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.
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.
SUB POP RECORDS IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2014 LOSER SCHOLARSHIP
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?
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 email@example.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
2013 4th Ave., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121
$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.
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.
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.
UPDATE: The retail store is fully staffed at this time, however, we’re always accepting resumes. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Sub Pop is currently accepting resumes from energetic, responsible, detail-oriented, and dependable candidates for full-time Sales Clerk positions at our new store at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, opening April 2014.
Responsibilities include: • Greeting and assisting customers in a friendly manner.
• Full compliance with Sea-Tac operation rules and strict TSA regulations and restrictions.
• Efficiently handling cash and credit card transactions. • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively.
• Availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
• Assist in organizing and restocking the store.
• Maintaining the general appearance of the store. • Contributing to the team retail effort by accomplishing related tasks as needed.
Qualified candidates will have: • Previous experience in the retail environment.
• Knowledge of the Sub Pop catalog, Pacific Northwest music, the Seattle music community, and the City of Seattle.
• A friendly and enthusiastic disposition with customers and staff.
• Strong and clear communication skills.
• A general understanding of retail Point of Sale systems.
• Flexibility in schedule and willingness to work early or late hours.
The Sub Pop Retail Store will have unusually long hours, generally 6am - 10pm, and will remain open 365 days a year.