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Online Listening Party: Challenge the League (Live Discussion in Comments)

Welcome to our official online listening party for “Challenge the League” by Re-Education Camp!

We will be live with Jon and Zack from Re-Education Camp in the comment thread from 8 PM until at least 9 PM (Central Standard Time). Listen to the LP straight through using the YouTube playlist here, 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.

If you’d like to support the guys, consider purchasing a copy of Challenge the League or their debut LP, PsyOp’s Boombox. You can get both, and our entire catalog, by supporting us on Patreon for only $3 per month (no obligation, cancel anytime).

Update: If you missed it live, still give it a listen and leave your comment. We’ll reply as quickly as we’re able. Enjoy!

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Re-Education Camp’s “Challenge the League” Details

Challenge the League is the sophomore LP from Lexington’s true school hip hop duo, Re-Education Camp.

May 12th: Early Release for only $3 on Patreon (available now)
May 15th: Brandon visits the camp on our Podcast (available now)
May 19th: Official Release on Bad Apple Records (available now) with “For the Record” Music Video (watch after the jump)
May 26th: Available on iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, etc…
June 4th: Online Listening Party (RSVP on Facebook)

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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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Giving Your Gear a Facelift

Zack Messick from Re-Education CampContributed by Zack Messick of Re-Education Camp. Their album Psyop’s Boombox is available on iTunes.

Every musician remembers their first instrument. Some got it for a birthday, others for Christmas, or maybe it was purchased with money save up from a summer job. No matter how the instrument came to be owned, it holds a special place in the heart of the owner.

I remember my first bass. It was Christmas, and I was 12. After we had all opened our presents, there was a note that led me to the closet. When I opened the door, there was a brand new Squier P-Bass in cherry red with a white pickguard. It was beautiful.

The trouble is, that a lot of times a starter instrument is cheaper and lower quality. As a musician progresses, sometime they need more versatility or a different sound. Unfortunately, this often means that the first instrument gets traded in, or left forgotten in a closet.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. My first P-bass is still my primary instrument. Now it is nothing like it was when I first got it. In fact, the only thing still original about that bass is the body itself. But it’s soul is still there. Continue reading Giving Your Gear a Facelift

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Replication vs. Innovation

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Contributed by Jon Gore of Re-Education Camp. Their album Psyop’s Boomboxis available on iTunes.

innovationYou might not know this, but many of the musicians with Bad Apple Records used to be in bands together before they became what they are today. One example of this was the band Brick House Blend, which consisted of Zack and myself (currently Re-Education Camp), Derek Price (currently Sempervivi) and two other musicians, Carl Wilson and Ande Fee, who are also currently in other bands.

Like many band experiences with multiple artists, we had moments when we all agreed on what to do and moments when we disagreed about the band’s direction and sound. For the most part, we agreed on what our sound would be (which ended up being quite varied, possibly to appease everyone’s tastes).

One of the times when we disagreed, however, was when it came to the topic of performing cover songs. Some of the members of the band (myself included) were generally opposed to cover songs. Whenever I would see a cover band with several talented musicians, my first reaction was always, “Oh, that’s a shame.” I thought that it was a shame that these wonderfully talented musicians weren’t able to come up with something original that they could call their own. The other side of the debate was that cover songs were ways that we could connect to the audience and re-energize them to stay with us during our lengthy sets (I think we topped out at 4 hours at one point).

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