Carpark News

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat shares new single “Riddles” + announces UK/EU tour

January 31, 2018 9:55 am

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat is back with another taste of their forthcoming record, Riddles, out March 2nd. The 405 just premiered the title track:

“…[‘Riddles’] a song that encapsulates just how unpigeonholable Ed Schrader’s Music Beat is. Beginning with a stately piano prelude, fitting for the opening of a symphony, ‘Riddles’ takes off with the addition of Schrader’s diminutively soaring vocal line, which is picked up in a gust of melodicism that sends the song rushing headlong into its cathartic chorus…’Riddles’ seems to be an understatement for all the twisted and thought-provoking things happening within the song.”

The track is available when you pre-order the record via the Carpark shop. It is also on all streaming services.

Ed Schrader also gave us an important meaning of the track, deep and thoughtful.
“to me this song is about shaking the ghost of an ever present teenage self only to realize you are only ‘that ghost’ and nothing more -you’ve been asleep in your head and you wake to a shattered present which makes that over romanticized ‘ideal’ past all that more alluring -even with its monsters -you run back into it and pull the covers over your head –it was where my head was at the time I got a voice mail that my Step Dad died -a larger than life character in my life who I had very mixed and unresolved feelings about -it was like waking up and suddenly the mountains are all gone -your gravity shifts and it kicks up all the dust bunnies of a damaged past along with its rich dark beauty.”

After their lengthy North American run this Spring, the duo is heading overseas. All tour dates here.
March 1st – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
March 3rd – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
March 4th – Raleigh, NC – Kings
March 5th – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
March 6th – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
March 7th Nashville, TN – DRKMTTR
March 9th – Atlanta, GA – Mammal Gallery
March 12th – Houston, TX – Walter’s Downtown
March 13th – Dallas, TX – Transit Bicycle Company
March 14th – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
March 15th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 16th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 17th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 18th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 19th – Hot Springs, AK – VOV Fest
March 20th – Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge
March 23rd – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
March 24th – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
March 26th – Reno, NV – Holland Project
March 28th – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon
March 29th – San Francisco, CA – Make Out Room
March 31st – Portland, OR – The Know
April 4th – Sioux Falls, SD – Total Drag Records
April 5th – Minneapolis, MN – Kitty Cat Klub
April 6th – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
April 7th – Milwaukee, WI – Quarters Rock N Roll Palace
April 8th – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
April 10th – Toronto, ON – Baby G
April 11th – Winooski, VT – Monkey House
April 12th – Providence, RI – AS220
April 15th – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right

May 1st – Edinburgh, UK – Sneaky Pete’s
May 2nd – Glasgow, UK – The Hug and Pint
May 6th – Manchester, UK – Sounds from the Other City Festival
May 7th – London, UK – Moth Club
May 8th – Paris, FR – Espace B
May 10th – Madrid, ES – El Sol, Sound Isidro
May 14th – Lyon, FR – Grrrnd Zero
May 16th – Lausanne, CH – Le Bourg
May 17th – Esslingen, DE – Komma Club
May 18th – Prague, CZ – 007 Club
May 20th – Berlin, DE – Acud Macht Neu
May 23rd – Amsterdam, NL – Cinetol
May 25th – Rotterdam, NL – WORM

“Swinging Softly” music video

January 29, 2018 11:15 am

Get your 90’s fix with Wendyfix’s unreleased music video for “Swinging Softly,” directed by Steve Pilgrim. Check it out via UPROXX.

The video’s gives an intimate glimpse into the college lives of the band members, Hyman in particular: “Beginning and end shot at my senior year apartment,” he explained via email. “The rest was shot at a university building all night. We had to shoot at night because the room had some huge windows. You can notice the sun starting to come up at the end of the video. Just finished in time. It was a long night…”

We Have The Cracks is available on the Carpark shop and across all streaming services.

Madeline Kenney shares new single featuring Naytronix (of Tune Yards)

January 25, 2018 1:30 pm

January 25th – Madeline Kenney and Nate Brenner (Naytronix, Tune-Yards) share their collaborative single “Still Learning” today on Stereogum. The track features Kenney on vocals & guitar, Brenner on synth, bass & backup vocals and Derek Barber on guitar.

“’Still Learning’ is glitchy and calming, with all the fresh reserve of a computer rebooting itself. There’s some of the stop-and-start rhythm that Brenner brings to his work with Tune-Yards, but it reminds me more of Sylvan Esso and some of the loopier tracks on Night Night At The First Landing, the minimal electronics providing ample space for Kenney’s voice to double back on itself. There’s about five different hooks rolled into this one, a gorgeous mutated guitar line holding them all down in place.”

Kenney on working with Brenner: “This track took about a year to make, not because it was particularly complex or elusive, but rather because Nate and I would do a lot more hanging out, drinking beer, and eating pizza than tracking every time we got together. If this song had a flavor it would be mushroom pizza by the slice. Featuring Derek Barber on what some may call a guitar.”

“Still Learning” is available now on the Carpark shop and across all streaming services. Listen to it everywhere you go!

Kenney also announced North American tour dates last week in support of Soccer Mommy. She will make her overseas debut this May in support of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

March 27th – Lexington, KY – The Burl *
March 28th – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop *
March 29th – Chicago, IL – Schubas *
March 30th – Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel *
March 31st – Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl *
April 3rd – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett *
April 4th – Seattle, WA – Barboza *
April 5th – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *
April 10th – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
April 11th – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar *
May 11th – Bristol, UK – Rough Trade
May 12th – London, UK – Sebright Arms
May 16th – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
May 18th – Dublin, IRE – Button Factory ^
May 19th – Belfast, UK – Empire ^
May 21st – Sheffield, UK – The Plug ^
May 22nd – Edinburgh, UK – The Caves ^
May 23rd – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds ^

* – w Soccer Mommy
^ – w Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Palm shares new single + announces UK/EU tour dates

January 24, 2018 9:30 am

Palm just shared “Composite,” the latest from the band’s anticipated upcoming album, Rock Island. UK’s DIY Mag premiered the track today. Give it a listen here.

DIY on “Composite”: “A brilliantly fidgety beast… never sits still and is all the more exciting for it.”

“Composite” is the third single from Palm’s forthcoming LP, Rock Island, out February 9th. About two more weeks to pre-order the album via the shop or check it out on your favorite streaming service.

Palm also announced a slew of UK/EU tour dates. Swing by this Spring! Tickets on sale Friday, January 26th.
February 9th – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
February 16th – Boston, MA – Great Scott
February 18th – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
February 19th – Detroit, MI – Marble Bar
February 20th – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
February 21st – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
February 22nd – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
February 23rd – Madison, WI – University of Wisconsin
February 24th – Grinnell, IA – Grinnell College
February 26th – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
February 27th – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
February 28th – Boise, ID – Neurolux
March 1st – Seattle, WA – Barboza
March 2nd – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
March 5th – Reno, NV – Holland Project
March 6th – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
March 8th – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
March 9th – San Diego, CA – SPACE
March 10th – Phoenix, AZ – Flying Burrito Fest
March 11th – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
March 13th – Dallas, TX – Double Wide
March 14th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 15th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 16th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 17th – Austin, TX – SXSW
March 19th – Birmingham, AL – The Firehouse
March 20th – Atlanta, GA – 529
March 21st – Durham, NC – Pinhook
March 22nd – Norfolk, VA – Toast
March 23rd – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
March 24th – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
March 26th – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
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May 24th – London,UK – Corsica Studios
May 26th – Berlin, DE – Urban Spree
May 27th – Jena, DE – Glashaus
May 28th – Hamburg, DE – Aalhaus
May 29th – Cologne, DE – Bumann & Sohn
June 6th – Brussels, BE – Trône
June 7th – Luxembourg, LU – Rotondes
June 9th – Bristol, UK – Louisiana
June 10th – Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds
June 11th – Manchester, UK – Castle Hotel
June 12th – Glasgow, UK -The Hug and Pint
June 13th – Leeds, UK – Oporto

Two new digital releases from Chicago’s ’90s scene

January 12, 2018 10:01 am

Before there was Carpark Records, owner Todd Hyman was attending Northwestern University, voraciously consuming new music, and DJing at the college radio station, WNUR. In the four years he spent at the station he formed numerous bands with fellow “WNUR music obsessives.” Today, we are proud to bring you two very special unreleased records from Wendyfix and Remy.

To get a taste of what to expect, check out videos from both bands below.
Remy – “Coco Pebbles”
Wendyfix – “Ridge”

We hope you enjoy! Thanks for listening.
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Remy – Remy

Remy was a mid 90s Chicago indie-rock power trio that emerged from a small organic pre-internet scene. Matt Walters (guitar), Peter Schaefer (bass), and Todd Hyman (drums) started playing music together, channeling the energies of Pavement, Polvo, and Archers of Loaf into something a little softer and less detached that they could call their own.

This collection was originally released as a cassette only in late 1995 on Matt Walters’ label Spade Kitty. The remastered version is now available digitally on the Carpark shop, iTunes, and Spotify

Remy
1. Coco Pebbles
2. Nitelite
3. Here Diagonally
4. Backpack
5. Going To Britain
6. Fade to Blue
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Wendyfix – We Have The Cracks

1993 was a golden age for music in Chicago. Touch and Go, Drag City, Steve Albini, Tortoise, Jim O’Rourke. Yet on the geographical and formal edges of this cultural maelstrom was a group of young college students taking a different approach. Fusing together indie Anglophilia (New Order, Psychedelic Furs, Swervedriver) and the sensitive-emo of loud/quiet acts like Slint and Bedhead, Wendyfix was a blacksheep tilting at windmills in the Chicago indie music zeitgeist.

Get the entire oeuvre of Wendyfix digitally from the Carpark shopiTunes, and Spotify

We Have The Cracks
1. Ridge
2. Microphones + Megaphones
3. From the Balcony
4. Post Office
5. Blue Coal
6. Wake
7. Silence
8. Slow
9. Re-Grand Opening
10. Jujube
11. Crayon Portraits
12. Trained to Lose
13. Swinging Softly
14. Pillowhead
15. Knife’s Throw