The stars aligned for File 13 in 2017 for one of the busiest and most memorable years for our record label. We've got one more piece of music to share from Jon Lindsay. Also featuring Matt Douglas of the Mountain Goats, the single "Zebulon" is out December 22nd and is a smart and beautiful piece of social commentary. It's one of Jon's best and that says a lot from this prolific indie pop producer and performer.
David Burns - drums
Jeff Moore - vocals, guitar
Jason Morris - guitar, vocals on 13, 16, 17, 19
Justin Sinkovich - bass, vocals on 12, 20, 22
1-8 ‘Bob Boozer’ tape recorded at Underground Recording December 6, 1990 and September 12, 1991 by Matt Lincoln
9-14 ‘Llama’ tape recorded at Big Mama April 24, 1992 by Richie Owens
15-23 unreleased ‘Right in the Pocket’ recorded at Underground Recording (date unknown) by Matt Lincoln
24-41 recorded live at Club Taboo November 13 1991
David Burns grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, as one of the founders of File 13 Records, and a member of Chino Horde there. He left Little Rock for college at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN in the fall of 1990. David lived in a dorm room across the hall from Jason Morris. They both befriended Jeff Moore who lived in the residence hall next door. The three started playing in David and Jason’s dorm’s basement with David on drums, Jason on guitar, and Jeff playing guitar, singing, and writing the songs. While in need of a bass player, Jason became lab partners in science class with Justin the second week of school. Justin lived in the same dorm they practiced in, one floor above Jason and David, and had been playing bass in punk bands throughout high school. Tugboat was then fully formed, and they soon after got kicked out of practicing in the dorm basement for being too loud.
Tugboat was melodic noisy college rock that was influenced by bands like Dinosaur Jr., The Lemonheads, Uncle Tupelo, old Soul Asylum, and Buffalo Tom. They focused on writing their own songs, but also learned a number of covers. The band quickly started playing at clubs, frat parties, and campus events. They also started recording in the studio and selling cassette tapes. Most of the songs were tracked at Underground Recording Studio where later the first few Thumbnail releases, the last Chino Horde recordings, and the early Atombombpocketknife demos were recorded as well.
In the fall of 1992 for their third year of college, David, Jason, and Justin rented a house together and set up a band rehearsal space in the kitchen. Meanwhile, Jeff decided to take a break from playing music. David, Jason, and Justin started writing more punk / hardcore songs akin to the File 13 Records releases at the time. Thumbnail was officially created and File 13 FT8, the debut self-titled Thumbnail seven-inch, was released in December of 1992. Tugboat was then retired.
This Tugboat ‘Discography’ is comprised of studio recordings including the first two tapes, plus nine unreleased songs. Those nine songs were played many times live, and were captured well at Underground. The band was winding down though, so very few copies were distributed other than to band members and a few friends. The last part of this collection is a live recording of a show from roughly the midpoint of the band’s activity, including an on air interview and performance to promote the show on the local college radio station, WUTK conducted by station manager, show promoter, and local music legend Benny Smith.
The split single with Tokyo’s My Way My Love and Chicago’s The Poison Arrows titled by its catalogue number ‘FT90’ is out Friday August 11, 2017 on File 13 Records
The Poison Arrows and My Way My Love have been label-mates for many years now. As the two most active bands on the label, they have become very close friends, and have always wanted to work together. When My Way My Love was releasing their album ‘she sky my heart with blue’ and The Poison Arrows was releasing our new album ‘No Known Note’ around the same time, it was a perfect chance to collaborate.
Both of the songs are a great introduction to each band. MWML’s “Honey” is definitely one of their best, as complex, frantic, and intense as it is melodic. You can read the full lyrics to “Honey” below, and singer and guitarist Yukio Murata explained the lyrics meaning behind Honey:
“Honey” is (a) story when I looked up at the sky...a state of sadness, grief, and mourning after the loss of a loved one.This is " Love Song " for me, for I loved one.”
The Poison Arrows track “Why We Study History” was recorded at the same time as their newest album ‘No Known Note,’ and is the most politically-minded of the recent tracks as singer and guitarist Justin Sinkovich explains:
“The latest social and political climate is baffling to me, it is as if we are devolving. We should be analyzing the mistakes of the past to learn from our mistakes and move forward as humans. If only those caught up in their backwards agendas would study history… we should have moved past these petty conflicts years ago.”
How far is your heaven
When it comes when it goes
Is it a long way?
How high is your sky is…
I’m fallin’… how far is??
Your smile still remains
Is where I hung tears
Stars burn so bright tonight
Where you’ve gone to
You got me floating low
You got me flying high
Your smile still remains
Is where I hung tears
Stars burn so bright tonight
Where you’ve gone to…
Your shadow still remains
Why We Study History
Trace the time we’ve isolated
Trace the trash we’ve complicated
Trash the time we’ve tried to save us again
Cross the border cross the line
Cross the basis for no time
Cross the stasis of not if but when
That’s the way we stay defeated
That’s the way we’ve lie and cheated
That’s the reason we seem so cross again
Pass the test to bury me
Forget the past to stop the bleeding
Erase the past to set you free again
Pass the test to bury me
Forget the past to stop the bleeding
That’s the reason we study history
Errands run and soon distorted
Errant exports of the soon reported
Lazy accounts of debates on if we have won
Close the past on re-entry burn
Close to last and negative return
Now let’s cash that check and that project’s done
That’s the way we’ve loved and hated
They way we stay negated
That’s the way we finally bit our tongue
Our two currently active bands join forces for a split digital single! My Way My Love contributes an incredible track called "Honey" which is the perfect introduction or catalogue compliment to this Japanese noise rock band. MWML successfully dares to add as many spastic anthemic parts into a three and a half minute song. It may be their best song to date. The Poison Arrows offer up "Why We Study History" which is a track recorded in the 'No Known Note' album sessions with the intention of saving it for this collaboration. The track mirrors the music on the new album, leaning toward the more rock single side, although it ends with a long instrumental noise jam as is signature for the band making the track clock in at almost six minutes.
Tokyo's Yukio Murata and My Way My Love are back with a new album, and a very special installment in their extensive catalogue. FT89 'she sky my heart with blue' is available June 30th, but ONLY on vinyl LP, so turn off your Wi-Fi and put your phone in airplane mode.
As a follow-up to their 'Blue' cassette, the new LP includes a couple of songs from 'Blue,' just in case you do not have a tape deck. MWML is back with their tight spastic noise post punk. However, Side A of the new album is comprised of tracks that are a little slower, with more spacey melodies, more acoustic guitars, and show a more nuanced side of the band. Side B gets back to their frantic jagged tempos and shape shifting Jazzmaster driven compositions. The combination of both sides of the album display the wide range of talents from our Japanese friends.
More news soon!
Previous Press from 'Hypnotic Suggestion:01'
"There's plenty to like about My Way My Love. This Tokyo trio rocks sludgy basslines and squirmy could-be-brilliant chromatic guitar riffs like the best Sonic Youth rips out there. Lovers will enjoy "Captain"-- textbook hard 90s college rock, tuneless but with a drummer who's confident as fuck, as well as "Sports", which is the same song as "Captain" but with klaxon sirens and heavy-handed quiet-loud, and "Sound Of Gold", an accidental tribute to the Slint reunion tour." - Pitchfork
File 13's disjointed flagship The Poison Arrows has finally followed up their 2010 last LP, with album three 'No Known Note.' It's out on the 28th, but will be in some stores for Record Store Day 2017!
Available on very high quality vinyl LP and digital. Order it here:
And there are already three tracks you can listen to at that Bandcamp link after being premiered by Brooklyn Vegan, New Noise Magazine, and CLRVYNT.
The trio is easily recognizable from their past work, but there are some major differences. The keyboards were almost completely left at home, and the layers have been stripped away for a more focused and honest representation of walking into a room where the Arrows are plugged in.
Scott from Girls Against Boys, Tony from Bloodiest and ABPK, and Brian from Disappears and 90 Day Men all guest on the album. Recorded as always at Electrical Audio by Greg Norman and now mastered by Bob Weston, the cavernous drums lock in with Patrick's always bewildering bass lines and punch you in the chest, while Justin threads a more noise rock sound on top. The lyrics and vocals are a mixture of brutal truth and abstract prose as if it recited directly at you in a bar conversation.
We are stoked to announce a new cassette-only release by our Japanese friends My Way My Love!
'Blue' is a the follow up to their spastic noise rock full-length 'SHIT!'
"Blue' finds Yukio and company stepping back, slowing down, and experimenting with space and melody. These four meandering jams are a unique taste of MWML and are only available on the physical tape form. We should be getting some into the File 13 Store store soon. Otherwise, you can order directly from the band (in Japan) from their store.
If you are in or near Japan, they are also touring in support of 'Blue.' Check out the tour dates here.
More news regarding My Way My Love soon!!!
Check out Jon and his band on tour supporting his new album. More tour dates to come in the US and Europe as well!
July 22 - Carrboro, NC, Cat's Cradle
July 23 - Winston-Salem, NC, The Garage
July 24 - Vienna, VA, Jammin' Java
July 25 - Brooklyn, NY, TROOST
July 26 - New York, NY, Rockwood Music Hall
July 28 - Nashville, TN, The 5 Spot
July 29 - Charlotte, NC, The Evening Muse
July 30 - Statesville, NC, BLUE DAYS FESTIVAL
July 31 - Wilmington, NC, Brooklyn Art Center
After so much anticipation and planning, here it is. Cities & Schools is 36 captivating minutes of a profoundly unique, masterful, singer, songwriter and producer, working at the top of his game to deliver a stunning collection of songs already generating quite a buzz before its release. The record – which some have called Lindsay’s masterpiece to-date – could be viewed as a powerhouse collection of stealthy singles; though it certainly shines conceptually, and reveals even more lavish details when taken in its intended full-album sequence.
Lindsay began his career playing and singing in Benji Hughes (Merge Records); fronting his own rock bands The Catch Fire (No More Fake Labels), The Young Sonsand many others. Since his solo debut EP in 2009, Lindsay has been re-imagining what is possible in a handful of the popular genres that make up the bulk of his interests in record making. He’s toured the USA (and beyond) heavily, and drawn comparisons to vintage masters – Paul McCartney, Harry Nilsson, Big Star – to modern legends such as Elliott Smith, Destroyer, John Vanderslice, The Posies, Teenage Fanclub and others. Though he’s always produced his own releases, he is now also well known as a producer for other artists, many of whom have been involved in his political collective, The NC Music Love Army, including Rhiannon Giddens, Caitlin Cary, The Love Language, Chris Stamey, American Aquarium, Hiss Golden Messenger and many more.
To-date, his catalog has made vital contributions to the experimental pop cannon, while consistently and unabashedly showing love and strong proficiency for huge hooks and great, undeniable songs. The single “Lifer” premiered at Paste Magazine, who said “We’ve played this 10 times a day so far, and that’s a conservative estimate …Cities & Schools is smart, empathetic and endlessly interesting”. Lead single “All Them Houses” premiered at Indy Week who wrote that it “simply soars… Cities & Schools is a sugar rush of infectious beats, gleaming keyboards and Lindsay’s bell-bright tenor vocals.”
Lindsay tours the USA and Europe this Summer and Fall in support of Cities & Schools. He is backed by a 5-piece unit of dynamic players who have all been in some of the best bands to come out of Lindsay’s new adopted hometown of Raleigh, NC.
We are incredibly pleased to announce FT86 - Jon Lindsay - Cities & Schools
Out Worldwide June 10, 2016
Thanks to our friends at Paste Magazine for premiering this track "When They Broke the World," and an album trailer video. They had also premiered a single from the album before we announced the album called "Lifer." There's a link to yet another glowing review and premiere of a single from the album entitled "All Them Houses" in this feature about 'Cities & Schools.' Check it all out and stay tuned for tour dates and more info surrounding the release. We are pulling together quite an exciting 2016!!