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Matt Lamkin mini-tour w/ Hot Snakes! Oh Boland UK tour w/ Protomartyr! New Susan 7"! New shirts! New totes!

Hey there! Gonna keep this one to the point, about to head up to Long Beach for the first part of this Matt Lamkin mini-tour w/ Hot Snakes.


Have you heard Matt's record we put out earlier this year? It's stellar, and it's only $10 for limited orange vinyl.

Oh Boland also heads out on tour this coming weekend with another of our favorite bands Protomartyr. Their debut LP Spilt Milk has just been repressed on limited yellow for only $10. Pick up tickets for the show at Protomartyr's web site.






Following their debut "Just Call It" 7" from three years ago and their debut LP Never Enough last year, LA power-pop trio Susan are back with another 7" EP, TV Girls. Preorder limited color vinyl, out 12/08/17/, and listen to "Little Notes."

We made new shirts! Hot pink Volar logo and dark grey. We also now have tote bags, our logo on navy blue. Buy the shirt for $15, the tote for $8, or order them together for $20.

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DEALS/STEALS: Volar Bay Area 6-record set and LA 5-record set, collected Beaters/Ale Mania/Teach Me releases, Soft Riot 2xLP for $10

Hey, look, we're back and it hasn't even been two weeks. A quick update to let everyone know about some big deals and steals we've set up.

Beaters and Ale Mania were the first two bands "signed" to Volar back when we decided to try this thing out in early 2009. Both projects were born out of the demise of the spectacular The Sess, for our the best band of their time in San Diego. Beaters is Jeremy Rojas taking care of all of the writing and vocals and most of the instrumentation, with Andrew Montoya recording and drumming. In Ale Mania, Montoya is up front, writing all songs and playing all instruments, with Rojas lending vocal and guitar duties when needed. A few months after the Sess announced they were disbanding, the first Beaters and Ale Mania tracks surfaced on Myspace, and within a couple of weeks, the idea for Volar first came about, and Rojas and Montoya were the first two artists we approached, along with Ratas del Vaticano and Fresh and Onlys. Within t…

OUT NOW! Ice Balloons debut LP Fiesta. Flat Worms "Red Hot Sand" debut 7", US tour w/ Ty Segall, Euro tour this week

(Volar Records owner Craig Oliver (ME), right, w/ Ice Balloons at Helmuth Projects)

Hi there.

Ahem.

Although I've been regularly sending out newsletters, turns out that it's been nearly FOUR MONTHS since I've posted here. I'll try to keep it brief.

FIRST:

Out now: Volar has been incredibly honored to have released the debut LP Fiesta by NYC noise-rock supergroup Ice Balloons, counting amongst their ranks Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Sean Kennerly of Samiam, Sean Powell and Dani Miller of Surfbort, and Dan Scinta of Wild Yaks. The band is currently wrapping up their US tour, the album is available on limited teal vinyl, only $12.

Last year, Volar was also lucky enough to release the debut 7" by my friends in LA trio Flat Worms, comprised of Will Ivy (Dream Boys, Wet Illustrated, Will Ivy solo), Tim Hellman (currently Thee Oh Sees, formerly of Ty Segall & Sic Alps), and Justin Sullivan, who spent years in the Babies and then backing his Babies bandmate Kevin …

OUT SOON! Ice Balloons - Fiesta debut LP (members of TV on the Radio, Samiam, Surfbort, Midnight Masses), OUT NOW! Tracy Bryant "Parachute" 7"! Silver Shadows "You Were Right" video!

Hi there, it's been a bit. How are you? Hope your anxiety in these trying times isn't totally out of control. Take a breath. Let's listen to some tunes.



First up, the fine folks at Stereogum were nice enough to premiere "Calypso Heartworm," the first track released from the upcoming debut LP Fiesta by Ice Balloons, comprised of Kyp Malone/TV on the Radio, Sean Kennerly/Samiam, Sean Powell/fuckemos/Surfbort, Giselle Reiber/Midnight Masses, and other noise-making friends. The LP will be out on Volar 08/11, and limited color copies can be preorder at the Bandcamp link below.

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Ice Balloons are a New York supergroup that count TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone, Samiam’s Sean Kennerly, Fuckemos’ Sean Powell, and Midnight Masses’ Giselle Reiber amongst its members. Oh, and they’re fronted by a giant golden fly.

“I spent four days high in the mountains of Colorado suffering from altitude sickness, unable to breathe properly…

OUT NOW! Debut LPs by Matt Lamkin (of the Soft Pack), Silver Shadows, Part Time/Drinking Flowers 7", OUT SOON! Tracy Bryant 7"

Well, hi there. A lot's happened since the last time we posted. Really awful shit on a political and cultural level, mostly good stuff on the personal. Either way, things have been really hectic, and the Royal We have been preoccupied. But here we are with some news!

 First up, we have Where I'm Matt, the excellent debut solo LP by my old buddy Matt Lamkin, frontman for the Soft Pack, who went so far as playing Letterman and doing a goofy video with Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show and Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and touring a tour and putting out records on Kemado Records and Mexican Summer, among others. The LP features a handful of Lamkin's friends playing various instruments, and retains the hookiness of the Soft Pack while adding a healthy dose of experimental stuff.

Stream the album and pick up limited yellow vinyl, edition of 500, for $12.
 Next up, another great debut, and unfortunately the last, by the very excellent Oakland-based female-harmony led Silver Shadows. I…

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

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. 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. Also this past week, Pitchfork put out its list of

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 messa…