About Sub Pop

Founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in 1988, Sub Pop Records is a medium-sized independent record label based in Seattle, WA. With early releases by Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and TAD, the label is often associated with something called “the grunge movement.” Exploitation of this association has frequently proven financially fruitful. Later years saw record album releases from such moderately-to-somewhat-well-known artists as: Sebadoh, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Murder City DevilsThe Shins, Iron and Wine, The Postal Service, Band of HorsesFlight of the Conchords, Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Washed Out, Shabazz PalacesThe Head and the Heart, and Father John Misty, among many other very talented and deserving artists whose managers will be contacting us shortly about inclusion in the preceding list. Of course, the label is perhaps best known for unintentionally ending the recording careers of such longstanding and excellent bands as Dead Moon and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Sub Pop Records employs somewhere between 37 and 45 people, most of whom work in our World Headquarters in Seattle. It is our intent to market and sell the recorded music (and related merchandise) of artists whose music some shifting definition of “we” really and truly love. We mean to represent these artists as faithfully and diligently as possible and hold out hope that this is enough for us to remain solvent in the face of the well-documented collapse of the music industry at large. We also enjoy laughter, good times and the company of friends.