Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned is an indie/folk band and large part of Albany's B3nson Recording Collective. The band has been in existence for a little more than 3 years and written and recorded over 100 songs and played over 150 shows. The band has only in the last eight months settled into its current epic eight piece lineup that have made its live shows so interesting and exciting.
Here is a short list of folks in the band:
- vocals, guitars, accordion, trumpet, tuba.
- trumpet, drums, vocals, tuba, guitars, trombone, noises, banjolele, typewriter, feedback, bass, coffee mugs.
- singing saws, accordion, vocals, typewriter, trombone, kazoo, avant garde steel chair, drums, squeaky glass pot top.
- cornet, french horn, vocals, alto horn.
- bass, mandolin, guitar, drums, vocals, noise.
- banjo, saxophone, clarinet, flute, sax noise, bass.
- trumpet, flugel horn, trumbent, Quinlan horn, drums, kazoo.
- violin, percussion, vocals, drums, mandolin, lil' tikes, typewriter.
- bass, vocals, guitar, drums.
You can find press quotes, songs and live videos at their myspace page.
The panel discussion will be Independent Labels in 2009
looking at the state of indie labels and the challenges they're facing in the digital age.
. President of Equal Vision Records. Steve took over in the label’s infancy in 1993 and developed it into a successful, respected tastemaker in the not-quite-underground scene. Today the label is housed in a sprawling warehouse with the other ventures he’s pioneered- EVR Promotions, a screen-printing company; EVR Publishing, the label’s publishing arm; and online merchandiser MerchNow. Despite the crumbling of the music industry’s established foundations over the past few years, Steve’s creativity and innovativeness has kept his small empire ahead of the game.
of Town Hall Records, Chatham, NY Townhallrecords.com
TownHall Records is an American company dedicated to the preservation of important artistic endeavors in diverse musical areas, regardless of commercial consideration. Lincoln Mayorga, pianist, composer, and artistic director for TownHall, has been a prominent performing musician and recording producer for three decades. Having observed the short-sightedness of the recording industry, with artistic decisions based on corporate insecurity, and the subsequent abandonment of musical and historical responsibility, he came to the conclusion that a cooperative organization of recording artists could develop a permanent catalogue of worthwhile music, answering the needs of music lovers, educators, students, and the discriminating record collector who considers a recording to be the means of preserving musical history.
Since 1964, TownHall has produced recordings of exceptional musical and technical quality, including several first recordings of important nineteenth and twentieth century music. The catalogue has recently expanded to include jazz, historical reissues, avant garde music, and lighter music which is outside the rigid category definitions of the mainstream.
TownHall is dedicated to the concept that recordings should preserve permanently the important musical art of our time.
Round Table Topic:
Independent Labels in 2009
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