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.
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We're super excited to announce Mike Huguenor's first solo album "X'ed," out this September! Listen to the first single, "Evening Light Seen Through A Window" now and pre-order the vinyl!
You may be familiar with Mike's projects Hard Girls and Shinobu, or from playing in bands like Jeff Rosenstock, Classics of Love, Dan Andriano In the Emergency Room and more - but this is his first completely solo record. X'ed is an instrumental album made ENTIRELY of guitars (void of --get this-- one drill and one wolf). With this album, Mike hopes to make people rethink the instrument's limitations, functionality and sonic boundaries.
"Evening Light Seen Through A Window" is available everywhere today. "One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen is evening light in early spring. It is somehow both soft & sharp, cool & warm. Through a window, it appears to the observer like a reminder of life’s continued existence. This song is an ode to that beautiful sight," explains Mike. To emulate the effect of a medium in-between the observer and the light, he used a tremolo pedal in the verse, and physically turned the tuner on and off during the outro, repeatedly interrupting the melody until it became like a collection of motes dancing in the light.
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Since basically forever, Mike Huguenor has been a staple of the SJ independent music scene. Until recently, he was surrounded by a thriving artistic community; the kind that helped produce bands like Sleep, Duster, No Use for a Name, Gulch, etc. But one after another, his collaborators got priced out of the city, first with Shinobu, and then with Hard Girls, until it was just him and his guitar. At the end of the day, X’ed is ultimately about Mike knowing that his days there are numbered, too: the final name on the list, waiting to be X'ed out.
Pleased to announce that we will be releasing Maxwell Stern’s new album ‘Impossible Sum,’ on September 25th. Today we shared the first single “Born at the End of a Year,” with a very cool music video of clips spanning over 10 years of tour footage from Max’s bands (like Signals Midwest), cut together with modern day social distance shots and some nice animations.
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This is some of Max's best work, please check it out and and if you like it consider pre-ordering the vinyl! The first 100 orders will be mailed a postcard from Max that will have an exclusive b-side!
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A couple months ago Melody shared a cover of Frankie Cosmos' "Art School". Today we're excited to share her new cover of "Ages Ago" by Forth Wanderers! What a great cover! Click the image to watch. Filmed and edited by Melody.
Don't forget Teacher's Pet is out now! You can stream it wherever you get your music. Shirts are also available for pre-order and come with a free download to the EP!
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Teacher's Pet is finally out! Melody wrote the EP as a way for to express herself. She explained that Teacher's Pet is about, "what growing up feels like as an introverted, creative teenage girl going to a huge public high school. It's hopefully relatable to anyone who has experienced any form of self doubt or self realization in their life or has had trouble with feeling confident in their own skin."
You can purchase the EP tomorrow (6/19) on Bandcamp for name your own price with all proceeds going to the NAACP. Shirts are also available for pre-order and come with a free download code!
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Inspired by John Prine, "Tying Airplanes To The Ground" is a song about finding light in life's somber moments. It was written and recorded in quarantine with the help of a multitude of musicians! The song features Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan (Ratboys), Ian Farmer (Modern Baseball / Slaughter Beach Dog), Adam Beck (Into It. Over It. / Sincere Engineer), and Evan Loritsch (Mother Evergreen). Every part of the song was recorded separately (in true self isolation style) and mixed by Adam Beck.
Proceeds on Bandcamp will be going to NIVA (National Independent Venue Association). NIVA help offer support to independent music venues in need of assistance. Listen / buy here.
Last week, we welcomed Melody to the label and announced her upcoming EP "Teacher's Pet"! Today, she is sharing this wonderful Frankie Cosmos cover that she filmed and recorded herself. It's so good, I can't get it out of my head. Please check it out and subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more. Hope you enjoy it! Thank you!
We couldn't be more excited to share that Same's debut LP is finally out! Plastic Western is a groovy, lo-fi record that leaves an endless amount of room for your mind to wander. It offers breezy tracks with sharp corners. Listening to the record gives me the same satisfying feeling of watching the bouncing DVD logo finally hit the corner of the TV screen. You know exactly what I mean.
"Plastic Western emanates the aura of a lit candle; warm and comforting, but not overpowering. It has a purified, breezy sound made possible by anchored vocals and riffs that tip-toe gently" - The Alternative
"Plastic Western... jumps around through different genres, bringing in pop, folk, shoegaze, and bits of experimental rock into their discography." - Dusty Organ
"The addictive-as-sugar “Landlady” might amplify the haziness or THC-laced slacker-isms of Stephen Malkmus and tracks like “Como Esta La Serenidad?” drip with glassy notes and reverb, splitting the difference between emo or dream-pop mood-setting and Weezer-ish ear-worms." - Pittsburgh Current
Listen to the record and don't forget to check out all the cool merch items we have including: sunglasses, keychains, cassettes and more!
Welcome Melody to Lauren Records!
Listen to "Teacher's Pet" NOW!
We are super excited to announce we are now working with Melody Caudill! We will be releasing her EP Teacher's Pet next month (6/12), and you can check out the first single now!
FFO: Snail Mail, Beach Bunny, Phoebe Bridgers, Beabadoobee
"Teacher's Pet" is one of our favorite songs we've shared so far this year, and we hope you enjoy it just as much! Melody's creativity and bubbly attitude is infectious, and you may be shocked to learn she just turned 16! She writes songs that everyone can relate to, whether you feel like an outsider or have self doubt, Melody writes about the insecurities that plague us all.
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Today bandcamp is waiving their fee again to help support artists that use their platform. They typically take a 10-15% fee, but today they are taking zero! To follow suit we will also be passing all label share of these sales directly to the artists. So if there are any albums you've been meaning to pick up today's the day to do so!
In addition; We are very excited for Same's new album "Plastic Western" which comes out in a week! May 8th. You can hear their 3 latest songs on bandcamp, apple music, spotify. And anyone who orders the album on bandcamp today gets an instant download, early!
Plastic Western out 5/8
"Osho Tapes" is Same's newest single! It comes off their debut LP Plastic Western, out next Friday (5/8)! Still haven't listened to the band? You should do it now! They are what BrooklynVegan call "lazy Sunday, slacker indie". On the surface, they offer a sense of escapism, making the perfect soundtrack to lounge around to. But, take another listen and "Osho Tapes" is loaded with Easter eggs that prove they put a lot of thought into everything they do. It's funky and a bit weird, but in a good way.
"Osho Tapes" is one of my favorite songs from the record, and the music video is just as good. Since they couldn't record what they had planned, in true DIY style they made something completely their own. The video is a hodgepodge of pop culture clippings that follow the song. See if you can spot the cult of Osho, Chad Smith tripping over his headphone cable on national TV, and Three Rivers Stadium imploding. Cassettes, keychains, sunglasses, and more are available now for pre-order!
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