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More 86'd release out of stock. 11 November 2014

Having just wrapped up our annual 86% off sale, we've managed to sell out of a few more titles from 2013 and beyond. It shouldn't be too hard to find these floating around at other labels/distros. Here's what's gone:

  • Dead Uncles "Stock Characters" LP SOLD OUT
  • Rations "Martyrs and Prisoners" 7" SOLD OUT
  • Dead Uncles / The Credentials split 7" SOLD OUT
  • Rations "For Victory" LP SOLD OUT
  • Hewhocorrupts "The Smell of Money" CD SOLD OUT

Big thanks to everyone who ordered. The income will definitely make a difference on the few records we have coming in 2015. THANKS!

Sick Sick Birds collection CD coming in 2015 10 November 2014

We've only got one release planned so far for 2014 and it's for Baltimore's SICK SICK BIRDS! We'll be releasing a CD compiling all the bands' singles, EPs, and splits along with a few bonus rarities. The CD will be co-released with the ever-awesome Waterslide Records from Japan. We'll have a limited number available here in the US as an import with the rest being distributed in Japan. Photo by Dave Sanders.

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New Demos: Free Download 10 November 2014

Here are a couple of Rations demo tracks available for free download. Included below is a melodramatic explanation that Wells wrote up.

It’s been over a year since we released our last EP, Martyrs and Prisoners. The intervening months have been stagnant: practicing sporadically, if at all. Deirdre moved to Portland, OR. Tia's been recording and touring with Fellow Project (and playing drums in Trifles and Way Harsh). Brian’s been dealing with family and its accompanying disasters. I've been trying to get my shit together with stalled projects and life in general. It’s in that murky milieu that Brian and me started getting together on Tuesdays to hang out and write songs. We’ve been armed with around a dozen songs that Rations was working on, plus and a handful of new songs (more like riffs, idea, unfinished lyrics, etc.) we’d each written during the lull. It’s been slow going but I think the songs are good. And we’re determined to will a full length album into world.We’re arranging, writing lyrics, culling stuff, trying new stuff, etc. As such, we wanted to release a couple rough and demo tracks to get some momentum going. "Mr. Pitiful” is an Otis Redding song from the 1965 album The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads. It’s been stripped down, truncated, and recorded into a gizmo for smartphones by Brian. “Torch" is a song we were playing as a full band and that Brian and me are working out for the full length. This is a rough recording from a band practice intended for a tape compilation that never materialized. "Mr. Pitiful" probably won't be re-recorded or appear elsewhere. “Torch" is slated to be properly recorded - with the full band - for the eventual full length. So for those that care, Rations rides (or maybe lurches?) again. -Wells

Thanks for listening! - Rations

86% Off Sale Part Deux 1 November 2014

I'm making room for a few new releases in 2015 (Sick Sick Birds, Boilerman, Fellow Project). So I’m running another 86% off sale.

This time around it’s a bundle. I found some unassembled copies of the RATIONS 12” that I’ve put together and I’ve got a good amount of UTTER FAILURE 12”es left, so I’m bundling those up with some other stuff all for $16ppd in the US.

Here’s what's included:

1 x UTTER FAILURE "Eroding Forces" 12" 1 x RATIONS "For Victory" one-sided 12" 1 x mystery LP 1 x GO WHITE BRONCO "Life As A Monument" 7" 1 x RATIONS “Martyrs and Prisoners” 7” 1 x mystery 7” 1 x CELEBRITY INTERNMENT CAMP s/t CD 1 x ON THE MIGHT OF PRINCES "Where You Are... (Reissue)" CD 1 x HEWHOCORRUPTS "The Smell of Money" CDEP

That's 3 x LPs, 3 x 7”es, and 3 x CDs for $16ppd in the US.

Click to here to buy the bundle.

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J-Zone's new 7" single: "Stick Up" b​/​w "Mad Rap" 18 October 2014

We finished up the latest J-Zone 7" last week at Solid Mfg. Very psyched to see this finally out so I can share it around. I've had the tracks burned to a CD and playing in my car for weeks.

Definitely cool to hear J-Zone back at it. I've been working with him on-and-off since 2005-ish pressing CDs at the old company doing stuff like A Job Ain't Nuthin' But Work and the Boss Hog Barbarians' Every Hog Has Its Day and a few more.

You can check out the tracks from the 7" below. "Stick Up" is an instrumental with J-Zone on drums duking it out with a hammond organ. "Mad Rap" has him back behind the mic taking down Russel Simmons and a bunch more.

You can order the 7" on at Save the guy a trip to the post office and get your order in over the weekend.

No interns at Old Maid Ent.

J-Zone's Mail Room (from instagram)

Warm Needles Tour Poster Layout 21 April 2014

Warm Needles Poster Andy texted and said, "If you were to make a Warm Needles tour poster how would it look?" I replied, "Better than if you made it." And that's how I got roped into making the Warm Needles East Coast Tour April 2014 poster.

I recently finished up this tour poster for my buddies' band Warm Needles. Below are some thoughts on the process and application of the design I came up with.

Design for the medium

Before sitting down to design the poster I thought about all the different places the image would wind up and how it would or would not work in each. I was designing it primarily to be printed but had to be cognizant that it would wind up in a bunch different contexts on the web.

Meatspace applications

  • Tour Poster
    • Either silkscreened or short-run digital print
    • Used for promotion or as limited/numbered print for sale at shows
    • Needs the dates for the entire tour
  • Show Poster
    • Either silkscreened or short-run digital print
    • Needs a spot for show specific info
      • Ability for local promotors to manipulate and print poster
      • Ability for local promotors to write in info on printed poster

Web applications

  • Facebook Event pages
    • Just about every show on this tour had event page on Facebook
  • Instagram photo
    • Would need to be square
  • Twitter, Bandsintown, Web Forums, etc.
    • Scaled images would need to be legible

Once I had all that stuff sussed out I designed the 11" x 17" tour poster first. While putting it together I kept in mind that I'd need a version that worked without the dates and a version that could be made to work well as a square. I also made sure that any type was big enough to be read easily at common sizes on the screen.

Idiot Proof Deliverables

I knew this project would be out of my hands once I delivered the digital files to Andy. Now, I'm not saying he's an idiot (I'm also not not saying he's and idiot either) but once out in the wild any number of promotors, bands, printers, printmakers, etc. could be handling the files. I wanted to set them up in a way that minimized any ambiguity or unintended consequences.

Here's a run down of what I supplied:

  • PDF file for the tour poster
    • Included all the tour dates.
    • An 11" x 17" PDF file with images set to 300DPI CMYK and all the type outlined.
    • Clearly labeled as "For Print"
    • I purposely created a design that didn't require bleeds to minimize confusion.
  • PDF file for the show poster
    • Included space for show information.
    • An 11" x 17" PDF file with images set to 300DPI CMYK and all the type outlined.
    • Clearly labeled as "For Print"
    • I purposely created a design that didn't require bleeds to minimize confusion.
  • Web versions of each poster
    • Included for Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    • A 792 × 1224 pixel RGB JPG
  • Square versions of each poster
    • Intended for Instagram.
    • A 2376 × 2376 pixel RGB JPG
  • Facebook Header
    • A 851 × 315 pixel RGB JPG set to Facebooks specs.

I also included the files for the typeface I used which was the awesome League Gothic Italic (more on this below). This way it'd be easy for any of the local promotors to drop in information to print or post. You can check out one such image here.

Promoting the shows

The whole point of doing all this shit is to propagate the images and get 'em in front of as many eyeballs as possible. The more eyeballs, the more people at the shows. Here's how the band implemented getting these images around:

  • Andy did a short digital run of the show posters and snail-mailed a grip of 'em to each of the promotors.
  • The band used the header image to create and event page for the tour
  • The square tour image was used around twitter, facebook, instagram, etc.
  • An e-mail went out to all the show promoters that included all the deliverables to implement as they saw fit.
  • E-mails with images were sent out to press (web news sites, alternatively weeklies along the tour route, etc.)

A note about Creative Commons and Public Domain

I have no natural drawing ability and only limited photography skills. As a result I've always relied on reworking, reusing, and remixing photos and typefaces to make stuff like this. In the early days I'd photocopy images from newspapers or library books with no thought to copyright or any of that stuff.

Nowadays it's so easy to use find really great stuff that's in the public domain or licensed to share with Creative Commons or other open licenses. So that's what I usually do. Here's what I used this time around:

The background picture is from the National Archives UK. It's a public domain picture on Flickr.

I used League Gothic Italic for all the text which is licensed with the Open Font License by The League of Movable Type.

League Gothic Italic graphic from The League of Movable Type

League Gothic Italic graphic from The League of Movable Type

Solid Mfg. Year End List 4 January 2014

Here's my list of the top 22 records we printed stuff for at Solid Mfg. in 2013. The list includes the projects I enjoyed working on the most… either because the music ripped, the artwork was awesome, or the customer is just plain fun to work with.

This year's list is made up from all printed parts we did, but now that we're doing manufacturing for vinyl, CDs, and band merch next year should be rounded out with more of that stuff.

Cool. Thanks to all the bands and record labels that used us this year!!!

  1. Boilerman “Loss Leaders” LP Jacket and Insert (Self Released)
    • First LP from Chicago piece. Great record but they're even better live.
  2. No Sir, I Won't “The Door” 12” Jacket and Inner Sleeve (Framework Label)
    • Six song EP from Boston anarcho-punkers. Dudes from Libyans and Awful Man.
  3. Odz Manouk / Tukaaria LP Jacket (Final Agony)
    • Final Agony is one of my favorite labels to work on stuff with. Always top notch packaging!
  4. Argentinum Astrum "Malleus Maleficarum" LP Jacket and Insert (Anti Corporate Music)
    • Knoxville, TN Black/Sludge/Doom.
  5. Fucking Invincible "Downtown is Dead" 7" Jackets (Atomic Action! Records)
    • Dudes from Drop Dead. Ripper 8-song EP!
  6. Canadian Rifle "Deep Ends" LP Jacket (Dirt Cult Records)
    • Tons of great releases on Dirt Cult this year. Hard to pick just one!
  7. Murder-Suicide Pact “Die Screaming” LP Jacket (Give Praise Records)
    • Last LP from Florida legends. On the prolific and Give Praise Records. Hi Paul!
  8. Skeletonwitch “Serpents Unleashed” Gatefold LP Jacket (Prosthetic Records)
    • Prosthetic Records scores an A+ on being a big label that's beyond great to deal with!
  9. Mallwalkers “Shake The Rust Off” LP Jacket (Peterwalkee Records)
    • Matto of Phlegm Chuckers fame releases funk-punkers first LP.
  10. The Slow Death “No Heaven” LP Jacket (Rad Girlfriend Records)
    • LP version of the CD on A.D.D. Great band on a great label
  11. RVIVR “The Beauty Between” LP Jacket, Insert, and Poster (Rumbletowne Records)
    • One of our first customers. Last I heard, they were trying to make a video for each song on the record.
  12. Best Practices “Sore Subjects” 7" Folder (Tor Johnson Records)
    • Record label impresario Paul Dechichio releasing his own band's 7". Just like Ian MacKaye.
  13. Potboiler “Rolling Boil” LP Jacket (Salinas Records)
    • Old New Paltz, NY band gets a vinyl re-issue of cassette release.
  14. Multiple Truths "No One Wins" (Halo of Flies)
    • Mariam from MRR and friends.
  15. Cloud Becomes Your Hand "Rocks Or Cakes" (Feeding Tube Records)
    • My old Long Island buddy Stephe Cooper doing some weirdo stuff.
  16. M. Akers "Unused Score For La Puntura Velenosa Della Notte" 7" Jacket (Death Wound Zine)
    • A mystery wrapped in an enigma.
  17. Descontrol "Producto De Las Circunstancias" LP Jacket (Odio Los Discos)
    • Peruvian dis-punk from the 80s. Reissue of classic demo.
  18. Weed "Deserve" LP Jacket (Couple Skate Records)
    • Who doesn't like weed?
  19. Angry Gods Greyed Delay/The Swell 7" Folder (Nervous Habit Records)
    • New Chicago, IL punk and hardcore label. Nice people!
  20. The Dentists "Some People Are On The Pitch" LP Jacket and Inner Sleeve (Trouble In Mind)
    • Re-issue of this 80s U.K. band's debut full length.
  21. The David Liebe Hart Band "The David Liebe Hart Band Album" LP Jacket (Evil Weevil Records)
    • David Lieve Hart from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
  22. Parquet Courts "American Specialties" LP Jacket (Play Pinball! Records)
    • Debut cassette released as an LP by the awesome Play Pinball! Records.

Last copies of Rubrics LP and Dead Uncles / The Credentials split 7" plus weed gets you 20% off 12 October 2013

I’m down to my last copies on a couple of releases. Get on ‘em before they’re gone.

86D010 - RUBRICS “Apathy Is An Institution” 12”
Only 2 copies left. These copies include both the regular LP jacket and the limited to 100 flap folder cover version. To my knowledge these are the only 2 copies that include both….as I had some extra lying around.

Down to the last 14 copies of this bugger. These are the “overrun” copies limited to 50 units with the blue (instead of pink) OBI strip.

Use the code “WEED” at checkout to receive 20% off of your entire order. Good on anything in the store through Monday-ish.

Last of the Iron Chic Back Patches 5 October 2013

I’ve got exactly 9,8,7,6,5,4,3, 2 IRON CHIC back patches (or buttflaps if you’re a crusty) left in the store. I’ve marked them down $3 so get on ‘em before they’re gone.

These are leftover from the very first run of “Not Like This” CDs and were limited to 500… no plans to make them again.

When you’re done buying a back patch, make sure to pre-order “The Constant One” over at… but not before also buying this, this, and this from me.

New Releases, Bundle 1 October 2013

I posted two new releases along with a bundle of all the most recent 86'd stuff last night. Here are the links:

  • DEAD UNCLES "Stock Characters" 12"
  • 86'D RECORDS Recent Release Bundle

Either of these new releases is worth the price of admission, but that bundle deal will wind up saving you over 10 bones.