Hidden Agenda signs Wicked Walls

Posted by jim on February 21, 2014

Parasol Label Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Champaign, IL act Wicked Walls to our Hidden Agenda imprint.

The band's self-titled debut album will be released on April 8th and feature all new sounds from New Ruin's co-founder J Caleb Means and his bride-to-be, Lindsay Barr, recorded in Caleb's home studio, with help from his former New Ruins bandmates Andy Davidson, Roy Ewing, and Paul Chastain.

Look for a two-song single March 11th via the band's Bandcamp page (available March 25th across all other digital services), featuring first single "Crystal Balls" and an exclusive, non-album b-side. Pre-order for the full-length CD and digital album will begin March 11th. 

The band's C-U record release show is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd, at the Cowboy Monkey, with special guests Withershins and Suns, preceded by a handful of regional dates in April:  

Fri 4/4 @ Mickey's in Madison WI w/ Icarus Himself
Sat 4/5 @ Kryptonite Bar in Rockford IL w/ Tundras
Mon 4/7 @ WEFT in Champaign IL, live in-studio set
Fri 4/18 @ Bar None in Springfield IL w/ Josh Catalano

The Wicked Walls live band features Means' former New Ruins bandmate Andy Davidson on bass, Justin Gee (Chemicals) on guitar, Scott Kimble (Terminus Victor) on drums, and Lindsey (You in Midair) on keyboards and vocals.

Wicked Walls Bio



Advance review of Mazes new album over at MVRemix

Posted by jim on July 18, 2012

MVRemix took the first shot at Mazes Blazes:

"Mazes are a band specially built for pop music. Featuring ex-members of local mainstay’s the 1900′s and Office, their alchemically-rich musical brew hath emerged as some sort of folk-hipster-Voltron. You know? Like when five separate but cool musicians join together and form an even cooler & taller thing, except instead of wielding a space sword, it just walks around, whistling in dusted jeans..." 

The Rave feature/interview in the News-Gazette

Posted by jim on June 26, 2012

The Rave were interviewed in this past Sunday's News-Gazette Entertainment section. Thanks to Art Beat reporter Melissa Merlie for the story. If it becomes available online of course we will get a link passed around.

New Mas Rapido album ships next week!

Posted by jim on June 22, 2012

New album from old friends! Seattle duo Frank Bednash & Donna Esposito release their fourth full-length under the Mas Rapido banner, and Girls vs. Boys is chock full of all the guitar-pop supremo that a girl or boy could want. Before Mas Rapido Frank & Donna also gave us Toothpaste 2000 and before that Cowboy & Spin Girl! Over two decades of awesome pop music.

Hathaways new album & record release show details

Posted by jim on April 6, 2012

Hathaways' new album will be released locally well ahead of the official, worldwide release date of June 12th. Their Record Release Party is Saturday, April 14th at Cowboy Monkey, with special guests That's No Moon and Evil Tents, and you'll be able to grab a copy of their new album, The Parasol Sessions Volume One, on CD and/or Limited Edition LP at the show.

Hidden Agenda expands Black Cab's 'Call Signs' for US release in June

Posted by jim on April 3, 2012

We'll be releasing Australian electro-rock duo Black Cab's album Call Signs as a US-only DCD on Hidden Agenda Records later this Spring. The album will include a live on radio session the band recorded for Melbourne 3RRR Radio last year.

New Mazes album at the pressing plant

Posted by jim on February 21, 2012

Now awaiting test pressing for the new Mazes album Blazes. This release will be available by digital download & vinyl, limited a mere 300 copies pressed on multicolor wax in wraparound sleeve. Look for a mid-April, early-May release.

If you need a taste beforehand check out Mazes new flexi disc featuring "Peace Can Do No Harm" from Blazes.

Meanwhile, Mazes are in Buenos Aires (oh yes they are) working on the next album.



The Soft (Launch) Bulletin

Posted by jim on February 15, 2012

What better way to bughunt, link chase and gather feedback than by making our semi-completed new label site live?  Please send any feedback to parasol@parasol.com. Thanks humans!


Welcome to the new PLG page

Posted by geoff on February 13, 2012

Today is the official "soft launch" of the all new Parasol Label Group page. As you may already know, we closed Parasol Mail Order back in December in order to concentrate on our labels. Our first releases this year will be by Black Cab, The Finchley Boys, Hathaways, Mattias Hellberg, Mazes and The Rave, As for the web site, we've still got a lot of data entry and tweaking to do but at least it's a start... and it's up. Check back periodically for updates.