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News from 5/2014

NEWS : THU, MAY 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Loser Scholarship Winners Announced!

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MASSIVE thank yous and good lucks to everyone who applied for the 2014 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. We received applications from hundreds of extremely worthy PNW-based high school seniors who are involved in the arts, which gave us a feeling of hope for the future of humanity, something we had little of beforehand. Pouring over all of the applicants’ essays and works of art was a colossal undertaking, but ultimately, we have chosen the winners. So without further ado, here are your Losers….

Landyn Pan - 1st Place LOSER
From Bothell, WA

Landyn RULES. He creates political photography and infographics, or in his words “conceptual pieces surrounding topics like women’s reproductive rights, current/contemporary racism, governmental corruption, and body image vs societal expectations.” In addition to creating thought provoking artwork, he is engaged in an array of LGBTQ activism from running his high school’s Gay Straight Alliance to offering up his graphic design skills for the Trans Student Equality Resources non-profit.

Examples of Landyn’s artwork can be found here.

Ryan Mangione-Smith - 2nd Place LOSER
All of us in the Loser Scholarship committee felt like Ryan really got what Sub Pop’s Loser Scholarship is all about. He’s not only a musician in rad band Thee Samedi, but he worked countless hours fostering his community as an intern at Ground Zero, a DIY all ages venue in Bellevue and volunteered many hours to increasing awareness about the LGBTQ community, at Lambert House and various other venues.

Check out Ryan’s band, Thee Samedi.

Claire Wong - 3rd Place LOSER

Claire wowed us with the diversity of her portfolio–from photography to installation work–much of which she has displayed at the Bellevue Arts Museum as well as other galleries. We were also charmed to death by her all-girl punk band, meimei. In addition to being a notably well-rounded and immensely talented artist and musician, she has donated her time to fostering the DIY community on the Eastside (that’s what Seattleites call the land across Lake Washington) as an intern at Ground Zero Teen Center. She also founded the Local Music Club at her high school and booked local bands to perform for the students.

Here’s a link to Claire’s portfolio and one to listen to her band, meimei.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAY 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Welcome The Glory Fires’ ‘Dereconstructed’ Into The World!

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Birmingham, Alabamaniacs Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires’ utterly jaw-dropping collection of Southern Rock anthems that comprise their Sub Pop Records debut, Dereconstructed, came out today on the aforementioned record label to a ton of critical praise, and we couldn’t be more proud to offer it to you, consumer of fine musical records, on this very website. Head on over here, and pick up your copy of Dereconstructed on the formatway of your choice.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAY 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

New and Offensive clipping. Video + Loser Edition News

Sub Pop noise mongers, clipping., just delivered their first music video for this record label for the song “Work Work”, and I have to say, we are APPALLED. It features copious amounts of violence and a plethora of swears, not to mention A TON of innuendo and refer references. FILTHY. If you’re into that sort of trash, then you’ll LOVE CLPPNG, the trio’s debut record, out June 10th on this filthy record label.

Watch the video then pre-order CLPPNG, here.

All customers who pre-order the LP version of CLPPNG will receive the limited, “Loser Edition” of the album on white vinyl. In addition, every pre-order placed for both the LP and CD versions of the album will also receive a bonus 7” with 2 additional songs.

*All of these items are on a first come, first served basis and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Order now to secure all of these limited-edition items!



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, MAY 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

New Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Video For “The Company Man”

The Glory Fires’ Sub Pop debut, Dereconstructed, is just one day old and we’ve already got a music video to share with y’all. The music video for the album track “The Company Man” was directed by long time Sub Pop collaborator, Shawn Brackbill, and features Lee and the boys doing what they do–play the hell out of some music.

LBIII & The Glory Fires’ Dereconstructed is getting a lot of very well-deserved support from some big names in the press game. Read what folks have been saying and check out the band’s electrifying live show when it comes to you, it’s a memorable experience. Press highlights and tour dates below.

Pick up Dereconstructed from Sub Pop.

What People Are Saying About Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Dereconstructed:
“Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, a four-man band from Alabama, proudly join the Southern-rock tradition of wild-eyed music hitched to serious deliberation. Dereconstructed, the band’s second album, ponders Southern identity in a welter of cranked-up guitars, bristling drums and rasping, hollering vocals. It’s pandemonium with a conscience.” -  New York Times

“If there’s one tradition Bains and the Glory Fires unquestioningly uphold, it’s the Friday-night custom of burning down the house. They even once got thrown out of a club for being too loud. In Texas. ‘We’re going to wash ourselves in fire and water,’ Bains announces in ‘Burnpiles and Swimming Holes.’ Dereconstructed is worth the plunge.” - NPR Music

“As pure a shot of adrenaline as a guitar band will release this year…  a terrific album.” [4 / 5 stars] - The Guardian

“Sounds like Flannery O’Connor gave up fiction for a Coors and a Gibson SG.” -  Rolling Stone

“A radical, literate update of Southern rock.” -  UNCUT

“A raging burnpile of garage and Southern rock, dirty, supercharged blues and soul, Stonesy groove, Crazy Horse howl, and punk slam. With these songs, Bains surely wants to make you think; he surely will make you shake.” -  The Boston Globe

“Four Birmingham boys have made what might be the greatest-ever rock record about the South.”  - The Bitter Southerner

Tour Dates
Jun. 04 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
Jun. 05 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Jun. 06 - Chattanooga, TN - Riverbend Festival
Jun. 09 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
Jun. 10 - Kansas City, MO - Tank Room
Jun. 11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Jun. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Garage
Jun. 13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
Jun. 14 - Stanley, ID - Rod and Gun Whitewater
Jun. 16 - Missoula, MT - The Palace
Jun. 17 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor
Jun. 18 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Jun. 19 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Garage
Jun. 20 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
Jun. 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg HiFi
Jun. 22 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
Jun. 23 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Western
Jun. 25 - Dallas, TX - Three Links*
Jun. 26 - San Antonio, TX - The Limelight*
Jun. 27 - Austin, TX - Red 7*
Jun. 28 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s*
Jun. 29 - New Orleans, LA - One-Eyed Jacks*
Jul. 10 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
Jul. 11 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
Jul. 12 - Fort Wayne, IN - The Brass Rail
Jul. 13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
Jul. 14 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
Jul. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
Jul. 16 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
Jul. 18 - New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge
Jul. 19 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes
Jul. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Ortlieb’s Lounge
Jul. 21 - Washington, DC - DC9
Jul. 22 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Jul. 24 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
Jul. 25 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
Jul. 26 - Macon, GA - Bragg Jam
Aug. 01 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival
Aug. 02 - Ostersund, SE - Storsjoyran
Aug. 06 - Oslo, NO - Crossroads
Aug. 08 - Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West Festival
Aug. 09 - Avesta, SE - Bjurfors Hotel
Aug. 10 - Stockholm, SE - Akkurat
* w/ Diarrhea Planet




Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, MAY 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Attention Do-Gooders, Potential Do-Gooders, Friends of Do-Gooders, AND Ne’er-Do-Wells

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Sub Pop is joining with Lung Force, led by the American Lung Association, for the ‘Turquoise Takeover’ week, from May 12th-18th. This is a cause we are proud to support and one that has personally touched us here at Sub Pop. Proceeds from the sale of these special-edition turquoise Sub Pop logo shirts will go directly to the American Lung Association. These funds will assist them in their continued fight for those whose lives are affected directly or indirectly by lung disease through research, outreach, and education. And ne-er-do-wells, here’s a chance to be a do-gooder just once in your life.

Pick up a limited-edition Sub Pop x American Lung Association logo shirt and help fight the good fight.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, MAY 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Airport Store: Business Is Taking Off

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Sub Pop’s long-standing motto, “Spanning the Globe for Profit”, became more true than ever before yesterday as we opened the doors to a first-of-its-kind retail space in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Sub Pop Airport Store (working-title-turned-seemingly-actual-title) is a mix of the classic Sub Pop Mega Mart and a Pacific Northwest-centric gift shop. We collaborated with designers, artists, and companies who also also call the Pacific Northwest home and created a vast array of brand new Sub Pop and PNW-related wares currently available exclusively at the Sub Pop Airport Store*. And on a personal note, I must say that the new Sub Pop merchandise is not only the coolest and most unique stuff we’ve ever offered, but it’s variety is overwhelming; the Sub Pop people who put this thing together exceeded in ways that we didn’t think possible when we started down this path.

So, if you’re flying into, out of, or have a layover in Seattle, stop by the entrance to Concourse C between the hours of 6am-10pm.

*Sooner or later, we’ll be making many of the new Sub Pop merch items available on our online store! Sign up for the Sub Pop Mega Mart email list at the bottom of this post to receive the latest news on that front.




Posted by Sam Sawyer