Over the past few years Chicago has been breeding a new crop of incredibly talented bands and cultivating a thriving scene that is quietly catching the attention of fans far beyond the borders of Chicagoland. Today we're very excited to announce that Landmarks, another stand-out Chicago band, has agreed to join Walk-In Records for the vinyl release of their Self-Titled EP. Taking essentials from the psychedelic, shoegaze and dream-pop genres, Landmarks have created their own place in the often crowded indie-rock world. This EP will fit nicely with your Real Estate, Deerhunter, and War on Drugs LPs. There are a few moments when you may even hear a bit the Stone Roses in these songs. Take a listen for yourself...
Right now, plans are being made to get this EP pressed to vinyl. We'll keep you posted as to when it will be available and all the other details of the vinyl package. In the meantime, stay connected with Landmarks and Walk-In to get all the details as they become available.
There are quite a few things percolating around here and I wanted to share an update before things get really crazy. First of all, at the end of January, Jordon Salveson released an amazing six-song EP called Devil, Don't Wake Me Up. The fine folks at Space Giraffe had this to say about it,
"... Devil, Don’t Wake Me Up is the perfect musical companion for late nights in your own company.
Six haunting and well composed songs that manage to hit the sweet-spot of being interesting and diverse listening, but simple in their nature and performance."
You can read the entire review here. Jordon plans to release a second EP this spring. Here's some video from one of Jordon's recent Nashville shows. Enjoy...
Get your turntables warmed up because we getting ready to release Sister Crystals' debut LP in May. The album was recently mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering. Roger has mastered records for the likes of Avail, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliott Smith, Unwound, Calexico, Bon Iver, Bardo Pond... you get the idea. Needless to say, he did an excellent job and the record sounds phenomenal. Be on the look out for the first single, coming your way very soon.
Finally, in less jubilant news, Spaces called it quits in January, ending their four-year run on a high note. I count myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to release their second LP, Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void. It's been a true pleasure to work with them and I wish them the best in whatever they may do next. If you haven't picked up their LP, don't delay. There are less than 30 copies left. This was limited to 250 copies. It's pressed on beautiful red vinyl, the cover art is loved by millions and it comes with a beautiful screened poster. Hurry over to our shop and pick this up.
That should bring you up to speed. Click on those giant Facebook and Twitter icons above and to the right to get up to the minute updates about our releases, our bands on the road, and other good stuff. Thanks again for your support!
Since Walk-In Records began we've been telling you about Sister Crystals. Sure, they were called Magic City then, but that was a long time ago. Well, for the last year Sister Crystals worked tirelessly to record a first-class LP and I'm happy to tell you it's just about finished. We recently booked Roger Seibel at SAE mastering to master the album and arrangements are being made for artwork, pressing, and all the good things that go into making an amazing record. What this all means is that Sister Crystals' debut LP will be out in May. I've heard a few rough tracks from the LP and I can tell you it's going to knock you over when you hear it. Yeah, it's that good. Stay tuned for more details...
As the door on 2012 prepares to slam shut, we wanted to bring you news from around the Walk-In Records universe.
It has been a great year for us. Spaces released Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void on LP and it is nearly sold out. Needless to say we and the band are both thrilled and humbled by the response to this record. If you haven't heard Spaces yet, take a minute and do that right now. There are still a few copies of the album left which can be ordered here. At the moment, the guys in Spaces are taking some time to themselves, basking in the glow of their record's success. Well done gentlemen.
In September we announced that Jordon Salveson joined Walk-In. Since then, Jordon moved from Chicago to Nashville and has put together a band to play his songs live. The results are sounding pretty good. Check out this footage from a recent show at Exit/In in Nashville.
Jordon is also working on putting together a digital album we hope to release in the next few months as well as starting to record a new album that will be an LP release a bit later this year.
Finally, we come to Sister Crystals, the band that started it all. Sister Crystals had a busy 2012 playing shows in and around the greater Chicagoland area and recording their debut LP. The band put a lot of time and hard work into this album and it shows. I heard a rough track from the record recently and I can tell you it's going to knock you down when you hear it. It's not yet ready for the public, but soon, very soon. The Sister Crystals LP will be out in 2013, so get excited.While you wait, why not check out their EP from last year. These five songs are an excellent introduction to the band and the EP is a free download! What's not to love. Go get these songs now!
We're extremely excited about all that 2013 will bring and we're very proud of what we've accomplished in 2012. None of it is possible without the bands on the label and those of you who count yourselves among their fans. Thanks to everyone for buying our records, visiting this site, following us on social media, sending us email, talking to us about the label, talking to the bands about their music, telling your friends about our records, playing Walk-In Records on the radio, writing about us on your blog, magazine or newspaper. Whatever you did to support us this year please know we are eternally thankful. Thanks so much for an amazing 2012 and we can't wait to show you what we've got in store for 2013.
It's been a busy first year for the label, but we have no intention of slowing down now. As we approach our first birthday, Walk-In Records is pleased to announce that Jordon Salveson is the latest artist to join the label. Jordon is a native of Nashville and has recently spent several years in Chicago. He brings his considerable abilities as songwriter and multi-instrumentalist to Walk-In Records and we are thrilled he agreed to release his records with us. If names like Jeff Buckley, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Sondre Lerche make you sit up and pay attention then you need to spend some time with Jordon Salveson's music.
Look for a digital album from Jordon in a few weeks and an LP release late in 2013 or early 2014. In the meantime take a few minutes and check out this song, In a Story or a Dream. Also, read more about Jordon here, then check him out on Facebook and Twitter.
Our vinyl release of Spaces - Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void now has a release date...July 10, 2012!. Pre-Orders for the record begin next week. Keep an eye on this site and our social media for more details. If you haven't already, please check us out on Facebook and Twitter.... and sometime Tumblr. Thanks!!
As you may or may not know by now, there's a new show out there called Magic City. I'd love to tell you that the show details the adventures of an amazing band from Chicago but I'd be lying. The show has nothing to do with bands at all. As entertaining as Magic City the TV show might be, it makes it tough for Magic City the fantastic Chicago band to be found on the internet. WIth this in mind, we're pleased to announce that Magic City, the band, has changed their name to Sister Crystals. What does this mean for the future? Really, it changes nothing. Same band, same music, and they're still recording their first LP which Walk-In Records will release this summer. So, while Sister Crystals is hard at work recording that LP, Please go like them on Facebook and Twitter at the links below, then check out some live footage of one of their new songs.
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/#!/SisterCrystals
We are very excited to announce that Spaces have agreed to release their album Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void on Walk-In Records.
Hailing from Brooklyn, Spaces weave an intricate blend of instrumental post-rock, with a healthy dose of late 70's prog-rock. Trust me, this is an album that was made to be heard on vinyl. It's records like this one that will make you thankful you spent all that money on a good turntable and nice headphones. We're busy taking care of the last-minute details but we plan to have this pressed and in your hands early this summer. In the meantime you can learn more about Spaces here.
Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void was released digitally last year; the vinyl pressing on Walk-In Records will be its first physical release. We're planning a lot of great extras for this record that you will really need to see to appreciate. More details to come... While you wait for the vinyl, you can get yourself the digital version here.
I am pleased, privileged and honored to announce that Walk-In Records has partnered with the amazing blog Knox Road. I've been writing for Knox Road for the past year and am proud to be associated with a publication of its calibre.
Partnering the label with Knox Road is a natural step considering if it hadn't been for Knox Road, Walk-In Records may never have happened. While looking through the writers mailbox at Knox Road I came across an email with a submission from Magic City. I jumped over to their bandcamp page to see what they were all about and I've been hooked ever since. That first listen turned into regular listens and a glowing review on Knox Road. I figured I would get over it after writing the review, but I couldn't get past the fact that this fabulous band didn't have a record out there anywhere.
Anyway, that's how the idea started and now, a few months later, I have the privilege of putting out Magic City's record and being partners with a group of people at Knox Road who not only put out an amazing publication but for who I have a great deal of respect. I'm looking forward to working with both Magic City and Knox Road for a long time to come. In the next day or so Knox Road will have a home here on our site, but for now please follow this link and enjoy Knox Road for yourself.