Tractor Kings new album streaming

Posted by jim on March 16, 2016

It's been a long time coming! New Tractor Kings album Code is available for download and streaming on Bandcamp, starting today. It will launch on all streaming services worldwide this Friday.

Tractor Kings will play their record release show in Champaign at The Cowboy Monkey on Saturday, April 16th with Rebecca Rego (solo), Bart Crow (Austin TX), and Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts.

Tractor Kings drop new single, prep full length

Posted by jim on January 15, 2016

A long-awaited new song from Tractor Kings is streaming on the band's Bandcamp page. "Ocean Goes Deep" is the first single from Tractor Kings' upcoming Spur Records full-length, Code, which will be released in March 2016.


Parasol's new CDR replicator is so purple

Posted by jim on September 9, 2015

We've just booted up our new CDR replicator and are ready to run small batch, full-color, printed CDs for your next show, tour, or promo mailing. Quick turnaround, local delivery, and several different packaging options. We also have a nice printer that kicks out 11" x 17" posters, fliers, or handbills. Check out all the details, including pricing, right here.

Mud Records co-releases Withershins' new album

Posted by jim on June 25, 2014

* Mt Fuji in Blue album release
* Collaboration with Parasol Label Group
* Tour with Italy's Neiv in August
* Stream new single "Aquamarine" (listen)

Withershins follow-up their 2012 full-length Silver Cities with new album Mt Fuji in Blue which will be released on DLP vinyl, CD and digital download on August 12th.

In early June the band completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to help fund the DLP vinyl pressing. Backers will be receiving downloads of the band's previous album's remaster, mixtapes made by the band, typed lyrics booklets, t-shirts, Mt Fuji demos, and recorded covers of backers' choosing, amongst other goodies.

Withershins and Heirship Records will be collaborating with Parasol Label Group's local music imprint Mud Records on the CD and digital formats.

First single from Mt Fuji in Blue is entitled "Aquamarine", and is available for streaming now. Those fans who kicked in on the Kickstarter or who pre-order the album via Bandcamp will receive a download of "Aquamarine".

Stream Aquamarine, pre-order Mt Fuji in Blue.

After a weekend of shows with fellow Parasol artist Elsinore in July, Withershins will embark on a longer Midwest tour with likeminded Italian shoegazers Neiv in August, culminating with a hometown show in downtown Champaign at Mike N Molly's with local dream-surfers Common Loon on August 16th.

Mt Fuji in Blue tracklist

1. Aquamarine
2. An Amateur Chemist
3. Mt Fuji in Blue

4. Chronic
5. Moss God
6. All You Need

7. Eternal Return
8. Coward's Clothes

10. How Not To Be Seen
11. Leaving Ground
12. A Patient Boy

July 2014 Tour Dates with Elsinore

7/17 Lafayette, IN - The Black Sparrow
7/18 Champaign, IL - Mike N Molly's

August 2014 Tour Dates with Neiv

8/8 Milwaukee, WI - Quarters Rock N Roll Palace
8/9 Chicago, IL - Double Door^
8/10 South Bend, IN - Wander Inn
8/11 Indianapolis, IN - Joyful Noise Records
8/12 Louisville, KY - Haymarket Whiskey Bar%
8/13 Evansville, IN - PG
8/14 Kansas City, MO - recordBar
8/15 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
8/16 Champaign, IL - Mike N Molly's

^with Lightfoils
%with Frontier(s)

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.