For the past four days rioting and fires in London have inflicted massive amounts of property damage on local businesses, many of which may never fully recover. The Guardian reports that numerous independent record labels now fear they too may be among those catastrophically affected by the riots, their stock of CDs and vinyl destroyed in a fire Monday night at the Sony DADC-owned warehouse in Enfield which housed PIAS Distribution. PIAS is the UK's largest independent sales, marketing and distribution company, working with such labels as 4AD, Domino, Ninja Tune, Warp and Brownswood.
A blog post on the Brownswood website issued this advice for fans wishing to show support for the affected labels:
"You can help them survive this disaster by buying a digital download of an album from any one of the digital retailers in the UK, as well as going to your local record store and buying CD or vinyl while stocks last.
This way, the labels will be able to re-manufacture their CDs and vinyl more quickly, to resupply the record shops who are also affected by the riots."
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