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Help Riot-Struck PIAS - Buy MP3s
John Doran , August 9th, 2011 08:26

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The Quietus was saddened to learn that PIAS has lost all of its stock in a warehouse fire last night. As readers of this site you will know that we are firm supporters of British (and worldwide) independent labels.

Because, even to insured labels, this is the kind of thing that can ruin businesses that exist on the breadline, we're all buying PIAS albums as MP3s today and ask that you do likewise if you can spare the money.

(We're also in the process of helping organize a fundraiser for people local to The Quietus' offices in Tottenham made homeless by recent acts of civil disorder but more details on that when we have them.)

Here is a complete list of labels associated with PIAS. Every one of these labels will have released an album that has touched a Quietus reader's life in a profound way, so please show support.

1234, 2020 Vision, Accidental, Ad Altiora, Adventures Close to home, Alberts, All City, Alt Delete, Ambush Reality, Angular, Ark, ATC, Atic, Atlantic Jaxx, Azuli, B Unique, Backyard, Bad Sneakers, Bandstock, Beggars, Big Chill, Big Dada, Big Life / Nul / Sindy Stroker, Boombox, Border Community, Boysnoize, Brille, Bronzerat, Brownswood, Buzzin Fly, Can You Feel It, Catskills, ChannelFly, Chemikal Underground, City Rockers, Counter, D Cypher Dance To The Radio, Deceptive, Def Jux, Dirtee Stank, Divine Comedy, Domino, Drag City, Drive Thru, Drowned in Sound, Duophonic, Eat Sleep / Sorepoint, Electric Toaster, Emfire, F. Comm, Fabric, Faith And Hope, Fantastic Plastic, Fargo, FatCat Feraltone, Finders Keepers / Twisted Nerve, Fingerlickin', Flock Free Range, From The Basement, Full Time Hobby, Goldsoul, Gronland, Groove Attack, Halftime, Hassle, Heron, Hum&Haw, Independiente, Info UK, Join Us, Kartel, Kensaltown, Kitsune, Kompakt, Laughing Stock, Leftroom, Lex, Lo Max, Loose, Love Box, Lowlife, Lucky Number, Marquis Cha Cha, Memphis Industry, Merok, Metroline, Mute, Naïve, Nation, Navigator, New World, Ninja Tune, Nuclear Blast, One Little Indian, Output / People in the Sky /, Process, Pale Blue, Palm, Peacefrog, PIAS Recordings, PIP 555, Productions, Play To Work, Powerhouse (T2), Propaganda / Ho Hum, Raw Canvas, Red Grape, Red Telephone Box, Rekids, Renaissance, Respect Productions (PES digital), Reveal Records, RMG, Rock Action, Roots, Rough Trade, Rough Trade Comps, Rubyworks, Ruffa Lane, Search And Destroy, Secret Sundaze, Secretly Canadian / Jagjaguwar / Dead Oceans, Sell Yourself, Setanta, Shatterproof, Sideone Dummy, Slam Dunk, Smalltown, Soma, Something In Construction, Sonar Kollectiv, Soul Jazz, Southern Fried, Stranded Soldier, Subliminal, Sunday Best, TARGO, Taste, Ten Worlds, Thrill Jockey, Total Fitness, Touch And Go, Track And Field, TriTone, Trouble, Try Harder, Turk, Turnstile, Twenty 20, Underworld, Union Square, Urban Torque, Vagrant, Vice, Victory, Wagram, Wall Of Sound, Warp, Wi45, Wonky Atlas, Word And Sound, Xtra Mile, You Are Here

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Ewan Cowie
Aug 9, 2011 12:45pm

This might be a stupid question, but are there any specific sites that people should buy these through in order that the labels get the maximum royalty available?

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Sarah Oaks
Aug 9, 2011 1:32pm

Everyone can can support PIAS by buying albums from independent high street etailers too who sell PIAS product - the indie labels need the high street too!

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Debbie Ball
Aug 9, 2011 1:42pm

I'm with Sarah here, the indie labels need the high street and the high street needs the indie labels. People can help their local independent record shops cope and stay financially afloat amidst this unexpected chaos. Buy a PIAS album from them too

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John Doran
Aug 9, 2011 2:32pm

Of course, if you have time to go and buy vinyl in person do so. Otherwise we'll be publishing a feature later today suggesting a handful of albums and sites. If you want to get stuck in today just take one of the above names and google it with online and shop and see what comes up...

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John Doran
Aug 9, 2011 2:33pm

In reply to John Doran:

Y'know, I don't have this option myself as the few local record shops I have are now burned down or boarded up.

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Aug 10, 2011 1:36pm

I've just watched an interview on the BBC News channel (it started at 13:47 and ran for 3 minutes if you have BBC iPlayer) with Stuart White, lawyer at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain in London, re the 'Riot Damages Act' of 1886. The act 'allows people who suffer losses in a riot to make a claim for restitution against the police authorities in the area where the damages happened'.

Act requires:

'people to have been riotously and tumultuously assembled'
'the people have caused the damage suffered'

most importantly there's a claims cut-off clause:

'claim limit is 14 days from the date of the incident'
'claims also allowed for uninsured losses'
'claim has to be registered with the correct authority' (does SONY DADC come under authority of Metropolitain Police or a regional force?)
'claims have to be submitted on the proscribed form (1921 version) which lists all items damaged or stolen and itemised valuations'

'application has to show sufficient to prove the claim relates to 'A RIOT' where at least 12 individuals have acted 'with common purpose''

(i note that bbc interviews on the night of the fire with a hotelier (and his mum) from a hotel adjacent to SONY highlighted that the hotelier 'saw a group of 20 or so people running out of the site carrying Sony items such as Wii's and that one of the group was carrying a petrol can and that the hotelier was punched in the face for looking at them')

'the requirement of 'common purpose' can be 'inferred' so the priority is to submit a claim then wait for the police to decide if the event constitutes a riot

Hope this can help some of those affected.

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John Doran
Aug 10, 2011 2:10pm

In reply to SadBast:

Very interesting info cheers. JD

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