No, Sub Pop 1000 isn’t Sub Pop’s 1,000th release, just like Sub Pop 100 wasn’t the label’s 100th release, nor was Sub Pop 200 the label’s 200th. Instead, those releases were (like this one) milestone-marking compilations of the New Underground Sounds of Now (“Now” being 1986 for 100 and 1988 for 200). Although Sub Pop 200 – with its tracks by Nirvana and Mudhoney and Tad and Soundgarden – is very well-known, it was also a pretty typical label sampler. In the cases of Sub Pop 100 and Sub Pop 1000, the goal is much more magnanimous, scraping around the more aggressively interesting dark corners of the global music scene. Celebrating Sub Pop’s 25th anniversary, this set features (duh) a couple of Seattle artists (experimental cellist Lori Goldston and face-ripping punks Iron Lung), but casts its gaze far beyond, bringing in sounds from Italy, Australia, Argentina and even Brooklyn – sounds that range from scratchy electronica to dizzying psychedelia, with stops everywhere in between.
★★★★ (out of 5 stars)