Fifteen years go, Stones Throw started as a vinyl-only label. Founded by DJ and producer Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw aimed to provide music “by DJs, for DJs.” Since then, the Los Angeles-based label has stayed true to its original game plan, consistently putting out classic hip-hop LPs straight from the underground. Artists who have gone through the label include Madlib and all of his side projects, MF Doom, J Rocc, Strong Arm Steady, Guilty Simpson, Mayer Hawthorne and more recent acts like James Pants.
Stones Throw has decided to plan its own birthday party, or better yet, multiple parties, with a series of shows solely featuring its own artists in an intimate, 100-person setting. Each show will be recorded and held at Capsule Lab studio and pressing plant in its hometown of L.A. None of the warmth or instrumental nuances will have a chance to get lost on these recordings; each show will be pressed directly to vinyl. At no point will the recording be mediated by digital or analog recording gear.
First up for the royal live-recording treatment is Mayer Hawthorne, the Los Angeles singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, along with his backup band, collectively referred to as the County. Joining Hawthorne will be jazz/rock group Rick featuring Sam Gendel of Teen Inc. Between sets, Peanut Butt Wolf will be jumping behind the turntables for a DJ set. Don’t expect to find tickets to the event, as most of them will be handed out on an invite-only basis. Stones Throw claims that a few seats will be handed out on the website at some point in April, but there are no other details on how that will work.
None of the other performances in the series have been announced yet. Check back with the website for more details.