Founded in 2002 in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, Kanine Records stemmed from an idea that Lio and Kay Kanine had, which was simply to share their joint love for local bands and music with the rest of the world. Lio Kanine had been involved with DJing and booking bands at venues around town and they decided to release a 20 track compilation of unsigned acts from Brooklyn and New York City entitled NY: The Next Wave. The response they received was so much more than the two ever expected, eventually earning them worldwide recognition. Since the success of NY: The Next Wave, Lio and Kay have been releasing critically acclaimed debut albums from indie rock acts such as Grizzly Bear, Chairlift, and Surfer Blood. What distinguishes Kanine Records from so many other indie labels is their integrity and passion for music. “We only sign artists we believe in, and we strive to make our label the best possible home for our artists”, states Leo Kanine. The two continue to sign notable acts with a strong voice in indie-rock music and have released exemplary albums from bands like Braids, Eternal Summers, Royal Baths, Splashh, Fear of Men, Flowers, The Depreciation Guild, Hockey Dad, along with many more to come in the future.
Kanine Records will be hosting a takeover on our Instagram today – be sure to follow us at @anonmag for all their latest news, announcements and photos! They also graciously put together a comprehensive playlist on Spotify, featuring bands on their label from 2003 to 2016, which you can listen to below.