This Saturday (Oct. 8), heads of 20 or so independent music labels will gather at the Brooklyn Flea's Smorgasburg on the Williamsburg waterfront in New York City. Among them will be Jonathan Galkin from DFA, Laurence Bell from Domino and Nick Catchdubs from Fool's Gold. No, it's not a conference or panel discussion on sync licensing, but rather the Independent Label Market (ILM), where some of the world's most renowned indie labels and their chief executives will re-connect with the public -- and, in some ways, get back to their roots.
"When someone starts a record label, it's usually one person raving about bands to people they know," says Joe Daniel, co-founder of Angular Records and the mastermind behind ILM. "Eventually they'll have to have someone else sell their music to someone else. We're just removing the middle guys in that relationship and bringing the record label boss back together with the record label consumer."
The inaugural Independent Label Market (ILM) was held last May, at London's Berwick Market. Twenty label heads sold their music and merchandise directly to fans - and, by most accounts, it was a success. Strong sales, Daniel says, were facilitated by some of his personal heroes, including indie label pioneers Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records and Daniel Miller of Mute. Pulp's Jarvis Cocker performed an impromptu DJ set on a portable record player, and label heads hawked some unusually inventive merchandise - for instance, slices of cake with an MP3 download code.
Though Daniel says his one retail experience was working out of an all-night fast food van in Cambridge selling "burgers and chips," he admits that the greasy experience did little to inspire the ILM. "I did merch for These New Puritans, a band on my label, in Berlin last December," he explains, "because there wasn't anyone else to do it. It was fun and easy being a salesman for stuff I knew so well. I was like, 'I'll tell you an interesting story about that artwork…,' which most people working at a shop would never know. I'm very familiar with all the items - records, CDs, artwork, b-sides."
Other label owners slated to participate represent XL, 4AD, Mexican Summer, True Panther, Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans and Throne of Blood. Among their exclusive merch: a new single by Portishead (mentioned on Jimmy Fallon's show), a Radiohead track remixed by Jaime XX, the last-ever limited edition The Luyas / Twin Sister split 7'' on Dead Oceans, and a limited edition "Bootleg LP" of Real Estate performing their new album 'Days' in sequence, live at the Domino booth (full-list below).
The fest will also feature live DJ sets by Eamon Harken and Justin Carter (of Mr. Saturday Night fame), a performance the Neurotic Drum Band, a special DFA set, a live MPC set by Party Supplies on Fool's Gold. Use and new record stalls courtesey of such NYC bastions of vinyl as Other Music, Halcyon and Sound Fix. Adding to the event's allure is that the ILM is being hosted within Brooklyn's Flea Smorgasburg, a foodie's paradise with between 60-70 vendors hawking delectable comestibles including fried anchovies, fresh oysters and lobster rolls.
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List of Merch:
- Last ever copies of Ruth 'Polaroïd/Roman/Photo' 12" - Signed by the band
- Exclusive 4AD sessions LP Throwing Muses CD Anthology
- The National's 'Boxer' + 'Alligator' on Colored Vinyl
- Last-ever copies of limited edition The Luyas / Twin Sister split 7''
- Pre-release copies of Gauntlet Hair 'Gauntlet Hair'
- DFA Mugs
- DFA iPhone Cases
- Temporary Tattoos
- First issue of DFA White Out Magazine
- 20% discount on current releases
Old hand stamped copies of white labels from Hercules & Love Affair, Shit Robot + LCD Soundsystem
- Limited edition 'Bootleg LP' of Real Estate performing their new album 'Days' in sequence live from this summer
- Special repress of Congorock 'Babylon' 12'' w/remixes from Proxy and Riton Special repress of Treasure Fingers 'Keep Up' 12'' w/ remixes from Kenny Dope and Jackson
- Special repress of Kicks Like A Mule 'Funky 4' 12'' w/ remixes from Hot City and The Martin Brothers
- Limited edition copies of The Besnard Lakes 'You Live In The City' 12'' EP
- Pre-release copies of Supreme Dicks 'Breahting and Not Breathing' 4xCD, 'The Unexamined Life' 2xLP and 'The Emotional Plague' 2xLP
- 2 Limited edition minimal wave tote bags
- First copies of new minimal wave releases
- Special minimal wave cupcakes
Super limited copies of out-of-print Sacred Bones releases, including:
- Zola Jesus - 'Conatus' deluxe edition LP
- UV pop - 'Just a Game' 7"
- Trust - 'Bulbform' 12" Amen Dunes - 'Through Donkey Jaw' LP
- Case Studies - 'The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night' LP
- Woods - 'Find Them Empty' 7"
- Human Eye - 'They Came From the Sky' LP
- The Men - 'Leave Home' LP
- Christmas Island/Meth Teeth 2x7"
- The Fresh and Onlys - 'Secret Walls' 12" EP
- Religious Knives - 'Smokescreen' LP
- Naked on the Vague - 'Twelve Dark Noons' 12" EP
- Moon Duo - 'Mazes' LP
- Slug Guts - 'Howlin Gang' LP
- Nice Face - 'Immer Etwas' LP
- The Pink Noise - 'Birdland' LP
- Factums - 'Flowers' LP
- Naked on the Vague - 'Chitty Chat' 7"
- Nice Face - 'Mnemonic Device' 7"
- Zola Jesus - 'New Amsterdam' CD
- Max Elliott - 'The Nature o' Nature' 7"
- The Pink Noise - 'Gold Light' 7"
- Children's Hospital - 'Alone Together' LP
- Dead Luke - 'Box Set'
- Factums - 'The Sistrum' LP
- Limited edition Jens Lekman 'An Argument With Myself' picture disc
- Custom Gardens & Villa bamboo flutes, laser-etched with the Gardens & Villa name, the flutes also come with a download code for an exclusive non-album track.
- Pre-release copies of Richard Swift 'Walt Wolfman' 12'' EP
THRONE OF BLOOD
- Rare copies of the FIRST THRONE OF BLOOD RELEASE
- Limited edition Throne of Blood + Let's Play House T-shirts
- Exclusive T-shirt + Tote Bag
- Records (TBA)
- Pre-release copies of Xeno & Oaklander album 'Sets & Lights'
- Mixtapes from Romy xx, Jamie xx, John Talbot and Bullion
- Exclusive Sampha vinyl
- Limited edition posters and signed merch