86'd Records is a DIY punk label/distro/website from Long Island, NY since 2010.
Rations is/was a punk band from Long Island, NY active between 2008-2013. Rations Noise is an electronic offshoot formed in the aftermath. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at P.O. 501 East Setauket, NY 11733-0501 U$A.
I wrote this eulogy for FMA after the reports of its imminent demise start to come out. Thankfully (though still mysteriously) it has since been SAVED! Read on for a cool 750 words about how/why I was going to miss FMA so much.
It was with surprise and delight that I first visited Free Music Archive in 2012.
My band, Rations, had recently released a 7” EP called “How Much Land Does A Man Need?” and we offered the download on Bandcamp with a Creative Commons Noncommercial Share-alike (CC BY-NC-SA) license. Then, through some magic of the internet the songs wound up on this awesome site called Free Music Archive, packed to the gills with creative people excited about collaborating on music. I thought it was the best thing in the world.
As months ticked by, I realized that our download and stream counts at FMA were surpassing the same at Bandcamp. Rations started cooking up plans for the band’s next EP.
“Martyrs and Prisoners,” was to come out in the spring of 2013. This time we were going to license it as Attribution ShareAlike (CC BY-SA). Without question, the prior experience with the Creative Commons and FMA was the primary reason to we decided to use a more open, Free Culture license.
In fact, this is when I first wrote to FMA. I wanted to make sure the new EP would be uploaded so we could point the download cards there. I got a response from now-famous podcaster, then-FMAer, Andrea Silenzi, setting me up with “Curator” status so I could upload myself. Nice! We printed up download cards, making sure to evangelize Creative Commons and FMA in the process.
What followed was a handful of people using our songs in some really awesome videos (and some really crumby ones). And a boatload more people hearing our music.
Because the songs are issued with a Free Culture license, video creators are free to use it, even commercially, as long it’s credited. Our songs quickly wound up on a ton of free music directories and download sites, and in turn as the background music in ton of videos on vimeo, youtube, and elsewhere.
My favorites are “The Hum”, a student short film from Spain and “Fluggenock”, a short documentary about the political cartoonist that aired on Free Speech TV. Though I must admit, a since-removed low resolution compilation of a woman doing yoga set one of our songs has to rank up there as well. There were over 1 million views on the video and about 60+ comments about how awful the music was. That was pretty awesome too.
For the meta-minded, we appeared in an informational vid about Creative Commons and Public Domain. Landscape enthusiasts? Try the time lapse videos of a truck driving around Poland and Sweden. Lots of gamers like this guy used our music for their game streams. Curiously, our “peace punk” songs wound up as soundtracks for First Person Shooters. We even had some stuff show up in an informational video from a weapons accessory manufacturer. I won’t link to those though. ;-)
If other people can get this kinda mileage out of our stuff, why can’t we?
With Rations going on hiatus in 2014, I set to work on a Rations remix projects with my friend Beaker. The collection of five songs that emerged will be released January 11th, 2019 as a CD/LP/DL. In addition to studio, practice, and live recordings, “Dronestruck” uses words and images from the Public Domain to tell its story. All the original and derivative work (along with our STEM files) will be made available on the companion website at 86drec.com/rations/dronestruck.
We’re also planning to re-upload our two 7” EPs, this time both licensed for the public domain, on December 14th, 2018.
“Make sure to get in touch with FMA”
That’s what my todo list said on the day I saw the tweet about FMA closing down. I was going to write about how thankful I was for FMA getting our music to so many interesting and meaningful places. I was going to link to our newer stuff that wouldn’t have been possible without FMA. And probably most importantly, I was really looking forward to the reply that would surely have set off a whole new round of great connection and collaboration.
So thanks for everything FMA. You were the best thing in the world. I miss you already. :-(
At long last, it's the first round of Traffic Violation Records digital reissues. Available as lossless downloads with PDF files of the full artwork directly from our site or at 86drec.bandcamp.com.
This round features releases from Contra, Splurge,The Insurgent, and Sometimes Walking, Sometimes Running, plus a 7" compilation from 1999 featuring Jan Cux, On The Might Of Princes, Porcelain Decay, The Insurgent, and Mad Cow Dizeaze 182.
I've also scanned and snapped pics of some old Long Island punk/hardcore and Traffic Violation Records stuff that I'll be posting to the #tvrchives at instagram.com/86drec. So stay up to date on stuff there, eh?
86'd Records is overjoyed to finally announce the upcoming RATIONS NOISE / UNKNOWN RIVER DRIVER split 12" LP. Test presses are approved, artwork is finished, and we're now looking for a handful of like-minded record labels to help us release it around the world.
We made a minute-long video about the record that you can watch at NoEcho.net.
As in the past we're aiming for a multi-label split release w/ labels from different parts of the world chipping in to handle decentralized distribution. Our goal is to get small quantities of the record to a handful of local scenes and to encourage hand-to-hand purchases and trades among DIY labels and distros. As usual, our hope is to use this occasion as an opportunity to strengthen our relationships with the international DIY punk conspiracy and to help further connect the network of ideas, music, and trade that happens outside the mainstream.
On board so far is Farsot Records in Sweden and Tor Johnson Records in Providence, RI. We're planning on pressing around 300 records with label shares being around 20-30 units each.
Welcome to the terrifying hellscape of Summer 2016. There’s a lot going on and it’s all terrible. Here’s an update:
UTTER FAILURE and RATIONS in MIKE FLUGENNOCK DOC: A song each from UTTER FAILURE and RATIONS provide the soundtrack to the 20-minute documentary “Flugennock” by Ron Douglas. Mike Flugennock is a 30-year veteran political cartoonist and media activist based in Washington, DC.
Since the early 1990s, Mike Flugennock has produced nearly two hundred political cartoons and posters that have been the favorite of popular resistance movements ranging from those opposing war in Iraq and Afghanistan to globalization, Occupy and other movements, such as the recent successful legalization of home cultivated marijuana in Washington, DC.
A big thanks to Ron for including our stuff in the documentary. Also thanks to FMA and Creative Commons for making it work. Mike Flugennock rules. Oh, and UTTER FAILURE 12” and RATIONS 7” are still in stock, but with fewer than 10 units each.
BOILERMAN in JAPAN and MAXIMUMROCKNROLL: In other news BOILERMAN successfully completed their Japan tour and will be featured in issue of 399 of MaximumRockNRoll in August. BOILERMAN “Feel Ways About Stuff” LP/CD touched down at shops, distros, labels, and residential mailboxes around the globe in May.
TONS of NEW STUFF in the DISTRO: With the release of BOILERMAN and GO WHITE BRONCO LPs I had a chance to trade with a handful of really great labels. More on the way, but in the meantime we’ve got stuff from Dead Broke Rekerds (IRON CHIC, UNFUN, VACATION, PLOW UNITED, OUTTA GAS, more), Community Records (ALL PEOPLE, CADDYWHOMPUS, CAUTION CHILDREN, SAFETY, DESIGNER, more), Hip Kid Records (BOILERMAN, DUSTEATERS, THE COLTRANES, NOTCHES, VALENTEENS, more), plus more from It’s Alive, Waterslide, Square of Opposition, Dead Tank, and a bunch more. Check the imports and dollar bin sections too!
This nine track debut full length from members of Iron Chic and Fellow Project is a mostly bleak, sometimes triumphant existential meditation led by three acoustic guitars, crushing lyrics, and soaring multi-part harmonies.
Boilerman was interviewed by the awesome Warsaw, Poland based web-zine IDIOTEQ.com! It's a thoughtful in-depth interview with lots of links, vids, etc. plus they're streaming a new track from the upcoming LP! Check it out and preorder at here if you want! COOL.
Small update about the 86drec.com distro. I've got bundles from Six Weeks Records, Sorry State Records, and It's Alive Records available. Bundles includes a few of my favorite releases (old and new) from each label. Only the primo shit - and discounted to make 'em worth your while!
I've got limited quantities of each bundle so if yr interested, hit it up quick. These should be shipping out on Thursday, Dec. 10 when my bud Connor comes over to help with mailorder.
Big thanks to the labels for trading their stuff for the recent BOILERMAN 7" and 10"es. NICE.
Check out the bundles below:
Six Weeks Records Bundle
Sorry State Records Bundle
It's Alive Records Bundle
And don't forget our Boiler-bundle which includes both the 10" and new 7".
I'm very psyched and proud to announce the new Boilerman 7" is in stock and ready to ship. As #1 Boilerfan I think this is some of the best shit yet and the perfect segue into their upcoming LP (which is finished and heading to the plant this week). Anyway, here are the essential details:
A less bleak counterweight to the s/t one-sided 10" released earlier this year, "Doing Great" boils down the hardcore stuff and uncovers a punk band influenced as much by Dillinger Four and Leatherface as it is by Born Against or Rudimentary Peni.Starting with the title track and ending with a ripper cover of Warren Zevon's "The Factory”, Boilerman reigns in the chaos and delivers a modern "90s style" midwestern pop punk record as good as any out there. It bookends their catalog-to-date and clears the ground for a new LP coming out in 2016.Members of Earth Girls, Broken Prayer, GIDIM, and more. Clear vinyl packaged in an old-style 7” single sleeve. Released by 86’d Records (US) and All In Vinyl (UK).
I'm trying to hustle getting ol' b-man in front of as many ears as possible, so any internet-love you give is very much appreciated.