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Cafe Oto starts record label OtoRoku

Cafe Oto in London is starting its own record label, OtoRoku. The label will release recordings from live shows at the venue, starting with Peter Brötzmann's first trip to Cafe Oto performing with Steve Noble and John Edwards from January 2010.

The recording, titled …The Worse, The Better will be released on LP, with cover designed by Brötzmann, and a performance by the trio to mark the record's release. There's no official release date for the record or the launch performance, but it's expected around March.

Along with the label Cafe Oto will also be setting up an online shop, and records will be sold at the venue. (For those outside the UK, Honest Jon's are handling worldwide distribution). The label is part of Oto Projects, and any profits will be put back into funding shows at Oto. More details on other OtoRoku releases will be announced in the coming weeks.