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Family Reunion

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About:

We’re super excited to present our third annual music festival!

The Family Reunion is our chance to bring together many of the artists on the label plus some friends and distant relatives.

This year’s event will take place on September 19-21 in Kalamazoo, MI and will feature 34 artists from all over!

Last year was amazing. We’re doing our best to raise the bar even higher this time. Tell all yr friends and prepare for a weekend to remember!

Lineup:

THURSDAY @ THE KCAC
6/6:25 – Fuzz Town (MI)
6:25/7:05 – Cape And Cowl (MI)
7:05/7:45 – Kevin Greenspon (CA)
7:45/8:25 – T.J. Borden & Pat Cain (NY)
8:25/9:05 – Saxsquatch (MI)
9:05/9:45 – Ultralight (MN)
9:45/10:25 – Radiator Hospital (PA)
10:25/11:05 – Big Waves Of Pretty (WI)
11:05/12 – Not The Wind, Not The Flag (Canada)

FRIDAY @ THE 411 CLUB
6/6:30 – Anybody But The Cops vs. Seventeen Again
6:30/7:15 – Invisible Trails (MI)
7:15/8 – Frankie Teardrop (OH)
8/8:45 – Video Daughters (NY)
8:45/9:30 – Chat Logs (NY)
9:30/10:15 – Electric Nature (GA)
10:15/11 – Forget The Times (MI)
11/11:45 – The New Diet (IL)
11:45/12:30 – No Monster Club (Ireland)

FRIDAY (AFTERPARTY) @ WAYNE MANOR
1/1:30 – Morseville Bridge (MI)
1:30/2 – Bill Tucker (IL)
2/2:30 – Grow Fangs (MN)

SATURDAY @ THE 411 CLUB
6/6:30 – Boring People (MI)
6:30/7:15 – U.S. Tribes (IL)
7:15/8 – Lore City (IL)
8/8:45 – Britches (MO)
8:45/9:30 – Ou Ou (MO)
9:30/10:15 – About A Million (PA)
10:15/11 – Nesey Gallons (GA)
11/11:45 – Problems That Fix Themselves (IL)
11:45/12:30 – Teenage Tasteless (Germany)

SATURDAY (AFTERPARTY) @ WAYNE MANOR
1/1:30 – Mezzanine Swimmers (NY)
1:30/2 – Spelling Bee (MO)
2/2:30 – The Wrap (MI)

Tickets:

$10 per day (door)

$9 per day / $21 weekend pass (advance)

Advance tickets will be on sale until Sept 18 or until sold out. They can be purchased at The Corner Record Shop in Kalamazoo, MI or online here:
http://alreadydeadtapes.bigcartel.com/category/tickets

VENUE INFO:

THE KCAC

Kalamazoo Collective Arts Center

Non-profit art gallery in Kalamazoo’s Vine Neighborhood. Hosting Thursday, Sept 19

511 W. Vine St.
Kalamazoo, MI

THE 411 CLUB

Bar/Venue. Food, drinks, seating and standing room. 18+ (sorry!). Hosting Friday and Saturday, Sept 20/21

411 S. Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI

WAYNE MANOR

DIY Basement Venue. Hosting Friday and Saturday afterparties.

Address will be revealed at the 411 Club (it’s a secret)


FACEBOOK EVENT:

https://www.facebook.com/events/522362207811582/

ARTIST INFO:

ABOUT A MILLION

From: 
Honey Brook, PA

Bio:
One of only four bands to play every Family Reunion so far. AAM was one of the first bands we talked about releasing tapes for and we’re proud to still have them in the Family!
You’ll never find a more honest and sincere songwriter. Especially one with such a wide musical range. AAM has recorded and released albums delving into Folk, Outsider Pop, Hip Hop, Noise, Electronica, Indie Rock, Punk and combinations there of.

Releases:
AD018AD028

Playing:
Saturday, 9:30pm @ 411 Club

Links:
http://aboutamillion.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/aboutamillion

ANYBODY BUT THE COPS

From:
Kalamazoo, MI

Bio:
You may have caught them last year on the Saturday night afterparty. Kalamazoo’s favorite Groove Punx are back at it! New lineup. New songs. Always fresh vibes. Hardcore with a touch of Funk and no fear of creativity.
Cops will be kicking off Friday with a versus set against fellow basement heroes Seventeen Again.

Playing:
Friday, 6pm @ 411 Club

Links:
http://anybodybutthecops.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AnybodyButTheCops

BIG WAVES OF PRETTY

From:
Memphis, TN (and elsewhere)

Bio:
One of the most interesting ‘Indie Rock’ bands we’ve heard in years. Taking an irreverent, creative and almost outsider approach to their craft. Members Roadbaby Bible, Freedom and Be Free will amuse, confuse and inspire you.

Release:
TBA

Playing:
Thursday, 10:25pm @ KCAC

Links:
http://bigwavesofpretty.bandcamp.com/
http://bigwavesofpretty.org/

BILL TUCKER

From:
Chicago, IL

Bio:
Bill runs our unofficial sister label, 1980 Records. He is an unstoppable creative force and one of the posi dude you’ll ever meet. It’s unpredictable what musical hat Bill will be wearing during a set. Punk rock, harsh noise, solo guitar experimentations, fuzzy pop. The man does it all and it’s good every time.

Release:
AD068

Playing:
Friday, 1:30am @ Courthouse

Link:
http://www.1980recs.com/artist/bill-tucker

BORING PEOPLE

From:
Kalamazoo, MI

Bio:
Local power pop giants. These boys know exactly how to craft catchy lovesick pop tune, then fuzz it up and pull at a few seams. Fronted by an incredibly prolific songwriter and featuring a former member of The Philly Crawlers.

Release:
TBA

Playing:
Saturday, 6pm @ 411 Club

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/boringpeoplekzoo?fref=ts
http://boringpeople.bandcamp.com/

BRITCHES

From:
St. Louis, MO

Bio:
One of the most exciting and interesting Noise Rock bands we’ve ever seen. Unsettling, perfectly orchestrated musical head trips. A true live experience. Word on the street is they might have an AD Tape and 7″ coming out this year…

Playing:
Saturday, 8pm @ 411 Club

Links:
http://britchesbritches.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/britchesbritches

CAPE AND COWL

From:
Kalamazoo, MI

Bio:
New solo project from Russ Wagner of The Reptilian and Forget The Times. Tape manipulation noise soundscapes.
Cassette coming soon on Space Slave!

Playing:
Thursday, 6:25pm @ KCAC

CHAT LOGS

From:
Brooklyn, NY

Bio:
Acid trip Punk Rock. Blown out No Wave crud sounds with an occasional pop twist and heavy space vibes. This will be our first chance to witness the Chat Logs live experience and we’re excited to share it with all of you!

Release:
AD043

Playing:
Friday, 8:45pm @ 411 Club

THE ELECTRIC NATURE

From:
Carrollton, GA

Bio:
We’ve been in awe of this band for some time now. Mesmerizing heavy Psych Rock jamz with occasional nods to modern Match Rock and ethereal Pop. Cosmic tones for mental liberation.

Release:
Tape split with Forget The Times coming soon!

Playing:
Friday, 9:30 @ 411 Club

FORGET THE TIMES

From:
Kalamazoo, MI

Bio:
Free improv sonic excursions. Longtime AD residents. Now leaving behind the rotating collective and settling into a more consistent lineup. Tighter than ever and ready to take you to a higher level. RIDE AND TRASH!

Releases:
AD004, AD011, AD029

Playing:
Friday, 10:15pm @ 411 Club

Links:
http://forgetthetimes.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/forgetthetimes

FRANKIE TEARDROP
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From:
Athens, OH

Bio:
Met these dudes via Britches. The two bands toured together recently and Forget The Times played their tour kick off show in Athen. One of the most impressive live acts I’ve seen in recent memory! Some real cool elements going on here. Intense, effects laden noise rock jamz mixed with some surprisingly funky and structured moments. Sweat fuled swirly sounds. Get ready to throw down.

Releases:
TBA

Playing:
Friday, 7:15pm @ 411 Club

Link:
https://www.facebook.com/poorfrankstears

FUZZ TOWN

From:
Kalamazoo, MI

Bio:
The latest project from joshualien. Fuzz Town is a duo with Josh Miller (Forget The Times, Seventeen Again). Lo-fi beats and anti-guitar drones warped around a bed constantly evolving noise. The boys will be kicking off the entire festival this year. Setting the MOOD.

Releases:
TBA

Playing:
Thursday, 6pm @ KCAC

Link:
https://soundcloud.com/fuzztown

THE GROW FANGS

From:
Minneapolis, MN

Bio:
Legendary Kalamazoo Chaotic Fuzz Punk trio now relocated. Just like last year, they will be reforming as the original lineup to destroy an afterparty.
PULL THE PLUG. DRAIN THE POOL. SKATE ALL DAY. NO MORE SCHOOL!

Release:
AD tape coming soon!

Playing:
Friday, 2am @ Courthouse

Link:
http://thegrowfangs.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thegrowfangs

KEVIN GREENSPON

From:
Los Angeles, CA

Bio:
Kevin Greenspon is a musician that blends ambient, electronic, drone, field recording and harsh noise composition into short songs that can be likened to miniature film scores. Primarily using guitar, effects and tape collage techniques, each song is an emotionally engaging arrangement of melodies and electronics fueled by a storytelling nature. Restraint and subtlety are key elements in Greenspon’s work, carefully balancing between sparse quietude and dense layering of orchestral melodies and crackling textures as fingerpicked guitar notes seemingly swell in from reverse, weaving a constantly shifting atmosphere with deliberation and focus, never losing control of the space as a medium for channeling sound into song.
Kevin also runs the excellent Bridgetown Records.

Playing:
Thursday, 7:05pm @ KCAC

Link:
http://www.kevingreenspon.info/ 

LORE CITY

From:
Chicago, IL

Bio:
LORE CITY is the art rock duo of Laura Mariposa & Eric Bessel. Textural, dreamy keyboard driven songs with layers upon layers of depth.

Releases:
AD072
Potential 7″ co-release with 1980 Records!

Playing:
Saturday, 7:15pm @ 411 Club

Link:
http://www.lorecitymusic.com/

MEZZANINE SWIMMERS

From:
Brooklyn, NY

Bio:
As a blow can shatter things to pieces, noise can fragment the music into sound. Mezzanine Swimmers rides a fine line between noise and music. Mixed with chaotic and heavy drum beats, each verse has vocals that travel through several genres of music.
Side project of Video Daughters.

Release:
AD079

Playing:
Saturday, 1am @ Courthouse

Links:
http://mezzanineswimmers.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MezzanineSwimmers?fref=ts

MORSEVILLE BRIDGE

From:
Flint, MI

Bio:
Imagine a freight train run entirely by one man with the arms of an octopus. Now imagine the musical version of that. Morseville Bridge. Inventor, handy man, songwriter extraordinaire and all around great guy.

Release:
Still waiting to get tracks (hint, hint, Ryan)

Playing:
Friday, 1am @ Courthouse

Links:
http://morsevillebridge.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Morseville-Bridge/322959151515?fref=ts

NESEY GALLONS

From:
Athens, GA

Bio:
Part of the famous Elephant 6 Collective and former member of Circulatory System and The Music Tapes. Lo-fi pop gems perfect for summer nights and moments of subtle beauty.

Release:
AD tape coming soon!

Playing:
Saturday, 10:15 @ 411 Club

Link:
http://neseygallons.bandcamp.com/

THE NEW DIET

From:
Chicago, IL

Bio:
Some people said this was the best band of last year’s Reunion. A powerfully compelling live band. They create songs without confining themselves to a specific style. Always fresh and never disappointing.

Release:
AD045

Playing:
Friday, 11pm @ 411 Club

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/thenewdiet?fref=ts
http://thenewdiet.bandcamp.com/

NO MONSTER CLUB

From:
Dublin, Ireland

Bio:
We’re very excited to welcome NMC to their very first USA tour! This will be a serious treat!
Bobby writes some of the most catchy and wonderful Baroque Bubblegum Garage Pop tunes you could ever hope to hear. This is the real deal. Truely excellent sounds amidst a sea of stale imitators.

Release:
AD046

Playing:
Friday, 11:45pm @ 411 Club

Link:
http://www.nomonsterclub.com/
https://www.facebook.com/nomonsterclub?fref=ts

NOT THE WIND, NOT THE FLAG

From:
Toronto, Ontario

Bio:
Ecstatic Free Jazz duo. One of the greatest live bands we’ve ever seen and one of our favorite tapes on AD. Make sure you prepare yrself for this set. Get yr mind right and let the music take you to a different world. Seriously HEAVY sounds!

Release:
AD037

Playing:
Thursday, 11:05 @ KCAC

Link:
http://notthewindnottheflag.bandcamp.com/

 OU OU

From:
St. Louis, MO

Bio:
Part of our ever expanding St Louis crew. Ou Ou made their Kalamazoo debut at last year’s Reunion. We’ve very excited to bring them back this year following their sophomore AD release. Their sound has only continued improved and expanded. Electronic noise at it’s absolute finest. Intelligent, refined and subtle.

Releases:
AD030, AD066

Playing:
Saturday, 8:45 @ 411 Club

PROBLEMS THAT FIX THEMSELVES

From:
Chicago, IL

Bio:
The sounds of a robot falling in love. Lo-fi organic electro noise mixed with beats and the occasional pop hook.

Releases:
AD001, AD003, AD017, AD049, AD067

Playing:
Saturday, 11pm @ 411 Club

Link:
http://problemsthatfixthemselves.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/problemsthatfixthemselves

RADIATOR HOSPITAL

From:
Philadelphia, PA

Bio:
Bedroom rock n’ roll for all seasons. DIY lonely dude pure pop for now people. One of the greatest songwriters we’ve had the pleasure of working with!

Release:
AD032

Playing:
Thursday, 9:45 @ KCAC

Link:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Radiator-Hospital/176558109029693
http://radiatorhospital.wordpress.com/

SAXSQUATCH

From:
Kalamazoo, MI

Bio:
Local collaborator / man of many genres. The ‘Squatch has been on Forget The Times recordings, played with Problems That Fix Themselves and been a member of countless local and regional projects. This year marks his Reunion solo debut. Just the man and his saxophones. Skronkin’ it up.

Playing:
Thursday, 8:25pm @ KCAC

Link:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saxsquatch/118521354073?fref=ts

SEVENTEEN AGAIN

From:
Kalamazoo, MI

Bio:
Local Sludge Punk supergroup. Members of Forget The Times, Reptilian and Ackley Kid. INTENSE. HEAVY. CHAOS.
The boys will be kicking off Friday’s show as one half of the ABTC/SA vs set.

Playing:
Friday, 6pm @ 411 Club

SHARK BEACH

From:
Kalamazoo, MI

Bio:
Members of Minutes, and their dear friend Rod Cone, making rock music appropriate for their age and weight.

Playing:
Friday, 6:30pm @ 411 Club

SPELLING BEE

From:
St. Louis, MO

Bio:
One of the few bands with a AD vinyl release so far. In the world of spastic Math Punk, Spelling Bee is right on top. One of the best there is. Few bands have achieved this much sound with only two members.
This year features the band in thier natural habitat. The basement! Get ready for the AFTERPARTY!

Release:
AD053

Playing:
Saturday, 1:30am @ Courthouse

Link:
http://www.spellngbee.com/

T.J. BORDEN, PAT CAIN & MARTIN FREEMAN

From:
Buffalo, NY

Bio:
Up and coming Avant-Garde Cellist. T.J. is a brilliant and passionate performer. No filler, just pure, adventurous, free music. His Reunion set this year will be as a trio with Saxophone/Electonics player Pat Cain and noise Guru, Martin Freeman. Get ready for that!

Playing:
Thursday, 7:45pm @ KCAC

Link:
http://tjborden.wordpress.com/

TEENAGE TASTELESS

From:
Berlin, Germany

Bio:
Teenage Tasteless brings us a fresh aftertaste, with electronic sounds of dark-chocolate echos, layered on top of bitter drones that twist, shout and purr. A few piano chords, drum machines and the fundamentals of haunted solo singing voice will at times accompany the blends.
As with No Monster Club, this will be TT’s first ever USA tour! Family Reunion bringing it all together!

Release:
AD042

Playing:
Saturday, 11:45pm @ 411 Club

Link:
http://teenagetasteless.bandcamp.com/

ULTRALIGHT

From:
Minneapolis, MN

Bio:
New project from longtime AD contributor, James Duke (Lovestranger MD). Solo ambient drones on Rhodes Piano and other instruments.

Playing:
Thursday, 9:05pm @ KCAC

U.S. TRIBES

From:
Chicago, IL

Bio:
New wave noise duo with nods to such luminaries as New Order and Depeche Mode. Guitars, drum machines and plenty of SPACE.

Release:
AD tape coming soon!

Playing:
Saturday, 6:30pm @ 411 Club

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/UStribes
https://soundcloud.com/ustribeschi

VIDEO DAUGHTERS

From:
Brooklyn, NY

Bio:
Ambient Psychedelic Garage Pop. Saturday morning No Wave. Songs have an broken intensity and energy that seems to be tearing themselves apart as they go.

Release:
AD055

Playing:
Friday, 8pm @ 411 Club

Link:
http://videodaughters.bandcamp.com/

THE WRAP

From:
Kalamazoo, MI

Bio:
One of Kalamazoo’s longest running DIY projects. Absurdest Party Hip Hop Chaos. Frequent collaborator with Falex from Problems That Fix Themselves.
The Wrap will be closing out the entire Reunion this year. THE ULTIMATE AFTERPARTY!

Playing:
Saturday, 2am @ Courthouse

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-Wrap/60637949791