King Tuff has announced a massive North American tour for 2019. The Infinite Smiles tour - which follows his recently completed tour with labelmate Father John Misty - begins January 9th in Tucson, AZ, with stops in Athens, Charlotte, New York City, Brattleboro, Chicago, St. Paul, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, and more, ending with a two-night stand in San Diego on February 22nd & 23rd.
In the words of King Tuff: “The Infinite Smiles tour is going down smack dab in the middle of winter depression. We will be traversing the snowy landscape wearing our finest shades of sunshine to try and bring a little light to the gloom! Our last tour focused mainly on the new album, but for this one we’ll be busting out some older jams and hopefully trying out some all new things. And yes, there will be Space Horn.” (full list of dates below).
In tandem with this announcement, King Tuff has released a cover of the classic ABBA song “S.O.S.” via the Amazon Original series. About the song: “‘S.O.S.’ is a really sad song if you actually listen to the lyrics, but like a lot of ABBA songs you don’t notice because the music is so fun and uplifting. My heart has had kind of a rollercoaster of a year so it made sense to cover this song, slow it down, and swim around in the beautiful sadness of it.”
Amazon Music listeners can simply say, “Alexa, play King Tuff’s “S.O.S.’” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled device. In addition to the new track, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Original songs and numerous albums featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase, only on Amazon Music. Click here to listen.
As previously announced, J Mascis has extended his international tour schedule to support Elastic Days with UK dates for early 2019. The newly added dates begin January 16th in Oxford at O2 Academy and end January 25th in Glasgow at St. Luke’s. These dates follow J’s North American tour dates which run November 7th through December 16th.
Nov. 07 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial Nov. 08 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater Nov. 09 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Nov. 10 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo Nov. 14 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s Nov. 15 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar Nov. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room Nov. 17 - Denver, CO - Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox Nov. 18 - Fort Collins, CO - Washington’s Nov. 20 - Chicago, IL - City Winery* Nov. 21 - Chicago, IL - City Winery* Nov. 27 - Atlanta, GA - City Winery* Nov. 28 - Nashville, TN - City Winery* Nov. 29 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar* Nov. 30 - Detroit, MI - El Club* Dec. 01 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall* Dec. 04 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe* Dec. 05 - Washington, DC - City Winery* Dec. 07 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade* Dec. 08 - New York, NY - Public Arts* Dec. 09 - Hamden, CT - Space Ballroom* Dec. 12 - Providence, RI - The Met* Dec. 13 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair* Dec. 14 - Northampton, MA - The Academy of Music* Dec. 15 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall* Jan. 16 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy Jan. 17 - Bristol, UK - Thekla Jan. 18 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2 Jan. 19 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall Jan. 20 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms Jan. 22 - Liverpool, UK - Arts Club Jan. 23 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla Jan. 24 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall Jan. 25 - Glasgow, UK - St. Lukes
* w/ Luluc
Pre-orders for Elastic Days through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser Edition on clear vinyl with purple swirl (while supplies last). There will also be a new t-shirt design available with this release.
Today marks the release and reissue of The Helio Sequence’s landmark Sub Pop album Keep Your Eyes Ahead: Deluxe Edition. The newly remastered set is available now on CD/2xLP/DL and includes the original 10-song effort along with a second album of demos, alternate versions, and outtakes from the same era. Keep Your Eyes Ahead: Deluxe Edition was mastered by The Helio Sequence at Helio Sound studio in their hometown of Portland, Oregon.
LP purchases of Keep Your Eyes Ahead: Deluxe Edition through Sub Pop and select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on blue vinyl (while supplies last). There will also be a new t-shirt available at this time.
The Helio Sequence will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Keep Your Eyes Ahead playing the album in its entirety on tour, beginning November 14th in San Francisco at the Chapel and ending December 14th in Portland at the Doug Fir. Tickets for these dates are on sale now.
Nov. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel Nov. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room Nov. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar Nov. 17 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah Nov. 18 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s Nov. 28 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle Nov. 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s Dec. 01- Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere Dec. 02 - Allston, MA - Great Scott Dec. 04 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House Dec. 05 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn Dec. 07 - Austin, TX - Barracuda Dec. 08 - Plano, TX - Legacy Hall Dec. 11 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall Dec. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge Dec. 13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux Dec. 14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
Upon its release in 2008, the record was warmly received from critics and fans alike. MAGNET named it one of the “Top 25 Albums of 2008,” and raved, “Keep Your Eyes Ahead is a shining example of how to go retro while still moving forward.” Washington Post offered this, “Trading its former album’s dense keyboard compositions for a more expansive and organic sound, Keep Your Eyes Ahead is the work of a band commanding its audience’s attention. Stand out tracks like “Hallelujah” and “Can’t Say No” show the band flexing its melodic muscles, branching out into grandiose guitar rock territory without sacrificing the nuance and keyboard flourishes of its early work.” And Drowned in Sound, in its 8/10 review of the album, had this to say, “And now, at last, the protracted silence is broken by the surging scream of Keep Your Eyes Ahead, an album that feels as vital as the first, gulping breath of the near drowned. What this record means to Summers and partner Benjamin Weikel is apparent in the intense force of feeling.”
On November 23rd, Sub Pop gets into the Christmas spirit / fires the latest salvo in the war on Christmas by releasing Green River’s “Away in a Manger” and the U-Men’s “Blue Christmas” as a split 7” single for Record Store Day’s Black Friday. The exclusive single is limited to 2,000 copies, will be pressed on red/green vinyl, and features front and back cover art from cartoonist Peter Bagge.
Green River’s sick & unholy rendition of the classic Christmas tune “Away in a Manger,” was originally released on the C/Z Records compilation entitled Another Pyrrhic Victory: The Only Compilation of Dead Seattle God Bands.
U-Men’s slurring, lurching, belly crawling, pisstake on “Blue Christmas” was originally available on the Christmas ‘84 cassette compilation.
Two ugly orphans, brought together to live as one grinning, writhing glump of career-capping, Christmas gak! Happy birthday baby Jesus!
Green River / U-Men Tracklisting:
A. Green River “Away in a Manger” B. U-Men “Blue Christmas”
Sub Pop is currently accepting resumes from energetic, responsible, detail-oriented, and dependable candidates for a full-time Sales Clerk position at our really-pretty-highly-regarded-if-we-do-say-so-ourselves store at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This guy.
• Greeting and assisting customers in a friendly manner. • Full compliance with Sea-Tac operation rules and strict TSA regulations and restrictions. • Efficient handling of cash and credit card transactions. • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively. • Availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays. • Assisting in organizing and restocking the store. • Maintaining the general appearance of the store. • Contributing to the team retail effort by accomplishing related tasks as needed.
Qualified candidates will have:
• Previous experience in a retail environment. • Knowledge of the Sub Pop catalog, Pacific Northwest music, the Seattle music community, and the City of Seattle. • A friendly and enthusiastic disposition with customers and staff. • Strong and clear communication skills. • A general understanding of retail Point of Sale systems. • Flexibility in schedule and willingness to work early or late hours.
Key Note: In-State applicants only please.
The Sub Pop Airport Store at Sea-Tac is open unusually long hours, generally 6am - 10pm, and 365 days a year.