Sub Pop Records

Sub Pop Records have announced a new subsidiary of the label, Hardly Art, which will bring Sub Pop’s distribution to smaller bands. The label already has its first band signed, Seattle’s Arthur And Yu. The band’s debut, In Camera, releases June 19.

Photo: Greg Lutze
“Hardly Art will be run on a much smaller, startup level than Sub Pop [is] currently, and it will work on a much more intimate and spontaneous level when it comes to bands and releases,” Moody explains. “So, at the beginning, we’ll be working with mostly unsigned and lesser-known bands. Given that it only involves two people and a much smaller budget, going that route makes sense.”

Arthur And Yu’s debut, according to Moody, is the epitome of why Hardly Art exists. Their Velvet Underground-inspired, experimental rock hit home for the two creators and was exactly the right sound to kick off the new label.

“Arthur And Yu were chosen as the first [band] because we loved their record and wanted to be the ones involved in putting it out,” Moody says. “Jonathan had been wanting to get the label started for a while now, but it really had to wait until we found the right band. They are local to Seattle, wonderful people and incredible musicians, and were really excited about what we were starting as a label. It doesn’t hurt that their upcoming record is fantastic. Overall, there really couldn’t be a better group to start with.”

01. Absurd Heroes Manifesto
02. Come To View (Song For Neil Young)
03. Birds
04. Afterglow
05. Lobby Lights
06. A Thousand Words
07. Lion’s Mouth
08. The Ghost of Old Bull Lee
09. Half Years
10. Black Bear



Sources are telling me that Dntel‘s debut Sub Pop release Dumb Luck leaked this evening.

Sometimes, for good reasons, Jimmy Tamborello likes to take his time. Thirteen years after starting to work under the Dntel moniker and almost six years after releasing his last Dntel full-length, Life is Full of Possibilities (Plug Research), Tamborello has painstakingly built and birthed Dumb Luck, an album five years in the making. Click here to view the rest of the story on the Sub Pop site.

The official release date of the Dumb Luck is April 24.

1. Dumb Luck
2. To a Fault
3. I’d Like to Know
4. Roll On
5. The Distance
6. Rock My Boat
7. Natural Resources
8. Breakfast in Bed
9. Dreams

Poster Contest For Boston Show: The Shins are out on tour and they’d like your help! Whether you’re a notebook doodler or an expert photoshopper, submit your tour poster design for your chance to win! Contest ends Monday, March 5th @ 12:00pm (PT). Remember to check out all the submissions and rate, tag, and comment on your favorites at

One (1) Grand Prize

* Two tickets to The Shins concert at the Orpheum Theater in Boston (March 15, 2007)
* Two airline tickets to and from Boston
* One night hotel stay in Boston
* 150 Limited Edition posters of the winning design will be printed and handed out for free at the show

New Single News: The band will follow their forthcoming UK tour with an April 9 (UK) release of a new single. “Australia” will be the second single from their album Wincing The Night Away.

Brazilian sensations Cansei De Ser Sexy just recently concluded the NME Indie Rave Tour in the UK w/The Klaxons, New Young Pony Club and The Sunshine Underground. Abounding with seemingly endless energy they are now embarking on a European tour and subsequently have somehow found time to grace North America with 6 upcoming dates:
04-29 Indigo, CA – Coachella Valley Festival
06-01 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
06-02 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
06-04 Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern
06-08 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
06-09 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine

European dates can be found on the band’s website & Myspace below.

If you were making a mix for our readers, what would be the first three songs you’d select?
stepp min stepp (jan johansson)
alabama (john coltrane)
mercy seat (nick cave but really more jr cash)

Name any musical influence(s)?
jan johansson
js bach

What new music are you currently listening to?
techno, not so new but i like the mr Smith-vibe to it.

Name a band (current or defunct) that would be your dream act to open for on a major tour?
yoyo ma.

Who, if anyone, would you like to collaborate with?
joakim milder. and oskar schonning the band.

Tell us something about you that we can’t find on Google.
i like bergamott oil.

Download: Loney, Dear – I Am John

From their website: Band Of Horses are now settled in the beautiful low-country of South Carolina enjoying sunny ass 70 degree afternoons and delicious boiled peanuts. BUT! We’ve also been readying the material for a brand spanking new BOH album of songs (and Christopher Wilson Artwork of course) to be recorded in Ashville, NC (echo mountain studios) beginning in March.

Before that however, looks like we’ll be playing some rock shows for our Southern brethren including a performance at the Langerado Music Festival in Sunrise, FL. Guess who’s gonna be the first BoH line-up of the year??? Wrong! We’ll be welcoming Robin Peringer (Carissa’s Wierd, 764-HERO, Modest Mouse) on guitar, and Matt Gentling (Archers Of Loaf!) on bass for this Southern jaunt. Holy What the Shit. We’re extremely excited and honored to show them off to you. Also guess what? Carrie Anne Hearst and The Gun Street Girls are coming with us! What a wonderful world. xoboh

03-10 St. Augustine, FL – Café Eleven
03-11 Sunrise, FL – Langerado Festival
03-12 Orlando, FL – The Social
03-13 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
03-14 Atlanta, GA – The Earl

The new Shins’album Wincing The Night Away will be released January 23. Their first single, “Phantom Limb” is currently available with two exclusive b-sides.

Track Listing:

1. Phantom Limb
2. Nothing At All
3. Spilt Needles (alternate version)

Buy the new Shins’ single “Phantom Limb” here.

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