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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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Peering Into the Shadows of the Projekt Records Catalog

For a man whose life’s work is often stereotyped as dark and gloomy, Projekt Records’ founder and mainstay Sam Rosenthal laughs easily. He did this early in our conversation, looking back over Projekt’s history and confessing, “I never thought I’d be running a label at all!” Started in 1983 as a way for Rosenthal to release his own work, Projekt has since evolved into an indie label mainstay, a label whose releases touch on a variety of styles, but are bound together by a flair for the dreamy, the dramatic, or both.“In the late ‘80s into the early ‘90s, most all of the music on Projekt was some form of what I call darkwave; some were a little more goth, others a little more industrial,” remembers Rosenthal. 2,520 more words

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Celebrating 20 Years of Suicide Squeeze’s Uncompromising Indie Rock

To loosely paraphrase one of the more well-known passages of the Bible, it is easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle than for an introvert to start a successful record label. 1,704 more words

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Answering Machine Tapes, Old Synths and “Rock, Rot & Rule”: The World of Flannelgraph Records

Don Muro.

Go out for coffee with Jared Cheek, the founder of Bloomington, Indiana-based Flannelgraph Records, and his label’s overall aesthetic will quickly snap into focus. 1,758 more words

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Death Is Not The End Unearths Lost Gospel and Blues Treasures

Luke Owen

These days, it’s not hard to make anything old sound new again. With digital technology leading to greater fidelity in audio recordings, it’s easy to make a dusty, old blues recording sound fresh and new. 1,309 more words

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The La Souterraine Label Keeps French Pop Freaky

“There’s all these great artists and musicians in France, but they’re just never portrayed anywhere, because they’re kind of odd compared to the normality so enforced upon us. 1,752 more words

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