Pissed Jeans: Half Divorced [Album Review]

Pissed JeansHalf DivorcedSub Pop Records [2024]   Album Overview: Half Divorced is the 6th LP from Pissed Jeans and the follow-up to 2017’s Why Love Now. In the description for the album, lead vocalist Matt Korvette says, “Pissed Jeans is truly like an art project for us, which is what makes it so fun.” This … Read more

Omni: Souvenir [Album Review]

OmniSouvenirSub Pop Records [2024]   Album Overview: Omni has been a band since 2016, but it wasn’t until 2019’s Networker that they really caught my attention. Today, guitarist Frankie Broyles, singer/bassist Philip Frobos, and now full-time drummer Chris Yonker return with the follow-up, Souvenir. According to Sub Pop, this album comes after the band’s longest … Read more

METZ – “99” [Video]

On April 12th, METZ will release Up On Gravity Hill, their first album in 4 years, on Sub Pop for the world ex-Canada and in Canada on Dine Alone. The album was engineered by Seth Manchester (Mdou Moctar, Lingua Ignota, Battles, The Body) and features guest performances from Amber Webber of Black Mountain and composer/string arranger … Read more

Fire Track: Iron & Wine – “You Never Know”

On April 26th, 2024, Iron & Wine will release his seventh full-length album, Light Verse, worldwide from Sub Pop. The ten-track collection was produced by the band’s principal singer-songwriter Sam Beam and mixed and engineered by Dave Way at Waystation and Silent Zoo Studios in Los Angeles. Light Verse is the first full-length Iron & Wine release in … Read more

J Mascis: What Do We Do Now [Album Review]

J MascisWhat Do We Do NowSub Pop Records [2024] Album Overview: What Do We Do Now is the fifth solo studio album by J Mascis. Recorded at his Bisquiteen Studio in Western Massachusetts, it marks a departure from his usual solo acoustic style, incorporating full drums and electric leads while retaining acoustic rhythm parts. The … Read more

Fire Track: Omni – “INTL Waters”

On February 16th, the Atlanta trio Omni will release their latest and greatest album, Souvenir for Sub Pop. Following their previously released singles, “Exacto” and “Plastic Pyramid (Feat. Izzy Glaudini of Automatic), comes the spellbinding visualizer for their latest track, “INTL Waters,” which was created by the band’s drummer, Chris Yonker. The band shares about the song: “‘INTL … Read more

SLIFT: ILION [Album Review]

SLIFTILIONSub Pop Records [2024] Album Overview: The French trio SLIFT presents ILION, a sonic behemoth reminiscent of a distant wave growing in intensity as it approaches. This marks the band’s third full-length album, following their 2020 release, UMMON, which secured the top spot in TFN’s Top 50 that year. ILION continues the relentless exploration of … Read more

Deeper: Careful! [Album Review]

DeeperCareful!Sub Pop Records [2023] Already with two albums behind them, Chicago-based Deeper is ready for their close-up on this Sub Pop debut. There’s little doubt as you take in the lush landscapes of the thirteen tracks here that this guitar driven quartet has absorbed some of the major punk/pop influences of the late-70’s and 80’s, … Read more

Sweeping Promises: Good Living Is Coming For You [Album Review]

Sweeping PromisesGood Living Is Coming For YouFeel It/Sub Pop Records [2023] Sweeping Promises, the once Boston-based post-punk outfit now located in Lawrence, Kansas, has unleashed a feverish and uncompromising attitude in their sophomore album, Good Living Is Coming For You. With unrelenting urgency and a distinct blend of post-punk, new wave, and garage rock influences, … Read more

Shannon Lay: Covers Vol. 1 [Album Review]

Shannon LayCovers Vol. 1Sub Pop Records [2023] Shannon Lay, formerly with the band Feels and part of Ty Segall’s backing band, has released a handful of indie releases as well as Sub Pop. On the abtly titled Covers Vol. 1 she serves up 9 songs written by her influences, past and current. Largely played on … Read more

Fire Track: Sweeping Promises – “Eraser”

On Friday, June 30th, Sweeping Promises will release their second, latest and greatest album, Good Living Is Coming For You, on Feel It Records in North America and Sub Pop for the rest of the world. Today, the band is also sharing the colossal lead single and the album’s opening track “Eraser.” Good Living Is … Read more

Mudhoney: Plastic Eternity [Album Review]

MudhoneyPlastic EternitySub Pop Records [2023] Thirty-five years in, and two years after the Deluxe Edition re-release of their second full-length album, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge; 30th Anniversary, Mudhoney has nothing to prove. Formed by singer/guitarist Mark Arm and lead guitarist Steve Turner, after their band Green River, which also included Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament … Read more

Quasi: Breaking The Balls Of History [Album Review]

QuasiBreaking The Balls Of HistorySub Pop Records [2023] It appears to have taken a global pandemic to get Portland, Ore. power duo Quasi back into the studio 10 years after their last release. Surrounded by numerous end-of-the-world scenarios with no touring happening, it seemed the perfect time for the combined talents of Sam Coomes and … Read more

King Tuff: Smalltown Stardust [Album Review]

King TuffSmalltown StardustSub Pop Records [2023] On his sixth album, Kyle Thomas who performs under his original band name King Tuff, steps away from the guitar-driven garage-band power-pop that dominated their 2014 Sub Pop debut, Black Moon Spell, and the self-descriptive single “Headbanger.” Created as a love letter to the rural smalltown where he grew … Read more

Weyes Blood: And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow [Album Review]

Weyes BloodAnd In The Darkness, Hearts AglowSub Pop Records [2022] Singer/songwriter Natalie Mering performs under the moniker Weyes Blood, a name derived from her original stage name Wise Blood, taken from Flannery O’Connor’s debut novel. While her earliest works have been more experimental in nature, Mering has settled into a songwriting that recalls 70’s pop … Read more

King Tuff – “Smalltown Stardust” [Video]

King Tuff, the project of Kyle Thomas, has announced his long-awaited new album Smalltown Stardust, with a video for its lead single and title track “Smalltown Stardust.” The album is available for pre-order now and due January 27th via Sub Pop. Smalltown Stardust, which was co-produced and largely co-written with SASAMI, is “an album about … Read more

Built To Spill: When The Wind Forgets Your Name [Album Review]

Built To SpillWhen The Wind Forgets Your NameSub Pop Records [2022] Since its inception in 1992, Built To Spill and founder Doug Martsch can undoubtedly be called consistent. Martsch doesn’t make a bad record which is simply proved by going back and listening to any album in Built To Spill’s catalog. There definitely are some … Read more

Kiwi Jr.: Chopper [Album Review]

Kiwi Jr.ChopperSub Pop Records [2022] With Chopper, Canada’s Kiwi Jr. have now released three consistent indie rock albums over the last four years. This record feels bigger compared to previous efforts even though its ten tracks still deliver a similar catchy jangly rock experience but now the band has expanded into adding synths to the … Read more

Kiwi Jr. – “Unspeakable Things” [Video]

This Friday (August 12th), Kiwi Jr. will release Chopper, the group’s third album, worldwide through Sub Pop Records, with the exception of Canada through the band’s Kiwi Club imprint. The latest video is for Kiwi Jr.’s “Unspeakable Things,” directed by Morgan Waters, and a highlight from the forthcoming Chopper. Gaudet says of the video, “People … Read more

Kiwi Jr. – “The Extra Sees The Film” [Video]

On August 12th, 2022, Kiwi Jr. will release Chopper, their third album, via Sub Pop, with the exception of Canada through the band’s Kiwi Club imprint. The album was recorded and produced in Toronto by Sub Pop labelmate Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Operators). Jeremy Gaudet says of the new single, “This song is … Read more

Kiwi Jr. – “Night Vision” [Video]

On August 12th, 2022, KIWI JR. will release Chopper, the group’s third album, worldwide on through Sub Pop, with the exception of Canada through the band’s Kiwi Club imprint. The album, which features the lead single “Night Vision” was recorded and produced in Toronto by Sub Pop labelmate Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Operators). … Read more

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Endless Rooms [Album Review]

Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverEndless RoomsSub Pop Records [2022] Melbourne, Australia’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is a band that has the appearance of following an older music model. I believe with their third long player, Endless Rooms, that model continues to pay large dividends. Artist development is pretty much a thing of the past these days … Read more

Father John Misty: Chloë And The Next 20th Century [Album Review]

Father John MistyChloë And The Next 20th CenturySub Pop Records [2022] At this point in Father John Misty’s career I feel like his unpredictability is part of his musical mystery. I also feel like it is a given that his output will be witty, complex and challenging. Chloë And The Next 20th Century, his fifth … Read more

Father John Misty – “Goodbye Mr. Blue” [Video]

Father John Misty has released the video for his latest single, “Goodbye Mr. Blue,” the bittersweet and tender new single from his forthcoming album Chloë and the Next 20th Century. , The official video was directed by Noel Paul (“Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”), which is an elliptical portrait of a family reunion, and was shot … Read more