Check out Signals Midwest's new song "Your New Old Apartment" from their upcoming album "Pin," out August 2nd. It's one of six fantastic songs off the album and is about maintaining connection and lines of communication with the people you love. It also features guest vocals by Deanna Belos from Sincere Engineer!
The album is 6 incredibly well written songs that all seem to overlap with themes of transit, friends and change. Sitting down reading the insert while listening to the vinyl was like reading a book with its own sound track. The lyrics are strong enough to stand on their own, the band's sound is tight and has been so developed over the 11 years of being together. And if you've seen my last newsletter, yes, at times this band sounds kind of like Third Eye Blind - which is honestly great. This is a lovely record, I'm honored to be a part of it, and we're so excited to start sharing it.
Tracklist: 1. Pin 2. Sanctuary City 3. Can't Help But Wonder 4. Your New Old Apartment 5. I Think We Can Stay Here 6. Time Spent In Transit
Product Info: To Pre-Order "Pin" and see Signals Midwest Bundles, T-Shirts, Slipmats and Pennants visit: Lauren Records.
More on the band/release: PIN, the fifth album from Cleveland, Ohio’s Signals Midwest, is an album of change. Not just change for the band itself—though there was plenty of that; it’s their first recording with new bassist Ryan Williamson, and the first one that finds the band split between three different cities (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and their origin city of Cleveland)—but an album that interrogates the nature of change. The kind of change that makes you question your place in the world: the feeling you get walking down the same blocks you’ve known your whole life and not recognizing anything; the existential dread of an uncertain future, the daily fear and anxiety that comes with trying to live in this country, in this time.
Eleven years in, Signals Midwest is a band grateful to exist, and the constant change in their lives and the world at large is not lost on them. “Everything we do is meticulously planned, very far in advance, and is just for us at this point,” says vocalist/guitarist Max Stern. “Every practice takes so much organization and travel. So we don't do it as much anymore, but when we are able to make it happen, it feels more meaningful.” And so with PIN , which was recorded in November of 2018 at Type One Studios in Chicago, Illinois, with Matt Jordan and Adam Beck.
These six songs fit well with the sounds and themes Signals fans have grown to love over the past decade: thoughtfully melodic and anthemic examinations of moving through life in times good and bad. “Your Old New Apartment,” Can’t Help But Wonder,” and “I Think We Can Stay Here” feel familiar; personal but entirely relatable stories that Stern sings with unwavering conviction. But “Time Spent In Transit” and “Sanctuary City” represent a more mature growth for the band; songs that take an empathetic look at the world at large. “I think if you're not exploring other viewpoints and constantly practicing empathy and putting yourself in other peoples' shoes, you're doing yourself and the world a great disservice,” says Stern.
But there’s probably no better statement of purpose for Signals Midwest in 2019 than on PIN ’s title track: “I made a sound/ But couldn’t pin it down/ And spent a decade trying to follow it around,” Stern sings with a melancholic sweetness. It’s a song whose origins date back to their breakthrough 2011 album, Latitudes and Longitudes , proving that the more things change, the more the constants in your life become ever so important. -Matt Cohen
Today we are sharing a re-issue of Adult Mom's classic first EP "Sometimes Bad Happens." The EP is turning 5 years old this July so we thought we'd release it on vinyl for the first time! These are a limited one time pressing off 500 random colored vinyl with exclusive redrawn artwork and a t-shirt to match.
Tracklist: 1) I Think I'm Old Enough 2) Ode To One Night Stands 3) Paws 4) Route '59 5) I Make Boys Cry 6) Theme Song
Even though "Sometimes Bad Happens" stands early in the Adult Mom timeline, it continues to hold a special place with their listeners and contains some of the most iconic songs by the band. We've been friends for a while now and have worked on many schemes and projects together, even toured together; but this is the first time Lauren Records has had the pleasure of releasing something for them! We hope you like it, and if you are unfamiliar with the band it's the perfect time to give them a listen!
Out July 22nd, but all the records are here and will ship immediately. You can order the vinyl, shirt or stream the album here.
We've taken a bunch of stragglers out of our store. Random t-shirts that only had a couple in stock with various sizes. Until they are gone, you can add one to your order for FREE! This is a mix batch of sizes and style of bands and label tees. But it's a pretty safe gamble since it is free. If you choose to buy it alone without anything else all you have to do it pay shipping. **NOTE** THE FREE SHIRTS ARE SOLD OUT - Random Shirts are still available for $5!
Yesterday Fishboy's album Art Guards turned two! If you haven't heard this record yet, what better time than two years late? Get on it! We've also discounted the 2nd press translucent blue vinyl to $9 for the rest of the week! Stream it or purchase it at smarturl.it/FishboyArtGuards
Today, Elton John Cena released their fantastic new EP "All Rats Go To Heaven." Elton John Cena is the solo project of Avery Springer from the Chicago band Retirement Party (who if you haven't listened to, you really should). We're big fans of Avery and are honored to take part in releasing this EP for her. Please take 10 minutes of your day to stream it and if you like it, consider picking up a copy of the vinyl.
Very honored to be releasing "All Rats Go To Heaven" for Elton John Cena! The 4-song 7" playfully touches on the existential anxieties we all know and love. I'm a real fan of Avery's music and really think this EP is great! You can listen to the 4th song "Try" below and order the vinyl.
Elton John Cena - All Rats Go To Heaven Out May 17th, 2019
Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra's first album turns ten! Kinda funny and it figures that a young Walter would release his first album on 4/20. Hey Bird is one of my all time favorite Walter songs and it's on this precious album.
For this weekend only we're lowering the price on these to $8 and you'll get a free Walter Enamel Pin!
Made a new playlist that we'll keep updating as time moves on. Everything Lauren Records has one song from every (most) release of ours that's on Spotify! So far its 3.5 hours consisting of the earlier bands like Joyce Manor, AJJ, Japanther, Joyride!, Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra to the newer like R.L Kelly, Katie Ellen and Blowout! I'm eternally grateful of all of these bands for at one point trusting Lauren Records to release something for them! Everything on the playlist is in order from oldest to newest, it's kind of nice going through a brief history of the label.
Anyway, feel free to check out the play list and add it to your library here: bit.ly/EverythingLR
Listen to Real Life Buildings third and final album, "Ohio and West," thanks to Stereogum. "Real Life Buildings have a brief-ish but storied history, a snapshot of a New York scene that is slowly fading and shifting into something new. Across three full-lengths, 2014’s It Snowed, 2017’s Significant Weather, and now Ohio And West, its revolving contingent members have included musicians that make music as Vagabon and Crying and Gabby’s World and Told Slant. They’ve also reconfigured elsewhere, making beautifully expansive songs as Act Of and raging hardcore as Closer.
The songs on Ohio And West are contemplative and rousing, knotty and hopeful. Van Asselt continues with his fixation on markers of time — seasons and rising water lines and life characterized by movement or the lack thereof. On its closing track, he sings: 'I could move to the woods and never go online/ Or I could stay in New York and never have the time/ Or I could find some way to balance everything that’s on my mind.'" - Stereogum
Pre-orders are up for the second run of R.L. Kelly's collection cassette. The first pressing sold out really fast and we're only doing another 100 on clear shells. "The Back Catalogue Vol. 421" has her 2013 Ep "Life's a Bummer" on side A and her split with Alex G and Spencer Radcliffe on side B. Check it out! Click the image to order or stream.