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Meet the record label that shaped Seattle’s music scene

This post is part of a series we’re calling Seattleisms, a handy glossary of words and phrases unique to our city that’ll help you #livelikeyoulivehere. 

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WHAT IS IT? A record label founded in Seattle in 1988. They’re celebrating their 30th birthday on August 11.

FAMOUS FOR: Signing Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney for record deals at the start of the 1990s grunge explosion. The label’s bands are credited with shaping the sound of the Seattle music scene.

INFAMOUS FOR: Duping The New York Times into publishing a bogus column all about “grunge speak.” 

STILL SPINNING: Sub Pop is home to some of today’s big names in rock and indie, includingIron & Wine, Shabazz Palaces, Beach House, and Flight of the Conchords.

GO CHECK IT OUT: Peruse all of Sub Pop’s awesome music at their online Mega Mart or swing by their store at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to grab a record before your next flight.

Know of a Seattleism that we should include in our new glossary? Email us at [email protected]. We’ll be sharing out the Seattleiest terms we can find over the next several months.