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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Asian Man Records

Asian Man Records is run out of my parents garage in Northern California. I have one full time employee (Skylar) and my mom helps out by picking up the mail at the post office.”

- from About Asian Man Records page

Musician & activist Mike Park runs this fine little D.I.Y. label. Asian Man has released albums by over 57 bands (!!!) in its 15 or so years of existence. All this by a couple of people working out of a garage in California. Here are some of the bands that have worked w/ Asian Man:

Alkaline Trio

Blue Meanies

The Chinkees

Kevin Seconds

Mike Park

Lets Go Bowling

The Peacocks

Yoko Utsumi

Teen Idols

See a fuller list of bands here.

Asian Man is an inspiration for us indie/DIY filmmakers working on doing self-distro. Asian Man has kept a small but active production & distribution operation going for a long time now. Aside from releasing albums through Asian Man, most bands on the lable tour the US & other countries, bringing their tunes live to people.

4 comments:

Filmproduktion said...

I know a few people from my area that do the same thing, although they are not as big i guess. They release 7' inches for their freind's bands or bands they meet on the road and really like. The one guy i know was gonna put out a tape for our band, but we decided to just do it ourselves... There are a lot of DUI kids out there putting out records...

Filmproduktion said...

I know a few people from my area that do the same thing, although they are not as big i guess. They release 7' inches for their freind's bands or bands they meet on the road and really like. The one guy i know was gonna put out a tape for our band, but we decided to just do it ourselves... There are a lot of DIY kids out there putting out records...

The Sujewa said...

Don't DUI kids, but DIY is very cool :)

Yeah, thanks for the comment filmproduktion, yeah, tons of indie rockers & other indie musicians make their own CDs, release them & tour. the habit has not caught w/ the indie film scene yet, but i see that changing in the near future. what's the name of your band? point to a website if you've got one.
thanks!

sujewa
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Filmproduktion said...

here's some of the local ones from my area (Southeast Michigan)...
Aaron Dilloway from Wolfeyes
http://www.hansonrecords.net/
Chris Pottinger from Cotton Musuem
http://www.tastysoil.com/index2.html
John Olsen from Wolfeyes
http://www.geocities.com/americantapes/
there's the ones i could find...
if you wanna hear my band's old stuff you can go here
http://www.myspace.com/apetitmusic
we're called apetit...
We got rid of the singer (so you're allowed to make fun of him), and the bassist left, so it's just myself and the drummer. We are self distributing our first tape (and probably the rest of our stuff), and they are all re-recorded with new vocals.
-samir