Koji Annonces Full Band Tour with Such Gold Posted 26 Feb 2015

This Spring Koji will embark on his first full band tour since the summer of 2013! He'll be out as direct support for Such Gold, along with Brigades and Tommyy Boys. The tour will hit most of the east coast of the United States, and cities in Canada. Koji will be supporting his recent Struggletown-reissed Matters EP (which we originally issued on cassette tape), and the announcement that he has joined No Sleep Records for an upcoming full-length album. 

If you're just getting to know Koji, pick up this Starter Pack in our webstore, including his four EP, including splits with Into It. Over It. and La Dispute.

Out Now: Unconditional Arms/ Threading – Split 7"/ Digital EP Posted 24 Feb 2015

Unconditional Arms and Threading's Split is out today! The 7"/ Digital EP is streaming in full at Impose Magazine for those who want to give it a listen before purchasing. If you pre-ordered a copy, those should be going out within the next week or so – we're still waiting on the vinyl to come in from the plant. Below you will find a list of digital outlets where you can download or stream the EP.

Google Play: 

Pre-order 7":

Pressing info:
Milky Clear – 100
Black – 200

Funeral Advantage Joins The Native Sound; Music Video For "Not In My House" Streaming at Noisey; New Single/ Flexi Available Now Posted 17 Feb 2015

Today we are ecstatic to announce that Funeral Advantage has officially joined The Native Sound family. Hailing out of Boston, Massachusetts, Funeral Advantage is the brainchild of Tyler Kershaw. Formed in 2013 as a lo-fi bedroom pop project, releasing a demo tape and split 7" with Caténine on Disposable America, Funeral Advantage has since evolved into a full-fledged band including live/ touring members, and a busy schedule of releases this year. Having shared the stage with bands as diverse as Alvvays, Whirr, Craft Spells and Cloakroom, Funeral Advantage plays a brand of dream pop with roots in The Smith's grim, yet jangly guitars, and the reverb-drenched pop of current-day bands such as Beach Fossils and Real Estate.

First up and out now, is a double a-side single available both digitally, and as a limited edition hand-numbered 7" flexi disc, Not In My House / That's That. The single is available on iTunesAmazonBandcamp, and all other major digital stores worldwide. The flexi disc is available for pre-order at our webstore, and scheduled to ship within the next two weeks. We've also made a Starter Pack including the band's past releases available in our webstore in physical and digital bundles to help you catch up.

The music video for "Not In My House", directed by Justin Ziebell is now premiering at Noisey for those who want to preview the release. "Full of bare branches, rippling reflections and milky skies, the video feels a lot like home footage from the solo camping trip of self-discovery most people talk about doing but few have actually done", they say.

A split 7" with Former Ghosts will follow the single, and is currently available for pre-order within our Spring Split 7" Series subscription, with individual pre-orders to come next month, and an official release in April. Finally, Funeral Advantage's full-length debut album is also set for release via The Native Sound later this year. 

Pressing info:
Clear – 250 
Test pressing – 15 

Unconditional Arms' "Haunt" Streaming at BrooklynVegan; Band Announces Tour w/ Reptoid Posted 12 Feb 2015

Today BrooklynVegan premiered Unconditional Arms' contribution to their upcoming split 7" with Threading, the epic "Haunt". The song, written for Jeff's late-grandmother Constance was engineered, mixed and mastered in Oakland, CA by Jeff himself. BrooklynVegan called it "riveting instrumental post rock". Click here to listen.

Their split with Threading is due out February 24th as both a digital EP and limited edition 7". Pre-order the 7" here,  a Starter Pack including Threading's past releases here, or pre-order a subscription to our Spring Split 7" Series including the upcoming split releases from Former Ghosts and Funeral Advantage, and Planning For Burial and Mother Room here.

Unconditional Arms recently announced an upcoming tour with Reptoid which includes stops at the Treefort Music Festival, Catacomb Party Festival, and a special appearance at the Sentimental Sounds Book Release Party with Mother Room.

Upcoming tour dates:
Feb 20 – San Francisco, CA – The Honey Hive w/ Mother Room
Mar 27 – Sacramento, CA – Cafe Colonial w/ Reptoid
Mar 28 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Festival
Mar 29 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Festival 
Apr 1 – Santa Barbara, CA – Funzone w/ Reptoid
Apr 2 – Murrieta, CA – The Dial w/ Reptoid
Apr 3 – Fullerton, CA – Programme Skate and Sound w/ Reptoid
Apr 4 – Fresno, CA – Catacomb Party Festival w/ Reptoid
Apr 5 – Berkeley, CA – 924 Gilman w/ Reptoid

Brooklyn Vegan Premieres Threading's "Ember"; Unconditional Arms/ Threading Split 7" Available For Pre-order; Announcing Spring Split 7" Series Posted 21 Jan 2015

Today we are ecstatic to announce our next release, a split 7-inch between Unconditional Arms and Threading, as well as our Spring Split 7" Series featuring Former Ghosts, Funeral Advantage, Planning For Burial, and Mother Room. 

The good people at BrooklynVegan premiered Threading's "Ember" today – one of three songs on the the Unconditional Arms/ Threading split 7-inch. Click here to listen.

Unconditional Arms/ Threading – Split 7":

"From their geographic locations, to the timbre of their sounds, Unconditional Arms and Threading could not be more different. The former, based in Oakland, California, the latter coming out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. While Unconditional Arms is a post-rock band highly informed by Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai, and redolent of contemporaries such as This Will Destroy You and Caspian, Threading are a shoegaze band through and through. Despite their very obvious nods to slowcore pioneers Codeine and Bedhead, Threading's major influence can be traced back to the ethereal and dreamy beginnings of shoegaze. What Unconditional Arms and Threading do have in common though, is the ability to transcend genre labels, and create soundscapes that are both strongly evocative, and boisterous all at once.

Over the course of Threading's two contributions ("Fume" and "Ember"), and Unconditional Arms' epic six-minute movement ("Haunt") the two bands prove to be the perfect pairing for this split 7"/ digital EP, and The Native Sound's first entry in their Spring Split Series for 2015.

This split release between Unconditional Arms and Threading will be available on February 24th as a digital EP, as well as a limited edition 7" pressed on Milky Clear and Black vinyl variants."

Pressing info:
Milky Clear – 100
Black – 200

Click here to pre-order the split 7", and here to subscribe to the Spring Split 7" Series (individual pre-orders for the other two splits will be available soon). We also have "Starter Packs" including past Unconditional Arms and Threading releases available in our webstore.

Unconditional Arms tour dates:
Feb. 20th: The Honey Hive - San Francisco, CA w/ Mother Room
Mar. 28th: Treefort Music Festival - Boise, ID
Apr. 4th: Catacomb Party Festival - Fresno, CA

Threading tour dates:
Feb. 14th: Flint, MI – Soggy Bottom
Feb. 26th: Grand Rapids, MI – Full House
Feb. 27th: Toledo, OH  – Ottawa Tavern
Feb. 28th: Pittsburgh, PA - TBA
Mar. 1st: Washington DC - TBA
Mar 2nd: Richmond, VA - TBA
Mar. 3rd: Charlotte, NC @ Odd Room

Koji Announces UK Tour with Bob Nanna's The City On Film Posted 30 Dec 2014

Our man Koji will be hitting the UK again in February with The City On Film (Bob Nanna of Braid/ Hey Mercedes). The tour will include dates in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Tickets are on sale now.

Feb 14 - Cardiff, UK @ Little Man Coffee [tickets

Feb 15 - Plymouth, UK @ Tiki Bar

Feb 16 - Kingston, UK @ All Saints Church [tickets

Feb 17 - Southampton, UK @ Joiners [tickets

Feb 19 - London, UK @ Old Blue Last [FREE] 

Feb 20 - Birmingham, UK @ Alfie Birds [tickets

Feb 21 - Chester, UK @ The Compass [tickets

Feb 22 - Liverpool, UK @ Studio 2 [tickets

Feb 23 - Manchester, UK @ Star and Garter [tickets

Feb 24 - Glasgow, UK @ 13th Note [tickets

Feb 25 - Newcastle, UK @ Dog and Parrot [tickets

Feb 27 - Dublin, IE @ Fibber Magees 

Feb 28 - Belfast, IE @ Bar Sub [tickets

Koji's Matters cassette EP and Some Small Way 12"EP reissue are still available in our webstore. Check out an acoustic rendition of "Eating Lemons" at Audiotree Live below:

The Bay Bridged Premiere Unconditional Arms Music Video Posted 26 Nov 2014

Our good friends at The Bay Bridged premiered the music video for Unconditional Arms's "The Family Tree" today. The song comes off their self-released and Kickstarter-backed Kinship LP. The Bay Bridged calls it "everything post-rock is supposed to be: melancholy but triumphant, wistful but heavy, nostalgic but forward thinking." 

Check out the video below, and pick up their Kinship LP and the rest of their catalog at their Bandcamp page. We'll have their next release out early 2015.

Koji Announces Holiday Shows Posted 28 Oct 2014

Our friends at Property of Zack just announced a string of Holiday shows Koji will be playing during two weekends in December. The first weekend, 12/19-21 will be with support from Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), and the second weekend, 12/26-28 with support from Brian Marquis.

Dates below:

w/  support from Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate)

12/19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project

12/20 - Howell, MI @ Lakeview Lodge

12/21 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s

w/ support from Brian Marquis

12/26 - Boston, MA @ Middle East

12/27 - Harrisburg, PA @ Midtown Scholar

12/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Church

"This poster was designed by PA-native, Daniel Fishel, and inspired by Ben Weaver’s “East Jefferson,” which I covered for the recently released Bloodshot Records 20 year anniversary comp, While No One Was Looking. We will be holding food drives for local food banks at all of my holiday shows with Empire! Empire! (I Was a Loneley Estate) and Brian Marquis. The poster will be free for those who donate non-perishable food items."

Out Now: Vow – Make Me Yours 12"EP/ Digital EP Posted 12 Aug 2014

Vow's Make Me Yours EP is officially out today! The 12"EP/ Digital Single streaming in full at our Bullett Media, in case you want to listen before purchasing, and a companion mixset titled Time Stands Still featuring remixes from Anne, maxm0, Quixotism, a cover of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home", and some other tracks is streaming at Exclaim. Our friends at Property Of Zack also have a track-by-track feature on their site. 

The vinyl did hit a bit of a delay at the plant, but should arrive within the next two weeks.

Make Me Yours is available for download at the following outlets:

Google Play  

Vinyl details: 
Uncoated jacket, with interior printing
Black inner-sleeves
3MIL poly-bag

Pressing info:
Clear with Pink Splatter – 50
Light Pink – 100
Black – 150

Click here to purchase the 12" vinyl and receive an immediate download of the album

Buzz Bands LA Premiere Vow's Music Video for "Charm" Posted 08 Aug 2014

The people at Buzz Bands LA just premiered the new music video for "Charm"! The song comes off the Make Me Yours 12"EP/ Digital EP, out this Tuesday. Here's what they had to say:

“Make Me Yours,” the second EP of pop noir from L.A. duo Vow, comes out next week, and the dark “Charm,” a song about personal and emotional transparency, is one of its most rapturous meditations. Vow’s principals, singer Julia Blake and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Thomas, wanted to keep it simple in conceiving a video for the song, and they called upon Ryan Sanders — the man behind Touché Amoré “Harbor” video — to direct. “All we wanted was something colorful and visually pleasant,” the duo says. “No cheesy concept or plot, just pleasant and fitting. It had to visually match the mood of this song and we feel he hit the nail on the head with that.” “Make Me Yours” features contributions from Touché Amoré guitarist Nick Steinhardt and comes out via the Native Sound.

Pre-order Make Me Yours on vinyl, and receive and instant download of the entire EP before anyone else. Pre-order on iTunes for an instant download of "Charm". Click here to watch the video.

Koji Announces Fall 2014 US Tour with Allison Weiss, Chris Farren, and Lee Corey Oswald Posted 07 Aug 2014

The one and only Koji just announced his Fall 2014 Tour with Allison Weiss (9/25-10/3), Lee Corey Oswald (9/25-10/12) and Chris Farren (10/5-10/12) today. Check out the dates below, and pick up his Some Small Way 12"EP reissue and the last remaining copies of his Matters cassette tape EP. 

Sep 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Shitty Asshole Castle

Sep 17 - Toledo, OH - Ottawa Tavern

Sep 18 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar

Sep 19 - Allendale, MI - Grand Valley University

Sep 20 - Chicago, IL - Township

Sep 21 - Omaha, NE - The Greybox

Sep 22 - Denver, CO - 7th Circle

Sep 23 - Laramie, WY - Babe Haus

Sep 25 - Portland, OR - Slabtown (w/Allison Weiss, Lee Corey Oswald)

Sep 26 - Reno, NV - Holland Project (w/Allison Weiss, Lee Corey Oswald)

Sep 27 - Sacramento, CA - TBA (w/Allison Weiss, Lee Corey Oswald)

Sep 28 - San Francisco, CA - Honey Hive Gallery (w/Allison Weiss, Lee Corey Oswald)

Sep 30 - Canoga Park, CA - Cobalt Cafe (w/Allison Weiss, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 1 - Riverside, CA - Clash City Studios (w/Allison Weiss, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 2 - San Diego, CA - TBA (w/Allison Weiss, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 3 - Las Vegas, NV - Gypsy Coffee House (w/Allison Weiss, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 4 - Mesa, AZ - Lo-Fi Coffee (w/Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 5 - El Paso, TX - The Naylair (w/Chris Farren, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 6 - San Antonio, TX - The Ten Eleven (w/Chris Farren, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 7 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (w/Chris Farren, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 8 - Dallas, TX - Gatsby’s Mansion (w/Chris Farren, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 9 - Memphis, TN - Crosstown Arts (w/Chris Farren, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 10 - Cincinnati, OH - Legends (w/Chris Farren, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 11 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter (w/Chris Farren, Lee Corey Oswald)

Oct 12 - Scranton, PA - Vintage Theater (w/Chris Farren, Lee Corey Oswald)

Clash Magazine Premiere Vow's Cover of Lana Del Rey's "Pretty When You Cry" Posted 30 Jul 2014

The good people at CLASH magazine premiered Vow's new cover of Lana Del Rey's "Pretty When You Cry" today! 

"Julia Blake isn’t imitating Lana’s breathy tones; rather, her delivery is more upfront, more confident, more defiant. It twists the emotional heart of the song slightly – more aggressive than before, a snap of violence from a spell of stillness. Still bruised, but unafraid. The reworked arrangement from multi-instrumentalist Andrew Thomas puts us in mind of the Drive soundtrack – it’s easy to imagine this cover appearing alongside some slow-motion Winding Refn cinematography, a la something by Oregon’s own Chromatics."

Vow's Lana Del Rey cover comes ahead of their Make Me Yours 12"EP/ Digital EP, out August 12th. Pre-order the limited edition vinyl at our webstore, and the digital EP at iTunesAmazon, and Bandcamp.