Label Spotlight

Frontier Records

October 4, 2010

It's hard to believe but Frontier Records is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Founder and sole owner Lisa Fancher talks to us about the record label known for putting out punk favorites like Flyboys, The Circle Jerks and Suicidal Tendencies.

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Pulverised

September 13, 2010

When you think of metal you might not automatically think of Singapore. But maybe you should be! Singapore-based Pulverised Records' Roy Yeo and Calvin Chiang talk to us about their label and their 2004 rebirth.

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20 Buck Spin

August 23, 2010

20 Buck Spin owner & founder David Adelson talks with us about his heavy metal label, how he has no interest in going digital and how he thinks we need more "actual print zines."

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Pirates Press

March 15, 2010

As founder and president Eric Mueller explains to us, Pirates Press has two parts -- record label and manufacturing company. Learn more in this label spotlight about how the two parts help carry the whole for Pirates Press Records.

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Fat Wreck Chords

February 15, 2010

Fat Wreck Chords production manager Chad talks with us about the label. "I don't think it's important for a label to be politically outspoken at all.  It's really about the music.  If we think the music can be a vehicle for something positive, like what we did with the Rock Against Bush comps, that's great.  There are plenty of great labels that don't touch politics, and that's fine too."

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Alternative Tentacles

November 3, 2009

Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles Records is celebrating its 30th birthday this week. The label's general manager, Jesse Townley, talks to us about how the label's run and how they've managed to keep going for this long. "When people buy an AT release, they know that Jello has put his stamp of approval on the record."

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Neurot Recordings

September 30, 2009

Neurosis' Steve Von Till talks about working at the helm of the group's Neurot Recordings. "We are brothers, it is all based on inherent trust."

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Kill Rock Stars

July 22, 2009

Kill Rock Stars' Vice President Maggie Vail talks to us about how the label keep things going. "We release less records now, which I enjoy. 48 in 2006 versus 12 in 2007. This way I feel like we can do a better job focusing on each release and band."

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One Little Indian

March 12, 2009

Celia Hirschman of One Little Indian's North American division talks with us about the label's anarchist roots and reanalyzing for the future. "Mainstream success simply means a wide variety of interest from new fans. On the basis of that definition, may all artist have mainstream success."

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IHEARTCOMIX

February 10, 2009

Franki Chan talks to us about IHEARTCOMIX. "I feel things are being exposed like never before. The scene that bands like No Age and Matt & Kim hail from would never have had the kind of exposure like it has without the internet, same w[ith] the latest generation dance music. I think the trends and fads come and go a lot faster now, but it's also easier to make lasting impact."

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Tooth & Nail

January 12, 2009

Tooth & Nail Records might be considered a Christian record label, but they aren't about limiting their artists. Brandon Ebel, the label's president, discusses how a family loan is now releasing gold records. "Now more than ever artists need their entity and brand to be fully supported by a label that believes in them."

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Eat Your Heart Out

September 15, 2008

Digital Hardcore Records isn't dead yet but that doesn't mean founder Alec Empire isn't branching out with his new label, Eat Your Heart Out. "We do our own thing, stay away from the bullshit. We develop our ideas in isolation, we don’t follow trends."

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Bloodshot Records

August 11, 2008

Chicago's Bloodshot Records is known for a distinctly alternative take on country. But bringing music fans releases by Ryan Adams, Old 97's, and Neko Case is no easy task, just ask co-owner Nan Warshaw. "If you're wanting to get into the 'music biz' or if you're doing it to make money, I recommend you shoot yourself now -- it will be less painful."

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Equal Vision

July 2, 2008

From a start in the early '90s releasing Krishna hardcore bands, Equal Vision Records is now known for their hardcore, indie and screamo bands. The label's Director of Publicity Francesca Caldara gives us the inside information on how they do it and how working in the music industry can make you hate music.

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Metropolis Records

March 17, 2008

For nearly fifteen years, Metropolis Records has been releasing albums that you couldn't find elsewhere in the States. With a business style a little different than other record labels, Metropolis founder, president and owner Dave Heckman gives us the inside story.

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Science Records

December 5, 2007

SoCal label Science Records opened up shop just about one year ago and life sure is good, says Ryan Whalley, one of the label's managers. "All of our artists are successful if we're able to put their release out, get them on the road, and put that record into music listeners hands. We've had just about all of our artists on the Warped Tour, have also had them out with bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Silverstein, Saosin, Radio Rebellion Tour, Story Of The Year, Taste Of Chaos and Megadeth to name a few. We're very fortunate for the success we've had with all of our artists."

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Poison Tree

November 6, 2007

Short, simple and to the point: "We don't work with assholes," says Poison Tree Records owner Matt Sells. Formed just over a year over, PlugInMusic.com spotlights Poison Tree Records on how they got going and how they keep things rocking.

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Suburban Noize

October 1, 2007

Over a decade ago, Kottonmouth Kings’ Brad X, aka Daddy X, founded Suburban Noize Records for the band’s first album. Today, the label encompasses a variety of genres – from rock to hip hop – and produces more than just music. PlugInMusic.com spotlights Suburban Noize as our October label feature.

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Sub Pop

August 1, 2007

Considered "the" independent music label, Sub Pop defined the '90s and they're still working hard to release music. General manager Chris Jacobs talks with PlugInMusic.com and offers some insight into the label, including Sub Pop's decision to go green.

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Heavy Artillery

June 4, 2007

Think metal is dead? Think again. Dave from the newly formed Heavy Artillery talks to PlugInMusic.com about the today's metal scene, what is coming up next for the young label and how the label's financed by selling crack in local school yards. He's joking. (We think.)

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Corporate Punishment

May 14, 2007

Corporate Punishment's president, Thom Hazaert gives an in-depth look at the record label. Hazaert explains how Corporate Punishment began as an idea between some friends and is now regularly releasing hard rock and metal music.

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Dischord Records

April 2, 2007

While other record labels are trying to take over the world, Dischord Records has been making an impact on the music scene and industry for nearly fifteen years. Dischord's Alec Bourgeois talks to PlugInMusic.com about the label's past and how it fits in to today's borderless Internet age.

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Last Gang Records

March 8, 2007

The president of Last Gang Records, Chris Taylor, says the best way to get the label's attention is to "be amazing." Taylor gets straight to the point as he speaks with PlugInMusic.com about his label.

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American Laundromat Records

February 7, 2007

Just four years after American Laundromat's initial release -- a compilation paid for with founder Joe Spadaro's tax return -- the label is getting mainstream mentions. Spadaro speaks with PlugInMusic.com about his label.

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Tarnished Records

January 4, 2007

Brian Whitney, co-owner of Seattle-based Tarnished Records, speaks with us about how the label makes things happen with their Americana-influenced releases and how the Tarnished is a labor of love.

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Candlelight Records USA

December 1, 2006

When you are looking for extreme metal, Candlelight Records is the label to check out. Paula Hogan, general manger for Candlelight Records USA, talks with PlugInMusic.com about the US division's 2001 founding and what they have in store for music fans in 2007.

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Theory 8

November 1, 2006

This month the spotlight is on Theory 8, the label that has brought music fans Embraced, Forget Cassettes and Copeland. Theory 8 founder Aaron Hartley talks to us about his label and how he has gotten it to where it is today.

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Punk Core

October 3, 2006

Punk Core's manager and found Dave Amcher talks to PlugInMusic.com about how this punk rock label started as a fanzine over 15 years ago. Learn about what goes on behind the scenes at Punk Core.

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Relapse Records

September 1, 2006

Relapse Records have put out hard rock and metal favorites like Mastodon and Dillinger Escape Plan. Label president Matt Jacobson talks to us about how his label went from a hobby to a full time job.

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301 Studios

July 3, 2006

Joshua talks to Plug In about how his independent label, 301 Studios, is managing to churn out underground electronic and hip-hop music from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Cake Records

June 1, 2006

Cake Records's vice president, Dave Kurtiak, talks with Plug In about his label in the June label spotlight. Dave discusses how the revamped Cake Records is making its mark on alternative and indie rock.

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Southern Lord

May 1, 2006

The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. This month, Southern Lord's Greg Anderson talks about how hard work and a passion for music can sometimes pay off.

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Viral Music

April 1, 2006

The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. Darren at Viral Music discusses how their label's online-only business works.

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Mungler Winslowe Records

March 1, 2006

The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. This month, Crystal and Casey Brandt discuss their label, Mungler Winslowe, and how success is not always defined financially.

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State of Mind Recordings

February 1, 2006

The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. James from State of Mind Recordings talks to Plug In this month about how he and co-owner Dave got into the music business.

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Sympathy For The Record Industry

January 12, 2006

The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. This month, Sympathy For The Record Industry's owner tells Plug In how he has turned an accident into a full time job.

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Barsuk Records

October 1, 2005

The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. This month, Josh Rosenfeld of Barsuk Records tells us how he turns a part time label into the home of Death Cab for Cutie, Nada Surf and others.

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Sin Klub Entertainment

July 1, 2005

The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. This month, Edward Shimborske III of Sin Klub Entertainment tells us how his hard rocking label does it.

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Omega Point Records

June 1, 2005

The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. Check back the last Monday of every month for a new label spotlight. This month, Emil from Omega Point Records takes some time to talk nuts and bolts of independent labels and offer some good advice.

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Fake Chapter Records

March 1, 2005

The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. Check back the last Monday of every month for a new label spotlight. This month the focus is on Fake Chapter Records. Owner Gilligan gives us the inside scoop on what makes his label tick and how a little heart can go a long way.

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Elephant Stone Records

February 1, 2005

In the second edition of the label spotlight, we turn our attention to Elephant Stone. Ben Vendetta talks to us about his label's strict genre guidelines, the business side of things and how he makes it all work.

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No Quarter Records

January 1, 2005

The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. So each month we are going to put the spotlight on a different independent record label. First up is Philadelphia's No Quarter Records.

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