Help Out London Labels

The London riots have been devastating to watch. My heart goes out to the people who’ve seen their lives permanently and horribly altered by this needless violence. I’ve been RT’ing notes about clean-up efforts whenever I’ve seen them, so if you’re on Twitter, please do the same. It’s a tiny thing, but it’s hard to feel like you can help when you’re thousands of miles away. If you’re like me and looking for other ways to get involved, here’s a simple one: buy music.

A Sony distribution warehouse in North London was destroyed by fire, and the stock loss is affecting numerous independent labels. The Quietus has put together some recommendations for great purchases, and also gives a full list of the labels affected by the fire. Here’s just a small handful: Pias, Rough Trade, 4AD, XL, Domino, Willkommen Records, Sub Pop, Secretly Canadian, Drowned In Sound, Kitsune, Dead Oceans, Asthmatic Kitty, Polyvinyl, Thrill Jockey, Drag City, Jagjaguwar, Gang of Four, Boomkat.

It’s disheartening. Head over to The Quietus for their recs, and for sure head to your local record store if you can.

Update: For Folk’s Sake has put out their list of recommendations as well, and PIAS founder Kenny Gates released the following statement on the events:

“Following the dramatic news of yesterday and our note about how [PIAS] is carrying on its business, I feel I need to clarify and add on a few matters.

The news broke through Twitter that the ‘[PIAS] warehouse had burnt out’. It is extremely important for everyone to understand that [PIAS] has no warehouse as such in the UK and that [PIAS] sub-contracts its physical distribution with SONY DADC in Enfield and it is their warehouse which unfortunately went down in flames.

Many people called me to ask whether any of our staff had suffered from the blaze and if we were ok. We are. Thank You.

As you have noticed in our last note , Sony DADC have been remarkably quick and efficient to put together a contingency plan that should allow us to ship to stores sometime next week. We are impressed by their efficiency and that is good news.

These times are difficult for us, our artists, our labels and the whole indie sector which we vastly represent but we are determined to come out of this setback in the best way possible.

The PIAS team has been working around the clock to limit the damage . We know that the livelihood of many talented, passionate and hard working music people, artists and small and bigger labels is at stake and depend on our actions and those of Sony DADC.

We have been getting a lot of words of support and offers of help and that truly helps.
Thank you to everybody who cares and supports [PIAS] and the indie sector.”


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