Alex Kostelnik

Last week, we showed you the fruits of our labor during Seattle record label Sub Pop’s 25th-anniversary music festival—by way of some first-class Seattle street style. Today, we have a subset of those shots that our team wanted to present separately as a special report: Below, individuals who are doing their part to foster a new golden age of Seattle music.

Photos by Robin Stein (pictured above right). Words by Andrew Matson.

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Ian Judd. “Seattle’s vibey-est, smallest concert venue (and vintage store) is Cairo in Capitol Hill. Judd is the genius who books the music there. While he’s at it, he hand-picks some of the best bands for his label, Couple Skate (Naomi Punk, The Numbs, Weed). Basically, come to Cairo on any given Saturday night and see what will be happening next year in Brooklyn.”
[Pictured with a friend who looks kind of like this guy. Click small photos to enlarge.]



Larry Mizell, Jr. “It’s safe to say Larry is the voice of Seattle hip-hop. The host of weekly show ‘Street Sounds’ on Seattle’s crucial (and streaming worldwide) radio station KEXP, he’s also the columnist behind ‘My Philosophy’ in Seattle’s alt-weekly The Strangeran emcee in the band Don’t Talk to the Cops, and an artist manager. Fun fact: Mizell, Jr. is also the son and nephew of Larry and Fonce Mizell, legendary jazz-fusion producers.”


Erik Blood. “This is the guy who records your albums in Seattle, if you want someone who will actually vibe with you on your weird idea and bring it to fruition. As a bandleader, Erik Blood is a My Bloody Valentine devotee. As a producer he’s done hip-hop (Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction), folk rock (The Moondoggies), and ‘swirl’ (Stephanie), to name a few. He also knows more about Prince than anyone else, ever.”



Sasha Morgan & Alex Kostelnik. “Sasha works in radio relations at Sub Pop and promotes concerts on the side. Alex runs 20/20 Cycle—a bike shop where pricing can sometimes be negotiated, and intimate concerts occur by Sub Pop-related acts including Mount Eerie and White Rainbow. As far as independent culture in Seattle goes, you’re looking at a power couple.” [Click small photos to enlarge.]

 

Nordstrom Men’s Shop was proud to co-sponsor Sub Pop’s 25th-anniversary Silver Jubilee celebration. Watch for continuing Sub Pop content in the days to come—and in the meantime, catch up on Silver Jubilee Street Style and our Top 5 Sub Pop Albums Ever.

 
 

[Text by Andrew Matson. Andrew writes about music and culture for publications including The Seattle Times, NPR, and The Stranger—follow him on Twitter here. Photos by Robin Stein—see more of Robin’s work here. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom. Intro photo by Melia McGee.]

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