News for Sub Pop

NEWS : FRI, APR 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Sub Pop Showcase + Pop-up Shops Coming to Seattle in April

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Urban Outfitters is celebrating 25 years in Seattle with a month-long celebration, and they invited us to join the party!

Throughout the month of April you’ll find Sub Pop pop-up shops in all three Seattle Urban Outfitters store locations: Capitol Hill, Downtown and University Way. We think they look pretty great!

The birthday revelry culminates on Saturday, April 30th, when artists from the Sub Pop family — Portland’s Kyle Craft, Olympia’s Strange Wilds, and Hardly Art’s S — perform at the anniversary bash in UO’s Capitol Hill store at 401 Broadway E, from 6-8 PM.  Come for the music; stay for the birthday treats (and opportunities to buy stuff).

Oh hey, we also made a playlist to mark the occasion. Have a listen here:

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, MAR 21, 2016 at 8:05 AM

No Fly List: Notes from Sub Pop’s Airport Store (March 2016)

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Maybe you woke up

today and thought: “At last, it’s

World Poetry Day.”

A special day that

I didn’t know existed

until recently.

Now it’s spring-time at

the airport, with many new

great albums for sale.

A perfect time to

express ourselves and stir you

to buy some stuff here.

To commemorate

this occasion, I asked the

store to write haiku

inspired by the

Danny Bland book of haiku.

So, please enjoy this

jaunt into haiku.

But don’t worry. We plan on

keeping our day jobs.


Shearwater’s protest

flies towards the horizon; lush

powerful, and grand.

He was good as gone

Subconscious day dreamer

Pay him no bother

Mass Gothic’s New York

City nights shine bright, a life

of vast excitement

You nearly killed me

With a tomato plant now

Let’s toast to spring break

Red pill or blue pill?

So Pitted’s Neo sees both

palms melt to acid

Talking to myself

Some things are better off not said

Hungry for a bed

What emanates from

those Gazebos? Whoas or woes?

A dizzy allure

Fuck you Spring. Fuck you

wet dream and fuck you rainbow

over my dead bod.

West coast psych spells spout

from Heron Oblivion’s

tall molten spires

Come to here; products

various music, shirt, disc

option. Next time, yes?

A new career here

Dark pop’s frontier future. Now,

that is Omori

What’s in a haiku?

Feelings wrought in syllables

and lessons to learn.

Posted by Jackson Hathorn

NEWS : TUE, MAR 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Sub Pop vs SXSW 2016

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This Friday, March 18th, the highly-trained music industry professionals from Sub Pop Records will host “Back by Zero Demand,” our 2016 SXSW showcase at The Blackheart in Austin. Featuring performances from Mass GothicCullen OmoriSo PittedArbor Labor UnionPorter Ray, and Strange Wilds. This showcase is 21+/doors at 7:30pm.

86 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
1am: Mass Gothic
12am: Cullen Omori
11pm:  So Pitted
10pm: Arbor Labor Union
9pm:  Porter Ray
8pm: Strange Wilds
You can also find our entire artist schedule (which includes Arbor Labor Union, Cullen Omori, Kristin Kontrol, Mass Gothic, No Age, So Pitted, and Strange Wilds) below:
Tuesday March 15th
Kristin Kontrol
6pm  - 7:35pm
SXSW Official Opening Party (DJ set)
Maggie Maes @ 323 E. 6th St.
So Pitted
Long Branch Inn @ 1133 E. 11th St.

Wednesday March 16th
Cullen Omori
Waterloo Day Party
Waterloo Records @ 600A N. Lamar Blvd.
Mass Gothic
Under the Radar Evening Showcase
Central Presbyterian Church @ 200 E. 8th St.
Kristin Kontrol
10pm -11:15 pm
Jansport x  Noisey Bonfire Series (DJ Set)
Cheer Up Charlies  @ 900 Red River St.

Thursday March 17th
Kristin Kontrol
11 am-12:30pm
SESAC Brunch (DJ Set)
The Driskill Hotel @ 604 Brazos St.
Mass Gothic
Buffalo Billiards (Front room) @ 201 E. 6th St.
Cullen Omori
Under the Radar Day Party
Flamingo Cantina @ 515 E. 6th St.
So Pitted
7pm-10pm (Time TBD)
ANON Magazine Party
Diverse Arts @ 1106 E. 11th St.
Kristin Kontrol
10:30pm-11pm + 12:30am-1am
Hype Hotel x Gorilla vs. Bear (DJ Set)
Hype Hotel (aka Fair Market Bldg.) @ 1100 E. 5th St (at Waller St)
Cullen Omori
Paradigm Showcase
The Parish @ 214 E. 6th St.

Friday March 18th
Arbor Labor Union
Urban Outfitters Day Party
Space 24 Twenty (behind store) @ 2406 Guadalupe St.
Cullen Omori
Cameo Gallery X Hotel Vegas Unofficial Showcase
Hotel Vegas Annex @ 1504 E. 6th St.
So Pitted
She Shreds Day Party
Studium @ 2108 Rosewood Ave.
Mass Gothic
3pm - 3:45pm
Waterloo Records Day Party
Waterloo Records @ 600A N. Lamar Blvd.
So Pitted
House Show
9402 Rowlands Sayle Rd.
Sub Pop “Back by Zero Demand” Showcase
(Strange Wilds, Arbor Labor Union, Porter Ray, So Pitted, Cullen Omori, Mass Gothic)
7:30pm - 2am
Blackheart Bar @ 86 Rainey St.

Saturday March 19th
So Pitted
FLOOD Magazine Day Party
Cedar Street Courtyard @ 208 W 4th St
So Pitted
Beeswax Booking & Hive Mind PR Day Party
Wonderland @ 1104 E 6th St.
Cullen Omori
Urban Outfitters Day Party
Space 24 Twenty (behind store) @ 2406 Guadalupe St.
No Age
House of Vans Day Party
The Mohawk @ 912 Red River St.

Sunday March 20th
So Pitted
Beerland @ 711 Red River St.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, MAR 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM

“Back By Zero Demand” : Sub Pop’s 2016 SXSW Showcase and Evening of Entertainment

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On Friday, March 18th the highly-trained music industry professionals from Sub Pop Records will host “Back by Zero Demand,” our 2016 SXSW showcase. The event, held at The Blackheart in Austin, will feature performances from Mass Gothic, Cullen Omori, So Pitted, Arbor Labor Union, Porter Ray, and Strange Wilds. The showcase is 21 and over, and doors are at 7:30pm.

Sub Pop’s SXSW 2016 Showcase
At The Blackheart/Austin

Facebook Event:

1:00 AM Mass Gothic
12:00 AM Cullen Omori
11:00 PM So Pitted
10:00 PM Arbor Labor Union
9:00 PM Porter Ray
8:00 PM Strange Wilds

Address: 86 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Doors 7:30pm / 21+


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, FEB 26, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Sub Pop and Alaska Airlines: Together At Last!

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From the altogether official press release, courtesy of our new friends at Alaska Airlines

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Twitter exchange sparks new in-flight partnership with Sub Pop Records

BY KEEGAN PROSSER for Alaska Airlines

Looking for something fresh and exciting to do during your next flight? Then Alaska has some good news for you. Beginning this month, the airline is partnering with Seattle’s Sub Pop Records to bring some of the label’s best music onboard – for free. 

Launched with Beach House’s latest album Thank Your Lucky Stars on February 1, the new program offers fliers the chance to listen to one complimentary featured Sub Pop title per month on Alaska Beyond Entertainment, Alaska’s direct-to-your-device inflight entertainment service, and two albums per quarter on the rentable tablets. 

“We didn’t have inflight entertainment on most of our flights until about a year and a half ago,” says David Scotland, manager of inflight entertainment and connectivity for the airline, adding that one of Alaska’s priorities is to ensure that customers aren’t receiving “plain vanilla anything” aboard its flights. “We have our own unique way of designing every experience of travel – from locally sourced food to space-enhancing seats and now music,” he continues, noting that the record label takes a similar approach in curating its artists. “And Sub Pop is a way for us to do that in the music and entertainment space.”

The partnership itself came about when a former Sub Pop employee was on an Alaska flight and tweeted to ask why the two companies weren’t working together. Soon after, the Twitter conversation turned into a real plan of action.

“There’s definitely a big appeal for doing something specifically with Alaska,” notes Chris Jacobs, General Manager of Sub Pop Records. “Because Sub Pop is so overtly and proudly associated with the region, and so is Alaska, it makes sense.” According to Jacobs, albums selected for the streaming and tablet platforms are based on timeliness and appeal to a variety of listeners, with March’s featured album set to be Shearwater’s latest release Jet Plane and Oxbow. “The music we put out can range pretty widely, from relatively accessible to relatively not,” Jacobs says of the label. “So we are trying to focus on bands at the more accessible end.”

In that spirit, Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiberg sees the inflight entertainment platform as a great way to gain new fans. “My hope is that the record feels accessible and friendly on first listen but has enough depth and detail that you’ll want to play it again,” he explains of the project, which pairs dreamy indie rock with punchy ‘80s synths. “We spent many weeks laboring over the texture and colors of the sounds.” He also sees it as a great alternative for his music to be consumed. “I’m just glad for the chance to reach people who might never hear our music otherwise.”

And fellow Sub Pop artist Cullen Omori, whose solo debut New Misery will be featured on Alaska flights in April, shares the sentiment. “There’s no better audience,” says the former Smith Westerns vocalist, whose collection of genre-bending pop rock cuts hits stores March 18. “You have a captive audience that’s stuck on a plane for X amount of hours. And so, there’s no better time to pitch them some music to listen to.”

As Scotland points out, teaming up with local brands such as Sub Pop, the Seattle International Film Festival, fashion designer Luly Yang and Tom Douglas restaurants enables Alaska to deepen the relationship it’s built with core customers and provide them with a piece of home. “One of the things that our customers from the Seattle area tell us very often is that they feel like they’re already home when they get on the plane, and there’s a comfort there.” But it also leaves a lasting impression with customers who may be flying in the region for the first time. “There is something cool and unique about the PNW,” he continues. “We do march to the beat of our own drum. We’re not like the rest of the country. And being an airline, we get to introduce a lot of people to some of the best parts of the Pacific Northwest.”

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Guest Writer Keegan Prosser is a full-time pop culture junkie and part-time freelance music journalist who is based in Seattle and has contributed to Seattle Weekly and When she’s not writing about Justin Bieber for radio prep service, Keegan flies Alaska to cities with good food, great people and exceptional live music.

[Originally published February 26th on]

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, FEB 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Sub Pop’s 2016 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. As longtime and proud losers ourselves, we’re exceedingly happy to be able, in some small way, to help further the education of art-enthused misfits from the NW.

Applicants 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 applicants who are involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way. However, you do not need to be pursuing an education in the arts.

To apply you must submit an essay, one page or less, using any combination of the following questions as a guide (or write something completely your own, be inspired and creative!). Please list the school you are graduating from and the school you plan to attend in the fall at the top of your essay along with your contact information.

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

- What does being a Sub Pop ‘Loser’ mean to you?

- What are your influences and/or who inspired you to become involved in the arts?

- Describe your biggest failure and explain how it has brought you closer to your goal(s). 

- Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.

- How has your family or community background affected the way you see the world?

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 Sunday, March 20th.

Please send all submissions and attachments to by March 20th, 2016. We will announce the scholarship winners on April 12th.

Posted by Rachel White