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News from 8/2014

NEWS : THU, AUG 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

#TBT: Zumpano “I Dig You”

“I Dig You”, this week’s #TBT, comes to you from Look What the Rookie Did, the 1995 indie classic by Zumpano. Get into it with a single click on the embedded video. 

Add Look What the Rookie Did to your digital music collection here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, AUG 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

See the New Shabazz Palaces Video for #CAKE

Lese Majesty’s been on record store shelves for almost a month and has garnered universal acclaim from critics and fans alike. Today we bring you the first official music video from that record for the album standout #CAKE, a delightful, post-apocalyptic romp. Enjoy.

Pick up Lese Majesty from us here at Sub Pop.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, AUG 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

See the New Chad VanGaalen Video for “Monster”

Take a couple minutes to watch the latest visual effort from Chad VanGaalen, the magical brain behind a number of fantastically weird and wonderful Sub Pop records and also the animated music videos that accompany many of his songs including this one for the Shrink Dust track, “Monster”, you won’t be disappointed.

Pick up Shrink Dust from Sub Pop right here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, AUG 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Signs Porter Ray


We here at Sub Pop are absolutely elated to welcome Seattle MC Porter Ray to the family, who’ll release his label debut in 2015. In the interim, if you’re curious (you really, really should be) you can listen to his just-released Fundamentals mixtape through

Porter Ray has earned praise from outlets in Seattle for his three self-released efforts – BLK GLD LP (May 2013); WHT GLD and RSE GLD EP’s (October 2013) – and his live performances. The prolific and ascendant MC caught the attention of Ishmael Butler, Shabazz Palaces’ founder and member of Sub Pop’s A&R team, who brought Ray to the label.

On a related note, Porter Ray will support labelmates Shabazz Palaces tonight, Friday, August 1st with a hometown show at Neumos. You should come. I’ll be there, say hi.

What other, less biased, people have said about Porter Ray:
“A son of Seattle’s Central District, Porter Ray namechecks [Ishmael] Butler and revered Seattle MC Infinite as influences. Appropriately, “5950’s” is 206 from head to toe; named for a model of New Era baseball cap, it’s described as sporting Mariner teal throughout Porter’s stunning debut, BLK GLD. Here, Porter reels off the minutiae of murder, betrayal and narcotic sales with a poetic eye that recalls vintage Nas, tempered with a numb, gray-sky detachment (and aided by a sterling verse from Nate Jack) all over shimmering piano keys, a subdued drum shuffle and quiet-storm rain effects. In this city — built on, around, and seemingly under water — it’s even easier than you’d think to get washed, depending on where you’re standing.” [“5950’s” / Heavy Rotation] - NPR  

“Porter’s debut album, BLK GLD, came out last spring, and it is one of the must-downloads of Seattle rap music in 2013. It’s an online song bundle that holds together as a complete musical thought, beats working with the rhymes, to showcase Porter’s sparkling voice—a light, slangy, and relaxed instrument he should be thanking the stars he doesn’t have to go to the trouble of putting on. He has a gift. In conversation, it’s the same voice. That’s just the way Porter sounds. The highlight of BLK GLD is “Blackberry Kush,” a song that’s trippy and rainy like Seattle, and deep and compassionate like Porter.”  - The Stranger

“His firmly structured flow is more vehicle than destination, its strong, consistent template allowing space for narrative detail. Production, handled by a committee of seven beatmakers, plays the billowy background, propped on lush, emotive soul samples.” [RSE GLD / Album of the Month] - City Arts

Upcoming shows:

08.15 - Portland, OR - Redbull Sound Select/Music Festival Northwest w/ Flatbush Zombies
08.17 - Seattle, WA - 95 Slide Rooftop day party w/ JusMoni, Nate Jack


01 Dice Game Diagrams [Ft. D-Bleeze]
02 Ruthie Dean [Ft. Nate Jack]
03 Corner Bop
04 Retrospect
05 On the Slick [Nate Jack]
06 Fatal Attractions [Ft. Nate Jack]
07 166
08 AquaMarine
09 Visions
10 Woman [Alana Belle Interlude]
11 French Kiss [Ft. Alana Belle]
12 Blackcherry  [Ft.Cam The Mac]
13 Mind of a Mack
14 Jewelry [Ft. D-Bleeze]
15 Searching 
16 Sunrise [Ft. JusMoni]
17 Meditate [Ft. D-Bleeze]

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, AUG 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Mirel Wagner’s Sub Pop Debut Is Now Available on Record Store Shelves (get it!)

Mirel Wagner’s brilliant Sub Pop debut, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, is now available for your listening enjoyment wherever fine records are sold, and very specifically, in this fine online record store that we call the Sub Pop Mega MartWTCCSTLOD is getting plenty of critical praise including a perfect five star review from MOJO Magazine. Watch the accompanying Rookie Mag-premiered music video for Wagner’s “The Dirt” to hear what all the adieu is about.

Order When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day from Sub Pop here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, AUG 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Summer With Sub Pop!

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Summer is in full swing, well arguably, it’s been in full swing for a long time and it’s in its follow through now, but we’ve still got a solid month or two months of sunburns, beach bumming, summer jams, long nights, and sand in weird places, and we’ve got some Official Sub Pop merchandise to get you through the remaining months. 

Keep your cold beverages cool and your steeze cooler with this Sub Pop beverage (probably beer) koozie.

Dry that impossibly gorgeous beach body of yours off with this Sub Pop beach towel. In yellow OR blue!

Aching for a little alone time? Play some beach solitaire with these surprisingly high-quality Sub Pop playing cards.

You look HUGE, guy. You’ve curling 12oz beers all summer and your arms look GOOOD. Show ‘em off in a Sub Pop tank.

That future of yours looks bright, instead of averting your gaze from your impending success, stare it down in style with some Sub Pop shades; available in four colors. Consider collecting them all.

Bad with geography?? US TOO! We made this Sub Pop USA shirt to remind ourselves where we’re situated in the world, perhaps it could help you, too? 

Posted by Sam Sawyer