Labels affected by Sony fire see growing support from online community

Labels affected by Sony fire see growing support from online community

Yesterday, we reported that a Sony/PIAS distribution warehouse was burned to the ground in a North London riot, resulting in catastrophic losses for nearly 200 independent labels. The Chicago Reader reports that Thrill Jockey “estimates wholesale losses of £189,000 (more than $300,000), with anywhere from ten to a hundred copies of each of the label’s 280 back-catalog titles destroyed” — and that’s just for a Chicago label. Labels based in the UK like Ninja Tune and Beggars Group (which includes Matador, 4AD, Rough Trade, XL, etc.) used the warehouse exclusively and lost 100% of their stock.

Even if your feelings about the riots are mixed, this tangential destruction is a shame by anyone’s measure, and it would be wrong to ignore the plight of labels that support and represent countless artists that we cover here at TMT. So to help rebuild what was lost, a number of campaigns (and excellent suggestions) are bouncing around the internet with an aim to help these labels get back on their feet.

LabelLove is in the process of being set up as a support fund for PIAS-distributed labels, with further plans to organize a series of live benefit events. You can follow their progress on Twitter, or inquire about other ways to help by sending an email to

— The best way to help out a label you love is to buy something from them directly; PIAS lists all the labels they distribute, and Drowned in Sound founder Sean Adams has put together a spreadsheet of this list along with their attendant websites/stores and the artists they represent.

— Manchester-based indie online retailer Boomkat has set up a page listing every PIAS-distributed item for sale on their site (129 pages worth), encouraging people to buy digital albums to help the labels recoup necessary manufacturing expenses.

The Quietus has put together a list of 20 recommended albums to purchase digitally from some of the affected labels.

— Finally, if you want to help the city of London in general, riot cleanups are being organized in a number of areas.

[Photo: Suzanne Plunkett]

Dâm-Funk is never ever taking off those sunglasses; also, he is going on tour

Do you like sunglasses? Then you will like funk master Dâm-Funk. Simple as that. Do a quick Google image search for “Dâm-Funk.” I guarantee you will not find more than five sunglasses-less pictures of the guy. At least, not within the first 10 pages. Look, you have to go deep to behold Dâm-Funk’s eyes.

But you won’t have to go deep at all to see him live! Segue! While Dâm’s been at work on both the follow-up to 2009’s double-album Toeachizown and his collaborative record with Steve Arrington of Slave, both on Stones Throw, he’s found time for a lengthy fall tour. It’ll be a two-leg affair: first, a solo tour, then one with his group Master Blazter. Those solo dates include a handful of DJ sets, including one with Flying Lotus and Four Tet. No matter the show, no matter the lighting, you can reasonably expect sunglasses.

Dâm-Funk solo dates:

08.26.11 - Pasadena, CA - The Terrace
08.28.11 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar
08.29.11 - Culver City, CA - Funkmosphere at Carbon (DJ set)
08.30.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
08.31.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
09.01.11 - Arcata, CA - Humboldt State University at The Depot
09.04.11 - Seattle, WA - Exhibition Hall (DJ set, featuring sets by Flying Lotus and Four Tet)
09.05.11 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo
09.07.11 - Calgary, AB - HiFi Club
09.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Bar None
09.10.11 - Portland, OR - Marten’s Store (DJ set)
09.10.11 - Portland, OR - MusicfestNW

Dâm-Funk with Master Blazter dates:

10.01.1 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
10.02.11 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
10.04.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10.05.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
10.06.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.07.11 - St. Louis, MO - Lola
10.08.11 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College
10.10.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret
10.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
10.13.11 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
10.14.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.16.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Shadow Lounge
10.17.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10.19.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
10.20.11 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
10.25.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
10.28.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
10.29.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
10.30.11 - Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel
11.03.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

• Dâm-Funk:
• Stones Throw:

Radiohead remix album to be 19 tracks long, so open your mouth wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide

Right now, somewhere deep beneath the earth, Phil Selway is seated in a hooded chair stroking a black cat in chain-mail armor. “Excellent,” he hisses at the giant monitor on which he’s been conversing a pretty nervous but attentive Thom Yorke. “Everything is going according to plan. Soon, the transformation of Radiohead from ‘greatest, most mind-bending rock band on the face of the planet’ to ‘modest little IDM side-project’ will be complete!”

“Y… yes, your excellency,” Yorke peeps back in return. “I’ve just spoken with At Ease a moment ago, and the announcement about Radiohead releasing a 2-disc, 19-track remix album titled RADIOHEAD TKOL RMX on September 16 has just been posted, in accordance with your wishes. Th… they said that there was a bit of a snafu in Japan, though, and it’s going to pop up three weeks earlier out there.”

“What, three weeks!? Ah… um, I mean, no matter. Beautiful work, Thom. You shall be rewarded. Does the announcement make clear that this album is collecting the previously announced set of vinyl singles (two of which are already out and a few more of which are on the way) on the first CD, while including brand new remixes from Jamie xx, SBTRKT, Modeselektor, Objekt, Anstam, and Blawan on the second CD?”

“Yes, Mr. Selw—”

“That’s DOCTOR Selway, Thom!” Phil roars in return in perfect sync with a nearby thunderclap. “Otherwise known as The King of Limbs! And soon, when Radiohead is no more than a boring, outsourced remix project for recycling old tracks, its former legions will have NO CHOICE but to listen to my solo albums as their only source of original music from Radiohead’s members! Hahahahahahaha! Isn’t that right, my darling little Cat A?” He strokes the cat affectionately and mumbles something to her in Portuguese.

“B… but Mr. King of Limbs, sir, I… I mean- DOCTOR Selway,” Yorke interrupts, now visibly shaking. “What about all of Jonny Greenwood’s solo music?” Cat A leaps off of Selway’s lap and he rises out of his chair before the computer monitor and removes his chain-mail armor, revealing for the first time a grotesque and clearly homemade set of bionic limbs.

“Oh,” Selway sighs. “I’ll deal with Greenwood.”


Disc 1:
01. Caribou, “Little By Little Rmx”
02. Jacques Greene, “Lotus Flower Rmx”
03. Nathan Fake, “Morning Mr Magpie Rmx”
04. Harmonic 313, “Bloom Rmx”
05. Mark Pritchard, “Bloom Rmx”
06. Lone, “Feral Rmx”
07. Pearson Sound, “Morning Mr Magpie Scavenger Rmx”
08. Four Tet, “Separator Rmx”

Disc 2:
01. Thriller, “Give Up the Ghost Houseghost Rmx”
02. Illum Sphere, “Codex Rmx”
03. Shed, “Little By Little Rmx”
04. Brokenchord, “Give Up the Ghost Rmx”
05. Altrice, “TKOL Rmx”
06. Blawan, “Bloom Rmx”
07. Modeselektor, “Good Evening Mrs Magpie Rmx”
08. Objekt, “Bloom Rmx”
09. Jamie xx, “Bloom Rework”
10. Anstam, “Separator Rmx”
11. SBTRKT, “Lotus Flower Rmx”

• Radiohead:
The King of Limbs Store:

Distribution center for 150+ indie record labels destroyed in London riots

Around 4 AM GMT this morning in Enfield, a three-story building owned by Sony/PIAS that housed music and DVD stock for over 150 independent labels was destroyed in a fire during the ongoing riots. PIAS is the largest distribution company in the UK, and the North London warehouse was the main hub for physical distribution throughout the UK and Ireland. The exact figures on what was lost in the fire are as-yet unknown, but reports coming in throughout the day have been making it sound like very little would be recovered.

Some of the affected labels include Domino, Beggars Group, Big Dada, Def Jux, Drag City, FatCat, Kompakt, Ninja Tune, One Little Indian, Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans, Soul Jazz, Thrill Jockey, Vagrant, and Warp, but really it’s the smaller labels that are hurting the most from this, as they simply can’t afford to lose so much physical product and have their release schedules destroyed in the process.

With that said, it seems important to repeat a sentiment expressed by Radio 1 DJ (and indie record label owner) Rob da Bank when asked for a response by The Guardian:

I’m furious that people are doing this, and I’m devastated for Pias and all the labels that have lost stock. But at the moment I’m more concerned with stopping this stupid behaviour from happening — at the end of the day it’s just physical product that’s gone, not lives or houses, so I’m trying not to get too hung up on it.

Seminal 90s electronica group returns: Plaid edition

Add British duo Plaid to the list of seminal 90s-era electronic artists who are getting back into the game after ridiculously long hiatuses. Although Mssrs. Andy Turner and Ed Handley’s eight-year break clocks in on the shorter end of that spectrum, the return of the Warp Records recording artists is being met with no less fanfare, because it’s not every day you get a new album from these two. Nor do you get a tour every day from the jolly lads — although you’ll get at least 14 such days if you’re living in North America this fall.

The duo’s latest, Scintilli, drops September 27 via their old pals Warp. But lest you think Plaid were buried deep in their electronica cave, hibernating the past near-decade away, take note. Because Handley and Turner have been very, very busy. They’ve collaborated with Björk, Mara Carylyle, and Nicolette. They’ve done remixes aplenty. They’ve created scores for a couple Michael Arias films. They’ve put together a music + art DVD with video artist Bob Jaroc entitled Greedy Baby, which came out in 2006. So you see, it’s not like we’ve all been living in a deplorably dystopian, Plaid-less world these past few years, but after eight years with no full-length? You don’t write, Plaid, you don’t call? Eight years? EIGHT YEARS? Well… ahh hell, come give us a hug. It’s good to see you, old chums.


11.09.11 - Montreal, QC - Societe Des Artes Technologiques
11.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
11.11.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
11.12.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.15.11 - Houston, TX - Stereo Live
11.16.11 - Austin, TX - ND at 501 Studios
11.18.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.19.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
11.21.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11.22.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
11.23.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine

• Plaid:
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RIP: Marshall Grant, bassist and manager for Johnny Cash

From The New York Times:

Marshall Grant, a bass player who, as an original member of Johnny Cash’s band, the Tennessee Two, helped create the group’s pulsing “boom-chicka-boom” sound, died on Sunday in Jonesboro, Ark. He was 83.

His death was confirmed by the Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis. Mr. Grant, who lived in Hernando, Miss., was in Jonesboro for the Johnny Cash Festival, an event to raise money to restore Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark.

Mr. Grant, who played acoustic and electric bass with Cash from 1954 to 1980 and was the road manager for the group, provided the thumping foundation on “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “The Man in Black” and many other songs and on the live albums that Cash recorded at Folsom prison and San Quentin.

• Marshall Grant: