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Listen to Memory Tapes’ track from the Carpark Basketball 12″

July 21, 2015 1:43 pm

This Friday, July 24th, we will be releasing a special basketball-themed picture disc 12″ in honor of our 16th anniversary celebration! This release consists of nine exclusive, full-length songs and 19 locked grooves by artists from all across the Carpark catalog. Listen to Memory Tapes’ track, “Go Play Outside” via Tiny Mix Tapes.

Carpark-branded American Giant sweatpants and a special racecar USB drive, designed by Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi, containing the first 100 releases of the Carpark discography are now available in a bundle on the Carpark shop. Standalone USBs can also be purchased here.

Memory Tapes has just under a week left of their North American tour. Catch them while you can! Full schedule here.
July 21 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
July 22 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
July 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
July 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
July 26 – Washington, DC – DC9

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FREE 16th Anniversary Cassette Tape

April 27, 2015 3:23 pm

Our sweet sixteenth anniversary celebrations continue. If you’re in the U.S., head to your local indie record store to see if they are carrying a FREE Carpark cassette: The Best Carpark Compilation In The World…Ever!  Complete tracklist + list of participating stores below.

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1. Toro Y Moi; “Empty Nesters”
2. Speedy Ortiz; “Raising the Skate”
3. Cloud Nothings; “I’m Not Part of Me”
4. Dan Deacon; “The Crystal Cat”
5. Beach House; “Master OF None”
5. TEEN; “Tied Up Tied Down”
7. Memory Tapes; “Sheila”
8. Skylar Spence; “Fiona Coyne”
9. GRMLN; “Jaded”
10. Young Magic; “Sparkly”
11. Montag; “True Love”
12. Class Actress; “Weekend”
13. Dog Bite; “Forever, Until”
14. Chandos; “Cobra Points”
15. Greys; “Guy Picciotto”
16. Popstrangers; “Country Kills”
17. Casino Versus Japan; “Aquarium”
18. Marumari; “Baby M”
19. So Takahashi; “Pms 185c (M72, Y43)”
20. Adventure; “Feels Like Heaven”
21. Signer; “Building Memories Without You”
22. Greg Davis; “Curling Pond Woods”
23. EAR PWR; “Super Animal Bros. III”

Other Music (New York, NY)
Rough Trade  (Brooklyn, NY)
Permanent Records (Brooklyn, NY)
Turn It Up  (Northampton, MA)
Exile On Main St  (Branford, CT)
The Sound Garden (Baltimore, MD)
Repo Records (Philadelphia, PA)
Pure Pop (Burlington, VT)
Crooked Beat (Washington, DC)
Princeton Record Exchange (Princeton, NJ)
Bull Moose (Portland, ME)
Olympic Records (Providence, RI)
Plan 9 (Richmond, VA)
Easy Street (Seattle, WA)
Music Millennium (Portland, OR)
The Record Exchange (Boise, ID)
Everyday Music (Oregon & Washington)
Jackpot (Portland, OR)
Boo Boo Records (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Sonic Boom (Seattle, WA)
aQuarius (San Francisco, CA)
Music Saves (Cleveland, OH)
Reckless (Chicago, IL)
Permanent (Chicago, IL)
Electric Fetus (Minneapolis, MN)
Saki (Chicago, IL)
Culture Clash (Toldeo, OH)
Luna Music (Indianapolis, IN)
Landlocked (Bloomington, IN)
Omega (Dayton, OH)
Shake It (Cincinnati, OH)
Homer’s (Omaha, NE)
Strictly Discs (Madison, WI)
Cactus Music (Houston, TX)
End of An Ear (Austin, TX)
Good Records (Dallas, TX)
M-Theory (San Diego, CA)
Origami Vinyl (LA, CA)
Fingerprints (Long Beach, CA)
Twist & Shout (Denver, CO)
Mills Records (Kansas City, MO)
Vintage Vinyl (St Louis, MO)
Amoeba  (Hollywood, CA)
Amoeba  (San Francisco, CA)
Amoeba  (Berkeley, CA)
Zia (Phoenix, AZ)
Waterloo  (Austin, TX)
Love Garden (Lawrence, KS)
Criminal Records (Atlanta, GA)
Disc Exchange  (Knoxville, TN)
Park Ave CDs (Orlando, FL)
Monster Music  (Charleston, SC)
Grimey’s (Nashville, TN)
School Kids (Raleigh, NC)
Oz Music  (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Earshot (Winston-Salem, NC)
Gravity Records  (Wilimington, NC)
Daddy Kool Records (St Petersburg, FL)
T-Bones (Hattiesburg, MS)
The End OF All Music (Oxford, MS)
CD Central (Lexington, KY)
Lunchbox Records (Charlotte, NC)
Radio Active (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

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Memory Tapes Announces New Single and Summer Tour

March 24, 2015 1:21 pm

We are pleased to announce a new digital single from Memory Tapes, Fallout / House On Fire, out March 31st. Stereogum has the premiere of the first track, “Fallout,” here. Pre-orders of the two-song single will receive “Fallout” instantly. Pre-order via the Carpark shopPre-order via iTunes. Expect the band to play new material on an upcoming U.S. tour starting in July. Details below.

With the foundation of his musical life crumbling, Dayve Hawk was struggling to maintain a relationship with his project Memory Tapes. But through the difficulties, Hawk managed to keep this vital outlet going. Fallout / House On Fire, the new single from Memory Tapes, exhibits Hawk’s still strong songwriting talents and an alternative way of working. After the artist’s last LP, Grace/Confusion, he saw several professional and personal relationships end, all in the space of a few months. At this point, most of the structure built around the band since the first record, Seek Magic, had disintegrated.

The title of “Fallout” seems to suggest Memory Tapes’ situation around this time. The song itself sounds like an early meeting between post-punk and synth-pop, before anyone could polish out the feeling. The somewhat downcast mood of the music is reflected in the vocals, with Hawk singing, “all I want/ to be there, too.”

“I felt pressure to not collapse under my own insecurity with the situation,” Hawk says of the period. “But with my second daughter becoming a toddler, I’ve found balancing the relationship between my work and my life increasingly difficult. It’s made me question the self-indulgent nature of my music. At a particularly low moment I trashed the entire album I had spent much of the past year working on.”

In the beautifully eerie, simple “House On Fire,” Hawk seems to address these problems with his lyrics. “I’m sorry for what I’ve done/ called out to everyone/ try it all, I’m so afraid,” he sings. The delicate guitar melody works as its own soothing apology, lulling the listener to forgiveness.

How Hawk pulled himself out of that low place was through a bit of reinvention. The new songs are the outcome of a more off-the-cuff relationship to creating music. The tracks are completely live/hardware based, with no computer manipulation on the vocals. Considering the raw capture of these songs, they feel a little more like intimate demos than part of a traditional single. “I feel like it’s important to just do something and get it out,” Hawk says. “I’m trying to transition out of my hyper-introverted life.”

Tour Dates:
July 6th – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
July 7th – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
July 8th – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Basement
July 9th – Dallas, TX – Houes of Blues Cambridge Room
July 10th – Austin, TX – Stubbs Jr.
July 11th – El Paso, TX – The Lowbrow Palace
July 12th – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
July 13th – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
July 14th – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
July 15th – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
July 16th – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
July 17th – Seattle, WA – Barboza
July 20th – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
July 21st – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
July 22nd – Toronto, ON – The Drake
July 23rd – Boston, MA – T.T. The Bear
July 24th – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
July 25th – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
July 26th – Washington, D.C. – DC9
*all dates w/ Computer Magic

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Carpark Basketball-themed Picture Disc

February 18, 2015 1:12 pm

We’re proud to announce we’ll be releasing a special basketball-themed picture disc to celebrate Carpark’s 16th anniversary! This release consists of nine exclusive, full-length songs and 19 locked grooves by artists from all across the Carpark catalog. Listen to track by Skylar Spence (fka Saint Pepsi) via Pitchfork. The 12″ is limited to 600 copies. All proceeds go to the Little Kids Rocks charity. Pre-order a copy directly from us for $16 + shipping.

Please join us at our March anniversary shows:

March 6th – Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY
with Lexie Mountain Boys, Greg Davis, Greys, Chandos, Ear Pwr, Safety Scissors, Adventure, Jimmy Whipsers (of Light Pollution), and DJ sets by Montag and Young Magic

March 7th – DC9 in Washington, D.C.
with Lexie Mountain Boys, Greys, Adventure, Chandos, and Jimmy Whispers (of Light Pollution)

March 19th – Swan Dive in Austin, TX
Our annual SXSW label showcase with Cloud Nothings, Skylar Spence (DJ set), Dent May, GRMLN, Chandos, Keath Mead, and Average Cock

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Memory Tapes Announces April Tour

March 22, 2013 4:32 pm

Memory Tapes announces April tour dates with Sleep Over. Memory Tapes third release, Grace/Confusion, is out now.
April 6th – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
April 7th – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
April 8th – Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
April 9th – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
April 10th – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe
April 11th – Toronto, ON @ Parts & Labour
April 12th – Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi
April 14th – NYC, NY @ Mercury Lounge

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