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!
Daniel and Jon
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.
Adam Cimino also joined as we put down tracks for a new Things of Youth album.
Both releases will be coming out on Parks and Records very soon. Stay Tuned!
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!
Just a quick update to let you know we’ve moved – sort of…
For the foreseeable future Parks and Records will be an international indie label with operations in London and Oakland, California. The best of both worlds.
More to come!
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
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 Association – Protecting our parks
National Park Foundation – Inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts
Marin County Bicycle Coalition – striving 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.
Team Parks and Records