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Mute Records Reveals New Indie Structure & Management Division

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Following the announcement of a new deal with EMI back in September, which sees a return to independent roots, Mute Record‘s Daniel Miller has released more details today of the company’s new structure, which includes uniting of label and publishing divisions with a new management operation… Angie Somerside returns in a GM role for the label and pubco in addition to be tasked with launching the new artist/producer management division, bringing her previous experience from overseeing the QPrime Management UK outfit. Mute also announced the opening of an office in Berlin, where they will share space and marketing staff with Domino… See some of the label’s newest signings in yesterday’s Indie Dispatches, and read the entire press release here

Indie Dispatches: Mute Returns to Its Roots & L.A. Festival Critical Mass

Mute Records Goes Independent Again

In yet another example of the seismic changes occurring in the record business in 2010, Mute Records announced details last week of a return to their independent roots. The storied British label, which launched in 1978 with the release of The Normal‘s “Warm Leatherette/T.V.O.D” single and has had a deep catalog of revered artists including Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, M83, Goldfrapp, The Knife, Moby, and Richard Hawley, was acquired by EMI in 2002. The “new” Mute will likely look much like the old one staff-wise, signaling a return to majority ownership by label founder Daniel Miller, though EMI will continue to hold a minority interest, providing distribution and some label services. While some acts will remain with EMI, a number of artists including A Place to Bury Strangers, Maps and Fever Ray will move into the brave new world of the independents…

Revisiting the “how many is too many?” argument, are we finally seeing a saturation in Los Angeles music festivals? While attendance was respectable for the second Waved Out fest in LA, it was far from the jam-packed affair that the first installment was in April. Maybe it was a line-up lacking heavy hitters such as Best Coast and Surfer Blood, who played Waved Out I, or possibly the Echo Park event may have become just another in string of festivals trying to grab the attention of the over-stretched consumer. Factor in the upcoming Filter-presented Culture Collide, Matador 21 In Las Vegas, Eagle Rock Music Festival, not to mention recent events like FYF, Sunset JunctionAbbott-Kinney Festival and Lobsterfest, and the average gig goer’s time (and money) is spread thin. And that’s not including a busy line-up of shows at the Hollywood Bowl and other local Los Angeles venues. Just coming into this weekend, the music fan in LA is faced with deciding between Spoon, Pavement/Sonic Youth/No Age, Belle and Sebastian, SVIIB, The Avett Brothers, Jamie Lidell… and the list goes on. Though, despite the lackluster attendance for Waved Out II, the night was notable for the debut LA performance by Brooklynite Sharon Van Etten. The singer-songwriter’s new album, Epic is out now on indie Ba Da Bing and is already destined to be on many “best of”‘ lists for the year…

Meanwhile maybe you’d be interested in picking up newly released albums from No Age, Glasser, Deerhunter, The Vaselines, Junip, Fences, Belle and Sebastian, The Walkmen, Abe Vigoda, Frankie Rose and the Outs, Crocodiles, Torche, Of Montreal, the Black Angels, Chromeo, Sufjan Stevens… Now what was that we were we discussing about “too many”?

- Cool Hand Luke