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Welcome 12 Parsecs to Home to the Family

We all have that one friend who is too good at everything. Luckily, at the label, we have a lot of those friends. One in particular is Zack Messick. You may know Zack from Re-Education Camp (If you don’t know Re-Education camp, then you should). We are extremely excited to announce that Zack has a solo project that he has graciously decided to release through Bad Apple Records. 

12 Parsecs to Home is the solo project of Zack Messick of Re-Education Camp. He enjoys just about every type of music there is, and most of it has had some sort of influence on his own sound. After writing and recording with REC, and performing with full band versions of All Around the Dinner Table and Sempervivi, he found himself with musical ideas that still weren’t being expressed.

14440914_293634031022545_8407277600065848434_nTales from Sol will be released on Halloween 2016, but it is available NOW for our supporters on Patreon!

Influenced by music ranging from classic/prog rock like Rush and Pink Floyd, the New Wave of the late seventies and early eighties, old school hip hop like Tribe Called Quest, modern pop, and coupled with a love for all things NASA and space-related themes, Zack Messick (bassist and composer for Re-Education Camp) created a unique sound for his debut full-length solo effort. Tales from Sol is an instrumental rock album delivering heavy doses synths, piano, and strong driving bass lines. It’s intended to tell the story of a weary traveler moving through the solar system, reflecting over past memories back on Earth. So, sit back and take yourself on a journey…

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When the Fire Dies

I’ve been playing music since I was 10. I’ve been in bands since I was 15.

There was a fire in me from the first time that I heard an indie artist play music. I wanted to be that guy. I wanted to play noisy rock shows for 12 people. That was considered success, because it was never really about success.

Then that fire went away. It’s been about a year since the last time I played a show. I don’t miss it, at least not yet. Every time I practice with my band for the next gig, I always leave saying “I wish that I could just get paid to practice.”

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Spammers (or My New Best Friends)


We get a ton of spam comments in the back end of My favorite thing about these comments is how nice they are. These bots have manners.

Having a rough day? Read the spam comments! Day=awesome.

So, here are a few screenshots of comments that we have gotten lately (with a bit of commentary.) Enjoy.

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A Growing Bad Apple Records Family

Contributed by Jon Russelburg. His live album is available for free on Noisetrade, and his debut EP “Ghost” is available on iTunes.

Bad Apple Records Family
“Live as Hell” is available to supporters on Patreon!

I have been asking Brandon Miles for a while to let me help out with the website, or in any way that I can with the Bad Apple Records family. When we met, I was a punk kid playing an acoustic guitar and singing sad songs before ever having a broken heart.

Now I’m an adult playing sad songs in a rock band. Well, I do that on the side. For my day job, I am the online editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine. So it is only logical that I come on the Bad Apple Records staff/family/community/flock as the online editor.

I will still be writing and playing music occasionally, but over the years I have become more interested in the logistical side of the label. Brandon has graciously let me step in and work behind the scenes more for the label (although, I may have enough work hours to be a dentist after all of the teeth I had to pull).

So here is what is up. I will be running the site behind the scenes along with Brandon. I will edit most of the blogs (which is nice when your blog writers are also songwriters), and I will write on this site pretty frequently.

We are looking to push the blog, and Bad Apple Records along side of it, forward. We really believe in the product that we have. We have a line up of killer artist that vary from hip-hop to acoustic to grungy rock and roll. We have too much talent to just let it all go to waste.

We had a blast playing the show and were really proud of how the bootleg turned out. Keep in mind that it was just one microphone (actually a built-in camera mic) recording us. It’s a fun album and I hope you all like it.

I am also on the most recent episode of the Bad Apple Records Podcast, where Brandon and I talk about Kanye West and a whole slew of other topics that we aren’t qualified to talk about. I tell a story about my dad being a man’s man and working on cars by himself.  You can check that episode out on iTunes or Spreaker.

I’m excited about the future … until next time, go watch this video of Andy from Why They Came and tell me that he doesn’t look like a ginger slash.

— Jon Russelburg

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Small Town Lifers

Contributed by Jon Russelburg (solo artist and frontman for Jon Russelburg and the Sons of Man). His Ghost EP is available on iTunes, and you can also get an exclusive live bootleg on Patreon. Watch his music video for “Ghost” at the bottom of the page!

"Mr. Boy" and a Portrait of His Pup, Bender!
“Mr. Boy” and a Portrait of His Pup, Bender, whom he missed dearly while away on our 2015 Songwriters tour!

I have a memory like a steel trap. OK, so maybe I forget to buy dog food or milk, but when it comes to life events, I remember them as if it was yesterday. Its like I have a reel in my head that decides to play my life back to me in the strangest times.

It’s both a blessing and a curse. I can remember the way my girlfriend smelled four years ago when we snuck around Western Kentucky University’s campus drawing on the buildings with sidewalk chalk on our first date. But on the flip side, it also makes me nostalgic for times that honestly weren’t that great.

Ten years ago, I was a 17-year-old emo kid. I had shaggy hair and dressed like Chris Carraba from Dashboard’s unplugged DVD. I was a complete jackass. I used to go to Brothers Pizza in Owensboro, KY every weekend to watch local bands play. That is where I saw Why They Came and Stellar Kin play for the first time. I fell in love with local indie music.

I have probably seen Why They Came play 15-20 times. My shitty high school band opened for Stellar Kin once. We were terrible and loose; they were tight and terrific. No one was there. It was one of my favorite shows I have ever played. Ten years later, I spent a week in a van with Brandon Miles from Stellar Kin and Andy Barnett from Why They Came. We went on a Songwriters Tour (see pictures on Twitter and Instagram), just to see if it was a viable option for artists of our (non-existent) caliber. For the most part, it was. Continue reading Small Town Lifers