I finally made a best of 2020 mix CD. I have been including them in orders made through the website or bandcamp. I made 20 copies 2 weeks ago and I still have a handful left. This week will probably be your last chance to get a copy. I keep meaning to write a blog about it, but don't know when I will actually make time to do it. I still haven't made a blog post about last year. YIKES!.
Hey! I got 2 things to let you all know about.
#1 - Related Records is on TikTok now!
After a couple years of trying something new, I have finally been talked into trying this platform and already I gotta say, I love it! I will be sharing short stories, info about Related Records artists and releases and this is probably where I will be sharing my FREE IDEAS from now on. (If you are not familiar, FREE IDEAS are something I share sporadically on the Related Records Instagram Stories, these are ideas that I think are alright, but know I will most likely never follow through on, so they are FREE for you to use, i do not need or even want credit)
#2 - It's ARIZONA's 109th birthday today!
You may be wondering, why this is worth sharing and its because, Related Records is based out of AZ & I personally have a real love/hate relationship with the 48th state. On one hand it is very easy & fun & inspiring to create art here. On the other hand it's full of angry white people & run by people who REALLY do not give a shit about it's citizens & especially during this pandemic I am constantly reminded of that & it makes me depressed. BUT there are a lot of amazing artists here including 14 out of the 27 artists on the RR restor..So I'm doing a sale on all ARIZONA based artists merchandise in the Online Store. This is not limited to the stuff put out by Related Records, it also includes stuff in the Distro, dig through there and get some stuff for cheap.
UNLIMITED SEMIOSIS VOLUME 2
It has been almost a whole year since the last FREE digital Related Records compilation, This one is pretty fun, especially for you artists who are needing an excuse to make music again while in isolation. I made an FAQ page all about this one, including info on how to contribute.
I should *fingers crossed* be getting the new Treasure Mammal "Grammy Nominated" LP in the mail in the next week or two. And that also means I need to make room for all these LP's in my tiny office. So I am offering 3 different sales for Vinyl, Tapes and CD's. You buy 1 item for $10.99 (or $20.99 if its a vinyl) and I throw in 3 extra records from the Related Records Catalog+Distro for free. These will be curated based on whatever you pick. PLUS will I throw in extras like stickers and download cards...etc
I've got bad news and i've got some good news regarding the new Treasure Mammal LP "Grammy Nominated"
BAD NEWS - Due to some hiccups with the pressing plant, the release date for this record has been pushed back to November 7th which is also the 17 year anniversary for the Treasure Mammal music and performance project.
GOOD NEWS - We released a new song from the album for you to stream, its called "Team Work" and it was co-written by Owen Evans who you will know from the indie pop bands ROAR and Asleep In The Sea (who our sub label "Heirloom Records" just did a digital release of their album Avenue).
Anyway, check it out. Its a fun inspirational song that hopefully makes your day a little better. Make sure to get your pre-orders in, those will be shipped out as soon as the records arrive in my custody (which should be mid-October) The Gold version that comes with a cassingle of "Online Dating" is running low, so pick those up ASAP.
The Slugs "Don't Touch Me, I'm Too Slimy!" has gotten some great reviews recently from Maximum Rock N' Roll and Yellow Green Red. Plus WFMU has been playing songs from this 7" in heavy rotation since it's release last month! I'm really proud of them and thankful for the good press and for all of you who have downloaded and purchased the album over the past few weeks. And if you haven't heard it yet, you're missing out.
"Worn Out" Mix Tape
A couple weeks ago I ruined two of my favorite pairs of pants and rather than throw them away I decided to make mix tapes with them. “Worn Out” is a mix tape made up of songs that have made a big impact on me, that have also come out over the last 2 years. Mix tapes range from 50ish to 60ish minutes and come in random colored cassette shells. Every mix at least features songs from Whitmore Thomas, Clipping, Special Interest, The Ex-Bats, Sailor Poon, Bruce Lee Band, Jeffrey Lewis, Crush Material, Barry, The Slugs, Yairms, Mooey Moobau, Jpegmafia and Kitten Forever most also features at least 7+ more songs. Anyway, it’s a fun mix. If you live in the USA it’s only $5, $12 if you live anywhere else. That includes shipping. It pretty much just covers the cost for everything. Not looking to profit off this, just spread some joy, help the post office a little bit and not let things go to waste.If you want a copy, you can DM @related_records on Instagram. Venmo @relatedrecords or PayPal paypal.me/RelatedRecords and in case you were wondering...
Red = Big Bud Press work pants (purchased in 2018)
Black = Levis Slim Fit Jeans (purchased in 2015)
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...
HERE COME THE SLUGS!!
I am so excited to announce officially that the newest artist to join Related Records is The Slugs from the UK! I first heard this group last November, I saw a video of them screaming "GIVE US! GIVE US YOUR SLUG MONEY!" for 15 seconds and was hooked! I followed them on Instagram, downloaded all their music on Bandcamp and after listening to all 3 EP's I sent them a message saying I want to release their music for them. By January, I had paid for their 2nd EP "Don't Touch Me, I'm too Slimy!" to be pressed as a 7". This was supposed to be ready to go by April, but because of COVID it wasn't ready until August. BUT THAT'S OKAY! it's finally here!
The Slugs are planning on doing a Q+A tomorrow (8/28 at 9PM in the UK / 1PM Pacific Coast) on the Related Records instagram and then sometime next week they will be reunited for the first time in months and will be live streaming a special performance. If you live in Europe, I suggest purchasing the 7" directly from them on their bandcamp page.
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.
NEW SHIRT FOR A GOOD CAUSE!!
All sales from this shirt will go towards supplies that will be donated to the PHX Mutual Aid Solidarity Network. which is an all-volunteer grassroots group operating in Phoenix, AZ. They are prioritizing folks who are sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color. This group does not accept cash donations.
This group is doing a lot of work with the homeless population in Phoenix right now and in case you are not aware, the city of Phoenix has very few shade structures and is forcing this community to set up camp in vacant parking lots in the middle of summer, the average temperature in Phoenix between the months of May-October is 102.
Shirts were designed and paid for by @later_operator
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!
fathers day sale!!
75% OFF ALL FATHERS DAY RELATED MERCHANDISE UNTIL JUNE 21ST, 2020 USE THE CODE: FD2020
Fathers Day related merchandise is selling quickly. Already sold out of the "Van Jamz" tape, the "Disneyworld" 7" and "Dad Music for Dad People" shirts in multiple sizes.
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.
HEY REMEMBER THESE?!
In case you havent been following the stories on the Related Records instagram... There was some issues when screen printing these and only about half the orders were able to get sent out. I had to order new shirts/sweaters to replace the ones I fucked up. I was planning on screen printing them last week but then this Coronavirus shit started getting REAL SCARY and now everyone is isolating themselves (myself included, because of my terrible immune system) So I wont be able to finish these until its safe enough for me to do normal things again. I feel awful and will give refunds to anyone who wants one. OR you can wait > I screen print the new shirt/sweater ASAP and throw in a TON of extra merchandise for free. I am thinking like an extra $50-$60 worth of merch for being patient and understanding. Let me know.
I put all the fuck up shirts/sweaters online for people to purchase if they want. They are priced at cost pretty much. $5.99 for shirts and $10.99 for sweaters, plus shipping.
NEW IN THE SHOP!
IF YOU LIVE IN AZ
Check out these upcoming shows... click the posters for more info
WE ARE ALSO GOING TO BE AT THIS MONTHS BLACK MARKET EVENT AT DARK HALL COFFEE
Sunday, February 16 from 10am - 2pm join us for the next Black Market at Dark Hall Coffee !
Bring your pup for <<FREE>> on-site dog nail trims courtesy of Untamed Pet!
NEW THIS MONTH: 25 vendors ranging from living plants to vintage clothing to fruity botanical drink mixers!
Black Amethyst, Nancy's Plantys, Disco Babushka, Later Operator, Shrubwell Mixers, Vintage & Recycled Whatnots, Secret Squirrel CBD, The Hoot & Owl, Andria's Tienda, Little Spooky Studio, Lois and Leroy, Stelae Jewelry, Gilded Sun Studio, Dainty Works Jewelry, Carved with Light, Porcelain Wick, Related Records, Moon Goddess Market, Untamed Pet, Kei Collective, Crisp US Thrift and Wicker Goddess!
This event features the organization Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro!
Special guest DJ J-ME LEE!
Let us know in the comments if you’re joining us and please tag your friends that may be interested. We’ll see ya' there!
Related Records is having a
BIG DUMB SALE!
Mary Ocher "Faust Sessions..." Cassette has been re-issued for the 3rd time!
Third pressing comes on gold cassette shells with Red Norelco cases. Limited edition of 100 made.
Click here to buy one now!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Max (email@example.com)
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!!!
1970s U.K. Compilation
Almost a year ago, I had the idea to do a compilation of songs from 1970s U.K. artists and I now that I have a grip of songs from friends and it is now looking more like a reality, I am finally putting some energy into this project. So far we have covers of the following artists: The Specials, T-Rex, David Bowie, Crass and Roxy Music. But there are so many other amazing artists to pay tribute to from this period of time and I want to hear them.
If you are interested in contributing something to this compilation, send your submissions or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is going to be June 23rd-ish and it will be released digitally for free on our bandcamp.
More info can be found on this Facebook Event Page
cd & cassette sale!!
I need to clear some room in the office. So you select 1 tape (or CD) for $8.99 and I am going to through in 2 more tapes (or CDs) from our catalog for free. (Plus, like all other orders from Related Records we throw in free download cards, buttons, random photos, old show flyers and other cool shit)
we are on depop now!
It's my new favorite app on my phone. I am going to be listing clothes and other non-media band merchandise here every day. Follow us!
For the past couple of months Related Records has been selling and playing records at the Black Market (located at Dark Hall Coffee in Phoenix) I feel bad that, I haven't really posted about it outside of Instagram until this newsletter. It rules, 10-12 vendors curated by people I adore and a portion of all the sales always go to benefit a different animal shelter, PLUS Dark Hall Coffee is the coolest coffee shop in AZ with the best desserts. If any of this sounds good to you, you should go. I think starting in May it's going to be happening at night too! Which should be pretty weird/great!
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"Dinosaurs Have Feelings Too" is finally here!
Dinosaur Love is the solo project of Peter Kulikowski . I first saw him perform these adorable Dinosaur Songs when he was 19 years old and just out of Art School. I thought “this kid is going to grow out of this and that’s a real shame” So I put out his first album “Dinosaurs Attack!” the next year thinking that would probably be the end of it. But that was definitely not the case, the same year he recorded and released a Christmas album “Have a Dino Christmas” and then the following year wrote a brand new dinosaur song each week for an entire year. You can see and hear these songs on his bandcamp, some of them are mind meltingly bad as you can imagine but others are so smart and clever. Then in 2017 Related Records released is extremely complicated concept album “The Gospel” songs about the Illuminati hiding dinosaurs from us, Jesus was a dinosaur, dinosaurs fought in World War 2… lots of conspiracy theories and religious shit going on, on that album. “Dinosaurs Have Feelings Too” is a much simpler, catchier take on songs about dinosaurs, obvious influences from Brian Wilson and early Flaming Lips. Pretty much all love songs on this album and I am sure is going to be a hit this Valentine’s Day.
Limited edition cassette. (50 blue / 50 pink)
Official Release Date: 02/14/2019
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW!
Dinosaur Love February Trunk Space Residency!
BEST OF 2018 MIX CD
The first 10 orders from the Related Records catalog placed this year will receive a physical copy of this mix CD in their order. Click here to shop.
New release for a new band! TAURUS DADDIES is a collaboration made up of two of my favorite people. AAGGAA (aka Treasure Mammal) and ALHHLA (aka my boi andy from the wizards of time/Yairms and producer of multiple Drunk & Horny albums). This album is being released on a limited edition CDR like its 2004. Limited run of 50. Album release is November 27th with Emotron, Non Grata and another new AZ weirdo project Dem Cauldronz at Cardiff Giant Tattoo