Celebrating 30 Years of Sub Pop Records



Since March 12, 2018, KEXP has been airing tracks off of every release in Sub Pop's catalog. With over 1,200 releases, the station is honoring every single catalog number in chronological order over the history of the Seattle based label, including full albums, singles, EPs, compilations, early Sub Pop fan zines, and even a wedding soundtrack.

“This is going to be a really fun pain in the ass!” said KEXP’s John Richards. (He was right.) “We’ll have DJs playing Sub Pop songs an average of 8.3 times a day, 24-7 for the next 4 and a half months — each and every Sub Pop release in the original format whenever possible. Cassette, LP, 7-inch, you name it. It’s going to be a total hassle, and totally worth it to celebrate our friends at Sub Pop.”

Follow along with our countdown (or rather, count-up) on air, on our playlist, and with this breakdown of each release that will update each day. Check out the archives in the catalog numbers to the left.

KEXP will also be celebrating the band's 30 year history with album retrospectives, interviews, and more, which you can see below.


AK — Anna Kaplan AL — Alan Lawrence DH — Dusty Henry
JH — Janice Headley KF — Kaitlin Frick MD — Martin Douglas
NS — Noel Strange MH — Matthew Howland OM — Owen Murphy
SW — Sinclair Willman ZF — Zach Frimmel GL — Geran Landen
DY — Don Yates

Rewind: Anniversaries of Sub Pop Albums

With Rewind, KEXP digs out beloved albums, giving them another look on the anniversary of its release.

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Articles & Interviews

Interviews Sub Pop 30

"We Accept, We're Pretty Damn Grungy": Mudhoney Reflect on 30 Years Together

Grunge godfathers Mudhoney celebrate three decades of noise in this spirited Turntable Session talk in the KEXP Gathering Space.

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Rewind Sub Pop 30

Double Take: Revisiting Shabazz Palaces' 2017 Quazarz Parallel Albums

On Double Take, KEXP's dynamic duo of Martin Douglas and Dusty Henry explore the great double-albums in history by each focusing on one part's musical, lyrical, and historic themes. First up are the parallel albums released by Shabazz Palaces on the same day in 2017: Quazarz: Born on a Gangster S...

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Interviews Sub Pop 30

We F*cking Talked With the F*cking CEO of Sub Pop, Megan F*cking Jasper

We f*cking talked to the f*cking master of swearing, Megan f*cking Jasper, about her journey from stuffing Cat Butt records as intern to running the whole goddamn label.

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