The Vondelpark – Amsterdam

The Vondelpark – Amsterdam

NYC has Central Park, London has Hyde Park, and Amsterdam has Vondelpark.  Loaded with nooks and crannies to explore, clever ideas like “Findfence”, colourful gardens, fountains and more…

We were there in the spring and I can only imagine how it comes alive in the summer, especially the open-air theatre.

Check it out, get on a bike, and make it a day.




The Things of Youth

The Things of Youth

Hi All,

Just a quick note to let you know The Things of Youth Volume 2 is in the works.  Me and the super talented singer/song writer Mark Torres are making great progress writing a bunch of new songs.  As soon as they are worthy we will share some demos.  We are also looking to book some shows around London if you have any ideas.

Jon / The Things of Youth

p.s. Happy Birthday to the Queen!


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.




“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.


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