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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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posted by on April 15 at 13:10 PM

Also, regarding this:

This month, local mega-indie label Sub Pop is celebrating its 20th birthday. Really it’s a bit like Lincoln’s birthday—or Jesus’s. The date is fudged, estimated, maybe arbitrarily made up. By some accounts, Sub Pop goes back to 1979 in the form of a fanzine published by label cofounder Bruce Pavitt. The Sub Pop 100 compilation came out in 1986. So Sub Pop has been hanging on the old flippity-flop for a TAD longer than 20 years. Still, congrats, and happy birthday, observed.


Though Bruce Pavitt had been using the title SUBTERRANEAN POP since sometime in ’79 for fanzines, cassette compilations, radio shows, and the like, somewhere along the line he and co-founder Jonathan Poneman decided that April 1, 1988—the day they quit their jobs and rented a tiny office in the Terminal Sales Building in Seattle—was the day Sub Pop Records was born. To celebrate the label’s twentieth birthday, Sub Pop will release a series of re-issues starting with Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff: Deluxe Edition (May 22, 2008), launch a limited run of the Sub Pop Singles Club, and throw a series of over-the-top birthday parties for itself this summer.

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