News from 7/2013

WED, JUL 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Sub Pop Silver Jubilee & The People Who Helped Make It Possible


We are just a few very short days away from the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee, a self-congratulatory 25th Anniversary music festival in which we, Sub Pop Records, showcase of live performances from a dynasty-spanning group of artists either on, or associated with Sub Pop and invite anyone and everyone to attend free of charge. But taking over the entirety of a major metropolitan neighborhood for a full day is exceedingly difficult and costly, and we couldn’t have done it on our own. We enlisted the help of A LOT of friends, to which we are endlessly grateful. We also received crucial support from several businesses who have been great partners and friends throughout the entire process of putting together this festival. We couldn’t have done this without the massive help from the fine people at Nordstrom, Uber, Jones Soda Co., Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, and Red Bull Sound Select. Thank you all from the bottom of our grateful hearts.

A full list of our Silver Jubilee partners as well as a full run-down of events can be found here.

MON, JUL 29, 2013 at 4:31 AM

Washed Out Ice Cream Flavor, DJ Sets, Pool Parties, and ‘Paracosm’ Listening Party


Washed Out have scheduled a few very special Paracosm pre-release events to be held in Brooklyn and New York this week.

On Friday, August 2nd, Brooklyn ice cream artisans OddFellows will premiere their exclusive collaboration with Washed Out for their new “Paracosm” flavor. A first of it’s kind, Washed Out and Odd Fellows worked together to create a homemade rose-tinged raspberry ice cream that will be given to fans free from 4-8pm. Washed Out’s Ernest Greene will be on hand for the launch, and Paracosm (the album) will be played in the store throughout the day. Exclusive Washed Out merchandise will also be available in the store. No RSVP necessary. Odd Fellows is located at 175 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249.

On Sunday, August 4th, Ernest will perform a DJ set at his inaugural Washed Out Pool Party, at Manhattan’s Thompson LES Hotel. The party will run 2-8pm, is free to fans via RSVP, and will feature opening DJ sets by Chrome Sparks, Small Black, and Lemonade. For more details on how to RSVP for the event, click here.

Washed Out will release Paracosm, the follow up to his critically-acclaimed debut album, Within and, on CD, LP and digitally on August 12th in UK & Europe via Weird World and in North America on August 13th via our fine label, Sub Pop Records (and t-shirts!). “Paracosm”, led by the singles “It All Feels Right,” “Don’t Give Up” and “All I Know”, was recorded by Ernest Greene with returning producer Ben Allen in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia.

Pre-order Paracosm on CD and on the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition LP here.

TUE, JUL 9, 2013 at 7:23 AM

The New Sub Pop iTunes Store!


The Sub Pop iTunes Store, located virtually at, is more of a store within a store than a stand alone Sub Pop store, but still, pretty cool! Read the press release below to learn about the iTunes remasters, digital reissues of long out-of-print singles, and a MASSIVE Sub Pop compilation. It’s all very exciting for us!

Press Release:

In honor of Sub Pop’s 25th Anniversary, Sub Pop and iTunes today are pleased to announce The label store features: classic albums from Nirvana, The Postal Service, Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Washed Out, The Head and the Heart and more, mastered for iTunes ensuring the music is delivered to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers and producers had intended.

There are also five singles previously unavailable digitally from The White Stripes, Iron and Wine, The Black Lips, Stereolab and Lower Dens. These much sought after singles were previously only available as limited edition 7" singles.

The 101 track Sub Pop 101 collection is also available, featuring key songs from the labels history including hits, staff favorites, and overlooked gems. Additionally, you will find complete collections from Fleet Foxes and Flight of the Conchords available as one product. The Flight of the Conchords collection also includes the previously unavailable track “Albi the Racist Dragon.”

20 Classic Albums Mastered for iTunes
Afghan Whigs – Congregation
Band of Horses – Everything All the Time
Beach House – Bloom
Blitzen Trapper – Furr
Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords
Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
J Mascis – Several Shades of Why
Nirvana – Bleach
No Age – Nouns
The Postal Service – Give Up
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary
The Head and the Heart – The Head and the Heart
The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
Washed Out – Within and Without

Previously Unavailable Singles
The White Stripes – “Party of Special Things To Do”
The Black Lips – “Disconnect”
Iron and Wine – “Call Your Boys”
Stereolab – “Lo Boob Oscillator”
Lower Dens – “Deer Knives”

Sub Pop 101
A-Frames – “Eva Braun”
Afghan Whigs – “Rebirth of Cool”
Band of Horses – “The Funeral”
Beach House – “Myth”
Beachwood Sparks – “By Your Side”
Black Lips – “Disconnect”
Blitzen Trapper – “Black River Killer”
Chad VanGaalen – “Willow Tree”
Cocorosie – “Lemonade”
Codeine – “Sea”
Comets on Fire – “Sour Smoke”
Constantines – “Arizona”
CSS – “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex”
Damian Jurado – “Ohio”
Daughn Gibson – “Kissin on the Blacktop”
David Cross – “My Child Is Enthralling”
Dntel – “The Dream of Evan and Chan”
Dum Dum Girls – “Coming Down”
Dwarves – “Drug Store”
Earth – “Tallahassee”
Elevator to Hell – “Three More Weeks”
Eric Matthews – “Fanfare”
Eric’s Trip – “Behind the Garage”
Fastbacks – “Gone to the Moon”
Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
feedtime – “rocknroll”
Fleet Foxes – “Mykonos”
Flight of the Conchords – “Hiphopopotamus Vs Rhymenoceros”
Foals – “Spanish Sahara”
Fruit Bats – “When You Love Somebody”
Goat – “Dreambuilding”
Godheadsilo – “Relationshit”
Green River – “Queen Bitch”
Handsome Furs- “All We Want, Baby, Is Everything”
Hot Hot Heat – “Bandages”
Husky – “History’s Door”
Iron & Wine – “Naked As We Came”
J Mascis – “Not Enough”
Jermey Enigk – “Explain”
Kelley Stoltz – “Prank Calls”
King Tuff – “Bad Thing”
Kinski – “Semaphore”
L7 – “Shove”
Low – “Walk into the Sea”
Lower Dens – “Track A”
Mark Lanegan – “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”
Mark Sultan – “Hold On”
Mogwai – “Mexican Grand Prix”
Mudhoney – “Touch Me I’m Sick”
Niki and the Dove – “DJ Ease My Mind”
Nirvana – “Love Buzz”
No Age – “Fever Dreaming”
Obits – “Widow of My Dreams”
Patton Oswalt – “You Are Allowed 20 Birthday Parties”
Peaking Lights – “Subterranean Blowout”
Pernice Brothers – “Chicken Wire”
Pigeonhead – “Battleflag”
Pissed Jeans – “False Jesii Part 2”
Radio Birdman – “Aloha, Steve and Dano”
Red House Painters – “Smokey”
Red Red Meat – “Gauze”
Reverend Horton Heat – “Psychobilly Freakout”
Rogue Wave – “Eyes”
Rose Windows – “Native Dreams”
Sebadoh – “Skull”
Shabazz Palaces – “Swerve…The reeping of all that is worthwhile”
Shearwater – “You As You Were”
Six Finger Satellite – “Bad Aptitude”
Sleater Kinney – “Jumpers”
Still Corners – “Fireflies”
Sunny Day Real Estate – “Seven”
Survival Knife – “Traces of Me”
Tad – “Jinx”
The Album Leaf – “Twentytwofourteen”
The Baptist Generals – “Broken Glass”
The Go – “Keep on Trash”
The Grifters – “Parting Shot”
The Gutter Twins – “God’s Children”
The Head and the Heart – “Lost in My Mind”
The Helio Sequence – “Lately”
The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Birthday”
The Murder City Devils – “Press Gang”
The Rapture – “Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks”
The Ruby Suns – “In Real Life”
Scud Mountain Boys – “In a Ditch”
The Shins – “New Slang”
Six Finger Satellite – “Coke and Mirrors”
The Spinanes – “Noel, Jonah and Me”
The Supersuckers – “Coattail Riders”
The Thermals – “A Pillar of Salt”
The Vaselines – “Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam”
Total Control – “Scene From a Marriage”
Twilight Singers – “On the Corners”
Ugly Casanova – “Barnacles”
Velocity Girl – “Sorry Again”
Vetiver – “The Rolling Sea”
Washed Out – “Amor Fati”
White Stripes – “Party of Special Things To Do”
Wolf Eyes – “Stabbed in the Face”
Wolf Parade – “I’ll Believe in Anything”
Wooden Shjips – “Time for Dreamin’”
Zumpano – “The Party Rages On”
2 Complete Collections
Fleet Foxes (Sun Giant EP, Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues)
Flight of the Conchords (The Distant Future EP, Flight of the Conchords, I Told You I Was Freaky, and “Pencils in the Wind” single)

MON, JUL 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM

The Head & The Heart’s ‘Let’s Be Still’ out 10/15 + Fall Tour


Today brings huge news for fans The Head & The Heart. When October 15th, 2013 finally rolls around, it will bring along the second THATH record, Let’s Be Still, the long-awaited follow-up to their 2011 debut, The Head & The Heart! The band will also be setting forth on an American tour this fall, with the dates outlined below. Stay tuned for pre-order info!

Fall Tour Dates:
10/21/13 Mon ASHEVILLE, NC TBA @ Orange Peel
10/22/13 Tue ST. LOUIS, MO @ The Pageant^
10/25/13 Fri CHICAGO, IL @ Riviera Theatre #^
10/26/13 Sat MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ First Avenue #^
10/27/13 Sun MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ First Avenue #^
10/28/13 Mon MADISON, WI @ Orpheum #^
10/29/13 Tue ROYAL OAK, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre*^
10/31/13 Thu TORONTO, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall*^
11/01/13 Fri BOSTON, MA @ Royale
11/02/13 Sat BOSTON, MA @ Royale
11/04/13 Mon WASHINGTON, DC @ 9:30 Club#^
11/05/13 Tue NEW YORK, NY @ Terminal 5^
11/06/13 Wed NEW YORK, NY @ Webster Hall
11/08/13 Fri PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Union Transfer#^
11/09/13 Sat PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Union Transfer#^
11/10/13 Sun RALEIGH, NC @ The Ritz Theatre#^
11/12/13 Tue ATLANTA, GA @ Buckhead Theatre#^
11/13/13 Wed NEW ORLEANS, LA @ Tipitina’s#^
11/14/13 Thu HOUSTON, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom#^
11/15/13 Fri DALLAS, TX @ South Side Ballroom^
11/16/13 Sat AUSTIN, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ^
11/17/13 Sun AUSTIN, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ^

  1. With Thao and The Get Down Stay Down
    ^ With Quiet Life

FRI, JUL 5, 2013 at 4:22 AM

New Sub Pop Merch: A Veritable Bonanza of Purchase Opportunity


Knowing our propensity for forever loudly promoting about ourselves, you are likely all too aware that we’ve temporarily opened a very physical, offline, Sub Pop Mega Mart in Seattle, WA. The purpose of this very tangible, not at all online business arm of the Sub Pop empire is twofold: Fold 1) To sell you the things we sell; Fold 2) To promote the fact that we are celebrating 25 (consecutive!) years of business with a FREE festival we’re calling The Sub Pop Silver Jubilee taking place in Georgetown on July 13th in the very same Seattle neighborhood as the temporary Mega Mart.

We thought it best create an entirely new crop of Sub Pop gear to make available because, how many Loser t-shirts can we ask any one person own (the answer to that seemingly rhetorical question is two: here and here)? We asked our merch department to get to work, and what they came back with was an inspired group of new Sub Pop merchandise ripe and ready for commerce. We now have baseball hat options, Sub Pop 45 adapters, sharp lapel pins, key concierges, Loser sunglasses, button packs, and a dynamic mug duo mug set. It’s all a little overwhelming given that we haven’t expanded our Sub Pop merchandise offerings much in the past decade or so, so please pardon us if we’re overly exuberant about all of this new, and must-have (for us Sub Pop employees, at least) stuff.

In addition to the recently mentioned things we’re now selling online, we have other new offerings that are currently only at the temporary Mega Mart in Georgetown that we are either keeping exclusive there until after the Silver Jubilee on July 13th, or are too cumbersome to ship to you safely if sold online. So, if you’re in Seattle and you want to check out all of these new Sub Pop wares in person, head down to Georgetown and pop in—say hi to Tim, our shopkeep, pick up some relatively rare Sub Pop vinyl, and check out all of the new stuff. We’re open Thursday-Saturday 12-8, and Sunday 12-6.

If you’re not able to visit the Mega Mart in person, take a virtual look at these fine new Sub Pop, uh, things.

Sub Pop lapel pin

Loser sunglasses

Sub Pop mug set

Sub Pop key chain

Assorted button pack

Loser 5-panel hat

Gray Loser baseball hat

Sub Pop baseball hat

Sub Pop 45 adapter packs