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SoulDischarge
07-14-2008, 04:24 AM
When I was first getting into music, a handy way of getting into new bands was to browse the roster of indie record labels that put out a bunch of stuff I already liked. I'd imagine before the internet, this was an almost essential way to find new music. So, what record labels can you rely on to lead you to exciting discoveries? Is there any labels that you would recommend that come through 9 out of 10 times?

The first record label that came to my attention was Touch & Go. A lot of my favorite 80s noise rock bands were on there and a lot of interesting new indie rock fills their roster these days, so I'm usually more willing to give something a listen if it's on Touch & Go. A couple of others that have been pretty significant to me have been SST, Warp, Matador, and Rough Trade.

issue02
07-14-2008, 05:38 AM
I like Victory, Equal Vision, Underground Operations, Vagrant, pretty good indie labels with some good bands.

Stefinitely Maybe
07-14-2008, 05:44 AM
Loveless Records. (http://www.lovelessrecords.com/)

Deadairspace
07-14-2008, 06:35 AM
Arts & Crafts

Tylerdurden31
07-14-2008, 06:39 AM
Arts & Crafts (www.arts-crafts.ca/)
Rock Action (www.rock-action.co.uk/)
Constellation (www.cstrecords.com/)
Temporary Residence (www.temporaryresidence.com/)

miscorrections
07-14-2008, 09:04 AM
Elephant 6.

DRcube
07-14-2008, 10:50 AM
merge

aeroplanee
07-14-2008, 11:03 AM
Asthmatic Kitty

roberto73
07-14-2008, 11:38 AM
4 AD
Rough Trade
Factory
Beggar's Banquet

Those four labels introduced me to a lot of music when I was but a wee lad.

zenidogx
07-14-2008, 03:05 PM
matador, polyvinyl, killrockstars, and subpop (are they still indie?)

woogie846
07-14-2008, 03:42 PM
kill rock stars

PineapplePete
07-14-2008, 04:18 PM
DFA

Psicosis
07-14-2008, 08:04 PM
Olive Juice Music, Rhymesayers, Obese and Kindercore.

Stainofmind
07-22-2008, 08:25 PM
Metal Blade
Century Media
Stillborn Records
Downtown Records
Ironclad Recordings
Black Market
Prosthetic

stinkbutt
07-22-2008, 08:33 PM
Ipecac
DFA
Anticon

boarderwoozel3
07-22-2008, 08:45 PM
Sub Pop

Little Britain
07-22-2008, 08:46 PM
Stones' Throw, Matador and Merge are the big ones for me. SST will be my favorite indie of all time though.

jazzz
07-22-2008, 09:00 PM
4 AD
Rough Trade
Factory
Beggar's Banquet

Those four labels introduced me to a lot of music when I was but a wee lad.

^those are great along with

Some Bizarre
Cherry Red
Dead Dead Good
F communications
Sonar Kollektiv
Samadhisound
Ubiquity
Compost
Irma
Guidance
BreakBeat Science
Ninja Tune
Distance

sonofhal
07-22-2008, 10:26 PM
Domino and Bella Union are also worth a look.

jazzz
11-06-2008, 09:09 PM
^those are great along with

Some Bizarre
Cherry Red
Dead Dead Good
F communications
Sonar Kollektiv
Samadhisound
Ubiquity
Compost
Irma
Guidance
BreakBeat Science
Ninja Tune
Distance

+
Hospital
Planet MU
TEMPA
Soul Jazz
WARP
BPITCH CONTROL
Six Degrees
Commercial Suicide
4 A.D.
Factory
A Les Temps Modernes
!K7

Pixiessp
11-06-2008, 09:29 PM
yes yes yes Jazzz. 4AD!!!!!

OutOfmYminD
11-06-2008, 11:20 PM
I agree with stonesthrow... Always solid.

Ninja Tune too...

kroqken
11-22-2008, 06:48 AM
I like Vagrant and 4AD myself. Sub Pop still has lots of good bands, like the Shins.

woogie846
11-22-2008, 07:29 AM
Anti has Nick Cave, Man Man, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti and Tom Waits.

Neutral Milk Hotel
11-22-2008, 07:51 AM
Sub Pop still has lots of good bands, like the Shins.

Not anymore.

kroqken
11-22-2008, 09:39 AM
Did the Shins leave Sub Pop? I still know other good bands are on the Sub Pop label.

Robototron
11-22-2008, 10:12 AM
Nice to see Sonar Kollektiv mentioned in here, but Bpitch Control, really? I know it's one of the more well-known labels out there, but it's so hit or miss.

kroqken
11-22-2008, 10:36 AM
I used to like Wax Trax, but then I outgrew industrial music.

jazzz
11-22-2008, 11:04 AM
Nice to see Sonar Kollektiv mentioned in here, but Bpitch Control, really? I know it's one of the more well-known labels out there, but it's so hit or miss.

SONAR KOLLEKTIV always seems to have some amazing records happening. As for BPITCH CONTROL I really like what I have heard however I haven't heard it all. After reading this thread again I'm now going record shopping!

kroqken
11-22-2008, 12:20 PM
SONAR KOLLEKTIV always seems to have some amazing records happening. As for BPITCH CONTROL I really like what I have heard however I haven't heard it all. After reading this thread again I'm now going record shopping!

Thank you for going record shopping. In an age of illegal downloading and pirating, it is nice to see someone actually BUY records once in a while.

Robototron
11-22-2008, 12:23 PM
SONAR KOLLEKTIV always seems to have some amazing records happening. As for BPITCH CONTROL I really like what I have heard however I haven't heard it all. After reading this thread again I'm now going record shopping!

That makes sense then. Not that Bpitch Control is a bad label by any stretch of the imagination, but only like one out of five of their releases are really that great.

You should check out Innervisions. They were a Sonar Kollektiv subsidiary for their first 10 or so releases and everything was cross-released on both labels, but everything after is Innervisions only.

kroqken
11-22-2008, 12:27 PM
With only four major labels (Universal, Warner, EMI and Sony/BMG) there needs to be more labels formed so a wider variety of music can be heard. Of course, MySpace shows that a band can get known without having a record deal at all, and by touring heavily.