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Sub Pop Records Celebrates 20 Years

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Sub Pop Records Celebrates 20 Years

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Sub Pop Records Celebrates 20 Years

Sub Pop Records Celebrates 20 Years

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Song List

  • "Monkey Suit" from The Pernice Brothers' Overcome by Happiness
  • "White Winter Hymnal" from Fleet Foxes' Fleet Foxes
  • "Lion's Mane" from Iron & Wine's The Creek Drank the Cradle
  • "Dying for It" from The Vaselines' The Way of The Vaselines
  • "Here's the Plan" from Zumpano's Going Through Changes
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Seattle record label Sub Pop celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. With a catalog including Nirvana's Bleach, The Shins' Know Your Onion and The Postal Service's Give Up, Sub Pop has long been an independent music tastemaker and pioneer.

Jonathan Poneman, co-founder of Sub Pop, presents five of his favorite songs from the label's vast catalog, gives a little history behind Seattle's early music scene and discusses the difficulty of running an independent label in a major label culture.

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Overcome by Happiness
Artist
The Pernice Brothers
Label
Rykodisc
Released
1998

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Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History
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The Vaselines
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Sub Pop
Released
1992

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Goin' Through Changes
Artist
Zumpano
Label
Sub Pop
Released
1996

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