Written by Don Giovanni on 05/14/2013 4:27pm
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.
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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.
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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:
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We also put together an incredible release show on April 20th at Maxwells:
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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!
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:
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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:
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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!
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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!
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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
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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.
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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:
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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...
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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 11:55amWe just posted a new video from Black Wine for "Burlap" off their third album Hollow Earth our July 3rd! Check it out!!!
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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.
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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)