While Fresno, CA was formed just after the California Gold Rush 150+ years ago, Paper Garden Pioneers have scoured the lands and made a rare and beautiful discovery in the lustrous and enchanting FIERCE CREATURES.
We are very proud to announce the release of Fierce Creature’s new full-length debut album, Catacomb Party, on September 11th. The bands previous EP, I Mostri Feroci, ranked #1 on CMJ’s Unsigned charts, garnered positive attention from the blogosphere (ie. My Old Kentucky Blog, The Wild Honey Pie, yvynyl, Sonicbids/CMJ Spotlight, Glide Magazine, Deli Radio), as well as landing the band a publishing deal with Windish Licensing.
Fierce Creatures first caught our ear with their “Satan Is A Vampire” single, which found itself in regular rotation in our office and into our hearts. An invitation to play our SXSW Showcase earlier this year gave us the chance to see just how energetic and completely engaging Fierce Creatures are when they take the stage. Fierce Creatures have drawn comparisons to Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, The Shins, and Of Montreal, which stands true to their high energy, unique arrangements and charismatic presence. This is a band who can create a wonderfully cohesive and imaginative album and seamlessly translate it to a live setting.
7/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill w/ Conveyor
7/21 – Fresno, CA @ Fresno Brewing Company (RECORD RELEASE SHOW!)
7/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake w/ Conveyor
8/4 – Eugene, OR @ Whiteaker Block Party
8/23 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
8/24 – Sacramento,CA @ Harlow’s
About Fierce Creatures
Fierce Creatures emerged from the scorching Fresno, CA summer of 2009. Abandoning past musical undertakings that never seemed to fit quite right, the band came together to build a fresh identity, free of limitations, focused on the joy of undiluted music. They drew inspiration from the melodic heritage of classic rock and pop, as well as the grandeur and spirit of its inventive successors. By reinterpreting musical conventions and pursuing a song wherever it leads, Fierce Creatures has created something new and altogether enchanting.
Guitar and keys drive the songs, but don’t restrict them. Mandolin, harmonica, and bells accentuate the sound, with chanting choruses and a miscellany of percussion. The product is a cultivated art-pop that fluctuates from delicate anthems to soaring ballads. Fierce Creatures’ self-produced, self-released debut EP, I Mostri Feroci, arrived in July 2010. They will be releasing their first full-length album, Catacomb Party, on August 7th, 2012 via Paper Garden Records.
Fierce Creatures is Mike Adame, Mathr Collom, Tomas Galvan, Joel Melton, Jon Rulloda, Nathaniel Stiers, and Amanda Valdez.
My Old Kentucky Blog has set free Pree’s fantastic new video – directed and produced by Maxwell Sorensen – saying that it “Masterfully showcases the simple beauty that can be found in every one of Pree’s songs.”
The Te Koop/ A Vendre (translation: “For Sale”) video shows a playful animation of the band and their track from Paper Gardens Records release – “Folly”.
Paper Gardens Records and MOKB proudly presented the gorgeous Pree as part of a co-curated party for SXSW that showcased their unique and endearing sound and stunning musicianship.
We’ve kept you waiting long enough for this one! My Old Kentucky Blog and Paper Garden Records are partnering up for this hipster-infested free day party at SXSW 2012. Held on day 2 of Paper Garden’s stronghold at Uncorked (900 East 7th St) from 3-11pm, this day will feature many of Paper Garden Records’ label bands as well as a slew of top picks from MOKB.
Via the support of our sponsors, we will be giving away free Vitamin Water, juice from Ralph & Charlies, clothes from Threads 4 Thought, secret giveaways from Moniker Guitars, and showcasing the new Facebook technologies from Thinglink.
3:00-3:30 Thee Attacks
3:45-4:15 Black Books
4:30-5:00 Dad Rocks!
5:15-5:45 Spanish Prisoners
6:00-6:30 Fierce Creatures
8:15-8:45 Little Tybee
9:00-9:30 Eli Mardock
10:30-11:00 Candy Claws
SXSW 2011 was phenomenal for Paper Garden & The Lovely Hearts Club. This year, we are going even bigger and better – setting up a Paper Garden fort for 4 full days. Showcasing 30+ bands over the first 3 days (3/14, 3/15, 3/16) and a featuring unique solar-panel sound installation called Sun Boxes & more surprises TBA on our recovery/hangover day (3/18), we have established a solid week of events featuring extraordinary talent from across the world. On top of the diverse and exciting group of bands that Paper Garden is bringing in directly, we are also partnering with three of our favorite music blogs for each day (Pigeons & Planes, My Old Kentucky Blog, The Wild Honey Pie) to co-curate some of today’s most buzz-worthy acts across all genres.
In addition to the musical talent, we have partnered up with some amazing sponsors this year. Moniker Guitars will be present again this year, giving away some custom guitar-related goodies, Thinglink will be demonstrating the launch of their new Facebook Tabs (check out an example HERE), Threads For Thought will be doing a raffle/giveaway of their sustainable and environmentally friendly clothing, Ralph & Charlies is hooking us up with some delicious AND healthy juices and to hydrate everyone even further in the heat of Austin, Vitamin Water will be supplying product throughout the week.
All events are FREE and open to the public – just RSVP below:
Stay tuned for finalized details on set times, drink specials, giveaways, and more!
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Austin, TX @ Uncorked – 900 East 7th Street
Uncorked is a beautiful outdoor space overlooking Downtown Austin, drink specials, gourmet food and an air conditioned bar.
**Event posters & full schedule coming soon…below bands and set times are subject to change**
Time and good karma have a funny way of repeating themselves sometimes and coming full circle. Here and now is one of those times, as we tell you the tale of Paper Garden Records’ first ever release and the Lovely Hearts Club’s newest addition – former Eagle Seagull front-man, Eli Mardock.
Eagle Seagull was the inspiration and jumping off point behind Paper Garden Records‘ entire existence back in 2005. The town of Lincoln, Nebraska brought the two together, and from there both parties grew into their early adulthood years, quickly gaining international critical acclaim. With their debut album very much at the forefront of the new indie-rock sound (think Arcade Fire and Handsome Furs), Eagle Seagull began to see shows and tours flow in from the likes of The B-52′s, Tokyo Police Club, Gnarls Barkley, Blonde Redhead, The Faint, and more. In the wake of this immediate success the big, bad major labels came calling, and needless to say, won the signing battle over the humble Paper Garden Records. After enduring nearly every major label cliche known to man and numerous setbacks to to release of their follow-up album, Eli and the band eventually decided to go their separate ways.
In the two years since the band’s demise, Eli has been hard at work recording and producing his first solo LP, “Everything Happens for the First Time”. Mixed in Brooklyn by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes), the record is set for release in Summer 2012 and marks a new beginning for both Eli Mardock and Paper Garden. We are so excited to be working with Eli on his solo record and just couldn’t be happier about this phenomenal family reunion.
Eli will be making his way down to SXSW this year as well, playing the Paper Garden/My Old Kentucky Blog party @ Uncorked on 3/15…stay tuned for more on that soon!
“Pree is another band that deserves some of your ear’s attention from the crew over at Paper Garden Records. They sound like a folked out Joanna Newsom or Regina Spektor with warm, shimmering nostalgia oozing out of every song. They take you to a much simpler time, which is why their new video for the track Lemon Tree could not be more perfect.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
Indie-folk fivesome, Big Tree, is in the midst of a huge Fall tour in support of their sophomore full-length, This New Year, recently self-released on October 4th. Their unique blend of indie-folk psychedelia is nothing short of captivating, offering their listeners a peaceful, exultant reprieve. Their new video for “Storm King“, which premiered on My Old Kentucky Blog just days ago, is that beauty actualized. Watch and enjoy below! Oh and be sure to check out Big Tree’s upcoming tour dates to see if they’ll be playing soon in your neck of the woods!
10/20 – Albion, MI @ Albion College
10/21 – Chicago, IL @ The Doxy Lounge
10/22 – Chicago, IL @ Panchos
10/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Bryant Lake Bowl
10/24 – Iowa City, IA @ Uptown Bill’s
10/25 – Omaha, NE @ Sidedoor
10/26 – Boulder, CO @ RocknSoul Cafe
10/27 – Denver, CO @ The Lions Lair
10/30 – Tuscon, AZ @ Plush
11/1 – LA, CA @ Ackerman Ballroom (w/ Tune-Yards)
11/2 – San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Ale House
11/4 – LA, CA @ Bootleg Theater
11/6 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
11/7 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
11/10 – Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern
11/11 – Portland, OR @ Alberta St. Pub
Around a month ago, Little Tybee embarked on a tour from Atlanta through the Northeast, into Canada, across the midwest and eventually back down South for a 3-week tour. Amidst the tour, the band had the opportunity to stop through Indianapolis, where they recorded this session with a couple of very talented bunch of people. Laundromatinee, in association with My Old Kentucky Blog, have unleashed the results for us today, in the format of these 2 videos and mp3′s from Atlanta’s Little Tybee.
Posing in a space suit with an American flag in the background whilst eating a mustard laden hot dog, Dad Rocks!’ Snævar Njáll is well on his way to becoming the most Un-American American man in Europe.
Whether it’s an ironic jab at American culture or a real yearning to be engulfed in American society, one thing is certain: Dad Rocks! IS coming to the US of A.
Dad Rocks! has already been building up quite a career in Europe, having released his latest album, Digital Age, in the UK on Big Scary Monsters Records and in Denmark on Kanel Records, but now it’s North America’s turn!
Yesterday kicked off Dad Rocks!’ North American career with two songs being exclusively premiered in Magnet Magazine (check it HERE) and My Old Kentucky Blog (check it HERE). Dad Rocks! is also currently planning a North American tour for later this year in support of the current EP as well as a new LP to come.
Dad Rocks! has also released a fun and impactful music video for “Nothing Keeps Up”. Check it out below: