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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
THE FADER HI-FIVES CREATIVE CAPITALISM 01/22/2007
Check out this short n' sweet piece on Creative Capitalism, home to Ponytail and LO MOdA. You can download the latest issue, Number 43, of The Fader here.
The idea of "artists making music, musicians making art" has always been a suspect one, conjuring images of failed noise projects and vanity art books. Yet Creative Capitalism brings to mind something less disheartening and more practical. "I don't follow aesthetics," says founder Peter Quinn. "This is a label that is going to be based on belief systems." Creative Capitalism's first venture... More >
LOVE TO LOVE YOU: ANOTHER PONYTAIL REVIEW 01/15/2007
Everyone hearts Ponytail! The orders have been rolling in since the Pitchfork review and Time Out Chicago joins in the cuddle party:
Issue 97: Jan 4–10, 2007
Top live show
Baltimore foursome Ponytail has been described as the Boredoms fronted by a woman—although considering that Japanese noise-rock act’s somewhat weak performance at last summer’s Intonation Festival, perhaps Ponytail deserves a little better. As it stands, the fact that vocalist Molly Siegel’s chromosomes are of the XX persuasion is of little relevance to Ponytail’s music, because she... More >
HEY OLDSTER, PONYTAIL IS THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH 01/12/2007
No way! Pitchfork gave Ponytail's debut Kamehameha an 8.1. That's like an 11 on anyone else's scale of 1 to 10. Check it:
Baltimore's Ponytail look like they'd tip the scales, collectively, at around 385 pounds. So the racket they make is loud and dense but not beefy. There's no bass, fer instance, but the two guitars do play low notes sometimes. And they also look like their collective age is somewhere around 60, which sounds old until you realize there's four of 'em. So their music definitely sounds like kids at summer camp, kids on the wrong side of four... More >
JUST LIKE IRL: PONYTAIL VIDZ 01/12/2007
Dustin Wong, guitarist for Ponytail, has posted some live performances.
Nothing screams summer like a free street fest, and this past summer Ponytail shredded Baltimore's Reverent Fog during their song Start a Corporation:
Imagine if you and your BFF were rock 'em sock 'em robots dueling with guitars instead of plastic fists. Or watch this video of Dustin Wong's other band Ecstatic Sunshine and come up with your own analogy:
TOP OF THE POPS: MORE END OF YEAR LISTS 12/16/2006
Here at Morphius, perhaps no department is more in touch (literally) with new music than Distribution. And being the lemmings that we are, we decided to follow in the wake of a thousand blogs and music rags by releasing over own top 10 lists. But, all you really need to know is BEACH HOUSE. They made it onto everyone's list. OOIOO, LO MOdA, and Matmos also put in several appearances, with good reason.
Matt still believes in notions like hierarchy:
1. Beach House "Beach House"
2. Califone "Roots & Crowns"
3. Tim Hecker "Harmony in Ultra Violet"
4.... More >
WHITE DENIM, ALLENTOWN ALL-VINYL NOISE LABEL 11/27/2006
I hope to use White Denim as a platform to help produce creative, interesting, beautiful music with people I can respect as both individuals and artists.
White Denim, having recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, is an outstanding small label run solely by Matt Korvette, singer of acclaimed noise punk outfit Pissed Jeans. Definitely not in it for fame or money, Korvette is dedicated to preserving the experimental rock music he loves. With an eye toward innovative sound and artful packaging, White Denim releases are pressed on gorgeous,... More >
NYLON MAGAZINE BIG UPS RIOT GRRRL DOCUMENTARY 11/24/2006
don't need you: the herstory of riot grrrl, fresh to DVD, has garnered notice on Pitchfork and in Nylon Magazine:
"Riot Grrrl has become a pop-culture term synonymous with black hair dye and combat boots, but Don't Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl, a DVD documentary from Urban Cowgirl Productions, gets to the roots of the movement's early-'90s, DIY-music beginnings. Born of frustration with a corporate, male-dominated music industry, the Riot Grrrl movement spawned independent labels, fanzines, networks and shows, and set the stage for bands such as Bikini... More >
CAN THE EVENS STOP TIME? PITCHFORK WONDERS 11/10/2006
The new Evens album Get Evens is getting a lot of love here at Morphius, as it’s an imminently worthy follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut. Even Pitchfork gave it a warm review, ponying up a rating of 7.8, though writer Tom Breihan can’t seem to shake a nostalgia for the heyday of Fugazi. It’s hard to blame him as singer/guitarist Ian Mackaye casts a long shadow. Yet the Evens prove again they don’t need the crutch of hallowed punk pedigree, as they stand firmly on their own feet. Or, in the words of Breihan:
[Drummer/vocalist, Amy Farina] and... More >
A BIT JAMES BOND: THE STORY BEHIND MUSIC DE WOLFE 11/09/2006
Occasionally a compilation comes out with a story behind it as fascinating as the music it features. Music De Wolfe is definitely one of these, a smash-up collection of fifteen funk and psych blasters, culled from the crème of the stalwart British De Wolfe Music Library by DJ and Megaphone Unlimited label head Jason Willet.
The Baltimore City Paper caught up with Willett, teasing out a tale of international jet-setting, a well-guarded vault, and burlesque girls as wild as any suave spy thriller De Wolfe music accompanied in its Swinging London heyday.... More >