J-Zone’s new 7″ single: “Stick Up” b​/​w “Mad Rap”

We finished up the latest J-Zone 7″ last week at Solid Mfg. Very psyched to see this finally out so I can share it around. I’ve had the tracks burned to a CD and playing in my car for weeks.

Definitely cool to hear J-Zone back at it. I’ve been working with him on-and-off since 2005-ish pressing CDs at the old company doing stuff like A Job Ain’t Nuthin’ But Work and the Boss Hog Barbarians’ Every Hog Has Its Day and a few more.

You can check out the tracks from the 7″ below. “Stick Up” is an instrumental with J-Zone on drums duking it out with a hammond organ. “Mad Rap” has him back behind the mic taking down Russel Simmons and a bunch more.

Stick Up

Mad Rap

You can order the 7″ on at j-zone.bandcamp.com. Save the guy a trip to the post office and get your order in over the weekend.

“Stick Up” b​/​w “Mad Rap” 7″
No interns at Old Maid Ent.
J-Zone’s Mail Room (from instagram)

Solid Mfg. Year End List

Here’s my list of the top 22 records we printed stuff for at Solid Mfg. in 2013. The list includes the projects I enjoyed working on the most… either because the music ripped, the artwork was awesome, or the customer is just plain fun to work with.

This year’s list is made up from all printed parts we did, but now that we’re doing manufacturing for vinyl, CDs, and band merch next year should be rounded out with more of that stuff.

Cool. Thanks to all the bands and record labels that used us this year!!!

  1. Boilerman “Loss Leaders” LP Jacket and Insert  (Self Released)
    • First LP from Chicago piece. Great record but they’re even better live.
  2. No Sir, I Won’t “The Door” 12” Jacket and Inner Sleeve (Framework Label)
    • Six song EP from Boston anarcho-punkers. Dudes from Libyans and Awful Man.
  3. Odz Manouk / Tukaaria LP Jacket (Final Agony)
    • Final Agony is one of my favorite labels to work on stuff with. Always top notch packaging!
  4. Argentinum Astrum “Malleus Maleficarum” LP Jacket and Insert (Anti Corporate Music)
    • Knoxville, TN Black/Sludge/Doom.
  5. Fucking Invincible “Downtown is Dead” 7″ Jackets (Atomic Action! Records)
    • Dudes from Drop Dead. Ripper 8-song EP!
  6. Canadian Rifle “Deep Ends” LP Jacket (Dirt Cult Records)
    • Tons of great releases on Dirt Cult this year. Hard to pick just one!
  7. Murder-Suicide Pact “Die Screaming” LP Jacket (Give Praise Records)
    • Last LP from Florida legends. On the prolific and Give Praise Records. Hi Paul!
  8. Skeletonwitch “Serpents Unleashed” Gatefold LP Jacket (Prosthetic Records)
    • Prosthetic Records scores an A+ on being a big label that’s beyond great to deal with!
  9. Mallwalkers “Shake The Rust Off” LP Jacket (Peterwalkee Records)
    • Matto of Phlegm Chuckers fame releases funk-punkers first LP.
  10. The Slow Death “No Heaven” LP Jacket (Rad Girlfriend Records)
    • LP version of the CD on A.D.D. Great band on a great label
  11. RVIVR “The Beauty Between” LP Jacket, Insert, and Poster (Rumbletowne Records)
    • One of our first customers. Last I heard, they were trying to make a video for each song on the record.
  12. Best Practices “Sore Subjects” 7″ Folder (Tor Johnson Records)
    • Record label impresario Paul Dechichio releasing his own band’s 7″. Just like Ian MacKaye.
  13. Potboiler “Rolling Boil” LP Jacket (Salinas Records)
    • Old New Paltz, NY band gets a vinyl re-issue of cassette release.
  14. Multiple Truths “No One Wins” (Halo of Flies)
    • Mariam from MRR and friends.
  15. Cloud Becomes Your Hand “Rocks Or Cakes” (Feeding Tube Records)
    • My old Long Island buddy Stephe Cooper doing some weirdo stuff.
  16. M. Akers “Unused Score For La Puntura Velenosa Della Notte” 7″ Jacket (Death Wound Zine)
    • A mystery wrapped in an enigma.
  17. Descontrol “Producto De Las Circunstancias” LP Jacket (Odio Los Discos)
    • Peruvian dis-punk from the 80s. Reissue of classic demo.
  18. Weed “Deserve” LP Jacket (Couple Skate Records)
    • Who doesn’t like weed?
  19. Angry Gods Greyed Delay/The Swell  7″ Folder (Nervous Habit Records)
    • New Chicago, IL punk and hardcore label. Nice people!
  20. The Dentists “Some People Are On The Pitch” LP Jacket and Inner Sleeve (Trouble In Mind)
    • Re-issue of this 80s U.K. band’s debut full length.
  21. The David Liebe Hart Band “The David Liebe Hart Band Album” LP Jacket (Evil Weevil Records)
    • David Lieve Hart from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
  22. Parquet Courts “American Specialties” LP Jacket (Play Pinball! Records)
    • Debut cassette released as an LP by the awesome Play Pinball! Records.

Traffic Violation Records Distro Catalog 2001

I scanned this whole thing a couple of years ago but never did anything with it.  So, here it is. This is the 16 page distro catalog that I did for Traffic Violation back in 2001. Pretty cool looking through these short descriptions of records all these years later. Some of the writing is cringeworthy but oh well.  Take a look:

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Band Map Progress


Tons more bands added to the map

I’ve made a lot of progress since yesterday’s post! Big thanks to all the people who e-mailed and replied on Facebook and Twitter! I was able to link up 3 out of the 5 bands that were giving me trouble. Also, the websites Discogs.com and BandToBand.com were both extremely helpful. The OmniGraffle program has been indispensable for putting this all together.

Here are some of the improvements since yesterday:

  • Through some heroics using Brian from Striped Basstards connection to Kevin from Beyond I was able to link up to Divide and Conquer and Robotnicka to the rest of the cloud – mostly thanks to Paint It Black. I also found an alternate path that goes back to Latterman through Paint It Black. It gets a little convoluted up there, so I’ll probably try pruning it down as I move forward.
  • Arun from I Farm chimed in on facebook and improved the band’s links back to the cloud.
  • Dave from If You Make It and Laura Stevenson and the Cans helped get Operation: Cliff Clavin connected. Thanks homie.
  • My buddy Micah on Facebook provided multiple helpful hints which helped add and connect a bunch of bands.
  • I filled in a lot of the important shared but non-essential bands linked to TVR stuff. ie. The Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay, Bonerz.

More to be done

So that leaves All The Answers as the only band not linked back to the cloud. I’ve got a feeling that the Whiskey Trench -> Omegas connection will somehow get us back to the rest of the map, but we’ll see.

Once that’s connected, I’ll probably move the project over to a small group of people to finish up. I’m looking forward to some hard editorial choices on what bands to add and subtract from the basic structure. Then on to arranging the the flow of the thing to a more sensible configuration. After that, hopefully Lubrano will help me to illustrate the whole thing… then I’m thinking 33″x23″ newsprint poster via Solid MFG.

Any homies looking to help

Anybody but with additional ideas about connections, please hit me up at wells.tipley@gmail.com. If you want to keep track of progress, you can sign up to follow this blog by e-mail over to the right. Thanks!

Traffic Violation Records 20 Year Anniversary


You’re not old school, you’re just old

We’re coming up on 2015 which will mark the 20 year anniversary of the founding of my old record label Traffic Violation Records. The label released almost 30 records for a slew of DIY punk and hardcore bands from Long Island, NY and beyond.  In it’s short existence between 1995 and 2002 we released records by Splurge, I Farm, Operation: Cliff Clavin, Contra, The Insurgent, On The Might Of Princes, Latterman, and a bunch more.  A lot of the folks from old TVR bands went on to be in bands like Bent Outta Shape, Small Arms Dealer, Sainte Catherines, Ghost Mice, Bridge and Tunnel, Fellow Project, RVIVR, Iron Chic, and more.

Traffic Violation band map

One of the things I’m working on ahead of the anniversary is a band map charting the relationships among TVR bands by way of shared members. Think Seattle Band Map or Band to Band. My idea is to wind up with a nice big poster illustrated by someone like Righteous Indignation (wink, wink).

Here’s what I’ve got so far:


I have all the TVR bands on there in maroon boxes. I’ve connected them all to the best of my knowledge. In white I’ve added “connector bands.” These are bands with shared members that help link TVR bands to each other.

There are a lot of related bands that I’ve left off so far. These are bands with shared members that are notable, but don’t help in directly linking TVR bands.

Here’s the list of those:


Of course, these will eventually go in.  But for now, I’m more concerned with clarifying what I already have and connecting the few remaining unconnected TVR bands.

Help me, please!?!

Here’s what I need help with:

  • I need to figure out a way to connect the unconnected TVR bands to the larger cloud. I realize this may be a long chain, but if it’s possible I’d like to do it. Here are the bands that I don’t currently have connected:
    • Operation: Cliff Clavin
    • All The Answers
    • Divide And Conquer
    • Robotnicka
  • I’m sure I’m missing connections between bands already on the map. Any help with that would be appreciated. Examples: Does Nakatomi Plaza share members with any bands on the map besides The Insurgent and De La Hoya? Probably Bridge and Tunnel, right? I need to clarify stuff like that.
  • Some of the ways I used to connect bands to the larger crowd are probably not the best available. I think those pathways can be improved. Specifically I’m talking about:
    • Latterman -> I Farm
    • Disenchanted -> Striped Basstards

If you have any information you can add please, please, please, hit me up at wells.tipley@gmail.com or leave a comment below. Ideally I’d like to hook up with a few dedicated Traffic Violation nerds who can help me polish this thing off and get it into some kind of shape to pass off to an illustrator.

Other projects going forward

I’ve got some other ideas about ways to celebrate the anniversary by compiling audio, visual, and written documentation. My archives are spilling over with flyers, photos, records, tapes, DATS, VHS videos, zines, interviews, etc. Documenting our particular scene was always the mission of Traffic Violation, so it would be neat to revisit that mission 20 years later.

If you have any ideas or material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at wells.tipley@gmail.com.

On The Might Of Princes Liner Notes

The news that On The Might of Princes was canceling their appearances at Long Island Fest and St. Vitus this weekend made me think of the liner notes I wrote for the “Where You Are And Where You Want To Be” reissue CD from 2004-ish. I figured I’d post them here along with some pictures of the band. I’m not sure if this is an edited version, so please forgive any mistakes!

front_coverMy earliest memory of On The Might Of Princes was drinking 40’s in the King Touchless Car Wash parking lot with Tommy and Jason and a bunch of other dudes in the summer of 1999.  Jason had recently moved from Connecticut – or maybe Florida or some shit – and he was living with his old man in Selden.   He’d hooked up with Tommy through some kind of ad somewhere looking for a band.  You know, the kind that reads, ‘skinny red haired guitar guy looking for band.  Influences: Sunny Day Real Estate and Bad Brains.’  Tommy and Lou had known each other from high school, which of course, back then, was just a couple of years back.  I’m not sure where Nicole fit in, but I remember her hitting the drums so hard that I just kinda figured she was mad at them.  Enriquez had come around later on, bringing tighter and more technical shit to the table.  Although, he was always better at getting people mad at him, than getting mad at the drums.

So in 2000, On The Might of Princes trekked out to Westchester, PA to record  with Arik and Mike at the Creep House.  It was the same punk-infested suburban colonial where Long Island bands like Sleepasaurus, Striped Basstards, Kill Your Idols, and Contra had all recorded before them.  I was doing Traffic Violation Records with my buddy Brian at the time.  We briefly bounced the idea of asking those dudes before they left if they wanted to do the record on Traffic Violation.  Of course, we never got around to it.  A couple of weeks later Brian and I got our hands on a 60 minute TDK tape of the songs that would become “Where You Are and Where You Want To Be.”  I remember pretty vividly, us sitting there in the Sea Port Diner parking lot, just listening to song after song.  My jaw dropped, and (along with the curly fries) I had a lump of jealousy and regret in my stomach.  I wanted to put this record out, and badly. But of course, it was too late for that.  Probably about 30 seconds in to the tracking the first song, Arik had asked them to do the CD on Creep Records.  I’d have to settle for doing the layout.

I don’t remember who’s idea it was to put that photo of Jason and Andolpho on the cover.  But once we had it in there, we knew it was perfect.  To me, it represented a lot of what was Long Island punk at the time.  The shot was taken when Contra and On The Might of Princes arrived on the west coast during summer tour in 1999.  It was one of the first jaunts that this new crop of Long Island bands had taken that far out.  I still love looking at the juxtaposition of two boneheads from Long Island running down the beach away from the palm tree in the background.  I think the photo also has something to say about the cooperative scene that we had back then.  There was no ego bullshit from the band about it just being Jason on the cover, much less any bullshit about some dude from a whole ‘nother band being on there too.  But all that stuff is academic, what totally rules about this cover is it’s sheer ridiculousness.  It’s a big fat black guy and a pale, freakishly skinny white guy running on the beach in their underwear.  The cover was better than just unmarketable, it actually made you feel uncool buying it.  It was perfect.

Maybe it was that sense of uncool, or the rejection of ego – or even the aloofness that led to such a goofy record cover – that allowed people to feel that On The Might of Princes was such an important band.  Being into On The Might of Princes felt a lot like being in On the Might of Princes.  If you were there, just in the room while they were playing, you were part of it.  I remember seeing ’em in a basement in Smithtown once.  When the music dropped out for the sing songy part in For Meg everyone there knew they were part of something important.  I looked over and saw Deserae crying and singing along.  It was obvious she was just as much a part of it as any of the guys playing the instruments.  Mike Rok Lok was there screaming his heart out.  I saw Meg too, and felt the same thing.  Even Craig Hughes was singing along.  “And I’ll scream it till your ears bleed, You’ll always have a friend in me.”  I was singing too, and I knew in my heart I was part of it.  It felt good.

Eventually, I pressed up the 12″ LP version of “Where You Are, and Where You Want To Be” on Traffic Violation, I even did the second and third pressings of the CD.  And now that it’s years later, I think I know why I got that feeling of jealousy and regret at the idea of it not coming out on Traffic Violation.  Looking back over the 28 releases that we did, the whole thing wouldn’t have made as much sense without that record.  If that catalog of vinyl and CDs was going to tell any kind of story about what was going on around here back then, “Where You Are, and Where You Want To Be” absolutely needed to be on it.  And to my relief it was.

I don’t think any of ’em would disagree if I were to say that all of us learned a shit-ton of lessons about life since those days downing 40-ouncers in parking lots.  But this record isn’t about what we’ve all learned and gone through since it came out.  This record is about what we knew – and who we were – back when it came out.  This record was the best shit Long Island could come up with, and it was fucking mint.  It doesn’t matter what the band did after this, or what everybody is doing now, or who’s still friends with who, or whatever the fuck.  On The Might of Princes was amazing.  And this record is still amazing.  And all those people that felt like they were part of this band – and helped this band be what they were – this record is still theirs, and they get to have it forever.

Dead Uncles “Stock Characters” LP update

dunxDead Uncles’ posthumous LP is lurching toward reality like a patient emerging from the haze of a fever dream.  The lacquers have just been approved and we should have test presses back soon.

The quixotic quest to press this future classic on vinyl was hatched by drummer Brian Thompson and 86’d Records – eventually implicating Hip Kid RecordsLost Cat Records, Shitty Present Records, and the mighty Different Kitchen Records from the U.K. The 10 track album was re-mixed in 2012 and mastered for vinyl by Dave Eck at Lucky Lacquers. The album artwork was re-worked for by Brian Thompson. A one-time pressing of 500 units is planned for a summer 2013 release.

“Stock Characters” was originally released on cassette by We Rise Tapes (Krystina from Curmudgeon’s label) and Trashy Tapes (Sadie from Peeple Watchin‘s label) just before the band broke up in 2012.

Any other record labels that might be interested in helping out can check out details by logging into the the info page here.

From that page you can download the audio, check out the layout, and get details about the project. Just e-mail wells@86drec.com for the password.