Park Spotlight: Russ Park

Park Spotlight: Russ Park

We recently took a trip to Northern California.  Destination: Ferndale.  It’s a small town.  For a while I grew up there.  Daniel is from there as well.  The population never changes and familiar faces age with grace.

Russ Park is a gem tucked away among the many cemeteries in Ferndale and it’s where the legends live.  6 foot high ferns?  Check.  Zipporah’s Pond Swamp Thing?  Check.  Talking Sitka Spruce?  Check.  Trails to the edge of the world?  Check.  Russ Park is a place where the imagination runs wild and you can experience how hard the trees are working with every breath.

Jon

 

 

“A time of grief is a time of remembrance. Suffer from the loss of a loved one.”

“A time of grief is a time of remembrance. Suffer from the loss of a loved one.”

Dear Matt,

It’s 2015 and wifi is crazy strong these days so I know you have an internet connection up there.

I recently found this picture and I’m pretty sure it’s the last time we hung out. Like many times before – late nights, aimless tours, long drives, and groggy mornings, I’m sure it was another good time filled with silly laughter. We probably talked a lot about music, movies, life, and starting some sort of music project. Highly likely Cory was there too.  Damn you two could write songs!

You were and still are an inspiration. Thanks for turning me on to so many great bands and giving me so many fond memories. Without you, we likely never would have started Parks and Records. You always embodied encouragement and artfully used music as a means for liberation.  I benefited from both.

Miss you buddy.

Jon

Out Now!  The Things of Youth

Out Now! The Things of Youth

Our 10th release is here! The Things of Youth – Volume One. Jon Fee’s new solo project with contributions from Cory Gray, Adam Cimino, Jake Krohn, and Daniel McKenzie.

Available on vinyl LP (limited 200 pressing) and on all major digital platforms, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon mp3, Rdio, etc.

The vinyl comes with a limited print children’s book for the song “Eleventeen” illustrated by the amazing Lindsay Watson and is co-published with our friends at Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club.

Here’s what some folks are saying about the album:
“As a member of beloved Bay Area indie rockers The Rum Diary and post-rockers Shuteye Unison, as well as founder of record label Parks and Records, Jon Fee has been no stranger to the local music community. But even if you’ve followed his career since the beginning, you’ve never heard anything like his newest offering: For the first time, Fee is releasing a solo record under the name The Things of Youth.” – THE BAY BRIDGED

“The Things of Youth brings a lyrical introspection to its hypnotically driving lo-fi indie pop; think Jeff Tweedy and Elliott Smith fronting the American Analog Set.” – North Bay Bohemian

“When I first started listening to “indie” music, so to speak, it was the likes of The American Analog Set and Pinback. Laid-back, understated pop with a certain twang that uniquely defined to whom the music belonged. I’ve been missing that lately, but luckily for me The Things of Youth have come along to fill that void and make me nostalgic for the days that used to be.” – KNOX ROAD

Give a little bit, give a little bit of your $$$ to…

Give a little bit, give a little bit of your $$$ to…

It’s that time again. Time to give thanks and give back.

Thanks – Thank you to our friends, fans, and families for coming to shows, buying stuff, and just being there for Parks and Records over the years.

Give back – This year Parks and Records is giving a percentage of sales to the following awesome organizations:

National Parks Conservation AssociationProtecting our parks

National Park FoundationInspiring generations of national park enthusiasts

Marin County Bicycle Coalitionstriving for 20% of all trips in Marin to be made by bicycling or walking by 2020

This marks the 8th year of Parks and Records and we are just getting warmed up.

See you all in 2015 as we start the year with our 10th release – The Things of Youth, Volume One.

Happy Holidays!

Team Parks and Records

Best of Show @ Bay Area Record Fair!

Best of Show @ Bay Area Record Fair!

Thanks to all who visited our booth, made conversation, attempted to negotiate a hug, and most importantly bought some records. Special thanks to all at B.A.R.F. and all of the other labels and booth inhabitants – we were on the outside with the grease collector, but you treated us like one of your own.

For those of you unable to make your way to the Fair, you will be pleased to know our booth won “Best of Show”.

More info about the Bay Area Record Fair here.

See you again next year!

Parks Have Birthdays Too

Parks Have Birthdays Too

Happy Birthday to California State Parks! 150 years and still look’n good.

“California State Parks commemorates the 1864 establishment of the first state park in the world. On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting 39,000 acres of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California. Never before had land been set aside to protect its natural state for the public to enjoy. This historic legislation was the beginning of not only the California State Park System, but the national park idea we know today.” Learn more and check out the Cal Parks timeline.

Looking for a park? Check out the Cal Parks finder. No two are the same and the seasons give them all a little something different. Explore!

The Things of Youth // Jon Fee

The Things of Youth // Jon Fee

After years of writing and re-writing, thinking and dreaming, a lot of help and encouragement from my dear friends Cory Gray, Daniel Mckenzie, Adam Cimino, Jake Krohn, and a ton of patience and support from my beautiful family, I am ready to share my latest musical adventure, The Things of Youth.

I’m still getting used to referring to The Things of Youth as my solo project, but it is what it is. More importantly, my first album “Volume One” is done. It’s getting mastered and then off to the pressing plant.

I’ll be posting a couple of songs soon. In the mean time, go here to watch a fun short film made by Adam while we were recording out at Stinson Beach.

Hopefully my return ends better than Apollo Creed’s!

Jon

A letter to the Queen

A letter to the Queen

Dear Elizabeth II,

We just spent six weeks in your country and we must say your parks are spectacular! From the Royal Eight to other gems like London Fields, Battersea Park, and Fulham Park. Not to mention a medley of little green spaces packed into the nooks and crannies of lovely London. All set the standard and all are equally unique in their own way.

What we found most fascinating is the foresight in your urban planning, the respect your people have for their beloved parks, and not a noisy mower in sight. How do you do it? How did you know? Who is this magical mower who is never seen or heard, but who’s work is impeccable. And who planted all the wild flowers in London Fields?

THANK YOU!

Love,

Team Parks and Records