You may have noticed that robins are out and about, squirrels are desperately searching for their hidden acorn stashes, and the peepers are out well, peeping. This can only mean one thing: It is the time of growth. Spring is is here kids so bust out of those caves, cocoons, and carbonite blocks (some mild hibernation sickness may occur, your eyesight will return in time) and check out the many goings on in the local music scene! Yes you heard correctly I said scene. Evidentially one of those has sprung up over the past couple years after having laid long dormant and is now flourishing! Not only is this a very exciting time but it is also very important. A lot of people out there are making wonderful music all the time and finally in the N.J. area there is a growing sense of community again. We at NotRock choose to embrace this and come at you with pistols drawn in an effort to showcase some of the great artists that are making important music right now.
In early summer 2011 NotRock will finally be releasing a third installment of the NotRock Sampler series, going back to their collective linking roots that this label started with 10 years ago. With previous editions NotRock has sought to promote like minded musicians in our tight group of friends that were actively creating music. The same will hold true with volume three however, this time we extend our reach outward to the many other individuals and bands who've crossed our path in recent times. These being artists who stand out and are helping shape the musical community that we at NotRock very much want to continually encourage and help grow. NR-031 Return of the NotRock Sampler: Volume III is in production now with many amazing artists (some old favorites and some brandy new) on board contributing exclusive recordings just for this comp. It will be available in June on both CD and Digi Download for... wait for it... FREE! We are very excited to share this record with the world and hope you are too.
On the topic of NotRock Samplers, if you missed out on our very first release a mere 10 years ago then you are in luck. NR-001 NotRock 4-Band Sampler is once again available this time for free and on digi download at NotRock.bandcamp.com. Download a piece of NotRock history today right here.
In other exciting news very dear NotRock friends and alumni ANNOYING CUSTOMER have made jaws drop once more by releasing a truly amazing new record: INTERVALS. If you don't already own this stop reading and download it for free here. NotRock applauds you ANNOYING CUSTOMER! Please keep the hits coming!
That's all the news that fit to print at the moment. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on NotRock Sampler: Volume III as well as upcoming releases by Please Exist, Insouciant, and a long in the making NotRock 10th anniversary album.
Take care Kiddies. Hope to see you at a show.
- John T. Fisher