2009 News Archive
11/23/09 - Big Black Friday Sale!
Just a quick update to let you all know we will be running our first ever
Big Black Friday Sale!
Starting Friday morning November 27th and ending Sunday night November 29th
everything, and I mean everything we sell on our
store page and
distro page will be
on sale for 25% off regular price!
That means all LP's will be $7.50, CD's will be $6.00 and 7"s will be $3.00.
All other merch will be discounted by 25% as well.
So if you've got some holiday shopping to do, some money to blow, or you
just need a new music fix, come on by! All sales will help a lot clearing
out some much needed room on the racks and paying down some serious debt!
11/09/09 - The House Boat Has Landed!
Visit the store page
to purchase the debut album from House Boat. You can pick it up on CD, LP or
both! T-shirts are also available individually and as part of a our special
Super Packs! This album will be officially released November 24th. Order it
direct through us and chances are good you'll have it before the release
date. After that it will be available through
No Idea Records,
Interpunk iTunes and more!
do you get when you take Grath and Azeem from The
Steinways and put them in a band with Zack Off With Their Dear Landlord
Heads and Mike-d To Die Erg [SA]? House Boat, that's what you get! More
specifically, The Delaware Octopus. And what's The Delaware
Octopus? Shit if I know! But I can tell you it's catchy, it's clever,
it's cynical and it's one of the best pop punk albums you're ever going to
hear! Short, sweet and the point... whatever that point may be!
11/05/09 - The House Boat Is Coming!
So as it turns out House Boat isn't just a myth! House Boat is, in fact, a
band with an album coming out November 24th titled The Delaware Octopus.
An official release post will be up online this coming Monday. But more
importantly, this Monday will not only be your first chance to purchase the
CD and LP right here on the store page, but also your first and probably
last chance to buy the limited to 50 "Tour" edition pressing of the LP!
numbered and packaged the 50 test pressings of this LP into a silk-screened
felt cover complete with poster insert and heavy duty jacket. All copies are
numbered as well. There are six different versions of cover/vinyl color. For
more detailed info check out the release page
here and check
out a picture of the finished products
here. These "Tour" editions will be sold on a first come first served
basis starting at 12:00pm noon eastern standard
time on Monday November 9th! We will only sell one per customer!
Rarest versions will go to earliest orders.
Check out the House Boat
to hear some songs from The Delaware Octopus.
Interpunk will be a running a
contest for this release later this month. They will also have one copy of
the "Tour" edition for one grand prize winner.
No Idea will be handling
distribution for this record as they do with all of our releases. You can
get it from them or anywhere they sell to as well.
A digital release should up and available for purchase through iTunes before
the end of the year.
10/07/09 - Four New Records!
We've got four new 7"s all set for a late October release. We have them in
hand and have shipped copies to our distributor,
No Idea Records, which means
they'll be available soon at
and other online and real world stores! We are adding them to our store page
now which means direct orders are a go! Order them now and you'll definitely
have them on or before the official release date of October 27th.
Writing about music sucks! It's hard to do and it seems that the better you
do the worse it reads. But it seems to be necessary thing at times, and I
guess this is one of them. So for what it's worth, enjoy!
Crumbs / The Ridicules split 7"
The Crumbs have been making noise down in Miami for 15 years
now. Their unmistakable 1950's classic rock n roll meets 1970's pre-punk
style has been evolving ever since. Their two tracks on this record stand up
to the best the band's ever done before. A few members have come and gone
over the years - on this record they are joined by Joe Koontz of Against All
Authority. Making their first vinyl appearance, West Palm Beach's The
Ridicules bring two tracks of a newer take on the pop punk rock n roll style
to the flipside of this split. Their songs combine elements of the catchy up
beat traditional pop punk sound with a healthy dose of grit and guts, not
unlike a lot of the better music currently evolving up and out of the pop
Legendary San Diego Chargers / Sunnyside split 7"
Earlier this year San Diego's Sunnyside did a west coast tour
with Minnesota's Pretty Boy Thorson & The Fallin' Angels. Pretty Boy were
touring as a three piece instead of their usual five. On top of that, Brad
Landlord was filling in on drums. Apparently they didn't know how to play
too many PBT songs, and The Legendary San Diego Chargers were born out of
the mess! If you took the country out of PBT, the punk rock core you'd be
left with is exactly what TLSDC sound like - hard driving, singalong songs
with a bunch of gravel in the guts. Sunnyside are everything that was and is
great about the San Diego punk sound of the glory days when pop punk was big
shit down there. They know how to put together a catchy tune without any of
the unnecessary glitzy garbage. The vocals are unpolished and harsh at best
- a perfect match for the crunchy pop punk music it fronts. This is the
first of near forty releases we've put out to date with a southern
California band. We were waiting for something gnarly and got just that!
Gold Magic 7"
Festipals are four friends who get together to write and
record great music to play at various festival type shows throughout the
year. They are all currently and formerly in other bands including Charlie
Brown Gets A Valentine, Dead Mechanical, Sick Sick Birds, Nancy and The AV
Club. Each member brings something special to the band that can be found in
the tunes of all their other bands, but when combined with one another as
Festipals it makes for something all together different and its own special
kind of awesome. A super group by any other name is still a super group, so
call it what you will. Up until this record they only had a few
self-released cd-r's which were all given away and traded for beers at
shows. Catch 'em live and I bet you this 7" will cost you no more than a cup
of whatever's on tap.
Bent Dead It 7"
Get Bent seem to draw their sound from a wide, varied pool of
influences. So much so that it's hard to very clearly identify and pick out
any of them much less all of them. They certainly haven't reinvented the
wheel, but maybe they've just crafted a
sound so much their own that they are their own biggest influence. The three
tracks that make up Dead It are the last Get Bent ever recorded. There's a
pretty big and constantly growing scene in and around New York city with a
ton of bands making great music. Andy, Jared, Mike and Gerge have probably
played in half of them. Get Bent will be missed.
Listen to songs from each release at the
It's Alive Records myspace
page here. All of the bands are in our top friends, so click through to
their pages as well for more great tunes!
09/30/09 - The Dopamines European Tour
Dopamines are heading out for their first tour of Europe. They probably
won't be invited back if they behave like they do here in the states. So if
you have a chance to see them, do it! Then when they get back the US they'll
be heading straight to Florida to play a couple shows at The Gainesville
up their merch table during this tour to pick up the second press LP of
their debut s/t album. These won't be available for purchase anywhere else
until early November!
Check out the
releases page for more info.
Sept 30 @ Eric Ruths Youth House / Hogana, Sweden
Oct 1 @ KB Vinyl Baren / Malmo, Sweden
Oct 2 @ Lades Kælder / Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 3 @ K.V.U / Berlin, Germany
Oct 4 @ Hangemenge / Ranthenow, Germany
Oct 5 @ Café Sputnik / Muenster, Germany
Oct 7 @ The Bla / Bonn, Germany
Oct 8 @ DB / Utrecht, Netherlands
Oct 9 @ JH't / VerschilHerenthout, Belgium
Oct 10 @ Jugi Gundeli / Basel, Switzerland
Oct 11 @ Blue Rose / Milano, Italy
Oct 12 @ Associazione Culturale Babazuf / Ancona, Italy
Oct 13 @ Lucrezia Pub / Genova, Italy
Oct 14 @ Sabotage Bar / Vizenca, Italy
Oct 15 @ Parco Ex-Tiro Al Volo / Bagnaria Arsa, Italy
Oct 16 @ Latte / Brescia, Italy
Oct 17 @ Jailhouse / Innsbruck, Austria
Oct 18 @ TBA / Valence, Austria
Oct 19 @ La Cantine / Paris, FR
Oct 20 @ TBA / Caen, France
Oct 21 @ La Chimere / Lille, France
Oct 22 @ TBA / Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic
Oct 23 @ The Watt / Rotterdam, Netherlands
Oct 29 - Fest 8 Pre-show @ The Basement House / Tampa, Florida
Oct 30 - Fest 8 / Gainesville, Florida
Oct 31 - Fest 8 / Gainesville, Florida
Nov 1 - Fest 8 / Gainesville, Florida
08/21/09 - The Gateway District West Coast Tour
The Gateway District are doing their first west
coast tour with hometown pals
Pretty Boy Thorson. The tour will include stops
at the Thrillhouse Records Fest in San Francisco and the
North Park Awesome
Fast in San Diego. If you're anywhere near these stops, go see a great band
while you've got the chance! Not sure how often they'll be out west...
Aug 22 2009 @ The Morgue / Seattle, Washington
Aug 23 2009 @ Galway Arms / Seattle, Washington
Aug 24 2009 @ The Know / Portland, Oregon
Aug 25 2009 @ House Show / Portland, Oregon
Aug 26 2009 @ Downtown Eatery / Redding, California
Aug 27 2009 @ Plea for Peace Center / Stockton, California
Aug 28 2009 @ TBA / Santa Cruz, California
All Dates below with Dan Padilla and The Dukes of Hillsborough
Aug 29 2009 @ Thrillhouse Records / San Francisco, Caifornia
Aug 30 2009 @ Generator Day Show in Oakland / Oakland, California
Aug 30 2009 @ Kimo’s / San Francisco, California
Aug 31 2009 @ Haussler House / Davis, California
Sep 1 2009 @ KDVS Radio Show / Davis, California
Sept 2 2009 @ Harolds / San Pedro, California
Sept 3 2009 @ Characters / Pomona, California
Sept 4 2009 @ North Park Awesome Fast / San Diego, California
Sept 5 2009 @ North Park Awesome Fast / San Diego, California
Sept 6 2009 @ North Park Awesome Fast / San Diego, California
08/10/09 - No Idea Distro and More New Records!
Gang! There's been a lot going on over at IAR HQ. Our biggest news is that
we recently got picked up for exclusive distribution by No Idea Records. We
view No Idea as the biggest of the truly independent labels still running
and the best, most expansive direct mailorder in the game. In addition to
releasing their own records and selling everyone else's online, they
distribute a handful of labels releases to stores, other distros and
mailorders all over the world. We are super stoked to be part of the group
which includes Recess, Dirtnap, Kiss Of Death, Don Giovanni, 1-2-3-4 Go!,
Fast Crowd, Salinas and more! So if you're looking to pick up some of our
titles, please contact No Idea. Or if you want your local record store to
start carrying our releases, tell them to get 'em from No Idea!
In addition to making It's Alive titles more widely available through the
distro, they can also be purchased directly through the mailorder at
www.noidearecords.com and the
It's Alive Records page at
www.noidearecords.com/labels/itsalive. In some cases you might even be
able to get our records cheaper from them than you can direct from us! So
check it out and help support one of the operations that supports this scene
we all love so much.
commemorate the occasion, we pulled some totally No Idea style antics on the
fourth pressing of the Chinese Telephones / Dear Landlord split 7". It's
been repressed on eight different colors of vinyl and comes with new cover
art as well. If you missed it the first three times or are in need of a
fourth serving, pick it up while you can. This one has a habit of selling
overdue, we are excited to finally bring you The Manges Rocket To Hollywood
LP. This live album is and will only be available on this one vinyl
pressing. There won't be a CD or digital release at the band's request.
Rocket To Hollywood was recorded during the summer of 2007 at Safari Sams in
Hollywood, CA while on their third tour of the states. It was a great show
start to finish and this recording captured the fun-loving spirit of the
night perfectly. This was co-released with
Cheapskate Records (USA),
Peabrain Records (Denmark) and
Squinty Joe Records (United Kingdom). If
you're closer to one of these labels, please save yourself some shipping
money and pick it up from them!
longer overdue, we're happy to be releasing the fantastic split LP by The
Methadones and The Copyrights which was released last year on CD only. Six songs each from two of today's greatest bands
together on one record. That makes for a dozen reasons why this is one of
the best splits ever! The Methadones and The Copyrights do Illinois proud on
this collaboration - it's north meets south with awesome results. We teamed
up with Underground Communique Records on this release. You can purchase it from
them as well.
last but certainly not least we bring you the first 7" ever by the mighty
Methadones! Gary Glitter picks
up right where their 21st Century Power Pop Riot album left off with
an ode to the king of glam himself. The flipside of the ep features the
straight up pop punk gem "Over The Moon." Few people can write a song as
catchy and perfect in its simplicity as front man Dan Schafer. This 7" is
also available on a limited to 100, hand-numbered, red vinyl pressing
exclusively sold at Interpunk. It's currently the number one selling 7" over
there, so don't hesitate to pick one up before they're all gone!
For more info on these new releases and everything else we've ever put out,
please check out the releases page! And for some sounds, head over to
myspace page. Check out all the links to our bands pages in our top friends
to hear more tracks from each of them while you're there.
for those of you that haven't picked up The Gateway District Some Days You
Get The Thunder, you can stream the entire album over at
Punk News. If after
hearing if you still don't pick it up, I don't know what to say... This is
one of the best albums that will be released this year if not this decade.
If you live on the west coast keep an eye on
their myspace page for west
coast tour dates happening this September! There's also a little interview
with them up on AMP Magazines website you can
check out here. There will be
a full length interview with them in the next print issue to hit the racks next
As crazy as it sounds, we've got five more records lined up for release a
little later this year! Keep an eye on the website and our myspace page for
updates. We're going to try to get an email newsletter together as well. So
keep an eye out for that too.
06/30/09 - Distro update...
Time for another Distro update. We got a bunch of great restocks and new
stuff from some our favorite label buddies. Check it out!
Madison Bloodbath Gittin' Loose With CD
Off With Their Heads / Dukes Of Hillsborough split 7"
Pretty Boy Thorson & Friends Howling! 7"
Pretty Boy Thorson & The Falling Angels / Cortez The Killer split 7"
Pretty Boy Thorson & The Falling Angels Ain't It Funny CD
Pretty Boy Thorson & The Falling Angels Take It Easy CD
Shaking Hands s/t CD
Stranded Broken Bottles And The Way We Live 7"
Tim Version Prohibition Starts Today LP
Vena Cava / Sick Sick Birds split 7"
Cabana 1 Records
The Bugs s/t 7"
The Challenged Relapse CD
Down In The Dumps Dumps Luck LP
Dragonzord Hole World 7"
Fellow Project The Buried Life CD
Go Sell Drugs American Handjob CD
Shang-a-lang / Jonesin' split 7"
The Ergs Hindsight is 20/20 My Friend CD
Marked Men Ghosts CD
Mean Jeans License To Chill 7"
The Riff Randels Doublecross CD
Something Fierce There Are No Answers LP
Dirty Witch Records (France)
Mcrackins / Los Di Maggios split CD
Sons Of Buddha Buddha Hates Us All CD/LP
Don Giovanni Records
Dustheads Collected Sounds CD
For Science Revenge For Hire CD
For Science Way Out Of Control LP
For Science Tomorrow's Just Another Day LP
Groucho Marxists Manifesto LP
Hellhole Uppers 7"
Measure [SA] Songs About People... LP
Pregnant Wanna See My Gun? 7"
Dumb Records (Japan)
The Headbangers Meet The Headbangers CD
The Kobanes Public Affection CD
So-Cho Pistons s/t CD
Eat Shit And Die
The Blame Its / The Old Wives split 7"
The Jolts Born Speedin' 7"
The Jizz Kids / The Guts split 7"
Lawyer Beaters Waited Enough CD
Meat For Dogs Il Diario Di Sheena LP
The Rydells Vow To Defend CD
V/A Let's Go Ghoulie - A Tribute To The Groovie Ghoulies CD
Making Believe Records
Cani Pazzi / Lobello split 7"
Darlington / Teenage Bubblegums split 7"
Devastated s/t CD
Kill That Girl We Wanna Be Monkeys CD
Los Di Maggios / Teenage Gluesniffers split 7"
Maradonas Qualcosa Da Dire CD
Out Of Tune / The Cunninghams split CD
Ponches / Deans split CD
Teenage Bubblegums Bubblegum Dreams CD
Merman Records (Canada)
PG-13s Get Back 7"
V/A Sea Creatures vol.1 7"
Muy Autentico Records
Dude Jams / Rumspringer split 7"
Jonesin' / Dude Jams split 7"
No Breaks Records
Full Of Fancy Sweet Baby Jesus LP
The Prozacs Playing The Chords We Love LP
Revolutionary Youth Bleed/Decay LP
Sandwich Man Records
Chinese Telephones Democracy CD
Snuffy Smiles (Japan)
The Centerhits City Girl Friend 7"
Gleam Garden / The Tim Version split 7"
Pear Of The West Passed Out The Wasted CD
Your Pest Band / The Centerhits split 7"
Toxic Pop Records
Dead Mechanical Binghamton Calling 7"
Dead Mechanical Medium Noise CD/LP
Sick Sick Birds Heavy Manners LP
The Creeps - awesome
Canadian pop punkers!
Lakeside Cabin CD, Back To The Bin CD, These Walls 7", and
(members of The Creeps) Lost On The Globe CD
And if you haven't noticed already, the
Distro section now
has Print Zines and Xerox Zines. Check it out!
We also got a re-up on Barrakuda McMurder Slow Crawl 7"s! If you ordered in
the past two weeks your order was delayed a bit, but has been sent out!
The Dopamines s/t LP has sold out and is temporarily out of print. We're
fixing that though. We're pressing another 250 copies for their
Tour coming up this Septemeber. The packaging will be of the ghetto-fabulous
variety: silk-screened fold-over covers, mixed color vinyl.
05/29/09 - Distro additions, It's Alive goners...
There were a bunch of great new additions add to the distro section of the
store today from Cold Feet Records,
Traffic Street Records,
Squinty Joe Records,
Surfin' Ki Records and
Records... Get Some!
Andrew Jackson Jihad / Apocalypse Meow split 7" - another winner from Andrew
Apocalypse Meow / Rational anthem split 7" - members of Off With Their Heads
Dangerous Chickens Shark Attack 7" - members of The Manges
Dead Mechanical / Full Of Fancy split 7" - two great bands, 3 great songs
Dopamines Soap And Lampshades 7" - definitely one of the best 7"s to come
out this year
Fracula Music For Derelicts 7" - Italian indie pop punk
Grizzley Ends The Unfortunate Demise Of... 7" & CD - fantastic UK pop punk!
Hextalls Call It A Comeback LP - back in stock!
Marianne Dissard / Desing split 7" - acoustic indie slow jams
Moto No Way Street 7" - lofi Italian punk rock n roll
Rational Anthem / Strait A's split 7" - Florida pop punk meets Minnesota pop
Rumspringer s/t 10" - one of the best up and coming bands doing the
passionate punk thing
Rumspringer / Sleep Like A Log split 7" - two more great bands digging out
of the underground
Turkish Techno / Troublemake split 7" - one of CA's best new bands and Tst
Sam's rad band
Vapids The Point Remains The Same 7" - brand new songs from Canadian pop
Vapids Charm School Dropouts LP - out now for the first time on vinyl!
Visitors Tropic Of Cancer 7" - fantastic Canadian group with members of
V/A Dangerous Intersections 3 7" w/ Closet Fairies, Apocalypse Meow,
Dopamines & Todd C.
V/A Dangerous Intersections 4 7" w/ Strait A's, Like Bats, Rumspringer,
Also, we're getting really low on some It's Alive releases. If you've been
waiting on any of these, wait no longer!
IAR16 - Fear Of Lipstick Indie Band - just sold our last copy! Try Interpunk
or Vinyl Collective
IAR19 - The Mugwumps Do Time - less than 30 copies left! Won't be repressed
IAR20 - The Steinways Unoriginal Recipe - less than 50 copies left! Won't
be repressed again
IAR25 - The Dopamines s/t LP - less than 5 copies left! Won't be repressed
IAR26 - The Dazes / Wimpys Greetings From Japan - less than 50 copies left!
Repress is likely
IAR27 - Varsity Weirdos High School Teen Party - less than 5 copies left!
Won't be repressed
IAR29 - The Copyrights We Didn't Come Here To Die - less than 30 copies
left! Repress is likely
IAR32 - Barrakuda McMurder Slow Crawl - less than 5 copies left! Repress is
Copies of Barrakuda McMurder Slow Crawl can still be bought from
House Party Records!
05/22/09 - The Gateway District
Two summers ago Dear Landlord came out west for the first time. On their
merch table at their show at the Awesome Fest in Riverside, California. Brad "Half
Pint" had copies of a 4 song 7" by his latest band,
The Gateway District. It
was, without a doubt the best 7" that came out that year. I told Brad and
fellow former Rivethead bass man Nate that if they ever wanted to do another
record that It's Alive would love to do it. We were hoping for a 7" and got
the incredible news that they were recording a full length instead. When
asked if we'd be into it, you better believe we were! I didn't need to hear
song one before knowing it was gonna be awesome - and so it is! This is
likely to be considered by many the best record It's Alive has ever put out
- and they're probably right!
now for pre-order in the store page, The Gateway District Some Days You Get
The Thunder. 13 songs of punk rock served straight up, country fried and
even a little folkified. Check out song samples at
our myspace page and the
The Gateway District myspace
Pre-orders will begin to ship when the album is officially released on June
30th, 2009. If we get them sooner, you'll get them as soon as we do! CD's,
LP's, T-shirts and Super Packs are all available for pre-order.
The Gateway District is one of the latest and definitely greatest bands to
come out of the Minneapolis, MN scene. Members include Maren (of the
Soviettes and Salteens), Carrie (of American Monsters and Salteens), Brad
(of Dear Landlord and Rivethead) and Nate (of Banner Pilot, OWTH and
Rivethead). Call it a super-group, a side project or whatever you want. All
three song writers bring a style of their own to this album making for a
great mix of character and approach from song to song. The artwork is
fantastic and something you should care to own - 16 page full color booklet.
Each band member contributed art for each of their songs, so again, three
styles come together to make for an awesome whole. Some days you days you
get the thunder... This is gonna be one of those days!
The Gateway District will be doing some touring in support of the album.
They will have CD's of Some Days You Get The Thunder for sale at all dates!
Catch a show if you can!
** All dates with Banner Pilot and The Manix **
Thursday May 21 - Minneapolis, MN
Getthefuckouttamyhouse w/ Dopamines, Pretty Boy Thorson, Brickfight,
Friday May 22 - Cedar Falls, IA
1108 House w/ Quick Fix
Saturday May 23 - Chicago, IL
Windy City Sound Clash @ Reggie’s
Monday May 25 - Columbus, OH
Monster House w/ Dopamines, Fop & The Dandys
Tuesday May 26 - Dayton, OH
Dayton Dirt Collective w/ Dopamines, Black River Falls, Raging Nathans
Wednesday May 27 - Cincinnati, OH
Bikehaus w/ Dopamines, Till Plans
Thursday May 28 - St Louis, MO
Tip Top w/ The Humanoids
Friday May 29 - Oklahoma City, OK
OKC Infoshop w/ Needlepoints
Saturday May 30 - Des Moines, IA
Haunted Basement w/ Tyborn Jib, Steve Martin Memorial Service
The Dopamines are also touring coast to coast! Don't miss out on their live
show! They're one of the best bands going these days. Catch them at the
places and dates below:
May 11 - Phoenix, AZ
Trunk Space w/ Brickfight, Rumspringer
May 12 - San Diego, CA
Radio Room w/ Brickfight
May 13 - Pomona, CA
Characters w/ Brickfight, The Maxies
May 14 - Los Angeles, CA
Juanitas w/ Brickfight, The Uglysticks, Regal Beagle
May 15 - Berkeley, CA
924 Gilman w/ Brickfight, Canadian Rifle, Anchor Down, Emily’s
May 16 - Portland, OR
Mafia House w/ Brickfight
May 17 - Seattle, WA
The Funhouse w/ Brickfight
May 17 - Seattle, WA
FBK House w/ Brickfight, Mark Sparkles
May 18 - Spokane, WA
The Boulevard w/ Brickfight
May 19 - Bozeman, MT
The Filling Station w/ Brickfight
May 20 - Minot, ND
Pangea House w/ Brickfight
May 21 - Minneapolis, MN
Getthefuckouttamyhouse w/ Brickfight, Straight A’s, Banner Pilot, Pretty Boy
May 22 - Chicago, IL
Windy City Sound Clash
May 23 - Chicago, IL
Windy City Sound Clash
We're always adding to the distro! We just got in a bunch of releases from
Team Science and
House Party Records including 7"s, 12"s and CD's from these
bands: Cutman, Dance Of Days, Ghost Town Trio, The Hextalls, Overdose, Lie
And Wait, O Pioneers, Papermoons, Teenage Kicks and The Visitors.
04/27/09 - Three new 7"s and more on the way!
With getting laid off a few months ago and a baby on the way any day now
you'd think it'd be a bad time to be putting out a bunch of records. And you
might be right! We're really testing our label's strength to see if it can
sustain itself with enough sales income to pay off current projects fast
enough to keep us out of bottomless credit card interest holes and bring in
the funds for future projects. If all goes well you can expect 2009 to be
the biggest and best year for It's Alive so far! And if it doesn't, shit, I
guess I'll be selling oranges on the freeway off-ramps.
Our next three records are set for a May 12th release, but all are available
for ordering on our store page now! Chances are good that they'll ship
before the official release date if you order direct from us. No Idea,
Interpunk and Vinyl Collective will all have them in time to sell for the
official release date as well.
up and long overdue is Greetings From Japan, a split 7" with our two
favorite Japanese pop punk bands The Dazes and The Wimpys. If sugary sweet
bubblegum pop punk or boogie woogie rock n roll is your thing, then this 7"
is for you. The Dazes and The Wimpys have been doing their thing for the
better part of the last decade. There are a healthy amount of bands in Japan
doing this and other over-the-top pop styles, but none do it better than
these two. Japan has been really good to It's Alive Records since the start.
It's one of the few places that never gave up on traditional pop punk. We're
stoked to finally be releasing a record with some bands from Japan. Check
out the distro section of our store page for other records from these two as
well as Hirocky T. Wimpy's label
up we have Barrakuda McMurder with their debut release Slow Crawl. This is Grath Madden of The Steinways first band and first release since the
unfortunate end of The Steinways. If you were a fan of his past material
you're sure to love this new ep. The melodies and harmonies are back in full
force as well as the shitty attitude. The songs are still about love and all
that junk, but they read a little more personal than before. A great first
release from a new band showing lots of promise... If you're into this kinda
thing, which we are! This was co-released with our new buddies at
House Party Records out of Nova
Scotia, Canada. It's the first of a few co-releases we have planned for
later dates. Call this one a honeymoon.
finally we have Songs About Fucking Up, a split 7" with The Copyrights and
The Dopamines - two of the very best bands the underground has to offer in
the way of melodic pop punk rock. At some point the new-school becomes the
old-school, or at least the not-so-new-school. The Copyrights were the new
kids on the block seven years ago when they got started, but today have
become a band that is inspiring newer, younger acts. The Dopamines are
undeniably one of these bands. This ep showcases both bands at their very
best doing what they do best - singing about fucking up!
Check out The Dazes,
It's Alive Records myspace pages for songs samples from all
Our next three releases will be The Manges Rocket To Hollywood LP, The Methadones / The Copyrights split LP and The Gateway District Some Days You
Get The Thunder CD/LP. Check out the
releases page for more info on each.
We're shooting for a June release for all three with more news to come soon!
In the meantime check out the
It's Alive Records myspace pages for song samples from each!
03/19/09 - Contest winners, Zines, Fests, Records, oh my...
Interpunk recently ran a promotional contest for the vinyl release of The
Copyrights We Didn't Come Here To Die album recently released by us and
Insubordination Records. The winners have been chosen and here they are:
Grand Prize Winner
Sarah Patton - Chapel Hill, NC
Four Runner Ups
Daniel Jones - Portland, OR
Matthew Trimm - Orlando, FL
Kerry Boone - Fairmont, WV
Chris Chambers - Seattle, WA
Congratulations to you all and thanks for entering! Your prize packs have
already been shipped out.
Poison Heart Zine out of Italy just released a new issue with an It's Alive
Records interview. It's a great zine that we are always happy to send
records to. They keep their zine up online but also run a print version!
They cover all the great pop punk stuff happening both here and in Europe.
Check them out sometime. They only downside, most of it is in Italian! So if
you don't read Italian, I suggest checking them out online and using the google translator function.
If you haven't heard already, there's a great three day fest happening in
Chicago May 22, 23 and 24 called
The Windy City Sound Clash. A handful of
It's Alive bands will be playing alongside a bunch of other heavy hitters.
If you can make it, I highly suggest doing so. Sadly, we won't be able to
make it out this year. But hopefully it's a big enough success to happen
again next year!
It looks like the dates for the
Insubordination Fest have been
officially set for June 25, 26 and 27. The official band line up hasn't been
listed yet, but keep an eye on the myspace page for announcements. We've had
the pleasure of attending all three years of this one so far, but we're not
sure if it's gonna happen for us again this year. We'll see. It's the best
time of the year, so if you can make it, do it!
Finally, new distro items you should check out!
The Visitors Lost On The Globe CD - features Scott of The Creeps, one of
Canada's finest bands
Teenage Bubblegums Bubblegum Dreams CD - the title says it all,
Italian sugar overload
Ponches / Deans split CD - a nice pop punk split from Italy's Making Believe
Down In The Dumps Dumps Luck LP - my pick of the bunch this time around,
dirty pop punk rock
Accelerators s/t LP - the euro scene's biggest export in a while, now
available here on vinyl
Dead Mechanical Medium Noise LP - fantastic album from one of the best bands
Darlington / Teenage Bubblegums split 7" - more bubblegum with the one and
Dragonzord Hole World 7" - chill out with this record from Dead Broke
Shang-a-lang / Jonesin' split 7" - two of today's best doing the dirty pop
punk thing, great split
Psyched To Die Sterile Walls 7" - thrashy hardcore from former Ergs and For
Dead Mechanical A Great Lie 7" - maybe the best 7" released in all of 2008
03/12/09 - Distro Overload, Get Some!
We recently received a bunch of great records from great labels run by good
dudes. Check out the distro section for all the goodies from the likes of
ADD, Art Of The Underground, Asian Man, Bitchin' Riffage, Dead Broke, Dirt
Cult, House Party, Killer, Let's Pretend, Traffic Street, Stardumb and Squinty
Be My Doppelganger Convertible Girls - One of the best bands around,
Brokedowns / Sass Dragons split - Some of the best heavy hitting shit I've
heard in a long while
Brokedowns / Turkish Techno split - Chicago meets Southern California with
The Chromosome / Tarjas split - Italy meets Finland and great pop punk
Full Of Fancy / Screaming Femailes split - Females representing better than
ever these days
Get Bent s/t - First recording and last record from this short-lived giant,
so incredibly good
Pretty Boy Thorson Howling! - Broken down old style country jams without
The Side Project New Brain - Great new pop punk outta the midwest where it's
Unwelcome Guests The Painter - Stripped down indie pop the kids are digging
on these days
Unwelcome Guests / Saint Sweetheart split - Two of the best bands doing the indie
V/A Come And Take It - Blotto, Conniption Fitts, Sass Dragons, Prohibition
V/A Dangerous Intersections II - Basement Black, Dead Mechanical, PBT, The
Blotto Get On Bored - Japan's most Gainesville band doing what they do best
Gordon Gano's Army s/t - One of the UK's best indie pop band's debut album
The Hextalls Call It A Comeback - Pop, punk, comedy and Canada, you can't go
wrong with this
The Radio Faces Party At The Bushwick Hotel - Best of the Ergs, Bent Outta
Shape & Momacs
Riverdales Phase 3 - Re-released with new tracks, finally on vinyl for the
Tiltwheel Hair Brained Scheme Addicts - One of the best punk alums of all
Vaginasore Jr. This Here Penninsula - Really fantastic rollicking, folky,
almost country punk rock
Accelerators s/t - Debut album from Holland's most rocking new pop punk band
Be My Doppelganger Rock N Roll, Genius! - Debut album from this up and
Gordon Gano's Army s/t - One of the UK's best indie pop band's debut album
Tiltwheel Hair Brained Scheme Addicts - One of the best punk albums of all
Vaginasore Jr. This Here Penninsula - Really fantastic rollicking,
folky,almost country punk rock
Vena Cava Weapons Of Mass Communication - Hard rocking pop punk done right
We've also got a new army style It's Alive T-Shirt in the merch section.
Made especially for all those Johnny Ramone types out there, get some!
Four new releases coming in the next couple of months, stay tuned!
02/17/09 - The New News
Hey folks, here's a little update about what's what with a couple bands and
the website these days...
The Dopamines are have a nice two page interview in the latest issue of
Magazine. Sure, AMP has its fair share of pretty horrible mainstream crap
within its pages, but there's also some pretty cool stuff in just about
every issue. The main folks behind the operation (Brett and Lisa) actually
have good taste in music. I think they just fill the pages with what they
have to in order to sell copies to the kids at Hot Topic to keep the zine in
business. The Dopamines interview turned out pretty good and the layout
looks great. There's also an interview with our favorite Sicilians The
Popsters in the issue! If you haven't picked up their new album Our Bites
Bring You Back, get on it! We have copies in our distro. Pick the zine up at
Interpunk if you're into it - it's the
Dec/Jan issue with Bayside on the cover.
Jon Lewis of The Dopamines and Grath Madden of The Steinways both got
interviewed recently for episodes of the
Rocket To Russia radio show. It's
probably my favorite online radio show going. New episodes air every
Wednesday and can be downloaded soon after on their website. Check it out,
it's good stuff!
There have been a couple of changes to the store page. First, we added a
section above the distro wherein we're selling some test pressing copies of
It's Alive releases. They're all really limited and we're not asking too much.
Pick one up and we'll love you forever. Second, the prices for shipping have
been changed. The United States Postal Service continually raises rates and
we've got to keep up to keep afloat. The upside is whereas things got a bit
pricier for international orders, they also got easier - all shipping is
calculated automatically upon checkout.
The Copyrights We Didn't Come Here To Die picture discs are currently
featured on the front page over at
The fine folks over there are running a pretty
sweet contest that you should check out if you missed
your chance at owning a copy of the Chicago Smasher 7". Check out the
There's always new stuff being added to the distro section of our store page
all the time. We recently got some great stuff you should check out:
The Creeps These Walls 7" - the best release yet by these canucks. Maybe the
best 7" this year!
The Mugwumps Slit Your Tire 7" & Banana Brain CD/LP - restocks of one of our
The Marked Men Ghosts CD/LP - the final album by one of the best bands this
Team Stray Gender Studies CD - one of Ohio's best, their last album, hear
what you missed.
V/A Dangerous Intersections vol.1 7" - the first of many great records to
come from up-and-coming Traffic Street Records.
Wee Rock Records - damn near their entire discography (Brutally Frank, Fine
Lines, Fugue, Honeymoon, Jim-Jims, Future Lovers, Peggy Sues, Itch, Jet Set
01/26/09 - We Didn't Come Here To Die!
done, finally! The Copyrights debut album is now available on vinyl for the
first time. Thank you to everyone who participated in the crazy pre-order
deal - this would not have been possible without you! For those of you who
did not pre-order the complete set of four discs with the bonus Chicago
Smasher 7" it's not too late to get a set for yourself. Our buddies over at
Vinyl Collective have it up on their
pre-order page. If you're not looking
to go the way of the completist, individual copies can be purchase right
here on our store page. The records turned out fantastic. They look and
sound awesome! Check out a shot of them
here. You will not be disappointed. You can also pick up a copy in
the near future at Interpunk,
Vinyl Collective and
Insubordination Records. Interpunk will be running a promotional contest for this release as well.
There will be some sweet prizes to win for sure.
If you pick up a copy here, be sure to check out the distro section of our
store page. We recently picked up a ton of great stuff from all over the
world, literally. Here's a quick run down of some of the stuff you'll find
Nearly every in print 7" from Snuffy Smiles in Japan, all current cd
releases from SP Records also out of Japan, lots of cd lp and 7" releases
from Stardumb Records in The Netherlands, some great vinyl releases from
Italy's best bands including Mayo & The Manges, The Peawees and the Kelvins,
the new Full of Fancy and Max Levine Ensemble lp albums courtesy of
Georgia's finest record label
No Breaks Records, a handful of newer releases
from Recess Records including both Screeching Weasel re-issue lp's, and ton
of other great records.
Thank you to everyone that took advantage of our holiday sale on t-shirts
and hoodies! We sold a bunch and that helps alot! Though the sale is over,
we decided to keep the regular prices down from what they used to be:
hoodies are now $22 instead of $25 and t-shirts are $8 instead of $10. We
are going to be offering some t-shirt and hoodie silkscreening services in the
near future. If you're in the market for some wares, keep an eye out!