Aquabear Releases Dead Winds of Summer’s New Album, All Proceeds From This and All Aquabear Releases Go To Athens County Covid-19 Response Fund

We are excited to release the newest Dead Winds of Summer album False Past on Aquabear Legion (ABL-017). This record and all of Aquabear’s streaming releases are all “pay what you want” and all funds raised will be donated to the Athens County Covid-19 Response Fund hosted at Rural Action. This is the newest release from Andrew Lampela’s drone/experimental moniker.

In addition, we are donating all sales of records and tapes online minus shipping costs to this cause for the near future. So you can support local music while also supporting an important cause and lifeline for area businesses, farmers, and community members.

The Aquabear Legion is proud to be based in Athens County and it is our home. 

Please check out all of our releases on Bandcamp and at our Store. Thanks in advance.

You can also stream and download Aquabear Legion Volume 8 over at our Bandcamp page right now. It’s free to download, but you can name your price and throw us a couple bucks if you are so inclined. This is our 16th release and our third of 2020. You can buy the other two on vinyl and cassette here, or listen to them here. All proceeds from any of these (outside of shipping) will be donated to the fund mentioned above. We are going to try to subsidize that shipping best we can too.

THE UNION OPENING WEEKEND!!!

WEDNESDAY MAY 25TH 5PM (FREE SHOW)

Water Witches -12:30
Hex Net – 11:30
Blond – 10:30
Summoners – 9:30
Dj Barticus – 8:30

THURSDAY MAY 26TH 5PM (FREE SHOW)
Hellnaw -12:30
Weird Science -11:30
Slackluster -10:30
Dysfunktional Family -9:30
Dune – 8:30
Unmonumental – 7:30

FRIDAY MAY 27TH 8PM ($5 cover)
Watch Them Rot – 12:30
Rogues – 11:30
Bless The Child – 10:30
Under The Combine – 9:30

SATURDAY MAY 28TH 8PM ($5 cover)
The D-Rays – 12:30
The Snails – 11:30
Blam Blams – 10:30
S.W. Hedrick – 9:30

Downstairs doors open at 5PM (Wed.-Sat.)
The Union will be closed Sunday May 29th.

Aquabear presents Andrew Bryant, The Gunshy, + Mike Elliott at Donkey This Friday!

Andrew Bryant (of Water Liars) plays Friday night at Donkey with The Gunshy and Mike ElliottAquabear is putting on a great show this Friday, April 17th at Donkey Coffee at 17 W. Washington St. in Athens, Ohio! Oxford, Mississippi’s Andrew Bryant (of the amazing Water Liars) comes to town to play songs from his brand new album This is the Life and is joined by Chicago’s The Gunshy and Athens, Ohio’s own Mike Elliott. Show starts at 8:00pm and tickets are $5 in advance at Haffa’s Records in Uptown Athens or $6 at the door.

Bryant describes his own background this way, “I was born 34 years ago in Oxford, Mississippi, to a sawmill father and a church piano playing mother. One taught me how to work and the other how to sing, and I try to do both as much as possible. Maybe the work isn’t as backbreaking as it was for me when I was younger and maybe the songs have changed, but I learned a lot in those day about what it takes to keep going, to not give up. I learned how to sing when my soul was down. Now I find that I just can’t quit.” He has been making music his whole life but has released 6 solo albums (including this year’s beautiful record This is the Life which you can buy right here) and made a few more with his band Water Liars.

Whether alone or with a piecemeal band, Matt Arbogast has spent a good part of the last ten years on the road. His most recent effort Silent Songs is largely a reflection of his decision a few years ago to take a break from touring and, ultimately, to return. Silent Songs is The Gunshy’s first full-length record since 2007’s There’s No Love In This War. That record, based on letters Arbogast’s grandfather wrote to his grandmother during World War II, earned attention from quite a few folks. From Magnet and The Onion to a 45 minute interview on NPR’s The Story, the album was well received and seemed to stick with its listeners. Enough so that NPR did a follow up interview with Arbogast the following Memorial Day. Arbogast and company have shared stages with Elliott Smith, Andrew WK, Mountain Goats, Magnolia Electric Co., William Elliott Whitmore, Deer Tick, Lucero, Murder By Death, Langhorne Slim, Frank Turner, and many others.

Mike Elliott is one of Brian’s favorite songwriters in the world and a longtime supporter and lifetime Aquabear Legion member. Mike hails from Athens and plays out and puts out records with his band Supernobody that join an extensive catalog of solo albums. If you haven’t seen Mike play, you should. And if you have, then I hope to see you there anyway.

 

Aquabear Will Release Double LP Compilation in 2015, Pre-order on Indiegogo Now

The Aquabear (painted here by Athens artist Emily Beveridge) will release a double LP, 24 song vinyl comp in Spring 2015.
The Aquabear (painted here by Athens artist Emily Beveridge) will release a double LP, 24 song vinyl comp in Spring 2015.

Since 2004, Aquabear has worked with over 200 bands and dozens of visual artists and filmmakers. And in that time produced 10 releases including compilations of Ohio music both physical and for free on aquabearlegion.com. But we REALLY want to put out some vinyl. And since we just celebrated our 10th birthday it seemed like a double LP is the way to go. 24 songs from 24 of Ohio’s best bands on 2 LPs. Printed, pressed, designed, and played in Ohio. You can support this project and pre-order your copy at our Indiegogo page here. Please help us spread the word folks!

To help raise money and make some more things in the process we are partnering we a couple local artists for some really cool special items. Charlie Touvell will be making some limited edition prints based on his artwork for the record’s liner notes and even some custom drawings too. We will be making some brand new hoodies and of course have t-shirts, colored vinyl, and countless random Aquabear items we might send along. We sincerely appreciate your support of this project.

Aquabear 2015 will include music from 24 Ohio bands on 2 LPs:
The 1984 Draft, Black Owls, Connections, Dead Hand of Man, Dead Winds of Summer, The D-Rays, The Guitars, Herzog, Hookers Made Out of Cocaine, Hyrrokkin, Joseph Airport, Kid Tested, The Kyle Sowashes, The Motel Beds, Murderedman, Nick Tolford & Company, She Bears, Speaking Suns, Sport Fishing USA, Supernobody, Unmonumental, Weedghost, Weird Science, and WV White.

We have always wanted to make a record, and these are some really amazing songs to do it with. The plan is that if this works we will keep doing it with more and more bands in the future. Here’s a video!

Aquabear Puts Up Two New Comps FOR FREE! More comps to come this Fall!

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Volume-3

Aquabear Legion Volume 2 and Aquabear Legion Volume 3 are now available for FREE DOWNLOAD, and three more compilations will be joining those shortly too. All in celebration of Aquabear’s 5th anniversary! 5 years = 5 new and free compilations. Add those 5 to the 3 already up and you got yourself a whole lot of free downloads. These two compilations were originally released as physical CD’s, and are available here for the first time. Two out-of-print Cleveland area compilations from years past will be put up in the coming weeks (including one from 1997 originally released on cassette, and the fantastic Refugee Records compilation) and Brian’s own first compilation The Moose Is Loose (which dates back to 2003 and pre-dates Aquabear!). Get them here.

Aquabear Reader #3! Submissions and Advertisers Needed!

The Athens-based Ohio music, art, and film collective Aquabear Legion is starting to get ready for the third issue of our FREE magazine The Aquabear Reader and we need your help!

The Aquabear Reader needs writers, photographers and anyone who wants to help to contact us. This is a 2,000 hard copy circulation magazine made right here in Athens and available all around town, in addition we also make the Reader available on our website as a .pdf.

We are open to ideas for stories and features and also have a lot of our own if you need an idea.

The Aquabear Reader remains a FREE publication because of support from our advertisers, if you are a local business or organization that would like to reach an audience from Athens and around Ohio while supporting a good cause and organization send us an e-mail to contact@aquabearlegion.com and we will send you information on our very reasonable advertising rates (starting at $50!).

CONTACT US ASAP if you are interested we want issue 3 out before summer!

You can also go take a look at the first two issues online here:
http://www.aquabearlegion.com/aquabear-reader/

E-mail us for more information at contact@aquabearlegion.com or visit our website at www.aquabearlegion.com

Support your local Aquabear!

Aquabear Pancake Breakfast @ ARTS/West on 1/25

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Aquabear Legion is holding a Pancake Breakfast in the basement of ARTS/West on Sunday, J
anuary 25th from 2pm-5pm. This is our big fundraiser for the Aquabear County Fair on March 5-7, 2009 and we want everyone to come out and support local music and art! Come eat all the pancakes you have along with coffee, juice, and maybe even a little bacon. Tickets are ONLY $5! You can get them at the door or in advance by e-mailing us at contact@aquabearlegion.com

Compilation Release Show: Sat. 7/26 @ Casa

The Aquabear Legion is celebrating the release of yet another compilation (Volume 3!, our 5th overall..) on Saturday, July 26th at Casa Cantina here in Athens. The compilation features music from: We March, Southeast Engine, Machine Go Boom, Casual Future, Silo Circuit, Russenorsk, The Makebelieves, The Hiders, Woody Pines and The Lonesome Two, The X Bolex, 1point3, Kaslo, Mike Elliott, Spooktober, Men of Gentle Birth, Sun God, (the) Giants of Gender, and maybe even a few more.

Machine Go Boom (Cleveland)
Casual Future
(Athens), 1point3 (Columbus)
Weedghost (Athens)

will be featured at the party on Saturday, July 26th at Casa. 10pm.

The compilation will be available and there will be some other new Legion merchandise as well including buttons, stickers, and more. Come on out and help us celebrate and here some really great music.