Cassette Store Day 2018 - Brian's "Greatest Hits" Record


In 2011, Campers' Rule Records was materializing as a dream. The idea was; record bands in the basement of the community house we all lived in near the Botanical Gardens of Brooklyn and release these records under the umbrella of an artist-first communal label. One of the first projects we ever got to be part of was the all-female power psyche trio "Brian," a band who we seriously loved more than just about any band from Brooklyn at that time. Brian put their faith in our ability to make their record happen with the measly setup we had down in our basement. The sessions were authentically cool, the vibes were far out, and the record was sounding oh so great. Somewhere along the way the work halted, and we were left with semi-done mixes. Life sped by, and Brian's record got tossed into the pile of unfinished projects for a good 7 years. Now, for 2018's Cassette Store Day, we are officially releasing these recordings for the first time. They have been dug up and we spent some time finishing out the mixing work we started 7 years ago. We tried to let the original tracks shine the way they were recorded back then and kept any overdubbing or addition processing to a minimum. The finished result is Brian's first and only record, "Greatest Hits." It sounds amazing!



A limited supply of cassette tapes will be available starting on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. You'll be able to order one here until the supply runs out.

Cassette Store Day is quite the event. To find out more about it, Brooklyn Vegan posted a great list of what's available here:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/cassette-store-day-20...

Or go directly to the Cassette Store Day website to find out more:

https://cassettestoredayusa.com/

Much Love,
-CRR












Posted on September 12th, 2018
Celebrating Our 20th Release - Talking Birds' "There, Now" EP

We're so psyched to announce catalog number CRR-020 - our 20th release to date, aka, Talking Birds' "There, Now" EP.

The recording of this EP happened as a complete collaboration between label and band. It was mixed and mastered by Brian Russ of CRR, and tracked by a combination of Brian and the band. It's a real treat of a record, just in time for your Springtime affairs.

Pick up a limited edition cassette now, before we run out:

http://www.campersrule.com/products/615224-talking...








Posted on April 12th, 2018
Arc Waves to Release "the sound the circle" as Part of 2017's Cassette Store Day

Arc Waves, "the sound the circle" cover art

We are pleased to announce that the Brooklyn band, Arc Waves will be releasing ‘the sound the circle,’ their first full-length album, and first for Campers’ Rule Records. Their Cassette Store Day Release on October 14 is an exclusive one-day release (Cassette Store Day USA headed by Burger Records) with worldwide release on November 17, 2017.

Listen to the first single "Walking in Space” HERE

Elaine Lachica (vocals, keyboards, bass, guitar) and Brandon Jaffe (lead guitar) met at a rehearsal space in Brooklyn in 2013 and discovered a musical chemistry and started writing songs together. Shortly thereafter, Mike Hodges (drums and drum programming) and William McCormack (bass) joined the duo, and as a quartet they began writing and performing as Arc Waves. Following the release of their 2014 self-titled EP, which gave nods to early 4AD and Factory records, bassist William McCormack left the band in 2015. As the trio searched for a new bandmate, Arc Waves’ music started to move in a new direction. When Joe Beach (bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals) joined the band in summer 2015, he brought in his versatility as a multi-instrumentalist. The band changed their approach to songwriting and a new sound emerged. Their music gained layers and textures, equal measure guitars and synths, a darker and more introspective dreamy indie rock. ‘the sound the circle’ was recorded in a five-day marathon session during a heat wave in July 2016 at Rare Book Room Studios (Deerhunter, War On Drugs, Wye Oak) in Brooklyn. Recorded, mixed and co-produced by Gabe Wax (Here We Go Magic, Beirut, Palehound), the album was mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering in 2017.

Arc Waves has performed at CMJ Festival, Northside Festival, Hypnocraft Presents, Rooftop Films, Bowery Presents at Mercury Lounge, Popgun Presents, as well colleges, TV, and radio (WFMU’s Dark Night of the Soul). Album Art by Aaron Williams. Photo by Kevin Blumenthal.

Arc Waves Group Photo

(Photo L-R: Mike Hodges, Elaine Lachica, Joe Beach and Brandon Jaffe)


Hi-Res Band Photos and Album Art HERE.

'the sound the circle' Track List:

  1. Walking in Space
  2. Silviculture
  3. Hallways
  4. Baby Goose
  5. Space Age Variables
  6. Geiger
  7. Acadia
  8. Pensive Universe


Arc Waves on the Web:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram


Posted on September 19th, 2017
Spirit Plate to Release "Youth Moose" - August 4th, 2017

"Youth Moose" the new Spirit Plate record is here! Official release date: August 4, 2017

(album artwork)

Inspired by New York City's rapid pace of change, decay and rebirth, and the dichotomy NYC presents of arriving at tranquility though chaos and clutter, "Youth Moose" is a complex collage of sound, delivered through gritty, succinct songs.

On "Youth Moose," Spirit Plate reacts to New York City as well as our greater globe through many sharp lenses. To initially gain inspiration for songs, the band closely observed and cataloged street art tattooed to Brooklyn buildings, some of which were scrawled decades ago and others part of the modern resurgence of murals, tags, and visible art everywhere from Bushwick to the Bronx (hence the title "Youth Moose," which in itself is a reference to a commonly seen NYC tag). As a result, there is as much of a nostalgic aspect to this record as there is forward-thinking. Songwriter Brian Russ has personally been living in, playing shows and recording music in Brooklyn for the past 12 years and "Youth Moose" has many reflections to offer from someone who can now safely call Brooklyn his home.

The record unfolds like a tarot card reading. It brings out your past (from the song "Everything's a Joke;" "do you remember when we would shoplift CDs?"). Examines your present (from the song "Open Automatic;" "I feel loved by a machine") and makes some predictions for your future (from the title track - "the times have surely changed on me, but hey man that's ok, cause I ain't gonna leave.").

This is a record also offering unavoidable political statements. And even though the songs were written a year or more before our presidential election results came in, they tell the tale of what was already and about to unfold, with lyrics peppered throughout reminding us of the dangerous and toxic times we live in:

"Every phone call, every conversation traced..."

"I can't sleep, if 'I can't breathe' is not a reason to back the fuck off."

"Every witness can't be sure what they saw..."

"All across the USA temperatures are rising, ain't nobody dancing in the streets, mostly they're just hiding and afraid."

Recorded with no budget, mostly live in a tiny warehouse rehearsal space in the industrial section of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the base of "Youth Moose" is full of gravel and grime and honestly captures the vibe of 6 people coming together to bring an artistic vision into fruition - right in the moment.

The raw tracks from the warehouse were taken into Brian Russ' home studio (aka, tiny apartment) and meticulously mixed and mastered, with the goal of bringing a polish and a sense of clarity to the dizzying array of live mics, bleed, room noise and unbalanced tracks. Being a dad with two small kids and with a day job as a middle school teacher in tow, Brian carved away at this record on nights, weekends and holidays. An hour here, an hour there. Slowly but steadily, Brian fussed over every detail possible to bring out the final mix. "Youth Moose" is a real labor of love, created by New York artists who have no choice but to create music in order to face this confusing city, this confusing country, and this fragile planet that we live on.

Paying homage to visionary New York City artist such as The Velvet Underground, Talking Heads, and Swans, Spirit Plate shines a light on the past and hopes to present a lasting statement for the future in "Youth Moose."

Posted on May 9th, 2017
STAND FOR EQUALITY / OUR FEB. PLEDGE TO THE ACLU

Campers' Rule Records stands for peace, unity, sisterhood, brotherhood, equality, and social justice for all. We are taking a similar pledge to Bandcamp and the hundreds of artists and labels who followed suit. For the rest of the month of February, purchase anything from our site and we will donate 75% of the sale to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Posted on February 8th, 2017