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Old 05-28-2013, 06:07 PM   #16
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Superchunk and Merge are basically synonymous. That's all I'm saying.

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Old 05-28-2013, 06:40 PM   #17
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:07 PM   #18
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Tri Angle and Italians Do It Better, guys.
Hey impy, why do you like these labels and what are your favorite bands on these labels?

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Hey Ax, why do you like this label and what are your favorite bands on this label?
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How has no one mentioned DFA?

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Old 05-28-2013, 07:24 PM   #20
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Because there's like two or three good bands on DFA and one of them doesn't exist anymore, though they have released some cool remix albums.

Frenchkiss has some good bands. The Antlers, The Dodos, Passion Pit, Bloc Party, The Drums, The Hold Steady and Local Natives are on there.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:16 PM   #21
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Matador also had Interpol
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:38 PM   #22
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Hey impy, why do you like these labels and what are your favorite bands on these labels?
I'm glad you asked. Each label has an unmistakable sound that's totally its own, and they're putting out music that I find more exciting than much of what's going on these days. Favorites include Balam Acab and Holy Other for the former, Chromatics and Glass Candy for the latter.
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The two After Dark albums are a nice intro to the IDIB sound.
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I didn't like Kill For Love much at all. But I cannot fucking get enough of Chromatics' After Dark tracks
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Chromatics are better in small doses. I can't wait for them to release a single 45 minute record full of knockouts like Kill For Love. But I do think they're getting better with every album.
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Hey Ax, why do you like this label and what are your favorite bands on this label?
Because they completely changed New Zealand music - which prior to Flying Nun's founding in 1980 was under the thumb of major international labels and was usually drab and boring as a result - and did more than anybody else to foster the Dunedin Sound scene and promote it on the international indie circuit. I can't think of a better label for jangle pop, and they're right up there for lo-fi and for encouraging more experimental post-punk and noise pop (though that tended to be released by Xpressway more than Flying Nun).

Favourite bands on Flying Nun? The Chills, The Bats, The Clean, Straitjacket Fits, Bailter Space, Able Tasmans, 3Ds, Ghost Club, Headless Chickens, Goblin Mix, Die! Die! Die!, Look Blue Go Purple, Dimmer, The Subliminals, The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience - pretty much anyone who's anyone from the arse end of the world.

I usually don't follow individual labels that much, but Flying Nun hold a special place for me.
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Epitaph records was the first record label I cared at all about. Obviously they haven't put out much worth noting in the last 10 years, but before they shifted all their good bands to Hell Cat, it just made too much sense that epitaph was how a kid in the late 90s would discover punk rock. I never was too big on a lot of bands from fat wreck, nitro, Asian man. i prefered hell cat, tko, byo, type stuff.

Can't really leave out taang, although I'm fairly certain they're defunct now. I've read enough stories about how Curtis from taang screwed over a lot of people before he left Boston. All those reissues in 2003-2005 were great. All that old slapshot, Fu's, gang green, stranglehold, the cocksparrer best of, criminal class USA, the bruisers, etc.

Speaking of defunct labels, there's GMM. Pretty solid stuff was put out under that label, although anything in the last 10 years that was reported to be such and such's new album, out this fall on GMM--pretty much became a guarantee that band wouldn't have the album out til the following summer, and on an entirely different label at that. But still, some good albums came out on GMM.

Thorp Records has also put out some pretty decent hardcore/metal. And when they initially added the Sailor's Grave name to cover the punk/psychobilly side of things, there was one point early on where I owned every single album they'd released.

Haven't really paid lot of attention to labels since I finished school/stopped doing college radio. But I did generally tend to keep an eye out for things from your more well-known "indie" type labels like matador, 4ad, sub pop. Yep rock occasionally, although I think that was mostly that I gave them the benefit of the doubt for that rev Horton heat album.

I was supposed to mention Side One Dummy in here, too. Lots of good albums were put out by side one dummy.
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You should have mentioned that Nitro was pretty awesome for like 5 years, or less.
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True. It was a very, very short window. And even then, awesome may be a bit of a stretch. I really listened to comparatively little of it. And one could arguably want to punch me in the face for lumping them in with fat wreck for a variety of justifiable reasons. But all of that post is based of old information. I haven't--outside of checking back at the sailors grave boards a once every couple months--thought much at all in terms of labels in like seven or eight years. I could have just as easily made this post in 2005, and knowing me, I probably did. Only thing is, back then it would have included a line about how hell cat is pretty much the way thing ever, since the way in which the give em the boot compilations had wholly eclipsed the punk o ramas from 6 onward in terms of quality, was much fresher in my mind.
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