Blossoming Creations with Paper Garden Records’ Heidi Greenwood

August has been quite the lesson in record labels. We’ve talked to an array of women from some of the best and most prominent labels out there who do everything from directing licensing to publicity to a myriad of co-owners including today’s Women in Music feature focus, Heidi Greenwood of Paper Garden Records where she’s been co-owning and creative directing for the past several years. Growing up a music fan, she noted how she never thought loving music that much would take her from Australia shows to her career in Brooklyn today – but alas it has and now more from Paper Garden’s Heidi…

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Dreams of Vertigo Are Anything but Uneasy in The OC

Come mid-October Orange County’s Dreams of Vertigo is going to be dropping Reject University, Pt. 2: From Six 2 Midnight. With it comes their “no limit” mentality, their fine tuned approach to pop punk and their personal touch to every word laid out on every track. Their own Doug Ferguson sat down to talk about all of the above plus their distaste for “pay to play” venues, working with a pop punk legend and more.

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A Day Without Love: Solace

Running a blog from the comfort of your own home when you’re a hermit means you come into contact with people via the best way possible; online. You get to know artists as the years go by and if you’re lucky – you get to see how they progress over the years. A Day Without Love first came to Golden Mixtape with an emotional album of love, then you heard some growth with his next – including a split with Father Oscar. Now it seems the heartbreak is over and Solace is more so a reflection of self more than anything else.

An emo outlet when A Day Without Love first stumbled onto this blog a few years ago, I feel like the music has grown into a more DIY, bedroom rock feel with those emotional elements still sewn in between the seams; holding the notes together. That’s the vibe set with “Joseph” but as things continued on, you heard that heartache come creeping back in with the lead single, “Solace” which lamented about a yearning for happiness and not wanting to live with the expectations set by someone else. Before I get to the most sound track lyrically, I’d like to point out the best all around track, the one with the best arrangement and delivery, “Cruel.” Now onto the song that stuck out as the star, “Green.” The friends you had yesterday may not be your friends tomorrow and that’s no one’s fault. Time changes everyone and sometimes you outgrow one another and this song seems to capture the sentiment. The voice singing these words isn’t too fond of the party lifestyle their friends are into and seems to want more…Not a lot of songs capture adult friendships so this was a refreshing one.

It’s been quite the ride with A Day Without Love. From the emo days where heartbreak and romance were on the table, to now – a record that’s more about growing and changing as time goes by. If you’re a fan of DIY meets emo meets alternative rock, check out Solace, out August 30.