City Slang is an independent record label based in Berlin, Germany. Founded by former tour agent Christof Ellinghaus exclusively to put out the Flaming Lips’ 1990 album In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares), it became almost by chance a home for US bands looking to bring their music to Europe – it just so happened that The Lemonheads, Das Damen and the mighty Yo La Tengo were also looking for somebody to release their respective 1990 albums.
So here we are, 20-something years later – a remarkable achievement in itself – still going from strength to strength. City Slang’s catalogue has grown to encompass a broad and colourful spectrum of artists; our diverse roster includes heavy-hitting veterans Lambchop, cult favourites Nada Surf, the critically-lauded Arcade Fire, and a whole load of other awesome bands.
But don’t just take our word for it. Here in our online home you can look and listen to your heart’s content, and really, the music speaks for itself. Thanks for being a fan, and we hope you stick around.
Hell, we don’t know what makes us jump either. It’s got to be good. There are no real boundaries, but chances are you won’t find a Schlager record here or a Jazzrock workout. We like songs. We like originality. We like depth. We like it if you have a sound of your own. If you send us a demo and you tell us that you sound like Tortoise and Sebadoh mixed with Lambchop, why would we want to listen to that? We have been fortunate enough to work with some of the greatest musicians and bands out there - Once you have released a masterpiece like Neon Golden by The Notwist, there’s no point in going back to an Italian version of the same kind of stuff, just not as good. Does that make sense?
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