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NOW READ THIS // Billboard Biz Profiles Phil Waldorf And Dead Oceans For “Independent Study” Series

Reggie Ugwu of Billoard Biz sat down with label co-founder, Phil Waldorf, for a profile on Dead Oceans as part of their “Independent Study” series. The article includes details about Phil’s music career prior to forming Dead Oceans including being music director at college radio station WUOG at University of Georgia, hosting house shows with the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel, and working at the Other Music record store in New York City.

Read the full article here.

Jason Molina, You Will Be Missed

Over the weekend we learned that Jason Molina of Songs:Ohia / Magnolia Electric Co. passed away. I know I speak for everyone at Dead Oceans, when I say that this is a huge blow to our music community and we’re devastated beyond words. On a personal level, I was not the closest to Jason, but I knew him and loved his music, his songs and his voice. I first encountered Jason in the late 90s, when I interviewed him for Flagpole Magazine, in Athens, GA. I remember distinctly that Jason didn’t want to talk about the new record he was touring in support of, but that he wanted to talk about what he was going to do next. He told me about how he was making a soul record as the follow-up, and you could just tell that his creative juices were flowing. Of course, Songs:Ohia never quite made Superfly, but I loved that Jason was hearing a soul classic in his mind, when he was writing and recording a new LP. It was inspired.

What’s hardest about today, as this news became public, is not my relationship to Jason. It’s my relationship to so many of Jason’s friends who cared deeply about him. I’m thinking of their loss, the void in their hearts, and it is heart breaking. There are going to be many tributes to Jason in the coming days, but I suggest starting with this touching tribute from the only record label he ever called home, Secretly Canadian.

Our Thoughts on the PIAS Warehouse Fire

As many of you have read in the press or via social media, a large part of the independent music community took a serious hit very early Tuesday morning, when the Sony DADC / PIAS warehouse in the Enfield neighborhood of London burnt to the ground amidst continuing riots and unrest across England. A good summary of what occurred and which labels were affected can be read here: http://pitchfork.com/news/43478-labels-react-to-sonypias-warehouse-fire/

Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian, as well as our SC Distribution label brethren Asthmatic Kitty, Lovepump United, No Quarter, Suicide Squeeze Records, Post Present Medium and We Are Free, all lost significant amounts of stock in this fire. This being said, our primary thoughts and concern are with the Sony warehouse staff and PIAS sales staff whose lives were all massively disrupted by the tragic event, as well as our independent label peers who had a more significant portion of their worldwide stock committed to the Sony DADC / PIAS warehouse. We extend our support to them, and we are committed to doing all that we can to help them with the recovery.

With regards to how this affects us and our releases, Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian are in the fortunate position of having significant stock holdings dispersed around the world. We’re working very quickly now to shift some of that existing stock to make our records available in the UK and Ireland as soon as possible. Also, we have the utmost confidence that the emergency plan that PIAS and Sony are currently implementing will result in a new fulfillment system being up-and-running very quickly. Currently no release dates outside of the UK and Ireland will be delayed, and it is looking more and more like release dates within the UK and Ireland will be delayed by no more than a few weeks.

Although the lost sales and the amount of extra work will be significant, Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian are healthy enough to be able to weather this unfortunate storm. So it is that our more primary concern, again, is with those outside of our camp – the peer labels that we madly respect who have more of their stock more centrally committed to the Sony DADC / PIAS system – as well as the overall health of the independent music sector in the UK, especially at a time when over the past few years, physical retail and music sales in general had already been taking such a significant hit. Above all, we hope that the violence and vandalism in the UK gives way to peaceful demonstration and a thoughtful dialogue. Particularly to our friends in London, we wish you safety and a return to normalcy soon.

Party with Dead Oceans at SXSW 2011

sxsw2011graphicIf you’re venturing to SXSW next week or you’re lucky enough to live in Austin, TX all year long, mark your calendar for next Wednesday night when the Dead Oceans/ Secretly Canadian/ Jagjaguwar SXSW showcase invades Red 7! We’ll be hanging all night with Sun Airway, John Vanderslice, The Luyas and more, so be sure to drop by and say hello.

See the full list of our artists’ SXSW performances after the jump.

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Top 10 Overall Artists Who Inspired Me in Song Throughout 2010: A list by White Hinterland’s Casey Dienel

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In no specific order:
Erykah Badu for “Fall In Love With Me (Your Funeral)”
James Blake for “Limit To You Love”
Alecia Keys for “Unthinkable” and Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart” and the whole record, really
Katy Perry for “Teenage Dream”
Same Buck Rosen for “Savers” and “Freedom From Domination”
Nicki Minaj for her scene-stealing verses on Usher’s “Lil Freak” and Kanye’s “Monster”
Toro Y Moi for “Blessa” and “Fax Shadow”
Big Boi for “Tambourine”
Janelle Monae for “Tightrope”
The-Dream for “Make Up Bag”

In no specific order:

Erykah Badu for “Fall In Love With Me (Your Funeral)”
James Blake for “Limit To Your Love”
Alicia Keys for “Unthinkable” and “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart,” and that whole record, really
Katy Perry for “Teenage Dream”
Sam Buck Rosen for “Savers” and “Freedom From Domination”
Nicki Minaj for her scene-stealing verses on Usher’s “Lil Freak” and Kanye’s “Monster”
Toro Y Moi for “Blessa” and “Fax Shadow”
Big Boi for “Tambourine”
Janelle Monae for “Tightrope”
The-Dream for “Make Up Bag”

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