Sub Pop is celebrating its 30th anniversary (something we, uh, took notice of) this Saturday with a major celebration at Alki Beach, and while it’s cool that they’ve asserted their dominance on air and sea, it’s about time that the Seattle-based record label took to the skies. Today the label does exactly that with a new Sub Pop themed Boeing 737-800 that will make regular trips up-and-down the west coast.
“The jet’s wrapping makes it look like a Sub Pop musician’s instrument case, only in much better condition,” Sub Pop co-president and founder Jonathan Poneman said in a statement. “It’s definitely the sickest jet on the tarmac!” Alaska Airlines' managing director of brand marketing and advertising Natalie Bowman added, "This partnership brings together two independent, local brands that are committed to doing things a little differently.”
So now you can stop by the Sub Pop store in the SeaTac airport, hop on your Sub Pop plane, and listen to Sub Pop albums in flight. Jury’s still out when the Sub Pop space station will be announced, but I’m sure Elon Musk is working on it. (Hey Sub Pop, could we get the plane in for an in-studio? Maybe an interview?)
Plus the label announces new split singles from Mudhoney & Hot Snakes, Shabazz Palaces & Chad VanGaalen, Frankie Cosmos & LVL Up, as well as METZ & Clipping
As the SPF30 celebration approaches, we wanted to catch up with Jack Endino to ask him how he honed his craft and what he remembers from those early years.
From the lit ashes of Fastbacks rises Kurt Bloch's Full Toilet 7", a Seattle punk massacre well hidden amongst the Sub Pop back catalog.