Archive for July, 2009

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HAPPY DOWNLOAD DAY!!!

July 29, 2009

Everything listed here, and then some, can be found on the FREE MUSIC page to your right. –>

Informant
Nothing Ever Changes (new release!)
The followup to their self-titled EP, this progressively-driven album still stays true to the members’ ska roots. And for all the skeptical Detonate fans, don’t you worry. The guys still know how to play punk, as is shown later on in the album. This album is being co-released with our buds at Community Records. So make sure to head over there and see what they’ve got for ya.
Matt Wixson
The Saddest EP (new release!)
A while back, I told Matt that if he tried, he could probably write the saddest album I’ve ever heard. While writing this, he stopped temporarily, and decided he didn’t want to release it. But we got him to come around. Love this album.
The Best Of The Worst
Quarter Life Crisis
Released in physical form a little over a year ago, this is a fantastic ska-punk album, taking elements of punk, ska, hardcore, super troupers, mixed-meter times, and lead singer Jason Selvaggio being really pissed off. Great music, great message, best dudes, intense debut full-length. Download it here, but also buy the cd when you see them.
Matt Wixson
Season Finale (new release!)
Matt writes a lot of music, but this time, instead of just releasing a full-length, he wanted to release two EPs. In The Saddest EP, all songs are just Matt with an acoustic guitar. But in Season Finale, Matt wrote six fully-orchestrated reggae songs. This zip file includes liner notes, but you can also check Matt’s myspace page for other cool stuff.
The Positive Downside
As Liberators
Ska. In my opinion, The Positive Downside is/was the best ska band in the north east. They’ve been inactive for a while, but this album came out last year, and is still in heavy rotation in my car stereo. Great solos, fun covers, straight up good ska. Dig it. For fans of The Slackers, The Toasters, and other really talented, chill ska bands.
Babylon Party Machine
God Hates Babylon Party Machine
With Wixson’s typical harsh sarcasm and biting honesty well in tact, this album represents the hardships faced by homosexual individuals in America, as seen through the eyes of one particular musician. GHBPM goes from discussing how Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church is a disgusting and evil individual, to covering Leftover Crack’s “Gay Rude Boys Unite.” Being a Babylon Party Machine release, it is fully-orchestrated via the magic of computer programming. Awesome!
Matt Wixson
Best Intentions
Yes. Matt Wixson has four releases today, totaling to roughly half of the albums we have released since we started this label last year. This album is very mixed topically, going from “Makin Ska” a ska song about ska bands in the scene who don’t want to be labeled as such, to “C.R.E.A.M.” which is not a Wu Tang cover, to “Incompatible” one of the saddest acoustic Matt Wixson songs I’ve ever heard. This and God Hates… were both released on Caffeine Tambourine previously, but Matt asked us to host them also, and we were more than happy to!
The Cutoff Frequency
The Frequency Of Love
Last, but certainly not least, this is the predecessor to TCF’s “Back To The Underpass.” I love this album, as it is fun and nostalgic for me. They didn’t ask me to post this, I asked them. For fans of power-pop, 90’s pop-punk, and anything with fun synth lines. Enjoy. ❤

Thank you all for being interested in this. I hope you find something you can connect with and enjoy in all of this awesomeness.

DON’T FORGET TO HIT UP COMMUNITY RECORDS TODAY!

❤ Aaron.

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Happy Anniversary. <3

July 26, 2009

Hey there y’all.

A year ago today, Josh Tracy and I made the Open Hand Records MySpace page.
This was our lineup back then:
Aaron Hibbert
Marx Revolution
Tyrannosaurus Sex
Matt Wixson
Babylon Party Machine

Thank you all for helping us to get this far.
It’s the support from everyone reading this right now that keeps it going.
We love you.

“Awe it grows up so fast.”
– a text from James Disregardable

Get stoked for the download day this thursday!

❤ Aaron

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So how about an actual update?

July 23, 2009

So next Thursday, July 30th, as many of you may know, our buddies at Community Records will be having what they call a “Download Day.” In fact, it’s their third one (awesome!). For anyone who has not yet participated in a download day, basically on July 30th a bunch of new and old albums will be available for free download along with all of the other free music already available. Once the music goes up, it stays up as long as the website exists. Breaking down the walls between the musicians and the listeners by releasing free music is a truly awesome thing. So in the spirit of doing good things, we are going to add some more fun to the party, and have our own!

July 30th, we will be releasing the following albums:

The Best Of The Worst – “Quarter Life Crisis”
This was self-released in hard copy last year, and is still available in hard copy, but being the great dudes that they are, they decided to finally release this for free. (There are a ton of these CDs left, so please feel free to still buy one!)

Matt Wixson – “The Saddest EP” & “Season Finale”
Matt is releasing two brand new EPs, one of which is all acoustic, the other fully-orchestrated reggae/ska. Matt has officially released half of the albums available on OHR. ❤

Matt Wixson – “Best Intentions”
This one was released on Caffeine Tambourine some time ago, but has since been lost within the confines of the internets. Matt wanted to make sure it was still available to anyone who would be interested. Great album. One of my favorites that Matt has written.

Babylon Party Machine – “God Hates Babylon Party Machine”
Fred Pheeeeeeelps… This one was also released a while ago through Caffeine Tambourine. Same story. Great album. Re-releasing for the purpose of accessibility, and because it’s awesome.

The Cutoff Frequency – “The Frequency Of Love”
I’ll be honest, I begged Alex to let me put this one up. This is the precursor to “Back To The Underpass” and while obviously being an earlier, less polished album, is still nostalgic for me, and makes me happy every time I listen to it. I hope it does the same for you.

The Positive Downside – “As Liberators”
This band has been inactive for quite a while, but about a year ago, they put out this record for free, and I honestly just thought that more people should have it. Soulful Connecticut ska from some dudes who know how to play it well. Great musicianship, great solos, fun covers.

Informant – “Nothing Ever Changes”
This is a new release, and the followup to Informant’s self-titled debut EP. So progressive. So driven. So excellent. Something great about this album is that it is also available for free download through community records. Greg from Community Records approached me earlier this year about doing a joint release of this album, and Informant and I were all for it. As a community, it is important to work together to accomplish great things, be it music, or anything else in life. Informant’s first tour earlier this year was cut short by vehicle troubles, but I expect nothing short of excellence from them in all of their future endeavors. Look forward to seeing this band.

This is the list so far. We may add to it. We may not. I am stoked for everyone to hear these albums that I love so much.

ALSO (since it was their download day to begin with!) MAKE SURE YOU HEAD TO COMMUNITY RECORDS . ORG ON THE 30TH AND DOWNLOAD ALL OF THE MUSIC THEY POST.

This will include:
INFORMANT – Nothing Ever Changes
THE FLAMING TSUNAMIS – Zombies vs. Robots & Focus The Fury
A BILLION ERNIES – Collection of older tunes
THE ROOKS – New 8 Song Album
ARM THE POOR – Misery EP & newer stuffs
INFAMOUS JAKE & THE PINSTRIPE MAFIA – the beginning of the end
& possibly more stuff To Be Announced.

❤ Aaron.

ALSO: The Disregardables have finally finished their album “Exit Strategy”! Look forward to an album release within the next couple months. For now, they’ve put two songs on their myspace. Stoked. myspace.com/thedisregardables

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Post # 2.

July 23, 2009

Hey. I’m just testing the site some more. While you’re waiting, watch this video.

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Hey there, sweet thang.

July 17, 2009

     Wow. So, it looks like we finally have a website that isn’t MySpace. Who’s stoked? This guy! This is gonna look completely unprofessional for a while, and I’d really appreciate it if you’d just bear with me until it doesn’t. I don’t know anything about CSS programming, and I don’t think I really know anyone who does. If you know how to make this shit look rad, please e-mail me at aaron@openhandrecords.com. ❤

     We are keeping the MySpace though. Just as a log of things past.
     To visit the web page Josh and I started a little under a year ago, click HERE!

❤ Aaron.