Windows, the self-titled, final album from the beloved Seattle sextet,
is available now on CD/LP/DL worldwide via Sub Pop. The album, featuring
the highlights “Glory, Glory,” and “Strip Mall Babylon,” was recorded
in the fall of 2014 at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, LA, and
produced & mixed by Randall Dunn (Earth, Akron Family, Cave
You can now watch Rose Windows “In The Studio,” a documentary on the
making of the album, filmed by Deep Dasgupta and on location in Bogulusa
Rose Windows is available now from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of the album from megamart.subpop.com
will receive the “Loser Edition” on red & black marbled vinyl, and a
limited edition 7” which features the songs “Never Did Me Wrong” and a
cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Wanton Song” [listen here]
while supplies last. Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design
available in two colors, both individually and as part of a bundle with
purchases of the new record.
Rose Windows recently shared the news of their dissolution through their Facebook page (read more here / March 30th)
and have canceled all scheduled live dates. With that said, we feel
lucky and very proud to have released two albums with Rose Windows and
wish them well in all of their future pursuits.
What people are saying about Rose Windows:
“With production supremo and Master Musicians Of Bukkake man Randall
Dunn taking up desk duties, the band recorded the follow-up to their
2013 debut The Sun Dogs in Bogalusa, Louisiana, with the Deep
South’s delta blues tradition feeding into the album. It moves from
opener ‘Bodhi Song’, which finds the band concerning themselves with
Buddhist enlightenment, shifting through ‘Glory Glory’, where evocative
flute lines collide with fuzzy, gnarled bass, and the captivating groove
of ‘Strip Mall Babylon’, before closing with a two-part coda, the
cathartic, exquisite ‘A Pleasure To Burn’ and ‘Hirami’.” - The Quietus
“Rose Windows have the power to lift listeners far out of the everyday…” – Mojo
“Together, they’ve produced a nine-song set mining various vintage rock
textures. “Blind” features a laid-back, funk-and-country appeal similar
to Seed of Memory-period Terry Reid. “A Pleasure to Burn” is
particularly desert-fried and is full of spacious wails, campfire guitar
and rattlesnake percussion. “The Old Crow,” meanwhile, is a guns-raised
anthem with bluesy, Wild Turkey-drenched vocals and a few Dr.
Who-styled synth lines.” - Exclaim!
“Sumptuous” - Uncut
“Strip Mall Babylon” suggests the album is well worth hearing. The song
starts deceptively with a slinky groove, before Qazi’s Joplin-esque roar
explodes over thick, fuzzy guitars and searing organs. It’s a
victorious sign-off for a band with a brief but impressive run.” - Stereogum
“Marked by a smashing rhythm section and gnarly, over-sized guitar
riffs, the track finds the band operating in the the proto-metal
tradition of a slightly grimier Black Sabbath.” [Glory, Glory] - Consequence of Sound
“‘Glory, Glory’ is at once the psych-rockers’ heaviest, most extroverted, and catchiest song to date.” - The Stranger
Sub Pop Records is currently
looking to fill a newly opened position as the label’s Sales Director,
working here in our Seattle headquarters. This is a leadership role
within the company with responsibility for our physical, digital and
streaming business. This person will work closely with our main
distribution partner, the Alternative Distribution Alliance (or ADA),
and all aspects of our internal sales department. Our ideal candidate
will have significant music sales as well as managerial experience. The
closing date to apply for this position is May 17, 2015.
Summary Sales department management. Management of relationships with distribution partners and key retailers. Communication and reporting.
Responsibilities Sales department management -
Manage a sales team within Sub Pop Records, members of which handle
direct retails sales, direct-to-consumer sales (via
megamart.subpop.com), and international sales and distribution. -
Work with the sales team to create and implement cohesive retail
strategies for all Sub Pop and Hardly Art releases and related
merchandise across all sales channels, globally (through ADA, direct
digital accounts, direct physical retail accounts, direct-to-consumer
sales, and international distribution partners) - Lead weekly sales meeting to ensure the sales team is on track with all projects, covering current priorities and tours. - Conduct annual performance evaluations for each member of sales team. - Participate in the hiring and training of new employees in the sales department. - Work with the sales team to explore new sales opportunities.
Management of relationships with distribution partners and key retailers. -
Manage relationships with ADA as well as relationships with key
physical and digital retailers, both those who are direct accounts and
those who come through ADA. - Personally responsible for the management of direct digital account relationships. - Establish Initial Order Goals and advertising budgets with the General Manager and ADA. - Provide all necessary marketing and sales information and direction to ADA for new releases and ongoing priorities. - Attend necessary sales conferences and meet regularly in person with distribution partners.
Communication and reporting - Work in partnership with the Marketing Director and the International Sales and Distribution Manager. - Attend weekly managers’ meetings and provide detailed information on upcoming sales programs, promotions and operations. - Disseminate internally all pertinent information from stores, distributors and customers. - Provide sales, streaming and other sales data to the company weekly, and at biannual meetings. -
Provide production input and guidance using sales-based estimates for
manufacturing needs, and attend weekly production meetings.
Skills Necessary -
Must be motivated, organized, have the ability to multitask and
communicate clearly and effectively to large and small groups, problem
solve and provide conflict resolution when needed. Proficiency with data
analysis and manipulation, plus experience with the usual suite of
current office software and tools are all expected as well.
Supervisor: General Manager
Please send all resumes and cover letters to Mary Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now there’s one more good
reason to ride your bike all the way from rainy Seattle to Portland, OR, and that
is to raise money. Sub Pop Records employees will join in the 202-mile Seattle
to Portland (STP) Bicycle Classic held on July 11 -12, 2015. Now in its 36th
year, the STP is the largest multi-day ride in the Northwest with up to 10,000
riders making the journey through Western Washington and Oregon.
In January of 2013, Sub Pop Records
Co-Founder Jonathan Poneman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In a 2013 Seattle Times article, Poneman states, “I
accept that I have this disease, but that doesn’t give me the right to be
passive.” In response, Sub Pop Records employees will be raising money
for the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (NWPF) by doing the infamous STP bike ride.
What We Need & What You Get
Since being diagnosed, our
President has done everything he can to show others that there is life beyond
Parkinson’s. He actually explains it as sort of a blessing. Parkinson’s has
allowed him to “recalibrate” important values.
as it sounds, I am truly grateful to the disease.” Poneman explains further that, “My love of
life and its precious elements became more vivid at the thought of seeing them
Our goal is to raise $20,000 for the foundation. We need your help! See some of our incredible incentives for donating here.
Your donation will go directly to the Northwest Parkinson’s
Foundation. NWPF is the only independent regional Parkinson’s organization serving
Washington State. NWPF aims to establish optimal quality of life for the
Northwest Parkinson’s community through awareness, education, advocacy and
Located in Seattle, NWPF proudly invests every dollar in
local programs to support the Northwest Parkinson’s community. NWPF plays a vital role in
helping people with Parkinson’s live meaningfully with the disease. In
addition, NWPF provides information that gives patients and their families the
tools they need to find quality medical care, better manage their disease and
take charge of their daily lives.
Sub Pop has a long history of supporting non-profit organizations
around the globe but prefers to focus on local organizations in the Pacific
Northwest. We have been involved in fundraisers for the uncompensated
care for Seattle Children’s Hospital, donated food and funds to
Northwest Harvest, given time, support, and funds to the all-ages music
venue ‘The Vera Project’, supported the campaign for marriage equality
in Washington state, among many more. We believe in supporting the
community that has always supported us. The Northwest Parkinson’s
Foundation is an organization we feel proud to be riding for.
Other Ways You Can Help
can also go to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation main website (www.nwpf.org) and give
directly to the foundation through a gift
at a different time if you are not able to help now.
Or simply get the word out
about our campaign! Share our story and spread some awareness for
Parkinson’s Disease. While science looks for a cure, the NWPF is looking
out for the Parkinson’s community. We are grateful for anything you can
do to help.
You can now watch METZ’s official video for “The Swimmer,” from their new album II,
out today worldwide on the Sub Pop Record Concern. The new visual was helmed by returning
directors Scott Cudmore & Michael Leblanc (“Wet Blanket”) and
premiered earlier today via our friends at The Guardian.
METZ have also extended their 2015 North American and European tour schedule in support of II.
The tour resumes May 8th in Austin, TX for Levitation Festival and
currently ends October 28th in Lille, FR at L’ Aeronef. Please find a
current list of tour dates below.
METZ II, and it’s singles “Acetate,” “Spit You Out,” and “The Swimmer,” are earning the band raves from the likes of NPR
Music, CBC Music, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, DIY, Noisey, The
Quietus, Treble, NME, Loud and Quiet, The FADER, Ghettoblaster, PASTE,
Magnet, Pop Matters, and more. On a related note, check out the band’s cover story for the current issue of Exclaim [view here] and it’s recent feature in The Guardian [view here].
METZ II is now available for purchase through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. The limited Loser Edition of the LP on colored vinyl will be available at select independent record stores, megamart.subpop.com,
and from the band at their shows, all while supplies last.
Additionally, two new T-shirt designs are available, both individually
and as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.
What people are saying about METZ II:
“It’s taken three years for singer-guitarist Alex Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies to release II,
the follow-up to their Polaris Prize-shortlisted debut. In that time,
the group has honed its sonic attack to an even keener edge — but it’s
also broadened its horizons when it comes to studio wizardry and
songcraft. That’s not to say Metz hasn’t always written solid songs. But
the meat-and-potatoes thump of Metz has been stretched and restructured
on II. The result is breathtaking — in the same way a fist to
the solar plexus is…This isn’t just purgative music hell-bent on
bloodletting and catharsis; it’s also carefully composed, with loving
attention paid to fine detail and immaculate precision.” [“First
Listen”] - NPR Music
“A punch to the gut. It’s an often overused cliché to describe loud,
visceral music, but in the case of Metz, it couldn’t be more apt: this
is music for your gut. And on II, the followup to Metz’s 2012
self-titled debut, the Toronto three-piece manage to land plenty of
those gut punches, creating a soundscape of claustrophobic, ravenous
guitar riffs awash in feedback and distortion, with drums that never let
you catch your breath. You’ll feel it in your stomach as much as you
hear it.” [First Play] - CBC Music
new album is leaner and more direct than its predecessor, but it also
has bigger riffs and bigger hooks. It’s just a mean, nasty, expertly
put-together rock album.” - Stereogum
“With their second album, II,
METZ have followed the gut-punch of their debut with a solid kick to
the teeth. The songs are more strapped, immediate and dynamic, and
covered in a thicker layer of scuzz.” - Noisey
Metz have done more than enough to cement themselves as the new kings
of transgressive hard rock, and that’s a crown which is going to be
difficult for anyone to wrestle from them.” [8.5/10] - The Line Of Best Fit
“II does not attempt to reinvent the wheel, but instead just
straps rockets onto both sides and lets it fly. And boy, how high it
goes.” [8/10] - The 405
“II tweaks the Metz formula just enough to stand as an improvement over the band’s excellent 2012 self-titled debut.” - The Quietus
“As Canadian trio METZ return for round 2, the most pressing question
for the group might be how can they possibly pack a bigger punch than
their furious debut. The answer lies not in their power, but in their
control. From raucous flurry of their self titled debut, II,
differs in being a direct gut-punching affair. It’s immediate, but
leaves no doubt that however many times it strikes its going to leave
the same mark.” [5/5] - DIY
“Bigger, faster, louder, stronger… II is everything the band’s second record ought to be.” [8/10] - Loud and Quiet
“II is heavier, darker, and more abrasive than METZ….”Acetate”
kicks things off with jagged, urgent riffs and Alex Edkins ominous
vocals. “Spit You Out” shows METZ can do catchy tunes, albeit one
buried under suffocating punk noise. Acerbic highlight “IOU” eschews
hooks, relying on a bludgeoning riff and Edkins rasping vocal. Like the
rest of the album, it’s bold, unsympathetic, and brutally effective.”
[8/10] - NME
“METZ have a way with grabbing an earworm garage rock hook,
force-feeding it amphetamines, and making it stay up all night reading
Kierkegaard and Camus. Their atypical hardcore weaves between math rock
precision and dirty grunge riffs, conflicted about both embracing simple
pleasures and getting mired in existential angst, and II is the
internal fight sprung to searing, spectacular life.” [8/10] - Pop Matters
“The blitzkrieg of riffs
and rumble is familiar, but considerably sharper and more potent than
even the harshest moments of their debut…The landscape of II often
feels more dangerous than that of its predecessor, and as a result the
material has an excitement and electricity that pushes it a few steps
forward.” [Album of the Week] - Treble
“The album is an exercise in dissonance that can really only be
appreciated when played at full volume. It cements the band as a
frontrunner for the hardest-hitting, meanest, and most aggressive
contemporary punk act.” - Consequence of Sound
Tour Dates May 08 - Austin, TX - Levitation 2015
May 09 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival May 11 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre** May 12 - Orlando, FL - The Social** May 13 - Birmingham, AL - Work Play** May 14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge** May 19 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird** May 20 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall May 21 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry** May 22 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry** May 23 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon** May 26 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom** May 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg** May 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club** May 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer** May 30 - Boston, MA - Paradise** Jun. 05 - Athens, GR - Plissken Fest Jun. 06 - Thessaloniki, GR - Plissken Fest Jun. 07 - Skopje, MK - Zdravo Mladi Festival Jun. 16 - London, UK - Underworld^^ Jun. 17 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Rotonde^^ Jun. 19 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival Jun. 20 - Scheesel, DE - Hurricane Festival Jun. 21 - Neuhausen ob Eck, DE - Southside Festival Jun. 22 - Leipzig, DE - Taubchenthal Jun. 24 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia Jun. 25 - Cologne, DE - MTC Jun. 27 - Evreux, FR - Le Rock Dans Tous ses Etats Jul. 10 - Montreal, QC - Piccolo Rialto Jul. 12 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial De Quebec Jul. 14 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest Jul. 21 - Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theatre ^ Jul. 22 - Columbus, OH - The Basement ^ Jul. 23 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place ^ Jul. 24 - 26 - Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music & Arts Festival
Jul. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club ! #
Jul. 29 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret ! # Jul. 30 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina ! # Jul 31 - Calgary, AB - The Republik ! # Aug. 01 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room ! # Aug. 03 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre ! # Aug. 04 - Seattle, WA - Neumos ! # Aug. 05 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge ! # Aug. 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series @ Pioneer Park* Aug. 09 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Aug. 11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge ! # Sep. 04 - Larmer Tree Gardens, UK - End of the Road festival Sep. 06 - Dublin, IE - Electric Picnic Sep. 08 - Vienna, AT - Arena Sep. 09 - Zagreb, HR - Culture Factory (Small Room) Sep. 10 - Bologna, IT - Freakout Club Sep. 11 - Rome, IT - INIT Sep. 12 - Milan, IT - Lo Fi Club Sep. 14 - Zurich, CH - Kinski Club Sep. 15 - Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie Sep.17 - Toulouse, FR - Le Metronum Sep. 19 - Madrid, ES - Sala Lemon Sep. 21 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia Sep. 23 - Lyon, FR - Le Transbordeur Sep. 25 - Dusseldorf, DE - Zakk Oct. 16 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Oct. 17 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet Oct. 18 - Oslo, NO - John Dee Oct. 19 - Aarhus, DK - Atlas Oct. 20 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen @ Christiana Oct. 27 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie Oct. 28 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef
* w/ The Kills
** w/ FIDLAR
^ w/ Viet Cong
^^ w/ Bad Breeding
! w/ Big Ups
# w/ Dilly Dally
Selective Listening: Notes from the desk of the General Manager, May 2015
Sub Pop Sea-Tac Gives You So Much More
In a move that inadvertently gave clearance to shameless overuse of flight-related metaphors and jargon both here and elsewhere (but mostly here), on May 1st of last year we at Seattle’s biggest group of fans of Sub Pop Records (aka Sub Pop Records) gave wing to our latest and greatest brazen scheme with the opening of the Sub Pop store at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. And, though we didn’t name it either Sub Pop Rock City or Terminal G (both excellent options), and landed instead on the simpler, more direct “Sub Pop,” this thing has really taken off!
In celebration of this feat, today, May 1st, at noon, the very excellent Hardly Art recording artist S will be performing as a duo for free at the Sub Pop store at Sea-Tac! As you are assuredly already aware, but really only rhetorically so, the following: S is the operational alias of Seattle-based superstar Jenn Ghetto. Cool Choices is the name of the most recent and very good S album, released on Hardly Art in September of 2014. Hardly Art is the younger, thinner, better-looking, and frankly-starting-to-get-a-little-smug-about-all-that sibling label to Sub Pop Records. The Sub Pop store at Sea-Tac is located on the secure side of security near the C Gate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and is open for Business Time from 6 am to 10 pm every g-d day.
But! Before all that (and for a few weeks after - this is a monthly column…), here a few, quick highlights from our first year of retail residence at Sea-Tac…
- Somewhat and even outright famous people, who have recorded for Sub Pop or not have come in to the store and have often allowed us to take their pictures there! People like: Jack White, Elvis Costello, Jemaine Clement, Duff McKagan, Dave Grohl, Courtney Barnett, Tom Douglas, Corin Tucker, Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, Elijah Wood, J Mascis, Nardwuar, and the list goes on, though not much further! Sometimes these people have even bought things from the store!
- In addition to the records, t-shirts, posters, hats and mittens that one might expect from a bona fide, professional record label, we have learned how to make, or affix our logo to, a whole bunch of unlikely stuff! Stuff like: pencils, combs, bags for vomit, pillows for necks, koozies for cans, glasses (both shot and pint), cards (both greeting and post), blankets, beach towels, and that is already way more than enough for illustrative purposes. We’re talking about real airport shit here! But Sub Pop airport shit!
- We now find ourselves fortunate enough to have an extended family of co-workers at Sub Pop at SeaTac who are tirelessly congenial and enthused, and who interact with visitors to the store in a way that speaks way better of us than we likely deserve (even if some large percentage of those visitors have little to no idea what Sub Pop might be). These co-workers are a genuine source of inspiration and pride and we hope that our vampiric attachment does not drain them of these qualities.
- Shocking to no one more than ourselves, we have managed to get and retain alarming security clearances!
I’m headed through Sea-Tac this week on my way to Toronto to see METZ play their two sold-out hometown record release shows, and even though I am only allowed to fly late at night and the store will be closed when I’m there, I will still stop by, loiter around the front of the place, recall fondly the time in April of last year when I passed by the as-yet-to-open shop with my two kids (the younger of whom: “Do you work here now? It’s AWESOME!”) and marvel at the wild improbability of it all.
Minus the part where you recall anything whatsoever about my kids, fondly or otherwise, you should do the same. Maybe buy yourself a comb?
Melbourne’s Deaf Wish will release Pain, their first full-length album for Sub Pop, on CD/LP/DL worldwide August 7th.
The album, featuring the highlights “Eyes Closed,” “On,” “Calypso,” and
the title track, was recorded & produced by the band at Reservoir,
Victoria, mixed by Mikey Young and mastered by April Golden at Golden
Mastering. Pain is the follow up to their label debut, the 4-song St. Vincent’s 7” single, released last October.
You can now listen to “Eyes Closed” via Stereogum, who say the track: ““Eyes
Closed” initiates with the sound of off-white noise, a fragile rumble
that opens the track’s seams and makes room for it to grow into
something much more sinister. The song is an exploration of various
tiers of dreaming consciousness: “I’m not awake, I’ve got my eyes
closed/ I’m sleepwalking, with my eyes closed.”…There’s a certain sense
of spontaneity to this debut single, suggesting that Deaf Wish formulate
their songs in short, sharp moments of inspiration (see song premiere May 12th).”
Pain is now available for preorder from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.com
will receive the limited Loser edition on clear, black marbled vinyl
(while supplies last). There will also be a new T-shirt design,
available individually and as part of a bundle with purchase of the new
About Deaf Wish:
When Deaf Wish found themselves in a room together for the very first
time, they agreed on a guiding philosophy: “Let’s not make anything
that’s going to last. If we’re together for just two shows, then that’s
what it is.”
They’ve deviated some.
Over the course of eight years, the Melbourne foursome—bassist Nick
Pratt, drummer Daniel Twomey and guitarists Sarah Hardiman and Jensen
Tjhung, with each member contributing vocals—have instead amassed one of
rock’s most exhilarating bodies of work, a concise run of wooly
seven-inches and white-knuckle LPs whose legendary live translation has
been most accurately described as “unhinged.” All this despite their
being scattered across multiple continents, with no way of getting to
know one another outside of intermittent touring. “We didn’t really know
what this band was,” Tjhung says. “We had something, but it wasn’t
clear—we had to figure out what that was.”
This year marks the arrival of Pain, the first they’ve written
since coming together again semi-permanently in Melbourne, and their
appropriately titled first full-length for Sub Pop. (Last October’s St. Vincent
EP was their proper Sub Pop debut.) It is a miraculously dissonant,
wonderfully immediate display of Deaf Wish at their mightiest, alive
with the same wild chemistry and sense of possibility that made their
first recordings so vital. With more time together than they’ve ever had
before, they’re found themselves confronted with ideal (yet foreign)
conditions. Two-minute freakouts like “Eyes Closed” share airspace with
the meditate squall of “On” and the guitar-born majesty of “Calypso.”
Everything was captured in three takes or less, in a bleak, nondescript
studio on the lifeless outskirts of Melbourne.
“It’s a simple thing,” Tjhung says of their approach. “Simple takes the
worry out of it. If we try to step it up and go sideways, it just
doesn’t seem to work. But we’ve grown up and been through some shit. To
get to this point you have to bust through a few walls. It’s easy to be
new, and I think, in the end, this is what it is. When you put these
people in the room, it’s Deaf Wish (read bio at Sub Pop).”