The Telephone Numbers - The Ballad Of Doug
€10.00 - €18.00

  • The Telephone Numbers - The Ballad Of Doug
  • The Telephone Numbers - The Ballad Of Doug

The Telephone Numbers - The Ballad Of Doug
€10.00 - €18.00

Originally released June 25, 2021.
A new record pressing in red vinyl is available NOW! Shippings start on mid-March.

"There’s always good music in San Francisco, you just never hear about it till someone somewhere else finally pays attention. The Telephone Numbers and contemporaries live in the tiny spaces between row houses in the outer districts of San Francisco. You can hear them earnestly strumming through cheap practice amps choked with probably too much reverb and trying to craft ambitious sounds with no career ambitions and few resources. These bands were rarely invited to play the bigger venues in their own hometown when it mattered. They had their own intimate shows wherever they could beg for space, and that’s maybe more fun. Thomas Rubenstein is 100% from this subculture of record geeks and renters, haunting bedrooms studios and fog-damp garage practice spaces. He writes tragic love songs that pull from classic power-pop and 80s/90s indie. He does in fact have a Teenage Fanclub tattoo and is rarely not listening to Prefab Sprout or some other over-the-top heartbreaking pop on the way to earn his hourly wage. He recruited a whole host of pals to help him make The Ballad of Doug, which may or may not be a concept album about the rise and fall of the Gin Blossoms. The touches of violin, layers of guitar and soaring backing vocals make this seem bigger than just a DIY record, and it is. These tunes are worthy of some historic festival slot or hit parade appearance, but for now you can dream with the vinyl on your deck or the bandcamp blasting in your phone".

Glenn Donaldson

releases June 25, 2021

Thomas Rubenstein: vocals, guitars, percussion, casio
Charlie Ertola: bass
Morgan Stanley: vocals, casio, melodica
Andrew Hine: drums, percussion
Glenn Donaldson: guitars, synth, organ, percussion, vocals
Eli Groshelle: drums
K. Dylan Edrich: violin

Songs by Thomas Rubenstein
Except 9 (The Keys)
and 7 (Rubenstein/Donaldson/Ertola/Groshelle)
Mixed by Glenn Donaldson
Mastered by Sean McCann


Pressing Information

150 x 12" Black Vinyl with printed inner sleeve.
150 x 12" Transparent Electric Blue Vinyl with printed inner sleeve.
250 x 12" Transparent Red Vinyl with printed inner sleeve.

* Vinyl also available via
* Limited Edition Cassette available soon on Paisley Shirt Records

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