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Sub Pop opens its first ever UK/EU online webstore, alongside a string of reissues

23 August 2023, 11:56 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Sub Pop is also announcing a 20th Anniversary remastered reissue of The Shins' classic 2003 album Chutes Too Narrow, featuring new, custom die cut artwork.

Chutes Too Narrow, the band’s heavily anticipated follow-up to their debut, Oh, Inverted World, was recorded in James Mercer’s basement home studio, with later mixing assistance from Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, David Cross, Les Savy Fav).

Mercer says of Chutes Too Narrow, “I was very aware at the time that I had struck gold with the first record, and it was unlikely to happen again. 'Sophomore slump' and all that. The pressure to prove myself as a viable writer had never been so pronounced. Midway through the mixing process, I realised one of the songs would not work, so I stayed up after everyone went to bed and wrote "Young Pilgrims". And with Ek’s help, it worked! Such a stressful but beautiful experience!”

In other reissue news, on 6 October Sub Pop will be releasing Mudhoney’s seminal Superfuzz Bigmuff vinyl EP as well as a 7" release of "Touch Me I’m Sick". Mega Mart 2 contains all manner of Sub Pop releases old and new, including the “first ever time on vinyl in its original form" reissue of The Vaselines' The Way Of The Vaselines.

Mega Mart 2 caters specially to fans and customers who live outside of North America. It is warehoused in the UK and stocking an array of Sub Pop goods (vinyl, CDs, and T-shirts).

The 20th anniversary remaster of Chutes Too Narrow, will be released on 20 October via Sub Pop, and is available to pre-order now.

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