Dead Oceans is an independent record label based jointly in Bloomington, Indiana and Austin, Texas.[1] The label has a small, but powerful roster of well-known acts including Akron/Family, John Vanderslice, Califone, Phosphorescent, Bishop Allen, Casey Dienel’s band White Hinterland, Bowerbirds, and The Tallest Man on Earth.After nearly a decade managing Misra Records, Phil Waldorf jumped ship to form Dead Oceans in 2007.[2] Run side by side with sister labels Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans is co-owned by the partners behind Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar (Ben Swanson, Chris Swanson, Darius Van Arman, Jonathan Cargill) with Phil Waldorf.[1] Dead Oceans shares the Bloomington, Indiana work staff of its sister labels, but Waldorf acts as its A&R from his current location in Austin, Texas.[1] Taken from their official website, the label “will focus on bold and timeless recordings, not emphasizing a particular genre or scene, but instead fostering a diverse stable of sound-creators”.