Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires’ “Youth Detention” 2xLP out 6/30

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On June 30th, Don Giovanni Records will release Youth Detention///(Nail My Feet Down to the South Side of Town), the third full-length album by Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires.

Call it Youth Detention for short. A double LP spanning 17 songs, it is the band’s most ambitious work to date — a sprawling and visceral record given to both deep introspection and high-volume spiritual uplift.

Hear “Underneath the Sheets of White Noise” at NPR

Where The Glory Fires’ previous LP Dereconstructed (2014) sought to dismantle one-dimensional notions of Southern identity and culture, Youth Detention has a similar, but more personal intent. “It’s about dismantling myself and the narratives that I’ve taken on,” explains Bains. “It’s an examination of youth and the processes through which we begin to consider ourselves, our identities, and what various communities we belong to or are in tension with.” Often, the songs detail moments in which cultural boundaries and biases become apparent — scenes in which systems of privilege and oppression become visible, particularly as they relate to race, class, and gender. Everyday settings — a church, a ballpark, a cafeteria — are revisited again and again, to explore these fleeting moments of revelation from different perspectives and roles. It’s a record defined by accumulation. Stories, images, and thoughts pile up to create confusion and cacophony in the narrative.

Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Battletapes with engineer Jeremy Ferguson and producer Tim Kerr, Youth Detention captures the band in raw form. Each song was cut live to tape, with the four performing in the same room without headphones or baffling. The result is thoroughly human, with Lynn Bridges’ mix retaining the band’s live energy and looseness at the expense of a few out of tune strings. The Glory Fires’ music draws deeply from punk, but also soul, power pop, country, and gospel. It’s equal parts careful curation and geographic inheritance. “It’s the sound of my place,” says Bains. “I want to know it. I want to argue with it. I don’t want to be a band from anywhere that could be doing anything. For me, that’s what punk is about — figuring out who I am and how to be the best version of myself. I can’t do that by pretending to be something I’m not.”

The songs are deeply rooted in Bains’ experience of his hometown, Birmingham, AL. Youth Detention depicts a Southern city in the decades surrounding the turn-of-the-millennium: in the throes of white flight, urban disinvestment, racial tension, class struggle, gentrification, gender policing, homophobia, xenophobia, religious fervor, deindustrialization, and economic upheaval.

The lyrics could ring true anywhere, though. The South exists in the world and, like the South, the world is increasingly beholden to many of these same tensions and forces. The songs on Youth Detention are meant as small acts of resistance to those systems. Documenting minor moments — the refusal to sit quietly through a display of bigotry, the act of quieting down and listening to somebody’s struggle, sticking up for friends targeted for their difference — that, hopefully, serve as the beginnings of a more profound awakening.

Pre-Order Youth Detention HERE

Read Spark Mag’s interview with Lee Bains HERE

Find Lee Bains III online HERE

LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES ON TOUR

6.30 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
7.1 – Birmingham, AL @ Firehouse
7.2 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
7.6 – Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
7.7 – Jackson, MS @ Space Camp
7.8 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
7.26 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJs Bohemia
7.27 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
7.28 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
7.29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
7.30 – Washington DC @ DC9
7.31 – Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space
8.1 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
8.2 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
8.3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
8.4 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s
8.5 – Florence, MA @ 13th Floor Music Lounge
8.6 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk
8.7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
8.8 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison
8.9 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
8.10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Funhouse
8.11 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail
8.12 – Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
8.13 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Aug 14 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
8.15 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
8.16 – Appleton, WI @ Mile of Music’s Concerts in the Courtyard
8.19 – Nashville, TN @ The End

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Aye Nako – Silver Haze out 4/7!

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Excited to announce a brand new Aye Nako full length, Silver Haze, our April 7th on Don Giovanni Records!

Listen to the song Particle Mace at NPR.

Pre-order the album here, including one of just 200 copies on silver vinyl.

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Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires join Don Giovanni Records / Announce winter tour dates

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We are excited to announce that Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires have joined the Don Giovanni Records family!

Formed in 2010, the band has released two LPs — There is a Bomb in Gilead(2012) and Dereconstructed (2014) — and toured extensively throughout the US and Europe. Split between Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia, their music is both a celebration of and confrontation with the culture of the American South.

“We’re an independent band from a very peculiar place that’s trying to engage with the history of the region as it pertains to race, religion, class, gender, and the rest,” explains Bains. “The area where we’re from — the Piedmont South — is a place where a lot of vernacular musical forms from converging communities co-mingled. And that co-mingling upset the existing social orders. We’re trying to reclaim those musical moments as acts of cultural resistance.”

In January, the band — Bains, Eric Wallace, Adam Williamson, and Blake Williamson — will head out on a short East Coast tour culminating in performances at the Don Giovanni Records Showcase shows in Brooklyn and Philadelphia.
Find Lee Bains III online HERE

Find Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires on Bandcamp HERE

Read NPR on 2014’s Dereconstructed HERE

LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES ON TOUR 

1.26.17 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
1.27.17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
1.28.17 – Boone, NC @ Boone Saloon
1.29.17 – Greenville, SC – ninjaplex
1.30.17 – Greensboro, NC – On Pop of the World
1.31.17 – Harrisonburg, VA – Golden Pony
2.1.17 – Washington, DC – DC9
2.2.17 – Kennett Square, PA – Kennett Flash
2.3.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory (Don Giovanni Showcase)
2.4.17 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church (Don Giovanni Showcase)

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Don Giovanni Records Showcase 2017

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We’re really excited to be able to announce our 2017 label showcase! This year were doing three shows in two cities! Full lineup and ticket info below! Get your tickets before they sell out!

Thursday, February 2nd – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
$15

Aye Nako
Sammus
Mal Blum
Big Eyes
Izzy True
Kissing Is A Crime

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2gwUSEM

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Friday, February 3rd – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
$15

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Peter Stampfel
Shellshag
Vacation
California X
Painted Zeros

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2hg4vqp

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Saturday, February 4th – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
$15

Screaming Females
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Outer Spaces
Worriers
Bad Moves

Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2hm7nzR

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Moor Mother – Fetish Bones out Sept. 16th!

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Beyond excited to finally announce well be working with Moor Mother on her debut album Fetish Bones, out Sept. 16th!

Pre-order CD/LP/Digital: http://bit.ly/2a77ufE

Fetish Bones is the Don Giovanni Records debut of Philadelphia-based musician, artist, and activist, Camae, who performs under the name Moor Mother.

The album features 13 songs conceived and recorded in Camae’s home studio using a variety of machines, field recordings, and analog noisemakers. The music is often harsh and strange, projecting both the visceral anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra. It’s an album intended as a form of protest and also as form of time travel — a collection of sounds that are events themselves, telling stories rich in history about the journey that brings us to today and the future we are creating. Fetish Bones is not an album meant to help you forget. It is made so that you will remember the injustices that we bear witness to and participate in.

Pre-order CD/LP/Digital: http://bit.ly/2a77ufE

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Alice Bag debut album out June 24th!

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Pre-order Alice Bag

Iconic punk rock feminist, author, educator and musician Alice Bag has announced her self-titled solo debut album Alice Bag, to be released June 24 on Don Giovanni Records. As with all of Bag’s artistic endeavours, this album is unabashedly honest and unafraid. Alice Bag features all original material written by Bag and includes performances by some of her favorite LA-based musicians. There will be an album release party on July 2 at The Echo in Bag’s hometown of Los Angeles, CA with support from Generacion Suicida and Kim and The Created. Info and tickets available HERE.

Poetically biting lyrics set the stage for the sassy, socially charged first single “No Means No” released today alongside her pledge to donate 100% of today’s album pre-order proceeds to Peace Over Violence in support of Denim Day. We encourage you to pre-order the record, make your own donation and post/share the new single No Means No freely today!

Starting off on a sprint, “Little Hypocrite” wastes no time awakening the listener with tight harmonies and a frantic pace. The record rolls effortlessly into Bag’s punk prose on girl-group pop infused “He’s So Sorry”. This solo debut shows Bag exploring a moodier, bluesier sound on tracks like “Weigh About You“ and “Poisoned Seed“ which begins with a moody, haunting melody and opens up to Bag’s signature fierce sound. Sung entirely in Spanish, Bag explained the deeply personal “Inesperado Adios” “was influenced by the family of one of my students. Her father was detained for being undocumented. His sudden departure sent the family spinning out of control. As a teacher I often fell into the role of family therapist. I initially wrote it from the point of view of my student’s mother but then decided a duet might work”.

Alice was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags, one of the first wave punk bands to form in the mid-1970’s in Los Angeles, CA. She was featured in the seminal documentary on punk rock, The Decline of Western Civilization and went on to perform in other groundbreaking bands, including Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. She has published two books, including the critically acclaimed memoir Violence Girl which is now required reading in gender and musicology courses throughout the country + the self-published Pipe Bomb For the Soul, based on her experiences in post-revolutionary Nicaragua. Her influence on popular music is highlighted in the Smithsonian exhibit, American Sabor.

Pre-order Alice Bag

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Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda – A Bit Much out July 22nd!

Really excited to announce that we’re going to be working with Jamie Kilstein​ to release his debut album from Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda! The album is called “A Bit Much” and comes out July 22nd and includes the song Fuck The NRA which you can watch the video for now!

Pre-order on iTunes: http://apple.co/23I6uHc
Pre-Order CD: http://bit.ly/1VgxjgM

Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda are also on tour, go see them when they come to your city: http://jamiekilstein.com/gigs/

Jamie Kilstein is one of today’s most provocative and progressive voices, his righteous rants and searing social commentary earning him international applause and the enraged ire of the vast right wing media conspiracy. “A BIT MUCH,” the debut album from Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda, sees the NJ-born provocateur unleashing his own audacious brand of colloquial punk blues, meshing his often hilarious, always acute insights with riotous riffs and with a beat you can tear down the system to. Songs like “Fuck The NRA” and the tender “Tiny Humans” burn with Kilstein’s trademark wit, rage, and compassion, their unstoppable hooks and memorable melodies new ammunition in his ongoing war with the greedheads and homophobes, misogynists and morons that stand in the way of both peace and progress. Sonically exciting and passionately performed, Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda’s “A BIT MUCH” is an incendiary rock ‘n’ roll salvo straight into the face of our complacent and still too conservative culture.

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The New Alternative Music Festival – Sept. 16-18

Don Giovanni Records Presents:
THE NEW ALTERNATIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL
September 16-18 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
This fall, Don Giovanni Records will host The New Alternative Music Festival: three days of music without multi-nationals.

The concerts will take place September 16th – 18th at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. Care has been taken to keep the ticket price as low as possible. Individual tickets will be sold for $28 in advance and $30 at the door, with a three-day pass available for $75. The shows will be all ages. NAMF is a one-time-only event and will not be repeated in subsequent years.

Who will be there: Antibodies, Aye Nako, Daniel Bachman, Big Eyes, Mal Blum, California X, Chain And The Gang, Nato Coles, Downtown Boys, Dusk, Dyke Drama, Giant Peach, Girlpool, Izzy True, Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda, Kindling, Amy Klein, Longings, Mikey Erg, Mirah, Moor Mother Goddess, Nude Beach, Ought, Outer Spaces, P.S. Eliot, Painted Zeros, Pinkwash, Puff Pieces, Radiator Hospital, Roadside Graves, Sammus, Screaming Females, Shellshag, Laura Stevenson, Tenement, The Max Levine Ensemble, The Rememberables, Trophy Wife, Try The Pie, Upset, Vagabon, Worriers + MORE ANNOUNCED SOON

Who will not: Multi-national corporations.

The New Alternative Music Festival is not just a concert it is also an intentional event. It’s an attempt to gather together bands with diverse sounds, but common values. The performers are independent artists without ties to major labels or their music distribution. There will be no sponsors, no backdoor advertising via branded content, or other base money-making schemes.

This is a pro-weirdo event held in direct opposition to the apolitical sludge that has come to pass as “indie” and that has nothing to do with operating independently. Where many festivals reflect critical acclaim, the NAMF lineup is meant to reflect a community. In addition to making great music, many of these artists are involved because they are peers, tourmates, and friends.

Why do we need a new alternative? In recent years, the words “alternative” and “independent” have lost much of their meaning. In the past, these terms might have indicated a willful rejection of mainstream sensibilities and business practices. Today they have come to signify the quirky and the benign.

The New Alternative Music Festival is an attempt to retake lost ground. For three days, it will seek to create a space for music to be heard without commercial interruption.

Purchase tickets here: http://ticketf.ly/1MLSzCG

For more information please contact: newaltmusicfest@gmail.com

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Outer Spaces – A Shedding Snake out May 27th!

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Been sitting on this one for a while but so excited to finally tell everyone were going to be working with Outer Spaces on their debut full length “A Shedding Snake” which will be out May 27th!! Listen to/watch a video for “I Saw You” below. Pre-order on CD/LP or digital.

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PINKWASH – COLLECTIVE SIGH out May 13th!

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The debut album from Philadelphia’s PINKWASH is out May 13th on Don Giovanni Records! It is called COLLECTIVE SIGH and you can pre-order it here.

Listen to the song “Longer Now” here:

 

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