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NEWS : TUE, MAY 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Rose Windows’ Self-Titled, and Sadly, Final Record Out Now

Rose 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 Singers).

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 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

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, MAY 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Selective Listening: Notes from the desk of the General Manager… (May 2015)

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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?

Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : MON, MAY 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

METZ’s ‘II’ Out Now - See the New Video for “The Swimmer”

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,, 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

“The 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

“With II, 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

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, APR 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Hear a New Track from Daughn Gibson’s ‘Carnation’ - Out June 2nd

You can now listen to Daughn Gibson’s “It Wants Everything,” a new offering to from Carnation, his forthcoming album.  The Line Of Best Fit says of the track, “It’s a slinky, sizzling piece of Southern Gothic cowboy-pop: whiskey-soaked guitars slither through rattlesnake rhythms and Gibson’s inimitable baritone croon - imagine if Ian Curtis was raised in Louisiana. It’s a subtle track, never wavering into over-cooked pastiche, instead slowly bubbling up and over the pan… although overtly sinister, Gibson’s new single is indescribably erotic. This is Carnation’s bad boy, dressed in leather and smouldering in your ears (see song premiere April 30th).”

Daughn Gibson’s third record, Carnation, is out June 2nd on your (presumably) favorite Seattle record label, Sub Pop. Pre-order here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, APR 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop to release Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts worldwide on July 24th

Sub Pop will release Subjective Concepts, the full-length debut by Strange Wilds, on CD/LP/DL worldwide on Friday July 24th. The album, featuring the highlights “Pronoia,” “Disdain,” and “Egophillia,” was recorded & produced by the band and Jackson Long at Robert Lang Studios, mixed by Long at Hear Me Shimmer, and mastered at RFI, all located in Seattle, Washington. Subjective Concepts follows the band’s Wet EP on Inimical Records (2014), and “Standing”  7” single (2015), also available now from Sub Pop.
Stereogum premiered Subjective Concepts lead single “Pronoia,” and had this to say: “First single “Pronoia” toggles between a coiled-snake groove and the kind of full scream-along ferocity that makes you want to thrash around in a small, dark room with a bunch of sweaty strangers. This is noisy, heavy, grimy music, and it’s great
 (see April 28th premiere).”
Preorders for Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts are now available from Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of Subjective Concepts from will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on white vinyl, with a limited-edition poster. There will also be a new T-shirt design available individually and as part of a bundle with the new record.

About Strange Wilds:
Strange Wilds is a musical power-trio from Olympia, Washington.

There are three members: Allen, who plays drums; Sean, who plays bass; and Steven, who sings and plays the guitar. There is also a freight train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific doom-and-gloom up in the mix.

The group formed in 2012, when Steven met Sean while Sean’s band from Boise was playing a gig in a house where Steven lived. They became friends, and several months later Steven called Sean, who had just relocated to Olympia for college, to form the band. They were called Wet, and gigged around the West Coast as a four-piece. Allen was added as a full-time member in 2014 after a line-up change, and the band changed its name to Strange Wilds to release a 4-song EP and tour immediately. Sub Pop came calling, and signed the band last fall. The band is now set to release its full-length debut, Subjective Concepts, this summer.

Strange Wilds slays with the hellish fury of the Northwest hardcore scene’s best, the heavenly scuzz of a Bleach-era Nirvana, and the purgatorial punishment of Touch & Go post-rock meets Devo’s de-evolution machine. The 11 songs here bleed with the hybrid DNA of Seattle’s past and future, disparate scenes fused together with sneering menace and intelligent fury in equal shares
 (read more at Sub Pop).

Strange Wilds
Subjective Concepts
1. Pronoia
2. Starved For
3. Autothysis
4. Don’t Have To
5. Egophillia
6. Oneirophobe
7. Disdain
8. Pareidolia
9. Terrible
10. Lost and Found
11. Outercourse

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, APR 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Loves Amazon’s love of Seattle Almost as Much as We Love Seattle Itself

Seattle, our home: there sure are a lot of great things about it! Arguably two of the very best are local industry thought leaders Sub Pop Records and Amazon(dotcom). The recent discovery of a not-altogether-recent video for prospective Amazon employees had the staff at Sub Pop Records newly excited about being new in Seattle, all over again. Because we felt they left a few things out, we made this companion version (at what, we imagine and we’re sure you’ll be able to tell, was a tiny fraction of the cost) to welcome all newcomers to our wonderful city . We at Sub Pop Records love Amazon’s love of Seattle almost as much as we love Seattle itself: and it shows.

Posted by Sam Sawyer