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News from 2/2014

TUE, FEB 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THUMPERS’ ‘Galore’ Officially in Brick & Mortar AND Virtual Music Stores!

Putting out a band’s debut record is a proud moment for the (not terribly proud) people of Sub Pop Records, and the London-based band THUMPERS’ debut, Galore, is no exception. Galore is an immediately engrossing, hopelessly catchy record that we’re stoked to stamp with the catalog number SP1062. If you order the record on LP from the Sub Pop Mega Mart, you’ll receive your copy on the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of Galore. This is a classic while-they-last scenario, so order quickly!

Order THUMPERS’ Galore from here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, FEB 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Notwist’s “Kong” Gets a Video Counterpart (Spoiler: It’s MAGICAL)

We’re just about two short weeks from The Notwist’s Sub Pop debut, Close To The Glass, and the band have given us a brand new animated short for the shimmering, propulsive, sonic diamond that is the album track “Kong”. The whole package–perfect song + tediously and endlessly charming animated short–is a wonderful cinematic experience. Be a hero and share it w/ a friend.

If you pre-order Close to the Glass, you will receive a set of small, limited-edition art prints. Speaking of limited-edition, if you pre-order the record on the vinyls, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of Close to the Glass; in this case a 2xLP, one orange and one blue with an etching on the fourth side of the LP (the etching will also be on non-Loser Edition LPs, BTW). And, as is always the case with limited-edition things, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so order now!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, FEB 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Work Here (sorta): Sub Pop Seeks Manager For Sea-Tac Airport Retail Store

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Wut? Yes, this is happening. Sup Pop Records is currently searching for an organized and self-motivating Retail Store Manager for a new store at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which will open in the Spring of 2014. Ideal candidates should have several years of experience running a retail store and should have knowledge of the Sub Pop catalog, Pacific Northwest music, the Seattle music community, and the city of Seattle. Interested? Know anyone? Please pass it along. For a more detailed job description, please read on. Send resumes to


Sub Pop Records is currently searching for an organized and self-motivated Retail Store Manager for a new store
at the Seatle -Tacoma International Airport, opening April 2014.

Responsibilities include:
  • Act as a liaison between the retail store operations, SeaTac Port personnel, and Sub Pop Headquarters.
  • Ensure that retail store operations are aligned with SeaTac operation rules and compliant with strict TSA regulations and restrictions.
  • Schedule employees, assign store responsibilities, monitor work results, and conduct performance
  • Maintain store staff by recruiting, selecting, training, coaching, and correcting employees.
  • Identify current and future customer requirements by establishing rapport with potential and actual customers and other persons in a position to understand industry and location trends.
  • Ensure availability of merchandise by maintaining inventories of the retail store and overstock.
  • Review merchandising activities; determine additional needed sales promotion; authorize pricing adjustments; study trends.
  • Secure merchandise by implementing security systems and measures.
  • Protect employees and customers by providing a safe and clean store environment.
  • Maintain the stability and reputation of the store by complying with legal and operational requirements.
  • Adapt marketing strategy by reviewing sales records by category.
  • Report daily sales and make bank deposits.
  • Contribute to the team retail effort by accomplishing related tasks as needed.

Our ideal candidate will have:
  • Several years of experience running a retail store.
  • Knowledge of the Sub Pop catalog, Pacific Northwest music, the Seattle music community, and the City of
  • A friendly and enthusiastic disposition with customers and staff, and also the ability to effectively manage
  • Strong and clear communication skills.
  • A general understanding of retail Point of Sale systems and the ability to troubleshoot if necessary.
  • The Sub Pop Retail Store will have unusually long hours, generally 6am - 10pm, and will remain open 365 days a year.

Please send a resume to Mary Wood at

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, FEB 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Album + Video From The Afghan Whigs!

A few weeks ago, we got to pleasure ourselves by announcing that The Afghan Whigs would be back in business after a 16+ year hiatus (yes, we were that excited) which was received by applause from you. Well, today, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone shared news of a new record, Do To The Beast, a brand new video for the new album track “Algiers”, and some words that they had with the man himself, Greg Dulli. Watch, read, and join the excitement party about the return of one of the keystone bands in the story of Sub Pop.

Pre-order Do To The Beast here, and receive your vinyl order on the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record, in this case, on white. Oh, and watch the video in the embed!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

COMMERCE : THU, FEB 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Ruby Suns Music Video + Sale!

It’s been what the kids call a hot minute since Ruby Sun’s criminally overlooked January, 2013 record Christopher came out, and with a brand new video for the song “Desert of Pop” having been surprise-turned in by the band, the record is back on our minds and on our collective office record platters. As a mini celebration of the new video, Ruby Suns records sale on the Sub Pop Mega Mart and iTunes! You can bundle all three of Sub Pop’s Ruby Suns CDs or LPs for just $30, or you can pick them up individually for just $10 apiece–that’s some appreciable savings!

Shop the Ruby Suns sale on or at iTunes.

On Spotify, Rdio, or Beats? (Re)Discover The Ruby Suns there!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, FEB 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Makes Record Store Day 2014 Worth Living

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Record Store Day 2014 is a mere 51 days away according to the official countdown over at, and with the popularity of vinyl ever increasing, there are more Record Store Day exclusives in 2014 to sift through than ever before. This means one or two of the following things: 1) You are going to spend MUCH MORE money than last year; and/or 2) It’s going to be tough to stick out in crowded record bins full of limited-edition, Record Store Day-only releases. Well, we here at Sub Pop HQ read the tea leaves, studied the data points, and decided early on that we were going to have to do something really special to stand out this year. We went to work, trimmed the fat, and got our release list to the four most exciting, collectable, sonically pleasing, limited-edition Sub Pop Record Store Day Releases ever. To get a full appreciation of what I’m bullshitting so eloquently about, see below. We’ll see you at your local independent record retailer at four in the morning on April 19th. You bring the coffee. And the donuts.

Mudhoney On Top:  KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP: In 2013 both Mudhoney and Sub Pop turned 25, and, in celebration of this milestone, the band performed on the actual roof of Seattle’s iconic and also very tall Space Needle. Due to space limitations up on top, and the obvious safety issues involved, only about 13 people were able to bear witness to this performance (and you can hear each of them, clapping individually between songs). Our friends at KEXP recorded and broadcast this monumentally historic event, and this limited-edition vinyl LP preserves it for eternity. Limited to 2,700 copies worldwide.

Pissed Jeans The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP: Here are four live-in-the-studio tracks that (finally!) give meaning and validation to Sub Pop’s existence. This historic platter is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, and these versions of the tracks are exclusive to this release.

Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single: This single features four new tracks from the Calgary artist’s vault of unheard music. Exactly none of these tracks appear on Chad’s forthcoming album, Shrink Dust (out 4/29 on Sub Pop!). The dare-we-say incredible cover art is by Chad himself. Limited to 2,300 copies worldwide.

The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single: “Run Run Run” is from the band’s just-released album, Close to the Glass, and this single also includes three more, unreleased tracks: one new song, and two exclusive remixes of “Run Run Run.” Both sides of the record feature a special double groove, with each parallel groove containing a different song. Limited to 1,900 copies worldwide.

Posted by Sam Sawyer