Best Local Label

BDR Records

On its website BDR Records states that its mission is to "document the St. Louis punk, new-wave, power-pop, post-punk, etc bands from the '70s and '80s on vinyl and shiny compact discs." So far, so good: The label, cofounded by Bunnygrunt's Matt Harnish and local punk expert Jason Rerun, had a bang-up first year. BDR's debut offering was a collection from post-punk/no-wave footnotes Raymilland, titled Recordings '79-'81. The quartet received airplay on influential New York City radio station WFMU (91.1 FM) and reunited to perform at Georgia's Athens PopFest on the same bill as Mission of Burma. The label's next endeavors — a pressing of the never-released EP by grrl-punks the Welders and a remastered version of the St. Louis new-wave compilation Test Patterns — received just as much positive attention. They say history never repeats and that might be true. But BDR sure is aiming to preserve it.

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