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FRI, JUL 5, 2013 at 4:22 AM

New Sub Pop Merch: A Veritable Bonanza of Purchase Opportunity


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.

Sub Pop lapel pin

Loser sunglasses

Sub Pop mug set

Sub Pop key chain

Assorted button pack

Loser 5-panel hat

Gray Loser baseball hat

Sub Pop baseball hat

Sub Pop 45 adapter packs

Posted by Sam Sawyer

SUN, JUL 14, 2013 at 7:42 AM

We Silver Jubilee’d Our Asses Off


You only turn 25 once and thanks to the thousands of wonderful people who turned out to the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee yesterday in Seattle, we did it right. Music was played, food truck food was consumed, beers and sangria downed, and it all added up to one of the most memorable experiences in Sub Pop history. We’re a very lucky record label to have fans like y’all. Thank you.

Here are a few highlights lifted from Instagram photos tagged #SilverJubilee. Thank you to everyone who shared their highlights on the online social stuff.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

THU, JUL 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Feast Added to SIlver Jubilee Lineup!


Because we’ve never been the sort of people who know when to leave well enough alone (and because they were fantastic on KEXP’s Audioasis with Jonathan and Megan the other night) we have just added the band Feast to the lineup of Sub Pop’s Fabulous Silver Jubilee! Feast was formed sometime around 1986, originally included Mudhoney’s Dan Peters on trap kit, and had the great foresight to turn down the offer to record a record or records for the Sub Pop label.

The sound of Feast is a blistering shambles that hinted at what Seattle became known for a few years afterward, as evidenced in this video clip from 1986. We suggest that you see them while you can, because they’re just as great today at they were then. You can and should read more about Feast here.

Feast will perform Saturday, July 13th at 12:30pm on the Sub Stage (at Homer St. S).

Posted by Chris Jacobs

WED, JUL 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Mudhoney & Sera Cahoone are Playing ON TOP of the G-D Space Needle!


In very remarkable news, Sub Pop artists, Mudhoney, J Mascis (J’s flight was unfortunately delayed and he will not be able to perform today) and Sera Cahoone are playing ON TOP of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle tomorrow, July 11th accompanying a remote broadcast by our dear friends at KEXP. From 12-5:30PM tomorrow, KEXP DJs John Richards and Kevin Cole will broadcast live from the Space Needle’s observation deck, jamming some Sub Pop tunes and generally kicking off the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee weekend with the rare sort of aplomb that posting up for the day on top of the Space Needle can bring.

The entire event will culminate in the first-ever live music performances from atop the Space Needle featuring solo sets from J Mascis and Sera Cahoone, and a fully plugged-in performance from Mudhoney. You will be able to live-stream video and audio from the broadcast via all day tomorrow TODAY!

There will also be interview highlights from label founder Bruce Pavitt, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, photographer Charles Peterson, and legendary producer Jack Endino. Also, I’m told that there will be surprises.

The FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Schedule:
Saturday, July 13th; Georgetown, Seattle, WA, USA

12th Avenue S and S Bailey
9am to noon – Yagya Opening Blessing

Sub Stage (at S. Homer Street)
8:30 pm – Built to Spill
7:15 pm – Mudhoney
6:00 pm – J Mascis
5:00 pm – METZ
3:45 pm – Pissed Jeans
2:30 pm – King Tuff
1:30 pm – Shearwater
(Beer Garden opens at noon)

Pop Stage (at S. Vale St.)
7:45 pm – Father John Misty
6:30 pm – Greg Dulli
5:20 pm – Shabazz Palaces
4:10 pm – The Baptist Generals
3:00 pm – clipping.

Elysian Stage (at the S. Lucile St. overpass)
7:30 pm – TBA
6:15 pm – Chad VanGaalen
5:00 pm – The Catheters
4:00 pm – Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (this is TAD’s new band)
3:00 pm – Jack Endino’s Earthworm
2:00 pm – The Tom Price Desert Classic (Tom Price was in the legendary U-Men)
1:00 pm – David Buhler (The mind behind Loser Pale Ale and partner at Elysian Brewing)
(Beer Garden open at noon)

The Mix: The Hardly Art Sideshow Jubilee
(at 6006 12th Ave. S.)
12:30 am – TBA
11:30 pm – Deep Time
10:30 pm – Protomartyr
9:30 pm – Hausu

Posted by Sam Sawyer

WED, JUL 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Sub Pop Silver Jubilee & The People Who Helped Make It Possible


We are just a few very short days away from the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee, a self-congratulatory 25th Anniversary music festival in which we, Sub Pop Records, showcase of live performances from a dynasty-spanning group of artists either on, or associated with Sub Pop and invite anyone and everyone to attend free of charge. But taking over the entirety of a major metropolitan neighborhood for a full day is exceedingly difficult and costly, and we couldn’t have done it on our own. We enlisted the help of A LOT of friends, to which we are endlessly grateful. We also received crucial support from several businesses who have been great partners and friends throughout the entire process of putting together this festival. We couldn’t have done this without the massive help from the fine people at Nordstrom, Uber, Jones Soda Co., Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, and Red Bull Sound Select. Thank you all from the bottom of our grateful hearts.

A full list of our Silver Jubilee partners as well as a full run-down of events can be found here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

TUE, JUL 9, 2013 at 7:23 AM

The New Sub Pop iTunes Store!


The Sub Pop iTunes Store, located virtually at, is more of a store within a store than a stand alone Sub Pop store, but still, pretty cool! Read the press release below to learn about the iTunes remasters, digital reissues of long out-of-print singles, and a MASSIVE Sub Pop compilation. It’s all very exciting for us!

Press Release:

In honor of Sub Pop’s 25th Anniversary, Sub Pop and iTunes today are pleased to announce The label store features: classic albums from Nirvana, The Postal Service, Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Washed Out, The Head and the Heart and more, mastered for iTunes ensuring the music is delivered to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers and producers had intended.

There are also five singles previously unavailable digitally from The White Stripes, Iron and Wine, The Black Lips, Stereolab and Lower Dens. These much sought after singles were previously only available as limited edition 7" singles.

The 101 track Sub Pop 101 collection is also available, featuring key songs from the labels history including hits, staff favorites, and overlooked gems. Additionally, you will find complete collections from Fleet Foxes and Flight of the Conchords available as one product. The Flight of the Conchords collection also includes the previously unavailable track “Albi the Racist Dragon.”

20 Classic Albums Mastered for iTunes
Afghan Whigs – Congregation
Band of Horses – Everything All the Time
Beach House – Bloom
Blitzen Trapper – Furr
Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords
Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
J Mascis – Several Shades of Why
Nirvana – Bleach
No Age – Nouns
The Postal Service – Give Up
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary
The Head and the Heart – The Head and the Heart
The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
Washed Out – Within and Without

Previously Unavailable Singles
The White Stripes – “Party of Special Things To Do”
The Black Lips – “Disconnect”
Iron and Wine – “Call Your Boys”
Stereolab – “Lo Boob Oscillator”
Lower Dens – “Deer Knives”

Sub Pop 101
A-Frames – “Eva Braun”
Afghan Whigs – “Rebirth of Cool”
Band of Horses – “The Funeral”
Beach House – “Myth”
Beachwood Sparks – “By Your Side”
Black Lips – “Disconnect”
Blitzen Trapper – “Black River Killer”
Chad VanGaalen – “Willow Tree”
Cocorosie – “Lemonade”
Codeine – “Sea”
Comets on Fire – “Sour Smoke”
Constantines – “Arizona”
CSS – “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex”
Damian Jurado – “Ohio”
Daughn Gibson – “Kissin on the Blacktop”
David Cross – “My Child Is Enthralling”
Dntel – “The Dream of Evan and Chan”
Dum Dum Girls – “Coming Down”
Dwarves – “Drug Store”
Earth – “Tallahassee”
Elevator to Hell – “Three More Weeks”
Eric Matthews – “Fanfare”
Eric’s Trip – “Behind the Garage”
Fastbacks – “Gone to the Moon”
Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
feedtime – “rocknroll”
Fleet Foxes – “Mykonos”
Flight of the Conchords – “Hiphopopotamus Vs Rhymenoceros”
Foals – “Spanish Sahara”
Fruit Bats – “When You Love Somebody”
Goat – “Dreambuilding”
Godheadsilo – “Relationshit”
Green River – “Queen Bitch”
Handsome Furs- “All We Want, Baby, Is Everything”
Hot Hot Heat – “Bandages”
Husky – “History’s Door”
Iron & Wine – “Naked As We Came”
J Mascis – “Not Enough”
Jermey Enigk – “Explain”
Kelley Stoltz – “Prank Calls”
King Tuff – “Bad Thing”
Kinski – “Semaphore”
L7 – “Shove”
Low – “Walk into the Sea”
Lower Dens – “Track A”
Mark Lanegan – “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”
Mark Sultan – “Hold On”
Mogwai – “Mexican Grand Prix”
Mudhoney – “Touch Me I’m Sick”
Niki and the Dove – “DJ Ease My Mind”
Nirvana – “Love Buzz”
No Age – “Fever Dreaming”
Obits – “Widow of My Dreams”
Patton Oswalt – “You Are Allowed 20 Birthday Parties”
Peaking Lights – “Subterranean Blowout”
Pernice Brothers – “Chicken Wire”
Pigeonhead – “Battleflag”
Pissed Jeans – “False Jesii Part 2”
Radio Birdman – “Aloha, Steve and Dano”
Red House Painters – “Smokey”
Red Red Meat – “Gauze”
Reverend Horton Heat – “Psychobilly Freakout”
Rogue Wave – “Eyes”
Rose Windows – “Native Dreams”
Sebadoh – “Skull”
Shabazz Palaces – “Swerve…The reeping of all that is worthwhile”
Shearwater – “You As You Were”
Six Finger Satellite – “Bad Aptitude”
Sleater Kinney – “Jumpers”
Still Corners – “Fireflies”
Sunny Day Real Estate – “Seven”
Survival Knife – “Traces of Me”
Tad – “Jinx”
The Album Leaf – “Twentytwofourteen”
The Baptist Generals – “Broken Glass”
The Go – “Keep on Trash”
The Grifters – “Parting Shot”
The Gutter Twins – “God’s Children”
The Head and the Heart – “Lost in My Mind”
The Helio Sequence – “Lately”
The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Birthday”
The Murder City Devils – “Press Gang”
The Rapture – “Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks”
The Ruby Suns – “In Real Life”
Scud Mountain Boys – “In a Ditch”
The Shins – “New Slang”
Six Finger Satellite – “Coke and Mirrors”
The Spinanes – “Noel, Jonah and Me”
The Supersuckers – “Coattail Riders”
The Thermals – “A Pillar of Salt”
The Vaselines – “Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam”
Total Control – “Scene From a Marriage”
Twilight Singers – “On the Corners”
Ugly Casanova – “Barnacles”
Velocity Girl – “Sorry Again”
Vetiver – “The Rolling Sea”
Washed Out – “Amor Fati”
White Stripes – “Party of Special Things To Do”
Wolf Eyes – “Stabbed in the Face”
Wolf Parade – “I’ll Believe in Anything”
Wooden Shjips – “Time for Dreamin’”
Zumpano – “The Party Rages On”
2 Complete Collections
Fleet Foxes (Sun Giant EP, Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues)
Flight of the Conchords (The Distant Future EP, Flight of the Conchords, I Told You I Was Freaky, and “Pencils in the Wind” single)

Posted by Sam Sawyer