Screaming Females are going on tour in July with Vacation!
Wed-May-27 - New York, NY - Apple Store, SoHo (free performance and Q & A moderated by Ted Leo) Thu-May-28 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC - The Chris Gethard Show Premiere Party
Fri-Jul-17 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom+
Jul-27 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class* Jul-28 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle* Jul-30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward* Jul-31 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency* Aug-01 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock* Aug-02 - Iowa City, IA @ The Mill* Aug-03 - Omaha, NE @ Sweatshop Gallery* Aug-04 - Denver, CO Larimer Lounge* Aug-06 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux* Aug-07 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios* Aug-08 - Vancouver, BC @ Media Club* Aug-09 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey* Aug-11 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop* Aug-13 - Honolulu, HI @ The Manifest Aug-14 - Honolulu, HI @ Downbeat Lounge Aug-16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Berserktown* Aug-17 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar* Aug-18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar* Aug-19 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace* Aug-21 - Austin, TX @ Red 7* Aug-22 - Dallas, TX @ The Foundry* Aug-23 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs* Aug-24 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia* Aug-25 - Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox* Aug-26 - Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5* Aug-27 - Durham, NC @ Pinhook* Aug-28 - Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel* Aug-29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
* = w/ Vacation + = w/ The Bouncing Souls, Andrew Jackson Jihad
The great expanse of Wisconsin to this day remains a wild frontier to many. Even to its own sons and daughters, the thought often persists that perhaps there are demons in the woods, or something unknown in the water. It can be no mistake then that Tenement were raised in these woods and drank of this water. Over the course of their nine year career to date, their work ethic and musical ideas have often been attributed to an outsider mentality and a stubborn individualism. The energy they conjur at will might also at times seem just short of some kind of sorcery. Now, with the release of their new double record, Predatory Headlights, their place in the modern world of music has become distinct. They're no longer only an obscure punk band from the farthest reaches of society's consciousness, but also one of America's great outsider pop groups.
The principal songwriter of this trio is Amos Pitsch. He founded the group in 2007 with bassist Jesse Ponkamo, and the two embraced Eric Mayer as their full time drummer some years later. As a live act, they're an assault on the ears, a confusing spectacle, and a dispensary of remedies for the lonely and misunderstood all at once. In a studio setting, as you'll hear in Predatory Headlights, their touch is delicate and thoughtful even at its loudest moments. You can hear the strong influence of bands like The Descendents, The Ramones, and even more primative groups in the playing and execution. But the influence of luminaries such as Ruth Crawford Seeger, William S Fischer, and Robert Kirby are evident in the addition of strings to the pop songs that could stand sturdy on their own even without them. Still upon repeated listening, you might be able to catch an array of other influences, ranging from northern soul to exotica to the avant garde. These are stirred in with ease; something Tenement does naturally as their intention is always steadfast and absolute. In other words, when something needs to be pretty, they make it pretty. And when something needs to be ugly, they leave no gloss, shimmer, or sheen. They strangle the song bird of its TWEET TWEET - and let it cough.
Predatory Headlights was completed over the course of three years with the assistance of engineer and co-producer, Justin Perkins. Pitsch has often cited Perkins' involvement in early 2000's groups Yesterday's Kids and The Obsoletes as a heavy influence. Perkins also worked with Tenement on their 2011 offering, Napalm Dream, as well as acclaimed records by the likes of The Goodnight Loving, The Sugar Stems, and The Mystery Girls. The bulk of Predatory Headlights was written and recorded at BFG in Appleton, Wisconsin - Tenement's home and personal studio. The house was symbolically demolished within days of finishing the record, and in a fitting display of finality, three years of sweat and nightmares and beauty and dissonance returned to the soil and found its way back into the water and woods with only this document to prove it ever even existed at all. Thanks to Don Giovanni Records, you hold the very document in your hands - Tenement's newest window into the nature of the human being and the complexity of life: Predatory Headlights.
Downtown Boys debut album, Full Communism, is out May 5th and now you can pre-order it! All mail-orders will receive limited purple vinyl! You can pre-order in our store now! They will also be touring in May in support of the album:
FRI 5/8 PAWTUCKET, RI Machines with Magnets
SAT 5/9 BOSTON, MA Make Shift Boston
FRI 5/15 BROOKLYN, NY Palisades w/ The Homewreckers
Upset are going on an amazing tour with Colleen Green next week! Don't miss them when they come through town, they'll have copies of their album She's Gone as well as copies of their incredible new tape on Lauren Records!
Mitski put out one of our favorite albums of last year, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, and we are really excited to announce that were going to be working with her on a deluxe edition CD of the album with four bonus tracks!
To celebrate the re-release we have put together an exclusive bundle that includes the above t-shirt with hand drawn cover art. The shirt is only available during the pre-order period which ends April 7th, and only enough shirts will be made for people who order before April 7th!
Finally, if you haven't seen the incredible video for "Townie" that Faye Orlove animated/directed, you an watch it below:
Screaming Females new album Rose Mountain is out tomorrow! As we mentioned there are 500 copies available in independent record stores only that come with a bonus 7" with a new song and a home demo version of Hopeless on it. Here is a complete list of stores that will have copies of this version:
We are really excited to announce that well be working with Mitski on her next album! Mitski put out one of our favorite albums of last year, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, and as a person truly embodies everything we believe in. We couldn't be happier to be working with her and look forward to an exciting 2015. Keep posted for more updates, follow her on twitter for sagely advice, and check out her website:
We are really excited to be working with Alice on their debut record, Revenge Pop. Alice blew me away the first time I saw them, and Jen from Shellshag may have described them best as "the new Velvet Underground." Don't believe us? Listen to the song "Nightmare" from Revenge Pop, or come see them at our label showcase or at one of their other upcoming shows:
alice is a three-piece band based in new york. revenge pop is their first ep, tracked at the all-ages art space silent barn by kegan zema at 1989 recordings and emily reo in the kitchenette. the cover art is an original drawing by chelsea dirck.
alice shows: february 07 - don giovanni showcase w/ downtown boys, pinkwash, etc. february 21 - suny purchase w/ fleabite, malportado kids, the meltaways, etc - up yours fest february 22 - silent barn w/ fleabite, shellshag, katherine - matinee fundraiser for smash it dead fest april 2 - silent barn w/ fleabite, earth girls, aye nako, arm candy
We're really excited to announce that we are releasing a CD/2xLP/Digital collection from The Lookouts! We worked with Larry Livermore on his book Spy Rock Memories last year, so it only made sense to work with him to release some of his music from that period! This was also Tre Cool's first band and this collection includes guest guitar and vocal appearances from Billie Joe Armstrong and Tim Armstrong!
We are pressing 500 copies on green vinyl for mail-order while supplies last. You can also pre-order the CD version with a copy of Spy Rock Memories for a special price. This is the first time this music has been on CD and Digital, and all the music has been remastered by Carl Saff.
Listen to the song Story from it here:
Thirty years ago, long before there was such a thing as Gilman Street, Green Day, or the East Bay pop punk explosion, three guys got together in an off-the-grid hippie wilderness known as Spy Rock, at the heart of Northern California’s legendary Emerald Triangle. They hooked their amps up to their solar panels, made up a couple songs about living on the backside of nowhere, and The Lookouts were born.
It would be the first time 12-year-old Tre Cool ever laid hands on a drumstick or a set of drums, but over the following five and a half years he would hone the skills that would see him headlining amphitheatres and stadiums, winning Grammy Awards, and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his second band, Green Day. Guitarist and singer Larry Livermore would go on to co-found Lookout Records, the indie label that introduced Green Day and many other bands to the world.
Together with bassist (and future forest ranger) Kain Kong, and with guest appearances by Operation Ivy’s Tim Armstrong and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, The Lookouts produced a legacy of two albums, two EPs, and several compilation tracks, the best of which are featured here. Also included is a track from The Lookouts’ very first demo tape, recorded in 1985, which features Tre singing backups in his as yet unbroken three-and-a-half-octave soprano.
Three of America's finest punk bands, Priests, Tenement, and Vacation are going on tour together this winter. For three of the shows they will be joining with Screaming Females who will be celebrating the release of Rose Mountain. More info on the individual shows and ticket links will be posted as they go on sale on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
2/22/2015 Milwaukee, WI Cocoon Room 2/23/2015 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups 2/24/2015 Ithaca, NY Community School of Music and Arts 2/25/2015 Hoboken, NJ Stevens Institute of Technology 2/26/2015 Allston, MA Great Scott* 2/27/2015 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church* 2/28/2015 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory* (TWO SHOWS) 3/01/2015 Washington DC The Dance Institute of Washington 3/02/2015 Durham, NC Pinhook 3/03/2015 Atlanta, GA 529 Bar 3/04/2015 Nashville, TN The East Room 3/05/2015 Cincinnati, OH Franklin Church
Screaming Females are going on tour in support of their album Rose Mountain (Out February 24th) including dates with Priests, Tenement, Vacation and Downtown Boys!
2015 Screaming Females Rose Mountain Tour Dates:
Jan 30 Hoboken, NJ - Stevens Institute Feb 21 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern (Noise Pop Festival) Feb 26 Allston, MA - Great Scott w/ Priests, Tenement, Vacation Feb 27 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church w/ Priests, Tenement, Vacation Feb 28 Brooklyn, NY (2 shows) - Knitting Factory w/ Priests, Tenement, Vacation Mar 07 Baltimore, MD - Windup Space w/ Downtown Boys Mar 08 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter w/ Downtown Boys Mar 09 Durham, NC - The Pinhook w/ Downtown Boys Mar 10 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight w/ Downtown Boys Mar 11 Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge w/ Downtown Boys Mar 12 Orlando, FL - The Social w/ Downtown Boys Mar 13 Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic w/ Downtown Boys Mar 14 Tallahassee, FL - All Saints Cafe w/ Downtown Boys Mar 15 New Orleans, LA - Sisters in Christ Records (Gasa Gasa) w/ Downtown Boys Mar 16 McAllen, TX - GALAX Z FAIR IV w/ Downtown Boys Mar 17 Houston, TX - Walter's Downtown w/ Downtown Boys Mar 18-21 Austin, TX - SXSW Mar 22 Dallas, TX - Club Dada (Spillover Fest) Mar 24 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room Mar 25 St Louis, MO Mar 26 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop Mar 27 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle Mar 28 Ferndale, MI - Loving Touch Mar 29 Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox Apr 04 Asbury, NJ - Asbury Lanes Apr 05 Providence, RI - Spark City Apr 06 Worcester, MA Apr 07 Portland, ME Apr 08 Montreal, QC - House of TARG Apr 09 Ottawa, ON Apr 10 Toronto, ON Apr 11 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
Apr 17 Haarlem, NL - Klikofest Apr 18 Brussels, BE - Madame Moustache Apr 19 Brighton, UK - The Hope Apr 20 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club Apr 21 Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse Apr 22 Glasgow, UK - Broadcast Apr 23 Bristol, UK - The Stags and Hounds Apr 24 London, UK - The Lexington Apr 25 Utrecht, NL - dB’s Apr 27 Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain Apr 28 Copenhagen, DK - Loppen Apr 29 Stockholm, SE - Lilla Hotellbaren Apr 30 Oslo, NO - Crossroad Club May 01 Aalborg, DK - 1000Fryd May 02 Hamburg, DE - Astra-Stube May 04 Krakow, PL - Klub Re May 05 Vienna, AT - Fluc May 06 Muenchen, DE - Kafe Kult May 07 Duedingen, CH - Bad Bonn May 08 Lyon, FR - Sonic May 09 Paris, FR - Batofar
We're really excited to announce that were going to be releasing the second collection of artwork by Marissa Paternoster. The collection is entitled Naked Under The Arch and is a 40 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. In addition, we are releasing a limited run of 100 copies of a book of artwork by Leslie Paternoster curated by Marissa. The only way to get this second book is by ordering one of the signed and numbered copies of Naked Under The Arch.
Signed and numbered editions of her first book sold out within 24 hours and the remaining copies sold out over the following months, so act fast!
Pre-orders for both editions are up now in our store.
We are celebrating the release of the book with a month long gallery show at Gush in Philadelphia with an opening on February 13th!
We are really excited to announce that we are working with Faye Orlove to release her first book, SHRINE. SHRINE is a collection of illustrations focusing on the ideas of worship, idolatry, and pop culture.
Faye Orlove has had illustrations and animations featured in The Media, The Le Sigh, Rookie, The Boston Phoenix, Fox, and FXX and has directed music videos for Potty Mouth, Slutever, and Colleen Green.
SHRINE is a professional bound 5"x5" book of full color illustrations with a forward by Liz Pelly. This first printing is limited to 200 copies and includes an even more limited edition for mail order only with a 2" button, limited edition print, and an original sketch by Faye Orlove. All signed and numbered out of 50 copies.
Pre-orders for both editions are up in our store now.
To celebrate the release of the book we are throwing a release show on February 1st at Gal Palace in Los Angeles, CA with cover sets by Ali Koehler (Upset), Mish Way (White Lung), Nicole Snyder (Slutever), Colleen Green, and more!
Screaming Females new album Rose Mountain is now available for pre-order! To celebrate the album's release the band has put together a bundle for people who pre-orders with an exclusive 3 pin set, t-shirt, and signed poster (not pictured above). This will be the only place to get the pins, t-shirt, and poster and once the pre-order period is over no more will be made.
In addition, we are making a special version of this album for independent record stores. This version will come with a 2-song 7" single only available with the LP at independent record stores and is limited to 500 copies.
Finally, we have put together an amazing release weekend to celebrate Rose Mountain with three shows with Priests, Tenement, and Vacation:
It's time to announce this year's Don Giovanni Records Showcase and its going to be a really big one! Note that unlike in previous years the nights will not be consecutive. This was to allow the night Screaming Females play to make it the release show for Rose Mountain! Nuclear Santa Claust will also be playing their record release show! California X will be fresh from tour with their new record! Chris Gethard will be hosting the first two nights! You will not want to miss any of this!
Tickets go on sale on Thursday and there will be a limited number of $20 2 day passes for the first two nights.
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:
California X 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:
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
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.
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
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:
Nude Beach Tour Dates
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
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.
DATES 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
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!
Black Wine 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.
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. Purchase here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tracklisting: 1. Design Within Reach 2. Doctor 3. New 4. Powertrip 5. Modern Love / No Weapon 6. Right Wing 7. And Breeding
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.
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. -steve albini
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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!
Listen to a track off the record, White Jungle, below:
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
Screaming Females California X Black Wine Brick Mower
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.
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
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
Three of our bands, Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, 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 feed.
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:
Vacation 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
There are four great new releases out today! Set on Destroy, from Stormshadow 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)."
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)