If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr you may have heard (via
big announcements) that I’ve decided to fire up my own record label. If not, the logo over to the right might have given it away. I chose not to properly scatter the confetti until I had the first physical release in my hands. Last Friday, 251 precious slabs of wax arrived at my work with the unmistakable Pirates Press logo stamped on each box…so here I am.
There’s no greater feeling than being able to support and promote artists/musicians who I’ve either enjoyed for many years or have just made acquaintances with through various outlets. Maintaining BTID.com has been a treat in of itself but, nowadays, words only seem to go so far in a music blogging world over-saturated with voices/opinions/plagiarism. I wanted to use a different outlet to get myself involved with musicians and promoting artists I love via the record label is definitely the next logical step for me as an enthusiast. I expect to ride this feeling out as far as you, the listener, allows.
The first release is the latest full-length from Scranton, PA’s Kid Icarus, whom I’ve been following for many years as they’ve progressed from Eric Schlittler’s outlet for lo-fi experimental musings on up to their current-day 4-member lineup. American Ghosts is being released on a limited run of 250 LP’s on white vinyl with reverse-board jacket – $15 in the US and $20 world postage-paid. Today is the official release date for the LP so orders will ship immediately. Head over to the web store to grab a copy. For those who prefer digital downloads to vinyl, you can purchase the album from their Bandcamp page and iTunes (coming soon).
I’d like to thank everyone who, not only strung together the necessary ingredients for this release, but for all parties involved with nurturing my habits and obsessions since early childhood on up to my ‘grey years’. This includes friends, family, readers of BTID, my Soulseek posse, countless numbers of bloggers who’ve inspired me to keep giving everything I have back to the music community.
It definitely doesn’t end here – in the coming months you can expect new releases from Shy Mirrors (LP), The Gifted Children (7″), Deirdre & Conor/Kitchen Table, Illinois (digital) and Graham Repulski (7″).