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Mirror Universe Tapes Helps Revive Interest in a Once-Dead Formatnew

It's hardly worth declaring a cassette revival, or even to say tapes are the new vinyl. But the recent success of the Charleston-based cassette-only record label Mirror Universe Tapes seems to indicate otherwise.
Charleston City Paper  |  Bryan Reed  |  10-14-2009  |  Music

Good Records Recordings Returns In A Big Waynew

When TVT went under and the Polyphonic Spree's 2007 release The Fragile Army was purchased by digital music label The Orchard, Tim DeLaughter and his wife Julie decided to revert things back to before they went the major-label route.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  09-28-2009  |  Music

Will Gossip Blog Notoriety Translate into Music Industry Clout for Perez Hilton?new

You could almost hear universal snickering in the music industry a few months ago when Perez Hilton announced his intention to start a label and become the next Jimmy Iovine. Now the industry watches to see what the Perezcious Music label will bring.
NOW Magazine  |  Jason Keller  |  09-21-2009  |  Music

Sub Pop Offshoot Hardly Art is Hardly Starvingnew

Like the now-defunct Sub Pop offshoot label Die Young Stay Pretty, Hardly Art receives financial backing from Sub Pop. But unlike DYSP, Hardly Art is determined to live to see middle age on its own dime.
Seattle Weekly  |  Sara Brickner  |  09-21-2009  |  Music

Why is Modest Mouse Frontman Isaac Brock Starting from Scratch With Obscure Portland Bands?new

Brock, 34, acknowledges that his new role as an indie label kingpin is a departure, though he's quick to add that he's always been interested in the business side of music.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  09-16-2009  |  Music

The Blue Scholars are Turning the Artist-Label Relationship On its Headnew

Seattle hip-hop group Blue Scholars have brokered a deal in which New York hip-hop label Duck Down Records signed to them. Whether that's the most accurate way to put it is debatable, but the message is clear: things are changing.
Seattle Weekly  |  Jonathan Cunningham  |  08-10-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

What Happens When a Label Deal Goes Right and the Band Breaks Up Anyway?new

Sometimes for bands, the stars align just right. Labels clamor for the artist. The terms of the deal are more than fair. Offers for maximum-exposure tours abound, and press is eerily pitch-perfect. And the whole thing goes to hell anyway.
Nashville Scene  |  Tracy Moore  |  06-05-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Hey, Young Nashville Band—Want a Major-Label Deal? Read This Firstnew

If the Nashville curse used to be that no local rock band could snag a record deal, then perhaps now the curse is that they can. It's staying afloat afterward that has proved most elusive.
Nashville Scene  |  Tracy Moore  |  06-05-2009  |  Music

Bypassing Record Labels, Jill Sobule's New Album is Funded by Fansnew

Sobule has had a hard time with record companies. The singer/songwriter has been dropped by MCA and Atlantic, not to mention the two indie labels she recorded for are now defunct. Naturally, Sobule was hesitant about shopping her latest album to another label; but without any money of her own, other options were few and far between.
New York Press  |  David Chiu  |  05-14-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Advertisers Go from Licensing Songs to Releasing Themnew

The synergy of marketing and indie music has evolved so swiftly that selling a tune for use in a commercial or video game seems almost quaint. Marketers aren't just horning in on the territory of record labels' promo departments -- they're starting to act like labels.
Chicago Reader  |  Miles Raymer  |  04-13-2009  |  Music

Label X Closes Up Shopnew

Label president Todd Smith is a pretty circumspect cat these days. You would be too if you just pulled the plug on your own company.
LEO Weekly  |  Mat Heron  |  07-14-2008  |  Music

Ingrid Michaelson Knows the Way into America's Heart is Through 'Grey's Anatomy'new

After 25 million viewers heard her song "Keep Breathing" on the hit show's third-season finale, Michaelson's second album shot to indie fame. With no support from a label, Michaelson suddenly was everywhere.
Style Weekly  |  Anne Larimer Hart  |  06-11-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Giving It Away Can Paynew

RCRD LBL lets advertisers support the artists so consumers don't have to.
Chicago Reader  |  Miles Raymer  |  03-03-2008  |  Music

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