09 Mar 2015

Hey, good morning! Great news! We’re getting ready to release an incredible record by Horrible Things from Champaign, IL. Everybody Else will be their first vinyl release—and I think it’s long overdue, since they’ve been one of my favorite pop punk bands since about the first thirty seconds of 2012’s Dumb Days cassette. The LP will be out later this spring in a run of 500; more on that later.

For now, here’s the cover:

And the first song, "A Million Times." Get stoked on that, and the rest of their catalogue on their bandcamp, and have an excellent day.

10 Dec 2014

It's been a while, so I guess you might not know that the Remambran and Penn's Woods tapes came out great (if you somehow only find out about what we're doing through this website and no other informational outlet). See for yourself!

All the Remambran tapes come with unique, multi-layered, hand-assembled covers, and they look awesome. Hard to explain, you've just got to get one--and these are going quickly, so now's a good time if you want one.

Here's Penn's Woods!

22 Sep 2014

Secret Pennies & Remambran

Recent histories of the DIY scene in Santa Barbara and Isla Vista, CA, can read like a web of bands, artists, spaces, and late-night donut sprees. Mallory Watje’s disorientingly dreamy songwriting is a radial thread that shoots right through the center, hitting plenty of all-time high points (including Backpack, Mammary, Girl Band, Heavy Flow...). Remambran is the most current incarnation of said thread, and we’re looking forward to releasing their new full-length recording on cassette this fall. Drawing Out weaves shimmery pop with grungy indie rock and other sounds I don't know the names for—the result is something aggressively unsettling, occultish, and beautiful.

Here’s a song called “Median of Yr Street.” Drawing Out will be out on Secret Pennies Records next month in a run of 100 tapes.

10 Sep 2014

A new release!

Wow, what a summer! First we did a midwest tour, then we moved, then one of us took a trip to New York and the other toured back down to where we just moved from! Things are finally starting to get settled. We've got a couple releases planned, and the one we're talking about now is by Corvallis locals Penn's Woods who are releasing their first tape. "What Good We Do" will be out this fall in a run of 50 tapes, and we’re beyond excited to be working with Mike, Justin, and Wes on this release. Recommended for fans of thoughtful, hyperliterate songwriting (see: the Weakerthans, Restorations) and punk-rooted indie rock (along the lines of Husker Du, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf); featuring members of the Angries, JTT, and Lease—pretty much a cross-section of what makes Corvallis music awesome. Stay tuned, we'll be announcing another release next week! Also, go follow us on tumblr because it's a lot easier than this.

Anyway, check out the song! Oh, and go buy some stuff if you haven't yet! If that's your thing anyway.

03 Aug 2014

Yay! We've been setting up our new house in Corvallis, OR, for the past couple weeks. Lots more room for records. We also have these now:

You can pick one up in clear or black from our store now! It's Alive has the white ones.

And now we're getting started on two new tapes that will be coming out sometime around early fall. They're going to be awesome, and I'm stoked to say more about them when the time is right.

Oh yeah, and speaking of moving... we started a tumblr for Secret Pennies. Facebook is pretty terrible in the "social networking" area for small DIY operations, so we're hoping we can reach a few more people on the internet this way. I don't know who would be reading this that isn't already aware of us on Facebook or tumblr, but you never know, I guess.

Okay, back to arranging furniture.

06 Jun 2014

Chore by Hi Ho Silver, Away!

Wow! So much has been happening, you guys! We've just finished moving out of Secret Pennies HQ, aka our apartment, and are getting ready to leave on a Midwest/Southwest tour for Hi Ho Silver, Away! tomorrow. Speaking of which...

Would you look at that! Hi Ho Silver, Away!'s debut LP, Chore, is coming out on Secret Pennies and It's Alive... well, as soon as we get the records in the mail. We'll have CDs and a limited run of test presses out on the road this month, and the full run of LPs, which come in a few cool vinyl colors and with beautiful cover artwork by Simon Sotelo, will be out around the end of the month. You can stream the full album at New Noise now.

Any orders from our store between now and the 22nd will be shipped out when we get back. And then we'll be on our way up to our new home in Corvallis, Oregon. And then we'll probably have news about a couple new tapes we're working on. Wow. We'll see you when we get back from tour!

10 Apr 2014

And they're pretty great! Here are some kind words from Punknews, Team Reasonable, and Dying Scene. In other words, you're messing up if you haven't picked up a copy yet. Thanks, everyone!

Also, Josh made this great flier for an Isla Vista show that's going to be awesome, and also one of the last couple Friend of My Youth shows, at least for a long while. Check it out!

25 Mar 2014

Friend of My Youth tapes!

Ready for more tapes? HERE YOU GO.

Friend of My Youth tapes are up in our store now. This is a run of 50 pink tapes with cool vellum inserts. This is my band, so I'm not going to say too much about it... take a listen for yourself on bandcamp if you haven't already! I hope you like it! We're only going to be playing a few more shows in and around Santa Barbara, so pick up a tape while you can if you dig it.

We're still only about halfway done with our Spring of Endless Releases, if you can believe it. Stay tuned.

18 Mar 2014

Check these out!

These just went up for sale in our webstore, and you can listen to all the tracks on bandcamp. These will soon also be available from Coffin Boner Records, as well as from Happy Birthdayy, who are playing shows again now since Keaton's back from Italy! Perfect timing!

In other news, here's a cool review of the Shitty Weekend LP from Punknews! That's pretty cool. And in other other news, we'll have tapes from Friend of My Youth in the very near future, closely followed by another release that has yet to be announced. Hurray!

11 Mar 2014

Hey! Shitty Weekend LP came out a few days ago! We posted the entire thing on our bandcamp for stream/download. You can download it for free/donation, but I would seriously consider ordering the LP from us or donating what you can--this stuff ain't free to make! And it looks so nice! Yeah!