I have to confess that I wasn't overly drawn to the label's output during it's early grunge soaked Mudhoney/Screaming Trees/Tad days of the late 80's & early 90's. During that era my label of choice was 4AD, and I found, at least for a few years, that I was almost guaranteed to like anything that they released (long live ethereal dream pop!)
I find now that Sub Pop is more eclectic than it used to be and generally I am drawn to more recent acts like Iron & Wine, The Shins and Flight of The Conchords. In many ways having a favourite label that one is loyal to might soon become a bit of an anachronism, in a similar vein to talking about a local radio station that is relevant, or working a regular 9 to 5 job.
Anyways, in the August/08 edition of Mojo there is a Sub Pop compilation that provides a relatively decent snapshot of the last 20 years. It appears to be chronological and I made an honest effort to sit through the earlier material, though found myself skipping through eagerly to the mid way point. Here is the track listing for inquiring minds;
01. GREEN RIVER - This Town
02. MUDHONEY - Sweet Young Thing…
03. TAD - Wood Goblins
04. L7 - Shove
05. SCREAMING TREES - Change Has Come
06. AFGHAN WHIGS - Retarded
07. RED RED MEAT - Braindead
08. ERIC MATTHEWS - Fanfare
09. IRON & WINE - Southern Anthem
10. THE SHINS - New Slang
11. THE POSTAL SERVICE - Such Great Heights
12. KELLEY STOLTZ - The Sun Comes Through
13. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - Bowie
15. NO AGE - Eraser
14. PISSED JEANS - Caught Licking Leather
(Here's a link to download the tracks, courtesy Zona Musical - password matt-o-rach) - enjoy!
Is there a label in your mind (either past or present) that has consistently released amazing and mind blowing output?