So we’re putting on a showcase this year at SXSW with some of our label-family and friends! It’s a co-sponsored showcase with our good friends at Texas Is Funny Records and will be at the amazing Spider House. Multiple bars, coffee shop, food trucks, and more!
Check out all the details and set times here; http://on.fb.me/1mVxvS2
bummed we aren’t going to be in Austin this year for SXSW. GO TO THIS IF YOU ARE THERE!!
Now that the Grammys and wrestling is over, check out Volume 8! We need your re-blogs to share this mix! Be sure to check out and support the artists.
- I Kill Giants - Butcher Shoppe/////Machine Gun
- Halfling - Come Clean
- Have a Nice Life - Defenestration Song
- Kittyhawk - The Green
- Basement - Covet
- Seahaven - Phantom Family
- Ages - I Bend and I Fold
- Captive - Anther
- Warpaint - Love is to Die
- Tiger Lily - Won’t Let This Kill Me
- Runaway Brother - Knowledge
- Pissghetti - Good Old Virginia Beach
- Paper Jymys - Too Close
- Bangers - The Borrowers
- Merit - The Nothing (Demo)
- Heartless Breakers - Morals and Motive
- Penpal - Octopus
- Petal - Comeback
- Cherry Cola Champions - Static
- Haze - Blooming (members of Title Fight)
- Drive Like Jehu - Hand Over Fist
- Molly’s Worst Enemy - Tunnel Vision
- Rose Connects the Code - Spin
- Spring Yard - Downtime
- Over Being Under - Finsbury Park
- Progress In Color - Now Or Never
Check out this free mixtape us and many great bands are on.
Cherry Cola Champions // Living Room January Tour
Full details here:
The flyers are starting to come in for our 8 day stint in January with Living Room! We’ll be debuting some brand new songs so come hang out with us. (Full tour poster in the works by our friend Andy Hendricks)
January 6th // Monday // Columbus OH @ Legion Of Doom w/ Total Request Dead and Church Camp
January 7th // Tuesday // Pittsburgh, PA @ 222 Ormsby w/ Sundials, State Lines, Marietta
January 8th // Wednesday // Lancaster, PA @ Left Hand Printing Company w/ Dipshit
January 9th // Thursday // Montclair, NJ @ The Batcave w/ Warped Forest, Nashoba
January 10th // Friday // Brooklyn, NY Suburbia w/ NONA, Captain, We’re Sinking
January 11th // Saturday // Christiansburg, VA @ Lucie Monroe’s Specialty Coffee (Jonathan from Flannel Gurl Records birthday!) w/ Bombardier and Heevahava
January 12th // Sunday // Huntington, WV @ The Elimination Chamber w/ No Pretty Pictures, Math the Band, and Warzawa
January 13th // Monday // Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern (Back to school bash)
Impose is doing an exclusive full EP stream of the Kittyhawk & Cherry Cola Champions split, which will be officially released this coming Tuesday. They also did a little Q & A with the bands. Check it out below. You can pre-order the split here —->http://flannelgurl.bigcartel.com/ If you have already pre-ordered the split your record(s) have been shipped! ;)
Stream our split with Cherry Cola Champions!
In full. Stream it, then order it!
Our next show is Tuesday Nov. 19th @ Now That’s Class with Little Big League (Philly, PA. Tiny Engines) Wolf Creek (Cleveland, OH), and Madarosis (Cleveland, OH).
We’ve got some cool news on a January tour w/ some good bud’s coming up and another release off of our split with Kittyhawk tomorrow as well!
BrooklynVegan are doing an exclusive stream of the fantastic track ‘Static’ from Cherry Cola Champions, which comes from their side of the upcoming split with Kittyhawk! You can pre-order the split —-> HERE!
Also… If you have been living under a rock, check out ‘The Green’ by Kittyhawk, which was featured by SPIN two weeks ago —-> LISTEN!
Thanks for listening!
Artwork by Charlie Wagers // produced by Tim Gerak.
We’re really stoked about this split and where our sound is heading.. Huge thanks to Jonathan and Kimmi!! Hope you enjoy.
-Jerry & Terry
We are extremely stoked to share and announce that SPIN is doing an exclusive stream of Kittyhawk's The Green, which comes from their upcoming split with Cherry Cola Champions. We would also like to mention that the split is now available for pre-order —-> http://flannelgurl.bigcartel.com/
STREAM —-> The Green by Kittyhawk
Bob Nanna is starting his day by making a treasure map. It’s a typical beginning to a work week at Threadless, where Nanna helms the social marketing reigns of one of the world’s largest t-shirt design companies.
Founded in 2000 as a small Chicago upstart, Threadless sources artwork by web submission and calls on visitors to vote for winning designs. Moving beyond the model of a typical t-shirt company, Threadless has garnered attention for creating a community of makers and collaborators and giving a launch pad to thousands of up-and-coming independent artists. On any given day, open calls for designs include the likes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tegan and Sara, and the Simpsons.
Dedicated to a thriving creative culture, Threadless organizes ongoing events such as their annual Pitchfork Pre-Party, their warehouse manager encourages crowdsourced mixtape submissions to be played over their speakers, and they’ve hosted Family that included a BYOO station – that stands for Bring Your Own Object for screen printing.
Besides handling the everyday digital roles at Threadless, Nanna is a man of many hats himself. Best known for his work with emo legends Braid, the band recently put out a punchy, high energy split with Balance and Composure and are working on completing their next full-length to be released later this year. When he’s not playing with Braid, Nanna is also involved with the bands Jack and Ace and Lifted Bells, DJs regularly in Chicago, and just helped start a songwriting project, Downwrite.
We talked to Nanna about a typical day at Threadless, how his musical background plays a role in the Threadless community, and recording the new Braid album. See Braid headline Weapons of Mass Creation Fest Saturday, August 17 at 11 p.m. on the Artists in Residence stage.
“I just feel like I always need to be putting new things out there. I feel more fulfilled as a person if I’m constantly making things.” – Bob Nanna
What’s a typical day like for you at Threadless?
Today we’re prepping for a sale that’s going to happen next week. I’m on the marketing team, but more the social marketing team, so when we come up with the ideas for what sort of angle we’re going to use, we think of goofy videos or thematics, or funny photos we can do and also social promotions – share this, retweet this. We’re in the middle of coming up with next week’s theme, basically things to make the Threadless community active during that week.
My job isn’t as much getting people to buy, but getting people to be excited about Threadless and excited to be on the site. What we’re doing today is in line with this adventure theme we have for the sale so we’re making an adventure map. Every day it stops at a different place and for that day you would want to score a bunch of Threadless designs and be entered to win something. We’re going to have a Photoshop challenge. Just now we were thinking of names for the stops, sort of goofy, pun type stuff.
I also coordinate the Twitter and Facebook accounts, Tumblr, and email marketing. On any given day, you’re doing about 20 different things for 20 different departments.
Threadless has made it a point to go beyond being a t-shirt company, infusing the personalities of its workers and creating a community. How does music play a role at Threadless?
It totally goes hand-in-hand. A good number of people who work here are in bands, so there’s that constant music happening in the office and outside of the office. We’ve done a lot of band related design challenges. We have bands come in– we just had Caveman and Lucius play. We’re going to have a couple of the Riot Fest bands come in and play.
If it wasn’t for music, I wouldn’t have gotten this job. It’s probably the case for a lot of people here. Any kind of artistic or creative endeavor the employees take part in — whether it’s for Threadless or outside of Threadless — they’re very, very supportive of here.
Any kind of artistic or creative endeavor the employees take part in, whether it’s for Threadless or outside of Threadless, they’re very, very supportive of here.
You came to Threadless in 2005, when it was still very new. Can you talk about the culture of coming to work for this company that was very much a do-it-yourself type upstart, and also one that works very closely with artists, designers, and plenty of people whose work is tied to the music scene?
It was incredible. When I started, I was just looking for a temp job because I was home for the holidays and a friend I had met on tour told me they were hiring where he works. At the time there were maybe 25 people working at Threadless, most of them in the warehouse, which is where they needed temps to pack holiday orders.
When I came in, it was quite literally, instantly — that day — where I left and I thought, wow, this is a place I could work. Look at how well this all works; how they’re being successful at selling these t-shirts with art of them that didn’t have any branding, it’s just straight-up artwork.
This was so laid back, there was music blasting, everyone was very welcoming, it was fun. There was a dude doing a podcast, there were people filming stuff. I left thinking, is this real? This place exists? It’s very much in line with the D.I.Y. ethic that’s been ingrained in me over the years. So once the temp timeframe was over, they hired a bunch of us and they asked if I wanted to do it. My answer was yes, absolutely.
There was a dude doing a podcast, there were people filming stuff. I left thinking, is this real? It’s very much in line with the D.I.Y. ethic that’s been ingrained in me over the years.
You’re working day-to-day in this community that’s always trying to branch out, try new things, and have a lot of fun. On the other hand, you’re constantly working on new personal projects. Has it always been in your nature to constantly stay this busy and try new things?
Before Threadless, probably even before I started in bands, I always liked to have a bunch of projects going. I just feel like I always need to be putting new things out there. It’s not necessarily for other peoples’ sake, it’s more for me. I feel more fulfilled as a person if I’m constantly making things, organizing things, putting together cool projects that make me excited that I can finish, complete, and document. I’ve just always done that.
In terms of being here at Threadless, they want us to be out and making stuff, and doing our own things. Our warehouse manager started his own brewery. There are constantly things like that going on.
In a recent interview you said Braid’s new music will be “upbeat, youthful, energetic” and that’s certainly true for your recent split with Balance and Composure. Is there anything you can tell us about how recording is going and if audiences will hear any new music in your upcoming live shows?
It’s going well. Right now we have about eight songs that are maybe three-quarters of the way there. It’s hard for us to practice that often because we all live in different cities. Probably not for Cleveland, but we do have some shows coming up in October and November where we will be throwing in some new material.