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NEWS : MON, MAY 18, 2015 at 1:28 PM

No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store (May 2015)

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No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store, May 2015

What I Haven’t Learned After One Year at the Airport Store

After reading the general manager’s write-up of the airport store on our 1 year anniversary, I was naturally revolted by all of the praise and felt compelled to undercut any inflated expectations about our humble retail operation. Despite the label’s best efforts to indoctrinate me in all-things Sub Pop, and foster excellent customer-service skills amongst the retail staff, I still feel like I’m mostly fumbling my way around. So, without further ado, here are some things I still haven’t mastered after working for a year at the Sub Pop Airport store*:

  • Snappy comebacks to any of the following FAQs: 

                         I.         What is SUB POP?

                        II.         What does SUB POP stand for?

                       III.         Is that VINYL back there?

My best answers:

                         I.         Sub Pop is a record label that started in 1988, in Seattle, Washington. Fast forward 26 years, and many illicit ingested substances later, they got the harebrained idea to open a store in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

                        II.         Sub Pop is an initialism for Superior Unique Bro-fessionals Pursuing Overwhelming Profits.

                       III.         No, those are wall calendars. All for the year 2015, but reusable in 2026!

  • Coherent music recommendations: Working at a record store in an airport means interacting with people from all over the world, with all different kinds of music tastes. On occasion, I am asked to help someone find music in our store that sounds like “viola-fusion,” “cabaret,” or “Dire Straits.” My answer for any and all requests is usually Goat. All roads in music lead to Goat.
  • Playing along when a customer decides to “stump the millennial sales clerk”: No, I don’t know the location of the Sub Pop recording studio, nor do I know the name of your best friend’s cousin’s neighbor who totally played bass in Soundgarden back in the day. Take your Mudhoney shirt and leave me alone!
  • Knowing what size t-shirt your child/spouse/sibling wears: It’s probably for the best that I don’t know intimate details about your family members who I’ve never met before. Just sayin’.
  • Reacting to all the enthusiasm in the store: The majority of people who visit the store (and are at least somewhat familiar with Sub Pop) are usually blown away and ecstatic to find our outpost at the airport. It is super gratifying/humbling/inspiring to see this response, and it often makes my face hurt.

*Let me reiterate that I’m speaking entirely about myself here. The rest of my colleagues are professionals who routinely show their expertise in the store, and I hope you interact with any one of them during your next visit. 


Posted by Jackson Hathorn

NEWS : THU, MAY 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop is Hiring a Digital Communications Coordinator

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Sub Pop Records: Digital Communications Coordinator

Overview
Sub Pop Records is currently looking for a new Digital Communications Coordinator, working here in the label’s Seattle headquarters. This is an important role within the company with responsibility for maintaining and growing our social media presence and managing direct-to-fan communications.  This person will work closely with marketing and sales staff and the Director of the Digital Communications department.

Our ideal candidate for our growing Digital Communications department is an enthusiastic, creative and skilled social media manager and content producer who has a solid understanding of social media marketing and online communities, the artists and music represented by Sub Pop and how best to serve them and their fans in this digital environment. This person must have excellent written and overall communication skills and an appreciation for how to continue to develop and expand the Sub Pop voice within each unique social platform. A thorough understanding of social media campaigns and a drive for creating and sharing engaging content and recognizing new opportunities is essential. The ability to work well as a member of the Digital Communications and larger marketing and sales teams, representing the priorities of each is crucial as well.

The closing date to apply for this position is Monday, May 25th.


Summary
Social Media and direct-to-fan communications
Communication & Reporting


Responsibilities
Social media and direct-to-fan communications  

  • Manage the social media efforts on behalf of Sub Pop Records to increase awareness of our releases, bands and the Sub Pop brand, and maintain regular communication on social channels for customer service opportunities, general fan interaction and identifying trends.
  • Develop our growing email list and in coordination with Sub Pop’s Mega Mart (ecommerce) priorities write and deliver a bi-weekly newsletter to this list, with the goal of growing direct-to-consumer sales as well as artist and brand awareness.
  • Schedule, organize and execute direct-to-fan communications, and create and distribute marketing assets on behalf of the label and its bands within a shared Digital Communications editorial calendar.
  • Monitor and effectively leverage ever-changing social media tools; stay current with best practices and tools and evolve different strategies as appropriate.
  • Address social media challenges and suggest solutions.


Communication and reporting

  • Work in partnership with the Director of Digital Communications and marketing staff as a whole.
  • Attend weekly marketing and departmental meetings to evaluate emerging opportunities and report on current projects. 
  • Track and and report on digital analytics and effectively convey these findings in department and marketing staff weekly meetings, and at semiannual meetings.
  • Responsible for all updating and maintenance of project reports; identify new needs for additional reporting and stats.
  • Work with Director to help evolve strategies and determine best metrics to measure and report the results of social media initiatives for Sub Pop and our bands.
  • Attend relevant conferences and maintain and develop contacts with all relative platforms and services, such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Work with and help educate marketing staff on emerging social media technologies and industry best practices.

Skills & Experience
  • 3-5 years experience overseeing and developing content for a lifestyle or entertainment brand.
  • Thorough knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, Pinterest (and more) and integration of tools and third-party applications, such as Hootsuite.
  • Advanced computer skills required; strong technical skills preferred; aptitude with the usual suite of current office software and tools are all expected.
  • Data, analytics, and metrics oriented; strong analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Ability to create and manipulate images and video for use online & familiarity with basic editing programs required; specific experience/background in  graphic design, multimedia, video production and all relevant software (Adobe Creative Suite, Pro Tools, Final Cut, etc) preferred.
  • Must be highly motivated and organized self-starter with the ability to multitask and communicate clearly and effectively to large and small groups alike and interpersonally as well. A creative thinker with the ability to work well both independently and as part of team to see tasks through to completion.

Supervisor: Director of Digital Communications

Please send all resumes and cover letters to jobs@subpop.com




Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAY 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop to Ride Annual STP - Seattle to Portland - To Benefit the NW Parkinson’s Foundation

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Now there’s one more good reason to ride your bike all the way from rainy Seattle to Portland, OR, and that is to raise money. Sub Pop Records employees will join in the 202-mile Seattle to Portland (STP) Bicycle Classic held on July 11 -12, 2015. Now in its 36th year, the STP is the largest multi-day ride in the Northwest with up to 10,000 riders making the journey through Western Washington and Oregon.

In January of 2013, Sub Pop Records Co-Founder Jonathan Poneman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In a 2013 Seattle Times article, Poneman states, “I accept that I have this disease, but that doesn’t give me the right to be passive.” In response, Sub Pop Records employees will be raising money for the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (NWPF) by doing the infamous STP bike ride.

What We Need & What You Get

Since being diagnosed, our President has done everything he can to show others that there is life beyond Parkinson’s. He actually explains it as sort of a blessing. Parkinson’s has allowed him to “recalibrate” important values.

“As ironic as it sounds, I am truly grateful to the disease.” Poneman explains further that, “My love of life and its precious elements became more vivid at the thought of seeing them fade away.”

Our goal is to raise $20,000 for the foundation. We need your help! See some of our incredible incentives for donating here.


The Impact

Your donation will go directly to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. NWPF is the only independent regional Parkinson’s organization serving Washington State. NWPF aims to establish optimal quality of life for the Northwest Parkinson’s community through awareness, education, advocacy and care.

Located in Seattle, NWPF proudly invests every dollar in local programs to support the Northwest Parkinson’s community. NWPF plays a vital role in helping people with Parkinson’s live meaningfully with the disease. In addition, NWPF provides information that gives patients and their families the tools they need to find quality medical care, better manage their disease and take charge of their daily lives.

Sub Pop has a long history of supporting non-profit organizations around the globe but prefers to focus on local organizations in the Pacific Northwest. We have been involved in fundraisers for the uncompensated care for Seattle Children’s Hospital, donated food and funds to Northwest Harvest, given time, support, and funds to the all-ages music venue ‘The Vera Project’, supported the campaign for marriage equality in Washington state, among many more. We believe in supporting the community that has always supported us. The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation is an organization we feel proud to be riding for. 

Other Ways You Can Help

You can also go to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation main website (www.nwpf.org) and give directly to the foundation through a gift at a different time if you are not able to help now.

Or simply get the word out about our campaign! Share our story and spread some awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. While science looks for a cure, the NWPF is looking out for the Parkinson’s community. We are grateful for anything you can do to help.




Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAY 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Melbourne’s Deaf Wish to release ‘Pain’ August 7th on Sub Pop

Melbourne’s Deaf Wish will release Pain, their first full-length album for Sub Pop, on CD/LP/DL worldwide August 7th. The album, featuring the highlights “Eyes Closed,” “On,” “Calypso,” and the title track, was recorded & produced by the band at Reservoir, Victoria, mixed by Mikey Young and mastered by April Golden at Golden Mastering. Pain is the follow up to their label debut, the 4-song St. Vincent’s 7” single, released last October.
 
You can now listen to “Eyes Closed” via Stereogum, who say the track: ““Eyes Closed” initiates with the sound of off-white noise, a fragile rumble that opens the track’s seams and makes room for it to grow into something much more sinister. The song is an exploration of various tiers of dreaming consciousness: “I’m not awake, I’ve got my eyes closed/ I’m sleepwalking, with my eyes closed.”…There’s a certain sense of spontaneity to this debut single, suggesting that Deaf Wish formulate their songs in short, sharp moments of inspiration (see song premiere May 12th).”
 
Pain is now available for preorder from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.  LP preorders from megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited Loser edition on clear, black marbled vinyl (while supplies last). There will also be a new T-shirt design, available individually and as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.
 
About Deaf Wish:
When Deaf Wish found themselves in a room together for the very first time, they agreed on a guiding philosophy: “Let’s not make anything that’s going to last. If we’re together for just two shows, then that’s what it is.”
 
They’ve deviated some.
 
Over the course of eight years, the Melbourne foursome—bassist Nick Pratt, drummer Daniel Twomey and guitarists Sarah Hardiman and Jensen Tjhung, with each member contributing vocals—have instead amassed one of rock’s most exhilarating bodies of work, a concise run of wooly seven-inches and white-knuckle LPs whose legendary live translation has been most accurately described as “unhinged.” All this despite their being scattered across multiple continents, with no way of getting to know one another outside of intermittent touring. “We didn’t really know what this band was,” Tjhung says. “We had something, but it wasn’t clear—we had to figure out what that was.”
 
This year marks the arrival of Pain, the first they’ve written since coming together again semi-permanently in Melbourne, and their appropriately titled first full-length for Sub Pop. (Last October’s St. Vincent EP was their proper Sub Pop debut.) It is a miraculously dissonant, wonderfully immediate display of Deaf Wish at their mightiest, alive with the same wild chemistry and sense of possibility that made their first recordings so vital. With more time together than they’ve ever had before, they’re found themselves confronted with ideal (yet foreign) conditions. Two-minute freakouts like “Eyes Closed” share airspace with the meditate squall of “On” and the guitar-born majesty of “Calypso.” Everything was captured in three takes or less, in a bleak, nondescript studio on the lifeless outskirts of Melbourne.
 
“It’s a simple thing,” Tjhung says of their approach. “Simple takes the worry out of it. If we try to step it up and go sideways, it just doesn’t seem to work. But we’ve grown up and been through some shit. To get to this point you have to bust through a few walls. It’s easy to be new, and I think, in the end, this is what it is. When you put these people in the room, it’s Deaf Wish (read bio at Sub Pop).”



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, MAY 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Is Hiring a Sales Director

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Sub Pop Records: Sales Director

Sub Pop Records is currently looking to fill a newly opened position as the label’s Sales Director, working here in our Seattle headquarters. This is a leadership role within the company with responsibility for our physical, digital and streaming business. This person will work closely with our main distribution partner, the Alternative Distribution Alliance (or ADA), and all aspects of our internal sales department. Our ideal candidate will have significant music sales as well as managerial experience. The closing date to apply for this position is May 17, 2015.

Summary
Sales department management.
Management of relationships with distribution partners and key retailers.
Communication and reporting.

Responsibilities
Sales department management
- Manage a sales team within Sub Pop Records, members of which handle direct retails sales, direct-to-consumer sales (via megamart.subpop.com), and international sales and distribution.
- Work with the sales team to create and implement cohesive retail strategies for all Sub Pop and Hardly Art releases and related merchandise across all sales channels, globally (through ADA, direct digital accounts, direct physical retail accounts, direct-to-consumer sales, and international distribution partners)
- Lead weekly sales meeting to ensure the sales team is on track with all projects, covering current priorities and tours.
- Conduct annual performance evaluations for each member of sales team.
- Participate in the hiring and training of new employees in the sales department.
- Work with the sales team to explore new sales opportunities.

Management of relationships with distribution partners and key retailers.
- Manage relationships with ADA as well as relationships with key physical and digital retailers, both those who are direct accounts and those who come through ADA.
- Personally responsible for the management of direct digital account relationships.
- Establish Initial Order Goals and advertising budgets with the General Manager and ADA.
- Provide all necessary marketing and sales information and direction to ADA for new releases and ongoing priorities.
- Attend necessary sales conferences and meet regularly in person with distribution partners.

Communication and reporting
- Work in partnership with the Marketing Director and the International Sales and Distribution Manager.
- Attend weekly managers’ meetings and provide detailed information on upcoming sales programs, promotions and operations.
- Disseminate internally all pertinent information from stores, distributors and customers.
- Provide sales, streaming and other sales data to the company weekly, and at biannual meetings.
- Provide production input and guidance using sales-based estimates for manufacturing needs, and attend weekly production meetings.

Skills Necessary
- Must be motivated, organized, have the ability to multitask and communicate clearly and effectively to large and small groups, problem solve and provide conflict resolution when needed. Proficiency with data analysis and manipulation, plus experience with the usual suite of current office software and tools are all expected as well.

Supervisor: General Manager

Please send all resumes and cover letters to Mary Wood at maryw@subpop.com.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAY 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Rose Windows’ Self-Titled, and Sadly, Final Record Out Now

Rose Windows, the self-titled, final album from the beloved Seattle sextet, is available now on CD/LP/DL worldwide via Sub Pop. The album, featuring the highlights “Glory, Glory,” and “Strip Mall Babylon,” was recorded in the fall of 2014 at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, LA, and produced & mixed by Randall Dunn (Earth, Akron Family, Cave Singers).

You can now watch Rose Windows “In The Studio,” a documentary on the making of the album, filmed by Deep Dasgupta and on location in Bogulusa [http://u.subpop.com/1FLF4CQ].

Rose Windows is available now from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of the album from megamart.subpop.com will receive the “Loser Edition” on red & black marbled vinyl, and a limited edition 7” which features the songs “Never Did Me Wrong” and a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Wanton Song” [listen here] while supplies last. Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design available in two colors, both individually and as part of a bundle with purchases of the new record.
 
Rose Windows recently shared the news of their dissolution through their Facebook page (read more here / March 30th) and have canceled all scheduled live dates. With that said, we feel lucky and very proud to have released two albums with Rose Windows and wish them well in all of their future pursuits.
 
What people are saying about Rose Windows:
“With production supremo and Master Musicians Of Bukkake man Randall Dunn taking up desk duties, the band recorded the follow-up to their 2013 debut The Sun Dogs in Bogalusa, Louisiana, with the Deep South’s delta blues tradition feeding into the album. It moves from opener ‘Bodhi Song’, which finds the band concerning themselves with Buddhist enlightenment, shifting through ‘Glory Glory’, where evocative flute lines collide with fuzzy, gnarled bass, and the captivating groove of ‘Strip Mall Babylon’, before closing with a two-part coda, the cathartic, exquisite ‘A Pleasure To Burn’ and ‘Hirami’.” - The Quietus
 
“Rose Windows have the power to lift listeners far out of the everyday…” – Mojo
 
“Together, they’ve produced a nine-song set mining various vintage rock textures. “Blind” features a laid-back, funk-and-country appeal similar to Seed of Memory-period Terry Reid. “A Pleasure to Burn” is particularly desert-fried and is full of spacious wails, campfire guitar and rattlesnake percussion. “The Old Crow,” meanwhile, is a guns-raised anthem with bluesy, Wild Turkey-drenched vocals and a few Dr. Who-styled synth lines.” - Exclaim!
 
“Sumptuous” - Uncut

“Strip Mall Babylon” suggests the album is well worth hearing. The song starts deceptively with a slinky groove, before Qazi’s Joplin-esque roar explodes over thick, fuzzy guitars and searing organs. It’s a victorious sign-off for a band with a brief but impressive run.” - Stereogum

“Marked by a smashing rhythm section and gnarly, over-sized guitar riffs, the track finds the band operating in the the proto-metal tradition of a slightly grimier Black Sabbath.” [Glory, Glory] - Consequence of Sound

“‘Glory, Glory’ is at once the psych-rockers’ heaviest, most extroverted, and catchiest song to date.” - The Stranger



Posted by Sam Sawyer