Partisan Records

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Partisan Records
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Founded2007 (2007)
FounderTim Putnam
Ian Wheeler
Distributor(s)ADA (US), Cadence Music Group (Canada), PIAS Group (ROW}
Country of originU.S.
LocationBrooklyn, New York

Partisan Records is an independent record label with offices in London and Los Angeles, as well as in New York City, where the company was co-founded in 2007 by Tim Putnam and Ian Wheeler.  The label, initially run out of Putnam’s South Brooklyn apartment, relocated in 2009 to their flagship office in Williamsburg where they still reside. [1] Holy Sons (‘Decline Of The West’) was the first release on the label, and early success followed shortly thereafter with the release of Deer Tick (‘War Elephant’). [2]

In 2008, while working as the Night Manager for The Knitting Factory venue at their Leonard St. location in Manhattan, Putnam was approached by Knitting Factory Entertainment CEO Morgan Margolis to form a strategic partnership with Partisan. [3] Together they've reissued the Fela Kuti catalogue and revived their label, Knitting Factory Records, which also includes Grammy Award-nominated members of the Kuti family, Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti. [4]

Partisan has since cultivated an eclectic, diverse roster across all genres, prioritizing an artist-friendly philosophy, and achieving international acclaim.  In 2018 they achieved a Top 5 UK chart position as well as a ‘British Breakthrough’ nomination at the BRIT Awards in 2019 for Joy as an Act of Resistance by IDLES [5]. Partisan then earned their first-ever Grammy nomination for ‘Deran’ by Bombino; [6] two Mercury Prize nominations for IDLES and Fontaines D.C.'s debut album 'Dogrel'; [7] an Ivor Novello prize for IDLES; AIM UK, A2IM, and Music Business Worldwide A+R Awards for Independent Label of the Year; and Music Week’s International Woman of The Year award for Partisan's Managing Director, Zena White. [8]

Putnam now serves as President of Partisan, and Wheeler manages The Talkhouse, which he founded in 2015 and shares an office with Partisan. [9]






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  1. ^ "Plug In Music News Story: Partisan Records Give Home To Deer Tick, The Standard, Holy Sons". Archived from the original on 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  2. ^ Brooklyn Vegan: Deer Tick Album Re-Release
  3. ^ WMG News: Renowned Indie Labels Partisan and Knitting Factory Records Partner With ADA
  4. ^ Music Business Worldwide: Zena White Named MD of Partisan Records + KFR
  5. ^ NME: IDLES Nominated for Brit Award
  6. ^ Billboard: Bombino Reacts to Grammy Nomination
  7. ^ The Guardian: Critics Hail Mercury Prize's Return to Protest Music
  8. ^ Music Week: Partisan Records - The Music Week Interview
  9. ^ Talkhouse: Ian Wheeler
  10. ^ "Discogs". Retrieved 2019-03-28.
Year Artist Release Notes
2008 Deer Tick War Elephant
Holy Sons Decline of the West
Deer Tick Born on Flag Day
2010 Deer Tick The Black Dirt Sessions
Mountain Man Made The Harbor
Holy Sons Survivalists Tales!
Paleo A View of the Sky
Deer Tick / Johnny Corndawg Water Friends For
2011 Dolorean The Unfazed
Ages and Ages Alright, You Restless
Warm Ghost Uncut Diamond (EP)
Bobby Bobby
Lumerians Transmalinnia
Middle Brother Middle Brother
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside Dirty Radio
Paleo Fruit Of The Spirit
Warm Ghost Narrows
Virgin Forest Joy Atrophy
Deer Tick Divine Providence
2012 Virgin Forest Easy Way Out
Heartless Bastards Arrow
Deer Tick Tim (EP)
Emily Wells Mama
Diamond Rugs Diamond Rugs
Freeman Marvelous Clouds
The Amazing Gentle Stream
Field Report Field Report
Callers Reviver
Lumerians Horizon Structures
2013 Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside Untamed Beast
John Grant Pale Green Ghosts
Emily Wells Mama Acoustic Recordings
Treetop Flyers The Mountain Moves
Pure Bathing Culture Moon Tides
Lumerians The High Frontier
Deer Tick Negativity
The Dismemberment Plan Uncanney Valley
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside Summer (EP)
2014 Eagulls Eagulls
Ages and Ages Divisionary
Sylvan Esso Sylvan Esso
Phox Phox
Freeman Freemen
Christopher Denny If The Roses Don't Kill Us
The Wytches Annabel Dream Reader
Field Report Marigolden
The Dismemberment Plan Change
2015 The Amazing Picture You
Torres Sprinter
Heartless Bastards Restless Ones
Sylvan Esso H.S.K.T.
Craig Finn Faith In The Future
Dilly Dally Sore
John Grant Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
Pure Bathing Culture Pray For Rain
Made of Oak Penumbra
Sylvan Esso / Flock of Dimes Split Single
Holy Sons Decline Of The West Vol I.& II. (Deluxe Reissue)
Nico Yaryan Just Tell Me
2016 Lontalius I'll Forget 17
Bombino Azel
Baby In Vain For The Kids
John Grant Queen of Denmark
Eagulls Ullages
Nico Yaryan What A Tease
The Amazing Ambulance
Ages and Ages Something to Ruin
Flock of Dimes If You See Me, Say Yes
Dilly Dally FKKT (EP)
Holy Sons In The Garden
Tender EP III
2017 IDLES Brutalism
Emel Ensen
Craig Finn We All Want The Same Things
The Black Angels Death Song
Violents & Monica Martin Awake and Pretty Much Sober
Cigarettes After Sex Cigarettes After Sex
Baby In Vain More Nothing
TENDER Modern Addiction
Deer Tick Deer Tick Vol. 1
Deer Tick Deer Tick Vol. 2
2018 Emel Ensenity
Erika Wennerstrom Sweet Unknown
The Amazing In Transit
Bombino Deran
Goon Dusk of Punk - Happy Omen
IDLES Joy as an Act of Resistance
Dilly Dally Heaven
John Grant Love is Magic
IDLES with Heavy Lungs Split 7" Single
Cigarettes After Sex Crush 7"
Deer Tick Mayonnaise
Tender Fear of Falling Asleep
Mercury Rev Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisted
Craig Finn I Need a New War
John Grant Remixes Are Also Magic
Fontaines D.C. Dogrel
Body Type Body Type EP & EP2
Pottery No.1 EP
Goon Heaven is Humming
IDLES Mercedes Marxist 7 inch
Spike Fuck Smackwave EP
Molly Sarlé Karaoke Angel
Emel Mathlouthi Everywhere We Looked Was Burning
Cigarettes After Sex Cry
IDLES A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan
2020 Laura Marling Song For Our Daughter