psychedelic rock sextet Rose Windows will release their self-titled
second album, the follow up to their acclaimed debut The Sun Dogs, on CD/DL/LP May 4th in Europe and May 5th in North America via Sub Pop. Rose Windows,
featuring the highlights “Glory, Glory,” “Strip Mall Babylon,” and
“Blind,” 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 listen to heavy rocker “Glory,
Glory” via Consequence of Sound.
Preorders for Rose Windows are available 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” (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
CoS had this to say, “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 (see news story February 9th).”
Rose Windows have scheduled a few headlining & festival dates in support of the release: February 20th in Seattle at Neumos; February 21st in Bainbridge Island, WA at Rolling Bay Hall; May 8th
in Austin, TX for Austin Psych Fest’s Levitation 2015; And Memorial Day
Weekend in George, WA for Sasquatch Festival. Please find a complete
list of tour dates below.
About Rose Windows:
Chris Cheveyo abandoned the finalized recording of his heavy
instrumental post-rock band towards the end of 2010, it wasn’t out of a
general cynicism towards expansive, heady music. There was just
something about that specific palette of tones and the cut-and-dry
melodrama of the songwriting that wasn’t satisfying anymore. So he
culled his old habits and made a fresh start with Rose Windows, a
Seattle-based sextet that drew upon everything from American folk to
West Saharan guitar rock, from pentatonic proto-metal to traditional
Persian music, from the darker corners of California’s early psych scene
to the hazy atmospherics of contemporary drone artists.
was a risky era for this sort of bold new venture—there was a lot of
talk of austerity in 2010. People were upside-down on their mortgages.
Gas prices were high. Not surprisingly, many of the new musicians of the
Great Recession were solo bedroom artists, laptop producers, and lo-fi
aficionados. It was a time to think small and live within one’s means.
It was an inopportune time to create the kind of lavish, orchestral,
spacious records that came out of the peak of album-oriented rock radio
of the ‘70s. And yet that’s the kind of record Rose Windows made in the
fall of 2011. Their debut album, The Sun Dogs, was a brave
record—exploratory, diverse, and lush. It didn’t fit in with the
escapist pulse of indie dance music, or the retrograde scuzz of garage
rock, or the bucolic nostalgia of the breezy new folk scene. The Sun Dogs,
with it’s bluesy dirge, exotic scales, and majestic sprawl, didn’t
quite fit it anywhere. Yet its theme of “the everyday blues that
capitalism and its hit man, religion, bring on all of us” was certainly
apropos of the time (read more at Sub Pop).
Special Apology in Advance for Valentine’s 2015!
Between now and February 12th, anyone who orders Danny Bland and Greg Dulli’s I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do AND makes a $25 or greater donation to the very worthy MusiCares organization, will receive a copy of the book with a
personalized, original haiku written by Mr. Danny Bland himself,
inscribed by hand into this same book’s endpapers by this same D. Bland.
This personalized haiku could be about you or about some friend, loved
one or enemy (present, former or future)! It is your choice! You have
only to provide us with some descriptive insight into the person about
whom this haiku will be writ. Please provide this descriptive
information and your invoice number from your MusiCares donation in the
comments field at checkout.
Clearly, this is the best Valentine’s Day gift idea to come along perhaps ever.
Here’s where you can make a donation to MusiCares:
And here is where you can order I Apologize…
yes, we did a very similar if not identical promotional thing during
the holidays. Poetry is just too fitting for Valentine’s Day for us to
pass up the opportunity to try again!
We’re a bunch of romantics here at Sub Pop HQ, but like a jilted lover, if you screw us over, our love quickly turns into a viscous pail of blackened hatred that we’ll threaten to fill your lungs with. We decided to make a Valentine’s Day playlist that reflects this romantic insanity. We think you’ll enjoy it!
Spotify: Love U / Hate U
THEESatisfaction dropped the title track to their upcoming full-length, EarthEE, out February 24th on Sub Pop, and it can be described as a smooth ride in a deep groove. The song features THEESat labelmates and fellow Seattle hip hop stalwarts, Shabazz Palaces and Porter Ray. Pick up the duo’s amazing Sub Pop sophomore record, EarthEE right here.
Pop will release feedtime’s “flatiron” b/w “stick up jack” single, the
Australian group’s first new recorded material in 20 years, on 7” / DL
worldwide February 9th/10th.
After reforming and touring in support of the Aberrant years,
2012’s box-set collection of feedtime’s early material, the band
couldn’t help but bang out a couple of new songs. “flatiron” is a
shuffling blues-punk thumper that stands up to the most classic feedtime
songs, and “stick up jack” is an uptempo one-chord wonder akin to Wire
playing a cowboy bar. Both tracks were recorded by Mikey Young (Total
Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring) in 2014.
Mess and Noise
says, ““flatiron” has everything we expect from feedtime: gnashing
slide guitar, a rail-jumping bass hook, choppy drums and terse vocals.”
Meanwhile Brooklyn Vegan had this to say, “Age doesn’t seem to have mellowed the band at all, as both songs are raspy-voiced ragers.”
You can now preorder “flatiron” b/w “stick up jack” through the Sub Pop Mega Mart. The single will also be available digitally next week via megamart.subpop.com, iTunes and Amazon.