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Bound Stems
The Family Afloat
"Like The Family Afloat as a whole, it reminds that a warm, ultimately mildmannered band can strike with naked courage." GRADE: A - The Onion A/V Club

White Savage
Call Me Savage

Limited Edition run of 1,000 7"s featuring original lineup including members of The Ponys, Chin Up Chin Up, Baseball Furies, Screaming Yellow Zonkers, ZZZZ, Tyrades, the Returnables & Zulu as Kono
1658 n. milwaukee
number 276
chicago IL 60647

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The Story
Flameshovel Records was born on the streets of Chicago, IL in the early portion of 2001, with the simple idea of helping some friends get their music heard. Founded by Jesse Woghin and long time buddy Noah Mewborn, the duo were soon joined by James Kenler. Mewborn left for Philadelphia the following year to finish grad school and the remaining partners forged ahead.

The label has since put out over 30 releases, not least of which includes the entire Make Believe catalog (featuring the newest ramblings of indie-avant hero Tim Kinsella), Low Skies, Sybris, Lying In States and many more. In the last year alone the label has seen its stock rise considerably garnering glowing praise with tastemakers such as Pitchfork with the release of The Narrator and Chin Up Chin Up's debut full-lengths. As 2006 unfolds the label quickly finds itself continuing to branch out scoring both the latest release from post-Promise Ring popsters Maritime, avant-instrumental heart throbs Russian Circles and Chicago buzz band Bound Stems.

So what's left for the duo? After being called out by the Chicago Tribune as one of the 10 local labels that still matter and with bands playing both Lollapalooza (Sybris) and Pitchfork Fest (Chin Up Chin Up) this summer, both James & Jesse have their eyes on the prize, looking squarely at the future with the singular goal of following through with the same high ideals that launched them 5 years ago: the impassioned release of the finest new music flying under the radar in Chicago and beyond. Flameshovel has carved themselves a rare niche as a label with both vision and heart.

We've got love to give.
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