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WED, JUN 3, 2009 at 6:01 AM

A Form of Paying Attention June 2009

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Hello, Friends of Sub Pop on the Internet! We’d like to take this opportunity to give back a little something to you, the Sub Pop fan and lover of music. We’ve just recently put together a little sampler of our upcoming releases and we’re giving them away for free in the hopes that you might like what you hear and then buy these releases for actual dollars. Click this sexy link to see what we’ve got for you. And, since you’re here on the internet already we thought you might want to check out our other web goings-on on wildly popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter. We give away free tickets and post dumb videos on these sites sometimes so it might be worth your while to friend and/or follow us. Plus, this way you can stay on top of all our new releases and other important mumbo jumbo. Come on, do it. We have a Youtube channel, too, with all our videos and a Myspace, too, but who uses that anymore? Also, Dean and Stuart just restructured our blog so that it looks more like a blog and less like whatever it looked like before. It’s easier to read now, and we’ll promise to update it more often with good stuff if you promise to read it.

Speaking of reading, the deadline for the Sub Pop Loser Scholarship is rapidly approaching. We’re giving away $13,000 in scholarship money to eligible high school seniors in the Pacific Northwest who are interested in the arts, so make sure to get in on this action or to spread the word, whichever applies. Look here for a more info about the great folks that won last year. Come to think of it, maybe we should check in with them and make sure they haven’t squandered their winnings on Ramen and mini-thins….

Every June Seattle is host to the world’s longest film festival, aka the Seattle International Film Festival. This year our boys No Age are performing an original live score in accompaniment to Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Césár winning film, The Bear (France, 1988). The debut of this never before seen or heard work takes place on Friday, June 12, at the Triple Door at 7:00pm (all-ages) and 9:30pm (21+). Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 day of show. Tickets available here. These things are always a good time—I highly recommend checking this out if you’re in Seattle that day. Have a lovely June, dudes.


Posted by Lacey Swain

FRI, MAR 21, 2008 at 9:45 AM

The Loser Scholarship is Back for 2008!

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We at Sub Pop Records have always thought quite a bit of ourselves. But lately, it’s been getting a little ridiculous, even for us. However, it is our innate ability to cast aside just these sorts of, fortunately fleeting, moments of self-doubt and humility that fills us with such overwhelming pride to announce… THE SUB POP SCHOLARSHIP! Somewhat incredibly, and momentarily ignoring the fact that we have managed to misspell our own name (which consists of two three-letter words…) on one of our own releases, Sub Pop Records is hereby joining the fight against higher education! The relevant details are below…

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $13,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $6,000 and two for $3,500 each. 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/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way.

To apply for these scholarships we would like you to submit an essay, no longer than one page, letting us know about some of the following topics:

* What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
* How and/or why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
* Why do you need this scholarship money?
* What are your influences and/or who inspires you?
* Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Applicants are encouraged to send digital links and provide hard copies of their artwork along with their 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 1, 2008 so please get in touch before then if you are interested.

Please send all submissions and attachments to scholarship@subpop.com

All physical submissions should be sent to:

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

Amount: $6,000 / $3,500 / $3,500 – checks will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to winning applicants’ tuition.


Posted by Lacey Swain

TUE, MAY 27, 2008 at 8:36 AM

SCHOLARSHIP LOSERS ANNOUNCED

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The results are in! We have finally decided upon three lucky losers to become the recipients of this year’s Loser Scholarship! We were truly amazed by the volume (over 200!) and the quality of the applications (well, most of them—you know who you are, people who didn’t even answer the questions.).

Our grand prize winner, who will receive a $6,000 scholarship, is Matt Bade, ballerina (rino?) extraordinaire. You may already know him as the kid who wanders around in the Shins’ music video “New Slang” that aired on MTV in 2005. Among many things (like the fact it takes GUTS to be a male ballerina), we loved Matt’s hardcore dedication to his art. He attends traditional academic schooling from 8 a.m. until noon each day, and then drives to Jefferson High School and dances with the Jefferson Dancers until 8 p.m. Three times a week he wakes up at 6 a.m. for athletes training classes. Even though he dances 40 hours he week, he managed to keep a 3.9 GPA!

Our two runners-up, Stephanie Cristol and Evan Long, will receive $3,500 scholarships. Stephanie, a Seattle native, sent us a rad essay as well as a compilation of her music, show flyers that she drew, an interview with Ian McKaye for her zine Shaken Baby, and Teenage Trash, a documentary she made about the Seattle punk scene. How could we NOT pick her? Our other runner-up Evan Long, also from Seattle, started a record label at her school called Cougar Records, and is the principal audio engineer and music producer. Congratulations, you three—go out there and make us proud!


Posted by Lacey Swain

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, 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 : MON, MAR 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s 2015 Loser Scholarship Details!

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Hey there!

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $15,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—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/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way.

To apply for these scholarships we would like you to submit an essay, no longer than one page, letting us know about one or more of the following topics:

What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?

How and/or 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/or who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send digital links and/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 April 2nd.

Please send all submissions and attachments to scholarship@subpop.com by April 2nd, 2015. We will announce the scholarship winners on April 15th.



Posted by Sam Sawyer