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Community Records- Label Feature [Feature]

February 15, 2012
Our friends and followers will be aware that Circuit Sweet thrives all that is true DIY. The community surrounding independent labels- DIY shows and unique and heartfelt releases. A release with a personal touch means so much more than purchasing a manufactured basic record. 
 Working within the industry and putting out a record of our own we have come to cherish individuals and collectives who work hard to do the same- to promote and share a valuable release/artist, something needed to be discovered by more. From a simple share on a social network site to holding a release launch, those individuals who truly care and are deeply passionate for the music they believe in put such an incredible amount of time and strength into consistently providing support for that chosen act. 
 A label which is no stranger to the site and one we urge YOU to support due to their DIY ethics, solid releases and array of talented bands is that of Community Records.
 The DIY label based in New Orleans, Louisiana- pride themselves on delivering the best in underground punk, reggae, hardcore, ska, experimental, noise etc. Community Records try to create something different, something positive, inclusive, beautiful, inspiring and something reflecting quality. Their efforts, all of which paying of. Their bands are united not on the basis of musical style but more on the common goal of making challenging music in a radical way. Community Records aim to break down the walls between artists and listeners and the one thing that sets the New Orleans label apart from others is, despite putting out physical releases they also offer the majority of their music available as a free download. 
” These ideas should be heard. Your ideas should be heard.”
Community Records collective is made up of Daniel “D-ray” Ray, Greg Rodrigue and Dominique LeJeune (street team/ internets manager) and of course you. Just by reading this feature on the Label you are what makes them going. Everyone that supports them – you too are a key part of the label. Community Records go by three things- 
1. People
2. Good Music
3. Connecting  #1 and #2
18 artists associated with Community Records feature some bands familiar to our introducing posts such as- A Billion Ernies, Arm The Poor, Brunt Of It, Caddywhompus, Fatter Than Albert, Informant, Maddie Ruthless, Matt Wlxson’s Fying Circus, Murphy’s Kids, Pericles, Public Access, Safety, See You In Mexico, Stuck Lucky, The Flaming Tsunamis, The Lollies, The Rooks and We Are The Union.
 After being founded in February 2008, the label have just passed their 4 year milestone and in those 4 years have already changed musicians and music lovers lives for the greater. To date the projects they’ve put out are as follows:

CR-001 – FATTER THAN ALBERT – THE LAST MINUTE
CR-002 – STUCK LUCKY – POSSOM SOUL
CR-003 – A BILLION ERNIES – DUMPSTER GENERATION
CR-004 – MURPHY’S KIDS – DEPARTURES
CR-005 – COMPILATION VOL.2
CR-006 – STUCK LUCKY – DRY DROWNING
CR-007 – THE ROOKS – GO ROOKS!
CR-008 – CADDYWHOMPUS – REMAINDER
CR-009 – SEE YOU IN MEXICO – PRAYANA KALE
CR-010 – A BILLION ERNIES / INFORMANT – SPLIT
CR-011 – PERICLES – CITIZEN WORLD
CR-012 – MADDIE RUTHLESS – HOLD THE PHONE
CR-013 – HEAD ABOVE WATER – A RESPONSE TO THE BP DRILLING DISASTER
CR-014 – CADDYWHOMPUS – THE WEIGHT (chinquapin co-release)
CR-015 – MATT WIXSON’S FLYING CIRCUS – JEFFY
CR-016 – THE LOLLIES – POTENTIAL
CR-017 – THE ROOKS – I CAN’T, I WON’T GIVE UP

NEXT/ CURRENT PROJECTS:

1 ) HEAD ABOVE WATER: GULF COAST OIL SPILL BENEFIT COMP (online)
2 ) CADDYWHOMPUS – THE WEIGHT EP (100% FREE DIGITAL)
3 ) THE FLAMING TSUNAMIS (final album / vinyl)
4 ) THE LOLLIES – POTENTIAL (100% FREE DIGITAL)
5 ) THE ROOKS – I CAN’T, I WON’T GIVE UP
6 ) MATT WIXSON’S FLYING CIRCUS – JEFFY
7 ) COMPILATION VOL.3
8 ) BLOCK PARTY 2011 DVD RELEASE
9 ) MURPHY’S KIDS – THE ANTHEMIC PANDEMIC 

Two current stand out efforts from Community Records are Their Block Party 2011 DVD release and their 27 track compilation release titled: Community Records.org Compilation Volume 3.

THE GREENHOUSE COLLECTIVE AND COMMUNITY RECORDS PRESENT: An hour and 1/2 of footage. Documentary/ Live performances from Block Party 2011. Over 5 months of visual and audio editing have gone into making this a reality. Music performances by: RX Bandits, Stuck Lucky, Caddywhompus, A Billion Ernies, The Best of The Worst, The Rooks, Informant, Forthrights, Murphy’s Kids, Mad Conductor, Sun Hotel + Tons of amazing footage from each day.

 Each year the community hosts the event 2011- it’s fourth year the event had improved and expanded some more. Their line up featured 21 bands 11 touring and 10 local to New Orleans. 
Touring: Rx Bandits- CA, We Are The Union- MI, Forthrights- NY, Stuck Lucky- TN, A Billion Ernies- CA, Murphy’s Kids- UA, Matt Wixson- MI, Informant- TX, Pericles- Dom Rep, The Best of The Worst- NJ.
Local : Caddywhompus, Mad Conductor, Marathon Samurai Deli Chatty Cathies, The Rooks, Fat + Delicious, Joystick, The Lollies, Sun Hotel and Stereotype.

This DVD is truly a fantastic visual experience and a release all that involved should be very proud of. It’s empowering to witness the passion and commitment each member associated with the event- be it from Team to Musician to the Crowd- possessed. A must see- from performances we’ve featured on here (reappearing and streaming below) to in depth interviews. A group of like minded people sharing their experience, their thoughts on DIY productions;  their music scene, iconic names, dedications to  the great array of talent performing throughout the event.

Saturday, April 16th 2011 – Caddywhompus performs “Age of Wild Spirits” from their album The Weight at the Community Records Block Party 2011 in New Orleans. You can get a DVD copy of this video and other bands from the festival here: http://communityrecords.org/store/block-party-stuff/block-party-2011-dvd/
This year’s Block Party is quickly approaching. Taking place April 21st- Community Records and WTUL 91.5 Present Block Party 2012. Held at The Big Top, New Orleans. 2 stages- 24 bands and all ages welcome if you are local to that area then make plans to get to this great all day festival/showcase. 
For those that live too far away but loved what you saw in the trailer, pick up the DVD and feel closer to the label and their plethora of great acts. 

One of the latest releases from Community Records as mentioned earlier is their third Compilation COMMUNITYRECORDS.ORG Compilation Volume 3. Which features 27 songs all of which offering a variety of sounds/arrangements. Featuring both new tracks, old favourites and previously unreleased or rare tracks. Those unreleased tracks are from : ALL PEOPLE, SONS OF ODIN, SAFETY, & THE BEST OF THE WORST.

Track list below:
RARE OR UNRELEASED TRACKS SIGNIFIED BY **

01. A BILLION ERNIES – SHIT BROKE FOREVER
02. STUCK LUCKY – COME AS YOU LIKE **
03. THE FLAMING TSUNAMIS – IRREVERSIBLE **
04. ALL PEOPLE – I’M NOT DONE YET **
05. CADDYWHOMPUS – THE WEIGHT
06. SEE YOU IN MEXICO – HUMAN RACE
07. THE LOLLIES – I AM A MALCONTENT
08. SAFETY – ALONE TOGETHER **
09. WE ARE THE UNION – IF I CAN’T SMOKE OR SWEAR, I’M FUCKED
10. THE ROOKS – THE BENEFIT OF FISH TACOS
11. MADDIE RUTHLESS & THE SECRET AFFAIR – FUNERAL DIRGE
12. MURPHY’S KIDS – ON LEAVING
13. MATT WIXSON’S FLYING CIRCUS – THEY CAN’T FIX ME
14. DAN. P AND THE BRICKS – ONE REASON
15. DOMINIQUE LEJEUNE – SUMMER’S SLUMBER **
16. SUN HOTEL – TALKS
17. MARATHON – INDIAN OCEAN
18. LISABI – QUIT YOUR LIFE
19. SONS OF ODIN – SUCCESS **
20. INFORMANT – STICK AROUND
21. BRUNT OF IT – BAD SIGN **
22. THE BEST OF THE WORST – SPEECHLESS **
23. REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN – NOT MY FIGHT **
24. EDHOCHULI – IT’S THE TIGER NOT THE BUNNY **
25. STUCK LUCKY – FINLAND **
26. SWEAR JAR – THE MATCHES THAT LIGHT FIRE TO SMALL TOWN LIVES PT.1
27. MATT WIXSON – LIVE ON

As part of their great love to share you can download this entire compilation for free over at Community Records simply go to their free music tab.

The great thing again is this notable release is also available in a physical format which I suggest you get your hands on! 

Now you’ve familiarized yourself with the hardworking Community Records and all they exist for head over to their site- discover a treat and share their music. 

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