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Dent May Releases New Music Video For “Imagination”

January 12, 2021 11:42 am

Today, Dent May releases an angelic new music video for his track “Imagination”, off his latest album Late Checkout. The video was shot entirely on an iPhone, by friend and collaborator Jimmy Whispers.

“Jimmy’s been one of my best friends ever since his old band came through to play my garage in Taylor, MS back in 2010. We’ve made a lot of music together since then, but this is our first visual collaboration. Jimmy shot this on his iPhone at Castaic Lake State Recreation Center in Los Angeles County and it features our friends Pearl & The Oysters, Kayla Monetta, Martin Isenberg and Simon The Dog.” – Dent May

Mariachi Remix of “Gambling Man” by Fat Tony Out Now

December 4, 2020 11:08 am

An amazing mariachi remix of “Gambling Man” by Fat Tony is out now. The track is performed by Mariachi Luz de Luna and is an incredible revision of the original track from Exotica. It’s on all streaming services and on Bandcamp, so take a listen or buy the track here: https://found.ee/HPol

Previously only available to Exotica scratch-off ticket holders, a la Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, Fat Tony has shared the mariachi edition of “Gambling Man,” the rap-fiction tale of a man named Johnny, who’s trying to win big, but can’t seem to get it right. Fat Tony enlisted Tucson-based mariachi band, Mariachi Luz de Luna, for a lush traditional sound. Finger-plucked harp, guitarrón, and vihuela lay the foundation for Tony’s spoken narrative in step with the trumpet’s melody and soaring violins. The band also makes an appearance in the official music video.

Of “Gambling Man” (Mariachi Remix) Tony shares, “I recorded [Mariachi Luz de Luna] after bandleader Ruben Moreno transcribed the original song into musical notation and rehearsed the band for weeks. Exotica album producer GLDNEYE meticulously arranged, mixed, and mastered the song. We set out to make a remix that tastefully incorporates traditional mariachi music with our song. By choice, we avoided novelty or a “fusion” sound of genres, instead, we led with respect.”

Carpark Records Black Friday / Holiday Sale

November 25, 2020 1:32 pm

To celebrate our upcoming 21st anniversary and the holidays, we’re having a holiday sale for items on the Carpark shop and on Bandcamp!

Black Friday Sale (Beginning November 27th and ends November 29th):
– 21% off EVERYTHING on the Carpark Shop
– 20% off EVERYTHING on the CarparkCompany & Wax Nine Bandcamps
(w/ code: CARPARK21st!)

Holiday sale (Beginning November 30th and ends December 15th):
– 10% off EVERYTHING on the Carpark Shop
10% off EVERYTHING on the CarparkCompany & Wax Nine Bandcamps
(w/ code: CARPARKholiday!)

SHOP HERE: https://found.ee/cpark_stores

Carpark Records 21st Anniversary: Compilation Album, New Merch, & More

November 23, 2020 9:49 am

This year marks Carpark Records’ 21st anniversary, and we’re celebrating the occasion with some very special releases and collaborations.

No Cover: Carpark’s 21st Anniversary Covers Comp:

We’re releasing a compilation album of Carpark (Family) artists covering other Carpark artists called No Cover: Carpark’s 21st Anniversary Covers Comp. Find some gems like Johanna Warren covering The Beths, Fat Tony & Skylar Spence covering Toro y Moi, Dan Deacon covering Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, and much more. The album is out now on streaming platforms, along with a pre-order for 2xLPs on stracciatella vinyl

Vinyl Pre-Order
Stream on DSPs
Listen to covers & originals side by side

Exclusive 21st anniversary merch:

Grab a cozy new hoodie, hat, or t-shirt featuring our new logo designed by Aaron Lowell from the Carpark store

Order 21st Anniversary merch

Carpark will be featured in Collective Arts Brewing Audio/Visual series in 2021:

The Audio/Visual Lager will feature four Carpark artists, The Beths, Dent May, Fat Tony, and Cloud Nothings on can labels designed by Heidi Burton in stores across the world. More information on that soon.

Collective Arts Brewing Website

More about Carpark Records’ 21st Anniversary:

Carpark Records is celebrating its 21st anniversary! From its early days as an outlet for the growing IDM scene, to releasing the genre-defying music of over 60 artists, Carpark has a lot to boast about in its 21 years of existence. To honor this milestone, the label is releasing No Cover: Carpark’s 21st Anniversary Covers Comp. The album features Carpark and imprint artists from all throughout Carpark’s history covering fellow labelmates and pushing the already eclectic music into exciting, new territory.

Label founder Todd Hyman established Carpark Records in 1999 in New York City, focusing primarily on experimental electronic music, including releases from artists such as Kid606 and Casino Versus Japan. When Carpark Records moved to the D.C. area in 2005, the label released music by numerous Baltimore acts, perhaps most notably, Beach House and Dan Deacon, bringing new attention to the label. Later, the 2009 single “Blessa” from Toro y Moi signaled the next chapter in Carpark’s history. The label continued to grow and released acclaimed albums by rock bands like Cloud Nothings and Speedy Ortiz. Holding on to the label’s love for electronic music, Carpark released albums from Skylar Spence (formerly Saint Pepsi) and Young Magic. Now, the label continues to work with exciting bands across the world such as Palm, Madeline Kenney, and The Beths. Over the years, Carpark has also expanded into a larger family of imprint labels such as Company Records with Chaz Bear (of Toro y Moi), Wax Nine with Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Paw Tracks with Animal Collective, and Acute Records with Dan Selzer. These imprints have been responsible for breakout albums by Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Ariel Pink, Tanukichan, Johanna Warren and re-issues of seminal works by Theoretical Girls and Glenn Branca.

After 21 years of releases and tours, Carpark Records pays homage to its incredible roster with No Cover: Carpark’s 21st Anniversary Covers Comp. The album is full of creative reinventions of various releases from Carpark’s past. An energy-filled cover by Melkbelly of Dan Deacon’s “Crystal Cat” opens the album, followed later by Sad13’s churning cover of Cloud Nothings’ “Psychic Trauma.” Johanna Warren’s folk-leaning cover of the raucous, pop-rock song “Happy Unhappy” by The Beths, transforms the original into a solemn, gut-punching track. Skylar Spence and Fat Tony’s cover of “Ordinary Pleasure” by Toro y Moi is full of pop and disco flair, but holds onto the rhythm and expressiveness of its model. No Cover: Carpark’s 21st Anniversary Covers Comp is an exciting revisit, and reimagination, of iconic releases from Carpark Records.

“65th St” Music Video by Rituals of Mine Out Now

November 19, 2020 10:43 am

Watch Terra of Rituals of Mine show you around her childhood neighborhood in her new music video for “65th St” off of HYPE NOSTALGIA. Watch here.

Stream/Order HYPE NOSTALGIA here.

More about the music video:

“During the first few months of quarantine, I took my girlfriend to the neighborhood I grew up in in South Sacramento with a camcorder that we borrowed from a friend. It’s a pretty desolate, raw part of town, especially the street I grew up on: 65th St. I’d always wanted to write a song about that street partly because so many things have happened to me there. I spent most of my childhood & teenage life there and have had so many insane hilarious and traumatic stories about growing up there. South Sacramento can be a difficult place to grow up in. There’s not a lot of success around you and a lot of folks never get out of the cycle of poverty and addiction that does exist there but there’s also such a beauty to the strength of the people who live there. Resilience thrives in that community and I definitely got it from living there. There’s also such a calmness on the streets and a humbleness that exists within the neighborhood. It’s just rows and rows of families living their lives, trying to get through the day. There’s nothing fancy about the area and it has not changed much in the last 20 years. I just wanted to create a simple video to document and honor the HUD home I grew up in at 5935 65th St.”
– Terra of Rituals of Mine

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