80/20 supports Arizona Gives Day!

80/20 supports Arizona Gives Day!

To support Arizona Gives Day any purchases made from our store we will double up to $100 to give to Phoenix Conservatory of Music. From Arizona Gives Day website: “Arizona Gives Day is a single statewide day of giving that has raised $4.5 million for Arizona nonprofits since 2013. Participating nonprofits also receive training, marketing support, and a chance to win a portion of $175,000 in prize money. Arizona nonprofits do much more than provide necessary services to our communities – they are an integral part of our state’s economy. Annually, they have an economic impact of $22.4 billion, or nearly 8% of Arizona’s gross state product1, and employ 324,000 people2. Monetary donations are the most direct way to help a nonprofit make an impact: they allow nonprofits to allocate funds where they are most needed. Arizona Gives Day is focused on helping participating nonprofits raise funds that are critical to supporting their work.” From Phoenix Conservatory of Music website: “Over the years The Phoenix Conservatory of Music has demonstrated it’s passion proving sustainability and success while benefiting children, families and the community at large with affordable, accessible and quality music education. Even giving opportunities to those who may not otherwise be given. There is still funding and donations needed to help us continue serving as a resource to fill the gap where music education is needed. With every note played or every voice heard lives are forever changed here. The smiles and confidence of our students reveal how music is an expression of the soul. This gives us fulfillment, meaning and purpose to continue to advance the love of music, nurture the...
Celebrating 8 years!

Celebrating 8 years!

Over the weekend 80/20 Records celebrated its’ 8th anniversary.  Our fearless leader Mike Zimmerlich reflected on the past 8 years and listed the top 8 things he’s learned. 1.  You wear a lot of hats Besides wearing a fedora (bad joke) I’ve performed many roles for the label.  Over the years I’ve been a manager, boom mic operator, music video producer, booking agent, promoter, event organizer, public speaker, music video extra, background vocalist, PR agent, therapist, accountant, roadie, merch guy, social media expert, crowdfunding advisor, and that’s just what I can think of off the top of my head. 2.  Most things won’t work out and that’s ok If I listed the number of things that didn’t go the way I expected it to it would probably be a whole novel.  Needless to say that I’m still here moving forward despite all the setbacks.  Sometimes the timing just isn’t right and an idea you had doesn’t come to life.  Perhaps you were teaming up with someone on a project and even though both were extremely excited it doesn’t come out the way you expected.  I try not to have many regrets, only mistakes that I can learn from. 3.  Nobody really knows what lies ahead I’ve talked with everyone from local artists just getting started to A&R veterans from major labels and one thing has become abundantly clear.  Nobody really knows what the future is going to be like for the music industry. Sure many have their predictions that seem sound but we’re in a very interesting time right now for entertainment and what it means to consume it. ...
Fairy Bones new music video ‘Notes From Wonderland’ drops!

Fairy Bones new music video ‘Notes From Wonderland’ drops!

We are proud to reveal the newest and most exciting music video yet from Fairy Bones.  Straight from their full-length album ‘Dramabot’ is ‘Notes from Wonderland’.  Here’s the official press release:     Fairy Bones Release Music Video for “Notes From Wonderland” Full-Length Album Dramabot Available Now (Phoenix, March 25, 2016) – Fairy Bones is excited to release via Phoenix New Times the music video to “Notes From Wonderland,” off their full-length album Dramabot. The music video was directed by Brandon McGill and Chelsey Louise and features Seth Powers as the lead role of Alice. CLICK HERE to read the full Phoenix New Times review by Mitchell Hillman and watch the video. “Notes from Wonderland” takes a unique twist on the “Alice in Wonderland” theme by introducing an intense and sordid love between Alice (Seth Powers) and Red Queen (Chelsey Louise). Alice wakes up in a bizarre, underground world where he meets the sleazy Caterpillar (Matthew Foos), the psychopathic Cheshire Cat (Robert Ciuca), and the gluttonous Mad Hatter (Ben Foos). On his way to meet the Red Queen to put an end to their sadistic relationship, he is consumed by the deviant behavior of her Kingdom’s subjects. After debuting his documentary Beneath The Surface at Phoenix Comicon, Brandon McGill has returned with his first music video directorial debut, “Notes from Wonderland.” McGill, an accomplished body painter, is intrigued by creative extremes. Dark textures, inventive prosthetics, and dashes of negative space live harmoniously with a vivid color palate. Making her third directorial appearance, Chelsey Louise’s “Waiting” music video was widely praised: Phoenix New Times featured the release of the video, calling it “one demented house party,” while both Sounds Around Town and azcentral called it one of the “Best Music Videos of 2014.” Recently named “Best Local Band” by Phoenix New Times in...
80/20 invades The NAMM Show 2016

80/20 invades The NAMM Show 2016

Our fearless leader, Mike Zimmerlich, along with Robert Ciuca from Fairy Bones as well as Danny Torgersen and Austen Mack from Captain Squeegee ventured to The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. There was fun, education, excitement, and apparently judgment. Mike wrote an article for NARIP (National Association of Recording Industry Professionals) highlighting what he experienced at the convention. Here are some lovely shots of their adventure. Robert enjoying himself with one of Moog’s fancy modular systems.   Gabe from Epic Proportions Tour with Mike and Austen at the Schecter after-party.   Mike, Austen, Danny, and Robert claiming Gibson’s epic guitar...
Indulge into your Guilty Pleasure…again.

Indulge into your Guilty Pleasure…again.

Have you ever found yourself at a show thinking “Man I really wish this band would bust into a Backstreet Boys cover right about now?” Well neither have I. But this Friday, December 18th five local bands will take over The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale for a night of exclusively embarrassing cover songs for the 2nd ever Guilty Pleasures Show presented by 80/20 Records. Last year’s Guilty Pleasures Show featuring Sunset Voodoo, The Hill in Mind, and 80/20’s own Fairy Bones is going to be extremely hard to top, especially packing out the venue. But this year’s lineup might just be crazy enough to do it. On the bill will be local legends of weird; The Woodworks. The new kings of crash; Bear Ghost. Cockbeak; a collaboration between Robert Ciuca from Fairy Bones and Manny Tripodis owner of The Rogue Bar. And in the absence of an official 80/20 Records band we will have two of our intern’s bands as well, The Darling Sounds and Captive Cooks. Since we are throwing this epic show on the very night Disney releases their first Star Wars film, you guys are all encouraged to come to The Rogue bar wearing your nerdiest Star Wars attire. Don’t hold back! You can see the movie literally anytime after it comes out, so spend your Friday night with us celebrating the songs you hate to love in 80/20 fashion. Hope to see you Ewoks...
Captain Squeegee and Fairy Bones performing at MMMF 2016

Captain Squeegee and Fairy Bones performing at MMMF 2016

We are excited to announce that two of our artists, Captain Squeegee and Fairy Bones, will be performing at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in 2016. Official announcement: McDowell Mountain Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup AZ’s 100% non-profit music festival mixes Indie, Electronic and Jam roots for 13th anniversary celebration   PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 13, 2015) – Calling all music fans: McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F) announces the lineup for the 13th annual Festival on March 11-13, 2016. The lineup is as follows by day in alphabetical order (no set order): Friday- Animal Collective, Beck, Big Wild. Saturday- Goldfish, GRiZ, The Main Squeeze, M!nt, Porter Robinson Live, St. Lucia. Sunday- The Avett Brothers, Bird Dog, Gary Clark Jr., Kaleo. Locals- Captain Squeegee, The Haymarket Squares, The Senators, Gus Campbell, Harper & The Moths, CooBee Coo, Huckleberry, Fairy Bones, Ruca (set times and dates TBA). More local and national acts coming soon. As Arizona’s 100% non-profit music festival, M3F is proud to continue its alliance with two local, family-based, non-profit beneficiaries: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center. Since 2004, the Festival has raised more than $1 million for charity. $120,000 was raised for charity during the 2015 festival. Additional details regarding the Festival will be released in months to come, including enhanced experiences for 2016, contests, promo events, and more. VIP, three-day, and single-day tickets will go on sale November 17th at www.mmmf.com. For the latest information, visit www.mmmf.com, or Facebook (www.facebook.com/mcdowellmountainmusicfestival). About McDowell Mountain Music Festival McDowell Mountain Music Festival is Arizona’s musical celebration of Community x Culture x Charity. Since its inception in 2004, McDowell Mountain Music...
“Seek” the truth with Captain Squeegee’s new music video

“Seek” the truth with Captain Squeegee’s new music video

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Captain Squeegee and 80/20 Records is excited to premiere the music video to “S​eek,​” the fifth release from their album, T​o the Bardos! The music video was directed by M​atty Steinkamp (S​undawg Media)​ and stars Shela Yu and Samuel Pena. With many different influences from S​tar Wars to S​tar Trek, ​the video tells the love story of an alien (Yu) and a human (Pena) placed on Earth with the idea that the human would help the alien escape so she can go back home to her planet of Bardonia. C​LICK HERE to read the P​hoenix New Times feature. “When I heard this song for the first time I instantly began writing a concept for the music video,” explains Steinkamp. “I felt the dreamy beginning of the song demanded a cinematic story with a futuristic time period.” Steinkamp goes on to explain that the story shows flashbacks to how they came to fall in love and as well as an action­packed escape sequence ending with the human male being shot by his own kind as the female alien is being beamed up. “I really wanted to make a music video as close to a short film as possible with real­life looking makeup and effects,” he states. Steinkamp has seen local acclaim to fame with his successful music videos for Phoenix favorites, producing multiple music videos for decker., ​F​ayuca,​ J​ared & the Mill,​ L​una Aura, ​as well Captain Squeegee’s previous releases for “F​actory”​ and “S​hift Happens”​. Aside from music videos, Steinkamp and his company completed P​lay: The Documentary, ​in which Steinkamp follows musicians and figures out what drives...
Weird Shows: Fairy Bones Installment

Weird Shows: Fairy Bones Installment

Welcome back to the 80/20 blog! Today, in honor of October and the glorious holiday celebrated at the end of the month, we bring you the first installment of Weird Shows! The following tale comes from Matthew Foos of Fairy Bones. Hands down, the weirdest show we’ve ever played had to be the “festival” in Miami, Arizona. The show was promoted as being a big thing: a great musical line up of Arizona bands in the middle of an art festival. I remember the band being stoked, just like all the other bands we knew were going. It was going to be a great night. So we drive up, and immediately we felt like something was off. The town was desolate. For the first few minutes driving into the city, we only saw closed down and abandoned businesses. It really dampened the whole mood—we felt like we were driving into Death Valley or something. We finally found the gig, in the main stretch of town. It was this rinky-dink art parlor, and in no way could it handle our band. There was one monitor with a mic cable, but no mic…which we didn’t bring, having been told there would be sound, a stage, food, and places to stay. This place had only one outlet, which was already being used by the PA. The owner didn’t even realize that anyone was supposed to playing at his space. Needless to say, we were a little worried. That is when things got weird. The organizer seemed far too relaxed with the haphazard conditions. When asked, where can we plug in, his response...
Phoenix New Times awards Fairy Bones “Best Local Band” of 2015

Phoenix New Times awards Fairy Bones “Best Local Band” of 2015

Phoenix New Times awards Fairy Bones best local band of 2015! With their amazing new album ‘Dramabot’ released earlier this year, Fairy Bones has been working hard touring and promoting the new album. They also released two music videos to accompany Dramabot, Banshee and Waiting which have also been featured in several other media outlets. If you haven’t grabbed Fairy Bones Dramabot yet do yourself and your ears a favor and pick it up off...
80/20 Records goes to New York for Official CMJ Showcase!

80/20 Records goes to New York for Official CMJ Showcase!

We’re extremely excited to announce that we have teamed up with SESAC, FATA Booking Agency, Orange Amplifiers, and Epic Proportions Tour for an Official CMJ Showcase!  Two of our artists, Captain Squeegee and Fairy Bones, will be performing at the event. It will be held on Tuesday, October 13th and Wednesday, October 14th from 12 pm – 4:30 pm at Rockwood Music Hall.   Here is the lineup: Captain Squeegee (Progressive Jazz-Rock) www.captainsqueegee.com Fairy Bones (Post-Punk Revival) www.fairybones.com Playboy Manbaby (Punk, Rock, Garage) www.playboymanbaby.com Luna Aura (Pop, Electronic, Rock) www.lunaauramusic.com Gabe Kubanda (Indie, Pop) www.gabekubanda.com Amy & The Engine (Indie, Pop, Folk, Rock) www.amyandtheengine.com CONTACT (Post-Apocalyptic Pop) www.thisiscontact.net Kevin Burke (Rock) www.kevinburkemusic.com Valise (Alternative) www.valisemusic.com All the Locals (Rock) www.allthelocalsmusic.com Sykes (Alternative Pop) www.sykesband.co.uk Keys & Corridors (Alternative Rock) http://keyscorridors.bigcartel.com/   For more information go...