News 26 January, 2009
Hello all! Happy post-inauguration week. The big news today at ruffian is that the Hume LP "Hume Presents the Phat Daughter String Quartet" is out. You can order it here or through Dischord or ask your local record store to get it for you. The LP comes with a coupon good for a free digital download of the entire album, cover art, and liner notes.
In Hume-related news, we'll be stocking the Barkitecture LP in our distro here. For those who don't know, Barkitecture is a trio of musicians including Britton Powell of Hume. Should be available sooner rather than later.
Hume's on the road right now (see tour dates below). Go check them out.And if you want to check out any ruffian stuff before you buy it, it's all available through iTunes (worldwide), Amazon mp3, eMusic, and Rhapsody, where you can preview and/or buy it.
News 1 January, 2009
Happy New Year! I hope you're all well. We have some news to kick off the year. First, the Hume Presents the Phat Daughter String Quartet LP will be out January 26th. It's a side of beautiful and challenging string quartet pieces backed with a side of dub reggae with elements of the string quartet pieces in it. Co-released with Sockets. Hume is hitting the road in a week or so and have been at Swim-Two-Birds with Hugh recording new material. http://www.myspace.com/humesongsAlso Ruffian is printing shirts. Not sure how far we'll take it, but the first shirt is going to be a benefit for marriage equality in DC. You can see it to the right over there. We'll be donating the proceeds of the shirt after costs to an organization or organizations working for marriage equality in the District. I'm going to be taking suggestions and polling people to determine where the money should go.
rr015 Hand Fed Babies - Line of Control is available for download through iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, and Rhapsody. Knock yerselves out.
Hume on Tour:
Jan 9 2009 8:00P
Nara Sushi Richmond, Virginia
Jan 10 2009 8:00P
Da Da Doll House Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Jan 11 2009 8:00P
The New French Bar Asheville, North Carolina
Jan 12 2009 8:00P
Go Bar Athens, Georgia
Jan 13 2009 9:00P
The 16th Chapel w/ Hot Love, Normanoak, Apache Dropout. Dang!Fever Bloomington, Indiana
Jan 14 2009 8:00P
The Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Jan 15 2009 8:00P
Morning Glory Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jan 16 2009 9:00P
Death By Audio w/ Hologram, Reading Rainbow, & Enternal Summers Brooklyn, New York
Jan 17 2009 8:00P
Sherman Arts w/ Br’er & Memes Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 18 2009 11:00A
(early)Live on WKDU 91.7 Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 18 2009 8:00P
The Hexagon Baltimore, Maryland
Jan 19 2009 8:00P
The Lighthouse D.C., Washington DC
Jan 20 2009 8:00P
Peter B’s Log Basement Baltimore, Maryland
Jan 22 2009 8:00P
Lit Lounge Manhattan, New York
Jan 23 2009 8:00P
Radio Bean Burlington, Vermont
Jan 24 2009 8:00P
Lab Synthese Outremont, Montreal, Quebec
Jan 25 2009 8:00P
The Dooryard Portland,, Maine
Jan 26 2009 8:00P
The Outpost cambridge, Massachusetts
Feb 3 2009 10:30P
Club Ding-a-Ling/Hyperion Tavern Los Angeles, California
Feb 6 2009 8:00P
The Hickey Underworld Long Beach, California
Feb 8 2009 8:00P
Echo Curio Echo Park, California
News 19 September, 2008
Heads up! The ruffian catalogue is now available digially through iTunes (worldwide), eMusic, Amazon.com, and Rhapsody. All out of print and unavailable releases are available through those stores. We'll be working on setting up a ruffian digital store as well.Hugh and Britt Powell (of Barkitecture and other local avant-punk/jazz/prog outfits) have been working at Swim-Two-Birds on a 12" of the Phat Daughter String Quartet. More details coming soon but this record is awesome. It will be released by Ruffian and Sockets (the label run by Sean (of Hand Fed Babies, FFFFs, etc.).
The new Hand Fed Babies album, Line of Control, is avaiable digitally from iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, and Rhapsody as well. A physical release is forthcoming on Ruffian and Sockets.
Check in for plans for other releases and updates soon.
--Ruff News 15 September, 2008
Quick update to let you know that the Ruffian Catalogue is up on Emusic (www.emusic.com). It will also be available online through iTunes, Amazon.com, and Rhapsody. We will also be making the records available for direct download at some point in the near future, as well as releasing some digital-only releases directly. And there's another project we have going that's related, so check back in here to keep posted on that.
News Early August, 2008
Hello all, apologies for the typically long delay in news. We have quite a bit of it though.
First of all, Equinox has been playing shows in and around DC this spring and summer returning to live performance after over two years of writing and recording. Early live configurations featured Justin and Collin of Sentai and Jess from Gestures alongside Saran and Hugh. The current configuration features Sean from Hand Fed Babies and Sam from piano/drum avant-punk rockers Baby Killer Estelle joined them on percussion at a show with DC's Turboslut and Portland's The Nw Bloods. John of The Cornel West Theory will be joining the line-up as well. The live shows have taken the place of recording activities but expect some kind of preview of the new recordings this fall.
Hand Fed Babies is reconfiguring as well, with the addition of Justin from Sentai on drums, a transition for Hugh from synths and vocals to upright bass, and Sean picking up guitar and continuing towork the electronics. They are still working on getting songs together with this new line-up but are hoping to have something concrete soon. The HFB album "Line of Control" will be released as a joint venture between Ruffian and Sean's Sockets label. The label will most likely be released online before a CD release (more on this below).
Justin and Collin from Sentai have been playing in Gestures alongside Caution Curves' Rebecca Mills and a hell of a horn section. Collin has been playing in Buildings and Justin has been playing in Hypnoleopard. There are also rumors of a Harpoon Vs. Sixgun recording coming soon.
Aerialist has been playing shows again with an expanded line-up. Check it out.The exciting news is that after years of trying to make it happen, the entire Ruffian catalogue will be made available online, hopefully by the end of the summer. Look for it on a couple of the major download outlets and soon thereafter on our website. We'll also have audio clips of all of the songs in the catalogue available. This will allow us to make out of print releases like the Exaspirin CS available again. We also hope to use this capability to make unreleased tracks and digital only releases available. Many bands close to Ruffian made recordings that deserve, but have never seen, a release and the ability to release music online should allow us to rectify this.
There are some other releases in the pipeline which are being figured out, so keep posted.
Swim-Two-Birds, Hugh's studio, is being reorganized and it's capabilities expanded by Hugh, with the help of Chad VanNortwick . Look for a website linked to these pages soon with updates on what's been going on there.
Much of the forward movement on the Ruffian front has been made possible by the work of Andy Aylward over the summer. He's the guy taking over the website and doing the gruntwork of all this new-fangled digital media stuff.
News 4 December 2007:
News 1 February, 2007
Marriage Equality DC T-shirt
This is the first Ruffian T-shirt. After cost almost all money from sales of this shirt will be donated to an organization or organizations working for marriage equality in DC. Organization to be determined so send us recommendations. The Human Rights Campaign is ineligible. Shirts are currently only red ink on grey shirt and sizes S, M, L, and XL but we'll expand the selection and sizes if there's any interest. Shirts are sweatshop-free and union-made. Shirts with slightly irregular print are also available for $15.
Hume Presents the Phat Daughter String Quartet LP
1. For Rabbit (Jane)
2. Nach Mond Treiben (Gru)
3. Oneirnaut (Elizabeth)
4. EXP (Catherine)
5. For Rabbit (version)
6. Nach Mond Treiben (version)
Hand Fed Babies - Line of Control
(Available through iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and eMusic)
2. Oh Chariot
5. Slow Bring Me
6. Oceanic Howl
7. Nails Through the Tongues of Liars
8. Until Our Voices Dissolve
9. Symptoms of an Illness
11. Line of Control
Sentai - Full Representation CD
1. Partial Representation
2. Mill Party/Yamagata/Joe
3. Age Of Information
5. Can You Feel It Now?
7. Extraordinary Rendition
8. Everything Change Everything
11. Signed, DC
Bird Noises CDEP
*Out of Stock*
1. Yellow Journalism
2. Hold that Thought
3. Red Channel
Hand Fed Babies CDEP
2. The Fisherman Feels It
3. Islands of Loyalty
4. Our Streams
5. 15,000 Birds Marching
7. Scorpion and Barbed Wire
Equinox - Raise Up CDEP
1. Love in the Form of All Days
3. Sphere of Light
La Mi Vida Violenta / Sentai Split CDEP
1. Battle Of Magenta
3. Black Jellybeans
4. Collin Response
5. Everything Change Everything