90s in 90 Days #39: Indie labels

 90s in 90 Days #39: Indie labels

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the dozens of excellent Chicago-based labels in the 90s (some of which are still going strong):

Touch and Go (Shellac, the Jesus Lizard, Urge Overkill, Butthole Surfers)

Wax Trax! (My Life WIth the Thrill Kill Kult, KMFDM)

Drag City (Jim O’Rourke, Edith Frost, Royal Trux, Smog, U.S. Maple, David Grubbs)            

Johann’s Face (No Empathy, Smoking Popes, Apocalypse Hoboken, Oblivion, Alkaline Trio)

Jump Up! (Deal’s Gone Bad, Hot Stove Jimmy)

Bloodshot (Old 97s, Waco Brothers, Robbie Fulks)

Thrill Jockey (Tortoise, Eleventh Dream Day)

Minty Fresh (Veruca Salt, Komeda, the Cardigans)

Pravda (New Duncan Imperials, Green)

Skin Graft (Cheer-Accident, the Flying Luttenbachers)

THICK (Blue Meanies, Arrivals, Tossers)

Underdog (Bollweevils, Cap’n Jazz, AYA) 

Waterdog/Whitehouse (Bad Examples, Jason and Alison)

Which other labels would you add to the list?  


90s in 90 Days

Over the course of 90 days (not consecutive, though I’ll try), I’ll be offering up a capsule look at something about Chicago music from the 90s.  It could be a radio memory.  Thoughts on a song, show, band, or album.  Maybe a review aided by hindsight.  Whatever it is, it’ll be original content just for this site, and not found in my book.  


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