We asked our artists to narrow down their absolute favorite song of 2019 and these are the songs that made the cut. The F/D team even threw a few in the mix ourselves. Listen to the playlist here.
Jessi Frick - Founder of F/D (Placeholder by Hand Habits)
The first time I heard this song performed live, it gave me goose bumps. Meg is an incredible guitarist and songwriter.
Tyler Andere - A&R at F/D (Dirtball by Modern Nun)
This song is a sugar rush. It feels like it’s just barely hanging on by a thread until that bridge comes in...”because she’s got a temper and it flips like a switch!” It begs for repeat listens.
Andrew Lopez - Digital Marketing at F/D (Every Woman by Vagabon)
Jessi had received an early listen of Vagabon's newest record a few months before it was announced and put it on for us to listen to at the office. Every Woman hit me hard and still does. I vaguely tweeted "heard a record that changed me yesterday" the following day in reference to listening to this album because it really did. Can't thank Laetitia enough for creating such a touching piece of art.
Jordan Lee - Mutual Benefit (Stack the Miles by Gabriel Birnbaum)
Gabe played saxophone on my last record where I told him to make it "wiggly but not too jazzy-sounding" he politely obliged and since them I've been truly impressed with his musical output. Stack the Miles is from his most recent solo album. I feel like it perfectly encapsulates the numb joy of touring too much. The droning acoustic guitar in the background adds a tinge of dread to what would otherwise by a breezy song.
Esther Rose (Different Ways by Faustina Masigot)
I've been stuck on this song all year; there is a spaciousness in the melody that relaxes my nerves, while the words are cutting and direct. It's a hell of a drug.
Andrew / Joe - Sat. Nite Duets (Hartsdale Hotbox by Frog and Snow is Falling in Manhattan by Purple Mountains)
Andrew on Hartsdale Hotbox: Best lyrics out of Queens in '19? Could be!
Joe on Snow is Falling in Manhattan: "Songs build little rooms in time" -- here is a place where DCB lives forever.
Catherine / Carmen / Jack - Remember Sports (Jogging by Richard Dawson, Bullshit by Palehound and Coin Pocket by Ylayali)
Catherine on Jogging: I love the weird meter of the lyrics.
Carmen on Bullshit: It’s one of those repetitive songs that gets stuck in my head on loop for days at a time. In a good way. The lyrics are very beautiful and really hit me hard when I first heard the song.
Whitney Ballen (Dark Green Water by Great Grandpa)
It just has a feeling that reminds me of how swampy Seattle often feels and is full of loud surprises! Plus, I've had it stuck in my head for months!
Lucy / Josée - Partner (Hey I'm Just Like You by Tegan and Sara) We have been obsessed with this song since it came out. The acoustic guitar and melody really speak to the time it was written (The 90s) but the pop production and giant drops are super contemporary and it’s cool to hear the sisters honor their younger selves with this faithful interpretation of their own old song.
Anna McClellan (Daylight Matters by Cate le Bon)
Cate le Bon’s music evokes a sort of perky melancholy that is immediately soothing. I’ve found a lot of answers and a lot of questions in this record.
Sir Babygirl (Pink Lite by Sir Babygirl)
My favorite song from 2019 is Pink Lite by this kind of whack kind of awesome new artist Sir Babygirl. This was the last song I wrote for my debut album Crush on Me while living at my parents house in the woods of New Hampshire, where I went to finally take myself seriously as a writer and producer and see if I could finish an album. I remember just wanting to write an anthem about accepting the humanness of "bad habits" in an attempt to exorcise destructive self-loathing. It's my favorite song to sing live and just feels like this jolt of catharsis with the audience every time <3
Robin Edwards - Lisa Prank (Drunk II by Mannequin Pussy)
I'm always looking for a new song that will make me cry, and once I find it I listen to it again and again until I've gotten all the feeling I can from it. This song about the self-destructive ways we deal with heartbreak hasn't lost any of it's feeling since the first time I listened to it--it's raw emotion masterfully crafted into a perfect pop song.
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Your favorite pop-punk princess, Lisa Prank, just shared a video for her song "IUD" today on The Grey Estates. Robin was interviewed by TGE and gives a little context into the song: “The writer Sheila Heti wrote this book I love called 'Motherhood' about her struggle with deciding whether or not to have children, and I wrote “IUD” based on a prompt to write a song about that topic to perform for a date on her book release tour. When I said yes to the event, I was in a serious relationship and I thought I’d write some sweet love song about maybe wanting to have kids. But by the time the event rolled around I had completely procrastinated on writing a song and was in the middle of a dramatic breakup, so this song about contraceptives and lies came out instead.”
Perfect Love Song is available to purchase and listen to wherever finer music is streamed.
Happy 4th birthday to Remember Sports' All of Something! We're repressing it on Purple & Mustard Splatter vinyl + a Slow Buzz on Silver & Milky White Galaxy vinyl, both available starting Nov 22! And for the RS super fans, snag these two LPs + Sunchokes (Deluxe Edition) Baby Pink LP and the Pllush split white 7" for only $50! Act fast, the bundle won't be available for long! Pre-order all of them HERE!
Lisa Prank's newest record, Perfect Love Song, hits both physical and digital store shelves today. Listen to the album in full over at your favorite music streaming platform or buy an LP or CD copy from us or your local record store before they're all gone.
Clare Martin at Paste Magazine spent some time with the album and noted the following, "Thankfully, Edwards makes the potentially trite feel fresh again with her lively lyrics, focusing as much on her own emotional journey as on her romantic relationships. While some of the songs begin to sound the same—brimming with bright power-pop chords and drummer Tom Fitzgibbon going hard on the high-hat—each one invites you to sing along, wistfully thinking about the latest person who broke your heart." Read the full review here, and check out what KEXP had to say about the record here.
Prank is hitting the road next month and will even be playing some shows with label-mates, Remember Sports, on their Sunchokes tour. Don't sleep on getting tickets!
It seems like only yesterday we began working with Remember Sports and what an amazing experience it's been. We're happy to finally announce that we gave the remaster + vinyl treatment to their beloved record, Sunchokes, to celebrate its 5th anniversary. Nab a copy of the record on Baby Pink wax or on CD for the very first time. Along with 8 bonus songs, every LP and CD comes with a 20-page photo and lyric booklet. These won't be around forever, so secure your copy today HERE.
Remember Sports has also announced four tour dates with Lisa Prank this Fall where they'll be playing Sunchokes in its entirety. Don't sleep on tickets, they go on sale on Friday.
Nov 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's (w/ Lisa Prank)
Nov 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (w/ Lisa Prank)
Nov 17 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen (w/ Lisa Prank)
Nov 18 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups (w/ Lisa Prank)
Longtime Father/Daughter VIP, Sir Babygirl, announces the remastered BICONIC EDITION version of her last record, Crush on Me, alongside a vinyl pressing of the album. Limited to just 500 copies, the record has been remastered specifically for vinyl and is pressed onto Neon Green wax. It also includes 3 bonus tracks, including her cover of Kesha's hit single, "Praying."
Pre-order here, and stream the Kid Quiet remix of "Heels" here.
Check out our bundles section on our store to tap into some major sale action. Get a handful of random LPs, CDs, tapes, or 7"s for super cheap until 9/22! If you get two bundles, we'll make sure you don't get any doubles. What's inside? Well, it's a mystery...
Listen to Esther Rose's record, You Made It This Far, in full starting today. Pitchfork called parts of the record, "a sing-songy cadence that can package punchlines and hard truths with a cozy, cosmic wink," and notes, "Rose focuses her songwriting on self-discovery and how the passing of time shifts her understanding of people." Read more on Esther here, and nab your copy of You Made It this Far before they're all gone. If you're in the New Orleans area, Esther is playing her release show tomorrow (8/24) at The White Roach. More tour dates below!
Aug 31 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn (w/ Christian Lee Hutchinson)
Sep 01 - Blacksburg, VA @ Panorama Ballroom
Sep 03 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Front Porch
Sep 04 - Kingston, NY @ Boitson's
Sep 5-6 - North Hillsdale, NY @ Oldtone Roots Music Festival
Sep 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 14 - Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 15 - Goshen, IN @ The Elephant Bar
Sep 16 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Old Dog Tavern
Sep 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 18 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 20 - Buffalo, NY @ The Tralf Music Hall (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 21 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 24 - Columbus, OH @ Davidson Theatre (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Sep 25 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi (w/ Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets)
Oct 01 - New Orleans, LA @ Dragon’s Den Oct 09 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 10 - Evanston, IL @ SPACE (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 11 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 12 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 13 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 15 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 16 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 17 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 18 - Washington, DC @ Pearl Street Warehouse (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Theatre (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 20 - Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 22 - Nelsonville, OH @ Stuart’s Opera House (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 24 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 25 - Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Oct 26 - Mineral Point, WI @ Mineral Point Opera House (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)
Proud to announce that we're rereleasing Vagabon's outstanding record, Infinite Worlds, on cassette for the first time on September 27. Pre-orders for the Sonic Green tape are up now, so secure your copy before they're all gone.
The crown toting pop-punk queen is back. Robin Edwards aka Lisa Prank, has returned to the stage with a brand spankin' new single off her upcoming record, Perfect Love Song. "Rodeo" takes us through the stages of a breakup and knowing to not fall for the same mistakes twice. Stereogum calls the lead single "chiming and assured" and that Prank's full band "helps hammer home the song’s catchy resignation." Listen to and read more about the single here, and pre-order Perfect Love Song here.
Along with an album announce, Lisa Prank has announced that her and her band may be stopping in a city near you. Check out her newest tour dates below..
10/31 Spokane, WA @ Lucky You Basement 11/01 Missoula, MT @ Zootown Arts 11/02 Bozeman, MT @ The Labor Temple 11/04 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag 11/05 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry 11/06 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club 11/07 Detroit, MI @ Trumbullplex 11/08 Toronto, ON @ Rec Room 11/09 Boston, MA @ O’Briens 11/11 Richmond, VA @ Gallery5 11/12 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook 11/13 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge 11/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project 11/19 Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR 11/21 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas 11/22 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street OKC 11/23 Kansas City, MO @ miniBar 11/24 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive 11/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court 11/26 Boise, ID @ The Olympic 11/30 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern 12/01 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir 12/02 Arcata, CA @ Outer Space 12/03 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord 12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater Bar Stage 12/06 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe 12/08 Reno, NV @ Holland Project 12/09 Corvallis, OR @ Mudville Stadium
Sir Babygirl returns with a new single "Praying", a cover of Kesha's 2017 song. With the release, Sir Babygirl gives the context of why she chose to cover the song and some insight into what Pride means to her. Read the Stereogum piece here, and her short essay here. Add it to your digital music libraries here.
Celebrate the release of Christelle Bofale's EP, Swim Team, by nabbing a copy on tape or CD today. If you're in Texas, she'll be playing alongside ANIKA at Mohawk in Austin tonight.. just saying. Read what press has said about Swim Team below.
The Congolese American songwriter and guitarist’s debut EP winds in circles, tracing vast spaces that couch thorny emotional quagmires. -Pitchfork
It glides along, guided by watery guitars and a pitter-patter of drums that sound like rain on a windowpane. It shifts from sunshine to twilight and back again. Bofale’s voice lilts into the backdrop, twisting up in it like a spell. It’s impressionistic and warm but steadfastly firm. -Stereogum
"U Ouchea” is a low-key majestic intro to her unique sound, as it softly eases into a relaxed, warmly hypnotic groove, taking its glorious time as it winds and flows like the Colorado river. -Gorilla vs Bear
It flows unpredictably, swirling delicately like the puddles that form along the shoreline, or rushing dangerously from melody to melody like a riptide. Verses and choruses exist, but the boundaries are blurry, and she seems more keen on the swells and emotional moments that come in between established structures. -Noisey
We are ecstatic to announce 'You Made It This Far,' Esther Rose's sophomore album and Father/Daughter debut, out August 23rd! Head to Stereogum to listen to "Handyman" who calls it "rootsy and warm". Pre-order 'You Made It This Far' on vinyl, CD & digitally here: http://fatherdaughter.co/youmadeitthisfar
Today marks the release of Partner's new EP, Saturday the 14th, available from Father/Daughter in US/South America/NZ/OZ and everywhere else on You've Changed Records. Stream, download, and stock up on CD & the limited Cyan & Yellow vinyl HERE. Partner is on tour throughout Canada + select US cities now. Head over to our tour page to see if they're coming to your town and if they are, DON'T MISS IT.
Today we are proud to present "U Ouchea," the striking debut single from Austin, TX songwriter, Christelle Bofale. Stereogum premiered the song, saying "Christelle Bofale has a voice that could move mountains, that could change the tides." "U Ouchea" will be found on Christelle's debut EP entitled Swim Team, out May 31st and available for pre-order HERE.
"Tell You Off" will do just that, expletive beep included. Listen to Partner's newest single off their record, Saturday the 14th, over at Stereogum today. Stereogum calls the song "twangingly catchy."
Colored LPs and CDs are available on our official store and our Bandcamp. Pre-order it HERE. Saturday the 14th will be released April 5, 2019 via You've Changed Records (CAN) and Father/Daughter Records (US).
Give a warm welcome to F/D's newest artist, Esther Rose. “Don’t Blame It on the Moon” is the new single from New Orleans-based singer-songwriter, Esther Rose. Recorded live to tape at Mashed Potato Studios, “Don’t Blame It on the Moon” is a conversation between two people, whose relationship, despite their best efforts, begins to unravel.
Inspired by the honest writing and timeless melodies of American greats such as Hank Williams Sr. and Joni Mitchell, Esther Rose’s songwriting has been called “The happiest saddest music.” Her 2017 debut, This Time Last Night, caught fire as her listeners tuned-in to a storied chronology of this soulful, heart-worn artist.
Influenced heavily by the collective pulse of her New Orleans musical community, Esther's distinct sound began early in her Michigan upbringing. Reared on gospel records and folk songs on the family farm, she learned to sing the high end of three-part harmonies with her sisters. Rose moved to New Orleans in 2010 and became an active player in the traditional jazz and blues scene as a singer and percussionist, gigging regularly on Frenchmen Street and touring both at home and abroad.
Stay tuned for more from Esther Rose and catch her at our official SXSW showcase on Friday, March 15 at Palm Door on Sabine.