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2018 Recap

We all know 2018 was something else, but at least we have music to assuage the pains and anxieties of our current moment. Since we put out 16 records this year, not including a healthy dose of reissues, we wanted to recap it all for you in as succinct a manner as possible.

If life is too hectic, throw on the sampler and see what strikes your fascinations. Stylistically, our year covered a lot of ground, so if none of the names below ring familiar to you, it's a great collection to get yourself acquainted with this year's repertoire, and our roster in general.

As always, thank you for listening and thank you for supporting our label and the artists we work with.


2018 Sampler

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recommended for the musically curious

what to expect: an eclectic, hand-picked selection of songs from each one of our 2018 titles


Ratboys - GL

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recommended if you like: Soccer Mommy, Diet Cig, Hop Along, Big Thief, Andy Shauf

what to expect: indie rock embellished with country charm and twang


Giraffes? Giraffes! - Memory Lame

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Hella, Tera Melos, LITE, Don Caballero, Battles

what to expect: hectic, scatterbrained math-rock bursting with psychedelic tendencies and unforeseeable turns


Gulfer - Dog Bless

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Bear Vs. Shark, Cap’n Jazz, Crash of Rhinos, Algernon Cadwallader, Tiny Moving Parts

what to expect: raucous anthems that exude punkish quintessence through crafty, inventive songwriting


Thanya Iyer - Do You Dream? Mixtape

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Lomelda, Emily Yacina, Helena Deland, Bernice

what to expect: eclectic intersections of indie pop, electronic, and jazz which weave peculiarly gorgeous stories


Queen of Jeans - Dig Yourself
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recommended if you like: Warpaint, SALES, Jay Som, The Duke Spirit, The Ronettes

what to expect: elegantly retrofitted indie pop with ethereally layered vocals


Clearance - At Your Leisure

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Pavement, Guided by Voices, Parquet Courts, Nap Eyes, Ought, Yo La Tengo, The Feelies, REM, Wire, The Kinks

what to expect: jangly indie rock fronted by reflective sprechgesang, rounded at the edges with clever pop songwriting


tricot - potage / On the boom
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recommended if you like: Cibo Matto, Marnie Stern, TTNG, Metric

what to expect: a satisfying quick fix featuring two of the band’s more poppier songs to date


Pema - Bad Habits
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recommended if you like: Nadine, Alex Napping, Men I Trust, Half Waif

what to expect: electronic pop that shimmers with unique production and enchanting vocals


gobbinjr - ocala wick
spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: The Blow, Mirah, Of Montreal, Snail Mail, IAN SWEET, Adult Mom

what to expect: upbeat and whimsical indie pop built on earwormy, hazy melodies


mouse on the keys - tres
spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: CHON, Cornelius, toe, Tortoise, The Mercury Program

what to expect: unpredictable, beautiful, and solemn compositions that pry open and rearrange the seams of jazz


El Ten Eleven - Banker's Hill
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recommended if you like: Tycho, The Album Leaf, Battles, The Mercury Program, Lymbyc Systym

what to expect: driving yet meditative post-rock with curious and explorative guitar looping


Another Michael - Land
spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Stephen Steinbrink, Jodi, Friendship, Russel the Leaf

what to expect: subdued indie pop with infectious vocals and crispy production



toe - Our Latest Number

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: The Album Leaf, The Mercury Program, Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Mono, Don Caballero, Battles

what to expect: toe, but on the more restrained, introspective end of their wildly broad spectrum


Doe - Grow into It

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: The Breeders, Rozwell Kid, Weezer, Speedy Ortiz, The Sidekicks, Charly Bliss, Swearin’, Great Grandpa, Hatchie

what to expect: assertive indie rock hooks and riffs that brim with crunchy tact


LITE - Blizzard

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Tera Melos, Hella, Pele, Don Caballero, Battles, mouse on the keys

what to expect: the classic, tight noodling and controlled explosiveness that this band is all about


Elephant Gym - Underwater

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: American Football, toe, tricot, Chon, TTNG, Yvette Young

what to expect: deft and immersive math-rock featuring a host of international vocalists

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New Music from Elephant Gym, Annual Label Sampler & Holiday Sale

Greetings! It is about that time, people. We've got a few deals going to help you with your holiday shopping (much more on that below). Now's probably also a good time to recap you on what we've put out this year, incase you've missed anything. We've also got Elephant Gym's new album Underwater available for purchase—details on all of that below.

This year's been awesome—I'm so psyched on the diverse titles and exciting group of artists we've gotten to partner with in 2018. For a quick glimpse of everything we had our hands in this year check out our discography page, or just peep our label sampler that features a track from every artist we released music for in 2018:

Oh yeah, the sale!

  • Take 20% everything in our shop with the code HOUSEKEEPING (excludes pre-order items)
  • Take an additional 15% off everything in our sale section (prices already marked down)
  • Our Bandcamp subscription is temporarily lowered to just $6 a month—get everything we release instantly digitally delivered to you, plus bonus downloads and behind-the-scenes updates all while supporting us and our roster in an ongoing, sustainable way!
  • we've re-stocked crewnecks, beanies, hats and shirts
  • For every $50 you spend in our shop, get a free random test press with your order
  • All digital items on our Bandcamp are 50% off (use the code HOUSEKEEPING)
  • Lastly, if you're shopping for someone and not sure what to get them, we have gift cards

A few notes and clarifications: The 50% off Bandcamp code *will* work on physical merch. We won't honor that though. Please do not try to buy physical merch with this code—YOU WILL BE REFUNDED and we will cancel your order if you do this. It is intended for digital items only. Thanks!

To redeem your free test press for every $50 spent, you must add this item to your cart.

In other news, you can finally listen to the new Elephant Gym album Underwater! It'll be on streaming platforms December 7th, but until then, you can stream or download it from Bandcamp (psst you'd already have it if you were subscribed!) or simply add it to your cart here on our shop.

That's it for now—thanks so much for your continued interest and support! <3

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#lite
#mouse on the keys
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#queen of jeans
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El Ten Eleven // Banker's Hill is Available Now!

The day you've all been waiting for – El Ten Eleven's Banker's Hill is out now!!

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such an exciting and talented band, and we know you're going to love this record. Delve into the 9-song masterpiece anywhere you like to listen to music: http://smarturl.it/BankersHill

Maybe you are more into the classic record-buying experience – we get that and support it! You can also pick up a copy of Banker's Hill from your local brick-and-mortar record shop. The following retailers are carrying it now:

  • All Media Supply
  • Amazon.com
  • Amoeba Music (Hollywood/San Francisco)
  • Boo Boo Records
  • Bull Moose Music
  • CD Central
  • Daddy Kool
  • Dearborn Music
  • Easy Street Records
  • Electric Fetus
  • Everyday Music
  • Fingerprints
  • Gray Whale
  • Guestroom Records
  • Independent Records
  • Luna Music
  • Lunchbox Records
  • Mills Record Company
  • Music Millennium
  • Park Ave. CD's
  • Plan 9
  • Record Exchange
  • Redscroll Records
  • Rolling Stones Record Store
  • Rough Trade Retail
  • Salzer's
  • Scratched Vinyl
  • Shake It
  • Silver Platters
  • Square Records
  • Stiff Slack
  • Stinkweeds
  • The Exclusive Co.
  • Twist & Shout
  • Vertigo
  • Waterloo
  • Zia Enterprises

The band will be heading out on tour next month in celebration of this release, accompanied by Tennis System and RLYR. Grab tickets here.

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El Ten Eleven // "We Don't Have A Sail but We Have a Rudder"

So you've listened to the first two El Ten Eleven singles and are dying to hear even more of the album – well you're in luck! Their third single from Banker's Hill, "We Don't Have a Sail but We Have a Rudder" is out today! Hopefully this will hold you over until the full album is released on August 10th ~

El Ten Eleven also created an awesome Spotify playlist that you can stream here. It includes songs that were playing in the studio before they began their sessions each morning while recording the album.

Additionally, they will be embarking on a US tour in September in celebration of Banker's Hill:

  • 9/05 - Morro Bay, CA @ The Siren
  • 9/06 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
  • 9/07 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
  • 9/08 - Reno, NV @ Saint Bar
  • 9/09 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
  • 9/12 - Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre
  • 9/13 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
  • 9/14 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
  • 9/15 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
  • 9/18 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
  • 9/19 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
  • 9/20 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Washington’s
  • 9/21 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
  • 9/22 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
  • 11/06 - St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House
  • 11/07 - Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi
  • 11/08 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
  • 11/09 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
  • 11/10 - Chicago, IL @ ChopShop
  • 11/13 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
  • 11/14 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
  • 11/15 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
  • 11/16 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
  • 11/17 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
  • 11/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
  • 11/30 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
  • 12/01 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah

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El Ten Eleven // "You Are Enough" Premiere

KEXP is premiering El Ten Eleven's new single "You Are Enough" along with a live video of the song today, calling the instrumental track an "unspoken mantra" for the battle against anxiety." The track will be available everywhere tomorrow (6/21).

"You Are Enough" is off the band's upcoming full-length Banker's Hill, pre-order the record before it drops on August 10th!

Check the band out on tour in September:

  • 9/05 - Morro Bay, CA @ The Siren
  • 9/06 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
  • 9/07 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
  • 9/08 - Reno, NV @ Saint Bar
  • 9/09 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
  • 9/12 - Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre
  • 9/13 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
  • 9/14 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
  • 9/15 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
  • 9/18 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
  • 9/19 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
  • 9/20 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Washington’s
  • 9/21 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
  • 9/22 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

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El Ten Eleven // Tour dates

In honor of their upcoming full-length, Banker's Hill, El Ten Eleven is hitting the road for a full US tour! If they are coming to your city, make sure to come out to a show for a truly unforgettable experience...It will blow your mind that this band is a two-piece.

Tickets are available now on their website!

Get your hands on a pre-order of Banker's Hill here.

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El Ten Eleven // New Album, New Song and Video

If you've ever had the opportunity to see El Ten Eleven perform live, you already know how absolutely mind-blowing this band is. We have admired them for a long time and are ecstatic to have the chance to join forces to release their upcoming album, Banker's Hill!

The 9-song LP is packed with mathy, post-rock tracks with intricately layered instrumentals which work to create their unique and impactful sound. Today, you can hear the first single "Phenomenal Problems" and pre-order Banker's Hill.

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