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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...
Misery Index announce US, Australia, NZ tour dates 03/11/2010
Baltimore-based Misery Index has thrashed and penetrated our senses over the last 9 years, with 4 albums and 7 EPs under their belt. Not only do their riveting, primitive vocals rip into your eardrums like a predator after its kill, but, with their support of leftist and anarchic ideals, the band's urgent, politically driven lyrics leave an impression on the consious.
'Pulling Out The Nails,' the new discography on Anarchos Records, documents the evolution of the band's innovative, technical sound with 30 non-album tracks and a 24 page booklet. Misery Index... More >
The Hold Steady announce tour w/ The Oranges Band 03/11/2010
Described as “unstoppable” (New York Times) and “humid arena rock, a high-pressure system of cresting guitars and pianos” (Los Angeles Times), and lauded as “one of the best bands in America” (Paste Magazine), The Hold Steady has announced its April tour dates.
We are excited to announce that the band’s entire tour will feature The Oranges Band providing support. The Baltimore band is celebrating their tenth anniversary with this tour–and we are thrilled that they will be playing in front of some huge audiences. Here at Morphius, we’ve thought The Oranges... More >
Cornel West Theory 01/26/2010
Dr. Cornel West is a Princeton professor who is as prolific as he is controversial. His writings and teachings cover an enormous range of social issues and are not bound by political correctness or traditional thought.
And with West's blessing, the progressive hip hop band the Cornel West Theory has adopted his name to highlight the similarities. Dr. West spoke fluently on topics ranging from religion to politics, just as the band aims to do. Their music's mission is "to deliver hip-hop that contains deep substance and content, music which forces self-analysis... More >
LENS RECORDS 11/23/2009
Lens Records is a Chicago based record label created to help support and distribute the works of artists who prefer to work with a smaller, artist driven label. The label has released a variety of work in different genres including ambient, experimental, dark ambient, electronic, rock, modern classical, electroacoustic and field recordings.
Fascinated with the endless possibilities of experimental music and the world around us - Lens Records seeks to establish itself as an open-minded outlet for artists who may not have an opportunity to release their music on... More >
Units - History of the Units 11/20/2009
Community Library is proud to bring you the first ever legitimate reissue of San Francisco’s synth-punk legends, UNITS! You can finally get rid of the crappy bootlegs: this is the definitive re-mastered collection of the band’s most sought-after early singles and selections from their first LP, Digital Stimulation. It also includes unreleased material culled from early demos, recordings made for art happenings and film, and more. This anthology is a view not only into the Units’ seminal years, but is also a step into the rich and under-reissued history of San... More >
Midnight Masses - Heaven (Tour) 7" 11/20/2009
Writing in the 2008 wake of his father’s untimely death, Autry Rene Fulbright called on some of his closest friends to help him channel his grief via quarter-inch tape, reverb pedals, and Gospel choirs. The result is a collection of songs (recorded by one of said friends, Gerard Smith of TV on the Radio), which exist as a beautifully succinct examination of the immutable ties of family and the difficulty we humans have with accepting death.
The core of the group is Eric Rodgers (guitar/vocals), Miyuki Furtado (drums / bass / guitar / vocals), and Destiny... More >
Hammer No More The Fingers - Looking For Bruce 11/10/2009
Having known each other since childhood, Hammer No More the Fingers, learned music together, played talent shows together, & in every sense, grew up together. For a short period not long ago, though, they separated, each hunting experience. Drummer Jeff Stickley went to Greenville, NC, attended East Carolina University & played bluegrass. Guitarist Joe Hall went to Brazil, studied music & cavorted with exotic beauties. Bassist & lead vocalist Duncan Webster went to New York City, met a girl (Jesse Smith, daughter of punk icon Patti Smith), started a band, &... More >
Dylan Brody "True Enough" (Stand Up!) 08/05/2009
With his credentials, Dylan Brody ought to just swagger out onto the stage and command his audience to laugh. Instead, on Stand Up! Records' new release, "True Enough," the long time performer humbly tells his stories while the giggles and accolades roll on in. Brody has a particular knack for toeing the line between long-form joke telling and straightforward short story-telling, clearly writing with the telling in mind, and hitting his cadences easily and confidently. Like his peers David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, Brody mines his own surprisingly insane... More >
Lights "Rites" (Drag City) 08/05/2009
Lights are a Brooklyn musical troupe that have shaped Psychedelic mojo Pop into a serpentine smoke ring, floating over both New York's forbidding urban scapes and the West Coast's sunshine vibes. By which we mean that their songs are the lovechild of American Soul music, Country, Metal, Psychedelic Rock, Disco and New Age. For Lights, the Funkadelic diaper is an essential part of the P-Funk experience. There are no extraneous details. The look is as much of the encounter as the music. Whatever they were in a previous life, Lights aren't rocks or seaglass,... More >
"Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday" (Numero) 08/05/2009
Embraced in the early 90s by Britain’s rare groove scene and later sampled by Digable Planets and Jay-Z, Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth has since been known as 24-Carat Black’s first and final chapter, barely a footnote in the well documented history of Stax. Producer and songwriter Dale Warren’s dark urban concept album, released in the fall of 1973, challenged even its target audience to embrace it. A downer message to the emerging black middle class and too heady for a populace basking in the afterglow of the Wattstax festival held a year prior, the record didn’t... More >