Flameshovel Records

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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 Nash Grey, the duo were soon joined by James Kenler. Grey left for Philadelphia the following year to finish grad school and the remaining partners forged ahead.

The label has since put out over 45 releases, not least of which includes the entire Make Believe catalog (featuring the newest ramblings of indie-avant hero Tim Kinsella), Russian Circles, Sybris, Bound Stems 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.

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, Chin Up Chin Up) and Pitchfork Fest (Chin Up Chin Up) in summers past, 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 7 years ago: the impassioned release of the finest new music flying under the radar in Chicago and beyond.

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