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.
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

25 April, 2016

Stream the full Susan - Never Enough debut LP and Flat Worms debut 7" EP "Red Hot Sand" (members of Thee Oh Sees/Kevin Morby/Dream Boys) + show

After months of working on these records, they're both finally just about to ready to drop, so we've got full streams of both as well as some shows to look forward to.
Stream and order limited color vinyl of Susan - Never Enough LP.
The debut album by Los Angeles trio Susan, ‘Never Enough’ follows up their ‘Just Call It’ EP released in Sept. 2014 (also on Volar Records). Produced and recorded by Scott Cornish and Drew Fischer, ‘Never Enough’ covers themes of personal independence and emotional confusion. Layered vocal harmonies, reverb-washed pop hooks, and a touch of apathy convey hesitation and personal conviction while making the point that even though they don't know where they are going, they are sure they will figure it out. Even if they have to rip it up and start all over again.

"Red Hot Sand," the debut 7" EP by Flat Worms, ft. Will Ivy on guit/vox (Dream Boys/Wet Illustrated), Tim Hellman (currently Thee Oh Sees, formerly Ty Segall and Sic Alps), and Justin Sullivan (Kevin Morby, the Babies), is also available to stream and preorder limited color vinyl below. Unfortunately the wax is running a little behind and is about 3-4 away.

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You can catch both bands this Thursday in San Diego at the Hideout w/ Vyper Skwad (members of Teenage Burritos, Christmas Island, Plateaus).
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You can also catch both bands together in LA on Friday at
356 Mission.

05 June, 2015

Destruction Unit, The Hussy, Growwing Pains tour news, Susan residency at Little Joy, Strange Mutations Vol. 3 7" set, Shannon and the Clams on MTV

HI. HELLO. I've been hoping to get one of these fired off for the last couple of months but find myself routinely buried under my real job and other projects. Suddenly there's a million (or a healthy handful, at least) things to tell you all about.

Hussy side BobbyFirst up, we'd like to announce our third volume in the Strange Mutations 7" series, This batch groups together new releases by The Hussy, Cave Curse (Bobby Hussy's   electronic side-project), Detroit's Growwing Pains, and San Diego's Keepers. The set can be preordered for $20 at www.volarrecords.bigcartel.com, and limited colored vinyl individually will be $6 per title. This sets follows Vol. 1 that included 7"s by Audacity/Big Eyes (split), Eat Skull, Beaters, Stalins of Sound, and Far Corners, and Vol. 2 that included Teenage Burritos, Cosmonauts, Lenz, and Fine Steps. We still have a few color copies for all of those titles. The first 100 copies of Vol. 3 will be on colored vinyl limited only to the set.

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Bobby Hussy hit me up last year and we got to talking all kinds of stuff. Eventually he teamed up with Shawn/Digital Leather and they banged out the great TIT 12" that we co-released with FDH Records. (We've still got a handful of limited yellow copies.) Bobby was also plugging away at his electronic side-project Cave Curse, and so we figured that if Volar was going to release that, might as well put out a Hussy 7". We've got tour test presses for both of those in the works (the pressing plants are overloaded), fingers crossed they're ready in time before the end of this jaunt that starts tomorrow. Check below for tour dates, which you can also keep up with on Facebook if that's a thing you do.
The set will also include Growwing Pains' "I Always Know" 4-song 7" EP. A buddy of mine turned me on to these Detroit weirdo rippers recently, I dropped them a line, and here you have it, four great tunes, one small piece of wax. They're also heading out on tour soon, check out dates below, and keep your eyes peeled for an LP on Volar in the near future. Check out some of their stuff at their Soundcloud.
Along with those three, the set includes the debut 7" by San Diego's Keepers, a new noise-rock trio made up of some old friends of mine. They're great. You can check out a demo of b-side "Postcard" below.

Did you catch Susan on NPR back in March? Because a couple of their music folks caught the band at SXSW and declared them one of the best new acts at the fest. Pretty cool. You can check that out here, and also go see them this at Little Joy in LA, where they have a Tuesday residency all of June. Dates below!
Every Tuesday in June! 6/2 Moaning, 6/9 Vial, 6/16 GAL PALS, 6/23 Flatworms, 6/30 Secret Guest!
The almighty Destruction Unit are heading back out on the road next week, and just in time for it, we've re-pressed the Sonoran LP we released back in 2011 on solid gold vinyl. The band will have a few copies of these as well as the standard black vinyl copies, but you can grab them for $10 at our store before they're gone. We've also got a handful of copies of frontman Ryan Rousseau's solo LP Discover as well.
Maybe you saw Shannon and the Clams interview over at MTV? (Also, happy birthday Shannon!) We've got copies of their "Gremlins Crawl"/"White Rabbit" 7" on limited green as well as grey vinyl. And if you're near LA, we really recommend checking them out at the Getty Museum on Sat. June 20th.
Oh yeah, speaking of the Hussy, we've still got copies of the great debut 12" by tIt, the collaboration between Bobby Hussy and Shawn/Digital Leather. I cut together a video recently for "Leaves on Fire" using footage from Mario Bava's great 'Black Sunday' aka 'The Mask of Satan'.
Here are the Hussy's tour dates that being tonight in Chicago in support their new LP 'Galore' out now on Southpaw Records.
Fri May 22nd - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
w/ Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons, Proud Parents, Modern Mod + DJs Real Jaguar and BMFK's 45 Freakout
Thurs June 4th - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ The Lemons
Fri June 5th - Indianpaolis, IN @ White Rabbit w/ Digital Leather, We Are Hex
Sat June 6th - Cleveland OH @ The Happy Dog
w/ Muamine Collective, Juju Shrine, Midwives
Sun June 7th - Buffalo, NY - DAY OFF
Mon June 8th - Boston, MA @ Zuzu w/ Gangbang Gordon, Nice Guys
Tues June 9th - NYC (Manhattan) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Weds June 10th - NYC (Brooklyn) @ Baby's All Right
Thurs June 11th - Baltimore, MD @ Windup w/ Guantanamo Baywatch
Fri June 12th - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Institute, Lost Tribe, Nervous Ticks
Sat June 13th - Wilmington, NC @ Reggies w/ Deadly Lo-Fi - PORT CITY FEST!
Sun June 14th - Savannah, GA @ Cathaus
Mon June 15th - Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Lowbanks
Tues June 16th - Birmingham, AL @ Spring Street Firehouse
Weds June 17th - Jackson, MS @ CS's w/ No Ma'am, Que Pasa
Thurs June 18th - New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar w/ Planchettes, Fez, Que Pasa
Fri June 19th - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies w/ A Giant Dog, Xetas, Lochness Mobsters, Party Girl
Sat June 20th (DAY) - Austin, TX @ Yellow Jacket
Sat June 20th (NIGHT) - Dallas, TX @ The Foundry w/ Beth Israel
Sun June 21st - Little Rock, AR @ Sticky'z w/ Bombay Harambee
Mon June 22nd - Memphis, TN @ Murphy's w/ Liquid Teens, DJ Vomitor
Tues June 23rd - DAY OFF
Weds June 24th - Fayetteville, AR @ JRs w/ Pagiins
Thurs June 25th - Springfield, MO @ The Outland w/ Chris Gnarly
Fri June 26th - Kansas City, MO @ Minibar w/ Wet Ones https://www.facebook.com/events/359909417539664/
Sat June 27th - Omaha, NE @ O'Leaver's w/ Digital Leather
Weds July 15th - Spring Green, WI @ The Shitty Barn w/ Tree Blood
And here are Growwing Pains upcoming tour dates in support of the 7" on Volar:
Listen here:
July 14-Detroit-UFO Factory w. Milk Dick and Flower Girl
July 16-Chicago-Wally World
July 17-Madison-Crystal Corner Bar w. Digital Leather
July 18-Minneapolis-Hexagon
July 21-Seattle-Funhouse
July 22-Portland-The Know
July 24-San Francisco-The Knockout
July 25-Los Angeles-TBA
July 26-San Diego-Whistle Stop
July 28-Phoenix-Lost Leaf
July 29-El Paso-Monarch
July 31-Austin-Hotel Vegas w. John Wesley Coleman
August 2-Nashville-Betty's
August 3-Cincinnati-TBA
August 4-Columbus-Ace of Cups w. Yuze Boys