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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:
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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
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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
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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
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*okay, J doesn’t live there but you get the idea.
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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
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.
Written by Don Giovanni on 06/25/2014 10:56am
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
Written by Don Giovanni on 02/25/2014 10:56am
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.
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
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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
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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
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.
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
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
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.
Written by Don Giovanni on 09/12/2013 12:27pm
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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.
Boyd Park, New Brunswick, NJ.
With your host Chris Gethard
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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
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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!
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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.
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Generic Treasure is out August 6th.
Listen to the song History:
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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:
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
Written by Don Giovanni on 05/16/2013 3:34pm
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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.
Written by Don Giovanni on 05/14/2013 10:15am
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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:
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!
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:
Written by Don Giovanni on 03/05/2013 9:23amhere, and or when you see them on tour.
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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:
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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!
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!
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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!!!
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.
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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)