Famed Minneapolis imprint Twin/Tone Records — re-launched to release the first new Suicide Commandos album in 39 years — has begun uploading archival live video from bands like The Replacements, as well as old music videos by the label’s acts, to its YouTube channel.
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In a move that once might have seemed unthinkable, New Order — a flagship act of the iconic Factory Records imprint — has signed to the equally legendary Mute label, long home to contemporaries Depeche Mode and Erasure, as the group continues to work on its new album.
The recently resurrected Wax Trax! Records imprint next month will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Front 242’s first U.S. show by releasing a new 7-inch single featuring a pair of tracks recorded live by the EBM pioneers at concerts in Chicago in both 1984 and 2011.
Not only is Wax Trax! Records being reborn as a label, but the famed Chicago record store will return next month, too — for one day only. Julia Nash is planning a one-day Wax Trax! pop-up shop inside Windy City music venue Metro on June 15 to mark the label’s first release.
The legendary Wax Trax! Records imprint will be reborn this summer under the direction of Julia Nash — daughter of label co-founder Jim Nash — and will mark its resurrection with the release of a 12-inch single from Cocksure, the new project featuring label mainstay Chris Connelly and Acumen Nation’s Jason Novak.
After several years of bemoaning that no label would have him, Morrissey has signed a “worldwide recording agreement” with Harvest Records, which announced the former Smiths frontman will release a yet-to-be-recorded new album in the second of 2014 and plans to resume tour this year.
Sarah Records — which released music from bands such as The Field Mice, Another Sunny Day and Boyracer between 1987 and 1995 — is the subject of a new feature-length documentary that aims to show how “you can run a successful business without surrendering personal ethics.”
Trevor Horn’s groundbreaking electro-pop label ZTT Records is commemorating a major milestone this fall with The Organization of Pop: Music From The First Thirty Years of ZTT Records, a new 2CD, 28-track compilation that collects tracks from Propaganda, Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 808 State and more.
The venerable Sub Pop Records is kicking things off by teaming up with Seattle’s KEXP to broadcast all afternoon from the Space Needle — atop which Mudhoney, J Mascis and more will perform throughout the afternoon. Check out full live video of today’s festivities here, via KEXP radio.
Rhino Records will follow up its 2010 Record Store Day limited-edition Factory Records sampler with a second 10-inch label sampler for this year’s event: a 4-track EP that will feature one song each from Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and The Durutti Column, according to Wax Poetic.
In the wake of the 2011 Sony warehouse fire in London, a group of U.K. record labels has launched Beat Delete, a Kickstarter-like website designed “for the rescue of potentially lost releases” by allowing labels to gauge fan demand for reissues before actually re-pressing niche vinyl titles.
Fans still waiting for the long-promised DVD of 2011’s Wax Trax! Records Retrospectacle: 33⅓ Year Anniversary concert got good and bad news this week: While the concert film still isn’t finished, a new documentary is in the works that promises to chronicle the “rise and fall of Wax Trax! Records.”
Depeche Mode today announced that Columbia Records will release its upcoming 13th studio album in March, signalling an end to the synthpop act’s relationship with EMI Music, which picked up the group when it purchased Mute Records in 2002. Neither an exact release date nor the album’s title have been revealed.
The ongoing rioting in London struck a potentially devastating blow to the U.K.’s independent record labels last night when a 200,000-square-foot Sony DADC warehouse went up in flames, destroying countless records and CDs distributed by the PIAS Group on behalf of scores of indie labels including such famed imprints as Beggars Banquet, 4AD, Mute and Rough Trade.