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
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.
This is the third 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 Nehei Sage
If you are involved in the queer/underground/rave/dance scene, you have probably met Nehei. She's a beautiful and incredibly supportive part of the community/scene in Phoenix. She is Hinono'eino (Northern Arapaho) / Trans / 2 Spirit and is about to be kicked out of her home at the end of the month, so she really needs funds to secure new housing before then.
If you want to donate directly to her, you can Venmo: m1qua or Cashapp: $miquahjamezart
This mixtape was organized/created with my best friend Emily. It features music from artists we have interviewed on the first 2 seasons of The Best Friends Podcast + artists we really want to interview on our podcast + artists/songs that just mean a lot to our friendship of over 20 years. The artwork/layout was designed and cut+pasted by me (Ryan Avery) and the liner notes were written by Emily.
22 Tracks in total in 62 minutes. This Benefit Mix Tape is going to be done a little differently though because I was only able to make a certain amount and half of those are spoken for already. So If we sell out before then, I can make more but they will not be the cool cut+past two color j-card version. We will see if we even need to go that far.
PS: All Mixtape will come with a giant "Best Friends Podcast" sticker and a thank you card/photo of us.
FATHERS DAY "DISNEYWORLD" T-SHIRTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!
I am re-printing a small run of the Fathers Day "Disney World" t-shirts. This is by far the most requested t-shirt to get re-printed over the years especially since Fathers Day broke up in 2017.
These shirts are going to be printed by LBX Printing in Phoenix, AZ and will be shipped out before June 6th so everyone can get their shirt (hopefully) before Fathers Day (on June 19th)
Every pre-order will also include a FREE Fathers Day Compact Disc or Cassette Tape! If there is a specific one you want, you can mention it in the note to seller, but no guarantee's on anything because I don't know what will be available.
All of the profit from the pre-orders are going to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. More info on them here
My partner and I recently decided to downsize our VHS and DVD collection to make room for more art and Dominion game boxes. I was going to list them all on ebay or etsy or something (which i haven't sold stuff on in years) but the more I looked into it the more upset I felt because they have so many bullshit fee's. So I finally decided to just list them all on the Related Records website. I finally listed them all just a few minutes ago, but I am thinking I might add some other stuff we are selling on here too like knick-knacks, art, kitchen stuff, vintage, clothes... I don't know. We'll see.
Here is some other stuff that sold...
This is the second 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 Gabriela Rivarde
On March 22, Gaby Rivarde, her son Larry-José, and their two pups endured a catastrophic tornado that blasted through Arabi, Louisiana. Thankfully, everyone is currently safe, but the road to recovery ahead will be a long one. Their house was lifted off its foundation and moved 30 feet into their neighbor’s yard. Due to structural damage, the house is a complete loss.
Gaby and her family are currently salvaging what belongings they can and trying to plan for their next move in this moment of transition. While everyone is physically safe at this time, they did have to visit the emergency room after the initial impact.
Gofundme in case you wanna donate more or help spread the word.
Venmo in case you wanna donate directly to Gabriela and her family
This mixtape is made up of music from different "Bands" that typically consist of just 1-3 people who mostly don't play instruments. These types of artists were a really big part of the early 2000's indie/art/punk scene and were a huge influence on me. And while I know a big part of what makes these types of artists great is the live experience (which you probably missed because 90% of these artists arent active anymore) I hope the music still inspires you to make art too, even if you don't have any musical talent or friends that want to be in a band with you.
Related Records artists featured on this mix tape are MOOEY MOOBAU's old solo project pre-moobau called GST MUGWUMP, TREASURE MAMMAL, JAMES KOCHALKA SUPERSTAR, and SPACE ALIEN DONALD
26 tracks total 62 minutes in length. Limited to however many copies are ordered. If you are under the age of 25+poor use the code YDNABTBIAB to get 50% off. Now I know you may be asking, "Why would you offer a discount on a benefit mix tape?" it's because I believe if you are young and poor, the music on this mix tape will inspire you to create something amazing and that's worth it to me. PLUS I am just gonna pay the other $5 for you. This shit is important! [/end rant]
Later Operator has organized a charity raffle to help the people who are stuck in Ukraine with some mutual aid materials. We got some friends in Poland who are getting supplies to these people right now and 100% of the money is going towards this.
Each $5 donation = one raffle ticket to be entered to win the following:
That's a total $405 in credit from some amazing shops/artists!
Enter as many times as you want, each raffle ticket gives you one entry.
If you live in AZ...
I want to officially introduce you to the newest members of the Related Records Family! BARRY!!! from England! Their new 45rpm single "Neolithic Homosex b/w No More Boys" is finally here and it sounds amazing and you can pick it up here or here (if you live in the USA) or here (if you live in the UK) All the US presales went out today and the UK ones will be sent out as soon as the band gets their copies later this week
All the pre-orders for Related Records sweaters, t-shirts and tote bags have been mailed out and all the remaining extras have been listed on the website. If you missed out before, here is your chance to get one, limited sizes and colors available. Click the image below to see what's available.
New mix tape! This one features 19 tracks from (mostly) underground ska artists from 1962-2014. Limited edition of 20. The last ska mixtape sold out within 24 hours. So I suggest picking this now before it sells out. **puns not intended but accepted**
I also included an informational page where you can learn all about the 8 different family members. This will help you with deciding what family member to put on your new merch items! Click on the family image to see.