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NEWS : MON, MAR 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s 2015 Loser Scholarship Details!

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Hey there!

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $15,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—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/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way.

To apply for these scholarships we would like you to submit an essay, no longer than one page, letting us know about one or more of the following topics:

What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?

How and/or 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/or who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send digital links and/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 April 2nd.

Please send all submissions and attachments to by April 2nd, 2015. We will announce the scholarship winners on April 15th.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, FEB 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Listen to Sub Pop’s Valentine’s Day Mix, “Love U / Hate U”

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We’re a bunch of romantics here at Sub Pop HQ, but like a jilted lover, if you screw us over, our love quickly turns into a viscous pail of blackened hatred that we’ll threaten to fill your lungs with. We decided to make a Valentine’s Day playlist that reflects this romantic insanity. We think you’ll enjoy it!

Spotify: Love U / Hate U 

Rdio: Love U / Hate U

BEATS: Love U / Hate U

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : Sat, DEC 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Staff and Artists Best of 2014 Lists

Topten 2014

2014 is coming to a close, which means that another wonderful (read: almost entirely not shitty!) chapter has come and gone in the annals of Sub Pop Records. It was nothing short of a banner year for us here at Sub Pop HQ; we released and reissued a couple dozen records, we welcomed a few new employees and artists into the family, and we opened a goddamn store in the Seattle Airport, all in the span of 12 months. We’re amazing. At least our loved ones think so. Anyway, as has become tradition, we’ve polled our roster of talented artists and staff about what made their 2014 special. What we landed on was a no-holds-barred, best-of 2014 list featuring the anythings and everythings that our big weird family loved this year. Peruse the lists below. (First Sub Pop artists, and then employees.) 

Enjoy, and happy holidays from Sub Pop to you. - x

Sub Pop Artist End of Year Lists:

Daughn Gibson

2014 Top 10 favorite movies from streaming sites

1.    “Children Underground”, Hulu - Homeless kids in Bucharest hustle and huff Aurolac.

2.    “Runaway Nightmare”, Fandor - Couple dumbass worm farmers get kidnapped by a sexy desert mafia.

3.    “Night of the Creeps”, Netflix - Classic horror goof about alien brain parasites that eat the prom.

4.    “Blue is the Warmest Color”, Netflix - Hyper erotic French romance with perfect sex scenes

5.    “Stranger than Paradise”, Hulu - Jarmusch kids smoke and talk and then drive around.

6.    “Edvard Munch”, Fandor - Norwegian expressionist painter puts fever to the canvas and gets punished by critics

7.    “Under the Skin”, Amazon Prime - ScarJo plays an alien who kidnaps Scottish men and folds them into horrible shapes

8.    “Nymphomaniac I & II”, Netflix - Lars Von Trier and Charlotte Gainsbourg untuck some boners

9.    “Dawn of an Evil Millennium”, Fandor - Absurdist horror from Damon Packard that probably influenced the hell out of Tim & Eric

10.    “The Beach Girls”, Youtube - Weirdly soothing USA Up all Night jawn from ‘82

2014 according to Goat Man:

Best music/ songs listened to during 2014, in no particular order: Grachan Moncur - When, Relatively Clean Rivers - Album, Trees - Streets of Derry, Dave Bixby - Ode to Quetzalcoatl, Fred Neil - Everybody´s Talkin´, Holy Wave - Relax, Byard Lancaster - It´s Not Up to Us, The Human Beast - s/t, John Martyn + Beverly - Stormbringer, Nico - These Days, Snapper - Buddy, Moby Grape - I Am Not Willing, The Shaggs - Who Are Parents

Shows, tv, movies etc - The Mighty Boosh, Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, In the Night Garden, Jodorowsky´s Dune, Prince of Jutland.

Food - Pasta with olive oil, moong dal and the enormous steak at Pappy and Harriets.

Bread - Finn Crisp.

Books - Sture Dahlström - Everything

Markus Acher - The Notwist

There was a lot of great music this year, especially lots of new bands or bands, that I never heard of before, like the wonderful Jam Money, Virginia Wing, Ultimate Painting and Death + Vanilla, all with equally adventurous and haunting music.
Shackleton is on another planet with his futuristic take on Kraut-electronics and Terry Riley, and Odd Nosdam did an incredible production for the new Kenny Dennis-LP. And there was so much more…Dean Blunt sampling the Pastels, the Roots, OOIOO, Fennesz…. and so many wonderful reissues.
And of course: Kathleen Hanna forever!

“the Punk Singer” DVD

Death and Vanilla EP / “Vampyr”

Virginia Wing - “Measures of Joy”

Ultimate Painting -”s.t.”

Jam Money “Blowing Stones”

Serengeti - “Kenny Dennis 3”

Shackleton “Deliverance Series No.1”

And three woderful compilations, I found in Mississippi-recordshop….no idea, when they were actually released…:
V.A._ “Anxious Color” (Mississippi)

Jean-Luc Godard “Bandes Originales 1959-1980” (Mississippi)

“1970s Algerian Folk and Pop” (Sublime frequencies)

Sarah Silverman:

New Basement Tapes “Lost on the River” the whole album is perfect

First Aid Kit “Stay Gold”

Jenny Lewis album,  “Voyager”

Birdman was my favorite movie this year

DONT STOP OR WE’LL DIE album “Gorgeous”


The brilliant video for Chandelier

WALK OFF THE EARTH’S cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” (and the video!)

Grand Budapest Hotel


Jeff Ryan (the baptist generals)

1. Mogwai - Rave Tapes
2. The Notwist - Close to the Glass
3. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
4. Real Estate - Atlas
5. Mogwai - Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1
6. Broncho
7. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
8. J. Mascis - Tied to a Star
9. Aphex Twin - Syro
10. Centro-matic - Take Pride in Your Long Odds

Joe Casey (Protomartyr):

1. Cheveu - Bum

2. Whatever Brains - 2x12” EP

3. The Rebel - K ROT

4. Feelings - Ends Meat

5. Priests - Bodies and Control and Money and Power

6. Spray Paint - Clean Blood, Regular Acid

7. Mordecai - Neil’s Generator

8. Total Control - Typical System

9. Eagulls - ST

10. G.Green - Area Codes

Single: The Intended - “Huguenot” b/w “The Alchemist”

Reissue: X_X - X Sticky Fingers X

Strange Wilds 2014 Top Ten

1. Taylor Swift - “1989”

1.5 Star Wars VII teaser trailer

2. Total Control - “Typical System”

3. Swansea City beating Man U on the opening day of the Premier League

4. Demo and Canada tapes - The Coneheads (seriously, check this band out )

4.5 Interstellar at the Pacific Science Center IMAX theater

5. Institute - “Salt”

6. Slowdive in Seattle

7. The Olympia HC Fest (thanks Jeff!!)

8. John Stewart’s piece about the events in Ferguson

9. Lowest Form - “Negative Ecstasy”

10. Getting signed to Sub Pop


Top Ten Greatest Instagram Interactions of 2014 (in no order)

1. The SXSW Okayplayer showcase with Erykah Badu, Thundercat, Cody ChestnuTT, SZA, Daley, Liam Bailey, Christian Tiger School, Young Fathers, Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton & Petite Noir.

Christian Tiger School deejayed for us and Erykah Badu said she loved us. Very bad ass!!

2. Meeting the lovely ladies of Broad City at the Planned Parenthood Fundraiser in NY. Such funny sweethearts.

3. Afro Punk two times. Performing w/ Shabazz Palaces is always church. Then our DJ set on this massive Red Bull truck was ultra fly. We even boogied with Zoe Kravitz for a magical moment.

4. Filming our second music video with Tiona was super #blackexcellence and #epicblackness. We took a sacred journey with artists who inspire us. We got to go inside Sun Ra’s house.

5. Our first time in China. We traveled to Shang Hai and Beijing. Girl group poses on the Great Wall and of course going down the slide.

6. Seeing KING live at MoCADA’s Soul Of Brooklyn. These ladies turned the park into a family reunion. At the end we had to take a KING & QueenS photo!

7. Expanding Black Weirdo to Minneapolis & DC. A bunch of new DJs & performers including Just Nine & Underdog. Both cities were unique but of course a Soul Train line broke out!

8. Meeting Meshell Ndegeocello & India Arie on different occasions. Both amazing women who’ve inspired our sound and are very supportive! HEART EYE EMOJIS

9. Touring with our new DJ Mursi Layne has been so good for us this year. She’s provided the perfect balance between our crazy asses.

10. Interviewing Aaron Neville with Okayplayer was so elegant and important to us. We met up at A-1 Records and picked his very experienced intelligent mind about music and spirituality. He was so warm and encouraging.

William Hutson of Clipping: 20 Albums

Marc Baron: Hidden Tapes (Potlatch)

The Body: I Shall Die Here (RVNG Intl.)

Cakes Da Killer: Hunger Pangs (Self-released)

Consumer Electronics: Estuary English (Dirter)

Diocletian: Gesundrian (Osmose Productions)

Dreamcrusher: Haine (This Ain’t Heaven Recording Concern/Lazed In You)

Kangding Ray: Solens Arc (Raster-Noton)

Kthoniik Cerviiks: Heptaedrone (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Kevin Gates: By Any Means (Self-released/BWA)

Lettera 22: Subsequent Teeth (Monorail Trespassing)

Mincemeat Or Tenspeed: Waiting For Surfin’ Bird (Decoherence)

Mohammad: Lamnè Gastama (Antifrost)

Michael Pisaro: Continuum Unbound (Gravity Wave)

Puce Mary: Persona (Posh Isolation)

Vanessa Rossetto: Whole Stories (Kye)

Run The Jewels: Run The Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)

Sissy Spacek/K2: Sissy Spacek/K2 (Helicopter)

Swallowed: Lunarterial (Dark Descent)

Tobias.: A Series Of Shocks (Ostgut Ton)

Y.G.: My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

15 Tracks:

Body/Head “The Canyon”

Dej Loaf “Try Me”

EMA “Satellites”

Future Islands “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

Gath Šmânê “Capillaries of Augury”

Hail Mary Mallon “Dollywood”

Kelis “Rumble (Actress Sixinium Bootleg Mix)”

Le1f “Boom”

Migos “Fake Watch Busta”

OG Maco (feat. 2 Chainz) “U Guessed It”

Pharmakon “Bang Bang”

Pusha T “Lunch Money”

Rich Gang (feat. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan) “Lifestyle”

Street Sects “Public School No. 4”

Youth Code “Consuming Guilt”

10 Archival Releases:

Alberich: NATO-Uniformen (Hospital Productions)

Vanessa Amara: Both Of Us & King Machine (Posh Isolation)

Suzanne Ciani: Liberator (Finders Keepers)

Demilich: 20th Adversary Of Emptyness (Svart Records)

Drexciya: Neptune’s Lair (Tresor)

Richard Maxfield: Richard Maxfield (Slowscan)

Regis: DN51 (Downwards)

Jean-Claude Risset: Music From Computer (Recollection GRM)

Small Cruel Party: Unroof The House Of The Fishes (Harbinger Sound)

Various: Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records (1986-1997) (Strut)

- And finally, 5 albums by artists we’ve toured with this year that would have absolutely been on my list had placing them there not looked so suspicious.

Busdriver: Perfect Hair (Big Dada)

Milo: A Toothpaste Suburb (Hellfyre Club)

Open Mike Eagle: Dark Comedy (Mello Music Group)

Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty (Sub Pop)

Signor Benedick The Moor: Opus 3 — Man Atop The Tower (Juicy)

Chad VanGaalen:

Top ten favourite synths.

1. Korg 770

2. Casio sk-1

3. Sequential sixtrak

4. Arp 2600

5. Buchla music easel

6. Korg mono/poly

7. Bug Brand board weevil

8. Yamaha cs-80

9. Roland sh-101

10. Arp solina

Jonathan Snipes of Clipping:

Top 10 film score reissues of 2014:

1. Vince DiCola - Transformers: The Movie (Intrada)

2. John Corigliano - Altered States (La-La Land)

3. Chuck Cirino - Chopping Mall (Waxwork)

4. Ennio Morricone - Danger: Diabolik!/For A Few Dollars More (Retro Recording Arts)

5. Philip Glass - Candyman (One Way Static)

6. Tangerine Dream - Wavelength (La-La Land)

7. Tim Krog - The Bogey Man (Howlin’ Wolf)

8. Ennio Morricone - Una Lucertola Con La Pella Di Donna (Beat)

9. Bendetto Ghiglia - New York Chiama Superdrago (Digitmovies)

10. John Williams - Spacecamp (Intrada)

Top 10 film scores that I *wish* had been reissued (or in some cases issued for the first time) in 2014:

1. John Williams - Heartbeeps

2. Riz Ortolani - Goodbye Uncle Tom

3. Ton Scherpenzeel - Spetters

4. Michael Boddicker - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

5. Ennio Morricone - The Thing (That bullshit re-recording from 2011 does *not* count)

6. Hans Zimmer & Trevor Horn - Toys

7. Jerry Goldsmith - Supergirl

8. Gil Mellé - The Andromeda Strain

9. Michel Polnareff - Lipstick

10. François Eudes-Chanfrault - Haute Tension

Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs):

São Paulo








New Orleans




Sohrab Habibion (Obits)

Top 25 albums from 1974 that I listened to in 2014:

Mulatu Astatke - Yèkatit: Ethio Jazz - Mulatu Astatke Featuring Fekade

Amde Maskal

Jorge Ben - A tábua de esmeralda

Big Star - Radio City

David Bowie - Diamond Dogs

J.J. Cale - Okie

Leonard Cohen - New Skin for the Old Ceremony

Cluster - Zuckerzeit

Betty Davis - They Say I’m Different

Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

Harmonia - Musik Von Harmonia

Hawkwind - Hall of the Mountain Grill

Keith Hudson & Family Man - Pick A Dub

Kraftwerk - Autobahn

Fela Ransome-Kuti and the Africa 70 - Confusion

The Meters - Rejuvenation

Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece

Randy Newman - Good Old Boys

Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information

Gram Parsons - Grievous Angel

Ann Peebles - I Can’t Stand the Rain

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango

Steve Reich & Musicians - Drumming; Music for Mallet Instruments,

Voices and Organ; Six Pianos

The Rolling Stones - It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll

Roxy Music - Country Life

Neil Young - On the Beach

Lyla Foy:

Top 10 stages we got to play this year.

Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium

Turner Hall, Milwaukee, USA

Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Café de la Danse, Paris, France

Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden

Pittsburg Winery, Pittsburgh, USA

Shüür, Luzern, Switzerland

Southbank Centre, London, UK

Garden Stage, End of the Road Festival, Dorset

Maag Halle, Zurich, Switzerland

Alan Sparhawk of Low:

Ten best shows I saw in 2014:

1 mark kozelek at Karpele’s museum in Duluth - beautiful space, he talked a lot, played “war on drugs suck my cock.”

2 portishead at ATP Iceland - heavy, sophisticated, committed.

3 Liars at ATP Iceland - so out, so good, ‘always love these guys.

4 slowdive in SF - whole tour was great, but this night they bent the space/time continuum.

5 Red Mountain at Bayfront park, Duluth - local collective brings the glitter to the end-of-summer party.

6 The Cloak Ox at Tycoons, Duluth. Andrew Broder makes everyone else look like lazy hacks.

7 Alpha Consumer in Mpls. acoustic show. Ok, I’ll use the word “supergroup”… Coolest guys in the tri-state.

8 Southwire at Sacred Heart in Duluth - the more difficult the venue, the more these guys shine.

9 the Drone-not-Drones 24 hour improv at the cedar in Mpls - lots of friends and a unifying concept.

10 Dawn of Midi at Big Ears festival - inspiring, so focused and human.

Marcus Pepperell  of THUMPERS

ten favourites

// little, big - john crowley (it’s new to me)

// swimming with salamanders in barton springs

// band-wide screen-sync of her flying to seattle

// our record in our arms like a tiny debossed baby

// sun club in phoenix, covered in tattoo ink


// doldrums - empire sound (also new to me)

// sharon van etten - are we there yet

// caribou, “second chance”

// having far-flung friends back in my life. god bless you, touring

Tacocat’s Best Of 2014!!

1.) Cupcake vodka

2.) Tacocat playing the Paramount!

3.) Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix

4.) Girl Pool

5.) Taco Bell FINALLY has breakfast (first meal)

6.) Muppets Most Wanted

7.) Releasing our record NVM on Hardly Art

8.) Stoner Girls Guide made us a Space Needle Bong/PAX made us a custom Tacocat vaporizer/JuJu Joints sponsored one of our tours

9.) Tacocat’s first European tour

10.) Shoko Matsuki

Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater)

Stuff that caught my eyes & ears, 2014:


God’ll Cut You Down – Jonathan Safran

H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald

Are You My Mother? - Alison Bechdel

After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests – Ted Rall

In Paradise and Sal Si Puedes – Peter Matthiessen

Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor

101 Two-Letter Words – Stephin Merritt and Roz Chast

Becoming Richard Pryor – Scott Saul

The Waves – Virginia Woolf

Wolf in White Van – John Darnielle

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Feathers – Thor Hanson

Lawrence in Arabia – Scott Anderson

Images of Muhammad – Tarif Khalidi


Point and Shoot – Marshall Curry

Citizenfour – Laura Poitras

Lawrence of Arabia – David Lean

A Most Wanted Man – Anton Corbijn

Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller

Pelo Malo – Mariana Rondon

Urgh!  A Music War – Derek Burbidge

Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel

Home of the Brave – Laurie Anderson


H to the He Who Am the Only One - Van der Graff Generator

Zeit - Tangerine Dream

Serial – Sarah Koenig

Ambient 4: On Land – Brian Eno

Outside the Circle of Fire – Chris Watson

Antarctica – Douglas Quin

No Flashlight – Mt Eerie

St Carolyn by the Sea– Bryce Dessner

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta– Bela Bartok

Yeezus – Kanye West

Angel Guts Red Classroom – Xiu Xiu

Brightly Painted One – Tiny Ruins

And that wonderful VU set


The Box-Death Hollow Wilderness, Utah

Dixie National Forest, Utah

Muley Twist Canyon, Utah

Swan River Valley, Montana

Upper Kintla Lake, Montana

Middle Santiam Wilderness, Oregon

Huntington Gardens, Los Angeles

Precipice Trail, Maine

Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

And pretty much the entire drive from Milan to Zurich


Mountain Goats, Montana

American Dippers, Utah

Great Horned Owl, Utah

Lewis’ Woodpecker, Montana

Rock Squirrel, Utah

Gray Jay (“Whiskeyjack”), Montana

Black Bear (eating huckleberries), Montana

White-tailed deer, downtown Beacon, NY

Coyote, just off the highway, Burbank, CA

Common Loon, calling: Montana

Common Raven, calling: Lower Manhattan

Peregrine Falcon vs. Red-Tailed Hawk: Lower Manhattan

Blue Whale: just west of Los Angeles (seen during takeoff from LAX)

Jason M. Reimer (The Baptist Generals)

Top 10 films of 2014:


A Girl Walks Home at Night Alone


Blue Ruin

20,000 Days on Earth



Grand Budapest Hotel

Under the Skin


Daveed Diggs & William Hutson of Clipping:

100s: IVRY

Avatar Darko: Soviet Goonion 3

Bankroll Fresh: Money To Die 4

Cousin Fik: Sickest Nigga Healthy 2

The Devil: Violence

Dreezy: Schizo

Gangsta Boo & La Chat: Witch

Kris Henry: 7

Kool John: Shmop City

Leikeli47: Lk-47 Pt. II

Lil Boosie: Life After Deathrow

Migos: Rich Nigga Timeline

OJ Da Juiceman & Criminal Manne: Kings Of The Trap

Philthy Rich: Sem City Money Man

Rich Gang (Young Thug, Birdman & Rich Homie Quan): Tha Tour Pt. 1

Rome Fortune: Small VVorld

Scotty ATL: Spaghetti Junction

Shy Glizzy: Young Jefe

Starlito: Insomnia Addict

ZlooperZ: Help

Jack Hamson (THUMPERS)

My Top 10 of 2014

St Vincent……. that record.. those shows.. that stance on everything. 100% <3 and respect

Sun In The Morning/Back In The Tall Grass by Future Islands……. falling in love is nice, huh? / being away is breathless

Every second of S07 E07 of Mad Men……. “… Spectacular…”

World Unknown, London……. Best all-night in London

Tonight by Clppng……. trying to write beats good enough to send these guys for a collab is 2015’s mission

Repulsive On Chocolate by Sun Club……. for reminding us why. +best tour friends ever

Are We There LP by Sharon VanEtten…….

Touring Galore……. getting your first record out is pretty big, but seeing where it takes you is better.. plus our first trips and the welcome we received from everyone at sub pop was truly heart warming ( thank you / #specialworkplace )

Linklater’s Boyhood……..

This youtube animation made australian jetlag waaaay easier…….

L2L (independent freelancer affiliated with Sub Pop)











Christopher Barnes (Gem Club)

1. A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atomos

2. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness

3. Lucrecia Dalt - S/T EP

4. Douglas Dare - Whelm

5. John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live in Concert

6. Jon Hopkins - Asleep Versions EP

7. Agnes Obel - Aventine Deluxe

8. Marissa Nadler - July

9. Owen Pallett - In Conflict

10. Stroboscopic Artefacts - Five Years of Artefacts 1+2

Sub Pop Staff End of Year Lists:

Megan Jasper

Top 10 Sub Pups (in no particular order after the first one):

1.       Yogi Bear Claw

2.       Chuy

3.       Edie

4.       Zooey

5.       Mars

6.       Poncho

7.       Memphis

8.       Maggie

9.       PJ

10.   Hazel

And the ultimate Sub Pup Hall of Famers, always remembered: Vito Pepperoni and Dinky

Nick Turner’s 2014 +/- in no particular order (excluding Sub Pop/Hardly Art activities, all of which are essential, and on sale!):

+The Gotobeds - Poor People are Revolting (12XU)

+Dave Eggers - The Circle

+Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit (Harbinger Sound)

+Birdman (mainly the film, but also Radio…)

-R.I.P to a bunch of legends: Bob Casale, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bobby Faust, Scott Asheton, Oderus Urungus, H.R. Giger, Doc Neeson, Dave Gregg, Eli Wallach, Tommy Ramone, Marilyn Burns, Don Pardo, Robin Williams

+The comical, public collapse of Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill empire

+Passing my third of KEXP’s Sonic Reducer into the exceptional hands of Jenn

-Breaking my own exceptional hand

+The Ukiah Drag - Dirt Trip (Wharf Cat)

+Demdike Stare - Test Pressing #5 (Modern Love)

+Total Control - Typical System (Iron Lung)

+Finding an Alice Cooper Russian nesting doll

-The sad descents of Malcolm Young’s health and Phil Rudd’s life in general

+Live shows by Die Antwoord, Blazing Eye, Una Bestia Incontrolable, Satan, Green Beret, Eel, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (also, people-watching at the Die Antwoord show)

+Pang - Young Professionals (Grazer)

-Cops killing people, and the ongoing existence of Rudy Giuliani

+Raspberry Bulbs - Privacy (Blackest Ever Black)

-New vinyl releases that don’t include downloads

+Binge-viewing Black Mirror/True Detective/The Killing on the idiot box

+Fine NW tunes by Vexx, Strange Wilds, Dream Decay, Convict, White Wards, Universe People, Gag, So Pitted

+This song

Mark Arm

Mark Arm’s best Sub Pop staff top 10 lists in alphabetical order:

1) Mark Arm

2) Sasha Barr

3) Sarah Cass

4) Nick Duncan

5) Derek Erdman

6) Cassidy Gonzales

7) Anna Lascurain

8) Sarah Moody

9) Ryan Oxley

10) Sam Sawyer

Honorable Mentions in no particular order:

Cayle Sharratt, Dusty Summers, Lacey Swain, Mary Wood, Bekah Zietz

Bekah Zietz

Protomartyr Under Color of Official Right

Run the Jewels 2

Perfume Genius Too Bright

Freddie Gibbs Piñata

Angel Olsen Burn your fire for no witness

Sharon VanEtten Afraid of Nothing

Zola Jesus Taiga

EMA The Future’s Void

War on Drugs Red Eyes

Shellac Dude Incredible

FKA Twigs LP1


Bitch slapping the use of #specialworkplace from the folks at Secretly Group and Mellie from Matador. The battle will proceed into 2015.

Iron Claw (Favorite record I found in 2014)

Broad City & Transparent  (TV)

Meeting Broad City (THANK YOU Cat from THEESatisfaction)

Warren’s Kids

Goldfish Crackers

Epic adventures

The phrase “Sneak alert”


Derek Erdman

1. Protomartyr Under Color of Official Right LP

2. Mirel Wagner When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day LP

3. Danger swimming at Second Beach

4. Moving into the four bedroom dream apartment

5. Finally discovering Rancho Bravo

6. Georgia “Georgie” Elizabeth Art

7. Eddie Bauer Sweaters for women

8. Steak

9. My wonderful co-workers

10. THE CREW 2015

James Bertram

Top 2014 DANGles 2014:

Survival Knife

Naomi Punk

102.5 KZOK

Shabazz Palaces (best raps)


Broken Water


Mudhoney/ M.Arm


LAL/ Jayne

Coffin Pricks


“Salad Days”- Minor Threat

Dusty Summers (is a work in progress)
  • Rome A Passage to Rhodesia

  • Damien Jurado Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun

  • Protomartyr Under Color of Official Right

  • Amen Dunes Love

  • Sun Kil Moon Benji

  • Future Monster Mixtape

  • Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal

  • Big K.R.I.T. Cadillactica

  • Mogwai Rave Tapes

  • Wooden Wand Azog-Toth

  • Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else

Sam Sawyer

2014 Favorite Records:

  • Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

  • Trey Songz - Trigga

  • Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso

  • Sam Outlaw - 5 Song EP

  • James Apollo - Little War, Little Less

  • Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

  • Future Islands - Singles

  • Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica

  • Protomartyr - That Really Fucking Good Protomartyr Record

  • Amen Dunes - Love

  • Hookworms - The Hum

  • Spoon - They Want My Soul

  • War on Drugs - The War on Drugs Record That Came Out This Year

  • Popcaan - Where We Came From

  • Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love

2014 Favorite Other:

  • Mars (Adopted dog)

  • Uhh Yeah Dude (Podcast)

  • Serial (Podcast)

  • Startup (Podcast)

  • Cosmos Reboot (Television)

  • True Detective (Television)

  • Mountain man-style living (Mountain cabin near Rainier that I frequent)

  • Fitness regime (Too much exercise is never enough)

  • My undying dedication to Chipotle (Mexican Grille)

  • 418 Public House (Bar/Mexican restaurant I frequent frequently)

  • PHHHOTO (Gif sharing social app (get on it and find me @samsawyer))

  • McSweeney’s Best Joke Ever Column (Most thoughtful column there is on the subject of jokers)

  • Seahawks winning the Superbowl (Major distinction for our city, however short-lived it is proving to be)

Cayle S

5 Great Sub Pop Things (aka ICYMI):

clipping. – Knees On the Ground, a track in response to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO and resulting protests; don’t forget to read their accompanying statement

The Notwist – Kong video for the catchy as hell single from their textured release Close to the Glass; fun game, play this track at a party and have people guess who the artist is, if anyone guesses correctly, call them “Poindexter” for the rest of their glory-filled life

Rose Windows – There is a Light video for their single of the same name released this summer; be not afraid friends, the cult cliché video is alive and well (see also, J Mascis – Every Morning video, from his release Tied to a Star; and watch for the cameo at 2:00 to see The Man, who inevitably takes it all down)

Shabazz Palaces – Motion Sickness theatrical video, not to mention the out-of-this-world flawless album from which it appeared, Lese Majesty

THUMPERS – perform Together Now live in-studio at KEXP, a song from these Brits’ smooth release Galore; also, don’t sleep on their track Devotee (feat. Jena Malone)

5 Great Non-Sub Pop Things (aka What I Spent My Hard Earned Money On):

Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues album; not that anyone would expect anything less from frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, but this album is a completely unfiltered, unapologetic transgender story; check them out performing FUCKMYLIFE666 on Letterman (spoiler: Dave fails to mention the song title)

Banner Pilot – album Souvenir, including the song/lyric video for Modern Shakes, which features found footage of 1950s era skid row in Minneapolis, the band’s hometown

Chris Cresswell (of the Flatliners) – Self Titled album (One Week Records acoustic release); check him out performing Meet Me in the Shade from this album; it’s a gem, and he’s Canadian, so if you listen real close you can hear the politeness in his voice

The Menzingers – Rodent, from probably my favorite album of the year, top-to-bottom, Rented World; this particular song compares the existence of a mouse in a house to that of a bar-dwelling band member in a relationship; in concludes “Me and the rodent in the wall have more in common after all / I am only bad news for you”; classic!

Morning Glory – album War Psalms; check out the video for Punx Not Dead, I Am featuring a cameo from “The Rent Is Too Damn High” Guy; this album blew my mind, it was one of those where I knew nothing about them before this, so I had no expectations, but it’s so cohesive, and earnest, and vibrant; I highly recommend it if you’re into that sorta thing

5 Great Under-the-Radar Things (aka I Know About These Artists, You Should Check ‘Em Out Too):

The Accidentals – these youngsters from the Mitten State have written and created more lovely music in their short careers than most could even dream to do; their Bandcamp page features their most recent full length release, Bittersweet; also check out their live cover of Cold War Kids’ Hang Me Out to Dry, it’s legit

Betty and the Boy – listen to their album The Wreckage on their Bandcamp page; I saw them perform as a duo at The Sunset in Ballard as part of the One Week Records Tour; great Pacific NW acoustic folk

Perdition – here’s their single …The Pursuit of Sexiness from their Bandcamp page, which I think was released as a 7” just for their spring European tour, super rare (unless you live in Europe, I guess); totally into the sound, songwriting, and sexiness (what else could you possibly want?; don’t be greedy)

The Unfit – a small, rough sample of their blunt, intelligent thrash is available on their Soundcloud page; looking forward to more of this…hopefully

Wild Throne – their EP Blood Maker is heavy shit, literally and figuratively; literally, as in progressive heavy metal shredding; and figuratively as in it’s far from shit, it’s actually quite good

5 Other Great Things (aka Here’s Some Other Cool Stuff From 2014, According to Me):

Beastie Boys v. GoldieBloxTM Lawsuit Settlement – resulted from unauthorized use of a derivative of a BBs song in a GB commercial; the settlement included: (1) a public apology from GB and (2) GB paying of a portion of their revenues to charities of the BB’s choice; a pro-artist copyright law smack down

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – look, look how fun, interesting, and timely television journalism can be, LOOK!

LOSER Sub Pop Scholarship Review Committee – what a great thing our HQ leaders have done in offering annual scholarships to WA and OR high school seniors going on to college, but it pales in comparison to the great things these local youths are doing for the arts in their communities; I got to see first-hand just how many amazing, dedicated, and talented kids there are and it was inspiring to be involved; here are this year’s winners!

Seahawks Win SuperBowl TM XLVIII – including all the subsequent hullabaloo on the streets of the Emerald City; plus, Marshawn Lynch is a boss

That’s Legislation, Holmes – for the first time ever, WA State Supreme Court holds WA State Legislature in contempt of court for failing to provide constitutionally adequate funding for WA public schools as outlined in the McCleary decision

Mary Wood

Top 10 Albums/Tracks/Shows of 2014

  • Sharon Van Etten Are We There –and in particular the gut wrenching, rip your heart out track, “Your Love is Killing Me”.

  • FKA twigs LP1

  • Sun Kil Moon Benji

  • Protomartyr Under Color of Official Right

  • Moonface City Wrecker EP

  • Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness

  • Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty album + the album release show @ Nuemos. GD magic.

  • Lykke Li “No Rest for the Wicked”

  • The War On Drugs Lost in the Dream + dang that “Red Eyes” is catchy.

  • Seeing Goat perform live. Now that is something.

Top 10 Life Stuff of 2014
  • Serial —the podcast that sparked an obsession with podcasts

  • Alive Inside –a brilliant film that speaks to the essence of music touching the human spirit. pure beauty.

  • Spending a week at the beach in North Carolina with my niece + nephew

  • Waterfall cliff jumping in Maui

  • Seeing The Book of Mormon on my birthday

  • Summer lake swims after work

  • Rooftop yoga

  • #66 noodle bowl at Green Leaf in the International District

  • Best book I read: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

  • Transparent on Amazon –television gold

Ryan Oxley

- Protomartyr Under Color of Official Right

- Let’s Wrestle S/T

- Total Control Typical System

- Mazes Wooden Aquarium

- Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness

- The Gotobeds Poor People Are Revolting

- OFF Festival, Katowice, Poland

- That August weekend in London when Pissed Jeans played Birthdays, METZ played The Shacklewell Arms and Protomartyr played the Brixton Windmill.

- The tuna steak sandwich on sweet potato and carob bread at Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon.

Anna Lascurain

Top 10 Albums

  • Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line

  • Haley Bonar, Last War

  • Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty

  • Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

  • Hurray for the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes

  • Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness

  • Sharon Van Etten, Are We There

  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Half the City

  • Luluc, Passerby

  • S, Cool Choices

Top 10 Other (in chronological order)

  • Sleep No More, NYC (x2)

  • Neutral Milk Hotel @ Neptune Theatre

  • One year at Sub Pop / One year in Seattle

  • San Antonio Spurs winning their 5th NBA Championship in 15 years

  • The Book of Mormon @ Paramount Theatre

  • Hiking the Naches Peak Loop Trail in Mount Rainier National Park and getting a more up close and personal look at Mount Rainier

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson @ Paramount Theatre

  • Obvious Child

  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler

  • Shovels & Rope @ Neptune Theatre

Nick Duncan

Top 10 records, no order

- Alvvays – S/T

- Creepoid – S/T

- Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

- Alex G – DSU

- LVL UP – Hoodwink’d

- Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

- Freddie Gibbs & Madlip – Piñata

- Bob Mould – Beauty and Ruin

- Happy Diving - Big World

- Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right

5 Other Things That Were Pretty Great in 2014

- Seahawks are NFC Champions, Super Bowl Champions

- True Detective

- Star Wars trailer doesn’t look horrible

- My best friend joined The Sidekicks, who have a new record on Epitaph next year

- Moved out of the U District, finally


Releases that actually came out in 2014

Goat - Commune (second fave live act of the year, tied with Protomartyr)

Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right (second fave live act of the year, tied with Goat)

War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream

Alt-J - This Is All Yours

S - Cool Choices

Dawnbringer- Night of the Hammer


Eagulls - S/T

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - Dereconstructed (fave live act of the year)

Lykke Li - I Never Learn

Mogwai - Rave Tapes

Chad VanGaalen - Shrink Dust

Jason Isbell Live at Austin City Limits

Releases that didn’t come out this year, but I finally got around to listening to

Daughter - If You Leave

DIIV - Oshin

Duane Allman - An Anthology Vol 1 & 2

Boz Scaggs - S/T

Volcano Choir - Repave

High Spirits - Another Night



Gravity, Interstellar, Alive Inside, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story(2012), Birdman, Fury, Gone Girl, Locke, The Fault in Our Stars, Edge of Tomorrow, Snowpiercer, Guardians of the Galaxy, A Most Wanted Man, True Detective, Serial, Sound Opinions, Radiolab, TAL, Snap Judgement, 99% Invisible, Mark Arm

Other things

Opening the airport store was pretty cool. Not bad

SP Euro trip was also pretty not bad. Bonding time with Lee Bains & co, plus seeing Outkast with Lee Bains & The Glory Fires, Metz, and Rose Windows was pretty a-ok. Kleinsmith family time in Gothenburg. Oh, and seeing Graveyard & Bombus play in the Six Flags of Sweden was a unique experience.

Sarah Cass

Things I Loved in 2014:

  • Discovering estate sales, and going every weekend!

  • Almost six months at Sub Pop!

  • The Arch, the City Museum, paddle boating around Forest Park, Meramac Caverns, a ghost tour of the Lemp Mansion, Ted Drewes, flea markets in Springfield, and two full days of riding roller coasters at Six Flags in Missouri.

  • Falling in love with the Seattle and St. Louis World’s Fairs and the Space Needle.

  • Jewelry shopping, seeing the world’s biggest dreamcatcher and saguaro cactus for the first time, and eating a navajo taco at Jerry’s Cafe in Gallup, NM.

  • Spending 24 hours in Nashville and making it to the Grand Ole Opry, Bryan White’s 20th anniversary fan club party, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Also, food at the Wild Cow and a color photo booth at Third Man Records!

  • Having a tintype photo taken in the parking lot of a fancy bar, seeing The Zombies/photographing The Fresh & Onlys (with broken equipment!) at Psych Fest, eating vegan ice cream with glitter sprinkles with my cousin, seeing the bats fly from under the bridge, and breakfast at Counter Culture with a big group of Denver friends in Austin, Texas.

  • A day off in San Francisco visiting the Musée Mécanique arcade, Ripley’s mirror maze, Fisherman’s wharf, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, and staying in the fanciest hotel I’ve ever stayed in, in the middle of the longest move of my life.

  • Discovering my love of original photo booths and taking at least one every month this year.

  • A very fun, cold, and colorful photo shoot with Oozing Wound for Thrill Jockey, beluga whales at the Shedd aquarium, Wooly Mammoth, a free day at the Surgical Museum, Lincoln Park Conservatory, and the Chicago diner again and again.  

  • Visiting the Polyvinyl office in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois to meet the nicest people ever and a stop for lunch with the ladies of Bellwether Manufacturing/SC Distribution in Bloomington, Indiana.

  • Exploring old architecture in Detroit and french fries at Luci and Ethel’s.

  • Showing my favorite person around Colorado for the first time and visiting Casa Bonita, Lakeside, going bowling with my mom, the dinosaur museum, visiting the Colorado National Monument, four-wheeling on Douglas Pass, fossil hunting, shooting guns with my dad, hanging with my grandma, Watercourse and City ‘o’ City, and seeing my very best friends.

  • KIRO radio while sitting in traffic to and from work.

  • Night swimming in Olympia and Boston Harbor jellyfish and phosphorescent plankton.

Cassidy Gonzales

Some Favorite Things of 2014

- Seahawks NFC Championship win over San Francisco (A.K.A. The Real Superbowl)

- Ben Frost - Aurora

- Luluc - Passerby + Live at the Fremont Abbey

- Nils Frahm - Spaces + Live at Neumos

- Boyhood - a film by Richard Linklater

- Getting to see 2 of my good friends finally tie the knot after 12+ years together

- Sharon Jones & the DapKings Live @ the Showbox

- Mogwai in 3 parts: Live @ Sasquatch + Rave Tapes + Come On Die Young Box Set.

- Another year of great podcasts (including the formation of Radiotopia) with new shows and consistently entertaining staples: Radiolab (listen to the episode on rabies if nothing else), Serial, 99% Invisible, Love + Radio, Strangers, Criminal, WWDTM, TAL

- Innovation - my favorite “new” game I played this year

- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

- Record shopping and beer tasting road trip in Astoria, OR.

- Recording Nightmare Fortress’ first album with Erik Blood.

- Moving in and making a home together with my lady.

Sarah Moody
(Hardly Art)

0. Hardly Art, Sub Pop, and one million great live shows and records from each, duh.

1. Hiss Golden Messenger - Bad Debt (Paradise of Bachelors) – Admittedly a reissue, but I didn’t (and didn’t want to) listen to anything more than this record for the majority of 2014.

2. The Coathangers - Suck My Shirt (Suicide Squeeze)

3. Cold Beat - Over Me (Crime on the Moon)

4. Releasing righteous records by both Web of Sunsets (Room of Monsters) + Stickers (Swollen) on End of Time

5. Perfume Genius - Too Bright (Matador)

6. Rainier (the place, not the beer)

7. Caribou - Our Love (Merge)

8. Moonface - “Daughter of a Dove” (Jagjaguwar)

9. TR/ST - Joyland (Arts & Crafts)

10. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat - Party Jail (Infinity Cat)

11. Sea Oleena - Shallow (Lefse)

12. Hanging with Emily and Marah at OFF Fest and eating pierogis to my heart’s content while watching excellent bands and the Polish crowd taking it all in.

13. Vessel - Punish, Honey (Tri Angle)

14. Trips to the Oregon coast + Olympic peninsula + rediscovering Astral Weeks

15. Sharon Van Etten - “Break Me” (Jagjaguwar)

16. Amen Dunes - Love (Sacred Bones)

17. Wimps - Party at the Wrong Time 7” (Help Yourself) + Couches EP (Self-released)

18. All things Protomartyr + working with Jenn Ghetto again

19. Run the Jewels - RTJ2 (Mass Appeal)

20. Copeland - Because I’m Worth It. (Self-released)

21. I’m free.


Protomartyr Under Color of Official Right

Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty

Luluc Passerby

King Tuff Black Moon Spell

Dreamsalon Soft Stab

Stickers Swollen

Matthew Melton Outside of Paradise

Chad VanGaalen Shrink Dust

Mirel Wagner When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day

Overall Weirdest/Hardest/Most Uncomfortable Year of My Life = GOOD RIDDANCE 2014.

Chris Jacobs

Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love (Matador)

Total Control - Typical System (Iron Lung)

Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right (Hardly Art)

Sun Kil Moon - Benji (Caldo Verde)

Real Estate - Atlas (Domino)

Spoon - They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)

Shellac - Dude Incredible (Touch and Go)

Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)

Bobby Bare Jr. - Undefeated (Bloodshot)

Liars - Mess (Mute)

Garrett Kelly

Space Lady - Street busking legend!!

Briana Marela -

Spooky Black -

+HIRS+ -

Somesurprises -

Fantasy A:


Moon Joe - (3 year old playing at Hollow Earth Radio Magma Fest) -

Dex Amora -

Funky Photos:

Gang Wizard -

This Is My Condition -

Signor Benedick the Moor -

Sippin’ In Seattle’s Latte Land -

Hashtagtits -


My son’s first business -

Clearinghouse -

Hollow Earth Radio getting an FM frequency -

The Early Clues Employee Handbook -

That Comet that makes music:

This weird acoustic instrument that sounds like a synthesizer:

Seattle Rock Orchestra doing a cover of Jan Terri’s ‘Get Down Goblin’

Dying my armpits:

Julie Butterfield

In the Plus Column for 2014:

*Getting hired at Sub Pop for Airport Shop

*The return of Sleater-Kinney & the beautiful new box set

*Celebrating milestone birthday in LA

*Getting to know the retail kids (awesome, unique, sweet, smart)

*HQ staff Guest Cashier Days at Airport Shop

*WA summer trips: Anacortes, hidden beaches on Camano & Bainbridge, Lake Quinault with family, Lake Union kayaking

*New babies of loved ones

*All of the rad girls in bands on Hardly Art

* #HandsUpDon’tShoot #ICan’tBreathe

*Seattle shows: The Kills, Luluc, King Tuff, La Sera, Ex Hex, THEESatisfaction w/Shabazz Palaces, Love As Laughter, Mudhoney, Aislers Set, J Mascis at Sea-Tac

*Books: A Light That Never Goes Out/Tony Fletcher, Romany and Tom/Ben Watt,  

Sub Pop USA/Bruce Pavitt, The Circle/Dave Eggers

* Organizing the Cage !

Olivia Riley

Top 10 albums for 2014:

1.) Shabazz Palaces-Lese Majesty

2.) Protomartyr-Under Color of Official Right

3.) Iska Dhaaf-Even the Sun Will Burn

4.) S-Cool Choices

5.) J Mascis-Tied to a Star

6.) Stickers-Swollen

7.) FF- Lord

8.) King Tuff-Black Moon Spell

9.) Constant Lovers-Experience Feelings

10.) Perfume Genius-Too Bright

Jackson Hathorn

10. The War on Drugs, Neptune Theatre, March 28th

9. Future Islands, the Crocodile, April 3rd

8. Stephen Malkmus and Speedy Ortiz, Neptune Theatre, April 12th

7. Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty premiere, Pacific Science Center Laser Dome, April 26th

6. Small tomato pie and a $1 Budweiser, Italian Family Pizza, August 27th

5. The Replacements, Bumbershoot, August 31st

4. My first trip to Discovery Park after living in Seattle for 7 years, November 9th

3. Bill Callahan in my headphones, Big Sur, November 16th

2. FKA twigs, the Showbox, November 18th

1. All the songs I sang with my friends, karaoke at Bush Garden, too many nights to count

Jacob Powers


1. Throwing Muses - Purgatory/Paradise (Dec. ‘13 counts as ‘14 to me)

2. Cold Beat - Over Me (Crime On The Moon)

3. Cousins - Halls of Wickwire (Ba Da Bing!, Hand Drawn Dracula)

4. Poino - Von Ick Voyeur (and Moan Loose;2010) (Horse Arm)

5. Cabana - Normal City (not on label)

6. Sabina - Toujours (Bar None)

7. Mega Bog - Gone Banana (Couple Skate)

8. Guy Blakeslee - Ophelia Slowly (Lolipop, Everloving)

9. Lyla Foy - Mirrors the Sky (Sub Pop)

10. Show: Sebadoh and Thurston Moore Band - live at Neumos

11. Show: Chad Vangaalen and Cousins - live at Tractor Tavern

12. Show: Throwing Muses - live at Triple Door

13. Show: Entrance Band with Cabana and Low Hums - live at Vera Project

14. Show: Courtney Barnett - live at Neptune and Sonic Boom Records

15. Show: Slowdive and Low - Live at Neptune

16. Film: Nightcrawler ( imo film works as an interesting addendum to Network; 1976.)

17. Film: Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (ballsy solo timbral jazz drums soundtrack. Hilarious film.)


1. Hobosexual live at Silver Platters Record Store Day; finally. Rocked!

2. Getting hired by Sub Pop; making new friends; realizing I already had friends and acquaintances working there; Garrett k, Dean W, Sasha M, Nick T, Mark P.

3. Chad Vangaalen during Port of Seattle Director speech; plus live at Seatac, on American tipping: “your money’s no good to me!”

3. Catching up with Bill Frisell at Seatac; I always bring up the past (ECM yeah!)

4. Chatting with Mark Pickerel about the past and finding out some great stories and history about Screaming Trees, Wipers, and Nirvana.

4. Chatting with Jonathan and Lenka about Polish rock history; Niemen; SBB!!

5. Knowing Bernard Georges from the Throwing Muses via sister; thank you for book edition of new album!

6. Getting Dave Grohl’s autograph on a post-it-note for my sister; she was skeptical.

7. Meeting Lyla Foy’s parents and talking with her father about his Native American research.

8. Meeting Jenn Ghetto (longtime Carissa’s Wierd and S fan) at Seatac!

9. Sleater-Kinney reissues; box set; signed!!!; meeting Janet and her sister, but missing out on Carrie and Corin; Julie hailed The Hot Rock  cab (always my favorite S-K)!!!

10. Getting coffee with John Cleese; sort of.

11. J Mascis live at Seatac; meeting J; discovering Dinosaur Jr. has an immaculate coffee table art book available; Need!!!

12. Sonic Highways Seattle cameo; Watching it with my Grandma in San Francisco, who told me “you just didn’t ever hear that (“F”) word when I was growing up” concluding afterwards that “they all seem like nice people” :)

Rachel Rhymes

1. Mac Demarco - Salad Days

2. Courtney Barnett - The Double EP

3. S - Cool Choices

4. Owls - Two

5. Aphex Twin - Syro

6. Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right  

7. Mirah - Changing Light

8. Liars - Mess

9. King Tuff - Black Moon Spell

10. Taylor Swift - 1989

1. Street legal gay married

2. Moved to Seattle

3. Dream job

4. Ferries to islands

5. Calling Dr. Laura - graphic novel by Nicole Georges


7. Aislers Set reissues + show w/ WIMPS + Childbirth

8. Cassingle And Loving It Records releases Roxanne Roxanne + Slutty Hearts + Hibou

9. Birthday in NY during CMJ, Sub Pop hardly Art showcase

10. Slowdive / Low @ Neptune

Frank Nieto

Favorite Albums & TV Shows of 2014

Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty

Wye Oak Shriek

Protomartyr Under The Color Of Official Right

Ex Hex Rips

St. Vincent S/T

FKA Twigs LP1

Aphex Twin - Syro

Perfume Genius Too Bright

Dum Dum Girls Too True

EMA The Future Void

Azealia Banks Broke With Expensive Taste

Future Islands Singles



Orphan Black

Broad City

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

House of Cards

Jane The Virgin

Mad Men

Orange is the New Black

The League

Parks and Recreation

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, DEC 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Third Annual SMooCH - Benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital

Smooch14 large withband
Seattle! The insanely memorable and very worthy charity concert event, SMooCH, is happening once again this year, and it features a number of Sub Pop acts both past and present: Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), THEESatisfaction, and Shabazz Palaces, as well as the Seattle band STAG.

This year’s show is only a few days away and it’s going to be amazing!  We can’t wait to see you on Saturday. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet there’s still a chance to do it now! It’s going to be an amazing night and we don’t want you to miss it!

VIP’s don’t forget that this year’s event is a bit different, ONLY YOU will be allowed early access to the Showbox with VIP doors opening at 5:30pm. You won’t want to miss this part of the night as only VIPs will get the chance to bid on all the amazing silent auction items this year.

Here’s what you can expect with your VIP ticket:

5:30pm  VIP doors open and Silent Auction begins. Your ticket includes dinner, drinks and dessert until 8pm

7 pm short program and Raise the Glass opportunity

7:30pm Silent Auction will close (make sure you’re there to get your bid in!)

While you’re bidding, raising your paddle and mingling you’ll enjoy authentic cajun food from Jemil’s Big Easy (it’s the real thing y’all),  a special dessert created just for this event from Trophy Cupcake, fantastic wine from Purple Star, (free beer, wine and well drinks until 8pm) and great music from KEXP DJs. Once the general admission doors open at 8pm all of this magic will dissapear so don’t miss out on this special part of the night we’ve got set aside just for you!

For all of our SMooCH guests,  bands will begin taking the stage with:

STAG at 8:30pm

Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction at 9:10pm

Iron and Wine at 10:30pm

Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses at 11:25pm

Stick around because we’ve got a special treat at the end and you won’t want to miss any of the music! Everyone will have a chance to give, buy raffle tickets, listen to awesome music and enjoy the party!

We hope you can’t wait,  just like us.

See you at the show!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : FRI, NOV 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

20% Off All Orders $20 Or More!

Blog 20splenty

The holiday shopping race is officially on, and we at Sub Pop are once again participating in the insatiable consumerism by offering you, the taste-making music consumer, 20% off your orders of $20 or more!* It’s simple, if your shopping cart has at least $20 worth of Sub Pop merchandise, you’ll automatically receive 20% off at check out.

So, in the spirit of the season, shop the Sub Pop Annual 20’s Plenty Holiday Sale for all of the sonically enlightened people on your shopping lists!

*Sleater-Kinney’s Start Together box set, as well as all pre-orders, are exempt from this promotion. Sorry ‘bout that!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, NOV 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM

#TBT: Jale’s “All Ready”

Take a peek at the 1996 Jale video for the lost gem, “All Ready” off of their record So Wound.

Posted by Sam Sawyer