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Dat News: August 2014

Here’s some news of the world.

The Music Collaborative
is an extended group of friends centered around one woman (who also runs Sushi and Queso Designs). The idea is simple: e-mail all her friends and family each week for what they are listening to, then make a playlist out of it and put it on Spotify. You can access the playlists from Facebook or Spotify itself. The list is extremely diverse, with showtunes, rap, indie-rock, top 40, and classic rock all getting rep. Fun times! If you want to contribute to the mix, you can post on the Facebook wall. If you want to know what I’m listening to each week outside of stuff I cover, here’s a good way to find out. (Not a big secret, though: It’s mostly Mountain Goats songs.)

The Lightning Magazine proposes to be a quarterly counterculture magazine (printed on real paper, because who does that anymore?) that has a 20-album series associated with it. That’s a ton of music. Most notably for IC readers, old-school IC faves Pontiak are in on the thing. Here are some other people involved, listed as they styled the names:
SHINJI MASUKO (DMBQ/BOREDOMS) / CY DUNE / WOODEN WAND / PEOPLE OF THE NORTH / SAM AMIDON / CHRIS FORSYTH / WILLIAM TYLER / GREG SAUNIER (DEERHOOF) / AMERICAN CULTURE (and a bunch more). Finally, here’s a short video and description of it in their own words.

IC faves Soundsupply have teamed up with IC faves Deep Elm (as well as The Militia Group) to put out a drop that includes unsung emo heroes Brandtson’s full discography. Seriously, Brandtson and The Appleseed Cast pretty much were Deep Elm to me for a long time. You owe it to your emo-revival-loving self to check out Brandtson if you haven’t. 10 albums! 15 bucks! Totally!

Finally, I have been tapped to join the board of directors for North Carolina non-profit record label Croquet Records. This is really exciting to me, because who doesn’t want to be on a board of directors? Just kidding. I’m really pleased that I’ll be able to work with North Carolina-based singer/songwriters through this record label. (And I’ll make sure to publish any conflict of interest statements that are necessary.) The label will spring into action in 2015, so get ready for that.

The Militia Group: A Bi-Polar Label of Fun

The Militia Group: A Bi-Polar Label of Fun

A Refreshing Glass of Music for a Summer Afternoon is the latest compilation album that your bi-polar friends at The Militia Group have released. The label, made famous in the indie community by RUFIO’s Perhaps, I Suppose… puts out the oddest collection of music. Their releases range from up-tempo “I wear my pants 3 sizes to small and sing like I was castrated at age 8” emo/pop-punk acts such as The Rocket Summer to acoustic indie rock such as Denison Witmer to excellent heavy ambient rock like The Beautiful Mistake. This compilation album reflects the bi-polar attitude of the label perfectly.

The Militia Group is just one of those labels that, although you may feel that you should beat up half the guys on the label, you love just because. They really give the listener a chance to hear quality music of many different genres- and that is really something that has to be admired, even if the comps are more bi-polar than middle school classroom.

Check out The Militia Group next time you need music and don’t know what to get. For those who like the heavier, darker material, check out The Beautiful Mistake, The Jealous Sound and Umbrellas. If you are into boys who are missing “the boys” check out The Rocket Summer, Lovedrug, Cartel, and Brandtson. And if you are into the mellow indie stuff check out Denison Witmer and Reeve Oliver. Check this label out if you haven’t before, they are one of the best indie labels out there.

-Scott Landis