New Ben Davis & The Jetts Record!


It has been a while since Ben Davis released Charge It Up! with his band of Jetts. Now close to 4 years later he has a digital only EP entitled, Storms We're In For; a little darker, a little heavier, the songs echo the ebb and flow of the complicated life journey we all take.

Ben Davis began his musical career with pioneering punk bands Sleepytime Trio and Milemarker, touring the world relentlessly for years. With the onset of the birth of a son, Davis settled into the Chapel Hill area and began a quiet solo project in his bedroom. Ten years later, this project continues forward as a full fledged band. After tours of Japan, Europe, and the USA, Davis and his tight knit band "The Jetts" brought their experience together to the studio to create a focused and concise record with a darker energy than previous albums. The veteran band friends that make up the band recorded at friend Alex's Seriously Adequate Studio in Carrboro. It was mixed by longtime collaborator Nick Petersen at Track and Field Studio.

Stream the release on bandcamp .

Des Ark To Play Shows With Maria Taylor


Des Ark hot on the heels of the vinyl reissue of WXDU Volume 3, spent some time on the road with Tim Kasher before slipping into the studio with Brian Paulson (Slint, Wilco, Superchunk). She'll be road testing a number of these new songs with a batch of dates with Maria Taylor and a DC gig with label mates Regents and Office Of Future Plan's J Robbins.

Feb 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle w/ Maria Taylor 
Feb 6 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Maria Taylor 
Feb 7 - Boston, MA @ Middle East (Upstairs) w/ Maria Taylor 
Feb 9 - Washington, D.C. @ DC 9 w/ Regents, J Robbins

Des Ark WXDU Vol 3 Now Available On LP!


To say Aimée Argote is a prolific songwriter is a complete understatement. She's constantly creating and touring, and you shouldn't miss an opportunity to see her perform live. The 9 songs on this 12" were recorded live on WXDU 88.7 by Ross Grady in January of 2010 and were performed by a solo Des Ark — that means it's just Aimée with her guitar and voice, backed occasionally by guitarist Johnny Ward (Pygmy Lush). The vinyl is a coke bottle clear color and the cover art features a two-color screen-print. This is a re issue of the Paramnesia Records version which is now out of print.

Des Ark hits the road with Tim Barry and Appleseed Cast


After taking a few months to regroup after the release of, and tour(s) around their last full length, Des Ark are back at it again.  The band will be headed out on the road, first with Avail's Tim Barry, followed by a jaunt with The Appleseed Cast throughout much of the midwest.  This kicks off what promises to be a busy year for the band as they get ready to record a follow up to Don't Rock The Boat, Sink The Fucker.

In the meantime, you can check out stripped down sessions with Aimée Argote on WXDU.  Volume 1 and Volume 2 have just been released on Bandcamp and Lovitt will be reissuing WXDU Vol. 3 featuring Johnny Ward of Pygmy Lush in the coming weeks.

Tour dates below. Get pumped.

"Anyone expecting agitprop mallpunk or ironic cowpunk covers may be surprised by the shimmery pop sound of (Des Ark), which creates a dynamic, often dense sound out of a minimum of instruments." - Pitchfork (

Jul 18, 2013 Washington , DC DC9 w/Tim Barry
Jul 19, 2013 Philly, PA Johnny Brendas w/Tim Barry
Jul 20, 2013 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory w/Tim Barry
Jul 21, 2013 Boston, MA Middle East w/Tim Barry
Jul 23, 2013 Montreal, Canada QUAI DES BRUMMES w/Tim Barry
Jul 24, 2013 Toronto, Canada Hard Luck Bar w/Tim Barry
Jul 25, 2013 London, Canada Call The Office w/Tim Barry
Jul 26, 2013 Detroit, MI Magic Stick w/Tim Barry
Jul 27, 2013 Pittsburgh, PA 31st Street Pub w/Tim Barry
Aug 08, 2013 Chicago, IL Fireside Bowl w/THE APPLESEED CAST
Aug 09, 2013 Chicago, IL Fireside Bowl w/THE APPLESEED CAST
Aug 10, 2013 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club w/THE APPLESEED CAST
Aug 11, 2013 Madison, WI The Frequency w/THE APPLESEED CAST
Aug 12, 2013 St Louis, MO Off Broadway w/THE APPLESEED CAST
Aug 13, 2013 Louisville, KY Zanzabar w/THE APPLESEED CAST
Aug 14, 2013 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlies w/THE APPLESEED CAST
Aug 15, 2013 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme w/THE APPLESEED CAST
Aug 16, 2013 DeKalb, IL House Café w/THE APPLESEED CAST
Aug 17, 2013 Cleveland, OH Cleveland Public Theater w/TBA (Part of Festival)
Aug 19, 2013 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre w/THE APPLESEED CAST


Office Of Future Plans release split release with Daria


We are really excited to release the first in a series of splits and singles. This one is with our friends in the Office of Future Plans and Daria.

You can can check out and buy on our site or bandcamp page

Office Of Future Plans: 
1. Solipsist (new original) 
2. The English Cloud (Daria cover) 
3. 24 Doors (Rifle Sport cover)

4. As The Dust Settles (new original) 
5. Dumb It Down (Office of Future Plans cover) 
6. I Want The Moon (Leatherface cover)

The Office of Future Plans (the new project from onetime Jawbox frontman J Robbins along with cellist Gordon Withers, bassist Brooks Harlan, and drummer Darren Zentek) have a new split release with French band Daria. But while the music is new, their relationship runs deep. The friendship between OFP and Daria partially rests on shared experiences working with late producer Iain Burgess. Burgess had recorded Jawbox's Novelty, and Daria worked with him as well, after Iain moved to France in the 90s. The idea for the 7" + EP came about as a nod to Burgess's work and his role in shaping the "Chicago Sound" of the 90s which went on to influence Steve Albini and much of guitar-based indie rock.

The 7" contains two new originals from each band, but there are 4 digital bonus tracks as well: 2 of each band covering the other, and 2 other covers in honor of the late producer Iain Burgess. OFP covers Rifle Sport's "24 Doors", and Daria covers Leatherface's "I Want The Moon". The songs are exactly what they should be, a blast of angular and sinewy music that sounds at once fresh and yet makes absolute sense in the lineage of either band. Both bands churn through their respective songs, playing with the kind of passion and depth that is reflective of their mutual admiration of each other and in honor of Burgess - it is a fitting tribute to an amazing legacy.