Check out Max Stern's new song "Pull the Stars Down," out today! This is the last single before his album "Impossible Sum" comes out next Friday, and it's Max's favorite song he's ever written! (and it only took 20 minutes to write!) Stream it and order the album on beautiful turquoise vinyl.
One of my favorite records by a favorite band turned 10 years old this month! To celebrate Walter and I put up this new pink pressing of "Cliche Definitions of Success;" along with a new shirt and coloring book / color pencil set.
ORDER Tracklist: 1. Otterpops In The Icebox 2. Oh Charlatan Me 3. Whistle Like Jim 4. To A Friend On The Floor 5. Tally Ho
Almost 10 years ago now my friend Tim, from VLHS/12th and G, told me "We're trying to get Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra to come play down here, you should check them out, they're rad!" I went home on myspace and listened the Cliche Definitions of Success and fell in love. A couple months later we all met for the first time at their show at 12th & G. It was Walter Mitty, Joyce Manor, Summer Vacation and Horror Squad.. epic gig. They played as a 3 piece acoustic with the Budweiser cooler makeshift drum set. I like being able to pin point the day I heard about them and the first time I met them. I miss seeing them play at VLHS, their shows in particular were the ones that made me feel the magic of that warehouse. I'm super grateful for Walter and all the cool stuff we've accomplished together. Happy birthday Cliche!
Got a new pressing of Algernon Cadwallader’s Parrot Flies coming in this week! This is a random color pressing of 328. Vinyl nerds, this is the smallest press we’ve done so far for this record. Roll the dice and order a copy here.
Peach Kelli Pop has a new 4 song EP coming out on October 9th! These songs sound great! You can listen to the first single, “Cut Me Off,” and pre-order the vinyl on opaque sky blue or lime here. The lime color is very close to being sold out, so if you want it, you should get it this week!
This is Max from Signals Midwest, Meridian and Timeshares first solo record, and it’s by far his best songs so far! This album is so good, and the turquoise vinyl is 🤩 Check out the singles that have come out so far and pick up the vinyl if you like it. Impossible Sum is out September 25th, but if you order from our site, the vinyl ships now.
Mike Huguenor has played in so many great bands including Shinobu, Hard Girls, Jeff Rosenstock and more. This is Mike’s first solo album, and it’s all guitar! Every sound on the record is voiced by a guitar. Chill guitar to study to. X’ed is out now on all streaming services, but vinyl ships later this month.
The label and a lot of my favorite early releases are coming up on their 10-year anniversaries! This month be on the lookout for two of my all-time favorite releases to be repressed for their 10 year. Oddly enough most of the releases that are very important to me are out of print, that’s another thing I’ll be working on coming up!
We are excited to share Mike Huguenor's debut solo LP X'ed, which you can now listen to wherever you stream your music! Armed with three guitars and an unbelievable amount of talent, Mike pushes the boundaries of modern guitar music.
You may recognize Mike from his projects like Hard Girls or Shinobu - or from playing with people like Mike Park, Jeff Rosenstock, Dan Andriano, and more! He spent nearly two years working on X'ed in San Jose, CA where he witnessed many of his friends getting priced out of the city, one by one getting X'ed.
“Ultimately, what I wanted was to make the best songs possible,” Mike explains. “It is experimental, but it’s also about writing songs people would want to listen to while retaining that experimental bent.”
X'ed is now streaming! Records, guitar picks, and more are also available to order! Don't forget, it's also Bandcamp day! Buy the album on Bandcamp today for Mike to receive an extra cut of sales!
Melody's new music video for "Mosquito Bites" is out today! Check it out and stream Teacher's Pet!
Some notes from Melody about the video:
I wrote Mosquito bites last summer when I had nothing to do and felt bad about being home for most of the summer, but the song’s meaning has really developed this year, which has been almost fully in quarantine. Making this video was one of the only things I’ve done outside of my bedroom in a long time, and it really showed me how much of a positive difference spending time with friends has on my mental health.
(This isn’t part of my description but I wanted to mention that all of the proper safety precautions were taking when making it, and we were socially distanced/wearing masks every second we were off screen)
Today's my friend Bob Vielma's birthday! I met Bob in 2011 after messaging him on myspace, asking if Summer Vacation could one day play with his band Shinobu (San Jose Legends). We didn't know anyone especially outside of San Gabriel Valley, so meeting someone from a band from another part of state was a first. Shinobu had a record release show coming up at Homestead Lanes in San Jose with The Albert Square for their split 7", and Bob let us play! It was our first time leaving our local area to play music. I'm super grateful for Bob as a friend and have always looked up to his opinion and advice regarding band stuff, questions about labels (Phat N Phunky & Asian Man Records), and always appreciated and trusted his diverse and excellent taste in music. So of course it makes sense that he's the first guest on our new playlist "something to vibe to"! Stream it on Spotify here and check out his commentary!
Thanks to Aaron from Lauren for asking me to make this mix. It's hard to single-mindedly hunt for new music the way it was when I was 25 years old, but great new music still crosses my path thanks to friends, coworkers, and occasionally thanks to my own curiosity. A lot of disco and funky shit on this one, interspersed with some old favorites and things that struck me from out of left field. Enjoy!
1. The Rah Band - Clouds Across The Moon: My favorite new discovery since hearing Lustt's "Pillow Talk" cover a few years back. Funky groove and a soaring sentimental melody sung beautifully.
2. The Stone Roses - Elephant Stone: My dawg Rafa showed me this song, a jangly banger where the Stone Roses are batting way above average. Reminds me of my favorite Flipper's Guitar moments.
3. Richard Hawley - Tonight the Streets Are Ours: An oddball favorite at my job, sandwiched between the usual house and trap playlists. Timeless songwriting and melody on this one.
4. Cock Sparrer - Where Are They Now: Cock Sparrer occupied a big hole in my knowledge of punk, but my friend Chase suggested them as something I'd be into and he was right! Cynically optimistic in a really cool way, a deceptively smart song in a simple shell.
5. Sparta Locals - Ougon Wave: Part of my 2000's Japanese indie canon, a decade where Japanese bands were kicking ass while the western establishment was wack AF overall. Sparta Locals borrowed heavily from Television and Gang of Four and made an album far better than either. The video for this song has a skateboarding dog.
6. Bobby James - Miss Me With The: The homie Bobby's newest single is relatable to everyone struggling to make it in this late-capitalist hellscape, and have a little bit of fun in the process.
7. Fat Tony - Godly: It's been cool seeing Fat Tony go from the wide-eyed punk kid in Houston at all the shows, to stylish underground rap legend. The hook by Negashi Armada flexes super hard in the most absurd way. Funnest rap song in recent memory.
8. Rina Sawayama - Comme Des Garcons (Like the Boys): My coworker Nando put me on to this one. Brash pop that gets under your skin and on rotation in your head before you can act too cool for it. The little "woo!" noise at the beginning of the choruses is undeniable.
9. E-40 - Give Me 6: I appreciate 40 Water more and more after leaving the bay for his dedication to having fun with music and wordplay (a lot of people apparently don't like fun music!). This song is timely but also timeless in the same way that all of his best punchlines are.
10. The Lawrence Arms - Quincentuple Your Money: Is it commonly accepted among Lawrence Arms fans that their best release was their split with the Chinkees? Starting with a spot-on Simpsons sample, then launching into a great guitar lead, this one came back on constant rotation recently out of the blue.
11. Cloudbusters - Waste My Time: New project of punky power-pop from members of The Albert Square, Boys, Ogikubo Station, et al. The lyric "now that I'm not spending time with you, I'm doing all the things that I want to" is like the opposite perspective from "Hotline Bling's" controlling protagonist. Y'all are missing out if you don't peep this one.
12. Jennifer Lara - I Am in Love: Funky reggae cover of the Evelyn King song. Strong posi-vibes for the lovers trying to keep that flame lit during dark times.
13. Thundercat - Dragonball Durag: Thundercat has always been close to writing a great song and this might be the first time he succeeded. The groove never wears out its welcome over the song's 3 minutes, and the lyric about mackin' even when you're covered in cat hair is very relatable.
14. Diners - Cup of Coffee: My favorite song off of my favorite band's new album. Timeless songwriting, melody and lyrics.
15. Sweet Trip - Milk: I wish I'd seen this band when they were playing around the bay, but I was too deep into terrible punk music back then. Pretty, weird, shoegaze vibes on this, in a way that predates the cynical "aesthetic" of many revivalists.
16. AJJ - Normalization Blues: AJJ once again stabs right at the heart of American and human stupidity, in a way that is prescient and empathetic (something they excel in). Maybe the best song of 2020 along with...
17. Run The Jewels - Walking in the Snow: Killer Mike's verse gives me actual chills every time I hear this song. Another prescient anthem for the unending struggle that we find ourselves in.
18. Rage Against the Machine - The Wind Below: I'd never heard this until I randomly decided to angrily listen to some political rock the other day. The catharsis in the outro gave me chills.
19. Patrick Cowley - Jungle Orchids: Legendary San Francisco producer who also happened to write a ton of music for gay porn. This one is one of my favorites from this collection, endlessly funky and chill.
20. Vera - Take Me to the Bridge: Sultry, brisk disco that doesn't wear out its welcome ever after 7 minutes.
21. Secret Value Orchestra - Serious Intentions: Heard this on a collection of French house, and it's kind of a perfect pop song.
22. Bad Bunny - En Casita: A song about missing your people during quarantine. Bad Bunny is always fun and relatable.
23. Meat Market - Line: I'd been wanting to check out this band for a long time after seeing them list The Blue Hearts as one of their influences somewhere... here we are like 6 years later and I finally heard this song and immediately loved it. The unison voices sound great, and this strikes the right chord of snotty sincerity that I find rarer and rarer in punk these days.
24. Willie Nelson - Roll Me Up - With so much sadness in the world, this is a good song to have on deck. The sentiment of "roll me up and smoke me when I die" calls for celebration of a life well lived, which is the best any of us can hope for at the end, I guess. I'm definitely not articulating this as well as I'd like to... just listen to the dang song!
25. Victoria Mus - Sin Final: Another super long disco song. I have a soft spot for italo disco, and when it's good... IT'S GOOD! One of my favorite italo melodies and synth hooks.
Today Peach Kelli Pop released their new song "Cut Me Off," and announced their forthcoming EP 'Lucky Star.' I'm super excited to be releasing another EP for PKP! You can listen to "Cut Me Off" on all streaming services now, and pre-order 'Lucky Star' on beautiful opaque sky blue, or lime vinyl
I am super excited to share that Maxwell Stern's new song featuring Laura Stevenson is officially out! Earlier this week, Talkhouse premiered "Left in the Living Room" along with a personal excerpt about the record by Max.
Max shared: "I had the idea to ask one of my favorite vocalists, Laura Stevenson, to sing with me on something. I’m not sure if she remembers it, but we’d actually made music together once before. It was the fall of 2005, I had just turned 16 and I was watching Jeff Rosenstock’s old band Bomb The Music Industry! — a band in which Laura played keys and sang—play on the floor of a sports bar in my hometown of Cleveland, OH...BTMI! had a “Bring Your Own Band” policy that stated that if you knew any of their material, you could play it with the band. So here I am, bleached-blonde mop and all, underage in a college bar, freaking out about getting to play with a group of musicians who were nearly a decade younger than I am right now who were making frantic, catchy, and often unintelligible ska-punk-hardcore songs about drinking beer in the shower and not shaving your beard before a job interview. I loved that band — I still do."
"Anyway, sometime around that show, Laura started writing her own songs, and quickly evolved from 'extremely talented person in the scene with me and my dumb friends' to 'real-life grown-up genius-level songwriter.' Her involvement with this song, “Left In The Living Room” happened pretty quickly once I gathered up the courage to send her a text message and a demo, and having her voice on this record is a true honor."
Impossible Sum is now available for pre-order. It's Max's first ever solo LP (you may know him from Signals Midwest, Timeshares, etc). We have matchsticks, merch bundles, and more for sale! Check it out and stream "Left in the Living Room" wherever you listen to your music!
A couple weeks ago, we welcomed Mike Huguenor to the label and announced his debut solo LP X'ed! Today, I am excited to share his newest song "Mitch McConnell's Funeral".
Mike shared the following about the track: "I was working on this song and found myself thinking, ‘This is the most calming, peaceful song I’ve ever written.’ So I started thinking about calming, peaceful things, and the most calming, peaceful thought of all was the realization that one day Mitch McConnell will be dead... Then, America can finally do some healing.
Last week, we welcomed Antonioni to the label! They are an indie-rock band based out of Seattle. If you like Great Grandpa, Jay Som, or even Big Thief, then you are going to LOVE Antonioni. They are an extremely talented band, and I am super excited to be able to share their new music with you.
Their new song "Mary Bell" explores the question, "How close am I to evil?". It's something I know many of us have also thought about in some way. If you've ever found yourself watching serial killer documentaries or binging true crime shows, you know exactly what I mean.
You can stream "Mary Bell" wherever you get your music. And make sure to check out this Spotify playlist they made featuring some of their influences and past discography!
We are super excited to announce that Antonioni has joined Lauren Records! Antonioni is an indie-rock band based out of Seattle.FFO: Great Grandpa, Jay Som, Big Thief. They've toured with bands like Cherry Glazer, Dude York, and more. Receiving praise from outlets like NPR and KEXP, they've released two EP's and a handful of music videos garnering a sincere following within the Seattle DIY scene.
They are inspired by: basketball, classic literature, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Twilight Zone, Dennis Rodman, pinball, classical music, cats, puppies, paintings, and plants.
Get familiar with their music and some of the group's influences with this Spotify playlist the band put together! New music is coming soon so make sure to follow Antonioni and keep your eyes peeled for the latest news.