Don Giovanni Records

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New Downtown Boys video made in collaboration with Faye Orlove is out! Contains lots of important info. Also the new record FULL COMMUNISM is out today you can order it at Don Giovanni.

Some of you may know the “arc” of my “music career,” some of you probably don’t. The long and short of it is that for a long time I have been a bit of a “lone wolf.”

Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of musicians in my life. My music community isn’t nonexistent, it has consisted of my friends and the people that listen to my music and I am lucky and grateful for that. Roommates, friends, we go to each other’s shows and play on each others’ bills. Strangers who pass my albums along to each other or send me messages. It’s what kept me doing it.

On the “music industry” side of things, I never really fit in. The people that I met from that world often seemed disingenuous. They would talk about music using phrases like “that’s a good look” or occasionally throw in a casually bigoted comment. There I would be: this weird, queer, self-referential, sentimental songwriter and neither of us understood or cared for the other. So, for the past seven years, the music that I make has grown and changed along with the rest of me, but one thing has stayed constant. With brief exceptions I have continued to do mostly everything alone: touring, booking, making decisions, etc.

Anyway, when I found the Chris Gethard show, I was happy. There, right there in New York City: a show whose host/cast/fans were often so earnest that it hurt.  Chris had a bit for awhile about how I didn’t want to be his friend, but what is funniest about it is what a good friend he has become to me.

Chris Gethard, who meets me at the barber shop after I get a haircut and eats sandwiches with me. Chris Gethard, the person who, when I laughingly told him, in the pit of a depressive episode, that I was waiting to go on medication until I could spot some ambiguous but indisputable sign that I had become completely non-functional told me “you don’t have to wait to hit rock bottom.” My friend Chris, who I’m not supposed to be friends with. It’s fitting that this is who initially sent my music to my favorite record label for me.

Don Giovanni has been my favorite label partially because of their roster but more so because of who they are and how they work. They are genuine, outspoken, political. I truly think they are rare as a label in this capacity and I respect them immensely for it. From the beginning, they have made me feel seen and heard and I leave talks with them feeling excited about the things that I want to do together. The thing that I am doing with them right now is recording a band album that Marissa Paternoster is producing. That feels really great because Marissa is an incredible person and musician and I will learn a lot and try a lot of new things with her as a producer but also, not to get all cheesy about this, but similarly to when I started talking to Don Giovanni, when I met her I legitimately just felt like like she “got” me as a human. I feel excited to do things together.

I guess all that I’m trying to say is that this is really great for a lot of reasons. I’m clearly very excited to be working with my favorite label and also, I realized this morning that I don’t feel like a lone wolf anymore. !!!

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Screaming Females at the AMC Empire 25 Theater in Times Square, playing to an animation by Faye Orlove, part of Primal Screams, presented by Clocktower and Times Square Arts, March 15, 2016. Photographed for Times Square Arts.

More about Screaming Females and their performance here.

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Waxahatchee - “Noccalula”

from: The Key Studio Sessions, Feb. 27, 2013

I love this version of Noccalula. Even more than the version on American Weekend. It’s a great song as is, but stripped down to just vocals and acoustic guitar is amazing.

We are very excited to announce our Fall USA Tour 2014. Our good
friends PUJOL (Saddle Creek) will be joining us. All the shows are
sure to be great.

Save your allowance. Look out for something special from Screaming
Females on this tour.

10/03 - U+N Fest (Ottobar) - Baltimore, MD*
10/04 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
10/05 - Mr Roboto Project - Pittsburgh, PA
10/06 - Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH
10/07 - Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL
10/08 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
10/09 - Back Porch - Spearfish, SD
10/10 - Lost Lake Lounge - Denver, CO
10/11 - The Crux - Boise, ID
10/13 - Holocene - Portland, OR
10/14 - Obsidian - Olympia, WA
10/15 - Black Lodge - Seattle, WA
10/17 - 1234 Go! - Oakland, CA
10/18 - Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
10/19 - Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA
10/20 - TBA - San Pedro, CA
10/21 - TBA - AZ
10/23 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
10/24 - Walter’s Downtown - Houston, TX
10/25 - Community Records Block Party - New Orleans, LA
10/26 - TBA - MS
10/27 - TBA - AL
10/28 - The Stone Fox - Nashville, TN
10/30 - Pre-Fest 2 - Ybor (Tampa), FL*
10/31 - FEST 13 - Gainesville, FL*
11/01 - 529 Bar - Atlanta, GA
11/02 - Kings Barcade - Raleigh, NC
11/03 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
11/04 - TBA - Washington, DC
11/05 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA
11/06 - TT The Bear’s Place - Cambridge, MA
11/07 - Spark City - Providence, RI
11/08 - Asbury Lanes - Asbury Park, NJ

all shows with PUJOL except *

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Crying at the Wawa - Chris Gethard and Mal Blum

I got bored so I felt like making something of a music video for the song off of My Comedy Album. Check it out if you’d like. 

And go get the album, along with anything Mal Blum or Chris Gethard have ever done. They’re both pretty awesome. 

Thanks

(As a side note, watch it on high quality)

Holy crap, y’all! You can officially PRE-ORDER my new album via dongiovannirecords !!  Check it out !!!

Pre-order is available for just the new album  (available on LP/CD or digital) or this fun little bundle that comes with a limited edition tee shirt, pin, and poster designed by Lorelei Ramirez!

I’m signing all pre-orders and the limited edition colored vinyl is OPAQUE BLUE LIKE THE OCEAN AND CARTOON TEARS.

I’m so excited! Pass it on!

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Noun - Make Me

We’re going on tour in support of our new record, ROSE MOUNTAIN which comes out on February 24th on DON GIOVANNI RECORDS!

3/07/15 to 3/17/15 dates are with DOWNTOWN BOYS!

We’re very excited to see all of you once more.  Please come out to hear our new songs and get the new record.  

Listen to RIPE

Listen to EMPTY HEAD

Listen to CRIMINAL IMAGE

Listen to WISHING WELL

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=-o =-o =-o we played a new song on TCGS last week! here is the video!!

Downtown Boys on tour throughout N America starting this week!

6/26 Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater (benefit show to pass Providence anti-racial profiling ordinance)
6/30 Cleveland, OH @ Now that’s Class
7/1 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (free show, 21+ sorry)
7/2 Manhattan, KS @ Church of Swole
7/3 Denver, CO @ Mutiny Information Cafe
7/4 OFF
7/5 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
7/6  Portland, OR @ Anarres Infoshop
7/7 Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge
7/8 Vancouver, BC @ Black Lab
7/9 Olympia, WA @ Old School Pizzeria
7/10 Arcata, CA @ Bat Cave
7/11 San Jose, CA @ Think and Die Thinking
7/12 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
7/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Thee Alley
7/14 Riverside, CA  @ Blood Orange Infoshop
7/15 Ensenada, MX @ Euro Bar
7/16 Tijuana, MX @ 1250
7/17 Phoenix, AZ  @ Netroots Nation UFCW Afterparty
7/18 El Paso, TX Boomtown
7/19 Mcallen, TX @ AQUInceañera Fest at Yerberia Cultura
7/20 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (Inside)
7/21 Houston, TX @ Walters
7/22 New Orleans, LA @ 1305 Poland Street
7/23 OFF
7/24 Orlando, FL @ Space Station
7/25 Miami, FL @ Churchhills
7/26 Jacksonville, FL @ Rain Dogs
7/27 Savannah, GA @ QuoLab
7/28 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
7/29 Raleigh, NC  @ Nice Price Books and Records