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Secretly Canadian is an American independent record label based in Bloomington, Indiana. It was started in 1996 by Chris and Ben Swanson, Eric Weddle, and Jonathan Cargill, and is associated with sister labels Dead Oceans and Jagjaguwar. Chris Swanson also runs the Jagjaguwar label along with Darius Van Arman; the two labels had worked closely together before Jagajguwar’s offices moved to Bloomington to work alongside Secretly Canadian’s. In February, 2007, the partners behind Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar, along with Phil Waldorf, former label manager of Misra Records, announced a third sister label, Dead Oceans. The three labels share offices and staff in Bloomington, IN; however, they maintain distinct and separate aesthetic visions.

Secretly Canadian also has its own distribution arm, SC Distribution. It was founded in 1997 and currently distributes such labels as Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans, Asthmatic Kitty, Brah Records, Hometapes, K Records, Lovepump United, Suicide Squeeze Records, Temporary Residence Ltd., and Western Vinyl.

Secretly Canadian musicians (past and present) we have covered include:
Antony and the Johnsons
BLK JKS
Danielson
Here We Go Magic
Foreign Born
Gardens & Villa
Damien Jurado
Jens Lekman
Racebannon
Suuns
The War On Drugs
Throw Me The Statue
Yeasayer

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BLK JKS – Zol! Album Review

BLK JKS released their first US full-length last year, and it made a relatively small ripple in the music pond. This year’s EP Zol! from the South African band promises to make much more of a splash, due mostly to the well-deserved hype that has surrounded them recently. Not only did BLK JKS win a...Read...
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Damien Jurado – Saint Bartlett Album Review

Damien Jurado’s new record, Saint Bartlett, is refreshingly pleasant for two reasons: the first is that is sounds like something from the past that you have known and loved. This is not to say that it is derivative necessarily, but that it draws from many sources in the best possible way. The second is that...Read...
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Yeasayer – O.N.E. Live Performance Video

“It’s hard having fun,” say Yeasayer in “O.N.E.”, and on their most recent tour, they lived up to that line. Although musically they were excellent, they proved the point that it’s hard having fun; they barely looked like they were enjoying themselves at all, with minimal crowd banter, smiles, or even basic fundamental passion. So,...Read...
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Yeasayer – Odd Blood Album Review

Upon first listen to Odd Blood, Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer’s sophomore album, those familiar with their debut All Hour Cymbals might scratch their heads and wonder if they are playing a practical joke on the listeners. Their debut was marked by folky, quirky, pop-melded tunes. On Odd Blood, Yeasayer seems to shrug off any expectations of...Read...
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Foreign Born – “Early Warnings” Music Video

New video for Foreign Born’s “Early Warnings.” In its ’80s-esque summery treatment, random plants, flowers, and animals are identified almost scientifically, but I don’t think any of them actually exist in our current world (or at least that’s what a thorough Google search of terms like “Pesacov’s Umber” told me). And although my childhood wasn’t...Read...
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Foreign Born – Person To Person Album Review

When it comes to pop music, bands can try to “defy convention” in a myriad of ways. Some reach for far off musical influences, seeking to add some contrived spice to their normally pedestrian songwriting. Some try to create jarring textures that say to the listener, “Hey! I really hate music. You should too.” Some...Read...
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