Category Archives: Releases

Zine: March, April & May #4

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The fourth issue of the February Records zine, “March, April & May,” is now available to order. Shipping will begin on October 16.

This issue is 76 pages and includes interviews with Panda Riot, Chickfactor zine, The Fireworks, Sodastream, Brad San Martin, Lisa Bouvier, Rocketship, Lilith, and A Certain Smile. Plus: Show reviews and interviews with indie radio DJs.

Purchase also includes a download of the March, April & May Mix #2 digital EP with tracks from Lilith, Lisa Bouvier, Panda Riot, The Fireworks, A Certain Smile and Rocketship. Tracks are all previously unreleased — either new songs or live or acoustic versions.

The zine is limited to 75 copies and is only $4 (plus shipping). Order here.

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Zine: March, April & May #3

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The third issue of the February Records zine, “March, April & May,” is now available to order.

The zine is 68 pages and includes interviews with Phil Wilson, Elizabeth Morris, Young Romance, Peaness, Knut from Eardrums Pop and Featherfin, Strange Passage, Kevin Alvir, Postal Blue, Emma Kupa and Ray Neal of Miracle Legion.

The zine also includes a download of the March, April & May Mix #1 digital EP with tracks from Postal Blue, Jason Bourgeois, Strange Passage, The June Brides, The Hairs, Emma Kupa and Featherfin. Tracks are all previously unreleased — either new songs, covers or live or acoustic versions.

The zine is limited to 75 copies and is only $4 (plus shipping). Order here.

FEB044: “Clever” by Punctuation Club

February Records is proud to announce its latest release: The “Clever” EP, the debut release from Punctuation Club.

Brooklynite Liam Joseph Carroll is the sole continual member of the band and he says Punctuation Club is your creepy sister’s new favorite indiepop group. We think he’s probably right. He’s been sitting on these five tunes about art school, revenge, relationships and lapsed Catholicism for years, letting them stew in his psyche until they finally spilled out into the “Clever” EP.

Liam has been writing songs and playing guitar and drums in bands since his teenage years. He has released music under the name Volcano Divers and was active in the Philadelphia underground experimental/noise community, fronting a drone act called Dead Pines, and briefly playing in the noise-rock group Clothes.

Now, as Punctuation Club, Liam gets to the heart of independent pop music, presenting five stripped-down, tongue-in-cheek tunes inspired by the likes of Yo La Tengo, Pants Yell!, Beat Happening, Black Tambourine and My Teenage Stride.

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The five-song download includes a PDF booklet with an exclusive interview with Liam.

FEB043: “Constant and True — A Tribute to the Songs of Rose Melberg”

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Order “Constant and True — A Tribute to the Songs of Rose Melberg”

“Constant and True” is available to purchase as a CD and digital download. Any surplus from the sale of this album will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, a charity that is near and dear to Rose Melberg’s heart.

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February Records is proud to announce its latest release: “Constant and True — A Tribute to the Songs of Rose Melberg.” This extremely ambitious project was conceived of and brought to fruition by Jeremy Jensen — leader of the Boise, Idaho, pop group The Very Most — out of his appreciation of Melberg’s prolific output.

Rose Melberg is indiepop royalty. As primary songwriter for one of the very first American indiepop bands, Tiger Trap, she played an indispensable part in furthering
the indiepop movement in the U.S. She went on to release music both as a solo artist and as a member of the bands Go Sailor, The Softies, Gaze, Brave Irene, Tally Ho!, PUPS, Imaginary Pants and Knife Pleats, with sounds ranging from fragile, wistful folk to giddy, fizzy cuddlecore to sophisticated, almost jazzy, pop. Her music as been released on such labels as K Records, Double Agent, Kingfisher Bluez, Kill Rock Stars, Slumberland Records, Where It’s At Is Where You Are and Lost Sounds Tapes, just to name a few.

Bands and artists from the United States, Scotland, England, Spain, Norway, France, Australia and Dominican Republic have provided tracks for this compilation. Two bands (Boyracer and Transmittens) even came out of retirement just to contribute a track! Their interpretations of Rose’s music run the gamut from pop-punk to epic, symphonic walls of sound. The album has 21 tracks in total and features The Hermit Crabs, The Prams, Featherfin, Bodyheat, Emma Kupa, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Marc Elston, Ashley and Eli of LAKE, Fireflies, The Smittens, John Girgus and The Legendary House Cats, The Royal Landscaping Society, Gabardine, Boyracer, Band á Part, Seapony, The Very Most, Tomiji, Tangible Excitement, Transmittens and Rocketship.

“Constant and True — A Tribute to the Songs of Rose Melberg” will be released as a CD and a digital download, with artwork by Marta Tortajada.

Tracklist

The Hermit Crabs – Wonderful
The Prams – No Fun
Featherfin (feat. Deerful) – Old Days
Bodyheat – Moon Singer
Emma Kupa – You And Only You
Saturday Looks Good To Me – Winter Pageant
Marc Elston – The Best Days
LAKE – Tracks And Tunnels
Fireflies – Selfish
The Smittens – Together Forever in Love
John Girgus and The Legendary House Cats – Hello Rain
The Royal Landscaping Society – I Love You More
Gabardine – It’s Love
Boyracer – Alaska
Band á Part – Long Distance
Seapony – He’ll Never Have to Know
The Very Most (feat. Sarah Robostein) – C.K.M.
Tomiji – Fine Day For Sailing
Tangible Excitement – Puzzle Pieces
Transmittens – Words And Smiles
Rocketship – My Broken Heart

FEB042: “Syntherely Yours” by The Very Most

 

February Records is very proud to offer the latest album from Boise, Idaho, indiepop band The Very Most. This is a very special digital-only release with nine of your favorite songs by The Very Most re-recorded as synth-pop songs featuring guest vocalists for each track. Guests include Lisle from Tiny Fireflies, Adriano from Postal Blue, Colin from The Smittens, Charles from Math and Physics Club, Thomas from Pale Spectres, Sam from Boise band Central City Music Company, Adam from California band Adam and Darcie, Laz from Bubblegum Lemonade/Strawberry Whiplash, and Geoff Crestwell from Boise City, Oklahoma, shoegaze band Pellow.

  1. Good Fight Fighting (Featuring Adriano do Couto of Postal Blue)
  2. Things Too Obvious to Sing (Featuring Geoff Crestwell of Pellow)
  3. This is Where I Should Be (Featuring Sam Counsil of Central City Music Company)
  4. Jonathan Richman (Featuring Colin Clary of The Smittens and Colin and the Clarys)
  5. Polygraph (Featuring Charles Bert of Math and Physics Club)
  6. Today it is Even Better (Featuring Laz McCluskey Strawberry Whiplash and Bubblegum Lemonade)
  7. Sweater (Featuring Thomas Guilcher of Tomiji and Pale Spectres)
  8. You’re in Love With the Sun (Featuring Lisle Mitnik of Fireflies and Tiny Fireflies)
  9. Multnomah Now! (Featuring Adam Sanders of Adam and Darcie)

Pre-order the album from Feb. 15-Feb. 22 and immediately receive two tracks for download, “Sweater” featuring Thomas Guilcher, and “Multnomah Now!” featuring Adam Sanders. “Syntherely Yours” will be available for purchase on Feb. 23.

The Very Most was started in Boise, Idaho, by Jeremy Jensen in either 2002 or 2003 (he honestly can’t remember). Since that time, the band has released three full-length albums, seven EPs, and a bunch of miscellaneous tracks. Recorded entirely in Jeremy’s backyard studio (made from a converted shed), the music exists in a pretty little spot on the Venn diagram where The Beach Boys, Camera Obscura, New Order, Teenage Fanclub, and The Wedding Present meet. It makes heavy use of male/female harmony, vocal call-and-answer, and lushly layered instruments, both conventional and not-so-conventional. It’s all pop, and it’s all melodic, but it finds a lot of different ways of being melodic pop.

Jeremy Jensen and co … are just perfecting their craftsmanship, each new song seems to be more enduring and rich. Can’t wait for the rest!Bloodbuzzed

FEB041: 5: A February Records Anniversary Compilation


 
February Records turned 5 in 2014 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 and are exclusive to this comp. We wanted to make this project special. We think we have.

Bands featured on the compilation are: The Swapsies, Brilliant at Breakfast, Ry Smith, Onward Chariots, Summer Library, Boy Genius, Lunchbox, Finnmark!, Ghost of Chance, Secret Charisma, The Halamays, Cozy Catastrophes, The Month of June and The Pretty Greens.

In addition to the compilation, we’ve produced the first physical edition of our zine, “…March, April & May.” The 60-page zine includes interviews with 14 bands plus articles on DIY culture in New England and some February Records history.

There are three ways to order — all through our Bandcamp page:
1. The compilation and zine combo is limited to 100 copies and includes a digital download.
2. Download the digital version of the compilation from our bandcamp page.
3. Order the “March, April & May” zine on its own.

Orders of the CD/zine combo received before midnight (U.S. Eastern Time) Wednesday, February 4, will be entered for a chance to win a February Records feltie keychain made by Lynn Chan, The Quirky Girl Crafter.

Click here to order.

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FEB040: “REXROTH” by Ry Smith


 
Ry Smith is the musical mastermind behind the once-prolific Long Island folk-pop band Eastern Phoebes. February Records released the Phoebes’ 2011 EP Gypsy Paw. Now, since relocating to Rhode Island, Ry is making music on his own, churning out solo pop gems with a slightly darker tone. REXROTH is a self-proclaimed “record about sadness,” tackling so many of the twists and turns of life.

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The 13-song pay-what-you-want download comes with an exclusive interview with Ry.

FEB039: “Way Last June” by Cozy Catastrophes

 
Cozy Catastrophes is the solo recording project of Greg Adams. Using guitars, bass, Casios, Moog, glockenspiel and drum machines, and inspired by twee pop, Swedish pop, self-help books and Bobby Rydell’s sweaters, Cozy Catastrophes creates music for teen-age record hops, in-town driving, and lonely hours. The Bloomington, Indiana, resident released his debut album, An Instructive Amusement, in August 2013 on his own Beehive Rebellion Records. The homemade, bedroom-pop recordings of the debut album were clever and slightly cute. Any song called “I Wish This Sweater Were You” was already going to be a big hit among the two of us at February Records. The new Cozy Catastrophes EP, Way Last June, is a bit more electric, but the songwriting is still just as clever as the debut album.

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The 6-song, pay-what-you-want download comes with an exclusive interview with Greg. Cassette versions of Way Last June are also available for purchase directly from Cozy Catastrophes.

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The debut album [from Cozy Catastrophes] has a catchy melody and a good, positive feel.Pop Camp blog (translated)

FEB038: “Glow Like There’s No Tomorrow” by Lunchbox

 

Tim Brown and Donna McKean are the two constants among a revolving lineup in the critically-acclaimed Bay-area, California, indiepop band Lunchbox. Forming in 1994, Lunchbox released a slew of singles and EPs, and a string of albums between 1996 and 2002 — their self-titled debut on San Francisco’s Not Happy label, “The Magic of Sound” and “Evolver” on Portland’s Magic Marker, and “Summer’s Over” on Stewart Anderson’s (Boyracer) 555 Recordings.

A re-formed Lunchbox will play the 2014 San Francisco PopFest on May 22-25. The band will release a full-length album on Jigsaw Records sometime this spring.

Check out our interview with Lunchbox’s Tim Brown.

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“Always a poppy and sonically diverse group […] Their strength is in their variety and versatility.”Stephen Cramer/All Music Guide

“The first song on either side, ‘Satellite’ and ‘Fernruf’, are just as amazing as the last Lunchbox record. In fact I remember really loving ‘Fernruf’ when I heard them play it live last summer.”Indiepages

“Nice layered poptones with a layered feel, ‘Satellite’ plays with a breezy 60s EZ-pop-with-a-pulse, segueing seamlessly into the more psychy, mostly instrumental ‘I Could Have Been Someone Else’. The fun continues on the flip with the similarly layered pop of ‘Fernruf’ and ‘Gravity’.Shredding Radio

“This EP released in 2001 on the Magic Marker Records blew me away when I first heard it. Though slightly more loopy then most indiepop, there is the underlying melodies and pop mentality that make this EP so enjoyable.”Barf Out Dolls blog

FEB037: “Jealous Waves” by The Pretty Greens

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Philadelphia’s The Pretty Greens are Carly, Julia, and Kool Schmool – three women who fully embrace the DIY aesthetic and are an active and integral part of their artistic community. Their songs express a variety of influence and style and often carry a hint of the band’s “proud feminist-grrrl philosophy.” With recent line-up changes, an on-going fanzine, and new songs recorded, The Pretty Greens are stronger than ever.

This digital download includes and exclusive interview with all three members of the band.

Purchase a CD single directly from The Pretty Greens. If you order online, you’ll also receive a button and sticker.

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“ … a shambling pop tour de force who rattle out the sort of tunes that seem to be missing this side of the ocean.” — A Layer of Chips

“What can you expect from this Philly based band? ‘Dual girl vocals, surf-sounding guitar with a little twang, melodic bass lines, shimmery cymbals, peppy drums, and tremolo – all peppered with cat-eye glasses, mini-skirts, bangs, headbands, glitter, and a whole lot of charm. But don’t let the name and girly-image fool you, The Pretty Greens know their stuff and will impress with the whole package.’ ” — SisterSpace Weekend website