Rose Windows’ stunning debut record The Sun Dogs is only a week old today and yet they already have their first music video in the can. As with the album, the video leaves no room for disappointment. See for yourself in the embed.
Rose Windows’ The Sun Dogs, their debut record, comes out June 25th on Sub Pop, and if ‘Native Dreams’, the lead off track from the record, is any indication (it is), this is going to be a very memorable debut record. Watch the mystical album trailer that accompanies the blog post to get a stylistic preview of what The Sun Dogs and Rose Windows are all about.
If you pre-order The Sun Dogs on CD or LP from SubPop.com, you’ll receive a Rose Windows patch with your order! Also worth noting, pre-orders of the LP will receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record. These things are governed by a while supplies last type of law, so order soon to ensure your obtainment of such wonderful things.
Are you by chance heading down to South By Southwest this year? ?? (Was your answer “yes” to that question? If so, read on, if it was “no”, see the below*)?? That’s crazy, because us too! Well, some of us are. The “us” to which I am referring are the collective “us” that is comprised of the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. There will be other Sub Pop employees there, but they won’t be playing shows, so they don’t really matter too much in the context of this blog post(though I’m certain that if you found one, they’d definitely buy you a drink or your choosing). Since you are going to SXSW, why not take a minute to acquaint/reacquaint yourself with the aforementioned bands through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year.” I think you’ll be impressed.
*That’s crazy, because neither are we! Well, some of “we” aren’t going, but others of us are. The “we” that are going are the always terrific Sub Pop recording artists METZ, Pissed Jeans, Rose Windows, Jaill and King Tuff. And while it is a bit of a bummer that not everyone gets to go down and enjoy warm, sunny Austin to see a lot of very exciting bands do their thing, you can still listen to them from wherever you are (we’re in the very gray city of Seattle not at all bitter that we don’t get to go to balmy Austin to watch a ton of bands) through the magic of this playlist we’re not-so-creatively calling, “The Sub Pop Bands Playing SXSW This Year”, you can listen to these bands as if you are there in person (minus the sun and ice-cold Shiners).
For those of you who are going to SXSW, please refer to the following schedule to catch our bands’ sets.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
3:00 PM – Rose Windows – Fin Records Showcase @ Jackalope
ADDRESS: 404 E 6th Street
4:00 PM – JAILL – Burger Party @ Trailer Space
ADDRESS: 1401 Rosewood Ave.
8:00 PM – JAILL – SXSW @ Hotel Vegas
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
9:00 PM Rose Windows @ Austin Ale House (Seattle Music Showcase)
ADDRESS: 301 West 6th Street
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
3:00 PM – KING TUFF – Converse / Thrasher Party @ Scoot Inn
ADDRESS: 1308 E 4th Street (at Navasota)
4:00 PM – METZ- Brooklyn Vegan @ Old Emos Venue
ADDRESS: 603 Red River St
9:00 PM – JAILL – KVRX Party @ Spider House
ADDRESS: 2906 Fruth Street
9:20-9:50 PM- PISSED JEANS- Pitchfork Showcase
ADDRESS: 1100 Warehouse (1100 E. 5th St. between San Marcos and Waller)
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
12:30 PM- Rose Windows @ Hotel Vegas (IET / Ping Pong PR Day Party)
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
3:00 PM – METZ – Stereogum/Hype Machine @ Hype Hotel
ADDRESS: 301 Brazos St
3:30- JAILL – Goner / IET / Ping Pong Party @ Hotel Vegas
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
3:30 PM – Rose Windows @ Brush Square Park (ZIIBRA Showcase)
ADDRESS: 409 East 5th Street
5:00 pm – KING TUFF – Sailer Jerry / Blundertown Party @ Gypsy Lounge
ADDRESS: 1504 E 6th Street
5:00 pm – METZ – Another Planet Entertainment Party @ Red Eyed Fly
ADDRESS: 715 Red River
8:00 PM- Rose Windows – Blackbox Showcase @ Doc’s Motorworks
ADDRESS: 1123 South Congress Avenue
9:50 – JAILL – Austin Facial Hair @ Grackle
ADDRESS: 1700 E 6th St
10:30 PM – METZ – Filter Magazine / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96
ADDRESS: 96 Rainey Street
11:30 PM – KING TUFF – Filter / Doc Martens Party @ Bar 96
ADDRESS:96 Rainey Street
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
2:00 PM – METZ – The AV Club/Flowerbooking Party @ Mohawk
ADDRESS: 912 Red River
5:00 PM – KING TUFF- Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Emo’s
ADDRESS: 603 Red River St (corner of 6th)
6:00 PM – METZ – Urban Outfitters Back Lot
ADDRESS:2406 Guadalupe St
6:30 PM- Rose Windows – @ Redefine Mag Party @ House of Commons
ADDRESS: 2610 Rio Grande Street
11:00 PM – Rose Windows- Rockin Tomato Pizza Party!
ADDRESS: 3003 South Lamar Blvd
11:45 PM – KING TUFF – Burgermania II @ Hotel Vegas
ADDRESS: 1500 East 6th Street
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
12:00 PM- Rose Windows – SXSW “Hangover” show @ Beerland
ADDRESS: 711 Red River Street
There’s some big news coming out of Sub Pop HQ here in sunny Seattle, WA: we have joined forces with the other-worldly and truly stunning, Rose Windows, a septet also hailing from Seattle. We’re releasing their debut record, The Sun Dogs on June 25th. Listen to the first single from their forthcoming debut, “Native Dreams”, in the widget above.
Still curious? Jump on over to the Rose Windows artist page to learn more.
Sub Pop is very pleased to announce our involvement with this year’s OFF Festival, to be held August 1st-3rd in Katowice, Poland. Now in its 8th year, the lineup features the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deafheaven, Glenn Branca, Fuck Buttons, Loop, Earth, Dean Wareham, Dirty Beaches, Chelsea Wolfe, Perfume Genius, Perfect Pussy and more to be announced.
On Friday, August 1st Sub Pop will curate the Experimental Stage, with a lineup that includes artists from the labels roster, past and present, our sister label Hardly Art, and a few Polish bands. Artists performing include: Wolf Eyes, Rose Windows, clipping., Lyla Foy, Protomartyr, Kaseciarz (Krakow, PL) and Wild Books (Warszawa, PL).
Please find additional information about each of the performers below.
“Choking Flys” (From No Answer - Lower Floors / Destijl)
Some say Rock N Roll will never reach the same primitive raw vein hit of Bo Diddley at his more subhuman lurch, or that no unit could ever scramble the marbles left of what brain-boiling suburban electronic punk outsiders did in the mid-’70s: Whatever you think, there is no denying the homemade nuclear war Wolf Eyes has declared on music. Wolf Eyes was birthed in the shadows of late-’90s Michigan. However, Wolf Eyes has grown beyond a band into a collective mutant ensemble, an art abstraction unit: musicians, print makers, photographers and more, all sharing a primal vision of decoding the wilderness of the humanoid soul using their deep audio arsenals.
“Work Work” feat. Cocc Pistol Cree (From CLPPNG / Sub Pop)
Before the release of clipping.’s debut, 2013’s Midcity, the trio of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson did not expect to find an audience for their abrasive brand of rap music. But since the formation of clipping. and the release of their debut album, the field of commercial music enlarged ever so slightly, making room again for noisier, more adventurous elements in electronic production. Examples of this have been incremental, mere baby steps, so far. And despite clipping.’s insistence that they’re really just making rap— not noise-rap, industrial-rap, or any other mashup genre— their music might be more sonically challenging than that of the punkish rap rockers, lo-fi bedroom producers, and street goth hybridist’s they’ve been lumped with so far. The band will release their Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG, this June.
“Feather Tongue” (From Mirrors the Sky / Sub Pop)
Lyla Foy (formerly known as WALL) released Mirrors the Sky, her Sub Pop debut in March. The London singer and producer specializes in intimate vocals effortlessly intertwined with delicate, emotive instrumentation. The production is an integral part of her writing process, capturing not only the intended notes but also the incidental and accidental sounds that bring the recordings to life and provide endless intrigue. While the patter of keyboards, guitars and pulsing bass lines create a beguiling backdrop, it’s Foy’s sense of melody and turn of phrase that takes centre stage. Subtle nods to classic refrains, mingled with her own inflection, suggest a writer who draws from many different eras, resulting in a sound that is both timeless yet modern.
“Scum Rise” (from Under Color of Official Right / Hardly Art)
Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates — guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson — the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band’s sophomore LP and Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right.
“Heavenly Days” (From The Sun Dogs / Sub Pop)
Rose Windows began in late 2010 in Seattle. On their debut album, The Sun Dogs, the band incorporates elements of The Band, The Doors’ organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s dirges, along with Persian, Indian, and Eastern European music. Rose Windows have toured the West Coast several times, fluidly sharing the stage with underground art-metal bands one night and popular indie Americana acts the next. The Sun Dogs was recorded and produced by Randall Dunn (SunnO))), Boris, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle.
“Oranges & Lemons” (from Wild Books / Instant Classic)
Who said you could only play rootsy, dirty, sunburned rock in Texas or Tennessee? The duo Wild Books proves that you set out from a Polish garage to follow in the footsteps of Jack White and The Black Keys. Wild Books’ self-titled 2014 debut record showcases retro-rock in its whole ass-kicking glory.
“Dance” (from Motörcycle Rock and Roll / Instant Classic)
Three years ago, this guy proved you could be a surfer in southern Poland. This year he’s back with Motörcycle Rock and Roll, a mix of psychedelia, garage, and surf, or as he likes to call it, “garbage rock.” Fortunately the sound quality is inversely proportional to its aesthetic value. Maciej Nowacki’s music will blow your socks off, even though he himself admits that the only reason he got into music in the first place was to prove he was in the arts at parties.
Today’s a very heavy release day for us here at Sub Pop HQ. We’ve got people hustling around the warehouse shipping and receiving, publicists on the horn (industry speak for phone) with press, and metadataists metadataing. Which is to say, it’s a wild scene around here, but one we’ve been preparing for.
First and foremost, clipping., the most disruptive and abrasive yet remarkably welcoming hip hop we’ve ever heard, are making their debut with the nearly eponymous CLPPNG. It’s a collection of disorienting and challenging hip hop tracks that equate to a pretty perfect debut record. Listen to “Body & Blood” in the embedded player for example. Pick up CLPPNG here, or wherever fine records are sold.
Tragically long-out-of-print on the coveted vinyl formatway, Constantines’ Shine A Light is back in record bins wherever you dig for them. There’s still time to get yourself a copy of the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP from us here. But they’re going to go quickly, so order SOON. Listen to the epic ”Young Lions” from the record here.
Rose Windows are back with their single, ”There Is A Light” b/w “Fix Me Another One”, out today digitally, and out soon on 7”. Pick up the 7” single or a two song digital single here. Listen to the beautiful psych dream that is ”There Is A Light”.