IMPORTANT PLEASE READ!
Hey! before you get into the rest of the newsletter, please note, if you place an online order through the Related Records website, Discogs store, Depop or Bandcamp AFTER Tuesday December 12th, it will not be shipped out until December 27th and you probably will not get it until 2024. I won't have access to my office or inventory from December 13th-26th. This is important if you care about getting stuff in time for holiday bullshit. Get your orders in now!
NEW TO THE ONLINE STORE!
I decided to make a whole page on the Related Records website about all the different playlists I have made and continue to make. You can check it out here.
I also wanna make it clear that Related Records does not endorse or support Spotify. They are an awful company that makes billions of dollars on the backs of hardworking musicians, producers, fans, labels... basically anyone who contributes or works within the music industry - Spotify is making money off you whether you want them to or not. BUT I also recognize that they are affordable and easy to use, which is why so many music fans use it and why I have created these playlists for you to enjoy. If you are a Spotify user, no shame or hard feelings meant for you. But fuck Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon forever.
NEW TABOR MOUNTAIN MUSIC VIDEO!
New TABOR MOUNTAIN music video is so sick! Please watch and enjoy! And if you haven't already, pick up a copy of the new album Twilight Apologies. It rules and I hope it makes it's way onto everyone end of year lists.
WELCOME TABOR MOUNTAIN TO THE RELATED RECORDS FAMILY!
Patrick Tabor and I have known each other for over a decade now, which is really bizarre to think about since we have only seen/hung out with each other maybe 4-5 times in person. He used to play in this freaky psychedelic electronic pop performance art party band called Creepy Marbles. They released an EP on Holy Page Records in 2011 that is so incredible. Seeing them live was very epic, freeing and liberating. Patrick and I became friends and have followed each others musical careers ever since. Patrick started doing this solo project called Tabor Mountain around the tail end of Creepy Marbles and I loved it even more but in a totally different way. Although musically you can tell the two are related, Tabor Mountain is much more soulful, passionate and smart.
In 2012-2013 Patrick started working with his friend Douglas Du Fresne and they started 2 different electronic projects that are like a ying and yang to each other. Morning Hands - which is more of a dream pop / vaporwave / posi-motivational type thing and then Diesel Dudes which is like a synth punk / industrial / dungeon muscleman type thing. Both of which I am very into and only mention here so you can get into them too.
The new album is called Twilight Apologies and it will be available for pre-order on October 6th! It is officially coming out on November 3rd, but if I get them before then, so will you if you pre-order. Expect another email about that as it all gets closer and in the meantime check out this sick music video for the song "Already Dead" which is going to be on the new album.
A TON OF NEW MUSIC ADDED TO THE DISTRO THIS PAST WEEK!
I made a post about this on Instagram last Sunday (September 17th) and I meant to send a newsletter out about it back then, but I've been so stupid busy with school and work recently that I haven't been able to. ANYWAY, check out everything in the distro here. Or if you're only interested in the new shit, just scroll down to view it all.
TESTIMONY VOL. 4 IS HERE!
The newest issue of TESTIMONY is here! A 40 page zine featuring original art, poetry and essays from 10 different artists all centered around religion. Featuring Cia Lord, Emily Spetrino, Alex Halaszyn, Destiny Rhinehart, Ronda Hampton, Sara Avery, Peter Kulikowski, Nic Jacobsen, Emma Bush and Ryan Avery.
Multiple pieces in this issue brought me to tears and made me smile real big. One of the guys who works at the print shop I get these printed from said "I always get so excited when I get to print these zines for you. This issue in particular has the best drawing of SATAN I have ever seen and it looks like it was done in crayons!" (it was!) My next door neighbor said "These little magazines of yours are just getting better and better. I particularly liked the pieces by Emma and Destiny, also... I liked all the boobs." Check it out for yourself, let me know what you think!
MORE NEW STUFF!
I got some new stickers and buttons made recently. Check them out!
PHX ZINE FEST FOLLOW UP!
PHX ZINE FEST was amazing! Something like 1,000+ people came between the two days and all of them wore masks the whole time! PLUS I sold a bunch of merchandise and have now updated the inventory for all of it. Here is what I am down to less than 9 copies of, so get these while you still can!
This release compiles four original, full-length recordings of product-jingles released by Quintronics - between 1999 thru 2021. The "Singing House" eventually evolved to become "Weather Warlock" which is still in production today. Drum Buddy and Bath Buddy both see occasional updates and limited releases. This record, like Quintronics' goods, are as much conceptual art as they are unique and helpful ideas in the spirit of the golden age of American invention and includes a 5”x5” lenticular that transforms images of the Bath Buddy to the Drum Buddy.
The record is limited edition of 500, they are available through QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT on tour! And on the Related Records website.
Mastered by Jon Fuzzywallz of Fuzzywallz Mastering
Make sure you catch Q+P on tour this summer!
6/24-Austin, TX @hotelvegastexas
6/25-Ft. Davis, TX @webbsfairandsquare
6/27-Phoenix, AZ @lastexitlive
6/28-San Diego, CA @casbahsandiego
6/29-Los Angeles, CA @zebulonla
7/01-Oakland, CA @mosswood_meltdown_i_love_you
7/02-Los Angeles, CA @bobbakermarionettes
7/04-Albuquerque, NM @sisterbar
7/06-Oklahoma City, OK @resonant_head
7/08-Dallas, TX @texastheatre - sponsored by @nightflightofficial
7/09-Shreveport, LA @fattyarbucklespub
I ALSO WANTED TO MENTION!
This record is now streaming everywhere! so make sure to add tracks from it into your playlists and radio shows...etc
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR IN AZ...
Where it is hotter than literal hell and people in our community are dying every day from the heat and lack of services!
If you live in Arizona please consider taking some frozen water bottles with you when you leave the house or donating supplies to unshelteredphx (they are always looking for walkers, canes, bike lights, tents, tarps, pepper spray, shoes, clothing and hygene related materials)
Here is a link to their Amazon wishlist
Here is a link to their venmo if you want to donate money to help them buy things for our unsheltered community.
All the money from the HEAT IS MURDER t-shirts goes to unshelteredphx as well as all the money from remaining benefit mix tapes.
This show is happening in Phoenix!
You should go if you're able to! it's gonna be a lot of fun!
It’s June which means it’s #pridemonth which seemed like a perfect time to release an all femme+queer tribute compilation to 1960s girl groups.
This compilation features 18 tracks covering Lesley Gore, The Supremes, Evelyne Courtois, Wendy Rene, Nancy Sinatra, The Chiffons, Little Peggy March, The Marvelettes, June Valli, The Crystals, Norma Tracey, The Cookies, The Bitter Sweets, Little Eva and The Ronettes
As performed by Related Records artists - QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT // BARRY // DINOSAUR LOVE // MIA LOUCKS // THE BEST FRIENDS // TREASURE MAMMAL
As well as EXECUTIVE DYSFUNCTION // DOLLY CREAMER // LADYBABYMISS (featuring BIMBO YAGA) // MIGUEL LARESS // SASSYHIYA // KYLO GUN // SWAN REAL (*featuring MYA BYRNE) // CALVIN HALLIDAY (from U.S. HIGHBALL) // DORIAN WOOD // COLEY MIXAN // LANA DEL RABIES
You can pay whatever you want for it on the Related Related Bandcamp. Please follow and check out each of these artists individually because they are all so amazing!
Artwork by Calvin Halliday
"SONGS DRUNK & HORNY TAUGHT US" COMPILATION
This month marks 10 years of Related Records existing with the release of RR001 - DRUNK & HORNY "A Drunk & Horny Pool Party with Ryan & Andrew" being released on CD and Cassette back in 2013. So to celebrate, I have organized a compilation that has been requested by Drunk & Horny die-hard fans over the years, made up of all the songs D&H would cover when they played live. Because unless you were a die-hard fan, you probably didn't realize half the catalog was made up of cover songs. Taking notes from some of Ryan & Andrew's favorite artists like Tiny Tim, The Specials and The Cramps figuring, why write a song when you could just change the style/pace and structure of a lesser known song by a better artist? ANYWAY, I feel like pretty much anyone who listens to this compilation will be surprised by at least a few of these tracks. And for those of you interested in knowing even more history of the duo, make sure you read the extensive liner notes at the bottom of the page.
NEW QUINTRON "commercial jingles" 7" PRE-ORDER
This is another (hopefully the last) vinyl release that has taken a loooooong time to make. This was ordered back in August, 2021 and I got them in my hand at the end of April, 2023. This is a commercial 7" that features 4 jingles for 3 of Quintron's amazing inventions. The Bath Buddy, The Drum Buddy and The Singing House (which was later renamed The Weather Warlock) Each record comes with a one of a kind lenticular print that changes from the Bath Buddy to the Drum Buddy. Pre-orders start now, and will begin shipping on June 5th. But the official release date isn't until June 23rd.
TESTIMONY VOLUME 3
The 3rd installment of TESTIMONY is now available for Pre-Order. It is officially being released on April 15th at TUCSON ZINE FEST! But all pre-orders will be shipped out as soon as I have them in my hands.This issue features original art, poetry, and essays from 9 different artists all centered around the faiths they grew up in. Featuring Connor Descheemaker, Nic Jacobsen, Ryan Avery, Tyler Jacobs, Peter Kulikowski, Shamika L. Moore, Mark Amura, Dustin Gardy and Cia Lord.
I went bonkers recently with buying new stickers to send out with orders and Have decided to put them online in case any of you wanted some too. The stickers section of the Related Records website is a treasure trove of old/rare band/art/political stickers and all of them are pretty cheap.
I had to make a third change to this show poster and I really hope its the last!. Robbie Cohen can't make it anymore so we asked DINOSAUR LOVE to fill in and we are all super excited about it because Rocky, Shawnte and I are all big Dino Love fans and MOOSEKNUCKLE SANDWICH fans! This show is going to rule! it's FREE! and it's early so if you got another gig that night you can probably still make it.
ONLY 6 DAYS LEFT!
To get one of these BEST OF 2022 mixtapes! All the money from these tapes goes to help pay legal fees for a Portland protestor who was essentially jumped by police.
Here are some items that are almost sold out in the online store. I'm talking like, less than 3 copies left on any of these.
IF YOU'RE IN AZ...
You should come to these events this month.
- ART MARKET with a variety of local creatives.including Related Records
- ARTIST RECEPTION, Featuring Local Artist Sabrina Rivera @awkward.mami.art
- FOOD & DRINKS FROM @the_rez_an_urban_eatery , @aguas_phx & @theremedy_phx
- DJ SET: @west_side_leyenda
- EXTENDED HOURS for @palabras_bookstore & @wastedinkzinedistro
- RAFFLE: Buy art from local artists or books from Palabras and you are able to enter our raffle with lots of goodies from Palabras and local artists.
Sweat Lodge // Shawnte Orion split 7" release show at Stinkweeds! including live music from Rocky Yazzie (of Sweat Lodge/Turqouiz Noiz/Skinwalkers fame),Mooseknuckle Sandwich and Robbie Cohen! PLUS poetry from Shawnte Orion!
NEW HI MY NAME IS RYAN TAPE IS HERE!
New cassette tape from Hi My Name Is Ryan "Merry Go Round: A Live Tribute to Wildman Fischer" is coming out officially on March 11th, but I should have some copies available at the two events I will be vending this month and you can stream it or download it now on bandcamp.
This is the seventh release in a series of mixtapes I am making to help benefit different people who are in need right now. Tapes will be available for only 1 month and at the end of that period of time, all the money Made from those sales will go to the person in need. This time all the money is going to a protestor who was essentially jumped by police officers in Portland a couple months ago. The money is going to help with their legal fees.
This person would like to remain anonymous, so the only thing I am able to share is this video of the altercation from twitter.
If you want to donate directly to them, you can donate here. or send funds to $protestpapi on Cashapp or Venmo and let them know the money is for their friends legal fees.
This mixtape is made up of songs I really like that came out in 2022.
Related Records artists featured on this tape include QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT'S new side project/character BOBBY M.G. & THE QREEPS, Daniel Shircliff (THE FREAKS OF NATURE) + Anne Seletos (CHERIE CHERIE) short lived gospel garage rock two-piece THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY, BARRY side project featuring 1/2 of the BARRY band SASSYHIYA, and U.S. HIGHBALL which of course features Calvin and James from THE POOCHES
BENEFIT MIX TAPE RE-ISSUES!
I did a poll recently on the Related Records instagram and got a pretty big response in favor of offering older benefit mix tapes again. So I made a few.
TESTIMONY VOL. 3 DEADLINE!
SHAWNTE ON TOUR!
The newest member of the Related Records family is poet Shawnte Orion, he's got a new 7" on Related Records (a split with Sweat Lodge) and he's got a ton of shows coming up in the next couple months. Go see him if you have a chance or live in one of these cities.
In May of 2023 Related Records is going to be celebrating 10 years of being a record label! WOW! I know! incredible right?! I almost didn't make it! But this year I got a bunch of stuff planned and hopefully, all of these things happen! Anyway, here's this years tentative release schedule..
Well at some point in the year there will be a Volume 2 of the Recherche compilation that will include unreleased tracks from Related Records (and Related Records adjacent) artists on CD, And a limited edition Lathe 7" for Fatty Cakes & The Puff Pastries featuring 2 brand new songs by them.And sometime in the fall I will be releasing a song-for-song tribute compilation to The House Martins "London 0 Hull 4" Record. If you would like to contribute something to that, let me know what song you would like to do, so I can make sure its not already claimed. Plus I plan on releasing a cassette tape featuring all the A-Sides and B-Sides from all of the Belle Stars singles. A new Zine from The Terri's!, at least 1 more season of The Best Friends Podcast, and 1-2 more issues of Testimony! AAANNNDDDD!!!! I should probably get back to releasing more cool/forgotten media on Heirloom Records
THAT'S NOT ALL!!
I listed a bunch of Test Presses for you obsessive vinyl collecting weirdos.
This 7" has literally taken years to complete and I am so excited it's finally ready for pre-order! Rocky (from Sweat Lodge / Turqouiz Noiz, Skinwalkers, Rocky's Frybread fame) has been playing and organizing shows with Shawnte Orion (Phoenix poet/photographer/artist who recently published the book "Gravity & Spectacle") for 20+ years now.
10 years ago Sweat Lodge recorded the songs featured on their side of this 7". They were going to be released by another "cooler" label that went out of business within a year or so but they at least got these songs and this cool music video out of it. Meanwhile they released their debut full length "2013" on Related Records and then got hit with a potential lawsuit from this other Sweat Lodge band made up of greasy, long haired, white dudes that only lasted 3-4 years before going on "indefinite hiatus" (aka break up!) So Rocky, Rachel and Adam changed their name to Turqouiz Noiz > Adam moved away and Brendan joined the band and then they released 2 excellent LPs (Sweat Lodge + Pray For Rain) on Related Records.
Almost 2 years ago (20 months to be exact) I placed an order for these records to be pressed and due to there being less than 100 vinyl pressing plants, one of the major factories that does vinyl platting burning down, and major labels paying extra money to push small label releases back so their releases get top priority.... it took this long but they are finally here and look so beautiful!
The official release date isn't until the end of February, because we are still waiting on the finishing touches (jackets & stickers) but the turnaround time on those is just a few days-weeks so these will start shipping out probably in the middle of February.
Now for the extra exciting news about this release! It looks like the original 3 piece lineup of Sweat Lodge will be reuniting for the album release show at Stinkweeds in Phoenix on Saturday, February 25th (more info on this show later, since we literally JUST confirmed this date with everyone) and then doing a week long tour up to San Francisco with Shawnte Orion! (more info on this as we get more confirmed dates, if you can help with some AZ [in like bisbee or flagstaff] and CA [in like los angeles, sacramento, fresno...etc] dates hit up Rocky on Instagram) and THEN Shawnte Orion is going to be performing in the Pacific Northwest and will have records and books and zines with him!
TESTIMONY VOLUME 2 is being sent to the printers this week and so I will start mailing them out next week! This one features 9 different artists including Cia Lord Joseph Tepperman (Mooey Moobau), Lonna Kelley, Drew Danburry (The Funny Uncles), Shawnte Orion, Elle Murtagh, Vishinna Crowsmith (Fatty Cakes & The Puff Pastries), Bentley Monet (Titty Graveyard+Snailmate) and Ryan Avery (Hi My Name Is Ryan)
IT'S XMAS TIME!
In case you didn't know, I fucking hate Christmas. But I also get that a lot of people do, it's real important to some people and as a business I feel like it's probably in my best interest to try and appeal to these people because of capitalism, which bums me out but ANYWAY! if you are one of these people that cares about Christmas and want to order something from Related Records and have it arrive before the holiday, you should place your order before December 12th.
Here are some Related Records gift ideas
Here are some great stocking stuffer ideas.
Or some buttons and patches!
Or maybe something rare/weird from the Distro
Over the years this annoying thing will happen where someone orders something > I mail it >It gets sent back because they gave me the wrong address or they didn't actually want it or... i don't know? > I reach out to them and ask if they want it sent out again > they don't respond > so then I put the package in my closet and it sits there for years.
Well I have decided to sell these mystery packages for the amount these folks spent on shipping. I put in the description what I think each of these mystery packages holds but its still order at your own risk.
If you're in AZ...
I am going to be selling records, cassettes, CD's, zines and t-shirts at this outdoor market on December 8th outside The Coronado!
GARAGE SALE SALE!
On November 20th I put a 75% off discount for everything in the Garage Sale but for some reason it is only showing the sale price after you click on the item itself. But yeah, I put everything a ridiculously low price so I can get this shit out of my garage. Please Help.
BOOK - AMELIA HRUBY "FIFTY FEMINIST MANTRAS: A YEARLONG PRACTICE FOR CULTIVATING FEMINIST CONSCIOUSNESS" PAPERBACK
BOOK - Y-VONNE HUTCHINSON "HOW TO TALK TO YOUR BOSS ABOUT RACE: SPEAKING UP WITHOUT GETTING SHUT DOWN" HARDCOVER
IF YOU LIVE IN AZ...
Come to this show on October 15th!
Speaking of Cassette Week... This 2nd pressing of Fatty Cakes & The Puff Pastries "Self Titled" Debut is going to start shipping on October 10th and is already more than 50% sold out! Record stores around the country have been picking up copies which is so exciting! But this is a gentle reminder, if you haven't ordered one and want one, order soon because it may sell out before the official release date (10/14/2022) like the first pressing.
This is the sixth release in a series of mixtapes I am making to help benefit different people who are in need right now. Tapes will be available for only 1 month and at the end of that period of time, all the money ade from those sales will go to the person in need. This time all the money is going to Chazmier Tyler
Chazmier is a black, femme, community organizer, mother and farmer who has played in a number of bands in the Tempe/Phoenix music scene over the past 15+ years. Over the past two years she has been managing Drinking Gourd Farms, a micro-nonprofit rooted in food sovereignty for the Black community. Drinking Gourd Farms lost their funding recently and that means that the eight garden sites will have little care or die if no one maintains them, which is what Chaz is trying to do but cannot continue for very long without income.
If you want to donate directly to Chaz, you can Venmo or Cashapp her or Donate to the Gofundme she set up.
This mixtape is made up of Phoenix+Tempe based artists, all the songs on this mixtape were recorded between 2000-2010 (mostly 2005-2009) Spending the most formative years of my life in this music scene at this time is a very complicated feeling, kinda like living in AZ. This mix tape was inspired by a conversation I had with some friends recently about how the nostalgia we have for this period of time is covered in a sad cloud because the reason we were all making this music was because so many of us were poor, depressed, closeted, repressed…etc It was beautiful but harmful like the AZ desert.
Fans of bands that played at Modified Arts, the many art galleries on Grand Ave or house shows at this time should be excited about the artists featured on this mix. It was very hard to narrow down to fit this 60 minute tape.
Related Records artists featured on this tape include TREASURE MAMMAL, Rocky from TURQOUIZ NOIZ/SWEATLODGE old band SKINWALKERS, members of FATHERS DAY's short lived twilight-themed electro-punk band THE CULLENS, the short lived pop-punk band VIGILS and the short lived-post-UGGAMUGGA solo project by Tristan Jemsek GILMORE GRRRLS.
PLUS! very rare and hard to find tracks from Stephen Steinbrink's old bands BLACK FEET, FRENCH QUARTER & MY FERAL KIN, Preston Bryant's old band BUSINESSMAN'S LUNCH before he joined AJJ, a rare track from the original 2006 lineup of SOFT SHOULDER, a rare track from ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD that was previously only available on a local Shizz compilation and a bunch more stuff that I think is great.
Sunday, August 28th, 2022 at 6:00pm
Come hang out and celebrate the release of TESTIMONY Vol. 1 at Wasted Ink Zine Distro! I (Ryan Avery) will be playing records and selling Related Records merchandise. Plus there will be some fun coloring and activity pages for people to enjoy.
at Wasted Ink Zine Distro
906 W. Roosevelt St. Phoenix, AZ
WEAR A MASK!!
I have added a handful of new things to the online store recently.
On July 22nd, I got a call from my friend Max, he told me "Jeremy was taken by ambulance to the hospital for what they think was a heart attack on Tuesday Morning. He went into a comatose state and was without oxygen for 15 to 20 minutes. They induced hypothermia to stop any brain damage from happening." and then proceeded to get updates on him every other day, some good and some bad, but it looks like he is recovering well now and his brothers+girlfriend Kate started a GoFundMe to help with medical bills and recovery.
If you are unfamiliar with Jeremy (known to some as Jerry) He is a wonderful, soft spoken and brilliant artist known for his music under the name Yairms and his films, most recently a western that he filmed in the AZ desert tiled "La Bufa Dora" which was scheduled to premiere in New York this month but that has been delayed for obvious reasons. Anyway, If you are able to donate, share and/or spread the word on this GoFundMe that would be so helpful and would mean so much to me and everyone who cares about him.
All sales from YAIRMS "Hope's Stable" cassette tape will go towards the GoFundMe until the goal is met as well.
I'M GOING TO BE AWAY FROM MY COMPUTER FOR A FEW WEEKS. SO RATHER THAN TURN THE ONLINE STORE OFF AND HAVE EVERYONE WAIT FOREVER, I DECIDED TO DISCOUNT EVERYTHING IN THE STORE BY 35%
35% off sale!
ALL ORDERS WILL BE SHIPPED OUT AT SOME POINT DURING THE SECOND WEEK OF AUGUST
HERE IS WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN BUYING RECENTLY
The new Fatty Cakes & The Puff Pastries self titled cassette sold out in less than 2 weeks and over a week before the official release date! They will have some copies available on tour later this month, if they are coming to your town, check them out! A second pressing is coming out this fall that will be unique from the first run. BUT in the meantime, We got some Fatty Cakes CD's now available! and they are on sale now for only $6.99!
related records artists on tour!
I haven't played a show in front of a live audience since February, 2020. I am 90% positive I will be playing this show with Eichlers, Dynastic and Spicy Mayo this sunday though. Either opening or closing the show. I practiced today in the car while I was running errands and I feel pretty good about it. If I do perform, I will be wearing a mask because I am still very very scared of getting COVID-19. If you come to the show please plan on wearing a mask too.
This summer in Phoenix has been the hottest summer in recorded history. We are averaging over 110 every day and the city is not really doing anything to help the unhoused population here. In fact they have done a ton of stuff to make it harder for these people to survive. That is why working with and for mututal aid groups is so important. My favorite local group is unshelteredPHX.
Here is a link to their venmo and gofundme if you want to make a donation
Here is a form you can fill out, if you want to volunteer with them.
I know amazon is garbage BUT if you are someone who uses Amazon and wants to order something off their wishlist to help the people who run this and the people they are assisting. Click here and order something! Or pick it up somewhere else and deliver it to them.
Or you can also order a "Heat Is Murder" t-shirt from Related Records and 100% of the money from these shirts goes directly to them.
If you are unfamiliar with Fatty Cakes & The Puff Pastries... where have you been? It is the band that dreams are made of, queer, multi-racial, body positive, ACAB, punk band ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!! I have been courting this group for a couple of years now, hoping some day they would want to work with me and a couple months ago they hit me up "Hey we are almost sold out of our self titled LP and we are about to go on tour, would you be able/interested in doing a run of tapes for us?" I replied immediately "YES!" and put in an order for 100 tapes to be made that same week. These don't officially come out until July 22nd, But since they came a few weeks early, I am going to start shipping them out early... like probably next week.
Episode 12 of The Best Friends Podcast features one of our all time favorite artist/musician/puppeteer - Panacea Theriac a.k.a. Miss Pussycat! Sadly we had a few technical difficulties and some of our conversation was lost but we still had a LOT to talk about! Miss Pussycat tells us about her time here in AZ working at Arcosanti, being a part of ‘titRex - a miniature Mardi Gras parade, and what it’s like being a traveling artist, making friends all over the world! We also spend a chunk of time geeking out on how much we love Miss Pussycat and how she ended up on our radar. Quintron also makes an appearance and to his dismay, Miss Pussycat shares their love story with us!
Here are some nearly sold out items. (meaning there are less than 4 copies left.)
HAPPY FATHERS DAY!
Holidays and gender are bullshit! But I used to be in a hardcore/thrash/comedy/punk band that celebrated and mocked both of those things. I got a lot of mixed feelings about it but I still have a bunch of merch from when we were around. And for 1 DAY ONLY you can buy merchandse from the band at cost! No need for a coupon code or anything. Most things are only $2-$3! I literally make no money on this sale, just wanna get some of it out of my office. Please+thanks!
UNSHELTEREDPHX NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Unshelteredphx is collecting donations this weekend to raise funds to get some more tents for our houseless black femmes in honor of Juneteenth. If you donate $20 or more via venmo or gofundme > screenshot the donation > DM unshelteredphx the screenshot along with your shirt size > then they will make you a shirt with this sick ass print by long time friend / Phoenix legend and the best DJ I know - Djentrification.
**This is only available to people in Phoenix, because they arent mailing shirts out to people. But let this be a reminder that you can always purchase a "Heat Is Murder" shirt from me and all that money goes to unsleteredphx and I do mailorder at least once a week.
I NEED HELP!
NEW BEST FRIENDS PODCAST EPISODE FEATURING JER!
New episode of The Best Friends Podcast featuring JER (aka Skatune Network!) I am just really excited about it because it's one of the funnest episodes we've ever done. PLUS it's Pride month! PLUS it's JER's birthday month! PLUS it's Juneteenth weekend!
THIS MONTH IS ALMOST OVER!
So there is only a few more weeks to order this sick ass mixtape of aggressive queer punk+hardcore music! I still have a handful of copies of the previous two mixtapes available too! All the money from the sales of these mixtapes goes directly to people who need this money that are not me.
IF YOU LIVE IN AZ...
There is this really fun show I am booking at The Trunk Space. It's the first show I have booked since February 2020 and will probably be the first show I attend since then too!
Eichlers makes this really interesting /fucked up ska music and the live shows seem very early 2000's solo party art project > which if you know me, you know I eat that shit up!
Dynastic is like minimal pop punk with keytars - seems very best fwends. They are on tour with Eichlers and seem fun
Spicy Mayo is one of, is not THE funnest live bands in Phoenix right now and I am so excited to see them live again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for fans of ASOB, Skankin Pickle and/or Playboy Manbaby
Presale tickets are only $10, otherwise you gotta pay $15 at the door!
All the Fathers Day "Disney World" t-shirts have been shipped out and I put the remaining shirts up on the website, Available in sizes (but limited quantity) Small-5XL (no extra cost for bigger sizes!) And if you order within the next week you will most likely get it before Fathers Day on June 19th. I also put up all the demos, live recordings, discarded albums and out of print Fathers Day recordings up on the Fathers Day bandcamp page. These recordings will only be up for the rest of the month, then I will probably take them down again because a lot of it is REALLY ROUGH.
In case you missed the last newsletter I sent out a couple days ago or the latest post on instagram, There is a new benefit mix tape made up of all queer artists that are tough as fuck. Let this be the soundtrack for your "pride month" and help an actual black/queer person get a new kidney! I still have a handful of the previous two mixtapes available too!
This is the fourth release in a series of mixtapes I am making to help different people who are in need right now. Tapes will be available for only 1 month and at the end of that period of time, all the money made from those sales will go to the person in need. This time all the money is going to Jade Fair
Jade is a black artist and holistic health student, who needs a kidney transplant.
If you want to donate directly to her, you can donate to her gofundme, Venmo: @jade-fair or paypal email@example.com
This mixtape was organized/created with my friend Amber from the band Fatty Cakes & The Puff Pastries. It is comprised of all queer punk, hardcore and electronic music all of it is tough as nails and not for cissies.
30 Tracks in total // 62 minutes in length. This Benefit Mix Tape features an illustration of Divine and a few samples from John Waters film "Female Trouble" It comes in 4 different styles, all handmade by Ryan Avery
If you have a design/color preference, just mention it in the notes to seller when checking out, if that design is still available, I will hook you up.
IF YOU LIVE IN ARIZONA! You should come to this show in July! it's my first time booking/promoting a live in person show since February 2020! Fingers Crossed that things get better with the pandemic and I feel safe enough to attend! More info on the show and all the bands can be found here on the Shows page!
I finally got copies of the new Christian Family LP for the distro. For those of you that do not know, The Christian Family are a Gospel/Garage Rock duo featuring Daniel Shircliff (from the Freaks of Nature) and Ann Saletos (from Cherie Cherie), they played a handful of shows in Phoenix over the course of a few years and released a kick-ass 7" on Slope Records but then Ann moved to Los Angeles and Daniel focused more on the Freaks (and having a family) but in the meantime, they had this amazing full length just sitting on a cassette tape for years. I ripped the tape to digital for Daniel back in 2018 and when I started Heirloom Records in 2020 I begged him to let me release it but he knew it was too good for a simple free digital release and that someday the right label could/would want to have it pressed. And honestly, I am super happy he did because this record rules and it seems to be doing pretty well in the Garage rock scene. I have listened to this record already like a dozen times since it's release on streaming platforms a couple weeks ago. I can't get enough of it. I cannot recommend this enough! I still have 1-2 copies of the original 7" available too, if you want their whole discography.
ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT!
There are only 5 days left to pre-order a Fathers Day "Disney World" t-shirt! Offering something new for Fathers Day has brought up some interesting/tough conversations with myself and some others and I think this is the last time I am going to offer anything new for Fathers Day. So if you dig Fathers Day this is it, get what you can from the online store or discogs, because I am not going to be re-issuing anything from this band ever again.