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Rad Releases ’15- Community Records

December 30, 2015
Skye Portman Rad Releases

It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2015 quickly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. Circuit Sweet will be hosting takeovers from the featured artists of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.

Continuing our annual end of year tradition we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favourite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.


Our next take over comes from a label we idolise-  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. They’ve grown again this year and worked hard for their bands, we hand the site over to find out more about their year in music.

Top 5 Community Records Releases of 2015
We are proud of each and every release this year, so it’s kinda tough to pick out a “top 5”. Each album we have the opportunity to work on is an accomplishment and it’s something we are stoked on. For the sake of trying to pick 5, here we go:
Woozy – Blistered


We have watched this band grow by leaps and bounds at local shows in New Orleans over the past few years. It has been exciting to be able to release this record with our friends over at Exploding In Sound Records. Woozy has toured a ton behind it too. The production quality is killer and it reflects so much rad / sad energy.
The Flaming Tsunamis – Externalities


We announced this album for pre-order in 2011. We finally got the album pressed to vinyl & shipped out, which for us is an important check mark on the “to-do” list. The album is incredible & represents a lot of the energy behind the early years and bands of Community Records.
Pope – Fiction


The hometown sweethearts of New Orleans & some of the folks that play in Donovan Wolfington. This album doesn’t have a bad song. So catchy and well written.
Boyfriend Material – Far From Home


I am honored that we get the opportunity to release music for this project. Boyfriend Material’s music is sincere and brave. Shauna is way talented and such a rad person.
Community Records Compilation Vol. 5


24 tracks of friends and music we love. We had not done a compilation since late 2013. We started Community Records with a compilation album, so every time we do another one, it kinda feels like a self initiated progress report of sorts. The compilation is rad, so I feel like we are doing pretty good! Check out that compilation on bandcamp – HERE
Top 5 Releases not on Community Records
(there are certainly some I am forgetting, but here are the first 5 that come to mind)
Beach House – Depression Cherry
Ava Luna – Infinite House
Palehound – Dry Food
Screaming Females – Rose Mountain
Krill – A Distant Fist Unclenching
The best gig we attended:
The show that All People (D-Ray and I’s band) and Pope played at The Elephant Graveyard in upstate New York was probably my favorite show that I was at this year. We were on tour, the positive energy was everywhere, and we had such a blast playing. That place is a home away from home. DIY show in a barn with tons of friends, what more could you ask for?
Label highlights of the year:
This was the first year that we did “Anniversary Shows”, it will become an annual thing. We did a two show celebration of our 7 year anniversary for Community Records at the coffee shop that I co-run called Hey! Cafe. The bands / artists that played were: Caddywhompus, Woozy, Native America (now titled: Video Age), New Lands, Failen, Madonnathan, Sirens (now titled: Hestina), and All People. It was a packed room, tons of friends, and good energy. The shows were donation based and all ages.
Community Records Artist / Band to watch for 2016:
We will be releasing their album in spring 2016. They have been doing amazing things in the New Orleans scene and they are starting to tour in early January. Check them out – HERE
Plans for the new year:
Here are the bands we are releasing music
for in spring / summer2016:
Innards / The Caution Children
Little Bags
The Reptilian
Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus
All People
I am sure there will be others bands as well 🙂
Also… we are making plans for Block Party 2016 & an 8 Year Anniversary celebration. Hope to see you all at both. + All People are touring in March, April, May, and June. We will be performing at the Asian Man Records 20 year anniversary celebration in San Francisco, California. Very stoked about that!
Very excited about your plans for next year, thank you once more!

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