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HOLIDAY MATINEE TOUR 2001 FLASHBACK
Holiday Matinee winter tour 2001 featuring The And/Ors, The Jealous Sound and Death Cab For Cutie captured here by John McGinnis:  http://vimeo.com/46595681 !!!  Were you there?  Now you can pretend you were...
RAVENS & CHIMES ANNOUNCE NEW FULL-LENGTH!
Ravens & Chimes announce the release of their second full-length "Holiday Life" in stores April 3, 2012.  MTV is premiering a new track from the album!  Click here to listen
Podcast interview with Blair by Washedupemo.com
Check out this great hour long interview with Blair Shehan on the Washedupemo.com podcast.  Chats about Blair's history of getting into music, timeline of JSound past to present and other fun stuff.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST
THE JEALOUS SOUND / NEW RECORD!!
The Jealous Sound will be releasing their new LP titled "A Gentle Reminder" on Jan. 31, 2012 on the Music Is Subjective / Militia Group label.  The new record is simply amazing.  Check it out and support the boys on tour!!
TRISTEZA "PAISAJES"
NEW TRISTEZA!!  "Paisajes" CD / Vinyl / Digital release Nov. 30, 2010.  CD/Vinyl release on Tristeza's own imprint SANITY MUFFIN.  Available digitally (iTunes, Amazon, etc) via Better Looking Records.
THE JEALOUS SOUND on tour with SUNNY DAY!
The Jealous Sound are touring with Sunny Day Real Estate in Sept/Oct 2009!  They took a breather, but  the JSound boys are back and writing a brand new record to be released in 2010. 

BLR teamed up with Vinyl Collective for a very limited edition 2xLP vinyl release of "Kill Them With Kindness" + EP.  Baby Blue and Cloud White vinyl...get 'em while they last in our mailorder!!  The Jealous Sound also released 3 new songs from their long lost recording sessions via Militia Group Records.  Pick it up on iTunes now.
MEHO PLAZA IN STORES NOW
New release from LA synth noise rockers Meho Plaza is available now...including right here in the BLR mailorder store (hint hint).  "This is what independent music is supposed to sound like.  Angular, jerked-out, completely infused with melody and anti-melody...The trio are truly an act you should be following daily and complement other scene revisionists like No Age and Health with ease." - The Culture Of Me
RAVENS & CHIMES DEBUT
Ravens & Chimes "Reichenbach Falls" debut album out now!  "R&C keep getting compared to Wolf Parade and Voxtrot for lyrics that tug at your heart strings and synth softened by the dulcet instrumentals of flute, mandolin, and glockenspiel." - NYLON (CMJ coverage)
RYAN FERGUSON NEW RELEASE
BLR is proud to announce the release of Ryan Ferguson "Only Trying To Help" full-length on August 21, 2007.  If you're a fan of indie rock's recent past, then you're familiar with the work of guitarist and singer/songwriter Ryan Ferguson.  Ferguson has been a lynchpin of the San Diego music community since his high school days.  He first came to international attention in 1995 with his band No Knife.  This seminal Southern California band toured throughout the world with prominent rock acts such as Jimmy Eat World, Cursive and Sunny Day Real Estate.
ESP T-SHIRTS! NEW RELEASES!
The Electric Soft Parade and Goldrush release amazing new full-lengths!  You can order The Electric Soft Parade T-SHIRTS and the new records in the BLR Mailorder store.
BLR @ SXSW 2007
New tour dates posted for Electric Soft Parade and Goldrush.  We're pleased as punch to be showcasing again at this year's SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX.  Come out and say hi! 
THE ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE NEW SONGS
The Electric Soft Parade have been holed up at Truck Studios set deep in the Oxfordshire countryside finishing their new full-length LP set to be released early 2007.  Catch ESP on a number of UK festivals and preview a NEW SONG at http://www.myspace.com/electricsoftparade!
TRISTEZA CD+DVD RELEASE
Tristeza will release their first ever CD+DVD release entitled "En Nuestro Desafio" on August 22, 2006.  The nine brand new audio tracks on the CD finds Tristeza in an ambient haze rolling along dubbed out bass-lines and abstract compositions.  The DVD contains a 30 minute handmade tour film exploring Tristeza's psychedelic vision based on lonely hours traveling across the U.S., Japan and Mexico.  The DVD also contains a bonus video for "Stumble On Air" from the 'A Colores' full-length.
THE ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE SIGN TO BLR

The Electric Soft Parade signs to BLR!  We've set a May 9 release date for "The Human Body EP" by UK indie rock brothers, The Electric Soft Parade.  This is a follow up to their amazing "Holes In The Wall" LP (2002 - nominated for a UK Mercury Prize!) and "The American Adventure" LP (2003).  The Electric Soft Parade will make their first U.S. appearance at the Better Looking Records SXSW showcase on March 17 in Austin, TX.  Tom and Alex ESP will then return to the UK to finish recording their BRAND NEW full-length to be released Fall 2006!  Expect much more U.S. touring from ESP in the near future...

Become ESP friends and listen to their music here:  www.myspace.com/electricsoftparade

TRISTEZA "A COLORES" CD/LP OUT NOW!
The wait is over, Tristeza's new album, "A Colores" is now available in stores and online!  The quintet has moved beyond ambient grooves toward a musical palette with more color and movement, an expansion noticeable on "A Colores". Written in the sunny warmth of Mexico and recorded earlier this year in the cool calm of upstate Michigan, the CD's playful time signatures and nimble arrangements land somewhere between Tortoise and Kraftwerk. A must have!
THE ALBUM LEAF
The Album Leaf "Seal Beach EP" will finally see a domestic release.  The Seal Beach EP on Better Looking Records will include 5 exclusive/rare Album Leaf songs plus Jimmy LaValle (The Album Leaf) handpicked 5 live tracks from his tour with Sigur Ros and have included these as bonus tracks! 


BLR Announces New Releases for 2005!
Better Looking Records is pleased to announce two hot new releases for the new year! 
First up, Chicago's MORNING RECORDINGS!  If you were familiar with the band Melochrome, then this is certainly up your alley.  BLR and Loose Thread Recordings will joint release the debut album from Morning Recordings in early 2005. 

www.loosethread.com

In addition, BLR has signed Oxford UK's GOLDRUSH.  You might remember Goldrush from their brief stint with Virgin Records or perhaps touring with The Flaming Lips and Mark Gardener of Ride.  The band is going to continue it's touring habits Stateside in mid-2005 to promote their new album on BLR titled, "Ozona". 

www.goldrush.mu

TRISTEZA "Spine & Sensory" REISSUE
We have reissued Tristeza's long out of print, debut full-length "Spine & Sensory"...remastered and expanded with 3 hard to find songs!  Order now in our mailorder store!
THE JEALOUS SOUND SUMMER TOUR AND VIDEO
The Jealous Sound tour May, June and July in support of their video for the song "The Fold Out"!  The band chose Nate Weaver to direct the video shot in a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.  The Jealous Sound video will be on FUSE's "Oven Fresh" the week of June 7 - 11.  You can view the video here: Launch.com.
SPIN's 40 BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR picks JSOUND!
 The Jealous Sound "Kill Them With Kindness" named one of SPIN MAGAZINE's 40 BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!!

"Los Angeles indie vets, late of Knapsack and Shudder To Think, plow through the emo encyclopedia (deception, sleepless nights, lost hope), funneling disappointments and anxieties into a 12-song program that'll beat the tears out of you like a fistfull of Zoloft.  Constantly churning toward what sounds like unattainable resolution, they seldom whine and never hit a soaring chorus that doesn't sound like they've paid for it in blood.  CARYN GANZ" #39 SPIN Magazine Top 40 Best Album Of The Year
Better Looking mp3s
Better Looking Records full albums are now available for downloading at: iTunes.com and AudioLunchBox.com
BetterLookingRecords.com
Engine Digital, has designed and built the brand new BLR website. These guys, based in Vancouver, Canada, are super pro and come highly recommended. Take a look around and let us know what you think.
SONGS FOR CASSAVETES ON THE SUNDANCE CHANNEL
Justin Mitchell's now classic indie rock documentary (soundtrack on Better Looking Records) will air on the Sundance Channel in October!  "Sundance Channel spotlights the creative fusion of music and film in October with "Hi-Fi Fridays," which returns for a second year of music-based feature films and original programming. This year, "Hi-Fi Fridays" presents the television premieres of three outstanding recent feature documentaries that look at -- and listen to -- the people who make music."  Songs For Cassavetes will premiere Friday, October 17 at 9pm on the Sundance Channel as part of "Hi-Fi Fridays".  Songs For Cassavetes will also air October 21 at 9:30 PM, October 25 at 11:00 PM and October 31 at 3:00 PM on the Sundance Channel.
THE JEALOUS SOUND
THE JEALOUS SOUND is everywhere! SPIN Magazine, Mean Street, Anthem, CMJ, Magnet, AP, Flaunt, Rockpile, Ghettoblaster, DIW and many other publications have given praise to The Jealous Sound's new album, "Kill Them With Kindness". Our boys are working hard and we're quite proud of them. Catch The Jealous Sound on tour this October and November with Cursive.  Then be on the lookout for a music video for "The Fold Out".
NO KNIFE
NO KNIFE will soon be debuting a new music video for the song "The Red Bedroom" which is available on Better Looking Records' release of "Riot For Romance". Hopefully, we'll all soon be seeing this video on MTV2!
ABERDEEN
aberdeen have just released their latest 3 song CDep entitled "The Boy Has Gone Away".  Features 2 new songs plus a cover of The Field Mice classic "Emma's House".  Limited edition digipack availabe in the BLR mailorder now...comes with a free aberdeen button!
JIMMY EAT WORLD
What does a major label artist do after their record goes platinum, toured the globe many times over, had four successful singles at commercial radio and constant MTV video airplay? They release a 7-inch vinyl record. Just in time for the holidays, Jimmy Eat World turns to Better Looking Records to release a limited edition holiday single. The Jimmy Eat World 7-inch vinyl release features a cover of WHAM!'s "Last Christmas" backed with a mind-blowing transformation of Prodigy's "Firestarter". The 7-inch release (on green vinyl) was released on December 10, 2002 and sold out about two days later.
THE ALBUM LEAF SUBSCRIPTION
Because we've been swamped beyond belief, we've had to push back the Album Leaf / Her Space Holiday collaboration 7-inch. Those of you who subscribed WILL be getting the whole series. We're hoping to start popping them out much more frequently early next year. Jimmy / The Album Leaf has plans to expand the series beyond just the 5 we had planned. So, this means you subscribers will be get more than you paid for! Again, hold tight. By the way, The Album Leaf will be recording their new album in Iceland with Sigur Ros and Mum.
IDES OF SPACE
Australia's Ides of Space have been working their second release entitled "Sleeping Fractures" to Europe and Japan. Look for a U.S. release soon!
MAQUILADORA
Maquiladora has a new release entitled "What The Day Was Dreaming" out on Darla Records!
REUBENS ACCOMPLICE
Our friends Chris & Jeff are in the studio with Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World to record their follow-up to "I Blame The Scenery" called "The Bull, The Balloon and the Family" which will be released by Western Tread Recordings this fall. We're very excited to hear the new songs as there aren't many bands that do the alt-country pop songs as good as Reubens Accomplice!  Take a listen to the new demos here!