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Phratry Week

July 16, 2011

I love record labels. I’m currently in the midst of starting one up, and I love writing about them. Hometapes, Deep Elm and Phratry are “household names” at IC. So it’s with great pleasure that I present to you Phratry Week.

Cincinatti’s Phratry Records (fray-tree reck-ords, or -erds, depending on where y’all live) is an old-school label. It has a roster, promotes tour dates, handles distribution, and sends me packages of releases. I do most of my work through online downloads — simply because it’s easier and costs artists/labels less — but Phratry still sends me the real releases. That’s awesome.

They also don’t follow trends. They release what they like, whether grinding noise or contemporary classical. This is why a week of Phratry releases isn’t going to be boring; instead, it will be more diverse than a usual week at IC, which is already a somewhat unusual mix. Phratry’s spring releases, which appeared on my desk only recently (mail/roommates/generic other junk) are worth a hear, so for the next 7 days you’ll hear more about this fascinating record label’s stuff.

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On July 17, 2011 Brad Bugos wrote...

Glad to see you are writing about Phratry Records and their wonderful music. We here at SLTM (the Podcast) and the now defunct SLTM (the Zine) have been a huge fan of Jerry and his record label. Good music, Hard work, tons of really good ideas on how to get the music out there and bands that are really working at getting their music out there. Thanks for the week of Phratry. Keep up the good work. - Brad Bugos Host of SLTM (The Podcast)

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