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Thanks for the Reminder, 2016

human death

Truth comes in various languages, and when important voices leave us, we mourn.

“I tell students when they come to my class, they come to learn how to die.” – Cornel West

In January 2016, the deaths of some prominent musicians and celebrities overlaid on my reading of Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart’s fantastic book Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between. Of course, that was the beginning of what has seemed like an endless string of losses in the worlds of music and celebrity. Here, I will not recount 2016’s string of celebrity losses that have garnered so much attention from those of us who loved their art, nor will I rail about why celebrity death somehow elicits more grief from many of us than our fellow humans who die on a daily basis from war or from lack of clean water or basic needs. The focus here will be on death as our destination. Continue reading Thanks for the Reminder, 2016

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Online Listening Party: Christmas at the Camp (Live Discussion in Comments)

Welcome to our first official online listening party!

We will be live with Jon and Zack from Re-Education Camp in the comment thread until 8 PM (Central Standard Time). Listen to the EP straight through using the SoundCloud player below, and chime in with your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. Ask about the production or behind the scene elements, influences, songwriting, your favorite track, or anything you want to talk about. We’ll try and stay live until every question is answered. Continue reading Online Listening Party: Christmas at the Camp (Live Discussion in Comments)

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Funny Tour Quotes on Twitter

This year’s tour effort was certainly a step up…

We drove over 3,000 miles in 9 days, spent over 40 hours in a very tightly-packed Envoy, and played North, South, East, and West of the places we call home (Owensboro, KY to Lafayette, Indiana to Chicago, IL to Paducah, KY to Russellville, AR to Dallas, TX to Jackson, MS to Acworth, GA to Bowling Green, KY).

Derek from Sempervivi kept a journal and tweeted out some of the funnier quotes on Twitter using the hash tag #tourquotes.

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Music Video: “Up the Wrong Tree” by Why They Came

Here it is!

The music video premiere for “Up the Wrong Tree” by Why They Came from the upcoming Holy War Hymnal LP, out Thanksgiving 2016. Directed by Ryan Staples (who also directed their music videos from The Scarecrow EP and Don’t Eat From the Candy Tree).

Click here to watch it on YouTube! Make sure to leave a comment and give it a big ol’ thumbs up while you’re there. We’d also appreciate it if you’d share it with as many friends as possible.

Holy War Hymnal will be released on Thanksgiving 2016, but it is available right now to our $3/month and up supporters on Patreon!

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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…