Capital “W” Wow, here, ladies and gents. “The Sound of Law,” the new single from Central Pennsylvania experimental songwriter Daughn Gibson, is frantic, dark and utterly captivating. The pulse is heavier than we heard on his 2012 LP All Hell, and his booming baritone beckons across a spiky path of drumbeats and screeching, eerie, uneasy sounds. Venture in via the YouTube player below; Gibson’s Sub Pop Records debut, Me Moan, is out July 9th; preorders are available here.
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It’s a pretty frigid morning here in Philadelphia, but this is bound to warm you up. Pissed Jeans‘ awesome new full-length Honeys, out next Tuesday on Sub Pop Records, is streaming via Spin.com. It’s eleven tracks and forty-ish minutes of the Philly crew do what it does so freaking well- high-energy, cathartic protopunk-styled jams, peppered with social criticism and self-effacing introspection. Listen to it here, and get stoked to thrash out to this in a week and a half when Pissed Jeans headlines Underground Arts on February 15. (Details at the XPN Concert Calendar.)
So far it’s a been a great year for experimental Carlisle, Pa. songwriter Daughn Gibson. His stunning debut record All Hell, released in a limited vinyl edition on White Denim (the label run by Pissed Jeans honcho Matt Korvette), was met with praise from Pitchfork and Spin, and he’s been on the road extensively since its spring release. Now, the former South Philadelphian (who formerly played drums in Pearls and Brass under his real name, Josh Martin) inked a deal with Sub Pop Records; he will release his debut for the label in 2013. Below, download Gibson’s new single “Reach Into the Fire,” which samples two of his newfound labelmates – Shabazz Palaces and Tiny Vipers.
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction presents “Sub Pop Art Debt,” an art show featuring over two decades worth of odds and ends from Sub Pop‘s art department archives. The collection includes, but is not limited to, art work, sketches, label ads, press sheets, blue-lines, and cutting room floor scraps from the Seattle indie record label that has represented bands such as Nirvana, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sunny Day Real Estate, and more in their nearly 25 year career.
There is an opening reception for the exhibit on August 3rd from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Afterwards, the exhibit will be open to the public throughout the month of August until the 24th at Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction during their store hours, which are listed on their website.
The Internet has been abuzz all week with news about Mister Heavenly. On Monday, Sub Pop Records released a statement announcing it had signed the new band (which features Philly’s own Honus Honus from Man Man, Islands/Unicorns frontman Nick Thorburn, and Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer)—immediately propelling the term “indie supergroup” hurtling throughout the blogosphere for the first time since waaay back in early November (when the Carrie Brownstein-led Wild Flag made its debut). A day later, the word got out that actor Michael Cera—who, previously, had only played bass with fictional bands in films such as Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World—joined the band on stage during its debut show in Seattle on Tuesday night. At which point the online masses went into full-blown hysteria, prompting Sub Pop to mention that he wasn’t an official member of the band, and was only filling in on bass during the West Coast tour. Then, just this morning, Pitchfork posted a link to a blog that has a bunch of videos from the band’s second show in Portland; we’ve posted a couple of videos below, you can visit the site the watch the rest.
From our friends at Sub Pop Records, home of Philadelphia’s Pissed Jeans—whom Kotowicz originally brought to the label. (Make Major Moves spoke with Pissed Jeans singer Matt Korvette a couple of weeks ago):
Seattle, WA – On October 24, 2010, Sub Pop Records’ VP of Sales, Director of Marketing, and remarkable friend Andy Kotowicz died as a result of injuries he suffered in a terrible car accident three nights previous. He was 37 years old and he is dearly, profoundly missed. The Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation was established in an effort to help provide for Andy’s wife Jocelyn and his young daughter Anna. An auction on CharityBuzz.com featuring items from Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Muse, The Simpsons and more is open for bidding now until December 14th. In addition to the auction a concert is scheduled for December 4th at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market with performances by many of the bands Andy worked with at Sub Pop as an A&R representative. Finally, there will be a benefit show held on December 8th, Andy’s birthday, in his hometown of Ann Arbor/Ypsi.
These shows and events, the wide array of auction items collected below, all are partial testament to the very full life lived by our friend. On behalf of Andy’s family and as part of it, we at Sub Pop Records are deeply grateful for all of the items donated here, for all of the artists, venues, vendors and assorted sponsors who have donated their time and/or something arguably more palpable. Please consider bidding on these items and or donating to or otherwise supporting the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation.
You can find the list of auction items here; info for the December 4th show at Showbox At The Market (featuring Pissed Jeans) and the December 8th show at The Savoy are available on the venues’ sites.
Original Toy Soldiers Duo Performs Tomorrow Night…And There’s A New Toy Soldiers B-Sides EP Out, Too “Way back in April of 2009, when we first tipped you to local roots/mod-rock outfit Toy Soldiers…the group was essentially singer-guitarist Ron Gallo and drummer Mike Baurer. Baurer subsequently left the band, Gallo rounded up some of his musical pals to help make the album and tour, but at the moment Gallo is in the midst of reconfiguring the Toy Soldiers lineup and bringing in some fresh faces. In the meantime, he’s linked back up with Baurer for some ‘reunion’ gigs under the moniker the R&B Band (Ron and Baurer, get it?)” (Make Major Moves)
Sub Pop Bands Play Seattle Benefit Show for Family of Late Label Vice President Andy Kotowicz “On October 24, Sub Pop Records Vice President of Sales and Director of Marketing Andy Kotowicz died in a car accident, leaving behind a wife and baby daughter. On December 4, several Sub Pop bands will play a benefit for the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, which raises money for Kotowicz’s family, at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle. The bill includes Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Eyes, Vetiver, Pissed Jeans, Fruit Bats, A-Frames/AFCGT, and Michael Yonkers.” (Pitchfork)
Sufjan Stevens brings “Age of Adz” to life “Wednesday night at the Academy of Music, Stevens brought Adz to life, inspiring a sold-out crowd with creative tunes about, as he put it: ‘love, death, heartbreak, the apocalypse, the beginning of the world, the end of the world, and the middle of the world.’” (Phrequency)
‘tine-‘tine Is Back at JR’s Nov. 11 “Philly’s lo-fi queen of mean is back on the scene. Nah, we know that Christine Griffis is an absolute sweetheart, but her stage persona ‘tine-‘tine will cut any bitch that crosses her and make ex-lovers rue the day they hit that shit with a drop of a verse! ” (The Deli)
Bands: How to do band reunions “When bands split now they enter the revolving-door afterlife familiar to superheroes and soap villians – it’s only a matter of time before they’re back.” (The Guardian)