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Now Hear The Turbulent “Six Wave Hold-Down” from Hot Snakes Latest, Greatest and also Fourth Album 'Jericho Sirens' (out March 16th)

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yrR50b7-OSQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Friday, March 16th, 2018 will mark the worldwide release of Hot Snakes’ Jericho Sirens, the long-awaited fourth album (and first in 14 years!!!) from the San Diego-based punk rock recidivists. The album was produced by the band and recorded in Philadelphia and San Diego throughout 2017.Earlier this month, Hot Snakes whet fan appetites by unleashing a trailer featuring :60 (of a total :78) seconds of the monster Jericho Sirens track “Why Don’t It Sink In?” And late yesterday afternoon, Jenny Eliscu premiered the tumultuous new single “Six Wave Hold-Down” on her Sirius XMU show. Jericho Sirens is now available for preorder from Sub Pop over here and will come in the following formats:Standard LP on clear vinylThe limited Loser edition LP on black vinyl (while supplies last!)CDCassetteDigitalJericho SirensTracklisting1. I Need a Doctor2. Candid Cameras3. Why Don't It Sink In?4. Six Wave Hold-Down5. Jericho Sirens6. Death Camp Fantasy7. Having Another?8. Death Doula9. Psychoactive10. Death of a Sportsman- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -AND ... the band’s newly reissued catalog - Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice and Audit in Progress - will be available tomorrow, Friday January 19th on Sub Pop [get 'em here].Hot Snakes Tour Dates + Ticket LinksHot Snakes previously announced UK tour in support of Jericho Sirens runs January 25th-February 3rd, 2018. The band will then play a hometown release show in San Diego at the Casbah on March 7th, which is then followed immediately by a midwestern U.S. tour March 10th-16th.  Tour dates below. Jan. 25 - Manchester, UK - GorillaJan. 26 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast [Sold Out]Jan. 27 - Newcastle, UK - The ClunyJan. 28 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social ClubJan. 30 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue RoomsJan. 31 - Cambridge, UK - The PortlandFeb. 01 - Brighton, UK - Sticky MikesFeb. 02 - London, UK - The Dome [Sold Out]Feb. 03 - Bristol, UK - Thekla (Early Show)Mar. 07 - San Diego, CA - Casbah [Sold Out]Mar. 09 - Chicago, IL - Thalia HallMar. 10 - Detroit, MI - El ClubMar. 11 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog ShopMar. 13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy LoungeMar. 14 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry HillMar. 15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club [Sold Out]Mar. 16 - St. Paul, MN - Turf ClubMore About Hot Snakes Jericho Sirens:Swami John Reis and Rick Froberg have been making noises together since high school. In 1986 it was the post-hardcore chime of Pitchfork. In 1991 it was the sprawling, multi-faceted arrangements of Drive Like Jehu. In 1999 it was the lean, mean swagger of Hot Snakes. Reis and Froberg are responsible for some of the most turbulent rock and roll of their, or any, generation. Hot Snakes streamlined Jehu’s complex compositions and emerged as bona fide downstroke warlords. They made 3 studio albums of high-velocity, slash-your-face, piss-punk: 2000’s Automatic Midnight, 2002’s Suicide Invoice and 2004’s Audit in Progress. The band ceased activity in 2005 but reunited for a triumphant world tour in 2011, planting the seeds for what has cum. Now, after a 14-year hiatus from the studio, Hot Snakes have kicked down the door back into our lives with their new album, Jericho Sirens, due out March 16 from Sub Pop. Fresh, warm piss, bottled and sold as lube. “I considered stopping playing guitar on a social media poll after I completely mastered the instrument," Reis says. “But so many people kept sending me letters and voicemail messages, asking me at the dry cleaners, or the butcher shop to bring back Hot Snakes. They were missing rock and roll music. I’ve always considered Hot Snakes to be more in the vein of the proto-Vog movement of the early ‘70s. But to these people, this is their rock ‘n’ roll. I understand that. I totally understa[...]



Watch Moaning’s 120 Minutes-style, Official Video For “Artificial,” From Their Forthcoming, Self-titled Debut (out March 2)

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tEJpm0q5NUs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Plus New 2018 Tour Dates“Artificial” is the new and very official video from Moaning’s forthcoming self-titled, debut album, helmed by the directorial team A Stranger.  Guitarist Sean Solomon says of the shimmery, 120 Minutes-style visual, "The video mirrors the themes of insincerity and artificiality in the song. To shoot the video we used practical effects to warp the viewers perception of what’s happening. It was appropriately shot in Los Angeles on 35mm film much like other disingenuous Hollywood productions”The FADER had this to say of the video, “The song is about what really lies beneath, and like the truth, "Artificial" is distressing, nuanced, and ultimately cathartic. In the video directed by A Stranger, Moaning's members dress in all white and play in a tinfoiled house with lots of fake plants, with their faces occasionally distorted and mirrored in very cool fashions (see video premiere January 15th).”Moaning will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop.  The 10-track album, featuring “Artificial” and “Don’t Go” along with highlights “Tired” “The Same,” and “Misheard,” was recorded and engineered by Alex Newport in Los Angeles. Preorders for Moaning are available now through Sub Pop right here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on pink vinyl (while supplies last). A new t-shirt design will also be available.Moaning Tour Dates + Ticket LinksMoaning’s current tour schedule in support of the album begins March 9th, with a hometown release show in Los Angeles on March 9th at the Echo, and runs through March 23 in Salt Lake City at Kilby Court. The band will also appear at SXSW. Additional live dates will be announced soon. Mar. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo ^Mar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSWMar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSWMar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSWMar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSWMar. 18 - Hot Springs, AR - Valley of the VaporsMar. 20 - Chicago, IL - Empty BottleMar. 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *^ w/ Froth* w/ Ed Schrader's Music BeatWhat The People are saying about Moaning:“A spacious and dark post-punk rager” [“Don’t Go”] - Buzzbands LA“A taut introduction, a snappy, cut-throat piece of punked out indie rock that makes its point in two minutes 56 seconds.”  [“Don’t Go”] -CLASH “‘Don’t Go’ is an abrasive, thrilling introduction that points towards a debut album without boundaries or limitations.” [“Don’t Go”] - DIY   “Solomon sings in a world-weary monotone. But his voice rushes through a weathered industrial filter that makes it sound like the air in his lungs is struggling to catch up with him, adding a layer of momentum to his post-punk stoicism. Behind him, bandmates Pascal Stevenson and Andrew MacKelvie keep time on bass and drums, respectively, their clipped tempos like a clock ticking down to the end of the affair. And then there’s that delightfully out of place guitar solo. The way Solomon’s fingers jitter across the frets betrays the dispassion in his voice. He sings like Ian Curtis, but he plays guitar like Billie Joe Armstrong wringing out notes in fits.” [“Don’t Go”] - Pitchfork “It’s moody and on-edge, an energy that’s matched by the stylish black-and-white video”  [“Don’t Go”] -  Stereogum "Don't Go" is uproarious and unrelenting, a tremendous wall of noise hitting you from the start, its biting rage continuing throughout. Vocals cloaked in fuzz meld into the sounds projected seamlessly, creating a thick atmosphere against repetitious plea of, "don't go."...The single evokes the feelings of desperately holding on, clamoring to keep it together even when everything has fallen apart. This band is everything.”  [“Do[...]



SPF30: Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party At Alki Beach in West Seattle is Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 -0800

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 11, 2018

To celebrate 30 years of releasing somewhat well-regarded records, CDs and tapes, Sub Pop Records is hosting an entirely FREE event we’ve taken to calling SPF30. Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party (with entertainment), will be held Saturday, August 11th, 2018 along incredibly scenic Alki Ave. in the Alki Beach neighborhood of West Seattle (see West Seattle Blog January 12th).

Seattle’s Alki Beach boasts some of the most awesome territorial (city/water/mountain) views the city has to offer, along with the occasional whale sighting, a somewhat diminutive replica of the Statue of Liberty, and some of the best local businesses to boot. We are stoked (and not a little surprised) that the city cleared the permits.

SPF30 is altogether FREE and will have... Bands! A record fair-type event!  A host of local nonprofit organizations! Food! Booze! (The food and beer and wine and soda or whatever, you will have to pay for! These parts are not free!) Good times and opportunities to embarrass yourself and those who’d always hoped for better for you! Plus, bands!


SPF30:

Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party (with entertainment) at Alki Beach

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Noon - 10 pm

West Seattle, WA

For FREE / For YOU





Listen To The Explorative New Single "Jesse" From Frankie Cosmos - Their Sub Pop Debut 'Vessel' Will Be Out March 30th, 2018

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/g895FWaEVrU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> On March 30th, New York four-piece Frankie Cosmos will release their Sub Pop debut, Vessel. This 18-track opus finds bandleader Greta Kline’s distinctive songwriting voice enriched by the musical sensibilities of her bandmates-- bassist/vocalist David Maine, keyboardist/vocalist Lauren Martin and drummer Luke Pyenson, who each played a role shaping the sound of the new record. On the album’s first single “Jesse,” Kline works through feeling out of place, and trying to be more psychically in touch with herself. [Stop-motion animated visuals for this first track were expertly made by Ariel Noltimier Strauss.] One of the early songs from Vessel that the band arranged, “Jesse” was tied together musically by the melodic and agile lead guitar playing of Alex Bailey, who later joined Frankie Cosmos full-time on bass.To record Vessel, Frankie Cosmos traveled back up to Binghamton, New York to work with Hunter Davidsohn, the producer and studio engineer who helped craft the sound for Zentropy and Next Thing, at his studio Business District Recording. The band spent 3 days upstate live-tracking drums, bass, and guitars, as well as vocals, favoring the spontaneity of reel-to-reel tape over the meticulous perfectionism caused by recording digitally. Several songs are instrumental first or second-takes, highlighting a newfound collective energy felt by the band’s four members after months of touring, practicing, and arranging together. For the next phase, Davidsohn joined the band in Brooklyn to record harmonies, keyboards, and other overdubs with Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader of Ava Luna at their studio, Gravesend Recordings. As Frankie Cosmos started testing out new songs for Vessel on the road, the band invited members from their fellow touring bands to join them on stage to sing or play parts on tracks like “Being Alive” and “Jesse.” Once in the studio, the band decided to invite those same friends and more to contribute parts to the final recorded versions: Alex Bailey (formerly of Warehouse, who has replaced David Maine as a permanent member of the live band), Vishal Narang (of Airhead DC), and singer/songwriter Anna McClellan. After a total of 6 days of recording followed by group mixing sessions, Davidsohn put the finishing touches on the album back upstate and eventually sent the completed album to Josh Bonati to be mastered.Pre-orders for Vessel are available now through Sub Pop right over here. LP pre-orders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on blue vinyl (while supplies last).VesselTracklisting:1.   Caramelize2.   Apathy3.   As Often as I Can4.   This Stuff5.   Jesse6.   Duet7.   Accommodate8.   I'm Fried9.   Hereby10.  Ballad of R & J11.  Ur Up12.  Being Alive13.  Bus Bus Train Train14.  My Phone15.  Cafeteria16.  The End17.  Same Thing18.  VesselFrankie Cosmos Tour DatesThe band will embark on a US tour in support of Vessel on April 5th in Boulder, CO with stops in Santa Fe, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Berkeley, Seattle and Portland. Support on these shows will come from Lomelda, Ian Sweet and SOAR. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.Tour Dates:Apr. 05 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater *Apr. 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep  *Apr. 07 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf  *Apr. 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom  *Apr. 10 - San Diego, CA - Quartyard %Apr. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Regent Theatre %Apr. 12 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room %Apr. 13 - Fresno, CA - Strummers  %Apr. 14 - Be[...]



Loma Share Video For "Relay Runner" Off Their Self-Titled LP (out February 16) + Extended North American Tour Dates

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GAIeORh7TLs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> “Together, they've produced eerie, mesmerizing soundscapes —an alluring tease at what they're capable of."— Cool Hunting“Over whisking wind and a krautrock pulse infested by rattlesnakes, Cross and Meiburg dreamily intone a story about escaping from a sealed room. [‘Relay Runner’ is] truly lovely.” — Stereogum"Immediately engrossing" – GoldFlakePaint“Sounds like three musicians wildly in love.” – Monster Children"A manifestation of brilliant musical minds in organic workspaces" -- The Line of Best FitLoma, 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. The band just extended their first North American tour into May (find dates below).A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, Loma is a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album “full of mystery and wonder” (NPR Music). After presenting the lead single, “Black Willow,” Loma now shared “Relay Runner” and have now followed up with the video, directed by Allison Beondé and Cross. As Cross describes it, "This song is about transitioning from one state to another... specifically from the feeling of being boxed in and trapped to the feeling of freedom and liberation. It is about the ongoing drive to attain that movement. I think of the 'relay' as the endless series of versions of yourself that each hand off to the next version of yourself. Beyond that, I wanted to express unbridled joy--for being alive, for moving my body, for being able to build myself a human dog agility course from supplies I bought at the Home Depot."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. 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 available for preorder from Sub Pop right here. North American preorders of the limited Loser edition from megamart.subpop.com will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design will also be available.Loma Tour Dates + Ticket Links(new dates in bold)Fri. Apr. 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley BarSun. Apr. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg
Wed. Apr. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Fri. Apr. 13 - Portland, OR @ MS Studios
Sat. Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Tue. Apr. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thu. April 19 - Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa Brewing
Sat. Apr. 21 - Austin, TX @ North DoorThu. April 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The EarlFri. April 27 - Asheville, NC @ The MothlightSat. April 28 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back RoomTue. May 1 - Charlottesville, NC @ The SouthernWed. May 2 - Washington, DC @ DC9Fri. May 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All RightSat. May 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’sSun. May 6 - Allston, MA @ Great ScottTue. May 8 - Montreal, QC @ L’EscoWed. May 9 - Toronto, ON @ The GarrisonThu. May 10 - Detroit, MI @ Deluxx FluxxFri. May 11 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas[...]



Hear Kyle Craft’s “Exile Rag,” The Honky-tonk Rocker (And New Single) From 'Full Circle Nightmare', His Forthcoming Album

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mMoM7OLh8Rw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Headlining Tour Dates For 2018 Also AnnouncedHonky-tonk rocker “Exile Rag” is the new single from Kyle Craft’s Full Circle Nightmare, his forthcoming second album which will be available in stores February 2nd, 2018.While working on a weed farm in Northern California, Craft coined the term “Exile Rag” for the tunes he'd pick out on the guitar while everyone slept. Back in Portland, he developed feelings for a woman, that in the end weren’t reciprocated.  He’d sit alone in the farm’s workroom, dreaming of his life back in the city and asking himself, “What if?” When he belts out the line “By the time that her door's closing, and you feel like you’re imposing on that brand new boyfriend she has, she’ll be rolling in new love and you’ll be singing on the Exile Rag,” the song’s feeling of unrequited love is captured perfectly. The Line of Best Fit had this to say: “A charming bluegrass number full to the brim with twangs, slides and that famous Southern charm. It is much like it’s creator; cheery, self-assured, a bit bizarre, slightly comedic, and utterly genius (see premiere January 9th).” Kyle Craft Tour Dates + Ticket LinksKyle Craft has also scheduled headlining tour dates for the spring of 2018 in support of Full Circle Nightmare. The tour dates span March 5th in San Francisco at Cafe Du Nord through April 4th in Chicago at Schubas. The tour will have stops in Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin (SXSW), Shreveport, Nashville, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Allston, Burlington, Toronto, and Columbus. Preceding the tour, Craft has scheduled two Pacific Northwest week of release shows including Seattle’s Tractor Tavern on February 1st and Portland’s Doug Fir on February 2nd. Feb. 01 - Seattle, WA - Tractor TavernFeb. 02 - Portland, OR - Doug FirMar. 05 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du NordMar. 07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Morroccan LoungeMar. 08 - San Diego, CA - The CasbahMar. 12 - Austin, TX - SXSWMar. 13 - Austin, TX - SXSWMar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSWMar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSWMar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSWMar. 17 - Shreveport, LA - Red River DistrictMar. 21 - Nashville, TN - The BasementMar. 22 - Atlanta, GA - The EarlMar. 23 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's CradleMar. 24 - Washington, DC - Pearl Street WarehouseMar. 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & SaddleMar. 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All RightMar. 28 - Allston, MA - Great ScottMar. 30 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase LoungeApr. 02 - Toronto, ON - Smiling BuddhaApr. 03 - Columbus, OH - The BasementApr. 04 - Chicago, Il - SchubasFull Circle Nightmare was produced by Chris Funk (of the Decemberists), with mixing by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty) and Benjamin Weikel and Brandon Summers (of The Helio Sequence). The album is the follow up to Dolls of Highland, his acclaimed debut. Full Circle Nightmare is available for preorder now from Sub Pop (and select independent retailers) right over here. Customers who pre-order the LP version of Full Circle Nightmare from megamart.subpop.com will receive the album on Loser Edition Maroon w/Black Swirl colored vinyl, while supplies last.“When Kyle Craft’s heart breaks, it shoots glitter and confetti—by the time he hits the chorus, the song has erupted into a tempest of sassy brass, swirling organs, and hip-swiveling boogie."  [“Heartbreak Junky”] - Pitchfork[...]



Watch Chad VanGaalen Perform 'Light Information' Standouts “Host Body” and “Static Shape” on a Paris rooftop for MOWNO + New Adult Swim Single

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0800

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PLUS hear previously unreleased instrumental "Dust on Dust (Dog Walking Jammer)” via 2017 Adult Swim Singles Program.

Chad VanGaalen’s Light Information, his acclaimed 6th album of 2017, is available now worldwide on Sub Pop and in Canada from Flemish Eye

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While in Paris during his European tour supporting the album, Chad and his backing band the Bleach Wipes performed a rooftop session for French website MOWNO. The band played stripped down versions of Light Information standouts “Host Body” and “Static Shape.”
 
VanGaalen also premiered the previously unreleased "Dust on Dust (Dog Walking Jammer)" single through Adult Swim, a driving instrumental which arrived earlier today, and caps off their year-long 'Singles Program.'  The appropriately-titled "jammer" is representative of his more electronic and instrumental work that doesn’t always make it to his solo albums [listen here].

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"Dust on Dust (Dog Walking Jammer)" isn’t VanGaalen’s first collaboration with the network. VanGaalen is also an amazing visual artist, having contributed both his animation and music to Adult Swim's “Dream Corp LLC” — where he helped design the robot character T.E.R.R.Y, as well as composing the bizarre and memorable score.
 
And on the final leg of his recent Light Information tour, Chad stopped by CBC Q for a chat with show host Tom Power. The two talked about the new album, as well as Chad’s multifaceted life as an animator and visual artist. Chad and the Bleach Wipes also knocked out a few tunes from Light Information. The performance airs December 21st on CBC.

Chad VanGaalen Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Chad VanGaalen and the Bleach Wipes have scheduled new, Canadian dates for 2018 in support of Light Information, which begin January 19th in Winnipeg at The Good Will and end January 27th in Edmonton at the Starlite Room. The tour comes on the heels of his successful, 50-date international tour for 2017, which saw performances in Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and France.
 
2018 Tour Dates
Jan. 19  - Winnipeg , MB - The Good Will *
Jan. 20 - Saskatoon, SK - Winterruption! Festival *
Jan. 25 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar and Stage *
Jan. 26 - Red Deer, AB - Bo's Bar *
Jan. 27 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room *
*w/ Mauno




Listen: New Loma Track "Relay Runner" + West Coast/Southwest US Tour Dates Just Announced

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Rd2n_0m5xgI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Loma's Self-Titled Debut Album Will Be Out February 16th via Sub Pop.“'Black Willow’ is a painting with darker contours than anything on [Cross Record's] 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[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]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 Tour Dates + Ticket LinksFri. Apr. 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley BarSun. Apr. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The BootlegWed. Apr. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the HillFri. Apr. 13 - Portland, OR @ MS StudiosSat. Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset TavernTue. Apr. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban LoungeThu. April 19 - Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa BrewingSat. Apr. 21 - Austin, TX @ North DoorLoma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers at 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.The time is now to follow Loma everywhere in the known universe, on subpop.com and also Instagram | Twitter | Facebook.[...]



Kyle Craft Shares “The Rager” Official Video From Upcoming Album 'Full Circle Nightmare' (out February 2nd)

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rjdivIOgnU0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Hear solo performances of “The Rager,” “Heartbreak Junky,” and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No. 2” from Dinner Party Download’s final episode You can now watch Kyle Craft’s official video for “The Rager” from Full Circle Nightmare, his forthcoming second album [Pre-order is on now here + in stores February 2nd].“The Rager” was directed by returning collaborators, the One Hundred/Swanson Studio team (who helmed the “Heartbreak Junky” lyric video).Craft says of “The Rager” video, “My friend Alyssa portrays a tragic heroine who is delivering what will be her last performance. As she takes the stage, the audience is totally indifferent to her presence. In the song, she's human; however, in the video, she represents something more. A beautiful idea, rock ‘n’ roll, our country, something dying... whatever it is you want that idea to be, that's the character she plays here.”Kyle Craft also recently delivered incredible solo performances of Full Circle Nightmare tracks “The Rager” and “Heartbreak Junky,” along with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No. 2,” for the Dinner Party Download’s “The Last Supper” (+final) episode. The show was recorded live in Seattle at the Moore Theatre [hear here].Last month, Kyle Craft shared “Heartbreak Junky,” the cinematic lyric video from Full Circle Nightmare [see here]. Pitchfork said of the track, “When Kyle Craft’s heart breaks, it shoots glitter and confetti—by the time he hits the chorus, the song has erupted into a tempest of sassy brass, swirling organs, and hip-swiveling boogie." The “Heartbreak Junky” visual brings the already vivid album cover to life. Full Circle Nightmare features front and inside gatefold images, shot by Peter Karavias.  Full Circle Nightmare is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers [see here], and will be available in the following formats:LP gatefold jacket with custom dust sleeveCD digipack with poster insertCassetteDigitalNorth American preorders of the limited Loser edition will be available on maroon vinyl with a black swirl (while supplies last), and we also have a new T-shirt design with this release.Full Circle Nightmare was produced by Chris Funk (of the Decemberists), with mixing by Trevor Spencer and the Helio Sequence’s Benjamin Weikel and Brandon Summers. Full Circle Nightmare is the follow up to Dolls of Highland, his acclaimed debut.Kyle Craft Tour Dates + Ticket LinksKyle Craft has scheduled two Pacific Northwest week of release shows for 2018: Seattle’s Tractor Tavern on February 1st and Portland’s Doug Fir on February 2nd.  Additional live dates will also be announced soon.Feb. 01 - Seattle, WA - Tractor TavernFeb. 02 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir[...]



The Impassioned, Self-Titled Debut From Los Angeles-Band Moaning Will Be Out March 2nd, 2018. Now Watch Official Video For “Don’t Go”

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qdNWCgnqeMY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Previously announced headlining support dates (with METZ) run December 7th-19thOn March 2nd, 2018, Moaning will release their impassioned self-titled debut, worldwide through Sub Pop.  The 10-track album, featuring “Don’t Go” along with highlights “Artificial,” “The Same,” and “Misheard,” was recorded and engineered by Alex Newport in Los Angeles.Moaning's charmingly chaotic, black & white visual for “Don’t Go” was directed by Michael Schmelling. The video stars the band and a few of their dear friends, and was shot in Los Angeles in the waning days of summer. Preorders for Moaning are available now on CD/LP/CS/DL through Sub Pop right here. LP pre-orders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on pink vinyl (while supplies last), and new t-shirt design will also be available. MoaningTracklisting1. Don’t Go2. Tired3. Artificial4. Close5. Does This Work for You6. The Same7. For Now8. Useless9. Misheard10. Somewhere in ThereMoaning Tour Dates + Ticket LinksMoaning’s previously announced tour schedule for 2017 begins December 6th in Eugene at The Blue Room and ends December 19th in Phoenix at LBX. For the dates spanning December 7th-15th, the band will act as direct support for labelmates METZ. Moaning will also appear at the 2018 edition of SXSW in Austin, Texas. Dec. 06 - Eugene, OR - The Blue RoomDec. 07 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *Dec. 08 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt *Dec. 09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *Dec. 11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Teragram Ballroom *Dec. 13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *Dec. 15 - Austin, TX - the Mohawk *^Dec. 16 - Dallas, TX - Transit Bicycle Co.Dec. 18 - Tucson, AZ - Club CongressDec. 19 - Phoenix, AZ - LBXMar. 12 - 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW*w/ METZ^ w/ CherubsPro Tip: The time is now to follow Moaning absolutely everywhere, including but not limited to subpop.com  |  Bandcamp  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  InstagramMoaning is a band defined by its duality. The abrasive, post punk trio comprised of Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie, began nearly a decade after they met in L.A.’s DIY music scene. Their debut album comes born out of the member’s experiences with love and distress, creating a sound uniquely dark and sincere. Although the band is just breaking out of their infancy, Moaning’s sleek and cavernous tone emphasizes the turmoil of the era they were born into. One where the endless possibility for art and creation is met with the fear and doubt of an uncertain future.The trio began regularly frequenting DIY institutions like The Smell and Pehrspace, eventually selling out dozens of their own shows at both venues with their first few bands. Solomon recalls, after a brief hiatus from playing together, Moaning’s conception came when he sent Stevenson and MacKelvie the first demo for “Don’t Go,” setting the tone for the impulsive songwriting that would follow. The three fleshed out Solomon’s primitive recordings, adding in MacKelvie’s heavy syncopated drumming, and Stevenson’s melodic driving bass and synth parts, capturing each member’s personality in their sparse and fuzzed out tracks. Like many of their previous collaborative projects, Moaning forces pain up against pleasure, using the complexity of personal heartbreak to inform the band’s conflicted sound. The band eventually landed on the apt moniker Moaning, admiring the ambiguity the name held and hoping to reference both an intimate wail and an anguished scream[read more here].[...]