Tuesday, December 25, 2018


Season's Greetings everybody!

As we close out another year it seemed like a good opportunity feature our latest compilation as well as a look back on previous volumes.  This year we celebrate by releasing the milestone TENTH volume of the NotRock Holiday Compilation.  TEN YEARS!  We can't believe it either.  Time sure does fly.  A lot of creative minds put a lot of hard work into these compilations so sit back and check out a decade's worth (176 songs!) of wintery, holiday tunes. 

There it all is folks.  We hope you enjoy these compilations as much as we do.  We are honored to have released so much incredible music from so many talented artists over the years.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed their time and talents to making these records possible and lastly thank YOU for taking the time to listen to these recordings and for supporting independent music.   While this is not that last of the NotRock Holiday Comp we will be taking a break from them to focus on other releases in 2019.  Happy Holidays Everybody!  Be kind, be well, be happy. See ya in January.


Sunday, October 28, 2018


Hello Comrades,

- It seems another year is is coming to a close and with it we begin our preparations for our annual HOLIDAY COMPILATION!  This will be our TENTH year doing this!!!  Can you believe that?  Time sure does fly.   We are super excited to be doing this for a tenth year however depending on how enthusiasm for / outcome of the comp turns out, it may be the last year for the holiday comp.  We've always enjoyed doing these comps but they are a lot of work and when it becomes pulling teeth to get submissions we have to evaluate if it's a good idea to keep doing them annually or put our time and resources into another project.  Time will tell but if you like these and like participating then be sure to get your songs in by November 26th!  And tell your friends.  All are welcome so the better we do with receiving content the more likely we'll keep doing these fun holiday albums in the future. 

- As with previous years we are accepting songs both original and covers that pertain to the holiday season or winter in general.  If you choose a cover song please let us know what it is to ensure we don't have duplicates.  High quality audio files (WAV or AIFF) must be sent to us via our facebook messenger or notrockrecords@gmail.com by NOV. 26th.  If you have a song and that will be ready soon after the 26th let us know and we'll see if we can fit it in.  Sometimes, but not always, there's a little wiggle room.  If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.  Hit us up on facebook or our email.  For examples of previous holiday compilations please check out our bandcamp page. We look forward to hear all the great music everyone comes up with as well as sharing it with you!

Since it's been awhile since our last post here's a general update for all things NotRock.

- Last winter we officially released Khantra's legendary live on WFMU set from the Pat Duncan show in 2005.  This has always been available to stream via WFMU's web archives but here we present it with it's proper track listing and with mastered audio for the first time!  It is available on Khantra's bandcamp page for free download.

- Please Exist is busy writing their next epic LP but before that they are releasing 5 new songs in a three-way split with their buds DEJA GRAVY and MOOT POINT.  The release is in the final mixing stages right now and is expected to be released early 2019.  Before then P.E. will have a new song on the forthcoming holiday comp.

- Hides A Well has finally started to track the final two songs that will complete their third LP.  This is a record that has been in the works for a long time now.  Some of the tracking began back when they were recording the Small Town Museums LP.  There's a bit more work to be done on this record but it is hoped to be released before the end of the year.  More to come on that next month.

Well that's all the news thats fit to print this month.  We'll see y'all back here soon with updates on all those releases.   Until then have fun, be happy, be kind and take care.  Oh and get cracking on those Holiday submissions!!!


- J.T.F.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Greetings and salutations everybody!  We hope the holiday winter season is treating you well.  As 2017 draws to a close we'd like to reflect about our projects for the year as well as look forward to what may be in store for 2018!  While 2017 wasn't our most productive year as far as output we still managed to cross some big projects off the list.

In case you missed it's release earlier in the month, the NINTH volume of our annual Holiday Compilation is now available for your listening pleasure.  This volume consists of 16 wonderful holiday tracks from friends both old and new.  While this volume may not sport the highest number of tracks for one of our comps, we do believe this volume has the most tracks with the word christmas in the title.  None the less it is full of holiday seasonal goodness so please check it out and share it with friends!

After years of them only releasing a track or two at a time, in early September the world finally got the release of a full length from Please Exist!  This whopper of a record is 12 tracks long and has some killer illustration work by John T. Fisher.   Recorded, mixed and mastered by the great Joe Egan at Missile Silo Studios, this record really captures and displays Please Exist's big and heavy sound for your ears to fully enjoy.

 In addition to Please Exist's full length record they also recorded and released a sister EP to their 2013 release "Let Daytime Die".  This new EP entitled "Let The Nighttime Live" is 5 tracks long and packs a pretty mean punch.  Recorded by Bryan Kwasnik and mixed and mastered by Kevin Carafa the aggressiveness of this EP is on full display. If you missed it when it dropped over the summer then give it a whirl.

Well folks that's more or less it for 2017.  Although there wasn't a lot of releases there was in fact some pretty big and long awaited ones.  Here's to 2018 where we intend on crossing some long gestating projects/releases off the list, doing a new NotRock Comp (VOLUME 5!),  and hopefully a few other surprises.  Thank you all for the love an support we've received this year! Have a happy and safe holiday everybody.  See you in 2018!  Until then be kind, be happy, and take care!
- J.T.F.