Sir Babygirl returns with a new single "Praying", a cover of Kesha's 2017 song. With the release, Sir Babygirl gives the context of why she chose to cover the song and some insight into what Pride means to her. Read the Stereogum piece here, and her short essay here. Add it to your digital music libraries here.
Celebrate the release of Christelle Bofale's EP, Swim Team, by nabbing a copy on tape or CD today. If you're in Texas, she'll be playing alongside ANIKA at Mohawk in Austin tonight.. just saying. Read what press has said about Swim Team below.
The Congolese American songwriter and guitarist’s debut EP winds in circles, tracing vast spaces that couch thorny emotional quagmires. -Pitchfork
It glides along, guided by watery guitars and a pitter-patter of drums that sound like rain on a windowpane. It shifts from sunshine to twilight and back again. Bofale’s voice lilts into the backdrop, twisting up in it like a spell. It’s impressionistic and warm but steadfastly firm. -Stereogum
"U Ouchea” is a low-key majestic intro to her unique sound, as it softly eases into a relaxed, warmly hypnotic groove, taking its glorious time as it winds and flows like the Colorado river. -Gorilla vs Bear
It flows unpredictably, swirling delicately like the puddles that form along the shoreline, or rushing dangerously from melody to melody like a riptide. Verses and choruses exist, but the boundaries are blurry, and she seems more keen on the swells and emotional moments that come in between established structures. -Noisey
We are ecstatic to announce 'You Made It This Far,' Esther Rose's sophomore album and Father/Daughter debut, out August 23rd! Head to Stereogum to listen to "Handyman" who calls it "rootsy and warm". Pre-order 'You Made It This Far' on vinyl, CD & digitally here: http://fatherdaughter.co/youmadeitthisfar
Today marks the release of Partner's new EP, Saturday the 14th, available from Father/Daughter in US/South America/NZ/OZ and everywhere else on You've Changed Records. Stream, download, and stock up on CD & the limited Cyan & Yellow vinyl HERE. Partner is on tour throughout Canada + select US cities now. Head over to our tour page to see if they're coming to your town and if they are, DON'T MISS IT.
Today we are proud to present "U Ouchea," the striking debut single from Austin, TX songwriter, Christelle Bofale. Stereogum premiered the song, saying "Christelle Bofale has a voice that could move mountains, that could change the tides." "U Ouchea" will be found on Christelle's debut EP entitled Swim Team, out May 31st and available for pre-order HERE.
"Tell You Off" will do just that, expletive beep included. Listen to Partner's newest single off their record, Saturday the 14th, over at Stereogum today. Stereogum calls the song "twangingly catchy."
Colored LPs and CDs are available on our official store and our Bandcamp. Pre-order it HERE. Saturday the 14th will be released April 5, 2019 via You've Changed Records (CAN) and Father/Daughter Records (US).
Give a warm welcome to F/D's newest artist, Esther Rose. “Don’t Blame It on the Moon” is the new single from New Orleans-based singer-songwriter, Esther Rose. Recorded live to tape at Mashed Potato Studios, “Don’t Blame It on the Moon” is a conversation between two people, whose relationship, despite their best efforts, begins to unravel.
Inspired by the honest writing and timeless melodies of American greats such as Hank Williams Sr. and Joni Mitchell, Esther Rose’s songwriting has been called “The happiest saddest music.” Her 2017 debut, This Time Last Night, caught fire as her listeners tuned-in to a storied chronology of this soulful, heart-worn artist.
Influenced heavily by the collective pulse of her New Orleans musical community, Esther's distinct sound began early in her Michigan upbringing. Reared on gospel records and folk songs on the family farm, she learned to sing the high end of three-part harmonies with her sisters. Rose moved to New Orleans in 2010 and became an active player in the traditional jazz and blues scene as a singer and percussionist, gigging regularly on Frenchmen Street and touring both at home and abroad.
Stay tuned for more from Esther Rose and catch her at our official SXSW showcase on Friday, March 15 at Palm Door on Sabine.
We are very excited to welcome Austin, TX's Christelle Bofale! Here are a few words from our A&R guru Tyler Andere about the first time they saw Christelle live...
“When I first saw Christelle Bofale at a tiny living room show last fall I was completely mesmerized. Her voice is like a perfect shade of maroon. Plucking on her electric guitar so gracefully. With songs that flow and wind around like a river with no end. She adds so much depth and vitality to Austin’s indie rock community. What a gem."
Christelle will play our official SXSW showcase on Friday, March 15 at Palm Door on Sabine, joining Tasha, Sir Babygirl, Rose Droll, Whitney Ballen, and Control Top. Stay tuned for music and much, much more!
If you haven't heard, Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. Today they share their first single off their upcoming record Saturday the 14th. It celebrates the Canadian music store chain, Long & McQuade, in full Rock glory. Electric drums, screaming orange guitars, chimes, and signs that forbid any and all parts of Freebird all await you in Partners video for "Long and McQuade".
Be one of the first to pre-order the CD or limited edition colored vinyl pressing HERE. Saturday the 14th will be released April 5, 2019 via You've Changed Records (CA) and Father/Daughter Records (US).
2018 has been a challenging year to say the least. Despite it all, music has been a saving grace. A dim light at the end of a very dark tunnel, lulling hearts, feet, emotions to a better place. This is a playlist of songs that resonated with us, our artists, and pals throughout the year. Here’s to 2019!
Charli XCX & Troye Sivan - “1999”
Simpson - “Radio Song”
Hop Along - “How Simple”
Spring Onion - “I Did My Taxes For Free Online”
The Hidden Shelf - “Golden Hours”
Mitski - “A Pearl”
Ariana Grande - “God is a woman”
Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa - “One Kiss”
Ovlov - “Half Way Fine”
Half Waif - “Lavender Burning”
awakebutstillinbed - “opener”
Mitski - “Washing Machine Heart”
Oneohtrix Point Never - “Toys 2”
Tune-Yards - “Home”
Black Belt Eagle Scout - “Soft Stud”
Swearin' - “Big Change”
Charlie Puth - “BOY”
J.I.D. - “151 Rum”
Dogs in Ecstasy - “Loyalty”
Ariana Grande - “thank u, next”
Imagine Dragons - “Thunder”
Young Fathers - “In My View”
Billie Eilish - "when the party's over"
Christine and the Queens - “5 dollars”
Nai Palm - “Homebody”
Dumb - “Soft Seam”
King Princess - “Talia”
Tirzah - “Holding On”
Bethlehem Steel - “Fake Sweater”
Cut Worms - “How It Can Be”
Jessica Pratt - “This Time Around”
Lil Wayne - “Let It All Work Out”
Paramore - “Grudges”
ARTHUR - “Woof Woof”
Parquet Courts - “Violence”
Nice Try - “Micah”
The Supremes - "Stoned Love"
Kacey Musgraves - “Dandelion”
McKinley Dixon - “Announcing Humanity”
Mathew Lee Cothran - "Never Know Why"
FATHER/DAUGHTER FAM Jessi Frick (Fairy Godmother) THREE WAY TIE
“1999” - Charli XCX & Troye Sivan
This song is a straight BOP. It’s a great song to sing & dance to while you’re cleaning your apartment.
“Radio Song” - Simpson
Everything Simpson has released so far is FLAWLESS. Can’t wait to see what she follows Radio Song up with.
“How Simple” - Hop Along
No song made me dance more in 2018 than How Simple. Don’t know how they do it but Hop Along are an even better live band.
Andrew Lopez (Digital Marketing + director of sandwiches)
“I Did My Taxes For Free Online” - Spring Onion
Favorite track of the year!!! It reminds me of walking home on foggy days, old birthdays, and the convenience of TurboTax. Love the vocal delivery and instrumentation of this whole dang record.
Tyler Andere (A&R + moral support manager)
“Golden Hours” - The Hidden Shelf
To me it was the Little Song That Could. It was quietly released at the top of the year and has kept me sustained throughout 2018 with its beautiful ping-pong beat and Minji Kong's relaxed yet detailed vocal delivery. I love it so much.
Sara Gibbs (Artist extraordinaire + all around great human)
“A Pearl” - Mitski
Made me cry on muni the first time I listened to it!
(Karli) “God is a woman” - Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is #1 for me forever, and I love that she’s experimenting with her style. “god is a woman” is a perfect blend of her new style and her signature hugely epic vocal execution she’s been doing since day one.
(Dylan) “One Kiss” - Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa
It makes me wanna dance every time I hear it.
(Nicholas) “Halfway Fine” - Ovlov
This song feels both huge and rushing, but also numbed-out. I recently tweeted that the album feels "like being pushed out of a plane fully on opiates," and that totally applies to this song.
“Lavender Burning” - Half Waif
Because holy crap those vocals and synth lines.
“opener” - awakebutstillinbed
It feels like the good old emo/punk bands I used to go see at all-ages DIY venues in the early 2000's and also super new and fresh at the same time. I listen to it when I'm trail running.
(Eva) “Washing Machine Heart” - Mitski
I love Mitski’s melodies in the vocals and on the synth. The song manages to be ominous and kind of sickly sweet at the same time. I have listened to this record so much and saw her perform it in Paris at an intimate show. I cried.
(Danny) “Toys 2” - Oneohtrix Point Never
While he was alive Robin Williams signed a deed banning the use of his image, or any likeness thereof, for 25 years after his death. This little number imagines a sequel to Toys in which a CGI representation of Williams stars (despite the will of the deceased) and soundtracks it. Strong concept, catchy tune.
(Lucci) “Home” - Tune-Yards
This song is spacious and elastic wandering through several ambiguous moods. Highly enjoyable listening.
(Shannon) “Soft Stud” - Black Belt Eagle Scout
I found out about this band when we played with them at Lost Coast Fest in Arcata. They totally blew me away and were absolutely my favorite performance of the whole fest. I got their CD so we could listen to it in the car on the drive home and I haven't really taken it out since. When I listen to it I imagine driving through the redwoods with SOAR and it's just a very nice and tender memory attached to an amazing song / album.
(Jenna) “Big Change” - Swearin'
First of all this song is just a hit but second of all, it encapsulates this feeling of coming out of a turbulent period or a time heavy with transitions (saturn return anyone?!) that hits a nerve for me in 2018. This song especially helps me reflect on my own growth and acknowledges the way my relationship to music and community specifically have changed in a way that is both nostalgic but also proud to have shifted into something new. No art degree no conservatory // it's a beautiful idea /// thanks for this song and for the new album, Swearin'!
“BOY” - Charlie Puth
My Official Statement: #1 Male Sub Anthem of the Year.
“151 Rum” - J.I.D.
My friend showed it to me and all I can really say about it is that it rocks me like a hurricane.
Sat. Nite Duets
“Loyalty” - Dogs in Ecstasy
In this golden age of podcasts there’s no saner sound than a D.I.E. song.
(Carmen) “thank u, next” - Ariana Grande
It is the best breakup song of our generation.
(Connor) “Thunder” - Imagine Dragons
I really like the drums in that song, the toms that go POM POM POM.
“In My View” - Young Fathers
Just an excellent band, and a great pop song.
"when the party's over" - Billie Eilish
It has the coolest vocal production!
“5 dollars” - Christine and the Queens
It makes me want to dance and the music video is one of the sexiest thing I’ve ever laid my eyes upon.
“Homebody” - Nai Palm
I don't even think this was the song I listened to the most this year, but I remember everything about the way I felt the very first time I heard it. It lodged itself so deeply in me -- the way it felt like home, and bed, and love, and fall, and closeness. It's a song for train rides through the city and also walks in the woods and drives in the dark. This song feels like all of the small parts of me opened up in the biggest way.
(Max) “Soft Seam” - Dumb
The whole album is really good, wordy, kinda paranoid punk that pretty much starts and never lets up until this track. Super beautiful guitar melodies that weave in and out, and some of the most well-worded melancholy you can find in rock music today. This band always does amazing stuff lyrically, but “sick I’m not/but in eyes that may be blind” is one of my favorite lines I’ve heard in years.
(Alex) “Talia” - King Princess
I’ve listened to this song so many times this year between screaming along to it on drunk walks home alone and dancing around in my underwear to it the next morning. Something about it feels magic and made me feel so freaky and sad and hopeful and good. I love it!!!
“Holding On” - Tirzah
Beautiful songwriting and Mica Levi is a phenomenal producer who, when combined with Tirzah’s beautiful songwriting, created a beautiful world to live in.
“Fake Sweater” - Bethlehem Steel
I had the pleasure of touring with Becca from Bethlehem Steel earlier this year. I got to know Fake Sweater as a live, stripped down song and when I heard the recording I freaked out. It’s good to have friends who rip.
(Pat) “How It Can Be” - Cut Worms
I loved how this sounds - it’s like a 60’s pop-throwback to like the Monkees or Herman’s Hermits or the Hollies, etc. But the production is so fantastically spot-on for that kinda thing that it would absolutely fit right in on a mix with those bands.
(Nadia) “This Time Around” - Jessica Pratt
Valuable and helpful as they may be, the tools we use to examine our behavior can't actually disappear the sad and that can be haunting.
FATHER/DAUGHTER FRIENDS Lucy Niles of Partner
“Let It All Work Out” - Lil Wayne
It told a great story and I cried every time I listened to it.
Alex Licktenhour of Get Better Records & Control Top
“Grudges” - Paramore
This song is so catchy, that it gets stuck in my head for days after listening to it. I love all the 80's pop elements on this whole album, but Grudges is definitely my favorite song off After Laughter.
“Woof Woof” - ARTHUR
This song is just a bouncy one to listen to, I think the overall sound of it is fun & it was in heavy rotation for me this fall :))
“Violence” - Parquet Courts
The first song that made me scream "fuck yes!" and bother all my friends this year was Violence by Parquet Courts. It refreshing to hear a band turn up and play faster in 2019 instead of the obvious polishing and softening. It's been a year of dread, anxiety and panic, give me something loud with a lot of fast words to scream along with for fuck's sake!
Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos
“Micah” - Nice Try
Sarah Tudzin of Illuminati Hotties
"Stoned Love" - The Supremes
There's no good excuse for the fact that it took me until 2018 to hear "Stoned Love," but it's a song I've been returning to all year for it's elusive simplicity, effortless forward motion, and a ever-masterful performance by Diana Ross.
Sophie Allison of Soccer Mommy
“Dandelion” - Kacey Musgraves
My big new discovery is Dandelion by Kacey Musgraves. I discovered her this year when Golden Hour came out and i loved it so much that I went and checked out her older albums. Dandelion was one that really stood out to me because I thought the chords and the structure of the song were really amazing. It’s still one of my favorites.
Manny Lemus of Citrus City Records
“Announcing Humanity” - McKinley Dixon
One of my favorite songs from McKinley’s project “the importance of self belief,” his lyrical prowess is over the roof & im continually inspired by his hard work & ear for crafting amazing sounds, his band are always on one & this track shows that he can be great.
"Never Know Why" - Mathew Lee Cothran
The lyrics hit me really hard in this one, growing up and learning to absolve your parents of their mistakes knowing that the pain they carry and pass on isn’t always their fault and we’re all just trying to do the best we can to navigate this life.
Rose Droll has her newest single, "Fat Duck" out today. "Fat Duck" comes not long after singles "Boy Bruise" and "Hush" but packs as much sound and instruments into a three minute track as your average EP. Noisey had the following to say about the song:
Built around pitch-shifted electronic samples and multi-tracked harmonies, it owes as much to contemporary R&B as it does to any of the other stuff that Rose picks up and plays with throughout the record. It's probably the most immediately satisfying moment on the record, but even it's full of these wonderful thickets of ideas—a little bit of 70s singer-songwriter tropes here, a little minimal jazz there, a synth-marimba (or glockenspiel or something) that pops up for a tiny melody and then drops away. There's just so much going on, especially for a song that's kinda slow and meandering on its surface level. There's a lot of life in there.
Your Dog, Rose Droll's newest record, drops next Friday, 11/16.
Beyond stoked to finally let this record soar today. Enjoy Alone at Last, the debut record from Chicago's Tasha, and it's warmth, it's vividness, and it's power to soothe even the most restless of believers. Every LP order comes with a zine containing poetry and writings from Chicago writers and artists, while supplies last.
Bandcamp also named the record it's album of the day, read more about it here! Alone at Last is now available digitally and physically on our store and where your favorite records are sold and streamed.
We'd like to reintroduce Sir Babygirl to the spotlight while simultaneously introducing her new single "Flirting with Her" and album Crush on Me. Stereogum says "Her cascading guitar lines push up against bubblegum beats and theatrical vocal runs. It’s show-offy and over-the-top in the best way possible." Crush on Me releases February 15, 2019. Pre-order HERE.
The sound of Crush on Me reveals Sir Babygirl to inherit (something simpler here). Imagine Karen O performing Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” with Courtney Love strumming the synth line... or maybe a Max Martin-produced cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” performed by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way. Wrap it all up in an aesthetic that marries Grimes to Ashlee Simpson in the uncanny valley of celebrity culture and neo-Absurdism. Somewhere out there, in between a girl group and a boyband, is Sir Babygirl... and her pug Baby Diva.
San Francisco's own Rose Droll is set to release her debut album entitled Your Dog out November 16th, in conjunction with UK label Double Denim Records. Pre-order it HERE.
The first single, "Hush" dips a toe in some of her most experimental and avant-garde material yet, complete with rap-influenced vocals and rhythms and a catchy refrain about wanting to feel a connection with anyone else – “And next to nothing, I might love and you might love me / See me sweetly / I’m next to nothing somebody come on and hug me / See me sweetly.”
Your Dog was self-recorded and self-produced in a duplex in LA’s Highland Park and in a quiet cabin in Big Bear, mastered by Warren Hildebrand (Foxes In Fiction, Ricky Eat Acid, (Sandy) Alex G). Rose plays every instrument on the record, including guitar, piano, drums, bass, cello, and glockenspiel.
Nov 08 - Kansas City, MO @ recordBar # Nov 09 - St Paul, MN @ Turf Club # Nov 10 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge # Nov 11- Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #
Nov 13- Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar #
Nov 14- Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre #
Dec 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (w/ Justus Proffit & Jay Som)
Jan 02 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Jan 04 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
Jan 08 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb
Jan 09 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Jan 10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Jan 11 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Jan 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
Jan 13 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
Jan 15 - Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall
Jan 17 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
Jan 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
Jan 19 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
Jan 20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Jan 22 - Dallas, TX @ Trees ^
Jan 23 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk ^
an 24 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs ^
Jan 25 - New Orleans, LA @ The Republic NOLA ^
Jan 26 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn ^
Jan 27 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven ^
Jan 29 - Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theater ^
Jan 30 - Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theater ^
Jan 31 - Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall ^
Feb 01 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat's Cradle ^
Feb 02 - Charlotte, NC @ Amo's Southend ^
Feb 03 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East ^
Feb 06 - Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
Our very first mystery bundle sale is now live! Save some dough and get 3 LPs for $18! 3 tapes for $10! 5 tapes for $15! 3 7"s for $12! 3 CDs for $10! 5 CDs for $15! There are so many deals happening we can hardly bear it.
On her debut album Alone at Last, Tasha celebrates the radical political act of being exquisitely gentle with yourself. For years, the Chicago songwriter has dreamed hard of a better world—she's worked with the local racial justice organization Black Youth Project 100 and has been on the front lines at protests around the city. But as she returned to the guitar, an instrument her mother first taught her to play when she was 15 years old, she began exploring the ways music can be a powerful force for healing. It might not fix a deeply broken world all by itself, but it can offer comfort and respite for those who, like her, dare to imagine a thriving future.
"The Chicago-based artist, poet and activist Tasha wants you to be kind to yourself and others, and makes music in kind that feels like a quietly stoic challenger to a beastly world."-NPR
Love may paint the world a rosier shade, but Tasha can still see society for what it is, using her newfound strength to change it."
Alone at Last is available digitally and physically as a 12" vinyl and a CD. LPs are pressed on baby blue wax, limited to 500 copies, and include a zine with poems from Tasha Viets-VanLear, Imani Jackson, Keisa Reynolds, Kara Jackson, Jamila Woods, and Stella Binion -- all Chicago based, black women writers.
Visit our Bandcamp page or the Alone at Last item page on our store here to pre-order. Alone at Last drops October 26, 2018.
Peep The FADER's piece on the new Whitney Ballen single here. Duncan Cooper quotes Ballen recalling her memories and feelings associated with an old partner:
“Mount Rainier tends to show itself on the days we need it most here, at least for me it does,” Whitney, who’s from Washington, says. “It's a casual reminder of the things that linger in an ever-changing world. Rainier was the view from an ex's dining room window (before it was sold for condos), where the housemates would sit and drink crafted coffee most mornings. When things go away — friends, mothers, fathers, houses, partners — we find and hold onto memories through the most mundane things. Luckily, Rainier is still here.”
You could pre-order a tape or CD of You're A Shooting Star, I'm A Sinking Ship before it's release on 8/24 here.