Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Well, I've now been on vacation long enough that I have no idea what day it is. I keep asking people and immediately forget what they answered, 'cause it doesn't even matter. Don't worry, I'm actually getting some work done so I'm not being completely lazy. Just nice to take the pace of life a little more slowly.

So yes, we are having a great Holiday season so far here in Maryland. Lots of time with family, at home and in the studio, too.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I'll leave you now with a picture of the tiniest amp, which is a recent addition to our little Vox collection.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Good morning!

I'm writing from my desk at work. In twenty minutes class will start, and I'll finish reading this little gem to the students:


Such a classic! I read it to my class every year, and I'm such a sap that I get all choked up and have to fight back tears in the last chapter. It gets me every time. Ha...How embarrassing. I'll let you know how I do today.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Connect Four! HUGE!



an epic battle to the death. Jacob Graham vs. Johnny Danger. who won?






Thursday, December 2, 2010

looking in windows


this is a nice time of year. i don't like it so much as autumn, but i like the idea of it more. i like that we have a month to try to put stuff up on our free singles club that with get us all in the spirit. i don't know if we're up to the challenge, but we'll give it a shot. and i was thinking we'd make some of our best christmasy releases from last year available again... you know, for anyone who might have missed them. and then we have some nice things planned for the free singles club next year. i am excited to continue putting stuff out there that i love, and listen to new demos all the time. i feel very fortunate. hope everyone's doing well. i miss you.



Monday, November 22, 2010

The week before Thanksgiving

Yesterday...

-Slept in

-Watched some squirrels play and fed them bread and chips (they like hint of lime)

-Discussed how excited we are about the Two Wounded Birds release (it sounds amazing)

-Made cupcakes for no particular reason

-Bought an unnatural amount of coffee from Starbucks

-wrote an 8 page paper about art from 1200-1400 (Justin did this, not I)

It was a nice day. I wish I had pictures (mainly of the squirrels), but I've been bad about that lately. But people can change, so there's hope for more visually interesting posts in the future.

We're going to start recording Christmas music this week. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Well, everything seems to be coming together this week! I can't wait to get my hands on that Two Wounded Birds EP and those Young Friends! I thought I would share another side note and let everyone know the pre-order is up for our debut Soda Shop 7" single titled "Farewell" from our friends over at Shelflife Records here!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

he did care when i cut my hair...



Well, i'm somewhere in europe and I'm wishing I was home. I am grateful I assure you, but after a year of this I just miss my friends, and my own bed, and other things a little. It's so crazy that we're actually about to put out actual stuff. I have everything on a rush order because Two Wounded Birds are on tour with us now and I want them to have some cds to sell! Tonight Johnny Danger and I traded jackets. I think we were both just ready for a change. I haven't worn a jean jacket in a while, and Johnny looks quite nice in my aviator jacket. Andrew from the Young Friends wore it on halloween as part of an Indiana Jones costume, and it worked quite well for that too. we all hung out with the guys form the band Cut Your Hair tonight. they are nice. It is 4:36 am in Spain and there is still some raging party going on outside. I am going to watch Milo and Otis and go to sleep. It's actually a very intense film.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween is over, the Great Pumpkin came and vanished again until next year. Of course this doesn't mean we no longer have anything to look forward to, there is still plenty of pumpkin pie to be eaten, fireplaces to be lit, the coming of snow and new Christmas songs to be written. Pardon my nostalgia, I will now leave you with this...

Monday, October 18, 2010



I feel like this is all we've been doing lately...write papers, edit papers, grade papers. But we think of you all the time.

love,
joanna

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Oh Canada!

"Oh Canada!" was the name of an amazing circlevision film that used to be shown at the Canadian pavilion at Epcot. That might still be the name of the film there, but it was updated some time ago and isn't nearly as good. But when it was the old one (the true one) Caleb and I used to go see it all the time, I forget why. We had some sort of strange fascination with Canada. Maybe it was because we grew up in northern Ohio, right near the border but we never crossed the line. Well, yesterday I went to Canada for the first time and it was amazing, everything I imagined. Nothing spectacular happened, just all the trees and how crisp the air was and all that. I wish Caleb had been there. He just missed it, he was on tour with us (playing drum for the Young Friends) up until a few days ago. Life's funny like that. This morning I woke up and got in the car and ate a nice sandwich while listening to Joel Alme, which is probably my perfect soundtrack to being in Canada. And now here's that hit song by the Field Mice:

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

World Travles (Part 2)

I arrived yesterday from a short tour with Taken By Trees in South America. What an interesting country. I spent most of my time in Brazil (São Paulo, Recife & Fortaleza) but Buenos Aires, Argentina was the best. What a romantic city! It didn't have the exotic/tropical feel of Brazil, it carried more of a Rome vibe. The architecture was perfect and the temperature was mild. All four shows went well despite the technical hiccups here and there. Hopefully I will make it back to Argentina soon, I was hit with an unexpected reciprocal fee of $140.00USD just to enter the country, apparently we charge them, so they now charge us. But all was reimbursed and I now have a nice slip in my passport that allows me in for free for the next 10 years. I'm sure I'll see you again Argentina!


Recife Beach


Buenos Aires

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

small and ordinary

It was a gray, rainy fall day here in Maryland, which just so happens to be my favorite kind. I opened up the windows in my classroom, and my students wrote poems about how much they like rain. It was just that kind of day...it was nice.

I finally got the Days 7" from Shelflife. I've loved Days since Jacob first introduced them to me a long while ago, but I kept forgetting to order their release. Fall reminded me, though, because I always feel like listening to their music this time of year.

Happy Fall, everyone!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

To the very kind mr/ms Anonymous who commented on my Miss Tech Savvy post--don't worry, I understand the confusion! I'm confused too. I would've responded in a comment but I still can't make comments for some reason. ;) How silly. Maybe it's my computer or security network or something--who knows, y'know?

Life is crazy!

love
j

p.s. Go here for a little joy. I'm excited and beyond.

Monday, September 20, 2010

I don't think life is ever boring, but things are getting particularly exciting around here. Amongst other things, Justin and I spent the whole weekend painting our new recording studio space.

It's fairly large, so even after two days of painting (with some breaks in-between for sleeping and apple-picking), we're still only half way finished.

Lots more work to do, but it's the good kind of work. Everything is just falling into place, and I'm trying to stay on top of it all and not waste any opportunities. I'm so excited to share more news soon!

love,
j

Thursday, September 16, 2010

World Travels

I am heading south in a few days, and by south I mean South America! Why you ask? I will be accompanying my dear friend Victoria Bergsman and her band Taken by Trees for a short tour. I'm very excited as I have never been, or really even thought about traveling to South America.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I'm not exactly miss Tech Savvy, but I can usually figure out how to post comments on blog posts. I mean...come on, right? Well I have tried to post comments on this blog, within the past two days, and I just can't get it to work. Anyone else having this problem? A little help please.

love,
joanna

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

(adj.) giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc

On Sunday night Justin and I met up with our fellow Holiday crew at a show in DC. All of the bands who played (the Drums, Surfer Blood, Young Friends) have been part of our singles club; it was delightful to have everyone in one place. People probably don't use the word "delightful" anymore, but it was, ok? So much love.


(young friends!)


(drums)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

new pennies.



i've been all around the world and i've been wondering why every country has such interesting looking money and ours is sort of bland and normal. but the more time i spend away the more i think our money looks quite nice and very classic. this is the new penny, i was surprised to see how classic it looks. it's like captain america's shield. this post is going to seem dumb and pointless pretty soon... when everyone has this penny. actually maybe it already is, maybe this penny has been in circulation for months and i'm just so out of touch that i didn't know. this may very well be the case. anyway, i like it. america!


Monday, August 30, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Soda Shop



Hello everyone, it's been a while. I wanted to share something with you, it's a new side project I started with my dear friend Maria. It's called "Soda Shop" and the first single titled "Farewell" is up for streaming on our MySpace page! Enjoy!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

a blur


i just had what should have been the craziest night of my life, but it was actually just a blur. i'm on a bus out of gothenburg now, where we played a show this morning. connor and i were meant to dj tonight at a secret party on a hill, in the woods. as soon as we got there, to this strange location packed with hundreds of people, Jens Lekman introduced himself to me. i told him i was a big fan and he was very kind and everything you would hope him to be! and then in the next five minuted this is what happened: we stared djing, i met Frederick from The Embassy, Joakim from jj, Joel from Air France was there too (i'd met him earlier that night and we had a wonderful conversation about everything you'd imagine), then i think i met someone that i fell in love with (but that's really hard to say for sure, and what are the odds of ever finding each other again?), then in the middle of our second song the equipment stopped working and we left because we didn't want to be late for our bus departure. i still can't believe it. i probably should have written all this in my diary, but you know...

you anyone that is reading this was there, i'd like to apologize for running off like that, i couldn't help it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010



still working out the kinks!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

oh dear


well, it seems as though this blog has been seriously neglected for some time now! i am sorry for that. you know, life is crazy sometimes (like this monkey smoking). but the truth is we are working very hard behind the scenes to turn this label around, to really get things off the ground! of course we will always have free singles... the vinyl won't diminish that, it's just so that you'll have something to remember us by when we're dead.

so what's this picture all about? well, it's a still form a nice movie i just watched called "the misadventures of merlin jones". i decided i'm only going to watch nice, old movies from now on. i think it's a good idea. i stopped watching horror movies a few years ago, and movies that were rated R a bit latter, but now i think i need to take it to the next level and only watch movies that are truly "pleasant". i'm not tryin to push my beliefs on you, i'm just telling you whats going on in my life. everyone must chose their own path. just, please, really think about these things. love you.


Thursday, July 15, 2010



I needed this! And maybe you do to..you just didn't know yet or something..

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

i used to have a belle & sebastian sticker sticker on the hood of my car when i was 19. i'd like to think if i still had a car that would still be going on. you remember that caleb? it was a blue dodge neon from 1992 i think. there was a hole in the gas tank and the speedometer didn't work.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

HOLIDAY RECORDS LOVE-IN!

Golden Glow, Two Wounded Birds, The Drums........ one magical night.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Indie Today

hey folks,

as you may know we've recently been trying to get our website in better shape, and in the process have made a big mess and a lot of our older downloads are no longer working (they will be a soon!) but it the mean time, a lovely fellow over at Indie Today was nice enough to put some of our favs up for download on his blog:

http://indietoday.net/2010/04/30/holiday-records.aspx

Friday, April 23, 2010

So who runs the record labels now?



Here is a link to a recent article published by The Independent (a national daily newspaper in the UK) about the changing face of the recording industry, Holiday Records is talked about along with the labels started by Jack White and that guy from Kings of Leon. I don't understand how things like this happen, but I'm sure this has something to do with why our bandwidth is always running out. We are sorry and trying to find a solution. We're unprepared and ill equipped. Is love not enough?


http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/so-who-runs-the-record-labels-now-1946160.html

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

old music

I don't tend to get tired of albums or bands (if I really love them), and I have certain albums that I always listen to during certain seasons.

The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian is definitely my spring album. I have different favorite songs from it every year (which is the mark of a great album, in my opinion). My current favorites this year being...






and...



Sigh. So much love...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Young Michelin Opens for The Wake in Paris!


the whole world is beginning to be beautiful!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

in the current issue of NME...



good job gang!

but really, soggy brown grass isn't nearly as inspiring as snow.


This is what the world looked like just a couple weeks ago, but now the snow is all melted and everywhere I step I get mud on my shoes. It is almost 60 degrees outside, which is nice. I guess I should be happy (I am, kinda).

Friday, March 5, 2010

the other night at the windmill



we were playing a concert last week at the windmill in london and there was this girl there. i thought she was probably the prettiest girl i'd ever seen in real life, and she dressed cool. i tried to talk to her and i told her that i thought she looked like Annemari Davies from the Field Mice (she looked just like her! this photo at least). i asked her if she'd ever heard of the field mice and she said no. actually all she ever said was no and it led me to believe she didn't speak english. then she bowed very low and weirdly and left. letter that night she approached me and gave me one of those marijuana cigarettes. i said thank you, i thought it was very nice of her, sort of like an indian offering a pilgrim a peace pipe. then when she left i gave it to some guy standing next to me, cause i don't like that stuff.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

sunshower orphans at mondo


For those of you who couldn't make it out to Mondo last night, the Sunshower Orphans played! It was a pretty great set, noisy, energetic and pretty solid.

Monday, February 8, 2010

a few nights ago in Glasgow...


The lovely ladies of Camera Obscura joined us for a number.
A high point of my life never to be reached again.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New (ish) music

If you haven't heard, Jonsi (from Sigur Ros) is releasing a solo album this spring. I just heard the first single, Boy Lilikoi, last night. It's most similar to the up-beat side of Sigur Ros (like Gobbledigook), but is actually sung in English. I don't have anything against Icelandic or made-up languages, but I've gotta admit that being able to understand the lyrics is a major plus for the lyric-obsessed (uh, me).

Watch it here

Or download the song here (courtesy of xl recordings).

Monday, January 18, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

fire

i burned my hand at work the other day. it hurts man.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010



So Justin and I spent a lovely little Holiday here in my most favorite state, Mary-land. It was kind enough to snow the weekend before Christmas, and stay cold so things didn't get all grey and slushy, so we had a white Christmas. Happy times, friends. Happy times.

The first album we listened to in 2010, by the way, was this little gem:



I'm thinking this (latest mewithoutYou) and the God Help the Girl albums are my favorite 2009 releases. Though I must admit that most of the albums I bought weren't '09 releases, so my opinion isn't entirely well-rounded. BUT! Great albums nevertheless.

What are some of your 2009 favorites?


p.s. I should add that I'm still kind of obsessed with our Girl Alliance release.

the greatest blog in the world...

Friday, January 1, 2010