12 September, 2016

Debut LP and tour by Irish trio Oh Boland and debut 7" by Teach Me, solo LP by Matt Lamkin (Soft Pack)


Irish punk-slop-power-pop trio Oh Boland

Formed in 2012, the trio of songwriter Niall Murphy  (Guitars, Vocals) Eanna MacDonnchadha (bass) and Simon McDonagh (drums/vocals) came together to form Oh Boland over the course of drunken pub crawls in their small town of Tuam, Ireland.  The band eventually recorded a couple of EPs with Brian Kelly of So Cow, and began venturing out into Galway City, leading to involvement with Dublin-based collective Popical Island and their release of the Delphi split LP with fellow Ireland indie-poppers Me and My Dog.

The Delphi recordings brought them together with producer Mark Chester, who makes his own music as Ginnels and plays in No Monster Club. After the band realized they were sitting on a number of songs, they decided to go back in with Chester to record this first full-length, Spilt Milk, over the course of two days over Halloween weekend 2014 in a cottage in one of the most isolated parts of the west of Ireland, Carraroe.  Most of the tracks were written in the town of Tuam while Murphy worked slow day shifts in a bar populated by agrarian tragedies, gambling addicts and mislaid bachelors. Boredom-fueled pop melodies driven by a love of girl group, country music and 70s power pop, enshrouded in the drunken slop of the Irish barroom rock n roll band and the unbridled motion of punk rock.

Over the last few years, the band has had the honor of touring Ireland with Parquet Courts and playing with the likes of Sheer Mag, Protomartyr, Metz, Speedy Ortiz, the Growlers, the Sonics, and Paul Collins (the Nerves).

Spilt Milk is officially due out on 09/30, with the band playing a number of US East Coast dates (including Detroit with their friends in Protomartyr) before ending up at Gonerfest 13 in Memphis.

Sept 15th- Plough And The Stars, Boston, MA       
Sept 16th- Cake Shop Manhattan, NYC w/Joey Sprinkles
Sept 17th- WFMU NJ live in-studio!
Sept 17th- Don Pedro,  Brooklyn w/Jack Oblivian
Sept 20th- Gooski’s, Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 21st- Used Kids Records, Columbus, OH
Sept 22nd- Now That’s Class, Cleveland, OH w/Joey Sprinkles
Sept 23rd- El Club, Detroit, MI w/ Protomartyr/Feelings
Sept 24th- Bric-A-Brac Records, Chicago, Il
Sept 25th- Hi-Dive – Milwaukee, WI
Sept 27th- Re-Animator - Winston-Salem North Carolina w/Chook Race
Oct 1st- Memphis Tenn.- Gonerfest 13- Murphy’s Bar 


 

Formed in Spring 2016, the trio that makes up Teach Me, old friends Jeremy Rojas (bass/vox), Andrew Montoya (drums) and Tommy Garcia (guitar) came together in a flash, banging out six songs in a week for a friend’s birthday party (Cory Stiers of Mrs. Magician/Cults/Thrill Me Records).  When Ben Moore, producer extraordinaire behind all three Hot Snakes Records and other releases by the likes of Metz, Swami John Reis and the Blink Shake, Rocket from the Crypt, Pinback, and scores of others, happened to catch this first performance, he was immediately struck and invited the boys to come record in his studio soon, with two of those recordings, “Collector” and “Pup Pup,” making up this first release.

Singer/bassist Jeremy Rojas and drummer Andrew Montoya have been playing together since middle school, eventually formally the legendary soul-garage-punk quintet the Sess, and immediately after that band broke up their own respective projects Beaters and Ale Mania. Teach Me was a chance to bring them together with guitarist Tommy Garcia, who also plays in Mrs. Magician and Low Lands. A forthcoming full-length LP will follow in early 2017.






Rojas and Montoya also played a large part in the debut solo LP by another old friend of theirs, Matt Lamkin, singer/guitarist for the Soft Pack. Both Teach Me members played guitar/bass and drums, respectively, with Montoya producing as well. Stream/DL the LP, Where I'm Matt.



26 August, 2016

Susan video premiere and interview on What Youth, Flat Worms 7" now in stock, the Nerves on Pitchfork's Top 200 of the 70s, debut releases by Teach Me and Oh Boland

Hey there, lots of catching up to do here.

First thing's first, the kind folks at What Youth interviewed lovely ladies of Susan, whose debut LP Never Enough we recently released, and premiered their new video for "Somebody New." Check out the video below, and go here to read the interview.




Also exciting, we finally have our hands on the debut 7" by Flat Worms after much delay following the sudden sale of the pressing plant we'd been going through. We still have both limited red and gray copies of their "Red Hot Sand" 7". The band includes members of current and former members of Dream Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, the Babies, and Kevin Morby. Stream and order copies of the record here.



More big news as we reach a milestone 50th release, and a nice full-circle one at that. Our first release was a co-release with Single Screen Records, the debut 7" by Beaters for "Fishage." Beaters was born our of the demise of SD garage/punk/soul greats the Sess, with singer/guitarist Jeremy Rojas and drummer Andrew Montoya starting both Beaters and Ale Mania. Now exactly seven years later, Rojas and Montoya have started a new punker project Teach Me with guitarist Tommy Garcia of Mrs. Magician/Low Lands. The upcoming "Collector"/"Wanna Be Pup Pup" is out next month on limited red vinyl, and you can hear the a-side and preorder here.






Our other new release is the debut LP by Irish garage-slop-punker trio Oh Boland, Spilt Milk. Ten songs of twenty-something alienation, debauchery, heartbreak, frustration, revelry. It's perfect, trust us. Have a listen to the first single "Jane Russell" and preorder limited clear vinyl.





Back in 2010 we co-released (with I Hate Rock n Roll) a tribute to the members of the Nerves, Under the Covers Vol. 2: A Tribute to Paul Collins, Peter Case and Jack Lee, with covers by White Fence (Tim Presley was also nice enough to whip up that nifty cover art), Davila 666, Grass Widow, Audacity, Tijuana Panthers, Personal and the Pizzas, Cowabunga Babes (whose Going Nowhere LP we released in 2012), the Mantles, and plenty more, as well as the reason it was put together, a lost track by Jack Lee. Pitchfork just published their list of the best songs of the 1970s, with "Hanging on the Telephone" (the Nerves version, not Blondie's cover) landing at #161. We still have copies of our limited blue repress available for just $10.

 

14 July, 2016

Unherd TV feature on Volar Records and video mix, Susan CMJ debut at #182, Flat Worms 7"s shipping three weeks

Unherd video
The kind folks at Unherd, including my pals Alex Zaragoza, also a great writer for SD Citybeat, as is her work partner Jeff Terich, ran a feature on Volar this past weekend on their Unherd TV show on ABC 10 here in SD. They were even kind of to send me a viewable clip with everything.
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Also, we just got word that the Susan - Never Enough LP debuted this week on the CMJ Radio charts at #182. DJs seem to be pretty happy with this one, hopefully it gains more traction. We still have some limited blue vinyl.
FlatWorms7cover
More in the world of good news, the much-delayed debut 7" by Flat Worms (members of Dream Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, the Babies, Kevin Morby) will finally be ready the first week of August. Bill Smith Custom Records was sold to United recently, making the Susan LP one of the last they pressed, but unfortunately they didn't get to this in time. Limited grey and red vinyl here.
Limited color editions we're running low on at our Bandcamp:
Destruction Unit - Sonoran LP solid gold vinyl - $10
Under the Covers Vol. 2: a Tribute to Paul Collins, Peter Case and Jack Lee, ft. Davila 666, Personal and the Pizzas, Tijuana Panthers, Grass Widow, Hunx and his Punx, Audacity, the Moonhearts, and more. Limited blue vinyl $10
Digital Leather - Infinite Sun 12" limited clear vinyl $8
TIT debut 12" collab between Shawn/Digital Leather and Bobby/the Hussy - yellow vinyl $10
Tiger High - Inside the Acid Coven LP - Memphis garage psych - limited blue vinyl - $5!
Tiger High - "Christine" 7" EP - limited blue vinyl - $3
Shannon and the Clams - "Gremlins Crawl" b/w "White Rabbit" (Jefferson Airplane cover)
limited green and grey vinyl $5
Soft Riot - No Longer Stranger debut LP - limited green vinyl - $5!
Soft Riot - Fiction Prediction LP - limited white vinyl - $5!
Strange Mutations Vol. 3 7" set ft. the Hussy, Cave Curse (Bobby Hussy synth side-project), Keepers, Growwing Pains - $10 for limited color vinyl exclusive to the set

07 June, 2016

Flat Worms - "Red Hot Sand" Track of the Day on Radio K KUOM Minnesota!

 A day late but hopefully not a dollar short--Flat Worms' "Red Hot Sand" was Track of the Day over at Radio KUOM Minnesota yesterday. You can go download it for free through the week. Limited color vinyl any day now, it's running way behind because of the recently announced sale of Bill Smith Custom Records' (where I've been having stuff pressed) recent sale to United Records. Will Ivy on guitar (Dream Boys/Wet Illustrated), Tim Hellman on bass (Thee Oh Sees/Ty Segall), Justin Sullivan on drums (Kevin Morby/the Babies). Pick up the records and stream the EP.





We also wanted to remind you of our recent release of the debut LP by LA-based all-female power-pop-punk trio Susan. Limited blue vinyl is going fast.

14 May, 2016

Susan - "I've Been Known" video & Flat Worms "Sovereignty" video





We're incredibly to have just released the debut LP by LA all-female power-punk-pop trio Susan, Never Enough, and the nice folks over at Bitch Media and Buzzbands LA were nice enough to premiere their first video off of the album for "I've Been Known." Watch the video below and read what those outlets had to say, and order limited color vinyl.



Via Bitch Media:





We highlight new music from female-fronted bands every Monday. This week, we're excited to feature the first music video off Susan's debut record.

Guitarist Jessica Owen, bassist Beth Borwell, and drummer Katie Fern make up the trio that is Susan. Their fuzzed-out power pop vibes are all over their first album, Never Enough, which came out April 30 on Volar Records. The Los Angeles-based band got together in 2012 and get into their feelings with songs about making their lives their own—on their own terms. Full of layered harmonies, jangly guitar and mellow hooks buzzing with reverb, Susan feels like a soundtrack for a long scenic drive with all of the windows down.

We're excited to premiere the video for the track "I've Been Known." The song is all about "figuring out how to be true to yourself despite tendencies to fall in line with the expectations others place on you," said Jessica Owen. Artist Abby Banks, the photographer behind the book Punk House: Interiors, directed the fun and bold video that's full of slo-mo and hair-flying head shakes that make the band look like they're saying "no" over and over again.

Via Buzzbands LA:

Hair shaking, mirror smashing, and self-reflection come together in Susan’s “I’ve Been Known” video, directed by Abby Banks, the photographer behind the book “Punk House: Interiors.” All the effects were done in-camera, which is neat. As guitarist Jessica Owen, bassist Beth Borwell, and drummer Katie Fern demonstrate their power-pop motions in a room surrounded by plants, a strong sense of their friendship comes across, like they exist in a perpetual slumber party. “I’ve Been Known” can be found on their new album, “Never Enough,” released by Volar Records on April 30, following 2014’s “Just Call It” EP. In addition to fuzz, pop hooks, harmonies, and excitable rhythms, the album explores personal conviction, starting over as many times as necessary, getting emotional and getting through it.



What Youth was also kind enough to premiere the video for "Sovereignty" by Flat Worms, whose debut 7" EP, "Red Hot Sands," is available now digitally and next week on limited color vinyl. Watch the video and read they had to say below. 





“I was listening to Swell Maps one day and realized I wanted to play rock and roll again,” says Will Ivy, guitarist/singer for his new band Flat Worms. Ivy’s been playing in bands for years, most recently under his new solo effort, and as the bassist for Dream Boys, a personal favorite. But Flat Worms is unlike anything I’ve heard him play. It’s raw. Loud. Real. Dare I say, punk. With the help of Justin Sullivan on drums (formerly the Babies, currently Kevin Morby) and Tim Hellman on bass (currently Thee Oh Sees, formerly Ty Segall, Sic Alps, Wet Illustrated), Flat Worms is about to rule the LA scene. And what better way to segue into that subversive spotlight than with their first ever video for the single “Sovereignty”.

The video, compiled footage of Ivy’s 5th birthday party, is an homage to his uncle, Bradley Burlingame (starring as Batman) who recently passed away. “I’ll let you guess which one is me,” Ivy told me.

“Sovereignty” is part of a three-song 7″ recorded by Andrew Schubert at Golden Beat Recording Studio in LA and Wayne Faler (Dream Boys, Devon Williams) at his home. Check out “Petulance” below, one of the other songs on the 7″.

Having now seen Ivy as a five year old and experienced the magic of an early affinity for Batman, I can’t help but feel Flat Worms will be his greatest success yet. –Maya Eslami