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BLVD010, Blasted Diplomats “S/T” LP: Preorder Up Now + Record Release Show! | blvd records

We’ve let our lil’ tumblr here become overgrown with weeds and tumbleweed. Now’s a good time to start it up again, as we celebrate moving into the Double Digits of Catalog Numbers.

BLVD010- Blasted Diplomats “S/T” LP, is up for preorder. Info in the link, and you can go direct to our webstore HERE! You can also preview 2 streaming tracks HERE!

RIYL: GBV, Springsteen, Neil Young/Crazy Horse, Grifters, Archers of Loaf, Superchunk, Wipers, Pavement, and everything that is awesome.

We <3 it. And we <3 you.

BLVD <3 CLAPS.

We’re stoked to OFFICIALLY announce that we’ll be working with awesome Minneapolis band CLAPS in the near future, who we fell in love with when they played a show with our beloved Population a while back.

CLAPS = minimal wave/synthpop at it’s finest. Bare bones analog synths + bass + vox, but managing a sound as dynamic and full as OMD or Joy Division. Poppy, yet dark. Stark, yet danceable. We highly recommend checking them out IMMEDIATELY.

Chicago folks can check them out TWICE this Saturday, 4/20.

6:00pm, Laurie’s Planet of Sound (free Record Store Day instore) with Unur, Cinchel
9:00pm, The Observatory (3036 Lincoln), with Jimmy Whispers, Ball Drop, Sleeping Bag, Laser Background — BLVD+Laurie’s Record Store Day afterparty!

Claps on Facebook
Claps on Bandcamp (<— grab “Glory, Glory” and “Wreck”!!)
Claps on Twitter
Claps on Tumblr
Claps on Soundcloud

BLVD AND RECORD STORE DAY

Speaking of Record Store Day (which is this Saturday 4/20)…  not only will Claps be at Laurie’s for their RSD celebrations, but Fake Limbs will be playing at Saki at 6pm. Pink Frost are in Minneapolis that night playing with the almighty WARLOCKS at the Turf Club!! Support your local record stores, labels, AND bands!

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Mahogany's *NEW* breakthrough single “Phase Break” is available on iTunes!
AND they got a nod from or friend Leor Galil at the Chicago Reader for their SXSW performance at the SESAC Showcase…. “blissful fuzz” abound!

If you haven’t checked out their excellent new video, definitely do so HERE.

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The awesome traveling record show, Beat Swap Meet, is coming back to Chicago THIS Sunday (3/24) at the Empty Bottle! BLVD is super stoked to be a part of this event, along with Numero Group and other fine local labels.

BLVD folks will be DJing throughout the day and there will be special performances from our own synthgazers New Canyons and lo-fi master Scott Cortez/Astrobrite. Times TBA.

PLUS: fine vinyl records for sale from vendors galore!
PLUS: BLVD giveaways, plus we’ll have some merch available, including a few “out of print” items!

Event info is HERE!
Admission is FREE with a canned good!

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RANDOM NOTES:

Peep our ongoing calendar HERE for SO. MANY. GREAT. SHOWS.

We have something pretty awesome in the works for Record Store Day 2013 (April 20th!!) in conjunction with our sister-business, Laurie’s Planet of Sound. Keep an eye out, because it will be Very Cool.

Also, our partnership with Chicago’s goth/glamiest event, BITTERSWEET, rolls on as DJ Peroxide celebrates Bittersweet’s 3rd Anniversary at Late Bar, on Wednesday, March 27! This will also be Bittersweet’s LAST night at Late Bar before moving to other locations, so let’s go out with a bang, shall we?

Population has a new single out on the wonderful HoZac Records! Pretty sure you should pick it up, quick!

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MAHOGANY Break Through With New Single, Video, & SXSW …

The illustrious and renowned Mahogany have released a brand new official video for their upcoming “Phase Break” single, in anticipation of their upcoming SXSW appearances! Featuring Mahogany member Jaclynn Slimm’s glorious choreography and performance… this is a must-see!

"Phase Break" will be released on iTunes and all other major digital retailers on Tuesday, March 12, so please keep an eye out.

Direct link to the “Phase Break” video is HERE.

Mahogany will be joining a well-rounded grouping of excellent Chicago bands on Saturday (3/9) at the Hideout’s annual SXSW Send-Off Party… tickets and additional information can be found HERE.

MAHOGANY SXSW APPERANCES:

Wednesday, 3/14: Swan Dive/Barbarella (Patio Stage)
Brooklyn Vegan/Epitonic Showcase, 12:45pm.
Event info HERE.

Wednesday, 3/14: Friends Bar
SESAC Showcase, 1am (Headlining)
Event info HERE.

Thursday, 3/15: Waterloo Cycles
SXSWaterloo Showcase, 4:30pm 
Event info HERE.

Press from our friends at The Color Awesome can be found HERE… “My favorite modern music project, Mahogany, are breakin’ through with their newest, “Phase Break.”  There aren’t many bands in the last decade (plus) who can legitimately claim to have torn the corporate pop music manual up to bits.”

Mahogany Website
Mahogany on Facebook
Mahogany on Twitter
"Keystone Sonata" SXSW ‘12 Official Video


nedraggett:

Listen to I Am Endless Sky by astrobrite.

For my review for today, acknowledgement of a failure. On my part only.

In posting this, several things to note.  First, an explanation as to what this track is from:

This is a gift from an evolving community of lovers of shoegaze, united around the memory of our brother, Danny Lackey. His generous soul touched us in many ways, whether supporting us through When The Sun Hits or washing over us with the beauty and guitars of his Deepfieldview sounds. All proceeds go to Danny’s lovely wife, Barbie, to remind her how much he is loved and appreciated. Forever.

Next, my words over on Facebook when initially linking this:


For all my shoegaze identification (for understandable reasons), I can’t say I followed everything in deep detail, and a lot of people who essentially helped turn it into a still-living approach passed me by over the years. Danny Lackey, who passed on last week — as many friends of have noted, missing the new MBV album by the closest of margins in the saddest of ironies — was one of them. I knew OF the site When the Sun Hits but that was about it, but by all accounts it sounds like he was a fine fellow. Having helped put together Lee Jackson’s tribute last year after his own untimely passing, it would be wrong of me not to share this out.

And lastly my own thoughts on this track alone, the work of the mighty Scott Cortez in his Astrobrite guise — as he describes it, “song made for danny lackey the night i learned of his passing.”

When I mentioned sonic violence in my Quietus reflections on mbv, I only underscored something that was always there in My Bloody Valentine’s music, something wrong and unsettled.  It was never just cotton candy — maybe that shaped the edges and made the pill easier to digest, and there’s been plenty that’s perfectly sweet. But if sound qua sound existed to envelop it also existed to crush, destroy — and rage.

Scott’s track is mournful and immediate in its sense of mournfulness but it’s also angry, just pissed off. It’s sending someone out to the infinite while also thinking “You’re gone and fuck this stupid world for being that way.” Why be genteel about it? Why not be a little more heartfelt in the moment?

So I failed, I think, in not paying closer attention when he was there and doing what he was. But at the same time I can’t keep track of everything I wished I could or should. I wouldn’t get out of the house, I wouldn’t do my own work and come to my own conclusions. That’s no excuse, merely an explanation.  But I’m glad Lackey had his many friends who were there for him, and I’m glad he’s been remembered with something alive and present, that ends only because it must.

astrobrite “i am endless sky” for Danny Lackey.

BLVD&#8217;s extreme noisemaking punks DEN are playing TONIGHT (Friday 2/1) at The Observatory Studios (3036&#160;N. Lincoln Ave.), joined by Torture Love (featuring Lauren of STARING PROBLEM!!), Flowers of Evil &amp; Landmark!
Also, in BLVD weekend roundup news&#8230;.
The news about PINK FROST&#8217;S upcoming full-length LP on BLVD and Notes &amp; Bolts made it to The Chicagoist&#8230; check it out HERE!Speaking of&#8230; the new Pink Frost single on Notes &amp; Bolts Records is UP FOR SALE at the N&amp;B webstore, RIGHT HERE!!
NEW CANYONS N&amp;B podcast HERE!
BLVD&#8217;s go-to DJ, DJ Peroxide, has a brand new N&amp;B podcast HERE!POPULATION's limited-edition 2-song tour cassettes are available in VERY limited quantities at our sister-business record shop, Laurie&#8217;s Planet of Sound in Chicago. We will have another round of very limited quantities available from our website next week!We&#8217;re very pleased that Mahogany are readying a new featured video for their upcoming SXSW performance! If you didn&#8217;t catch the new American Apparel mini-doc featuring an all-Mahogany soundtrack, click HERE!
FAKE LIMBS are playing with PISSED JEANS, Chicago! Clear your calendars for April 18, because this show WILL RULE. More info HERE.
More on this later, but check out this upcoming ambient/gaze/drone/experimental monthly in Chicago, hosted by Scott Cortez (Astrobrite, lovesliescrushing): DIVERGENT INTEREST.The first one is Thursday, March 7 at the Burlington, event info HERE!

BLVD’s extreme noisemaking punks DEN are playing TONIGHT (Friday 2/1) at The Observatory Studios (3036 N. Lincoln Ave.), joined by Torture Love (featuring Lauren of STARING PROBLEM!!), Flowers of Evil & Landmark!

Also, in BLVD weekend roundup news….

The news about PINK FROST’S upcoming full-length LP on BLVD and Notes & Bolts made it to The Chicagoist… check it out HERE!

Speaking of… the new Pink Frost single on Notes & Bolts Records is UP FOR SALE at the N&B webstore, RIGHT HERE!!

NEW CANYONS N&B podcast HERE!

BLVD’s go-to DJ, DJ Peroxide, has a brand new N&B podcast HERE!

POPULATION's limited-edition 2-song tour cassettes are available in VERY limited quantities at our sister-business record shop, Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Chicago. We will have another round of very limited quantities available from our website next week!


We’re very pleased that Mahogany are readying a new featured video for their upcoming SXSW performance! If you didn’t catch the new American Apparel mini-doc featuring an all-Mahogany soundtrack, click HERE!

FAKE LIMBS are playing with PISSED JEANS, Chicago! Clear your calendars for April 18, because this show WILL RULE. More info HERE.

More on this later, but check out this upcoming ambient/gaze/drone/experimental monthly in Chicago, hosted by Scott Cortez (Astrobrite, lovesliescrushing): DIVERGENT INTEREST.
The first one is Thursday, March 7 at the Burlington, event info HERE!

Chicago&#8217;s most excellent synth-gaze duo, New Canyons, play at The Empty Bottle in Chicago tonight (1/31), with some of our good friends. This will be a GREAT show, folks!
More info HERE on Facebook!On DO312!On TimeOut Chicago!New Canyons will probably go on around 10pm, fyi.
Speaking of&#8230; the new Notes &amp; Bolts Podcast features Andrew Marrah and Adam Stilson of New Canyons, "talking synthesizers, drum machines, and why Nine Inch Nail&#8217;s The Fragile is totally worth yr time."&#160;!!! 
You can listen to this episode in one easy stream RIGHT HERE!
Bigger news: New Canyons are FINISHED with their upcoming &#8220;Everyone is Dark&#8221; full-length and it will be going to press very soon. Release date TBA!

Chicago’s most excellent synth-gaze duo, New Canyons, play at The Empty Bottle in Chicago tonight (1/31), with some of our good friends. This will be a GREAT show, folks!

More info HERE on Facebook!
On DO312!
On TimeOut Chicago!
New Canyons will probably go on around 10pm, fyi.

Speaking of… the new Notes & Bolts Podcast features Andrew Marrah and Adam Stilson of New Canyons, "talking synthesizers, drum machines, and why Nine Inch Nail’s The Fragile is totally worth yr time." !!!

You can listen to this episode in one easy stream RIGHT HERE!

Bigger news: New Canyons are FINISHED with their upcoming “Everyone is Dark” full-length and it will be going to press very soon. Release date TBA!

New AA mini-doc features an all-Mahogany soundtrack!!

TODAY, Chicago!
Scott Cortez (Astrobrite, lovesliescrushing), Coins, Pink Frost &amp; DJ Peroxide at Saki Records! It&#8217;s an Epitonic Sound Session AND the release party for Pink Frost&#8217;s new single on Notes &amp; Bolts Records&#8230; startin&#8217; up at 4pm SHARP, and it&#8217;s free!
Event info HERETimeOut Chicago plug HEREPink Frost (formerly Apteka) pairs psych-drenched guitar with pounding drums to surprisingly cool and fruitful effect.
Our big Pink Frost announcement HERE

TODAY, Chicago!

Scott Cortez (Astrobrite, lovesliescrushing), Coins, Pink Frost & DJ Peroxide at Saki Records! It’s an Epitonic Sound Session AND the release party for Pink Frost’s new single on Notes & Bolts Records… startin’ up at 4pm SHARP, and it’s free!

Event info HERE

TimeOut Chicago plug HERE
Pink Frost (formerly Apteka) pairs psych-drenched guitar with pounding drums to surprisingly cool and fruitful effect.

Our big Pink Frost announcement HERE

PINK FROST: The Announcement.
We are happy to not only announce a most excellent partnership with Notes &amp; Bolts for an upcoming dual/split release, but also that this dual/split release (the first of many) is for awesome Chicago gazey psychedelic rock heavyweights PINK FROST (formerly Apteka)!

Following a cassette release of their “Gargoyle Days” album and a brand new 7″ single (both on Notes &amp; Bolts), the two Chicago labels will be joining forces to release the vinyl LP version of Pink Frost’s highly anticipated upcoming album, due out this spring/early summer!

Here are some kind words on the Frost from the Tribune and the Chicagoist:

“This quartet builds an expressway to your skull in the grand tradition of Sonic Youth, Spiritualized and other guitar armies. On its first full-length album, Apteka luxuriates in the sound and physicality of humming amplifiers, but crucially, the band doesn’t forget the songs.” -Chicago Tribune

“Apteka creates aggressive music you can hum along to. They don’t quite fit in any easy categorization. The guitars shred and burn as they build up a trembling wall of sound that would enter shoegaze territory were it not so insistent on driving forward instead of draping easily over you. The drums and bass create a rock solid base of support without ever resorting to an easily followed rhythm…. But again, there’s a surprising accessibility to this music and we think the point of entry there is probably through the band’s appropriation of melodies that please instead of scare. These are songs that, no matter how much they make your skin want to melt into a puddle at your feet you can still hum along to.” -Chicagoist

Pink Frost on Facebook Pink Frost on Bandcamp Pink Frost on Twitter Pink Frost video for “Where Days Go” at Impose Magazine HERE Pink Frost “Gargoyle Days” cassette release on Notes &amp; Bolts Pink Frost NEW 7″ single release info Notes &amp; Bolts info
Pink Frost will be playing a release show/Epitonic Session for their new N&amp;B single at Saki Records, this Saturday (1/25). Opening will the Coins and BLVD-family member Scott Cortez (Astrobrite) PLUS in-between and after music from DJ Peroxide! More information HERE.

PINK FROST: The Announcement.

We are happy to not only announce a most excellent partnership with Notes & Bolts for an upcoming dual/split release, but also that this dual/split release (the first of many) is for awesome Chicago gazey psychedelic rock heavyweights PINK FROST (formerly Apteka)!

Following a cassette release of their “Gargoyle Days” album and a brand new 7″ single (both on Notes & Bolts), the two Chicago labels will be joining forces to release the vinyl LP version of Pink Frost’s highly anticipated upcoming album, due out this spring/early summer!

Here are some kind words on the Frost from the Tribune and the Chicagoist:

This quartet builds an expressway to your skull in the grand tradition of Sonic Youth, Spiritualized and other guitar armies. On its first full-length album, Apteka luxuriates in the sound and physicality of humming amplifiers, but crucially, the band doesn’t forget the songs.” -Chicago Tribune

Apteka creates aggressive music you can hum along to. They don’t quite fit in any easy categorization. The guitars shred and burn as they build up a trembling wall of sound that would enter shoegaze territory were it not so insistent on driving forward instead of draping easily over you. The drums and bass create a rock solid base of support without ever resorting to an easily followed rhythm…. But again, there’s a surprising accessibility to this music and we think the point of entry there is probably through the band’s appropriation of melodies that please instead of scare. These are songs that, no matter how much they make your skin want to melt into a puddle at your feet you can still hum along to.” -Chicagoist

Pink Frost on Facebook
Pink Frost on Bandcamp
Pink Frost on Twitter
Pink Frost video for “Where Days Go” at Impose Magazine HERE
Pink Frost “Gargoyle Days” cassette release on Notes & Bolts
Pink Frost NEW 7″ single release info Notes & Bolts info

Pink Frost will be playing a release show/Epitonic Session for their new N&B single at Saki Records, this Saturday (1/25). Opening will the Coins and BLVD-family member Scott Cortez (Astrobrite) PLUS in-between and after music from DJ Peroxide! More information HERE.