Thursday, July 4, 2013
Slash Records - 7/4/13
Since it's a holiday week over here, I figured I would post this episode a little early. And since this episode was dedicated to Slash Records, it feels prudent that I should post it on the 4th of July as no other post punk indie label represented the sound of America quite like Slash. What started as a fanzine covering the LA punk scene quickly turned into a trailblazing label whose artists would provide the pivotal link between punk and the American alternative sound of the 1980s.
I've said this before in podcasts and I will say it again in print - the beautiful thing about indies like Slash and the others I've featured recently on this show is that they truly change the world in a way that majors can't. Not that major labels aren't extremely important too, it's just that for them, artists, scenes, and styles come and go. They're never completely attached to one thing and generally want a diversified roster, representing different genres. That's not necessarily bad either, it's essential to their survival, it's just that in terms of the music, major labels don't stand for anything. It's the smaller, indie labels that really help establish new, outside music movements, bringing them up from the underground.
It's been a lot of fun for me to cover some of them these last few weeks and hopefully, they're fun to listen to. Or at the very least, just fun to download. To do just that, follow the link below and hit the corresponding download button: