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Kingblind Loves (Sub Pop Records)

In our new series “Kingblind Loves” We feature a new record label that we love. We will be spanning the globe covering many labels both large and small, Some you have heard of… Some will be brand new to you. But that’s the point isn’t it !! Anyways, This series will help our readers find great new music and hopefully a better way to spend their hard earned cash… Enjoy the ride

Sub Pop Records:: Seattle, WA
Sub Pop was started by Bruce Pavitt in 1980 as a fanzine called Subterranean Pop (which was changed to Sub Pop starting with the 2nd issue). Inspired by the cassette fanzine Fast Forward, Sub Pop began alternating issues with compilation tapes of American bands (though several foreign bands did appear on Sub Pop cassettes). There were nine issues of Sub Pop in all: six magazines and three cassettes (issues 5, 7, and 9). After issue 9, Sub Pop switched to an all-cassette format (cassettes featured early cover artwork by cartoonists Charles Burns and Peter Bagge), but the project was scuttled by the amount of work required to continue it. It continued as a column in the Seattle newspaper The Rocket for several more years.

Kim Thayil of Soundgarden introduced Pavitt to Jonathan Poneman, and the two decided to form a record label in 1986. With several bands from the local scene signed to their label, Pavitt and Poneman worked to popularize the music to popularize their label. Their first step was the Sub Pop Singles Club, a subscription service that would allow subscribers to receive singles by local bands on a monthly basis by mail. This allowed Sub Pop to become a powerful company in the local scene, as well as make their label’s name synonymous with the music of the Seattle area, much in the same way Motown Records was to Detroit. To further increase grunge’s popularity, Pavitt and Poneman had a journalist from the British magazine Melody Maker come to Seattle to write an article on the local music scene. And the rest as they say is history…

Media from Sub Pop Records
Band of Horses:: The Great Salt Lake MP3

Mudhoney:: It is us
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The Catheters:: I Fall Easy MP3

The Shins:: Saint Simon
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Big Acts:: What made them great
Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Tad, Screaming Trees etc.

New Blood:: Why they are still great
Band of Horses, The Shins, Iron & Wine