Rubber Brother Records Archive

  • It used to be that releases from the legendary band Small Leaks Sink Ships were far less frequent than their fairly rare stunningly apocalyptic performances. This year that might not be the case even though they moved to Oregon and have mentioned that they may actually be releasing two albums this year. The first is their parting gift to AZ, Living Room B-Sides is that gift.  The ten song collection culls the best of their Monday Minestrone online project and b-sides for their forthcoming brand new album to arrive later this year. According to Jim Mandel (Bass/Guitar) “Those songs on...

    Small Leaks Sink Ships – “The Living Room Sessions”

    It used to be that releases from the legendary band Small Leaks Sink Ships were far less frequent than their fairly rare stunningly apocalyptic performances. This year that might not be the case even though they moved to Oregon and have mentioned that they may actually be releasing two albums this year. The first is their parting gift to AZ, Living Room B-Sides is that gift.  The ten song collection culls the best of their Monday Minestrone online project and b-sides for their forthcoming brand new album to arrive later this year. According to Jim Mandel (Bass/Guitar) “Those songs on...

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  • Celebration Guns and Twin Ponies were two of my favorite debuting bands of 2013 and this weekend they will release a split release on Rubber Brother Records that marks the first first available recordings by either bend since their debut EP releases.  Indeed, Celebration Guns Quitter EP and Twin Ponies Pores EP are two records from last year that are still in heavy rotation for me even now. I first heard about this split release back in January and February and I’ve been bugging both bands about it ever since. When I check out the live shows for each band,...

    Celebration Guns/Twin Ponies Split Release!

    Celebration Guns and Twin Ponies were two of my favorite debuting bands of 2013 and this weekend they will release a split release on Rubber Brother Records that marks the first first available recordings by either bend since their debut EP releases.  Indeed, Celebration Guns Quitter EP and Twin Ponies Pores EP are two records from last year that are still in heavy rotation for me even now. I first heard about this split release back in January and February and I’ve been bugging both bands about it ever since. When I check out the live shows for each band,...

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  • In addition to the great EPs and Albums that are starting to flow through the Arizona scene, singles are starting to pop up wildly. Many of them are teasers and previews of albums and EPs soon to be released and I’ve selected four that have been released this month from bands I adore. The range from intentionally lo-fi to expertly produced and their styles are all over the place. Some of the newer singles have gone straight to video and I’ve already covered those (“Mirror, Mirror” by Banana Gun and “Melted Together” by The Prowling Kind), but I realized enough...

    Singles Going Steady

    In addition to the great EPs and Albums that are starting to flow through the Arizona scene, singles are starting to pop up wildly. Many of them are teasers and previews of albums and EPs soon to be released and I’ve selected four that have been released this month from bands I adore. The range from intentionally lo-fi to expertly produced and their styles are all over the place. Some of the newer singles have gone straight to video and I’ve already covered those (“Mirror, Mirror” by Banana Gun and “Melted Together” by The Prowling Kind), but I realized enough...

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  • It occurred to me that I’ve been following Sundressed since the start and at first, honestly they came off a little folky for my tastes, but there has that hint of grit that kept me watching, kept me listening. I was subtly impressed by their debut EP, then subsequently blown away by last years Whiskey With Milk and most recently, I have been stunned by the two new recordings they contributed to a split tape on Rubber Brother Records with Days of Light Gravity. Over the years they’ve gotten louder, angrier, faster and edgier, that bit of grit I saw...

    VideosAroundTown: Sundressed “Hold Your Head Up High”

    It occurred to me that I’ve been following Sundressed since the start and at first, honestly they came off a little folky for my tastes, but there has that hint of grit that kept me watching, kept me listening. I was subtly impressed by their debut EP, then subsequently blown away by last years Whiskey With Milk and most recently, I have been stunned by the two new recordings they contributed to a split tape on Rubber Brother Records with Days of Light Gravity. Over the years they’ve gotten louder, angrier, faster and edgier, that bit of grit I saw...

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  • One thing that has become clear to me over the last year is that I love the local labels that are brewing up some goddamned tasty tunes in this town. In this case, I am clearly referring to the prolific and much beloved cassette collective Rubber Brother Records. I wasn’t even aware of the depths of my affection for them until the November 2013 issue of JAVA Magazine when I inadvertently featured four of their bands in one issue (to my credit, Celebration Guns was added to the roster after the issue was published, but still it would have been...

    Rubber Brother Records Takes The Crescent!

    One thing that has become clear to me over the last year is that I love the local labels that are brewing up some goddamned tasty tunes in this town. In this case, I am clearly referring to the prolific and much beloved cassette collective Rubber Brother Records. I wasn’t even aware of the depths of my affection for them until the November 2013 issue of JAVA Magazine when I inadvertently featured four of their bands in one issue (to my credit, Celebration Guns was added to the roster after the issue was published, but still it would have been...

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  • Well, hell it’s been a damned rocky road to get to 2014. I feel like last year I was trucking along full speed and killing it with unbreakable momentum. The fact that I haven’t posted in over a month proves that I hit a roadblock. I apologize for ducking out for an unplanned hiatus. Hey, I’m only one guy–I don’t have a staff and only occasionally do I have other contributors, mostly this is a one man show. A show I intend to get back on the road. The main problem for me began in October when there was a...

    Out with 2013, In with 2014!!!

    Well, hell it’s been a damned rocky road to get to 2014. I feel like last year I was trucking along full speed and killing it with unbreakable momentum. The fact that I haven’t posted in over a month proves that I hit a roadblock. I apologize for ducking out for an unplanned hiatus. Hey, I’m only one guy–I don’t have a staff and only occasionally do I have other contributors, mostly this is a one man show. A show I intend to get back on the road. The main problem for me began in October when there was a...

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  • It’s not often you find a debut EP from a band that you are so stunned with, that in the afterglow of listening to it you discover it’s all demos. So is the case with Celebration Guns, though what would you expect from former members of Wizards of Time, NEBA and Tiger Heist?  Apparently, lead singer Justin Weir recorded most of this “demo debut” using Garageband, but you wouldn’t know it from first listen. “Hold Still” opens the Quitter EP and recalls The Strokes when they were vital and they mattered, which means to say you have a brilliant hook...

    Celebration Guns – Quitter EP

    It’s not often you find a debut EP from a band that you are so stunned with, that in the afterglow of listening to it you discover it’s all demos. So is the case with Celebration Guns, though what would you expect from former members of Wizards of Time, NEBA and Tiger Heist?  Apparently, lead singer Justin Weir recorded most of this “demo debut” using Garageband, but you wouldn’t know it from first listen. “Hold Still” opens the Quitter EP and recalls The Strokes when they were vital and they mattered, which means to say you have a brilliant hook...

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  • Last April the up and coming band All My Friends announced they were breaking up and calling it quits, this was fresh on the heels of the news that they had completed their second collection of recordings, which caused some confusion to say the least. So, with a sense of propriety and a lack of sobriety, the band held one last party to celebrate the death of All My Friends. Seemingly halfway through the set, they said goodbye and dashed off stage, only to return ten minutes later, in different outfits covered in blood. While the breakup was a ruse,...

    The Thin Bloods and “The Death Of All My Friends”

    Last April the up and coming band All My Friends announced they were breaking up and calling it quits, this was fresh on the heels of the news that they had completed their second collection of recordings, which caused some confusion to say the least. So, with a sense of propriety and a lack of sobriety, the band held one last party to celebrate the death of All My Friends. Seemingly halfway through the set, they said goodbye and dashed off stage, only to return ten minutes later, in different outfits covered in blood. While the breakup was a ruse,...

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  • So, how many bands do you know that can squeeze five brilliant songs into less than nineteen minutes?  Turns out that Playboy Manbaby has done just that. Yes, Robbie Pfeffer and his crew have achieved something most unique and wonderful in the world of brevity. I was actually stunned, as I had been waiting for their new release to discover that it would barely cover the totality of a traditional commercial slot. Nevertheless, Obsessive Repulsive is pretty brilliant. That’s just on the thought of “Beer Gut” alone, “‘Cause it ain’t getting better than it is right now” which can either...

    Playboy Manbaby-Obsessive Repulsive EP

    So, how many bands do you know that can squeeze five brilliant songs into less than nineteen minutes?  Turns out that Playboy Manbaby has done just that. Yes, Robbie Pfeffer and his crew have achieved something most unique and wonderful in the world of brevity. I was actually stunned, as I had been waiting for their new release to discover that it would barely cover the totality of a traditional commercial slot. Nevertheless, Obsessive Repulsive is pretty brilliant. That’s just on the thought of “Beer Gut” alone, “‘Cause it ain’t getting better than it is right now” which can either...

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  • Somewhere last Summer I was bitching about the lack of authentic rock’n’roll amidst our amazing music collective, this is something I do from time to time—mainly, so people can call me out on it and then I find a bunch of rock bands that make music to soothe my soul and damage my ears. That particular night, Austin Owen (Ladylike, Wooden Indian, Gospel Claws at times and ten other bands) called me out on it and said, “Just wait until you hear my new project Petty Things.” Within two weeks I had and it was beyond great. Now, when I...

    “Chasing The Sun” by Petty Things – Tuesday’s Tune

    Somewhere last Summer I was bitching about the lack of authentic rock’n’roll amidst our amazing music collective, this is something I do from time to time—mainly, so people can call me out on it and then I find a bunch of rock bands that make music to soothe my soul and damage my ears. That particular night, Austin Owen (Ladylike, Wooden Indian, Gospel Claws at times and ten other bands) called me out on it and said, “Just wait until you hear my new project Petty Things.” Within two weeks I had and it was beyond great. Now, when I...

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