By Mariana Timony
Back in the early 90s, Slim Moon started a small indie record label out of his home in Olympia, Washington to put out records by local bands because nobody else was doing it. That label, Kill Rock Stars, remains to this day a model for upstart indies everywhere. One would think after 20 years, in the age of the Internet, creating a label in the mold of KRS would be easier than ever. After all, prospective owners can now contact artists, promote new releases, and send mp3s all over the world at the click of a button. But, for Volar Records’ Craig Oliver, it’s been a bumpy road to indie labeldom.
Like Kill Rock Stars, San Diego-based Volar was started in 2009 as a way for Craig to release a 7-inch by his own band. He took the name from a Spanish word which means both “to fly” and “to blow up”, and made the logo a scowling cartoon picture of his cat, Anton LaVey. He had some label experience having worked for Cargo Music, the small San Diego label most famous for putting out Blink-182’s first record. But Craig’s heart was always in the underground.
First Listen: White Fence, 'For The Recently Found Innocent' -
Performing as White Fence, Tim Presley steers toward the gentle pomp of late-’60s psychedelic pop, rock and folk. Along the way, he writes to the canon from which he performs and bends it to his will.
Friend-of-the-label Tim Presley has a great new White Fence LP up on NPR. Tim contributed cover art for The Audacity's “Ears and Eyes” 7”, Pope Anything's 'Witch Tits' 7”, and our Under the Covers tribute to The Nerves on which he also covered “Gimmie Some Time” after Jay Reatard was supposed to record it for us right before his untimely passing. All are available at our webstore.
Top Ten Indie Labels: Brian Jenkins (Black Jet Radio) -
This month we asked Riot House owner and Black Jet Radio guitarist Brian Jenkins for his top ten favorite independent record labels. Yeah, we get it, the “indie” title has grown to be a bit ambiguous but here it is:
10. Three One G – There’s a couple of San Diego labels that are going to pop…
Los Angeles-based power pop trio Susan have released a music video for their new song, and title track off their upcoming release, “Just Call It.” Their debut 7” EP will be released on August 26th through Volar Records. Watch the music video below.
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Gig #36 of 2014: The Do-Its, Feral Kizzy, Stalins of Sound -
Last night Friday, June 6th I went to the damn fine Ghoulhouse Records show that featured The Do-Its, Feral Kizzy, Stalins of Sound, and Fartbarf.
The Do-Its went up first and played to their amalgamation of garage/surf/r&b sound to a very receptive audience.They had the stage decorated in a…
Lost Sounds Oral History, Part One -
Lost Sounds formed in 1999. The Memphis-based group was comprised of Alicja Trout, Jay Reatard and Rich Crook. Over the course of their six-year run, Lost Sounds helped broaden the genre of garage rock through experimentation and a disregard for conventions.
Before the formation of Lost…