and so it begins
We'll begin with 99 records. New York record store owner, Ed Bahlman started the label, signed the brightest lights of the wild dance underground, and is responsible for a brilliant set of recordings. 99 Records only had 13 releases, but their artist list is well.. legendary. ESG. Liquid Liquid. Not to mention Glenn Branca, whose guitar symphonies are celebrated by European royalty and minor Angels alike. When Grandmaster Flash stole the baseline from Liquid Liquid's "Cavern" for his best selling hip hop classic "White Lines," Bahlman sued. When Flash couldn't pay up, 99 records got stuck with the bill, and Bahlman was forced to close up shop.
While the story is sad, the music is expressive, creative, experimental and incredibly fun. I'm trying not to get up on the Important Music Critic soapbox, but these records are not only important in the continued development of early hip-hop and the birth of electro, but are crucial ingredients in the DFA sound.
Y Pants are one of the lesser known bands on the label. "Off the Hook" showcases exactly how much three women can do with amplified toy instruments.
Y Pants- Off the Hook.
I'm actually sending off to the fansite Tuba Frenzy to learn more about the label. Ah the motivational powers of amazing music.
JD Twitch, from hot Scottish DJ duo Optimo, loves 99 Records.
Learn more about Y Pants.