2015 is proving to be a killer year for new music, especially around these parts. We are ecstatic to announce the release date and first song off the new self-titled EP from Bay Area noise punk band, Never Young. Recorded with Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden, these four songs blend raw punk sounds and 90′s guitar music with a synthetic digital aesthetic. In layman’s terms, it shreds. Principle songwriters Christopher Adams (vocals/guitar) and Nikolas Soelter (vocals/guitar) are joined live by Samuelito Cruz (drums) and Niko Escudero (bass).
The Never Young EP will be available digitally as well as a one-sided 12″ LP, the reverse side sporting a custom etching, limited to just 500 copies. Pre-orders are now open and will begin shipping in early March.
We are super duper excited to welcome Diet Cig to the family with the announcement of their Over Easy EP available 2/24. Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman, who call the sleepy upstate New York town of New Paltz home, have mastered the art of twee on their entirely too short debut, recorded at Salvation Recording Co with Christopher Daly (Porches, Quarterbacks, Earl Boykins). Get your pre-order in for the limited edition pink cassette before they are all gone! Stay tuned for a big US tour this March.
“They’re instantly likable, effortlessly anthemic, and delightfully easygoing — and they inspire a boundless enthusiasm in me that feels like I’m rabidly foaming at the mouth.” — Stereogum Band To Watch
2014 was a great year. We released 12 records, participated in Record Store Day for the first time (stay tuned for the announcement of volume two), threw down big time at SXSW and CMJ, made friends all around the world and most importantly, had a blast while doing it.
Here is what some of us listened to the most this year. Lots to look forward to in 2015!
JESSI, DAUGHTER OF FATHER/DAUGHTER
Albums (in no particular order)
PUP – PUP
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Frankie Cosmos – Zentrophy
Mitski – Bury Me At Makeout Creek
Radiator Hospital – Torch Song
Ex Hex – Rips
Chumped – Teenage Retirement
Braid – No Coast
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
Nai Harvest – Whatever
Jawbreaker Reunion – Lutheran Sisterhood Gun Club
Posse – Soft Opening
Joyride! – Bodies of Water
LVL UP – Hoodwink’d
Quarterbacks – SPORTSCENTER
Mr. Twin Sister – Mr. Twin Sister
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There
Ava Luna – Electric Balloon
FF – Lord
Beach Slang – Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?
Allison Crutchfield – Lean In To It
Charly Bliss – Soft Serve
Attic Abasement / Nod Split
Sheer Mag 7”
Nai Harvest / Playlounge – Flower Split 12″ EP
Bully – Milkman b/w Faceblind
Moses Sumney – Mid-City Island
Yumi Zouma EP
ANDY SADOWAY, BENT SHAPES
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
This album is a downer, so much so that it’s hard for me to listen to it all the way through in one sitting. I got a bit tired of the sarcastic, eye-rolling, old-man-yells-at-cloud demeanor behind some of the lyrics on Among The Leaves. But the songs on this one are much less guarded, which made them resonate much more with me. Actually Pitchfork wrote a really comprehensive review on the lyrical direction, I recommend you check it out.
2 Chainz – Freebase EP
2 Chainz’s smooth delivery allows him to convincingly shoehorn awkward lyrics into any line he wants. Also he has the ability to squeeze lil’ history lessons into his verses. Maybe they are more like “FYIs”, like those emails that your boss forwards you and you read but don’t have actions items for other than saying “Good to know” to yourself. On Freebase: “Trappin’ at the Texaco / it was Amaco before it was BP.” Or on Trap Back: “This flow come from Drizzy / He got it from Migos, they got it from Three 6″ in reference to his 12/8 shuffle flow.”
Alvvays – s/t
When Ben first introduced this to me (specifcally “Archie, Marry Me”) I couldn’t get over how it sounds like ending credit music to an episode of the O.C. I kept saying “This summer… two lovers embark on a journey… ALWAYS” over the choruses. But once that joke wore off and I listened a bit more closely to the lyrics, I started to really like it. Other lyrics on the album stood out to me, like on the “Agency Group” which I interpreted as her talking to the management group and them not being interested. I can relate to that!
SAMUELITO CRUZ, HAPPY DIVING
Cold Beat – Over Me
Institute – Salt EP
Weed Hounds – s/t LP
LVL UP – Hoodwink’d
The Coltranes – Cat of Nine Tails
Frankie Cosmos – Zentrophy
NIK SOELTER, NEVER YOUNG
Alex G – DSU
FKA Twigs – LP1
Arca – Xen
Naomi Punk – Television Man
Blue Friend – I will be your blue friend
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Mac Demarco – Salad Days
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
and Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana even tho its from 2013
JACK GREENLEAF, SHARPLESS
Favorite Songs of 2014 (in no particular order)
Bellows – “Hello Morning”
Mitski – “I Will”
Pa’s Lam System – “I’m Coming”
Owen Pallett – “I Am Not Afraid”
Shinsei Kamattechan – “Front Memory”
Small Wonder – “Until I Open My Wings”
Porches – “Forgive”
Frankie Cosmos – “Embody”
R.L. Kelly – “Wake Up”
JCW – “HC”
MONTANA LEVY, SHARPLESS
Favorite Songs of 2014 (in no particular order)
Porches – “Prism”
Small Wonder – “Patron Saint of Pretty Faces”
Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
St Vincent – “Digital Witness”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Sylvan Esso – “Hey Mami”
Grimes – “Go”
Lykke Li – “Gunshot”
Bellows – “Funny Things”
Sleater-Kinney – “Bury Our Friends”
KERRY KALLBERG, FLAGLAND
21 Favorite Records (in chronological order of release)
1. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger
2. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
3. The Stooges – Fun House
4. John Lennon – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
5. Wire – Pink Flag
6. The Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace
7. Joy Division – Substance
8. The Jesus Lizard – Goat
9. Weezer – Weezer
10. Guided by Voices – Alien Lanes
11. The Flaming Lips – Clouds Taste Metallic
12. Elliott Smith – Either/Or
13. Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile
14. Deftones – White Pony
15. Shellac – 1000 Hurts
16. At the Drive-In – Relationship of Command
17. The Handsome Family – Twilight
18. Fugazi – The Argument
19. Old Time Relijun – Lost Light
20. Robert Pollard – From a Compound Eye
21. The Mars Volta – Bedlam in Goliath
PATRICK CLOS, COCKTAILS
20 2014 Songs I Like
1) Marvelous Mark – “Bite Me”
2) Weezer – “Da Vinci”
3) Ex Hex – “Hot and Cold”
4) Lil Wayne – “Believe Me”
5) The Rentals “1000 Seasons”
6) Taylor Swift – “Shake it Off”
7) Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part of Me”
8) Eric Church “Like A Wrecking Ball”
9) Natural Child “Country Hippie Blues”
10) Nude Beach “I’m Not Like You”
11) Schoolboy Q “Studio”
12) Spoon – “Knock Knock Knock”
13) Angel Olsen – “Forgiven/Forgotten”
14) Ariel Pink – “Put Your Number in My Phone”
15) Nothing – “Dig”
16) Cool Ghouls – “Reelin’”
17) King Tuff – “Beautiful Thing”
18) Black Lips – “Boys in the wood”
19) The Fresh & Onlys – “Who Let the Devil”
20) Tops – “Change of Heart”
KEVIN FARRANT, RIVERGAZER
Sia wins for best pop song of 2014 (in my book) hands down. This song is perfect.
Sia – Chandelier
This song is amazing for various reasons, but mainly because Makonnen was able to create a catch phrase/anthem that you can’t but help sing/say to yourself every once and while. “Club goin up, on a Tuesday”.
ILOVEMAKONNEN (FEAT. DRAKE) – TUESDAY
We (Porches) played with TOPS recently at DBA before it’s closure and maybe that’s why this song is special to me, but I think really it’s just a solid, well written pop song that grooves hard.
TOPS – Way To Be Loved
I’d be amiss to not have a Taylor Swift song in this list. This song is pop form perfection to a TEE. I’ve never misheard that lyric btw.
Taylor Swift – Blank Space
When I heard this song for the first time earlier this year I was saying it was the best pop song of 2014, and I think I stand by my claim that at the time of it’s release it was the best pop song out. Since it’s release I’ve obviously changed my opinion, but I stand by it’s craftsmanship.
Katy Perry – Dark Horse (Official) ft. Juicy J
This band rules, also I think Nathan sings on this track which makes it the best by default.
Hospitality – Last Words
SHEEER MAG!!! (some of the most potent classic rock you can get)
And then seriously this song!
Rich Gang – Lifestyle ft. Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan
And duh, here’s my record that everyone should buy a million times over.
Rivergazer Random Nostalgia
HENRY CRAWFORD, SMALL WONDER
EIGHT ALBUMS THAT CHANGED ME IN 2014 (in no particular order)
Snow Caps – Don’t Take Me Back
Unstoppable avant-pop songwriting from Andrew Keller. A criminally under appreciated record from an amazing band. Thoughtful songs about the pain of abandonment and the beauty of friendship.
Personal favorite song: Temporary Fiction
Mitski – Bury Me At Makeout Creek
There’s not really much to say about Mitski that hasn’t already been said. Every aspect of this record, the guitar playing, the production, the singing, the arrangements all seem effortless, but every time I listen I’m surprised by something new, maybe a chord choices, maybe a lyric, sometimes even an interesting delivery of a line will make me perk up and say “oh my good god damn”. Mitski is one of the best songwriters in the world right now, end of story.
Personal favorite song: I Will
Sharpless – The One I Wanted To Be
This album was clearly made by a total freak. Spot on pop songwriting from an unraveling mind. The lyrics are powerful enough to pull you into its world, while still maintaining a subtle sense of humor about the whole “this is a concept album” thing. Also happens to have been written by my oldest and closest friend in the world.
Personal favorite song- Past Life Regressions
Bellows – Blue Breath
Oliver is one of the best lyricists I’ve ever heard. He manages to weave between incredibly complex metaphors and very casual, almost conversational lyricism. Every moment on this record feels intentional and thought out. Just a really smartly made album. Love you Oliwan!
Personal Favorite Song – Lost in Space
Frankie Cosmos – Affirms Glinting
With all of Greta’s success this year I am sure that Zentropy is going to be near the top of a lot of these lists, and it absolutely deserves it, but with that in mind I felt like pointing out one of Greta’s bandcamp releases from this year. Affirms Glinting is just fucking awesome, it feels like a progression in Greta’s songwriting, while it still retains the feel of being a diary set to music, it feels like she’s dwelling more on the meaning behind certain actions in the world, instead of observing them happen. Frankie Cosmos is a band that continues to get better and hone their craft, and This album just gets me pumped to see what’s next.
Personal Favorite Song – Embody
Trace Mountains – Buttery Sprouts
The amount of music that Dave has been involved with this year, either directly (LVL UP) or through Double Double Whammy, is insane. Somehow though his solo projects album seems to have remained on the down low. It’s a shame because these are powerful songs, a force to be reckoned with, yadda yadda, etc etc… Dave has a real talent for pop songwriting, while still managing to maintain an underground aesthetic. The lyrics are simultaneously sincere and withholding. Dave will follow an emotionally blunt thought with a cryptically confounding turn of phrase, creating this amazing feeling of needing to decode the references and metaphors. Truly gorgeous.
Personal Favorite Song – buttery sprouts
Julie Byrne – rooms with walls and windows
Before this year I had never heard of Julie, I met her at a portals show that I played. When she played she sat on the floor, lit some candles and incense, and lead the crowd through a sort of seance, tapping into something that sleeps inside. Since seeing her play I’ve become obsessed with Julie’s music (also she is an amazing writer, you should read her portals residency). She has this amazing talent for creating songs that swirl around you, enveloping you in the melodies and fingerpicking patterns, and cradling your soul. Julie manages to tap into the risky world of talking about the natural world as a symbol of self, but she writes with such grace and thought that it comes off as new and beautiful.
Personal favorite song – attached to us like butcher tape
Ronald Paris (porches) – Ronald Paris
The 3 song EP from Aaron Maines champagne cowboy alter ego is a testament to how strong a songwriter Aaron is. Every song feels like a classic pop song inverted and rewritten. Aaron takes lyrical tropes, and just switches the words around to create something that begs to be dwelled on (“you can kiss the bridge, but you can’t cross the bride”). I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who is not in awe of Aaron’s mastery of craft, and this ep is the fruits of that mastery embodied.
Personal Favorite Song – Myystic
We are teaming up with Miscreant Records to throw the first ever Conscious Coupling party this Friday at The Silent Barn in Brooklyn, NY. $5 gets you access all day, and we mean ALL DAY — the party kicks off at 2pm and will continue into the night until 2am — or buy an $8 ticket and you’ll go home with a commemorative limited edition Miscreant zine with submissions from the artists playing the party. Conscious Coupling is an unofficial party meaning you don’t need a badge to get in and all ages are invited. There will be tickets available at the door.
Random Nostalgia, the debut long-player from New York native Kevin Farrant hits stores on August 12th. Listen to the melancholy opener “Lonely”, premiered earlier today on Wondering Sound! If you’re in Brooklyn on August 21, stop by Shea Stadium for a stacked bill in celebration of Rivergazer’s album release with performances from Flagland, Small Wonder, and Sharpless.
We are beyond pumped to announce the debut full-length from San Francisco East Bay’s Happy Diving! Big World will be available on vinyl & digitally on November 4th with the pre-order starting in August. More album details + song premieres coming soon! Summer tour dates listed below.
Big World was recorded over a whirlwind two days at The Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA, with the help of producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Whirr). The album sees the band channeling the energy first displayed on their Self-Titled EP, as well as their deafening and vivacious live shows, into ten concise, sludgy pop songs.
Big World Track Listing
1. Small World
2. Space Ooze
3. Weird Dream
4. Big World
5. Sad Planet
6. Mikey’s Rules
8. Always Noon
(all dates with Stressors)
JUL 17 – Portland, OR @ Laughing Horse w/ Hemingway
JUL 18 – Seattle, WA @ The Nuthole w/ Cop Rot, Slouch
JUL 19 – Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur w/ Turtle Neck, Shadowboxing
JUL 21 – Chico, CA @ TBA w/ Wallflower
JUL 22 – Santa Rosa, CA @ TBA
JUL 23 - Pasadena, CA @ Industrial Estate w/ The Coltranes
JUL 24 – Corona, CA @ Maya’s Cafe w/ Karoshi Boy, Red Curtain
JUL 25 – San Diego, CA @ The Dawg House
JUL 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Wallstreet w/ Destruction Unit, Gay Kiss, Humiliation
JUL 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Sereno Skatepark
JUL 31 – Oakland, CA @ 1234! Go Records w/ Spraynard
We’ve been obsessing over The One I Wanted To Be, the new album from Sharpless, and are proud to help bring it to the masses on August 26, 2014! Sharpless began in a bedroom on a 20th birthday, in an attempt to express repressed thoughts and feelings. Frustrated by the lo-fi conventional sounds of bedroom pop, Sharpless utilizes the bedroom studio to create dense pop arrangements that weave between experimental and Top 40. The One I Wanted To Be features guest appearances from Small Wonder, Told Slant, Bellows, Eskimeaux, and many more members of The Epoch, a Brooklyn-based DIY collective. Lyrically, the album is a sprawling and personal narrative about past lives, parallel universes, and the search for home.
PRE-ORDER the cassette which limited to 250 copies total, comes with a card set with alternative covers & a digital download.
It’s always a great day here at Father/Daughter when we’re able to announce the signing of a new band. We’re smitten kittens for Rivergazer and are siked to introduce you to their debut album, Random Nostalgia, out August 12th on vinyl/digital! The Brooklyn-based group is fronted by songwriter Kevin Farrant who, if you’re paying attention, you may recognize for his guitar skills in one of our fav bands, Porches. If you live in NY, go check them out live tonight @ Shea Stadium & stay tuned for more tunes!
June 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
June 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
It was a long night for the San Francisco quintet but we’re proud to announce the birth of Adult Life, Cocktails‘ first ever long-player, out June 17, 2014! Coming in at a svelt 33 minutes, Adult Life is a refined version of Cocktails’ no-frills blue collar power-pop. Recorded with Warm Soda’s Rob Good at his Oakland, CA Fuzz City studio, the record rides an ebullient harmonic wave with twists of garage simplicity and Moog flourishes, hinting at traces of effortlessly cool outfits like The Rentals and Big Star. Adult Life will be available on two different vinyl color configurations – Virgin Black or Creamsicle Haze, the later limited to 100, so ACT FAST! Big props to SPIN for helping premiere the punchy first single, “Tough Love”.
Congratulate them (cigars welcomed!) at the Rickshaw Stop this Friday night, when they support The She’s EP release.
Adult Life Track Listing
1. Tough Love
2. A Little Bit Faster
3. Don’t Bother
4. Panda Eyes
5. Adult Life
6. Down & Out
7. Bob Pollard’s Mind
9. Multiple Personalities
10. Jealous Boyfriend
11. The One Thing
12. Whatcha Gonna Do?
We are super jazzed to bring three new artists into the fold!
Oakland, CA’s Never Young, comprised of childhood friends Christopher Adams and Nikolas Soelter, write noisy punk with pop sensibilities, the song themes deal with our hyper connectivity to technology. Their debut album, Master Copy, will be available digitally and as two different cassette versions (one is an uber limited poly album with handmade zine) beginning May 6, 2014.
Spirit Kid is the upbeat, power pop project of Boston based songwriter Emeen Zarookian, with a little help from friends/members of Boston bands Babydriver and Bent Shapes. For Is Happening, Spirit Kid’s sophomore album, Zarookian teamed up with producer Jeremy Mendicino of Boston’s Pretty & Nice. Snag a download of Is Happening now from all digital retailers including iTunes!
Last but not least, Colours is the label’s first international signing. musical work of Australian born and London based producer/songwriter, Tom Crandles. On You Can’t See Me/My Memory Is A Maze double A-side digital single available April 8, 2014, driving grooves pulsate beneath luscious synthesizers and jarring guitars, sending you into a lucid dream.
We are extremely pumped to announce our first ever Record Store Day release! Faux Real is a collection of songs, originally performed by fictitious bands, covered by real ones. The 12” Record Store Day exclusive will only be available at participating stores on April 19th, pressed on yellow vinyl and limited to just FIVE HUNDRED copies.
Scope out the track listing and grab an advance listen of the Bent Shapes, Levek, Potty Mouth, and Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz) covers. Ask your local record store to place an order!
1. Bent Shapes – “Ow, My Face!” by Mystik Spiral (from Daria)
2. Potty Mouth – “Take Me Away” by Pink Slip (from Freaky Friday)
3. Levek – “Don’t Blame the Dynamite” by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (from The Muppets)
4. Cocktails – “The Dark Side” by Eddie and The Cruisers (from Eddie And The Cruisers)
5. Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz) – “Pretend to be Nice” by Josie and The Pussycats (from Josie And The Pussycats)
6. Body Parts – “Stand Out” by Max Goof (from A Goofy Movie)
7. Field Mouse – “That Thing You Do” by The Wonders (from That Thing You Do)
8. The Everywheres – “Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah” by Jet Screamer (from The Jetsons)
9. Radiator Hospital – “How Did I Ever Get So Lucky?” by The Cattanooga Cats (from The Cattanooga Cats)
Valentine’s Day is the only day of the year where someone can express their love and desire by blowing way too much money on stuff you can get cheaper any other day of the year. For this reason, we’re giving away another Flagland song off their forthcoming, Love Hard. Listen to “Sugarcube” at MTV!
Delighted to officially welcome Small Wonder and Andy Sadoway to the label (although technically, Andy already is). Small Wonder’s devastatingly beautiful album, Wendy, is available digitally today with a cassette to follow on March 18th. The solo debut from Bent Shapes drummer, Andy Sadoway, a sugary-sweet four song EP entitled Str8 Sh00ter, will be out digitally & on cassette March 25th.
Proud to announce the details for the 1st Annual Bay Area Record label Fair – aka B.A.R.F. – celebrating all that’s good in the Bay Area independent music community. The festivities kick off at 12pm on Saturday, February 15th at Thee Parkside in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. Professional Fans & Father/Daughter welcome music fans of all ages to meet + support (bring your wallets!) the best Bay Area independent record labels, and catch live sets from Dog Party,, Cocktails, Twin Steps, and Al Lover. Did we mention that all of this is FREE?!?!
It’s been a long time coming but we’re psyched to announce we’ve teamed with Flagland to release their new record called Love Hard. At twenty tracks strong, this Brooklyn trio blasts through a myriad of sounds, ultimately living up to their self-coined “panic rock” tag. Grab a listen of the bipolar “Comfortable Life” over at Stereogum, then pre-order Love Hard on CD and the choice of two vinyl versions (including an uber limited color pressing) HERE!
We’re psyched to present a killer show at The Knockout (3223 Mission St, San Francisco, CA) on December 12th for the low, low price of just FIVE BONES. Come chill with us while we enjoy the rock stylings of Cocktails, Happy Diving, & Blood Sister.
“Sail” will be on Running In The Fog’s Silver EP, available digitally on December 10th. London’s DIY, who premiered the track, says, “Harper’s craft is one to be reckoned with. It’s difficult to think of anyone doing things quite like this, as it happens.”
Check out the new video for “Behead Yrself, Pt. 2″ directed by the awesome Avi Paul Weinstein. Bent Shapes are on tour now with THE John Vanderslice!
18 – Club Congress, Tucson, AZ (w/ John Vanderslice)
19 – Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ (w/ John Vanderslice)
20 – Soda Bar, San Diego, CA (w/ John Vanderslice)
21 – Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles, CA (w/ John Vanderslice)
22 – Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco, CA (w/ PAPA)
24 – Lost Lake Lounge, Denver, CO
25 – Slowdown, Omaha, NE
26 – The Burlington, Chicago, IL