I want to take a minute and call out a couple labels that I don’t think are getting the attention that they deserve. One is from here in the states and the other is over in Japan.
First off is John Wilkes Booth Records. They’ve done a fantastic job of picking up the slack left by the demise of Traffic Street Records. They’ve put out some great stuff by great bands including Billy Raygun, What Happened, Rational Anthem, Like Bats, Not Yet, Big Eyes, and Lipstick Homicide. And on top of that they’ve got a great distro (which includes Bloated Kat Records whom they work closely with, they also put out a lot of awesome shit like Mikey Erg, Rational Anthem and Dead North records).
The other label I wanted to give some recognition to today was SP Records. They’ve put out a ton of great stuff like The Cry!, Like Bats, Batfoot, Capitalist Kids, Young Governor, King Friday (King Friday is a must own), Porcelain Boys (another must), and Riccobellis. But I think they need special attention for their Short-Run CD series. A lot of people scoff at CD’s now a days but fuck those people. I own almost every one of the CD’s in this series and they’re all great. Munice Girls, Fashanu, Nona, Nerd Gets the Girl and Prabu Pramayougha to name a few.
If you have some extra cash (or even if you don’t) make sure you support these guys. (And you’re other small time labels putting out great music)
http://sprecords.bigcartel.com/ (non-Japanese Customer store)