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Friends Records | Baltimore

The Snails
Worth The Wait


Television Hill
My Name’s Hardin


Art Lord & the Self-Portraits
The Definitive Collection



Celebration and Weekends


Friends is proud to present Celebration’s first release since their Hello Paradise LP, a new limited 7″ featuring “Tomorrow’s Here Today” and “Don’t Stop Dreaming”. Both tracks were recorded in Baltimore.

Pre-order yours on limited hot pink vinyl right here.



Weekends’ Strange Cultures was the first LP in our catalog, and in 2013 Adam and Brendan now present us with New Humans. Out on August 30 at Scapescape, don’t sleep on these primal basement bangers.

Pre-order your copy of New Humans right here.

New Cassettes: Holy Ghost Party, Wing Dam, Raindeer, and Unspecified Services

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Friends Records’ tabe dubber has been chugging away as of late, and we have four new cassette releases to show for it.

Holy Ghost Party’s Weather Channel, Raindeer’s Tattoo, Wing Dam’s Thick Phase / No Splash and Unspecified Services’ 00-00 are all now available digitally and on tape in the shop.

The Snails – Worth The Wait


Baltimore’s answer to the California Raisins, The Snails, are ready to come out of their shells for long enough to swoon a turntable and dance hall near you. Fronted by Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands, these mollusks are no longer native to only Baltimore.

We’re proud to present the long-awaited debut from The Snails, Worth The Wait. The five song EP will be released via a limited double 7″ pressed to purple and green vinyl and enclosed in gatefold packaging.

More info on the EP is here.

Art Lord & the Self-Portraits


Locke Ernstfrost & his Self-Portraits are coming out of retirement… for one night. Art Lord & the Self-Portraits played their first show on Valentine’s Day 2003, and exactly 10 years later they will play their only reunion show at Kings in Raleigh, NC on February 14, 2013.

Friends will release a double LP retrospective compiling material from Art Lord & the Self-Portraits’ four original albums, Searching for a Complement, In Your Boombox, Ideas For Housecrafts and Snail, plus live recordings from the band’s formative years. Each LP will come with a download code for all 4 original albums, live shows, and rare demos.

More info on the 2xLP retrospective is here.

Secret Mountains – Rainer


Friends presents the debut LP from Secret Mountains, recorded by Chris and Mickey Freeland at Beat Babies just outside of Baltimore.

Rainer is the dark answer to each band member’s storm, prompting listeners to roar through their own tempestuous experiences.

More info on the debut LP is here.

Oxes ft. Will Oldham & Microkingdom ft. Sam Herring

Friends Records is excited to announce FR018, a limited vinyl 7″ featuring Oxes with Will Oldham and Bob Weston covering “Strong Enough” (Baerwald, Botrell, Crow, MacLeod, Riketts) on the A side.

For the B side of this star-studded 7″, Microkingdom enlists Sam Herring of Future Islands to sing a cover of “I’m On Fire” (Springsteen).

More details on this historic 7″ are here.

Height with Friends – Rock and Roll

Dan Keech is back with a revolving cast in the new Height with Friends album, Rock and Roll. Height leads another charge through the backwoods of the beat-up music industry with a blend of lazer-focused rhymes, infectious hooks, sonic-driven beats, and the simple truth.

Rock and Roll is now available right here.

Bamboo & Chester Endersby Gwazda

Freshly dubbed cassettes by Chester Endersby Gwazda and Bamboo are now available in our shop or out on tour with the bands.

Above is “Globe,” a gem you’ll find on Chester Endersby Gwazda’s Shroud. Streaming below is “Red Flag,” a taste from Bamboo’s Jams.

Coming soon from Baltimore: releases from Height with Friends, Teen Suicide, Oxes, Microkingdom, and some very special surprises.

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