Written by Don Giovanni on 11/12/2014 5:33pm
Screaming Females have a new album called Rose Mountain coming out on Feb. 24th! The album was produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, The Sword) and its truly an epic masterpiece. Listen to the song Ripe from it below and keep an eye out for pre-order closer to the release date:
Written by Don Giovanni on 11/12/2014 4:37pm
have a brand new album called Nights In the Dark
coming out on January 13th, an epic follow up to their self titled debut
. You can pre-order the album in our store now
and there are copies on colored vinyl for the first 300 pre-orders. Listen to the title track:
Written by Don Giovanni on 11/05/2014 11:43am
Priests are leaving for a tour tomorrow which includes dates with Dismemberment Plan, Deerhoof, Laura Stevenson, Downtown Boys, and Pinkwash.
6 NOVEMBER NEWARK, DE The Perkins Student Center at the University of Delaware w/ Laura Stevenson, Cayetana, & Solids
7 NOVEMBER PHILADELPHIA, PA First Unitarian Church w/ Dismemberment Plan
8 NOVEMBER NEW YORK, NY Bowery Ballroom w/ Dismemberment Plan
10 NOVEMBER COLUMBUS, OH Ace of Cups w/ Psychic Wheels, Teenage Strangers
11 NOVEMBER CHICAGO, IL Bottom Lounge w/ Deerhoof, White Reaper
12 NOVEMBER KALAMAZOO, MI Louie’s Back Room w/ Deerhoof, White Reaper
13 NOVEMBER TORONTO, ON Lee’s Palace w/ Deerhoof, White Reaper
14 NOVEMBER MONTREAL, QC Cabaret Piccolo Rialto w/ Deerhoof, White Reaper
15 NOVEMBER PAWTUCKET, RI The Met w/ Deerhoof, Lightning Bolt
16 NOVEMBER BOSTON, MA Boylston Church w/ Skimask, Animal Mother, Ursula
17 NOVEMBER NEW YORK, NY Death By Audio w/ Future Punx, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/30/2014 1:11pm
(photo by Nicholas Regan)
We are so excited to announce that we will be working with Downtown Boys on their debut album! Downtown Boys will be recording at Electrical Audio with Greg Norman for an album out in 2015.
Downtown Boys are a bilingual political sax punk party from Providence, RI. They write songs about smashing the prison-industrial complex, racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people tell us that try to close our minds, eyes, and hearts. They released a 7" on Sister Polygon records in February 2014 and are more than ecstatic and determined to continue on a wave of history with an LP on Don Giovanni Records and a summer tour in 2015. "Since we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal, [we] have been making as much noise as [we] can" -James Baldwin
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/30/2014 12:28pm
We are very excited to announce that we will be working with Pinkwash
to release their debut album in 2015! After being told by almost everyone I knew that Pinkwash were one of the best bands they had ever seen, I finally got a chance to see them at Priests' record release show and they really were. Based in Philadelphia, Pinkwash released their demo on Sister Polygon
in June and are recording an album early next year. If you get a chance to see them live
, do it.
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/30/2014 11:54am
(photo by Shervin Lainez)
We are really excited to be working with Mal Blum
on their next album due in the spring. Some may recognize Mal from their song with Chris Gethard
on his album we released earlier last year, from their numerous appearances on his show (in fact it was Chris that first brought Mal to our attention years ago), from playing our free outdoor show in New Brunswick earlier this year, or from them touring over the last few years across the US. We couldn't be more excited to work with them on their next album. Mal is working on the album now, which is being produced by Marissa Paternoster
for a spring release
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/21/2014 10:34am
Nude Beach's new album 77 is out now! Pick up a copy here or at your local record store! Or get a copy from the band on tour:
10/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (CMJ Distiller Showcase)
10/26: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
10/27: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/28: Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
10/29: Milwaukee, WI @ Ground Zero House
10/30: Cincinnati, OH @ the Drinkery
10/31: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/1: Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia
11/2: Athens, GA @ Hi-Lo Lounge
11/3: Raleigh, NC @ Nice Price Books + Records
11/4: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
11/5: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
11/6: Allston, MA @ O'Brien's Pub
11/22: Toronto, ON @ Not Dead Yet Fest
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/17/2014 10:57am
Vacation are going on tour this fall, including some dates with Shellshag and The Fest! Don't miss them if you get the chance to see them:
10/26-Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR
10/27-Chattanooga, TN @ Antarctica
10/28-Asheville, NC @ Static Age Records
10/29-Tampa, FL @ Tequilas
10/30-St. Augustine, FL @ Nobbys
10/31-Gainesville, FL @ The Wooly
11/1-Athens, GA @ Flickr Bar
11/2-Lexington, KY @ The Lantern
Written by Don Giovanni on 08/27/2014 10:32am
Screaming Females are going on tour this fall with PUJOL (Saddle Creek). All the shows are sure to be great. So don't miss them when they come to your town. They will also have something special on sale on the tour.
10/03 - U+N Fest (Ottobar) - Baltimore, MD*
10/04 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
10/05 - Mr Roboto Project - Pittsburgh, PA
10/06 - Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH
10/07 - Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL
10/08 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
10/09 - Back Porch - Spearfish, SD
10/10 - Lost Lake Lounge - Denver, CO
10/11 - The Crux - Boise, ID
10/13 - Holocene - Portland, OR
10/14 - Obsidian - Olympia, WA
10/15 - Black Lodge - Seattle, WA
10/17 - 1234 Go! - Oakland, CA
10/18 - Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
10/19 - Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA
10/23 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
10/24 - Walter's Downtown - Houston, TX
10/25 - Community Records Block Party - New Orleans, LA
10/28 - The Stone Fox - Nashville, TN
10/30 - Pre-Fest 2 - Ybor (Tampa), FL*
10/31 - FEST 13 - Gainesville, FL*
11/01 - 529 Bar - Atlanta, GA
11/02 - Kings Barcade - Raleigh, NC
11/03 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
11/05 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
11/06 - TT The Bear's Place - Cambridge, MA
11/07 - Spark City - Providence, RI
11/08 - Asbury Lanes - Asbury Park, NJ
all shows with PUJOL except *
Written by Don Giovanni on 08/25/2014 9:28am
We are really excited to announce that we will be doing another free outdoor show in New Brunswick this year! Last year was a lot of fun and we look forward to doing it again:
Sept. 20th, 2014Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1466037190322774/
Don Giovanni Records Presents:
Boyd Park, New Brunswick, NJ
Written by Don Giovanni on 08/12/2014 10:30am
Black Wine's new album Yell Boss is out TODAY! You can order it here or on iTunes now. Here is a great video of Black Wine playing No Reason at their house*. Look for Black Wine on tour soon!
*okay, J doesn’t live there but you get the idea.
Written by Don Giovanni on 08/11/2014 10:28am
Worriers are going on tour in September! In addition to their incredible Cruel Optimist record, they will also have copies of Lauren Denitzio’s artist book How Do You Like What You Have with them! Do not miss them if they are coming to your town!
Written by Don Giovanni on 07/23/2014 10:59am
Nude Beach's 3rd album, 77, will be out out October 21st on CD, 2xLP, and Digitally! You can listen to the song I Can't Keep The Tears From Falling from the album here:
Keep checking back for more information and pre-orders!
Written by Don Giovanni on 07/11/2014 12:04pm
is releasing their fourth studio album, Yell Boss
on August 12th and you can pre-order it now
Here is what Mike Faloon has to say about it:
Black Wine is a punk rock trio from New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Black Wine unleash a punk/rock/pop sound that’s perfectly suited for banging and stomping with wild abandon. Or contemplating a Swedish existentialist novel.
Black Wine is the supergroup Kim Deal and Bob Mould and Gene Hackman would form.
The band’s line up consists of Jeff Schroeck on guitar, J Nixon on bass, Miranda Taylor on drums. They come from a long line of amazing Jersey bands including the Ergs!, Full of Fancy, and Hunchback. They draw on each of those bands. They sound like none of them. From the start the trio has forged ahead, always evolving, always engaging.
Since forming in 2009, Black Wine has released four albums and a number of singles. Their latest release is Yell Boss (Don Giovanni.) The title comes from an episode of comedian Paul F. Tompkins’ podcast. The ten songs were recorded by Brian Buccellato at Volume IV in New Brunswick.
All three members of Black Wine write. All three sing. They’re not led by one band member or another. They work as a whole. They practice a functional collectivism that would make political activists envious. Though you’ll never hear Black Wine amble on about their “process.” They’re too humble. They steer clear of the ego driven nonsense that sinks so many bands.
Black Wine is a punk band in the wide sense. They’re critical thinkers who dig aggressive sounds. They appreciate a range of music but they are beholden to no specific genre. “No core” is their approach. Spend any of amount of time with their records and you’ll hear the approach of the best SST and Sub Pop bands. You’ll hear shards of Dinosaur Jr., the Meat Puppets, or the Screaming Trees. You’ll hear those influences—and more—but you’ll look past them in short order. Black Wine uses the rearview mirror but they’re dedicated to moving on.
With Yell Boss Black Wine have made another start-to-finish gem. Yell Boss is dense with walls of towering guitars and a rhythm section that can rattle skyscrapers. And big hooks too. Yell Boss has a sound that would pop off the radio, and it’s all Black Wine. No auto tuning. No pitch shifting.
Listen to the song "Rime" from Yell Boss here:
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/25/2014 10:56am
Noun and Modern Hut are going on tour together in July!
Recently, Modern Hut performed “Moving On” on The Chris Gethard Show backed by Marissa Paternoster and the rest of Screaming Females.
Noun / Modern Hut Tour Dates:
7/8: Washington, DC @ CD Cellar 7/9: Raleigh, NC @ Half Price Books 7/10: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar Upstairs 7/11: New Brunswick, NJ @ Circuit City 7/12: Providence, RI @ Spark City 7/13: Boston, MA @ O’Briens 7/14: Newmarket, NH @ Crack Skulls
7/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/16/2014 12:18pm
Those familiar with the label are surely familiar with Marissa Paternoster who has done art for many of our bands including her own band Screaming Females and has also released an art book through the label.
She recently launched her own website, marissapaternoster.com and has started selling her own art directly. This signed and numbered lithograph is the first piece she is selling and it is incredible. We agreed to help her sell the prints through our site.
They are a bit expensive, but are also really cheap for what you are getting. These fine art prints are HUGE hand printed lithographs on fine paper suitable for framing and collecting.
The 100 #d editions of her book sold in less than 24 hours and I imagine these might sell fast as well, especially as many are already spoken for through her own site.
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/14/2014 1:01pm
Out now! Split 7" between Nuclear Santa Claust and The McRackins! This special release was created in honor of Zach Gajewski's 30th birthday without his knowledge. Both Zach and myself have been diehard McRackins fans for over a decade and so we couldn't be more excited to finally work with them. There are only 200 copies of this and then they are gone forever so order now! An essential part of any McRackins or Nuclear Santa Claust collection.
Written by Don Giovanni on 04/28/2014 10:56am
Priests new record, Bodies and Control and Money and Power is now up for pre-order in our store and iTunes. There are 300 copies with hand-screened jackets for mail order, and all iTunes pre-orders will be able to instantly download Right Wing, which you can stream above. The record comes out June 3rd.
Pre-order on iTunes
Written by Don Giovanni on 04/17/2014 12:17pm
Photo by Drew Gurion
We're really excited to announce that we will be working with Brooklyn's Nude Beach on their next album, which will be out in the fall. We have been friends and fans of Nude Beach since the beginning and it seemed like it was only a matter of time before we would start working together as they seem to always be playing with our bands and Ryan Naideau, the band's drummer, has already played on numerous Don Giovanni releases in his former band Dustheads.
Keep checking back for more information on the record, and in the meantime you can catch the band on tour:
4/23 Columbus, OH - Kobo w/ Tweens
4/24 Memphis, TN - Murphy's
4/26 Austin, TX - Mohawk Outside*^
4/27 Dallas, TX - Club Dada*^
4/29 Nashville, TN - The End*
4/30 Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
5/01 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight*
5/02 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter*
5/03 Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar*
5/10 Brooklyn, NY - The Wick*
5/22 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl with the Reigning Sound.
*with the men, ^with cloud nothings
Written by Don Giovanni on 04/08/2014 10:51am
Screaming Females first live album, Live at The Hideout, is out today! It was recorded by Steve Albini over two nights in Chicago. This video was edited and directed by Mark Pullman! You can order the record from Don Giovanni Records or pick it up at your favorite local record store or on iTunes.
Written by Don Giovanni on 04/02/2014 10:53am
We're really excited to announce that we are going to be releasing a collection of artwork by Lauren Denitzio entitled How Do You Like What You Have. The 40-page booklet is professionally printed on high quality paper.
People familiar with Don Giovanni Records are probably already familiar with both Lauren Denitzio and their artwork. In addition to playing guitar and singing in The Measure (SA) and Worriers, Lauren also did all of the artwork for those bands and a number of other bands on and off Don Giovanni.
The first printing of the booklets will include a signed and numbered edition limited to 75 for mail order only, as well as a non-signed and numbered edition that will be available through Lauren at Worriers shows and our website.
Pre-orders for both editions will go up Friday on our website.
Here are a few sample pages:
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/28/2014 11:49am
We're really excited to announce that we will be helping Crow Bait
with their debut album, Sliding Through The Halls Of Fate
. The record will be out May 20th and is up for pre-order now
! There are also 200 copies on clear vinyl for early pre-orders.
Crow Bait is a New York area band that you have seen play in other bands. Vets of the Long Island DIY scene, Chris (Sister Kisser, American Hellfire Club), Mike (Iron Chic, Jonesin', Wax Phantom), and Sal (Sister Kisser, Halfway to Hell Club) formed Crow Bait in 2011 with the intention of making music a little different from their past bands, while trying to create something that harkened back to the music they grew up on. After a few 7” releases, countless shows around Long Island and New York, and two trips out to California, Crow Bait set forth on recording their debut full-length. Taking time in the studio to experiment with sounds and vocal melodies, Crow Bait aimed to create a set of songs that was both nuanced and organic. The result is Sliding Through The Halls of Fate, a record that varies from moment to moment, churning up all of their sounds and influences into a cohesive statement.Listen to the song 83 from the record here:
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/26/2014 10:49am
Finally we can share with you a track from the new Priests record, Bodies and Control and Money and Power. The record is out June 3rd and will be available for pre-order soon so keep checking back. In the meantime, listen to Right Wing above.
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/25/2014 12:32pm
's new album, Teenage Graceland
is out today! Listen to a song here
! And order it here
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/19/2014 10:26am
We're really excited to announce that Priests new record, Bodies and Control and Money and Power comes out June 3rd.
Priests are the sort of band that is unafraid to look you right in the eye and beg answers to big questions. In early 2012, Priests began playing frantic post-punk, full of tempered tension and thoughtful rage and relentless energy that would come from living in the microcosm of institutional oppression that is DC. Their music conveys a sense of unmatched urgency in their smart, politically charged, noisy songs.
You'd think it would be hard to capture Priests' intensity on a slab of vinyl, but all the dark, aggressive sounds and kinetic energy their known for live come across on Bodies and Control and Money and Power. From the paranoid truths of "And Breeding" to the ripping "Modern Love No Weapon" to the creepy goth feel of "Doctor," it's Priests at their best. Essential. Recorded at Inner Ear Studio with Hugh McElroy and Kevin Erickson, and by Kyle ‘Slick’ Johnson at Fancy Time Studio.Bodies and Control and Money and Power is out June 3rd, 2014. Pre-orders will start soon.
1. Design Within Reach
5. Modern Love / No Weapon
6. Right Wing
7. And Breeding
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/11/2014 11:00am
Peter Stampfel has been pushing the boundary of American music longer than you've been
alive--maybe longer than your parents have been alive. Starting in the early '60s as one half
of the psychedelic folk duo The Holy Modal Rounders, Peter has continued to write, record,
and perform constantly. Though maybe best known for his work with the Rounders and NYC's
protopunk group The Fugs, his various solo records, collaborative records with Jeffrey Lewis, and
appearances on Michael Hurley, Yo La Tengo, and They Might Be Giants albums have left an
everlasting mark on americana, folk, psych, and rock and roll.
On Better Than Expected, Stampfel further pushes the boundary asking the question “How
many banjos can play simultaneously without turning into musical slop?” And answering it with
a psychedelic sixteen track album that is as beautiful as it is strange. The record also features
an updated version of The Fugs’ ‘CIA Man’ as ‘NSA Man.’ Simply put, at 75 years old, Peter has
managed to bring us one of the punkest most genuinely non-commercial records we've ever had
the chance to release. Fuckin' A man.
Better Than Expected is out April 22 on Don Giovanni Records
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/03/2014 10:15am
(Poster by Perry Shall)
We're putting together an incredible night of music and comedy to celebrate the release of Chris Gethard's debut album, My Comedy Album! More info on who will be playing and appearing as the event gets closer, but you will not want to miss this. Tickets go on sale friday.
Written by Don Giovanni on 02/26/2014 11:12am
At last! A live Screaming Females record! Recorded over two nights in Chicago by Steve Albini.
Here's what Steve Albini had to say about working with the band:
What attracted me to punk rock when it first exploded was that it was unpredictable and that no two bands had very much in common. Each band committed itself to a unique set of ideas, and it didn't matter what other bands were doing or what the audience might expect. Screaming Females are that same kind of wide-open punk rock, from before it condensed into a style and every band had to be taken on its own terms. They are a great band and I hope they keep going forever.
Screaming Females have been hailed as one of the best live bands and Marissa Paternoster has been praised as one of the best guitar players of all time. This live record makes the case for both of these accolades in a way that no studio album ever could. We cannot wait to share this thing with you in full, but to tide you over listen to them doing "Lights Out" below.
We also want to make this thing as special as possible for supporters of the band, and so we have 500 copies on clear vinyl for mail-order. In addition, the first 200 people to order CD or 2xLP versions will get a limited edition numbered unique photographic print of the band (more info below). Finally, people who pre-order on iTunes will get an immediate download of "Lights Out." Something for everyone.
-Edition of 200 color photographs shot and printed by Christopher Patrick Ernst.
-Photographs printed on premium photo luster paper with archival ink.
-Each photograph is in an acetate sleeve and has a numbered stamp of authenticity on the back.
Live At The Hideout comes out April 8th on Don Giovanni Records
Written by Don Giovanni on 02/25/2014 10:56am
Fuckin' A man...we literally couldn't believe it when Peter Stampfel
asked us to work with him on his newest project since he has been a musical hero of ours for a very long time due to his work in the Holy Modal Rounders
, The Fugs
, and various solo and collaborative records including one of Joe's favorite albums of last year
This new group he has assembled, Peter Stampfel and The Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Banjo Squadron may be his coolest yet. I'll let Peter tell you a little about the project in his own words:
It occurred to me a little while ago that Tuli Kupferberg’s CIA Man (which I had contributed a few verses to) could be updated to address a more contemporary menace as NSA Man. No new verses were forthcoming, so I fell back to my recent default setting, and crowdsourced my Facebook wall. Dozens of “friends” were on the case instantly. I cherrypicked and tweaked, tried singing it, and shortened it. Brevity enhances polemics. I will credit the 10 or 12 co-creators who helped me bumrush the subject of this song. Thank you all. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Basically, Stampfel at 75 has managed to bring us one of the punkest records we've ever had a chance to release. A full album is coming later this year from the group, but we had to get NSA Man out as soon as possible due to its relevance. Faye Orlove did the incredible artwork you see above.
Written by Don Giovanni on 02/11/2014 11:22am
Thank you again to everyone who came out and made our showcase weekend so incredible this year. I cannot believe how many great bands and people I saw this weekend and how much fun I had.
I managed to shoot some video of bands I was able to get close enough too which you can check out here:
Written by Don Giovanni on 02/05/2014 12:14pm
Two years ago Brick Mower put out one of the best pop-punk records of the year (My Hateable Face) and now they are back with their third full length, Teenage Graceland. The new album will be out March 25th and is up for pre-order now in our store.
Listen to a song here:
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/24/2014 3:05pm
We're excited to announce that we will be making copies of Screaming Females debut album Baby Teeth on colored vinyl for the first time as well as making some shirts with it's iconic artwork.
While we haven't really done too much limited colored vinyl, a lot of people have been asking for it and we also had a lot of covers that were going to be discarded if not used. So after discussing it with our label's fans we figured we would give it a shot. Over the next few months we are going to be doing colored vinyl for all of the Screaming Females records and some of our other releases which people have been asking for us to do colored vinyl for. Well see how it goes. If it seems to make people happy well probably keep doing it, if it doesn't well probably never do it again.
We will also be doing shirts for each of the Screaming Females albums to coincide with these pressings. In an effort not to have too many shirts lying around (since they have a lot of albums) we are going to take pre-orders for the shirts and probably not print too many more past the amount we get orders for. At the request of the band the shirts will be printed on American Apparel t-shirts.
Click here to pre-order Baby Teeth on colored vinyl
Click here to pre-order the Baby Teeth t-shirt in either black or white.
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/23/2014 10:26am
We are beyond excited to announce that we will be releasing Chris Gethard's first stand up comedy album, appropriately titled My Comedy Album, on April 22nd. Chris has been a longtime friend of the label so it was only a matter of time until we started working together on something.
The vinyl version of this record will only be available directly and will be a one time pressing of 500 copies that comes with a download code for a bonus "disc" (as well as for the album itself). Chris will also be signing all pre-orders. It is now up for pre-order in our store.
For the more digitally inclined, you can pre-order the record on iTunes.
Chris Gethard is a comedian, writer, and actor who hails from West Orange, NJ and currently lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He’s appeared on shows such as Louie and The Office and films like The Heat and The Other Guys. He’s written two books, one being a collection of personal essays entitled A Bad Idea I’m About to Do that had its title story featured on This American Life. Gethard has guest written for Saturday Night Live and was on the original writing staff of The Onion News Network. Perhaps most notably, he’s the creator and host of The Chris Gethard Show, a public access television show that’s been met with cultish devotion and much acclaim. That show was recently optioned by Comedy Central for a potential series. Prior to that, Gethard was the promotional face of IFC television for a year. Gethard has performed at places such as Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Lollapalooza, the Just for Laughs Comedy festivals in Chicago and Montreal, the San Francisco Sketchfest, and more. He can also be seen performing stand up, improv, and storytelling all over New York City.
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/22/2014 12:24pm
We're really excited to share the first episode of a new feature we've been working on lately called "At Home With" where we have our artists give us a tour of their living and/or rehearsal space and then play a few songs. The first episode features Brick Mower, who show us their room and then play two new songs acoustic. Check it out, and please subscribe to us on YouTube for updates on more episodes:
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/20/2014 2:00pm
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/16/2014 11:03am
No, its not actually a bootleg, its the debut full length from Brooklyn's Marvin Berry & The New Sound, and were excited to announce that were helping them out with it!
Marvin Berry & the New Sound are an energetic rock and roll band from NYC might best be described as something resembling a late '70s English punk/new wave band playing '60s girl group songs. Emphasis on fun and hooks with a soulful powerhouse lead singer, these guys have a timeless quality that exemplifies the transcendent power of rock and roll music.
Here's what Barker Gee had to say about the new album:
Listen to a track off the record, White Jungle, below:
Finally! The wait is over! The blue sound of the New Sound has crawled it's way out from bar room obscurity, out of the darkest corners of New York City cellars to the hearts and ears of the yearning, burning, table top turning masses who have waited, anything but patiently, to be saved by its sick sounds. Feel free to toss your record collections because BOOTLEG is here and its BIG! This slab o' wax needs the whole shelf.
From the "something" drums (BANG!) to the "something something" bass (BOOM!). The "blah blah" guitars (WAAH!), and don't forget about that front man (YOWZA!). YOWZA! These guys have got IT! What's "IT" you ask? Hell I don't know, ask your girlfriend. All I know is this album smokes! It chain smokes even! So don't wait! Don't be late! Don't procrastinate! BOOTLEG is here!
Marvin Berry & The New Sound - Bootleg is out February 25 digitally and on LP (self-released by the band). They are playing a record release show on February 21 at Union Pool on Brooklyn with Liquor Store and Hector's Pets.
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/15/2014 11:58am
The short story: Screaming Females are finally recording a live album, and they're recording it with Steve Albini at the end of the month. The album will be released April 8th.
The longer story: The first time I saw Screaming Females live it was clear they were going to be one of the best live bands I was ever going to see. Okay, thats not entirely true, the first couple times I saw Screaming Females I couldn't wait for them to stop playing so I could watch The Ergs! But from the first time I really payed attention to the Screaming Females...you get the idea.
Anyway, at a certain point it became really clear to me that like many of my other favorite bands, Screaming Females live shows and Screaming Females albums were wholly different experiences (and sometimes even holy experiences), but most of those other bands had done some kind of definitive live documentation or at least had some kind of definitive bootleg. The first time I proposed the idea of the live album to them they thought it was ridiculous. The second time, they told me to shut up about it already. At some point I finally convinced them to do it, or maybe just guilted them into it, I don't know you'll have to ask them.
Once we decided to do the record we spent a lot of time talking about live albums we loved and hated and how we wanted to make sure this album would be made with care, recorded well, and would come out as a stand-alone work representative of the live show, rather than some kind of companion piece, promotional piece, or contractual obligation throwaway piece.
We were originally supposed to record the record at Maxwells and had two dates scheduled there with Steve Albini coming down from Chicago to engineer it but then Marissa got sick and everything had to be postponed, during which time Maxwells unfortunately closed its doors. Not to be discouraged, and still wanting to work with Steve the band decided to do it in Chicago at The Hideout.
So there you have it. If you read this far, I don't know why. The album is being recorded in about two weeks and tickets are still available. And don't worry, they won't be playing the same set each night if you're thinking of coming to both.
Screaming Females - Live At The Hideout will be out April 8th on Don Giovanni Records
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/13/2014 8:12pm
Hey! We are selling a ton of really cool stuff on ebay right now to try to raise money for a really crazy 2014 release schedule.
This includes a lot of original artwork from Marissa Paternoster such as a framed original Screaming Females show fliers, a GIANT piece she made, and a lot of the originals of the artwork in her recently released book. Oh, and she is also getting a cut of the money and could also really use it right now so please bid hard.
In addition, we are selling test pressings of almost all of our releases.
Take a look and see if there is anything you want because we could really use some money right now for all of our upcoming projects and auctioning off some cool stuff seemed a lot less exploitive of everyone's enthusiasm compared to some kind of kickstarter scheme...
DON GIOVANNI RECORDS AUCTIONS
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/10/2014 2:06pm
Some big news from our Mergers and Acquisitions department. We are acquiring Hello Records! Hello is a small label from NJ, and sometimes Canada, which released records from Rubber Molding and The Hamiltons. Not much is known about the label other than that.
The good news is that effective immediately you will be able to purchase Hello Records titles digitally through our website and soon via iTunes, Amazon, and all other digital retailers.
Rubber Molding have been a favorite band of ours for a very long time and one of NJ's best kept secrets so we're excited to make their music more easily accessible. The Hamiltons are from Canada and share three members with The Ergs! although their identities remain a mystery to this day. Check out a song from each band below, or purchase the records in our store.
Written by Don Giovanni on 11/21/2013 9:59am
Poster by Edie Fake
It's that time of year again! Tickets for our annual label showcase go on sale Friday, November 22nd.
Don Giovanni Records Showcase 2014
Feb 6th, 2014
at Death By Audio
Nuclear Santa Claust
Feb. 7th, 2014
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Feb. 8th, 2014
Music Hall of Williamsburg
There are also a limited number of 2 day passes for the two Music Hall shows for $25
BUY TWO DAY PASS
Written by Don Giovanni on 11/21/2013 9:09am
Black Friday is coming early this year for us and were offering 5 random LPs for $50 and 5 random CDs for $40 (not including shipping). Great chance to check out a bunch of our bands for cheap, feel free to let us know anything you already have so we don't send you a double.
This sale will run until the 29th of November.
We also just posted a sampler with songs from all of our 2013 releases you can listen to on soundcloud. Enjoy:
Written by Don Giovanni on 11/13/2013 12:45pm
We're really excited to announce that we'll be working with Washington, DC's Priests on their next record. Priests were one of the most talked about bands of last year due to an incredible live show, heavy touring, and two tapes and a single self-released on their label Sister Polygon. We are thrilled to be working with them and Sister Polygon to release the next Preists record early next year.
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/30/2013 1:49pm
Worriers' new 12" Cruel Optimist and and Upset's debut album She's Gone are both out now and available in our store! Listen to a song off each and read some reviews below:
Reviews and features:
Upset - She's Gone
The Le Sigh
The Vinyl District
When You Motor Away
Worriers - Cruel Optimist
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/16/2013 4:50pm
The new Upset record, She's Gone, is now up for pre-order in our store. The record comes out October 29th. Check out the music video for "You and I" below:
For the past few years, Ali Koehler has been best known as the drummer of the pop group Best Coast and the noisy girl punk trio Vivian Girls. After her departure from Best Coast, Koehler decided to step up from behind the kit to front a band of her own, embracing her melodic punk-spirited songwriting impulses with Upset. Joined by Patty Schemel (of Hole) on drums and Jennifer Prince (of La Sera) on lead guitar and vocals, Upset will release its massively hooky debut record, She’s Gone, this fall.
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/02/2013 11:14am
The new Worriers
record, Cruel Optimist
, is now up for pre-order in our store
. The record comes out October 29th. Listen to two songs below:
Worriers was formed in 2008 with Lauren Denitzio of the Measure [sa], Mike Catalano of Hunchback and Justin Sullivan of Ringers/Babies. Worriers remains Lauren's primary band with friends Jonathan Johansen, Mikey Erg, Rachel Rubino, Tim Burke, and Lou Hanman, among others. No Idea released the first 7", "Past Lives" in 2011. Lauren describes the songs on this record as "inspired by or reference artists and writers that have had a big impact on the way [she] thinks about the world, especially in terms of gender, and assumptions about sexuality and the way we structure our lives."
Written by Don Giovanni on 09/25/2013 11:35pm
Nuclear Santa Claust have just released a music video for Space Case 216 and also leave for tour in two weeks. Don't miss them when they come through your town. You can pick up their album, Order Of The New Age, from them on tour or in our store.
Nuclear Santa Claust Fall 2013 Tour:
10-11 Pittsburg, PA – Gooski’s
10-12 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
10-13 Chicago, IL – Ultra Lounge
10-14 Milwaukee, WI – Quarters
10-15 St. Louis, MO – Apop Records
10-16 Carbondale, IL – Lost Cros
10-17 Nashville, TN – Springwater Supper Club
10-18 Cincinnati, OH
10-19 Columbus, OH – Cafe Bourbon St.
Written by Don Giovanni on 09/12/2013 12:27pm
Worriers' new record Cruel Optimist it out October 29th! Just in time for them to play The Fest 12
! They also have a bunch of shows
lined up in Europe. Listen to the title song from the album:
Written by Don Giovanni on 09/03/2013 11:15am
We are putting on a free show this weekend in New Brunswick in conjunction with the New Brunswick Cultural Center's Hub City Sounds. The show is Saturday in Boyd Park and Chris Gethard is also going to be hosting it. Details below and on facebook.
Sept. 7th, 2013
Boyd Park, New Brunswick, NJ.
With your host Chris Gethard
There is an after party later that night at The Court Tavern, and another free show the following day as part of the weekend with Zero For Conduct, Dollys, Treatment, and Sink Tapes.
Written by Don Giovanni on 09/01/2013 1:49pm
The Screaming Females/Waxahatchee/Tenement Fall 2013 Tour starts in two weeks! Dates and ticket info:
09-13 Cambridge, MA - Middle East (Downstairs) - Tickets
09-14 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Tickets
09-15 Island Park, NY - No Fun Club
09-16 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom - Tickets
09-17 Washington, DC - Black Cat - Tickets
09-18 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade - Tickets
09-19 Athens, GA - 40 Watt - Tickets
09-20 Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree - Tickets
09-21 Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox - Tickets
09-22 Bloomington, IN - Russian Recording - Tickets
09-23 Madison, WI - The Frequency - Tickets
09-24 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club - Tickets
09-25 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall - Tickets
09-26 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
09-27 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Roboto Project
09-28 Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes
09-29 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church - Tickets
Written by Don Giovanni on 08/28/2013 2:47pm
Kicking Spit's second album Negative Feedback is out now! We have it in our store in LP and Digital formats. Listen to the song "Reality Dropout" below:
Written by Don Giovanni on 08/14/2013 2:33pm
's debut album Generic Treasure
is out now! We have it in our store
in LP and Digital formats. Listen to the song "Life" and check out some reviews below:
Consequence Of Sound
Written by Don Giovanni on 07/31/2013 8:28am
Noun and Modern Hut leave for tour in 2 days! You can pick up the new Modern Hut album, Generic Treasure on tour or pre-order it here if you wont be able to make it to any of the shows. Generic Treasure is also streaming in full on Pitchfork right now. Dates:
Noun / Modern Hut -- 2013 Tour Dates
8/2 - New Haven, CT - The Panty House
8/3 - Worcester, MA - Distant Castle
8/4 - Cambridge, MA - The Lily Pad
8/5 - Portsmouth, NH - Book and Bar
8/6 - Burlington, VT - Angioplasty Studio
8/7 - Ithaca, NY - Angry Mom Records (Record Release show)
8/8 - New Brunswick, NJ - Cooler Ranch (Record Release show)
8/9 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio (Record Release show)
8/10 - Washington DC - The Dollhouse
8/11 - Philadelphia, PA - Golden Tea House
Written by Don Giovanni on 07/30/2013 11:26am
We have been working on this for a while and are really excited to announce a FREE show in New Brunswick at Boyd Park on September 7th!
Sept. 7th, 2013
Don Giovanni Records Presents:
Boyd Park, New Brunswick, NJ.
With your host Chris Gethard
Written by Don Giovanni on 07/15/2013 10:26am
Three of our bands, Screaming Females
, and Tenement
are going on tour together this fall and we couldn't be more excited about it. More info on the individual shows and ticket links will be posted as they go on sale on our Facebook
page and Twitter
9-13 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (Downstairs)
9-14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
9-16 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
9-17 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
9-19 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
9-20 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
9-21 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox
9-22 - Bloomington, IN - Russian Recording
9-23 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
9-24 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
9-25 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
9-26 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
9-27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Roboto Project
9-28 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes
9-29 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/24/2013 10:16am
We're excited announce that were working with New Brunswick NJ's Kicking Spit to release their second album, Negative Feedback, on August 27th. They will be touring in August in support of the album (dates coming soon). Listen to Reality Dropout off the album below:
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/18/2013 9:27am
Vacation's new album Candy Waves is out today and so is the CD version of their Self Titled album! Stream it at Spin. Buy it here or pick one up from them on tour.
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/13/2013 1:02pm
leave for tour tomorrow and you can check out dates here
. You can also stream their entire new album, Candy Waves
, at Spin here
. They will have Candy Waves and the newly released CD version of their S/T
debut with them on this tour so check them out and pick them up.
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/10/2013 9:40am
Modern Hut began when For Science dismantled – and the debut album Generic Treasure has been a work in progress ever since. Produced by Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster, who also plays on the record, Generic Treasure is eleven songs of extreme loner folk, six year in the making, meticulously detailed with eloquent lyrics.
Generic Treasure is out August 6th.
Listen to the song History:
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/04/2013 10:15am
Larry Livermore's first book (and our first book), Spy Rock Memories is out today! You can pick it up from us here in the regular paperback edition, a digital version for your e-reader, or a hardcover version limited to 200 copies while supplies last (which are dwindling): Click here to order.
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/03/2013 6:20pm
Maxwell's was the first venue to take our label or any of our bands seriously and played an important role in the formation of our label. In addition to being home to our first showcase, it was also the first non-DIY space most of our bands ever played, and for most of our bands was they biggest show they had ever played the first time they played there. Todd gave our bands a chance when no one else would, and also let us book shows with ridiculous amounts of bands on them that no one had ever heard of based simply on a "trust me, this will work...I think..." As a venue, it will be irreplaceable. Thank you to Todd along with the Maxwell's staff for everything you have done for our label and the NJ music scene.
Here are the shows that Don Giovanni put on at Maxwells over the years, starting with our first showcase:
February 2nd, 2008 – Don Giovanni Showcase: The Ergs, Dustheads, Hunchback, For Science, The Steinways, The Measure (SA), Groucho Maxists, Hellhole September 27th, 2008 – Jeffrey Lewis, dufus, Pregnant, Barrakuda McMurder, Jettison Sister Janurary 2nd, 2009 – The Dopamines, Full Of Fancy, Shellshag, Deep Sleep, Tenement, Rubber Molding, Jim Testa February 7th, 2009 – Don Giovanni Showcase: Screaming Females, For Science, The Measure (SA), Cheeky, Groucho Marxists, Pregnant, The Steinways
Sat. April 11th, 2009 - Stupid Party, Bad Blood, Nude Beach (ex. Dustheads), Red And Blue, We March
Sat. May 30th, 2009 - Screaming Females (return from tour), Shellshag, Pregnant, Mimi And Christian
Sun. June 7th, 2009 -Lemuria, The Measure (SA), Dead Mechanical, Modern Hut
November 7th, 2009 – Double Dagger, Black Wine, Dope Body, Night Birds, Modern Hut August 13th, 2010 – Screaming Females, Black Wine, Byrds Of Paradise November 13, 2011 – The Potatomen, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Black Wine, Waxahatchee, Melissa & Paul
April 20th, 2013 – Shellshag, Screaming Females, Swearin’, Hilly Eye, Great Thunder
Written by Don Giovanni on 05/16/2013 3:34pm
June 18th, the same day as we are releasing the new Vacation album, Candy Waves, we will also be releasing their incredible Self Titled debut album on CD for the first time. Pick both of them up from the band on tour with Nervosas (dates below). Listen to a song off the album:
Vacation -- 2013 Tour Dates
6/13 - Pittsburgh @ Roboto Project with Zeitgeist, No Time! (all ages)
6/14 - Philly @ Hausu with Roman Holiday and Decade (all ages) *early 7pm
6/15 - New Brunswick @ Cooler Ranch with Black Wine, Night Birds (all ages)
6/16 - Brooklyn, New York @ Fitness with Nude Beach, Survival (all ages)
6/17 - Boston @ Charlie's Kitchen with Dan Webb and the Spiders and
Landline (all ages)
6/18 - Portland, Maine @ 442 St. John Street w/ TBA
6/19 - Quebec City @Le Cercle w/ TBA
6/20 - Montreal @Rats 9 w/ TBA
6/21 - OTTAWA EXPLOSION
6/22 - OTTAWA EXPLOSION
6/23 - Toronto @ The Silver Dollar Room w/ Nude Beach
all dates w/ Nervosas
Written by Don Giovanni on 05/14/2013 4:27pm
We're really excited to be working with Worriers to release their 12" EP, Cruel Optimist, in the Fall. Lauren Measure, the band's leader had this to say about the recording:
Cruel Optimist is Worriers first proper record since our first 7" was released on No Idea Records in 2011. Between then and now I've spent a lot of time working on things in my life that aren't directly related to music. Recently, however, I've been asked how my other interests and politics are reflected in my music. While I wasn't incredibly intentional about merging those things before, this record is definitely an attempt to directly combine those other things I'm involved in - like visual art, feminist/queer activism and organizing - with music.
Most of the songs on this record are inspired by or reference artists and writers that have had a big impact on the way I think about the world, especially in terms of gender, and assumptions about sexuality and the way we structure our lives. I think it's a very "punk" notion to not base your life around what people say you "should" be doing, or one path that leads to some magical settled life. But those ideas, for me, haven't just come from DIY or music or the scenes surrounding it. The record will be out in time for the band to play The Fest 12 in Gainesville, FL this October.
Written by Don Giovanni on 05/14/2013 4:12pm
We're really excited to be able to announce that we'll be working with Upset on their debut album. The new band is fronted by former New Brunswick resident and longtime friend of the label Ali Koehler (Vivian Girls, Best Coast) who is backed by Jenn Prince and Patty Schemel (Hole). They'll be recording their full length with Kyle Gilbride (Swearin', Waxahatchee) for a Fall release.
Written by Don Giovanni on 05/14/2013 12:29pm
We're really excited to be working with one of our favorite bands of the past few years, Tenement, on a new album later this year. Tenement, from Appleton, Wisconsin have toured extensively over the last 5 years and released two albums in 2011, Napalm Dream, and The Blind Wink. They will be entering the studio soon for an album out by the end of the year or early 2014 on Don Giovanni and we couldn't be more excited.
While we had a policy of only working with bands from our local music scene for the past decade, Tenement were always on our radar and were a major part of the national scene our local bands fit in. They were one of two bands we always thought about changing our policy to work with. While they ended up not being the first non-local band released on Don Giovanni, I can say now that they were the first non-local band we approached to work with.
Written by Don Giovanni on 05/14/2013 10:15am
Brick Mower are going on tour and will have copies of their most recent album, My Hateable Face
. Listen to a song below:
Written by Don Giovanni on 04/30/2013 2:10pm
We're really excited to announce that were going to be releasing the first of what will hopefully be a series of collections of artwork by Marissa Paternoster. The collection is entitled My Body Is A Prison/My Mind Is A Disease and is a 42 page booklet professionally printed on high quality paper.
People familiar with Don Giovanni Records are probably already familiar with both Marissa Paternoster and her artwork. In addition to playing guitar and singing in Screaming Females and Noun, Marissa also does all of the Screaming Females artwork and has done artwork for a number of other bands on and off Don Giovanni.
The first printing of the booklets will include a signed and #d edition limited to 100 for mail order only, as well as a non-signed and numbered edition that will be available at Screaming Females shows and through our website.
Pre-orders for both editions will go up on Thursday on our website.
Here are a few sample pages:
Written by Don Giovanni on 04/18/2013 11:02am
Super excited to share the news with everyone that were going to be releasing Candy Waves, a new full length album and the follow up to their incredible self titled album, from our longtime friends in Vacation on June 18th. Listen to a song off the record called Pyro Hippies below:
Written by Don Giovanni on 04/08/2013 11:23am
Shellshag Forever is out in less than two weeks (April 16th) and we are now taking pre-orders!
We also put together an incredible release show on April 20th at Maxwells:
(poster by Beth Fiedorek)
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/25/2013 11:23am
Pre-orders are up for the new Laura Stevenson album, Wheel! The album is out April 23rd and pre-orders will ship a little before then!
Listen to L-Dopa:
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/05/2013 9:34am
Larry Livermore (Lookout Records, The Potatomen, The Lookouts) has spent the last few years writing a book and we couldn't be more excited to help with releasing it. Gabrielle Bell has also done really great cover art for it and its going to be out June 4th. Here is a description of the book:
In 1982 Larry Livermore, ex-greaser, post-hippie, burnt out and disillusioned by the Bay Area punk scene, journeyed north into an off the map, off the grid mountain wilderness that lay at the heart of California's Emerald Triangle in search of something “real.”
Things got way more real than he’d bargained for, as he ended up confronting blizzards, droughts, floods, fires, marauding bears, skunks, rattlesnakes, and a posse of ornery pot growers, all while launching a magazine, a solar-powered punk rock band, and the DIY record label that introduced the world to the likes of Green Day, Operation Ivy, and Screeching Weasel.
As he learned valuable lessons in self-sufficiency, taking responsibility, and how to avoid (for the most part but not always) getting punched in the face by irate hippies, Larry also found his place and made his home in the far-flung, disjointed and eccentric community he encountered in the anarchic realm that begins where Highway 101’s tattered tarmac dissolves into the dust of Spy Rock Road.
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/05/2013 9:23am
Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt is out today! Get it here, and or when you see them on tour.
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/03/2013 3:17pm
Written by Don Giovanni on 02/21/2013 11:53am
Screaming Females made a music video for "Poison Arrow" from their recently released Chalk Tape and its awesome. Kate Sweeney who made the most recently Brick Mower music video made it and it really weird.
Written by Don Giovanni on 02/14/2013 1:06pm
We're really excited to announce that we are re-releasing the Noun - Forgotten Grin tape in both its original cassette form as well as digitally for the first time. I'll never forget the first time I heard this thing because I had no idea what to expect from it since it had 34 songs on it and I had little indication as to what it would sound like. The tape was above and beyond any expectations of a limited run self released tape since it was way better than most real releases I owned at the time. I spend the next 5 years begging Marissa to let me re-release it so more people could hear it and somehow I finally convinced her.
The tape version is only available from the band but you can get the digital version from us directly in our store or on iTunes.
Listen to the song The Weekend here:
Written by Don Giovanni on 02/12/2013 9:42am
There are four great new releases out today! Set on Destroy,
who just played for the first time in 13 years at our label showcase. The first full length from Nuclear Santa Claust
, Order Of The New Age
. Screaming Females
self recorded Chalk Tape
which also includes a duet with Shellshag
. And Runner
a 7" EP from Laura Stevenson
with one new song from her upcoming album Wheel
and two exclusive b-sides. All are available in our store
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/28/2013 10:16pm
We're excited to announce a new Laura Stevenson record, Wheel, which will be out April 23rd. The record has 13 new songs including Runner which is also availble on a limited 7" EP in our store.
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/25/2013 9:28am
We're really excited to be working on the second Waxahatchee album, Cerulean Salt, out March 15th. The album has the difficult task of follow up last years American Weekend but somehow manages to do so. Listen to a song here and read an interview with Katie about it at Pitchfork. And catch her on tour i she comes through the area or at our label showcase Feb. 8th in Brooklyn.
01-29 Poughkeepsie, NY - Vasser College
01-30 Wilkes-Barre, PA - Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge
01-31 Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
02-01 Cohoes, NY - The Icehouse (house)
02-02 Burlington, VT - Wristwrens (house)
02-03 Newmarket, NH - Fuckingham Palace (house)
02-04 Cambridge, MA - All Asia
02-05 Easthampton, MA - The Flywheel
02-06 New Haven, CT - PAC
02-07 New Paltz, NY - Mosh Depot (house)
02-08 New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
02-09 Providence, RI - Squidamps
02-16 Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/25/2013 9:28am
The debut album from California X is out today! You can order it in our store or pick it up at your local record store or on iTunes!
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/10/2013 10:20am
We launched a new website and also pre-orders for four records. Head over to the new Store and you can pre-order the new California X, Hilly Eye, Stormshadow, and Nuclear Santa Claust albums!
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/03/2013 10:11am
Nuclear Santa Claust's 2013 LP for Don Giovanni is inspired by classic punk and garage sounds, twisted into 12 paranoid hook-heavy fast-burners, full of distant, dissonant echo-heavy dual vox, driving double-time drums, and complex lead guitars. Following a self-titled 7-inch, Order Of the New Age is the debut full-length by these three Cleveland transplants now in Brooklyn. Essential listening for fans of the Ramones and the Spits. No song breaks the three minute mark, working within the framework of classic punk to riff on systematic destruction and paranoia in the new age. "Radiation Fall Out" is all noisy layered guitars and melodic riffs. "Numbers Stations" breaks off into a patch of psyched-out guitar feedback space sounds. "Government Issued Acid Trip" and "Summer Vacation" play out fast, full of sharp leads and punchy energy, offering social commentary through the lens of skepticism about the world at large. These are punk songs for the end of the world.
Listen to "Since I Woke Up (Berlin Wall)":
Written by Don Giovanni on 01/03/2013 10:05am
We've got a great lineup for the Thursday night of our annual label showcase this year, and were finally able to share it with everyone.
Thursday, Feb. 7th, 2013
Don Giovanni Records Showcase
Nuclear Santa Claust (Record release)
@Death By Audio in Brooklyn, NY
Written by Don Giovanni on 12/18/2012 10:50am
California X are going on a northeast tour in support of their new record which is out Jan. 15th. Check them out when they come through your city:
Thu. 1/10 - Amherst, MA
Fri. 1/11 - NYC, NY
Sat. 1/12 - Philly, PA @ Nachouse
Sun. 1/13 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (Upstairs)
Mon. 1/14 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Tue. 1/15 - Washington DC
Wed. 1/16 - New Brunswik, NJ @ House Show
Thu. 1/17 - Hartford, CT
Fri. 1/18 - Somerville, MA @ PA's Lounge w/ Dig Safe, Sneeze, No Fun
Sat. 1/19 - New Market, NH @ Fuckingham Palace w/ Young Leaves, Betty Nico
Also, check out a new song from their debut album, Spider X, here:
Written by Don Giovanni on 12/10/2012 1:00pm
Next year is our 10th year as a label and we have an incredible showcase planned. Tickets to both nights will be on sale Friday and they were will be a very limited amount (100) of 2 day passes available for just $20 dollars. Our showcase has sold out every year and this should be no different so please please please get tickets early because I really want to see you there.
Friday - Feb 8, 2013
Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
$13 adv/$15 door
Saturday - Feb 9, 2013
Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
$13 adv/$15 door
Written by Don Giovanni on 12/10/2012 12:51pm
Stormshadow were one of the most important bands to me growing up. They were short lived but in many ways defined everything I like about the New Brunswick music scene. They were original, they were emotional, they were political, they were tight musicians, and had cool art and style. Before they broke up they put out one of the best records I had ever heard and only made a few CD-rs to sell at their last show. I never really stopped listening to it since then. I went to college in Boston and no one had even heard of the band, or most of the other local bands from the New Brunswick punk scene, since most had never toured or had albums with real distribution. This was one of the main reasons I wanted to start a label to put out New Brunswick bands and get them heard and distributed. From day one with the label, even when it wasn't really a serious label, the plan was to be able to do a quality pressing of the Stormshadow record, and 10 years later, we finally are able to do that.
We'll be releasing Set On Destroy on vinyl Feb. 9th when they reunite for our label showcase.
Listen to the opening track, "Switched On" below:
Written by Don Giovanni on 11/20/2012 1:37pm
We're incredibly exited to announce that well be releasing the debut LP from Amherst, MA's California X on January 15th.
In less than a year, Amherst trio California X have emerged from basements and punk practice spaces of Massachusetts as one of the tightest new garage punk bands in the Northeast, teetering between various pockets of the punk spectrum -- drawing influence from the worlds of noisy 80s Western Mass rock, fuzzy 90s garage pop, and classic post-hardcore SST sounds. Fronted by main songwriter Lemmy Gurtowsky, their debut LP for Don Giovanni follows one prior release, a double A-side single "Sucker" b/w "Mummy" out via the UK's Sound of Sweet Nothing label.
Check out a song, Pond Rot, here:
Written by Don Giovanni on 11/08/2012 1:10pm
We're super excited to announce the debut album from Hilly Eye, Reasons To Live, out January 22nd on CD, LP, and Digital! Check out a song from the album below:
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/23/2012 11:00am
The vinyl issue of Jeffrey Lewis' debut album, The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane is out now! Go out and get it at your favorite store or order it from us here.
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/18/2012 12:15pm
Nuclear Santa Claust played live on WFMU's excellent Distort Jersey City show yesterday. You can listen to the archived version here.
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/08/2012 3:11pm
Usually we start posts with something to the effect of "we are really excited to announce" or whatever, but that is not the case. I wish we didn't have to announce that Screaming Females are going to have to cancel all dates between now and the end of the year after the end of their dates supporting Garbage. Please send Marissa all your good vibes and well wishes. For more details check out this story from Consequence of Sound or this post on the bands blog.
Written by Don Giovanni on 10/02/2012 10:10am
Brick Mower's new album "My Hateable Face" is out NOW! You can order it from us here or pick it up from them on tour. To celebrate we are releasing a video for Stuttering directed by Kate Sweeney:
Written by Don Giovanni on 09/20/2012 12:25pm
We are really excited to announce that we are going to be doing the first vinyl pressing of Jeffrey Lewis' debut album "The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane." This record, originally released on Rough Trade, was an instant classic when it came out with the New York Daily News naming it the Best Indie Album of 2002 and Uncut magazine calling it "bizarre but brilliant." Since then he has played hundreds of shows and earned high praise from everyone from Will Oldham and Jens Lekman to Jarvis Cocker and Ben Gibbard. Jeff and I have been talking about doing this for almost seven years and finally just in time for its 10th anniversary will be doing the first vinyl issue.
In addition to being on vinyl for the first time the record will come with a download card which in addition to the album includes four live never before released bonus tracks from 2001.
Check out a song here:
Pre-orders for the record are up now in our store.
Written by Don Giovanni on 09/20/2012 12:24pm
Pre-orders are up now for Brick Mower's second album, My Hateable Face. The record is out October 2nd. You can order the record here, or catch them on their October tour. Check out a song below:
Written by Don Giovanni on 08/29/2012 9:15am
Written by Don Giovanni on 08/20/2012 10:04am
We will be releasing Brick Mower's second record, My Hateable Face on October 2nd after which they will embark on a 3 week tour. Listen to a song below:
Written by Don Giovanni on 07/12/2012 11:45am
The debut LP from Plastic Cross is up for pre-order now! First 300 copies are on PINK vinyl. Listen to a song below:
Plastic Cross features CraigFuYong from The Degenerics and Kamikaze back on vocals backed by most of The Measure (SA).
If you're in the New Brunswick area there will be a record release show on July 20th with The Match And The Moth and more...
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/20/2012 11:39am
Black Wine's third album Hollow Earth is now up for pre-order in our store. Copies will ship out before July, 3rd.
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/17/2012 2:17pm
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/13/2012 4:13pm
Waxahatchee leaves for tour tomorrow and will have copies of the recently repressed American Weekend CD/LP with her:
June 12 - Richmond, VA @ House Address
June 13 - Charlottesville, VA @ Magnolia House
June 14 - Christiansburg, VA
June 15 - Charlotte, NC @ the Kickstand
June 16 - Asheville, NC @ the Goblin Hole
June 17 - Rock Hill, SC @ Gettys Art Centre
June 18 - Athens, GA @ the Globe
June 19 - Atlanta, GA @ Blacklodge
June 20 - Gainesville, FL @ the Lab
June 21 - Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery
June 22 - Tallahassee, FL @ St. Anger House
June 23 - Birmingham, AL @ the Firehouse
June 24 - Birmingham, AL @ God's Butt
June 25 - Chattanooga, TN
June 26 - Nashville, TN
June 27 - Carbondale, IL @ Lost Cross
June 28 - Chicago, IL @ Gnarnia
June 29 - Lansing, IL @ Tommy's BBQ
July 1 - Grand Rapids, MI @ the DAAC
July 2 - Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters
July 3 - Appleton, WI
July 4 - Minneapolis, MN
July 5 - Fargo, ND @ the Aquarium
July 6 - Minot, ND
July 7 - Helena, MT @ Jester's
July 8 - Missoula, MT @ Zoo City Apparel
July 10 - Seattle, WA
July 11 - Seattle, WA @ the Kraken
July 12 - Olympia, WA
July 13 - Portland, OR
July 15 - San Jose, CA
July 16 - Oakland, CA
July 17 - San Francisco, CA
July 18 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Storey House
July 19 - Los Angeles, CA
July 20 - Pomona, CA
July 21 - San Diego, CA
July 22 - Tuscon, AZ @ the Pound
July 23 - Las Cruces, NM
July 24 - Lubbock, TX
July 25 - Austin, TX @ Little Carbondale
July 26 - Ft. Worth, TX
July 27 - Oklahoma City, OK
July 28 - Kansas City, MO
July 29 - Columbia, MO
July 30 - St. Louis, MO
July 31 - Louisville, KY
August 1 - Columbus, OH
August 2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
August 3 - Philadelphia, PA
August 4 - New Brunswick, NJ
August 5 - Long Island, NY
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/11/2012 11:55am
We just posted a new video from Black Wine for "Burlap" off their third album Hollow Earth our July 3rd! Check it out!!!
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/11/2012 11:48am
NPR named the Waxahatchee song "Be Good" off American Weekend their song of the day today! Check it out and listen here. If you don't have the album yet, you can get it here.
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/11/2012 10:29am
We're really excited to announce that well be working with New Brunswick NJ's Brick Mower
to release their next full length sometime in fall. The band is a natural fit for our label and from the first time we saw them it felt kind of inevitable that we would someday be releasing their records. They leave for tour with Black Wine
in July who will be supporting their 3rd full length, Hollow Earth.
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/07/2012 10:39am
Hilly Eye play their record release show for their debut 7" Jacob's Ladder this Saturday at Cakeshop with Shellshag! If you are in the area you should make sure to be there. If you are not, you can order the Hilly Eye 7" (and the Shellshag LP) through our store.
Written by Don Giovanni on 05/30/2012 2:00pm
The debut 7" from Hilly Eye is now up for pre-order. It is limited to 300 copies and will not be repressed. Hilly Eye has been described by pellytwins as "a post-Riot Grrrl two-piece fronted by Amy Klein (ex-Titus Andronicus)."
Listen to a song:
Written by Don Giovanni on 05/25/2012 11:55am
Laura Stevenson and The Cans leave for a 2 week tour tomorrow. Don't miss them when they come through your town:
May 26 New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ The Arrogant Sons of Bitches (Reunion) (tickets)
May 27 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw w/ The Arrogant Sons of Bitches (Reunion) (SOLD OUT!)
May 28 Pittsburgh, PA @ 222 Ormsby w/ The World is…
May 29 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness w/ The Sidekicks, Sega Genocide
May 30 Louisville, KY @ Chestnut House
Jun 01 Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s
Jun 02 Dallas, TX @ La Grange w/ Chelsea Wolfe (tickets)
Jun 03 Austin, TX @ Emo’s East w/ Best Coast, Lemuria (tickets)
Jun 05 Hattiesburg, MS @ Downtown Grill & Grocery
Jun 06 Decatur, AL @ Coffee and Playhouse (fb)
Jun 07 Athens, GA @ Farm 255 (FREE SHOW!) w/ Viking Progress
Jun 09 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Nude Beach (fb)
Jun 10 Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio w/ Iron Chic (fb)