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...
Related Records is participating in a big ol' Raffle for Black Visions Collective ⬅️ each entry ticket is $10 ️ 100% of all of the funds will be donated to them and Later Operator will cover the cost for shipping and any associated fees. The raffle is separated into 3 different lots featuring jewelry from Blush Daisy, Emily Hess, Crypt Fairy, Seven Sorrows, Natazianatazia, Milagros Collective, Marmalade, Cotte De Mailles Chainmail and Later Operator PLUS artwork and journals from Your Friend Scout. We are donating Turqouiz Noiz "Pray For Rain" LP (Green Splatter vinyl), Mooseknuckle Sandwich "Pen15 Club" Cassette, Mia Loucks "Old" Cassette and the Jaime J. Soto/The Doyenne split 7" - These bundles include everything pictured. ➡️ One winner for each bundle will be randomly chosen on Saturday 6/13 @ 10pm PST. Open to US & International!
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.
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!
best of 2017 mix cd
The first 10 orders from the Related Records catalogue placed this year will receive a physical copy of this mix CD in their order. Click here to shop.
A bunch of new releases are coming out in the next few months but instead of about plugging all of that I wanted to share all the new awesome music videos that have come out so far this year.
The first two are from Treasure Mammals new album "I Will Cut You With My EBT Card"
Treasure Mammal "Missed Connections (Featuring Lonna Kelley)"
Treasure Mammal "Cassette (Featuring R. Stevie Moore)"
And just yesterday WhatYouth.com premiered a new video for Mia Loucks "Girls" from "The Sister Honey Demos"