Embarrassing Fruits


Joe Norkus of Embarrassing Fruits to release solo EP

Embarrassing FruitsJoe Norkus has been quietly assembling an EP of solo tunes in various bedrooms and home studios over the past few months, and the collection will be released on Trekky Records on May 22, 2012. Long known for his love of guitar-based “slacker rock”, Norkus here lets many more influences shine through, harnessing more atmosphere and space to let his songs breathe. Collaborating with Josh Kimbrough and Peter Lewis of Butterflies, Norkus creates biting, sad and dryly hilarious jangle pop anthems that explore the struggles of balancing artistic ambition with the seemingly inescapable weight of “real life”. These are feelings that ring true for anyone who punches the clock but doesn’t feel defined by their 9-to-5. You can listen to the EP, simply titled EP, now and limited edition CD copies will be available on May 22. Joe Norkus will also appear live, with a full band featuring members of Midtown Dickens, Butterflies and Jenny Besetzt, this Sunday at Nightlight in Chapel Hill. You can ALSO download the first single from the EP, “Call You Up” below:

MP3: Joe NorkusCall You Up [from the EP EP]

TRK @ Hopscotch 2011

The Hopscotch Music Festival has, in just two years, become the most important music event in North Carolina. Hundreds of musicians will soon descend upon Raleigh to share their art, and attendees will be treated to more live music in 72 hours than anyone really deserves. Its a real treat for us locals, and we’re honored to be involved in the festival again this year. Here’s a guide to seeing Trekky artists play at Hopscotch, as well as some recommendations of friends and allies that you won’t want to miss. Get out yr calendars!


Brice Randall Bickford
9:00PM at Berkeley Cafe


The Blount Street Block Party
11:00AM-5:30PM at The Pour House & Tir Na Nog

Our joint day party with our friends from Hometapes Records. Come out and enjoy free treats from Crumb, coffee from Joe Van Gogh and the premiere of canned Fat Tire Beer, on sale all day. Bounce back and forth between the two venues and see almost a dozen amazing bands. For our party we’re happy to have a spread of old and new Trekky artists, including NC expatriate Daniel Hart (of The Physics of Meaning, St. Vincent, John Vanderslice, The Rosebuds). We’ll also have a special non-Trekky guest, our friend Cat Martino (of Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten). This is all FREE! Schedules below:

Trekky’s DAY-DREAM @ The Pour House:
4:30 | Butterflies
3:40 | Embarrassing Fruits
2:50 | Daniel Hart

2:00 | Midtown Dickens
1:10 | Brice Randall Bickford
12:30 | Cat Martino

Hometapes’ Friend Island @ Tir Na Nog:
4:00 | All Tiny Creatures
3:00 | The Caribbean
2:00 | Family Dynamics
1:00 | Matthew White
12:00 | Sunless

Embarrassing Fruits
9:30PM at The Union

Lost in the Trees
12:00AM at Fletcher Opera Hall

Trekky Records’ own Will Hackney will also be playing with Cassis Orange (Thursday, 9:30PM at The Union) and Mount Moriah (Friday, 12:00AM at Berkeley Cafe) as well as participating in Hoopscotch, the charity basketball game at 1:30PM on Friday.

TRKfest schedule announced!

3:00 | Midtown Dickens

3:40 | Vibrant Green

4:10 | Mount Moriah

4:50 | Tour of Piedmont Biofuels

5:00 | Lonnie Walker

5:40 | Brice Randall Bickford

6:20 | Musical Chairs Cake Walk

6:30 | Yardwork

7:10 | Embarrassing Fruits

7:50 | Tour of Piedmont Biofuels

8:00 | Butterflies

8:40 | Bowerbirds

9:20 | Pants Off Dance Off

9:40 | Ryan Gustafson

10:35 | Hammer No More The Fingers

TRKfest 2011 lineup and details announced!

Trekky Records is proud to announce the return of TRKfest, our annual Summertime blissfest, on Saturday, August 13th at Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro, NC. This year’s festival will build upon the framework of the last three years, growing from a fledgling annual event to an essential expression of the North Carolina music scene, as well as the broader underground community.

This will be the fourth annual TRKfest. The event began as a one-off fundraiser for the Trekky Records Collective in 2008, but has transformed into an annual event, returning each year by popular demand. As always, the festival will take place at Piedmont Biofuels, a charming industrial biodiesel plant and organic farm nestled into the beautiful Pittsboro countryside. With the help of Piedmont Biofuels and The Abundance Foundation, we will attempt to minimize the ecological impact of the festival, reducing waste and emphasizing local and sustainable foods and drinks.

In addition to the music, the day will be bursting with other activities. Attendees will be able to play games, cool off under the sprinklers, vibe out in the Bliss Tent, purchase local clothing and crafts, tour the biodiesel facility and dance til they collapse, all while listening to some of the finest music North Carolina has to offer.

Admission will be a $10 suggested donation. No person will be turned away. This is a family friendly event! The rain date is Sunday, August 14th, but, c’mon, its not going to rain on TRKfest!

Mount Moriah
Midtown Dickens
Hammer No More The Fingers
Embarrassing Fruits
Ryan Gustafson
Brice Randall Bickford
Vibrant Green
and more to be announced!

Other Attractions:
Local art, crafts and clothing for sale
Pants-off Dance-off
Coffee Sack Race
Musical Chairs Cake Walk
Make Yr Own Tie-Dye TRKfest Shirt
Sprinklers and Water Things
Tour of Piedmont Biofuels
Free Haircuts
Shadow Puppets
Bliss Tent
…and probably more!

Embarrassing Fruits announce East Coast tour + stream entire new album!

Embarrassing Fruits are excited to embark on an East Coast journey this Spring, bringing Frontier Justice to every town they pass through. In celebration, we’re now offerring a full stream of Fruits’ latest album, for a limited time. Take a listen to the whole document, and if you like it, you can order the LP+CD+MP3 package straight from us.

In other Fruits news, the band has a brand new song, “Come Home”, featured on DiggUp Tapes‘ new Cassingles Vol. 1 compilation. You can stream the song here and order the split cassingle from DiggUp Tapes.

Tour dates:

02-11 Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade
03-09 Charlottesville, VA – Tea Bazaar
03-10 Richmond, VA – Gallery5
03-11 Baltimore, MD – The Windup
03-19 Greensboro, NC – Legitimate Business
03-23 Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight