The Splits – II LP’s on sale Tuesday May 28th around 9am PST!

Low Culture/Needles//Pins split 7″


Two of our favorite DIY punk bands come together for a great split!

Low Culture should be familiar to anyone into Dirtnap stuff after the well-received Screens LP in early 2013. Ragged, melodic garagepunk originally from Las Cruces, NM, with members now spread out all over the place (including right here in Portland!). Features members of Shang-A-Lang and Marked Men, and sounds pretty much like a cross between the 2 bands, with the former’s distinct songwriting style mashed together with the latter’s tighter, cleaner performances. These recordings are the results of the band’s first trip into a “pro” recording studio, sounding cleaner but no less effective than past material.

Vancouver, B.C’s Needles//Pins are one of favorite current bands who are NOT already on Dirtnap. We’re friends with them, have seen ‘em a million times (oftentimes on tour with Dirtnap staples such as Sonic Avenues and Steve Adamyk Band), but for some reason have never gotten around to releasing anything by them until now. On their side of the split, Needless//Pins give us 2 memorable punk/garage rippers that were recorded in the same sessions as their excellent new LP, Shamebirds, just released on Dirt Cult Records. We’re stoked to finally be involved with putting something out something by these folks, and hope to do more in the future!

This 7” is a one-time only pressing of 1000. All copies come with 320kbps download coupon.

Sugar Stems Out Now + More!

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Sugar Stems – Only Come Out At Night available now on LP, CD, digital, + mailorder-exclusive clear vinyl!

 Betsy, Jon, Steph, and Drew are back with their third and finest album – and this time they’re joined by Andy Harris (ex Goodnight

Loving) on organ!

Only Come Out At Night is the second Sugar Stems album to be released on Dirtnap and follows last year’s wonderful and warmly

received Can’t Wait.

 Sugar Stems are still the best power pop band going today, and again the band has delivered a beautifully craftedand immaculately produced collection of songs. Continuing in the direction of Can’t Wait, this album finds Betsy’s songwriting reaching new levels of sophistication and maturity. And with the added dimension of keyboards, the band’s sound is fuller and richer than ever.

 Longtime fans hoping for impossibly catchy melodies and big hooks will not be disappointed in Only Come Out At Night. “The One” and “Radio Heartthrob” will have you wondering aloud why they’re not massive radio hits. And tracks like “Haunted” and “Run Rabbit Run” demonstrate that Sugar Stems can still rock with the best of ‘em. But by no means has the band delivered a mere repeat of previous albums. The ’60s-inspired “Some Might Say” and acoustic “Million Miles” are gorgeous pop gems that pick up where previous masterpieces like “Love You To Pieces” left off. And while “growing up” can sometimes be the death of a pop band, the 1-2 opening punch of “Baby Teeth” and “I Know Where I’m Going” suggests that Sugar Stems are only getting better as their music probes deeper into fully adult themes. Betsy has become a veritable powerhouse on vocals, and the band as a whole has never sounded tighter or more assured.

 Boasting the band’s most beautiful melodies to date along with near flawless production, Only Come Out At Night will delight existing Sugar Stems fans and attract a whole lot of new ones. Whether you’re a power pop aficionado or a lover of great music in general, this is one you won’t want to miss. Cover art is an original water color painting by Betsy!

 The first 140 of the LP come on limited edition, mailorder-only CLEAR vinyl. All copies come with coupon for 320 kps Mp3 download. All mailorder copies come with free poster, while supplies last.


Related Titles On Sale:

 Sugar Stems – Can’t Wait LP is on sale for $9 from 07/22-07/31! There is a VERY limited (around 12!) quantity of gold vinyl still available, as well as black vinyl galore.

 Sugar Stems – Sugar Stems N’ Friends LP (live on the radio, one time only pressing of 300 on Dusty Medical Records)


 We offer free media rate shipping (U.S. customers only, sorry) for orders $25 or higher. We ship your orders 5 days a week, most orders go out within 48 hours of receipt.

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1. Baby Teeth

2. I Know Where I’m Going

3. The One

4. Haunted

5. Some Might Say

6. We Only Come Out At Night

7. Run Run Rabbit

8. Radio Heartthrob

9. Tell The Truth

10. Elm Tree Eulogy

11. Sun Rise, Sea Change

12. Million Miles


07/25 Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge

07/26 Portland, OR @ Slabtown

07/27 Longview, WA @ Chinese Garden

07/28 Oakland, CA @ Night Light

07/29 Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside, CA

07/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Redwood Bar

07/31 San Diego, CA @ Ken Club

08/01 Orange County, CA @ House Of Blues

08/02 Tempe, AZ @ Time Out Lounge

08/08 Appleton, WI  @ Miles Of Music

08/22 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club (LP release show!)

09/05 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI




Steve Adamyk Band – Dial Tone LP (VERY limited amount of color vinyl still available)

Sonic Avenues – Mistakes LP/CD (Color vinyl out of print, black vinyl and CD still available)

Missing Monuments- s/t LP/CD (Color vinyl still available)



Marked Men – Ghosts LP

Marked Men – Fix My Brain LP

Marked Men – On The Outside LP

Exploding Hearts – Guitar Romantic LP

Exploding Hearts – Shattered LP

Studio Update

For the first time in many years, we currently have zero releases at the pressing plant. No new releases, no re-presses, nothing. Feels weird.

The break is not gonna last, though, cause we currently have FIVE new releases in the mastering/pre-mastering stages: Needles//Pins/Low Culture split 7″, new albums from The Splits, Radioactivity and Legendary Wings, and a Mean Jeans singles comp! Other stuff in the works, too!

The Splits Join Dirtnap, + European Tour Dates



Helsinki, Finland’s The Splits have joined the Dirtnap Records roster.

Their 1st LP on Germany’s P. Trash records really wowed us here at Dirtnap, and we sold quite a few of them by recommending ‘em to every single person who walked into our shop. So it seemed like a natural fit to pick ‘em up for their next album!

Their 2nd LP  has been recorded and is being mastered in Ottawa by Crusades’ Dave Williams as we speak. Many more details to follow, in the meantime the band is on tour in Europe now with U.K.’s The Love Triangle. Here are the remaining dates, all 3 of ‘em:

7/9 Zürick

7/10 Schaffausen

7/12 New Direction Fest / Stuttgart






Sugar Stems – The One Mp3!

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Another Sugar Stems Mp3 from their upcoming We Come Out At Night LP is premiered courtesy of Wondering Sound!

Out July 22nd!