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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...
PERE UBU TOUR AND DISCUSS THEIR LATEST ALBUM 03/07/2007
Pere Ubu have scheduled a handful of Spring tour dates in support of their latest album Why I Hate Women!
All dates may be subject to change:
4/3 @ Knitting Factory, New York NY
4/5 @ Iron Horse Music Hal,l Northampton MA
4/6 @ Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY
4/7 @ Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA
4/8 @ Sonar, Baltimore MD
Frontman David Thomas on Why I Hate Women:
“I don't use EQ in the mix stage,” Thomas notes. “Over the years Paul Hamann [album producer] has invented and built a number of specialized microphones for my use. They... More >
ARBOURETUM: PITCHFORK INTERVIEW 03/07/2007
There's an amazing, lengthy interview with Dave Heumann of Arbouretum up on Pitchfork covering the band's recent album Rites of Uncovering, Heumann's past work with Will Oldham, speculations on Cass McComb's forthcoming album and much, much more! Here's a taste, with Heumann giving shout outs to the fecund Baltimore scene:
Pitchfork: Do you have anything to say about the bands coming out of Baltimore right now? Beach House had a big year. And there was the closing of the Talking Head on New Year's Eve, etc.
Heumann: I'm really happy for Beach House. They... More >
THE DEATH SET ARE BACK, SXSW SHOWS ANNOUNCED 03/07/2007
The Death Set have finished recording an EP due out in May and their first full-length, slated for release in September. Now that "international playboy" Johnny Siera has finagled his way back into the States, fresh from touring in his home country Australia, you can finally see why The Death Set won Baltimore City Paper's best band of 2006:
March 9th W/ Juiceboxxx, Team Robespierre
@ Uncle Paulie's, Brooklyn NY
March 15th Baltimore Bump at the Monitor Mansion
w/ Ponytail, Ecstatic Sunshine WZT Hearts, Arbouretum & many... More >
MORPHIUS LABEL SITE IS GO! 02/27/2007
Back in the day, Morphius started out as a punk record label. While the company has expanded into distribution, manufacturing and a recording studio, the label is still at the heart. Still big fans of punk, Morphius label has grown too, with releases and exclusives that embrace hip hop, Baltimore club, indie rock, and genre-mashers.
We are proud to announce our revamped label website, just in time for a slew of Spring releases from shoegaze revivalists Thrushes, Chi-town sex rockers Bang! Bang!, and gold standard indie rockers Coffinberry. In the wings is... More >
BEAUTY AND FURY: THRUSHES REVIEW 02/26/2007
"Thrushes is a Baltimore-based quartet composed of Anna Conner (vocals, guitar) Casey Harvey (guitars, vocals) Rachel Tracy (bass) and Matt Davis (percussion.) Their debut album is titled Sun Come Undone, and it will be distributed worldwide via Morphius Records on March 13th. On their do-it-yourself debut Casey Harvey supplies reverberated guitar that acts as a perfect countering force to the delicate touch of Anna Conner's lead vocals, as they bridge the gap between beauty and fury.
The basic structure of the music is simplistic, but as the individual... More >
LABTEKWON AND SCION PRESENT SOUL FEST 2007 02/23/2007
Labtekwon's label Ankh Ba Records has teamed up with Scion for Soul Fest 2007, here in Baltimore. Labtek will perform alongside fellow Ankh Ba artists The Tao of Slick and Dew Dew Kidz.
@ Utopia 5
405 West Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 More >
SARCASM THAT HITS THE MARK: THE LIBRARIANS 02/23/2007
"Any review of a Librarians release is going to have to start with something like "These guys are from West Virginia?" With an indie disco flavor that is very palatable, Alright Easy Candy Stranger sounds as sweet as the treat its title refers to. And most urbanites who think banjos and Deliverance (or, at best, All Good Festival and WVU) when they hear Morgantown will be able to enjoy this accessible gumdrop of a debut full-length.
Synthed-out post-punk dance revival lead-off track "Culture Vulture" has a vocal intensity (something like a caffeine-injected... More >
HEY LAND LUBBERS: THE SCOURGE OF THE SEA TOUR 02/21/2007
"Unassuming, rough-around-the-edges indiefied folk-rock. The gentle melodies have a way of popping into your head days after an initial listen. The wistful yearnings of the lyrics are tempered with wry realism, just as fuzzed-out, drop-D guitar strums interact with bedroomy acoustic instruments... sure gets under your skin."
- The New Haven Advocate
The Scourge of The Sea humbly bear the distinction of being Alias Records' (home to Archers of Loaf) first signees in nearly ten years. There has to be something special about a band that can rouse an... More >
THRUSHES PULL IT TOGETHER ON DEBUT SUN COME UNDONE 02/14/2007
Despite not being officially released till March, shoegaze revivalists Thrushes' debut Sun Come Undone has already garnered raves from the blogosphere (here, too!) and Baltimore's City Paper. Lucky for you, Morphius got the scoop and you can order the album early (like, right now) by clicking here.
Check out this review from the music blog Any Given Tuesday:
"This Baltimore-based band is on a mission to make reverb a household word. Luscious and saccharine, Thrushes' sound replicates the 'wall of sound' like it's a full-time job, and on tracks like "Into... More >
LEWIS BLACK WINS GRAMMY FOR BEST COMEDY ALBUM 02/14/2007
Lewis Black won a Grammy, what! From his myspace blog:
"That's right, Lewis won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for his standout CD The Carnegie Hall Performance. The award was presented in a pre-telecast ceremony this evening in LA. Although not on the televised broadcast, nearly 100 awards, including Best Comedy Album, were broadcast on XM satellite radio for the first time ever.
Congratulations to Lewis for this well-deserved honor. I know he's incredibly excited, thrilled and every other adjective to have received the award. And god knows I'm excited... More >