June 8th, 2016
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!
March 17th, 2016
Hi friends! I’ll be on the road for a little bit and mailorders will be delayed until late-April. Just a little heads up!
February 18th, 2016
FRIENDS! The GREAT HART tape is all sold out on my end, but the band will hit the East Coast in a couple of months with TRY THE PIE, who are one of the best bands from the bay area. Tour dates below:
4/22 — Baltimore @ the Sidebar
4/23 — Philadelphia @ Lava Space
4/24 — Pittsburgh @ Black Forge Coffee
4/25 — Rochester @ TBA
4/26 — Boston @ TBA
4/27 — Western Mass @The Flywheel
4/28 — NYC @ Silent Barn
December 31st, 2015
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:
-The Albert Square “I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing” LP
-Diners “It’s All True” 7-Inch
-Koi “First Week” Tape
-Slime Girls “Yumemi/Lonely Planet Girl” 7-Inch
-Great Hart “Fear of Missing Out” Tape
-Yulia / Olivias Split 7-Inch
-Organized Grime 7-Inch
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!!!
November 30th, 2015
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
November 9th, 2015
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:
A1. Really Wanna Know
A2. Must Be Nice
B1. My House
B2. Only You
B3. Speaks To Me
August 15th, 2015
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
May 11th, 2015
BA-BAM! Another new release comin’ at ya! I’m very excited to be releasing the debut tape from San Jose’s very own KOI. First Week comes with five tracks of sincere pop punk, whose deceptively intricate songwriting is played with a loose, youthful abandon. Check out the first track “Pond” below:
Pre-order the tape HERE!
May 10th, 2015
We’re very excited to be releasing the new 7″ from Los Angeles’ SLIME GIRLS. Their first album Vacation Wasteland was a groundbreaking chiptune record, with deep rocksteady grooves, and sentimental punk anthems. Slime Girls build upon that foundation and explore new territory with the 2 new tracks on this record. “Yumemi” takes the band’s punk roots in a dreamier, hazier direction, while dance track “Lonely Planet Girl” celebrates the moods and melodies of the band’s J-pop influences. Each record comes with a download code which includes remixes by Uio Loi, bansheebeat, and Shoujo Kiss. This is a one time pressing of 500 on coke bottle clear vinyl. CLICK HERE TO ORDER!