Captain Squeegee performing at Summerfest

Captain Squeegee performing at Summerfest

Captain Squeegee will be venturing towards Milwaukee to perform at Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival!  They are in good company with artists like Fitz and The Tantrums, Blink-182, Selena Gomez, Weird Al, Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, Blake Shelton, and many more. They will taking on this adventure thanks to the Epic Proportions Tour and performing alongside Gabe Kubanda and Halocene. Make sure to follow Captain Squeegee and Epic Proportions Tour for upcoming dates....
5 Music Videos selected for Phoenix Comicon

5 Music Videos selected for Phoenix Comicon

The Phoenix Comicon Film Festival has officially selected Fairy Bones’ “Notes from Wonderland,” and Captain Squeegee’s “Inevitable,” “Farce 500-Million,” “The Factory,” and “Seek” for feature viewing in the Music Video portion of the festival. We are so proud of all these music videos and the work that both bands and everyone involved put into them. Director and Animator Johnny McHone, from Adult Swim’s “Mr. Pickles,” is the genius behind Captain Squeegee’s claymation video “Inevitable” and their conspiracy cartoon video “Farce 500-Million.” Squeegee also worked with Matty Steinkamp of Sundawg Media, who directed the twisted carnival video “The Factory,” and the video about an alien love affair “Seek.” Fairy Bones’ “Notes From Wonderland” was written and directed by Brandon McGill and the band’s own front woman Chelsey Louise. With the help of McGill’s signature body painting and Jim Hesterman’s photography direction the band released this video in March. We hope to see all of you at Phoenix Comicon this year for what should be a fun and very interesting weekend. WATCH ALL 5 VIDEOS RIGHT HERE: Fairy Bones “Notes From Wonderland” Captain Squeegee “Inevitable” “Farce 500-Million” “The Factory” “Seek” Written by Alex...
Two Tracks make it on Zia’s 10th Local Music Comp

Two Tracks make it on Zia’s 10th Local Music Comp

We are proud to announce that two tracks have officially made it into Zia Records’ “You Heard Us Back When” Volume 10. Fairy Bones – Yeah Pretty Yeah Captain Squeegee – Shift Happens Grab them before they go fast on Record Store Day, April 16th! From Zia Records’ blog: “Zia Records is proud to announce the release and track list of our newest local music compilation, You Heard Us Back When, Volume 10, on sale at all Zia stores on National Record Store Day, Saturday April 16th! This year, marks the 10th installment of our You Heard Us Back When Phoenix/Tucson/Las Vegas local music compilation. We released our first comp way back on the inaugural Record Store Day in 2008, inspired by the compilations we put out in the ’80s and ’90s. Throughout the YHUBW series, we’ve showcased a wide variety of the sounds from the cities Zia calls home and raised thousands of dollars for locally-based charities. This year, we’re excited to feature more sounds than ever before, spread across two discs. From funk to punk, rock to hip-hop, these discs represent the wide variety of sounds happening in our hometowns. From established artists like Mega Ran, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and The Vermin to up-and-coming bands like the Endless Pursuit, Found in Fiction and Resurgence Girls, the comp features 41 songs for $3 dollars – a great Record Store Day deal, with proceeds going to charity! In addition to the two-disc compilation, we’re making a special 10th anniversary collection available on Record Store Day as well. Featuring songs culled from our previous volumes, the collection offers a snap shot of some...
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...