Onus Records Valentine’s Day Pop Up Store offers 16 new titles

Online event likened to a “digital Record Store Day”
POPUPInspired by the number of Valentines Day Pop Up stores turning up in Sunnyslope ready to sell cheap roses and heart shaped helium balloons to any last-minute lovers, Onus Records CEO and President Tommy Globbit announced that Onus will have its own Valentines Day Pop Up Store, offering over a dozen unique free downloads that will be available only on Valentines Day for all the single ladies and gentlemen with little else to look forward to.

“We’re redecorating our whole page, so when you log on to onusrecords.bandcamp.com, you’re going to see lots of gaudy hearts but also 16 new tracks, many by artists not normally associated with Onus Records, people violating their exclusivity agreements with other labels just so they can take part in this event,” says Globbit. “There’ll be some Heritage Hump singles that will be available at no other time,  two more Beat Angels tracks, both unissued, an advance cut from Father’s Days upcoming album, not out till May, more Heritage Hump titles by Trunk Federation, Sugar High and Serene Dominic, plus the first sneak peak of what you might find on Onus’ upcoming alt-country label, Ca-Ho-Nus and Zonus, our avant garde label. We hoped to have them ready this weekend, but the artwork  was too offensive,”

Oddly enough, two bits of  Valentine’s Day “temporary inventory,” an reissue of  the rare Trunk Federation b-side “Turtle” and the first-ever official release by The Human Torch, the epic “Closure/Dirty Power Parts 1 & 2” Carry Parental advisory labels, an Onus first!

keyhole“Some will be previews of things Onus will eventually roll out. And of course every Single of the Weekend we’ve introduced will be mixed in with a lot of what I like to call our ‘temporary inventory.'”

Globbit likens this event to a kind of digital Record Store Day, designed to make people remember how cool free downloads are.

“Ten years ago you couldn’t stop kids from downloading free music,” he sighs. “Now  everyone wants to stream. We’re doing this to remind people how cool it is to have collectors mp3s on your computers and cellphones. Well, some people will say mp3s were never cool. Well they said the same thing about cassettes and 8-tracks and they all had their heyday. Not it’s digital downloads’ turn to get the nostalgic hipster treatment.”

Full inventory listing of unique FREE Valentines Day Pop Up Store titles:

No Volcano – Keyhole
Beat Angels –  Merry-Go-Round
Beat Angels – 24 Hour Porn Star
Father’s Day– I Like Your Mom
Drunk N Horny – Let’s Get Naked
Eric VanAusdal– Square Pegs
Serene Dominic – Marcella
Serene Dominic & the Semi-Detached– Act Like You’re My Baby
The Human Torch – Closure/Dirty Power Part 2
The Extended Play – The Measure
Sugar High – It’s All Right The Way You Live
Trunk Federation – New Year’s Baby
Trunk Federation –  Turtle
P@rn – Tight Wad
Brooklyn Beard – Independent Thought
Friends of Antartica – Let’s See Other People

 

Onus’ Valentines Day Pop-Up Store Coming This Weekend!!

Online event likened to a “digital Record Store Day”

POPUPInspired by the number of Valentines Day Pop Up stores turning up in Sunnyslope ready to sell cheap roses and heart shaped helium balloons to any last-minute lovers, Onus Records CEO and President Tommy Globbit announced that Onus will have its own Valentines Day Pop Up Store, offering over a dozen unique free downloads that will be available only on Valentines Day for all the single ladies and gentlemen with little else to look forward to.

“We’re redecorating our whole page, so when you log on to onusrecords.bandcamp.com, you’re going to see lots of gaudy hearts but also a surprising number of tracks, many by artists not normally associated with Onus Records, people violating their exclusivity agreements with other labels just so they can take part in this event,” says Globbit. “There’ll be some Heritage Hump singles that will be available at no other time,  two more Beat Angels tracks, both unissued, an advance cut from Father’s Days upcoming album, not out till May, more Heritage Hump titles by Trunk Federation, Sugar High and Serene Dominic, plus the first sneak peak at Onus’ upcoming alt-country label, Ca-Ho-Nus and Zonus, our avant garde label.”

keyhole“Some will be previews of things Onus will eventually roll out. And of course every Single of the Weekend we’ve introduced will be mixed in with a lot of what I like to call our ‘temporary inventory.'”

Globbit likens this event to a kind of digital Record Store Day, designed to make people remember how cool free downloads are.

“Ten years ago you couldn’t stop kids from downloading free music,” he sighs. “Now  everyone wants to stream. We’re doing this to remind people how cool it is to have collectors mp3s on your computers and cellphones. Well, some people will say mp3s were never cool. Well they said the same thing about cassettes and 8-tracks and they all had their heyday. Not it’s digital downloads’ turn to get the nostalgic hipster treatment.”

Full inventory listing of unique FREE Valentines Day Pop Up Store titles:

No Volcano – Keyhole
Beat Angels –  Merry-Go-Round
Beat Angels – 24 Hour Porn Star
Father’s Day– I Like Your Mom
Drunk N Horny – Let’s Get Naked
Eric VanAusdal– Square Pegs
Serene Dominic – Marcella
Serene Dominic & the Semi-Detached– Act Like You’re My Baby
The Human Torch – Closure/Dirty Power Part 2
The Extended Play – The Measure
The Jones Affair – TBA
The Bittersweet Way – TBA
Sugar High – It’s All Right The Way You Live
Trunk Federation – History of Dead Ends
Trunk Federation –  TBA
My Name is Ryan – Tight Wad
P@rn – Tight Wad
Brooklyn Beard – Independent Thought
Friends of Antartica – Let’s See Other People
Cole Summers – Scranton
Maricopa Beef Exporters – What Are You In For?

 

 

Onus Records mounts “We Want Your Email” campaign in an attempt to anti-social network with you!

Photo by M.V. Cornelius

Photo by M.V. Cornelius

Hot off the heels of its successful label launch blowout and the release party for No Volcano’s “Who Saved the Party” CD, Onus Records CEO Tommy Globbit announced plans to mount a new campaign, one designed to ween the label off its dependency on social media sites (especially the one with the initials FB) to help spread the word about The World’s First Non-Profit Record Label ™ and its steady stream of quality controlled releases, which in the past few weeks have included Singles of the Weekend by No Volcano, Scorpio vs Tarantula, Serene Dominic & the GemSeekers and The Braille Building plus Heritage Hump singles by Haggis, Trunk Federation, The Pistoleros and The Beat Angels.

“Basically, Facebook is trying to shake us and our followers down for our lunch money,” Globbit complained. “We invited all these wonderful people, OUR PERSONAL FRIENDS, to our party and now they are crashing it and trying to sell them life insurance.”

This week's Single of the Weekend by The Egregious Brothers & Sister Hill.

This week’s Single of the Weekend by The Egregious Brothers & Sister Hill.

Whereas Globbit claimed to have developed an algorithm designed to beat Facebook’s algorithm at its own game, he ruminates. “it’s only a matter of time before their greed in trying to monetize their social network will eclipse our mission statement to bring free music to our fans and friends.” Globbit’s latest idea that everyone who sees an Onus post leaves an “I have seen this message” comment, seems to be working, is a temporary fix at best.

So in order for you to receive weekly reports of all the music and events coming out of Sunnyslope (the future musical capital of the world), we are starting a “We Want Your Email” campaign. If you have downloaded a Single of the Weekend in the last few weeks, you would have already left an email address but for those of you who enjoy streaming our ever expanding catalog, joining our “anti-social network” campaign ensures that when you are ready to bolt Facebook or any other social network platform you’re on to insure you are always up-to-date.

If you wish to receive our weekly “Onus Records Monday Morning Hollaback” newsletter, send a private email to onusrecords@gmail.com

And it goes without saying, we will not use your email for any other reason except to bring you the finest in Sunnyslope soul like this week’s Single of the Weekend by The Egregious Brothers and Sister Hill entitled “You Can Love a Song. And believe you me, these guys and gal can sing a rainbow!

In other news, No Volcano is already said to be working on a second record. The foursome debuted three brand new songs at the February 7th CD release party at The Pressroom: “Handsome Lover,” “Summer Home” and “Death in a Dream.”

This week’s scheduled Heritage Hump single is Sugar High and a song from their 2008 album Let the Sunshine Out. I can say no more.

 

No Volcano release “Who Saved the Party,” CD Release Party at The Pressroom Saturday, Feb. 7

World holds vigil for digital and physical album, all-star CD release party!
No Volcano's debut CD "Who Saved the Party" is the first physical release from Onus Records.

No Volcano’s debut CD “Who Saved the Party” is the first physical release from Onus Records.

This week  Sunnyslope’s architects of alt-rock and sultans of song No Volcano  bring to you the brilliant blend of bone crunching rhythms, lyrical mystery and guitar gamesmanship that  their previous music videos for  “Tribute” and “New York Drugstore” only hinted out. Now in the privacy or your own home, car or isolation chamber you can enjoy the entire nine-song opus, available for digital download purchase at onus.bandcamp.com

Those of you who like to hold things in your hand, the physical CD  of “Who Saved the Party” is available at Stinkweeds, Revolver Records and Zia’s Record Exchange. Ask your local record dealer for it by name!
who saved the 45To commemorate the release, Onus Records is making the title track Who Saved the Party?” its Single of the Weekend, available for free download. There will also be a Trunk Federation Heritage Hump single available for free download on Wednesday, Heritage Hump Day. Check Onus Records download station for details.
This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 7:30, show begins 8:30.

No Volcano release debut album “Who Saved the Party,” CD release party February 7

World hold vigil for digital and physical album, CD release party!
No Volcano's debut CD "Who Saved the Party" is the first physical release from Onus Records.

No Volcano’s debut CD “Who Saved the Party” is the first physical release from Onus Records.

This week  Sunnyslope’s architects of alt-rock and sultans of song No Volcano  bring to you the brilliant blend of bone crunching rhythms, lyrical mystery and guitar gamesmanship that  their previous music videos for  “Tribute” and “New York Drugstore” only hinted out. Now in the privacy or your own home, car or isolation chamber you can enjoy the entire nine-song opus, available for digital download purchase at onus.bandcamp.com

Those of you who like to hold things in your hand, the physical CD  of “Who Saved the Party” is available at Stinkweeds, Revolver Records and Zia’s Record Exchange. Ask your local record dealer for it by name!
who saved the 45To commemorate the release, Onus Records is making the title track Who Saved the Party?” its Single of the Weekend, available for free download. There will also be a Trunk Federation Heritage Hump single available for free download on Wednesday, Heritage Hump Day. Check Onus Records download station for details.
This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 7:30, show begins 8:30.

Single of the Weekend moved to Monday morning!

maurice

Maurice Hardaway of The Braille Building performing “I’ve Known Her to Be That Way” at the Onus Records Launch Party and Press Conference on January 14, 2015,

A surprising majority of the people who voted in our “What day should Single of the Weekend come out?” poll thought that Monday morning was the time such amusement was gravely needed, after the weekend prior has just receded. Said Onus CEO Tommy Globbit, “This way you have it the whole week and just as the weekend ends , a new Single of the Weekend can take its place. When you are creating something of temporary value, you gitta take these things into consideration.”

It is for this reason that this week’s scheduled Single of the Weekend (“I’ve Known Her to Be That Way” by The Braille Building) will be only slightly delayed. This is also partly due to an accident that occured when Braille Building’s blind singer Maurice Hardaway slipped on a Triscuit that was carelessly left on the foot of the stage at Wednesday Night’s otherwise successful Onus Records Press Conference and Launch Party. Hardaway appeared solo with some vocal assistance from Serene Dominic and premiered the song to a warm and loving reception before falling flat on his sunglasses.

Some minor vocal overdubs on the recording were ordered by the Onus Quality Control Board for imminent Friday release but Hardaway, who sustained an index finger injury in  the fall, would not be able to read his perforated lead sheets properly until Sunday at the very earliest.

Also making her debut as an Onus Recording Artist was Donna Fortunata, who performed her upcoming “Single of the Weekend” entitled “What’s One More Soul 2 the Devil?” She was joined onstage by her over-protective brother Sulley, who reportedly roughed up a reporter from Nearby News he thought was getting too nearby to Donna. There is no truth to the story that he then made said writer swallow the contents of his fountain pen. At least we hope not.

If you do not agree that moving the “Single of the Weekend” to Monday is a good idea, please vote in our still ongoing poll. And by all means, download and stream the music already available for weekend listening on our Onusrecords.bandcamp.com page, including this week’s Heritage Hump single by The Pistoleros and previous tracks by No Volcano, Beat Angels, Wes and the Westdales and Serene Dominic.

 

 

Live Worldwide Streaming of the Onus Records Press Conference Wed Jan. 14 at The Rhythm Room starts at 7:30 PM MST

10626232_10205697606422405_9196750690112449543_oThis just in, for friends of Onus Records in far-flung parts of the world-and all ships at seas – Onus Records is STREAMING THE ENTIRE PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE ON THE WEB! Just click on this link www.whetstonemm.com at 7:30 PM Mountain Standard Time and you will see a direct feed of the entire press conference at the world-famous Rhythm Room in Phoenix which will feature No Volcano, Serene Dominic, Wes and the Westdales, Eric VanAusdal, Donna Fortunata and Maurice Hardaway  of The Braille Building. There will be no need to log in or download anything,. It will be like turning on a TV channel. Onus Records CEO will also be on hand to answer questions and recreate his handshake agreement with No Volcano and present them will a large check which they will be unable to cash at any sized bank. Be a part of history – this is a once in a lifetime experience. Nothing like this has happened in the history of Sunnyslope since a big letter S appeared on a mountain and people thought aliens did it!

Performing after the press conference will be Serene Dominic and the GemSeekers, The Bittersweet Way, The Breakup Society and Man From Bland.

There is no cover charge so come with your questions even if you are not a member of the press or even own a library card. Doors open at 7 PM. Free Onus promotional swag for the first 100 people who come through the door.

Onus Records’ 2015 Year at a Glance

westdalesJanuary 3, 2015 – The release of the first “Single of the Weekend” by Wes and the Westdales.  Preston Geiger, the money-minded member of the group, unhappy about the label’s non-profit status, worked in a blatant product placement reference in order to monetize the group’s maiden effort.

January 4, 2015  – Onusrecords.com launched!

January 6, 2015  An in-depth interview with Onus C.E.S.P. (Creative Embedded Song Producer) Serene Dominic on Song River’s CowGirlZen blog reveals an interesting tidbit about where Onus Records’ CEO Tommy Globbit got the money for the company:
“Serene Dominic: Tommy set up the label when he got some money from an insurance settlement. He got t-boned against the side of a building by a car that bounded onto the sidewalk. It’s amazing he can still use his right arm. There’s another lawsuit pending from the accident, I probably shouldn’t talk about, but I heard Tommy and the driver are going to join forces and sue the makers of the erectile dysfunction pill the driver was taking, which he’s claiming kicked in 48 hours too late and caused him to step on the gas.”

beatang January 7, 2015 – Heritage Hump series launched with the Beat Angels’ “She Shoots Starlight”  in tandem with the blog launch on Phoenix New Times. For a defunct band, the response was through the roof and 100 Beat Angels fans downloaded the first Heritage Hump single on the first day. Even producer Gilby Clarke downloaded a copy. Remember next Wednesday, January 14, a new Heritage Hump single and blog will go up and this neat little curio will be Internet vapor.

tributeJanuary 9, 2015 – The second “Single of the Weekend” – No Volcano’s “Tribute” is posted.

January 9, 2015 – The first copies of No Volcano’s “Who Saved the Party” become available at Stinkweeds Records.

January 14 – In addition to the next Heritage Hump single, there is the Onus Records Press Conference and Label Launch at the Rhythm RoomNo Volcano will be there to answer questions and take part in the official Onus Handshaking Ceremony with Onus CEO Tommy Globbit. Serene Dominic will officiate the Q&A conference. which will also feature other Onus acts  Donna Fortunata, Wes and the Westdales and Eric VanAusdal.

 

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No Volcano Signs Deal With Onus Records

Handshaking Ceremony to Take Place  January 14
at the world famous Rhythm Room

This week the Phoenix modern rock quartet No Volcano turned a few heads when they made a handshake agreement to have their music distributed by Onus Records, the world’s first deliberately designed non-profit record label. Under this arrangement, the group retains all money collected from the physical sale of its albums while Onus can continue to earn no moneys from the band by giving away digital singles of the group. carmen Garza photo

“It’s a honor to have No Volcano on the label, ” says Onus founder and CEO Tommy Globbit. “Trunk Federation cast a long shadow across the Phoenix music scene and I’m confident No Volcano will do the same.”

Says No Volcano’s Jim Andreas, “We met at Tommy’s house and realized we were each other’s kind of people over beer and Triscuits. So we’re terribly proud to be the first rock band to kick off Sunnyslope’s first soul label in four decades.”

Although hands have already been shaken, the band will recreate this event for cameras and public alike when Onus Records officially launches with a Launch Party and Press Conference. Although No Volcano will not be performing that night, they will be showcasing their videos “Tribute” and “New York Drugstore.” Both tracks loom large on the bands upcoming debut album, “Who Saved The Party?” Onus will release the album on February 3, 2015. Performing after the press conference will be Serene Dominic and the GemSeekers, The Bittersweet Way, The Breakup Society and Man From Bland.
Before forming in 2013, Chris Kennedy (drums) and Jim Andreas (guitar/vocals) were in one of Phoenix’s most exciting bands of The Nineties, Trunk Federation, who were signed to Aliunnamedas Records, home of Archers of Loaf, Yo La Tengo, Small and Knapsack.
No Volcano unites the heart and soul of that band with Jeremy Randall (guitar/keys) of Colorstore and Jake Sevier (bass). And they’ve wasted no time, opening shows for The Radar Brothers, Quasi and Jacco Gardner and garnering accolades from the Arizona Republic and Phoenix New Times.To read more about No Volcano and Onus Records, read this recent writeup from Phoenix New Times.
http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2014/12/onus_records_launches_with_motown-inspired_songwriting_model.php
Here’s is their video for “Tribute”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY7KfFBbFII
No Volcano are:
Jim Andreas: Vocals and Guitar
Chris Kennedy: Drums
Jeremy Randall: Guitar, Keys
Jake Sevier: Bass

“Song of the Weekend” Launched!

PreviewWho said there’s no such thing as a free launch? We here at Onus Records are so excited about the Song of the Weekend that we jumped the gun and launched it at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve instead of the customary Thursday night.  The song is called “Tightening Your Grip on Me” by Wes and the Westdales and it is of course downloadable for free at your leisure from our Onus Records Bandcamp site.

It’s still too early to tell how well it’s doing except that a lot more people are streaming it than downloading. I know you people don’t think music is something that can be owned but really, get it on your Mac or PC and you’ll have it for all time unless we lose the electricity war and have to return to Edison cylinders.

Beats  per minute: 168 Playing Time: 3:20  Features cowbell Contains one outstanding dumb line Avoids  the 3 cringe words

Beats per minute: 168
Playing Time: 3:20
Features cowbell
Contains one outstanding dumb line
Avoids the three cringe words

We thought it would be a good tie to examine just how well Wes and the 

Westdales adhered to the Onus Hit Making Formula we’ve posted earlier on this blogsite.

We spotted one violation of Tenet Number 1, that songs should be in a major key with an average of 135 beats per minute. While it is in a major key, it’s paced at a heart-fatiguing 168 beats  per minute!

It does follow the present tense rule, clocks in ten seconds under 3:30, has a cowbell that insures the south will like it and has at least one dumb line “Tighter than Titanium man’s tights.” and it avoids any use of the cringe words  “society,” “fantasy” and “badonkadonk.”

So out of 12 tenets, Wes and the Westdales followed 5 and a half. Coming up this week, the launch of the “Heritage Hump” series in which we feature a vintage Phoenix band and make a collectors’ item that will be available for only seven days.