FER-004 On Sale NOW

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Update at 9:01 PM EST!
The single variant with silk screen cover is now sold out. Still plenty of red and orange copies!

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Ordering Info!

Just a quick heads up to let you know how the Fantastic Negrito sale will work.

It’s been a wild 48 hours or so, and I expect these records to go quickly once the clock hits 12:00!

When noon arrives, the sale will be at this link. The link is password protected and will stay that way until noon. The password protection will then be removed. No need for a password.

Thanks to Aaron @ Fistful Of Tigers for the artwork and designs and Jonathan @ Classic Waxxx for the amazing silk screens. Thanks to Xavier, Field and Malcolm at @ Blackball Universe for being so damn cool to work with.

Thanks to each one of you for sharing, liking, regramming, or retweeting a post, tweet, instagram, or whatever! I depend on each of you to help me spread the word! Thank you so very much!

Good luck everyone! See you here at noon!

Fantastic Negrito on Sale August 10!

After being selected as the winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest earlier this year, Fantastic Negrito has taken off like a missile! Fat Elvis Records couldn’t be more excited to be releasing his vinyl record debut of the song that launched it all “Lost In A Crowd”.

The records will go on sale on August 10 right here at FatElvisRecords.com.

The vinyl record will come in three limited edition versions. They are Creamsicle Orange (175 copies), Cherry Red (175 copies), and a deluxe edition with random colored blown glass vinyl with hand screened metallic silver ink covers (100 copies).

I’m expecting these to go fast, so don’t miss it! August 10!

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Knoxville News-Sentinel Features Fat Elvis Records!

It’s a big day! Fat Elvis Records was featured in today’s Knoxville News-Sentinel paper. It’s the first in-print interview for the label. You can read the article right here.

Thank you Heather Robinson!

 

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Fat Elvis Records Supports….Double Crown Records

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a few “new-to-me” record labels doing garage rock records. While searching for records from some of these labels, I found several more labels/distos that are doing these sort of releases. There are so many new-to-me bands and labels that are doing really great things. One of the labels I came across is Double Crown Records out of Belling ham, Washington.

Double Crown specializes in instrumental surf rock. I wasn’t really familiar with any of these bands, but I received a few releases from them by The Surfites, The Beechwoods, Boss Fink, and others. I hooked! Some really great music is being released by Double Crown. If you are looking to add some variety to your record collection, Check them out!

Fat Elvis Records Proudly Supports….Double Crown Records!

936511_10151760044878930_1332928411_n1.When did you start your label and why did you do it?

Double Crown Records actually got it’s start as Continental Records in 1996. We put out 7″s by The Penetrators and Boss Martians, as well as a CD by The Del-Vamps, but then found that there were already a couple of other labels with the same name, so to avoid legal action, I changed the name to Double Crown Records. My wife, who was in beauty school at the time, had an old haircutting book from the early 1900’s that we thumbed through looking for interesting words and names that might be good for a record label name. We found a page that talked about haircutting techniques for people with a “double crown” – two crowns at the top of their head. It’s not common, but not entirely freakish as well. I knew all about Crown Records, the budget label from the 50’s and 60’s, and liked Crown Royal whiskey, so I thought it was perfect – Double Crown Records.

I live in Bellingham, WA and attended Western Washington University in the early 90’s. As someone new to town, I wanted to immerse myself in the local music scene, so I went to a few local shows and heard about a label called Estrus Records. I got their address and sent a self-addressed stamped envelope asking for a catalog. It was kind of odd I guess, since Estrus was also based in Bellingham, but they didn’t have a store, and I didn’t know their stuff was sold locally, so I got the catalog. It was a single sheet of paper – I think it had a few Mono Men releases, as well as a 7″ by The Phantom Surfers and a 12″ by Man Or Astro-Man? – “Destroy All Astro-Men”. I wasn’t big into surf music, but I was intrigued, and the cover art was amazing, so I bought the 12″. I got it a week or two later and was blown away – my world changed from that day on. I placed a second
order for everything else in the Estrus catalog, joined their vinyl “Crust Club” and was hooked. I soon grew to love surf, garage and rockabilly, and sought out stuff from labels like Estrus – Norton, Hillsdale, Dionysus, Telstar, etc.

Before doing the label I did a fanzine called “Hmmm…” which covered indie rock, but after diving into surf/garage rock, the focus of the magazine shifted. I was added to promo mailing lists of all sorts of labels – all of the labels I just mentioned, plus amazingly, major labels like Capitol and Elektra. This was just a photocopied fanzine, and I was getting tons of great records, everything from surf 7″s and CD’s, to fancy Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra box sets. Lots of great Beach Boys reissues as well. Anyway, I got sick of the name of the zine, and switched it to “The Continental” – it was named after a Frank Sinatra song, but also referred to a Christopher Walken sketch on Saturday Night Live. The first interview I did for the new magazine was with Dave Crider, head of Estrus Records and guitarist/singer in the Mono Men. It was really just a long chat that we had, at the sadly defunct 3-B Tavern, where we talked about the garage/surf scene, making records, Art Chantry, the Mono Men, etc. It was awesome – the best interview ever, and so influential on what I’ve done with the label and magazine ever since. It became clear that with all of the demos and music I was receiving for review, that I should really give the record label thing a shot. So I contacted the Penetrators to see if they wanted to do a 7″ and the rest is history…

Double Crown Surf Party Cassette2. What format(s) do you release music on?

Mainly CDs, but I like to do a vinyl release every other year at least. Last summer we released the “Double Crown Surf Party” compilation cassette, and there is another cassette release in the works. For listening and collecting, I like vinyl LP’s and 7″s the best, but I have no problem with CDs. Cassettes are fun too, although I have to admit I don’t have anything to play them on at the moment! Digital is fine too – I have a large music collection in iTunes, and just due to convenience I do most of my listening through iTunes or connected devices.

3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?

Most successful was the Penetrators’ “Locked & Loaded” CD – definitely sold more copies of that CD than any other Double Crown release. I can’t name just one release that I’m most proud of, but “Locked & Loaded” is definitely one of them. Just a combination of the music, the cover art and the working relationship, and friendship, I had with the band’s guitarist, Rip Thrillby, really made that my favorite release to work on. Rip did a bunch of the artwork for our early releases – he was to Double Crown what Art Chantry was to Estrus. There have been other great artists and graphic designers that I’ve worked with over the years though – Johnny Bartlett, Shag, Ferenc Dobronyi, Jonpaul Balak and Fred Lammers.

4. Do you have specific tastes in the music you choose to release (i.e. genres, regions, etc) or are you open to anything? If so, what is your preference?

Well, at this point Double Crown Records is probably the top instrumental surf rock label in the world, so I’m pretty much focused on releasing surf/instro rock at this point – it’s what customers and fans of the label expect at this point. I have tried other stuff in the past – rockabilly, blues/punk and vocal surf, but the bands broke up shortly after release and they didn’t sell very well. So I’m not too adventurous with the releases at this point. Having said that, there is quite a bit of variety within surf rock – some say it all sounds the same (including my wife!), but there is traditional 60’s surf, modern surf/punk, sci-fi surf, Euro instro, spaghetti western, surf/exotica and more. Lots of different sounds, and I try to feature them all on Double Crown.

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing?

Well at this point we’re closing in on 70 releases, and many bands on the label are working on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th releases. So the release schedule is often filled by current Double Crown bands working on releases, not leaving much room for new bands. However, sometimes a band will send something in that I listen to and just feel like I really have to add it to the label. The Del-Vipers CD was one that fit that category – I just felt that the label was missing a recent release that had the same sound and attitude of the mid-90’s surf rock scene, so that release fit that perfectly.

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?

Lots of stuff in the works this summer – new CDs by The Madeira, The TomorrowMen, Boss Fink, The Volcanics and The Concussions. I’m also back to playing music myself – I’m in a band called “The Other Timelines” with Jonny Browning, who was Victor Vector in Man Or Astro-Man?, and also had an acclaimed surf combo in the 90’s called Jonny & The Shamen. Our first release, a 4 song EP, is coming out in August on three formats – 7″, CD-EP and cassette. The 7″ is the focus, but there will be bonus content on the CD and cassette formats.

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years? Ten years?

I hope it’s still going in 5-10 years. Realistically, I kind of look at the five year window more than ten years – I just don’t know where things will be in ten years. However, I’m optimistic that things will continue as they are for the next 5 years. CD sales are down, but steady enough to make a little. Vinyl does good, but the cost of producing vinyl is so high
that breaking even is kind of the goal there. Since I don’t do the label as a primary source of income, I do have the freedom to do some releases where the goal is just to break even, but overall, I really look for each release to have enough profit to finance the next release.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label?

Definitely the Double Crown Records website – www.doublecrownrecords.com. However, I’d also invite people to pick up a copy of The Continental Magazine – it’s 40 pages filled with reviews, interviews and features, as well as a 20+ song CD included. For $6.95 a copy it’s a pretty sweet deal.

9. What are some of your other favorite small record labels?

Lots of ’em – Estrus, Norton, Hillsdale, Ecco-Fonic, Hidden Volume, Dionysus, Sleazy, El Toro and Part Records are my favorite surf/garage/rockabilly labels. I like Daptone, Third Man and Matinee Records as well for non-surf stuff.

10. Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for giving me a chance to talk to you about Double Crown Records. It’s great that there’s so much enthusiasm out there for small labels and vinyl again – in some ways it feels a bit like it did back in the mid-90’s, when I first became involved with the scene. Good luck with your label and website – I wish you continued success in the future!

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Fantastic Negrito Cover Art

Here it is! The cover art for Fantastic Negrito’s Lost In A Crowd color vinyl 7″. Vinyl is expected to arrive in late July / early August. Hopefully there will be a pre-sale for the record sometime in early July. More details will be released then.

Thanks to Fistful Of Tigers for the wonderful design.

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FER Welcomes Fantastic Negrito!

Fat Elvis Records is proud to announce a new record will be released this summer by Fantastic Negrito!

That’s right! The recent winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest will be releasing a Limited Edition 7″ record on Fat Elvis Records later this summer! It’s not to be missed!

More details are coming soon! For now enjoy the winning submission of the NPR contest!

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Fat Elvis Records Proudly Supports…..Classic Waxxx Records!

 

A few months ago, I was browsing through a few Facebook groups, and I stumbled upon a Lightnin’ Hopkins 7″ that I just had to have! I did a little digging and found it had been recently released on a label called Classic Waxx Records. I immediately ordered it, and when it arrived, I was astounded by outstanding quality of the release. Nice sounding vinyl from a blues legend, and a screen printed sleeve worthy of framing! I had  become and instant fan!

I did a little more digging, and found that the label owner also runs his own printing studio, Napkin Arts Studio. The prints they turn out are equally amazing as the music!

I know you will become a fan of them as well!

1.When did you start your label and why did you do it?

I started Classic Waxxx Records last Summer, in June 2014 to be exact. Classic Waxxx originally started out in 2010 as a blog dedicated to vintage vinyl records, peppered with reviews of classic albums, LP covers, label art and music ripped from the personal collection.

It had always been a dream of mine to do album cover art for bands and record labels, and maybe, one day, release some music on vinyl. I’m not musically inclined, but I figured there was probably something I could put on wax and send out into the world. Really, having the record label is an outlet for me to be the creative director and make all the album cover art, packaging design, etc., and do it from a fan and collector perspective, rather than a commercial one. Plus, being the music junkie that I am, I wanted to share some of my tastes with some new and seasoned record collectors out there.

Lightnin’ Hopkins Heritage Series

2. What format(s) do you release music on?
Our focus is primarily vinyl, but in the short time we’ve been around, we’ve had to learn to quickly adapt to the changing music landscape, especially with the demand constraints vinyl produces on labels and collectors. The average turnaound time for having vinyl pressed is 4-5 months. We really have to plan our releases accordingly, and work with several pressing plants at once to do all we need to do. So, we are also dabbling in digital formats, like downloads and CDs. We like the convenience digital gives music fans, but at the end of the day, we are in this because of vinyl. As long as there are plants pressing vinyl, you’ll be able to find the majority of our releases on vinyl.

Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 Limited Edition 7″

3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?
We’re pretty proud of everything we’ve released, so far. I would have to say the biggest thrill has to be the Lightnin’ Hopkins single that started our “Heritage Series” reissue campaign, as well as our forth-coming Johnny Cash “Live at Big ‘D’ Jamboree” EP. But, I have to thank John Paul Smith and The Coal Creek Boys from Alberta, Canada, for giving us the music for our very first vinyl release. He and the band have been beyond generous in helping us get established. Their fan base is so amazing, and I’m still pinching myself on a daily basis that this label exists. If it weren’t for them and the many fans we’ve gathered via social media, especially Instagram, we wouldn’t be here.

Lightnin’ Hopkins was the first blues musician I discovered on my own, and I quickly became a fan. I really wanted his music to be the start of our reissue campaign, and by shear luck and good timing, I was able to make that happen for the label. Johnny Cash also has had a big impact on my life, and when the opportunity came to release these nearly lost recordings from Cash’s Big ‘D’ Jamboree performance, I couldn’t pass it up. It’ll be the first time these recordings will be given a stand-alone vinyl release here in the US.

Johnny Cash live at Big D’ Jamboree

4. Do you have specific tastes in the music you choose to release (i.e. genres, regions, etc) or are you open to anything? If so, what is your preference?
I’m pretty open to most genres of music, but I do have a soft spot for blues, jazz, classic country and rock n’ roll. We’re committed to honoring and preserving our Texas music history, so music and artists that have a deep connection to Texas, we want to make that music available to the public, even if it is in small quantities.

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing? Demos, Facebook, Soundcloud, friends?
We receive the occasional music submission through our website, and I’ll often keep my ears and eyes open to music that piques my interest. There is some great new music being made, though my heart belongs to the classics, so a lot of my focus is in material we can reissue. We’ve got some relationships fostering with emerging acts, right now, so we are excited to see what develops over the next few months and years to come.

Coal Creek Boys – Out West

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?We always on the prowl for great material that would be killer additions to our “Heritage Series” campaign. The Coal Creek Boys latest album, “Out West,” will be released on vinyl really soon, which we are really excited about. After some delays from the pressing plant, we finally received the test pressings and they sound great. Really can’t wait for the fans to hear the album the way it is meant to be heard. The band is also working on a follow-up album that is more blues-centric, and I’m excited to hear the final masters. Naturally, we always have several irons in the fire, so to speak, but I’ll refrain from sharing too much in fear of us jinxing ourselves.

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years? Ten years?
I’m amazed we’ve even come this far in less than a year’s time, releasing some top notch talent that I wouldn’t have thought we would be able to, otherwise. I’d love to see the label expand enough to bring in a few dedicated record lovers help us, as well as get to a point where we can afford help in the distribution area. It is a lot of work to self-distribute our records. Its time we’d like to spend on doing more project research and getting new projects started. But, regardless of what happens, I know Classic Waxxx will be around. I have too much love and passion for vinyl to just treat this like an ordinary hobby.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label?
I’m on Instagram quite a bit, promoting our new releases and showing off stuff from the personal collection. You can find us there @cw_records, as well as our Facebook page and website. We are also on Twitter and Tumblr, you you wade in those parts of the social media waters, too.

Classic Waxxx Promo Posters

9. What are some of your other favorite small record labels?
Hands down, I’m a big fan of what Third Man Records and Daptone is doing, (although Third Man probably isn’t so small anymore.) There might be a few who disagree with me on this, but I feel as though Jack White single-handedly made vinyl popular and mainstream with younger generations, for which I thank him from the bottom of my heart. We all know vinyl never completely went away, but I think he was one of the loudest proponents for the format coming back into the forefront. I like novelty and kitsch, and Third Man does it better than anyone, right now.

I was fortunate enough to meet quite a bit of the Daptone crew via the Dap-Kings, when Sharon Jones last came through Dallas. They were so down to earth, friendly and approachable. Gabe Roth, one of the main cats at Daptone, who is an incredible songwriter, producer, musician, etc., is a big inspiration. Daptone has been doing things their way for a long time now, and releasing some killer classics on vinyl. I felt like I could do the same with Classic Waxxx with our own vision.

I also love what Hidden Volume Records is doing. Their packaging design, as well as Estrus Records‘ releases from the 1990s, is design gold. Their artistic direction definitely fuels our creative fire. Of course, I’m a pushover for anything from the Sun Records catalog…

10. Anything else you would like to add?
I’m still so humbly in awe of what we’ve been able to accomplish in a short period of time, and that people are taking notice. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Classic Waxxx, and all the records that get embedded into people’s collections