Thursday, May 16, 2013
June 18th, the same day as we are releasing the new Vacation album, Candy Waves, we will also be releasing their incredible Self Titled debut album on CD for the first time. Pick both of them up from the band on tour with Nervosas (dates below). Listen to a song off the album:
Vacation -- 2013 Tour Dates
6/13 - Pittsburgh @ Roboto Project with Zeitgeist, No Time! (all ages)
6/14 - Philly @ Hausu with Roman Holiday and Decade (all ages) *early 7pm
6/15 - New Brunswick @ Cooler Ranch with Black Wine, Night Birds (all ages)
6/16 - Brooklyn, New York @ Fitness with Nude Beach, Survival (all ages)
6/17 - Boston @ Charlie's Kitchen with Dan Webb and the Spiders and
Landline (all ages)
6/18 - Portland, Maine @ 442 St. John Street w/ TBA
6/19 - Quebec City @Le Cercle w/ TBA
6/20 - Montreal @Rats 9 w/ TBA
6/21 - OTTAWA EXPLOSION
6/22 - OTTAWA EXPLOSION
6/23 - Toronto @ The Silver Dollar Room w/ Nude Beach
all dates w/ Nervosas
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Worriers joins Don Giovanni Records
Cruel Optimist is Worriers first proper record since our first 7" was released on No Idea Records in 2011. Between then and now I've spent a lot of time working on things in my life that aren't directly related to music. Recently, however, I've been asked how my other interests and politics are reflected in my music. While I wasn't incredibly intentional about merging those things before, this record is definitely an attempt to directly combine those other things I'm involved in - like visual art, feminist/queer activism and organizing - with music.
Most of the songs on this record are inspired by or reference artists and writers that have had a big impact on the way I think about the world, especially in terms of gender, and assumptions about sexuality and the way we structure our lives. I think it's a very "punk" notion to not base your life around what people say you "should" be doing, or one path that leads to some magical settled life. But those ideas, for me, haven't just come from DIY or music or the scenes surrounding it.The record will be out in time for the band to play The Fest 12 in Gainesville, FL this October.
Upset joins Don Giovanni Records
We're really excited to be able to announce that we'll be working with Upset on their debut album. The new band is fronted by former New Brunswick resident and longtime friend of the label Ali Koehler (Vivian Girls, Best Coast) who is backed by Jenn Prince and Patty Schemel (Hole). They'll be recording their full length with Kyle Gilbride (Swearin', Waxahatchee) for a Fall release.
Tenement joins Don Giovanni Records
We're really excited to be working with one of our favorite bands of the past few years, Tenement, on a new album later this year. Tenement, from Appleton, Wisconsin have toured extensively over the last 5 years and released two albums in 2011, Napalm Dream, and The Blind Wink. They will be entering the studio soon for an album out by the end of the year or early 2014 on Don Giovanni and we couldn't be more excited.
While we had a policy of only working with bands from our local music scene for the past decade, Tenement were always on our radar and were a major part of the national scene our local bands fit in. They were one of two bands we always thought about changing our policy to work with. While they ended up not being the first non-local band released on Don Giovanni, I can say now that they were the first non-local band we approached to work with.
Brick Mower going on tour!
Brick Mower are going on tour and will have copies of their most recent album, My Hateable Face. Listen to a song below: