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Career Records was launched in the fall of 2002 by Deniz Tek and Ron Sanchez as an outlet for their many musical projects. The label is fully self contained, with a small circle of of musicians and artists who lend their talents as needed. God's Little Ear Acre is the in house recording studio where much of the work is carried out.
The goal has always been to work with select group of artists we respect. While we might like to have signed others, our small roster, Donovan's Brain, The Nomads, Roy Loney and Deniz Tek are the priorities for us at the moment.
Career Records also maintains a mail order shop, offering all the the Career releases, and a number of other related items. We also administer distribution for The Last Of The Bad Men and Richard Treece. You will find Career Records music on CD Baby and iTunes, Amazon.com and a dozen other digital platforms if you prefer to shop there.
As well as the shop and artist information, you will find photo galleries, essays about what we do and reviews of artists and music we like, Ron's radio show play lists, and a news page that is updated regularly.
That's News To Us
May 17, 2013
Deniz Tek - Donovan's Brain Vinyl Now In Stock
Five months after submitting masters and art work, the vinyl editions of Detroit and Turned Up Later are now in hand. The increased demand for Record Store Day seems to have created a manufacturing backlog which delayed the delivery of Career's first album releases. Both albums are limited edtions and are substantially different from their CD counterparts. These deluxe packages include the CD edition. For a short time, we will be offering the two albums as a bundle and at a special price. The general release is June 4th. Detroit and Turned Up Later will be available at quality records shops world wide and at the Career Shop. Deniz will have copies available at his merch table on all remaining US tour stops.
May 11, 2013
Visit The Career Shop
There are three new items available at the Career Shop. We are taking advanced orders for the vinyl editions of the Deniz Tek and Donovan's Brain albums. The Records Tribute, with a killer track by Donovan's Brain is now being offered.
A note to our non-US customers: if you are ordering 2 or more pieces of vinyl, please contact us before your place your order. We will calculate the shipping to give you the best prices possible. If you have any questions about an order just send us a message, we will answer any questions you might have. Contact Career
May 9, 2013
Ken Whaley RIP
Yesterday our dear friend and one of the UK members of Donovan's Brain passed away. Ken is know for his work with Help Yourself, Man, Ducks Deluxe, Green Ray, Barry Melton and Roger Ruskin-Spear. I first met Ken when he toured with Man in 1974. In 1996 we worked together on the Green Ray track Morning song and tracks for Eclipse And Debris. Deke Leonard singled out his "dancing bass". He will be missed by all.
May 7, 2013
Vinyl Pre-Orders And The Return Of Skrang
We will be accepting orders for the vinyl editions of Detroit and Turned Up Later. Buy both and save. Head over to the Shop Portal, and you will be directed to the special offer page. Click Here And Save
We have received a few more copies of Skrang Sounds LIke Bobby Sutliff which we are offering at the same price as the first pressing. Buy it now if you missed it.
May 5, 2013
Deniz Tek North American Tour
May 14 Woodruffs, Ypsilanti MI
May 16 Cherry Cola's, Toronto Ont.
May 17 This Aint Hollywood, Hamilton Ont.
May 18 The Dominion Tavern Ottawa Ont.
May 19 The Hive, Kitchener Ont.
May 22 123 Pleasant, Morgantown, WV
May 23 American Bar and Grill, Lancaster PA
May 24 Brighton Bar, Long Branch NJ
May 25 Quarry House Tavern, Silver Spring MD May 30 Bowery Electric, Manhattan NY (With The Fleshtones and Manitoba)
April 20, 2013
Donovan's Brain - Another Release Now In Stock
The long awaited Records Tribute album Starry Eyed is now out. The Brain's contribution, Hearts In Her Eyes was recorded during the Turned Up Later sessions and produced by Bobby Sutliff. Starry Eyed is now available from the Career Shop.
The vinyl releases of both Deniz Tek Detroit and Donovan's Brain Turned up later are expected to be shipping this week. Watch for a pre-order special deal.
April 6, 2013
Career Records Signs The Nomads
Our good friends The Nomads have reached an agreement with Career Records to release a modified version of their album Solna. The album will appear on CD and vinyl. The latter will included a 17 song download card. Release is scheduled for September 2013.
April 5, 2013
Digital Release - Sale Continues
Detroit and Turned Up Later are now available at iTunes and other digital platforms. Our catalog is being transfered to our new distribution administrator and will be appearing on a wider choice of digital sites over the next few weeks.
The release bundle sale will continue through the month. Buy both Deniz Tek Detroit and Donovan's Brain Turned Up Later and save $5.
Michael Kennedy at Oyster Mouth Radio in Wales had this to say about the new Donovan's Brain album:
"The Donovan's Brain album hasn't left the CD player all weekend. It's a stunner. The best album I've heard this year (last 5 years !!). From the opener right up to the last track - every one a classic. I can't wait to play some this Monday on my show. Next up : Denis Tek"
March 17, 2013
Fruits Of Our Labors
Reviews of Detroit and Turned Up Later Read Here
March 10, 2013
Can We Take Your Order
A release date has now been set for the Career Records edition of Deniz Tek - Detroit and Donovan's Brain - Turned Up Later. You can expect to see these hitting the shops on 26 March, 2013. We are accepting orders for both now at the Career Shop. US customers can purchase these at our US Store All non-US customers are directed to our Overseas Shop.
The business of releasing the new albums has occupied most of our time the last few weeks. Things are starting to reach critical mass. Promos are now going out, and the last copies of Skrang have been claimed. A repress is being discussed. If you missed out and want a copy, send us a note and we will alert you of any movement on this.
March 9, 2013
Deniz Tek Previews Detroit On Stage
Read reviews of Detroit:
• Sat 9th: Brisbane - Beetle Bar
• Fri 15th: Melbourne - The Tote
• Sat 16th: Castlemaine - The Bridge
• Sat 23rd: Wollongong - Barcode
• Sat 30th: Hobart, Tasmania - The Brisbane Hotel
Skrang is now sold out. There is the slight possibility a few more copies will become available... A repress is being discussed. As soon as a decision is made, we will let you know. Thanks to everyone who helped out..
February 20, 2013
Take Me With You When You Go
A preview of the new Donovan's Brain album. This is the longer vinyl mix.
February 9, 2013
Shop Steward, Shop Shop Steward
The Career Shop has been updated. Several items have now been restocked. The two new releases; Deniz Tek - Detroit and Donovan's Brain - Turned Up Later are now available for pre-order. We will have both in stock within the next two weeks.The street date is now April 1st.
You will see there are now two Career Shop Pages, one for US customers and one for overseas customers. Sadly, after ten years of business we are no longer able to offer the same price for domestic and foreign customers. The US Postal Service has dramatically increased the overseas parcel rate. We are able to partially absorb the increase for CD shipping. The postage for vinyl has gone up as well. When the new vinyl releases arrive we will offer these at the best price possible to our foreign customers. There is no way around this. We will not compromise our packaging to try and lower your cost. Sadly this is the sad state of affairs.
We are working on expanding our overseas distribution. This should help make our catalog available in more markets at reasonable prices.
February 26, 2013
Sounds Like Bobby Sutliff
February 22, 2013
Big Night Out In Atlanta
Bobby Sutliff was the star of the night at a Benefit Concert in his honor last Saturday the 19th, at The Earl in Atlanta, Georgia. Tim Lee 3 and Rain Parade topped the bill with a series of guests including performances by Bobby with both bands. A sell out crowd gave Bobby a heroes welcome. Bobby joined the Tim Lee 3 for one song and then played the encores with Rain Parade and Tim Lee.
The companion CD Skrang Sounds LIke Bobby Sutliff is now available from the Career Shop. This limited edt ion CD features 18 of Bobby's songs covered by members of Rain Parade, True West, the dBs and Wilco. All proceeds go directly to Bobby.
January 3, 2013
January will mark the beginning of a busy release schedule for Career Records. First up will be the Bobby Sutliff Benefit "Skrang Sounds Like Bobby Sutliff". 18 artists have contributed to this effort, with one or two more still to submit. Guaranteed to appear include John Stiratt, Velvet Crush with Mathew Sweet, Rain Parade, Don Dixon, Russ Tolman, Tom Stevens as well as Tim Lee 3 and Donovan's Brain. This release is a collaboration between Career, Paisley Pop, and Cool Dog Records. Copies will be available from all three label shops, and iTunes.
The Records Tribute album is now scheduled for February release. No work on the final track listing, but expect to see some familiar names from the power-pop scene. Donovan's Brain will also appear on this one. The tracks on these two compilations were recorded towards the end of sessions for the new Brain album.
Mid March is the target date for the Deniz Tek and Donovan's Brain albums. Another Donovan's Brain release may appear before the end of 2013.
December 13, 2012
New Releases Update
The Deniz Tek album, "Detroit" is now mastered and the artwork is being completed. The Donovan's Brain album is just one mix from completion. Both will be released in unique vinyl editions. In the case of Detroit, the album master was mixed in mono. The CD will be the stereo mix.
"Turned Up Later" is the seventh full length Donovan's Brain album and the first to be available on vinyl. The album will have an additional song and several of the mixes will have a longer running time than the CD versions. The thirteen songs require that the album be pressed on two discs due to the length. Both vinyl releases will include the CD in the package. Digital downloads will be available through iTunes and other on line stores.
The Donovan's Brain album has now been sent off for mastering. The artwork is complete for both albums. This puts everything on schedule.
October 18, 2012
Deniz dropped by Career HQ to say hello before he heads off to Australia for the Winter. There was much business to be discussed concerning the two new releases. Most important to you, the release date is now confirmed, March 1, 2013. Citadel will be releasing Deniz's album in Australia on the same day.
Deniz album will also appear on vinyl, in an exclusive mono mix. The stereo CD will be included in the package. The Donovan's Brain album will also be released in two formats. A 12 song CD and a 13 song double album. The album will feature some extended and alternate mixes. The CD is programmed for a unique listening experience. It too will be included with the vinyl release. We have also discussed the possibility of bonus iTunes tracks.
Deniz is heading to Japan for a week of gigs with Penny Ikinger then back to Australia for a series of Citadel 30th anniversary shows. Penny Ikinger and Dom Mariani are also on the bill.
The final remixes for Deniz's album were recently completed at Sugar Hill and the album is ready to be mastered. Seven mixes have now been completed for the Donovan's Brain record. Our attention is now turning to cover art and the related issues concerning the releases. Several ideas were discussed and Anne Laurent showed us possible cover images.
Beyond the new releases we also looked at some long term projects. Vinyl reissues of some of our back catalog is being considered. The Golden Breed album may get a full remix and vinyl reissue. The remix which appears on Deniz's Citadel Years compilation is a hint of what we have in mind.
September 15, 2012
Bob Sutliff Back Home
Bobby posted this welcome message today...
"After exactly 3 months I find myself back home. I can walk a bit so that's still a work in progress. A very massive thank you to everyone who has offered me assistance and/or helpfull messages. I do really, appreciate it!"
This is a very happy day here at Career HQ.
September 1, 2012
Deniz Tek Solo Album
Deniz completed the mixes for his new album last week. The work was carried out at the famous Sugar Hill Studio in Houston with Andrew Bradly engineering. Ten new original songs were recorded at GLEA with additional sessions hosted in Billings, New York City and Sydney. Deniz is backed by a small group featuring Ric Parnell on drums, Andy Newman and Bob Brown on bass, and Steve Brown and Ron Sanchez on organ.
Mix has also begun on the Donovan's Brain album. Four tracks are now complete. Some work remains to be done on several tracks. Matt Piucci has booked studio to add guitar to a pair of songs. Bob Brown should be in the studio shortly to add bass to three tracks.
August 2, 2012
There is much to celebrate in the Career camp. Bobby Sutliff has made some dramatic progress in the last eight weeks. Bob us currently at The Ohio State University Medical Center's Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services. His good friend Jim Tew has been visiting every day and sends back reports. The sight of Bobby with a guitar in hand cheered us all up. It will be some time before Bobby will be back to full strength, but his continued improvements point to a good out come.
The benefit album is moving forward. Donovan's Brain has completed work on our contribution. A long list of bands have also committed to this Tim Lee produced effort. Matt Piucci has also spoken of a benefit gig booked for January, in Atlanta. There could be some major musical treats.
Back here in Montana, Deniz Tek came into the studio, after joining us in Yellowstone for my birthday bash. The goal was to wrap up his album. We completed the last overdubs and have prepared the material for mix at the famous Sugar Hill studio in Houston. A single, recorded with the Golden Breed has also been mix with plans for release on an LA label. More about that when the papers have been signed. This will be the first in a series of three 7" releases.
Donovan's Brain are now looking to complete our album in the next few weeks. Jim Sangster has offered to lend a hand. Two tracks were handed off to him at the same Yellowstone gathering. Now that Deniz's album has been sent off, all attention will turn to the Brain records. Expect vinyl releases of both new albums. Some interesting possibilities were discussed.
June 16, 2012
I got news last night that Bobby was involved in a serious car wreck on Friday afternoon. There is very little solid information at this point. Bobby's brother Robin reports Bobby is stable after surgery, but the extent of his injuries are not known at this point in time.
Tim Lee said he is headed up to Columbus to lend a hand.
A message from Robin Sutliff: "Ron, I know that Bobby had been very excited about working with you. I was very happy that he was wanting to write and play again. Thank you."
May 25, 2012
Deniz Tek and the Golden Breed On Tour
June 2nd: Edonè - Bergamo
June 3rd: Sidro Club - Savignano sul Rubicone (FC)
June 4th: Spectre - Bucine (AR)
June 5th: Circolo Hemingway - Latina
June 6th: Spazio 4 - Piacenza
June 7th: Jack the Ripper - Roncà (VR)
June 8th: Swamp Club - Massa
June 9th: United Club - Torino
June 10th: Titty Twister - Villadossola (VB)
Jun 21 Paris TBC
After a short run of West Coast and North East dates, the tour is now moving across Europe. David Fricke reviewed the New York gig in Rolling Stone
May 22, 2012
Career Records Website Outages
The Career site was down for a few days due to hosting issues. All is well now.
March 31, 2012
Donovan's Brain Play The Records
Donovan's Brain will be contributing to The Records Tribute album currently being assembled by the Australian label, Zero Hour. The line up will include many good friends, Chris Von Sneirdern and Bill Lloyd.
March 31, 2012
Roy Loney and the Phantom Movers
Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan teamed up for a performance at the O'Farrell Theater last night.
March 24, 2012
Deniz Tek To Tour US - Europe
Deniz is in the process of booking an extensive tour of the US and Europe for this summer. The itinerary looks like this. More dates may be added.
April 22: Sydney "DigItUp" (with Rob Younger)
April 26 - 29: Southern California
May 16-20: A2/Detroit/NYC/Philly
May 24-31: Spain
June 1- 10: Italy
June 15-17: France
February 28, 2012
Career Mail Order Shop Remodel
After a month of procrastination, and hard work, the Career Shop Remodel is nearly complete. The main page will now list everything we stock. Each item has a link to the Artist's Catalog Page. These pages should look familiar. You will find a brief description and links to buy the item from Career, as well as from CD Baby or iTunes.
We hope to add more items to our inventory. For now we have expanded our vinyl offerings.
January 22, 2012
Roy Loney - New Vinyl In The Shop
We have added two new Roy Loney items to the Career Shop. Both Roy Loney And Señor No vinyl releases are now in stock. The 2007 Bottle Of Wine EP features four songs not on the full length album. Got Me A Hot One was previously available on CD. That is now completely sold out. The vinyl edition comes wrapped in a beautiful gatefold sleeve. Limited quantities.
Don't forget, we also have a few copies of Hit The Hay Volume 8 with the otherwise unreleased Roy and the Long Shots track, How Would I know. The Groovies related Hot Knives cd can also be purchased from Career.
January 1, 2012
Hit The Hay - Ron Loney Exclusive
Volume 8 of the Hit The Hay series has just been released by Sound Asleep records, Sweden. This highly regarded set of compilations is the work of Jerker Emmanuelson, American music fan extraordinaire. The premier edition in this release was the first major release by Donovan's Brain. Also appearing on that 1994 release were Bobby Sutliff and The Young Fresh Fellows.
In full circle, the Roy Loney track, How Would I Know, features Tad and Jim from the Fellows, Bob Sutliff and Ron Sanchez. Deniz Tek adds some snazzy guitar as well.
Several more song were recorded for Roy's album Shake It Or Leave It, than were used. Deniz and Ron always felt How Would I Know was too good to be abandon. When Jerker asked if we had a Loney track, we offered up this one. Additional overdubs were added to bring the song up to speed.
This limited edition CD is now available at the Career Shop. This will be the only place you'll be able to get this fantastic Roy Loney And The Long Shots track.
09 November, 2011
Hot Knives Now In Stock
The original singles are old favorites at Career HQ. A big surprise when it was announced that Grown Up Wrong would be releasing this in Australia. John Needham hooked us up with a few copies. Available at the Career Shop now. Read on...
The 14-track album, has languished in a cupboard for over 30 years. Only two singles from it ever saw the light of day at the time; the second one, I Hear The Wind Blow, prompted the greatest of pop pickers, the late Greg Shaw, to declare in his Bomp! newsletter that "The Hot Knives are the best thing happening in San Francisco right now; their second self-made 45 is just out... They're not punk rock, it's folk-rock with female vocals ala early Jefferson Airplane, with warm harmonies and gorgeous Byrds guitar."
31 October, 2011
Deniz Tek - Art And Music
Deniz is deep into his new solo album. The initial sessions in Montana have been followed by overdubs in New York and Australia. Andy Newman will be adding bass to several tracks over the next few weeks. The song list is still in flux. Den has pulled two tracks, originally recorded for a series of short ski films, off the shelf to rework.
Meanwhile work on the long awaited Radio Birdman Box Set continues.
November 5th will be a busy day for Deniz
• Saturday Afternoon - Deniz will open an exhibit of new paintings at Hand Of Law gallery. Unit 19, 45-51 Huntley Street, Alexandria, NSW 2015
• Saturday Evening - Deniz, Jim Dickson and John Fenton will join Penny Ikinger at The Square, Hay St, Haymarket
3 October, 2011
Donovan's Brain, Enlarged
Work on the the new Donovan's Brain record has been quietly proceeding. The activities of summer have slowed progress, but things continue to move forward. Trips to the desert South West and Yellowstone have taken time away from the studio. These head clearing exercises always inspire.
At the moment there is some uncertainty concerning Colter's involvement with tne new album. He has relocated to Port Angeles, Washington, leaving his new songs unfinished. Colter will have at least one song on the album.
In an effort to flll the gap, Tony Miller has been asked to lend a hand once again. Tony contributed vocals to the last album. This time around he's been handed a song to see what he can come up with. If this first experiement is successful, further material will be offered up. Tony released two albums as part of the Kentucky band, Ideal Free Distribution. He was enthusiastic about the chance to make major contributions to the Donovan's Brain record.
Long time Brain associate, Jim Sangster has also been approached about playing on the new album.
20 August, 2011
WFMU Radio Broadcast
Radio Birdman Live In Texas Vinyl
Deniz Tek will be performing live in the studio on NYC's WFMU's Three Chord Monte. Host Joe Belock has invited Deniz to sit in on Thursday August 25th, from noon to 3pm (EDT). You can listen live on line here: www.wfmu.org
Crying Sun Records has just released the Radio Birdman - Live In Texas on vinyl. This 13 track release is limited to 500 copies. A download card for the full 16 track album is included. Career Records is the exclusive North American source for for this release. We will be handling mail order and wholesale transacitons. Head over to the Career Shop for more details. Citadel Mailorder will be servicing Australian customers. European distribution will be through Clear Spot.
10 July, 2011
Deniz Tek East Coast Tour
Aug 26th: Bell House, Brooklyn
Aug 27th: Maxwell's, Hoboken
Aug 28th: Sunday Matinee, Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia
Band is Deniz Tek plus Art and Steve Godoy. Also appearing is: Ivan Julian (from Richard Hell and the VoidOids) The set will be a mix of Radio Birdman and Deniz Tek solo songs.
As you know, the last two night of the tour was canceled due to an unexpected hurricane. Look for a return trip next year.
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Last Update: Thursday, 16 May, 2013 18:49