Archive for 2013

Neighborhood Brats – Total Dementia EP + Tour Dates


On December 3rd, Neighborhood Brats make their Dirtnap Records debut with the Total Dementia EP.

This is a US pressing of their limited to 300 European tour 7″ that comes out this month. Said tour starts in a few days, here are the dates:

Fr. 13.09.2013 Amsterdam – Occii
Sa. 14.09.2013 Bielefeld – Ajz
So. 15.09.2013 Liege – Smile Cafe
Mo. 16.09.2013 Paris – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Di. 17.09.2013 Tübingen – Epplehaus
Mi. 18.09.2013 Lyon – Rock’n’roll Vengeance
Do. 19.09.2013 Milano – Ligera
Fr. 20.09.2013 Schaffhausen – Tab Tap
Sa. 21.09.2013 Munich – Stattpark Olga
So. 22.09.2013 Wroclaw – Cztery Litery
Mo. 23.09.2013 Lublin – Tektura
Di. 24.09.2013 Gdynia – Desmona
Mi. 25.09.2013 Berlin – Cassiopeia (around 9 pm)
Mi. 25.09.2013 Berlin – Trickster (around 11 pm)
Do. 26.09.2013 Hamburg – Gun Club
Fr. 27.09.2013 Copenhagen – Stengade
Sa. 28.09.2013 Leipzig – Zoro Fest
So. 29.09.2013 Münster – Baracke
Mo. 30.09.2013 departure

Youthbitch Tour Dates


Bad Sports – Bras Color Vinyl/CD Out Now!


Bad Sports – Bras out now on yellow vinyl and CD! Black vinyl should be available tomorrow.

Yellow vinyl is limited to 300 and is only available direct from Green Noise Records! Get it here

Bad Sports – Bras LP/CD


Bad Sports – Bras CD/Digital Out Now!


Bad Sports – Bras available now on CD/digital!

Vinyl will go on sale a week from today, around noon PST.

Bad Sports Album Stream On Spin!


Stream the entire new Bad Sports album!

Guantanamo Baywatch Tour!


Another giant tour for Guatanamo Baywatch! Go see ’em!

OCT. 9 – San Francisco – El Rio
OCT. 10 – Los Angeles – The Complex
OCT. 11 – San Pedro – Harolds Place w/ Bombon
OCT. 12 – Fullerton – Burger Records
OCT. 13 – Las Vegas – Velveteen Rabbit
OCT. 16 – Phoenix – Yucca Tap Room
OCT. 17 – El Paso – Lips Lounge
OCT. 18 – Austin – The Scoot Inn BMX Private After Party
OCT. 19 – Austin – Hotel Vegas
OCT. 20 – New Orleans – Circle Bar
OCT. 21 – Montevallo, AL – The Eclipse
OCT. 22 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
OCT. 23 – Nashville – Stone Fox
OCT. 24 – Atlanta, GA – The 529 w/ Peach Kelli Pop
OCT. 25 – St. Augustine, FL – Nobby’s w/ Colleen Green, The Memories, Peach Kelli Pop, White Fang & Queen Beef
OCT. 26 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub w/ Peach Kelli Pop, Golden Pelicans
OCT. 27 – Miami, FL – Churchills
OCT. 28 – Gainesville, FL – The Display w/ The Mold!
OCT. 29 – Wilmington, NC – The Orton
OCT. 30 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter w/ Ar-Kaics, Grooms, Paint Fumes, Nervous Ticks
OCT. 31 – Philadelphia, PA – TBA
NOV. 1 – Boston, MA – Tufts University
NOV. 2 – Manhattan, NY – Cake Shop
NOV. 3 – Purchase, NY – SUNY Purchase College
NOV. 4 – Boston, MA – Charlie’s Kitchen
NOV. 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio
NOV. 6 – Philadelphia, PA – TBA
NOV. 7 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
NOV. 8 – Detroit, MI – Lager House
NOV. 9 – Chicago, IL – Township
NOV. 10 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
NOV. 11 – Kansas City, MO – TBA
NOV. 12 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake w/ Lisa Prank (Robin of Lust Cats)
NOV. 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – TBA
NOV. 15 – Orange County, CA – TBA
NOV. 16 – San Francisco – Hemlock
NOV. 17 – Santa Rosa – PIZZA PUNX
NOV. 18 – Reno, NV – St. James Infirmary
NOV. 19 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
NOV. 20 – Spokane, WA – Baby Bar
NOV. 21 – Portland, OR – Star Bar
NOV. 23 – Seattle, WA – Black Lodge w/ Big Eyes & Acapulco Lips

Missing Monuments CD/Digital Out Now


Missing Monuments CD and digital out now, vinyl coming soon!

CD has the entire first LP and the 7″ on Hozac as bonus tracks, for a total of 23 songs!

Bad Sports – Let Me In Mp3


First Mp3 from the new Bad Sports album premiers today via Pitchfork!

Missing Monuments Album Stream

Stream the entire new Missing Monuments album, courtesy of Spin.

Production snags have delayed the release of the LP, CD and digital still come out 7/30.

Potential Johns 7″ Back In Print!

Attention Jeff Burke fans! We thought the Potential Johns – Can I Really No Go With You 7″s were long out of print, but our distributor found a couple of boxes of ’em! So these are available again, but once they’re gone, they’re gone for good! Order yours today!

Red Dons On Tour!

7/17 Brooklyn @ Death By Audio
7/18 Philadelphia @ Golden Tea House
7/19 Washington D.C. @ Casa Fiesta
7/20 Richmond @ Strange Matter
7/21 Raleigh (FREE SHOW) @ TBA
7/22 Richmond (Revisions) @ Vinyl Conflict
7/23 Baltimore @ Golden West Café
7/24 New Brunswick @ The Alamo
7/25 Manhattan @ The Cake Shop
7/26 Long Island @ No Fun Club
7/27 Boston @ The Middle East (all ages)
7/27 Boston @ O’Briens ( 21+ )

Dirtnap Records 14 Year Anniversary!

Announcing the Dirtnap Records 14 year anniversary showcases!

September 20th in Portland @ Slabtown, September 21st in Seattle at The Highline! 21+, $15 each night. Tickets will go on sale through Stranger Tickets very soon!

Lineup is:

Marked Men
Bad Sports
White Wires
Sonic Avenues
Mind Spiders
Low Culture
Mean Jeans
Guantanamo Baywatch
Youthbitch (Portland only)
Autistic Youth (Portland only)
The Girls (Seattle only)
Big Eyes (Seattle only)

Missing Monuments Sign To Dirtnap

There’s a new band on Dirtnap! LP out in July, first Mp3 released next week!

If you still think of Missing Monuments as a King Louie solo project, you’re a few years behind the times! The band began in New Orleans in 2009 when Louie (Royal Pendletons, Persuaders, Kajun SS, etc.) and his guitar slinging pal Julien Friend recruited drummer Aaron Hill and bassist Bennett Bartley. A 7″ on Douchemaster Records and tours of the Midwest, the West Coast, and Europe followed soon after. Benny Divine (Wizzard Sleeve) replaced Bartley on bass shortly after the release of the band’s debut album Painted White in June 2011. With its lineup solidified and a rougher sound cultivated, the band was just starting to hit its stride. Last year’s superb “(I’m Gonna) Love You Back To Life” EP on HoZac was a brief taste of what Missing Monuments were capable of, and now the band truly delivers the goods on its sizzling second LP. The words “power pop” always seem to come up whenever Louie Bankston is involved, and not without good reason. But that’s just one element of many in what proves to be a righteous mix of sounds.

Missing Monuments play gritty rock n’ roll with a distinctly Southern flavor – blending in hints of pop, garage, soul, oldies, and even hard rock. Songs like the fireball opener “Answer The Call” and the storming “Crash Landing” capture the unrelenting two-guitar energy of the band’s live shows, while “Super Hero” is just the latest in a long line of perfect Loomis pop gems. Whether they’re getting you up and dancing (“Another Girl”) or breaking your heart with ballads (“Tru Luv”), Missing Monuments have the chops and the songs that cannot be beat. And lyrically and vocally, this is some of the most passionate and personal material Louie has turned out in years. If “I Don’t Share” and “Heart and Soul” fail to leave you stunned, you might want to check yourself for a pulse. We have been looking to work with Louie for a number of years, and we are thrilled to present this exceptional second LP from Missing Monuments. In all honesty, it’s miles better than their last album. And their last album was pretty great! Get yourself some Popeye’s and a bag of Zapp’s chips and crank that volume WAY up. This is the real deal sound of Louisiana!

LP has 11 songs, CD and download come with the entire first album on Douchemaster and 7″ on Hozac as bonus tracks, for a total of 23 songs!

The Novice – s/t 7″

The Novice 7″ (Marked Men, Potential Johns) out now!

The Novice debut 7″ out now at

The Novice was based in Mito, Japan and were active between April 2010 and August 2012. Members included Jeff Burke of Marked Men/Potential Johns fame, Takahiro Hashimoto and Isao Fujita who have both played in numerous punk bands and Seiko Harada, whose first band was The Novice. Recorded with Fumito Yamazaki from Your Pest Band in April (?) 2012 and Jimbo Kawamata from Firestarter designed the cover.

Jeff Burke is one of the most distinctive singer/songwriters in punk today, and this single will be instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with his work. Short, choppy, fast, catchy buzzsaw pop, with the perfect balance of melody and grit. This is the first and likely the last release under the name The Novice, as Jeff has recently moved back to Texas from Japan, put together a new lineup, and is changing the name.

One time only pressing of 1000, all copies come with download coupon. FIRST 200 ON YELLOW VINYL, available mailorder only

Mean Jeans Tour Dates

All shows with Hollywood!

4/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Wind Up Space with The Tough Shits
4/18 – Richmond, VA @ Nile with The Shirks, Big No
4/19 – Nashville, TN @ The End with Useless Eaters, JP5
4/20 – Huntsville, AL @ Happenin Fest @ Vertical House Records with Dent May, Useless Eaters,
4/21 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia with Missing Monuments, Buck Biloxi & The Fucks
4/22 – Tallahassee, FL @ Hidden Hand Repo Man, Space Heaters, and Atomic Dog
4/23 – Orlando, FL @ will’s Pub with Gold Pelicans, Wet Nurse
4/24 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s with New Coke
4/25 – St. Augustine, FL @ Nobby’s with Post-Teens
4/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl – Atlanta Messaround with Parting gifts, The Middle Class, Dwight Twilley
4/28 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia

Sugar Stems – Can’t Wait LP Out Now!

Sugar Stems – Can’t Wait LP out now! First 200 are on gold vinyl and are available via mailorder ONLY (or at Green Noise Records, for those in Portland). Plus, mailorder customers get a free ltd edition poster, while supplies last!

Betsy (The Flips) and Jon (Teenage Rejects, Catholic Boys, Tuff Bananas, Sticks’n’Stones, Rumble) Heibler started the Sugar Stems in the fall of 2007 with bassist Steph Swinney Conard (also of The Flips). The band played its first show in May of 2008, and originally featured Zach Byrne (Goodnight Loving) on guitar. The current lineup was cemented when Drew Fredrichsen (Leg Hounds, Jetty Boys) took over on guitar and backing vocals. The band released its debut single, “Beat Beat Beat” b/w “Crybaby”, on Bachelor Records in 2009 and a year later issued its full-length debut Sweet Songs of the Sugar Stems on Bachelor and Dusty Medical Records. Those of us who’d been long awaiting an heir apparent to The Shivvers and Nikki and the Corvettes literally jumped for joy when we heard Sweet Songs, spending the subsequent months dancing in the streets and angrily rebuking local radio stations for failing to play “I Gotta Know”. If you think it’s a stretch to call said album a modern classic of power pop, you probably haven’t heard it!

The Sugar Stems returned in 2012 with a pair of incredible singles on Certified PR Records that suggested the band had somehow managed to improve upon perfection. It was perfectly appropriate, then, that the title of the band’s long-awaited sophomore album would be Can’t Wait. Released at the tail end of 2012 by Screaming Apple Records (Germany) and Dream On Records (Japan), Can’t Wait now gets an American release on Dirtnap. This terrific LP shows “growth” in all the best ways. Without abandoning its signature honeyed melodies and high-spirited candy pop style, the band has made a more mature and consistent album that’s definitely its best to date. The production has been stepped up another notch, and every song sounds like a hit. If you missed the singles “Greatest Pretender” and “Like I Do”, they’re here in all their infectious glory. But it’s the more melancholy tracks that really showcase Betsy Heibler’s development into one of the finest songwriters working today. Songs like “Make Up Your Mind” and the gorgeous “Love You To Pieces” are steeped in the timeless traditions of Brill Building and British Invasion pop, yet feel entirely fresh in the year 2013. Even when the songs themselves are not exactly happy, there’s something about the Sugar Stems’ music that just makes you feel good. No sophomore jinx here, folks. Can’t Wait was totally worth the wait. Why is this band not huge?! ALL COPIES COME WITH DOWNLOAD COUPON.

Sugar Stems – Can’t Wait LP

Sugar Stems Mp3 Debut On Spin!

Sugar Stems mp3 debut on Spin! LP out next week!

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