Announcing: Micah McKee and his Solo Album "ABUNDANCES" out 2/16/21

It's a dark, rainy night in New Orleans. My bandmates and I have the night off. We walk into the Blue Nile on Frenchmen St. Under the cool blue stage lighting, with eyes closed and intentions focused, up on the mic is a powerful, yet gentle voice. It's Micah McKee and his band Little Maker. The composition in the above photo is overly dark, but it kind of represents the vibe of the evening. You can make Micah out there in the left corner singing and playing his guitar. I snapped this photo, a habit of mine. Something I do to as a way to hold on to moments I don't want to forget.

This was 2010. I was on the road with my psychedelic throwback folk-rock band, Backwords. At the time it felt like life itself was one big psychedelic journey, the unpredictability of it all was our guiding light. We had gotten to share a bill with Micah and his band the last time we were traveling through New Orleans. This time, though, we just happened to stumble upon them. We played the night before and were off that night. We didn't know he'd be there.

It turned out we'd keep running into Micah again and again and we'd become good friends. We shared bills down in Austin for SXSW. We put together shows in our home, Brooklyn. And we always asked if he was available to share a bill whenever we were aiming to play in New Orleans.

I'm beyond thrilled to announce that Micah McKee is joining the Campers' Rule Records squad and will be releasing his solo album this Mardi Gras, or more specifically, February 16, 2021.

Having gotten to lend a hand with the mastering of the record, and knowing a bit about its making and background story, I can tell you that it's a magical piece of music from start to finish, created by a magical artist who has been dedicated to his craft for decades. Micah is a staple down in New Orleans, part of many bands, and once we all get vaccinated, he's likely to be back up there on any one of NOLA's many stages on any and every given day of the week.

Set your astrological intention clocks for CRR-023, "ABUNDANCES," by Micah McKee and the Lonesome Wild. Release date: 02/16/2021 - a limited edition, short run of cassette tapes will be up for pre-order sometime shortly... In the meantime, check out his artist page and Instagram for updates.

Love To All,

Brian, CRR

Posted on January 7th, 2021
Ending 2020 // Looking forward to 2021

Dear Friends,

It's been a while since you heard from us. But we're still here and we still love you. We've done a lot of thinking and collecting of spirits this past year. We're happy to say we're gearing up for a big 2021! Just wanted to send a quick little message to you all. Campers' Rule Records is alive and well ~ big announcements coming in early 2021. It's been a year of creativity for so many of us around this planet, the fruits of which will indeed start flowing like a river. May you have a restful and peaceful new year - looking SO forward to spending 2021 with you all!

-Brian, Campers' Rule Records

Posted on November 23rd, 2020
Introducing: the Campers' Rule Records Super Bundle



Grab the ultimate Campers' Rule Records SUPER bundle for the insanely low price of just $45.00 + $5.00 shipping. It's a true eclectic mix of what we represent as a label - from surf punk, to 90s indie, to soul inspired, folk, and electro - come find the common thread that ties this label together.

What you get are 5 albums on cassette tape, 2 albums on CD, and a 7" single - - all the physical mediums!

For us, this is a $80.00 value. But beyond that, each piece of music is a total labor of love, each track hand crafted, each bit of packaging hand designed and everything pressed at such a low limited quantity, making them all very unique pieces of art.

WHAT YOU GET (and we'll probably throw in more):

1 - Brian - "Greatest Hits" album (2018) on cassette

1 - Un Instrument - "Smartphone_Mixtape" album (2018) on cassette

1 - Poodles / Lone Doe (split) - ""Unusual Beach Day / Dark Night Monuments," 2 albums (2015) on cassette

1 - Cuss Words - "Spellbreaker" & "Drums for the Lonesome" double album (2016) on two cassettes

1 - Talking Birds - "There, Now" EP (2017) on cassette

1 - "The Love Supreme" - "I Want You" 7" Single (2014)

1 - Backwords - "The Buffalo Still Roam" EP (2009) on CD

1 - Backwords - "By the Neck" album (2012) on CD

Thank you everyone!


Posted on November 27th, 2018
✿ CRR Welcomes UN INSTRUMENT ✿ Album to be Released 11/16/18 ✿ Release Show 11/17/18!

We are incredibly psyched to announce that UN INSTRUMENT will be releasing his first album "Smartphone_Mixtape" on Campers' Rule Records.

Recorded on the go, this album combines field recordings, noises, strange clips with crystalline synths, acoustic guitars, and honest reflections on life as a human being these days. No doubt you'll want to take a listen and perhaps pick up one of 50 limited edition cassette tapes, CRR-022. It's a beautifully sequenced record, with a voice, character, and vibe like nothing else.


Some words from Oliver Ralli, the truth behind UN INSTRUMENT:

Recently I've been focused on mobile recording. The more portable the set-up, the better. Dogs barking in the background? Great. Sirens screaming? Even better.

I'll be playing a release show on Saturday, November 17 @ Idlewild. 8pm. My very good friends T.M. Davy, David Kammerer, Imaginary Springs (big Mikey V) and Cotwell (sweet Roarke M) will all be playing sets. Please join us.

Thanks for listening,


Posted on November 13th, 2018
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:

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

Much Love,

Posted on September 12th, 2018