World Wide Record Store Day This Saturday

Shuteye Unison's Our Future Selves in Rasputin, Berkeley

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really know about this either, but, On Saturday, April 21st 2012, hundreds of independently owned music stores across the world will simultaneously unite with the purpose of celebrating culture and the unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and the world. There are deals to be had, moves to be made, records to be collected.

The last time I wandered into Amoeba, I found a translucent blue vinyl copy of Steel Pole Bathtub’s “Scars From Falling Down” for something like $9. It was like a gift from the heavens. And before that, I traded in about 15 CDs for Godspeed You Black Emperor!’s “Yanqui U.X.O.” A good trade I would say.

So, to make a long story even longer, if you happen by Amoeba or Rasputin in Berkeley or SF, look out for Parks and Records releases “Our Future Selves” by Shuteye Unison and “Where to Swim” by Carcrashlander. You can even find “Poisons That Save Lives” by the Rum Diary.

Silian Rail touring in Eric’s soccer mom station wagon

Mercury SableEric and Robin are good friends of ours. We share a practice space, we draw dirty things on each other’s writeboards, but I would not be painting a complete picture if I didn’t mention that  they tour in a Mercury Sable station wagon.  This is, in fact, the second one that Eric has owned, and he definitely sees the trend continuing.

So kids, when you see this friendly maroon wagon pull up at half time of your game, I’m sorry, they don’t have orange slices, but they do know how to play a good rock song.




Silian Rail May tour dates:

  • 5/10: Cafe Coda, Chico, CA
  • 5/11: Germex Haus, Portland, OR
  • 5/12: Chop Suey, Seattle, WA
  • 5/13: Le Voyeur, Olympia, WA
  • 5/15: Bootleg, Los Angeles, CA
  • 5/16: Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
  • 5/17: Biko Garage, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 5/18: House Show, San Jose, CA
  • 5/19: The Den, Oakland, CA


Shoegaze + Blues = Bluegaze. Pre-order the new B. Hamilton CD now!

B Hamilton: Everything I own is Broken CD

Sorry about the exclamation point, but hey, you can order “Everything I Own is Broken” from B. Hamilton on Parks and Records starting today. More good news: when you pre-order this CD, you get a free copy of Shuteye Unison’s “Our Future Selves” CD. 

AND, as always, a percentage of the sale will go to non profit organizations dedicated to protecting our parks and making the planet greener.

Order Now


**This is a pre-order for the CD – ships on 4/20/2012**
Details: CD with eco sleeve, 12 songs total
Release Date:  2012

What do you know? Lead guitar sounds cool again. A lot of people try so hard to play music, a lot of people have a lot of talent, but all the musicianship in the world just don’t stack up to style, and B. Hamilton’s got hell loads of it.


Shoegaze + Blues = Bluegaze. Check it.


For fans of: Swamps, Creedence, snakeskin boots, Jack T Colton, and houses that bounce off planes


Tracks: Me and Margaret Counting Countdowns, Miss Carolina, Gold Tooth, Between the Gutters and the Ballrooms, Outside a Hexagram, Everything I Own is Broken, Turn Out the Lights, Dolltime (For Swans and Bulldozers), Now or Eventually, On Borrowed Time, Oakland and Anaheim (Ain’t Divided by the Five Tonight), Everything I Own (Fixin’ Fucked Up Shit Version)

What do our bands listen to?

Phil Collins, going for it.

Phil Collins, going for it.

I recently asked all the musicians on Parks and Records to send me some listening recommendations.


This is not some snobby, nose-upturned list of bands we think are cool and that you should like.


This is not a list of bands we want to be associated with ( I honestly don’t know half of them…)


This is music that we have been listening to lately for relaxation and inspiration. This is what Silian Rail is listening to from the comforts of their touring station wagon.


Ryan (B. Hamilton)

Macy (B. Hamilton)

Cory (Carcrashlander)

Eric and Robin (Silian Rail – from the road!)

Schuyler (Shuteye Unison)

Jon (Shuteye Unison)

Jake (Shuteye Unison)

Daniel (Shuteye Unison)