No Age's Dean Spunt started the label in 2001, first releasing a 7” by a band called The Intima. From there, the bands PPM has released records of reads like a who's-who of breakthrough artists from the area over the past decade, including the aforementioned artists, plus such local luminaries as Best Coast, Mika Miko and Wavves. He'll release No. 50 in December and has up to No. 56 planned so far.
Spunt said there's not ruling sound for the label, given its variety, but rather it's an outlet for friends' bands and uncompromising artists, and to document the L.A. underground music scene. I asked Spunt to highlight a few landmark records from the PPM library.
PPM1 THE INTIMA 7"
Spunt: My first adventure into making records, such a good band. I probably let them down, I had no idea how to sell a record. I got the hang of it though! Find it if you can!
PPM8 MIKA MIKO "C.Y.S.L.A.B.F." LP
Spunt: First full length from the now legendary and defunct MM! They were a bomb that exploded and affected everyone
PPM19 GUN OUTFIT 7"
Spunt: This is the first record by Olympia Washington's Gun Outfit. They are still one of my favorite bands. So punk.
PPM20 ABE VIGODA "REVIVER" EP
Spunt: An EP after Skeleton, and before Crush ... this was Reggie's last record for them on drums, it is perfect.
PPM26 SILK FLOWERS "S/T" LP
Spunt: Such a great record. I was so pleased to release this band comprised of great friends. It always reminded me of “Cough/Cool” era Misfits meets a demented Joy Division, with perfect aesthetics. (Pick up more Silk Flowers from Amoeba here.)
PPM30 BEST COAST "SOMETHING IN THE WAY" 7"
Spunt: A really good A-side and B-side. This was when there was a drum machine, very early on in their career. Killer. (Pick up more Best Coast from Amoeba here.)
PPM38 WHITE SHIT "CARRY ME" 7"
Spunt: Andy from Wrangler Brutes, he was in a bunch of other amazing bands too, but he teams up with Jared, who was in Karp, currently in Melvins ... so many cool dudes here .. anyway, this record kills it!
PPM40 CHALK CIRCLE "REFLECTIONS" LP
Spunt: I was honored to put this record out. Chalk Circle was an all female punk rock band from Washington DC in the early '80s. Amazing amazing amazing.
PPM44 SFV ACID "NEW WEST COAST" EP
Spunt: Zane Reynolds aka SFV ACID is an incredible song writer. His MPC is where he spends most his time. The most exciting thing happening in the SFV!
PPM46 ERIC COPELAND "WHOREHOUSE BLUES" 7"
Spunt: You heard it here first, this 7" rules. We have been releasing 7"s by Eric non stop, he has more planned, don't miss these things, Eric is breaking ground below us.
Abe Vigoda performing at Amoeba Hollywood October 9, 2008:
Mika Miko were interviewed by No Age at Amoeba Hollywood on May 6, 2009:
A very stony interview with Wavves at Amoeba San Francisco August 28, 2010: