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NEWS : WED, MAR 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sales Clerks Needed For Sub Pop Retail Store (Now Hiring)

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UPDATE: The retail store is fully staffed at this time, however, we’re always accepting resumes. Email to 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.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAR 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop At the Katowice, Poland OFF Festival!

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Sub Pop is very pleased to announce our involvement with this year’s OFF Festival, to be held August 1st-3rd in Katowice, Poland.  Now in its 8th year, the lineup features the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deafheaven, Glenn Branca, Fuck Buttons, Loop, Earth, Dean Wareham, Dirty Beaches, Chelsea Wolfe, Perfume Genius, Perfect Pussy and more to be announced.

On Friday, August 1st Sub Pop will curate the Experimental Stage, with a lineup that includes artists from the labels roster, past and present, our sister label Hardly Art, and a few Polish bands. Artists performing include: Wolf Eyes, Rose Windows, clipping., Lyla Foy, Protomartyr, Kaseciarz (Krakow, PL) and Wild Books (Warszawa, PL).   

Please find additional information about each of the performers below.

Wolf Eyes
“Choking Flys” (From No Answer - Lower Floors / Destijl)

Some say Rock N Roll will never reach the same primitive raw vein hit of Bo Diddley at his more subhuman lurch, or that no unit could ever scramble the marbles left of what brain-boiling suburban electronic punk outsiders did in the mid-’70s: Whatever you think, there is no denying the homemade nuclear war Wolf Eyes has declared on music. Wolf Eyes was birthed in the shadows of late-’90s Michigan. However, Wolf Eyes has grown beyond a band into a collective mutant ensemble, an art abstraction unit: musicians, print makers, photographers and more, all sharing a primal vision of decoding the wilderness of the humanoid soul using their deep audio arsenals. 

“Work Work” feat. Cocc Pistol Cree (From CLPPNG / Sub Pop)

Before the release of clipping.’s debut, 2013’s Midcity, the trio of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson did not expect to find an audience for their abrasive brand of rap music. But since the formation of clipping. and the release of their debut album, the field of commercial music enlarged ever so slightly, making room again for noisier, more adventurous elements in electronic production. Examples of this have been incremental, mere baby steps, so far. And despite clipping.’s insistence that they’re really just making rap— not noise-rap, industrial-rap, or any other mashup genre— their music might be more sonically challenging than that of the punkish rap rockers, lo-fi bedroom producers, and street goth hybridist’s they’ve been lumped with so far. The band will release their Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG, this June.

Lyla Foy
“Feather Tongue” (From Mirrors the Sky / Sub Pop)

Lyla Foy (formerly known as WALL) released Mirrors the Sky, her Sub Pop debut in March. The London singer and producer specializes in intimate vocals effortlessly intertwined with delicate, emotive instrumentation. The production is an integral part of her writing process, capturing not only the intended notes but also the incidental and accidental sounds that bring the recordings to life and provide endless intrigue. While the patter of keyboards, guitars and pulsing bass lines create a beguiling backdrop, it’s Foy’s sense of melody and turn of phrase that takes centre stage. Subtle nods to classic refrains, mingled with her own inflection, suggest a writer who draws from many different eras, resulting in a sound that is both timeless yet modern.

“Scum Rise” (from Under Color of Official Right / Hardly Art)

Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates — guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson — the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band’s sophomore LP and Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right.

Rose Windows
“Heavenly Days” (From The Sun Dogs / Sub Pop)

Rose Windows began in late 2010 in Seattle. On their debut album, The Sun Dogs, the band incorporates elements of The Band, The Doors’ organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s dirges, along with Persian, Indian, and Eastern European music.  Rose Windows have toured the West Coast several times, fluidly sharing the stage with underground art-metal bands one night and popular indie Americana acts the next. The Sun Dogs was recorded and produced by Randall Dunn (SunnO))), Boris, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle.

Wild Books
“Oranges & Lemons” (from Wild Books / Instant Classic)

Who said you could only play rootsy, dirty, sunburned rock in Texas or Tennessee? The duo Wild Books proves that you set out from a Polish garage to follow in the footsteps of Jack White and The Black Keys. Wild Books’ self-titled 2014 debut record showcases retro-rock in its whole ass-kicking glory.

“Dance” (from 
Motörcycle Rock and Roll / Instant Classic)

Three years ago, this guy proved you could be a surfer in southern Poland. This year he’s back with Motörcycle Rock and Roll, a mix of psychedelia, garage, and surf, or as he likes to call it, “garbage rock.” Fortunately the sound quality is inversely proportional to its aesthetic value. Maciej Nowacki’s music will blow your socks off, even though he himself admits that the only reason he got into music in the first place was to prove he was in the arts at parties.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, MAR 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Listen to The Afghan Whigs’ New Song “The Lottery”. Now.

Do to the Beast, The Afghan Whigs first full length record in over a decade and a half, is covered from track to track and from sleeve to spine with eager anticipation. The unveiling of the first single, ”Algiers”, made it instantly clear that the new record from Greg Dulli & Co. has earned all of that eager anticipation, hoopla, fanfare, etc. “The Lottery”, a second peek into DttB, just reinforces how welcome The Afghan Whigs’ return truly is. Listen to that track in the embedded player.

Pre-order Do to the Beast from Sub Pop now, and get instant access to an entire stream of the record! If you pre-order the record on vinyl, you’ll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record–this is a classic “while supplies last” situation, so order now before all you have is a (perfectly fine) black copy of the record and a head full of regret.

The Afghan Whigs On Tour
Apr. 10 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s 
Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir  (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
Apr. 17 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s  
Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival  (SOLD OUT)
May 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (SOLD OUT)
May 16 - Boston, MA - Paradise  (SOLD OUT)
May 17 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar (SOLD OUT)
May 20 - Buenos Aires, AR - Teatro
May 22 - Sao Paulo, BR - Audio
May 23 - Porto Alegre, BR - Bar Opinao
May 25 - Santiago, CL - Amanda
Jun. 28 - Norrkoping, SE - Bravalla Festival
Jun. 29 - Oslo, NO - Rockerfeller
Jun. 30 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio
Jul. 02 - Berlin, DE - C Club
Jul. 03 - Gdynia, PL - Opener Festival
Jul. 04 - Hradec Kralove, CZ - Rock For People
Jul. 05 - Sopron, HU - Volt Festival
Jul. 07 -  Milan, IT - Magnolia
Jul. 11 -
Trencin, SK - Pohoda Festival
Jul. 13 - Bruges, BE - Cactus Festival
Jul. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Jul. 15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Jul. 17 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral
Jul. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
Jul. 19 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAR 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Pop To Seattle w/ The Hotel Max and Sub Pop!


How would you like to visit Seattle, stay in a posh downtown Seattle hotel, get an exclusive tour of the Sub Pop office, and receive a Sub Pop prize pack (full of Sub Pop prizes) all just for sharing with the world (or, more specifically, Twitter and/or Instagram) your favorite record (non Sub Pop records qualify)? Well, we’ve paired with our dear friends, neighbors, and long time home away from home for Sub Pop artists when they visit Seattle, The Hotel Max, to give you exactly this thing!

Here’s the gist: Using @hotel_max and #poptoseattle, Tweet or Instagram a photo of your favorite record to enter to win airfare for two to Seattle (up to an $800 value), a two-night stay at the (fabulous) Hotel Max, and a prize pack from Sub Pop. Blackout dates may apply. Contest begins March 13, 2014 and ceases to be a contest on March 20, 2014 at 11:59pm. Full rules here.

Go! Do the thing! Show us your favorite record so you can come meet us in person!

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, MAR 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Listen to Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires’ “The Company Man” Now

One of Sub Pop’s most recent signees, Birmingham, Alabamaniacs (sorry, guys) Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, have just spilled the proverbial beans regarding their Sub Pop debut, Dereconstructed. Specifically, these beans reveal that the record will come out on May 27th, 2014. What’s more, the band also just premiered “The Company Man”, side one, track one of that record, with Paste Magazine (also available to your ears in this very blog post), who boasted of the track that it’s “a fitting follow up to 2012’s excellent There is a Bomb in Gilead”. We couldn’t agree more, in fact, it’s why we signed them.

Pre-order Dereconstructed from Sub Pop and you’ll receive a limited edition LBIII+GF patch. Speaking of limited, if you pre-order the record on vinyl, you’ll receive the colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP. As is the nature with limited things, order soon to get yours! Also available for pre-order over at iTunes, too.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, MAR 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop vs SXSW: Officially Unofficial

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Sub Pop vs. SXSW:
Sub Pop Licensing Showcase March 12th

KEXP, Sub Pop, & Hardly Art Present “Officially Unofficial” Day Party March 13th

SXSW show schedules for Avi Buffalo, The Baptist Generals, clipping., Dum Dum Girls, THEESatisfaction, THUMPERS, and Washed Out

Here’s what Sub Pop has planned for this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX! We’re foregoing an official showcase in favor of keeping our options open to partner up on a few day parties, participate in a multi-record label rummage sale, and live vicariously through our bands’ individual shows, Austin-wide! Bands scheduled to appear at the festival include:  Avi Buffalo, The Baptist Generals, clipping., Dum Dum Girls, THEESatisfaction, THUMPERS, and Washed Out.

Our week of parties, events and band shows include:

Wednesday, March 12th: Sub Pop Licensing’s Showcase at North Door will feature a diverse array of talent: The Haden Sisters and Sub Pop alum Kelley Stoltz (Third Man Records), along with The Coathangers (Suicide Squeeze),  Protomartyr (Hardly Art),  THUMPERS (Sub Pop), and  R. Ring, featuring Kelly Deal (Misra).  

Thursday, March 13th: Sub Pop & sister label Hardly Art will team up with KEXP for the “Officially Unofficial” day party & broadcast at Mellow Johnny’s. The party will feature performances from Dum Dum Girls, La Luz, THUMPERS, and Avi Buffalo. Visit KEXP.ORG for live updates throughout the day.

Also on Thursday, we’ll have a table at the Record Label Rummage Rampage at Obsolete Industries.  

Please find a current list of events and individual band schedules below.

Day Parties:
Mar. 12 (Noon - 5pm)
Sub Pop Licensing Showcase

The North Door / 502 Brushy Street
The Haden Triplets (12:30pm)
The Coathangers (1:15pm)
Kelley Stoltz (2pm)
Protomartyr (2:45pm)
THUMPERS (3:30pm)
R. Ring (4:15pm)

Mar. 13 (Noon - 6:30pm)
“Officially Unofficial” Day Party

Presented by KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art
Mellow Johnny’s / 400 Nueces St
Dum Dum Girls (12pm)
La Luz (2pm)
Avi Buffalo (6pm)

Mar. 13 (Noon - 5pm)
Record Label Rummage Rampage

Presented by Amphetamine Reptile, Sub Pop, Merge, Third Man
Obsolete Industries / 1700 E. 12th St.

Band Schedules:
Avi Buffalo
Mar. 11 - Buffalo Billiards / SAG-AFTRA Party (1am)
Mar. 12 - Do512 Lounge (7pm)
Mar. 13 - Flamingo Cantina / Under The Radar Party (2:30pm)
Mar. 13 - Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (6pm)
Mar. 14 - Hotel San Jose (2pm)
Mar. 15 - Homeslice Pizza (12:10pm)
Mar. 15 - Dirty Dog / Denver Post Reverb Party (3pm)

The Baptist Generals   
Mar. 13 - Cheer Up Charlie’s (inside) / SXSW Showcase (12:15am)

Mar. 12 - Hotel Vegas (Volstead Inside) / Inland Empire Touring Day Party (3:30pm)
Mar. 14 - The Owl of Austin / PORTALS Day party (2pm)

Dum Dum Girls
Mar. 12 - Spotify House (2pm)
Mar. 12 - Mohawk / SPIN at House of Vans Day Party (4:15pm)
Mar. 13 - Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (12pm)
Mar. 13 - TBA
Mar. 13 - Convention Center, Ballroom D / KCSN Show at Radio Day Stage (4pm)
Mar. 13 - Red 7 / Ground Control Touring Showcase (1:10am)
Mar. 14 - Clive Bar / Filter (5pm)
Mar. 14 - Hotel San Jose (7pm)
Mar. 14 - Cedar Street Courtyard / Chevy (11:45pm)
Mar. 15 - Empire Control Room & Garage / Check Your Ponytail (2:15pm)
Mar. 15 - Gypsy / Sailor Jerry’s (5pm)

Mar. 15 - Bungalow / SXSW Showcase (9:35pm)

Mar. 12 - Swan Dive / PASTE day party (12:35pm)
Mar. 12 - The North Door / Sub Pop Licensing Showcase (3:45pm)
Mar. 13 - Flamingo Cantina / Under The Radar Showcase (1:35pm)
Mar. 13 - Mellow Johnny’s / “Officially Unofficial” KEXP, Sub Pop & Hardly Art Day Party (4pm)
Mar. 13 - Latitude 30 / BME BBC Introducing Showcase (8pm)
Mar. 14 - Mohawk (Outdoor) / ATC Management + Vans Showcase (9:30pm)
Mar. 14 - Latitude 30 / BME SXSW Present Showcase (4:40pm)
Mar. 15 - Hotel San Jose / WFUV Session (10am)
Mar. 15 - El Sapo / MFL (1-2pm)
Mar. 15 - TBA
Mar. 15 - TBA

Washed Out
Mar. 14 - Butler Park - Free Show (7pm)
Mar. 14 - Bar 96 / Filter Showcase (12:30am)
Mar. 15 - Hype Hotel (12:30am)

For additional venue information:

Posted by Sam Sawyer