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.
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.)
"SKA MIX FOR Q" IS HERE!
After sharing a really lovely/thoughtful conversation with my friend Quintron in January about "re-discovering" music that once meant so much to us Quintron asked me "Ryan, I know you made me a Ska Mix CD once before, and it was good but I lost it. I also was wondering if you could make me a mix tape instead that sort of focuses on the history of Ska Music and I wanna hear more of the weirder ska music that you like." he mentioned "I really love the ska songs that you did in Drunk & Horny, the wild keyboards and raw recording style was so cool. I wanna hear more stuff like that!" So I began working on this mix tape for him around that time and saw that I had 15 of these C-90 cassette tapes, So I decided to of course make copies for friends and to sell. The tapes are $9.99 and feature 34 (mostly underground) artists playing ska spanning the entire genre (+as many sub genres that I could fit) from 1962 to 2020. Because this is a mix for Quintron who is a world-known professional organ player, this mix also leans heavy on the organ as well.
DO YOU LIKE TAPES?!
I recently was gifted about 5 big boxes of cassette tapes from 2 different strangers, I listed them all on the Related Records discogs store, but then when I went to put them away I realized I didn't have room for all of them, so I went back through all my tapes on discogs (and lowered the price on a bunch of stuff.) and took all the tapes off that were listed for a $1-$2 and put them in some boxes for sale on here. Check them out below, this is a great way to discover new music, or do an art project or if you want to recycle some old tapes to make mixes for friends or something. I am posting about it in this newsletter first and if there are any left over by the end of the weekend, I'll post the remaining ones on instagram.
By the way, all of these cassette boxes, I am including at least 1 Related Records tape that is equal to or higher than the value of the box of random tapes you're buying.
DO YOU LIKE SKA?
DO YOU LIKE SKA MIX TAPES?
On the next Bandcamp Friday (May 7th) I will be offering a special 90 minute Ska Mix tape I made for Quintron. Limited edition of 15 copies and already 3-4 of them are accounted for so, i'm not sure how many I will have available on May 7th, but it will only be available for purchase that weekend and then its coming down, if you are one of the people who gets the mix tape you will also have the download for life. but this isn't an official Related Records release and I didn't get permission from any of the artists to do this so...uhhhh... yeah. Keep your eyes open for this on bandcamp. Make sure you are following Related Records on bandcamp to be notified as soon it drops, if you want to secure yourself a copy..
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...
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.
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.