Mega Mart manager Tim Hayes.
Image: Kirby Ellis

This summer, Sub Pop Records celebrates 25 years of producing rock and roll dreams and nightmares, straight out of Seattle. As part of the Silver Jubilee proceedings (concerts, etc), they've resurrected their Mega Mart record store concept from the grunge years. You'll find it through mid-July in Georgetown, staffed by venerable LP guy Tim Hayes. Consider stopping by tonight, Friday, June 28 between 5 and 8 for the official opening bash.

Shop Talk: What song or album is playing on your store’s sound system right now?

Hayes: Most recently I've been listening to "Bathroom Laughter" by the Pissed Jeans off their latest record Honeys. It's a smoker!

What was your first job? How does it compare to your job now? 

In the mid-70s I worked at Aberdeen's Harborview Drive-In Theater picking up popcorn boxes, cigarette butts, beer cans, dirty magazines, underwear, and condoms from the lot and submerging the concession stand in Lysol. Did I mention it was a double screen drive-in? And now? Well, I don't have to wear gloves!

What’s your favorite thing in the store right now? Why?

The stereo. Where would we be without one?

Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?

Independent record stores like Beats and Bohos [stay tuned you'll meet these guys later —Shop Talk], Georgetown Records, and Jive Time. Can get lost in 'em for hours.

What do you love about your store’s neighborhood? 

It's all quality shops around here. The neighborhood is filled with independently owned and operated businesses that provide unpretentious hipness mixed with historic old-school working class charm.

What nearby, coffee shops, etc do you recommend?

Well, when I'm jonesin' for a cup a joe, All City Coffee's right across the street from me. Via Tribunali for their fine pizza and sweetheart service. Fantagraphics Books for their top shelf lowbrow (highbrow and monobrow) art books, comic books and various periodicals. And for sportin' a killer set o' beer-goggles, 9 Lb. Hammer is my fave. Just try keepin' both buttcheeks on the barstool without fallin' off.

I'm just gettin' started... there are SO many more amazin' spots!

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?

The shop JUST opened up so it really hasn't had time for real crazy shit to happen. Maybe I'll forget to wear socks.