Sub Pop to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

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The seminal record label that brought us a slew of greats since the late ’80s, from spearheading Seattle‘s grunge movement to aiding indie rock’s steady growth into adulthood, Sub Pop is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. To commemorate two decades in the biz, the label will be holding a two-day festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Wash., on July 12 and 13, and they’ve coaxed quite a few of their artist buds to host the event.

The seminal record label that brought us a slew of greats since the late ’80s, from spearheading Seattle‘s grunge movement to aiding indie rock’s steady growth into adulthood, Sub Pop is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. To commemorate two decades in the biz, the label will be holding a two-day festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Wash., on July 12 and 13, and they’ve coaxed quite a few of their artist buds to host the event. 


Not only will the birthday bash feature current Sub Pop staples Mudhoney, Iron & Wine, Wolf Parade, Pissed Jeans, Comets on Fire, Helio Sequence, Kinski, Low and newcomers No Age, Fleet Foxes, Flight of the Conchords, Ruby Suns, Foals and Grand Archives, but the festival will see the reunion of pioneer grunge outfit Green River, Red Red Meat, Seaweed and Beachwood Sparks. To kick off the event, though, comedians Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt and Todd Barry will take stage at
Seattle‘s Moore Theater. More names are said to be added to the list as the date approaches, and until then, staffers will line up charities to benefit from the event.

As if that isn’t enough, the label will re-release flagship band Mudhoney’s debut EP Superfuzz Bigmuff for an expanded edition on May 22, and it plans a short-term revival of its Singles Club subscription service–an early-years grassroots promotion that gave recipients singles by independent bands on a monthly basis. The service was revived once in ’98, only to be discontinued again in ’02. 


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