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Re: happy happy birthday to me records

Post by hhbtmike » Tue Feb 11, 2014 06:46

- New Tunabunny album Kingdom Technology up for Preorder at http://www.hhbtm.com
- Athens PopFest forever put to bed, never gonna happen again.
- HHBTM Weekender March 28 & 29 is happening though w/ Tunabunny, Muuy Biien, Eureka California, Marshmallow Coast, New Sound of Numbers, the Visitations, Casper & the Cookies, 63 Crayons, Bastards of Fate, Axxa Abraxas, Antlered Antlord, El Hollin, and more to come.
- HHBTM Leeds to launch in late spring 2014.
- Eureka California to tour UK in May of 2014.
- Muuy Biien to tour the East Coast of the US in May 2014 and UK in fall 2014.
- Cowtown to tour UK in May of 2014.
- huge sale going on at the HHBTM website. Package deals on Tunabunny LPs and singles, Sourpatch LPs, Orca Team LPs and singles, and a mix & match LP deal. Sales running till end of February.

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Re: happy happy birthday to me records

Post by hhbtmike » Thu Oct 16, 2014 06:10

COMING TO THE UK IN NOVEMBER. If you are wanting to grab some HHBTM stuff minus the crazy shipping email me mike@hhbtm.com soon so I can pull orders in advance. I'll be on tour with Eureka California and in the following cities.
6th - Halifax
7th - Liverpool
8th - day off (but still looking for a show)
9th - Bristol
10th - Cardiff
11th - Manchester
12th - Sheffield
13th - London
14th - Brighton
15th - Nottingham
16th - Leeds

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Re: happy happy birthday to me records

Post by alongwaltz » Mon Mar 30, 2015 16:18

I'm going to be doing a series of interviews on my label blog with the heads of various pop labels. My hope is that it will be interesting hearing different perspectives on what it's like running a pop label in 2015 from different labels of various locations and histories.

The first interview is up now with Mike of HHBTM:
http://fallenloverecords.tumblr.com/pos ... me-records

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Re: happy happy birthday to me records

Post by hhbtmike » Thu May 21, 2015 04:34

HHBTM just launched the UK site. Not all records are there yet, but this is maybe the cheapest way to get your HHBTM stuff. There are a few items that are out of print on the HHBTM US site even. http://hhbtmuk.tictail.com/

The new Bunnygrunt album "Vol.4" is now up for order on the HHBTM US site (not in the UK yet, but will be getting to that below). Vol.4 will be released on CD / LP / and Cassette. Direct orders from the HHBTM US site has a bonus DELUXE version option which comes with a keychain, button or pin as you say in the UK, coasters, and a drink koozie. Direct website vinyl will also be color vinyl. NOW FOR THE UK ORDER OPTION. Rough Trade will be doing a special order option where you can order or buy from them and get the color vinyl and you'll get a button & a drink koozie (but sadly not the bottle opener keychain or coasters). That exclusive deal via Rough Trade will launch shortly. Or you can come out to one of the following shows and pick this stuff up from the band (tour dates below)


They started off twee but spent so much time on the road that they learned how to rock. The missing link between Teenage Fanclub and Teenage Wasteland, like a bat out of hell baby, Bunnygrunt was born to run. They’ve been tearing it up for years now—legends of the underground teaching the indie kids how to rock and the rockers how to weep. Fueled by the kindest dog in St. Louis, the immortal Rusty, Bunnygrunt’s spent their lives stuck in the middle of a nowhere that used to be a somewhere (the gateway to the west that’s now seen as a hateway to the rest), and you can hear it in every note of their beer-soaked, hopefully desperate and hopelessly hopeful, music.
And just like the union men who built the schools and the fire stations of St. Louis all those years ago, Bunnygrunt does their work and moves on. No glory necessary, no need to thank them.
Vol. 4 is the band’s sixth album, or maybe their fifth. It depends on how you want to count them. But as far as HHBTM’s concerned, it’s the band’s first record—because for somebody out there it might be, and because it might just be their best. Listen to ‘Chunt Bump’ and hear all those years of touring—too many restless nights and too many late-night rest stops—coalesce into a 7-minute epic with the most laid back motorik sound you’ve ever heard. An American Neu, fuelled by guitars and microwave burritos and trash tv, the sight of endless corn and endless cows.
If you can’t appreciate a title like album closer ‘Still Chooglin’ (After All These Beers)’, then screw you and screw us too. Just because it’s funny doesn’t mean it’s a joke. Just because you’re laughing doesn’t mean you’re not sad.
If they’d ever broken up they’d be legends by now, but who wants to spend the rest of their lives in a museum. The CD and cassette both come with 8 bonus tracks. Because why the hell not. It’s Bunnygrunt’s world, we just die in it.

Bunnygrunt & Eureka California
July 23rd - Nottingham
July 24th - Leamington Spa
July 25th - Indietracks
July 26th - Indietracks
July 27th - Edinburgh
July 28th - Glasgow
July 29th - Liverpool
July 30th - Cardiff
July 31st - Brighton
August 1st - London

Eureka California & Witching Waves
August 24th - TBA
August 25th - Hull
August 26th - Leeds
August 27th - Exeter
August 28th - TBA
August 29th - London
August 30th - Brighton

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Re: happy happy birthday to me records

Post by hhbtmike » Fri Nov 20, 2015 04:57

It has been ages since the last HHBTM newsletter, but that is due more to pressing plant delays than anything else. November brings four new releases including Try The Pie, Antlered Aunt Lord, Crunchy, and Two White Cranes. With all these new releases I need to make room for the next round of records coming up, so there are some major sales running until the end of the year. The Marshmallow Coast “Vangelis Rides Again” vinyl repressing is currently in. This will be the last time it will be pressed with a glow-in-the-dark sleeve. So if you missed out on a vinyl version of the new album get one now as there are less than 50 copies left. I’ll be doing another newsletter in just about a week for some major pre-orders and new HHBTM shirts so be on the lookout for that one.

We have some package deals and catalog / artist starter kits running ‘til the end of the year. Be sure on the package deals to list a substitute item within the deals cause a few items are down to the very last copies.

Self-titled LP, Minima Moralia LP, Genius Fatigue LP, Kingdom Technology LP, Form a Line 12”, split 7” w/ Shrag, Solar Sister 7” only $35 (that is a $35 savings)

Big Cats Can Swim LP, Crunch LP, split 7” w/ Good Grief only $20 (that is an $11 savings)

Home Recordings 84-90 LP, Home Recordings 93-99 LP only $15.00 (that is an $11 savings)

This Is What Your Mind Imagines LP, D.Y.I. LP only $15.00 (that is an $11 savings)

Albatross LP, Classic Creeps LP, An Elephant LP, Nom 12” only $25.00 (that is a $22 savings)

(7” bundle of one of each single for only $12.00)
- Bam! Bam! - Golden Haze EP
- Orca Team - Take My Hand
- Orca Team - Vancouver B.C.
- Tunabunny - Song for My Solar Sister
- Eureka California / Good Grief - split
- Skinny Girl Diet / Ethical Debating Society - split

(choose any 6 cassettes for only $20.00 from the list below)
- Bunnygrunt - Vol 4
- Crayon - Brick Factory
- Crunchy - Crunchy EP
- Eureka California - Big Cats Can Swim
- Eureka California - Crunch
- Muuy Biien - D.Y.I.
- Joe Jack Talcum - Home Recordings 1993 - 1999
- Try the Pie - Rest
- Two White Cranes - Radisson Blue

(choose any 10 CDs for $12.00 from the list below)
* CDs in regular jewel cases shipped minus the jewel case outside the USA
- 63 Crayons - Good People (one left)
- Keith John Adams - Pip
- Keith John Adams - Unclever
- Afternoon Naps - Parade
- Ryan Anderson - the Garden Path (one left)
- Ashley Park - Secretariat Motor Hotel (two left)
- Baby Calendar - Gingerbread Dog (one left)
- Bearsuit - OH:IO
- Boyracer - happenstance
- Cars Can Be Blue - Doubly Unbeatable
- Cars Can Be Blue - Trace the Tension
- Casper & the Cookies - Modern Silence (four left)
- Elekibass - California
- Eux Autres - Cold City (one left)
- Fablefactory - Freak Out Hard On You (one left)
- Fablefactory - We Won’t Rock You (one left)
- Forever - St
- High Water Marks - Polar (three left)
- Hotpants Romance - It’s a Heatwave (two left)
- Ideal Free Distribution - st (two left)
- Lolligags - Wired
- Lolligags - Out of Perversity Join Hands
- Marshmallow Coast - Seniors & Juniors Strike Back
- Orca Team - Restraint
- Red Pony Clock - God Made Dirt
- Sourpatch - Crushin
- Superions - s/t
- Velcro Stars - Hiroshima’s Revenge
- v/a - HHBTM Vol 4

(buy any 3 LPs at regular price and get a 4th LP for FREE)
* lowest priced LP is the FREE one
* distro items are included in this sale

Two White Cranes - Radisson Blue Cassette $5.00
HHBTM came to find Two White Cranes in the best way possible, seeing Roxy (Two White Cranes) perform solo in Bristol opening for another band on the label while on tour in the UK. There was zero expectation and the band had been added kinda last minute. Within the first song it took me back to living room shows or seeing a band like Lois or Mirah do an in-store. The songs so delicate and so powerful. Just a magnificent voice that tiptoes the line of Madeline and Sibylle Baier and a plucked nylon string guitar. Songs for of hope and loss and resonance in both tone and feeling. Those songs stayed with me for weeks on end. Shortly after this, Roxy joined Joanna Gruesome as their new vocalist. We bumped into each other again in the UK and yet another surprise show where she came in and played a set just her and that same guitar but in a giant tent. Almost a year from seeing her perform the first time around this tape is released with hopes this is just one of a long line of many.
VIDEO LINK https://youtu.be/1unr0NZRfBE

Try the Pie - Rest LP $13.00 / Cassette $5.00
Try The Pie is the songwriting project of San Jose based musician/writer/artist Bean Tupou. A scaled-back affair compared to last year’s Distraction, Rest is a seductive mix of sugar & citrus, as achingly sincere as Kim Deal at her finest. You can’t help holding your breath to hear how the story ends. "’Alu'a’ is the Tongan word for goodbye when you are staying and the other person is going. ‘Rest’ is an album dedicated to this sentiment. I wrote the songs over a duration of three years (2005-2008) and recorded it in the last year by myself in my room in San Francisco. Sometimes you can hear someone doing dishes or the beep of a dying smoke-detector. This album is an example of the slow, whispering tempo, slanted harmonies and embellished metaphors that I grew up listening to.” As part of the bands Sourpatch and Crabapple, and as one of the creative forces behind the Think and Die Thinking Collective, Tupou has been a fixture on the South Bay’s DIY punk scene, crafting socially-conscious and catchy punk rock while helping creates spaces that are open, accepting, and fun—a universe of gender-neutral pronouns & queer-positive politics. It’s a record so intimate it feels almost like you’re eavesdropping. You unconsciously hold your breath to keep from being noticed. The songs are littered with household objects, embodied and alive. References to neighbors and roommates abound. Listen to ‘Seahorse’ and hear a story of immobilization and the struggle to stay afloat, simultaneously wistful & withdrawn, youthful & yearning. “Rest” is the sound of a fragile sensitivity—the avalanche of life communicated through tentative wishes and plaintive regrets. An album so open and honest that its very existence is an act of bravery. And when so much of our lives are consumed by fear and what others will think of us, the masks we create to make other people happy, we need records like this more than ever. HHBTM Records is beyond proud to be associated with a record like this and everything it stands for.
LP BUY LINK http://hhbtm.com/item.php?item_id=503&category_id=1
CASSETTE BUY LINK http://hhbtm.com/item.php?item_id=504&category_id=1
VIDEO LINK https://youtu.be/y1_H5DjmH9A

Antlered Aunt Lord - Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire) LP $13.00
Antlered Aunt Lord is entirely Jesse Stinnard, a guy who’s spent the past ten years in Athens, Georgia, as a cherished eccentric in a town known for its cherished eccentricities. HHBTM is honored to bring Stinnard’s tuneful genius into the light with his first official release. Antlered Aunt Lord is everything today’s music is not—melodic, lyrically inventive, reticent, and moving. Songs so catchy they sound like they emerged fully-formed from the radio, with lyrics so mysterious they sound like they emerged from your dreams. This is the prophet sharing—the missing link between the Pixies and The Byrds if they’d been raised in the Appalachians. Little was known about Stinnard, an autodidact often seen around town in 24-hour diners reading thousand page books, until he was begged into joining Tunabunny when their drummer quit days before the band’s first tour (Stinnard had approached the band after their third show and asked if he could record them). His shows around town are legendary for their passionate indifference. Stinnard’s been known to stand with his back to the audience screaming at unseen phantoms. Sometimes there’s a band, sometimes it’s just Stinnard with tape loops streaming around the space. Culled from a several-hundred song backlog, Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (And On Fire) is the sound of brain fever on fire. You think of R. Stevie Moore until you realize he never made a song as moving as ‘Throwback Bikes.’ You think of Robert Pollard until you realize Pollard hasn’t made a song as great as ‘Hi Beam Hi Priest (Blinker Fluid)’ since the last century. You hear the open-throated beautiful love of ‘Monopilot’ and think of early R.E.M. Then you remember that R.E.M. is dead. Antlered Aunt Lord is alive.
LP BUY LINK http://hhbtm.com/item.php?item_id=501&category_id=1
VIDEO LINK https://youtu.be/-faEFnJx6Mk
VIDEO LINK https://youtu.be/-nCVLTbrlao
VIDEO LINK https://youtu.be/jAjMV48pjCw

Crunchy - Crunchy EP Cassette $5.00
Bass / Vocals / Drums / Two Ladies / Athens / Georgia / Fuzz / Grunge / Garage / Weed / Spring Break / Riot / Enough Said.
CASSETTE BUY LINK http://hhbtm.com/item.php?item_id=502&category_id=1
VIDEO LINK https://youtu.be/fNE8NXG_i-I


Re: happy happy birthday to me records

Post by noLooking » Fri Nov 20, 2015 09:42

Wasn't there supposed to be a Tunabunny tape compilation at some point?

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Re: happy happy birthday to me records

Post by hhbtmike » Sat Nov 21, 2015 04:27

it might happen as a CD, the band are still working on the next record so waiting to see what gets used where.

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