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April
15th

Green River, Flight of the Conchords and Mudhoney among bands to play the Sub Pop 20 festival in July

For a while I’ve been chasing down rumors about Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary gala. And after months of keeping things mum, Seattle’s influential indie record label just released details for SP20, the music and comedy festival it has planned for July 11 at Seattle’s Moore Theatre and July 12 and 13 at Redmond’s Marymoor Park.


The July 11 show at the Moore is a comedy showcase that will feature Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry and special guests.



The musical will take place at Marymoor Park. And acts will include seminal grunge band Green River

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April
15th

Hey, who needs a record label, anyway?

I last wrote about this topic in February, after I interviewed Saul Williams about releasing music directly to fans. As the Rolling Stone article I’ve linked to mentions, established rock stars that have managed to retain control of their brand and publishing don’t really need no steen-king record label. So is the major label as we know it in its final throes? Discuss.

Oct.
25th

Kill Rock Stars off to the Big Apple

Well, I thought I was chasing a scoop after I caught wind of layoffs at Olympia’s Kill Rock Stars and rumors that the indie label – whose roster has included Sleater-Kinney, the Gossip, Deerhoof and Bikini Kill – was taking off for Portland. But according to a story that ran in Billboard earlier this month (read it here) the company’s HQ is actually moving to NYC.


Founder Slim Moon has accepted an A&R job with New York-based Nonesuch records, according to the story, and day-to-day operations will be handed over to his wife and label co-owner, Portia Sabin.

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