I’m no fucking pantheist, but it seems that the energies of all the dying record labels have reformed themselves into a reincarnated Freedom From. Yes, thanks goes out to all of you for not buying music so that the ghosts of these deceased businesses could spiritually charge up the formerly on-hiatus experimental LP and cassette label Freedom From.
The Minneapolis label began in 1996 under the leadership of founder Matthew St-Germain and released some of the first releases of many great artists, such as Hair Police, Noxagt, Reynols, Sightings, and Cock E.S.P., as well as the infamous Thurston Moore/Beck/Tom Surgal cassette. The label also held a scorching multi-day fest in 2003 with De Stijl, bringing together vets like Tony Conrad, Borbetomagus, and Arthur Doyle with fresh-faced noise makers like Aaron Dilloway, Chris Corsano, Burning Star Core, and nmperign, and serving as a template for the first No Fun Fest the following year.
Freedom From went on somewhat of a hiatus after 2006, with only an occasional cassette or CD here and there, but 2012 will see the full return of the label in a revamped format, releasing only cassettes, lathes, and vinyl in limited numbers. The label has set up a Soundcloud page and a Bandcamp site, which already features music for sale. Look for plenty of releases coming soon by LaDonna Smith, Forced into Femininity, and Rusted Shut, as well as planned releases by Mark Morgan (Sightings), Aaron Dilloway, Chris Corsano, Weasel Walter, Bhob Rainey (nmperign), and Oneida.