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Sacred Bones: 10 Year Label Special

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60 minsFirst aired 15 May 2017Next Fireside Chat Today at 9:00pm EST
Courtesy of Sacred Bones

Celebrating 10 years of music, from goth-folk to weird punk: Caleb Braaten and Taylor Brode of Brooklyn label Sacred Bones tell their story.

Founded by bushy-bearded, Denver-born punk Caleb Braaten in 2007, Sacred Bones started out releasing scuzzy post-punk records. When fellow record shop nerd Taylor Brode came on board as the general manager in 2010, Sacred Bones teamed up with Secretly Canadian for a distribution deal and the label became a powerhouse for a beguiling style of new Americana – an intricate medley of gothic rock, dream pop, earthy folk and psychedelic soundscapes. Releasing artists such as noise-pop queen Zola Jesus, body horror provocateur Pharmakon, gothic folk singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler, bleak techno powerhouse Blanck Mass, Norwegian storyteller Jenny Hval, psychedelic duo The Holydrug Couple and ragged punks The Men, among others, Sacred Bones has become a label that can twist darkness and light together with a playful sincerity that’s hard to describe, but glorious to get all caught up in.

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In this article, Red Bull Music takes a closer look at some of Sacred Bone’s most aesthetically pleasing releases to date.

05:55

Here’s that Caleb Braaten-directed Blank Dog music video, which was filmed in Academy Record’s former basement and features an incognito Mike Sniper.

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Destruction Unit’s Jes Aurelius has also designed artwork and posters for Actress, Pye Corner Audio, Isaiah Rashad and Parquet Courts, among many others. Check out his signature visuals here.

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Uniform’s 2017 release shares its title with 1971 Australian horror film Wake in Fright.

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Tilda Swinton provides guest vocals on Jozef van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch’s 2012 release The Mystery of Heaven.

Credits:

Interview by Harley Brown
Written and engineered by Frank Westerkamp
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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