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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is some other stuff that sold...
I'm gonna speak candidly for a bit in this newsletter (ha! as if I am ever not writing every newsletter like a personal letter to a friend or some shit... ANYWAY!)
I hate holidays... all of them, even my birthday most years. BUT some people who are close stressed to me recently that I should take holidays more seriously and as a "business" I could/should use this holiday season to try and boost sales or something. So this newsletter is going to be all about my Related Records holiday gift suggestions.
And the reason this email is going out when it is, is because if you want to ensure you get something before "the holiday" you need to place your order before I go to the post office next on December 5th.
BUY 1 GET 3 SALE!
I've done this before and people seem to enjoy it! So for the rest of the year 2021 I am offering these 3 different sales, which is a fantastic way to find out about new music or introduce someone else to some cool new music. OR maybe you have a loved one who just got a record, cassette and/or CD player and you want to give them a cool boost for their brand new collection!
Or maybe you have that one super weird friend that has an 8-track player and you want to surprise them with a new (as in made in 2015) 8-track! Check out this hidden/under rated gem. VARIOUS ARTISTS "Dick" 8-TRACK
I feel like the distro page is overlooked a lot and there is a ton of great stuff in there.
Maybe there is only 1-2 artists on Related Records that you like, when was the last time you checked out their artist page to see if maybe I have added something related to them for sale? The artists that have the most items to choose from are
Did you know that there is a "Send as a Gift" feature on bandcamp? Well there is, and it's great! i've used it a handful of times to send friends a single or an album that I think they would like and tomorrow (12/03/2021) is the last Bandcamp Friday of the year and possibly ever. on Bandcamp Friday, bandcamp waves all of their fees and gives 100% of the money to the artists. It rules, and it has really helped a lot of artists get through the last 2 years because so many governments all over the world have done such a shit job of taking care of their citizens during the pandemic (Which is still a thing by the way, what the fuck?!) Anyway, I pay out the artists on Related Records twice a year for digital sales and the next time I pay everyone is coming up later this month, so if you already own something digitally, this is a great way to support your favorite artists and get them some money this month.
Anyway, here is what people are listening to on the RR bandcamp
BANDCAMP DAY IS HERE AGAIN!
100% of the sales from downloads on the Related Records Bandcamp page this weekend will be going towards Mutual Aid PHX. If you would just like to donate, I am doing a costco run for supplies on Saturday or Sunday, so you can send donations here this weekend and know that's where the money is going, I will show my reciepts on the Related Records Instagram stories. There is also still "Heat Is Murder" shirts available in sizes Small-3XL and all the money from these shirts goes towards this cause as well. Last month, I did a run & raised close to $500.
and don't forget...
NEW HI MY NAME IS RYAN ALBUM
Hey it's me, Ryan, I got a new album and its official release date is today, but if you pre-ordered one, you probably already got it because I have been mailing them out as soon as I got them. Anyway, this is a follow up to my last album "Honestly" and I think its just as good as that one. It's got a couple stories, some old songs, a couple covers and a magic trick. On Friday I am going to be live streaming a performance around 5:30pm (Pacific Coast time) on the Related Records instagram. I wanted to organize a whole live streaming album release show but I think It's just gonna be me.
Hi My Name Is Ryan is going on tour... kinda
Back in December I requested the first two weeks of May off from my day job so Hi My Name Is Ryan could go on a little West Coast tour. Obviously that’s not happening now, so I am experimenting with a digital live-stream European tour with my friends from all over the world* Each show will start at 8pm CET (Central European Time) that is about 11AM on the west coast of the US and a few hours later if you’re in a different part of the US. This is also maybe an hour later if you are somewhere else in Europe. Time Zones are confusing so I’ll leave it up to you to figure it out for yourself.
Click here for more info on the different shows, the artists playing them and how to support them.
*=USA and Europe
Today is Bandcamp Day!
On March 20, 2020, Bandcamp waived their revenue share in order to help artists and labels impacted by the pandemic. The Bandcamp community showed up in a massive way, spending $4.3 million on music and merch—15x the amount of a normal Friday— helping artists cover rents, mortgages, groceries, medications, and so much more. It was truly inspiring.
But the pandemic and its impact on the music community aren’t over, so today, as well as on June 5, and July 3 (the first Friday of each month), Bandcamp is waiving their revenue share for all sales on the platform, from midnight to midnight PDT on each day.
If you wanna help...
Check out the following links and buy something today.
Drunk & Horny "Songs in the key of stink" 7" turns 5!
Mooey Moobau / Hi My Name Is Ryan "Live at the Human Behavior House" split Cassette
Yairms tour and new album!
* = w/Hi My Name Is Ryan
If you can help please with any of the dates where they need help please reach out to Jeremy (email@example.com) or Max (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PRE-ORDER FOR THE NEW MOOEY MOOBAU LP HAS BEGUN!
This is a limited edition single sided LP from legendary experimental, avant-garde, jazz and spoken word artist Joseph Tepperman (aka Mooey Moobau.) Only 300 copies will be pressed. We are offering pre-orders the chance to include one of his out of print CD's for only $3 and they can also include a copy of the new live split cassette with Hi My Name Is Ryan for an additional $5. The LP (and the soon to be released split cassette) will also include bandcamp digital download links.
We expect the album to be released at the end of October/early November, But if you are one of the Pre-Orders, you will get the LP the same week its gets into our hands from the pressing plant which should be in September!
Finally finished the first (of hopefully many) digital compilations that pay tribute to a specific region and decade. The songs that are covered and re-imagined on here are really cool and (like every other compilation we put out) includes a wide variety of genres. Artwork by Later Operator.
FATHERS DAY SALE!!
75% OFF CODE: FATHERSDAY2019
This year marks 15 years since Fathers Day started! They may not be active anymore but their music lives on in angry people everywhere! To celebrate we are offering the biggest discount we have ever done (or probably ever will do to be honest because we are losing money on this deal.) 75% OFF ALL FATHERS DAY AND FATHERS DAY RELATED PROJECTS IN THE STORE! This includes Drunk & Horny and Hi My Name Is Ryan merchandise as well as compilations these bands are featured on! THIS SALE IS SO STUPID! I AM HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS AS I TYPE THIS!!!
NEW FREE DIGITAL COMP!
Featuring Kimya Dawson, French Quarter, Red Pony Clock, Haunted Cologne, iji, The Aquabats, Fathers Day, James Fella, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Hi My Name Is Ryan, Treasure Mammal and a ton more.
On August 3rd, 2006 The Phoenix New Times published an article written by Benjamin Leatherman about Ryan Avery. On August 7th Ryan Avery is contacted (via Myspace) by two film makers from Utah that want to make a short documentary about him. On August 10th those film makers show up at Ryan's house in downtown Phoenix and spend the next 2 weeks filming a feature length documentary and conducting interviews with Ryan's friends, family, peers and critics
click here to read more and download it.
PRAY FOR RAIN REVIEWS!
"This is a group of Bay Area weirdo rockers that sound like a friendly version of the BUTTHOLE SERFERS or if MR. BUNGLE wanted to perform for children. The mood of this album drifts back and both between chill stoner vibes and the terrifying experience of realizing you drank too much MD 20/20 and are in for a rough night of flailing and throwing up. The most exciting thing about this album is that I don't believe I've heard much that sounds like it, so it's a nice treat to experience something completely unique." - Maximum Rock N' Roll
"There's been a wave of modern psychedelic music the past few years, and we've been all for it. If you love psychedelia but hate the hippie vibes it usually entails, the new album from Oakland's Turqouiz Noiz is worth your time." - If It's Too Loud
" If you dig Garage/Punk with more than just a tinge of warped psychedelia then you may want to give this a listen." - Thee Psychedelicatessen
RELATED RECORDS FAMILY REUNION!!
TOURS!!! TOURS!!! TOURS!!!
quintron & miss pussycat
Thurs 6-21 - Lafayette, LA @ Blue Moon Saloon
Fri 6-22 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Sat 6-23 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
Sun 6-24 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Mon 6-25 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
Wed 6-27 - Tuscon, AZ @ 191 Toole
Thurs 6-28 - San Diego, CA @ Bread and Salt
Fri 6-29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Monty Bar
Sat 6-30 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
Sun 7-01 - Oakland, CA @ Burger Boogaloo
Mon 7-02 - Arcata, CA @ The Miniplex
Tues 7-03 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Thurs 7-05 - Olympia, WA @ Eagle's Lodge
Fri 7-06 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Sat 7-07 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Sun 7-08 - Bellingham, WA @ Shakedown
Wed 7-11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri 7-13 - Denver, CO @ Sunset Tavern
Sat 7-14 - Rapid City ND @ Hay Camp Brewing Co.
Sun 7-15 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
Tues 7-17 - Omaha, NE @ O'Leavers
Wed 7-18 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
Fri 7-20 - Hot Springs, AK @ Maxine's
Sat 7-21 - New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys Bar
July 4 Phoenix - Trunkspace
July 6 Long beach - Toxic Toast Theater
July 7 LA - The Smell
July 8 Joshua tree/ Palm Springs - ?
July 13 Tucson - The Ervice
July 14 Bisbee - The Quarry
July 15 Las Cruces - The Farm
July 16 Santa Fe - ?
July 19th-Las Vegas
July 20th-Los Angeles
August 28th-The Knockout
August 29th-Santa Cruz
August 30th-Los Angeles
August 31st-San Diego
September 1st-Joshua Tree
September 2nd-Los Angeles
If you want to know more about these bands shows follow them on facebook and instagram. The coupon above only works on products that relate to the bands listed above.
MARY OCHER - "FAUST STUDIO SESSIONS AND OTHER RECORDINGS" CASSETTE
This is the 2nd pressing of this release that came out in February. Mary Ocher has been touring all over the world this year and these tapes are selling like crazy. 2nd Press comes on silver metallic cassette shells.
THE FREAKS OF NATURE - "17 WAY-OUT PUNKERS FOR THE LOST GENERATION!" CD
This is a special compilation CD made up of all the previously recorded material by The Freaks Of Nature. Limited edition of 100 made for their current European tour. We only have about a dozen copies left.
THE FREAKS OF NATURE - "WANT ME! b/w NOW YOU SAY WE'RE THROUGH" 7"
Limited edition of 300. 2 New recordings by The Freaks Of Nature. Also available for free download at our bandcamp
MIA LOUCKS - "OLD" CASSETTE
3rd full length album by the wonderful Mia Loucks. 11 beautiful, lo-fi, bedroom pop tracks. Comes with beautiful 8 panel full color j-card. Limited edition of 100 and the first Related Records cassette to come on a clear/tinted shell.
HI MY NAME IS RYAN - "HONESTLY" CASSETTE
This is the first full length album from Hi My Name Is Ryan in 6 years. All the recordings come from intimate live shows where he sang a'capella to audiences ranging from 5-50 people. The cassette includes a mix of new songs, old songs, some Drunk & Horny songs and a handful of other covers. Introduction written by James Fella of Gilgongo Records/Soft Shoulder Fame.
We have added a ton of new shirts to the online store and put most of the old ones on sale for anywhere from 10%-50% off the original listed price.
PRAY FOR RAIN FUNDRAISER!
Also, since the last update we've released 2 new full length albums and a new digital compilation.
Listen and purchase them below