Who’s Burger Records? Who’s Burger Records?! What’s wrong with you?!
Ok ok, no judging, I promise. I actually didn’t really know who BR was until I started to notice their name on a few of my albums (namely by The Go and Night Beats) and decided to look them up.
After several visits to their website, checking out a feature about them in an Optical Sounds issue and checking out this very documentary, I’ve totally become a devotee. These Californian guys seem like the goofy friends I had in high school that I used to listen to records with; just super chill and care deeply about music and having fun.
This fun doc by Jack Sample is about how these fun, sort of outcast like music obsessives decided to create a record store which evolved into a small label. This label went on to be one of the strongest forces behind the very recent resurgence of tape cassette releases (with groups such as The Growlers, Ty Segall, Black Lips, Cleaners from Venus, Christian Bland & The Revelatos, etc). These guys are great, and so is this mini-doc. Check it out!
Also worth mentioning is the Burger TV video serious on youtube (AKA BRGRTV). God, I can’t begin to stress enough about how enjoyable these episodes are. The show’s like Magical Mystery Tour, Wayne’s World, Tim & Eric and Head all rolled up into one. Live performances and music videos from bands that have released through BR are interspersed between hilarious bits of label/store owners, Sean and Lee just hanging out and doing whatever, trippy animation, micro samples of vintage commercials, talking hamburgers and skeletons, interviews and label updates. It must be viewed to be believed.
Here’s a link to episode 1: