Cranking out 10 albums across 20 years is no easy feat. It’s part of what makes Low’s The Invisible Way such a landmark for the band. Not just that they made it this far, but that they continue to execute excellence and mature with each new release. Produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy at the storied Wilco loft studio in Chicago, The Invisible Way is one of Low’s most decadent albums to date. Stacked with ballads, the band finds a multitude of emotional range within the hushed tones of acoustic guitars and warm vocals. - DH

Date Played: July 17 on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters




With their fourth album Honeys, Pissed Jeans continue to cement their spot as the scuzziest, gnarliest, and freakiest band in the Sub Pop canon (somewhere Dwarves is giving me a mean side-eye). Despite the title, there’s nothing sweet about the band’s blown out punk and noise rock. Given that lead vocalist Matt Korvette sings primarily about the pains of adulthood and being force-fed a certain idea of maturity, the twisted against of the album feels appropriate. He grapples with the inanity of having to keep a day job with brutal snarls and heavy guitar riffs – like Jim Halpert giving it all up to tour with Fugazi. - DH

Date Played: July 17 on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters



"SAME LOVE" 7" Single, 2012

Seattle hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis teamed up with Sub Pop in 2012 to release a 7” of their track “Same Love.” The song was released in sync with Music 4 Marriage Equality’s push to get Washington state’s Ref 74 (which would go on to pave the way for same sex-marriage not only in Washington but across the country) approved. The track, which was inspired by Macklemore’s gay uncles, features delicate keys, a moving feature from Mary Lambert, and a well-crafted and genuine appeal for same-sex marriage rights. - GL

Date Played: July 17 on The Morning Show with John Richards



"FORTUNE DIVINE" 7" Single, 2013

Poor Moon began to take shape as a band at the same time Fleet Foxes began their rise to fame. So it is no surprise that much of Poor Moon’s debut album was born in the Fleet Foxes rehearsal studio, as band members Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott contributed to Poor Moon as they toured in Fleet Foxes. Brothers Ian and Peter Murray rounded out the group, which successfully composed beautiful hushed indie folk, often with members at opposite ends of the country. The group released the 2012 7” Fortune Divineas a pre-order bonus for their debut self-titled album. The 7” features the frustratingly hard to find track “Fortune Divine,” a beautifully sparse song that highlights Wargo’s reverb-kissed vocals. The b-side is a demo of album highlight “Holiday,” offering fans another rarity that serves as an excellent album supplement. - GL

Date Played: July 17 by DJ Reeves




Hailing from from New Zealand, Ruby Sons is the synth-pop project of Ryan McPhun. Christopher, the projects third release on Sub Pop, captures teenage angst through sun-drenched synthesizers, taking listeners on a rollercoaster of emotions. It is a fun ride throughout, but highlights like astral “Kingfisher Call Me,” and funky “Starlight” can’t be missed. - GL

Date Played: July 17 by DJ Reeves



"NEW WORLD CHARM" 7" Single, 2013

A band that certainly doesn’t need an introduction in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle group Mudhoney rose from the ashes of beloved Green River and dominated the underground rock-scene for decades. Time did nothing to diminish their output or proficiency and in 2013 they released their excellent 9th studio album, Vanishing Point. They quickly followed the album with 7” New World Charm. The A-side and title track of the release, “New World Charm,” was actually recorded during the studio sessions for the album, and while it certainly is on the same level of quality as the album cuts, was deemed not to fit into the final package. It did find a home on the New World Charm 7”, which it shares with two cuts of a theme song Mudhoney wrote for the Discovery Channel show Brew Masters. The two b-sides, which are just variations of the same theme in different tempos, probably aren’t in most people’s list of top 40 Mudhoney tracks, but offer a fun bit of trivia alongside a quality single in “New World Charm.” - GL

Date Played: July 17 by DJ Reeves



"SCREAMING SKULL" 7" Single, 2013

Following the self-titled 2012 album that put Kyle Thomas’ garage rock/power-pop project King Tuff on the map, this 7” offered a duo of infectious love songs that arguably should have found a place on the album. A-side “Screaming Skull” gives Thomas’ vocals room to swim in a dance-inducing track that is tinged with nostalgia. The b-side offers some balance in the form of a classic King Tuff guitar riff that rolls through the song, catering equally to glam-rock aficionados and garage dwelling fuzz-addicts a like. The two songs are an excellent summary of King Tuff’s range and addictiveness, packaged in fun 7”. — GL

Date Played: July 16 on The Afternoon Show with Troy Nelson



"SCENE FROM A MARRIAGE" 7" Single, 2013

When Total Control first stormed they Australian punk scene, they were a supergroup of sorts, formed by Eddy Current Suppression Ring's Mikey Young and UV Race's Dan Stewart. With the release of 2011's Henge Beat, however, the band solidly became its own thing, an unholy mix of post-punk, garage-rock, and new wave. "Scenes From a Marriage," their Sub Pop seven-inch, shows two different sides of the band's dark aura. The A-side starts with acoustic guitars (kind of a left-turn if you're only familiar with their work on Henge Beat) and a more dramatic energy than displayed before, while B-side "Contract" is the type of dance track the band had been flirting with on their full-length (a side of them that is sort of underrated). — MD

Date Played: July 16 on The Afternoon Show with Troy Nelson



"HISTORY'S DOOR" Digital Single, 2013

Sub Pop spotlights a track from the Australian band’s most recent full-length Forever So (#SP0999), and this track was the ultimate choice as it was their very first, self-released single as a band. In an interview with BRAG, songwriter (and band namesake) Husky Gawenda remembers: "The song got added to triple j rotation, and then the labels and the managers came knocking. It was pretty strange. We’d been very much alone, doing it on our own, everything – including the production and the engineering and the management, booking our own tours, booking our own gear… It was strange to suddenly have a lot of people calling. We weren’t expecting it." — JH

Date Played: July 16 on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters







What happens when grunge guys grow up? The answer can be found in Mudhoney’s 2013 album Vanishing Point, their ninth overall and sixth for Sub Pop. Yes, they still have angst. The song "Chardonnay" finds then 51-year-old frontman Mark Arm bellowing: "I hate you Chardonnay / ...Get the fuck out of my backstage." And, yes, they still have the distinctive heavy, dirge-y sound that helped define the genre. But 25 years later, the four guys who were drenched in literal mud on the cover of their 1989 7” single (#SP0033) were cleaned up and wearing blazers and collared shirts in their 2013 promo photos. Despite the duds, they’re still our Mudhoney; if you need further evidence, look no further than this album’s closing track: titled "Douchebags on Parade." — JH

Date Played: July 16 on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters



"HYPE" 7" Single, 2012

A coveted collector item for Jaill fans: this 7” was a bonus for those who pre-ordered the album Traps (SP0994) with leftover copies being sold on tour. Both sides feature previously unreleased tracks. — JH

Date Played: July 16 on The Morning Show with John Richards






KING TUFF (PREVIEW) Digital, 2012

A digital sneak peek at SP0976.

Date Played: July 16 by DJ Ashley



FEAR FUN (PREVIEW) Digital, 2012

Before Father John Misty would fully emerge with Fear Fun, Sub Pop released a pair of singles labeled as an album “preview.” The preview was only available on digital streaming services, but enticed listeners with the thunderous, funeral crashing romp “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” and the breezy self deprecation of “Nancy From Now On,” in which Josh Tillman compares himself to Howard Hughes and insists on being punched in the face. As far a preview goes, you could tell Tillman was going to delve into something really weird here. But, as we’ve said before, he was really just getting started. - DH

Date Played: July 16 by DJ Ashley




METZ's debut album slams. The Toronto-based group spent years in the punk underground, releasing a string of 7" singles while honing their craft. Their debut record is a triumph of distillation. Not unlike No Age's Weirdo Rippers, METZ collects highlights of the band's live show, stripped down into momentary blasts of sound and energy. However, far from a best-of comp, METZ succeeds as a sequence of songs. The band has a clarity of intention that recalls Jesus Lizard, and have continued to succeed in both their live and recorded output, releasing two subsequent LPs on Sub Pop. -MH

Date Played: July 15 by DJ Evie



"MYTH" Digital Single, 2012

There’s something quintessentially ‘Beach House’ about Myth. The opening track to their fourth album, Bloom, starts the record with metallic clanks – like wrenches banging against pipes in an empty warehouse. But suddenly the clanking is over powered by the blissful tones of an arpeggiating guitar, drenched in more reverb than most other bands could handle. The music slowly begins to build, next with the thud of drums and then with a whirl of bass drones. Victoria Legrand’s voice enters the frame in a low monotone. She almost intentionally fades into the instrumentation, before she raises her voice to say, “Help me to name it.” Beach House are masters at finding a mood and extrapolating everything they can from it. “Myth” is steady, but the band finds a current within the music to flow along with and twist around to shape their vision. It’s one of the finest moments in one of the finest bands of their era. - DH

Date Played: July 15 by Stevie Zoom







The forever moody and beautiful Memoryhouse embraced the nostalgic nature of film with their debut album The Slideshow Effect and you can feel that tenfold on the single “Walk With Me.” Not only does the music itself feel like a celluloid daydream, but the lyrics feel like they could be pulled right out of the blocking from a movie script. Vocalist Denise Nouvion sets the scene of walking alongside a skyline in the beauty of a burgeoning romance. As she sings about resting her head on a lovers shoulder and the pulse of the water, you can already imagine the credits begin to roll and the sleepy drones of “Walk With me” provide the perfect soundtrack for the moment. - DH

Date Played: July 15 by Stevie Zoom




The intro track to Spoek Mathambo’s (aka South African musician Nthato Mokgata) sophomore album Father Creeper sets the stage for the explosive musical journey listeners are about to embark upon. Starting with a drone of bass synthesizers, the song slowly crawls into a sudden surge of glitched out beats and fiery rhymes. He seamlessly weaves in and out of singing and rapping, propelling himself on the frantic energy of the beats. It’s baptism by fire to get into the record, but Mokgata’s talent is so undeniable that you can’t help but be curious of what else he has in store. - DH

Date Played: July 15 by Mike Ramos




Daughn Gibson's remarkable voice connects him to a lineage of gothic country vocalists. On Me Moan, which was Gibson's Sub Pop debut, he places aside the collaged approach of 2012's Ah Hell, teaming with members of Baroness and Brokeback. The resulting album has its missteps, but is anchored by Gibson's aforementioned voice, a glorious, expressive instrument. Visions of noir and velvet come throughout Me Moan, an ideal soundtrack to a dive bar descent. - MH

Date Played: July 15 by Mike Ramos






"LAZULI" 7" Single, 2012

A month before Beach House would bestow onto the world their wondrous fourth album Bloom, the band offered up a small sample of what was to come with this limited 7-inch for the track “Lazuli.” The vinyl is blue, like its namesake gemstone. But the song is not just simply named after the rock. In an interview with Pitchfork, lead vocalist Victoria Legrand shares some insight on the title’s genesis:

“I fall in love with words. I felt like it had a real imagination to it. I had written it down a while ago and always thought I'd love for this word to be in the Beach House world. It was only a matter of time before the music of "Lazuli" was erupting. That word and the feeling completely merged and became one. It's not about the meaning, or the actual stone.”

The single also features the b-side “Equal Mind,” which would stay a vinyl exclusive until it found new life on the band’s 2017 release appropriately titled B-Sides and Rarities. - DH

Date Played: July 14 by Troy Nelson




Suction was the final feedtime album before their first hiatus, and was produced by Butch Vig. However, anyone expecting the band to suddenly sound traditional should look elsewhere. There are melodies on Suction, but the feedtime din remains largely intact. For every "Motorbike Girl," a track that could almost be confused for pop, there is the unhinged "Highway," which is a pure adrenaline descent. "Arse" finished up the album on a bleak note, a pained cry to finish up feedtime's intiial stretch of four singular albums. - MH

Date Played: July 14 by Troy Nelson




In a catalog of thoroughly unorthodox albums, feedtime's Cooper S remains an outlier. Cooper S is a covers album, fifteen tracks of noise and drone. There are four Rolling Stones songs attempted, alongside interpretations of Beach Boys, poet e.e. cummings, Ramones, Stooges, and the Easybeats, among others. In some sense, Cooper S is an ideal entry point into the feedtime back catalog: one can easily appreciate feedtime's act of deconstruction when they take on ubiquitous rock songs, chipping away at their structures until flat lines remain. It may not be the band's best album, but listening to it feels like returning home. - MH

Date Played: July 14 by DJ Evie




"Deer Creek Canyon is a beautiful canyon in Littleton, Colorado,” Sera Cahoone tells KEXP. “I grew up there and my mom lives on the top of the mountain with an amazing view of the canyon. I have a lot of memories from that place — some of them heartfelt and some of them ridiculous like the first time I got stoned (it was terrible and I'm pretty sure I was stoned for days.) This song is basically about the pull of home — and the landscape of home — even though I've lived in Seattle for so many years."

It's a very appropriate title for an album that is perfect for a canyon drive; Cahoone's gorgeous folk-pop is vaguely nostalgic and carries a melancholy aura with its scenic views. Arguably the most celebrated of her impressive catalog, Packed with still, solitary moments, Deer Creek Canyon surveys heartbreak, longing, and and shitty hotel rooms with blankets on the floor, guided by the timbre of Cahoone's aching, emotive vocals. There's also a song called "Rumpshaker," which is (spoiler alert) not the kind of party you think it is. — MD

Date Played: July 14 by DJ Evie



SHOVEL Digital, 2012

An AllMusic review of feedtime's Shovel LP ends with the following superlative: "Give it a try; your life will never be the same." This is quite a statement for an album intent on being inaccesible, bordering on unlistenable. The droning, repetitive rhythms of feedtime are enthralling for listeners willing to enter the band's world. Somewhat reminiscent of Big Black and The Dead C, Shovel was feedtime's second full-length record, co-released on Aberrant Records and Rough Trade. If anything, Shovel feels more intense than the band's self-titled debut, and just as antisocial. - MH

Date Played: July 13 on The Afternoon Show with Troy Nelson



FEEDTIME Digital, 2012

feedtime's sound could best be described as sludge: churned, echoing sludge. The Australian band self-released this self-titled album, before it was soon picked up by Aberrant Records. feedtime's sound appears mostly fully-formed at this point, with hidden flecks of country or blues. Admittedly the band's stated inspiration for some tracks, such as the music of Willie and Kate McTell, or Mississippi Fred McDowell, can easily be overlooked, and is somewhat inaudible underneath the drone. However, there is enough variance in feedtime's sound to make them an exciting listen, and a valuable reference point in the cultural development of grunge. Issued digitally as part of the Aberrant Years boxset. - MH

Date Played: July 13 on The Midday Show with Hans



HUSKY EP, 2012

"Sub Pop is enamored with the Melbourne quartet, Husky,” said Sub Pop president Jonathan Poneman. “The band’s strength rests in its infectious, evocative songs and stirring live performances.”

As for this particular release, not even KEXP’s crack research team could track down its existence. But we imagine it contains the same mellifluous lit-rock sound found on their debut LP, Forever So (SP0999). — JH

Date Played: July 13 on The Midday Show with Hans




It may seem odd to call an EP an artist’s definitive work, but Dum Dum Girls’ End Of Daze might be the exception to the rule. In just five songs, the band distills what makes them work the best. When you’re writing a book, it’s said that the first line is most important to capture the reader. Dee Dee opens the record singing in monotone: “Satan on my lips, paralyzed by his wicked kiss.” And if that doesn’t stop you in your tracks, I don’t know what to tell you. “Daze” is the perfect way to describe this record, each song slowly crawling into the next like a heavy fog. The record is at its haziest with “Trees and Flowers,” and sublime cover of Strawberry Switchblade. But then the clouds break and the downpour of drums comes with “Lord Knows.” “Lord Knows” may just be the band’s finest moment. Dee Dee sounds lost, seeking a “pure life” and trying to find answers for whatever ambiguous sins she contains. Then her voice crescendos into the wondrous chorus – “Oh boy, I can’t hurt your anymore. Lord knows, I hurt my love.” Dee Dee very well might write better songs one day and maybe this isn’t even your favorite, but nevertheless it feels like a watershed moment where Dum Dum Girls was fully realized and let their lovesick punk hearts pour out in front of us. - DH

Date Played: July 13 on The Morning Show with DJ Evie

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