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The Wiretap Records Family Vacation Live Stream Series

Posted April 1, 2020, 5:35 p.m.
The Wiretap Records Family Vacation Live Stream Series

Running from April 10-May 1, Wiretap Records will host Friday live streams from a variety of artists on their roster, including Tiny Stills, Berwanger, Audio Karate, Odd Robot, Aree and the Pure Heart, Get Married, Burnt Tapes, American Television, and more.

The label was prepared to throw it's first Wiretap Family Vacation Tour (featuring Tiny Stills and Bristol To Memory), but that was postponed due to COVID-19.

Interested fans should join Wiretap's Community Facebook Group.

3 Merge releases for RSD

Posted March 7, 2020, 2:21 p.m.
3 Merge releases for RSD

When Record Store Day rears its head on April 18 this year, Merge Records will have three special, limited releases in store:

Archers of Loaf – “Raleigh Days” b/w “Street Fighting Man” 7-inch: A pressing of the band's first new song in over 20 years, wit a Rolling Stones cover b-side.

Mikal Cronin – Switched-On Seeker LP: A rack-by-track electronic remake of Mikal Cronin’s 2019 album Seeker.

Hiss Golden Messenger – Let the Light of the World Open Your Eyes (Alive at Spacebomb Studios) 7-inch: Two new recordings of previously released tracks, recorded at Spacebomb in Richmond, VA.

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Labels My Kid Brother and Fearless

Posted March 6, 2020, 8:46 p.m.

My Kid Brother and Fearless

Fearless Records announced the signing of My Kid Brother this week, a group from Leesburg, VA. The band plays a melodic strain of indie-pop, as evidenced n the song "Pastels," below. No details have been ...

Labels 100th Three One G release is a Cramps cover comp

Posted Feb. 29, 2020, 11:21 a.m.

100th Three One G release is a Cramps cover comp

Release number 100 from San Diego's Three One G label is to be titled Really Bad Music for Really Bad People, a collection of covers of The Cramps, reimagined by a diverse roster of ...

Labels Bloodshot signs Rookie

Posted Feb. 8, 2020, 11:26 a.m.

Bloodshot signs Rookie

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Chicago 6-piece Rookie have joined forces with Bloodshot Records to release a self-titled album on March 13. The dog-loving group plays country-fried rock influenced by the classics, like Cheap Trick, Big Star, Neil Young, the ...

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Labels Red Scare updates (new Guerilla Poubelle)

Posted Feb. 2, 2020, 12:10 p.m. in Labels by Loren

Red Scare updates (new Guerilla Poubelle)

photo by Loren Green

Red Scare Industries has announced the release of L'Ennui, from Paris, FR's Guerilla Poubelle. The DIY political punk band's record will also ...

Labels The launch of Dreams of Field Recordings

Posted Feb. 2, 2020, 11:46 a.m. in Labels by Loren

The launch of Dreams of Field Recordings

A new record label called Dreams of Field Recordings will be owned and operated by Christian Holden of The Hotelier and Chad Matheny of Emperor ...


Dreams of Field Recordings will function much like other independent labels but with three key differences that make the DIY/punk ethos an explicit, rather than implied, part of its financial DNA:
1. NON-PROFIT MOTIVE: 100% of the label profits must be reinvested into member-artists and their releases. While many labels spend profits more or less like this already out of good faith, DoFR will bake this requirement into artist contracts and its founding articles of organization. This removes economic incentive to invest only in projects that are more likely to sell, leaving more room on the release schedule for albums that challenge the current state of music.
2. DEMOCRACY: Major decisions (such as signing new bands) will be made by a board of all artists signed to the label on a consensus basis. Day-to-day operations will be carried out by working groups (paid people), performing the tasks label owners perform, but accountable to the artist board.
3. TRANSPARENCY: Label financial statements, including a list of all label/artist revenue and costs, will be available to the public on DoFR’s website. This is an attempt to eliminate the confusion of music makers and their fans about how capital flows around music communities.

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Labels Gunner Records in 2020

Posted Jan. 20, 2020, 11:23 a.m. in Labels by Loren

Gunner Records in 2020

photo by Loren Green

Germany's Gunner Records has announced an impressive start to 2020, with new records from Guerilla Poubelle, Wolf Face, and Arterials set for the coming ...

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Pictured: Wolf Face, live at The Fest 17

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Labels Wiretap Records vinyl club

Posted Dec. 17, 2019, 9:07 p.m. in Labels by Loren

Wiretap Records vinyl club

California-based label Wiretap Records is offering a 2020 subscription record clubwhere members receive at least 10 LPs from the label, plus additional perks that include ...

Labels Sprain join The Flenser

Posted Dec. 7, 2019, 10:54 a.m. in Labels by Loren

Sprain join The Flenser

The Flenser has inked Los Angeles, CA's Sprain to the label, a band who takes a winding '90s rock base with layered notes of ...

Sprain - live:
December 8 Los Angeles, CA @ Part Time Punks w/ NOTHING

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Labels Rotzak on White Russian

Posted Nov. 30, 2019, 5:17 p.m. in Labels by Loren

Rotzak on White Russian

White Russian Records has announced the signing of Rotzak, from Diest, Belgium. The band has a new singe titled "The Big Leap" (shared below), with ...

The Big Leap by Rotzak

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Labels Wiretap adds Movin In Stereo

Posted Nov. 24, 2019, 10:13 a.m. in Labels by Loren

Wiretap adds Movin In Stereo

Calling Gothenburg, Sweden home, Movin In Stereo have joined Wiretap Records for a new EP in early 2020. The new EP will be named New ...

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