It is somehow both impossible to imagine the Philadelphia music scene without Lame-O Records and inconceivable that ten years have already passed since they first formed. Such is the enigma of the Philly born and bred label that so quickly established themselves as essential catalysts of a local scene that has grown exponentially. Next weekend, First Unitarian Church will play host to two jam-packed days of music highlighting the best Lame-O has to offer, a perfect way to celebrate all that the label has accomplished over the last 10 years.
As is the case with most independent, grassroots record labels, Lame-O’s history can be traced to a single release, a time when the only option was to learn on the fly and create something out of nothing. It just so happens that Lame-O’s first release was Modern Baseball’s Sports, an album that made considerable waves upon its release and continues to be one of the most influential records of its time. At the time, label founder Eric Osman simply wanted to find a way to get the record to as many ears as possible. Osman was attending Drexel University, studying Entertainment and Artist Management, so he figured what better way to learn than by doing?
“My job was to figure out how the record was going to come out and whether there was going to be a label,” says of his early responsibilities as Modern Baseball’s de facto manager. “I didn’t have any of the tools to get an artist signed to a record label, so I just started one myself.” And so, with a modest pressing of 300 vinyl records, Lame-O was born.