Retail/Indie Briefs: INgrooves, eOne, Kemado, Rockwood, More

INgrooves International Expands Indie Footprint in the States
INgrooves International has expanded its stable of independent labels with the addition of several new european indies to its distribution network. Among the new crop is Full Time Hobby of the UK, which has partnered with the INgrooves Fontana international division for distribution in North America. Other labels joining INgrooves International -- which gained a major foothold in North America with the acquisition of Fontana distribution last year -- include Boys Noize of Berlin, dub step purveyors Circus Records and Small Town America of Ireland.
 
eOne Join’s Forces with Peter Gabriel’s Real World
Peter Gabriel’s label Real World Records has a new home: eOne Distribution. The Toronto-based international distribution giant has signed a deal to handle all 200+ physical and digital releases in Real World’s existing catalog, as well as all future releases from the label. First up under the new agreements are forthcoming albums from world music artists including Dub Colossus and Samuel Yirga.
 
Kemado, Cult and Kanine to Essential Music & Marketing
Essential Music & Marketing has inked a deal to distribute a slate of buzzing American indies in the UK and Europe. The growing independent distributor will now handle the releases of the Kemado Label Group (Kemado Records, Mexican Summer and Software), Cult Records (from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas) and Kanine Records, among others. Essential, which was founded in 2003, hopes the new signings will help it build on its successes of last year, when 14 of the distributor's releases landed on the UK Top 40.
 
Record Store Day Wins the Independent Spirit Award
Record Store Day will be honored with this year’s Independent Spirit Award, NARM has announced. The music business association selected the pro-brick-and-mortar organization as the recipient of the prestigious award for its successful efforts to “increase awareness and sales for important but often overlooked physical institutions.” Record Store Day was founded in 2007 and is most famous for its eponymous holiday, which has become synonymous with limited edition prints and other rare goodies for diehard music fans. Past Independent Spirit Award winners include Epitaph Records founder Brett Gurewitz and Tom Silverman of Tommy Boy Entertainment.
 
Rockwood Music Hall Launches In-House Label
Ken Rockwood, founder of popular downtown New York music venue Rockwood Music Hall, has expanded the Rockwood empire with a new independent label focusing on live music. Rockwood Music Hall Recordings is now offering a live album from Robbie Gil and the Band as well as new studio recordings from Dumpster Hunter and Mark Guiliana via its website. The albums are available digital-only download for $10 each.