NEWS : WED, JUN 22, 2016 at 9:30 AM

No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store (June 2016)

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After starting the year as an early-rising store opener, I’ve begun working closing shifts this month. One feature of closing that I’d forgotten about is the fugue state of the airport late at night. In the morning, people are hopped up on caffeine (or rushing towards its nearest source), moving at a brusque pace, hurtling towards their destinations, and reckoning with the reality of a 6AM flight.

At night, people walk slower. Flights have been delayed, and some folks have a long night ahead of them. Most people are trying to stay awake just long enough to board their plane. When you ask these wanderers “Hi, how are you?” the most common response you’ll hear is “I’m just killing time.” Eyeballs gaze over every single item for sale, as if in an effort to consume the most time as possible. But after one lap around the store, most of them exit to explore the next corner of the airport, with the deliberate restlessness of a tumbleweed. 

For the rare travelers that decide to hang out in the store, more often than not, they park themselves at our listening station bench. From here, they can sample different Sub Pop albums for sale, and also flip-through/write in our guestbooks. And after reading through our guestbooks for the first time in months, I found some entries that were too good to not share with the whole Sub Pop Interweb audience, who aren’t lucky enough to make it to the airport frequently. 

So please enjoy these assorted pages from our 2-year-old guestbooks, and make sure to write your own entry next time you visit us!


(Before Sleater-Kinney reunited and played for the first time in Spokane, WA, we had our fair share of far-flung fans stop by the airport store en route to the show. I think these S-K fans from Great Britain made the longest trip.) 


(“Making layovers somewhat passible since 1988” and a heartfelt message from Garrett.)


(Not to be out-done, thanks, Nora!)




(Naturally, rock star portraits abound in the guestbooks.)


(Once we got real celebrities to sign our guestbook. I don’t know why someone crossed out your name in this entry, but thanks, TacocaT!)


(Sometimes state rivalries play out amongst the pages, with the eloquence of a bathroom stall. Here are Alaska and Texas duking it out.)



(Followed by Portland getting roasted.)



(Bottom left corner: “Y’all are super hipster. Nice!”)



(This is my favorite one. All of us at Sub Pop are very honored to be your favorite band from Portland.)



Posted by Jackson Hathorn