“Hey, hey, hey! Hello and welcome to Seatte-Tacoma International Airport!” says Quincy Jones, prerecorded and played back over the airport’s overhead announcement system. Linger inside long enough and you’ll hear Jerry Cantrell announce that smoking is not allowed (“Major bummer, dude”) and Ben Gibbard encourage travelers to connect to SeaTac’s free WiFi.
As of yesterday, you can take Gibbard home with you from the airport — on vinyl, at least. The Sub Pop Record Store opened at SeaTac’s Concourse C, next door to the Exofficio store and across from a Starbucks. It’s not the first of its kind — Waterloo Records has operated a shop at the airport in Austin, TX for years and in the 1960s Motown founder Berry Gordy opened the original label-owned brick-and-mortar store in Detroit. It is, however, the best-smelling — thanks to that new record store scent.