Jason Thinh made a small but distinct mark on the Bay Area punk scene in the early 2000′s as the driving force behind the introspective yet vibrant pop-punk band Short Round, and as a member of the socially-conscious ska band The Chinkees. He relocated to Athens, GA searching for a new perspective on life and struggled with issues of identity and separation, losing the impulse for songwriting before eventually embracing it again as a mechanism to make sense of said issues.
Written and recorded over a 4-year period from 2012-2016, Thinh’s first album under the MARATHON STATES moniker is a deeply personal affair, one that confronts questions of change and anxiety, but still occasionally references his favorite comics, television, and music. And while there may be some discrete lyrical shout-outs on I Want A Warning to Thinh’s favorite bands and records, the instrumentation not so discretely takes cues from the big, angular guitars of Sleater Kinney and Bangs, and the heart-on-sleeve desperation of Jawbreaker. Old California friends Max Feshbach and Morgan Herrell (Hard Girls) provide the record’s dynamic rhythm section, with additional contributions from Georgia friends Sam Paulsen (Man or Astroman?, We Versus The Shark) and engineer Joel Hatstat (Bomb The Music Industry, Cinemechanica).
I received a call on November 8, 2005 (a day which I remember because I was pulling up to my polling place to vote as the call came in) from Mike Park, asking if Shinobu would be interested in releasing a 7″ on Asian Man as part of a 7″ record club. I was very excited and honored, to say the least, at the prospect of having a record out on my favorite label.
Long story short, the 7″ club never happened, but Mike said he wanted to release our album instead! Worstward, Ho! came out on September 12, 2006, and now, almost a full 10 years later, I’m very excited to be releasing it on wax for the first time! The whole record has been remixed and remastered from the original recordings, and it still sounds very lo-fi, but in a way that you hopefully all enjoy better! Check out “Same Bastards” below and see for yourself!
The LP is still getting pressed at the moment but should be all finished up by Fall 2016. You can PRE-ORDER a copy for yourself HERE!. Our good friend Dianna from Hi-Lo Press is making an exclusive art print to accompany the LP, and other good friend Jeff Rosenstock is helping to co-release the record on his label Really Records. Thanks, you two!
Hi friends! 2015 was a great year for the Phat ‘n’ Phunky Phamily, and it’s cool to be a part of an awesome community doing amazing things. Thanks to all the bands for letting me ride their coattails, and to all of you who support the Phamily! This is all the stuff that we released this year:
WOW! Next year we’ll have a new 7-Inch from The Exquisites and a Rafa’s Tacos Vegan Mexican Food tribute album for all y’all, along with whatever else comes up!
Above is a photo of me on Dec. 31, 2008 drinking a cocktail called a “Sex in the City” at a fancy bar in Shibuya, Tokyo. I lost the dope-ass Garfield sweatshirt a couple of years later at 924 Gilman St. in Berkeley, and intense feelings of regret over it haunt me to this day… HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!!!
We’re super happy to present to you The Albert Square’s first full length LP, I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing. 13 tracks of gigantic guitars and Costello-esque melodies, with lyrics about the potentially never-ending journey to self-discovery and fulfillment. Available on five very pretty colors of vinyl, as well as a variety of bundles. Check the MAILORDER page for all that!
Preview the song “Agnes” below:
1. One Seventh of the Week
2. Pictures of Your Grandson (Oh, Donald!)
3. Galesburg, IL
4. She Was A Deist
5. The Kids Are All Jerks!
6. Pins and Arrows
7. (Nobody Is) On Your Team
8. A Skull. A Door. The Middle of the Desert. (Waldorf)
9. Agnes (I Assume I Know What I’m Doing)
10. Sum of Our Parts
11. Get Back Here
12. Assuming (Instrumental)
13. I Am Not a Closer
Five new guitar pop gems. Diners continue to explore new territory on “It’s All True” with lush instrumentation and nimble songwriting, underscoring lyrical themes of love, friendship, and wide-eyed wonder. It’s funny that Tyler Broderick would sing how “it must be nice to be so good at everything” because that’s exactly what I think about Diners when I’m listening to them. Don’t miss out on this record from your new favorite band.
First pressing of 500 on mixed color vinyl. PRE-ORDER HERE and check out a track below:
8/27: flagstaff – Firecreek Coffee
8/29: phoenix – The Trunk Space
8/30: pomona – dA
8/31: lawndale – House of 1000 Mannys
9/1: san jose – Chromatic Coffee
9/2: sacramento – Press Room
9/3: portland – Turn Turn Turn
DINERS & PITSCHOUSE:::
9/4: seattle – Werewolf Vacation
9/8: portland – Anarres Infoshop
9/9: davis – Shaq Shack
9/10: oakland – Space Station
9/11: san francisco – Sylvan Annex
9/12: santa cruz – SubRosa
9/13: santa barbara – Funzone
9/14: fullerton – Skate and Sound
9/15: san diego – Che Cafe
9/16: phoenix – The Trunk Space