Ecstatic Peace! Wins Again
Thurston Moore's label Ecstatic Peace! keeps cranking out the good shitttt.
In February Moore signed a distribution deal with Universal Records for his small indie label. This deal has definitely helped turn this basement operation into something a little bigger.
This month alone there have been some excellent Ecstatic Peace! releases. Be Your Own Pet dropped on 06/06/06 and Awesome Color comes out today. Both of these young bands have been handpicked by Moore who produced and released their music.
Having musician/record collector/music expert Thurston Moore managing and picking bands to appear on Ecstatic Peace! certainly helps. With such musical expertise at its core almost any Ecstatic Peace! offering is worth a listen. 9 times out of 10 an Ecstatic Peace! release will be a keeper. They certainly have a good batting average.
While the deal with Universal originally seemed a little hypocritical for such a staunchly indie label it is all clear now. Not only can you can easily find Ecstatic albums now (earlier I had a bitch of a time finding Destroy All Monsters 1974-1976) but it seems every music rag I have read recently makes mention of Ecstatic Peace! The label has been around since 1981 -- I don't ever remember reading about it before...?
On top of that better distribution automatically means better Radio distribution. KWUR now gets all the Ecstatic Peace! offerings in the mail. Stay tuned to KWUR to hear all the goodness from this hot (not new) label.
Also, the new Sonic Youth album kicks some serious ass...