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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:

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


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”

Shawn Creeden of White Hinterland Drops a Quick & Easy Best of 2010



Tie for No. 2: High Places – High Places vs. Mankind // The Books – The Way Out

Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Lib B – Blue Flame; Red Flame; Evil Red Flame; Rain in England
Wold – Working Together For Our Privacy
U.S. Girls – Go Grey
Gucci Mane – Jewelry Selection
e-40 – Revenue Retrievin’ (Night Shift)
Peaking Lights – Space Primitive
Salem – King Night
Balam Acab – See Birds EP
Sleigh Bells –
Zola Jesus – Stridulum; Stridulum II

Best New Nonrequired Listening 2010

Eric Deines, Project Manager

Eric Deines, Project Manager

Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch — “Take It Easy on Kathy, At Least She Can Dance”

Hard to believe that Mexican Summer’s annual output has grown so dense as to already include lost gems like this. But alas, this stunner from Columbus, OH’s Andrew Graham dropped early this spring to absolutely no avail. For shame! Young Lou Reed (Graham) is drunk and feeling punchy. He’s leading Mo and the gang through a site reading of Vince Guaraldi, dropping a low-end riff that has just as much of a Stones swagger as it does some motorik fever. He ties little, colorful yarn knots that connect honky-tonk and beach music, Smog and Sesame Street. My loosey goosey romper of 2010. Fun Fact: Kathy is also the name of my lovely copdesk buddy and the glue of this label. And yes, she can dance.

Nite Jewel — “Tonight”

LA’s Ramona Gonzalez burst into summer with guns blazing, firing off this herky-jerky, faux-slick synth-R&B digital one-off. It’s a cover of Prophet, a crate digger lost ark of sorts, and Nite Jewel gets about 25 cool things going on here at any given moment. If everything sits just behind the beat, including the beat itself, then where the hell is the beat? And how do I look so great dancing to this? Lock-n-pop bass, Casio record-scratches, new age synths. If Beck’s way-underrated Midnite Vultures predicted the future of pop, this is the Delorean within which we will/have been travel/traveling (and hotboxing). Back To the Future 2: The Ride: The Song.

Gardens & Villa — “Orange Blossom”

Pop-guru Richard Swift produced some tunes for Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa earlier this year and posted “Orange Blossom” to his blog not too long ago. What a gift! I’ve been hooked since, playing it on end around the pad with the lady. And dudes, it’s melted the snow around our house’s foundation, a four-foot perimeter of Spring, all bursting green buds and fertile animalia. The band just put out a 7″ on Cool Summer Records, and “Orange Blossom” is the b-side to the also-excellente jammer “Black Hills.” Mega-warm, big-bliss pop-hookery.

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