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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...
ABSOLUTE CREATIVE LOCKSTEP: THRUSHES LOW DOWN 06/01/2007
Thrushes have turned up in the latest 'Recommended' column of Baltimore's city-centric magazine The Urbanite:
"There is a growing buzz surrounding the Baltimore-based Thrushes. The self-described “dream pop” group, whose sound recalls The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, and The Velvet Underground, has deservingly garnered more than a few rave reviews for their debut full-length album, Sun Come Undone. The band is the focus of considerable and overwhelmingly positive online chatter as well.
When asked if Sun Come Undone is deserving of the praise,... More >
POP MATTERS ON CULT CARGO AND SI, PARA USTED 05/31/2007
In his round-up of funky Afro-Carribbean reissue compilations, Derek Beres, Pop Matters columnist and author of Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music, gave great reviews to both Numero Group Cult Cargo releases and Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba!
Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up (Numero Group)
Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay (Numero Group)
The good folks at Numero didn’t simply seek out a few compilations to restructure a new compilation; that only works with Buddha Bars. They physically journeyed to the... More >
TO FALL IN LOVE: 17 SECONDS REVIEWS THRUSHES 05/30/2007
"OK, I'm going to throw caution to the winds, risk laughter and ridicule (hey, I teach teenagers, I'm used to it), and just tell you: you have to hear the Thrushes. On the basis of the three tracks posted on their website [ed note: you can listen to a stream of the entire album here] this could be one of the greatest and biggest bands you will hear this year."
"What is it like to listen to the Thrushes? To fall in love at first hearing and to have to go back and play them again immediately. To feel that the Jesus and Mary Chain, and the best shoegazing... More >
POP MATTERS ON BANG! BANG! 05/24/2007
Pop Matters review of The Dirt That Makes You Drown:
Now this is odd. Bang! Bang! are a band made up equally of two guys and girls, provoking a number of interesting questions: who makes the artistic decisions? Does everyone get on well with each other? Nonetheless, they inject catchy-as-hell hooks into their rough, brazen indie-rock… a bastardized cross between the White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs if you will but, you know, better. It’s hard to pick a “lead vocalist” here, as all four share vocal duties throughout The Dirt That Makes You... More >
WOLF WHISTLES: THE DEATH SET UNVEIL NEW VID 05/22/2007
Hey super genius, flex your math skills with this equation:
2 dudez + 2 guitars + 1 werewolf =
New video for The Death Set's "Negative Thinking"
THRUSHES DEBUT NEW SONG 05/16/2007
Thrushes will be featured on the inaugural Any Given Tuesday podcast. The program will debut Thrushes' brand new song "Trees" and perform a track from their breakout album Sun Come Undone, accompanied by an interview with the band! Fans will have the opportunity to call in during the live airing or download the podcast as an mp3 anytime. The podcast, produced in conjuction with Sen Magazine, will highlight the Baltimore music scene. To listen live on the 22nd at 9:30 pm EST download Talkshoe. To call in: (724) 444.7444 and enter in ID# 31860
THE DEATH SET + PONYTAIL TOUR!! 05/01/2007
After months of continent-jumping (US to Europe to Australia) The Death Set have finally sorta settled back in the States, acquiring guitarist Matt Papich of Ecstatic Sunshine, where they have been diligently recording a brand new EP due out next month and their first full-length (slated for a fall release). To celebrate they've been playing out on the East Coast and at SXSW, but this summer they're teaming up with recent Monitor Records signees and Bmore heroes Ponytail for a blitz into the heartland. More information about the tour will be announced soon,... More >
THRUSHES WIN CMJ SONIC BIDS SPOTLIGHT, TOUR 04/30/2007
Baltimore shoegazers Thrushes have been awarded the CMJ Sonic Bids Spotlight!
Despite having released their debut album Sun Come Undone little over a month ago, and in relative obscurity, Thrushes has been basking in a stunning level of fan accolades. The CMJ Spotlight follows flurries of internet attention which culminated, earlier this month, in garnering the distinction of most blogged band of the week (stats breakdown at Idolator). Thrushes is poised to reward their buzzing fanbase with a summer tour:
05/12 - Richmond, VA - The Full Slurpee... More >
SUPER CUTIES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM 04/30/2007
Creative Capitalism, which has brought you the likes of Ponytail, LO MOdA, History At Our Disposal and several excellent collaborative art books, has birthed not one but TWO new glories! Yes, that's right, CC head Peter Quinn recently announced the arrival of his twin infants, Peter Jr and Catherine!
Quinn Sr also announced the collaborative, earth-minded HOMELAND PROJECT:
Creative Capitalist, Benjamin Domanico, is looking for participants for his Homeland piece right now as part of his thesis at MICA! Homeland is a collaboration involving the... More >
SANCTION THIS: A SHORT HISTORY OF COMMUNIST FUNK 04/20/2007
Morphius Distribution is pleased to announce the arrival of the new compilation: Sí, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, assembled by radio host Dan Zacks. While we here at Morphius have been thrilled by the slew of excellent funk reissues of late, it is the rare title that bursts with such fascinating history. And rarer still do we come across a compilation that squeaks through years of dust and political sanctions to emerge, not as a mere curiousity or historical footnote, but as a rump-shaking testament to the transcendental power of music... More >