We're super happy to welcome our favorite wandering banjo bluesman, Mike Collins, Jr., to the Fork & Spoon family. Once a member of of Mercy Mercy Me, and Say Brother after that, Mike left the south to wander the world playing his banjo, tamborine, and suitcase kick drum on street corners all over Europe and North America. We're proud to present you with his first full length CD, "Tryin' To Stay Ahead" out December 30 and available for pre-order now!

If you can't wait that long, make it out to one of the release shows in SC with Yes, Ma'am and get a copy early...

12/26 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
12/29 - Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof

photo: David Baker
Posted on: Mon., Dec. 1 5:11PM

Tagged Bands: Mike Collins Jr.



HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY! We hope you survived without any black eyes or bite marks, but just as one more bargain surprise we're knocking off 15% of our entire store until the END OF DECEMBER! Just enter the coupon code "YAYFUN" and booya thereyago.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from your lovers at Fork & Spoon!
Posted on: Fri., Nov. 28 9:14PM

On Monday, March 17, Aaron Graves, bandleader of Those Lavender Whales and founder of Fork and Spoon Records, asked a doctor friend about the sudden trouble he was having with his vision. He was advised to go to the emergency room the next day. By that Friday, he was receiving a biopsy at Duke University on an inoperable brain tumor. Aaron is a positive force in the world and a cornerstone to the community of his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. Whether hosting a monthly potluck at the Fork and Spoon Headquarters or creating giant arms to hug the audience at a Those Lavender Whales show, it is impossible not to feel his love. Our community has made it a point to make sure that the love is returned in this difficult time for Aaron and his family. The local record store, the recording studio, bars, the burrito spot, the skateboard shop, friends, family, strangers — everyone is making an effort. Tidings From Our Light Purple Gam is Fork and Spoon's contribution to this massive display of love and friendship.


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(album art by Sam Spina)


Tidings From Our Light Purple Gam (available on CD and digitally July 15)


1. Those Lavender Whales — "I'm So Proud (Of My Friends)"


2. Mike Collins Jr. — "Come On Out" (featuring Baby Willis)


3. Astronauts, Etc — "Coldboy"


4. of Montreal — "Did You See His Name?" (Kinks cover)


5. PWIZ — "Makin' Do"


6. Say Brother — "Each Every Day and Night"


7. Painted Palms — "Big Balloon"


8. Snake Feathers — "Mer Ka Ba"


9. Kid Trails — "Vortex"


10. Can't Kids — "Bite My Butt"


11. Helado Negro — "Meeting Friend"


12. Schooner — "I'll Be Here"


13. Sadie Dupuis — "Zone"


14. Haints in the Holler — "Reasons"


15. Yes Yes — "Security Guards"


16. Toro y Moi — "Dog Days”


17. Bombadil — "Pretty Fine Fellow"


A big thank you to the kind folks at the Jam Room for donating studio time to master the compilation. Another big thank you to all the artists for contributing their amazing music. Preview the song "Coldboy" by Astronauts, Etc HERE, and be sure to check out their EP coming out this fall on LA-based Hit City USA.



A listening party/potluck for Tidings is being held at the New Brookland Tavern in Columbia, South Carolina, on Monday, July 14th at 7 pm. Come hang out, share food, have a drink, and listen to the album from start to finish the day prior to it's official release. We will have copies for sale (as well as the rest of the still-in-print Fork and Spoon discography). And most importantly, all profits from this record will go to help the Graves family through these difficult times. All positivity generated by this record will go towards helping Aaron beat this stupid thing in his brain. Updates and other ways to help can be found on Aaron's website. Also, feel free to shoot him some positive messages as he starts radiation treatment at Duke!!! Thank you in advance for your help and generosity. With love (always), Fork and Spoon Records


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Posted on: Tue., Jul. 1 11:24AM


Check out this new video Katherine McCollough did for the Cant Kids song The Twist. Tons of fun cameos by some SC all stars. Make sure to catch them this Saturday at New Broookland Tavern for the release show of their new album "Ennui Go.
Posted on: Mon., May. 5 11:58AM

Tagged Bands: Can't Kids



For those of you that didn't hear about Aaron's brain-bummers, visit Tumor Schmumor to get filled in and keep up to date with news and all the different ways to help. The newest way to help comes thanks to really incredible LA-based illustrator Dave Kloc. He rocked out some super-sweet ultra-limited edition posters the other day (they hit our shop online store this afternoon) and 100% of the profits go to help with Aaron's medical bills. GO BUY ONE NOW!
Posted on: Wed., Apr. 30 6:56PM

Tagged Bands: Those Lavender Whales

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