Yay for independent record labels. Especially ones in London. Organ Grinder Records are one such label. They have a rather tasty website with some beautiful artwork, more than worth taking a peek.
Chris, who runs the label, also runs the rather nifty Black Cab Sessions. Pretty much everyone I know who loves music adores Black Cab Sessions, including me. Just look at their website, it’s like they invaded my ipod and stole some artists and put them in cabs- St Vincent, Ane Brun, Emmy the Great, Daniel Johnston, Fleet Foxes, Beach House… to name a few. Anyway, Black Cab Sessions were nominated for a Webby Award. Go here and register (it only takes 30 seconds), sign in and go on the film/video section, then music, and vote for them. The award is pretty prestigious and they’re up against Pitchfork.Tv. We want Black Cab Sessions to win, so vote vote vote! This time next year Bandstand Busking will be there, they are awesome and deserve it.
Anyway, I keep getting sidetracked, I like to support London independent labels so here is a little guide to their artist roster should you fancy investigating further:
Left With Pictures
I’m yet to see LWP live, but I’ve read some good things about them. They’re from London and they have some really tasty songs with beautiful instrumentation, banjos and violins, mmmm. Listen.
I’m not sure who those miners are. Lights have one of those stupidly ambiguous names (like Women or HEALTH) which makes them un-google-able. They sound pretty sweet though, and you can hear some songs on the Organ Grinder site.
Fast paced folk punk, I can imagine it would be fun live. Listen to Rhino on their Myspace. It has that bouncy feel, like a less pirate-y version of O’Death. Also, they have Emmy the Great in their top friends. Yay.
A 3 piece from Virginia, here’s what Wire has to say about them: ”Pontiak’s organic approach comes as a breath of fresh air. … An elongated power surge.” Listen.
This band sound pretty exciting! Do my ears detect musical saw!? Listen to Echo’s Swing. Beautiful. They’ve played with St Vincent and Sunset Rubdown, and will be at the Windmill with Bishop Allen. This equates to win.
The Monroe Transfer
A 7 piece London band, they make eerie atmospheric instrumental music which you can hear on their Myspace.
And there you have it. The Organ Grinder roster for your convenience and listening pleasure.