This year, we have the pleasure of being a part of 3 seriously awesome SXSW showcases here in Austin, TX. We are especially siked to party with our homies Fleeting Youth Records. We’ll be releasing brand new styles, including some limited quantity FYR Logo Tees. You definitely won’t want to sleep on these, they’ll be gone quick. We are really pumped to bring our jammers some new threads, but we are incredibly thrilled to be debuting a couple hand-made, indie funded, one of a kind keepsakes for all of you tape heads. To celebrate the amazing world of analog and talented independent artists, brands, and labels who help support RFx. Here’s a sneak peek of what we have been hard at work on.
A couple years ago, I got my hands on an insane collection of classic rock, big band and hair metal tapes from a guy on Craigslist. At the bottom of the box, there were 80-90 hand made/numbered mixtapes—some with hand written track lists. The guy who gave them to me explained that his brother-in-law had recently passed, and he had a massive collection of tapes, VHS tapes and records. He told me he was a really cool, musical guy who loved rock and roll. At the time, I just had my RCA RP3503 to play tapes on. So I sorted through the lot, and ended up popping in a random mixtape. Deep Purple came through the speaker, followed by Elvis, REO Speedwagon and K.C. + The Sunshine Band. Just an overall eclectic mix of rock, funk and blues—I was super honored to be in possession of such an awesome collection of tapes, from a guy who had impeccable taste in tunes. I’ve held on to these tapes hoping to find a way to incorporate them into RFx. Recently, I decided to bring these bad boys with me to SXSW. I made some custom artwork, typed up the story behind them, and decided to pass these on to fellow tape heads who thoroughly love and appreciate the mixtape.
Each tape will have the original numbered sticker that came with it (there were only a few that didn’t), and the money we raise from these tapes will go toward our second official complitation tape set to release this summer. We’re here to spread the noise and help independent artists get their music heard. Passionate artists are our life blood, and the indie movement is rich with talented bands of every sound and genre. We’d love to help these artists ain some much deserved exposure and word of mouth, and what better way to do that than with a badass compliation mixtape?
Our First Comp will also be released at the Howl at the Owl showcase, featuring some EPIC bands from all over. From Austin, TX to Malang, Indonesia, the range of talent on this comp is pretty stellar.
We are so anxious to release this mix, but we couldn’t have done it without the awesomely talented artists who contributed their jams, and the uber generous Matthew Marcinowski of Hope for the Tape Deck and Big School Records—who mixed and made our masters, such an amazing guy with amazing projects to back. Check them out.
Come hang with Radio Fonix Apparel, Fleeting Youth Records and the gnarly bands who will be shredding our faces off from 2pm-2am—all day insanity. Come grab a free compilation and check out the new threads we’ll be slanging for all of our beloved jammers. See you soon.
[long live analog]