Greenpoint may just seem crammed with record stores, not surprising given the local population, but their presence is further justified by the plethora of record labels that call Greenpoint home as well. Mexican Summer, Sacred Bones, Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Terrible, Minimal Wave, Software, and Ghostly International all operate out of Greenpoint in some way or another, so it’s time for you to take a little tour of the music-rich neighborhood. Mike Silver of Captured Tracks spoke of the area’s aural landscape, via Bedford and Bowery:
“We all have our differences of opinion about what record labels should be like, but there’s a good sense of community,” Silver said. “It’s pretty non-competitive. Matador and Sub Pop — they needed each other back in the day. It’s just a continuation of that kind of stuff.”
–Artists include: Autre Ne Veut, Best Coast, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fresh & Onlys, No Joy, Tamaryn
–Like their friends at Captured Tracks, Mexican Summer was launched in 2008. The label was created as a limited-edition, vinyl-only imprint of Kemado Records, but has since greatly expanded: they release dozens of titles every year, in multiple formats. In October of 2009, Kemado and Mexican Summer partnered with a few other record labels (including Captured Tracks) to open Co-Op 87, a record store at 87 Guernsey St.
–Artists include: Solange, Twin Shadow, CANT, Kindness
–Terrible was founded in 2009 by Chris Taylor, of the band Grizzly Bear, and Ethan Silverman. From the start, the label has been focused on 7″ singles and EPs, releasing one-offs by Chairlift, Dev Hynes and others, in addition to its stable roster of bands. They were responsible for what was likely the most talked-about EP of 2012, Solange’s True.
–Artists include: Matthew Dear, Gold Panda, School of Seven Bells, Tadd Mullinix, Tycho
–Ghostly International boasts an incredibly diverse array of artists, from ambient downtempo musician Tycho to dense shoegazers School of Seven Bells. The label was founded in Ann Arbor in 1999 by Sam Valenti IV, who’d already made a name for himself in that town’s underground hip-hop scene under the name DJ SpaceGhost.