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How the PNKSLM Label is Keeping Sweden Weird

It’s 1am on a hot summer night, and the site of Stockholm, Sweden label PNKSLM’s second birthday party is quickly devolving into chaos. Midway through a set by local psych tearaways… 795 more words

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An ESP-Disk' Primer

There’s a motto on the cover of every ESP-Disk’ album: “The artists alone decide what you will hear on their ESP-Disk’.” Coming from most record companies, that might sound dubious. 1,415 more words

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How Death Records is Helping Preserve the Bay Area Underground

In the late 2000s, a band called Girls went from playing tiny shows at now defunct DIY spaces in San Francisco to headlining festivals in what felt like the blink of an eye, spearheading the meteoric rise of a scene that was home to likeminded artists like… 850 more words

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RPM Records: The Voices of Indigenous Visibility and Resurgence

“It began as a way to celebrate the creativity coming from the community,” says Jarrett Martineau, a Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree), Dene Suline artist-scholar, media-maker and storyteller from Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta, Canada. 893 more words

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The Robin Hood of Dance Music: How Discos Pegaos Helped Democratize the Electronic Scene in Chile

During the mid 2000s, Chile began appearing on the radars of Latin American music bloggers and fans after a long period of radio silence, and soon established its reign as South America’s pop music factory. 1,526 more words

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ZZK Records: How a "Random Gringo" from Texas Helped Latin American Dance Music Take Over the World

The post-colonial evolution of cumbe, a Guinean courtship dance, into the cumbia, a dance phenomenon known throughout the Latin American diaspora with varying regional inflections, is a fascinating story. 1,060 more words

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The White Paddy Mountain Label Offers Soothing Sounds Full of Grace and Beauty

Japanese ambient/minimalist composer Chihei Hatakeyama first netted American attention with his 2006 album Minima Moralia, an album full of engaging, contemplative songs on the beloved label Kranky. 1,006 more words

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