August 2018

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Sub Pop at 30: Charting the Legacy of the Seattle Sound

How Sub Pop, a scrappy independent record label with the slogan ‘Going Out of Business Since 1988’ established the ‘Seattle sound,’ weathered the volatile music business and continues to make its mark on the city--30 years and counting

This article appears in print in the August 2018 issue. Read more from the feature story here. Click here to subscribe. Like Kurt Cobain, Nirvana and so many of the homegrown cultural forces it first nurtured, the origins of Seattle indie record label Sub Pop formed organically and humbly, specifically, in the 1980 dorm room of Evergreen State…

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Sub Pop Employees Have Been Pulling Epic Pranks for 30 Years

Founded on April Fools’ Day, Sub Pop has taken the date to heart, pulling notorious pranks over the years. Here are a few classic examples

Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper, the woman behind the legendary "Lexicon of Grunge"

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The Sub Pop Timeline

A highly abridged version of the label’s notable cultural contributions

Soundgarden's first EP, 1987's "Screaming Life," was among Sub Pop's first releases

Seattle, USA July 14, 2016: Couple in rental kayak pass before another couple sitting on dock with seagull on post and Space Needle in background

Where to Kayak in Seattle

And six places in the city where you can rent a kayak

This article is part of the cover story for the August 2018 issue. Find more from the story here. Click here to subscribe. With water all around Seattle, there are plenty of places to put in a kayak for a day on the water. But not all bodies of water are alike. We tapped Amanda Lee of Alki Kayak…

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Take a Self-Guided Tour of Seattle’s Sub Pop Sights

Bone up on your Sub Pop history with this tour of the city’s label-affiliated sights

MoPOP's exhibit "Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses"

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Beginner’s Guide to Stand-Up Paddleboarding on Puget Sound

Take a stand to experience the Northwest in a whole new way

Give it a try: A calm day on Puget Sound can be a good place to try stand-up paddleboarding

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Where to Stand-Up Paddleboard in Seattle

For beginner, intermediate, and advanced paddlers

A good place to SUP? Off Seward Park

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Sub Pop’s Creative Director Waxes on the Label’s Album Art

Sub Pop albums are defined by a certain aesthetic, and for the past 24 years, the label’s creative director, Jeff Kleinsmith, has helped convey it through the label’s record covers. Here, he waxes on a few favorites

Creative director Jeff Kleinsmith and office Sub Pup Kenny

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6 Best Water-View Campsites in the PNW

Pitch your tent or park your RV at one of these waterfront or water-view spots, where you’ll wake up to the soothing sounds of lakes, falls, rivers, or the sea

Campsites at Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island come with water views and plenty of space to pull up a kayak

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Water Adventures Gear Guide

If you're ready to stop renting and take the plunge on a new purchase, here's where to start

This article is part of the cover story for the August 2018 issue. Find more from the story here. Click here to subscribe. On a hot summer day, it’s hard to resist getting out on the water. There are plenty of places to rent gear such as stand-up paddleboards and kayaks, or you can take the plunge and invest…

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Seattle Is Having a Midlife Crisis (Again)

Seattle experienced a midlife crisis 30 years ago, says Knute Berger. Are we having another one today?

MIDLIFE CRISIS PART 1: Tech pioneer Bill Gates and onetime Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth in a classic yearbook-style photo

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4 Washington Water Parks For Kids of All Ages

Kids of all ages pack these giant water playgrounds—and with each park’s unique personality, you may want to try them all

This article is part of the cover story for the August 2018 issue. Find more from the story here. Click here to subscribe. Kids of all ages pack these giant water playgrounds—and with each park’s unique personality, you may want to try them all

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