in the ‘new release’ bin of your local independent retailer–I couldn’t be more pleased to report that.
Pick up Do to the Beast from Sub Pop, iTunes, Amazon, or wherever fine music is sold.
Lyla Foy’s beautiful debut, Mirrors the Sky, was released about a month ago to an awful lot of well deserved critical acclaim, and she’s about to embark on an extensive tour, including a first trip through the good old U. S. of A. Watch this brand new live performance of the album track, “Impossible”, and see Lyla on tour.
Pick up Mirrors the Sky from Sub Pop here.
Lyla Foy on Tour:
Apr. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
Apr. 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall**
Apr. 20 - Chicago, IL - Schubas**
Apr. 21 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ark**
Apr. 22 - Columbus, OH - Basement**
Apr. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Winery
Apr. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC**
Apr. 25 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939**
Apr. 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy**
May 01 - Liverpool, UK - Sound City Festival @ Tea Leaf Shop
May 03 - Leeds, UK - Live at Leeds Festival @ Leeds College of Music
May 04 - Killkenny, IE- Killkenny Roots Festival @ Cleeres
May 05 - Killkenny, IE - Killkenny Roots Festival @ Pumphouse
May 09 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape Festival @ Unitarian Church
May 25 - Brussells, BE - Botanique Grand Salon / Nuits Botanique*
May 28 - Paris, FR - Cafe de la Danse*
May 29 - Luzern, CH - Schuur
Jun. 01 - Koln, DE - Studio 672*
Jun. 02 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub*
Jun. 03 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet*
Jun. 05 - London, UK - Koko*
Jun. 21 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret
Jun. 27 - Norje, SE - Bravalla Festival
Jul. 27 - North Yorkshire, UK - Deer Shed Festival
Aug. 01 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival (Sub Pop Stage)
Aug. 29 - Cambridge, UK - Lodestar Festival
Aug. 30-31 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
* w/ Sharon Van Etten
** w/ Wake Owl
Yesterday, thanks entirely to our friends and fellow Seattleittes the Nordstrom family, Sub Pop co-founders, Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, were immortalized on the streets of downtown Seattle (specifically these streets: 6th and Pine) on the Nordstrom Walk of Fame–the PNW version of the Hollywood Star Walk. Jonathan Poneman articulated his surprise at receiving the honor with a traditionally Sub Pop twist saying, “I never thought that anyone would foot the bill just to have us on the street”. Well, JP, Nordstrom proved that if you spend 26 years putting out great records by great artists, doing good on local and international levels, and maintaining an unflappable sense of self deprecation, your efforts will be rewarded with your very own sidewalk square–or, more accurately, a sidewalk square that you have to share with your partner, Bruce Pavitt–which is still pretty cool, I guess.
The unveiling of the Sub Pop Walk of Fame square was followed by a short yet characteristically great performance by The Helio Sequence in Nordstrom’s display window, which, if you haven’t been by there, is currently dedicated to yours truly (Sub Pop, not me personally). If you find yourself in downtown Seattle, stop by Nordstrom’s 6th and Pine window and play with the interactive Sub Pop display, it’s really cool. As always, we’re eternally grateful to the folks at Nordstrom for showing us (and the rest of the Seattle music world) so much love over the years.
Watch Pete Nordstrom, Jonathan Poneman, and Bruce Pavitt talk into a microphone about all of this business.
SUB POP RECORDS IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2014 LOSER SCHOLARSHIP
year since 2007 Sub Pop Records has offered financial assistance to
three lucky high school seniors from the Pacific Northwest through our
infamous LOSER Scholarship. And, we are excited to announce that we are
now accepting applications for the 2014 Sub Pop LOSER Scholarship. There
are three scholarships available—one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one
for $3,000. To apply for these scholarships you must be a resident of
Washington or Oregon, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time
enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for an
applicant who is involved and interested in music or the creative arts
in some way.
To apply for these scholarships please submit an essay, no longer than one page, on one or more of the following topics:
What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
How and why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?
What are your influences and who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?
are strongly encouraged to send digital links or provide hard copies of
their artwork along with their essay (we have never had a winner who
submitted only an essay). However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not
return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop
will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria
outlined above. The deadline for applications is May 8th, 2014
Please send all submissions and attachments to email@example.com
by May 8th, 2014. We will announce the scholarship winners on May 22nd, 2014.
All physical submissions should be sent to:
Sub Pop Records
2013 4th Ave., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121
$7,000 / $5,000 / $3,000. Checks will be made payable to the university
or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to tuition.
Good luck, losers!
The Afghan Whigs’ first full-length record in 16 years, Do to the Beast, comes out in just one week, and if you can’t wait another week, JUST ONE MORE G-D WEEK, we can completely sympathize. Thankfully, the good folks over at NPR Music have made it so you don’t have to wait another second–16 years is, in fact, long enough. Click HERE, to listen to the Do to the Beast, perhaps The Aghan Whigs best, if not most anticipated, record ever. And, I’d be doing a terrible job if I failed to mention that that’s not the only way to stream ALL of D2TB, if you pre-order the CD, LP, or digital version of the record from Sub Pop, you’ll automatically receive a link to immediately listen to the record.
One more time:
Listen to Do to the Beast via NPR Music’s First Listen here.
Pre-order Do to the Beast on CD/LP/DG here.