Today we get to share the newest single from Avery Springer. Avery was previously releasing her solo music with Lauren Records under Elton John Cena, but after a few releases decided it was best to start releasing music under her name.
"Bored Man with a Knife" was produced and mixed by Ryan Hemsworth (we love his project Quarter Life Crisis). The songs lyrics deal with the mix of feeling bogged down by the system, but also trying to manifest a better future. At the end of the day, it's hard to accept anything other than feeling "whittled down" by the powerful people and forces in the world.
This release is the first under Avery's new imprint on Lauren Records, Rat Poison Recordings. Look forward to more music from Avery and other artists here in the future!
Take a listen here and vibe out with Avery to "Bored Man with a Knife"!
Excited to share another single and video from Career Woman! "The Little Dipper" is Melody Caudill's 2nd single of the summer (following the incredible "Balcony"). The lyric video for it was made by Melody with animations by Jesse Caggiano from another Lauren Records band, Same.
The song is made up of "word vomit" from a busy mind coping with losing her teenage years to the pandemic. It's a beautiful acoustic song that showcases Melody's ability to capture and reproduce some deep emotions. This song gives me chills! Check it out and be on the look out for more from Career Woman soon.
Lauren Records turned 10 years old! There's too much to say about it all, but for now I had this designed to represent some key points and fond memories! You can read some notes about the images, and if you'd like to you can order a shirt! Forgive me, I woke up and started writing this today without being fully caffeinated. Designed by Yasmine Sayre.
Long thing about the label that kind of summarize the images:
Lauren Records is 10 years old now! It just kind of happened. It started with playing drums in Baby's Breath / Summer Vacation and being interested in all the things my friend Mark would do. I got intro'd into things by watching his band Moldar and then later playing with him in SV. He ran a distro a did a zine called KYEO SPEAKS and introduced me to this kind of music and DIY in general. After that I started meeting awesome people in bands that I admired like Shinobu, Joyce Manor, Pangea, Watercolor Paintings and many more. It was all new to me; house shows, cafe shows, food not bombs, vinyl, CD-Rs with packaging made of brown lunch bags. After getting to meet a bunch of cool people I wanted to put a compilation together with all the bands I was becoming friends with. Partially because what else was there to do, and secondly because I loved the interconnection between everyone and helping form that wherever I could.
I started wanting to be able to help or be a part of things so I had to find something to do. I started dubbing cassettes 1 at a time for local bands and assembling them, booking shows, I built a wooden screen printing press, watched a ton of youtube videos, bothered Chris Reject at LVAC with questions, and started making shirts for bands.
Some of the first big moments for me was when Todd C. (Recess Records, Toys that Kill, URTC) said yes to being on the first compilation I released, 'I Think We Should Stay Away From Each Other'. Todd participating in things I was doing, whether it was shows or releases, opened the doors to a lot of things, he really is a nice guy. After that, bands like AJJ and Japanther agreed to be on it, leading to me getting to put out the next AJJ and Japanther albums on cassette (Knife Man & Beats Limes and Rice). He also gave me a van years later that I would use for Winter Break tours and to take other people on tour. It just kept stemming from him. Also a shout out to Razorcake for letting me come over to talk me through how to fill out a vinyl order form and Muy Autentico Records for telling me how to start a label. I don't remember if at the time I wanted to release more things than just the comp, but it started to just make sense as time went on.
I think the next big relationships I formed was with my friends in Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra, Leer and the rest of the San Jose crew, and the legendary Tim Burkert and Donna Ramone & co. at 12th&G and VLHS. This was the time period when I felt like we were all doing really cool shit. We did a couple tours with those bands up and down the coast and they were killing it. VLHS was our home base in Southern California. There's no point in really trying to get into it, but that place was probably the most important thing the label was ever somewhat involved in. Even if it was just being there and being able see friends it was truly a magical place that can never be replaced to replicated. I know everyone probably feels that way about their spot, it's just special to me and is hopefully a place all my friends have good memories of.
Growing Up Is Dumb was just the same thing as the rest of it. I just wanted to get all the people I met and liked under one roof to meet each other and get to have fun. It was a 2-3 day DIY music fest that happened 2.5 times. It was also Rafa's Tacos first show, a real day 1 homie who then started serving food at almost all of our VLHS shows going forward. A true staple in our diets. Some of my favorite memories was around GUID, when a bunch of people slept over during the fest. I think Blowout, Leer, Diners, Winter Break were all there and more. We all went to Santana's the next day, the go to burrito spot in Pomona. I just remember the place being empty and us rolling in like 30+ people deep, I love it. The final year we filled up one of those big gatorade jugs with mimosas and had basketball games at a park before the show. The best thing about that was the people who showed up not even to play, but just to eat pizza and watch.
Lots of people to thank and things to talk about, way too many, but I think that just about covers all the images in the shirt design. Special shout out to all the bands for being a part of it, Asian Man Records for helping me with anything I ever need, Norman the best cat, Yasmine for the artwork, all the friends who have pitched in to help, and the roomba for keeping the floors clean. Thanks for 10.
We're excited to bring some more serene guitar music to your day with the newest release from Mike Huguenor, "The Gateless Gate". These two songs (previously only available on Bandcamp) are now available across streaming platforms. Add it to your favorite instrumental playlist and let yourself drift away into Mike's guitar-ruled world.
If you like what you hear, be sure to check out Mike's debut LP, "X'ed" that we put out last year
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Last year we had the pleasure of releasing Melody Caudill's EP "Teacher's Pet", and now she's back with a new name and a new song!
Career Woman is the new moniker for 17 year old Melody Caudill from Los Angeles. Her first single, "Balcony", is an honest expression of Melody's feelings of isolation among her peers. She feels the push and pull between feeling alone, yet finding comfort in being a wallflower. It's a beautiful and melancholic track about figuring out who you are.
You can stream the song here, but also be sure to check out the lyric video Melody made! We have a lot of exciting things coming up with Career Woman, welcome to the journey!
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Today we're excited to announce our newest Lauren Records signee, Sad Park. The Los Angeles trio writes infectious punk anthems reminiscent of Jeff Rosenstock, PUP, and Prince Daddy & The Hyena. With the signing announcement were sharing two new songs, "I Should" and "Over and Over". You can listen to the songs and fall in love with the band here. New record out later this year!
Just restocked Algernon Cadwallader's "Some Kind of Cadwallader," "Parrot Flies," and the collection "S/T" album on cassette! These are a super limited run. We also put up a Dogs on Acid color way themed shirt, red ink on royal blue next level shirts.
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Today Antonioni put out their debut full length record! If you're looking for poetic and pleasant indie rock, this record is for you.You can stream the record everywhere, and we have vinyl for purchase on our web store.
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We're excited to share a new 7" from Signals Midwest! The first track,"I Used To Draw", is an energetic and nostalgic anthem about losing touch with practicing open-ended creativity as you grow up. It serves as a reminder to let yourself create freely! The second track is the band's take on Wild Pink's "Wizard of Loneliness". So good! The band is self releasing the vinyl, so stream the songs and pick up the vinyl below to support them directly!
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Today Closer is sharing their new record, "Within One Stem" with the world! This record showcases the bands melodic capabilities without sacrificing any of heavy drive of their previous work. We have vinyl available for purchase and you can listen digitally everywhere!
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Really excited to share Adult Mom's, "Driver", with you in its entirety! This one has been in the works for a while and now you can listen everywhere. It's a wonderful record and we have vinyl available for purchase!
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We all loved Maxwell Stern's 2020 record, "Impossible Sum" and he's got one last track from those sessions to share with us! "I Reached Out to The City" is a heartfelt song about the nuances in friendship and the effect time has on it. Be sure to check out the music video too. "I Reached Out to The City" is available everywhere now for your listening pleasures!
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