Knowing our propensity for forever loudly promoting about ourselves, you are likely all too aware that we’ve temporarily opened a very physical, offline, Sub Pop Mega Mart in Seattle, WA. The purpose of this very tangible, not at all online business arm of the Sub Pop empire is twofold: Fold 1) To sell you the things we sell; Fold 2) To promote the fact that we are celebrating 25 (consecutive!) years of business with a FREE festival we’re calling The Sub Pop Silver Jubilee taking place in Georgetown on July 13th in the very same Seattle neighborhood as the temporary Mega Mart.
We thought it best create an entirely new crop of Sub Pop gear to make available because, how many Loser t-shirts can we ask any one person own (the answer to that seemingly rhetorical question is two: here and here)? We asked our merch department to get to work, and what they came back with was an inspired group of new Sub Pop merchandise ripe and ready for commerce. We now have baseball hat options, Sub Pop 45 adapters, sharp lapel pins, key concierges, Loser sunglasses, button packs, and a dynamic mug duo mug set. It’s all a little overwhelming given that we haven’t expanded our Sub Pop merchandise offerings much in the past decade or so, so please pardon us if we’re overly exuberant about all of this new, and must-have (for us Sub Pop employees, at least) stuff.
In addition to the recently mentioned things we’re now selling online, we have other new offerings that are currently only at the temporary Mega Mart in Georgetown that we are either keeping exclusive there until after the Silver Jubilee on July 13th, or are too cumbersome to ship to you safely if sold online. So, if you’re in Seattle and you want to check out all of these new Sub Pop wares in person, head down to Georgetown and pop in—say hi to Tim, our shopkeep, pick up some relatively rare Sub Pop vinyl, and check out all of the new stuff. We’re open Thursday-Saturday 12-8, and Sunday 12-6.
If you’re not able to visit the Mega Mart in person, take a virtual look at these fine new Sub Pop, uh, things.
This upcoming Friday, June 28th from 5-8pm, we have an exciting proposition for you relating to the official, “Big, Hard Launch Event” for the actual, physical, Sub Pop Mega Mart. If you’re precious about your Friday evenings, then you’re likely wondering to yourself, “Why all the hubbub, Sub Pop?!”, GOODQUESTION! Here’s why all the hubbub: Troy & Sharlese from our beloved KEXP radio station will be on hand DJ’ing the event; Top Pot is providing free, Friday night donuts; there could very well be free beverages; limited-edition SP merch currently only available at the Mega Mart is for sale; and some rare, out-of-print Sub Pop vinyl will be available, too. One thing is certain: it will be very fun. Also, free.
This temple of commerce is temporarily available to you, the Seattle-based music connoisseur, until July 21st.
As the subject of this post says, we’re on a holiday-style hiatus until January 7rd, 2013 celebrating whatever it is we’re celebrating (mainly, just having time off). When we return, we’ll be getting online orders out, answering emails, voice mails, and snail mails as fast as we can, and generally looking forward to another year of some really, really (really!) good records.
The loving staff of Sub Pop Records
PS: Don’t forget that all orders over $20 are 20% off until January 7th!
Just in case you missed the big Beach House news yesterday, we’re gonna give it to you again! Fans can now pre-order the band’s May 15, 2012 release Bloom from iTunes (Pre-order Bloom from iTunes and get a download of the song “Myth” instantly), Amazon, Insound, (Pre-order from Insound and get a free Beach House poster) and Sub Pop. Fans who pre-order the vinyl LP format of the new record directly from Sub Pop will receive the limited, white vinyl Loser Edition. All pre-orders (CD and LP) will receive a bonus poster. A new Bloom t-shirt design is also available for pre-order from subpop.com.
Hey there e-shopper! We’ve had a busy year here at the Sub Pop International Headquarters of America and are taking a holiday-style break starting Monday the 22nd of December.
Please, do not fear. We will still be taking online orders at this time for your various Sub Pop needs and desires, but we won’t be shipping them until after the New Year. We are going to take this time to get some much needed R&R before regrouping and totally doing it again in 2009.