The playlist this week is the sixth in a series of playlists where we are checking out Canadian Independent Record Companies and the artists they represent. We have checked out Arts and Crafts, Constellation Records, Dine Alone Records, Last Gang Records, and Mint Records so far. This month we are hearing from Canadian artists with Mint Records. It is interesting to hear the sounds that each label leans towards but it is hard to pinpoint what Paper Bag’s prominent sound is. They do release a variety of music from indie rock to synth-pop to techno.

Paper Bag Records was founded by three friends in 2002. Co-founded by Trevor Larocque, Enrique Soissa, and Amanda Newman in September 2002, Paper Bag signed two young bands that would become iconic flagbearers for Canadian indie rock in the ‘00s, Broken Social Scene and Stars with their breakthrough albums You Forgot It in People and Heart, respectively. The label was created with the intention of focusing specifically on the Toronto-area indie rock music scene. The label helped launched the careers of controller.controller, Tokyo Police Club and Austra, amongst many others.

The Paper Bag Records series of vinyl releases are produced in very limited quantities, with each run between 300-500 copies. To make the vinyl even more of a collector’s item, they are released on coloured 180-gram vinyl with silk-screened artwork. (Source: Wiki)

Paper Bag has an exciting year planned. With a half-dozen new full-length releases expected from Paper Bag artists in 2020, they are also hard at work on as many vinyl reissues via the Paper Bag Vintage imprint. These will include some of Paper Bag’s favorite early releases as well as some exciting Canadian titles that haven’t been available on vinyl for some time. (Source: Precision Record Pressing)

Take a listen to the playlist and enjoy the music the artists of Paper Bag Records has to offer. The playlist begins with the albums that started it all and then follows with tracks from artists on the current roster. The rest of the playlist is tracks off albums from artists when they were with Paper Bag Records. It’s a good listen.

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