This week, an incredibly influential label shut down its production. Hydra Head Industries isn't the first label to close its doors, and it won't be the last. Bringing my column back this week, you can head here for some thoughts of where contemporary labels should take from Hydra Head's running core of business and community. After giving it a once over, my question today is do you think labels will be obsolete in the future, and what can they do to keep production going? Should focus shift completely to digital, or is the resurgence of vinyl and other physical avenues a way to keep the tangible medium interesting and alive? What are your favorite labels, and beyond the music you like...
A lot of people think the biggest perk to this job is meeting your favorite bands. For me, it's meeting the people that back those bands. Generally, they're the biggest fans. I'm speaking about label owners. I've written a piece pertaining to them and the bands that make up their small communities. The biggest question I want you to think about is what does a label mean to you past the music? Is it just a brand? Besides the music it puts out, what else about your favorite label makes you gain garner interest in it?
Here we are at the end of this month's feature. Here's a few more labels worth checking out. It's been a great year of music, and we shouldn't forget the work put in by the labels and communities that support those audible files and get them out there to us. Who did we miss? What labels do we need to pay more attention to? Hit the replies and let us and the community know. We hope you found some new homes and tunes this month.
This month, the staff has compiled a list of "fresher" record labels we wished to showcase to the world. Head here to see the first three, and be sure to check back every week this month to gain some insight and hear some great music from our choices. Let us know what you think and what labels you're really excited about at the moment.
This is just a reminder to bands and labels that we've started accepting lists for our end of the year awards. If you'd like to participate, we ask that you send your top 10 CDs that were released in 2006 via e-mail to either Melissa Johnson or Gabe Gross. Along with your list, please include your name as well as the band or label that you are associated with. Please note that this is a call for bands and labels (or managers, and other industry folk) only to submit lists. NOT users. The deadline for submitting your lists to Melissa and Gabe is December 17th, 2006.
Olympia, the band featuring ex members of Fairweather and Brand New Disaster are going to be featured in the new May issue of Alternative Press. At this time the band is in talks with some very prospective labels and hope to have a label picked out in the very near future. Check out their Myspace for a new mp3.
Since Absolutely Unsigned will be making a comeback I thought it would be nice to show you a table of bands that were unsigned at the time I featured them, but have since then been picked up. It's kind of interesting. I also included a table of bands (that I know) have been generating some sort of a label interest. I'm sure there are some more bands creating a buzz, but I have kept in touch with these bands more then the others over the months.