Sub Pop Stories 3+4: Megan Jasper

Megan Jasper, SMooCH 2017 // photo by Matthew B. Thompson


How does a kid from Worcester, Massachusetts end up running one of the most influential record labels in music history? In this feature hosted by KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters, Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper tells her story of ascension from crusty punk to Seattle icon.

PART TWO (Aired on The Afternoon Show 7/25):

“The first time I heard of Sub Pop was when I was living in Germany and I found a Mudhoney record, and it looked cool and I heard some of it in the record store, and I liked it and so I bought Super Fuzz and I brought it home and I @#$% loved it, I thought it was great. That's what Sub Pop was to me. I eventually, um, my second day in Seattle I came into Sub Pop, I was like, do you need an intern? They're like, It's too busy here today, come back tomorrow. And I was like, Ah! But I went back, and I got the internship, and then I got a job.”

PART ONE (Aired on The Midday Show 7/18):

“My folks were really great parents in some ways. They, on Tuesdays, would let my sister and I buy a book and a record, and usually the record was a single. My sister and I were a year apart, and so we would share our music and we'd share our books, too. So I've been a music geek for a long time.”

Sub Pop Stories: Megan Jasper includes excerpts of music from:

Soundgarden - "Sub Pop Rock City
Young Fresh Fellows - "Rock N Roll Pest Control"
Mudhoney - "Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More"
Cat Butt - "Big Cigar"
Sonic Youth - "Kool Thing"
Nirvana - "In Bloom"
The Shins - "New Slang"
The Postal Service - "Such Great Heights"
Fleet Foxes - "White Winter Hymnal"

"Sub Pop Stories 3 + 4: Megan Jasper" is part of the From the Vault documentary series, made possible thanks to a generous gift from Paul Allen, and in cooperation with MoPop. Production, writing, and editing thanks to Julian Martlew, with help from Owen Murphy and Isaac Kaplan-Woolner. Hosted by KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters.