In classic blogging tradition I’d like to quote a fellow Japonophile, owner of the An’archives label and who also blogs here and sells many fine and exceptionally rare records from Japan, all listed with summaries that could only come from a man who truly knows his stuff. I post this, not just for it’s kind words about New Vague, but also for his comments on independent record labels in general. As he says, these types or labels are born out of passion for music and not out of any pecuniary goals. His comments about the support needed for labels such as New Vague and An’archives are dead on. And to reiterate what he said towards the end of his post, indirect support is fine and necessary, but direct support from customers is vital. Anyway, with that said here are his comments in full.
We’re very happy to anounce you some forthcoming albums from New Vague records , a new friendly label coming from US.
– Le son de l’os , a band born from Onna Kodomo ashes with Yuko Hasegawa, Shizuo Uchida & Mashiro Deguchi, a recent band who signed a first album on P.S.F. 2 years ago. If you are in Nijiumu, in nighty improvisations, don’t miss this one, I think it’s a nice release that will come in a nice silkscreened cover done by a cherished printer.
– Majutsu No Niwa LP, born from Overhang Party and leaded by Rinji Fukuoka, this reissue comes with a different tracklist and a “bonus” track. Majutsu No Niwa is a well known band in Tokyo which plays rock with a MC5 / Stooges energy on stage.
As you already probably know it, most of the small labels are motivated by passion and once again they need your support and that’s always nice when you could order their music directly from them when it’s possible, it would considerably helps the label with future projects, in a same time you’d probably save some money.
We all know a tricky situation, so maybe it’s time to be active, to think how and where to spare money. We know a standardised “hub” with many distributors and a lot of them takes profits from small labels or treat small organisations like slaves. Yes they can write some good reviews, could recommend your releases but they’d ask you an indecent delay with payments. Some others absolutely don’t care with quality, they just want your stuff for peanuts. I’m sorry but quality has a price, if you don’t mind about it, you can upload the stuff elsewhere I guess or just find another type of stuff, there’s a lot a releases on the market every year.
I’ll carry some New Vague records for lazy people (please get in touch with me for that) later but once again ordering from the label would be very appreciated :