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News from 4/2014

NEWS : TUE, APR 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear Chad VanGaalen’s Transformative New Song, “Monster”

Sub Pop’s patron saint of weird, Chad VanGaalen, has a new record coming out on April 29th. It’s called Shrink Dust, and it’s predictably close to/if not perfect and also very weird (Chad’s nothing if not consistent–hear his other records for proof). If I were you, I’d do me (you) a real solid and take a quick three minute break from what I’m (you’re) doing and listen to “Monster” now in the embedded player.

If you pre-order Shrink Dust from us here at Subpop.com, you will receive a free booklet featuring a bunch of original drawings by Chad of characters doing frisbee moves from the science fiction movie he’s been making and of which this album draws it’s inspiration from. Loser Edition vinyl is now sold out!



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Store In SeaTac Airport Opens May 1st (no fooling)

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Today, Tuesday April 1st marks Sub Pop Records’ 26th anniversary, and we’re celebrating by announcing our latest endeavor, the grand opening of the new Sub Pop retail store at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington!

The Sub Pop retail store will have something for everyone, featuring a variety of Sub Pop-related merchandise including music, apparel, books, special travel items, art and more.  Perfect for last minute mementos or to create a tuneful travel experience. The store’s general manager, Julie Butterfield, says of the outlet, “The fine folks at the Port of Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport are dedicated to expanding the local flavor and culture at the airport. There are already great local businesses in place and we are so excited to join the family.”

The Sub Pop retail store is scheduled to open May 1st, and will be located in the Central Terminal near the entrance to concourse C. The store will be open 365 days a year, with hours of operation from 6 a.m.- 10 p.m.  

Sub Pop is proud to be a part of Sea-Tac’s award-winning Dining & Retail program, which focuses on providing the traveling public and airport employees with shops, restaurants and services that exceed their expectations for customer service, quality, variety, affordability and that reflect a Pacific Northwest sense-of-place.  The program includes well-known national brand names as well as local favorites to meet a variety of needs and tastes.

Additionally, Sub Pop takes pride in its role as a member of the Pacific Northwest music community. Our vision is to help nurture and support artistic expression and creativity that we believe makes it extraordinary. The private/public partnership and effort between Sea-Tac Airport, the Seattle Music Commission, and PlayNetwork, and its comprehensive program to enhance the traveler’s experience through exposure to the diverse variety of musical artists from within the community, is on par with this vision. The program includes overhead music in common areas, a program of live artist performances in the terminal, artist- recorded overhead announcements, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, APR 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Stream The Afghan Whigs’ ‘Do to the Beast’ Now!

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The Afghan Whigs’ first full-length record in 16 years, Do to the Beast, comes out in just one week, and if you can’t wait another week, JUST ONE MORE G-D WEEK, we can completely sympathize. Thankfully, the good folks over at NPR Music have made it so you don’t have to wait another second–16 years is, in fact, long enough. Click HERE, to listen to the Do to the Beast, perhaps The Aghan Whigs best, if not most anticipated, record ever. And, I’d be doing a terrible job if I failed to mention that that’s not the only way to stream ALL of D2TB, if you pre-order the CD, LP, or digital version of the record from Sub Pop, you’ll automatically receive a link to immediately listen to the record.

One more time:

Listen to Do to the Beast via NPR Music’s First Listen here.

Pre-order Do to the Beast on CD/LP/DG here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s 2014 Loser Scholarship Details!

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SUB POP RECORDS IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2014 LOSER SCHOLARSHIP 

Each year since 2007 Sub Pop Records has offered financial assistance to three lucky high school seniors from the Pacific Northwest through our infamous LOSER Scholarship. And, we are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2014 Sub Pop LOSER Scholarship. There are three scholarships available—one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000. To apply for these scholarships you must be a resident of Washington or Oregon, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for an applicant who is involved and interested in music or the creative arts in some way.

To apply for these scholarships please submit an essay, no longer than one page, on one or more of the following topics:

What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
How and why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?
What are your influences and who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send digital links or provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay (we have never had a winner who submitted only an essay). However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above. The deadline for applications is May 8th, 2014

Please send all submissions and attachments to scholarship@subpop.com by May 8th, 2014. We will announce the scholarship winners on May 22nd, 2014.

All physical submissions should be sent to:

Sub Pop Records
Attn: Scholarship
2013 4th Ave., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121

Amount: $7,000 / $5,000 / $3,000. Checks will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to tuition.

Good luck, losers!


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, APR 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Founders Out On the Street – This Time For Good

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Yesterday, thanks entirely to our friends and fellow Seattleittes the Nordstrom family, Sub Pop co-founders, Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, were immortalized on the streets of downtown Seattle (specifically these streets: 6th and Pine) on the Nordstrom Walk of Fame–the PNW version of the Hollywood Star Walk. Jonathan Poneman articulated his surprise at receiving the honor with a traditionally Sub Pop twist saying, “I never thought that anyone would foot the bill just to have us on the street”. Well, JP, Nordstrom proved that if you spend 26 years putting out great records by great artists, doing good on local and international levels, and maintaining an unflappable sense of self deprecation, your efforts will be rewarded with your very own sidewalk square–or, more accurately, a sidewalk square that you have to share with your partner, Bruce Pavitt–which is still pretty cool, I guess.

The unveiling of the Sub Pop Walk of Fame square was followed by a short yet characteristically great performance by The Helio Sequence in Nordstrom’s display window, which, if you haven’t been by there, is currently dedicated to yours truly (Sub Pop, not me personally). If you find yourself in downtown Seattle, stop by Nordstrom’s 6th and Pine window and play with the interactive Sub Pop display, it’s really cool. As always, we’re eternally grateful to the folks at Nordstrom for showing us (and the rest of the Seattle music world) so much love over the years.

Watch Pete Nordstrom, Jonathan Poneman, and Bruce Pavitt talk into a microphone about all of this business.













Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, APR 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Lyla Foy: New Live Video + Tour News

Lyla Foy’s beautiful debut, Mirrors the Sky, was released about a month ago to an awful lot of well deserved critical acclaim, and she’s about to embark on an extensive tour, including a first trip through the good old U. S. of A. Watch this brand new live performance of the album track, “Impossible”, and see Lyla on tour. 

Pick up Mirrors the Sky from Sub Pop here.

Lyla Foy on Tour:

Apr. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**

Apr. 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall**

Apr. 20 - Chicago, IL - Schubas**

Apr. 21 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ark**

Apr. 22 - Columbus, OH - Basement**

Apr. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Winery

Apr. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC**

Apr. 25 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939**

Apr. 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy**

May 01 - Liverpool, UK - Sound City Festival @ Tea Leaf Shop

May 03 - Leeds, UK - Live at Leeds Festival @ Leeds College of Music

May 04 - Killkenny, IE- Killkenny Roots Festival @ Cleeres

May 05 - Killkenny, IE - Killkenny Roots Festival @ Pumphouse

May 09 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape Festival @ Unitarian Church

May 25 - Brussells, BE - Botanique Grand Salon / Nuits Botanique*

May 28 - Paris, FR - Cafe de la Danse*

May 29 - Luzern, CH - Schuur

Jun. 01 - Koln, DE - Studio 672*

Jun. 02 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub*

Jun. 03 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet*

Jun. 05 - London, UK - Koko*

Jun. 21 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret

Jun. 27 - Norje, SE - Bravalla Festival

Jul. 27 - North Yorkshire, UK - Deer Shed Festival

Aug. 01 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival (Sub Pop Stage)

Aug. 29 - Cambridge, UK - Lodestar Festival

Aug. 30-31 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival

* w/ Sharon Van Etten

** w/ Wake Owl



Posted by Sam Sawyer