I’ve been putting this off for weeks and I need to get to it:
On January 9th, 2016, our dear friend Rob McAllister passed away suddenly, he was 35. Today, is/would have been/is Rob’s 36th birthday.
Rob played guitar in the Long Island hardcore band Capital, who we released 3 LPs for – in addition to Iron Chic who we also love immensely. He was the kind of person that lit up a room with pure joy more than probably anyone I’ve ever met. As much as everyone adored Rob, he gave back your kindness ten-fold. He was the goofiest, most thoughtful guy in the world. Let me put it this way, and leave it at this: I don’t know anyone that disliked Rob, and if there are such people I don’t ever want to know them.
In the days following his passing, some friends started a YouCaring.com page for the initial expenses to help Rob’s family out, which raised a good chunk of change. The reality is that his family is now facing life without him. So there’s a second YouCaring page that has been set up to benefit them for the long haul: https://www.youcaring.com/marisa-pulchin-502523
To supplement this, for the time being, I’ll be donating ALL of the money from Capital record sales to Marisa directly. If you have the means to do so: maybe either donate to the above link, or buy Capital records from the label store, and I’ll pass that money along as sales come in.
He was truly a special person, whose presence compelled you to be a more compassionate human being. He made a huge impression on me, this is how I will try to honor his memory.
thanks for taking the time to read this.
Regarding the international shipping rates in our store:
the post office raised the rates on us, expect this to be in flux for a little while until we’e able to nail down the exact amounts – keep in mind we’ll refund overcharges on the postage if our store over calculates, so all costs below are estimates:
****ESTIMATED SHIPPING RATES FOR 7″s****
1 to 2 = $13.25 (1 oz to 8 oz is the same rate)
3 to 10 = $22.50 (8.1 oz to 28 oz is the same rate)
****ESTIMATED SHIPPING RATES FOR LPs/10s****
1 to 2 = $22.50
> 1LP+box+mailer padding=18 to 20 oz
> 2LPs+box+mailer padding=26 to 28oz
3 to 4 = $33.50
> 3LP+box+mailer padding=37-39 oz
> 4LPs+box+mailer padding=47 to 48oz)
5 or more – email me for an estimate
****ESTIMATED CANADIAN SHIPPING COSTS****
Canada rates vary a little more:
7″s = $10 for the first 7″ and $3 to $5 each additional item
LPs = $16.25 for the first LP and $3 to 5.00 each additional item
***Note: the base rates are for an LP. If only ordering a CD or 7″, the overcharges will be refunded.
Finally, keep in mind this is totally out of our hands. We wish it didn’t cost so much.
-Justin // ucr.
So you guys are stoked about beer. Last week I announced that the label is partnering with Blue Island Beer Company to do an “Underground Communique” Russian Imperial Stout. While I’m also excited to see how it turns out, BIBC offering to donate a portion of the profits to a charity of my choice is another major reason to be stoked. It didn’t take me long to decide — I’ve asked them to donate money to:
This is why:
I figured as a record label, it should be a music related charity
I would like to see more ladies performing music. Period.
Back in 2012 I attended a benefit show for GR!C where a band from its camp opened for a “super-group” Fugazi tribute band. The students did a great job. It was pretty inspiring, and that night stuck with me. As soon as the brewery asked me to pick a charity, GR!C was the first thing that came to mind.
Here’s some details I’ve borrowed from the GR!C mission statement so you can get a better understanding of what they do:
GR!C are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering girls’ creative expression, self-esteem and community awareness through music.
They host week-long summer camp program is organized around motivating girls ages 8-16 through instrument instruction, music composition coaching, recording workshops, song-writing workshops, hands-on activities, technical equipment workshops, guest speakers, team-building activities and band performances. We seek to provide positive and supportive role models for campers though interaction and participation by volunteers who will share their experiences as women involved in some form of making music.
Please take some time to check out their site, and if it inspires you to do so, please donate to them… or come out to the bottle release party this Saturday at the BIBC brewery and buy this beer to benefit GR!C!
I’ll have the label distro/store with me selling records and hanging out for a few hours too. Should be a fun time. Hope to see you there.
…so this is pretty random, but there’s going to be a local brewery making a Russian Imperial Stout beer, called Underground Communique. Kinda crazy to say the least.
First, though I probably should explain…
An old friend who works at Blue Island Beer Company emailed me a few months back asking about partnering with the label as they wanted to make a Russian Imperial Stout beer. He thought the label name and the Russian style beer would compliment each other. I immediately said yes. I figure, if nothing else, this has to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. We talked briefly about it. They kept rolling on the brewing aspect and now they’re releasing it. Yesterday, they announced a party to launch said beer at the brewery (at 13357 Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, Illinois 60406) on Saturday, December 19th, 2015.
Here’s what the label is going to look like:
OK, finally let’s address the one thing that anyone that knows me might call into question:
I (Justin, who runs UC, the label) don’t drink. I’m not super vocal about it, but I just don’t, and never have. I heard a Minor Threat song called “Straight Edge” in the mid-90’s and thought ‘hey that’s a name for what I’m doing anyway…I’m going with that’. Simply stated, I’m not an asshole about it. More importantly: I’ve never made it part of the labels ethos (though we have released like 2 Straight Edge bands). So there might end up being like 1 person that calls me out for being hypocritical. I’m just going to stare down that weirdness in the face right now at the onset, and we can all let it go, ok?
Another cool aspect to this is that BIBC asked to partner with a local charity and donate a portion of the sales, so as soon as we finalize that I’ll start promoting the hell out of them too.
I’ll be at the Brewery release party on 12/19 with the UC store in tow and selling records.
Come hang out, alright?
THIS WEEKEND IN SHOWS:
BARONS at Fat Guy Fest 2 (Kalamazoo, MI)
Fuck You, Idiot at CASA DE GOLDMAN (Dayton, OH)
The Bollweevils (7″ RELEASE SHOW!) at Orgcore Fest at Quenchers Saloon (Chicago)
The Sky We Scrape & BARONS at Chop Shop & 1st Ward(Chicago)
Fuck You, Idiot at Ace of Cups (Columbus, OH)
The Sky We Scrape at FAT GUY FEST 2 (Kalamazoo, MI)
Fuck You, Idiot at Ink Division (Braddock (Pittsburgh), PA)
Fuck You, Idiot at @LOT 13 (Bayonne, NJ)
We announced this comp last week, so we finally put up the NO STRESS comp on our bandcamp page to stream and the 3″ CDr version in our store. It’s (probably) the dumbest idea we’ve ever followed through on.
There’s a bunch of rad friends involved who donated tracks for this thing and I think it came out pretty fucking cool. The CDr’s come in a little envelope and that’s $3, or you can download the comp for free off bandcamp.
Stream/digital purchases HERE.
Buy the CDr version HERE.
That’s all I’ve got for now – Enjoy!
Back in like October or November last year I discovered I had a spool of 50 3″ mini CDr’s. I don’t remember where or when exactly, but I’m pretty sure I’ve had them for about 6 or 7 years unopened (I moved at least twice in that span of time). So I decided to use them for something… I didn’t know what for, but I decided why not do a compilation and just ask friends to donate songs to it…so I asked Facebook and within a few hours I was already getting songs!
These discs can have up to 24 minutes of audio burned onto them, so I played around with titles involving the length of the recording for a long while. After lining up some of the tracks from people and bands and eventually settled on the idea of needing this thing to be as stress free as possible because running this label is very often a frustrating part of my life. I sometimes need to do really impractical, goofy things to amuse myself, and it had been a while since I had done anything goofy. So I settled on the idea that this compilation was going to add NO STRESS to my life…and that name stuck in my brain…so I told everyone there was going to be no deadline on getting me material and then waited. I asked my friend Booker to draw something for the cover, and gave him the only direction that it was called NO STRESS and he drew the above art…that’s the cover you see above. Booker is awesome. Pester him to let you buy his art. I eventually got everything in but my day job was monumentally busy this spring so putting this together got back burner-ed until that subsided. I finally have time for this to get done and released.
So let’s get down to the reality of this: Yes. I am putting out a compilation on a form of media that is so irrelevant it isn’t even funny. It’s obnoxious and stupid. I wholeheartedly agree. But it’s happening, and there’s only going to be 50 of them, and then the compilation will live on bandcamp. If the idea of cassette releases pisses you off, I’m sure this is going to draw similar ire, but as I said above, sometimes I need to amuse myself and not spend thousands of dollars on records because I wanted to do something fun and easy.
This compilation will have 10 tracks on it and will feature:
2. the Mizzerables
3. Fuck You, Idiot
4. Awkward Age
5. Goodrich Gevaart
6. Jason Douglas Swearingen
7. Chronic Seizure
8. Warrior Tribes
9. Pink Eyes
10. Venom Lords
most of the songs are otherwise unreleased…I’ll have more info posted here on Monday. Stay tuned.
I was interviewed a few weeks back for the Anxious and Angry podcast that Ryan from Off With Their Heads has been doing. He was in Chicago for the holidays and he invited me over to Liar’s Club one night to do this. The interview was a lot of fun, Ryan and I have never been able to sit down and talk in the past because of the hectic nature of being on tour etc… I was really excited to get to do this and I really appreciate the work he’s putting into the show. I have gotten a lot of great feedback from it, it meant a lot that so many friends listened to it, too.
Also when I mention Stand By Me in it, I meant Lean on Me, (Thanks Keith).
If you want to check it out it’s available on Stitcher Radio on your phones, via the iTunes store, or here:
Have a fun and safe New Years Eve tonight.
See you in 2015.
-Justin / UCR
If you’re just sitting around this morning (like me), consider giving this latest episode of the Jughead’s Basement Podcast & Blog about the Vindictives‘ “Hypno-Punko(TM)” album. Jughead’s podcasts are always exhaustively in depth dissections of whatever subject he’s on, and I very much appreciate the crazy amount of time that must go into the interviews and editing, etc of these things. and I wanted to help get the word out about this episode, as the Vindictives are a personal favorite band, and in my opinion very important to at the Chicago musical history, if not punk rock in it’s entirety.
Not to make this about us, but many years ago we put out a Vindictives Tribute 7″ featuring Shot Baker and Vacation Bible School, but I think what Tony from Shot Baker wrote for that records liner notes still rings very true: