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10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Vagabon

Posted on September 21st, 2020

Listen to Vagabon's hand curated mix here!


Father/Daughter: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?
Vagabon: Back in 2015, i played the CMJ Father Daughter / Miscreant Records showcase at Palisades in Brooklyn and that is when i met Jessi. A year later when my album was done being recorded, I sent it to Jessi and she was interested in releasing it.

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

Vagabon: It was a record where i wrote songs very unabashedly to heal from what i was going through at the time - the inspiration was very much personal life.

F/D: How does where you live / where you're from affect your songwriting process?

Vagabon: I definitely feel like living in NYC and being a part of a indie/rock punk scene informed how "Infinite Worlds" came out. Part of its sound is attributed to working with the resources I had available but part of it was influenced by the music I would see live multiple times a week.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments? Difficulties?

Vagabon: It was equal parts exciting and challenging. Adjusting to hearing my voice in headphones was not easy. Singing live was always where I felt more comfortable at the time but it was a process of discovery.

F/D: If you could go back in time and add one song to Infinite Worlds, what would you want it to be about?

Vagabon: I wouldn't add a song.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

Vagabon: Love Tasha's "Alone at Last", Christelle Bofale's " Swim Team", Esther Rose's "You Made it this Far".

F/D: Once touring becomes a thing again, who would you like to go on tour with?

Vagabon: Hm the list is long. Would love to visit the covid-cancelled tour with Brittany Howard, and too many more artists to count.

F/D: What've you been up to since?

Vagabon: Well since Infinite Worlds, I released my second album, Self Titled, and did a tour promoting it with Angel Olsen before the pandemic cancelled touring. Now i watch 90 day fiance and wear a mask.


Anjimile's Giver Taker is out today!

Posted on September 17th, 2020

The day has arrived... Anjimile's Giver Taker is out today! We are so excited for the world to hear this wondrous album. Join Newbury Comics, your fellow Anjimile fans and Anjimile & Justine on Twitter tonight starting at 8pm EST as everyone presses play together to talk about the album. Follow along at #AnjimilexNewbury.

Anjimile will be joined by his bandmates Justine & Gabe for a YouTube exclusive virtual release show. Tune in live this Saturday, Sep 19 starting at 8pm EST here.


Save with on our multi-format 2017 Bundle until 9/21!

Posted on September 14th, 2020


For the next week you can save on our multi-format 2017 Bundle to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a label this year. Revisit records from artists such as NNAMDÏ, Fits, Vagabon, Pardoner and more! We've got 3 LPs for $30, 3 tapes for $15 and 3 CDs for $15!

Sale comes down 9/21, so act fast!

~ Shop here ~


Anna McClellan's new album, I saw first light, out November 20th

Posted on September 7th, 2020

We are thrilled to announce I saw first light, Anna McClellan's third album, out November 20th. I saw first light documents Anna’s journey from Omaha to the east coast and back again, probing both the roots of her creative impetus and her ongoing commitment to social issues. Today, Anna has shared two songs from the new album: "Desperate" as well as "Pace of the Universe" accompanied by a music video by Anna, Charis Forrester, and Ameen Wahba. Listen to both songs below.

Pre-order the orange + pink half / half vinyl, CD, cassette + t-shirt here.


This weekend - save BIG with our Western US Geo Sale

Posted on September 4th, 2020

Now through Sunday, save on a number of records from artists based in the Western half of the United States such as Lisa Prank, Whitney Ballen, Pllush, Pardoner, SOAR and more! Nab a bundle of 3 LPs for $30, 4 tapes for $15 or 3 CDs for $15.

Act fast - click here to view this month's Geo Sale!


10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Robin Edwards aka Lisa Prank

Posted on August 27th, 2020

Listen to Lisa Prank's hand curated mix here!


Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Lisa Prank: I was a fan of bands that Father/Daughter had put out at the time like Remember Sports, Happy Diving, and Diet Cig and once I had finished recording Adult Teen my friend, known angel Nathan Walker suggested I send the record to Father/Daughter and seemed like a perfect fit. I emailed it to Jessi, who responded shockingly fast, and the rest is history!

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

LP: Big dramatic feelings, failed romantic relationships in Denver (where I lived before moving to Seattle), playing around on my Roland MC-505 drum machine, feeling bratty, being young and in and out of love.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments? Difficulties?

LP: My friend Eric Randall recorded the record all at the house we live at in Seattle. We would record as we both had time so it was recorded over many months in the living room, with the vocal booth in the bathroom. I remember for the recording of “Starting Again” I wasn’t singing it with enough emotion the first few times, so Eric really producer-ed me and made me read some old emails from my ex to get me in the mood. Once I was upset enough again I sang the take we used on the record.

F/D: If you could go back in time and add one song to adult teen, what would you want it to be about?

LP: It’s funny, most of these songs are about romantic relationships. But when I think about the era of my life when I was writing and recording this record, the biggest thing I remember about the time was just night swimming and having heart to hearts and falling in deep platonic friend love. If I could go back I would add a platonic love song for all my wonderful friends who are the true loves of my life.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

LP: How do you choose favorite stars in the sky? I’m really inspired by the Father/Daughter catalog. Just a few off the top of my head are: Vagabon, Happy Diving, Pllush, Diet Cig, Remember Sports, Shamir, Christelle Bofale, Anna McClellan, SOAR, Fits, Art School Jocks, Tasha, Hiccup, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, and so so many more! Oh also the Faux Real comp rocks and I wanna be on the next one

F/D: What've you been up to since?

LP: I put a record with my supergroup Who is She?, released a Lisa Prank record with a full backing band last year called Perfect Love Song, and in quarantine I just bought another Roland MC-505 (the original one was stolen years ago). Right now I’m back living in the same Seattle house I recorded Adult Teen in and planning a return to my first love, the drum machine, for the next Lisa Prank songs.



10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Alex Luciano of Diet Cig

Posted on July 23rd, 2020

Listen to Alex of Diet Cig's hand-curated mix here!

Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Alex Luciano: I think the first release that clued us into F/D was the Rivergazer - Random Nostalgia album, It was such a favorite of ours and our friend group in 2014, it came out right when DC was just a little idea in our heads. We began working with F/D when our pal Dean Engle from the band QUARTERBACKS sent the freshly recorded Over Easy EP to Jessi and they were just as stoked about it as we were! I couldn’t believe we were going to be able to release a physical cassette of the songs! It was so exciting and such a privilege to get to work with Jessi right off the bat in our career. I was so new to being in a band and it all felt so surreal. It still does! I cherish the moment I first held that little pink cassette in my hands, it’s so cheesy but I just could not believe our music was made into something I could hold.

F/D: How'd y'all meet?

AL: Noah and I met at a house show his other band Earl Boykins was playing in New Paltz where I was going to school. We chatted about making a music video because I was a digital media production student at the time. We started hanging out after that, I would go take videos of Earl Boykins at shows and eventually we started trying out playing some songs together!

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

AL: We were really inspired by the catchy, poignant songwriting of bands like Best Coast, Frankie Cosmos, Radiator Hospital, and P.S. Elliot. We liked the earnest lyrics and upbeat, dancey punk vibe of bands like this and wanted to make songs that were emotional but also made people wanna dance in a basement.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments?

AL: Awww it was such a nice time! We did it on Halloween at our friend—and now longtime collaborator— Chris’ studio, Salvation Recording Co. It was recorded in one day and it really felt like we just did it on a whim. Everyone was stoked but I was SO nervous about tracking vocals. It was the first time for me and I remember not being able to figure out the timing on Breathless and Chris just being like “dude, this is your song, sing it however you sing it. If it’s not perfectly in time with the rest that’s fine because that’s how you sing it” and that felt like a revelation. Diet Cig could be whatever we wanted it to be and however we recorded it or played it live was the correct way because that’s how we did it! I also remember Chris and Noah spending a lot of time trying to get snare sound perfect for Scene Sick and in the end they duct taped a sneaker to it to damper it the right amount lol. I know there’s a picture of it somewhere… There were so many sweet memories of that time though, it was truly such a warm environment to make songs. I remember staying up late to make celebratory burritos, I think late night cooking and communal kitchen time is a very important and special staple of recording at Salvation and we had a lot of that while recording Over Easy.

F/D: If you could add one song to over easy, what would you want it to be about?

AL: Okay this is so corny but I truly wouldn’t add any song to Over Easy, it’s such a treasured piece of history for us as a band and also makes me so nostalgic as a person and I just feel like it’s so pure??? Like we had no idea anyone would listen to it!! I feel like we’ve grown so much as a band that we would just ruin it if we tried to add a song to it haha.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

AL: OMG so many!!! We both are such fans of a ton of F/D releases, here’s 5 that have been on heavy rotation for us throughout the years:

Crush On Me - Sir Babygirl

Fear & Force - Vagabon

Stranger to the Pain - Pllush

Ultra Pink - NADINE

Adult Teen - Lisa Prank

F/D: What've y'all been up to since?

AL: We’ve gotten to release two full length albums, two more singles, and lots of videos! We’ve toured to so many places in the world I never thought I’d even get to visit, let alone TOUR to!! Releasing this EP with F/D truly kickstarted our entire music career and we’ve been able to truly follow the dream of performing our music for people who are just as excited about what we’re making as we are. We just released our sophomore album “Do You Wonder About Me?” and have also gotten really into rock climbing when we’re not on the road! As I type this we’re in the van on the way out to the woods to do some climbing out in West Virginia haha. But for real, Diet Cig has truly changed our life, starting with Over Easy! <3


Anjimile joins Father/Daughter ~ their debut album, Giver Taker out released Sept 18

Posted on July 7th, 2020

Today we are proud to welcome Boston singer-songwriter Anjimile to the label! Their debut album entitled Giver Taker will be released on September 18, 2020.

Giver Taker is a beautiful piece of work that encompasses a wide swath of musical genres - think Sufjan Stevens-esque pastoral ballads against warm, steady instrumentation informed by a mix of 80’s pop, Malawi music and The Lion King. Anjimile Chithambo (they/them, he/him) wrote much of the album while in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, as well as while in the process of living more fully as a nonbinary trans person.

The first single, "Maker" is accompanied by a visually stunning lyric video by illustrator Gemma Tracy-Burns. Watch it below.

Pre-orders are now open for vinyl, CD, cassette, unisex boxers, as well as a few bundle variations. Shop HERE.


10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Matt Berry of Happy Diving

Posted on June 25th, 2020


Listen to Matt Berry of Happy Diving's curated mix here!

Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Matt Berry: Before F/D I had never worked with a record label. Happy Diving put out a song from an EP we had recorded to share with our friends and F/D caught wind, got in touch and made it all happen for us. We were clueless with regards to music industry stuff but Jessi took great care of us. We did that cassette release and then later that year put out Big World.

F/D: How'd you meet the rest of your bandmates?

MB: We were all scattered around the East Bay at the time. We met through the small music scene that existed in our part of the bay, Newark, Dublin/Pleasanton, San Ramon Valley, etc. Our previous projects started to fall apart and our common interests in heavier, guitar centric stuff brought us together to start HD.

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

MB: We were all quite young when we started the band, around 18-19. Ascending from childhood to adulthood played a large role in the material. We really didn't know better than to try and emulate our favorite bands at the time. Older groups like Dinosaur Jr. and My Bloody Valentine but also modern acts like Milk Music, Tony Molina, Ovlov and California X. We had serious intention with the band but it was mostly just a breezy and fun time, writing music, practicing and hanging out.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments?

MB: Recording was probably one of the best parts about being in Happy Diving. We did every record at The Atomic Garden with Jack Shirley back when he was based in Palo Alto. I haven't had a recording experience like it since. Being on a budget forced us to really hone things in before we got to the studio. When we were there we would do one or two takes of a song and call it good. Big World was recorded in basically one day. I could never do that now. It's a very tired phrase but things just seemed easier back then.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

MB: Well I must give a shout out here to Lisa Prank and Who is She? as those are now my housemates.

F/D: What've y'all been up to since?

MB: Happy Diving has been on hiatus since 2016 but we've all kept busy. Mikey and Sam have a TON of projects. too many to list but their main projects are New Circle and Toner, respectively. Sam also runs a record label called Smoking Room which has put out a lot of cool music. We had a rotating cast of guitar players over our short stint as a band. Our original and longest standing guitar player, Matt Yankovich, now plays guitar in Just Friends. Kevin Prochnow joined the band as our third guitar player somewhere down the line; he also plays in Just Friends. Our friend Will Anderson did a short stint in the band, he now has a group called Hotline TNT. As for me, I have two main projects, Big Bite and The Berries.


Bandcamp NAACP Legal Defense Fund donation + artists to support!

Posted on June 18th, 2020

This Friday, June 19, from midnight to midnight Pacific Time, Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Below are some BIPOC artists we recommend supporting, following, and sharing!

Daymé Arocena - https://daymearocena.bandcamp.com/
Ivy Sole - https://ivysole.bandcamp.com/
Les Filles de Illighadad - https://lesfillesdeillighadad.bandcamp.com/K
Kaiit - https://kaiit.bandcamp.com/
Kwame- https://thatboykwame.bandcamp.com/
Bartlees Strange - https://barteesstrange.bandcamp.com/releases
Zara McFarlane - https://zara-mcfarlane.bandcamp.com/
Armand Hammer - https://armandhammer.bandcamp.com/
Reneissance - https://reneissance.bandcamp.com/
Shormey - https://shormey.bandcamp.com/
Spelling - https://spellling.bandcamp.com/
Soul Glo - https://soulglophl.bandcamp.com/
Toro y Moi - https://toroymoi.bandcamp.com/
Evil - https://evilmusic777.bandcamp.com/
Alfred. - https://classicalfredosauce.bandcamp.com/
Jelani Sei - https://jelanisei.bandcamp.com/
Felicia Douglass - https://feliciadouglass.bandcamp.com/
L'Rain - https://astronautico.bandcamp.com/album/lrain-deluxe-edition
Mal Devisa - https://maldevisa.bandcamp.com/

Anjimile - https://anjimile.bandcamp.com
Arlo Parks - https://arloparks.bandcamp.com
Beauty Pill - https://beautypill.bandcamp.com
Beverly Glenn-Copeland - https://beverlyglenn-copeland.bandcamp.com
Channel Tres - https://channeltres.bandcamp.com
Contour - https://ar-contour.bandcamp.com
Denise T. - https://sourcreamqueen.bandcamp.com
Denitia - https://denitia.bandcamp.com
dream wave - https://dreammmwave.bandcamp.com
Ehiorobo - https://ehiorobo.bandcamp.com
Evenings - https://shop.world.limited
Ezra Collective - https://ezracollective.bandcamp.com
In Kind - https://inkind.bandcamp.com
Irreversible Entanglements - https://irreversibleentanglements.bandcamp.com
Jesus Piece - https://jesuspiecehc.bandcamp.com
Jon Bap - https://jonbap.bandcamp.com
Kadhja Bonet - https://kadhjabonet.bandcamp.com
Madison McFerrin - https://madisonmcferrin.bandcamp.com
McKinley Dixon - https://mckinleydixon.bandcamp.com
Medhane - https://medhane.bandcamp.com
MIKE - https://mikelikesrap.bandcamp.com
Moor Mother - https://moormother.bandcamp.com
Moses Sumney - https://mosessumney.bandcamp.com
Nardeydey - https://nardeydey.bandcamp.com
Niecy Blues - https://niecyblues.bandcamp.com
Orion Sun - https://orionsun.bandcamp.com
Pink Siifu - https://ronee.bandcamp.com
Ric Wilson - https://ricwilsonisme.bandcamp.com
Sammus - https://sammusmusic.bandcamp.com
serpentwithfeet - https://serpentwithfeet.bandcamp.com
Simpson - https://whoissimpson.bandcamp.com
Sneaks - https://sneaks.bandcamp.com
Standing On the Corner - https://standingonthecorner.bandcamp.com
Vonne - https://vonnemusic.bandcamp.com
Wizard Apprentice - https://wizardapprentice.bandcamp.com
Yazmin Lacey - https://yazminlacey.bandcamp.com
Yuno - https://yvno.bandcamp.com
Yves Tumor - https://yves-tumor.bndcamp.com
Zulu - https://zuluca.bandcamp.com

F/D Affiliated
Christelle Bofale - https://christellebofale.bandcamp.com
NNAMDÏ - https://nnamdiogbonnaya.bandcamp.com
Shamir - https://shamir.bandcamp.com
T-Rextasy - https://t-rextasy.bandcamp.com
Tasha - https://tashamusic.bandcamp.com
Vagabon - https://vagabon.bandcamp.com


'Saving for a Custom Van' tribute to Adam Schlesinger out now

Posted on June 16th, 2020

Adam Schlesinger was a prodigious and prolific songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He died on April 1 at the age of 52 as the result of complications from COVID-19.

Not only was Schlesinger in multiple beloved bands—including the power-pop-leaning Fountains of Wayne and sophisticated electro-pop act Ivy—but he also collaborated on songs for movie soundtracks and the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

A wide array of artists touched by Schlesinger's life pay tribute to the many musical projects of which he was a part via a Bandcamp-exclusive benefit compilation, Saving for a Custom Van. The 31-song collection features collaborators, tourmates, friends, and fans putting their own spin on songs spanning his entire career. Participating artists include Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Ben Lee and Sarah Silverman, Nada Surf, Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo, Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood of Belly, Rachel Bloom and Jack Dolgen of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jeff Rosenstock, Motion City Soundtrack, and many more.

100% of Saving for a Custom Van proceeds will be donated to MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is dedicated to helping music industry and community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buy Saving for a Custom Van now on Bandcamp.



Father's Day Sale, Bandcamp Day, and more!

Posted on June 4th, 2020


For the entire month of June, save 20% on anything across our webstores + Bandcamp using coupon code "DAD20" at checkout. That includes our new F/D's Burgers tee, which you can get for your favorite paternal figure in your life starting now!

We will also be donating $1 from every item sold in our webstores & Bandcamp in the month of June to The Okra Project, a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People.

Lastly, tomorrow (June 5th) marks another Bandcamp Day, in which our favorite music discovery platform waves their revenue share for 24 hours. Open your hearts & wallets and support some of our favorite Black artists listed here:

Anjimile - https://anjimile.bandcamp.com
Arlo Parks - https://arloparks.bandcamp.com
Beauty Pill - https://beautypill.bandcamp.com
Beverly Glenn-Copeland - https://beverlyglenn-copeland.bandcamp.com
Channel Tres - https://channeltres.bandcamp.com
Contour - https://ar-contour.bandcamp.com
Denise T. - https://sourcreamqueen.bandcamp.com
Denitia - https://denitia.bandcamp.com
dream wave - https://dreammmwave.bandcamp.com
Ehiorobo - https://ehiorobo.bandcamp.com
Evenings - https://shop.world.limited
Ezra Collective - https://ezracollective.bandcamp.com
In Kind - https://inkind.bandcamp.com
Irreversible Entanglements - https://irreversibleentanglements.bandcamp.com
Jesus Piece - https://jesuspiecehc.bandcamp.com
Jon Bap - https://jonbap.bandcamp.com
Kadhja Bonet - https://kadhjabonet.bandcamp.com
Madison McFerrin - https://madisonmcferrin.bandcamp.com
McKinley Dixon - https://mckinleydixon.bandcamp.com
Medhane - https://medhane.bandcamp.com
MIKE - https://mikelikesrap.bandcamp.com
Moor Mother - https://moormother.bandcamp.com
Moses Sumney - https://mosessumney.bandcamp.com
Nardeydey - https://nardeydey.bandcamp.com
Niecy Blues - https://niecyblues.bandcamp.com
Orion Sun - https://orionsun.bandcamp.com
Pink Siifu - https://ronee.bandcamp.com
Ric Wilson - https://ricwilsonisme.bandcamp.com
Sammus - https://sammusmusic.bandcamp.com
serpentwithfeet - https://serpentwithfeet.bandcamp.com
Simpson - https://whoissimpson.bandcamp.com
Sneaks - https://sneaks.bandcamp.com
Standing On the Corner - https://standingonthecorner.bandcamp.com
Vonne - https://vonnemusic.bandcamp.com
Wizard Apprentice - https://wizardapprentice.bandcamp.com
Yazmin Lacey - https://yazminlacey.bandcamp.com
Yuno - https://yvno.bandcamp.com
Yves Tumor - https://yves-tumor.bndcamp.com
Zulu - https://zuluca.bandcamp.com

F/D Affiliated
Christelle Bofale - https://christellebofale.bandcamp.com
NNAMDÏ - https://nnamdiogbonnaya.bandcamp.com
Shamir - https://shamir.bandcamp.com
T-Rextasy - https://t-rextasy.bandcamp.com
Tasha - https://tashamusic.bandcamp.com
Vagabon - https://vagabon.bandcamp.com


My Favorite Mistakes, Esther Rose's newest EP, is out today

Posted on May 29th, 2020

Today marks the release of Esther Rose's EP of covers, My Favorite Mistakes. Listen to her renditions of songs by the likes of Sheryl Crow, Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Nick Lowe. Warm and hopeful, Esther's collection of country covers land between familiarity and the magical place we call home.

Through these performances, Rose sings not only in tribute to her heroes but also in deep, intimate conversation with them, traveling their lonesome highways to find her own new destinations.

Listen to the new EP here.



Pre-order the Father/Daughter PL8-HAT now!

Posted on May 11th, 2020

Harsh rays of the sun got you down? Squint no longer. Introducing the Father/Daughter mustard-colored PL8-HAT. Show off your favorite label's merchandise in style with this piece of Authentic Pigment headwear. Each hat is one size fits all and has a woven style full color patch. Check out the details of the cap itself below:

- 100% pigment-dyed, water-washed cotton twill
- 6-panel, unstructured
- Embroidered eyelets
- Contrasting pigment-dyed button and visor on two-toned caps
- Antique brass snap with tuck-in closure

Patch artwork by Alex Luciano of Diet Cig!
Hats begin shipping the week of 5/25!

Pre-order here.


10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist from Sam Hill of The Everywheres

Posted on May 8th, 2020

In case you missed it, our little label is turning 10 years old this year. To celebrate our anniversary, we're rolling out a monthly series of features on some Father/Daughter artists. They'll tell us who they are, give us a look into the making of their record, what they've been up to since, and even put together a playlist for us to soundtrack this 10 year anniversary party with. Our fourth entry in the series goes back to 2013. Get some insight into the origin story of The Everywheres (Sam Hill) and his record, The Everywheres. Listen to the hand-curated mix from Sam, here.

Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Sam (The Everywheres): I hadn't heard of label when i first heard from Jessi. It was probably almost 8 years ago and I had just stopped playing with my first band. It was an exciting attempt with old friends but I didn't know how to write songs back then. Anyway, a girl in LA named Jennifer Graciano who is great (and I once in a blue moon still say hey to) had a music blog that I actually can't remember the name of. She had posted a few songs by my first band Spooky Campers. I'd been living in Halifax with my partner Shannon at the time who was our first bassist, and was recording a few songs on my own in the basement office room. I sent them once to Jennifer and she threw it online. By some insane instance of chance Jessi happened upon it and liked it enough to try and get in touch with me. It was surreal. I remember speaking on the phone with Jessi a few times and remember it being semi surreal that a real honest record label would want to put my music out. Breaking into the small scene that we had here at the time seemed like big enough a challenge on its own but it really pushed me to be brave so to speak. She sent me a few records they put out that I still have, Pure Bathing Culture, Mutual Benefit and a 7" by a band I think was called Family Trees that I absolutely loved. Obviously I said yes I'd love to put a record out and I finished the first lo-fi, strange days, learning as I went along record. I could be wrong but I think my record was the first full length, which is truly an honor considering who has come next. To be somehow linked to those artists is humbling. On a side note, I actually travelled to San Francisco a few months before the album was released and stayed with Jessi and David in San Francisco. I was younger and still figuring things out but they were the most gracious hosts. The kinda folks who can immediately put you at ease and make you feel like family. Father/Daughter/Son/Brother/Sister/Mother records.

F/D: How'd you meet the rest of your bandmates?

Sam: We've had many bandmates and forms through the years but there is definitely still what I would call a "core group". But I guess even the folks that gave their time to only fill in or play a few shows with us I remember very fondly, (shout out to Noah Dalton, that Menz and Mollyz show where he parted the crowd, of York Redoubt Fame). Shannon who I mentioned earlier was my partner for nearly two years and we were living together for the entirety of the writing and recording of the album. She sang on a few tracks and you can easily pick her out. Her encouragement saw me through more than probably 2 moments of self doubt. So Shannon was friends with Nick Hanlon and Curtis Rothney. They had lived next door to each other and those two were what you would call young and beautiful boys who skateboarded. They had been playing guitar and drums respectively for a couple months each, not long at all but we decided to jam. We might not have sounded complicated but right from the start we knew how to play with each other. They felt like family pretty quickly. Anyway I can't go on about every story and member of the band because no one cares and I don't want to type that long. Brian played drums a lot. He is the best drummer in the world and he played on Dignity Fever and our live tape. Adam is the best bassist in the world and he's been with me through thick and thin. Rilla played the piano for us and she really is closer than family at this point. Bianca I don't see so much anymore but she was a brilliant drummer and the funnest person to tour with. Seamus, or Zuul if you want to call him that. Love him too.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments?

Sam: The recording process back then, especially compared to now, was ridiculous. I'd imprison myself in my basement if I caught myself recording like that now. I had a slow computer and a very basic Tascam four track. It was all overdubs and drum loops. Driving the tape, driving the computer. The record obviously in retrospect I would change but it caught a time and it caught a moment in my development as a recording enthusiast and as a songwriter and I'm proud of it. But yep. it was basic, not secrets there just pressing buttons.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

Sam: Favorite releases so far... that is difficult. As I said, that first 7 inch Jessi sent me by Family Trees, there is a song on it called Dream Talkin that I'm still in love with till this day. Shame, I wish they woulda recorded more songs. Wonder what they're up to now. I don't keep up with music so well unless its something I'm obsessed with but there are a few. It was really cool to see Partner who are from Sackville, New Brunswick, only a couple of hours from here in Halifax, put a record out with F/D. Those two have been playing in incredible bands keeping that incredible small town scene going for a long time and I was glad to see them spread to the world at large. Vagabon, Mutual Benefit, etc. The folks at the label just know how to find genuine people making genuine music. Its refreshing.

F/D: What've you been up to since?

Sam: Been up to a lot and a little since. Won't get into all of it. I've been working on a new album for a few years and it's the best thing I've ever done. It's the first one I've done the drums for too. It's back to being like the first album, all me mostly, though Robert Loveless who is a brilliant musician and my roommate and brother will be on a few tracks. It will be a record thats worth it, hopefully Father Daughter will love it enough to put it out post COVID, post recession, post everything. But anyway, yeah, what have you been up to in the past 8 years?


Sir Babygirl brings forth a new music video for her song, "Cheerleader"

Posted on May 5th, 2020

New York-based DIY pop pioneer Sir Babygirl is sharing the new music video for "Cheerleader." Co-directed by Sir Babygirl and Olivia Cucinotta and executive produced by Portal, the video stars a bevy of up-and-coming New York comedians and actors as hormone raged high school cheerleaders.

Sir Babygirl explains, "This video is for any queer person who wishes they could reclaim their high school experience and enjoy exploring their sexuality without guilt or shame. Here’s to building the world we don’t want to just survive in but get to be our whole entire ridiculous fucking selves in, both within the music industry and outside of it.”

Buy her latest full-length record, Crush on Me, here.



Watch Christelle Bofale's hypnotizing new music video for her single, "Miles"

Posted on April 21st, 2020

Christelle Bofale has visually revisited her song "Miles" along with the help of director Urzulka. Read how the concept for the hypnotizing and surreal video came about below and download "Miles" here.

The process of the project started with Christelle expressing to me where her lyrics from "Miles" stemmed from. From there, we came up with a plan to allude to a story without being a traditional narrative idea. The video is a representation of some of the cycles of life --- moving along through and with friendships and memories. - Urzulka

Having written the track so long ago, the process of creating a visual accompaniment was a chance for me to revisit what "Miles" meant to me then as well as what it means to me now. I came to Urzulka with thoughts about the passage of time and how, despite leading different lives, we're all existing within the same space and driving the same roads. Together, we came to realize that a lot of how we measure time is by our relationships; we can remember five years ago and the friends, coworkers, and neighbors we had. They define that time and give it life. Eventually, the video became a story about routine, the importance of friendship and community, and motion. - Christelle Bofale

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Anjimile's Giver Taker is out today!
Posted on September 17th, 2020