Label Profile


A brief bio of your label: Who started it?
Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance of Superchunk. They still co-own and run the label today.

When?
Summer of 1989 was when they decided to start the label.

First band signed and/or first release?
First release – Bricks “Winterspring” (cassette). Bricks was Mac’s band while in college at Columbia University in NYC. Also featured Ms. Laura Cantrell (who has gone on to quite a solo career) and Andrew Webster (who went on to play in Tsumami).

Where does your label call home? Describe your headquarters.
The label was started in Chapel Hill NC, with Laura’s bedroom serving as the first “office”. We now call downtown Durham NC home. We moved here in the summer of 2001, when Merge bought a 3 story building, with our offices on the top floor and our “warehouse” in the basement. We rent out the street level floor.

Your name? What are your primary duties for the label?
My name is Martin and I handle national press/publicity for the label.

Who are a few of the bands on your roster? Most recent signee.
Our most recent signee would be a band out of LA called The Broken West. Their debut album (“I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On”) was released in January (2007). We also recently signed Oakley Hall from Brooklyn NY. Their Merge debut will be out in the Fall of 2007.


Other bands on our roster include: Spoon, Superchunk, Arcade Fire, The Clientele, The Rosebuds, The Ladybug Transistor, M. Ward, Destroyer, Camera Obscura, David Kilgour, The Clean, Richard Buckner, Portastatic, Robert Pollard, Lambchop, The Essex Green, Lou Barlow, White Whale, Imperial Teen, Radar Bros, Tenement Halls, Annie Hayden, East River Pipe, Teenage Fanclub, American Music Club, Crooked Fingers, Neutral Milk Hotel, Third Eye Foundation, etc etc…

What is the best method for an unsigned band to capture your attention?
Well, that’s hard to say. We do not have an A&R department per say, but all demos that are submitted do get listened to in due time. Basically, Mac and Laura still decide what will be released on the label, based simply on stuff that they love and want to be associated with. Unfortunately we do not have the manpower to be out there scouring the clubs on a regular basis scouting for new talent. Things tend to come to us in their own way. It’s not scientific, but it’s worked pretty well out so far.

Used to be that one of the best ways to get noticed was to score an opening slot for Superchunk on tour, so that Mac and Laura would be a “captive” audience so to speak. But since Superchunk doesn’t tour much any more, I’m not sure what the secret would be.

Any upcoming release(s) you’d like to plug?
Here’s what we have on the horizon:

March 4th: ARCADE FIRENeon Bible – CD/LP
April 10th: THE ROSEBUDS – Night Of The Furies – CD
May 8th: THE CLIENTELE – God Save The Clientele – CD/LP
June 5th: THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR – Can’t Wait Another Day – CD
July 10th: M. WARD – Duet For Guitars #2 (reissue) – CD

In the pipeline: SPOON, IMPERIAL TEEN, OAKLEY HALL, ROBERT POLLARD, and much much more….

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A brief bio of your label: Who started it? When? First band signed and/or first release?
Groover Recordings was started back in 2003 by long time friends Christian Örjestål, Niclas Janson, Malte Frisk, Pontus Larsson and Henrik Skyttberg.

The first bands that the label signed was screwed up rockers Streetwaves and neo Daft Punk house unit Phunky Drakes. After that the label signed hip hop act Snook before going back to it’s roots and mainly focus on rock music with a indie feel.

During the time sice we started out in 2003 we have also released compilations with fine artists such as: José Gonzales, Jonny Polonsky, The Steven McDonald Group, Sugerplum Fairy, The Mood Elevator, Anna Waronker, Tribeca, Bobby, Phunky Drakes, Streetwaves, The Natural History, Niccokick, The Walkmen, Lotta Sigeman, Dreamboy, Sofia Talvik, Ulf Stureson. The Martial Arts, Melpo Mene, Bishop Allen, The Sunshine, Hello Saferide, Rich Creamy Paint, Ashley Park, Gerald Collier, The Flu, Pure Joy, Roger Manning Jr, Grand Mal, Steve Reynolds, The Mellowmen Orchestra, The Lisa Marr Experiment, Anna Ternheim, Kent Norberg, Lasse Lindh, The Motorcykle Boy, The Here & Now, Timo Risnen, Callahan, MC F-Shock, Snook Hopewell, The Digs, The Green Fields, Reno Bo, Only Joe Kane, Locksley, The Shorebirds, Ol Yeller, Shade Tree, Joe Algeri & Grant Ferstat, Coydogs, Music Magic, Baby Grand, Peter Morén, The Quarter After, Maia Hirasawa, Thomas Denver Jonsson, The Autumn Leaves, EPs Trailer Park, Jon Bergström, Gabriel Munck and Consequences.

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The Martial Arts live @ Landet, Stockholm
Where does your label call home? Describe your headquarters.
Groover Recordings is based in Stockholm, Sweden. The HQ is Christians apartement. Here have many bands – like Bishop Allen, The Martial Arts, Lisa Marr etc – recorded, rehearsed and hanged out.

Your name? What are your primary duties for the label?
My name is Christian Örjestål and i’m sharing a&r duties with Niclas. Pontus and Henrik has now left the company and Malte is in charge of the economy parts.

Who are a few of the bands on your roster? Most recent signee.
* The Martial Arts
* Grand Mal
* The Shorebirds
* Lasse Lindh
* Sofia Gustafsson (Latest)

What is the best method for an unsigned band to capture your attention?
We are searching the net and venues. So just make sure to be out there. And if it’s up our alley – we will find it.

Any upcoming release(s) you’d like to plug?
Yes, The Martial Arts: are our biggest project up to date where we signes a Glasgow based band and produced a Ep and album with them in Stockholm. TMA has since toured Sweden and gotten fine reviews and lots of fans. Now – we are doing our best in finding a home for the band outside of Sweden.

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Download: The Martial Arts – “Finale”

A brief bio of your label: Who started it? When? First band signed and/or first release?
the label was started in 1993 by justin and conor oberst (bright eyes) to ‘release’ conor’s first cassette ‘water.’ so i guess conor was the first artist. some of the early bands are polecat, slowdown virginia, commander venus, and smashmouth (no, not THAT smashmouth) back then it was called lumberjack records. the name was changed to saddle creek because lumberjack was already taken by a distributor. the label has grown organically from two guys dubbing cassettes, to a legitimate indie label with 11 full time employees.

Where does your label call home? Describe your headquarters.
we are based in omaha nebraska. most of the bands grew up here, or live here now. our office is a very average looking office building hidden behind a strip mall. it’s nothing special. a few offices, a warehouse, etc. we are building a new venue/warehouse/office space downtown, so it’s only temporary.


Your name? What are your primary duties for the label?
my name is jeff tafolla. since we are a small company, we all end up with a few ‘jobs.’ my main job is licensing. i pitch songs to film, television, commercials, etc. when they want to use a saddle creek artist’s song, i will negotiate the terms and fees, and take care of the contracts with the help of our lawyer and sometimes the publisher. i’m also in charge of music video promotion, new media promotion, and the street team.

Who are a few of the bands on your roster? Most recent signee.
Azure Ray, Beep Beep, Bright Eyes, Broken Spindles, Criteria, Cursive, Desaparecidos, Eric Bachmann, The Faint, The Good Life, Orenda Fink, Maria Taylor, Now It’s Overhead, Rilo Kiley, Sorry About Dresden, Son, Ambulance Two Gallants (our most recent signee)

What is the best method for an unsigned band to capture your attention?
the best way to get my attention is to tour. even if i don’t see the show, if i see that a band is getting out on the road, and maybe i recognize the name, I’m far more likely to give a demo a chance, or look up a myspace profile.

Any upcoming release(s) you’d like to plug?
we have a pretty exciting spring. Maria Taylor’s new album ‘Lynn Teeter Flower’ and Bright Eyes’ single ‘Four Winds’ are both out March 6th. Bright Eyes’ full length ‘Cassadaga’ comes out on April 10th.

Download: The Faint – “Worked Up So Sexual”, Maria Taylor – “A Good Start”, Bright Eyes – Tourist Trap

A brief bio of your label: Who started it? When? First band signed and/or first release?
The label was started by Matt and Darcie Lunsford while they were in high school. It started at a fanzine called Polyvinyl Press, which reviewed a lot of vinyl. It became a label when their friends in the band Braid asked them to release a 7″. The rest is history.

Where does your label call home? Describe your headquarters.
We call Champaign, IL home. Our headquarters are in an old department store building that was turned into office spaces. We are in downtown Champaign and have a pretty big office for being an indie label.

Your name? What are your primary duties for the label?

Seth Hubbard. Publicist plus I dabble in radio promo, video promo, event planning, licensing and A & R.

Download: of Montreal – “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse”
Who are a few of the bands on your roster? Most recent signee.
of Montreal, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Aloha, Headlights, The M’s, 31Knots, xbxrx, Joan of Arc.

What is the best method for an unsigned band to capture your attention?
Work really hard. Tour a lot and make good music.

Any upcoming release(s) you’d like to plug?
The of Montreal record came out Jan 23rd and it is the biggest release in label history. It is called Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?. Keep an eye out for it.

Dowloads: click here to visit the Polyvinyl Records downloads section.

COMING UP IN 2007:

31Knots | The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere | March 6th
Download: “Man Become Me”

xbxrx | wars | April 10th
Download: “center where sight”

A brief bio of your label: Who started it? When? First band signed and/or first release?
I (Brian Borcherdt) started the label in my teenage years, with the intentions of releasing my own band as well as some other locals. It was an imaginary entity, a logo to put on some homemade cassettes.

Where does your label call home? Describe your headquarters.
Our home is somewhere between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario. Our headquarters look not unlike some sort of buzzing beehive. There are phones ringing off the hook, and fax machines spitting out so many documents and contracts that we had to hook it directly to the paper shredder. We have all kinds of new Apple iDevices, most that haven’t even been released to the public. All of our interns have screenless computers with a holographic scroll pad projected into the space in front of them. There is a queen and there are many drones.


Your name? What are your primary duties for the label?
We’re Dependent, quite literally. We never set ourselves up to be a mega-label. I think we were the first Canadian Co-op label, in the style of G7 Welcoming Committee and Blocks Recordings. Basically we are dependent upon each other. The idea that any band out there is truly ‘independent’ is a bit far fetched. The primary duties of a label are lost on me. We simply make music we like and put it out there.

Who are a few of the bands on your roster? Most recent signee.
Our most recent signee was Land of Talk. We also release the music and many side projects of bands like Wintersleep, Holy Fuck, and myself.

What is the best method for an unsigned band to capture your attention?
I don’t tend to listen to demos or myspace pages. I’m too ADD to sit still and listen to anything I’m not absolutely sure I will enjoy. We haven’t released anything yet that hasn’t come from someone we’ve known first. This way it just keeps the integrity of the label intact. We want this to be a reflection of ourselves, the same way we want the music we record to reflect who we are as individuals. I only met Elizabeth Powell a few times in Montreal. I didn’t know her that well but I was excited to play an acoustic show with her at Pop Montreal as I thought she was pretty rad and she always cracked me up. I was blown away by her voice and her songs. Even though the four songs on the Land of Talk demo she gave me only clocked in at fifteen minutes, I listened to it the entire five hour drive back to Toronto. Now when I hear of their success I can be happy for them, not because they are associated somehow with this label, but because I’m a fan and, as I’ve gotten to know the band quite well, I wish them the best. I really hope that’s how all the Dependent bands feel for each other and support each other.

Any upcoming release(s) you’d like to plug?
Holy Fuck are working on new recordings. We’re releasing the first batch of six songs on a limited run CD and 10″ LP that will also serve as some sort of demo, hopefully gaining the attention of labels outside of Canada, as well as win us some cool sneaker and wacky keychain endorsements. We expect more similar-style Holy Fuck releases to follow. We’ve also been sitting on a really awesome live recording from this band called… um.. Hot Carl Loves the Ladies. Really, it’s awesome. We haven’t put it out before because the band broke up, all two members. But we’ll release it now just for the fuck of it…. and because it’s awesome.

Download: Land Of Talk – “Speak To Me Bones” (Highly Recommended)

A brief bio of your label: Who started it? When? First band signed and/or first release?

Overall, the “story” surrounding the formation of Secretly Canadian is not that exciting. It wasn’t as if we were in an 80’s hardcore band and needed a way to release our own records. Nor was it because labels in the area were neglecting certain bands or styles of music. We aren’t in a band, and there really weren’t other labels in
the area, so everyone was being neglected equally. Secretly Canadian began simply because we wanted to do it, it sounded like fun and, collectively, we had always dreamt of running a record label.

Everything started to come together in the spring of ’96, at this time Chris Swanson and Eric Weddle were enrolled here at Indiana University. They met while working at WIUS, the college radio station here. Jonathan Cargill was working as a cafeteria manager at one of the dorms, as was Chris, though he was just washing dishes. Over the weeks of working at the cafeteria, Chris and Jonathan got to talking about music and aspects of the industry and hatched some ideas about starting a label. Chris
later spoke to Eric about it and he was in agreement with what they wanted to do. Then Ben Swanson, Chris’ brother who was living in Fargo at the time, was also brought in. This was all around April of ’96. Sometime in 1999, Eric left
Secretly Canadian to pursue his own label, Family Vineyard. That’s also the time that Jagjaguwar records came onto the radar. Jagjaguwar, out of Charlottesville, Virginia and run by Darius Van Arman, had a similar aesthetic and philosophy and it seemed like a good match. Jagjaguwar relocated to Bloomington shortly thereafter. Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar are separate entities who share resources.

Our first signing was June Panic and his album Glory Hole (SC01) although technically the Songs: Ohia 7″ “One Pronunciation Of Glory” (SC02) was released first


Where does your label call home? Describe your headquarters.
Bloomington, Indiana. It all started in Chris’ limestone house on a dead end street. We now have an office. The office use to be an invisible fence company for pets.

Your name? What are your primary duties for the label?

Jonathan Cargill. I am one of the founders and have come to specialize in publicity as well as film and tv music placement.

Who are a few of the bands on your roster? Most recent signee.

Antony & the Johnsons, Danielson, The Earlies, Early Day Miners, Dave Fischoff, Havergal,The Horns of Happiness, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, The Impossible Shapes, Damien Jurado, Jens Lekman, Magnolia Electric Co, Marmoset, Jason Molina, Normanoak, June Panic, Songs: Ohia, Nikki Sudden & The Jacobites, Swearing At
Motorists, Swell Maps, Richard Swift, Windsor for the Derby and Jorma Whittaker.

Most recent signees are David Vandervelde, Catfish Haven, Frida Hyvönen

What is the best method for an unsigned band to capture your attention?
Bands come onto our radar in many ways. Recommendations from bands we already work with, demos, seeing them live, suggestions from friends. I think the best thing a band can do is be really active. Tour as much as possible, exploit the powers of myspace and blogs and really just making the scene for themselves. That draws more attention than anything.

Any upcoming release(s) you’d like to plug?
Dave Fischoff‘s The Crawl. Dave is one of the artists that we have worked with since the beginning of the label. His new album, The Crawl took 5 years to create. I think it was worth the wait.

A brief bio of your label: Who started it? When? First band signed and/or first release?
VICE Records started with the Streets’ first record Original Pirate Material in 2002. The Streets was the beginning of VICE Records.

Where does your label call home? Describe your headquarters.
Our home is in our little corner of Williamsburg on the windiest street in all of New York. Our office used to be much smaller but the family grows faster than I can keep up with everyone’s name. In our building we have people working for the magazine, the DVD and Vice Broadcasting Systems. The Records area is small and cluttered. Right now Melvins/Big Business are playing on the stereo.


Your name? What are your primary duties for the label?
Christen. I write emails and avoid phone calls. On my business card I wanted it to say Computer Wolf because of my love for Guitar Wolf, but they insisted on Digital Manager.

Who are a few of the bands on your roster? Most recent signee.
I am currently very excited about Black Lips. There’s a scene in the Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo trailer when Jared is singing and playing bass and this kid is taunting and hitting him. He uses the neck of his bass to push aside his mic, head buts the kid and swings the mic back without ever missing a beat. That is rock and roll. We are also lucky enough to work with 120 Days, Bloc Party, Panthers, Chromeo, Boredoms, Ed Banger and Justice, The Stills and the The Streets. The band I joined the label out of love for was Death From Above 1979 (R.I.P.).

What is the best method for an unsigned band to capture your attention?
Live shows that make me feel alive and blow my face off. Or buy me a drink.

Any upcoming release(s) you’d like to plug?
Black Lips! Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo! Boredoms – we just reissued 3 records and will reissue 3 more in February. Panthers! The Trick! So hard and fun. Oh. And this little band we love called Bloc Party.

Check out the VICE mp3 blog for a sheetload of music: click here

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