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"Wither on the Vine" by Scott Yoder

September 8, 2022




Seattle’s garage pop artist Scott Yoder is releasing the first single “Wither On The Vine” on September 8, off his third solo album Wither on Hollywood & Vine.

Getting morbid and jangly at the same time has been one of Scott’s specialties over the years. "Wither On The Vine" follow’s a couple’s descent into mutual self-destruction. The tale is sung over the bouncy rhythm of woodblocks enveloped in the warmth of an old vintage organ.

Wither on Hollywood & Vine is out October 21 on digital on Cruisin Records.


Philly power violence band Harm Assist Joins Cruisin Records

July 11, 2022:

We are stoked to be releasing Philly power violence band Harm Assist’s first EP, out September 9.

The self-titled project includes five recorded songs, live tracks at Philly’s Ukie Club, and two remixed tracks from hardcore band They Are Gutting A Body Of Water and electronic artist Trans Zimmer. Pre-order the LP, cassette, or digital album at harmassist.bandcamp.com



"Nice Try" by Pink Pound

July 8, 2022:



Are you reminiscing on a lost love or ruminating on an antagonistic relationship? Maybe the ones we think of the most are a volatile mix of both.

Pink Pound's dreamy boudoir synth-infused song 'Nice Try' plays on ideas of infatuation and friction within a partnership. Friction can spark a fire over time and passion can seem seconds away from anger. "From the start we had opinions that were miles apart" and yet this is the foundation of a love affair for the ages... or for a 3 and a half minute pop tune.

'Nice Try' is the first single taken from Pink Pound's debut full length 'Cottage Industry', out soon on Cruisin' Records.

Pink Pound Releases Music Video for “Nice Try”

July 8, 2022:



The first single off Pink Pound’s upcoming album Cottage Industry comes with a dreamy music video inspired by the 1971 film Pink Narcissus.

The synth-infused track plays on ideas of infatuation and friction within a partnership. Friction can spark a fire over time and passion can seem seconds away from anger. “From the start we had opinions that were miles apart” and yet this is the foundation of a love affair for the ages…or for a 3 and a half minute pop tune.” - Pink Pound

ONONOS by ONONOS, out today!

July 1, 2022:



ONONOS self-titled album is out today. Stream it online, pick up the limited edition LP on bandcamp or in your local record. This album has been a long time in the making and you are going to love it.


Welcome Pink Pound!

June 27, 2022:



This Fall, we are releasing the first full-length album of Glasgow DJ and queen @pinkpoundsound!! Look for the first music video out July 8, and album "Cottage Industry" out August 19 ✨😘

If you’re in Glasgow, the album release is August 26 at @theflyingduckglasgow 🦆

As Pink Pound, artist and DJ Andrew Milk creates a kaleidoscopic landscape of fist pumping Hi-NRG gay disco and introspective bedroom pop that explores identity, power dynamics, and joyful connection found within queer spaces both physical and intangible.


Scott Yoder Joins Cruisin for His Next Record

June 30, 2022:

Announcing we are putting out Scott Yoder’s third solo album Wither On Hollywood & Vine in October! This glittery, grunge-pop project interrogates the origins of Yoder’s “fool” persona through the lens of Old Hollywood. Catch him on tour starting this fall!

The Wither On The Vine West Coast Tour ’22

August 4th Old Nick’s (Eugene, OR)
August 5th Siren’s Song (Eureka, CA)
August 6th Gilman (Berkeley, CA)
August 7th Love Song Bar (Los Angeles, CA)
August 8th Special LA River Show
August 9th The Knockout (San Francisco, CA)
August 10th Turn! Turn! Turn! (Portland, OR)
August 11th The Mortuary (Olympia, WA)


"So Bright" is the feel good song of summer!

June 3, 2022:



As part of a constellation of songs conceived and written during a time of isolation, "So Bright" captures an urge to reach, touch, and feel. Adé A Cônnére's lyricism aches towards the dazzling light at the end of the tunnel. Its perennial summer message aims to soothe amidst any gloom, and reminds that letting go will get you faster.

"High Rise": A penetrating headbanger by ONONOS

May 20, 2022:



ONONOS present "High Rise", a pneumatic, penetrating headbanger; a paean to occult sexual rituals held in skyscraper parking garages. 3 minutes and 45 seconds of pagan dance ecstatics.

"Sex Power" by Bijoux

May 15, 2022:



Sex Power leads with throbbing, heartfelt lust as a triple X ballade aching toward a night filled with showers, cigarettes, and romps on the floor. The song is an indulgence in luscious, driving new-wave beats and full-throttle vocals, with an unapologetic ode to desire.

"Melodrama" by Dissimilar South

April 8, 2022:



Celebrate Pride with Bijoux

April 6, 2022:

Pride this year is going to be AMAZING because we are releasing disco/dance group @bijoux_seattle's album Disco Diamond on June 18!! Follow them for single releases and news about the album!



Bijoux conjures the carefree opulence of the ‘70s and ‘80s with their brand of infectious disco. Channeling the diamantine, deep-cut elegance of the past, Bijoux’s @adeahmir and @jaysonkochan_official bring a rich theatricality to their music and stage presence. A pillar of Seattle’s Capitol Hill nightlife, Adé has been involved in the local theater and cabaret scene for years. Jayson is likewise no stranger to the stage, performing as the solo musical act Airport for over a decade, as well as touring with psych-rock shamans Midday Veil, and most recently with the electronic post-punk rocker foursome DYED.



Dissimilar South Releasing Their Debut with Cruisin

January 14, 2022:

We're excited to announce Cruisin is releasing queer country folk duo Dissimilar South’s debut album Tricky Things, coming in May 2022. This record encompasses a range of emotional and musical dynamics that may have the listener dancing around their living room, sinking into an atmospheric reflection on relationships, or psyching oneself up to finally let the fuck go.



Levoneh Joins Cruisin for Next Album Ground


January 6, 2022:

Psychedelic-folk artist Levoneh joins Cruisin for the release of their record Ground, out March 18, in collaboration with Lost Sound Tapes. Levoneh is the collective project led by composer, producer, and Seattle city bus driver, Ross Kirshenbaum.

Ground marks a journey of transformation and reflection through the heartbreak of facing a smoldering world during the ongoing pandemic. In his own words, Kirshenbaum would prefer to write love songs, but the world is too fucked to ignore.



Meteors Could Come Down by LAL

December 10, 2021:

Cruisin Records is proud to announce the U.S. release of the Meteors Could Come Down LP by the incredible electronic music duo LAL. Look for the LP in your local record store or ask them to order it. You can get the album digitally or purchase the LP in Canada at lalforest.bandcamp.com. Enjoy this new video for “No Excuses”, shot by @ravendavisart and directed by @octo_supra



"Distant Dream" by Wynne Greenwood

November 5, 2021:

Wynne Greenwood teams up with guitarist Coley Mixan and drummer Ruth Keating Lockwood on this new single about grieving and dreaming. A floaty cloud you can almost hold, a portal to another realm. This marks Greenwood’s first new release in almost a decade, after her 2012 album “A Fire to Keep You Warm.” Before that, Greenwood created Tracy + the Plastics, a video art band about queer self-making.



Sweets of Reason, Out Now

September 3, 2021:

Welcome "Sweets of Reason, the new album from Fiona Moonchild, out today! You can stream the record online, purchase a digital copy on providers such as Bandcamp or iTunes and order the LP! Unfortunatly the LP is delayed at the pressing plant and will arrive by December. Thank you for your patience and enjoy the digital version today!



"watts 103rd" is out today, the first Stres single

September 3, 2021:

Stream the new single, "watts 103rd" from Stres today. "watts 103rd" is a breakup song. But not about a single relationship but a meditation on three different relationships. It's lyrics are snapshots of conversations that never seem to come to any conclusions while perspectives get lost through the passes of time. Like all past relationships, the details get muddied but in the end, you never forget how they've made you feel. Learn more about Stres here!




Fiona Moonchild Pre-Sale Sweets of Reason

August 6, 2021:

Pre-order the new Fiona Moonchild album now! Orders submitted by release day, September 3rd, will be entered into a raffle to win a Fiona Moonchild skate deck!



Stres releasing sea//grams on Cruisin this Fall

June 25, 2021:

This fall, Cruisin Records presents the new album sea//grams by Seattle band Stres. Five years in the making, sea//grams is Sasha's most ambitious and personal work to date. It's sonically layered with sweeping synths, driving rhythms, and peppered with a touch of harsh noise. We love it and you will too! Find out more about Stres here!



Tracy + the Plastics Exclusive Performance Film

June 4, 2021:



Tracy + the Plastics, She Tips the Wicked Fit
2001/2014
Performance and video, sound, color; 22:24 min


Tracy + the Plastics Discography coming June 4, 2021

April 10, 2021:

We are so thrilled to announce Cruisin is reissuing the entire Tracy + the Plastics discography for the 20th anniversary of their first record Muscler's Guide to Videonics. The discog will be released June 4 on all streaming platforms. Stay connected for more updates (music videos and merch to come)!


Photo by @jennyriffle


Fiona Moonchild joins Cruisin Records

February 14, 2021:

We are beyond excited to announce we are putting out Fiona Moonchild’s synthy, dreamy, and darkly glamorous record Sweets of Reason this fall. Find out more about Fiona here!



Homoground Podcast to Host Cruisin Records on February 28

February 8, 2021:

We are elated to announce we will be hosted on Homoground, a podcast dedicated to promoting and discussing queer music. On February 28, our Founders, Clyde Petersen and Theo Hilton, and Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Darby Cox – along with several incredible artists from our roster – will sit on a live Q&A panel about queer labels.

During the podcast we will be answering questions about running a label whose mission is to uphold the music and expression of queer artists and the ins and outs of managing a small record label (from distribution to marketing). Our artists will also be present to describe their experience on our label and how they work with us to manage their music. Come join us and bring any and all questions!

Happening February 28, 3pm EST, 12pm PST. RSVP at homoground.com.

Old Dark House’s Music Video “Helga Ulmann Speaks” Premieres on Complex Distractions

February 5, 2021:

Synthwave duo Old Dark House has released a new music video for “Helga Ulmann Speaks,” off their February 19 release Welcome Home. The video premiered on Complex Distractions blog, with an introduction to the upcoming album.

“Helga Ulmann Speaks” is inspired by a monologue in Dario Argento’s 1975 film Deep Red, in which Helga – a psychic – reads an audience, and is giving them trivial details about themselves, such as what pockets their keys are in. Suddenly she is mentally assaulted by a psychotic killer who is sending her threatening thoughts. In the aftermath of these visions, she describes the killer’s thoughts as “cruel and childish.” The scene inspired thoughts about the anthropomorphic form of death not being a scythe-carrying robed figure, but a child full of unchecked impulses and misunderstood wants.

The accompanying video is also inspired by cinema, specifically scenes in which people go to the movies. Cinema’s greatest fan is cinema. In a 2020 reality where no one can go to the movies without the specter of death looming overhead, we wanted to evoke the feeling of sitting in a movie theater and all that goes with it. Sharing snacks, whispering to friends, kissing a date, or just being alone in a crowd.

Preorder Welcome Home on Bandcamp.


Cruisin Records announces Old Dark House album Welcome Home

December 16, 2020:

Seattle-duo Old Dark House will be releasing their new album Welcome Home with Cruisin Records on February 21, 2021. Andrew Crawshaw (aka Meridian Arc) and Corey J. Brewer have created a cinematic & sinister atmosphere meant to evoke the feeling of sitting in a dark movie theater having fun being scared. For fans of 1980s Horror Soundtracks, Scott Walker, Bryan Ferry, David Lynch.

Pre-Order the album today, just in time for the depths of winter.


Slashed Tires’ Stop-Animation Music Video “Maybe” Premieres Today

September 25, 2020:

Seattle-based deconstructed funk act Slashed Tires has released a new music video for Maybe, off their debut album Don't Party (a joint project from Cruisin and Seattle-based label Off Tempo.)

Describing the track, Slashed Tires musician Kenneth M. Piekarski says, “This past winter there were three great students from Bennington College who visited Seattle for an internship with my best friend and animation filmmaker, Clyde Petersen. It was a real treat to get to know them and in-between working on a film for Clyde, they wanted to make an animated Slashed Tires music video. Clyde was like, “what’s the shortest song on the album?” and I said, “this one—and it’s real simple too!” They would pepper me with sneak previews of my puppet avatar and teasing me with how good the video looked.

When my album release concert happened in January, they had the chance to see me perform live, which appears to be replicated with total accuracy in this music video. This was a total surprise. They worked so hard on this thing and I love it so much—I’m so grateful that they wanted to do it at all. A fun little fact about this music video is that it features a cameo of same exact Casio SK-1 from Clyde’s award-winning film Torrey Pines.”


Danny Denial’s Music Video “Scorpio Eyes” Premieres on Nada Mucho

August 27, 2020:

The second music video off Danny’s June album fuck danny denial premieres today on Seattle’s excellent local music blog Nada Mucho. Writer and artist Marcus Shriver gave a short interview with Danny, revealing details of the DIY filming experience during the pandemic, and why it fits perfectly as the fourth track on the album.

“Scorpio Eyes” is a collaboration with Seattle artist Rave Holly and New York producer Bibz. The song is a sonic exploration into beats, loops, and samples while employing moody sound bytes from Gregg Araki's 1990 zero-budget cult classic “Totally Fucked Up” to paint a picture of a cloudy queer love story between two broken hearts. The music video, shot by Rajah Makonnen who also directed Dark Smith's "Waiting", is part six in a series of seven visuals for fuck danny denial.


Cruisin Records presents: fuck danny denial, new music by Seattle artist Danny Denial

June 12, 2020:

Danny Denial, also known for his work in Seattle band Dark Smith, is a solo artist and filmmaker included in Status Magazine’s "POC of the Queer Punk & Alternative Scene to Watch" and in Afropunk’s "8 Punkest Bands on the Planet Right Now". After two full-length alternative rock records, Goodbye (2017) and Dead Like Me (2018), Denial set out to explore new themes and sounds for his third LP, fuck danny denial to create an ever-shifting genre-curious collection of songs that tell a story in broad strokes.

fuck danny denial charts a yearlong exploration of highs/lows, power/rejection, and euphoria/dysphoria, with the common theme being extremes – how self-perception can lead to narcissism and confusion in a way that's both manic and depressive. The record is a 10-song LP with special appearances by Seattle artists DoNormaal, Eva Walker from The Black Tones, Rat Queen, and Razor Clam.

fuck danny denial is out June 12th on LP, CD and digital platforms.


Slashed Tires Releases Music Video for “Hair Flip”

May 15, 2020:

“Hair Flip” is the first music video off deconstructed funk act Slashed Tires’ debut album Don’t Party. Describing the track, Slashed Tires musician Kenneth M. Piekarski says, “Sometimes when I begin creating a song, I attempt to make a smooth jammer with soft directives with meaningful intent. It’s pretty often that I have Sade in mind in my approach and I like to think of “Hair Flip” as a song that started out in a slower tempo but very quickly got out of hand.

The lyrics are a collection of flimflam advice I have received from people about pursuing romantic interests, usually around the premise of conveying confidence. “You just need to be confident!” or “You didn’t seem confident...” and at one point I thought of just yelling word “confidence!” into a room to see if people would pile onto me. Turns out what I actually needed was to talk out my problems with a professional and live in a small town for two years.


The music video was filmed at music distributor The Business in Anacortes, Washington.


Danny Denial Releases Music Video for “Everything is Terrible”

March 5, 2020:

The music video for the first single off Danny’s upcoming album fuck danny denial premiered on Seattle’s alt-music-championing radio station 107.7 The End. Danny was also present in-studio during the Locals Only show a few weeks ago to premiere the single.

“Everything is Terrible” was written after Denial found himself stranded in London during a small tour last year, and later recorded at Pierced Ears Recordings in Seattle. He describes the song as somewhat of a return to form of his earlier garage-driven fuzz-pop sound, with several Seattle music-scene staples contributing to the track. (Jeff Tapia of Rat Queen plays lead guitar, Ernie Fuglevand of Slow Elk plays bass, Natasha Lumba of Razor Clam plays synth, and Nozomi Momo of Dark Smith plays drums, with backing vocals by Eva Walker of The Black Tones. Production by Aaron C. Schroeder.)


Cruisin Fest

April 8, 2020:

Cruisin Records presents Cruisin Fest, an online festival of performances on Saturday to benefit the COVID-19 fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks. Tune in on our Facebook and Instagram to see performances by...

5pm (8pm EST) - Nana Grizol
5:25pm (8:25pm EST) - Loamlands
5:50pm - Danny Denial
6:15pm - Lonesome Leash
6:40pm - Holodeck Heart (Angeline solo set)
7:00pm - Slashed Tires
7:25pm - ManDate
7:50pm - Jordan O'Jordan
8:15pm - LAL

Tune in here!

 

Upcoming Winter 2020 Releases

January 17, 2020:

Don’t Party, the much anticipated debut album from recording engineer and musician Kenneth M. Piekarski's solo act Slashed Tires, is a deep dive into one’s inner monologue and the unfulfilled promise of a night out.

Using deconstructed funk, pounding drum machines, and New Wave and No Wave horns alike, Piekarski dives deep into the unease and anxiety of social interactions, community drama, and paranoia. Inspired by iconoclasts like Arthur Russell, Sade, and Prince, he has turned the party soundtrack inside-out to capture the moods and feelings bubbling underneath – anticipation, elation, and the inevitable, bleary-eyed cleanup.

Don't Party is now available for pre-order with a limited quantity of clear vinyl as a mailorder exclusive.

 

February 7, 2020

DARK BEINGS, the 6th album from the electronic duo LAL, Toronto’s mix of immigrant Barbadian, West-Indian, Straight cis Blackman nerd meets Brampton/ Bangladeshi Queer weirdo, aka Nic and Rose.

The concept for this album was initially rooted in notions borrowed from new thinking in diasporic futurities, anticipating a new horizon for LAL’s community of racialized, Queer, Trans, mad, crip and marginalized peoples in a planet beyond ours. ‘In our madness, our sorrow, our joy, our resilience, we escape into timeliness and multiple dimensions that allow us to transcend, beyond our words, our thoughts, our bodies. Transcending, that’s what we’ve been doing’ Dark Beings, is about this experience.