First, I'd like to say congrats to some close buds of mine who've done well this year between their bands and labels. You know who you are, and it's nice to see everyone doing so well.
I wanted to take this time to talk a little bit about what's coming in the early part of the 2010 for Volar Records. Things have been going well so far, and I want to thank all the mailorder customers, stores, distros, bands, and especially my friends who've helped me when I've needed it. This one-man operation can be a little tough and stressful at times, but in the end I'm happy to be a part of a community of like-minded folks and artists.
Volar's next release will be a long-in-gestation 4-way 7" split between Sharp Ends (Canada), O Voids (Canada), Spirit Photography (the band I play in here in San Diego), and Ale Mania (close friends here in San Diego). The idea for this 7", and the birth of Volar Records, came from Spirit Photography and Sharp Ends, who were totally new earlier this year, wanting to do a split 7" together and not really knowing who to ask about putting it out. And a friend just suggested, "why don't you start your own label?" (There's a longer story behind that.) So we did, and I'd been also talking to the O Voids, and Ale Mania was just starting and I was immediately in love, so I figured, why not get together two Canadian bands and two San Diego bands? And so it's finally happening, but, obviously, some other stuff came first. We (Spirit) are finally in the process of recording our track, but we have everyone else's entries, and I'm pretty happy with everything.
Around the same time, Volar will be co-releasing, with I Hate Rock n Roll, Under the Covers Vol. 2: A Tribute to Paul Collins, Peter Case, and Jack Lee. These three, if you don't know, got their start as the Nerves, released Hanging on the Telephone and a few other total power-pop classics, were covered by Blondie, and then split up and went on to the Plimsouls (Peter Case), Paul Collins and the Beat, and a solo career by Jack Lee. So far we have these spoken for/turned in--
Ratas del Vaticano--Are You Famous?
So Cow--Working Too Hard
Grass Widow--Walking out on Love
Le Face--Paper Dolls
Shark Toys--I Don't Fit In
Fresh & Onlys--Many Roads to Follow
The Mantles--A Million Miles Away
Davila 666--Hanging on the Telephone
White Wires--Letter to G
--with a handful of other bands we're waiting on and excited about. We'll be doing an initial small-release cassette run for cheap, followed by a vinyl run.
Also, one of my favorite bands of 2008, Gun Outfit, is going in (currently?) to record their follow-up to their PPM release Dim Light, and at some point before or after, Volar will be releasing a nice little 7" by the amazing (and nice!) trio. Working with them was one of my dreams in terms of the label, so I'm glad it's working out.
We'll have a 7" (or 12"?) by Tucson's great Lenguas Largas and some more fun things in the works, which will be announced as they're confirmed. Again, thank you to everyone for your support, I'm incredibly happy to be a part of all this.
And, oh shit, there's the three-day Trailer Space showcase with Volar, I Hate Rock n Roll and Videothing during SXSW. More on that soon.