Celebrating 30 Years of Sub Pop Records

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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.


AUTHORS:

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

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Throwaway Style: Five Essential Hardly Art-Released Singles

After celebrating the influence and legacy for Sub Pop for months, Martin Douglas decided their outstanding sister label should also get some love. Here are five essential songs from the Hardly Art's increasingly storied history.


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30 Years Being Losers: Sub Pop's Bruce Pavitt, Jonathan Poneman, and Megan Jasper Look Back on the Label's History

Three giants of Sub Pop look back at the label's incredible and still enduring run, from Green River to Fleet Foxes.


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LVL UP Says Goodbye: After Nearly 8 Years, the Sub Pop Band Talks Breaking Up and What’s Next

The New York indie rock outfit talks about their eight years as a band, being signed to Sub Pop, DIY culture, and each members' new projects.


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