News: Over 150 Indie Music Labels Lose Stock In Riot Fire

Sony DADC’s warehouse in Enfield, UK was destroyed in a riot fire Monday night, which included a stock warehouse that held the inventory for more than 150 record labels distributed by PIAS.

Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank’s label and XL Recordings (Adele’s label) were just a couple of the many businesses that have been affected. One spokesperson said, “I’m sure there are labels which aren’t insured. I’m sure there will be labels that will go bust.”

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Very sad. Condolences to all our peers affected and everyone impacted by the riots – we ask that all please stay safe.

Read more on BBC and The Guardian.

Full list of PIAS distributed labels after the jump

Celebrating Cultural Activism in NYC: APAP Vision 2021 and Globalfest 2011

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Words & Photos By Evangeline Kim

The coming year, if not the next decade, offers great promise for worldly cultural activists, as evidenced by some of the key sessions held during APAP’s recent annual conference at the New York Hilton. (ed: APAP is the Association of Performing Arts Presenters).  Along with Globalfest’s splendid 8th edition at Webster Hall, all served to brighten the horizon towards improved international cultural appreciation and awareness in the U.S. and beyond.

APAP’s theme this year, Vision 2021, was thought-provoking: “2021 begins now. What will the culture of our lives be ten years from now? What are the implications for our work in the arts? What is our role and place in society in the future?” In partial answer to these challenging questions for the performing arts industry “that has at its heart human interaction and creativity,” APAP had programmed 3 outstanding session events for conference attendees.

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R.I.P. Francisco Aguabella

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We are deeply saddened by the death of Francisco Aguabella, great Afro-Cuban conguero and professor who played with the greats of jazz, rock, Latin music and everything in between. He recently passed away in his LA home of cancer. He will be sorely missed; gone but not forgotten. Enjoy this Aguabella classic, “Ramon’s Desire.”