Vacation are going on tour in November and December with lots of dates with Shellshag and Pale Angels! They also have a new music video for "Strange Fascinations" from their recently released and now back-in-stock Non-Person:
Vacation 2015 Winter Tour:
11/21/15 - Bloomington, IN @ 1102 S. Washington St. ^
11/22/15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon Bar *^
11/23/15 - Milwaukee, WI @ Lucky Cat *
11/24/15 - Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar *
11/25/15 - Indianapolis, IN @ Bag End *
11/27/15 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club *
Surprise and Happy Halloween everyone! There is a brand new Noun (Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females) album out now! It's called Throw Your Body On The Gears And Stop The Machine With Your Blood. Marissa's Mom (who we released an art book from earlier this year) did the artwork for it. Mark Bronzino (Kicking Spit, Big Eyes, Iron Reagan, etc.) plays on the record with Marissa too!
You can also buy it on iTunes or listen to it on Spotify!
Help us spread the word about it and maybe sharing your favorite song. This one is mine:
If you're in the Philadelphia area Marissa is throwing a release party:
NOUN / THROW YOUR BODY ON THE GEARS AND STOP THE MACHINE WITH YOUR BLOOD record release.
11/20 - FREE! - 9:00pm- At Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA.
-Featuring DJ SHOMI NOISE spinning the darkest, spookiest, queerest tracks! -Artwork by Marissa and Leslie Paternoster! -Beer! -A screening of the new NOUN music video! -Copies of the record will be available for sale!
Very excited to announce that well be releasing the debut album, Nite Flite, from Mitylion which will be out November 27th! Mitylion is the new project from Ari Katz (Lifetime, Miss TK And The Revenge, Zero Zero). Ari has been working on this record for over 3 years and I'm extremely proud to be able to share a song from it with everyone! More info including pre-order info coming soon!
We're releasing another book by Larry Livermore! This one chronicles the rise and fall of Lookout Records from his perspective. Pre-orders can get their book signed and personalized by Larry including one of just 100 limited hardcover copies.
In 1987, off-the-grid punk agitator Larry Livermore began documenting the burgeoning DIY East Bay punk rock scene with the newly founded Lookout Records. He had no idea this little label, first run out of his solar powered cabin in the Northern California mountains, then a cramped room in the backstreets of Berkeley, would rise to international prominence, introducing the world to the likes of Green Day, Operation Ivy, and a host of other artists.
How To Ru(i)n A Record Label documents the author’s experiences from Gilman Street to Bialystok, Poland, as he built Lookout from the ground up, only to find himself losing control of the label a mere ten years later, and abruptly walking away from the multi-million dollar company when it was at its peak of success.
Throughout that time, however, he was central to the influential scene that gave birth to Gilman Street, Maximum Rocknroll, and a new generation of independent music that has had an everlasting effect on both the underground and mainstream. In the process, he just might even have found himself.
Larry Livermore was the co-founder of Lookout Records, the editor and publisher of Lookout magazine, and a longtime columnist for Maximum Rocknroll and Punk Planet. His first memoir, Spy Rock Memories, was published in 2013 by Don Giovanni Records. He lives in Brooklyn.
Praise For How To Ru(i)n A Record Label
"A great book by a true veteran. Well told, funny and entertainingly opinionated." – Jesse Michaels, Operation Ivy
"How To Ru(i)n A Record Label is Larry Livermore's engrossing account of being in the epicenter of the East Bay punk scene when it exploded, told from the perspective of the man holding the detonator." – Liz Prince, author of Tomboy
"While Green Day and Nirvana were causing kids to start bands, labels like Lookout were inspiring them to start record labels." – Joe Steinhardt, Don Giovanni Records
"[Larry Livermore] created Lookout Records for all the right reasons." –Mike Dirnt, Green Day
"Larry Livermore's memoirs offer invaluable insight into his life not only as a champion of Lookout Records, but also as an activist, author, and intrepid adventurer" – Marissa Paternoster, Screaming Females
“It’s so rare to get to have an independent label that’s putting out bands that are in a scene, a place like Gilman Street, where we come from. They [Lookout] were putting out my favorite records at the time, whether it was Crimpshrine, Operation Ivy, [or] Isocracy . . ." – Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day
“Larry writes incisively and tellingly about an era he didn’t just witness, but helped define.”– Danny Penman, author of You Are Not Your Pain and Mindfulness For Creativity
“A brilliant book by one of the greatest tastemakers in the history of punk rock”. – Grant Lawrence, award-winning broadcaster and author, former lead singer of the Smugglers
We're in the process of a huge move and so were holding a huge garage sale! If you've been following our label we rarely, if ever, do big sales like this but we really do need your help in making this move easier.
Learn more about the sale here, including an exclusive MTV 12 update with VJ Misty (Marissa Paternoster), VJ Dawn Riddle, and myself!
On October 30th were going to be releasing the long-awaited new full length from Laura Stevenson called Cocksure. You can pre-order it now on CD/LP/Digital or as part of a special bundle of pre-orders only with an exclusive t-shirt! It is a masterpiece but don't take my word for it, listen for yourself:
We are really excited to announce the lineup for our annual free outdoor show in New Brunswick this year! We had some really great bands from New Brunswick High School play last year and have asked them back again in addition to great bands from New Brunswick and Don Giovanni Records, all hosted by our friend Brett Davis. See you there!!
The Roadside Graves are one of those secret NJ treasures and one of those bands you kinda obsess over trying to track down rarities and specific live versions you heard about from your friends. When I first moved to New Brunswick, The Roadside Graves were the band, and the band that seemed to bring everyone together no matter what kind of music you were into. Some of the most fun nights I ever had involved Roadside Graves shows. Back when Zach and I were first kinda daydreaming about the band we wanted to work with the Graves were one of them but didn’t really make sense for us at the time since we were only really doing 7″s. When they asked if we wanted to put out their new record it was a no brainer.
Vacation are back with a new album out July 24th! It's called Non-Person and you can pre-order it from us now!
Cincinnati, Ohio’s Vacation formed in 2010 as a trio, quickly putting out a slew of tapes, singles, and LPs on various DIY labels, while spreading their infectious pop-inspired punk through shows around their native Midwest and tours throughout the rest of the country. As a pillar of the ever-fertile Cincinnati music scene they also share, or have shared, members with bands including Tweens, Black Planet, and Pretty Pretty.
Over the last two years the band had some lineup changes and expanded into a four-piece, with singer/co-songwriter Jerri Queen stepping out from behind the drum kit to play guitar. The band is rounded out by original member Evan Wolff on bass, Dylan McCartney on drums, and John Hoffman on second guitar. As a quartet, their live sound has gotten larger, their shows more intense, and their recordings more nuanced and eclectic.
Their new LP Non-Person features a diverse approach to the band’s signature noise-laden melodies, sing-along choruses, and punked-out pop riffs. The album is as indebted to the Ramones as it is to Jesus and Mary Chain, as melodic as ‘70s power pop and as fierce as ‘80s hardcore.
From the opening frenetic burst of “Heat” to the distortion heavy “Yin Yang Smile,” and from the new wave vibe of “The Effort” to the fuzzed out “What I Found,” the record maintains cohesion without ever dragging. Auxiliary organ, percussion, and acoustic guitars fill in any gaps that haven’t already been taken up by the guitar feedback that has become integral to the band’s sound. The lyrics touch upon themes such as self-decay (“Like Snow”), apathy (“All I think About (Myself)”), and escape (“I Wish I Could Be Someone Else”).
With the new record on its way, Vacation will be heading out on tour with Don Giovanni Records label mates, Screaming Females, taking them from New Orleans to Portland, San Francisco to Vancouver, and just about everywhere else in between. The over-a-month long tour starts July 27th in Cleveland and ends on August 29th in Philadelphia. Not to be missed!
We will be working with one of our favorite bands, Aye Nako, to release their next record, a 12" called The Blackest Eye! More info here:
AyeNako is a 4-piece collaboration made up of Mars Dixon, Angie Boylan, Jade Payne, and Joe McCann dedicated to untangling histories of abuse, race, trauma, family, love, gender, and a misrepresentation of identity. Also a dissonant and melodic punk band carving out a space to co-exist in the fold between music, art, and politics while trying not to be priced out of New York City. Formed in Brooklyn, NY during the summer of 2010,AyeNako has performed at basements, clubs, museums, and schools all over the country. As an update to the sound heard on Unleash Yourself, their first, self-released album, they’ve self recorded a new EP titled “The Blackest Eye”. Named after Toni Morrison’s 1st novel, "The Bluest Eye”, The album lyrically takes on the similar themes of cultural conceptions of beauty and worth and the devastating long term effects it can have on those who do not fit those conceptions. The songs narrate through singer/songwriter Mars's experiences with physical abuse, family, anti-blackness and racial self-acceptance while growing up in the southern united states. Musically it all comes together through dual guitar leads, precise drums, fuzzed out bass, and an underlying appreciation for the darker side of pop sensibility.