Dead Oceans

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Dead Oceans
Founded 2007
Founder Ben Swanson
Chris Swanson
Darius Van Arman
Jonathan Cargill
Phil Waldorf
Distributor(s) SC Distribution
Genre Indie rock
Country of origin United States
Location Bloomington, IN
Official website Official Site

Dead Oceans is an independent record label based jointly in Bloomington, Indiana and Austin, Texas.[1] Acts on the label's roster include Slowdive, Akron/Family, John Vanderslice, Califone, Phosphorescent, Bishop Allen, Casey Dienel's band White Hinterland, Bowerbirds, Mitski, The Donkeys, and The Tallest Man on Earth.


After nearly a decade managing Misra Records, Phil Waldorf jumped ship to form Dead Oceans in 2007.[2] Run side by side with sister labels Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans is co-owned by the partners behind Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar (Ben Swanson, Chris Swanson, Darius Van Arman, Jonathan Cargill) with Phil Waldorf.[1] Dead Oceans shares the Bloomington, Indiana work staff of its sister labels, but Waldorf acts as its A&R from his current location in Austin, Texas.[1] Taken from their official website, the label "will focus on bold and timeless recordings, not emphasizing a particular genre or scene, but instead fostering a diverse stable of sound-creators".[3]


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  1. ^ a b c Dave Maher, "Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar Birth Dead Oceans" Pitchfork Media, February 19, 2007.
  2. ^ Austin Powell, "Dead Oceans Making Waves" Austin Chronicle, October 19, 2007.
  3. ^ News, "Welcome to the Dead Oceans website",, February 15, 2007.

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