American Laundromat Records
|American Laundromat Records|
|Founder||Joseph H. Spadaro|
|Country of origin||United States|
American Laundromat Records (ALR) is an independent record label founded in 2004 by Joe Spadaro. The label specializes in almost annual indie rock compilation albums, which have included tracks by OK Go, The Dresden Dolls, and The Watson Twins. Compilation tributes have been dedicated to the Pixies, The Cure, Kim Deal, Neil Young, The Smiths, and the 1984 cult film Repo Man. The label also manages the Caulfield Sisters.
American Laundromat Records was founded in April 2004 by Joe Spadaro in Huntington Village, New York on Long Island. According to Spadaro, he used a small tax-refund to produce the compilation album Transistor, which featured eight indie bands contributing two original songs each. The bands, including The Atomic Hep Cats and AM, were mostly on the East coat. Transistor had moderate success on college radio.
After several more releases, in the summer of 2006 the label relocated to Mystic, Connecticut. That year the label secured international distribution through Darla Records. Besides releasing debut EPs, LPs, and compilations, in 2007 ALR began a 7" vinyl series of split singles featuring tracks from the label's network of indie bands.
In 2005, the label began distributing Brooklyn-based all-girl indie band The Caulfield Sisters' debut EP Say It With Fire. The band was afterwards named one of “NYC’s 10 Bands to Watch” by Time Out New York. The band was invited to perform on KEXP's Morning Show with John in NYC, and opened for Interpol. In 2009 ALR released Julie Peel's debut album Near The Sun. After the release Peel received an early invitation to showcase at SXSW in 2010, and tracks were placed in TV shows such as CW's Life Unexpected. The label also releases music by Dylan in the Movies.
After the success of the initial compilation, Transistor, the label began releasing indie rock-themed compilations and artist tributes on an almost yearly basis. In the fall of 2005 ALR produced its second record High School Reunion - a tribute to those great 80's films!, featuring indie-rockers such as Frank Black, Kristin Hersh, and the The Dresden Dolls, and covering songs from 80's teen films.  All Music Guide called the project "One of the finest tribute records ever amassed," going on to say "let this serve as a blueprint for all future tribute sets." Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, VH1, Billboard, Spin, NME, and other publications covered the project as well.
Afterwards came Dig For Fire - a tribute to Pixies, Cinnamon Girl - Women Artists Cover Neil Young for Charity and Gigantic - a tribute to Kim Deal. The projects included contributions by bands such as They Might Be Giants, OK Go, Mogwai, and The Rosebuds. In 2008 ALR began production on Just Like Heaven - a tribute to The Cure which was officially released on January 27, 2009. The latter was co-produced by Joe Spadaro, who produced a number of the other compilations as well. It featured covers by artists such as Tanya Donelly, The Brunettes, and Grand Duchy. The album had a positive reception, and acknowledgement from Robert Smith.
In 2010 ALR released Sing Me To Sleep - Indie Lullabies, a collection of lullabies and popular songs re-imagined as lullabies by indie artists. All proceeds from the project are donated to The Valerie Fund, a non-profit for children with cancer and blood disorders. Among the artists who contributed are Dean & Britta, Say Hi, and Sigur Rós. Release shows with live performances by The Leisure Society, The Real Tuesday Weld, Tanya Donelly, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Julie Peel were held in tandem with the release in London and New York City.
Please Please Please: A Tribute To The Smiths was released in late 2011, with tracks by Elk City, Greg Laswell, Cinerama, Stars, and others, with Spadaro again producing. A Tribute To Repo Man was released in 2012, featuring artists such as The Tellers and Matthew Sweet. The 1984 film had a soundtrack featuring punk rock by artists like Iggy Pop and Black Flag.
- Current roster
- Featured on compilations
This list is organized by catalog number, a roughly chronological number system established by the label and typically printed on or assigned to each official release.
|ALR-0001||Various (The Atomic Hep Cats, The Lovable Rogues, The Modifiers, AM, and The Bennies)||Transistor||2004|
|ALR-||Various ( John P. Strohm, Matthew Sweet, The Dresden Dolls, The Caulfield Sisters, etc.)||High School Reunion - A Tribute to Those Great 80's Films!||2005|
|ALR-0002||Caulfield Sisters||Say It With Fire EP||2005|
|ALR-0006||Caulfield Sisters / Julie Peel||"Divine Candy"||2006|
|ALR-0007||John P. Strohm / Dylan in the Movies||"So Long City Skies"||2007|
|ALR-0008||Tanya Donelly / Luff||"Heart Of Gold"||2007|
|ALR-0011||Various (John P. Strohm, OK Go, Dylan in the Movies, They Might Be Giants, Mogwai, Morning Theft, The Rosebuds, Joy Zipper, etc.)||Dig For Fire - A Tribute to Pixies
3 editions - Limited Edition 1st Pressing (21 songs), Bonus 3-Song Vinyl, LP (15 songs)
|ALR-0012||Various (Tanya Donelly, Britta Phillips, Lori McKenna, Veruca Salt, Dala, etc.)||Cinnamon Girl - Women Artists Cover Neil Young For Charity||2008|
|-||Various (Veruca Salt, Dresden Dolls, They Might Be Giants, John P. Strohm, etc.)||Songs For Film & TV||2008|
|ALR-0013||Various (Rizzo, Francine, Witch Hats, Descartes A Kant, etc.)||Gigantic - a tribute to Kim Deal||2008|
|ALR-||Elk City / Steve Rizzo||"Everybody Hurts" / "Imagine"||2008|
|ALR-0018||Various (Joy Zipper, Dean and Britta, Elk City, The Rosebuds, etc.)||Just Like Heaven - a tribute to The Cure||2009|
|ALR-0019||Julie Peel||"Once More With Feeling"||2009|
|ALR-0019||Julie Peel||Near The Sun||2009|
|ALR-||Dylan in the Movies||"Josephine If You Only Knew"||2010|
|ALR-0023||Various (The Leisure Society, Casey Mcija, The Coctails, Say Hi, etc.)||Sing Me To Sleep - Indie Lullabies
Three editions - limited 1st pressing (21 songs), bonus 3-song vinyl, LP (14 songs)
|ALR-0027||Various (Elk City, Greg Laswell, Cinerama, Stars, etc.)||Please Please Please: A Tribute To The Smiths||2011|
|ALR-0028||Various (The Tellers, Matthew Sweet, etc.)||A Tribute To Repo Man||2012|
|American Laundromat Home Entertainment|
|Founded||Mystic, CT, 2013|
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- Anderson, Rick. "Just Like Heaven: A Tribute to the Cure". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
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