Sub Pop 20 / Singles Club

Seattle, WA – On the eve of a full week which Sub Pop Records has devoted to celebrating 20 years of Sub Pop Records, the Seattle label is herewith announcing further details on its related events, releases and commemorative intoxicants. We have added Obits and the Constantines to the SP20 Festival lineup (full revelry schedule below – DAY ONE SOLD OUT!), created a beer in our own honor, chosen the beneficiaries of the various SP20 revelries, made plans to deface a classic Seattle landmark, and also re-launched the much-loved Sub Pop Singles Club! Self-absorbed? Maybe. But, it’s our birthday.


The Sub Pop Singles Club is back, all tan and rested after a shockingly long sabbatical. It is a somewhat louche, world-weary thing with its eye on your wallet. This run of The Sub Pop Singles Club will run for 1 year only, include records (of the 7” variety) with music from such artists as Om, Unnatural Helpers, Tyvek, Black Mountain, Black Lips, Arthur & Yu, Mika Miko, Blues Control, Notwist, plus some stuff we’re not yet at liberty to divulge. We will mail subscribers 1 record per month, every month for an entire year beginning on August 15th with a fantastic pair of songs from Om. We will be pressing 1,500 copies of each single and so the number of subscriptions available for sale will be correspondingly limited. When these subscriptions are gone, that’s it! If you want in, better go here now:


Celebrating 20 years of celebrating Sub Pop Records, with beer. Specifically this beer: Brewed with Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell malts. Elysian Brewery’s Head Brewer, Dick Cantwell, created this special blend to be sold on draft at all SP20 events, as well as in bottles at select Pacific Northwest stores.


All of the bands/artists/comedians participating in our various 20th anniversary revelries have agreed to play for free in the hopes of raising a bunch of money to give to a bunch of worthwhile organizations. Herewith the list of these organizations:

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society/ Farm Sanctuary/ National Coalition for Homeless Veterans/ The 924 Gilman Street Project/ The Children’s Garden Network/ Kiva – micro-lending/ Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation/ Red Cross International Response Fund/ Radio 1190/ The Katharine House Hospice/ The Bridge School/ The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation/ Free the West Memphis Three/ The Darcy Davidson Cancer Fund/ Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery/ First Place/ Northwest Film Forum/ The Maasai Cultural Foundation/ 826 Boston/ The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation/ Lance Armstrong Foundation/ Hope for the Warriors/ National Multiple Sclerosis Society/ Accelerated Cure Project/ PAWS/ National Breast Cancer Foundation/ Emergency Food Network/ The Bellur Trust/ Head & Hands/ KEXP

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THURSDAY – JULY 10, 2008
Seattle Institutions Unite in Celebration of Seattle and Its Institutions! Sub Pop will professionally deface THE ACTUAL SPACE NEEDLE with some wildly expensive, professionally designed by professionals, self-congratulatory sloganeering.

@ 12 PM (Space Needle – 203 6th Ave N)

Oral History Live! An Evening w/ Sub Pop Founders Bruce Pavitt & Jonathan Poneman @ 7 PM (JBL Theater at EMP|SFM – 325 5th Avenue North)

Sub Pop founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman celebrate 20 years of the label’s history by sharing their experiences from their early days releasing Soundgarden and Nirvana, to present success with bands like The Shins and The Postal Service. Jacob McMurray, senior curator at EMP|SFM, will conduct the interview. Free to EMP|SFM members and The Recording Academy members; $5 general public, 206.770.2702 or 1.877.EMP.SFM1.

FRIDAY – JULY 11, 2008

SP20 Comedy Show

@ 8 PM (Moore Theatre – 1932 Second Avenue)

David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, and host Kristen Schaal will, we’re hoping, devote some of their material to jokes at Sub Pop’s expense. We’re hoping this mostly so we can steal these jokes and use them ourselves later. Whatever the content of their sets, these are all experienced, comedy professionals and you should plan accordingly. Tickets for SP20 Comedy Show on sale now at Moore Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, at or by calling 206.628.0888.

SATURDAY – JULY 12, 2008

SP20 Festival

@ 11 AM (Marymoor Park – Redmond, WA)

Flight of the Conchords / Iron & Wine/ The Vaselines/ Mudhoney/ Low/ The Fluid/ Fleet Foxes/ Pissed Jeans/ The Helio Sequence/ Seaweed/ Eric’s Trip/ Constantines/ Obits! THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!!

Gutter Twins, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth (Feat. Tad Doyle)

@ 9 PM (The Showbox at the Market – 1426 1st Ave Seattle)

Advance tickets available at Showbox at the Market Box Office, open Monday through Friday, 11am to 6pm, $2.00 service charge per ticket, CASH ONLY. Tickets also available through Ticketmaster outlets, at or by calling 206.628.0888.

SUNDAY – JULY 13, 2008

SP20 Festival

@ 11 AM (Marymoor Park – Redmond, WA)

Wolf Parade/ Green River/ Beachwood Sparks/ Comets on Fire/ Red Red Meat/ No Age/ Les Thugs/ Foals/ Kinski/ TBA/ Grand Archives/ The Ruby Suns

Tickets for Sunday at the SP20 Festival on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets, at or by calling 206.628.0888.

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