I just wanted to thank everyone who came to the recent Gold Robot Records + Father/Daughter Records + Small Plates Records showcase during SXSW. Special thanks go out to all the bands, who are obviously the reason we do these things. All of these folks are awesome: GEMS, Mutual Benefit, Body Parts, Night Panther, Monster Rally, Day Joy, Roman Ruins, Conveyor, Francisco The Man, and Levek.
Also, we couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors: DeliRadio, Ghost Town, Big Cartel, and Brooklyn Brewery. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year!
Gold Robot Records, Father/Daughter Records, and Small Plates Records Present their 1st annual SXSW Showcase!
Come hang at our FREE SXSW party on Friday, March 15th from noon-6pm on the outdoor stage at The Grackle (1700 E 6th St). 21+ and open to the public - badges/wristbands not required. Grab a Grackle-famous Bloody Mary or Brooklyn Lager special and a taco from the East Side Kings truck and soak up the rays & sweet tunes with us!
FIRST HEADS IN THE DOOR GET A FREE, LIMITED EDITION FLEXI 7” WITH UNRELEASED SONGS BY MONSTER RALLY, GRACIE & THE EVERYWHERES!!
Doors @ 11:30am
12:15 - GEMS
12:45 - Mutual Benefit
1:15 - Body Parts
2:00 - Night Panther
2:30 - Monster Rally
3:10 - Day Joy
3:45 - Roman Ruins
4:20 - Conveyor
4:55 - Francisco The Man
5:30 - Levek
THE YEAR IN GOLD ROBOT VINYL RELEASES
One of the great things about a year ending is that it gives us a chance to sit back and reflect on all that has happened in our little world. Here at Gold Robot, 2012 has been fairly epic, no matter how you measure it. We released 9 vinyl records over the last 12 months (out of a total of 30 since the label was founded in 2007). The growth of the label is a testament to the artists and their talent. I’d like to think that GRR occupies a small spot of the music landscape where we support creative artists and projects that might not have been made otherwise. So, thanks for everyone’s support thus far, and we hope to continue to bring you interesting and entertaining releases for many years to come. Here’s a chronological snapshot of our year in vinyl, meant to introduce us to folks who might not have ever heard of Gold Robot or to remind the longtime fans of some releases that might have slipped past their radar.
[Feb 21, 2012] Yalls - Fantasy 7”
I have loved working with Dan Casey (aka Yalls) over the last 1+ years, the dude is amazingly talented and prolific. In my eyes, this is the perfect 7” as it has three brilliant tracks that showcase the Yalls sound. I’m really looking forward to his proper debut LP, tentatively scheduled for 2013. (buy the record)
[Feb 28, 2012] Roman Ruins - Homebuilding 12”
Seeing this record finally come into existence was one of the highlights of my year, as I’d been hearing drafts and glimpses for a long while. While Graham Hill (aka Roman Ruins) might be better known as the drummer for Papercuts or former tour/session drummer for Beach House, he’s also the primary reason this label exists. I can’t recommend this album enough. (buy the record)
[March 20, 2012] James & Evander - Let’s Go b/w Welcome to Planet Dance 7”
Another local act which was an amazing pleasure to work with this year was James & Evander. I loved how they approached this 7” as a concept piece to explore new sounds, and the success of their recent LP makes it that much sweeter. (buy the record)
[May 15, 2012] Conveyor - Mane 7”
I was introduced to this amazing band early in the year and couldn’t be happier for these talented guys out of Brooklyn. The two tracks on this beautiful 7”, combined with the artwork, are an example of why we’re in this business in the first place. I’ve seen their debut LP on many year-end lists already, which is wholly deserved. (buy the record)
[June 19, 2012] Monster Rally - Beyond the Sea 12”
Over the last few years, no other artist has pushed the label harder than Monster Rally. His design sensibility is perfectly matched for what we try to do, his output is unparalleled, and his aesthetic vision continues to inspire us. His latest LP marked our first gatefold LP (and largest 12” run to date), and the sounds add to his growing and impressive portfolio. (sold out, download here)
[September 4, 2012] RUMTUM / Catamaran - New Goth Gypsies 7”
You’ve probably heard it before, but we love to make split 7” records. Their place in the music culture has a special spot in my heart, and the ability to pair artists and perhaps expand their respective audiences is really intriguing. The two tracks on this 7”, combined with some gorgeous packaging, make it an important part of our catalog. (buy the record)
[September 11, 2012] Seamonster - Baldessari 12”
This is exactly the type of record which Gold Robot aspires to release. When Todd Webb (aka Seamonster) and I started working together 3 years ago, first corresponding with letters and packages and eventually resulting in the Two Birds 7”, I knew I had found an artist who really understood what GRR was trying to do. This LP was dreamed up by the artist, and the principles and story behind how it was made couldn’t be cooler. (buy the record)
[December 4, 2012] Monster Rally & RUMTUM - Coasting 12”
This 12” featured our first full-sided etching along with a collection of sounds foraged by a couple of talented musicians with similar passions. From this end, it’s really amazing to see how the tracks take shape and how each artist puts their stamp on the final sound. (sold out, download here)
[December 4, 2012] Seamonster - Neighbors 7”
Our only collaborative release of 2012 found us working with the amazing Turntable Kitchen on this limited edition record as part of their pairings box subscription series. Seamonster recorded a couple of tracks that had previously never been released, and they’re both quite arresting. (buy the record)
Thanks again for a wonderful year of vinyl, we couldn’t have done it without the fans, the writers, the collaborators, and (of course) the artists.
Seamonster’s Baldessari LP drops today! The vinyl edition is limited to 250 copies pressed on easter yellow wax and all orders will instantly receive an MP3 download of the album. The digital version also includes bonus remixes by Monster Rally, Yalls, Roman Ruins, Eric Steuer, and DJP & MrT!
The album is named after John Baldessari, an artist whose creative appropriation of discarded materials to make new and interesting art was a huge inspiration to the process of making this particular group of songs. The following instruments were used to create this record: Casio Sk-10 toy keyboard (which he received as a Christmas present in second grade), Yamaha PortaSound PSS-130 (thrifted), ukulele, an old iphone (purchased from a friend for $50), a Campbell’s soup can, and a broken Danelectro guitar.
"The results are sublime and beautiful."
"Musically, Webb balances elements of traditional songwriting against his conceptual musical explorations. For example, there are clear sonic road signs pointing to his Elephant 6-inspired background (especially Neutral Milk Hotel and early Apples In Stereo). Throughout, lo-fi psych gives way to fully textured compositions and delicately threaded instrumentation."
- Turntable Kitchen
"Building a lush orchestra of what I sometimes think of as "miniature noises" with less presence, but that in Webb’s work gain a new potential to inform the overall system, which unfolds most spectacularly in the presence of his voice."
- Decoder Magazine
Buy the limited edition 12” now over at the GRR shop!
I was hanging out with Graham Hill (Roman Ruins) recently, and we were reminiscing about this video for “Wildflower” is really quite amazing. Major props to Land O’ Goshen for his editing/directing skills. The track is off the Homebuilding LP, which came out earlier this year. We’ve got less than 20 copies left of the limited edition 12” (pressed on milky clear wax), so you better act fast. Here’s what some folks have had to say about the album:
"Homebuilding is a fascinating mix of pop and ambient sensibilities. A complaint I often have with ambient music is that the sounds just seem to wander without any payoff or structure. But Hill holds his ambiance to a strict framework. Every moment seems focused on the goal of the overall track rather than falling in love with a single feeling and letting it destroy the greater idea. This is one of the more satisfying releases of 2012 because it’s unique, exciting, and is a wonderful document of a man who had a clear idea of how to implement his knowledge of space and precision in order to audibly portray the physical."
- We Listen For You
"Hill takes a Comfy In Nautica approach to modern pop, floating gauzy vocals over meshed loops of natural sound, harmony, and instrumentation. Hill’s luminous concoction sets us on a gravel road in the South, cruising past a chain-gang toiling alongside a sea of sunflowers, cicadas and the waning summer sun in the bed of ‘54 Chevy Pickup. From our perspective, it’s a rather beautiful taste of Americana."
"Mighty Love is the first single from Roman Ruins’ debut album Homebuilding, a frenetic, eclectic and awesomely bizarre cut that reminds me of what I’d hoped Here We Go Magic would have done through the promise of their self-titled 2009 debut. Quasi-tropical percussion and subtly energizing bass lines sneak in and out of the track while layer upon layer of everything under the sun (vocals, rainsticks, synth squeaks, oohs and aahs) flesh out the rest. Part high life, part Beach Boys, part post-Animal-Collective musical hieroglyphics, it’s exactly the sort of music I get all giddy for in 2012… which is why Homebuilding has rushed near the top of my albums-to-watch list. Can’t wait to hear the rest."
- I Guess I’m Floating
The next 12” on Gold Robot Records is the lovely Baldessari LP by Seamonster, which drops physically on September 11th as a limited edition pressing on easter yellow vinyl (seen above!). The digital version, out today, also features some amazing remixes by Eric Steuer, Yalls, Roman Ruins, Monster Rally, and DJP & MrT. The good folks over at Smoke Don’t Smoke dropped Monster Rally’s remix of “Parasol” today in celebration of the digital release. Listen to it below:
Pre-order the 12” now and get an immediate download of the full album plus remixes, it’s limited to only 250 copies.