Year of the Kitty
Asthmatic Kitty owes a lot of notoriety to their diamond in the rough Sufjan Stevens, but their stable now includes a solid lineup of artsy-folk folks like Castanets, My Brightest Diamond, Shapes and Sizes, Half-Handed Cloud, and Rafter. And now they're expanding again, and giving us a free taste of the goodies therein. 6 new musical acts and 1 artist (Laura Park, artwork shown above). The label is one of those rare jewels I'm talking about. It has an identity, it wants to get next to you, it wants to make you smile. They don't feel like you should feel obligated to support them, but they want to make you want to. And I'm fairly confident you're going to want to.
Osso - Year of the Boar
Shannon Stevens - So Gentle Your Arms
[from Works In Progress|stream|download]