There are some things that for a while now, I’ve thought needed to be said. Maybe they don’t, I’m not sure. All I know is that we’ve been doing this Pig Food Records thing for over 4 years now, and we don’t really have much of a catalog to show for it. We don’t release a project every month. Shit, sometimes we don’t even release a project every 6 months. To some, that may make it appear that this is just something we do for shits and giggles. To an extent, it is. But to a much larger extent, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Pig Food Records is Dezmatic and Dood Computer. It’s Dan and Mitch. It’s really just been the two of us since the beginning. It’s been our time, our money, our connections, our vision, and our execution on everything the label name has ever been attached to. We have always been of the belief that any artistic endeavor that we decide to bring to life, should first exist on a solid foundation of friendship and mutual respect. Why? Because frankly, we’re not making any money. When the idea of some kind of immense financial gain is removed from the equation, the idea of basing decisions on anything other than friendship and talent becomes ridiculous.
We made the decision from day 1 that anything we ever decided to do, we would do the best way we possibly could. No shitty sounding mixes. No shitty looking album art. No ideas that had already been beaten to death by our peers. No half-ass promotion of shows. No last minute changes to release dates. Essentially, our plan was to make everything matter, and avoid releasing anything disposable at all costs. For the most part, I believe we’ve stuck to that philosophy. As we continue to move forward as a label, it’s something we cling to even tighter. As a result, things tend to get spaced out even MORE; ironically, making us seem less productive.
While in California a few weeks ago, Dan and I got involved in a conversation with someone that led us to actually count the amount of upcoming releases slated for PFR. Eleven. Eleven fucking releases. Granted, they’re in varying stages of completion, but there are eleven of them. Some are from artists that we’ve worked with from the gate. Others are from people you already love, but didn’t know we were friends with. Then, there’s a whole third category of upcoming releases that can’t even go under either of those headings… different types of releases and collaborations that we’re excited about specifically because they’re things we’ve never seen executed or even attempted before. We want to tell you about all of them, all the time, but that would be stupid. Suffice it to say, it’s impossibly difficult for either of us to even choose which ones to be the most excited for. That’s the thing though, we’re excited for them because making and releasing music is what we love. It’s what we’re good at. However, as a strictly two-man operation, there are things we’re not good at.
We fucking suck at shipping webstore orders. We’re terrible at it. Sometimes, it takes almost 2 months for one of us to actually get around to going to the post office. We’re working on it, I promise.
We fucking suck at social media. We know HOW to not suck at social media, but sometimes it just seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day. We’re working on it.
We fucking suck at updating this website. If you looked at it last month, you probably would have thought that Pig Food Records stopped existing 6 months prior, and we were just waiting for our hosting plan to expire. We’re working on it.
A lot of the issues that we deal with revolve around this simple idea – if we were constantly telling you what we were doing, there wouldn’t be any time to actually do it. There is a delicate balance that exists between the two, and as an independent label in what I would still consider our infancy, it’s one that we can admit to not yet having mastered. We’re working on it.
Maybe you needed to know that, maybe you didn’t. Regardless, Daniel and I want to express our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for sticking with us thus far on the journey. Thank you. As cliche as it may sound, we really are just getting started.
Oh, and Brain Cave Deluxe is going to change your fucking life.
Believe it or not, sometimes we think you should know about music that we’re not releasing. It IS rare, but sometimes things come out through other avenues that are actually worth listening to. Here are a couple of examples.
ATOMS – “SANDS”
A hundred million years ago, our very own Alaska was a part of a group called Atoms Family. They’ve shaved their ranks down to 3 dudes (Alaska, Cryptic One, & Windnbreeze), and thus shaved “Family” off of their name. They’ve got a new album coming out entitled “SANDS”. The pre-order comes coupled with the download “DEMO’D”, a collection of old shit, now shit, and future shit. Totez worth it. Check it out below.
ACTUATOR – “ACTUATOR EP”
Actuator is 3 rad dudes. elsphinx. Sime Gezus. Big Malk. els & Sime rap. Malk makes the other sounds. We’re not actually sure what an actuator is, but it’s probably something sweet. Digital and physical preorders for the EP are available below. Get it.
Last but not least, do us a favor and click the “like” button on this video. I think Alaska gets credit at the weird rotating-sandwich vending machine at work or something if this video gets more votes than the rest of the submissions. Weird.
Giant Gorilla Dog Thing teamed up with north-of-the-border pal, former King of the Dot Champion, and 1/3 of Flight Distance, Bender, for the final video from their recently released “HORSE”. If you don’t own it yet, get your life together. It’s availalble digitally via iTunes and pretty much everywhere else. If you want a version you can rub and touch, it’s available in 2XLP format (whcih includes a digital download) here. Do it.
Over a thousand sheets of paper later. A little under a thousand days of anticipation later. Somewhere around ten thousand dollars worth of reconstructive surgery later. This thing really exists in the world. And this victory is particularly sweet because there are twenty some odd people who collaborated on this project. Some contemporaries, yes. But more importantly all friends of ours, regardless of the music. Some make tattoos. Some make rap music. Some make jokes. Some make drinks. But one of these people known most for making people smile. We’ve dedicated this superfun, ridiculous, smokey, pukey, gnarly, snowleopardy, what-in-the-entire-world-of-fuck, piece of visual art to a friend who once said, “if it doesn’t make me laugh, don’t even bother”. Our friend Jess (Smiley).
We took a whole bunch of frames from her portion of this video, arranged them, and put them on a limited run of shirts, the proceeds from which will all go to the Donna Crandall Foundation to help Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families.(www.donnacrandallfoundation.org).
This is also the official starting date for Giant Gorilla Dog Thing “HORSE” pre-orders. If you’re not a stupid, idiot, douchebag loser, click here to pre-order. If you haven’t seen the commercial yet (jerkoff), we are in fact releasing this record on full gatefold double LP. We’re also distributing it digitally for you radioactively inclined iPhone junkies. In addition to those, we have a limited run of t-shirts bearing the beastly emblematic album artwork from our good friend Honkey Kong (www.honkeykong.com), as well as the equally limited Smiley shirt.
Don’t blow it.
You read it right, GGDT has finally decided to stop dicking around and release HORSE on March 28th. There are about 6,798 details to share, but we’ll do all that at a later date. For now, we just want you to know it’s happening. It’ll be available digitally, as well as in a gatefold double LP format. Fucking sexy. If you don’t believe us, here’s a video to confirm.