I scanned this whole thing a couple of years ago but never did anything with it. So, here it is. This is the 16 page distro catalog that I did for Traffic Violation back in 2001. Pretty cool looking through these short descriptions of records all these years later. Some of the writing is cringeworthy but oh well. Take a look:
We've got two new releases coming out on October 1st. Dead Uncles "Stock Character" 12" LP and Celebrity Internment Camp s/t CD.
First up is Dead Uncles "Stock Characters" 12"
The first and final LP from Connecticut's DEAD UNCLES. Originally released as a limited run cassette for the band's last U.S. tour, "Stock Characters" has been re-mixed and re-mastered for vinyl. Ten tracks of stripped down introspective pop punk that would fit perfectly in the early Lookout! Records catalog.
Issued posthumously through sheer force of will be by eight labels on 3 continents: 86'd, Different Kitchen, Hip Kid, Lost Cat, Sad Punk, Shitty Present, Trends Die, and You Look Like Shit.
One time pressing of 500 12"es on black vinyl with jacket and insert art by the band. Download cards include the band's entire discography.
Next up is Celebrity Internment Camp s/t CD
This 52-minute instrumental hip hop concept album blends together a collage of sonic vignettes from a dystopic future where war on American soil forces its celebrities into concentration camps. The beat collective of URBAN SASQUATCH, RED CARPET HOBO, and the HINDSIGHT GENIUS came together with beats created over the past 4 years to assemble this ambitious 36 track soundscape; rife with samples dug from record store crates across Long Island, the outer boroughs, and Manhattan.
Professionally replicated CD comes packaged in a gatefold cardboard mini-jacket and includes 11x17 full color poster.
I'm very proud to announce the release of the epic debut full length from San Jose, CA's UTTER FAILURE! I've been playing on repeat in my car for the better part of a year and am very excited to finally be able to share it with the world.
Utter Failure's first LP - "Eroding Forces" - is the follow up to their staggeringly awesome 2012 7" EP. Black vinyl packaged in matte finish LP jackets with insert and download card. Recorded by Bart Thurber at House of Faith and mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound. First pressing limited to 800 copies worldwide. Split label cooperation including 6 US and international record labels
The band reunites brothers Rob and Dave Fraser from 90s Bay Area punk band Krupted Peasant Farmerz. Melodic punk/hardcore influenced by bands like Asta Kask, Articles of Faith, and Badtown Boys, that channel and evolve the spirit of K.P.F.: A search for meaning and the common good amid a visceral disgust for a fucked up world, set to guitar harmonies, haunting vocal melodies, Misfits-style "whoah" parts, with a driving rhythm section.
Check out the product page to look at some pics of the record and place your order.Over the years, members from Utter Failure have played in bands like Krupted Peasant Farmerz, Apeface, Shitkickers, Saros, Uzi Suicide, Whiskey Sunday, Angry For Life, Joe Q. Citizen, and tons more.
The winner of our Tumblr Giveaway is a user called “Half Fiction.” I’m pretty sure that isn’t her/his real name, but they’ve won all the same!
Thanks to everyone who shared the image! We went from 5 notes to over 75 notes in the wake of our proclamation of failure. Go figure.
Our winner will be using their $100 at www.86drec.com. And while “Half Fiction” can’t get our discount (wink wink) of 86% off, that doesn’t mean you can’t!
Peep the new details on the sale below:
So this 86%-off-sale has been a smashing success so far. I sold a cubic ton of records last week and the orders are continuing to roll in.
The post I made on Tumblr, however, is not going so well.
On a whim I posted the advertisement image and wrote:
“Reblog this pic for chance to win a $100 gift certificate to 86drec.com. Winner will be picked at random and announced on 9/6/2013.”
This was at the beginning of the sale and I was really trying to get the word out there. It must have slipped my mind that I don’t really have many Tumblr followers and know next to nothing about “the Tumblr.”
A whopping 3 tumblr users shared the pic so far. I’ll thank them by name.
To djjohnnyvolume I say thanks. Cheer up sadddad I appreciate your reblogging and comment. And to fleaworldtradeagreement: Thanks homie.
Anyway, I’ll still be picking a winner at random on Friday 9/6/2013. It’s just going to be a big sad hat with 3 scraps of paper in.
Click here to hit up the original post. Oh, and you can reblog it for chance to win a $100 gift certificate to 86drec.com. OOF.
Tons more bands added to the map
I've made a lot of progress since yesterday's post! Big thanks to all the people who e-mailed and replied on Facebook and Twitter! I was able to link up 3 out of the 5 bands that were giving me trouble. Also, the websites Discogs.com and BandToBand.com were both extremely helpful. The OmniGraffle program has been indispensable for putting this all together.
Here are some of the improvements since yesterday:
- Through some heroics using Brian from Striped Basstards connection to Kevin from Beyond I was able to link up to Divide and Conquer and Robotnicka to the rest of the cloud - mostly thanks to Paint It Black. I also found an alternate path that goes back to Latterman through Paint It Black. It gets a little convoluted up there, so I'll probably try pruning it down as I move forward.
- Arun from I Farm chimed in on facebook and improved the band's links back to the cloud.
- Dave from If You Make It and Laura Stevenson and the Cans helped get Operation: Cliff Clavin connected. Thanks homie.
- My buddy Micah on Facebook provided multiple helpful hints which helped add and connect a bunch of bands.
- I filled in a lot of the important shared but non-essential bands linked to TVR stuff. ie. The Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay, Bonerz.
More to be done
So that leaves All The Answers as the only band not linked back to the cloud. I've got a feeling that the Whiskey Trench -> Omegas connection will somehow get us back to the rest of the map, but we'll see.
Once that's connected, I'll probably move the project over to a small group of people to finish up. I'm looking forward to some hard editorial choices on what bands to add and subtract from the basic structure. Then on to arranging the the flow of the thing to a more sensible configuration. After that, hopefully Lubrano will help me to illustrate the whole thing... then I'm thinking 33"x23" newsprint poster via Solid MFG.
Any homies looking to help
Anybody but with additional ideas about connections, please hit me up at email@example.com. If you want to keep track of progress, you can sign up to follow this blog by e-mail over to the right. Thanks!
You're not old school, you're just old
We're coming up on 2015 which will mark the 20 year anniversary of the founding of my old record label Traffic Violation Records. The label released almost 30 records for a slew of DIY punk and hardcore bands from Long Island, NY and beyond. In it's short existence between 1995 and 2002 we released records by Splurge, I Farm, Operation: Cliff Clavin, Contra, The Insurgent, On The Might Of Princes, Latterman, and a bunch more. A lot of the folks from old TVR bands went on to be in bands like Bent Outta Shape, Small Arms Dealer, Sainte Catherines, Ghost Mice, Bridge and Tunnel, Fellow Project, RVIVR, Iron Chic, and more.
Traffic Violation band map
One of the things I'm working on ahead of the anniversary is a band map charting the relationships among TVR bands by way of shared members. Think Seattle Band Map or Band to Band. My idea is to wind up with a nice big poster illustrated by someone like Righteous Indignation (wink, wink).
Here's what I've got so far:
I have all the TVR bands on there in maroon boxes. I've connected them all to the best of my knowledge. In white I've added "connector bands." These are bands with shared members that help link TVR bands to each other.
There are a lot of related bands that I've left off so far. These are bands with shared members that are notable, but don't help in directly linking TVR bands.
Here's the list of those:
Of course, these will eventually go in. But for now, I'm more concerned with clarifying what I already have and connecting the few remaining unconnected TVR bands.
Help me, please!?!
Here's what I need help with:
- I need to figure out a way to connect the unconnected TVR bands to the larger cloud. I realize this may be a long chain, but if it's possible I'd like to do it. Here are the bands that I don't currently have connected:
- Operation: Cliff Clavin
- All The Answers
- Divide And Conquer
- I'm sure I'm missing connections between bands already on the map. Any help with that would be appreciated. Examples: Does Nakatomi Plaza share members with any bands on the map besides The Insurgent and De La Hoya? Probably Bridge and Tunnel, right? I need to clarify stuff like that.
- Some of the ways I used to connect bands to the larger crowd are probably not the best available. I think those pathways can be improved. Specifically I'm talking about:
- Latterman -> I Farm
- Disenchanted -> Striped Basstards
If you have any information you can add please, please, please, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. Ideally I'd like to hook up with a few dedicated Traffic Violation nerds who can help me polish this thing off and get it into some kind of shape to pass off to an illustrator.
Other projects going forward
I've got some other ideas about ways to celebrate the anniversary by compiling audio, visual, and written documentation. My archives are spilling over with flyers, photos, records, tapes, DATS, VHS videos, zines, interviews, etc. Documenting our particular scene was always the mission of Traffic Violation, so it would be neat to revisit that mission 20 years later.
If you have any ideas or material, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Thanks to the fine folks at Free Music Archive Rations new "Martyrs and Prisoners" 7" EP is available as a free download! You can check out the site and download the EP here.
Here's a bit about Free Music Archive:
The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.
We were really psyched back in May of 2012 when we noticed the site was featuring our "How Much Land Does A Man Need?" EP as a free download. Since we had licensed the work as Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike, Free Music Archive was able to make it available. Somewhere out on the interwebs (probably bandcamp) the ccCommunity curator came across our stuff and did us the favor of re-posting it on Free Music Archive. That album currently has over 1,200 streams and 2,300 downloads from the site.
Our experience using the Creative Commons license and seeing our stuff on Free Music Archive inspired a couple of things for our new record. First, we went with a bit more open Creative Commons license. This time we used the Attribution-ShareAlike. The difference being that this licence did not restrict any adapted works to non-commercial use. This licence carries with it the "Approved for Free Cultural Works" stamp by freedomdefined.org.
Here's a bit about freedomdefined.org's definition of Free Cultural Works:
This document defines "Free Cultural Works" as works or expressions which can be freely studied, applied, copied and/or modified, by anyone, for any purpose. It also describes certain permissible restrictions that respect or protect these essential freedoms. The definition distinguishes between free works, and free licenses which can be used to legally protect the status of a free work. The definition itself is not a license; it is a tool to determine whether a work or license should be considered "free."
Secondly, we figured we'd include download cards with the physical record that pointed people toward our page on Free Music Archive. There was no sense going to the trouble of download codes if it was available for free online anyway! We used extra space on the sheets we used to print our covers and provided the link and info on the license. We were able to print 3 to sheet, so we wound up with around 3,300 cards - 1,100 to include with the record and an extra 2,200 for giving away.
In the 7 days since posting "Martyrs and Prisoners" it's received over 3,100 streams and 4,300 downloads. We thought that was pretty cool!
As a band, we're very grateful for all the work communities of people around the world have put into making things like Creative Commons and Free Music Archive a reality. Licensing and distributing our music online using these tools was a great way to extend some of the ideas of collaboration and decentralization that were a big part of other parts of the release.
Our record is officially out today! Here's the comprehensive list of the record labels that helped us release "Martyrs and Prisoners" across the world. You can order from any of the labels below, or download for free at http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rations/.
- Sad Punk Records - Argentina
US / Canada:
- Added Warmth Records - WA, USA
- Fat Sandwich Records - TN, USA
- Kiss of Death Records - FL, USA
- Lost Cat Records - MN, USA
- Rad Girlfriend Records - OH, USA
- Recess Records - CA, USA
- Tour Van Records - NY, USA
- Square of Opposition - PA, USA
- Tor Johnson Records - RI, USA
- Vinehell Records - CA, USA
- 86′d Records and Fanzine - NY, USA
- Know Records - CA, USA
- Life On An Island - NY, USA
- De Nada Records - DE, USA
- Get Better Records - SC, USA
- Intense Human Victories - MA, USA
- John Wilkes Booth Records - NH, USA
- HaHaHa Cool! Records - Canada
- YouLookLikeShit Records - Canada
- Stiff Hombre Records - Canada
Thanks to our buds at Idioteq in Warsaw, Poland and Modern Vinyl in the USA for doing the exclusive streams for our "Martyrs and Prisoners" 7" EP.
Idioteq.com also ran an in-depth interview with us to go along with the stream.
Speaking of interviews, there's an interview with Wells about organizing the split label release for "Martyrs and Prisoners" up at The New Scheme. The interview also runs in Wrong Choice Of Words zine from Dubai, AE and was conducted by Chris from Abbreviated Records.
Dying Scene was also nice enough to do a post about the stream as well.
Thanks to all for helping us spread the word about our new 7"!
The news that On The Might of Princes was canceling their appearances at Long Island Fest and St. Vitus this weekend made me think of the liner notes I wrote for the "Where You Are And Where You Want To Be" reissue CD from 2004-ish. I figured I'd post them here along with some pictures of the band. I'm not sure if this is an edited version, so please forgive any mistakes!
My earliest memory of On The Might Of Princes was drinking 40's in the King Touchless Car Wash parking lot with Tommy and Jason and a bunch of other dudes in the summer of 1999. Jason had recently moved from Connecticut - or maybe Florida or some shit - and he was living with his old man in Selden. He'd hooked up with Tommy through some kind of ad somewhere looking for a band. You know, the kind that reads, 'skinny red haired guitar guy looking for band. Influences: Sunny Day Real Estate and Bad Brains.' Tommy and Lou had known each other from high school, which of course, back then, was just a couple of years back. I'm not sure where Nicole fit in, but I remember her hitting the drums so hard that I just kinda figured she was mad at them. Enriquez had come around later on, bringing tighter and more technical shit to the table. Although, he was always better at getting people mad at him, than getting mad at the drums.
So in 2000, On The Might of Princes trekked out to Westchester, PA to record with Arik and Mike at the Creep House. It was the same punk-infested suburban colonial where Long Island bands like Sleepasaurus, Striped Basstards, Kill Your Idols, and Contra had all recorded before them. I was doing Traffic Violation Records with my buddy Brian at the time. We briefly bounced the idea of asking those dudes before they left if they wanted to do the record on Traffic Violation. Of course, we never got around to it. A couple of weeks later Brian and I got our hands on a 60 minute TDK tape of the songs that would become "Where You Are and Where You Want To Be." I remember pretty vividly, us sitting there in the Sea Port Diner parking lot, just listening to song after song. My jaw dropped, and (along with the curly fries) I had a lump of jealousy and regret in my stomach. I wanted to put this record out, and badly. But of course, it was too late for that. Probably about 30 seconds in to the tracking the first song, Arik had asked them to do the CD on Creep Records. I'd have to settle for doing the layout.
I don't remember who's idea it was to put that photo of Jason and Andolpho on the cover. But once we had it in there, we knew it was perfect. To me, it represented a lot of what was Long Island punk at the time. The shot was taken when Contra and On The Might of Princes arrived on the west coast during summer tour in 1999. It was one of the first jaunts that this new crop of Long Island bands had taken that far out. I still love looking at the juxtaposition of two boneheads from Long Island running down the beach away from the palm tree in the background. I think the photo also has something to say about the cooperative scene that we had back then. There was no ego bullshit from the band about it just being Jason on the cover, much less any bullshit about some dude from a whole 'nother band being on there too. But all that stuff is academic, what totally rules about this cover is it's sheer ridiculousness. It's a big fat black guy and a pale, freakishly skinny white guy running on the beach in their underwear. The cover was better than just unmarketable, it actually made you feel uncool buying it. It was perfect.
Maybe it was that sense of uncool, or the rejection of ego - or even the aloofness that led to such a goofy record cover - that allowed people to feel that On The Might of Princes was such an important band. Being into On The Might of Princes felt a lot like being in On the Might of Princes. If you were there, just in the room while they were playing, you were part of it. I remember seeing 'em in a basement in Smithtown once. When the music dropped out for the sing songy part in For Meg everyone there knew they were part of something important. I looked over and saw Deserae crying and singing along. It was obvious she was just as much a part of it as any of the guys playing the instruments. Mike Rok Lok was there screaming his heart out. I saw Meg too, and felt the same thing. Even Craig Hughes was singing along. "And I'll scream it till your ears bleed, You'll always have a friend in me." I was singing too, and I knew in my heart I was part of it. It felt good.
Eventually, I pressed up the 12" LP version of "Where You Are, and Where You Want To Be" on Traffic Violation, I even did the second and third pressings of the CD. And now that it's years later, I think I know why I got that feeling of jealousy and regret at the idea of it not coming out on Traffic Violation. Looking back over the 28 releases that we did, the whole thing wouldn't have made as much sense without that record. If that catalog of vinyl and CDs was going to tell any kind of story about what was going on around here back then, "Where You Are, and Where You Want To Be" absolutely needed to be on it. And to my relief it was.
I don't think any of 'em would disagree if I were to say that all of us learned a shit-ton of lessons about life since those days downing 40-ouncers in parking lots. But this record isn't about what we've all learned and gone through since it came out. This record is about what we knew - and who we were - back when it came out. This record was the best shit Long Island could come up with, and it was fucking mint. It doesn't matter what the band did after this, or what everybody is doing now, or who's still friends with who, or whatever the fuck. On The Might of Princes was amazing. And this record is still amazing. And all those people that felt like they were part of this band - and helped this band be what they were - this record is still theirs, and they get to have it forever.
Dead Uncles' posthumous LP is lurching toward reality like a patient emerging from the haze of a fever dream. The lacquers have just been approved and we should have test presses back soon.
The quixotic quest to press this future classic on vinyl was hatched by drummer Shannon Thompson and 86'd Records - eventually implicating Hip Kid Records, Lost Cat Records, Shitty Present Records, and the mighty Different Kitchen Records from the U.K. The 10 track album was re-mixed in 2012 and mastered for vinyl by Dave Eck at Lucky Lacquers. The album artwork was re-worked for by Shannon Thompson. A one-time pressing of 500 units is planned for a summer 2013 release.
"Stock Characters" was originally released on cassette by We Rise Tapes (Krystina from Curmudgeon's label) and Trashy Tapes (Sadie from Peeple Watchin's label) just before the band broke up in 2012.
Any other record labels that might be interested in helping out can check out details by logging into the the info page here.
From that page you can download the audio, check out the layout, and get details about the project. Just e-mail email@example.com for the password.