22 December, 2016

Flat Worms 7" on Marc Riley's (of the Fall) Best of 2016 BBC 6 show, Oh Boland LP on Pitchfork's Best of 2016, Susan LP on Dirty Laundry TV's Best of 2016, Teach Me 7" on ListenSD's Best of 2016

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Happy holidays, all, hope you get through them okay. I know this can be a strange time of year for a number of you, myself included. Happy to be here to share some mighty fine recent news in the land of Volar.
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Marc Riley, one of the originally songwriters in the Fall, has a BBC 6 show, and just last week discovered the debut 7" by Flat Worms on Volar. He says some very kind words here about the nine-minute mark, played them again the next day, and then included them in his best of 2016 show this past Monday. We're down to the last few of our black vinyl copies.
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Also this past week, Pitchfork put out its list of the Best Underground Garage Punk Albums of 2016 and was nice enough to include the debut LP by Irish power-poppers Oh Boland, Spilt Milk.
The great fella at Yellow Green Red also recently reviewed the album, saying, "Oh Boland Spilt Milk LP (Volar)
Coming from the sleepy municipality of Tuam, Ireland, Oh Boland are disturbing the neighbors with their raucous, affable form of poppy garage-punk. This is their first piece of vinyl, and it’s a nice summation of a lot of what’s good about melodic punk in the late 2010s. Think Eddy Current’s catchy harmlessness, The Marked Men’s slick upcycling of the Good Vibrations Records catalog, and Ty Segall’s breezy riffs and fuzzed vocals. Oh Boland do a fine job of tailoring it together to suit their needs, confident in a post-Burger Records world and acting as Irish ambassadors to all the more popular bands from more popular countries that make their way through (Oh Boland have opened for Sheer Mag, Protomartyr and Speedy Ortiz if their one-sheet is to be trusted). I didn’t pick up any super-sized hooks on Spilt Milk, and the vocals are often a little too distorted to really stick to my ribs, but they’ve got a good foundation to work from. Worth peeping, particularly if you’ve wanted to hear a garage-y power-pop band authentically sing the word “garage” as though it rhymes with “carriage” – that always hits the spot for me."
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The folks at Maximum Rock n Roll also recently reviewed the LP, with some very fine words for the band.
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Last but certainly not least, San Diego punker trio, and old dear friends of mine, Teach Me, had their 7" included on ListenSD Under the Radar's best releases of the year. Bassist/vocalist Jeremy Rojas and drummer Drew Montoya are responsible for the first-ever release on Volar, the Beaters "Fishage" single, as well as their debut LP and a follow-up 7" later and Ale Mania's debut 7" and LP. Guitar player Tommy Garcia is also in Mrs. Magician and Lowlands. Limited red copies of the 7" are still available for $5.
That's for now until after the new year, when we'll be able to announce more dates for the Matt Lamkin (of the Soft Pack) and Silver Shadows tour in anticipation of their debut LPs out later next month.
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12 December, 2016

Matt Lamkin of the Soft Pack and Silver Shadows West Coast tour, Teach Me and Keepers live w/ the Spits


First off, a moment of reflection about the Oakland fires. I've been in my own state of shock and grief and am slowly getting back to focusing on this other stuff here. My thoughts go out to everyone involved. I had friends who were there that night and made it out safely; I had quite a few more who were close to going and decided not to. The first show I ever attended in the Bay was at a warehouse (the French Fry Factory), and the first show I ever played there was at the Ghost Town Gallery. I have more musical ties to friends in the Bay and Oakland specifically than anywhere else outside of where I live, and the creative freedom and resourcefulness of the music and arts community there is the richest that I know of in the country. There have been many thoughtful posts and articles regarding that scene in particular, the culture at large, and the nature of warehouse spaces like Ghost Ship. I was asked to do an interview for NBC San Diego and only agreed to help spread that message to folks who don't understand why these spaces exist and why these folks feel marginalized and in need of a space where they can live and work and make art and function with the freedom and openness that much of the establishment fails to provide.  If you're reading this post at all, it's because you like and maybe need music, maybe as much as the folks involved in creating it like and need to do so. Everyone please remember to be there for each other. If you haven't done so yet, please consider contributing to the relief fund for friends and family of the victims.

Another short note, a few weeks back we had a sale to help raise funds for humanitarian and anti-bigotry organizations, and a number of you were nice enough to take part. Through your purchases, the label's been able to give $300 altogether to the Center for Reproductive Rights, the National Immigration Law Center, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Native Americans Rights Fund. We'll doing this again sometime in the new year.

And now on to the music...

Coming up in late January, we have the great honor of releasing two great debut albums by Silver Shadows and Matt Lamkin of the Soft Pack. We're currently in the middle of booking a West Coast tour with some dates pending. If you happen to be able to help, that'd be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, please take the chance to check out both bands if you can!

Matt Lamkin (of the Soft Pack w/ solo backing band) and Silver Shadows tour

Fri 1/27 – SD, CA - Whistle Stop (w/ Flat Worms)

Sat 1/28 – LA, CA - TBA (w/ Flat Worms)

Sun 1/29 – SF, CA - Hemlock Tavern

Tue 1/31 – Eugene, OR - TBA

Wed 2/1 – Olympia, WA - Obsidian
Thu 2/2 – Seattle, WA - TBA

Fri 2/3 – Portland, OR - High Water Mark

Sat 2/4 – Arcata/Sacramento/Davis, CA - TBA

Sun 2/5 – Santa Cruz/San Jose, CA - TBA


This past Friday, Teach Me and Keepers, both of whose debuts 7"s Volar released (and who are both working on their debut LPs for Volar as well), played in support of the Spits at an epic show at the Whistle Stop (where I work). Below is some chaotic video of all three bands courtesy of Instagram user @elephante.triunfante:


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14 November, 2016

20% SALE w/ 100% OF ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE PRO-WOMEN, PRO-LGBTQ, ANTI-BIGOTRY ORGANIZATION OF YOUR CHOICE

20% OFF SALE for one week with the discount code "solidarity" at the Volar Records Bandcamp. 100% OF ALL PROCEEDS over the next week will be donated to each customer's respective organization of choice in support of our brothers and sisters in the Latino, African-American, Muslim, LGBTQ, and any and all other communities under persecution at the hands of misogynist, racist, bigoted, violent rhetoric. Within 24 hours of your order, a donation will be made to the organization of your choosing under your name or the name of your choosing, and we will provide you with a certificate from the likes of the ACLU Nationwide, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood Action, Sierra Club, or any of the others you might choose from a great list like this -- http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-ea…

Upcoming/new/recent/past records by the likes of:
Shannon and the Clams
DESTRUCTION UNIT
Digital Leather
Silver Shadows
Matt Lamkin of The Soft Pack
Flat Worms
Oh Boland
Teach Me
Beaters
The Hussy
The Stalins of Sound
Susan
Oh Boland
KEEPERS
Tropical Popsicle
Growwing Pains
Lenguas Largas
Tiger High
Christmas Island
Teenage Burritos
The Audacity & Big Eyes
LENZ
Fine Steps
Cold Pumas
Eat Skull
Tribute to The Nerves ft. Davila 666 Personal & The Pizzas White Fence Tijuana Panthers
and more.
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21 October, 2016

VIDEO PREMIERES/REVIEWS for Flat Worms (Thee Oh Sees/Ty Segall/Kevin Morby/the Babies) & Oh Boland, Matt Lamkin of the Soft Pack

We'll try and keep this one short and sweet. LA Record was kind enough to premiere the video for "Petulance" by Flat Worms from their "Red Hot Sand" debut 7". The band and I and some friends were out in Borrego Springs/Anza Borrego shooting a video for RHS when they popped into that liquor store after dinner to grab some stuff and started dancing. Somebody filmed it, I joked about it being a second video, for "Petulance," so we raced back and begged the owner to open the store and let us shoot for real. So here you. We still have both limited red and gray vinyl available for $5.

The band is playing a record release show at Permanent Records in Highland Park tomorrow. The band stars in the video below along with Rachel Peschman and Abigail Barnett, and the liquor store owner's son, Chad Barnes Jr. (I was hiding.)

Also, the great Yellow Green Red recently reviewed the 7":


Flat Worms Red Hot Sand 7″ (Volar)
Not quite a super-group so much as a band formed from guys in other bands (Thee Oh Sees, The Babies and Sic Alps, to name but a few), Flat Worms are a new fast-and-jagged punk group out of Los Angeles. They’ve got a pretty good debut EP here, opening with “Petulance”, which speeds along like Sauna Youth, complete with a chorus that recalls an ambulance siren’s rhythm. This is followed by “Sovereignty”, a brief jolt of upscale jumpy punk not unlike The Intelligence. The title track takes hold of the b-side, ready for the overnight drive with a motorik drum-beat and lots of open air for the guitar to play along, beside and against the beat, the vocalist given plenty of time to finish his beer before stepping up to sing the title of the song as though he were a Kraftwerk robot. Good stuff all around, and a nice example of modern-day underground punk in the way that Flat Worms are clearly informed by all cool forms of rock music from the past four decades but borrow sparingly from anything besides Wire’s Pink Flag. We could all do much worse!





We also just posted the first video from Irish punk-slop-power-pop trio Oh Boland's debut LP Spilt Milk, "Take Me Back to Mutton Island," directed and edited by friend of the band Stephen Connelly.
Limited clear vinyl available now for only $12.

A few small but nice reviews have popped up so far, follow the links below:

“This is obstreperous, this is brash, this is loud, and this is one of the best debuts you’ll hear all year.” -- An Ait Eile

“The band have succeeded in putting together a bag of catchy riffs and hooks that are perfectly suited to the fun-loving pub atmopshere where their rough and ready sound will thrive” 



And a reminder about the debut solo LP by Matt Lamkin, frontman for the Soft Pack, Where I'm Matt, out now digitally and on vinyl this winter. The Choir Croaks reviewed and said "And this might be one of the best songs to come out this year" about opener "Here I Am." 

17 October, 2016

20% OFF FLASH SALE NOW-FRIDAY @ MIDNIGHT!



Help me clear out my closet!

Big 'ole 20% off sale when you punch in "vamanos" at the Volar Records Bandcamp. Releases by Shannon and the Clams, Destruction Unit, Digital Leather, Christmas Island, Teenage Burritos, Soft Riot, Stalins of Sound, Cosmonauts, Oh Boland, Susan, Teach Me, Matt Lamkin (of the Soft Pack), Silver Shadows, Tiger High (members of Reigning Sound), Flat Worms (members of Thee Oh Sees/Kevin Morby/the Babies), Lenz, Fine Steps, Audacity, Lenguas Largas, Beaters, Ale Mania, Ratas del Vaticano, Uzi Rash, a tribute to Nerves w/ Tijuana Panthers, Davila 666, White Fence, Hunx and his Punx, etc., and a bunch more. 50 records so far and finally SHIRTS.