For those who have ever flown from the SeaTac Airport in Seattle, you know that there are always a few things that must be done before boarding your flight.
If you’re at SEATAC anytime between 5:00am and 9:00pm, your first stop should be Beecher’s Handmade Cheese where you can pick up some mouth watering Mac & Cheese, and a cup of your favorite Caffe Vita coffee.
Your second stop should be the Sub Pop Records store that opened in SEATAC this past May, bringing arguably Seattle’s greatest and most famous record label to the forefront of travelers.
Filled with records, merchandise and other PNW history, the store is an oasis for diehard music-lovers and casual fans, alike.
With a few of us traveling to Los Angeles this weekend for the A Walk on Water surf therapy session, we wanted to browse through the shelves at Sub Pop to see what would catch our
Instead of including that extra day’s worth of clothing on your next vacation, save the space… and check out the records that Sub Pop suggests be included in your carry-on—as this is the Vita Escort on the top five records to buy at SeaTac Airport. A big thanks to Josh T. for curating.
5. Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty
The second studio album from Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty was released in late-July after first debuting a few months earlier at the Seattle Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome.
Receiving praise following the release by a number of different publications, Lese Majesty‘s sound is one that is both fresh for the band, yet unique to their style.
4. Beach House: Bloom
Released in May of 2012, alt-rock group Beach House’s Bloom may be a couple years old, but, as we all know, music is timeless—and this is an album worth checking out.
Debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 list after selling 41,000 copies its first week, the album eventually peaked to the top spot on the US Alternative and US Independent album charts, meaning Bloom is the perfect record to play from the inside-out.
3. Luluc: Passerby
Just released in the middle of July, Australian folk duo Luluc worked with legendary producer Joe Boyd on this, their sophomore record, as Boyd has bands like Pink Floyd, Nick Drake and R.E.M., among others, on his resume.
The music on Passerby evoke the sounds of the late-sixties and early-seventies, with a new, folksy vibe on the tracks that will no doubt leave one feeling each lyric from the peaceful voice of lead singer Zoe Randell.
4. Broken Water: Tempest
Inspired by the psychedelic sounds of the sixties, Olympia, Washington rock band Broken Water’s Tempest exudes everything one wants in an album when putting a house party together.
Major reverb and hazy sounds make the band’s second full-length album one that isn’t for the faint of heart, and was produced on Sub Pop’s younger sister label, Hardly Art, back in May of 2012.
5. Black Marble: A Different Arrangement
Like the aforementioned Broken Water album, Tempest, Black Marble’s A Different Arrangement was also produced on Hardly Art in 2012, and was the first release from the Brooklyn synth band.
Thanks to the mixture of quick rhythms and dark basslines, A Different Arrangement might resemble that of a mid-eighties, dark pop album, but with a modern twist from the past.
Not traveling through Sea-Tac anytime soon? Check out the gallery below, of the oasis located in the C Concourse.