Pictured Above: Proof that you need two right hands to run a successful record label.
Former Louisville native Jeremy Devine has run his Baltimore, Maryland label Temporary Residence Ltd. for almost two decades. Since 1995, Temporary Residence has released material from Louisville acts like Continental OP (which featured local luminaries Will Oldham and David Pajo), Papa M, Parlour, The Loved, and Young Widows. Most recently, Devine saw fit to release an anthology by The Telephone Man, again underscoring his appreciation of Louisville culture both past and present. Never Nervous caught up with him while he was recovering from the flu recently, so know that Devine is a man that never really rests.
Never Nervous: Per my last count, it looked like there have been about 11 different artists on your label from Louisville. What draws you to Louisville Music?
Jeremy Devine: I’m from Louisville, so the label’s roots are there, essentially. The first few releases on Temporary Residence were from Louisville bands (Wino and Nero). From there it just sort of grew naturally, I guess. I don’t think I realized there have been 11 Louisville artists on the label. That seems like a lot. Maybe I should drop them all. Just kidding, most of them dropped themselves years ago.
NN: The word on the street (re: internet) is that you plan to issue a re-release of all of the recorded Telephone Man material. What drew you to that particular band? (editor’s note: Since this interview was conducted, this album has been released and reviewed in this very blog. It is excellent, and you should definitely buy it.)
JD: The Telephone Man was one of my favorite bands in high school. I went to school with Matthew, the singer/guitarist, and was good friends with Nick, their drummer (who would later be in Nero). It has honestly been a dream of mine since I started this label to one day collect and properly release all of their material. I always thought they were ahead of their time, and the fact that it still sounds relevant now affirms that.
NN: How did Temporary Residence come to be?
JD: I wanted an outlet to release my own music, and my friends’ music. I felt like there was a lot of great music that was maybe too left of center for other labels to get behind. Or maybe my friends were just bad at promoting themselves. Whatever the case, I felt compelled to facilitate and collaborate with these artists that I found to be doing something interesting and inspirational.
NN: Do you have a favorite release, Louisville related or otherwise?
JD: Not really. That’s a bit like asking a parent if they have a favorite child, right?
JD: A mutual friend, Ronen Givony of the Wordless Music Series, introduced us as he thought we should work together. I am eternally grateful to Ronen for that, as working with William has been a dream and a true pleasure.
NN: Anything new on the horizon that we should watch for?
JD: I’m not sure of the exact schedule or really any specifics at this point, but there will definitely be new releases next year from Eluvium, Envy, Coliseum, Systems Officer, Bellini, and a few other nice surprises. We’re really looking forward to it.
NN: Do you have any music recommendations?
JD: New albums I’ve heard this year that I personally dig: Beach House, Gaza, Cat Power, Flying Lotus, Four Tet…that’s all that’s popping into my head at the moment that’s new. I mostly just listen to Kenny Rogers and Tears For Fears.