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jonahray:

Q: So, you want to start a record label?
A: YES, because I hate my money and want to do something that’ll be fun. 
In 2007, my friends Ryan McManemin and Matt “sasquatch” Belknap started a comedy record label. Jen Kirkman and I were the first two releases. I had only been doing comedy for a handful of years and wasn’t anywhere close to thinking I was allowed to put out any sort of “comedy album” (although Jen’s “Self Help” is a classic and needed to be released). But, having been a part of Scott Aukerman and BJ Porters “Mbar/Comedy Death Ray” scene I had become friends with Ryan, as we were both punk rock kids that were now at comedy shows all the time. I had always thought it would be neat to treat my comedy as if it were a band. By making buttons, stickers, and of course, putting out a 7” record. The 7” record is usually a punk/indie bands first release, and I never got to a point with any of my bands to do it. So, when Ryan asked me if I was interested in doing exactly that, I couldn’t say no.
Patton Oswalt, who I describe as the current comedy scene’s combined Fugazi/Sonic Youth/Black Flag (not only that he helped pave a way, but paved it with the added intent on helping those around him), brought up the notion that people will start to follow comics like they follow musicians. In the way that you’ll get a bands early single, and then see them develop and become better musicians/songwriters. He even, with Chunklet’s Henry Owings, put out a split with The Melvins. 
So if that then what? Well, I was tired of saying “Somebody should…” or “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”
So, with AST RECORDS I am now starting my own imprint label:
                     LITERALLY FIGURATIVE RECORDS
I am gonna put out the stuff I like in the hopes that other people will too. Also, to maybe shed some light on some comics and bands that I really dig that people may not know about. This is a comedy label, this is a music label, this is probably some weird vanity project. Fuck it, though. 
What’s in store for releases? 
-Vinyl of NICK YOUSSEF’S DEBUT ALBUM “STOP NOT OWNING THIS”
-THE DEBUT 7” RECORD OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE NEW LA COMEDIANS “PAIGE WELDON”
-The first LP from the legendary MATT DWYER
And this is the fun one, a split 7” series with a comic on one side and band they are friends with on the other called:
THE MUTUAL APPRECIATION SOCIETY!
Releases in this continuing series to include…
Sean O’connor / Upset
Matt Mira / Jenny Owen Youngs
Alex Hooper / FARTBARF
Wil Wheaton / Nerf Herder
Kyle Clark / Chris Ferren (from Fake Problems)
Jonah Ray (that’s me!) / Mikal Cronin
Powerviolence / Powerviolence
Rhea Butcher / G.S. Schray
And more as we go a long, but l don’t want to get too ahead of myself.
All this will be done under the guidance of Ryan and Matt from AST RECORDS as well as be distributed by them. 
I don’t know if this will be good, I DO know that it will be fun.

jonahray:

Q: So, you want to start a record label?

A: YES, because I hate my money and want to do something that’ll be fun. 

In 2007, my friends Ryan McManemin and Matt “sasquatch” Belknap started a comedy record label. Jen Kirkman and I were the first two releases. I had only been doing comedy for a handful of years and wasn’t anywhere close to thinking I was allowed to put out any sort of “comedy album” (although Jen’s “Self Help” is a classic and needed to be released). But, having been a part of Scott Aukerman and BJ Porters “Mbar/Comedy Death Ray” scene I had become friends with Ryan, as we were both punk rock kids that were now at comedy shows all the time. I had always thought it would be neat to treat my comedy as if it were a band. By making buttons, stickers, and of course, putting out a 7” record. The 7” record is usually a punk/indie bands first release, and I never got to a point with any of my bands to do it. So, when Ryan asked me if I was interested in doing exactly that, I couldn’t say no.

Patton Oswalt, who I describe as the current comedy scene’s combined Fugazi/Sonic Youth/Black Flag (not only that he helped pave a way, but paved it with the added intent on helping those around him), brought up the notion that people will start to follow comics like they follow musicians. In the way that you’ll get a bands early single, and then see them develop and become better musicians/songwriters. He even, with Chunklet’s Henry Owings, put out a split with The Melvins. 

So if that then what? Well, I was tired of saying “Somebody should…” or “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”

So, with AST RECORDS I am now starting my own imprint label:

                     LITERALLY FIGURATIVE RECORDS

I am gonna put out the stuff I like in the hopes that other people will too. Also, to maybe shed some light on some comics and bands that I really dig that people may not know about. This is a comedy label, this is a music label, this is probably some weird vanity project. Fuck it, though. 

What’s in store for releases? 

  • -Vinyl of NICK YOUSSEF’S DEBUT ALBUM “STOP NOT OWNING THIS”
  • -THE DEBUT 7” RECORD OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE NEW LA COMEDIANS “PAIGE WELDON”
  • -The first LP from the legendary MATT DWYER

And this is the fun one, a split 7” series with a comic on one side and band they are friends with on the other called:

THE MUTUAL APPRECIATION SOCIETY!

Releases in this continuing series to include…

  • Sean O’connor / Upset
  • Matt Mira / Jenny Owen Youngs
  • Alex Hooper / FARTBARF
  • Wil Wheaton / Nerf Herder
  • Kyle Clark / Chris Ferren (from Fake Problems)
  • Jonah Ray (that’s me!) / Mikal Cronin
  • Powerviolence / Powerviolence
  • Rhea Butcher / G.S. Schray

And more as we go a long, but l don’t want to get too ahead of myself.

All this will be done under the guidance of Ryan and Matt from AST RECORDS as well as be distributed by them. 

I don’t know if this will be good, I DO know that it will be fun.

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Sep
19th
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David Bowie, Brian Eno & Tony Visconti Recording “Warszawa”

I could not love this more.

Jul
21st
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tswspodcast:

The Songs We Sing - Episode 203: Bapho Lorenstaad

Mike sits down with Norwegian black metal singer, arsonist and murderer Bapho Lorenstaad.

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It’s technically still Season 2 of The Songs We Sing, so here’s another brand new episode. Enjoy!

May
12th
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Hey look! The Smarties self-titled 7 song EP (1999) is now available on Bandcamp.

Hey look! The Smarties self-titled 7 song EP (1999) is now available on Bandcamp.

May
8th
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My wife Tamar wrote an article that was published this week in Elephant Journal. You should read it!

My wife Tamar wrote an article that was published this week in Elephant Journal. You should read it!

May
5th
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jakeweismanyay:

Here is the new WOMEN sketch called THE STUFF

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The Smarties are now on Bandcamp!
Now you can listen to and/or purchase “Stop or I’ll Bust Out Crying” by my dear, departed band The Smarties. Cool, yeah?

The Smarties are now on Bandcamp!

Now you can listen to and/or purchase “Stop or I’ll Bust Out Crying” by my dear, departed band The Smarties. Cool, yeah?

Apr
30th
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(Source: pushthemovement, via danforth)

Apr
10th
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