Moment, most live traditional Indian music, tablas and sitars and such. Unreal sound quality.
Not a record label but a distribution Seller of Indie Artist....www.cdbaby.com is where I hang most of the time.
I have a few... I guess the one I listen to most happens to be Pierre Verany, a small French oufit with a pretty good catalogue of mostly classical music. Hyperion would be close, though.
Red House Records is my favorite. Get a copy of "A Nod to Bob." It's a fantastic tribute to Mr. Dylan and a nice introduction to Red House artists.
Bloodshot Records is another good one.
As Lngbruno said, cdbaby.com is a great place to find new music.
Alia Vox - I'm partial to the performances of Jordi Savall and his wife anyway, but it happens to be his label and the recordings are top notch.
Rounder for blues - has some fantastic contemporary artists.
Sub Pop - Though it's really becoming what many may call a "Major Label" they seem to always be coming up with innovative talent.
Stiff...well, I just always liked their logo: "If it ain't Stiff, it ain't worth a fuck!"
MA Recordings http://www.marecordings.com/
Yeah... I know what you mean, SubPop has to stop signing so many good bands...
I thought that SubPop was pretty much owned by Warner now.
Lost Highway. Quickly becoming a real major label, having released albums by Elvis Costello & Van Morrison. Mostly known for alt-country & singer/songwriters such as Lucinda Williams, Tift Merritt & Ryan Adams. Cheers,
Telarc - recently bought by concord
excellent sound quality and a good stable of musicians
Reference Recordings; MA recordings; Propius; Red House "Nod to Bob" is a superbe HDCD recording. Is Telarc still is business?
french "alpha",spanish alia vox for classics and german Morr music for pop/electronica.....
Arts and Crafts out of Canada seem to release some interesting records.
I love the Lost Highway label. I had forgotten SubPop got bought, but they did, didn't they...
Mapleshade ... always seem well-recorded, and some nice off the wall stuff. Also a fan of Lost Highway (been a huge Tift fan since the beginning), and frequent cdbaby customer.
Would Matador be considered non-major? Curious what you folks think constitutes a major vs. non-major label?
glossa of spain consistently produces sonically exemplary discs for classical music from the periods renaissance to 19th century.
this label is distributed by qualiton.
Winter&Winter is superb in recording quality, performances and packaging.
Thanks to lngbruno for pointing me to cdbaby.com. Fun!
I'm gonna add Kill Rock Stars - everything I've heard off that label out of Washington has been pretty ok.
Add Harmonia Mundi and Bis to the list, in the classical area.
In the Classical category - of course, the small Europeans are good (like those mentioned above) - but IMHO, by far the greatest "sleeper" is MHS (Musical Heritage Society). Many of their reissues are sonically better than the originals (mastered beautifully by Bill Kipper at Masterdisk), and many of their home-brewed recordings are spectacular (especially those supervised by Dr. Kurt List). When you see these for $1 in the Thrift stores - Buy Them! (unless you live in the S.F. Bay Area :)
I could spend most of my time listening to recordings from Cryptogramophone
, John Zorn's label.
CMP,ECM,Axiom,On-U,Six Degrees,Cuneiform are a few of mine.
i've really been enjoying a lot of stuff on putumayo world music label recently.
lots of fresh sounds and very nice recordings on this label. it seems that so far this label has not conceeded to mass commercialism like many american labels. i hope it stays that way for awhile.
LIM,Chandos,Harmonia Mundia (france)
Pablo for Jazz
Razor and Tie for rock
Rounder - is that non-major? I was buying allot of their blues (and allot of artists that dont fit into a typical genre)back in the 1980s and 90s.
Relativity Records - great in the 80s and 90s for metal and they had players like Steve Vi and Joe Satriani (sp)?
Megaforce Records - a lot of great metal bands from the 80s