Seattle Office of Film + Music


EMUSIC LISTS THE 22 ESSENTIAL SUB POP ALBUMS
March 17, 2010, 12:53 pm
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eMusic
Online music store eMusic has written an editorial on the 22 most essential Sub Pop albums. EMusic subscribers can finally, as of very recently, get the likes of the artists on this list and the rest of the Sub Pop class. Douglas Wolk writes, “For the past 20 years, Sub Pop has been digging up strange, impudent, wonderful pop music from across the country and sometimes elsewhere. Here are 22 of the best, most influential and – in a few cases – most underrated Sub Pop albums; some are by stars, some are by near-unknowns, but they’re all worth checking out.” Click the above link to view the entire list.



SUB POP AND HARDLY ART GIVE AWAY 25 SONGS FOR FREE
January 21, 2010, 12:39 pm
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Sub Pop
Sub Pop and Hardly Art have released a free online sampler of 25 songs. While there aren’t many new songs on Cybersex Sampler 2.0, it does provide a place for you to download all of these tracks in one place and for free.



BEST AMBIANCE LABEL PROFILED BY THE SEATTLE WEEKLY
November 24, 2009, 11:07 am
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Seattle Weekly
Sub Pop’s newest off-shoot, Best Ambiance, is a partnership with KEXP DJ Jon Kertzer which hopes to bring world music to a broader American audience. The Seattle Weekly profiled the label and interviewed Mr. Kertzer about the viability of a world music label. “Basically I think a lot of music has been getting down to more specialized niches,” explained Kertzer, “there’s less of a big mass center as their used to be.”



EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT NIRVANA’S DEBUT, BLEACH, FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE
October 29, 2009, 12:34 pm
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Seattle Weekly
To celebrate Sub Pop’s rerelease of Nirvana’s debut album the Seattle Weekly has gathered interviews and first-hand accounts of Grunge’s baby steps. This includes pieces from Nirvana bassist, Krist Novoselic, the producer who recorded the album, Jack Endino and much more. For the full series, follow the above link.



SONIC YOUTH’S THURSTON MOORE WRITES TEXT FOR PHOTO BOOK ABOUT GRUNGE

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In a couple of years in the early 90s, grunge went from an exciting regional indie-punk scene to a word that you never, ever wanted to hear again. As the guy who helped get Nirvana signed to Geffen, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore played a small but pivotal role in that transformation. Now, Moore has written the text for Grunge, a forthcoming book of photographs from Michael Lavine, due October 15 from Abrams Image. Lavine was one of Sub Pop Records’ house photographers. He took album art photos for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Dwarves, Skin Yard, Screaming Trees, and many others, helping to shape, helping to shape the label’s stark aesthetic. Grunge will feature images of bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney, Beat Happening, and Boss Hog. For his part, Moore writes about the bands, the Seattle scene, and his friendship with Kurt Cobain. You can see a few photos from the book here.



SUB POP’S HARDLY ART IS HARDLY STARVING
September 16, 2009, 11:50 am
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Seattle Weekly
The Seattle Weekly profiles local record label, Hardly Art. The Weekly reports, “Hardly Art receives financial backing from Sub Pop, not to mention wisdom from the people who turned Sub Pop from a bankrupt, two-man DIY operation into a profitable enterprise currently employing more than 30 people. But unlike past Sub Pop off-shoots, Hardly Art is determined to live to see middle age on its own dime. It’s almost as if Sub Pop is the freewheelin’ parents and Hardly Art is the teenager living in the basement until she makes enough to move out and support herself.” To read the full profile check out the above link.



SUBPOP GETS ITS KICKS
August 28, 2009, 11:44 am
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The Stranger
Check out the new Sub Pop Dunks from Nike, with signature Sub Pop colors and logo!
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BLEACH TURNS 20, RECEIVES DELUXE REISSUE TREATMENT
August 14, 2009, 12:23 pm
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The Stranger
Marking the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s debut album, Sub Pop will re-issue the Platinum Certified Bleach on November 3, 2009. This expanded CD/double-LP will include a never-before-released live performance, special packaging and the first run of the double-LP will be on 180g white vinyl (the first run of the original LP was also on white vinyl). Both formats will be available for pre-order at subpop.com leading up to this edition’s release. Originally recorded over three sessions with producer Jack Endino at Seattle’s Reciprocal Recording Studios in December 1988 and January 1989, Bleach was released in June of ’89 and remains unequivocally/unsurprisingly Sub Pop’s very favorite Nirvana full-length. The album initially sold 40,000 copies, but was brought into the international spotlight following the release and worldwide success of their 1991sophomore effort, Nevermind. Subsequently Bleach went on to sell 1.7 million copies in the US alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.



AN URGENT REQUEST FROM THE NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
August 10, 2009, 1:33 pm
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Northwest Film Forum
Help the Northwest Film Forum save programs and jobs that are vital to the Seattle film community! Thanks to generous donations from film lovers and supporters around the city, the Northwest Film Forum is well on its way to reach the $70,000 goal to cover its budget shortfall. The organization is $42,000 away from reaching its goal by August 15th. Sub Pop has offered to match every $10 donation received up to $10,000. Please walk in your donation, mail it in, or visit the above link to contribute to the cause. You can also help the Film Forum by going to see movies this weekend. Check out their listings on the NWFF website, grab a friend and buy a ticket today!



CHOMP DOWN AT LIGHT IN THE ATTIC’S 3RD ANNUAL DOUGHNUT EATING CONTEST

Three Imaginary Girls
Indie record label Light in the Attic is hosting their 3rd annual donut eating contest on Saturday, August 1st at 1p at Top Pot Doughnuts (5th Avenue location). This event is free to the public. There are a few fun and exciting changes this year for participants and cheerleaders alike, including the participation of four other record labels (Barsuk, Sub Pop, Suicide Squeeze, and Hardly Art). As you sink into the inevitable diabetic coma that will result, should you be one of the lucky participants, you will be heralded into it with the sounds of El Vez, who will be MC’ing the event, as well as the Unnatural Helpers, Grant Olsen from Arthur and Yu, and Scott Reitherman from Throw Me the Statue, all of whom will be playing live and doing DJ sets.