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Morning click: Philly studio fire ruled arson; ever-polarizing band CocoRosie lands Sub Pop deal

phillyfire2.jpegTeddy Pendergrass's 1979 gold record "Live! Coast to Coast" is recovered from the fire at Philadelphia International Records. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

- The fire that damaged the offices of a prominent Philly soul record label has been ruled an arson. Set sometime on Sunday, the fire partially destroyed the Philadelphia International Records building where Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Paul, Lou Rawls and Patti Labelle recorded hit records throughout the 1970s. Label founders Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff estimate that nearly half the company's memorabilia-- including many gold and platinum records-- was lost. The recording studio itself and the company's master tapes, held in underground storage, were unharmed.

- When Sub Pop announced yesterday that the label had signed strange, baby noise-making band of sisters CocoRosie, the response on Twitter was bitterly divided between the "OMG YES!" and "OMG NO!" factions. Love 'em or hate 'em, the duo will release "Grey Oceans" on the indie label May 11. All I'm saying is check out the album's cover art. What crowd of people wouldn't be polarized by that?

By Ally Schweitzer  |  February 24, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: CocoRosie, Teddy Pendergrass  
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