Canada Has Needed a Record Label Like This for a Long Time. Introducing Paper Bag Vintage.

For the longest time, Canadians did a lousy job documenting our music history. Not only was there a dearth of books and articles on the subject, but we let a lot of great music slip away. Things were especially bad in the vinyl-to-CD transition era when plenty of recordings never made the leap and went out of print. Today, it’s just the opposite: people want a vinyl version of a release from the digital era and nothing is to be found.

Enter Paper Bag Records, one of this country’s great indie labels. They’ve just introduced Paper Bag Vintage, a vinyl-only label which will focus on Canadian albums that have been out of print forever or have never been available as a vinyl release.

At the moment, there are 14 records in the catalogue, including material from Art Bergman (Remember Her Name), The Dears (End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story) and Tokyo Police Club. There are also releases coming from Born Ruffians, Great Lake Swimmers, The Acorn and Torngat.

I’m so in. Any chance of the pink album from the Pukka Orchestra on 180-gram vinyl?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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