Saddle Creek Records is one of the finest American independent record labels around. Based in Omaha, Nebraska it began as a college class project on entrepreneurship in 1993. Founded by Robb Nansal and Justin Oberst in 1993, what is known today as Saddle Creek began as Lumberjack Records.  Taking the name from Saddle Creek Road, a street that cuts through the east side of Omaha, it is the where the beginnings of the scene that propelled the label to early success can be found. Local residents such as Conor Oberst ([lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bright Eyes[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Desaparecidos[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Monsters of Folk[/lastfm]) along with Tim Kasher ([lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Slowdown Virginia[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cursive[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Good Life[/lastfm]) were given the opportunity and support to showcase their talent from a very early age. Saddle Creek Records is credited with creating a style of music known to many as "The Omaha Sound" which in many ways could be attributed to Mike Mogis, whom has produced and performed with many of the labels mainstay acts. The first release credited to Lumberjack/Saddle Creek was in fact cassette by a 13 year old Conor Oberst in 1993, but it wasn't until 2001 that the label really began to experience heightened interest. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Faint[/lastfm] released their breakthrough album 'Danse Macabre', which took them playing to 300 people in their home town to supporting [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]No Doubt[/lastfm] on a national arena tour in a matter of weeks. The following year [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bright Eyes[/lastfm] released his commercial breakthrough, titled 'Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil Keep Your Ear to the Ground' which saw him touted as the "new Bob Dylan". Last but not least Saddle Creek released 'The Ugly Organ' by indie rockers [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cursive[/lastfm], whom also received a positive reception. Not restricting themselves to local acts, Saddle Creek have released artists from all over the States, such as the Jenny Lewis led [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rilo Kiley [/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eric Bachmann[/lastfm] (formerly leader of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Archers of Loaf[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Crooked Fingers[/lastfm]),  [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Two Gallants[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tokyo Police Club [/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Rural Alberta Advantage[/lastfm]. In 2005, 'Spend An Evening with Saddle Creek', a documentary detailing the first ten years of the record label's history, was released. The DVD features extensive interviews with the Saddle Creek bands, archival footage, and rare live performances and in 2007, the label opened their own music venue named Slowdown (after the group [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Slowdown Virginia[/lastfm]), located in the very heart of Omaha. [mp3com-artist]PUJOL[/mp3com-artist] - Providence Releasing a plethora of gritty, garage rock singles and cassettes over the past two years on Jack White's Third Man Records, Nashville's Infinity Cat Recordings and Turbo Time Records among others, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]PUJOL[/lastfm] has now partnered with Omaha's Saddle Creek. Click HERE for a free download of “Providence” [mp3com-artist]The Mynabirds[/mp3com-artist] - Body of Work Indie pop act [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Mynabirds[/lastfm] return with 'Body of Work', a new track from their eagerly awaited upcoming album 'GENERALS', out June 5th via Saddle Creek Records. Click HERE for a free download of “Body of Work” [mp3com-artist]Icky Blossoms[/mp3com-artist] - Perfect Vision [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Icky Blossoms[/lastfm] is Derek Pressnal (of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tilly and the Wall[/lastfm] fame), joined by singer Sarah Bohling and guitarist Nik Fackler.  The produce slow-burning pop melodies infused with dreamy electronics.Their self-titled debut LP, which is produced by Dave Sitek, will be out July 17 on Saddle Creek Records. Click HERE for a free download of “Perfect Vision” Click HERE for more Label of the Week features.

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