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.
On Friday, July 12th (the night before our free, utterly vainglorious Silver Jubilee festival in Georgetown on July 13th), Sub Pop Records will be hosting Silver Jubil-eve: An Anniversary Comedy Thing (for Charity!) staring Eugene Mirman, Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Jon Benjamin, and Kurt Braunohler at the Moore Theatre. In this week’s edition of Getting To Know Us, we’re going to tell you a little bit about the comedians who will make you laugh.
Let’s start with the one and only Kurt Braunohler. I have to admit, I didn’t know who the one and only Kurt Braunohler was before we announced the lineup to the Silver Jubil-eve Comedy thing, but I don’t “get” jokes, so not only do the laughs go over my head, but apparently, so do the comics. Upon researching (this particular edition should be called Us Getting To Know Us), I’ve found out some wonderful things about Kurt, like the fact that he lends his wonderful voice to the very good TV show, Bob’s Burgers and also, according to Wikipedia, Kurt Braunohler is active on Vine—which seems like a low point of information delivery for Wikipedia. But none of the Kurt Braunohler things I found out about was as wonderful as the fact that this past spring, Kurt successfully raised $4,000 on the crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, in order to hire a plane to skywrite “How Do I Land?” in Southern California in order to promote his new comedy record. Amazing. Also, Kurt hosts the IFC show, Bunk.
You’ll likely know Kristen Schaal from her unsettling roles on Flight of the Conchords, 30 Rock, or, less unsettlingly, Bob’s Burgers, playing aggressively weird, restraining order-inducing, yet somehow charming characters. She’s also a correspondent on a news program called The Daily Show, which is a very informative romp through the international happenings of the day with a focused mistrust of the fine folks over at Fox News. Kristen’s been a friend of Sub Pop’s for a some time now and whenever she pops into the office, she’s kind and we laugh our collective ass off. Simply put, she’s one of our favorite people.
Jon Benjamin’s prolific career includes lending his voice to a lot of animated characters in magical shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force (number one in the hood, G), Dr. Katz, Archer, and most recently, the voice of the patriarch of the weirdest G-D family on TV, Bob’s Burgers’, Bob Belcher. He’s also hosted his own show on Comedy Central called, Jon Benjamin Has a Van. But perhaps most importantly, he guest starred on HBO’s Sex And The City, a show about four women having sex in a city. It’s very interesting.
Marc Maron hosts what seems to be the world’s preeminent podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, a podcast that has become so popular that even my mom is misquoting Marc. He’s also had countless other roles in the American comedysphere over the past couple of decades, a fact that would be a huge disservice to Marc’s colossal reputation if I glossed over—a disservice I am very willing to commit for the sake of brevity and to focus on the importance of what Marc has created with WTF, a hilarious and poignant podcast with over 400 episodes boasting a list of guests so heavy that picking the highlights is impossible—an impossibility I’m willing to overcome by listing some of my personal favorites here: Bob Saget, Bobcat, Patton, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Cheech as well as Chong, Gallagher (!), Conan, Paul Reiser, Richard Lewis, and Andrew Dice Clay—I should remind you that this impressive list goes up to 400. What I’m trying to say is, you should really be listening to WTF on the reg.
Having two hilarious records out on Sub Pop, Eugene Mirman has been a part of the family for several years now. He’s also the event creator and host for the Sub Pop Jubil-eve 25th Anniversary Comedy Thing (for Charity!). Eugene’s done time as a cast member on Flight of the Conchords and most recently, on the fine folks at Fox’s show Bob’s Burgers. (It should be noted that BB is currently streaming on Netflix and I’ve been watching a lot of it lately. Clearly.) Eugene’s also written and performed what I consider to be the absolute best joke on homophobia that there ever will be —it involves Teenwolf, the Saxons, and the gay wars of Mesopotamia. If you join us on the Sub Pop Silver Jubil-eve, you’re going to be in great, hilarious hands with Eugene. We couldn’t be happier or more honored to have him host our comedy event.
Just to recap, the evening will be hosted by Eugene Mirman and features performances from Marc Maron, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, & Kurt Braunohler. Tickets for the event are $25 and will be on sale June 7th at 10 a.m. You can purchase tickets via phone at 1-877-784-4849, online at STGPresents.org and tickets.com or available with NO service charge at the Paramount box office open M-F, 10am-6pm, plus show nights. Tickets available with a $1.50 service charge at 24 hr electronic kiosks located outside the Paramount, Moore, and Neptune- and with a reduced service charge at Sonic Boom Records. All proceeds from this event will benefit local organizations 90.3FM KEXP, Northwest Harvest and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.
This event is in conjunction with our altogether FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee music festival on Saturday, July 13th in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. The festival will feature a number of Sub Pop artists both past and present. It’s truly going to be a massive orgy of proto-grunge, grunge, and post-grunge—all not to be missed. So join us. More information can be found here.
Take a quick, behind the scenes look at the temporarily-returned-to-its-former-glory Sub Pop Mega Mart in this video honoring the classic, short-form documentary style (it’s effectively a commercial advertisement) starring Sub Pop art directors, Jeff Kleinsmith and Sasha Barr, as well as Lacey Swain, Sub Pop’s own go-to emcee. The doc highlights the Sub Pop Mega Mart art installation, some limited-edition SP merch items, and the fact that we’re interested in selling you these things. If you’ve ever been a fan of Sub Pop and/or any Sub Pop recording artists, there’s definitely something for you at the Sub Pop Mega Mart; located at 6003 12th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98108 in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. Bring quarters, there are Sub Pop gumballs.
If you’re in Seattle tonight, we’re hosting the big, hard launch marking the official, official opening (there were a few snafus the first time around). There will be donuts, DJs from KEXP, and good times. Details here.
Pissed Jeans are back with another subtly astounding video for “Romanticize Me”, off of their excellent release, Honeys. Watch “Romanticize Me” in the accompanying player.
Pissed Jeans are playing Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee on Saturday, July 13th in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. This event is free and boasts a line-up of past and present artists in the SubPopsphere and it’s a free event. The Silver Jubilee is free. More information can be found here.
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.
We’re just under the three-week mark until the masses (our goal is to attract “the masses”) descend on the great Georgetown neighborhood of our beautiful and bountiful (cherries, apples, crab, grunge, et cetera) city, Seattle, WA, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of consecutive years of business operation in what we’re calling the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. On July 13th, a large number of bands in the immediate and extended Sub Pop family will populate a few stages scattered around Georgetown in this entirely FREE-TO-ENTER celebration of ourselves. In the previous several weeks, we’ve been introducing/reintroducing you to the artists playing the festival in a weekly column we’ve been calling Getting To Know Us; this week, we’re here to tell you a bit about the Toronto band, METZ, and a legendary Seattle-based band called The Mudhoney.
Canadian good guys Hayden, Alex, and Chris are the building blocks of METZ, the Toronto-based noise mongers. They punish ears with the basic formula of drums, bass, guitar and vocals, but they manage to do it in a way completely unto themselves and in a manner that will have you saying after every song, “Thank you, sir, may I have another”, and they will oblige. Watch the video for “Wet Blanket” from their 2012 debut, METZ.
Mudhoney are a difficult band to introduce/reintroduce to you in such short form because of their legendary status and their lynch pin-importance to the formation (and sustainment) of Sub Pop—which is to say, I’m going to blow it trying. Mudhoney have been a band for 25 years now, have released a lot of records, toured endlessly, and were one of the triggers that placed Seattle squarely in the center of the universe in the early nineties. They’re also possibly the only band that left Sub Pop for a different record label and later got back together with us so we could continue to make sweet music together—if Sub Pop had a spouse, it’s certainly Mudhoney. Like I said, I was going to blow it trying to tell you about the Mudhoney’s greatness, and I have succeeded in that. So, please just watch the accompanying video for “I Like It Small” from Vanishing Point and than you should probably watch the video for my favorite Mudhoney song ever, “Good Enough”, from 1991’s Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.
METZ and Mudhoney, two bands by themselves that could fill the entire neighborhood of Georgetown with “masses”, but only two of many bands playing the FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. Join us July 13th for the festivities; your ears will be ringing with bliss when it’s all over.