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April 5, 2010

Bmore Musically Informed starts a vinyl music label

future islandsCDs were the new vinyl. Then, mp3s were the new CDs. These days, vinyl is the new mp3.

Local music blog Bmore Musically Informed has teamed up with Sound Garden manager Jimmy MacMillan to found a new music label, and plans to release vinyl albums and singles from Baltimore groups in the near future.

Called Friends Records, the label has lined up releases by Weekends, Sri Aurobindo, Future Islands (pictured)/Lonnie Walker and Height With Friends.

If all goes as planned, three of those will be out this spring, with the Future Islands/Lonnie Walker split 7" set for August ...

"We're really involved in the scene here," said Brett Yale, who runs the blog. " We saw saw a bunch of good releases coming up this year and thought it would be a good time to take a stab at it."

Aside from the Future Islands one, all the rest of Friends Records' forthcoming releases will be 12 inches. They'll cost $12.99 plus shipping, and include a free digital download of the album.

The name for the label comes from the Lungfish song "Friend to Friend in Endtime," Yale said. 

"We wanted to imbue the whole communal sense of Baltimore," he said. "It seems to fit."

(Photo of Future Islands by EyeBodega)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:32 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Local music


Including download codes in vinyl records is the best thing the record industry has done in about 40 years.

Wow! More wonderful Bmore music news. Hey kids, save your "moving to Brooklyn money" + spend it here....better yet, start your own entrepreneurial venture. God knows the city needs the tax revenue.

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