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5-Year Anniversary Compilation and Zine

I know we’ve been a little quiet over here lately. We still have a few interviews to finish up for our Popfest Previews series and another EP release in the works for early next year, but we’ve also been working on something a bit bigger. Something we’re now ready to reveal to you.

February Records turned 5 this year and, to celebrate, we are releasing a CD compilation featuring 14 bands spanning the length of our catalog. Most of the songs have never been released before and are exclusive to this comp. We wanted to make this project special. I think we have.

The CD will feature bands from our current roster, including Finnmark, The Swapsies, The Halamays, Cozy Catastrophes, Ry Smith, and The Pretty Greens. However, we wanted this compilation to celebrate everything the label has accomplished over the years, so we reached out to bands we have worked with in the past, such as Lunchbox, Onward Chariots, Ghost of Chance, Brilliant at Breakfast, Summer Library, The Month of June, and Secret Charisma. There is even a track from NYC’s Boy Genius who has played more than a few gigs that February put on in the early years though they never officially released on the label.

In addition to the compilation, we’ve decided to produce the first physical edition of our zine, …March, April, & May. The zine will include interviews with each of the bands represented on the compilation plus much more.

Though a physical release date has yet to be set, we are aiming to have everything printed, pressed, stamped, and sewn together by the middle of December. We’ll be updating you of our progress along the way because, let’s face it, this is the first time we’ve done anything like this and we’re excited to share it all with you.

Kristin & Danny

Compilation contributors:
Boy Genius
Brilliant at Breakfast
Cozy Catastrophes
Finnmark!
Ghost of Chance
The Halamays
Lunchbox
The Month of June
Onward Chariots
The Pretty Greens
Ry Smith
Secret Charisma
Summer Library
The Swapsies

New video: “Hey You” by Quiz Kids

 

Quiz Kids made a great video for “Hey You” from their new EP, “Dynamite!”
Jason Bourgeois directs! Danny makes a cameo!

Introducing: “… march, april & may”

march_april_may_2.5x5February Records is very pleased to announce that we will be dipping our toes into the world of zines. Having included exclusive interviews as part of our latest digital releases, we feel this is a logical step forward as an extension of the label.

The zine, which will launch this week as a series of interviews on our website, will be titled “… march, april & may” — a natural progression of February Records. We hope to transition to a physical publication in the near future.

Our first interview is a conversation with Brad San Martin (One Happy Island) about recording a live album, the final days of WeePOP! and what the future may, or may not, hold for him musically. Brad released a single on February Records as Secret Charisma in 2010 and was also featured on our “One Year Of Original Music From February Records” digital compilation.

We are looking for contributors. Please let us know if you’d like to be a part of “… march, april & may” by emailing februaryrecords@gmail.com

Don’t call it a comeback

We’re very pleased to announce that we will have multiple new releases this summer. We’re so excited to get back to releasing and promoting music we love. Stay tuned for more details.

Bandcamp!

February Records has transferred almost all of its releases to Bandcamp. All free releases are now available for download exclusively through Bandcamp. All pay releases are now available for streaming. So go download and go listen. It’s all free.

February Records Bandcamp

2011 Top 5s


I was asked to do an end-of-year best-of top-5 list by Felipe from the chaotisch and charmant blog. His blog will feature different best-of lists from various guests all this month, so check it out. I decided I might as well post my lists here as well.

There was so much good music this year — and so much I didn’t get a chance to listen to. I can think of at least five albums I didn’t get to hear that would probably have made these lists. From what I was fortunate enough to hear, these are the ones that really stood out. It looks like it was a really good year for female vocals, Slumberland Records and Comet Gain. I purposely left February Records releases off the list.

Top 5 albums
5. Veronica Falls – s/t (Slumberland)
4. Cat Naps – Why Don’t You Whisper? (self-released)
3. Gold Bears – Are You Falling In Love? (Slumberland)
2. Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams (Sub Pop)
1. Comet Gain – Howl of the Lonely Crowd (What’s Your Rupture?)

5 runners-up
5. Pocketbooks – Carousel (Oddbox)
4. Fireflies – Autumn Almanac (Happy Prince)
3. Girls Names – Dead To Me (Slumberland)
2. Sea Pony – Go With Me (Hardly Art)
1. Wild Flag – s/t (Merge)

Top 5 EPs
5. Tiny Fireflies – Change (Little Treasure)
4. Kids on a Crime Spree – We Love You So Bad (Slumberland)
3. Burning Hearts – Into The Wilderness (Shelflife)
2. Brave Irene – s/t (Slumberland)
1. Chalk and Numbers – He Knew (self-released)

New video: “Someone’s Always Dying to Break My Heart” by The Cavemen Go

Check out the new video from The Cavemen Go. The video was shot over the summer for this year’s single, “Someone’s Always Dying to Break My Heart.” It was filmed by Maxwell Thomas of Automata Films.

Shindig!

Bourgeois Heroes’ 7″, “Olé Hola,” has been reviewed in the Shindig! Quarterly No. 3.