2006 News Archive
11/28/06 - We Want the Airwaves?
We have stepped things up a bit lately in regards to sending out promos.
Record reviews and ads have been popping up in the bigger of the smaller zines of the world. Razorcake, MRR, Jersey Beat, Amp, Big Wheel and Under
The Volcano are a few I can think of off the top of my head that should at
the very least have reviews in their back pages soon.
We've also been lucky enough to get some internet "airplay" lately. Is it
called airplay if it's online and not the radio? Regardless, the following
is a list of a few "radio" shows and podcasts that have recently had some
It's Alive Records tunes featured on their playlists:
10/27/06 - Grant Lawrence of the
Smugglers has a radio show he does for the CBC. From what I hear it's
one of Canada's most listened to radio shows. He recently played a
Varsity Weirdos track off their Fly Me Up to the Moon ep. The
CBC Radio website is a little hard to
navigate and find the archived shows. Here is a
download the entire show. It's a really good listen start to finish.
Grant is a real characater and makes listening in fun for new and old fans
11/04/06 - Jim Testa of the long-running Jersey Beat Magazine was kind
enough to ask yours truly for an interview. We talked shop about the label,
its history and future. He dedicated an entire podcast to the interview
interlaced with all It's Alive tracks! You can check out all of his podcasts
here, and you can
It's Alive podcast here.
11/18/06 - Maximum Rock N Roll
Radio was sent the entire It's Alive catalog a month or so ago. We were
really excited to see that the Sonic Dolls tracks from their It's
Alive split with The Apers got played on last week's radio show. And
on the same show another Varsity Weirdos track from their Fly Me
Up to the Moon ep was played. Those weirdos are on a radio roll... The
entire show can be
10/31/06 - Two new records for all you trick-or-treaters
Forget the candy and all that crap. We've got the sweetest
stuff in town this Halloween. Two new records for everyone in need of a good fix.
The Copyrights (Illinois) and Zatopeks (UK) have teamed up to bring us what might be the most rockin' split to come around
this year. That's saying a lot considering all the tracks were recorded acoustic. Yeah, that's right, acoustic! If you're thinking
this is gonna be some sensitive, emo, touchy feely kinda record forget it. If you're already into these bands or this label you
should know we'd never do you like that. Handclaps & Bottlecaps will rock your socks off just as much as anything The Copyrights
and Zatopeks have ever done. We've got orange and green copies with slightly different cover art for each - we love those collectors.
And as usual, first 50 copies out the door get a free Copyrights or Zatopeks button made for this release (order both colors, get both
The Badamps are badass, plain and simple. They've got the goods and now we've got the tunes! Two Face is our first split label project
to come about. Black Market Records out of Vancouver, BC represent the other half of this collaboration. Much like their Canadian brethren to the east, The Varsity Weirdos, the Badamps know how to bring the pop to the punk with
all kinds of style. This record is big fun start to finish. And yes, free Badamps
buttons for the first 50 orders. We do really well selling records to our neighbors to the north (Canada, eh). We're happy to be releasing records
from bands of the lands with good taste in music!
Check out the It's Alive Records
myspace page for
samples from each new release!
09/18/06 - It's Alive Worldwide
Sorry for the lack of updates. We've been busy putting together new projects
and working on other label related projects.
We have been busting our butts trying to get our records into the hands of
people all around the world by getting them into distros and mailorders in
other countries. We've got a good start. Check out the distro section of the
links page. USA,
Japan and Italy are pretty well covered. We've got one mailorder site in the
UK helping us out - we'd like to get more in that area. We're still working
on Germany, Spain and The Netherlands.
We've also finally started sending records out for review. I know, I know, that's
usually the first thing labels do with their records. We are also going to
be placing ads in a few zines big and small. Up until now we've only had ads
in the small but awesome Nuthin' Zine out of Ohio. Our first "official" ad
just showed up in the latest issue (# 34) of
Razorcake. We plan on making a
little statement in a future issue of
MRR. We know how much those folks like
As for new projects, IAR 09 is in our hands. It's a split 7" with two of our
favorites bands: Zatopeks and
The Copyrights. We are going to hold off on
officially releasing it for sale until the end of October. By then we'll
have IAR 10 ready to ship as well! It's another 7" from another neighbor to
the north (Canada, eh!), The
BadAmps! It's gonna be a happy halloween for
everyone. A little later in the Fall IAR 11 and 12 will be coming out. We've
got another Italian act joining the family, The
Retarded. They've got new
material and the best I have heard it described was by Adam Copyright as
"power violence!" Then we've got our first LP - Mutiny Pop by The
Copyrights. It's pretty awesome that our 12th release is gonna be a 12".
06/26/06 - Distro a Go Go!
We were lucky enough to be able to attend Insubordination Record's 10 year
anniversary "They Came to Baltimore" Fest last week. It was a blast! Easily
the best pop punk related show to have ever happened in recent history. We
met a ton of awesome people and great bands. We came back with a lot of
records and cds to add to the ever-growing distro section of our online
store. On top of the new additions we picked up at the Fest, we also have
the three latest 7" releases from Stardumb Records and a few other cd
releases they've put out over the years.
Bands and Labels looking to trade releases with us for our distro section,
please get in touch!
Thanks to everyone who placed orders this past week... It was our biggest
week for mailorder since we started this bedroom operation two years ago!
06/8/06 - We can't slow down! Three more new releases!
right folks, three more records and four bands have just joined the family
up, The Varsity Weirdos Fly Me Up to the Moon - five tracks of pure
pop punk at its finest... tons of harmonies, nifty little riffs, handclaps,
a little organ for good measure, and of course, all downstokes! This release
is long overdue, but more than worth the wait. The first 50 orders will
receive a miniature sized Varsity Weirdos pennant shaped patch!
Up next we have the UK's greatest musical export, the Zatopeks, gracing our
hearts and ears with Smile or Move - four tracks of insanely unique
punk rock progress. There's no other band out there today that sounds like
these guys. Two tracks are brand new and two tracks are from their debut
album, Ain't Nobody Left but Us, on wax for the first time;
graciously donated from pop punk's greatest record label of all time,
Stardumb Records. First 50
orders come with a Zatopeks punkrock patch!
we bring you a four song split from two of Europe's finest pop punk rock
bands: The Apers, who serve up two brand new tracks that find them coming
back to their classic power pop punk sound, and the Sonic Dolls, who donate
two of the most buzzsaw guitar driven tracks to ever hit wax! The first 50
orders come with an Apers and Sonic Dolls button!
Check out the It's Alive Records
myspace page for
samples from each new release!
05/30/06 - New T-shirts and other merch!
have arrived, and they turned out great! Check out the store section to pick
one up. We got some in every size from YM to XL. Also added to the merch
section of the store are the new magnets for the next three releases and
another button set!
Speaking of our next three releases, we're still waiting on the Varsity Weirdos, Zatopeks and The Apers/Sonic
Dolls 7"s from the pressing plant. We still expect to have them ready for
release by June 14th... keep your fingers crossed, this one's gonna be
05/08/06 - Three more 7"s, Distro Additions, and T-shirts!
We've put a big
fat rush on our next three projects in an effort to get them all good to go
in time for the big
Insubordination Records Fest in June. All three records are chock
full of exclusive, unreleased songs, and the usual It's Alive goodies - all
on color vinyl, of course. Keep your eyes peeled for the best pop punk
from all over the world. We'll be sure to get the website updated just
before they become available for ordering.
Speaking of the
best pop punk from all over the world... Our distro section has a new
addition! We've gotten our mitts on a brand new 7" from
Austria's The Mugwumps, "...Slit
Your Tire." It's their debut release but it sure doesn't sound like
it! It could very well be the single best 7" to come out so far this year
(not counting our own releases of course, hehe). We were so completely
bowled over by this record, and had so much fun dancing to it, that we had
to have a part in making it more available to our American buddies at a
domestic shipping cost. Don't forget to tack this record on to your
next It's Alive order. Remember... We have flat rate shipping! And
while you're at it, be sure to check out the Zatopeks/Ritalins split 7" and
The Pop Punk Circus cd we scored from Sebby Zatopeks label,
All-Nite Records - more
imports at domestic rates!
And finally, we
just put in an order for 100 It's Alive Records t-shirts. We should have
those by the end of the month. As soon as we do we'll be sure to update the
website yet again. We were sure to order some in every size from YM to
XL...all in black of course (people weren't too hot on white shirts last
04/01/06 - Two New Releases and a Website to Match!
Well, it's been
a hectic few months. We're up to our ears in projects, and though we
almost murdered each other during the process, we still managed to squeeze
in a much needed website re-vamp. (Feel free to shoot us an email if
anything doesn't work!) We've got two new records available for
purchase now, both with distinctive Italian style!
NYC's Kitty Kowalski teams up with Italy's quintessential pop punkers,
the Manges, to bring us this three song barrage of catchy, danceable, rock
and roll goodness. Kitty and Andrea both bring their vocal stylings to
this party, resulting in an unbeatable mix! Features: Joey's Song
(easily the best Joey tribute song ever penned), Elvis Has Left the
Building (duet version with Andrea and Kitty both singing), and The
Goonies 'R' Good Enough, with awesome artwork by Mass Mosrite, on
multi-colored vinyl. First 50 copies come with a free button!
that's not all Italy and It's Alive have to offer! We're also really
excited to bring you the newest single from the Popsters, featuring a
killer cover of Tom Petty's American Girl, taken from their stellar
new full length available now on
Incessant Drip Records, and two must-have
exclusive new tracks: The Scene and You Said, on clear
blue vinyl. First 50 copies come with a free Popsters guitar pick!
Coming up on the release schedule, we have a whole bunch more international
goodness for you... Canada's Varsity Weirdos will be out next,
followed by the Zatopeks from jolly ol' England, and then a split between
our favorite Dutchies, the Apers, and Germany's finest, the Sonic Dolls!
Check back soon for details!