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The kind of label that causes you to extensively explore a band once they have signed for said label.
Look, I know you're smirking at me, the guy who likes Jack White's record label when he seems intent on releasing Dead Weather shite at the moment.
Thing is, the two series of singles that Third Man runs - the music one and the instructional/spoken word one - both pick up esoteric little artists that you'd probably never heard of for a one-time only recording. It's begging you to sample a diverse range of artists that would probably skip you by were it not for the fact that this particular label took a fancy to them so asked them to record one or two tracks. They're not asking you to buy everything else the artist has released on their label, because there is nothing else released by them on their label. Instead, they ask you to explore those artists' self-released titles, or those put out through teeny-tiny labels elsewhere.
When they release a single, they press 150 on triple-colour vinyl (like this: http://is.gd/9zdC9L) and put 50 randomly into web orders and the other 100 to an indie local to the artist in question, normally with no additional markup.
aaand going back to what you were saying before I think that's closer to what would make a record label a favourite for me - the willingness to release different stuff/take a few risks as opposed to just it all being guaranteed (and poss samey) quality. I really like the label Holy Mountain and they are as likely to surprise me with something totally new and amazing as they are to bring me stuff I do not like.
about two years ago i got obsessed with just about everything on jagjaguwar. also, it's fun to say. jagjaguwar.
I am now listening to Grateful Goodbye by Yasushi Yoshida. Utterly Captivated.
i've been getting back into the Piana record recently. that's definitely one of my favourite things on Noble:
kinda like Piana, but much better imo
Even if they do charge ridiculous amounts to ship anything to the UK.
The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull LP is one of my favourite things. That faux-leather packaging <3
anyone seen this? - http://www.upsidedownthemovie.com/
but it's Not Not Fun
Once you start buying stuff from that label you can't stop
Lots of interesting sounds but a lot of stuff that is just surface + not much else for me. Like Magic Lantern, Sun Araw and Umberto a lot though.
i quite like a lot of stuff but they're definitely, definitely not a buy-on-sight label for me, 'cause some of their stuff i don't like one little bit.
well ok, maybe i like them a bit. but they're not all-out amazing.
Nice guys. A clean, tight, and talented roster. They've put out my favourite record of all time, Silent Alarm, and continue to release some great material.
They always throw in badges and white labels as well, if you buy online from them. Just a nice ethos.
I'm also pretty into its sister label Alcopop! too, for stuff thats a bit poppier (Johnny Foreigner, Stagecoach, My First Tooth).
Kev from BSM has started some sort of label collective with Holy Roar and Blood & Biscuits called Pink Mist, which sounds kind of interesting.
The sort of label where it doesn't even matter who the band is. Each release has just been out of this world.
And as for the packaging and artwork... well, no one does it better.
If so, without a doubt Numero Group. Every record is brilliant.
Partly because "Float" by Peter Broderick was released through them.
There are a lot of really good labels which seem like community based ones. That one appears to have one of the strongest community elements. Plus they're all bloody talented (so much to the point its starting to sicken me)
Made a special mix of some of my favourite tracks last year http://www.mixcloud.com/seaninsound/10-years-of-dis-a-flavour-of-our-favourite-label-matador-records/
Also lotsa folks replied with bits about their favourite labels when i posted it http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4270824
such a consistent quality of releases
Estrus, Crypt, Stay Up Forever, Havoc, In The Red, Earache and SlapAHam at various points in my music snob career have been heavily favoured by me.
That's one of the single 'wrongs' I find with the digital distribution age. I no longer have the same attachment to a single record label.
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