Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Köthener Straße 38 - The Legend of Hansa Studios

Fripp, Eno, Bowie at Hansa: "heroes" forever and ever

For my personal history of music listener, Hansa Tonstudio is essentially the temple where U2 crafted Achtung Baby. For the history of modern popular music, the Berlin studios are something more. A kind of dark sonic magic that started in the Seventies, when a notorious wall was still up (few steps from the door of the studios) and David Bowie came there - along with his friend Iggy - to start a new career (great book about those years: Thomas Jerome Seabrook's Bowie in Berlin).

This playlist tries to capture some of the Hansa's sound and vision. It features two songs each "selected recording" I found on the studios' Wikipedia page. Just one album in that list is missing from Spotify: Ossler's Ett Bruss. So, to get the symbolic 38 songs of the title/address, I added one track from Diamanda Galas' You Must Be Certain of the Devil and a bonus from U2: Stay (Faraway, So Close!). A song born from the Achtung Baby sessions, with a wenderesque video (below) that made me fall in love with Berlin fifteen years before I could finally walk through the Tiergarten.

Not a very joyful collection of music (Siouxsie, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave!), but I hope you can enjoy it. :o)

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The Legend of Hansa Studios
Source: Wikipedia.

David Bowie – Sound And Vision/Warszawa
(from Low, 1977)
David Bowie – "Heroes"/V-2 Schneider
(from "Heroes", 1977)
Iggy Pop – China Girl/Nightclubbing
(from The Idiot, 1977)
Iggy Pop – The Passenger/Lust For Life
(from Lust For Life, 1977)
Tangerine Dream – Force Majeure/Cloudburst Flight
(from Force Majeure, 1979)
David Bowie – Remembering Marie A./Baal's Hymn
(from Baal, 1982)
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts/Love In Itself
(from Construction Time Again, 1983)
Killing Joke – Love Like Blood/Eighties
(from Night Time, 1984)
Marillion – Kayleigh/Pseudo Silk Kimono
(from Misplaced Childhood, 1984)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Tupelo/Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree
(from The Firstborn Is Dead, 1984)
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Cities In Dust/Candyman
(from Tinderbox, 1986)
Killing Joke – Adorations/Sanity
(from Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, 1986)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Your Funeral My Trial/Sad Waters
(from Your Funeral... My Trial, 1986)
Diamanda Galas – Let My People Go
(from You Must Be Certain of the Devil, 1987)
U2 – Zoo Station/One
(from Achtung Baby, 1991)
U2 – Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
(from Zooropa, 1993)
Snow Patrol – Crack The Shutters/If There's a Rocket Tie Me To It
(from A Hundred Million Suns, 2008)
Supergrass – Diamond Hoo Ha Man/When I Needed You
(from Diamond Hoo Ha, 2008)
KT Tunstall – (Still A) Weirdo/Uummannaq Song
(from Tiger Suit, 2010)
R.E.M. – ÜBerlin/Discoverer
(from Collapse Into Now, 2011)

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Friday, August 12, 2011

The UK Blue Stax Singles Collection 1967-1968

Just to prove you that I'm not Nick Hornby's Annie Wilkes and that I care more for taking some good musical advices from him than dissecting his books, here it comes a new playlist. Actually, Hornby suggested it, when he wrote - in the first pages of Fever Pitch - "We would be left to rot with our Arsenal programmes or our collection of original blue-label Stax records...". Blue-label Stax records? What's that? Here's the answer: a collection of old vinyl records, out in the UK in 1967 and 1968. Below, you find it almost completely (83,33%) spotified. A good soundtrack for your vintage soul parties, with Otis Redding, Carla Thomas and many other great black acts. Enjoy!

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Source: (whose table below I shamelessly copied and pasted, and where you can find some useful infos if you're a vinyl collector...)
Songs available on Spotify: 70 out of 84 (83,33%)

601001Eddie FloydRaise Your Hand196742Stax 208A
I've Just Been Feeling BadStax 208B
601002Carla ThomasSomething Good (Is Going To Happen To You)1967--Stax 207A
It's Starting To GrowStax 207B
601003Johnnie TaylorAin't That Lovin' You1967--Stax 209A
Outside LoveStax 209B
601004Sam & DaveSoothe Me196735(none)
Sweet Pains (remastered 2006 version)(none)
601005Otis ReddingDay Tripper196743(none)
601006Sam & DaveWhen Something Is Wrong With My Baby1967--Stax 210A
A Small Portion Of Your LoveStax 210B
601007Otis ReddingLet Me Come On Home196748Volt 146B
I Love You More Than Words Can SayVolt 146A
601008Carla ThomasWhen Tomorrow Comes1967--Stax 214A
Unchanging LoveStax 214B
601009Booker T. & M.G.sHip Hug Her1967--Stax 211A
SummertimeStax 211B
601010Mable JohnSame Time, Same Place1967--Stax 215A
Bigger And BetterStax 215B
601011Otis ReddingShake (live)196728Volt 149A
634-5789 (studio; original single was live)(none)
601012Otis Redding & Carla ThomasTramp196718Stax 216A
Oooh Carla, Oooh Otis(none)
601013Rufus ThomasGreasy Spoon1967--Stax 221B
Sophisticated SissyStax 221A
601014Bar-KaysSoul Finger196733Volt 148A
KnuckleheadVolt 148B
601015Albert KingBorn Under A Bad Sign1967--Stax 217A
Personal ManagerStax 217B
601016Eddie FloydThings Get Better196731Stax 187A
Good Love , Bad LoveStax 187B
601017Otis ReddingThe Glory Of Love1967--Volt 152A
I'm Coming HomeVolt 152B
601018Booker T. & M.G.sGroovin'1967--Stax 224A
Slim Jenkin's PlaceStax 224B
601019William BellEloise (Hang On In There)1967--Stax 227A
One Plus OneStax 227B
601020Ruby JohnsonIf I Ever Needed Love (I Sure Do Need It Now)1967--Volt 147A
Keep On Keeping OnVolt 147B
601021Otis Redding & Carla ThomasKnock On Wood196735Stax 228A
Let Me Be Good To YouStax 228B
601022Judy ClayYou Can't Run Away From Your Heart1967--Stax 230A
It Takes A Lotta Good LoveStax 230B
601023Sam & DaveSoul Man196724Stax 231A
May I BabyStax 231B
601024Eddie FloydOn A Saturday Night1967--Stax 233A
Under My NoseStax 233B
601025Bar-KaysGive Everybody Some1967--Volt 154A
Don't Do ThatVolt 154B
601026Booker T. & M.G.sChinese Checkers1967--Stax 137A
Plum NellieStax 137B
601027Otis Redding(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction1967--Volt 132A
I've Been Loving You Too LongVolt 126A
601028Rufus ThomasDown Ta My House1968--Stax 240A
Steady Holding OnStax 240B
601029Albert KingCold Feet1968--Stax 241A
You Sure Drive A Hard BargainStax 241B
601030Sam & DaveI Thank You196834Stax 242A
Wrap It UpStax 242B
601031Otis Redding(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay19683Volt 157A
My Sweet LoreneVolt 157B
601032Carla ThomasPick Up The Pieces1968--Stax 239A
SeparationStax 239B
601033Otis Redding & Carla ThomasLovey Dovey1968--Stax 244A
New Year's ResolutionStax 244B
601034Mable JohnAble Mable1968--Stax 249A
Don't Get CaughtStax 249B
601035Eddie FloydBig Bird1968--Stax 246A
Holding On With Both HandsStax 246B
601036Bar-KaysA Hard Day's Night1968--Volt 158A
I Want SomeoneVolt 158B
601037Rufus ThomasThe Memphis Train1968--Stax 250A
I Think I Made A Boo-BooStax 250B
601038William BellA Tribute To A King1968--Stax 248A
Every Man Oughta Have A WomanStax 248B
601039Derek MartinSoul Power1968--Volt 160A
Sly GirlVolt 160B
601040Otis ReddingThe Happy Song196834Volt 163A
Open The DoorVolt 163B
601041Linda LyndellBring Your Love Back To Me1968--Volt 161A
Here I AmVolt 161B
601042Albert King(I Love) Lucy1968--Stax 252A
You're Gonna Need MeStax 252B

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UK Blue Stax singles were slightly different (with some previously unissued songs) and definitely less numerous than US singles. If you think this playlist is not enough and you wanna more soul, check the 244-song boxset Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Booktracks - Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch

Two weeks ago, I made a business trip to London. Well, not the usual & boring weekdays kind of trip; but the rare & incredibly entertaining weekend kind. I spent most of the time at the Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, attending some matches of the Emirates Cup. Even if in a playground mode, my schedule was quite tight. At the end of it, just before Arsenal and New York Red Bulls started the last match of the tournament, I had to jump in a train of the Piccadilly Line and go to Heathrow, for catching my flight back. I did it. But I took the longest and winding road. Not southwest-ward, to the closer Halloway Road tube station, but northeast-ward, to the properly called Arsenal station. Just for one reason: I wanted to dedicate at least five minutes and five pictures to the remains of the nearby old Highbury stadium.

From my Italian perspective and historical memory, Highbury is the stadium where our nazionale played a foggy and legendary 1934 game against the England team. We lost 3-2 (this YouTube title is wrong), but we showed we could compete even with the masters of football (nowadays, that Italian team is still known as "I leoni di Highbury", Highbury lions...). From my Torino-fan perspective, Highbury is the last stadium where we played an international game, in 1994 against Arsenal, obviously losing it, before being swallowed in the inferno of the second division, where we are still floating & burning. From the British point of view, naturally, the stadium is (was) something different, something more, the historical temple of Arsenal.

From my five-minutes-tourist-in-Islington perspective, instead, Highbury was essentially the main character of a book I did and do love: Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch. That's the reason behind the picture you see above (shot while a bike gang of 12-year-old boys were noisingly staring at me and at my smartphone, in a way that today has assumed a different, creepier tone, in the aftermath of recent London riots). And that's the reason of this playlist, too. On the tube to Heathrow, I started reading Fever Pitch again. I loved it, again (this guy became famous writing a book about his obsession for football?? Genius!!). I noted many musical references. And I decided to make a booktrack with all these references (booktrack = book + soundtrack, an invention of mine, but I kindly let it in public domain...).

Some things:
1st: yes, I'm really, pathologically sick.
2nd: no, really, totally sick: I started to look for YouTube videos of the matches Hornby wrote about, too. You find some of them, below: so, actually, this is a booktubetrack (public domain, again).
3rd: I noticed that during the Seventies Hornby listened to much more music than in the Eighties. Or, maybe, the music he listened to left a stronger mark in its DNA. Indeed, there are far more music references, comparisons and jokes in the first half of the book, than in the latter.

One more thing: my personal Fever Pitch revival was completed tonight with the (second) view of the 1997 movie adaptation with Colin Firth. It's a really good summer movie. You even appreciate it when you don't care a lot about Arsenal and you support another football team, locked in the italian Serie B. The movie soundtrack is good, too, starting with The La's' There She Goes and going through The Who, Lisa oh-my-god-the-end-of-the-80s Stansfield and Van Morrison. So I decided to add some of these songs to the playlist, too, as bonus tracks (booktubemoviesoundtrack?)

One very last thing: if you support ManU, City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham or whatever other English team, probably you will find all this Arsenal stuff rather annoying (except the last video, maybe). I understand it. If I saw on a website something similar about Juventus, I'd probably block the website access from my computer and likely I'd even start writing anonymous menacing emails to the site owner. Well, in that case, forget the post and its humble writer, and give a chance to the music. I think the playlist is not bad, quite varied & classic, and since there are not Gallaghers in it, it's definitely football agnostic.

Enjoy! :o)

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Source: Fever Pitch (book) + Fever Pitch (movie)

1. Eddie Floyd - Raise Your Hand*
2. Carla Thomas - Something Good (Is Going To Happen You)*
3. Johnny Taylor - Ain't That Lovin' You (For More Reasons Than One)*
4. Sam and Dave - Soothe Me*
5. Otis Redding - Day Tripper*
* first five blue-label Stax records
(page 2: "We would be left to rot with our Arsenal programmes or our collection of original blue-label Stax records...")

6. David Cassidy - Cherish
7. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
(page 21: "How could my sister not hear that David Cassidy was not in the same class as Black Sabbath?")

8. Richard Tauber - Girls Were Made To Love and Kiss
(page 31: "Constable Morgan (whose rank never changed throughout his long Highbury career) sang highlights from light operettas and Hollywood musicals: my programme for the Derby Game says that he performed Lehar's 'Girls We Made To Love and Kiss' that afternoon.")

9. Steve Morse - Heartbreaker
(page 38: "Once we went to look around the Chelsea Drugstore, where I bought the second Led Zeppelin album..."; the song is taken from Led Zeppelin II, but it's a cover version because of the Led Zeppelin embargo on Spotify; )

10. Lou Reed - I Wanna Be Black
(pag.40: "Hence the phenomenon of mock-belonging, whereby pasts and backgrounds are manufactured and massaged in order to provide some kind of acceptable cultural identity. Who was it that sang 'I Wanna Be Black'?")

11. Pogues - Whiskey in the Jar
(pag.40: "All those Pogues fans from Hertfordshire singing Irish rebel songs!")

12. Elvis Presley - In the Ghetto
13. Rolling Stones - I Wanna Be Your Man

(pag. 41: "The 1944 Education Act, the first Labour Government, Elvis, beatniks, the Beatles and the Stones, the sixties... we never stood a chance"; Beatles not available on Spotify yet, I had to mix the things a little with the Stones...).

14. Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy
(pag.41: "It's no wonder we all wanted to be Muddy Waters or Charlie George")

15. The Blues Brothers - Soul Man
(pag.72: "You like football? Then you also like soul music, beer, thumping people, grabbing ladies' breasts, and money")

16. Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
17. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - "Notte e giorno faticar" (Don Giovanni, Act I)

(pag.72: "You're a rugby or a cricket man? You like Dire Straits or Mozart, wine, pinching ladies' bottoms and money")

18. Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
(pag. 72: "You don't fit into either camp? Macho, nein danke? In which case it must follow that you're a pacifist vegetarian, studiously oblivious to the charms of Michelle Pfeiffer, who thinks that only leering wideboys listen to Luther Vandross)

19. Rod Stewart - You Wear It Well
(pag. 74: "I developed a new hairstyle (supposed to resemble Rod Stewart's, but I never found the courage for the spikes) to go with the clobber")

20. Olivia Newton-John - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
(pag.75: "She was, I thought, beautiful, with the long, straight, centre-parted hair and the melting doe eyes of Olivia Newton-John).

21. Van Morrison - Caravan
(pag. 78: "... and suddenly life was all drink and soft drugs and European literature and Van Morrison).

22. Danny Kaye - I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
(pag.90: "And when they won a game, the tannoy would blast out 'I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts'...").

23. Graham Parker & The Rumour - The New York Shuffle
24. Television - Venus
25. Patti Smith - Pissing In A River
26. Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
27. The Clash - White Riot

(pag.92: "... I bought and borrowed records by Graham Parker and Television and Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen and The Clash...).

28. Ramones - Blitzkreig Bop
(pag.94: "How come I had to rely on a couple of Chandler paperbacks and the first Ramones album to provide me with some kind of identity?")

29. Mavis Staples - Chocolate City
30. Shirley Brown - Woman To Woman

(pag.95: "And I have met women who love music, and can tell their Mavis Staples from their Shirley Browns...").

31. Buzzcocks - Orgasm Addict
(pag.102: "I played a Buzzcock album instead (the Singles - Going Steady compilation album), knowing that side one would take me through to the final whistle")

32. Bay City Rollers - Bye Bye Baby
(pag.106: "There were others who did the same, and behind me a pair of teenage girls were weeping silently, not in the hammy fashion of teenage girls at Bay City Rollers concerts, but in a way that suggested a deep and personal gried")

33. Rod Stewart - Sailing
(pag.116: "Everyone knows the song that Millwall fans sing, to the tune of 'Sailing': 'No one likes us/No one likes us/No one likes us/We don't care'").

34. Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
(pag.119: "There was something about it that reminded me of Bill Grundy winding up the Sex Pistols on television in 1976 and then expressing his outrage about their behaviour afterwards. Arsenal, the first of the true punk rockers: our centre-halves were fulfilling a public need for harmless pantomime deviancy long before Johnny Rotten came along".)

35. Maria Callas - Un bel dì vedremo (from Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly")
(pag.126: "In 1969 I saw George Best play, and score, for Manchester United at Highbury. The experience should have been profound, like seeing Nijinsky dance, or Maria Callas sing, and though I do talk about it in that way sometimes, to younger fans, or those who missed out Best for other reasons, my fond account is essentially phoney: I hated that afternoon".)

36. The Jam - In The City
(pag.130: "It had occurred to me - as I think it occurs to many young teachers of a similar ilk - that my interests (football and pop music in particular) would be an advantage in the classroom, that I would be able to 'identify' with 'the kids' because I understood the value of the Jam and Laurie Cunningham".)

37. Rolling Stones - Painted Black (live)
(pag.192: "Or maybe you saw the Stones at Wembley, but then even something like that is repeated for night after night nowadays, and consequently doesn't have the same one-off impact of a football match".)

38. The La's – There She Goes
39. Harry J Allstars – The Liquidator
40. The Pogues – Fiesta
41. The Who – Baba O'Riley - Remixed Version
42. Tim Hardin – How Can We Hang On To A Dream
43. Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
44. Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
45. Van Morrison – Bright Side Of The Road

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Previously booktracked:
Nick Hornby's High Fidelity
La musica liberata (mine)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Indie Labels Party - 5 new labels (Sub Pop, Secretly Canadian, Merge, Acuarela, Morr)

Some good mixtapes for your first date with one of these girls (no movie music: if you're looking for it, go here)

Four months ago, celebrating the Record Store Day, I made a series of playlists dedicated to some of the most important indie rock labels of the world (with a little italian bonus). Now, the Sub Pop Records coming on Spotify pushed me to update that series with five new playlists, featuring music from Sub Pop itself, Merge Records (still ArcadeFire-less... grrrr), Secretly Canadian and - from the dear ol' Europe - the spanish Acuarela Discos and the german Morr Music. You find them below, 25-tracks each, in alphabetical order, along with the other labels.

If you like curious stats, this is the actual chart of the old playlists, ranked by subscribers. It seems Spotirama readers love 4AD far more than Epitaph:

1. 4AD (27 subscribers)
2. Rough Trade (17)
3. Chemical Underground (16)
4. Bella Union (15)
5. Beggars Banquet (13)
6. XL, Warp, Matador, Fat Cat, Domino (12)
11. Arts & Crafts, Anti (11)
13. Pias, Italian Indie (10)
15. Too Pure, Jagjaguwar, Dischord, City Slang (9)
19. Kitty-Yo (8)
20. Polyvinyl, Epitaph (6)

If you think I missed some incredibly unmissable indies, please, write me.


P.S. All these playlists are made using the "label:" search tool. I haven't double-checked the results or made distinctions between produced and distributed albums. Just trusted the Spotify archive people... ;o)
P.S.2 Most quotes and logos, below, are from Wikipedia.

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4AD is a British independent record label that was started in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, funded by Beggars Banquet Records, and is still active today. It now forms part of the Beggars Group, along with Matador Records, Rough Trade Records and XL Recordings. 4AD current recording artists include Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, The Big Pink, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Camera Obscura, Deerhunter, The National, and Scott Walker.

Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Beirut – Nantes
The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
Stornoway – Zorbing
Thievery Corporation – Lebanese Blonde
Iron & Wine – Walking Far From Home
Twin Shadow – Slow
Lisa Gerrard – Now We Are Free
The Big Pink – Dominos
The Breeders – Cannonball
Camera Obscura – French Navy
Deerhunter – Revival
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
Efterklang – Modern Drift
This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren
Johann Johannsson – The Sun’s Gone Dim And The Sky’s Turned Black
Dead Can Dance – The Host Of Seraphim
The Mountain Goats – No Children
M Ward – For Beginners
Atlas Sound (feat. Noah Lennox) – Walkabout
Cocteau Twins – Lorelei
Blonde Redhead – 23
Frank Black – I Heard Ramona Sing

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Spanish label run by people who love music. Roster includes L'Altra / The Wowz / Agent Ribbons / Darren Hayman & the secondary modern / The Wave Pictures / El Hijo / Nacho Umbert & la compañía / Inca Ore / Grupo Salvaje / Fran Gayo / Num9 / Za! / Elle Belga / Matt Elliott ... (from Soundcloud)

Nacho Umbert & la compañía – Colorete y quitasueño
Jonquil – Whistle Low
Grupo Salvaje – The Worst Journey In The World
Aroah – Canción para follar
The Decemberists – The Tain (Part I)
Za! – Calonge Terrassa, Kalon-Jah! Tewra-ssah!
Elle Belga – Todas las cosas
L'Altra – Big Air Kiss
Agent Ribbons – I'm Alright
Migala – Instrucciones para dar cuerda a un reloj
El Hijo – Quebradizo y transparente (Madrileña)
APSE – From The North
M. Ward – John King's Watercolor Bicycle
The Wave Pictures – Swimming
Howe Gelb – Water Colored
Darren Hayman & The Secondary Modern – Civic Pride
Los Planetas – Su mapamundi, gracias
Laura Gibson – Hands in Pockets
Dakota Suite – The Colour Of Water
Grouper – Poison Tree
Refree – La Reina de les Neus
Viva Las Vegas – Buenas dias, princesa
Lisabö – Gau Minean
Nacho Vegas – La Ley Del Feriante
The Secret Society – Lights On Don'T Mean I'm Home

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ANTI- is an American record label founded in 1999 as a sister label of Epitaph Records. While Epitaph's focus has shifted over the last decade from mostly punk rock, nowadays ANTI- has a more diverse roster, ranging from hip hop (Sage Francis), reggae (Michael Franti), Soul (Bettye LaVette), folk (The Swell Season), rap-rock (One Day as a Lion), indie rock (Islands), and experimental music (Tom Waits). Headed by Andy Kaulkin, ANTI- first gained attention by releasing Tom Waits' Grammy award winning Mule Variations in 1999. Along with Waits, several veteran recording artists such as rhythm and blues singers Solomon Burke and Bettye LaVette, and Marianne Faithfull have signed onto ANTI- after leaving other major labels.

Youth Group – Forever Young
Devotchka – How It Ends
Tom Waits – Hold On
Spoon – The Underdog
Xavier Rudd – Let Me Be
Solomon Burke – Don't Give Up On Me
Sage Francis – The Best of Times
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova – The Moon
Neko Case – Hold On, Hold On
Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
Dead Man's Bones – Pa Pa Power
Pete Philly & Perquisite – Mystery Repeats
N.A.S.A. – Gifted
Jolie Holland – Old Fashioned Morphine
Los Lobos – Rango Theme Song
The Swell Season – Low Rising
Tricky – Evolution Revolution Love
Hans Zimmer – Rango Suite
The Frames – Falling Slowly
One Day As A Lion – Wild International
Daniel Lanois – Fire
William Elliott Whitmore – Who Stole the Soul
Dr. Dog – Shadow People
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Obama Song
Busdriver – Me - Time

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Arts & Crafts Productions is a Toronto-based independent artist services company, offering expertise as an independent record label, management firm, merchandiser, and music publisher both in Canada and internationally. Launched in 2002 with the release of Broken Social Scene's critically acclaimed album, You Forgot It in People, Arts & Crafts has released forty-nine albums from twenty-six artists, earning twelve JUNO Awards along the way. Arts & Crafts is regularly touted as one of Canada's most important record labels.

Broken Social Scene – World Sick
Stars – Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
Gentleman Reg – Wicked Game - Chris Isaak Cover
The Hidden Cameras – In The NA
Dan Mangan – Sold
Young Galaxy – Swing Your Heartache
Constantines – Young Lions - Alternate Version
Forest City Lovers – Minneapolis
Amy Millan – I Will Follow You Into The Dark
The Stills – Everything I Build
The Acorn – Slippery When Wet
Hollerado – Americanarama
Years – The Major Lift
Basia Bulat – My Heart Is A Warning
Small Sins – Why Don't You Believe Me?
Zeus – Fever Of The Time
Friday Morning's Regret – Wooden Sky
Bry Webb and Casey Mecjia – Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
Jason Collett – Love Is A Dirty Word
Brendan Canning – Churches Under The Stairs
Snailhouse – Salvation Army - In Four
The Most Serene Republic – Pink Noise
Evening Hymns – Lanterns
Apostle Of Hustle – Eazy Speaks
Charles Spearin – Anna

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Beggars Banquet is an English independent record label that began as a chain of record shops owned by Martin Mills and Nick Austin, and is part of the Beggars Group of labels. In 1977, spurred by the prevailing DIY aesthetics of the British punk rock movement (then at the height of its popularity), they decided to join the fray as an independent label and release records under the Beggars Banquet imprint. The first band on the label was English punk group The Lurkers; the first ever release on the label was The Lurkers' punk classic Shadow/Love Story 7" single. Later in the decade and into the early 1980s, hits with Tubeway Army and Gary Numan secured the label's future.They have since released music by Biffy Clyro, Buffalo Tom, The Charlatans, The Cult, The Go-Betweens, The National and Tindersticks. In 2008, Beggars Banquet became a catalog label only, closed to new signings. Artists that remained on their roster were shifted over to affiliate label, 4AD. The label became the start point for what is now The Beggars Group, an umbrella group of iconic indie record labels. It is the largest and most influential independent group of labels in Europe and 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records and XL Recordings are the four main labels that now form the group.

The National – Fake Empire
The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
Gary Numan – Cars
The Charlatans – The Only One I Know
Biffy Clyro – Glitter And Trauma
Bauhaus – She’s In Parties
Peter Murphy – All Night Long
Mark Lanegan – Hit The City
The Go-Betweens – Love Goes On!
Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
The Fall – Mansion (remastered)
The Mighty Wah! – The Story Of The Blues Part 1
Buffalo Tom – Taillights Fade
Love and Rockets – So Alive
Dick Dale – Nitrus
Fields Of The Nephilim – Moonchild
Tindersticks – Yesterdays Tomorrows
Luna – Sweet Child O’ Mine (Remastered)
The Bolshoi – Sunday Morning
St. Vincent – Paris Is Burning
The Icicle Works – Love Is A Wonderful Colour
Freeez – I.O.U. (7" Version)
Oceansize – Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs
Stuart A. Staples – That Leaving Feeling
Freeez – Southern Freeez

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Bella Union is an independent record label that was started up by Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie in 1997. After releasing records with 4AD for a large part of their career, Cocteau Twins decided to take a step towards independence and started up the Bella Union record label, through which they could release their own work as well as any collaborative efforts. (...) The label fosters bands from a variety of musical genres and is notable for the amount of freedom given to its artists. (...) The label won the 2010 Independent Record Company Of The Year at the Music Week Awards. Previous winners XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Domino Records, Ministry of Sound.

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
Beach House – Zebra
Explosions In The Sky – Your Hand In Mine
Midlake – Roscoe
Laura Veirs – July Flame
Peter Von Poehl – The Story Of The Impossible
Andrew Bird – Oh No
Wavves – King Of The Beach
John Grant – I Wanna Go To Marz
The Walkmen – Angela Surf City
The Low Anthem – Ghost Woman Blues
Peter Broderick – With The Notes In My Ears
Mountain Man – Animal Tracks
Treefight For Sunlight – What Became Of You And I?
J. Tillman – James Blues
Vetiver – Everyday
The Kissaway Trail – New Lipstick
Lawrence Arabia – Apple Pie Bed
Department Of Eagles – While We're Young
Dustin O'Halloran – Opus 20
Howling Bells – Low Happening
The Acorn – Crooked Legs
The Dears – Lost In The Plot
Lone Wolf – Keep Your Eyes On The Road
My Latest Novel – I Declare A Ceasefire

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Chemikal Underground is an independent record label set up in 1994 by Glasgow, Scotland rock band The Delgados. It was set up to release their first single, "Monica Webster" / "Brand New Car" and went on to break many new Scottish bands in the nineties. When the second Chemikal Underground single by popsters Bis, The Secret Vampire Soundtrack EP was hugely successful, earning them a slot on Top of the Pops, the label was able to expand. (...) Further success followed in the shape of the debut albums by Mogwai and Arab Strap. Other bands on the Chemikal Underground roster include Magoo, Aereogramme, Cha Cha Cohen, Sluts of Trust, Suckle, the Radar Brothers and more recently Mother and the Addicts and De Rosa, as well as Arab Strap member Malcolm Middleton's solo work.

Roky Erickson – Goodbye Sweet Dreams
Arab Strap – The First Big Weekend
Mogwai – Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home
The Phantom Band – The Howling
The Delgados – I Fought The Angels
Found – Anti Climb Paint
Zoey Van Goey – We Don’t Have That Kind Of Bread
Aereogramme – Barriers
Aidan Moffat – ‘(If You) Keep Me In Your Heart
The Unwinding Hours – Knut
Emma Pollock – I Could Be A Saint
RM Hubbert – Hey There Mr Bone
Mother and the Addicts – Watch The Lines
Malcolm Middleton – Solemn Thirsty
Sister Vanilla – Pastel Blue
Lord Cut-Glass – Look After Your Wife
De Rosa – Cathkin Braes
Cha Cha Cohen – August
Idlewild – The Weight Of Years
Magoo – A To Z And Back Again
Strike The Colours – Message In A Bottle
Kempston – Localised Flooding
James Yorkston – A Calvinist Narrowly Avoids Pleasure
Radar Brothers – Dear Headlights
Sluts Of Trust – That's Right…that Cat's Right

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City Slang is an independent record label based in Berlin, Germany. It was created in 1990 by former tour agent Christof Ellinghaus. Its main goal was to provide American, Canadian and German independent artists with a way to distribute their records in the European market, particularly the UK, Germany, Austria and, in some cases, the Netherlands. Arts & Crafts in particular has an established relationship with City Slang including a European office. City Slang's website as well as including a blog featuring the latest news from the label, also offers downloads of the latest songs by the artists.

Wye Oak – Civilian - Single
Herman Düne – My Home Is Nowhere without You
Calexico – Victor Jara's Hands
Caribou – Melody Day
Stars – Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
Altrice – Siphon Away
The Album Leaf – Always For You
The Notwist – Consequence (Album Version)
Port O'Brien – I Woke Up Today
Health – Die Slow
Menomena – Queen Black Acid
Lambchop – Is A Woman
Nada Surf – See These Bones
Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell Present KORT – Picking Wild Mountain Berries
Wallis Bird – Just can't get enough
Malajube – Ursuline
Tu Fawning – The Felt Sense
Dear Reader – Great White Bear
Alexi Murdoch – Towards The Sun
Toy Fight – Your Own Fireworks
Get Well Soon – Listen! Those Lost At Sea Sing A Song On Christmas Day
Schneider Tm – Pac Man / Shopping Cart
Royal Bangs – New Scissors
Barbara Panther – Empire
Sophia – Where Are You Now

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Dischord Records is a Washington, D.C.-based independent record label specializing in the independent punk music of the D.C.-area music scene. The label is co-owned by Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson, who founded Dischord in 1980 to release Minor Disturbance by The Teen Idles.The label is most notable for having maintained a strict do-it-yourself ethic, producing all of its albums by itself and selling them at discount prices without the help of major distributors.Dischord continues to release records by bands from Washington D.C., and to document and support the Washington D.C. music scene.

Fugazi – Turnover
Minor Threat – Straight Edge
Q And Not U – Wonderful People
Dag Nasty – Values Here
Embrace – Give Me Back
Teen Idles – Get Up and Go - Version
Rites of Spring – For Want of
VOID – Who Are You??
Shudder To Think – Red House
Jawbox – Freezerburn
Untouchables – Steppin' Stone
S.O.A. – Draw Blank - Version
Scream – Search for Employment
Rozzlyn Rangers – Rozzlyn Rangers
Nation of Ulysses – Spectra Sonic Sound
Government Issue – Snubbing
Faraquet – Cut Self Not
The Evens – Cut from the Cloth
Gray Matter – Burn No Bridges
Lungfish – Black Helicopters
Faith – No Choice - Version
Marginal Man – Manipulator
Black Eyes – A Pack of Wolves
Medications – Or At Least As Bad
Bluetip – Nickelback

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Domino Recording Company, generally known as Domino Records, is an independent record label based in London.  (...) Founded in 1993, by Laurence Bell and his partner Jacqui Rice, the label's first release was the Sebadoh EP Rocking the Forest, licensed from Sub Pop records for release in the UK. Many of the early releases were by American artists who in the USA were signed to Drag City (Smog, Will Oldham, Royal Trux), a relationship which continues to this day. Success was not immediate, as labels such as Domino, who were releasing more established American rock and unusual British music, were marginalised during the Britpop era, but a steady stream of new signings gave the label increasing credibility. Recent high profile releases from Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, and The Kills have only acted as a catalyst to this, and Domino is now one of the longest running and most successful independent record labels in the UK.

Arctic Monkeys – Mardy Bum
Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls
Elliott Smith – Angeles
Animal Collective – My Girls
Four Tet – Angel Echoes
The Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
Anna Calvi – Rider To The Sea
Junior Boys – In the Morning
Wild Beasts – All The King's Men
Tricky – UK Jamaican
Pavement – Gold Soundz
The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move
Mulatu Astatke – Yègellé Tezeta
The Count & Sinden featuring Mystery Jets – After Dark
These New Puritans – We Want War
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Jon Hopkins – Light Through The Veins
Malachai – Snowflake
The Kills – No Wow
Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
Bonde Do Role – Solta O Frango
Karen Dalton – Something On Your Mind
Cass McCombs – Dreams-Come-True-Girl
James Yorkston – Would You Have Me Born With Wooden Eyes?

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Epitaph Records is a Hollywood, California based independent record label owned by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. The label was originally "just a logo and a P.O. box" created in the 1980s for the purpose of selling Bad Religion records, but has evolved into a large independent record label. Gurewitz took the name from a King Crimson song of the same name. Throughout the 80s and 90s most of the bands on Epitaph were punk and pop punk groups, while there are many post-hardcore and emo bands signed to the label too. A large portion of the record label, known as Hellcat Records, is owned by Tim Armstrong, frontman of the punk rock band Rancid. Several sister-labels also exist, such as ANTI-, Burning Heart Records, Fat Possum Records, Hellcat Records and Heart & Skull Records that have signed other types of bands.

The Offspring – Self Esteem
Escape The Fate – Ashley
The Hives – Hate To Say I Told You So
Youth Group – Forever Young
Raised Fist – Friends & Traitors
Parkway Drive – Carrion
Turbonegro – All My Friends Are Dead
Promoe – These Walls Don't Lie
Bad Religion – 21st Century
Story Of The Year – The Antidote
Devotchka – How It Ends
Dropkick Murphys – The Green Fields Of France
Millencolin – No Cigar
Weezer – Memories
Rancid – Time Bomb
Tom Waits – Hold On
Refused – New Noise
Looptroop – Long Arm Of The Law
NOFX – Bob
Twisted Sister – The Kids Are Back
Pennywise – Bro Hymn
Atmosphere – Trying To Find A Balance
Moneybrother – They're Bulding Walls Around Us
Joe Strummer – Mondo Bongo
Social Distortion – Machine Gun Blues

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Fat Cat Records is an independent label based in Brighton on England’s South Coast. Their output ranges from electronica, post rock, indie, downtempo, minimal techno, noise and punk-pop. Artists of particular note signed to the label are Sigur Rós, Múm, Animal Collective, Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad and Vashti Bunyan.

Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Beirut – Nantes
The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
Stornoway – Zorbing
Thievery Corporation – Lebanese Blonde
Iron & Wine – Walking Far From Home
Twin Shadow – Slow
Lisa Gerrard – Now We Are Free
The Big Pink – Dominos
The Breeders – Cannonball
Camera Obscura – French Navy
Deerhunter – Revival
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
Efterklang – Modern Drift
This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren
Johann Johannsson – The Sun’s Gone Dim And The Sky’s Turned Black
Dead Can Dance – The Host Of Seraphim
The Mountain Goats – No Children
M Ward – For Beginners
Atlas Sound (feat. Noah Lennox) – Walkabout
Cocteau Twins – Lorelei
Blonde Redhead – 23
Frank Black – I Heard Ramona Sing

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Jagjaguwar is an indie rock record label based in Bloomington, Indiana.

Bon Iver – Blood Bank
Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines
The Cave Singers – Swim Club
Gayngs – The Gaudy Side of Town
Black Mountain – The Hair Song
Small Black – Despicable Dogs
Lia Ices – Love is Won
S. Carey – In The Dirt
Wolf People – Tiny Circle
Volcano Choir – Island, IS
Pink Mountaintops – While We Were Dreaming
Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart
Parts & Labor – Fake Names
Lightning Dust – Antonia June
The Besnard Lakes – Albatross
Women – Eyesore
Julie Doiron – Spill Yer Lungs
Peter Wolf Crier – Hard As Nails
Swan Lake – Paper Lace
Eau Claire Memorial Jazz I, Featuring Justin Vernon – Lump Sum
Ladyhawk – The Dugout
Oneida – Up With People
Richard Youngs – It Soon Will Be Fire
Moonface – Dreamland EP: marimba and shit drums
The Skygreen Leopards – Disciples Of California

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Kitty-Yo is a German record label specializing in quirky pop and electronica. It was founded in 1994 in Berlin following the creation of an independent zine of the same name. The label began by publishing music for Surrogat, Patrick Wagner's group project, and got the attention of John Peel and Steve Albini. Since their inception, Kitty-Yo albums and singles have been distributed worldwide, gaining a college radio following in the United States. Their first charting record was Kante in 2000, and would later release records by artists such as Taylor Savvy, Peaches, Maximilian Hecker, Couch, Chikinki, The Michelles and Raz Ohara.

Louie Austen – Hoping (Herbert's High Dub)
Maximilian Hecker – Dying
Jeans Team – Baby 3
Jahcoozi – Fish
Man Like Me – Oh My Gosh
Richard Davis – Honest With You
Gonzales – Let's Groove Again
Jay Haze – I Can Love You Feat. D:exter
Sportsguitar – Happy Already
Jimi Tenor – Beyond The Stars
Tarwater – All Of The Ants Left Paris
Codec & Flexor – Do What You Want
Sex In Dallas – Lost In La Playa
Raz Ohara – Liberian Girl
Rhythm King And Her Friends – Get Paid Smash Up Mix By Robots In Disguise/I Am X
Rechenzentrum – Absent Minded
Ametsub – Purple Remix
Chikinki – Ether Radio Litwinenko Remix
The Michelles – Springtime
To Rococo Rot – Kritische Masse 1
The Tape vs. RQM – Innocent (e.stonji Remix)
Taylor Savvy – She's Got It
E.stonji – Pantonal Remix
NQ – Mewq Aquatic Deserts Mix
Ed Laliq – Love Can Make You Blind

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Matador Records is an independent record label, with a roster of indie rock artists and bands. Matador was started by Chris Lombardi in 1989 in his New York City apartment. The following year, Lombardi was joined by former Homestead Records manager Gerard Cosloy, and the two of them have run it together since. In 1993, the label began a partnership with Atlantic Records which lasted for a couple of years. Then in 1996, Capitol Records purchased a 49 percent stake in Matador, but Lombardi and Cosloy bought it back in 1999. It has been co-owned by the Beggars Group since 2002 and now operates in both New York and London.

Cat Power – The Greatest
Spoon – I Turn My Camera On
Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever
The New Pornographers – Moves
Boards of Canada – Roygbiv
Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All
Pizzicato Five – Twiggy Twiggy/Twiggy vs. James Bond
Sonic Youth – Sacred Trickster
Julian Plenti – Only If You Run
Mogwai – I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead
Pavement – Stereo
Esben and the Witch – Marching Song
Perfume Genius – Learning
Harlem – Someday Soon
Shearwater – Rooks
Nightmares On Wax – Fire In The Middle
The Cave Singers – Dancing On Our Graves
Cold Cave – Love Comes Close
Cornelius – Drop
Non Phixion – Refuse To Lose
Fucked Up – Son The Father
Jay Reatard – It Ain’t Gonna Save Me
Guided by Voices – Game Of Pricks
Arsonists – Venom
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Talk About The Blues

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Merge Records is an independent record label based in Durham, North Carolina. It was founded in 1989 by Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan. It began as a way to release music from their band Superchunk and music created by friends, and has expanded to include artists from around the world and records reaching the top of the Billboard music charts. (...) After releasing a number of 7" records and cassettes, the first Merge Records full-length CD release came on April 1, 1992 with MRG020 Superchunk - Tossing Seeds, the band's first collection of singles.
The label's first album to reach the USA Billboard 200 was the Arcade Fire's Funeral, a 2004 release. Arcade Fire gave the label its then highest-charting release with their follow-up, 2007's Neon Bible, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and, later, reaching #1 with their third album, 2010's The Suburbs. Other Billboard Top Ten releases include Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Transference, along with She & Him's (actress/musician Zooey Deschanel along with M. Ward, a popular Merge folk musician) Volume Two. Other notable Merge releases include Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, The Magnetic Fields's 69 Love Songs, Caribou's Polaris Prize-winning Andorra, M. Ward's Hold Time, Camera Obscura's Let's Get Out of This Country, and She & Him's Volume One.

Wye Oak – Civilian - Single
Herman Düne – My Home Is Nowhere Without You
Calexico – Victor Jara's Hands
Caribou – Melody Day
Stars – Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
Altrice – Siphon Away
The Album Leaf – Always For You
The Notwist – Consequence (Album Version)
Port O'Brien – I Woke Up Today
Health – Die Slow
Menomena – Queen Black Acid
Lambchop – Is A Woman
Nada Surf – See These Bones
Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell Present KORT – Picking Wild Mountain Berries
Wallis Bird – Just can't get enough
Malajube – Ursuline
Tu Fawning – The Felt Sense
Dear Reader – Great White Bear
Alexi Murdoch – Towards The Sun
Toy Fight – Your Own Fireworks
Get Well Soon – Listen! Those Lost At Sea Sing A Song On Christmas Day
Schneider Tm – Pac Man / Shopping Cart
Royal Bangs – New Scissors
Barbara Panther – Empire
Sophia – Where Are You Now

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Morr Music is an independent record label based in Berlin, Germany, founded in 1999 by Thomas Morr. Most artists on the label fall into the categories of intelligent dance music, electronica and dreampop, but all reflect Thomas Morr's personal taste. This results in a cohesive aesthetic observable in both the aural and visual elements of this label's releases. The label's style of music stems from the hybridization of electronica, plinkerpop, and indie[1] or shoegazer rock. Generally speaking, artists on this label combine these elements in a way that can appeal to pop, dance, and rock fans alike. The shoegazing sound is represented here through the deployment of pop-rock melodies buried under layers of digital signal processing effects, such as distortion and reverb.

Radical Face – Welcome Home, Son
Seabear – I Sing I Swim
Lali Puna – Faking The Books
Telekinesis – Coast Of Carolina
Múm – If I Were A Fish
The Go Find – Everybody Knows It's Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight
Sin Fang Bous – Catch The Light
Electric President – Monsters
Ulrich Schnauss – Crazy For You
Two Lone Swordsmen – It´s Not The Worst I´ve Looked - Lali Puna Remix
Boom Bip – Awaiting An Accident - Lali Puna Remix
People Press Play – Kaleidoscope World
Dntel – (This Is) The Dream Of Evan And Chan - Lali Puna Remix
B. Fleischmann – Not Given Lightly
Isan – Cinnabar
It´s a Musical – All My Hollowness To You
American Analog Set – Afternoon In Bed
Tarwater – Death And The Maiden
Masha Qrella – Pink Frost
Bobby & Blumm – On An Unknown Beach
Butcher the Bar – Bee To Honey
Ms. John Soda – Hands
Surf City – Kudos
Benni Hemm Hemm – Stoffelse
Guther – Glide
Borko – Up In The Sky
Saroos – Prisoner Of A Single Passion

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[PIAS] Recordings is the recorded music division of the [PIAS] Entertainment Group, a European independent artist and label services company. The record labels that operate under the [PIAS] Recordings umbrella are: Play It Again Sam, Wall of Sound and Different Recordings. Aside from the three London based labels, [PIAS] Recordings has local A&R operations in France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain and the United States, signing local artists such as Miossec and The Chase in France, Gisbert Zu Knyphausen in Germany, Gabriel Rios and Daan in Belgium, Racoon in Holland and Ojos de Brujos from Spain.

Crystal Castles – Untrust us
Vetusta Morla – Copenhague
Russian Red – Cigarettes
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Tamacun
Agnes Obel – Riverside
Dorian – Cualquier Otra Parte
Morcheeba – Crimson
Justin Nozuka – After Tonight
Sigur Ros – Sigur 1 (Untitled)
Editors – Papillon
Nouvelle Vague – Ever Fallen In Love
Tunng – Bullets
Joan As Police Woman – The Magic
CocoRosie – Lemonade - Edit
Múm – Green Green Grass Of Tunnel
El Chojin – Rie Cuando Puedas
Mogwai – Auto Rock
Kraak & Smaak – Squeeze Me
Dinosaur Jr. – Pieces
DePedro – Como El Viento
Soulwax – Krack
Junior Jack – Stupidisco
Catpeople – In Silence
Everlast – Folsom Prison Blues

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Polyvinyl Record Co. is an American independent record label based in Champaign, Illinois. It has released notable records by Of Montreal, Japandroids, Braid, Mates of State and many others.

Of Montreal – I Feel Ya' Strutter
Loney Dear – Ignorant Boy, Beatiful Girl
Starfucker – Julius
Japandroids – Younger Us
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Back in the Saddle
Deerhoof – Super Duper Rescue Heads !
American Football – Never Meant
Asobi Seksu – Trails
Architecture In Helsinki – Heart it Races (Trizzy's Rusty Tin Can Mix)
Owen – Abandoned Bridges
Love Is All – Bigger Bolder
Saturday Looks Good To Me – Since You Stole My Heart
Mates of State – Goods
Headlights – Get Going
Sharon Van Etten – I'm Giving Up On You
Braid – This Charming Man
Disappears – Guider
Joan Of Arc – A Tell-Tale Penis
Tu Fawning – Out Like Bats
Rainer Maria – Breakfast of Champions
Sunday's Best – Saccarine
Physical Forms – On the Brink
The Ivory Coast – Swope
Aloha – Moonless March
Pele – The Mind of Minolta

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Rough Trade Records is an independent record label, based in London, United Kingdom. It was started in 1978 by Geoff Travis. Rough Trade specialised primarily in European post-punk and other alternative rock of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (...) Rough Trade was an independently owned entity, a partnership between Travis, Jeanette Lee (a former member of Public Image Ltd.), and minority partners Sanctuary Records, as a part of the Zomba Group until June 11, 2002 when BMG bought out this business. In July 2007 Sanctuary Records then sold Rough Trade to the Beggars Group making Rough Trade independent once again. Since its re-birth, Rough Trade has released albums by high-charting artists such as The Strokes, The Libertines, Babyshambles, and Belle & Sebastian.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Stokes - Last Nite
Antony & The Johnsons – Hope There's Someone
Belle and Sebastian – I Want The World To Stop
Sufjan Stevens – For The Windows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti
Warpaint – Undertow
Emiliana Torrini – Jungle Drum
The Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into The Sun
The Decemberists – Don’t Carry It All
Babyshambles – Fuck Forever
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 2
Mystery Jets – Serotonin
Glasser – Apply
Alexander – Truth
Taken By Trees – Sweet Child O' Mine
Forest Fire – Fortune Teller
The Morning Benders – Excuses
Django Django – Storm
Pantha Du Prince – Lay In A Shimmer
Albert Hammond, Jr. – In Transit
Dylan LeBlanc – If The Creek Don’t Rise
The Strange Boys – Be Brave
British Sea Power – Who’s In Control
Emmy The Great – We Almost Had A Baby
The Phenomenal Handclap Band – 15 To 20

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Secretly Canadian is an American independent record label based in Bloomington, Indiana. It was started in 1996 by Chris and Ben Swanson, Eric Weddle, and Jonathan Cargill. Their first release was a re-issue of an album by June Panic. Weddle later left and formed his own label, Family Vineyard. Chris Swanson also runs the Jagjaguwar label along with Darius Van Arman; the two labels had worked closely together before Jagajguwar's offices moved to Bloomington to work alongside Secretly Canadian's. In February, 2007, the partners behind Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar, along with Phil Waldorf, former label manager of Misra Records, announced a third sister label, Dead Oceans. The three labels share offices and staff in Bloomington, IN; however, they maintain distinct and separate aesthetic visions.

Yeasayer – 2080
Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me
Damien Jurado – Sheets
The War On Drugs – Baby Missiles
JJ – Ecstasy
Antony & The Johnsons – Cripple and the Starfish
Suuns – Arena
Frida Hyvönen – I Drive My Friend
Gardens & Villa – Black Hills
Windsor For The Derby – The Melody of a Fallen Tree
Here We Go Magic – Collector
Bodies Of Water – Open Rhythms
Songs:Ohia – Just Be Simple
Throw Me The Statue – Waving At The Shore
Little Scream – The Heron and the Fox
Painted Palms – All Of Us
BLK JKS – Lakeside
Marmoset – Florist Fired
Foreign Born – Blood Oranges
Jason Molina – It's Easier Now
Nightlands – Suzerain
Richard Swift – Lady Luck
Zero Boys – Civilization's Dying
I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness – The Ghost
Early Day Miners – Return of the Native

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Sub Pop is a record label founded in 1986 by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in Seattle, Washington. Sub Pop achieved fame in the late 1980s for first signing Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and many other bands from the Seattle music scene. They are often credited with taking the first steps toward popularizing grunge music, and have continued to achieve critical and commercial success in the new millennium, with popular bands such as Fleet Foxes, Foals, The Postal Service, Flight of the Conchords, No Age, Wolf Parade and The Shins on their roster. In 1995 Poneman sold a 49% stake of the label to Warner Bros. Records.

Iron And Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth
Band of Horses – The Funeral
Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed
The Shins – New Slang
The Head And The Heart – Cats and Dogs
Shabazz Palaces – free press and curl
Flight Of The Conchords – Hurt Feelings
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Foals – Spanish Sahara
Loney, Dear – Saturday Waits
Mogwai – White Noise
Nirvana – About A Girl
Low – Try to Sleep
Dum Dum Girls – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Handsome Furs – Legal Tender
CSS – Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex
Blitzen Trapper – Furr
Vetiver – It's Beyond Me
Chad VanGaalen – Clinically Dead
Papercuts – Do What You Will
Hot Hot Heat – Bandages
No Age – Glitter
The Vaselines – Son Of A Gun
Sunny Day Real Estate – Seven
Mudhoney – Touch Me I'm Sick

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Too Pure is a London, United Kingdom-based independent record label that was formed in 1990 by Richard Roberts and Paul Cox. Too Pure is affiliated closely with the Beggars Group and from 1998 was run by Jason White, formerly of Foundry Records, following the departure of founder Richard Roberts. On July 7, 2008, it was announced on its Web site that Too Pure "is no more" and that "the artists currently on those labels will be released through 4AD," yet it will continue operating its Too Pure Singles Club.

Voodoo Queens – Supermodel - Superficial
Tracy + The Plastics – Henrietta
Tim Gane & Sean O’Hagan – La Vie d’Artiste (Generique)
The Octopus Project – Wet Gold
Th’ Faith Healers – This Time
Stereolab – Super Falling Star
Snuff – Do Nothing
Shooting At Unarmed Men – Girls Music
Seefeel – Time To Find Me (afx Fast Mix)
Scout Niblett – Kiss
Scala – Slide
Pram – Loose Threads
PJ Harvey – Dress
Organ – Brother
Murry The Hump – Thrown Like A Stone
Mouse On Mars – Frosch
Monade – Lost Language
Mclusky – Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
Lonelady – Early The Haste Comes
Laika – Black Cat Bone
Jack – 3 o’ clock In The Morning
It Hugs Back – Early Evening
Future Of The Left – Manchasm
Electrelane – To The East
Die! Die! Die! – Sideways Here We Come

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Warp, commonly referred to as Warp Records, is a pioneering independent English record label, founded in Sheffield in 1989, notable for discovering some of the more enduring artists in electronic music. Founded by Steve Beckett and the late Rob Mitchell from their experiences working at the FON record store, alongside record producer, Robert Gordon, the label (whose name was chosen because the original name, 'Warped Records' was difficult to distinguish over the telephone) soon became home to artists who would be influential in electronic music.

Grizzly Bear – Knife
Maxïmo Park – Books From Boxes
Bibio – lovers’ carvings
Battles – Atlas
Jamie Lidell – Little Bit of Feel Good
Born Ruffians – Hummingbird
The Hundred In The Hands – Commotion
Flying Lotus – Breathe Something / Stellar Star
Gang Gang Dance – House Jam
Hudson Mohawke – FUSE
CSS – Knife - Cover Version - Original by Grizzly Bear
Nightmares On Wax – Da Feelin
Band of Horses – Plans - Cover Version - Original By Grizzly Bear
Broadcast – I Found The F
Gonjasufi – Ancestors
Rustie – Inside Pikachu's Cunt
Squarepusher – Star Time 2
Aphex Twin – Children Talking
!!! – AM/FM
Autechre – Altibzz
PVT – Window
Gravenhurst – Nicole
Clark – Ted
Nice Nice – See Waves
Seefeel – Faults

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XL Recordings is a British independent record label which was launched by Tim Palmer, Nick Halkes and Richard Russell with Beggars Banquet Records in 1989 to release its rave and dance music. The label has grown into one of the most commercially successful and influential independent record labels in the world.

Adele – Rolling In The Deep
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Vampire Weekend – White Sky
Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
Ratatat – Wildcat
Basement Jaxx – Good Luck (Feat Lisa Kekaula)
The Raconteurs – Steady, As She Goes
Electric Six – Gay Bar
Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers
Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – I’ll Take Care Of U
Jack Penate – Pull My Heart Away
The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
Devendra Banhart – Santa Maria De Feira
Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
Thom Yorke – Black Swan
The Radio Dept. – Strange Things Will Happen
Friendly Fires – Paris
Giggs – Look What The Cat Dragged In
The Horrors – Who Can Say
Badly Drawn Boy – Something To Talk About
Karen Elson – The Ghost Who Walks
Lemon Jelly – Space Walk
Cajun Dance Party – Amylase

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Some months ago, I published my personal Top69 italian alternative rock chart (including songs from 90s and 00s). Now it's time for something different: this is a selection of young italian artists and indie labels. Almost all the songs are from the latest two years, some from 2011. Let's say, this is a little picture of the new wave of italian indie.

(Urtovox Label & Promotion)
A Toys Orchestra – Celentano
Cesare Basile – L'Ordine del Sorvegliante
Beatrice Antolini – Piece Of Moon
Perturbazione – Buongiorno Buonafortuna
Paolo Benvegnù – Il Mare Verticale
Gatto Ciliegia Contro Il Grande Freddo – Non C'è Più Caffè
(La Tempesta Dischi)
Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica – Quando tornerai dall'estero
Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti – Il Mondo Prima
Zen Circus – Andate Tutti Affanculo
Il Teatro Degli Orrori – La Canzone Di Tom
Il Pan Del Diavolo – Pertanto
Sick Tamburo – Parlami per sempre
Giorgio Canali – Nuvole Senza Messico
Moltheni – Petalo
Massimo Volume – Litio
Uochi Toki – Il Ladro
(Ghost Records)
Dente – La presunta santità di Irene
The Mojomatics – Miss Me When I'm Gone
Calibro 35 – Convergere in giambellino
Canadians – A Great Day
Hot Gossip – Everybody Else
Mariposa – Pterodattili
(Tamburi Usati)
Marta Sui Tubi – Cinestetica
Il disordine delle cose – L'astronauta
(Anna the Granny)
Carlot-ta – Make me a picture of the sun

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