Famous Class – Brofile by F. Albert Herter
Famous Class is based in a converted fire station/tree house in West Williamsburg designed by the same 17 year old Swiss architects who did LeBron James’ signature Air Jordan-shaped puffy mansion in the suburbs of Cleveland. It’s been nothing but big decisions for the Famous Class family ever since taking occupancy in early 2010. “First of all, we realized that dogs can’t climb rope ladders, nor can they really use fire poles” says Cyrus Lubin, who lives with a team of Aleutian sled dogs and travels about the city on a customized rollerblade sled. “What a mess that was,” he chuckles as he cranks up the pancake machine.
Just in time for our visit, the entire team has assembled for their weekly pancake prayer-meeting breakfast served up as always by chefs Willie Meismer and Paul St. Vincent X. “We got this idea from a Seinfeld episode,” explains Chef Paul. “You know, the one where Kramer gets his balls stuck in Cameron Diaz’s zipper and George invents a new recipe for pancakes. We figured we could try the same thing and it’s really been beautiful.”
After a brief yet uncomfortably violent tussle for first dibs, Jamie Ayers cedes pride of place to Mark D. Jack who piles on a short stack of Mickey Mutant Mouse-shaped flapjacks. The much buzzed-about breakfast bacchanal is strictly by invitation only and features a sparkling guest-list. Only last week, rocker and TV personality Charlie Rose made a surprise appearance as special guest Leaky Lou. Today however, the Famous Class team somberly absorbs the news that Sandra Bullock, moments away from stepping into a starring role as Oozy Suzy, has abruptly left the treehouse complex following a dispute over her honorarium.
In response, the members of Darlings, Boogie Boarder, Tony Castles, Snakes Say Hisss, Tough Knuckles, Huxtables,and the California Chorus Revels Chorus share a moment of psionic bonding and channel a psychic spy satellite image of Tom Cruise to lead the assembled team members in a prayer to the Prime Sentinels. Merlyn, Soul Skinner, Troll Associates, and Ms. Bullock, all arch-enemies of the Famous Class crew, are cursed in turn before the feast begins. Bon Apetile!
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September 13, 2014

Speedy Ortiz/ Chris Weisman is now up for pre-order! Get you copy on Limited edition Splatter or purple vinyl while they last!

August 2, 2014

LAMC No. 12: White Fence/ Jack Name is NOW UP FOR PRE-ORDER!!

May 26, 2014

2nd pressing of LAMC No. 11 is here on Milky Clear with Aqua Blue & Swamp Green splatter vinyl (LTD 500) and so is the 3rd pressing of LAMC No. 7 on Orange Crush / Yellow Split-Color vinyl (LTD 300)! Get em before they’re gone!

April 25, 2014

Stay up on future LTD pressings, join the FAMOUS CLASS email list: http://mad.ly/signups/107723/join

March 27, 2014

Grab a copy of our new LAMC 7” ft. jams from Mikal Cronin & WAND here or if vinyl isn’t your thing get the digital version on our bandcamp!

February 27, 2014

LAMC No. 10 #Fuzz #CCRHeadcleaner 2nd pressing is here and we’ve got Mustard/Bone Split-Color vinyl (LTD 500) available while supplies last!!!! last time the colored vinyl sold out in 5 minutes so don’t wait

January 26, 2014

Did a little cleaning in the storage space this morning and came across a small box of our special edition DBA 2012 T-shirts. Theres only a handful of them and once they sell out they’re gone forever.

January 15, 2014

Happy New Year everyone! We’re back in full swing and shipping orders every day. You can grab LAMC No. 10 Fuzz/ CCR Headcleaner at your local record shop THIS TUESDAY the 21st, and of course you can also get it here on the site!

December 15, 2013

Hey everyone,

The last shipping date of the year is Friday December 20th, any orders at come in after the 19th will be shipped on Jan 3rd. please get your orders in ASAP if you want your items to arrive before xmas.

See you all in the new year!

Famous Class

November 29, 2013

The time has come so get to pre-ordering now!   Standard black vinyl & limited edition mustard/ translucent white w. splatter vinyl on this site now.

September 11, 2013

Check it out the PB&J Famous Class Slipmats are in! Get yours now

September 5, 2013

Every few days we get an email here at Famous Class asking if we plan to sell our test pressings or long sold out special edition vinyl. The answer has always been NO… until now.
Famous Class is very excited to announce our first Charity eBay Auction! we’ve got 25 items up now including rare vinyl, signed vinyl + test presses! But the best part is 100% of the proceeds ate going to the VH1 Save the Music foundation! Check out our ebay page HERE and get to bidding
Sep 5th at 9pmET – Sep 15th at 9pmET


July 29, 2013

We’re a few days behind on these flexibook but we’re expecting to have them in the mail for you guys this Thursday and Friday. In the meantime enjoy this How To Flexi GIF

June 18, 2013

We are beyond excited to present “Live at Death By Audio 2012” a playable art book ft. 11 kick ass songs on 6 flexi records! get all the details & pre-order now!!!!

April 23, 2013

Pre-Order for LAMC No. 8 Xiu Xiu / Lawrence English starts this Monday April 29th at 10 am ET! Get yours on limited edition Silver vinyl while supplies last

April 3, 2013

Pre-order for LAMC No.9 starts May 20th! Get your copy on limited edition Bone w/ Black & Oxblood splatter vinyl (while supplies last)

March 6, 2013

150 copies of the Ty Segall/ Chad & the Meatbodies 7″ will be available on translucent Bronze with Beer Haze vinyl while supplies last

February 18, 2013

Check out the great press for latest LAMC 7″ ft. Cass McCombs + White Magic on Pitchfork, Fader, CoS, LA Records, and Stereogum!

February 11, 2013

Check out the Noisey premiere of “I Won’t Tell If You Won’t Tell” HERE

February 11, 2013

Check out the Stereogum premiere for Cassie’s song on LAMC no. 6 “I Don’t Really Want to Go” HERE

January 14, 2013

LAMC № 5 HUNX/ Cassie Ramone is now shipping! grab yours now or at your local record shop Jan 22nd!

December 16, 2012

OG Famous Class artist Dave Singley finally has a page on the site! check it out and grab one of his prints on the store!

December 4, 2012

100 copies of the Hunx/Cassie Ramone 7″ will be available while supplies last

November 23, 2012

Catch up with the LAMC series with our holiday sale! Grab the LAMC 2012 package HERE and get all 4 releases plus an awesome tote bag.

November 18, 2012

Remember that time we said we’d have 6 LAMC 7″s out in 2012? Well that didn’t happen, but we’re so excited to announce LAMC No. 5 HUNX/ Cassie Ramone out Jan 22nd and LAMC No. 6 Cass McCombs/ White Magic out Feb 19th.

November 1, 2012

LAMC No. 4 Deerhoof/ Half Waif is out in stores now and on our webstore. GO GET IT

September 25, 2012

Go pick up LAMC No.3  Thee Oh Sees/ The Mallard at your local record shop or here at our webstore http://bit.ly/LwPs6w

September 21, 2012

Need another reason to get excited about LAMC No. 4 Deerhoof/ Half Waif? The physical release will coincide with a NEW EPISODE of Masters From Their Day taking you behind the scenes as Deerhoof + Producer Chris Shaw team up in the studio.

September 14, 2012

We made a tote bag! You can get one for FREE with any order over $20 or over here at our webstore

September 9, 2012

We’re thrilled to announce LAMC № 4 Deerhoof / Half Waif out October 23rd!  Pre-order begins NOW and if you’re quick you can pick up the limited edition White Vinyl edition (only 100 copies). DO IT

August 13, 2012

Our latest release in the LAMC 7″ series is now available on the webstore for pre-order! Check it out and pick up a limited edition version of the record in super limited edition translucent green vinyl now.

July 16, 2012

We’re so excited to announce the new Darlings 7″ ft. 3 NEW SONGS. Pre-order yours now and check out the sweet teaser video we made!

May 31, 2012

The second release in our LAMC 7″ series is now available for pre-order and it’s only $5!!! Get your Future Islands / Ed Schrader’s Music Beat 7″  NOW. Orders ship July 9th

May 18, 2012

The new Future Islands/ Ed Schrader’s Music Beat 7″ will be in stores July 17th. We can’t wait!

May 4, 2012

We finally posted up the New/Old/Lost/Unfinished Boogie Boarder EP YIKES. download it for free here


May 1, 2012

The much anticipated second EP from NYC-based soul band The Immaculates is now available on our webstore check it out now!

April 10, 2012

We’re so excited to see this out in the world, go to your local record shop and get yours today!

April 7, 2012

The LAMC series got a nice shout out on Pitchfork last week, Check it out HERE. They also announced our 2nd release in the series FUTURE ISLANDS/ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT which will be in stores this July! We’ll be releasing more info very soon.

March 14, 2012

pre order your records now cause the first edition is gonna be gone before you know it!

March 11, 2012

The first release in our LAMC 7″ series is now available for pre-order and it’s only $5. check out our webstore and get your A Place To Bury Strangers / Ceremony split 7″ NOW. Orders ship April 3rd

March 1, 2012

Support the Famous Class family! The man behind some of your favorite FC images has a new website. Get yourself a Dave Singley print or painting now

February 29, 2012

We are launching the LAMC split 7” series in loving memory Ariel Panero, our dear friend and a partner in Famous Class. find out more here

February 20, 2012

We’ve got 2 new color ways of the Dusen Dusen/Famous Class hat up on the webstore but we only have ONE OF EACH left in stock! We’ve yet again sold out of the Cat Tank in both black and white, but we’re restocking now and should be ready to ship by 2.27. expect more sizes and a few new color ways

January 13, 2012

GOOD NEWS! the hats arrived and the back orders have shipped.

January 7, 2012

Darlings are making us wait to hear their new LP until its totally mixed and mastered, its making us crazy… come out to glasslands this Thursday for a sneak peak at the new record and maybe some deep cuts off “yeah I know”

January 3, 2012

Come party with us at the Mercury Lounge this Saturday and see Tony Castles live with our friends Slowdance and The Sanctuaries. We can’t wait to see this new drummer they’ve been talking about and hear the jams they’ve been writing for their debut LP out on Greedhead later this year.   Get your tickets now http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/event/81505/

January 1, 2012

We’ve got a lot coming up this year so stay tuned for updates. We’re so excited about the new 7” series that’s in the works but we’ll let you know more info about that VERY SOON. In the meantime prepare yourself for the new jams + shirts + hats + prints that are coming your way in 2012

December 30, 2011

We’re totally sold-out of our first edition so we reordered and added a few new color ways.  Should be in to the FC office next week and then right in the mail for all you who ordered them. Hold tight!

October 28, 2011

We finally did it! Our limited edition hat collaboration with good friend/all-star designer Dusen Dusen are now available at our webstore. These little guys are going fast (we only have 2 more of the corduroy) so get yours now!

May 31, 2011

The New Mr. A*OK Mixtape is out today! go that that shit now. FAMOUS CLASS ACTION VOL. II

May 2, 2011

GET READY! we’ve got 2 new clear vinyl 7″s coming out June 21. Snakes Say Hisss- Right Behind You and Tony Castles- Juice

March 8, 2011

We’re releasing 2 EP’s this month, Tony Castles: No Service & Darlings: Warma on CD/Vinyl/Digital. These are our first nationally distributed records and we’re really excited to get them out into the world.

March 8, 2011

get your limited edition copy at our webstore or pick it up digitally on iTunes now!

December 9, 2010

A memorial service in honor of Ariel will be held at the Montauk Club in 
Park Slope, Brooklyn this Sunday, December 12th at 1PM. Please come out and show your love for our friend. All are welcome. 

The Montauk Club is located at 25 Eighth Avenue.

December 8, 2010

Ariel was exciting to be around; he was fun and he was driven. He would come to me with seemingly impossible show ideas but then always managed to pull them off. He approached his work with a sense that yeah, there might be consequences but the good and fun will outweigh the fallout because we have the right spirit and if i don’t try and get this done it’ll never happen. One of Ariel’s most triumphant moments in my eyes was when he somehow convinced the skipper of Clipper City to let all the Famous Class bands charter the boat for a quarter of the usual price. The feeling was unforgettable, sailing around the Statue of Liberty having a beer with Ariel and watching friends play and dance.  Last year he began working with me at Famous Class, helping us take some big steps forward. It breaks my heart that he isn’t going to see the results of everything we worked on together. He was a dear friend and a brother, we love you and miss you.


December 7, 2010

we love you and miss you already.

RIP Ariel Panero 1985-2010

November 29, 2010

The Fader premiered the new Darlings video and wrote some nice things.

check it out

September 15, 2010

Stereogum premiered the new Tony video!

check out the link

July 2, 2010

Get ready for the new Tony Castles EP “No Service” out this September on Famous Class!

June 20, 2010

We’re teaming up with our buddies at Less Artists More Condos and throwing a party for the Northside Fest. shit should be nuts

June 17, 2010

holy shit this thing was fun, we’ll be posting more picture and some video later this week

June 16, 2010

The -FAMOUS CLASS ACTION- MIXTAPE VOL. 1 is coming your way this weekend compliments of Mr. A*OK. ft. Huxtables, Tony Castles, Wacka Flocka, Project Pat, Snakes Say Hisss and many more!

June 16, 2010

Famous Class welcomes our first DJ to the family!

May 3, 2010

Snakes Say Hiss shot a video last week with our friend Tony Bliz from Creative Control. you can check out some of the photos over at the snakes say hiss artist page. we’ll have the video ready to go by the end of May

May 3, 2010

our buddy Daniel Carbone made a rad tour video from our St Louis trip for creative control.

Check it out!

April 22, 2010

its been a while since we’ve had a the whole family together but the time has come! Mark your calender now for May 28th and come see Tony Castles + Darlings + Snakes Say Hiss + Boogie Boarder + Tough Knuckles + DJ Mr. A*OK  @ DBA. We’re gonna have some new jamz from all the bands plus a new wave of shirts.
Get Ready!

April 18, 2010

We couldn’t be happier here at the Famous Class camp! We have the first vinyl over at the webstore now and are sending the boys to record the follow up at the end of May. Expect big things!

April 1, 2010

Patrick from Titus did that guest list thing on pitchfork yesterday and gave a little love.

Favorite New Band

Boogie Boarder are kind of a spaz band from Brooklyn. They have lots of bad-ass riffs but also lots of wanky goodness, and they definitely know how to entertain. They have a lot of that reckless abandon that’s at the heart of all great rock’n'roll music. The bass player plays this half bass-half guitar thing in the tradition of the Presidents of the United States of America. And their album Pizza Hero comes with a really beautiful zine with all these really nice drawings. A lot of bang for your buck.”

March 30, 2010

SXSW was a blast! our party with impose magazine sold out about half way into the show and shit got crazy. check out photos on the impose site


March 8, 2010

Darlings have some SXSW show lined up, come drink a beer with us!

Check the Darlings Show date for details

March 1, 2010

We’re mixing the album now, should have some tracks to play soon and a new LP this summer!

February 28, 2010

Both bands went to the studio at breakthruradio.com and recorded some jamz last fall. old news yes but still fun!

February 27, 2010

As Winter continues to keep its chilly grasp fastened tightly upon our fair city, Darlings have hunkered down and are combating the cold with a barrage of Brooklyn-brewed garage pop.  Last weekend, the band convened with their guru Nick Smeraski at Headgear Studio to record six new tracks.  We’re in the mixing stage, so these songs will be coming at you sooner than you think.

February 27, 2010

Vanity Fair used “Teenage Girl” in a behind-the-scenes video of a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz and a bunch of Hollywood starlets.  Check it out at the end of this article.  Unfortunately it’s not a photo shoot of Hollywood starlets AND Darlings, they’re just mugging for the camera while our song plays.  Plus we would never agree to share the spotlight like that.

February 27, 2010

We recorded some new jamz that we’ll be slowly giving away for free on the site. New things are brewing here…

January 25, 2010

Classy New Site Launches


January 25, 2010

New Darlings record get it here:

February 18, 2013

Check out the great press for latest LAMC 7″ ft. Cass McCombs + White Magic on Pitchfork, Fader, CoS, LA Records, and Stereogum!

February 11, 2013

Check out the Noisey premiere of “I Won’t Tell If You Won’t Tell” HERE

February 11, 2013

Check out the Stereogum premiere for Cassie’s song on LAMC no. 6 “I Don’t Really Want to Go” HERE

March 11, 2011

peep it

November 29, 2010

The Fader premiered the new Darlings video and wrote some nice things.

check it out

September 15, 2010

Stereogum premiered the new Tony video!

check out the link

July 2, 2010

“nothing but sex” – Pitchforkmedia.com

July 2, 2010

Tony Castles do great justice to dream pop with this simmering and sweet six-plus minute demo “Pirates.” They’re a Brooklyn band who’ve been floating around Brooklyn lineups anywhere between Effi Briest, Darlings, and Dinowalrus. They were only a blip on our radar until recently, and now for they’re playing a shit-ton of CMJ dates, including a date tomorrow at Webster Hall with Das Racist and Suckers, as well as a spot on our 5-day Imposition, for the Famous Class day show.

April 18, 2010

Tough Knuckles is kind of like a cross between Gary Wilson and Ariel Pink if you substitute all the mental disorder with sweetness. Instead of dressing as a sultry woman or having some kind of body-dysmorphic dysfunction, Calvin LeCompte is a lo-fi charmer, and that’s jazzy—Greek jazzy!


April 1, 2010

its been a year since L magazine told you to watch Darlings. they did a nice recap of the year..

“As we write this, one or more members of Darlings are currently watching MTV’s Teen Cribs (again, Twitter), but in the past 12 months, their slouchy, hooky garage rock has found its way all over the city. First there was praise for their debut album, Yeah I Know, on every conceivable local music blog this summer, then the mothership of press – The New York Times — got on board with a few nice things to say. Next came Urban Outfitters, who included their song “Eviction Party” in an in-store store playlist/blog mix along the likes of Girls and The xx. Things got weirder when Vanity Fair used “Teenage Girl” to soundtrack abehind-the-scenes photo shoot teaser for their Hollywood issue. While the year concluded with Yeah I Know on more than a few “best of” lists (The L‘s included), Darlings kicked off 2010 with their first trip to SXSW where they played a load of shows at places like thrift stores and tattoo shops. Their band name is getting easier to Google, too. To keep it going, they’ll be opening for the Smith Westerns at Market Hotel on April 3 and playing Brooklyn Bowl on the 15th, where they’ll share the stage with ’09 honorable mention, Sisters.”

February 28, 2010

“I saw Brian crowd-surfing on some people/But there was no band at all.” That’s Peter Rynsky, singer of Darlings, at the outset of “Eviction Party,” a splash of lo-fi elegance that, like most Darlings songs, squeezes meaning from the inconsequential. On its winning debut album “Yeah I Know” (Famous Class), this young New York band — Mr. Rynsky, the guitarist Joe Tirabassi, the keyboardist Maura Lynch and the drummer Matt Solomon — plays casually rendered garage-pop that’s masking an arched eyebrow: they’re all working harder than they appear to be. Among the best here is “Friends Forever,” a dry love letter that’s part surf-rock, part musical theater. “I can’t wait to see your skinny legs again,” Mr. Rynsky sings, “because we’re more than friends/and I need you.” During the unprintable chorus, the affair moves from the park to a literal dark room to a metaphorical one. “Don’t make me get down on my knees,” Mr. Rynsky sings, though it sounds like he wouldn’t mind.


February 28, 2010

Possibly the least well-known band on this year’s list, Darlings is a Brooklyn-based four-piece that sounds pretty much exactly how you always wanted your high school garage band to sound. They’re surprisingly impressive on a technical level, with all sorts of meandering guitar melodies and interesting interplay between instruments. The recording is far from polished, but it’s got this perfect level of fidelity that keeps things clear enough but also seems to say, “We could have made this sound better, but we didn’t feel like it, you fucking square.” They call to mind a sloppier Teenage Fanclub or Sloan at times, with whimsical melodies that feel completely timeless. Then, out of nowhere, they turn into a loud, screamy rock band, like early Replacements or the Jason Lowenstein contributions to Sebadoh, or maybe even… Nirvana? Basically, they’ve held onto the idea that this whole music thing was always supposed to be fun because you get to bang on shit really, really hard — it just so happens they bring an awful lot of other stuff to the table as well.

L Magazine

February 28, 2010

Assuming for a moment that our beloved Ponytail had a large share in resurrecting good vibes and positive music through amazing chops and challenging, weird music, then let us postulate Boogie Boarder as another band filling in the natural order that begs for music with bigger Vibes and greater positivity that still retains the crunchy guitars and aharmonic progress left to us from our great detuned forefathers. If you were always amused and confused as to how Phish could cite Sonic Youth as an influence, Boogie Boarder’s new album Pizza Hero takes us one more step closer to knocking some righteous sense into the equation.


February 28, 2010

This is Ed Zipco’s friend’s band. Ed says they have been “really killing shows lately” and that they’ve “become the really dependable, really good vibes backbone of most rock shows since spring.” He says that the drummer, Cyrus, is “one of the most solid guys in the Brooklyn show community.” Furthermore, Cyrus runs this label called Famous Class that puts out cute CDs that come with little comic books. If that’s not enough to make you go, “Holy balls!” and run out and buy this, I officially throw my hands up in the air in the universal sign of “Your loss, loser.”

February 28, 2010

Sometimes people talk about how they picked up a record only because they loved the cover art. They’ll talk about how they had never heard the music, how just based on what their eyeballs were saying, that record was for them. If I was browsing and ready to make a selection based on nothing but names or titling, Boogie Boarder records would be leaving the store with me. Best band name I’ve heard in a while. Name of the Brooklyn foursome’s full-length? Pizza Hero. You’d have to be nuts not to want to hear it. The fact that their grungy stripe of surf rock rules doesn’t hurt either.


February 27, 2010

Their electronic indie pop music has real bite. “I Control the Wind” sashays in synth and flirts with a line of falsetto aah-haas. Snakes shed this skin on other tracks, though, trading Franz Ferdinand sheen for softer blips with the Postal Service’s punctuation. Snakes have settled with fellow bands Boogie Boarder and the Huxtables in a collective called Famous Class, which includes group of other artists working in DIY mediums like DVDs, comics, shirts, and zines.

- Spin.com

February 27, 2010

This is exactly what I always hoped all those Paper Rad/Load bands would sound like instead of just bad noise-jazz—casual little guitar melodies with broken-y keyboards and extended Cosby Show samples.


February 27, 2010

Their album A Touch of Wonder proves the goofy twosome put a whole lotta love, along with the laughter, into their funky mix of synthe pop, exploratory electronica, and indie rock.

-Amp Camp

February 27, 2010

Be prepared for 42 pages of madness. The Huxtables have paired their CD with a mini-booklet featuring drawings such as a creature that appears to be half human, a crown on what looks like a superhero and a computer screen smoking a pipe. This combustion of awkward images best describes the mood of the album. A Touch of Wonder is a synth pop meets sampling meets indie rock delight.


February 27, 2010

This is the third of the exuberantly packaged Famous Class albums I have received in the last few months, and it doesn’t come close to disappointing. First came the infectious synth-pop of Snakes Say Hisss!, then the raucous surf of Boogie Boarder and now we have basement party-noise of The Huxtables…
With twelve songs in just over twenty minutes, A Touch of Wonder is the best kind of party there is: brief and to the point.