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NW Noise: The Record Labels


Barsuk Records

Co-founder Josh Rosenfeld said the signing he is in many ways most proud of is Nada Surf. They were seen in the business as—to put it bluntly—a one-hit wonder.

Acts on the label: David Bazan, Death Cab for Cutie, Harvey Danger, Kurt Cobain (About A Son), The Long Winters, Mates of State, Menomena, Travis Morrison, Nada Surf, Jim Noir, Rilo Kiley, Smoosh, Starlight Mints, Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter, They Might Be Giants, John Vanderslice, Viva Voce, Rocky Votolato, Chris Walla, What Made Milwaukee Famous

Kill Rock Stars

Vice President Maggie Vail said KRS was in talks with Elliott Smith about him returning to the label before his death in 2003.

Acts on the label: barr, Decemberists, Deerhoof, Erase Errata, Gossip, Jeff Hanson, Horse Feathers, Colin Meloy, Mika Miko, New Bloods, Numbers, The Old Haunts, Panther, The Paper Chase, Shy Child, Elliott Smith, Marnie Stern, Thao, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, The Mary Timony Band, Xiu Xiu

Light in the Attic Records

Co-founder Josh Wright said that a young woman was reunited with her estranged father after hearing one of his re-released records.

Acts on the label: The Black Angels, The Blakes, Karen Dalton, Betty Davis, Earth, Roots & Water, Noel Ellis, The Free Design, Jamaica to Toronto, The Last Poets, Wayne McGhie and The Sounds Of Joy, Jackie Mittoo, Os Mutantes, The Saturday Knights, Nicole Willis and The Soul Investigators

1332 Records

Owners Byl Kravetz and Levi Poppke have organized regular games of Sunday afternoon Punk Rock Kickball.

Acts on the label: Postmortem Twitch, Heibarger, A Thousand Effigies, Casket Chronicle, Flesheaters Compilation CD, Wilson St. Pub & Sluthouse Band, Twice the Evil Compilation CD, 1st Degree Murder Compilation, Enzugiri