One of the most mystifying and emotionally powerful vocalists on the indie scene right now, any release from Angel Olsen demands a listen. Collecting…Read More
n 1996, in Charlottesville, Virginia, friends of Darius Van Arman who performed in a band under the moniker The Curious Digit had just recorded a new album, but they were signed to no label. They had previously released a 7″ record on the short-lived label Sentimental, which was co-run by Van Arman and a friend Dawson Prater (who later went on to eventually start the Locust Music label out of Chicago). Sentimental, however, became inactive when Prater moved away from Charlottesville. Working under the theory that having some sort of label-affiliation would be better for The Curious Digit than if they self-released the album, Van Arman started Jagjaguwar.
Initially, The Curious Digit album Bombay Aloo was going to be the only album released on Jagjaguwar, but a Richmond band called Drunk performed at the venue Tokyo Rose where Van Arman booked musical acts. Mesmerized by their performance, Van Arman persuaded Drunk to release their new record, which the band had just completed, through Jagjaguwar.
In 1999, Chris Swanson, who was part owner of the record label Secretly Canadian, became partners with Van Arman and Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian became much more tightly connected, sharing office space and some staff. Most recently, the other two partners of Secretly Canadian, Ben Swanson and Jonathan Cargill, became equal partners of Jagjaguwar as well, although, A&R-wise, Chris Swanson and Van Arman solely decide what is released on Jagjaguwar. In February, 2007, the partners behind Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar, along with Phil Waldorf, former label manager of Misra Records, announced a third sister label, Dead Oceans. The three labels share offices and staff in Bloomington, IN.
The name Jagjaguwar was generated using a Dungeons & Dragons character name-generating program
One of Australia’s most buzzed indie artists, Sophie Payten (aka Gordi) continues to impress audiences with her music. All the more impressive, her music…Read More
Gordi recently announced her debut album, Reservoir, out August 25th on Jagjaguwar and shared the lead single, “Heaven I Know.” Today, she follows that…Read More
Foxygen, the LA-based duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado, are excited to present their new video for the short-and-sweet “Upon A Hill.” Taken…Read More
Today, Dinosaur Jr. share the ‘Solo Extractions’: a compendium of every guitar solo collected on their new record, Give a Glimpse of What Yer…Read More
Angel Olsen has announced her new album MY WOMAN. Recently she shared a teaser for “Intern.” MY WOMAN, follows the release of 2014’s Burn…Read More
Recently, you may have seen a curious animated short film set to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Necessary Evil,” one of the stand-outs from this year’s…Read More
With a bolstered sound that incorporates funk-infused synths and emotionally charged lyrics, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s third album, Multi-Love, which could quite possibly be more…Read More
Viet Cong are continuing their marathon tour with dates at Pitchfork Festival, Basilica, WayHome Fest, Green Man, ATP, and more. They have also added…Read More
Briana Marela’s forthcoming release on Jagjaguwar, All Around Us, focuses on many parts of the emotional spectrum: the warmth of affection; the weightlessness of…Read More
Jagjaguwar have announced the release the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Black Mountain’s self-titled debut. It’s a record that took the band out of…Read More
On May 26th, Unknown Mortal Orchestra will release Multi-Love, their third album. Led by New Zealand ex-pat/singer Ruban Nielson, the trio is now based…Read More