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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Moshi Moshi Records is coming to America

For the first time, Moshi Moshi Records will be releasing new albums stateside.

On March 30, we'll see the debut of Slow Club. Yeah, So is the full length debut from the UK indie pop band

Then a month later, The Wave Pictures, another indie UK band will drop the double album If You Leave It Alone and Instant Coffee Baby.

Moshi Moshi has been releasing American bands overseas for years, and this foray gives them another leg up in helping some good bands find our ears.

A little about Moshi Moshi: Moshi Moshi Records started off releasing 7" singles in 1998, and over the next five years slowly built a reputation for interesting, slightly leftfield, low-key releases. In 2004 things changed as Moshi Moshi grew from a hobby to a full-time concern. Soon after releases from Bloc Party and Hot Chip (who were discovered by the label, releasing their first album Coming on Strong) established the label as a serious force in the independent community. Continuing to build upon their excellent catalog and roster of musicians, in 2006 the two founders decided to get back to their one-off 7" release roots, and the Moshi Moshi Singles Club was born. Now some 25 releases later the singles club's roster makes an impressive list that includes Florence and the Machine, Kate Nash, Friendly Fires, Lykke Li, The Drums, Late of the Pier and Kindness to name just a few. The move to expand to the United States is the next chapter for a label the NME has called "One of the best indie labels around," and Clash Magazine described as "Possibly the finest UK indie to have grown up over the last 10 years."

some more music briefings:
  • A Hero A Fake is the latest feature on VICTORV. The episode also has stuff on A Day to Remember, The Audition and Driver Side Impact.
  • Aiden has a short photo series preview of their new video "Let The Right One In." - they're also going to be shooting a live DVD at the Chicago date on the Anti-Flag tour (Jan. 13)
  • Spoon featured in the New York Times
  • The Bigger Lights are releasing their new single, "Jessie" on Feb 9 (online - doghouse recs)
  • New Radar Bros, The Illustrated Garden is out on March 23 (Merge). Free download on site.
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks US tour dates
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