Sleater-Kinney is back, the critically-acclaimed band will release a secretly-recorded album via Sub Pop on Jan. 19/20, 2015. “No Cities to Love” is the band’s first release in 10 years, though it surprised fans by including a new song on “Start Together,” the band’s seven-LP box set which will be released on Oct. 21 also via Sub Pop. The new album is now available for pre-order on CD/LP/ DL through the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Sleater-Kinney’s website. Sleater-Kinney will be touring the U.S. and Europe in 2015, but so far no Seattle date has been announced.More
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It’s the ten-second music clip that’s rocking the Internet today — at least if you’re a fan of Sleater-Kinney, who went on “indefinite hiatus” in 2006.
Now, early recipients of the Pacific Northwest act’s box set, “Start Together” (due to be released by Sub Pop next Tuesday, October 21 — though the physical box set is actually already sold out), found that the set included a surprise: a seven-inch one-sided single with a previously unreleased song by the band, believed to be called “Bury Our Friends.” A ten-second clip of the song has been posted on Stereogum.More
S, ‘Cool Choices’ (Hardly Art)
Fall is a good time to blast cathartic rock music through headphones — or a Bluetooth Beats pill, whatever works. In that vein, “Cool Choices” excels, a steely, hushed album from Seattle singer-songwriter S (Jenn Ghetto of Carissa’s Wierd).More
Sleater-Kinney, the acclaimed Pacific Northwest indie trio hailed as the “Best Band in America” by “Time” magazine in 2001, left many fans disappointed when they went on what was called “indefinite hiatus” in 2006. There’s been no word of any reunion as yet. But today it was announced that a box set of the group’s recordings, “Start Together” is on its way.
All seven of Sleater-Kinney’s albums — “Sleater-Kinney,” “Call the Doctor,” “Dig Me Out,” “The Hot Rock,” “All Hands On the Bad One,” “One Beat,” and “The Woods — have been remastered for the set, which will be released on October 21 by Sub Pop. Along with standard vinyl and CD versions, there’s also a nifty limited edition box (in a run of only 3000) featuring the albums on colored vinyl, an accompanying book with previously unreleased photos, and a limited edition print. Digital editions of the albums went on sale today, September 2, at iTunes, Amazon, and Sub Pop’s Mega Mart.
Fans will be disappointed that the set contains no bonus material. But the remastering does provide a new listening experience. “For such ferocious music, it was actually a very delicate process,” Greg Calbi, who remastered the albums at Sterling Sound in New York City, said in a press release. “I found, in dealing with one of the earlier albums, that my signal path and compression, including my Burl B2 convertor, gave me a more resonant, deeper sound on the guitars than the originals. Because the band rarely, if ever, used bass, I felt that this added to the aggressiveness and power of the band overall. I believe this treatment added a subtle, yet important, dimension to the band, and I explored each of the other albums with the same intention.”More
Shabazz Palaces, ‘Lese Majesty’ (Sub Pop) “Focus” is the first word uttered on Shabazz Palaces’ second full-length, “Lese Majesty,” an expectedly dense and boundary-pushing follow-up to its 2011 future-rap opus “Black Up.” It’s a fitting word for a record in which everything demands a closer listen or further consideration, from its lyrics to its track names…More
Sub Pop will be releasing Sarah Silverman’s new comedy album, “We Are Miracles,” on September 23. The LP will be available on limited-edition colored vinyl, CD and digital formats. The special was recorded at Largo in Los Angeles and features material from Silverman’s Emmy-nominated headline special for HBO. Sub Pop has also released comedy albums by David Cross, Eugene Mirman and Patton Oswalt.
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By Katharine Schwab / Seattle Times staff writer
Sub Pop, the Seattle-based indie record label known for popularizing grunge music in the ’90s, is jumping on board the streaming radio trend with its own radio station on TuneIn, which hosts more than 100,000 radio stations and caters to more than 50 million monthly active users.More
Tacoma’s lone entry in the next-Nirvana sweepstakes, Seaweed were never the center of attention — but were always nearby, like Waldo if he traded his stripes for flannel.
From 1989 to ‘99, the quintet, headlining Vera Thursday, recorded five LPs — three for Seattle’s Sub Pop, one for North Carolina’s Merge, and one for the Disney-owned Hollywood Records.
They appeared on the soundtrack to the slacker classic “Clerks,” in the grunge documentary “Hype!” and even had a video, “Kid Candy,” below, critiqued by Beavis and Butt-head.
Touring 23 times, they logged over a thousand shows — from small club gigs with peers Superchunk and Quicksand to big-ticket fests with Green Day and Candlebox.
Those golden days are gone — but in meeting bassist Owen Atkins and guitarist Wade Neal for after-work pints in T-Town’s no-frills Hilltop district, it’s clear Seaweed remain local heroes.More
If you’re from Olympia — a place where you can throw a rock and hit a punk — it’s tough to have much of an ego about your band.
And over dinner and drinks at downtown Oly’s hippie-Mexican dive Quality Burrito, a few weeks before their Barboza show this Saturday, Survival Knife singer-guitarist Justin Trosper, guitarist Brandt Sandeno and bassist Meg Cunningham — whose drummer husband Kris completes the lineup — present themselves as ordinary friends making music together.
But that’s not entirely true. Not every group has an icon — albeit a reluctant one like Trosper, former frontman for Unwound — in its midst.More
Chad VanGaalen, ‘Shrink Dust’ (Sub Pop)
Chad VanGaalen lives an artist’s dream.
Thanks to grants from the Canadian government — coupled with a Sub Pop distribution deal — the singer, songwriter, animator and producer has issued new records and video clips with minimal interference since 2005.
But with such freedom one shoulders the burden of oversight alone.
His latest offering, “Shrink Dust,” out Tuesday, is a self-described country album, leading one to wonder what exactly the Calgary native considers country — or how potent the psychedelics are north of the border.More