At Parks and Records everyday is Earth Day. Dating back to 1970, Earth Day now includes a wide range of events coordinated by the good people at EARTHDAY.ORG.
Today more than 1 billion people in 190+ countries get involved and we like that!
We do our best to demonstrate support for our beautiful planet and help protect the environment by giving back a percentage of all sales to nonprofit organizations dedicated to protecting our parks and outdoor spaces like National Parks Conservation Association and National Park Foundation. We also try to live simple and sustainable and pick up a lot of trash to keep our trails, beaches and parks clean.
Exciting news! Seven new Identical Homes tracks are coming your way this summer! On August 7th to be exact. In true click-bait fashion, here are 3 AMAZING facts about this project:
This album is completely instrumental. Why? Recording vocals is torture, and instrumental music is a new challenge.
Many talented musicians are featured! Including old touring buddies Cory Grey, Eric Kuhn, Demetrius Antuna, Mathew Solberg, and usual collaborators Jake Krohn and Jon Fee.
Some things these songs may inspire you to do: -slip on leather driving gloves and drive a sports car too fast -find an abandon warehouse to dance in/though while stopping in cat pose to breathe heavily -run up a large set of steps with a hoodie on, then turn, face the city, and raise your arms in victory
You can hear the first track here:
Look forward to doing one or all of these things along with the full album on August 7th!
A happy new year to you! We have updates, yes, many updates, but we find that as we get older, things aren’t as urgent as they once were. So, we have tracks recorded for new albums from Shuteye Unison, Things Of Youth, and Identical Homes, all just sitting on hard drives for now. But once we decide to get off of our pretty little butts and do something about it, a plethora of new music will be released. I know what you are thinking, and I can assure you that we DO, in fact, know what a plethora is. Thank you for hanging in there with us!
The Panoramic House is not only a mecca of Northern California recording, it’s a literal stone castle that sits on a mountainside overlooking Stinson Beach. They have every mic, every classic piece of vintage gear you have ever heard of, and even a 100-foot long reverb tunnel built into the hillside. It’s kinda nuts, but we were lucky enough to get a full week there.
Between fancy BBQs, sunset gazing, and dips in the ocean we were actually able to get some recording done. Cory Grey (of so many musical projects that I can’t mention them all here) manned the helm as we aimlessly wandered through the basic tracks of 4 new Shuteye Unison songs.
No one can match the genius of Roritor master marketer Cicsco when he conceives of this slogan for GLeeMONEX, but Shuteye Unison will be back in the studio this summer, doing their best. They will arrive at the secret hillside castle studio overlooking Stinson and make noise until something doesn’t sound terrible. The good news: we will have new songs for release this year! Here are some excited reactions we have received, all from SEU’s past collaborators:
OK, OK, Ok, this post is late. Our aim was for an Earth Day message, but we missed our window and then that got us thinking. Why is there a window? Why only one day to celebrate this big beautiful beast of a planet? Why not EVERYDAY!
So we here at Parks and Records are celebrating Earth Days and it will be all about the littles things and how they add up. Pick up a random piece trash everyday and watch things really start to change. It’s not going to hurt you. We promise.
Her musings: “A tight-knit community of diverse, lovingly interbred and criminally underrated bands made up a slice of the Bay Area music scene from roughly 2005-2013. This is a loving tribute to the friendships, memories and incredible music created during this singular era in the Bay.”
The Fee boys wanted to write and say “WHAT’S UUUUUUUUUP?” And while we have you:
Throughout the year we try to do our part every day to protect the great outdoors. We believe it’s the little things that count. More bike less car. Supporting local businesses. Saying no to plastic. Picking up that piece of trash on the trail instead of passing it by. After all, just because you didn’t pack it in, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pack it out!
Once a year Parks and Records makes a donation to organizations who’s mission is to protect our great National Parks and we’ve been doing so since 2007!