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Helping Independent Labels Affected by the London Riots

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Rounder Records/Rounder Records/ Among all the sorry carnage and sad tales left by London’s looting fraternity, perhaps the most devastating for music lovers was the huge fire that destroyed a Sony warehouse primarily used by independent distribution company PIAS. This will be especially damaging to many of the small start-up labels impacted by this tragedy.

A three-story, 20,000 square meter storage home for music from a number of independent labels from the UK and the US including 4AD, Beggars Group, Dead Oceans, Def Jux, Domino, Jagjaguwar, Matador, Ninja Tune, Polyvinyl, Rough Trade, Secretly Canadian, Side One Dummy, Silva Screen, Sub Pop, Too Pure, True Panther, Vagrant, Warp, XL among others. The warehouse was a temporary home for releases from all manner of indie labels and offshoots, and the extent of its destruction is starting to become tragically apparent. In the days since this occurred, it’s been heartening to see the independent music community rally to support those affected.

As music fans and proud members of the independent community, we at Rounder encourage all of us to help the cause by spreading the word to others that may wish to help. What music fans can do to show their support for the indie label community, and help them survive this disaster is to buy a digital download of an album from any one of the digital retailers or going to their local record store while stocks last. In addition to helping members of our independent community that are in need, you may discover some great new music!

More information (including a list of the affected labels) can be found here: company.pias.com/en/distribution/physical/labels .

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