Profile: Words on Music

Words on Music: the only record label in the world run by a brotherly duo of academics who also happen to love Factory Records and the sounds and ideas that spun out of that legendary English imprint? Maybe not, but it’s the first we’ve discovered, and the one we most enjoy. Have you heard Magic Bullets? From San

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Words on Music: the only record label in the world run by a brotherly duo of academics who also happen to love Factory Records and the sounds and ideas that spun out of that legendary English imprint? Maybe not, but it’s the first we’ve discovered, and the one we most enjoy. Have you heard Magic Bullets? From San Francisco? Totally amazing, and a Words signee. Eric Ostermeier breaks it Continue reading “Profile: Words on Music”

Profile: Lujo Records

I was 19 and at a MySpacecoaster show. The band was complaining to the audience about not being signed, so I yelled out “I’ll sign you!” A few months later I saw them again and they said something along the lines of “So we’re on your label, right?” I went home and used the money I had saved from delivering newspapers to fund the recording and manufacturing of the Spacecoaster EP.

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Lujo Records is run by the husband-and-wife team of Erik and Jocelyn Aucoin, who as you will learn have perfected the lovable sniping so many couples aim for. They’re like Fred and Ethel Mertz with a cool record collection and tattoos. They’re also at the helm of a label that reflects its relative youth (it began in earnest in 2001) in the artists it signs — whether the sound is sleek, modernized indie rock, squawking electro, or Continue reading “Profile: Lujo Records”

Profile: First Flight Records

It was an easy enough reason to start a label. As Curran Blevins says, he started First Flight Records in Lancaster, Penn. as an outlet for the work of the band he’d been in at the time, Fifth and Elm.

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It was an easy enough reason to start a label. As Curran Blevins says, he started First Flight Records in Lancaster, Penn. as an outlet for the work of the band he’d been in at the time, Fifth and Elm. The label is pretty strictly local to Lancaster for now, and Blevins gets to it when he’s not managing another Pennsylvania band, Circus Circus. But he says Continue reading “Profile: First Flight Records”

Profile: Second Nature Recordings

I ended up releasing a CD compiling Coalesce’s 7”, demo tracks and a few unreleased live tracks, since they’d broken up. It was a fun experience releasing a record, and I guess you could say I was hooked. I started touring with Coalesce and started meeting bands while out on the road that I ended up releasing records for, and built many long-lasting relationships from those contacts over ten years ago. The rest is history.

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Nowadays Second Nature Recordings runs the gamut from the Midwestern post-everything metal fury of Coalesce to In the Pines’ deep-seated folk and chap book mysteries. But for Dan Askew the endeavor started out the way so many of these great independent imprints do, which of course was with little more than a zine, desire, and a network of friends and relationships. It’s been over a decade since he Continue reading “Profile: Second Nature Recordings”

Profile: Kanine Records

We’re located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Yes, everything you’ve heard about Williamsburg is correct, now just add a bunch of new condos. Seriously though, all the people that talk bad about it can’t possibly live here. It’s really an exciting place to live, and while the small venues are shutting down in Manhattan a bunch of new venues, some DIY, are sprouting up in our neighborhood. Which is awesome, even if they are located right next to those new condos.

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Lio and Kay Kanine launched their label with the celebrated compilation NY: The Next Wave, and continued by initially releasing the forest whispers and hazy grooves Continue reading “Profile: Kanine Records”

Profile: Chairkickers Union

Low leader Alan Sparhawk began Chairkickers Music as medium for his own band, but the imprint’s catalog has grown to include releases from mostly Minnesota-area pals like Rivulets, Cars & Trucks, The Keepaways, and If Thousands.

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Low leader Alan Sparhawk began Chairkickers Union as medium for his own band, but the imprint’s catalog has grown to include releases from mostly Minnesota-area pals like Rivulets, Cars & Trucks, The Keepaways, and If Thousands. As you can see in Continue reading “Profile: Chairkickers Union”

Profile: We Are Free Records

“The picture supplied is myself with my MUSCLE,” We Are Free captain Jason Foster says of the fantastic photo above, the one that made our day all last week. As he describes below, WAF is mostly around because of Yeasayer, the Brooklyn-basedMore… quartet whose recent full-length All Hour Cymbals still totally owns. While Foster has mad plans for the future of We Are Free, his immediate plans for the imprint include a new Yeasayer single. We say “Yay” to that. (Yow.) Below, check out Foster’s spot-on dismissal of the “dudez with guitars” phase indie rock has been in for, like, three years now. Priceless.

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The picture supplied is myself with my MUSCLE,” We Are Free captain Jason Foster says of the fantastic photo above, the one that made our day all last week. As he describes below, WAF is mostly around because of Yeasayer, the Brooklyn-based Continue reading “Profile: We Are Free Records”

Profile: Endearing Records

Canada’s Endearing Records has been trucking along for 13 years now, along the way having released tons of great music from Julie Doiron, Destroyer, and the Heavy Blinkers, amongst others.

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Canada’s Endearing Records has been trucking along for 13 years now, along the way having released tons of great music from Julie Doiron, Destroyer, and the Heavy Blinkers, amongst others. It sounds like, lately anyway, Heather and Blair from the Continue reading “Profile: Endearing Records”

Profile: Troubleman Unlimited

Coolest answer to “Favorite Record Ever” goes to Mike from Troubleman Unlimited. Below, he also gives us the keys to the label’s city, with location info, secret vices, origins, and the like. Stay tuned.

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Coolest answer to “Favorite Record Ever” goes to Mike from Troubleman Unlimited. Below, he also gives us the keys to the label’s city, with location info, secret vices, origins, and Continue reading “Profile: Troubleman Unlimited”

Meet & Greet: Jade Tree Records

The name was Tim’s idea and he can never remember where and how it came to him. When he mentioned it to me, I liked it because it did not conjure up anything at all in my mind. To this day, our bank thinks we are a lawn care company.

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It’s nice to know that Jade Tree has a weird guy who lurks near their building. (Their buildingmate, actually.) The Detour Bivouac is surrounded on all sides by the shiftless and strange, the forms of creaky-looking men who we believe will one day Continue reading “Meet & Greet: Jade Tree Records”