Philadelphia’s Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction gallery is putting on a show called Sub Pop Art Debt next month. Here’s the gallery’s description of the show:
For nearly twenty five years Sub Pop Records’ art department has created covers, posters, stickers, a few match books and one time even a glow in the dark key chain for some of the most celebrated acts in indie rock: Nirvana, The Shins, Mudhoney, Love Battery, Fleet Foxes,The Spinanes, Six Finger Satelitte, Band of Horses, Eric’s Trip, Jale, Jaill, the list goes on.
This collection represents the odds and ends. A stock pile of sketches and art work. Label ads and press sheets. Blue-lines and cutting room floor scraps culled from over two decades worth of releases from one of the most storied record labels in music.
Opening Reception August 3rd, 6-8PM
Art In the Age. 116 N. 3rd St. Philadelphia
I was definitely a fan of Sub Pop Records before being involved with them. When I was in junior high, I guess it was ’91 or ’92, I was an extra in this movie called The Program with James Caan. It’s a terrible movie. They were filming it in South Carolina, and I convinced my parents to let me take three days off of school to be an extra in the football stands. I remember my brother had made me a tape with Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge by Mudhoney on one side and Nirvana’s Bleach and ‘Sliver’ single taped on the other side. I had my headphones on and didn’t have any friends with me, so I just smoked cigarettes and listened to those bands. I must’ve listened to that tape probably 50 times over the course of those three days, and that was basically what made me the alterna-grunger I would later become.