This Saturday, our beloved, trend-setting, and groundbreaking local record label, Sub Pop will be celebrating 25 years of operations with the Sub Pop Jubilee down in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. This will be a truly fantastic event-loads of classic Sub Pop bands from the roster (Mudhoney! TAD reunion! Greg Dulli!), new indie stalwarts (Father John Misty! Shearwater! METZ!); the Sub Pop Mega Mart is being rolled back out; lots of food trucks; and plenty more to make it a memorable day. I definitely will be there enjoying the festivities.
To pay tribute, here are a couple of favorite, somewhat lesser-known Sub Pop acts-locals Kinski and D.C.-based Velocity Girl.
One of my favorite Kinski songs is Rhode Island Freakout, from their 2003 album, Airs Above Your Station. If you’ve never seen them live, this band is ferociously loud. If you enjoy the more rocking side of Sonic Youth, you are sure to love this.
And here is a noise-pop gem from Velocity Girl, Sorry Again. It is from the single of the same name in 1994. They have that great Lush meets Juliana Hatfield, swooning, noisy, soaring pop sound down pat.