For those of you who have been listening to the Podcast, an I’m thrilled at how many of you there are – you will have heard that my most recent episode featured the amazing Australian Indie Band; Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Whilst this was my favourite feature act to date, I was equally as excited by the band that closed the episode – Bon Iver.
You’ll all know Bon Iver - for the last 12 years the incredible falsetto tone of Justin Vernon has wooed us together with folky guitar and experimental sound via 3 incredible albums; ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’, ‘Bon Iver’ and 22, A Million. It was the track ‘22’ from the third album that played out Episode 4 of my Podcast, I was allowed to do this with the permission of the JAGJAGUWAR, indie, record label who have given the okay for me to feature 3 albums signed to their incredible collection of artists.
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Charlottesville, Virginia – and the year is 1996. Some friends of Darius Van Arman have been performing in the band: The Curious Digit. Minus a label, they had just recorded an album and had previously released an EP on the short-lived label: Sentimental, which was co-run by Van Arman and Dawson Prater (founder of Locust Music label, Chicago).
When Sentimental closed, Van Arman started Jagjaguwar believing that a label-affiliation would be better than self-releasing the album. The name Jagjaguwar was generated using a Dungeons & Dragons character name-generating program.
Initially, The Curious Digit album Bombay Aloo was to be the only album released on Jagjaguwar, but when Van Arman booked the Richmond band; Drunk to perform at the Tokyo Rose venue, he was mesmerized by their performance and persuaded them to release their new record through Jagjaguwar.
In 1999, Chris Swanson, who was part owner of the record label Secretly Canadian, joined Van Arman. Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian became tightly connected.
Then, two other partners of Secretly Canadian, Ben Swanson and Jonathan Cargill, joined in the fun at Jagjaguwar, although Chris Swanson and Van Arman make A&R decisions regarding Jagjaguwar releases. In February, 2007, all partners, announced a third label, Dead Oceans.