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INCONSEQUENTIAL : TUE, APR 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s Looking for a Digital Asset Coordinator

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Job Title: Digital Asset Coordinator
Company: Sub Pop Records
Hours: 20 hours/week 
Compensation: DOE
Deadline for applications: April 25, 2014

Sub Pop Records is seeking a part-time Digital Asset Coordinator to join the Digital Asset team in their Seattle, WA offices. The Digital Asset Coordinator will create, edit, transcode, and coordinate delivery of digital assets in support of marketing initiatives for record releases. The Digital Asset Coordinator will also assist with digital product deliveries and the management of audio, video, and image assets. As this is a new position in a growing department an ideal candidate will be flexible and open to taking on new responsibilities as they arise. This position reports to the department Director and the General Manager. Schedule is flexible, but applicant must be available to work 20 hours per week during regular business hours. 

• Work with staff and content creators to coordinate delivery of digital assets and related metadata
• Assist with the creation, editing, transcoding, and storage of digital assets
• Update company website with artist and release information and assets
• Assist with the delivery and maintenance of the digital catalog
• Assist with Digital Asset department projects as needed

• Ability to multitask, work under deadlines, and react quickly to requests and issues
• Ability to quickly learn new software and technologies
• Strong attention to detail
• Excellent problem solving skills
• Mac and MS Office proficient
• Familiarity with digital audio, video, and image formats
• Experience with FTP and other file sharing technologies
• Flexibility and interest in taking on new responsibilities and projects as needed
• College degree or 2 years related work experience

Special consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate experience with any of the following:
• Digital asset management systems or processes
• Audio, video, or image cataloging, preservation, or library work
• Metadata application, principles, and standards
• Audio conversion and transcoding (WAV, MP3, FLAC, ALAC, LAME)
• Video editing and transcoding (Final Cut, iMovie, Quicktime, other)
• Image editing (Photoshop, iPhoto, other)
• File management and preservation
• Writing and validating XML
• Database software (implementation and/or use)

To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest as an attachment and in the body of an email with the subject line “DAC Job: (Your Name)” to:
Please also include your hours of availability.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Afghan Whigs, Ladies & Gentleman

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We here at Sub Pop HQ have made a pretty big deal about the fact that it’s been a VERY LONG 16 years since The Afghan Whigs released their last record, 1965, but I think that we should be focusing on just how surprisingly goddamn good Do to the Beast actually turned out to be. I mean, 16 years is a very long time, dust settles, cobwebs form, so Greg Dulli and company had the latitude to cash in on a glorified reunion, but they didn’t. Instead, they turned in ten songs of what would become Do to the Beast, an artistic triumph and my personal favorite ‘Whigs record to date. That’s overcoming some serious adversity (that is to say that time is the greatest adversary).

Well, a decade and a half later, you can once again find The Afghan Whigs in the ‘new release’ bin of your local independent retailer–I couldn’t be more pleased to report that.

Pick up Do to the Beast from Sub Pop, iTunes, Amazon, or wherever fine music is sold.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, APR 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Founders Out On the Street – This Time For Good

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Yesterday, thanks entirely to our friends and fellow Seattleittes the Nordstrom family, Sub Pop co-founders, Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, were immortalized on the streets of downtown Seattle (specifically these streets: 6th and Pine) on the Nordstrom Walk of Fame–the PNW version of the Hollywood Star Walk. Jonathan Poneman articulated his surprise at receiving the honor with a traditionally Sub Pop twist saying, “I never thought that anyone would foot the bill just to have us on the street”. Well, JP, Nordstrom proved that if you spend 26 years putting out great records by great artists, doing good on local and international levels, and maintaining an unflappable sense of self deprecation, your efforts will be rewarded with your very own sidewalk square–or, more accurately, a sidewalk square that you have to share with your partner, Bruce Pavitt–which is still pretty cool, I guess.

The unveiling of the Sub Pop Walk of Fame square was followed by a short yet characteristically great performance by The Helio Sequence in Nordstrom’s display window, which, if you haven’t been by there, is currently dedicated to yours truly (Sub Pop, not me personally). If you find yourself in downtown Seattle, stop by Nordstrom’s 6th and Pine window and play with the interactive Sub Pop display, it’s really cool. As always, we’re eternally grateful to the folks at Nordstrom for showing us (and the rest of the Seattle music world) so much love over the years.

Watch Pete Nordstrom, Jonathan Poneman, and Bruce Pavitt talk into a microphone about all of this business.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s 2014 Loser Scholarship Details!

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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 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 : MON, APR 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Stream The Afghan Whigs’ ‘Do to the Beast’ Now!

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The Afghan Whigs’ first full-length record in 16 years, Do to the Beast, comes out in just one week, and if you can’t wait another week, JUST ONE MORE G-D WEEK, we can completely sympathize. Thankfully, the good folks over at NPR Music have made it so you don’t have to wait another second–16 years is, in fact, long enough. Click HERE, to listen to the Do to the Beast, perhaps The Aghan Whigs best, if not most anticipated, record ever. And, I’d be doing a terrible job if I failed to mention that that’s not the only way to stream ALL of D2TB, if you pre-order the CD, LP, or digital version of the record from Sub Pop, you’ll automatically receive a link to immediately listen to the record.

One more time:

Listen to Do to the Beast via NPR Music’s First Listen here.

Pre-order Do to the Beast on CD/LP/DG here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Store In SeaTac Airport Opens May 1st (no fooling)

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Today, Tuesday April 1st marks Sub Pop Records’ 26th anniversary, and we’re celebrating by announcing our latest endeavor, the grand opening of the new Sub Pop retail store at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington!

The Sub Pop retail store will have something for everyone, featuring a variety of Sub Pop-related merchandise including music, apparel, books, special travel items, art and more.  Perfect for last minute mementos or to create a tuneful travel experience. The store’s general manager, Julie Butterfield, says of the outlet, “The fine folks at the Port of Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport are dedicated to expanding the local flavor and culture at the airport. There are already great local businesses in place and we are so excited to join the family.”

The Sub Pop retail store is scheduled to open May 1st, and will be located in the Central Terminal near the entrance to concourse C. The store will be open 365 days a year, with hours of operation from 6 a.m.- 10 p.m.  

Sub Pop is proud to be a part of Sea-Tac’s award-winning Dining & Retail program, which focuses on providing the traveling public and airport employees with shops, restaurants and services that exceed their expectations for customer service, quality, variety, affordability and that reflect a Pacific Northwest sense-of-place.  The program includes well-known national brand names as well as local favorites to meet a variety of needs and tastes.

Additionally, Sub Pop takes pride in its role as a member of the Pacific Northwest music community. Our vision is to help nurture and support artistic expression and creativity that we believe makes it extraordinary. The private/public partnership and effort between Sea-Tac Airport, the Seattle Music Commission, and PlayNetwork, and its comprehensive program to enhance the traveler’s experience through exposure to the diverse variety of musical artists from within the community, is on par with this vision. The program includes overhead music in common areas, a program of live artist performances in the terminal, artist- recorded overhead announcements, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network.

Posted by Sam Sawyer