Posted by: detourmag on November 12, 2007 at 9:00 am


As Kim Ware tells it, starting a record label is as easy as having known or been in a few bands, and having access to a laptop and some stamps. Wait, it kind of is that easy. Eskimo Kiss, the imprint Ware runs out of her Wilmington, N.C. home (and computer), is an indie in the great tradition of that word — tiny but determined, a happily regional aesthetic, relationships Read more

Posted by: detourmag on November 6, 2007 at 9:00 am


Detour loves Dim Mak for a lot of things. (They held our hand once at the Star of the Sea dance in fifth grade, but that’s another story.) There’s the Deadly Syndrome, for one, and great releases in the label’s archives from the Von Bondies, No Knife, Panthers, and Soledad Brothers. (Remember their live set at the Gold Dollar in Detroit? Yow.) But now we love the Read more

Posted by: detourmag on November 2, 2007 at 9:00 am

The Buddyhead dudes are (in)famous for a lot of things. They turned us on to the Icarus Line, for one; they released a great two-disc label comp a few years back; and they make the Internet blow soda out its nose every time they issue a new round of “Buddyhead Gossip,” which delivers the antics, announcements, and embarrassing sexual information of a wealth of Read more

Posted by: detourmag on October 30, 2007 at 9:00 am


Begun as a vessel for the releases of Sufjan Stevens, Asthmatic Kitty has become a home for a clutch of artists who share Stevens’ idiosyncratic, intuitive, esoteric pop sound. It’s not like they’re copy, uh, cats — it’s just that, like Stevens, AK artists such as Castanets, Liz Janes, and the incredible My Brightest Diamond work from a place where the brains are bigger. Is Read more

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