We're super excited to announce a new series here on Noisey: Over the next couple of months, ahead of Budweiser's Made in America Festival, Noisey is hitting the road. We're traveling to ten different cities across the States and interviewing local artists and bands and finding out about the cities that made them.
Our first stop is Seattle—a city still synonymous grunge, rain, and artisanal coffee—but we wanted to see what else was going on there, because guess what: when grunge dissolved into a heap of frayed flannel, the city's musicians kept making records and a butt-ton more hopefuls have continued to pour into the city since.
That being said, you can't go to Seattle and not venture through the hallowed doors of Sub Pop Records, an indie label with an unimpeachable history and roster. It was also this first episode's jumping off point. We spoke with Sup Pop receptionist and artist Derek Erdman and joined Ben Gibbard in the studio where he's recording the next Death Cab for Cutie record, before heading to a local dive to talk with punk-pop cadets Tacocat. Plus we crashed La Luz's band practice (both are signed to thriving Sub Pop subsidiary Hardly Art).
Every week we'll be investigating a different city and each episode is directed by Lance Bangs. The Lance Bangs. A man who's worked with everyone including Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, OFWGKTA, and the White Stripes, as a director, cinematographer, and documentarian, creating in-depth, all access features on Pavement, Slint, and Green Day (to name a few), and going behind the scenes on the sets of movies like Adaptation and Being John Malkovich, not to mention all the Jackass TV shows and films. Basically, he's the kind of dude that you want to ask a million questions because he knows everyone and he's seen everything. He's just cool.
Kim is an editor at Noisey and and the host of the Made in America series. Follow her on Twitter - @theKTB.
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