With a laundry list of Indie cred, Carpark has built a reputation for signing great up and coming artists. Bands that the label has jettisoned into the dorm room conscience include Beach House, Toro Y Moi, Dan Deacon, Cloud Nothings, Memory Tapes, and Class Actress. On top of that, the label is parent to Paw Tracks (Animal Collective’s own label) and Acute Records (Post Punk/New Wave reissue label).
Flashback: Awesome rare video from Metal Urbain, an influential early Punk band from France. Acute recently issued a compilation of their long out of print recordings.
Once based in NYC, Carpark moved its headquarters to Washington DC, likely to be closer to the Baltimore scene that offered many of the label’s early successes. Since the move, the label has put out a constant stream of quality releases.
2010 was a climactic year for Carpark, releasing tracks from Panda Bear’s “Tomboy” on Paw Tracks and introducing Toro Y Moi to the general public. Toro Y Moi and fellow Carpark band, Memory Tapes, are some of the better examples of artists who developed out of the 2009 bedroom Pop/Chillwave craze and into studio savvy professionals.
Check out the videos below to hear some of Carpark’s latest releases.
…and if you’re lucky, you might still be able to find the FREE holiday LP (yes, vinyl!) that the label sent out to select record stores for release yesterday.
Memory Tapes “Offers”
Cloud Nothings “Should Have”
Class Actress “Weekend”
Toro Y Moi “New Beat”
Panda Bear “Last Night at the Jetty”
– Submitted by Justin Main, Music Design