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Old 05-28-2013, 02:32 PM   #1
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What are your favorite independent record labels?

Please tell us. And we can talk about them. I like record labels.
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I like Jagjaguwar.
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I'm pretty fond of 4AD, I think it is.

I hate Captured Tracks, though. Not their bands, their frikkin' store/order fill rate.
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Jagjaguwar - Based in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Home to such artists as Okkervil River and Volcano Choir.

4AD - Located in London, England. Home to such artists as The National and St. Vincent.

Yummy stuff. Keep em coming. I've learned so much already.
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About a decade ago, I pretty much bought every new thing Sub Pop released. They still have some phenomenal artists, but not nearly as consistent as they once were.
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Sacred Bones is a label that releases a lot of good stuff, but it tends to fly under the radar a bit. Zola Jesus is signed there.
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XL has a ridiculous stable of artists for an indie, though I understand they just have distribution contracts with many of them.

ADELE
Atoms For Peace
Basement Jaxx
Bobby Womack
Dizzee Rascal
Friendly Fires
Giggs
Gil Scott-Heron
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx
Jack Peñate
Jack White
Jai Paul
Kirin J Callinan
M.I.A.
Monkey
Peaches
Radiohead
Ratatat
RATKING
ROSTAM
SBTRKT
Sigur Rós
The Horrors
The Prodigy
The Raconteurs
The White Stripes
The xx
Thom Yorke
Titus Andronicus
Tyler, The Creator
Vampire Weekend
Willis Earl Beal
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Sub Pop. I know of them because they were the guys who got Nirvana. Located in Seattle, Washington, USA. Looks like they are currently the home of bands including Low, The Shins, King Tuff, Wolf Parade, Father John Misty, Dum Dum Girls, No Age, Beach House and....Patton Oswalt!

Sacred Bones - Based in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Home of a bunch of crazy shit that iyup likes.
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Not sure about currently, but nothing will ever top Matador in the 90's. Nothing.

Pavement
Guided By Voices
Spoon
Yo La Tengo
Liz Phair
Helium
Silkworm
Cat Power
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Bettie Serveert
Superchunk
Teenage Fanclub
Royal Trux
Pizzicato Five
Pussy Galore
Boards of Canada
Belle and Sebastian
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XL has a ridiculous stable of artists for an indie, though I understand they just have distribution contracts with many of them.
This is something I'm totally naive about. How does that shit work? It's always a bit confusing to me when bands/artists are listed under multiple labels. I understand that there are different reasons for that, whether it's trying to get distribution in different parts of the world, or complicated contract stuff, etc.

But still. Wouldn't it be cool if every band/artist was only signed under one label? That shit would be cool. Not feasible, I'm sure. But hey.
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MATADOR.

They're still cool, Laz. They have New Pornographers, Ted Leo, Queens of the Stone Age, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile, Savages, etc., and they still have Belle and Sebastian, Cat Power, Pavement/Malkmus, and Yo La Tengo.

Also, I'm sure Matador was involved with Superchunk at some point, but MERGE is Superchunk's true label. The two founders of Merge Records are the two lead members of Superchunk. Mac and Laura. Hell, Merge basically became a thing because they wanted to put out Superchunk 7" records.
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I'm very fond of DOMINO. Based in London.

They're Arctic Monkeys' label, so they're cool as fuck immediately.

They also have:

DIRTY PROJECTORS
Animal Collective
Franz Ferdinand
The Kills
Etc.
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Also, I'm sure Matador was involved with Superchunk at some point, but MERGE is Superchunk's true label. The two founders of Merge Records are the two lead members of Superchunk. Mac and Laura. Hell, Merge basically became a thing because they wanted to put out Superchunk 7" records.
Yes, they put out 7"s on their own label, but their first three albums (including No Pocky For Kitty) were on Matador, probably because it was a bigger label.

So not sure what "true" label would mean here.
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Superchunk and Merge are basically synonymous. That's all I'm saying. The band founded the label. You're right, though, those first three were on Matador.

Let's name more awesome indie labels!!!
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Tri Angle and Italians Do It Better, guys.
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