Hi friends! Check out the debut from TADAIMA, a 3-piece punk band with no bass guitar in the tradition of Track Star. Five short, fast, bummed-out pop-punk songs from Bay Area native turned LA-resident Bob Vielma and LA-natives turned Bay Area residents Kurt Walcher and Yui Fukunaga. Stream the songs below and MAILORDER the tape here!
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).
Pre-order a copy of the 8-song debut tape here if you’d like. We’ll ship them out in early September.
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!
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
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:
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!
We’re super jazzed to finally release this split between YULIA and OLIVIAS. Yulia play reverb-drenched indie/punk, as if the Buzzcocks had stumbled drunkenly onto the Creation Records roster. OLIVIAS play stark indie rock, with the no-frills catchiness of Sebadoh, and the tense energy of Track Star. Check out the songs below and MAILORDER HERE.
First pressing of 500 on marble red vinyl.
Howdy! I’m excited to announce that our next release will be a 10-inch jammer from ORGANIZED GRIME. OG are some grimey dudes from the Bay Area playing fast, fed-up punk jams. Inspired in part by the late 90′s, beers, and the human condition. The songs are very political and also very funny at the same time. Serious punk that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
If you’d like to pre-order the record, go to the MAILORDER section.
Preview a track below:
Organized Grime will be playing the Shinobu record release show in San Francisco, so you can also pick up their record then if you’d like.