Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records Inc. is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group and headquartered in Burbank, California. It was founded in 1958 as the recorded music division of the American film studio Warner Bros. and was one of a group of labels owned and operated by larger parent corporations for much of its existence. The sequence of companies that controlled Warner Bros. and its allied labels evolved through a convoluted series of corporate mergers and acquisitions from the early 1960s to the early 2000s. Over this period, Warner Bros. Records grew from a struggling minor player in the music industry to one of the top record labels in the world. In 2004, these music assets were divested by their owner Time Warner and purchased by a private equity group; this independent company traded as the Warner Music Group and was the world's last publicly traded major music company before being bought and privatized by Access Industries in 2011. Warner Music Group is the smallest of the three major international music conglomerates that include Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.
Max Lousada oversees recorded music operations of the company. Notable artists signed to Warner Bros. Records have included Prince, Kylie Minogue, Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, Lil Pump, Green Day, Adam Lambert, Bette Midler, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac, Liam Gallagher, Fleet Foxes, Jason Derulo, Lily Allen and Sara, Dua Lipa, Linkin Park, Nile Rodgers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, My Chemical Romance, Mr. Bungle, Regina Spektor, Van Halen. At the end of the silent movie period, Warner Bros. Pictures decided to expand into publishing and recording so that it could access low-cost music content for its films. In 1928, the studio acquired several smaller music publishing firms which included M. Witmark & Sons, Harms Inc. and a partial interest in New World Music Corp. and merged them to form the Music Publishers Holding Company. This new group controlled valuable copyrights on standards by George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern and the new division was soon earning solid profits of up to US$2 million every year.
In 1930, MPHC paid US$28 million to acquire Brunswick Records, whose roster included Duke Ellington, Red Nichols, Nick Lucas, Al Jolson, Earl Burtnett, Ethel Waters, Abe Lyman, Leroy Carr, Tampa Red and Memphis Minnie, soon after the sale to Warner Bros. the label signed rising radio and recording stars Bing Crosby, Mills Brothers, Boswell Sisters. For Warner Bros. the dual impact of the Great Depression and the introduction of broadcast radio harmed the recording industry—sales crashed, dropping by around 90% from more than 100 million records in 1927 to fewer than 10 million by 1932 and major companies were forced to halve the price of records from 75c to 35c. In December 1931, Warner Bros. offloaded Brunswick to the American Record Corporation for a fraction of its former value, in a lease arrangement which did not include Brunswick's pressing plants. Technically, Warner maintained actual ownership of Brunswick, which with the sale of ARC to CBS in 1939 and their decision to discontinue Brunswick in favor of reviving the Columbia label, reverted to Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. sold Brunswick a second time, this time along with the old Brunswick pressing plants Warner owned, to Decca Records in exchange for a financial interest in Decca. The studio stayed out of the record business for more than 25 years, during this period it licensed its film music to other companies for release as soundtrack albums. Warner Bros. returned to the record business in 1958 with the establishment of its own recording division, Warner Bros. Records. By this time, the established Hollywood studios were reeling from multiple challenges to their former dominance—the most notable being the introduction of television in the late 1940s. Legal changes had a major impact on their business—lawsuits brought by major stars had overthrown the old studio contract system by the late 1940s. Pictures sold off much of its film library in 1948 and, beginning in 1949, anti-trust suits brought by the US government forced the five major studios to divest their cinema chains. In 1956, Harry Warner and Albert Warner sold their interest in the studio and the board was joined by new members who favoured a renewed expansion into the music business—Charles Allen of the investment bank Charles Allen & Company, Serge Semenenko of the First National Bank of Boston and investor David Baird.
Semenenko in particular had a strong professional interest in the entertainment business and he began to push Jack Warner on the issue of setting up an'in-house' record label. With the record business booming - sales had topped US$500 million by 1958 - Semnenko argued that it was foolish for Warner Bros. to make deals with other companies to release its soundtracks when, for less than the cost of one motion picture, they could establish their own label, creating a new income stream that could continue indefinitely and provide an additional means of exploiting and promoting its contract actors. Another impetus for the label's creation was the brief music career of Warner Bros. actor Tab Hunter. Although Hunter was signed to an exclusive acting contract with the studio, it did not prevent him from signing a recording contract, which he did with Dot Records, owned at the time by Paramount Pictures. Hunter scored several hits for Dot, including the US #1 single, "Young Love", to Warner Bros.' chagrin, reporters were asking about the hit record, rather than
Kaddisfly is an American band based in Portland, Oregon formed in 2001. The band was signed to Hopeless Records\Sub City Records from 2005 to 2008 and issued three releases on the label family; the group took a hiatus from 2008 to 2013, after reuniting released music under the label intheclouds Records. The band formed in 2001, taking their name from the caddisfly. After several independent releases, the band signed to Hopeless Records in 2004 and released Buy Our Intention. Exclaim! Likened the band's sound to that of The Juliana Theory, calling the album "the perfect blend of thrash, mainstream rock and textured prog all wrapped up in post-punk emo."Kaddisfly made multiple nationwide tours between 2003 and 2008. They performed on the 2007 Take Action Tour with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, A Static Lullaby, they performed on the Smart Punk Stage as part of the 2007 Vans Warped Tour. An EP, Four Seasons, was released in 2006, a second album, Set Sail the Prairie, was issued in 2007, both on Hopeless sublabel Sub City Records.
Allmusic described Set Sail the Prairie as "big and texturally varied", but with "disjointed and haphazard" song structures. Drowned in Sound had a mixed response to the album, noting, "Maybe the most irritating thing about this release is the potential in sight just over the horizon, but never reached." Absolute Punk described it as "clever and a lot more organized" than the band's previous full-length. In July 2008 bassist Kile Brewer decided to leave the band; the group announced a hiatus in December 2008. Kaddisfly posted a statement to their official Myspace page on Thursday, December 18, 2008, stating:... Kile Brewer has left Kaddisfly, his departure was not all that unexpected. Kile wanted to start a new chapter in his life. We are still close with Kile and we wish him the best in all his future endeavors; as Kaddisfly we may well end up finishing horses galloping one day, but for now I suppose the popular thing to say would be we are on a small hiatus. There will always be our back catalog, our internet presence will remain the same because Kaddisfly isn't dead, just hibernating.
We still have some unreleased material that may surface at some point. In the Fall of 2008, Christopher Ruff, Beau Kuther, Kelsey Kuther, Aaron Tollefson started a new band called Water & Bodies. Water & Bodies released their debut EP on May 15, 2009. In the summer of 2010, Kelsey Kuther left the band to concentrate on Ex-Cowboys, he was subsequently replaced by Kile Brewer after he moved back to Oregon. Water & Bodies released their first full-length album in February 2011. On December 12, 2011, the band released an EP called Rarites. On March 5, 2014 Kaddisfly updated their Facebook page with an image of a set list and possible track listing. A posting announced a small show, the band's first in over 5 years, held in Portland, Oregon on March 10, 2014. On January 5, 2015 they updated their Facebook page with a track listing for the upcoming 2015 release of Horses Galloping on Sailboats, it contained 12 tracks. In June 2015, they announced they had signed with intheclouds Records and would be releasing Horses Galloping on Sailboats on June 21, 2015.
A track listing was released as well as the cover art and news of a limited edition vinyl edition of the album. The band registered a new website located at www.youaretheend.com. Christopher Ruff – vocals / piano Aaron Tollefson – guitar Beau Kuther – drums / percussion Kelsey Kuther – guitar / percussionFormerKile Brewer – bass / vocals AlbumsDid You Know People Can Fly? Buy Our Intention. S. Billboard Heatseekers #34 Horses Galloping on Sailboats EPsHonorable Mention EP Humania EP Four Seasons EP Demos & Rarities Facebook Site
Thrice is an American rock band from Irvine, formed in 1998. The group was founded by guitarist/vocalist Dustin Kensrue and guitarist Teppei Teranishi while they were in high school. Early in their career, the band was known for fast, hard music based in distorted guitars, prominent lead guitar lines, frequent changes in complex time signatures; this style is exemplified on their second album, The Illusion of Safety and their third album The Artist in the Ambulance. Their fourth album Vheissu made significant changes by incorporating electronic beats, a more experimental sound. In 2007 and 2008, Thrice released The Alchemy Index, consisting of two studio albums that together make a four-part, 24-song cycle; each of the four six-song EPs of the Alchemy Index features different styles, based on different aspects of the band's musical esthetic which reflect the elemental themes of fire, water and earth, both lyrically and musically. The band's seventh album, entitled Beggars, was released on August 11, 2009, their eighth, Major/Minor on September 20, 2011.
The most recent albums feature a refined combination of the band's different experiments and explorations. In 2011, Thrice announced a final tour and an imminent hiatus. Kensrue and Teranishi decided to reform the band in 2015. In 2016, Thrice released their first post-reunion album, To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere; each album released by Thrice has had a portion of its sales proceeds donated to a new charitable organization. Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi knew each other from school and had played in a band called Chapter 11. Teppei recruited his skate park friend Eddie Breckenridge to play bass, who brought his brother Riley on as a drummer. In 1998, before their first show, they realized. Hard-pressed for time, they decided to go with the name'Thrice' out of desperation. Thrice was an inside joke between the band members, they were going to use it only temporarily for their first show. However, they began to gain fans with the name, people started to associate them with it, so they were forced to keep it.
In 1999, the band self-released an EP titled First Impressions, the product of a two-day session at A-Room Studios with Brian Tochilin. Only 1,000 copies were made and the band members sold them out of their cars. Working with Death by Stereo's Paul Miner, the quartet recorded twelve tracks, by April 2000, the group had released Identity Crisis on Greenflag Records. A portion of the album's proceeds were donated to a local charity called Crittenton Services for Children and Families. More support gigs and local buzz followed, Thrice sparked the interest of Hopeless/Sub City's Louis Posen. In 2001, Posen signed with the band, reissued Identity Crisis, sent the group out on tour with Samiam. Tours with Midtown and Hot Rod Circuit followed. Thrice re-entered the studio with producer Brian McTernan to record its Hopeless/Sub City debut, The Illusion of Safety; the album was released in February 2002. The band toured extensively to support it, opening for Further Seems Forever and Face to Face before embarking on its first headlining tour that year.
The band again donated a portion of the album's proceeds, this time choosing a non-profit youth shelter in South Central Los Angeles, A Place Called Home. The band's donations were matched by their label; the album received positive reviews and garnered the attention of several major labels. The band signed with Island Records, who had agreed to match Thrice's charitable donations in the same manner that Hopeless/Sub City had; that fall, the band toured with Hot Water Music and Coheed and Cambria before returning to the studio. In 2003, the band released The Artist in the Ambulance; the album's title is in reference to Burn Collector by Al Burian and is meant to reflect the band's desire to do more than make music and contribute to society through their charitable donations. A portion of the album's proceeds were this time donated to the Syrentha Savio Endowment, a financial aid organization for breast cancer patients. First pressings of the album were packaged in a digipak-style case with postcards containing lyrics and notes from the band.
The album spawned two singles, "All That's Left" and "Stare at the Sun." Both songs, their accompanying videos, received modest airplay, with "Stare at the Sun" being featured in the video game SSX 3, published through EA Sports BIG Electronic Arts, the band found themselves playing at larger venues as the year progressed. A co-headlining fall tour with labelmates Thursday and opener Coheed and Cambria sold out across the United States, as well as a stint on the Honda Civic Tour with Dashboard Confessional, The Get Up Kids, Hot Water Music. Throughout 2004, the band continued to tour in support of The Artist in the Ambulance. Island Records issued a promotional disc in early 2004 that would become the basis for If We Could Only See Us Now, a CD/DVD package outlining the group's career. Named after a lyric from "So Strange I Remember You," the CD portion contained live tracks from a performance at the Apple Store and various B-sides. A slot to promote the CD/DVD came on the 2004 Vans Warped Tour.
Thrice spent much of the first half of 2005 working with producer Steve Osborne on the follow-up to The Artist in the Ambulance. Thrice released Vheissu in October 2005 with "Image of the Invisible" as the first single; the album's title was taken from the Thomas Pynchon novel V. and featured a wider variety of instrumentation than used in the band's previous albums, including the use of strings, a Rhodes Piano. Many of the album's lyrics feature biblical, spirit
The Weakerthans is a Canadian indie rock band. The band was formed in 1997 in Winnipeg, Manitoba by John K. Samson, after he left the punk band Propagandhi to start a publishing company. Samson joined bassist John P. Sutton and drummer Jason Tait of Red Fisher, another band from Winnipeg's punk scene, created The Weakerthans as a vehicle for a more melodic and introspective brand of songwriting than their previous projects; the origin of the band's name was explained, in 2004 by Samson, as having come from "a few places." The first was a line from the 1992 film The Lover: "Go ahead, I'm weaker than you can imagine." A second was a line from Ralph Chaplin's union anthem "Solidarity Forever": "What force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one?" The band includes this line in the song "Pamphleteer" from the album Left and Leaving. The band's debut album, was released in 1997 on G7 Welcoming Committee Records, garnered positive reviews from Canadian music critics. Guitarist Stephen Carroll of Painted Thin, subsequently joined the band, Left and Leaving was released in 2000.
In 2003, the band released Reconstruction Site. The album was met with positive reviews from Canadian and international critics for its ambitious combination of punk, folk and sonnets, it became the band's best-selling record to date, in September appeared on the!earshot National Top 50 Chart as a result of significant airplay on Canadian radio. It was the second Weakerthans album to be produced by Ian Blurton. Sutton, who played on the band's first three albums, left in August 2004 and was replaced by Greg Smith. In 2005, Left and Leaving was named one of the ten best Canadian albums of all time in Chart magazine's reader poll. In the same poll, Samson wrote the capsule review for another top ten finisher, The Lowest of the Low's Shakespeare My Butt, which he cited as a major influence on his own music. Reunion Tour was released on September 25, 2007 in North America by Epitaph and ANTI-; the band released a video for "Civil Twilight", which consisted of a single, unbroken camera shot of the band on a Winnipeg Transit city bus.
Epitaph re-released the Weakerthans' first two albums and Left and Leaving, in Canada on November 6, 2007. In February 2009, the band participated in Barenaked Ladies' annual Ships and Dip cruise. In a subsequent interview with Canwest News Service, Samson clarified that the band would be taking some downtime over the summer of 2009 before deciding when to start working on their next album. Shortly afterward, Samson announced a series of solo 7" releases about Manitoba roads, which he planned to release over the next 18 months; the first, City Route 85, was released on October 30, 2009 through Epitaph and ANTI-. After a second EP, Provincial Road 222, in 2010, the project instead evolved into Samson's first official solo album, Provincial. In January 2010, the band announced that they would release a live album, Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre, on March 23. At the same time, they announced that they were recording material with Jim Bryson for his album The Falcon Lake Incident, released on October 19, 2010.
In an interview conducted during his European tour in November 2014, Samson reported that The Weakerthans were inactive at the time, he was unsure of their future as a band, commenting "I don't know, frankly. I'm not sure... I think the songs will sort of dictate what will happen, but all those guys are doing other things right now for the foreseeable future, I'm doing other things. So, for the foreseeable future, I don't see it, but I would never say never. Yeah, it could happen." In July 2015, media began to report. The band's social media accounts have been updated in accordance to the claims, defining themselves as "cryogenically frozen". Both Tait and Smith collaborated on Samson's 2016 solo album Winter Wheat, which Samson described as feeling in some respects like a new Weakerthans album. Reunion Tour debuted at No. 22 on the Nielsen SoundScan chart for Canada in its first week of release, at No. 4 on the alternative/modern rock chart. The album reached No. 181 on the United States Billboard 200.
The Weakerthans became the first band in the history of CBC Radio 3's R3-30 charts to reach No. 1 with two different songs. The band's cover of Rheostatics' "Bad Time to Be Poor" reached No. 1 the week of June 21, 2007, "Civil Twilight", the lead single from Reunion Tour, hit the top spot the week of November 15, 2007. As of 2009, "Civil Twilight" remains tied with Arcade Fire's "Black Mirror" as the longest-running No. 1 in that chart's history. "Civil Twilight" was the No. 1 song in The R3-30's year-end Top 100 chart for 2007. John K. Samson Jason Tait Stephen Carroll Greg Smith John P. Sutton Jim Bryson. Joined as of September 10, 2007. Christine Fellows Brian Poirier Tyler Greenleaf Rusty Matyas – performed with the band for the 2009 Rolling Tundra RevueMacKinnon and Poirier have their own band, FemBots, were associated with the bands Dig Circus and Hummer. Both Bryson and Fellows are solo artists in addition to touring with The Weakerthans. Matyas is a member of Imaginary Cities. Studio albumsFallow Left and Leaving Reconstruction Site Reunion Tour Samson collaborates with his wife, Christine Fellows.
Tait has recorded and performed with Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think. Tait, Fe
Mike Park is a Korean American musician and progressive activist. His musical ventures include Skankin' Pickle for whom he both played the saxophone and sang, The Chinkees, The Bruce Lee Band, Ogikubo Station, as well as an acoustic solo project under his own name. After his time with Skankin' Pickle he went on to found Asian Man Records, a label which he has run out of his garage in California since 1996 with only help from his parents and friends. Asian Man Records supports ska and punk bands. Park will support any band as long as it is "anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-prejudice". Park has used Asian Man Records to release his own music, in addition to providing a start for smaller bands to allow them to grow, including Less Than Jake, Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms. In 1999 he formed the Plea for Peace Foundation an organization whose aim is "to promote the ideas of peace through the power of music", something which Park has been trying to do with his own bands and with the help of other groups.
Park was the impetus behind the Spring 1998 "Ska Against Racism" tour. The goal of the tour was to promote awareness about racism and raise money for anti-racism organisations such as the Museum of Tolerance; the national tour included The Toasters, Less Than Jake, the Blue Meanies, Mustard Plug, Five Iron Frenzy, MU330, Mike Park himself. The Plea for Peace Foundation was founded in 1999 by musician and founder of Asian Man Records, Mike Park; the Plea for Peace Foundations is a 501C3 Non-Profit Organisation based in San Jose, California, in the United States. The organisation's stated goal is to "promote the ideas of peace through the power of music"; the foundation was only active in national and global music tours, but in 2007 it intends to open a youth center for children where they will be encouraged to "perform music, create art and talk to others of similar interests". In 2004, Plea for Peace organized a musical tour of the same name; the tour was the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Park grew up in Silicon Valley in Northern California.
He majored in music in college. He is a Minister of the Universal Life Church. Michael Park For the Love of Music North Hangook Falling Mike Park 7 Inch and Art Print Beans & Toast Mike Park/O Pioneers!!! Split 7″ Smile The Chinkees Are Coming CD Karaoke with the Chinkees 7" Peace Through Music CD Present Day Memories Split CD with Lawrence Arms Searching for a Brighter Future CD Ogikubo Station S/P Official website Asian Man Records Plea For Peace Official Site Interview by Sound Scene Revolution Interview by Tom Bastian of decapolis.com Interview by Josh Snider and Jonny Havoc on BigSmileMagazine.com