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Interview: Mike Park of Asian Man Records talks label origins, 20 Year Anniversary Show, and more

I remember buying Big D & The Kids Table’s “Good Luck” from a local record store at age 15 and finding inside the ten year anniversary Asian Man Records mail order catalog. In this catalog there was a letter from label founder Mike Park explaining that they were not a big label. He said he ran it out of his parents’ garage, had one phone line with no call waiting, one computer, and two employees (his mom being one of them). This blew my mind and was my simple little introduction to DIY ethics. So when I got the chance to interview the man behind the label himself, it was no small deal to me.

I got to sit on a couch and drink a beer while Mr. Park walked his dog around his neighborhood on a very windy day in San Jose, California. While there were several moments in our interview that I could barely hear him due to the weather, this was still the best interview I’ve ever done and a dream come true for me. Read it below.

Mike Park (Asian Man Records) posts video for “Weak Souls Walk Around Here”

Asian Man Records founder Mike Park (Skankin’ Pickle, Bruce Lee Band, Maguma Taishi, many more) posted a video of a song titled “Weak Souls Walk Around Here” that he recorded with his friend Maura Weaver. The post included this description:

This is a quick home recording and even quicker video I did with my friend Maura Weaver. Although the song has political overtones, the overall theme is one of hope. At times I get frustrated in humanity and the anonymity of social media and the vitriol we can spew towards each other. Life is short friends. Let’s be good to each other.

Peace always, mike park

You can check out the video below.

Mike Park (Asian Man Records), Dan P. (Mu330) supporting final Streetlight Manifesto tour

Two of the most influential and iconic pioneers of 3rd wave ska, Asian Man Records founder Mike Park (Skankin’ Pickle, The Chinkees, Bruce Lee Band, Maguma Taishi,many more) and Dan Potthast (of Mu330 and Dan P. And The Bricks) have been announced as the supporting acts for the last remaining leg of the final Streetlight Manifesto tour.

You can check out the dates here. After the tour, billed as “The End Of The Beginning, the band will no longer be a full-time touring band, but will continue to play and record sporadically.

Streetlight last released their 4th studio album “The Hands That Thieve” in April via Pentimento Music Company and Victory Records. Mike Park recently revealed plans to release a long-awaited album with The Bruce Lee Band, who last released an EP in 2005. Park is also intends an all-ska children’s album with Asian Man Records kid’s music label affiliate Fun Fun Records, as well as a solo acoustic record in 2014. Dan P. And the Bricks most recently released “Watch Where You Walk” in 2011 via Asian Man Records.

Mike Park announces plans to release new Bruce Lee Band record (and 2 other albums) in 2014

Mike Park, longtime owner and operator of legendary California punk/ska label Asian Man Records, has announced plans to release a new Bruce Lee Band record – along with a new all-ska kid’s album, and a solo acoustic record – in 2014:

“…I’ve been recording lots of new music. Actually, lots and lots of SKA. Sometime next year I’ll have a new kids album that’s all ska and will also debut a new Bruce Lee Band album to relive my 90′s love for SKA/PUNK.

And for those who only like my acoustic stuff, I’ve got that stuff too. So mucho music coming from me this next year. Be well.

peace, mike park”

We’ll make sure to keep you posted as more details on these three records surface! For the time being, head over here to take a gander at Mike Park’s upcoming tour dates with Streetlight Manifesto and Dan Potthast.

For those who don’t know, Mike has released two records under the ‘Bruce Lee Band’ moniker. One being the band’s 1997 self-titled debut album, on which Less Than Jake was his backing band, and the other being 2005’s “Beautiful World” EP, featuring the RX Bandits.

Park released his first kid-friendly album entitled “Smile” in 2011 through another label he runs: Fun Fun Records. He also put out a 7-inch with his new project Maguma Taishi, which features members of Dillinger Four and Birthday Suits, in May through Asian Man.

Mike Park’s (Asian Man Records) new project Maguma Taishi release 7-inch

Asian Man Records head honcho Mike Park’s new hardcore project Maguma Taishi have released their debut 7-inch.

The band also features Patrick Costello from Dillinger Four and Matthew Kazama and Hideo Takahashi from Birthday Suits.

The band plays “lo-fi punk rock influenced by the Japanese hardcore scene.”, and you can listen to their track “Yopparai” here.

Live Video: Mike Park (Asian Man Records founder) at Community Records Block Party in New Orleans

Asian Man Records founder and singer/songwriter Mike Park recently performed an acoustic set at the Community Records Block Party 2013 in New Orleans with members of All People, The Taxpayers, & Dan Potthast.  You can check it out here.

Mike Park (Asian Man Records) forms hardcore band with members of Dillinger Four, Birthday Suits

Mike Park, founder of Asian Man Records and former member of Skankin’ Pickle, has announced a new band called Maguma Taishi, a band that plays “lo-fi punk rock influenced by the Japanese hardcore scene.” The band also features Patrick Costello from Dillinger Four and Matthew Kazama and Hideo Takahashi from Birthday Suits. Check out their song “Dachsund Suicide” here.

While the band will be releasing a 7″ this summer, that may be it, as Park adds that “we will probably never play a show.”

Free music: Members of Bouncing Souls, Aggrolites, MU330, more play children’s music for Mike Park’s Fun Fun Records

Click here to check out some free tracks from 3rd-wave ska punk icon Mike Park (of Skankin’ Pickle, The Chinkees, Bruce Lee Band, more) and his new label Fun Fun Records (opposite of Park’s long-running label Asian Man Records), focused on releasing children’s music from primarily well-known punk musicians.

The sampler features tracks by Dan Potthast (Mu330, Dan P & The Bricks), Kepi Ghoulie (Groovin’ Ghoulies), Jesse Wagner (The Aggrolites), Greg Antonio (The Bouncing Souls), and Mike Park himself.

Video: Mike Park gives a tour inside Asian Man Records (and his parents’ garage)

A series of short films called “Travelogue” delves into America’s hidden places. In this two-part series on “Bay Area Punk” the series goes into Asian Man Records with Mike Park. Included is a tour of his famed “parents garage” where the label is run. You can check out the video here.

The first segment of “Travelogue” featured Fat Wreck Chords.

Video: Classics Of Love with Mike Park (Asian Man Records) live in Brooklyn

Asian Man Records has posted a video of Classics Of Love (feat. Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy) playing a good chunk of their set at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. Click here to watch “Stronghold,” “Moving Pictures,” “Gun Show,” and “Dissolve,” as well as Asian Man Records founder Mike Park’s 25 minute set.

Classics Of Love released their self-titled debut full-length in February, following a 2009 EP entitled “Walking In Shadows.”

Mike Park’s new children’s record “Smile” released for pre-orders

Mike Park, founder of Asian Man Records and all round punk hero, has made his new children’s album “Smile” available for pre-orders on CD and vinyl. The 12 track album contains a mixture of ska and indie pop tunes designed to get kids dancing while educating them.

500 exclusive copies of the album were pressed onto white vinyl, each of these comes with a pack of four crayons with Mike’s face on the box and a coloring insert. You can get your hands on a copy here. Each vinyl pre-order comes with an mp3 download code.

Interview: Mike Park (Asian Man Records) talks 15 year anniversary, future of the music industry, Yo Gabba Gabba

Rewrite the Scene recently interviewed Mike Park of Asian Man Records. Some enlightening topics include the reunion of Slapstick, the upcoming 15 year anniversary show, Yo Gabba Gabba and more. You can check out the interview here.

The highly anticipated 15 year anniversary show includes The Lawrence Arms, Sundowner, The Queers, and more. Check out the rest of the lineup here.