Category Archives: Sub Pop

Forth Wanderers’ announce Sub Pop debut

Hear Forth Wanderers’ take on the ambivalence of love in “Not for Me,” from their forthcoming self-titled, Sub Pop debut  

YouTube: http://bit.ly/2C5nNWs

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2BidAsQ

Apple Music: https://apple.co/2C56NiZ

Forth Wanderers available April 27th worldwide on Sub Pop

Sub Pop has signed Montclair, New Jersey’s Forth Wanderers, and will release the group’s second full-length effort and label debut, worldwide on April 27th, 2018. The self-titled album features the standouts “Not for Me” [listen here], “Nevermine” and “Ages Ago,” and was produced and recorded by Cameron Konner in Philadelphia over 5 days in the summer of 2017.

Forth Wanderers will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL through Sub Pop via Rhythmethod in NZ. 

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BULLY releases video for “FOCUSED”

LOSING OUT NOW ON SUB POP
Watch the video for “Focused,” directed by Rozalina Burkova

Bully has not stopped since the the release of their ferocious and powerful sophomore album Losing on Sub Pop last Fall. The Nashville 4-piece is headed by Alicia Bognanno, who’s songwriting not only cuts to core but has a vocal snarl unlike any other.
The video for “Focused” is out today, directed by Rozalina Burkova, who tell us that the animated music video is “loosely based on the theme of coming of age and the ups and downs friendships and relationships.” Alicia went on to say, “I let Rozalina take the reins on this one. I am a huge fan of all her animation work and wanted her to do what she felt was best for this video.”
“The bass hops around nervously in nearly constant eighth notes, with drums syncopated against it à la the Police; a guitar on the left offers a neat new-wave hook while another one on the right grumbles occasionally with dissonant, distorted squawks. And as those tensions flare into multiple little crescendos, the singer Alicia Bognanno gets herself more and more worked up.” –New York Times
 
“Instead of recreating the Rorschach blot scream-a-thons of the ’90s, Bully choose to inflate that decade’s raw timbre with words that feel intimate and necessary.” 
-Pitchfork
 
 

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KING TUFF ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

King Tuff – THE OTHER
out 03/04/2018
on Sub Pop via Rhythmethod
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE FIRST OFFICIAL SINGLE “PSYCHO STAR”
Last week, Kyle Thomas – aka King Tuff- released his first new song in four years, titled “The Other,” which NPR called a “meditative deliberation and mystic reflection.” Today, he’s excited to share that the song will be also be the lead track on his new album of the same name. The Otherwill be out on Sub Pop Records this April 13th, and is available for pre-order HERE.
Today you can also hear the official first single from the album, “Psycho Star.” It is a prime representation of King Tuff’s soulful and cosmic new direction. Listen to the song via the Cameron Dutra directed video here:

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Wolf Parade share “You’re Dreaming” official video

Wolf Parade are sharing a new, official video for “You’re Dreaming,” one of the standout singles from Cry Cry Cry, their acclaimed October 2017 album. Directed by Raymond Knight, the new visual was recorded live and filmed in studio, and is reminiscent of a late night TV performance, one that captures the unbridled energy of Wolf Parade’s stage show [watch here].

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WOLF PARADE SHARE NEW TRACK ‘YOU’RE DREAMING’

 Wolf Parade share “You’re Dreaming”
official video from Cry Cry Cry

Wolf Parade are sharing a new, official video for “You’re Dreaming,” one of the standout singles from Cry Cry Cry, their acclaimed October 2017 album. Directed by Raymond Knight, the new visual was recorded live and filmed in studio, and is reminiscent of a late night TV performance, one that captures the unbridled energy of Wolf Parade’s stage show [watch here].

Cry Cry Cry is one of 2017’s best reviewed albums of the year, with praise from the likes of NPR Music, The Guardian, Mojo, Q, Uncut, Vulture, Drowned in Sound, SPIN, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, and year end notices from Uproxx, Under the Radar, Inc. and more.

Wolf Parade’s Cry Cry Cry, is available now on CD / 2xLP / DL / CS worldwide from Sub Pop, except Canada from Universal Music. The album was produced by John Goodmanson at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York.

Cry Cry Cry is now available for purchase worldwide from Sub Pop, in Canada from Universal Records and Wolf Parade’s webstore [link here].

What people are saying about Wolf Parade’s Cry Cry Cry:

 

“Befitting the creative ambition of the group’s previous LPs, it serves as a full-throated burst of musical and thematic ideas…Cry Cry Cry is a big swing, artistically speaking, but it also dodges many of the pitfalls that face artists who try to chronicle an age of uncertainty and resistance without sounding ham-handed. Wolf Parade taps into the sound of modern disconcertment on Cry Cry Cry, but the album’s grandiosity is mostly restricted to the music itself — rousing, urgent, and always seeking out slivers of hope.” [“First Listen”] – NPR Music

Cry Cry Cry is 21st century rock at its most delectably omnivorous [8/10].”  – Uncut

Wolf Parade’s most vibrant, energetic record to date. [A-] AV Club

Cry Cry Cry is fully and completely a Wolf Parade record. The band not only sounds like itself, it sounds as good as ever.” [8.5/10] – Under the Radar

“Though energetic, their danceable chassis and sprawling melodies nevertheless feel weary, as if constantly grinding against some looming, countervailing force. It’s true that wearied, furtive anthems have always been Wolf Parade’s thing, but they feel especially right for these enervating times.” – SPIN

“…tightly-crafted tracks that contrast ebullient melodies…” – Uproxx

“Wolf Parade have always stood apart from their peers: always weirder, more complex and artier than the others with their dissonant punchy pop and gnarled edges…” –  London in Stereo.

“Packed to the brim with stray melodies locked between the foreground and background that brighten the surroundings without stealing attention from the main action. Every note is meticulously functional, but displayed with a style of craft that rings miraculous rather than mechanical….The band plays it sharper and straighter than when we last left them, emphasizing economy in their experimentation and a professionalism in their power. It’s a cleaner, clearer direction after those previous albums. Importantly, it feels like a sustainable start to something new, hopefully something that’s here to stay — something this band can hold onto now that they seem ready to charge against everything that at one time had them on the run.” – Stereogum

“A colourful and melodic musical expansiveness… it finds them in rejuvenated form [4/5].”  – Q Magazine  

“Wolf Parade’s latest effort re-emphasizes the contrast between Boeckner’s raspy, emphatic vocal and Krug’s forlorn warble. Nearly every track on Cry Cry Cry starts simply with guitar, piano, or organ and layers in additional textures—horn blasts here, a flurry of electronic effects there—until the songs swell to kinetic, instrumentally dense climaxes [4/5].” – Slant

“This quartet’s first material in six years is a shimmering, bombastic blast.[4/5].” –  MOJO

Cry Cry Cry really has just about every kind of song you’d want from a great Wolf Parade album. “You’re Dreaming” is one of Dan Boeckner’s finest driving, Springsteenian rockers, with a two-word chorus that reminds you how much Dan can excel when he takes a less-is-more approach. “Valley Boy” is Spencer Krug’s most singalong-ready song on the album..” – Brooklyn Vegan

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DICK STUSSO SHARES NEW TRACK ‘MODERN MUSIC’ AND ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘IN HEAVEN’

LISTEN TO “MODERN MUSIC” FROM DICK STUSSO’S IN HEAVEN, 

OUT MARCH 2nd

Hardly Art is proud to announce its first release of the new year: Dick Stusso’s In Heaven. Lead single “Modern Music” is an apt introduction to Stusso, an existentialist cowboy character inhabited by Bay Area songwriter Nic Russo. You can stream the song or watch a lyric video starring Stusso by clicking the links above. In Heaven is out Friday, March 2nd on LP, CD, digital and cassette, and follows 2015’s acclaimed double EP Nashville Dreams/Sings The Blues. Pre-orders are available now.

WATCH HERE

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LOMA SHARE NEW TRACK ‘RELAY RUNNER’

LOMA, NEW PROJECT BY SHEARWATER’S JONATHAN MEIBURG AND CROSS RECORD, SHARE NEW SINGLE, “RELAY RUNNER”

SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT FEBRUARY 16TH VIA SUB POP

photo credit: Bryan C. Parker

PRAISE:

“’Black Willow’ is a painting with darker contours than anything on [Cross Records’] Wabi-Sabi or Shearwater’s most recent album Jet Plane And Oxbow, while retaining the depth and confidence of each.” — NPR Music

“the group graces us with some beautifully mystical vibes in the form of the devastating, ASMR-inducing first single” — Gorilla vs. Bear

“’Black Willow’ is a sinewy and chilly track that feels expansive as Emily Cross and Meiburg’s vocals intertwine.” — Stereogum

Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop. A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, it’s a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album that reveals a band obsessed with songs as sound. After presenting the lead single, “Black Willow,” the trio now shares “Relay Runner.” As Meiburg describes it, “’Relay Runner’ was the happiest accident on the record. We discovered it when we wired up a tremolo pedal the wrong way, and got this funny, stuttering loop – and then we built a whole song around that sound. The last thing we did in the mix was erase the loop, which had gone from inspiring the song to ruining it! But it made sense that what was left underneath was a song about how to escape from a sealed room.”   

In creating Loma, the trio convened in a house in the Texas hill country over a few months during a strangely charged time. When they began recording, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Dogs wandered by the microphones; the sounds of birds and wind in junipers and live oaks hovered at the borders of the songs. A close listen to new single “Relay Runner” even reveals cicadas and frogs from a nearby stream. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed. This feeling of freedom let buried energies find expression. Cross wrung catharsis from Meiburg’s lyrics and melodies, while Duszynski immersed himself in the engineering and mixing.

Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers http://smarturl.it/loma. North American preorders of the limited Loser edition will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design will also be available.

Stream Loma’s “Relay Runner” –

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