Label Spotlight: Sub Pop Records, the '00s & Beyond
by Stephanie Benson | February 14, 2012
We've already highlighted Sub Pop's formative years, when the label helped launch a musical revolution, kick-starting the careers of grunge kings and indie-rock innovators. But that was only the beginning of the story. From longhaired grunge to squeaky-clean indie folk to a world-music imprint and now hip-hop, the Seattle label has proven time and again to be one of the most reliable tastemakers in the biz. For over two decades, they've helped define whatever "indie music" is, or soon will be.
By the 2000s, the Seattle-based label was giving us such indie darlings as The Shins, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Wolf Parade and Washed Out; they signed their first hip-hop act, Shabazz Palaces, in 2011; and they've even proven to have a hell of a sense of humor, releasing records from comedy iconoclasts like Flight of the Conchords, David Cross and Patton Oswalt.
Below, we spotlight key albums from Sub Pop's ever-expanding catalog.