We mentioned Sub Pop’s 20th Anniversary a ways back — well, it’s officially time to party (especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest). The rumors have been circling the web, and now we have official details about SP20, a two-day benefit festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA (7/12 & 7/13). There’s also the SP20 Comedy Show, 7/11 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. How’d they arrive at the anniversary date?
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.
Enough background info, let’s see who’s playing…
Comets on Fire
Flight of the Conchords
The Helio Sequence
Iron & Wine
Red Red Meat
The Ruby Suns
Seaweed! The Fluid! Plus, Green River and Mudhoney. Also, betting those new Wolf Parade tunes will sound great live. More bands TBA. As far as the SP2 Comedy Show on 7/11, the performers will include Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry, and “special guests.” Tickets go on sale 4/26 at 12 PM Pacific through Ticketmaster, at the Marymoor box office in Seattle, and via SubPop.com, which has more details on tickets and the charities benefitted by the show.