CELEBRATING SEVEN YEARS (2013 - 2020)
AUGUST 2020 NEW RELEASES
UPDATED AUGUST 14, 2020
Today, This Ain't Heaven Recording Concern is putting up these 'Civilize Yourself' T-shirts up for sale. The printing and shirts, as well as the concept to collaborate and donate the proceeds, was put together by Straight Printing. Big thanks to the homie Phil Ross for his excellent work on these.
Like a lot of us from the punk and DIY community, we've found ourselves in a moment where, not only can we not gather and perform/converse/be together, but we also find ourselves in a moment where the art and music that we create needs to find a way to support the need we see in our country. I've seen this happening from many of us, from individual artists, musicians and bands, to labels (with new efforts like
Money Tapes being conceived with the sole purpose of redirecting funds to mutual aid) and organizers. All of us can use what we have right now to support those in need directly, and as we rebuild our DIY community at large in the coming years, it's my hope that we center ourselves not only around each other, but around our collective ethics and beliefs, and how we can contribute in real ways by doing the things we love to do.
I know that this is just a t-shirt, but it's a way that TAHRC can join with others to support change in the world around us. All of the funds from this shirt will be donated directly to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and you can learn more about them by visiting their website in the commnets.
These words on the back of the shirt are from Kwame Ture, and they have always stuck with me, because they are focused on equity. They are a calling out - of white supremacy, of acceptance of bigotry and inequity in society, and of the individual in society's responsibility to make justice by looking to themselves and their actions. All of these remain true, and apply now more than ever.
There's a reason that I've been able to be successful, happy, and thrive as an artist in the punk and DIY community - it's because we stand for equity, and are defined by diversity. I'm going to continue to look for ways to bring that to the forefront of the work that we do through the label and through the music I create. I see all of y'all out here who are choosing to do the same, and it makes me proud. I'm looking forward to the day when we can gather for shows again - but until then, I'm going to stay active in the ways that still matter.
TAHRC SUMMER PLAYLIST 2020
Here's a mixtape/playlist of a lot of the music that has been on repeat here at TAHRC Labs. I'm focusing this mixtape on Black artists - both through the label, and outside of the label in the world at large. This music is 100% not mine, but I 100% back y'all listening to these jams and supporting these artists.
Sun Ra - When There Is No Sun
Arrested Development - Tennessee
Oxbow - Cold and Well-Lit Place
THEESatisfaction - Recognition
Soul Glo - 32
Toro y Moi - Ordinary Guy (ft. The Mattson 2)
Marrice Anthony - Basement
The Vidablue - My Heart Goes Out To Me
Larsa - Dark Jak / Catcher
Daniel Caesar - Best Part (Colors Version)
Earl Sweatshirt - MTOMB (ft. Liv.e)
Moodie Black - Vanowen
Let's Drown Each Other - Obvious
Jesus Piece - Workhorse
Prince - Nothing Compares 2 U
Dreamcrusher - TWO (from Panopticon!)
Laraaji - The Dance No. 2
Knxwledge - Lateonyarent
Roy Ayers - You Send Me
Living Ghost - Some Kids Are Just Born Like That
Yaphet Kotto - Highly Enlightened
Shabazz Palaces - Are you... Can you... Were You? (Felt)
Sergio Leone - Party at My House
I N T R O D U C I N G
TAHRC is joining forces with a new venture from label alum Ed Bornstein. He's launching a new label called MONEY TAPES, whose sole purpose will be to work with artists to curate incredible mixtapes of otherwise-unheard or unreleased material, and to put out each release as a means of donating money to a different mutual aid fund each month. TAHRC is blessed to be manufacturing these beauties, and we have the very first mixtape available now from the founder. It's called MINUTE DUBS, and it's a collection of extra-short, four-on-the-floor dub masterpieces, each unique and involving a host of collaborations. The mutual aid fund that the proceeds from MINUTE DUBS will support is called Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Follow the link to learn more.
These cassettes and digital downloads will only be available for the month of August - after that, MT will be offering a new mixtape each month, with a new mutual aid fund to support. SO: grab one of these super limited cassettes now, and support something needful with your music purchasing power. Stream the whole banger below:
V I D E O S P O T L I G H T
HXXS AT ICT FEST 2019
It's been a remarkable pleasure to welcome our friends from KCMO, HXXS, to the TAHRC roster! We've wanted to find a way to work together on some kind of collaboration or release for over a year, and their new album, HOW THE WEST WAS WON, turned out to be the perfect opportunity. Cassettes are still available HERE, however supplies are getting extremely limited. Check out some live footage of the band's performance at Wichita's annual all-ages DIY event, ICT FEST, last year.
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'LET THE END TIMES ROLL' CS
The long-awaited full length from Wichita, KS heavy punks NOT COPS is finally here and available on cassette! The album was released digitally back in December, and we've been busy working on getting the cassettes out and ready for you all! The first run of 100 cassettes is almost gone, so you can head over HERE to the online store to grab a copy! LPs and CDs will be announced shortly, as well as some other new surprises from the band this week, so keep your eyes open for more NOT COPS material as they prepare for their next album!
'LIVE AT WAVE' CS
This is the newest release from NOT COPS - pulled from their latest perfomance at WAVE in Wichita, KS on June 7th, as part of the venue's Quarantine Concert Series. The band took the opportunity to include some needed voices, and there's an appearance from Marrice Anthony to boot. The cassette also showcases a large number of new and unreleased songs. You can click the link below to hear the mixed and mastered recording, and the cassette will be available via preorder below until July 17!
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'NIMBUS 3.5' CS
MARRICE ANTHONY has become an unstoppable force of MC prowess and beat engineering in the past couple of years, honing his craft and holding up in the basement working on music at an almost constant rate. NIMBUS 3.5 is the culmination of that focus and productivity, collecting tracks that MARRICE produced throughout the year. It's an album unlike any of his past work, in the sense that we're getting a seasoned producer/engineer/MC all in one from MA this time - and you can hear his trajectory arcing higher and higher as the album progresses.
There's no question that fans of MARRICE's past work will want to get their hands on this cassette, and we're busy making them available as quickly as possible. You can visit us HERE to purchase a copy, or to stream the entire album, and you can download the album directly from the man himself by going to his BANDCAMP page. More information (including a possible limited edition LP) coming soon!
O U T N O W
RAW ANTHONY is a total dream group for me - one of those weird collaborations between musicians that you love and respect, but never would have imagined working together. Both MARRICE ANTHONY and RAW SPACE are big names on the TAHRC roster - they've both logged tons of their own individual releases (many of which we at TAHRC were blessed to release), and now, by some miracle, we bring you ten minutes of the best new hip-hop you'll hear this year (unless these cats drop another album before December). We are proud to present HANNAH, the first EP from RAW ANTHONY. We'll be putting together 100 of these cassettes in the next few weeks, and currently you can preorder one through our Bandcamp store.
Don't miss this album. If you have ten minutes, you could change your entire day. Listen and purchase below: